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For API events that can be handled by the UI or addons, see Events.

Events in Azeroth (also known as World Events, Seasonal Events or Holidays when appropriate) run the gamut from small yet ferocious free-for-all skirmishes for loot, to world-wide friendly celebrations, to ongoing military campaigns. An event of this kind is defined, with one exception, by being only available in the game at certain times and not others, ranging from several times a day, to annually, to one-time historical happenings never to be seen again. Below are some of the events, which are fun if you ever get around to them.

Types of environment changes accompanying events include:


Ongoing events

Over the course of Azeroth's troubled history, the times of celebration have fallen under the shadow of the conflicts that have shaped and scarred the world. Every day, as new challenges surface, new champions answer the call to arms, relishing the glory and the rewards of battles well fought. Below are details of some of the current disturbances warranting investigation - and participation - by the world's most adventurous heroes.

Seasonal events

To help offset the strain and tension of constant warfare, the leaders of the Horde and the Alliance occasionally organize full-blown festivities for their people, centered around holidays and special events. What better way to celebrate the year's victories and other achievements than in the company of a few thousand of your closest allies?

Azeroth Event Time Period Related Earth Event Additional Info
New Year 31st Dec - 1st Jan New Year's Eve Gregorian calendar
Lunar Festival Varies (Spring) Lunar New Year Chinese calendar
Love is in the Air 7th Feb - 20th Feb Valentine's Day
Noblegarden Varies (Easter) Easter
Children's Week 1st May - 7th May Children's Day - Japan
Mother's Day - US (and in most other countries, including: Belgium and the Netherlands)
Midsummer Fire Festival 21st June - 5th July Midsummer
Canada Day - CAN
Independence Day - US
US observed! Fire in the Sky Engineers' Explosive Extravaganza
Pirates' Day 19th Sept International Talk Like a Pirate Day First observed Sept 19th, 2008.
Peon Day 30th Sept EU Closed Beta began: September 30, 2004 Observed only in Europe[1]
Brewfest 20th Sept - 4th Oct Oktoberfest - Germany
Harvest Festival 27th Sept - 4th Oct Roughly Thanksgiving - Canada, US (actually celebrated in October and November in Canada and US, respectively)
Columbus Day - US
US Stress Test ended: September 12, 2004
Hallow's End 18th Oct - 1st Nov Halloween
Day of the Dead 1st Nov - 2nd Nov Day of the Dead
Pilgrim's Bounty 22nd Nov - 28th Nov Thanksgiving
Feast of Winter Veil 15th Dec - 2nd Jan Christmas

Unique events

A number of one-time-only World Events have occurred throughout the game's history. Most of these events have either directly resulted in changes to the game world or were pre-cursors to expansion packs. They are distinguished from removed content by the fact that they were planned to last only a short time after release (at most one major patch) rather than being removed due to either considerations for new content or gameplay concerns, updates, and other fixes. Note that simply being introduced and removed quickly (e.g. a quest added in patch 3.3.5 and removed for The Shattering) does not qualify something as a One-Time Event or part of one - it must be related to a unique period or occasion.

  • Battlefield: Barrens — Taking place in Patch 5.3.0, this event transformed the Northern Barrens, introducing hundreds of new NPCs, new areas and a number of dynamic events, along with a range of rewards for participation. Focusing on the building conflict between Garrosh Hellscream and his loyal Kor'kron and the rebelling forces of Vol'jin's Darkspear Rebellion, adventurers from both the Horde and the Alliance were able to assist the rebels in their preparations for the coming war against the warchief. Players secured supplies for the rebellion by defeating Kor'kron units and their powerful commanders, escorting their faction's supply caravans through the zone and even stealing supplies from overturned Kor'kron caravans.
  • Elemental Unrest — Beginning on 11 November 2010, this event is the precursor to the devastating events of the Cataclysm expansion.
  • Operation: Gnomeregan and Zalazane's Fall — Beginning on 7 September 2010, these world events were the first precursors to the Cataclysm expansion and allowed Alliance and Horde players to assist in the retaking of Gnomeregan's surface and the Echo Isles respectively.
  • Zombie Infestation‎ — Introduced in Patch 3.0.2, this world event was a precursor to the Wrath of the Lich King expansion and featured plagued crates that would transform players into zombies with the ability to pass the zombie plague onto others. It was followed by a reprise of the Scourge Invasion world event from Patch 1.11.0.
  • The Spirit of Competition — This event occurred simultaneously with the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, and simply rewarded players for completing battlegrounds during the event.
  • Battle for Sun's Reach — Introduced in Patch 2.4.0, this world event occurs once per server and requires the completion of a number of daily quests on the Isle of Quel'Danas in order to allow the Shattered Sun Offensive to take over and rebuild the town of Sun's Reach.
  • The Dark Portal Opens — Introduced in Patch 2.0.1, this world event was a precursor to the Burning Crusade expansion and featured the forces of the Horde, Alliance, and Argent Dawn fighting back against the demonic legions entering Azeroth through the Dark Portal.
  • The Scourge Invasion — Originally introduced in Patch 1.11.0, this world event involved an invasion of Scourge forces across the world to coincide with the release of the Naxxramas raid instance. During the invasion, several regions of Azeroth came under attack by Scourge forces. Members of the Argent Dawn organized a worldwide counter to the Scourge invasion, keeping an eye out for any necropolis sightings and passing on their information to all adventurers willing to aid them in their struggle.
  • Gates of Ahn'Qiraj — Introduced in Patch 1.9.0, this two-part world event occurred once per server (until Patch 3.2.0) resulted in the opening of Ahn'Qiraj. It was comprised of a quest chain completed by a single player to obtain the Scepter of the Shifting Sands to open the gates themselves, as well as a server-wide war effort to gather materials for the Horde and Alliance to battle the insectoid menace that issued forth from the opened gates.

