Posted Tue, Nov 08, 2011 by Xerin
The Darkmoon Faire (DMF) is receiving a major overhaul in World of Warcraft’s patch 4.3. We’re all in for a huge surprise when we all zone into the new island especially for the faire and find the plethora of mini-games, daily quests, and other fun activities to take away the idle boredom waiting on raids and dungeon queues. Best of all there is no need to even participate if you don’t want to – this isn’t the Molten Front and there isn’t but one item in the entire faire that isn’t cosmetic.
Looking for some awesome screenshots of the new fairgrounds? Check out our Darkmoon Faire Gallery today!
There are ten tons of changes in the new faire and the biggest yet is the addition of achievements (a much needed feature) that adds up to 150 points along with a new type of weekly quest that grants profession skill-ups to help aspiring adventurers as they progress through the levels. That’s not all of course, a new free for all deathmatch arena, a great fishing spot, and mini-games are all rolled into one astonishing package for this upcoming patch.
Follow the arrows into the land of fun and mystery.
A big reminder: there is no need to worry about this new daily zone. The quests are for cosmetic and fun purposes only and the prize tokens only reward pets, mounts, transmogrification gear, and heirlooms. So if you’re not into this kind of thing you can safely skip it.
The first things first, you’ll need to get to the faire. You may be asking yourself: “How do I get to the new Darkmoon Faire?” Well, worry not, because while the Faire has actually moved locations, it hasn’t moved from its anchor spots. You’ll find a portal to the faire where the faire usually would be (Goldshire / Shattrath / Mulgore).
The map is easy to follow. To the right of the entrance is tokens, left is your adventurer's guide. The various rides are down the main stretch and the boardwalk is at the very end.
Once in the faire the first thing you’ll want to do is buy a pack of tokens (to the right of where you enter) and pick up your Darkmoon Faire Adventurer’s Guide (to the left of where you enter from Selina Dourman). The tokens will allow you to play the minigames while the Adventurer’s Guide gets you the various artifacts and is needed for a few of the quests.
There is 150 total points up for grabs in the new Darkmoon Faire and most of the achievements (outside of the PvP related ones) are rather easy.
Come One, Come All! (5 Points)
This achievement simply requires you to zone into the DMF and you’ll automatically get it.
Step Right Up (10 Points)
Play five of the Darkmoon games available and you’ll automatically get this achievement. Basically do one daily run and this one and its 10 points are yours.
Ponies we were promised and, well, urm ponies we have received!
I Was Promised a Pony (5 Points)
Towards the rear of the DMF is the petting zone and in the back of the petting zoo is where there are a few ponies sitting around. Just jump on a pony and you’ll get this achievement.
Quick Shot (10 Points)
In the Shooting Gallery you’ll need to obtain a “Quick Shot” which I got my first time by mashing the firing button while aiming a target.
Blastenheimer Bullseye (10 Points
This is entirely luck based, you’ll want to fire yourself out of the cannon and somewhere around the boardwalk and hope you land in the target’s bullseye.
Darkmoon Duelist (10 Points)
Win the Darkmoon Deathmatch and receive a Pit Fighter trinket. That’s the achievement description, but basically you’ll need to loot the chest when it spawns which requires everyone else to either be dead or not to interrupt you.
Fairegoer’s Feast (10 Points)
This one is easy, go around collecting food and drink from the vendors and feast!
Darkmoon Dungeoneer (10 Points) / Darkmoon Defender (10 Points) / Darkmoon Despoiler (10 Points)
This one is time consuming. There are nine Darkmoon Artifacts that you can obtain when you are out in dungeons (Dungeoneer) and battlegrounds (Defender) by having your Darkmoon Adventurer’s Guide with you. Turn in the quests that the artifacts give you and this achievement will be all yours.
Taking the Show on the Road (10 Points)
Launch the Darkmoon Fireworks (the one that makes the Darkmoon symbol appear in the air) in your four racial capitals along with Shattrath City and Dalaran.
Faire Favors (10 Points)
Complete six profession-based quests in the Faire. This is easier than it sounds because you have two primary professions plus Archeology, Cooking, First Aid, and Fishing.
There are currently five mini-games each with a daily quest that awards 5 Prize Tickets (25 Tickets per day) along with profession quests that award 4 Prize Tickets, 1 Token, and 5 Profession Skill Points which reset weekly instead of daily. Then there are Darkmoon Artifacts which are obtained in dungeons and battlegrounds randomly while you have the Darkmoon Adventurer’s Guide on your persons.
If you do not complete any of these quests in one go then simply restart the quest and the counter continues from where you left off. So say you got 15 Gnolls the first game then just play the game again and get 15 more Gnolls to finish the quest. Each mini-game costs 1 Darkmoon Game Token.
Watch out for the non-Gnolls. These tricky things will stun you and throw your rhythm out of whack!
This quest requires you to whack 30 Gnolls in the Whack-A-Gnoll arena. You’ll have a hammer and will be able to run around whacking them to your heart’s content until time runs out. The only difficulty with this quest is the random friendly stuffed animal that pops up and stuns you if you hit it.
This one is a bit luck based. You’ll need to throw the rings at the moving turtle and it seems that they have a bit of variance in where they will land. The best thing is to just spam all ten of your rings at the turtle and hope for the best, and if you don’t get it just restart.
Don't stop here, find out all about the Darkmoon Faire with part two of our Darkmoon Faire guide!