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Kamadan Wintersday

Wintersday comes to Kamadan

Wintersday 2006 is the 2006 version of the Wintersday festival, i.e. the annual competition of Dwayna (fighting for a mild winter and early spring) vs. Grenth (fighting for a long and cold winter).

As announced on the official Guild Wars website, Wintersday 2006 will see a revival of many activities and items known from last year's event, as well as a few new features.

Most of the events are restricted to the Prophecies and Nightfall campaigns, however players with only Guild Wars Factions can access the Dwayna Vs Grenth snowball arena, and the Candysmiths from the Great Temple of Balthazar on the Battle Isles.

NOTE: Candy Cane Shards DO drop in Factions Explorable areas.

Schedule

The event lasts for 13 days, over the Christmas holiday season 2006/2007:

Start: Wednesday, December 20, 2006 (4:25 pm PST)
Finale: Monday, January 1st, 2007
In Lion's Arch the finale starts every 3 hours starting at 12:01 AM PST, 08:00 AM GMT
In Kamadan the finale starts every 3 hours starting at 12:15~12:16 AM PST, 08:15 AM GMT
End: Monday, January 1st, 2007 (11:59 pm PST) ("Grand Finale" event throughout the day on Monday)

ALL TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE

Finale Schedule (PST)
Lion's ArchKamadan
start of the finalefestival hat giveawaystart of the finalefestival hat giveaway
January 1st
12:01 am12:15 am12:16 am12:30 am
3:01 am3:15 am3:16 am3:30 am
6:01 am6:15 am6:16 am6:30 am
9:01 am9:15 am9:16 am9:30 am
12:01 pm12:15 pm12:16 pm12:30 pm
3:01 pm3:15 pm3:16 pm3:30 pm
6:01 pm6:15 pm6:16 pm6:30 pm
9:01 pm9:15 pm9:16 pm9:30 pm
January 2nd
12:01 am12:15 am12:16 am12:30 am
Finale Schedule (GMT)
Lion's ArchKamadan
start of the finalefestival hat giveawaystart of the finalefestival hat giveaway
January 1st
8:01 am8:15 am8:16 am8:30 am
11:01 am11:15 am11:16 am11:30 am
2:01 pm2:15 pm2:16 pm2:30 pm
5:01 pm5:15 pm5:16 pm5:30 pm
8:01 pm8:15 pm8:16 pm8:30 pm
11:01 pm11:15 pm11:16 pm11:30 pm
January 2nd
2:01 am2:15 am2:16 am2:30 am
5:01 am5:15 am5:16 am5:30 am
8:01 am8:15 am8:16 am8:30 am

Locations

The following towns (except for the Great Temple of Balthazar) will be re-decorated in a winter theme, serving as the stage for most of the Winterfest activities:

Battle Isles (Core) Prophecies logo sml
Tyria
Factions logo sml
Cantha
Nightfall logo sml
Elona
  • None

Activities

Quests

During the festivities, special quests will be offered:

See also: Category:Wintersday 2006 quests

Note: these quests are grouped in the Festival Event Quests section of the Quest Log.

Snowball Fights

This year's event will feature the PvP version of the snowball fights known from last year's event, as well as an all new PvE version:

  • PvP: "Random forces will unite within an arena to fight for either Grenth or Dwayna. The first team to gather five presents for its patron deity will win the day."
    For details, see: Dwayna Vs Grenth (Arena) and snow fighting skills. This started December 20.
  • PvE: "Venture into the Underworld for a series of repeatable snowball fights against either the forces of Grenth or the forces of Dwayna. Take control of piles of presents to ensure your side’s victory in this frosty fray."
    For details, see: You're a Mean One, Mr. Grenth and In Grenth's Defense. This started December 23. These are solo missions. Also, deaths during these missions do count against you, so Survivors might want to avoid them. However, anyone, regardless of level, may participate in these as your maximum health, energy and skills are reset.

Present Hunt

This is the repeat of last year's present hunt. Periodically a present spawns at the locations listed below. Players must spot the present, pick it up quickly and deliver it to one of the Young Children in town before any of the Grentches reach the present and destroy it. Grentches can also destroy presents held by players if they come within adjacent range. In return, the child will hand the player a Candy Cane Shard or a Winter Gift which will unwrap into a random Wintersday item. Grentches move faster than players, however Sugar Rush can be used to outrun them. When a present spawns the Grentches will run all the way to the spawn point before chasing someone who has picked it up. It appears that a new present spawns whenever a present is turned in or destroyed.

Grentches may be temporarily trapped at the Lion's Arch lighthouse. Getting the Grentches to follow a present carrier to the lighthouse will cause the Grentches to become stuck at this location (after they destroy the carried present). Present drops will proceed as usual, and everyone will have a chance to take their presents to Scrappy Jhim.

