Monday, February 9, 2009

Love Is In The Air!

The next Azeroth holiday event is just around the corner. The major cities all get the love bug and spend a couple days handing out friendship tokens and other gifts to each other. This year’s celebration takes place from February 11th through February 16th.

Things To Do

This holiday has a sort of Hallows End flair to it in that you will be interacting with innkeepers and get debuffs that limits your activity in the event for an hour. Instead of trick or treating you are handing out valentines to city guards.

You will start by speaking with an innkeeper in a major city such as Thunder Bluff or Ironforge and purchase from them:

The cologne is for use when handing out tokens to female NPCs, perfume is preferred by male NPCs. The NPCs you can hand tokens to are clearly marked with hearts over their heads.

There is a chance that the guard will not appreciate your token and will instead give you a “heartbroken” debuff. This debuff prevents you from handing out any tokens for one hour. The debuff can be removed if someone is kind enough to use a Unbestowed Friendship Bracelet on you.

If they are happy with the love token they will give you a pledge or a gift. On your first token you may receive the debuff “adored” and you will receive a Pledge of Adoration or a Gift of Adoration. If you already have the “adored” debuff you could get a Pledge of Friendship or a Gift of Friendship. You can continue to hand out tokens to as many guards as you like if you are adored.

The Pledge or Gift of Adorations will only be given to you when you do not have the “adored” debuff limiting these gifts to once an hour. It can contain a variety of items that, while aren’t particularly useful, are super fun to play with. Things like Romantic Picnic Basket, Lovely Black Dress, Love Rocket, Handful of Rose Petals, Silver Shafted Arrow, Bag of Candies, Unbestowed Friendship Bracelets and a Love Fool. It could also contain some items folks may find a bit more useful like the Box of Chocolates which will contain a variety of different chocolates with some pretty nice buffs. Most of these silly items are used in some sort of achievement. Very nice and fun items so make sure you do this at least once an hour especially if you are hoping for the achievement title.

The Pledge or Gift of Friendships you can get while under the “adored” buff will the pieces needed to build the Alliance and Horde Gift Collections. You need the loyalty pledges and the cards you will get from city guards. The civilians will give you the more homey item (bread, ale or woodcrafts). You combine all three of these itemsto make an Alliance or Horde Gift Collection for a quest. Apart from being a quest these collections are used in a popularity contest between the faction leaders. You will give your gift collection to Kwee Q. Peddlefeet near faction leader of your choice and the leader with the most gifts will have a cupid near that will buff players. You will also have your choice of some fun items and a box of chocolates for turning them in. This popularity contest has basically no impact on anything in the game and there are very few who actually pay attention to it. Most will simply turn the gift collection in to the closest leader.

Other fun things you could try for is trying to find a Bouquet of Red Roses from in old world dungeons. It is held in your off hand and acts exactly like a Handful of Rose Petals but with unlimited charges. Not exactly necessary but I know I want one. There are four NPCs that have the chance to drop it.

  • Archivist Gallord in Stratholme (Human Side)
  • Illyanna Ravenoak in Dire Maul
  • Lorekeeper Pokelt in Scholomance
  • Princess Moira Bronzebeard in Blackrock Depths

New this year is the Bouquet of Ebon Roses which is similar to the red version but showers your targets with black petals instead. It is not yet known but is expected to be a random drop in Northrend dungeons.

Tip! These items cannot replace the handful of petals needed in the achievements!

Update! 2/11/09
The bouquet of red roses is not listed on the WoW Events page for this holiday and it is rumored that they are no longer available. The Ebon Roses are listed as a possible drop off the following Northrend bosses. It does not appear that any of these dungeons must be completed on heroic for the roses.
  • Maiden of Grief (Halls of Stone)
  • Prince Keleseth (Utgarde Keep)
  • Prince Taldaram (Ahn'kahet: The Old Kingdom)

Quests To Complete

  • Gift Giving (Alliance / Horde)
    Turn in an Alliance or Horde Gift Collection to your favorite faction leader.

  • Dearest Colara (Alliance) or Dearest Elenia (Horde)
    Each of the 3 major faction cities will have a NPC that is smitten by the same woman and wants you to deliver a note to her. You will only get this quest once even though there are three men all wanting you to do it. The Alliance’s Colara Dean is located in Stormwind. Elenia Haydon is in the Undercity. Both should be found near the city’s bank. There are no rewards that I can see mentioned for completing this. Its purpose is to introduce you to the Dangerous Love quest.

