Southern Darkmoon Island
Active (first week every month)
- For the Darkmoon Faire faction and event information, see Darkmoon Faire (faction). For the event prior to patch 4.3.0, see Darkmoon Faire (old).
- Ahead of You, Down the Path
- A Majestic, Magical Faire!
- Ignore the Darkened, Eerie Woods
- Ignore the Eyes That Blink and Stare
- Fun & Games & Wondrous Sights!
- Music & Fireworks to Light Up the Night!
- Do Not Stop! You're Nearly There!
- Behold, My Friend: THE DARKMOON FAIRE!
- —Arrow signs along the Darkmoon Path guiding visitors to the fairegrounds
The Darkmoon Faire is a large gathering of activities on the southern area of Darkmoon Island, brought together by Silas Darkmoon. The faire opens on the first Sunday of the month at 3 AM realm time and lasts for one week. At the conclusion of that week, players on the island are automatically teleported off the island, back to Elwynn Forest/Mulgore.
Prior to Patch 4.3.0, the Darkmoon Faire could be found at one of three locations: Outside Goldshire in Elwynn Forest, outside Thunder Bluff in Mulgore, and on the outskirts of Shattrath City in Outland's Terokkar Forest.
Attendees can complete daily quests associated with each sideshow game to win a containing a and possibly another prize. Each game requires a which is purchasable from vendors scattered throughout the faire. Tokens and prize tickets are also rewarded from once-per-faire profession-specific quests, which grant +5 skill in the appropriate profession. Prize tickets can be used to purchase pets, mounts, vanity items, heirlooms, and replica armor for use in transmogrification. Plus, there's a carousel that boosts experience and reputation gain.
Traveling to and from the Faire
Players can reach Darkmoon Island via the portal in the Darkmoon Faire Staging Grounds that are set up near one of their major cities:
- The Alliance Darkmoon Faire Staging Grounds are in Elwynn Forest, just south of the crossroads in Goldshire, which in turn is just down the road from Stormwind.
- The Darkmoon Faire Staging Grounds for the Horde are in Mulgore, just southwest of Thunder Bluff. They're reachable without flying by taking the western lift down from the city.
To quickly get to the staging grounds, players may speak to Darkmoon Faire Mystic Mage located in each major city to for a teleport - they charge a low price that varies by character level. Once on the Island, the Darkmoon Path leads down the ridge to the Faire to the south, and mounts are provided for players who are too low level for standard riding.
Players need only travel to the southernmost point of the island, to the Darkmoon Boardwalk, where a "Portal Back" is under a small tent. The portal returns players to the staging grounds in either Elwynn Forest or Mulgore, depending on faction. There is a similar portal at the start of the Darkmoon Path for players who arrive on the island only to remember they forgot something (such as materials for the various profession quests at the Faire).
The Darkmoon Faire contains several sideshow-inspired minigames. Each minigame costs one to play for a fixed amount of time. Each one also has has an associated repeatable quest which can be completed over the course of multiple play sessions - or a single one, with enough luck or skill. Completing each quest awards one .
The Darkmoon Cannon
Located across from the Eastern Pavilion, the Blastenheimer 5000 Ultra Cannon, owned by Maxima Blastenheimer, launches guests through the air towards a target sitting in the waters near the boardwalk south of the faire grounds. Getting a bullseye earns 5 points, landing close to it earns 3 points, and getting near it earns 1 point. A mage is located on the beach next to the target and will teleport anyone who has recently launched from the cannon back for additional attempts, or simply to continue their Faire-going...for a price.
Located next to the Southern Pavilion, this game provides guests with 10 rings in which to toss onto the pole attached to Dubenko, a turtle in a large circular pen. Dubenko moves a few yards from time to time, and the ring toss itself is not entirely precise. Jessica Rogers runs the game and provides the associated quest, , which asks for 3 rings landed on the pole.
Located next to the Western Pavilion, Rinling has finally opened his shooting gallery after years of collecting engineering parts for his equipment. Guests are given a pellet rifle to shoot the targets that light up. Players will have 60 seconds to earn 25 points, which completes the quest, .
- You have to manually turn your body to face the target you want to shoot.
- A Quick Shot is earned by shooting a target right after it lights up. This awards two points and the achievement.
- The reload on the rifles is fast enough that unlagged players can fire twice on the same target (three times if a Quick Shot is made) before it deactivates and stops granting points.
Located next to the pastry tent, guests are given a steam tonk controller with which to pilot their tonks, within a "town" modeled with small paper buildings and surrounded by a fence. Players will have 60 seconds to destroy 30 targets, while being attacked by enemy tonks and MiniZeps at the same time. Finlay Coolshot runs the game and offers .
