By GM Howl
The holidays are upon Midgard: Christmas is here! After creating a wonderful countdown calendar constructed by Santa's Helpers in Lutie, the holiday elves have relocated their Christmas operations to the special Enchanted Village to ring in Christmas throughout all of Midgard! Santa Claus is bringing holiday joy to boys and girls of all ages - and with no threats in sight from the Popogrinch, Jack Frost, or other evildoers, he's free to celebrate the true spirit of the season with fun and delights for all! We hope that you'll enjoy this special time as much as ever in this year's return to familiar fun with new prizes, great twists, and enjoyable memories.
This year, the fun starts once more with our special warp assistant in Prontera, who will take you right to the Enchanted Village. Once there, you'll be able to help Santa spread the magic of Christmas across the world by assisting with special tasks being part of sharing the magic of the season with friends. Embark on various games and earn wonderful Christmas Giftboxes by collecting Giftbox Pieces. You can also enjoy some of this year's seasonal highlights, such as letter writing, Antonia's Caroling, stocking hanging, and much more (with full details below!). We hope that you'll explore around the Enchanted Village this year and enjoy all that the season has to offer!
Enjoy the Magic of the Enchanted Village
Begin your adventure to the Enchanted Village by speaking with the Christmas NPC in Prontera. Once in the Enchanted Village, embark on a series of games and holiday delights! Start in on collecting Giftbox Pieces, or enjoy other aspects of seasonal fun. You'll be able to enter the Enchanted Village anytime that the Christmas Event is active!
This year, Santa Claus is asking for your help in spreading Christmas cheer and magic throughout Midgard by enjoying all that his elven team has to offer! This year, you'll be able to participate in this Christmas fun through games, such as collecting giftboxes pieces, stockings, quests, and more! As Santa's elves were putting together this year's gifts and games for all of Midgard, a number of important pieces were lost in their transition from Santa's workshop in Lutie to the Enchanted Village. However, you can help recover these special Red and Green Giftbox Pieces in order to construct your very own Christmas Giftbox!
This year's Giftboxes will grant some new and wonderful items - and you can make your own through a variety of games and challenges. Moreover, all minigames this year may grant you special Snowflake Coins in addition to the Giftbox Pieces, as well as special Marbles. These snowflakes can be used at the vending machine in the Enchanted Village to purchase special rental weapons as well as a lovely variety of new costumes and classic holiday pets. Marbles are used for the special minigame Santa's Marbles, which is explained in greater detail in the Christmas Events section below. Moreover, you'll need to use these special items to fill your stockings - but you'll be able to earn these through a number of methods - making it possible to collect wonderful items in a great combination of ways!
Finally, you'll only be able to obtain certain kinds of Giftbox Pieces through specific games. These Giftbox Pieces are account bound, so you'll need to earn them all individually. Once you do however, you'll be able to give them to Santa, who will reward your hard work with some very special prizes this year. On top of that, you'll be able to earn and do lots more in the Enchanted Village, such as letter writing, caroling, and so much more!
How to Participate in This Year's Event
Collect Red and Green Giftbox Pieces in order to trade them in and craft your own Christmas Giftboxes! Earn Giftbox Pieces by participating in various minigames and events throughout the Enchanted Village. Each Christmas Giftbox will grant wonderful new items this year! Giftbox Pieces are account bound, so be certain to earn them within a single account to maximize your Christmas Giftbox collection! Most items that come out of the box however, are not bound. Minigames may also grant both Snowflake Coins and Marbles this year as well. Snowflake Coins can be used at the vending machine NPC in the Enchanted Village. You will be able to trade these in for special rental weapons, costumes, and pets! Both Snowflake Coins and Marbles have different purposes: Use Snowflake Coins at both the vending machine NPC in the Enchanted Village, as well as within the Stocking Hanging event in Santa's House. Use Marbles to participate in the Santa's Marbles events, also located inside of Santa's House. You can also earn great prizes this year through other fun methods, which are listed below in greater detail. These methods include: Antonia's Caroling - where you can earn Snowflake Coins and other useful goodies. Stocking Hanging - fill up your stockings this year in Santa's House in the Enchanted Village and earn something wonderful the very next day. Santa's Marbles - spell out special holiday sayings with various Marble letters to earn some extraordinary prizes!
Santa has a wonderful variety of games available for all of Midgard's boys and girls this year - including some classic delights and new twists in store! Four main events will provide you with an opportunity to earn Giftbox Pieces in order to construct your very own Christmas Giftbox. These events include the return of Blackjack / Guess the Number, Holiday Riddle Quest, Snowman Building, and the Christmas Time Trial! Each of these games will drop a combination of either Red or Green Giftboxes pieces. Collect both kinds of pieces to trade them in within the Enchanted Village for your very own Christmas Giftboxes this year!
You'll also be able to earn prizes through other events as well. Stocking Hanging, located at Santa's House in the Enchanted Village, will allow you to receive something wonderful. Simply collect the required items for your stocking and wait a day - then check back in over the stockings by the fireplace to receive a special prize!