  • Dangerous Love: Alliance / Horde
    This starts by the bank in Stormwind / Undercity where a fellow will ask you to bring a Stormwind Guard’s Card /Guardian’s Moldy Card to them. You do this simply by handing out love tokens to the city guards as mentioned above. It may take you a couple tries before you get the card.

  • Aristan’s Hunch (A) / Fenstad’s Hunch (H)
    Bring a Cologne Bottle and a Perfume Bottle from an innkeeper to Morgan Pestel in Stormwind or Apothecary Zinge in the Undercity.

  • Morgan’s Discovery (A) / Zinge’s Assessment (H)
    Speak with Morgan / Zinge again after handing in the bottles and he will send you back to Aristan / Fenstad. You will receive a box of chocolates, a handful of rose petals and a love rocket for your time.

  • Tracing the Source (Alliance / Horde)
    Aristan / Fenstad will send you to speak with an innkeeper in the city.

  • Tracing the Source (Alliance / Horde)
    The innkeeper will send you to find Evert Sorisam (A) or Mara Rennick (H). Both can be found in the tailor shop inside the city.

  • The Source Revealed (Alliance / Horde)
    Evert / Mara will shoot you off to find Apothecary Staffron Lerent who can be found behind Ravenholdt Manor in Hillsbrad Foothills. He’s sort of a pain to get to especially if this is your first time hunting him down.

  • A Bubbling Cauldron
    After completing The Source Revealed you can interact with the nearby cauldron to obtain your choice of very nice looking roleplay clothing. Completing this quest will grant you an achievement!
  • Blue Dinner Suit
  • Purple Dinner Suit
  • Red Dinner Suit
  • Lovely Blue Dress
  • Lovely Purple Dress
  • Lovely Red Dress
  • Achievements to Achieve

    There are 14 achievements available to complete for this event. 12 are required to earn the title “The Love Fool”. I’ll first list the required twelve for the title and then go over the additional two.

    • Heartmender
      Use a Unbestowed Friendship Bracelet on 20 players suffering from broken hearts.

    • Flirt With Disaster (Alliance / Horde)
      This one honestly cracks me up. You are instructed to get your character completely smashed (just drink alcoholic beverages until it says you are completely smashed), throw a handful of rose petals an a specific NPC and then /kiss them. Horde are to petal and kiss Jeremiah Payson, Alliance chose Sraaz.

    • Nearest and Dearest
      Complete the event quest line from Dangerous Love to Bubbling Cauldron.

    • Nation of Adoration (Alliance / Horde)
      Obtain a Gift of Adoration from each of your factions capital cities. Hint: These come from civilians, not guards!

    • Sweet Tooth
      Sample all of the assorted chocolates found in a box of chocolates. There are four types.

    • My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose
      Obtain a Bouquet of Red Roses or Bouquet of Ebon Roses. I’ve already discussed these items above if you missed it!

    • Shafted!
      Use Silver Shafted Arrow on 10 players.

    • Lonely?
      You or someone must put down a Romantic Picnic Basket in Dalaran and have someone join you for the achievement. Simply click on the basket to join someone with a basket out.

    • The Rockets Pink Glare
      Shoot off 10 rockets in 20 seconds. Sound at all familiar?

    • Fistful of Love
      Similar to the Hallows End’s pumpkins on heads and Winter Veil’s snowflakes, this will have you throw Handful of Rose Petals on specific race/class combinations.

    • Be Mine!
      Collect all the heart message candies listed in the achievement out of your Bag of Candies. If I remember correctly from past years these candies should be able to be traded so you can pass it one once you have credit for obtaining it. Before they really had no meaning but I remember sending Keste and “I LOVE YOU” one I got once.

    • I Pitied the Fool
      You need to /pity a Love Fool in 5 specific areas in the world.
    Additional Achievements:


    krizzlybear said...

    Thanks a bunch for this! There's a similar post on WoW Insider, but they post so much that it's been buried somewhere in the back, and I'm too lazy to look. This one is much more acessible from the resources available to me. Good luck scrounging that Love Fool achievement!

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