Known present spawn points:

Children who give Candy Cane Shards

Children who give Winter Gifts

  • Lion's Arch: Scrappy Jhim (so far Jhim is the ONLY child that will give a Winter Gift, which is odd, but 2 presents spawn VERY close to him making it easy to score Winter Gifts quickly- it is believed this is due to the fact Jhim was involved in the 2005 Wintersday Festival and gave out Winter Gifts then -> no longer true !)
  • Northwest by the traders.

Children who will not take presents

2006 Finale

On January 1st, 2007 in Lion's Arch and Kamadan, the avatars of Grenth and Dwayna appear for their annual challenge. To vote for your god, find the rings that look like the setup from Nine Rings in town. Stand in blue (Kamadan) or green (Lion's Arch) rings for Dwayna or red rings for Grenth with a Candy Cane Shard as the wager. Once the match begins, every few seconds, a ring will randomly be chosen from each side. Players standing in the the chosen ring have their count added towards the god and are rewarded with a Wintersday Gift and 1-5 candy cane shards depending on which ring they stood in. These wagers do count towards the Lucky and Unlucky Titles. After the match ends, the god with the highest total is considered the winner, and all players in the district are given a festival hat. In Lion's Arch, Dwayna supporters win Stylish Yule Caps while Grenth supporters win Great Horns of Grenth. In Kamadan, Dwayna awards Freezie Crowns while Grenth awards Jester's Caps. After the event, fireworks start (with different styles depending on who wins) and Wintersday Gifts drop. Each gift is assigned to only one player, but the standard item assignment timer does apply, so it is eventually possible to take presents assigned to players who are AFK or who leave the district. The gifts spawn near the player which they are assigned to. All players receive the same amount of gifts. If Grenth wins, Grentches will start killing players and lethal ice bombardment will start, concentrated around the two sets of rings, the Avatar of Dwayna will resurrect any fallen players. These deaths do not count against the Survivor title.

The event occurs every three hours following the first event (12:00 AM PST, 08:00 AM GMT in Lion's Arch; 12:15 AM PST, 08:15 AM GMT in Kamadan). For example in the Netherlands 8:00 AM GMT means 8:00 + 1 hour is 9 o'clock.

Districts created after the event start will not have the event at all.

Festival Hats are given out roughly 15 minutes after the event starts, and presents drop for roughly 10 or 15 minutes after the hat giveaway.

Festival Hats are passed out to players. The hat that is dropped in a players inventory will be based on the winning God (Grenth or Dwayna) in the ring pad game. If the majority of players in the ring pad game are on the Dwayna game pads in a Kamadan district all players in that district will receive a Freezie Crown. This includes players that were on the Grenth pads.

Hat distribution -

Kamadan

Dwayna winning district - Freezie Crown

Grenth winning district - Jester's Cap

Lions Arch

Dwayna winning district - Stylish Yule Cap

Grenth winning district - Great Horns of Grenth

People have generally agreed that people who want the hat from Dwayna should go to even districts while people who want the hat from Grenth should go to odd districts. This way everyone can get the hat they want. However, this will not always work since not everyone is aware of this practice.

Bug Bug! The scoreboard will only display the first 3 digits of the score when your Interface size is set to Small.
Bug Bug! In Kamadan, some Wintersday Gifts will spawn in inaccessible areas. The Gifts are purely props, and are not assigned to any players. Although rarely this may also happen in Lion's Arch, namely behind Armen the Guide

The ring game

The ring game costs 1 Candy Cane shard per round.

PositionReward
Adjacent to winning circle2 Candy Cane Shards
Winning circle (center)1 Wintersday Gift,
3 Candy Cane Shards
Winning circle (side)1 Wintersday Gift,
4 Candy Cane Shards
Winning circle (corner)1 Wintersday Gift,
5 Candy Cane Shards

Having 4 adjacent circles makes the middle the best position for winning Candy Cane Shards. however, not necessarily for the un/lucky titles.

Wintergreen Challenge

This event is hosted by the Xunlai guild. It revolves around the Wintergreen Tournament. Contestants win Wintergreen weapons for correctly predicting the outcome of tournament games and may claim their reward from a Xunlai Tournament Agent. Note: At the moment this NPC is unavailable (Gaile has indicated the Wintergreen Weapons should be available by mid-January).

See also: Category:Wintergreen weapons

NPCs

Kimberly, Guardsman Ash, Guardsman Brooke and Mac Snowhammer

These NPCs throw non-damaging snowballs at players and NPCs in towns. Kimberly is in Lion's Arch, the Guardsmen are in Ascalon City, and Mac Snowhammer is in Droknar's Forge.