This year also features a special new addition of Santa's Marbles. There will be a holiday-themed word that you can attempt to spell out by collecting Marbles across various minigames. Each Marble will have a letter printed on it. If you can spell out the holiday word of the day with Marbles in your inventory, you'll receive something incredible! You can participate in this minigame in Santa's House in the Enchanted Village as well.
We hope that you'll give all of this year's events and minigames inside of the Enchanted Village a try - and that you'll earn some wonderful holiday presents along the way!
Explore All that Christmas Has to Offer
Blackjack & Guess the Number returns to Christmas! Play special party-based rounds of Blackjack rotating alongside a holiday-themed Guess the Number minigame. Strike it rich for your opportunity to win Red Giftbox Pieces! Snowman Building gives you an opportunity to assemble your own special snowman. The magical snowmen of the holiday season are starting to fall apart as the magic of Christmas dwindles - and they will need your help in putting them back together again! Find the Snowman Builder in the Enchanted Village to learn more. You'll need five (5) people in total to start building. Once you have your group together, head out and start rebuilding those snowmen! If you're successful with your efforts, you'll be rewarded with some Red Giftbox Pieces. Time Trials inside of Antonio's Toy Factory returns to the Enchanted Village! Back in the day, Antonio used to do research in his evil toy factory. However now the toy factory is open for all! Anyone can enter now to enjoy the challenge. This is also a team minigame requiring three (3) participants: all 3 members can only stay inside for 10 minutes. If you all are unable to get out after 10 minutes, the team must abandon the mission! It may take some time to learn the best ways of completing this but don't give up! Cooperate with your partners (through !map chat for instance), and complete all the tasks in the allotted time to find a way to retrieve some Green Giftbox Pieces! Frozen Boy Riddles throughout the Enchanted Village will put your brain through its paces! Follow the Frozen Boy through a series of riddles to try and locate things to help bring Christmas to life in Midgard. These riddles may be pretty tricky, and they'll certainly require thinking through a number of aspects before figuring them out. Finishing this series of riddles will win you some Green Giftbox Pieces as well! Minigames may reward you with additional Snowflake Coins and/or Marbles, as well! Stocking Hanging is a special holiday tradition, where you are earn fantastic prizes! Located in Santa's House in the Enchanted Village, your very own stocking will be hanging over Santa's fireplace. Simply fill your stocking with a number of requested items, along with five (5) Snowflake Coins and let the magic set in! Check back in with your stocking one day later to see what's inside! Your items and coins will have transformed into something exquisite, including usable items, OPB and OBBs, hats, stat foods, and even a small chance to earn pet eggs or costumes! Note: stocking hanging contains a master account daily limit, allowing you to only create 3 stockings per day. Santa's Marbles is one of this year's most challenging, and rewarding, special minigames! Collect Marbles throughout this year's events - each Marble will be inscribed with a letter upon it. A new holiday-themed word will be listed for you to try and complete with Marbles from your inventory. If you can spell out the word of the day with your Marbles, you'll be able to trade them in for some truly incredible prizes! Once a player gets a prize, the word will change to something new! Note: Marbles are all account-bound and cannot be traded - so you'll have to play a lot of minigames this year to ensure that you have a wide range of available letters to spell out the word of the day! Marbles may be obtained from any of the following minigames: The Elvish Riddles minigame may reward you with any Marble, from A through Z. Snowman Building may reward you with Marbles from letters N through Z. Time Trials may reward you with Marbles from letters A through M. Blackjack & Guess the Number will not furnish a chance to win any Marbles.
In addition to all kinds of minigames and events throughout the Enchanted Village, this year's holiday treats include some additional features and festivities! Moving about towns and cities this year is the Caroling Antonia, who will move and sing holiday tunes - all while dropping items and even Snowflake Coins! However, be careful that her halls aren't too decked - or she'll deck you by exploding! Caroling Antonia has racked up quite the body count over the years, and she isn't about to break her killing streak any time soon. Moreover, there's a chance that even more mayhem will follow Antonia this year as an encore act, the MVP Krampus, will have a chance to spawn in the town which Antonia has just appeared! If you're following Antonia, be prepared for a real fight! Krampus may also drop some wonderful items, so this MVP hunt could be well worth your while!
You'll also be able to send friends, guildmates, and even secret admirers special Holiday Greeting Cards this year through Lizzie in the Enchanted Village. Simply write your own message to your recipient, finalize your message with a reasonable Zeny fee, and if approved you'll hear your special holiday message broadcast all across Midgard!
Finally, we're debuting a much-awaited feature for account-bound items this year: you'll now be able to claim account-bound items from this year's Christmas Event on any of your game accounts within your master account once you've "unlocked" the item! Once you've obtained a special Christmas account bound item, such as a costume for example, visit with the Vending Machine NPC in Lutie while using another one of your game accounts that is associated with your master account. You'll then be able to claim a "copy" of that account bound item on your different account - allowing you access to all of this year's items no matter which of your game accounts you're using to participate! We hope that you'll enjoy these special holiday features as you spread laughter and seasonal cheer!
