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Feast of Winter Veil is hitting servers in the early morning so get prepared to drink some Egg Nog, sit by your Cozy Fire, and open your Stolen Present–wait, what? Is that a new type of present we’ve found in the database? That’s right, like many holidays as of late, Blizzard’s changed the classic Winter’s Veil into their new format featuring a daily queue and some new prizes. There’s also a new holiday gift waiting for you under this year’s tree, so this is one holiday you don’t want to miss!
World of Warcraft’s version of Christmas has been more or less the same for several years now minus the unique gift every year is known for. This year it has been changed fairly significantly so before we get started with the guide, we’d like to get these out of the way.
There are likely to be even more undocumented changes that we can only tell on the live server, so we will update these as the event goes live, but here’s what we know from datamining.
If you’ve done the holiday in the past, you’ve likely saved Metzen the Reindeer a few times from a band of intrepid Iron Dwarves who kidnapped him or a group of marauding pirates in Tanaris depending on your faction. This year, however, he’s become kidnapped by The Abominable Greench who decided to upgrade from past year’s petty larceny to kidnapping everyone’s favorite Blizzard employee–I mean reindeer.
As such, the questline You’re a Mean One… has accordingly become a daily, in which you save Metzen each day for a Stolen Present which has a chance to presumably contain holiday items as well as an extremely rare chance to contain Lump of Coal which can summon Lumpy. We’re not sure if this is a dungeon queue or if you still trek to Hillsbrad for this exchange, so we will update as we find out.
Another change is that the seasonal pets from this year and the past as we previewed a few months back got some holiday cheer. They now have animations when out of season to hearth ( Green Helper Box), melt away (Snowman Kit), and be less festive ( Jingling Bell). Presumably this means they have special animations for the season as well, so be sure to take those guys out–remember, they no longer cost a Snowball to summon so you have nothing to lose!
Last but not least, this year’s reward from underneath the tree in your faction’s capital city is a Gaudy Winter Veil Sweater. Oh, Blizzard. And if you don’t want it, you can always exchange it through the optional quest Thanks, But No Thanks. This sweater also comes with its own achievement to serenade enemy capitals ( A-Caroling We Will Go).
Table of Contents
- Seasonal Goodies
All of Azeroth and beyond have gotten into the spirit of Winter Veil! Winter Revelers can be found inside inns throughout the world located under a sprig of mistletoe. Simply /kiss a Reveler (it doesn’t matter which gender) and you will be rewarded with a token of their gratitude. You can only /kiss a Reveler once every hour, as you will receive a debuff along with whatever gift they’ve granted you, which can include:
These items are used in various Winter Veil achievements (as detailed below).
Become a Little Helper!
In addition to the Smokywood Pastures vendors located inside the cities, the goblins have set up strange PX-238 Winter Wondervolt machines which can be used to change your character into a festive Little Helper! The buff lasts for 30 minutes but is removed by shapeshifting or death (another sad holiday to be a druid). You can refresh the duration of the buff at any time by stepping into the Wintervolt machine. You can also do this to change gnomes costumes until you get one that you like. This disguise is required to complete the achievement With a Little Helper from My Friends.
Everyone’s favorite annoyance (now knockdown-free, remember), the Snowball can be purchased from vendors or looted from piles of Holiday Snow found on the ground in the Alterac Mountains, near where you fight The Abominable Greench.
Hunt a Winter Hat
The winter hats also have an extremely low chance to drop from any humanoid mob in the world; I wouldn’t hold your breath but who knows–you could get lucky! In previous years, both heroic bosses (but not normal ones) in Northrend and Cataclysm dropped hats–it should follow the same trend in 2011. If you’re unlucky winning rolls, seems your best bet is to try to solo a Northrend heroic boss.
Players with Leatherworking, Tailoring or Cooking may find that they’ve received mail from Greatfather Winter written on festive stationary. Oddly enough, the Alliance Greatfather sends the gifts to both factions – a free recipe! Tailors will receive either Pattern: Green Winter Clothes (Horde) or Pattern: Red Winter Clothes(Alliance), Leatherworkers will receive Pattern: Winter Boots and Cooks will recieve Recipe: Hot Apple Cider. There are certain skill level requirements for each recipe to be mailed, but if for any reason you did not receive a recipe, don’t worry–the recipes can be purchased at vendors in the major cities, as listed below.
The most exciting part of Winter Veil comes near the end when we get our presents! The presents under Greatfather Winter’s tree can be opened from December 25 to January 2. There are a total of six presents that can be “opened” by completing the quest given by the gift itself under the tree – A Carefully Wrapped Present, A Festive Gift, A Gaily Wrapped Present, A Gently Shaken Gift, A Ticking Present and A Winter Veil Gift. Every year has brought a new special gift in the Winter Veil Gift! What’d we get this year? A [ Gaudy Winter Veil Sweater! (And if you’ve missed out on previous special gifts, check out toy vendors like Jepetto Joybuzz–they sell replica items like Red Rider Air Rifle and Blue Crashin’ Thrashin’ Racer Controller.)
