Hallow’s End (October 18 – October 31) Guide

It’s that time of the year again–ghosts and goblins, witches and warlocks unite! Hallow’s End hits Azeroth today. Hallow’s End is one of my favorite holidays in World of Warcraft. Running from from October 18 – October 31, the holiday invites players to gather candy, wands, food, masks, and even vanity pets from inn keepers all over the in-game world.

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Event Changes

While there weren’t as many changes in 2012 as there were in 2011, there’s a few new things this holiday season.

Much like the Brewfest items had been, all Hallow’s End rings (plus the helmet and sword) have been upgraded to ilevel 470 making them pretty useful this time around!

There’s one new achievement:  Tricks and Treat of Pandaria, which is an achievement for visiting all the Candy Buckets in Pandaria. We have the locations listed at the end of the article.

Tricky Treats Loot

Since last year, gone are the days of trick-or-treating hourly for a chance at an extremely rare mask or a rare vanity item. Instead, the event has been streamlined into a vendor and daily system, very similar to Noblegarden. One vanity pet,  Feline Familiar, makes its appearance here on a vendor, for example; meanwhile, old favorites, such as  Sinister Squashling are purchasable. There’s also  Creepy Crate from a short questline and  Little Wickerman from vendors which is a fun campfire.

Tricky treats are obtained through dailies and the pumpkins spread throughout inns on the map. You will get two treats for every inn you visit, as a one time only reward, along with a potential for a mask, wand, or other fun holiday item. You then spend the tricky treats at vendors outside of your capital cities.

Vendors and quest-givers are located at special holiday hubs outside of Stormwind and Undercity.

  • Horde: Chub <Candy & Toy Vendor>, Darla <Wand Vendor>, Farina <Mask Vendor>.
  • Alliance: Dorothy <Candy & Toy Vendor>, Stymie <Wand Vendor>, Spanky <Mask Vendor>.

New Masks

Since last year, there were a lot of new masks. First and foremost for the two playable races:

Sadly there seem to be non pandaren masks.

In addition to the playable race masks, there are also four sets based on non-playable races; these masks have buffs. Because they function as buffs, they cost more to purchase and are probably meant items for the player who has nearly everything as a currency sink.

New Buffs

Two powerful buffs are tied to the Wickerman Festival.

 Decree of the Dark Lady is granted to nearby players upon observing an RP event in which Sylvanas watches the burning of the Wickerman and declares it to be a sign of the strength of the Forsaken.

 Greymane’s Resolve works in the same way for Alliance players–Genn Greymane watches the burning of the Wickerman and blesses nearby players.

You can also obtain  Unburdened and is easily gotten–just click on the Wickerman bonfire outside Stormwind and Undercity.

Treats and Goodies!

There are three main ways players can acquire quirky seasonal items during the Hallow’s End festival:
Candy Buckets Crudely Wrapped Gift, and the Headless Horseman.

As we’ve explained in more detail above, Candy Buckets (in the shape of pumpkins) are nearby the innkeepers of friendly inns. Instead of talking to an innkeeper each hour for a Treat Bag or a Trick disguise, looting each pumpkin will reward players with a  Handful of Treats (and sometimes a temporary character disguise, like the Trick debuff). This contains 1-3  Tricky Treat Tricky Treats, some candy, and other vanity items. If you don’t get lucky with finding rare items in your candy bags, don’t worry–the  Tricky Treat can be used to purchase them instead. This new system takes the RNG component out of the holiday that many had complained about.

(As in past years, there’s also an Apple Bob nearby, which gives players Bobbing Apple.)A  Crudely Wrapped Gift can be obtained after protecting a low level Alliance (Goldshire, Kharanos, or Azure Watch) or Horde (Razor Hill, Falconwing Square, or Brill) village from the Shade of the Horseman (see Quests section below). The matrons located in these villages will ask for your aid in putting out fires in local buildings. When the Shade of the Horseman has been defeated, a largeJack-o-Lantern will appear on the ground that gives the quest  Smash the Pumpkin (Alliance) which can be turned in at the nearby Matron. The Matron will reward you with a sum of gold and a  Crudely Wrapped Gift, which can contain candy, masks, or even riding brooms!

The Headless Horseman is a level 90 boss that players can queue up for using the Dungeon Finder tool. The boss will then spawn in the Graveyard of Scarlet Monastery. This encounter can be completed easily by a decently-geared 5-man of level 90 players. For more information check out the section below!

Those candies you get from trick-or-treating changed back last year. They used to be buffs, offering amounts of stacking stats such as spell power with every consumption. However, that’s changed.

Candy Buckets

Seasonal, pumpkin-shaped Candy Buckets are located inside every inn, near the Innkeeper. Each bucket offers a one-time quest that can be completed and rewards a small sum of gold and a  Handful of Treats, which contains a guaranteed two Tricky Treats and then has a chance to have other items such as masks and snacks. These snacks include  Pyroblast Cinnamon Ball G.N.E.R.D.S. Chewy Fel Taffy, and  Soothing Spearmint Candy.

Visiting all friendly inn buckets on continent will reward an achievement. There is a new one for Pandaria this year, too.

Locations

Check out the related achievements below for a list of all buckets–some locations have changed since the Shattering. We’ve gotten word that some of these new candy buckets appear to be bugged–as well as others added that aren’t tied to achievements–so hopefully this will be fixed.

Quests

Horde Quests

Alliance Quests

The Headless Horseman

The Headless Horseman is a level 90+ 5-man boss located in the Graveyard of Scarlet Monastery. This boss will only spawn for level 89+ players who have queued for the encounter via the Dungeon Finder tool. The boss drops epic-quality gear, and additional vanity loot can be obtained from a special Loot-Filled Pumpkin awarded once per day for killing him.

Remember, you can queue up for the boss as many times as you like, but you will only have access to his regular drops after the first time–the Loot-Filled Pumpkin and a monetary reward of 19 86 will only be awarded once per day. Also, you’ll be awarded a few Justice Points.

Phat Lewts!

Boss Loot

Loot-Filled Pumpkin Loot

The Loot-Filled Pumpkin can also contain a randomly selected flimsy mask (if no “special” loot is awarded). It is possible to get multiple special items from the bag at the same time.

Achievements

There are a total of 20 achievements that can be obtained during Hallow’s End! While running about sporting hauntingly fun Hallow’s End masks and gorging on candy, find time to earn some achievements and be awarded a cool player title–the Hallowed!

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