Plus Special Features and Games
Enjoy Caroling Antonia this year as part of Santa's holiday fun! She'll be exploring throughout various towns and cities in Midgard - be on the lookout for a global announcement when she is around next! As she sings and moves around town, she'll drop items - and even Snowflake Coins! - around her. Follow her to try and collect these special and festive drops. However, be careful not to stay too close for long, as Caroling Antonia may blow up at any time and knock you out! Once Antonia has blown up, there is a chance that the MVP Krampus will follow in her stead! Krampus may invade the same town/city, and defeating him may reward you with some excellent loot! Lizzie is also back to send out special Christmas Cards to your friends, guildmates, and even secret admirers! Simply speak with Lizzie in the Enchanted Village, fill out the To: and From: sections of your announcement, along with a few lines of text that you'd like her to send. Christmas Cards this year cost 50000 Zeny to send, and must be approved by a Gamemaster before they can be sent. Once approved, speak with Lizzie again to confirm the card (when you're ready, of course!) and she will read it aloud as a special global broadcast to all of Midgard! Because these are global announcements, please ensure that your messages are appropriate and conform to TalonRO's rules before writing them, otherwise they may be declined by a Gamemaster. Finally, account bound items from this year's Christmas Event can also be claimed on any of your other game accounts which are associated with your master account! To claim a Christmas account bound item on one of your other game accounts, simply speak with the Vending Machine NPC in Lutie. Once a Christmas account bound item has been obtained, this item will be added to a list of available items at the Vending Machine NPC, allowing you to obtain a "copy" of that item that will be account bound to that new account. For example, say you had received a special Christmas costume from this year's event which is account bound. Simply log into one of your other game accounts if desired, speak with the NPC in Lutie, and you can get a copy of that item! These items will always be account bound, but will allow you to have another version unique to your account as well - allowing you to enjoy your earnings on any of your characters & accounts! Items which are eligible for this special vending machine option include costumes and pets from the Snowflake Coin machine in the Enchanted Village, as well as potential items coming from the Christmas Giftboxes this year. This new feature is also being tested for other potential use cases, and will only work with this year's Christmas items as mentioned above. However, the intent for this NPC is to be used in the future for other event-driven account bound items - as such, we hope to make this NPC a permanent fixture in the same location for reliable purposes!
This year's Christmas prizes are truly special - and you'll be able to earn a variety of amazing and wonderful gifts through a number of minigames, features, and fun. This year's Christmas Giftboxes contain a new assortment of special selections, ranging from new items and costumes, as well as extra special MVP cards at a rare drop rate!
Trading in Snowflake Coins will also earn you an assortment of special rental weapons, which you can use to give your character an extra boost of ho-ho-horribly good bonuses! Snowflake Coins may also allow for you to earn a variety of other prizes, new and older costumes, pet eggs and much more!
Stocking Hanging can also yield some additionally wonderful items as well this year, including special items, useful consumables, and even a small chance to earn even more costumes and/or pet eggs!
Santa's Marbles may feature some of this year's most special items - including a variety of rare, useful, and premium items - like useful cards, Bloody Branches, extra-special pets, and even ultra-rare Saiyan Hair or other amazing costumes. Although spelling out the word of the day with Santa's Marbles will be very challenging, the rewards may certainly pay off big time!
Finally, you can earn prizes and other small gifts all along the way in this year's Christmas event - making it a fun and worthwhile event for all to enjoy!
Earn Prizes from This Year's Offerings
Collect prizes through a variety of ways in this year's Christmas Event! Christmas Giftboxes will provide you with a wonderful potential assortment of prizes, including costumes, pet eggs, or even MVP cards if you're lucky! Snowflake Coins will provide you with a chance to purchase seasonal rental weapons, or costumes and other great items. Stocking Hanging can grant you special consumable items and other useful treasures, along with costumes, pets, and other gifts. Santa's Marbles will provide you an opportunity to win some of this year's best prizes - though this is one of the more challenging minigames provided this year!
We hope that you'll enjoy all that the season has to offer as we celebrate 2017 coming to an end with our holiday event! To make sure that you have the most fun you can have, please be mindful of several important rules and features with this year's Christmas celebration.
Important Rules, Dates, and Notes
To begin this year's Christmas Event, speak with the NPC in Prontera, who will take you to the Enchanted Village. All Christmas Event minigames and events will take place within the Enchanted Village and its related areas and NPCs. Items such as Giftbox Pieces, Marbles, and Snowflake Coins are account bound in this year's event. Some of this year's prizes are account-bound as well, The only way to obtain these exclusive events is to participate, allowing everyone the chance to earn wonderful prizes no matter your zeny status! Finally, this year's Christmas celebration will conclude on January 6, 2018 - allowing for you to enjoy the holiday fun throughout the remainder of the season! We sincerely hope that you enjoy the magic, snow, and wonder of this year's Christmas celebration - which is our delight to offer to you as we close another wonderful year, marking TalonRO's tenth anniversary! We're looking forward to another year full of even more fun, enjoyment, and even more offerings that will make 2018 a year to really remember. Thank you as always for your support of TalonRO, and as always, happy gaming!