Each of the gifts contain an assortment of special holiday items:
This year Winter Veil was updated to have some new quests, so be sure to check it out. The The Abominable Greench has been changed this year and we’ll update the guide more as we find changes on live.
Great-father Winter is Here! or Greatfather Winter is Here!
Start: Kaymard Copperpinch or Macey Jinglepocket
End: Great-father Winter or Greatfather Winter
This quest’s objective is pretty self-explanitory–simply obtain the quest from the Smokywoods Pasture vendor in any major Horde or Alliance city (except Darnassus) and head to your faction’s major city to complete it. Horde players turn the quest in to the orc Great-father Winterin Orgrimmar, and Alliance players to the dwarf Greatfather Winter in Ironforge. A new quest will become available:
Treats for Great-father Winter or Treats for Greatfather Winter
Start & End: Great-father Winter or Greatfather Winter
Another pretty simple quest provided you’ve trained Cooking and don’t mind grabbing the materials for the Gingerbread Cookie – just bring him 5 cookies and a glass of Ice Cold Milk (which can be bought from vendors). As a reward, you will be given a Smokywood Pastures Gift Pack which contains some low level tradeskill materials, so it’s up to you whether its worth your time to give the man his cookies and milk!
Stolen Winter Veil Treats or Stolen Winter Veil Treats
Start: Kaymard Copperpinch or Macey Jinglepocket
End: Strange Snowman
The following quest is obsolete as of 2011, but there’s most likely a similar breadcrumb quest in place to help you find Strange Snowman. This quest asks you to travel out to the Alterac Mountains to find a missing Smokywood Pastures investigator who was sent out to search for a missing shipment of treats. Just head out to Alterac Mountains and search for the Strange Snowman [35,72]. Upon discovering his location, he will give you another quest:
You’re a Mean One… or You’re a Mean One…
Start: Strange Snowman
End: Kaymard Copperpinch or Wulmort Jinglepocket
Turns out that the The Abominable Greench has stolen the treats! Slay him and retrieve the Stolen Treats so that the Smokywood Pastures guys can get on with the holiday festivities! In past years, the Greench has about a 5 minute spawn, and was heavily camped for the first couple days of the festival. Now that he’s required for a daily group quest, his spawning mechanics may be different. Stolen Present is a new reward for turning in this quest–it has a small chance to contain Lump of Coal which summons Lumpy! Remember, it’s a daily quest in 2011 now, so you can have a shot every day at this pet.
Once you have turned in the Stolen Treats, you will receive another quest:
A Smokywood Pastures’ Thank You! or A Smokywood Pastures’ Thank You!
Start: Kaymard Copperpinch or Wulmort Jinglepocket
End: Great-father Winter or Greatfather Winter
Simply speak to the Great(-)father and claim your reward! You will receive a Smokywood Pastures Special Gift which contains a seasonal tradeskill recipe! This is the only way you can get these recipes, and the recipe you receive is random so you may be able to trade with other players or guildmates for one you might need. If you don’t get the recipe you want, you can always check the Auction House or wait until next year.
Open the special gift to get one of the following recipes at random:
The Reason for the Season or The Reason for the Season
Start: Furmund or Goli Krumn
End: Sagorne Creststrider or Historian Karnik
This short quest chain intends to explain the lore behind the Feast of Winter Veil. The questgiver is located near the bank in your faction’s major city, and he will send you to another NPC located within that city. Once there, you will receive a new quest:
The Feast of Winter Veil or The Feast of Winter Veil
Start: Sagorne Creststrider or Historian Karnik
End: Baine Bloodhoof or King Magni Bronzebeard
The questgiver will give you a book entitled The Feast of Winter Veil to read, which contains some insight into the different races’ celebrations of the holiday. Once you have read the book you are asked to bring it to either Baine Bloodhoof in Thunder Bluff or King Magni Bronzebeard in Ironforge, who will reward you with 500 reputation with their respective city and 125 with each other faction city–a considerable amount of reputation!
There are a number of items that are only available during the Feast of Winter Veil. Smokeywood Pastures vendors can be found in all major cities selling a variety of holiday goodies, including a plethora of food and drink items, wrapping paper, and even some seasonal recipes! Please note that the three of the recipes are Bind on Pickup, and as such (of course) cannot be sold or traded. This means that it is not easily possible for Horde players to obtain Pattern: Red Winter Clothes or for Alliance players to obtain Pattern: Green Winter Clothes.