Collectors

A number of collectors have shown up in the above listed event towns, handing out special reward items in return for special collectible items. The selection differs, depending on whether the collector supports Dwayna or Grenth.

For a listing, see: Wintersday 2006 collectors

Candysmiths

The following Candysmiths have shown up:

All of them except for Candysmith Marley offer all six of the candy cane weapons and all 3 of the new peppermint weapons for 9 Candy Cane Shards each. Marley offers the Gingerbread Focus, Gingerbread Shield and Peppermint Shield for 11 Candy Cane Shards each.

Festival Hat Maker

New festival hat makers appeared in Kamadan and Lion's Arch. They are able to "copy" festival hats among the characters of an account for 10 gold. This service is meant to reduce the amount of storage and inventory space occupied by festival hats.

For more information, see: festival hat maker

Although they were introduced with the Wintersday update, the festival hat makers are a permanent addition.

NOTE: Hats customized for characters other than the one you are using cannot be copied. You must have obtained the hat yourself to get the hat duplicated. This means that the hat has to be from one of your characters. If you have got it traded from another player, the Festival Hat maker will come up with the message "I cannot make this hat if it is not customized for you!", or something similar.

Winter Dwarf

In Kamadan, there is a level 10 Dwarf, held by a Dwarf Guard. Talking to the Winter Dwarf will present three dialog options. The Winter Dwarf, pleading to the player (and Grenth) for merciful death, dies when a player selects the third response. His death is short-lived, as the guard quickly notices and revives him, wondering how he died in the first place. He doesn't seem to have any special purpose other than amusement value.

Enchanted Snowman

In various cities there are Enchanted Snowman henchmen that can be added to your party. These snowmen are Elementalists specializing in Water Magic.

The Frog

The Frog is located in Lion's Arch and Kamadan. He can be seen wearing a Yule Cap.

Items

The following are the available items for Wintersday 2006, with a brief description from the official Guild wars website:

  • Winter Gift - What surprise will you find inside? "Unwrap" it to find out.
  • Snowman Summoner - Need an instant snowman? This gift is for you.
  • Eggnog - The holiday season's staple drink.
  • Spiked Eggnog - A more potent glass of Eggnog for the hale and hearty. Please imbibe responsibly—don't drink and quest.
  • Wintergreen Candy Cane - The return of the adventurer's favorite candy treat. (Remove 15% Death Penalty in PvE only)
  • Rainbow Candy Cane - A different flavor of candy cane that should also make those long days of questing much more enjoyable. Give party 5% morale boost but the morale boost does not cause skills to recharge (Not valid in PvP)
  • Yuletide Tonic - Drink this tonic if you want to be one of Dwayna's little helpers during the festivities.
  • Glob of Frozen Ectoplasm - You'll need some of this collectible item when you get low on Yuletide Tonic.
  • Candy Cane Shard - Receive this collectible item through:
    • Successful Completion of Wintersday Quests
    • Victory in the Dwayna vs Grenth Snowball PvP Event
    • Opening Winter Gifts
    • Random Loot Drops
    • "The outcome of Wintersday hangs in the balance, and your contribution of Candy Cane Shards may make all the difference. Besides, you never know what somebody might trade for these once the festivities come to a close. Tip: Hold onto those shards until the Wintersday finale and use them for good (or mischievous) intent!"
  • Fruitcake - A tasty holiday staple that is sure to put a little spring in your step. (causes Sugar Rush)
  • Special Rewards: In the tradition of the season, you'll receive special headgear during the Wintersday finale. And even better, you'll get a new means of storing it, as well.
  • The following items are not mentioned on the website, but are available:
    • Candy weapons - not mentioned on the official website, all 6 of the 2005 Candy Cane weapons have returned, as have the Gingerbread Shield and Focus and the Peppermint Shield, furthermore, 3 new peppermint weapons have been added (daggers, spear, scythe).
    • Peppermint Candy Canes - During Wintersday 2006 they can be obtained from Winter Gifts and Wintersday Gifts
    • Wintersday Gifts - Obtained during the finale

See also: Category:Wintersday 2006 items

External Links

  • [1] - Wintersday 2006 Event: Annual Battle between Grenth and Dwayna
  • [2] - The Scribe tells about "Wintergreen Challenge"
  • [3] - Winterfest 2006 Ladder Season
  • [4] - Wintersday 2006 screenshots, including screenshots of Wintergreen items
  • [5] - Official Wintersday art contest.
  • [6] - "Wintersday 2006 will take place in-game December 20, 2006 through January 1, 2007."

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