By GM Seiren
The month of December is here, and our countdown to Christmas has arrived to usher in the spirit of the holiday season. We're thankful for every member of the TalonRO community, and this year we're pleased to present our Third-Annual Advent Calendar giveaway as a countdown to Christmas!
If you're unfamiliar with this concept, Advent Calendars are special calendars which mark each day from now through Christmas Eve. Behind each day on the calendar is often something nice - a small gift in celebration of the big day coming on December 25th! This year, we're pleased to continue our holiday tradition to say thank you for being part of the TalonRO community and to celebrate you with countdown to Christmas - complete with presents!
We're pleased to thank the entire TalonRO community with special small prizes, all the way through December 24th! Claiming your own Advent Calendar prize is simple - though you'll want to make sure that you can log in each day to TalonRO in order to claim all of your prizes! There's no way to collect prizes for days which you have missed - so the only way to get them is to check the calendar each day from December 1 through December 24 on Christmas Eve!
Claim your Advent Calendar prize in four easy steps:
Visit the TalonRO Advent Calendar and look for today's date! You'll only be able to open a present from the calendar on that current day, so we hope that you won't miss any of them.
Don't forget: all days start and end on Midgard (server) time - so be sure to note what time it is on TalonRO!
Find the day's present in the calendar and click on it. Each present will have a special holiday greeting card, as drawn by members of the TalonRO community!
View the work of our Advent Calendar Art Contest winners are this year by visiting the calendar each day.
Along with the card, you'll receive a special unique code! Take this code to our Advent Calendar NPC in Lutie and enter the code exactly as you see it after opening your Advent Calendar present in the calendar.
Remember: each code is unique to your Master Account!
You'll receive your daily Advent Calendar prize if you've entered your code in correctly with the Advent Giver NPC in Lutie, It could be something small and useful, or something much more rare and wonderful!
All of these gifts are our way of saying thank you for being part of the TalonRO community!
All Advent Calendar Gifts this year are account-bound and will only be available on the day they are offered - meaning that you can't log-in and collect prizes from later dates. To receive all 24 gifts, you'll need to visit the Advent Calendar and the NPC in Lutie each day from now through Christmas Eve.
You'll also might be marveling at the wonderful artwork in this year's calendar, too! Incredible and amazing thanks go to all of the Talonian artists who helped make this year's Advent Calendar so special and unique! We hope that you enjoy the Advent Calendar - and that you might see your own creation in one of the presents, too!
We hope this fun and wonderful countdown will help ring in the holiday season on TalonRO with lots of cheer and bright wishes. Although there is much more to come in December, our Advent Calendar is just the kickoff we hope that you'll enjoy! Our best wishes to you all for a wonderful holiday and thank you as always for your support! Happy Gaming!
By GM Howl
You're officially invited to this year's Festival of Witches! Long considered a hidden festival of the witching academies, the two most prestigious schools of the dark arts have found themselves bound into an ancient traditional festival and competition to see which school's pupils have gained true sight into the powers of the dead. The Necromancers and the Spirit Channelers, Niflheim's two most powerful practitioners of the dark arts, have used the time of Halloween to test their finely-honed mystic arts in friendly competition for bragging rights in their mastery of magic.
For centuries, each annual Festival of Witches has been hidden from the view of the living - and each year has always produced a clear winner between the two rival schools. But, for the first time in nearly three centuries following the dark era of Ragnarok, an unprecedented tie between the two schools emerged on Halloween night! The President of the Academies, Miriette, summoned each of the headmasters of the two rival school to meet in emergency session to determine how to break the tie between their students - and with it, a solution: for the first time, the witches have extended their festival and opened its magic to the residents of Midgard. Since the adventurers of Midgard are new, their fresh take on the ancient festival will surely yield a clear winner - and it will be up to you to fight for a side in the end in this year's Halloween celebration: the Festival of Witches!
Like Halloween celebrations of the past, this year's festival is action packed! However, the Festival of Witches presents an opportunity to experience an entirely new series of events, festivities, games, and goals! With an entirely new twist on a classic holiday adventure, this year's Festival of Witches presents a unique opportunity to play together, challenge your fellow adventurers, and - as always - win some absolutely fantastic prizes!
The Festival of Witches is, at its heart, a competition: the two most prestigious schools of witches have found themselves in a tie during this year's Halloween rivalry. As such, the invitation to the Festival of Witches requires you to first be assigned to a school affiliation. The prestigious school of Necromancers channel dark spirits, and as such wield power and might to command the dead to carry out their will. Spirit Channelers communicate with the forces of light and balance their energies to invoke the power of the spiritual plane. Far from being good vs. evil - each school of witchcraft uses their magic for powerful ends, and your goal is to first align yourself to one of the two schools to assist them in settling their unprecedented tie!