Located near the entrance, guests receive a mallet to whack some stuffed gnolls that pop out of nine barrels in the area. Players will have 60 seconds to earn 30 points. The gnolls come in three types: normal, Hogger, and baby, awarding 1 point, 3 points, or a knockdown, respectively. Mola runs the game and gives the quest .
New in Warlords of Draenor, near the fireworks vendor, guests are given ten seconds of flight and tasked to fly through 15 floating rings of fire, which are spread out all over Darkmoon Island (and not just the Faire area). Each fire ring flown through refreshes the 10-second flight timer. Fly through 10, 20, or 50 rings in a single Darkmoon Game Token-costing session to earn achievements: Flying High, Ringmaster, and Brood of Alysrazor, respectively. Completing the Brood of Alysrazor achievement awards the toy . Ziggie Sparks runs the game and gives the quest Quest:Firebird's Challenge.
The Darkmoon Faire offers a quest corresponding to each primary and secondary profession. These can only be completed once per monthly faire, and only by players who have the corresponding profession. Some quests can be completed at the faire, and some require ingredients imported from outside the faire, but Archaeology is the only one that asks for anything that cannot be purchased at a goods vendor near the Faire Staging Areas. Completing each quest awards one , a few Darkmoon Prize Tickets, and 5 skill points in the associated profession!
All the profession quests require the player's skill level to be at least 75 in order to see the following quests.
|Profession||Quest||Reward||Required external items|
|Leatherworking||4||5 , 10 , 5|
An important function of the Darkmoon Faire is to allow the return of decks of Darkmoon Cards. These are collectible sets of cards which may be created through inscription or (for level 60 and level 70 cards) found as loot. When all the cards in a set are collected, they form a deck. Higher-level decks may be returned to The Darkmoon Faire for an epic trinket. Lower-level decks reward the returner with more modest items. Returning any kind of deck also awards reputation with the Darkmoon Faire.
Refer to Darkmoon Cards for a complete list of the rewards, and the sources of the cards.
- See also: Sayge's Fortunes
Located between the Southern Pavilion and the Ring Toss, Sayge, a wise gnoll, will give guests a fortune after answering a couple of questions. With this fortune guests are given a buff, which will depend on the answers given. This buff lasts two hours.
Test Your Strength
Kerri Hicks challenges adventurers to go forth and challenge worthy opponents and bring back trophies of your victories to show just how strong you can be. She offers the quest , which requires the to be in the bags. Kerri gives 10 prize tickets for bringing back 250 trophies.
It is anticipated that players will carry the adventurer's guide with them even when the faire is not accessible to keep accumulating artifacts and trophies to turn in when the faire returns.
Darkmoon Zoo Bizarre
Near the end of the faire, is the zoo, which is run by Yebb Neblegear. The zoo contains many animals and even a petting area with penguins, bush chickens, rams, and even ponies. The rams and ponies can also be ridden. There's a special VIP waiting area in which random VIPs wait for a tour. Oddly, Yebb calls his zoo a "Bizarre" rather than a Bazaar.
Respond to /pet, /pat, and /hug
VIP guests that occasionally appear
Located at the Deathmatch Pavilion, contestants compete every three hours (starting at midnight) for a chance at the Darkmoon Treasure Chest. Enter through the gate at any time to enter the contest, or for some free for all action, even when no prize is available.
Korgol Crushskull will announce when the chest is soon to appear.
Just south of the Shooting Gallery where the Tonk Free-for-All originally was is a spectator ring, with Gilnean Master Pet Tamer Jeremy Feasel ready to take on all challengers. You may challenge Feasel once a day with one for a bag of Darkmoon Pet Supplies. There is a rare chance of getting a new companion from the bag, the . The associated quest is .
- Rode the Darkmoon carousel. Experience and Reputation gains increased by 10%.
- Duration: 5 - 60 minutes
The Darkmoon carousel has been installed between The Darkmoon Cannon and the Shooting Gallery. For 50 to 1, varying by level, Kae Ti sells a , which contains five Darkmoon Ride Tickets. Stepping onto or riding the carousel will grant the WHEE! buff, granting +10% to reputation and experience gains, the duration of which will increase in 5 minute increments every couple seconds the Carousel is ridden up to a maximum of 1 hour. Players will be teleported out of the area if they have no ticket, in the same way they are removed from the sideshow areas without having started (or at the end of) the respective game.