However, since the vendors are enterprising goblins, belonging to the Smokywood Pastures “faction,” they are all friendly to both Horde and Alliance. This means that the most intrepid reveler can manage to sneak into the opposing faction’s city and purchase all recipes. You can even stay mounted up while purchasing them, for a quick getaway.
If you aren’t a crafter or you’re not very keen on flying around the other faction’s city, the holiday clothes are not Bind on Pickup (or even Bind when Equipped) and therefore can be bought, sold and traded via the Auction House.
Food & Drinks
Smokeywood Pastures food and drink vendors can be found located near a faction’s Auction House in every major city. Copperpinch vendors can be found in Horde cities, and the Jinglepocket vendors can be found in Alliance cities. An additional Copperpinch vendor can be found in Shattrath City, Olnayvi Copperpinch.
They sell the following items:
Smokeywood Pastures “general goods”-style vendors can be found right next to the food/drink vendors. Copperpinch vendors can be found in Horde cities, and the Jinglepocket vendors can be found in Alliance cities. An additional Jinglepocket vendor can be found in Shattrath City, Eebee Jinglepocket.
They sell the following items:
Be sure to stock up on the holiday wrapping paper, as it’s the only time of the year you can buy it! Otherwise, you’re stuck with Red Ribboned Wrapping Paperand Blue Ribboned Wrapping Paper from General Goods vendors throughout the year.
In addition to the seasonal goods listed above, the vendors located in the two major cities (Orgrimmar and Ironforge) will also sell a tailoring pattern to create festive winter clothes and a leatherworking pattern to create matching boots!
With each event comes new achievements every year, like A-Caroling We Will Go! There’s also a player title granted to those who can obtain 11 core achievements–Merrymaker! Some are easy, and others more of a challenge, but here’s everything you need to know to be on your way to becoming that much more festive.
Merrymaker or Merrymaker
This achievement can be found in the main World Events achievement category and is awarded upon completion of all but one of the Winter Veil achievements. This achievement awards the player title ‘Merrymaker’ and is a requirement towards completion of What A Long, Strange Trip It’s Been (Alliance version), which rewards Violet Proto-Drake.
A-Caroling We Will Go or A-Caroling We Will Go
Use your Gaudy Winter Veil Sweater to carol in enemy capital cities during the Feast of Winter Veil.
Note: This achievement is not required for What A Long, Strange Trip It’s Been, as the Gaudy Winter Veil Sweater is only available during 2011’s Winter Veil. It has its own Feat of Strength: Gaudy Winter Veil Sweater.
This achievement requires you to use your 2011 gift to carol in four enemy capital cities–it can only be completed during Winter Veil. You can fly into most of the enemy cities without dying or aggroing any guards. Make sure you don’t complete Thanks, But No Thanks, or else you’ll get Scrooge’s Payoffinstead of your fashionable sweater!
BB King or BB King
Pelt the enemy leaders listed below.
Note: This achievement is no longer required for What A Long, Strange Trip It’s Been, as the Red Rider Air Rifle was only available during 2009’s Winter Veil. A recent Feat of Strength was added, Red Rider Air Rifle.
This achievement was added in 2009’s Winter Veil and can only be completed with a Red Rider Air Rifle (obtained from the 2009 Winter Veil gift). You must use the gun to pelt each of the opposing faction’s leaders – how mean! First snowballs, now BBs? What ever happened to respecting authority? Thankfully, this achievement is not required for any other achievements. It an also be purchased (as well as pellet refills) from Jepetto Joybuzz!
‘Tis the Season (Detailed Guide)
During the Feast of Winter Veil, wear 3 pieces of winter clothing and eat Graccu’s Mince Meat Fruitcake.
This achievement must be done during Winter Veil. You can wear any three pieces of the Winter Garb (a chest, boots and hat). The Green Winter Clothesand Red Winter Clothes can be crafted by Tailors, the Winter Boots can be crafted by Leatherworkers and the Red Winter Hat and Green Winter Hat are instance drops from three different bosses in heroics or very rare world drops (see above). The Graccu’s Mince Meat Fruitcake is contained within a gift package received within 24 hours of completing either Treats for Great-father Winter (Alliance version) or You’re a Mean One… (Alliance version)!
A Frosty Shake
During the Feast of Winter Veil, use your Winter Veil Disguise kit to become a snowman and then dance with another snowman in Dalaran.
For this achievement, you must obtain and use a Winter Veil Disguise Kit to become a snowman and /dance with another snowman in Dalaran. This achievement must be done during Winter Veil. The Winter Veil Disguise Kit is obtained in the mail within 24 hours of completing the quest chain starting with You’re a Mean One… (Alliance version).
Bros. Before Ho Ho Ho’s or Bros. Before Ho Ho Ho’s
Use Mistletoe on the Horde/Alliance “Brothers” during the Feast of Winter Veil.