Begin this year's Festival of Witches in the Academy Ground, dressed up to be a replica of Niflheim! Speak with the Halloween Warper in Prontera to enter! From there, she will assign you to one of the two rival schools of Witchcraft in Niflheim: The Spirit Channelers, led by Headmaster Azviar. The Necromancers, led by Headmaster Bryjar.
Once in the Festival area, explore the festival of witches while supporting your assigned school team: The Spirit Channelers school - witches who use the forces of light to wield an array of spirit energies. The Necromancers school - witches who harness the mystic dark arts to command powerful magic.
Note that your school assignment is chosen at random, and will apply to all characters within your master account. For the purposes of the Festival of Witches, we recommend consolidating your individual participation to one character - so you can maximize your earned points and prizes most effectively!
Note as well that the Festival does not take place within the Warp Girl accessible map of Niflheim, but within a special, magically-protected transformed version of the Witching Academy which keeps the monsters out of the Festival! To access the event area, you will need to speak with the Halloween Warper in Prontera.
In order to determine which of the schools reign supreme among the Witches of Niflheim, a series of magical and skill-based competitions are hosted at specific time-based intervals. This is to allow each faction to compete broomstick-to-broomstick as individuals and as a team across a variety of challenges. In between competitions, you and your alliance-mates will have the opportunity to pass the time away in microevents, such as the return of Blackjack, or embark on a longer school-specific progression quest to continue to earn points or tickets for you and your team!
Activities rotate every hour during the Festival of Witches - and can include everything from Festival-wide events involving both schools, or very specific monster or MVP challenges which will require collaborative effort! The headmasters of each school are eager to put the schools through a variety of challenges and paces - requiring you to be ready for anything which comes at you! So suit up, gear up, and gather your friends together as you embark on competitions, quests, and challenges for points, tickets, and prizes!
Competition Times & Matches
The Festival of Witches revolves around a series of three distinct activities: Hourly Festival minigames Individual microevents School Quests & Specialty Adventures
The Hourly Festival minigames rotate every hour, and may come from one of the following general types of minigames: Town-wide minigames. These games involve the participation of players across all of the Festival map. Great timed events include the return of favorites such as Simon Says, Simon Sequence, and Poring Seek. You'll encounter these games one at a time - and once the time is up, game progress will finish and team + individual points will be tallied! You'll also have a chance here to earn individual prize tickets as well. Limited capacity minigames. The Halloween Challenge, Zombie Run, and Devil's Claw Machine represent offerings of minigames where participation in the hour is limited to those who are able to sign up first! Rounds have been expanded in terms of capacity and speed to accommodate a significant number of players, but participation will be limited! For those players who aren't able to make the hourly deadline and capacity for a given event, there are other great options available through the School Quest or other activities in the Festival of Witches. Hunting minigames. No Festival of Witches would be complete without having an opportunity to put your magical (or other!) skills to the test! When games of the hunting variety are open for the hour, suit up and get ready to go monster hunting - either in Vanilla or Unrestricted mode, which is revealed when the hourly hunting map opens up. However, the Witches love to trick one another, and in an unusual display of events - the President of the Witching Academies, Miriette, has decided to allow killstealing to take place only within this event (and reminds you that TalonRO's rules of killstealing still apply back in the mortal world!). Be careful to watch out for those MVPs, too! A few will spawn during the minigame, but killing them will be well worth the points! Gather up as many goodies and points as you can in this special area. All monsters will die when the hour time is up, and the team which accrued the most kills within the hour will win additional points! MVP defense minigames. Being masters of Spirit Channeling and Necromancy, the witches have called upon their most fiendish friends to assist in another special type of hourly minigame, the MVP defense! When this event begins, one team will be responsible for keeping their Dark Sorcerer MVP alive as long as possible, while the opposite team will be on the offensive - trying to find and kill the other team's Dark Sorcerer! If you are on the defensive team, every minute your school's MVP is alive will earn points along with spawned Treasure Chests! If you can find and break those chests open for your team, you'll earn individual points for your team plus an opportunity to earn yourself some wonderful Festival Tickets! Meanwhile, the team on the offensive should focus on finding and killing the other team's MVP (and steer clear of cracking open treasure chests - as that will cause your team to lose points!). If the offensive team successfully kills the MVP that hour, the roles will switch and the Dark Sorcerer will appear for the winning team, switching them from offense and now into defense! Each defensive team earns points through two methods: keeping your MVP alive, and finding/opening Treasure Chests. The offensive team will want to kill the other team's MVP as fast as possible so they can be in defensive mode and thus start earning points!
Individual Microevents. A great way to pass the time in between hourly games! Play Blackjack in the Festival grounds, or speak with any of the festival goers to learn more about the Festival of Witches - and what other surprises and scares might lurk between the two rival schools!