Tickets are consumed when a fresh buff is granted (without having one yet or after it has expired), whereas returning before the buff falls off allows refreshing of the duration without paying a new ticket. You are still required to have a ticket with you in order to enter the area, so each character that plans to employ the buff during the event needs 2 tickets, one to get in the first time, and one to refresh the duration. The tickets are not soulbound and can therefore be sent to alts accordingly.
A children's sandbox is located at the northeastern side of the fairgrounds. It contains several rideable Sandbox Tigers, which function identically to Darkmoon "Tiger"s. Around the sandbox are four tonk controllers, available for free-for-all matches.
The Tauren Chieftains' concert
Players equipped with a have the opportunity to roll on artifacts (only Greed is allowed) that are occasionally dropped by instance bosses and enemy players. These artifacts can be accumulated even when the Faire is not active, and start quests to turn themselves in to Professor Thaddeus Paleo (for the most part - Sayge and Yebb Neblegear each also accept one item). Each of the nine can only be redeemed once per Faire, but all nine items may be turned in each month, and reward Darkmoon Prize Tickets for every one. Completing all nine quests awards the achievement, including 2 sub-achievements for the dungeon-specific and PvP-specific drops separately.
|Quest||Starting item||Reward||Related achievement||Source|
Since the Faire is the only time they have access to it, players should make sure to explore the non-Faire portions of Darkmoon Island while they have a chance. The island's waters offer an impossible variety of fish appropriate to each fishing level and the chance to hook a , as well as Shipwreck Debris for those searching for a more unusual catch. The two boss-level beasts that reside on the Island may also make good quarry, as they drop companion pets and several other items.
New in Warlords of Draenor, the Faire has set up a race course, starting at the boardwalk, running a clockwise loop around the southwestern part of the island:
What good would a race be without enemies? Race MiniZeps are leashed to stakes in the ground all over the course, limiting their movement to a roughly 40-yard radius. If racers get in range of a zep and aren't under the effects of a speed boost or can't hit a portal in time, they will get dazed for 2 seconds when the zep fires.
Wait, speed boosts? Portals? There are a number of power-ups, which can be triggered by running over objects on the race course, including:
- Speed Boost (boot) - +100% movement speed
- Super Jump (spring) - launch about 50 yards forward in the direction of motion
- Portal (black hole) - blink 50 yards forward in the direction of movement
- Shield (Scarab Gong) - 10 seconds of immunity to Race MiniZeps and +100% movement speed
- Rocket (mini tonk) - 5 seconds of steerable super speed riding a rocket (only one, after the blue checkpoint)
- Power Transformer (loot bag) - pick up a goody bag of three transformers, used as reagents to summon other power-ups a few yards in front of the runner
While racing, players have access to a special ability:
- Power Slinger 70 yd range — Lock on to a distant powerup, then warp it to you. Channeled. Requires a consumable Power Transformer for each use. (5 sec cooldown)
The Power Slinger ability can be cast while moving, so don't stop.
- Main article: Darkmoon Prize Ticket
The tickets earned by completing quests can be redeemed for a variety of vanity items and heirlooms from vendors near the center of the Faire. Lhara sells companion pets and mounts, while Gelvas Grimegate offers souvenirs and toys, including two transmogrification items, a 16-slot bag, Darkmoon Top Hats, and another companion pet. Daenrand Dawncrest makes all Justice Heirlooms available, and Baruma will exchange tickets for numerous replica items. Additionally, Rona Greenteeth will trade for two legs of old mutton usable as maces, at her food cart in the woods outside the Faire. See the ticket page for full item lists.
There's three booths found at the faire for refreshments:
- The Food Stand
- Run by Stamp Thunderhorn, he offers decent food for hungry guests
- The Drink Stand
- Run by Sylannia, she offers the usual beverages for thirsty guests
- The Dessert Stand
- Run by Aimee, which has traveled all the way from Dalaran in order to provided the best treats to the guests.
Unfortunately, the eating area and booths were built right next to the Tonk Challenge game, offering very little quiet while trying to enjoy your meal.
There is also a more questionable food wagon, just west of the faire in the nearby woods, that is run by Rona Greenteeth. She sells food that she has caught herself and made into dishes that may give customers pause.
Currently nothing exists in any pavilion and are currently under construction, except for the Deathmatch Pavilion.
- If players visit the faire all 7 days, they have the chance to earn up to 65 prize tickets a month. This does not include the random artifacts from doing dungeons.
- Without getting any artifacts, it would take approximately 3 months to earn enough for one mount and about 15 months to earn enough tickets to buy both mounts and the six companion pets.