To complete this achievement, Horde players must use Mistletoe on the following NPCs: Brother Malach (Undercity), Durkot Wolfbrother (Borean Tundra), Brother Keltan (Icecrown). Alliance players must use Mistletoe on the following NPCs: Brother Kristoff, Brother Crowley, Brother Benjamin, Brother Joshua, Brother Cassius (all in Stormwind City), Brother Nimetz (Northern Stranglethorn), Brother Wilhelm (Goldshire, Elwynn Forest), Brother Anton (Nijel’s Point, Desolace) and Brother Karman (Theramore, Dustwallow Marsh). Mistletoe can be obtained randomly from /kiss’ing Winter Revelers.
Crashin’ & Thrashin’
Gain 25 crashes with your Crashin’ Thrashin’ Racer during the Feast of Winter Veil.
This achievement requires you to have obtained the Crashin’ Thrashin’ Racer Controller from the Winter Veil presents, available on and after December 25th. To complete this achievement you must “crash” 25 other racers. The controller functions similar to a Crashin’ Thrashin’ Robot, only with a single ability: Racer Rocket Slam! Out-slam another player’s Racer to earn a kill towards the achievement. You can battle against the same Racer multiple times to count towards this achievement, the car is (of course) not destroyed or damaged in any way and simply must be re-summoned. (If you really like collecting achievements, purchasing a Blue Crashin’ Thrashin’ Racer Controller from Jepetto Joybuzz and fighting will award it too!)
Complete the Bomb Them Again! quest while mounted on a flying reindeer during the Feast of Winter Veil.
For this achievement, you must be able to do the Sha’tari Skyguard quest Bomb Them Again!. Complete this quest while mounted on a flying reindeer during the Feast of Winter Veil. You can change your flying mount into a reindeer by using either Fresh Holly or Preserved Holly, obtained from /kiss’ing Winter Revelers or from quests detailed above, respectively.
He Knows If You’ve Been Naughty
Open one of the presents underneath the Winter Veil tree once they are available.
This achievement was awarded retroactively to players who had items or achievements related to any previous years’ gifts (such as the Clockwork Rocket Bot feat). To obtain this achievement, simply log in at any point from December 25th to January 2nd and obtain a gift from under the Winter Veil tree in either Orgrimmar or Ironforge.
Let It Snow
During the Feast of Winter Veil, use a Handful of Snowflakes on each of the race/class combinations listed below.
During the Feast of Winter Veil, use a Handful of Snowflakes on the following race/class combinations:
Orc Death Knight Tauren Shaman Undead Rogue Gnome Mage Blood Elf Warlock Human Warrior Night Elf Druid Troll Hunter Dwarf Paladin Draenei Priest
Simply look around in any major faction city, or a battleground, and you’ll probably end up with all of the combinations needed. Handful of Snowflakes can be obtained randomly from /kiss’ing Winter Revelers.
Scrooge or Scrooge
Throw a snowball at Baine Bloodhoof / King Magni Bronzebeard during the Feast of Winter Veil.
Both tauren and dwarf take Winter Veil very seriously, so what better way to show your complete lack of holiday cheer and respect than by smashing eitherBaine Bloodhoof or King Magni Bronzebeard in the face with a Snowball during the Feast of Winter Veil.
Complete the quest to retrieve Smokywood Pastures’ stolen treats and receive a Smokywood Pastures’ Thank You.
This achievement is awarded upon completion of the quest chain starting with You’re a Mean One… (Alliance version) to slay The Abominable Greenchand free Metzen the Reindeer. See the ‘Quests’ section above for more information. In 2011, this quest is now a daily group quest and rewards Stolen Present, which has a chance to contain Lump of Coal.
The Winter Veil Gourmet
During the Feast of Winter Veil, use your culinary expertise to produce a Gingerbread Cookie, Egg Nog and Hot Apple Cider.
For this achievement, you have to cook Gingerbread Cookie, Egg Nog and Hot Apple Cider, the latter of which requires 325 Cooking skill. Recipe: Gingerbread Cookie and Recipe: Egg Nog can be purchased from Smokywood Pastures vendors, and Recipe: Hot Apple Cider can either be purchased or received as a gift from Greatfather Winter, provided you have high enough Cooking skill. Be prepared to grind your Cooking skill up if you haven’t already in order to get this achievement. For information on leveling Cooking, I recommend the Cooking/Fishing guides found at El’s Extreme Anglin’or profession guides found at our very own guide page.
With a Little Helper from My Friends
Earn 50 honorable kills as a Little Helper from the Winter Wondervolt machine.
For this achievement you must earn 50 honorable kills while transformed into a Little Helper from the Winter Wondervolt machine. Remember that the disguise is lost upon death or shapeshift, so this achievement might take a few tries to accomplish, but thankfully the killing blows are cumulative –just be ready to visit the Wondervolt between battles if PvP isn’t your forté.