School Quests & Specialty Adventures. Once you've been assigned to a school team, you'll have the option to embark upon a school-specific quest series. Each respective school Headmaster - Azviar or Bryjar - will be able to help you get started, and each quest contains multiple parts and sections to earn individual and team points for your school! Complete various sections of the evolving quest to continue earning points in the Festival, as well as advance your school's team to further glory! Plus, other exciting events may unfold as the Festival progresses, depending on how Miriette decides the Festival is (or isn't!) solving the tie situation between the two rival schools. Miriette may decide to call upon an old and trusted friend in the Witching World - Kirkena - to offer her wise guidance as to the nature of the Festival of Witches for mortal participants, and to help players navigate a mysterious Labyrinth which seems to be the source of a particularly foul brand of evil magic...
Points and Tickets are how the Festival keeps track of performance. In order to settle the score between each of the two rival schools, the work of each school alliance will contribute into a total point system during the Festival of Witches to see which school reigns at the top! Each minigame, microevent, and School Quest will earn you points and/or tickets. Points go toward settling the competition between each of the rival schools for team awards, while Festival Tickets reward you for individual contribution and can be applied toward prizes. For example, monsters during the Hunting Minigames may drop Festival Tickets as items, but the team member who kills the monster will be credited with the school points. Alternatively, specialty adventures may reward you with tickets, but possibly not team points depending on the nature of the mission - especially if the danger involves bigger matters than the rival Festival of Witches!
School Points contribute toward determining which of the two schools will win the Festival of Witches this year. Every point may be awarded to either an individual player on a team while in the midst of an event, or distributed to the entire team when an event is won at the end of the allotted hour. In order to keep the fires of competition stoked magically hot, Miriette will be keeping a record of the scores hidden until the end of the Festival, when the winning school will be announced!
The two Headmasters have also agreed to award special honorary Witching Degrees to the thirteen (13) most intrepid mortals who have helped to settle this year's tie. Individual prizes will be handed out to winners of various minigames who have demonstrated that their skills are on par with the best-in-class Witches of either school! Those individuals with the most points at the end of the entire Festival of Witches will be announced and receive a special, exclusive prize!
Festival Tickets, as mentioned earlier, can be accumulated and traded in for a wide array of wonderful prizes this year! Only one type of ticket - the Festival Ticket - exists in the Festival, and this will be the ticket you'll want to collect! Earn these tickets throughout multiple events in the Festival, and trade them at the Festival to earn a variety of wonderful and magical prizes from the Witches as thanks for participating in this year's Festival. What secrets of the dark arts will you learn from earning tickets in this year's Festival? There's only one way to find out!
Point Leaders for Individual, Games, and Schools
The Festival of Witches features two distinct methods of performance tracking: Points and Tickets.
Points are used to determine which school will win in this year's Festival of Witches. At the end of the Festival, the school with the most amount of points will win the Festival, and all players who are aligned with that school will receive a special team prize! Players can earn points on behalf of their team by participating in any of the hourly rotating minigames. Points can be earned either based on individual performance during a minigame (e.g.: killing a monster during the Hunting Minigame), or when a team wins an entire game at the end of an hour by earning the most points (e.g.: the team with the best defense time in MVP Defense). Performing well in each of the minigames will earn you points - so the more you participate, the more likely it is that you'll earn more points! Every point award will be mentioned to either the player receiving the points, or to the entire team / map when points are not player-specific, such as winning a town-wide minigame. Overall point scores for each school will be tallied, but kept hidden throughout the event. The winning school will be announced at the end Festival of Witches to keep the suspense running high!
Special Witching Degree award prizes for top individual performers will be handed out at the end of the Festival of Witches as well, in addition to a winning school. Note that top-performance is character driven - so to compete in this area, we recommend participating in the Festival of Witches using a single character of your choice, as points are not tallied across all characters in your master account. Overall, thirteen (13) players will win for top performance in each of the following categories: The top-three (3) Town-Wide minigame / Limited Capacity minigame winners by accumulated points. Performance will be based on the number of points accumulated on your character for: Simon Says, Simon Sequence, Poring Seek, Halloween Challenge, Zombie Run, and Devil's Claw Machine. Points accumulated through Blackjack will NOT count toward this individual performance total. The top-three (3) Hunting minigame killers by accumulated points: Performance is based on the number of monsters killed during this minigame, with MVPs counting for substantially more points. This score is cumulative across both Vanilla and Unrestricted modes, so both Headmasters highly recommend playing in both versions to earn the maximum amount of points in this category! The top-three (3) MVP Defense Treasure Chest breakers by the number of chests opened during the minigame. Performance is based on the number of Treasure Chests opened while you are playing on defense (remember that opening Treasure Chests while on offense will cause you to *lose* points!). Keeping the MVP alive while on defense will contribute points toward your school score, while opening Treasure Chests will contribute points toward your individual performance scores in the Witching Degree awards. The single fastest party of four (4) in the Labyrinth when this minigame is made available. Be on the lookout for the Labyrinth minigame during the Festival of Witches. You'll be able to form parties of four (4) players for this minigame. The party of four (4) with the fastest completion time in the Labyrinth will win a Witches Degree Award this year as well!
Overall, the winning school will be decided by Mirielle, the President of the Witching Academies, as a best-of-three score card across three distinct categories: The school with the highest cumulative point scores across all events, and with all players. The school who won the most hourly games overall in various minigames. The school whose members have the most individual Witches Degree Award recipients (there are 13, so that way there are no ties!)
Finally, Festival Tickets can be earned throughout the minigames and microevents this year, allowing you to save them up and trade in for fantastic Festival of Witches prizes. You can earn these tickets through a variety of methods in each of the minigames or microevents, or in the Labyrinth event. These tickets are character-bound, and there is only one type of ticket available this year: the Festival Ticket. You may exchange these tickets with the Halloween Prizes NPC in the Niflheim Festival map, who can help you exchange these tickets for fantastic prizes and mentioned down below!
Competition games are the essence of the Festival of Witches! The two schools of Spirit Channeling and Necromancy are ready to solve their rivalry in a series of magical showdowns designed to celebrate the essence of the Festival, but to also make it clear and decisive who among them are the most powerful Witches in Niflheim. This year's series of games are certain to involve creative problem solving, strategic force, and intrepid bravery - with each game designed to test a variety of skills and proficiency. This year's offerings are summarized below - but be certain to try them all to not only experience the full range of the Festival of Witches, but to also earn points for your school and to earn tickets for yourself!
We hope that you enjoy this year's offerings and games - and we hope that you'll emerge as one of this year's Witches Degree Award winners!
Festival of Witches List of Games
Blackjack & Guess the Number The Festival of Witches makes Niflheim's Haunted Casino open for business! Play special party-based rounds of Blackjack rotating alongside a haunted Guess the Number minigame. Strike it rich for your opportunity to win tickets! This microevent will be available during the Festival, and recommended for when you're waiting in between hourly rounds of other events! Simon Says Copy the movements exactly as ordered - or else, you're out! Be sure to follow the instructions carefully in this minigame which is harder than it looks. If you win, points and tickets await - plus the school with the most wins will win additional team-wide points! Simon Sequence You've obeyed Simon, but can you find all the Simons in this meta-Simon experience?! If so, follow the sequence closely and run around the Festival for a chance to earn for you and your school. Poring Seek Mischievous Porionettes roam around the Festival when this minigame begins - can you be the one to kill the most within five minutes? You'll race against the clock and one another to see who will win the round, plus the school with the most wins will win additional team-wide points! Halloween Challenge Even the Witches of Niflheim recall this classic Halloween game involving candy - a witch's favorite! Fight through traps and snares and pitfalls as you work your way to collect points and tickets in this particularly challenging minigame. Zombie Run Survive against a horde of zombies, where your death is your school's biggest threat! Evade zombies in a successive round and win points and tickets along the way. Be certain to stay alive - since healing is off the table on this event! When you hear the cackle of Nightriff, you had best run as fast as you can! Note: Entering Zombie Run with either a mercenary or homunculus will result in your automatic ejection from the event. Mercenaries nor homunculi can be summoned during gameplay in Zombie Run. Devil's Claw Machine The devil's claw descends from below, grabbing up participants as it goes! Can you outlast the explosive grip of the Devil's Claw as it targets players across a limited area? If so, then you'll be rewarded for your efforts! Note: Entering the Devil's Claw Machine with either a mercenary or homunculus will result in your automatic ejection from the event. Mercenaries nor homunculi can be summoned during gameplay in Devil's Claw Machine. Monster Hunting Embark on a courageous monster hunt on behalf of your school and earn tickets and points! This year, each monster hunting map will be purely PvM as you fight against various Halloween-themed monsters. When the Monster Hunting minigame opens, it may either open in Vanilla or Unrestricted mode. Points and tickets for these modes will be the same, so we encourage you to try on both when either mode is available! MVP Defense Guard your MVP and find treasure chests when in defensive mode, or go on the hunt to fight the opposing team's MVP in offensive mode. The longer your MVP stays alive, the more points your school will earn. Team functions switch when an MVP is killed, meaning that the old defensive team will become the new offense in the next round, and so on! School Quest Embark on a series of quests affiliated with each of the schools for a chance to earn points for your team. A great experience awaits you, which is perfect for passing the time in between hourly minigame rounds! Begin your school's respective quest: For Spirit Channelers, speak with Azviar. For Necromancers, speak with Bryjar. The Labyrinth Once open, the Labyrinth is the home of some truly foul magic, and it will be up to you and your friends to follow Kirkena's suggestions as you navigate through the challenge. The goal of the Labyrinth is to guide your party of four through the maze as fast as possible successfully!
It wouldn't be a proper Festival of Witches without some wonderful prizes! In addition to settling the score between the two rival schools, the President of the Witching Academies, Mirielle, will award prizes to members of the winning school's mortal faction! This announcement and ceremony will come at the end of the Festival - and until then, every point earned for your school will count toward your total score.
Meanwhile, you'll have the opportunity to earn individual points, which will count toward your ranking as one of the top 13 participants to receive a Witches Degree Award, and with it an exclusive prize!
Halloween wouldn't also be complete unless there were prized Trick or Treat Bags as well! Earn these bags in a number of ways, including through tickets, speaking with NPCs, and much more! What will you get inside of your bags this year?
Finally, earning tickets this year will allow you access to a wide range of fantastic prizes, including new costumes, fantastic assorted prizes, and even new pet eggs! With only a single ticket type to keep track of, your tickets will add up into some wonderful prizes during the Festival of Witches. What you'll earn is up to the effort you put in, and a little bit of Halloween magical luck!
Prizes and Quests for Rewards
Trade in your Red Tickets at the Halloween Prizes NPC in the Festival of Witches for any of the following amazing prizes: Trade six (6) Red Tickets in for a Trick or Treat Bag! Note: Trick or Treat Bags are account-bound, as they were last year. Trade fifty (50) Red Tickets for your chance at winning one of six new, exclusive costumes! Note: these costumes are account-bound items. Trade a hundred (100) Red Tickets in for a Bloody Branch! Trade in a single (1) Red Ticket for a Dead Branch as well Completing this year's School Quest will also yield the possibility for an exciting prize! Quest completion will give a special new Hanging Dolls Costume upon successful completion! Note: this costume is account-bound. Plus, every completion gives a slight chance to also receive a special Bandit Egg! Note: this egg item is account-bound. A special prize will also go to all adventurers who are affiliated with the winning academy this year! What will your item be? There's only one way to find out - but it is a wonderful new haunted item that we know you'll be sure to enjoy! In recognition of outstanding efforts, each of this year's thirteen Witches' Degree recipients will receive an incredible two special prizes: A Magical Cat Hat Costume - considerably rare, this costume is sure to let everyone know that you're a powerful wielder of magic! Your choice of MVP Card! Cards eligible for this prize are those currently available from the Reward Guru Maya Purple is furthermore excluded from this list
This year's Festival of Witches has many new and exciting features and challenging minigames - which is why we want to make sure you're aware of all of this year's important rules, guidelines, and dates so you can make the most of your haunted adventure! Be sure to review the list below so that you're well prepared for all of this year's rules and processes - and we hope that you have an incredible and memorable time in Niflheim!
Important Rules and Dates
To begin in the Festival of Witches, speak with the Halloween Warper NPC in Prontera. From there, she will warp you into the academy grounds, made up to look exactly like Niflheim this year. This is where the Festival is taking place.
School alignment is chosen at random upon speaking with the Halloween Warper. Once sorted into a Witching School, this will be your school affiliation for the duration of the Festival. Furthermore, this affiliation will be applied to your entire Master Account, and all characters within your Master Account who participate in the Festival of Witches will share in this affiliation. The use of multiple Master Accounts during this event, or possession of such multiple accounts at anytime on TalonRO, is forbidden and is a ban-worthy offense per TalonRO's server rules.
The Festival of Witches hourly minigames will rotate and be available every hour, including during other standard offerings, such as GMC hours, War of Emperium, and other regularly scheduled events. The Labyrinth minigame is exempt of the hourly rotation, as is the School Quest series of challenges.
Entering either the Devil's Claw Machine or Zombie Run with either a mercenary or homunculus will result in your automatic ejection from the event. Mercenaries and Homunculi cannot be summoned during gameplay in either Devil's Claw or Zombie Run.
A status bulletin board is available in the Festival area to remind you of your school affiliation, as well as a readout of what the current hourly minigame will be (or the next one, if one is currently not in progress). The colors of the game type correspond to color-themed map markers, available on your minimap. The board also features some fun news and weather across the land of the dead (so you can pack your umbrella when it's raining fire, perhaps?).
The Festival of Witches recommends participating this year on a single character, selected from your available characters in your Master Account. This is so that you have the best chance of consolidating points to be one of the 13 Witches Award Recipients! Moreover, Red Festival Tickets are character-bound - and so it is recommended that you earn Tickets using a single character throughout the duration of the event. Many of this year's prizes are account-bound as well, including Trick or Treat Bags, costumes, and many prizes obtained through the event. The only way to obtain these exclusive events is to participate, allowing everyone the chance to earn wonderful prizes no matter your zeny status!
Finally, the Festival of Witches will end on November 23rd at 6:00pm Midgard (server) time, and within a few days, the winning school will be announced, along with this year's school prizes and Witches Degree Award recipients! We sincerely hope that you enjoy the magic, frights, and wonder of the Festival of Witches - which is our delight to offer to you in this Autumn season! We're looking forward to the month ahead as we come into December, but we hope this will make for a very memorable and fun November! Thank you as always for your support of TalonRO, and as always, happy gaming!