Exclusive recipes

Recipe Source BoP
Feast of Winter Veil
[Recipe: Gingerbread Cookie] sold by
Neutral Penney Copperpinch
Neutral Wulmort Jinglepocket
[Recipe: Winter Veil Egg Nog] 2s 40c
[Recipe: Hot Apple Cider] 1 2 1g x
[Pattern: Winter Boots] 1 2 50s x
[Pattern: Red Winter Clothes] 1 sold by Neutral Wulmort Jinglepocket 50s x
[Pattern: Green Winter Clothes] 2 sold by Neutral Penney Copperpinch 50s x
[Plans: Edge of Winter] one randomly from [Smokywood Pastures Special Gift]
quest reward for
A [90] A Smokywood Pastures' Thank You!
H [90] A Smokywood Pastures' Thank You!

commonly sold on AH
[Schematic: Snowmaster 9000]
[Formula: Enchant Weapon - Winter's Might]
[Recipe: Elixir of Frost Power]
[Pattern: Gloves of the Greatfather]
[Pattern: Green Holiday Shirt]
Lunar Festival
[Schematic: Small Blue Rocket] from [Small Rocket Recipes]
sold by Neutral Fariel Starsong
5 Coin of Ancestry x
[Schematic: Small Green Rocket] x
[Schematic: Small Red Rocket] x
[Schematic: Large Blue Rocket] from [Large Rocket Recipes]
sold by Neutral Fariel Starsong
5 Coin of Ancestry x
[Schematic: Large Green Rocket] x
[Schematic: Large Red Rocket] x
[Schematic: Blue Rocket Cluster] from [Cluster Rocket Recipes]
sold by Neutral Fariel Starsong
5 Coin of Ancestry x
[Schematic: Green Rocket Cluster] x
[Schematic: Red Rocket Cluster] x
[Schematic: Large Blue Rocket Cluster] from [Large Cluster Rocket Recipes]
sold by Neutral Fariel Starsong
5 Coin of Ancestry x
[Schematic: Large Green Rocket Cluster] x
[Schematic: Large Red Rocket Cluster] x
[Schematic: Firework Launcher] sold by Neutral Fariel Starsong 5 Coin of Ancestry x
[Schematic: Cluster Launcher] sold by Neutral Fariel Starsong 5 Coin of Ancestry x
[Pattern: Festival Dress] sold by Neutral Fariel Starsong 5 Coin of Ancestry x
[Pattern: Festival Suit] sold by Neutral Fariel Starsong 5 Coin of Ancestry x
Midsummer Fire Festival
[Formula: Enchant Weapon - Deathfrost] dropped by Combat Ahune x
Recipe Source BoP

1 also mailed to Alliance players able to learn it

2 also mailed to Horde players able to learn it

Seasonal world events by patch number

Azeroth Event Patch Introduced Patch Date
Feast of Winter Veil 1.2.0 18 December 2004
Noblegarden 1.3.0 7 March 2005 X
Children's Week 1.4.0 5 May 2005
Darkmoon Faire 1.6.0 2 July 2005
Harvest Festival 1.6.0 2 July 2005 X
Hallow's End 1.8.0 10 October 2005
Lunar Festival 1.9.0 3 January 2006 X
Love is in the Air 1.9.3 7 February 2006
Midsummer Fire Festival 1.11.0 20 June 2006
Peon Day 1.12.1 22 August 2006 X
New Year 2.0.1 5 December 2006 X
Brewfest 2.2.2 2 October 2007
Pirate's Day 2.4.3 15 July 2008 X
Pilgrim's Bounty 3.2.0 4 August 2009
Day of the Dead 3.2.0 4 August 2009 X

The patch for the events marked with a X is speculation, based on the last patch to go live before the event was seen on servers.

Other events


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See also

  • Events info: