- Friday, December 19, 2008 (12:00 pm PST): Start of the event
Began at 12:01 AM PST (8:01 AM UTC) on Thursday, January 1, 2009, and occurred every three hours until 12:01 AM PST (8:01 AM UTC) on Friday, January 2, 2009.
PST EST UTC / GMT 12:01 am 03:01 am 08:01 am 03:01 am 06:01 am 11:01 am 06:01 am 09:01 am 02:01 pm 09:01 am 12:01 pm 05:01 pm 12:01 pm 03:01 pm 08:01 pm 03:01 pm 06:01 pm 11:01 pm 06:01 pm 09:01 pm 02:01 am 09:01 pm 12:01 am 05:01 am 12:01 am 03:01 am 08:01 am
During the finale, like previous years, many players were trying to make Grenth win (red rings) in odd districts (1, 3, 5 etc.), and Dwayna (blue or green rings) win in even districts (2, 4, 6 etc.). This was a method players have created to ensure that everyone gets the festival hat they want. There was no guarantee that it worked in all districts.
This year, Lions Arch and Kamadan offered the same hats.
After the event had finished, presents appeared in participants' inventories for the next 15 minutes, even if the character left the area.
- Eye of the North
- Grandfather Kringle: Save the Reindeer → Find the Stolen Presents → Spreading the Wintersday Spirit (D)
- Elder Skruuj: White Mist → How The Grentches Stole Wintersday → The Gift of Giving (G)
Lion's Arch and Kamadan
- Takes place in The Underworld
- Takes place in the Secret Lair of the Snowmen
- Lieutenant Thackeray: The Three Wise Norn → Charr-broiled Plans → Wintersday Cheer
- Casey Carpenter: Snowball Dominance
See also: Category:Wintersday 2008 quests
- The Snowball Arena will return this year. In addition, new Snowball Arena-themed Automated Tournaments will be held.
The following are the available items from Wintersday 2008, with a brief description from the official Guild wars website:
|Frosty Summoning Stone: Nobody should be alone on Wintersday, so use this item to summon a snowman ally!|
|Mischievous Summoning Stone: Summon a grentch ally to help you spread some holiday cheer, Grenth-style.|
|Frosty Tonic: Don't just build a snowman, be a snowman!|
|Mischievous Tonic: Get in touch with your inner grentch by taking on the outer appearance of one.|
|Wintersday Gift: What surprise will you find inside? Unwrap it to find out.|
|Winter Gift: What surprise will you find inside? Unwrap it to find out.|
|Snowman Summoner: Need an instant snowman? This gift is for you.|
|Eggnog: The holiday season's staple drink.|
|Spiked Eggnog: A more potent glass of 'nog for the hale and hearty. Please imbibe responsibly — don't drink and quest.|
|Wintergreen Candy Cane: The return of the adventurer's favorite candy treat.|
|Rainbow Candy Cane: A different flavor of candy cane that should also make long days of questing more enjoyable.|
|Yuletide Tonic: Drink this tonic if you want to be one of Dwayna's little helpers during the festivities.|
|Glob of Frozen Ectoplasm: Low on Yuletide Tonic? Try some of this!|
|Fruitcake: Another holiday staple that is sure to put a spring in your step.|
|Candy Cane Shards: Collect these colorful fragments by questing and competing. Hoard them up for the grand finale, have a candysmith forge them into a weapon, or trade them to see what you can get in exchange|
- See also: Category:Wintersday 2008 items
All collectors except the Wintersday Gift Givers, Tonic Makers, and Candysmiths depart at noon Pacific time (GMT -8) on January 5th. The Wintersday Gift Givers, who accept 5 Candy Cane Shards and return 1 Wintersday Gift, will remain a few days longer.
|Priest Erwin||Ascalon City||2 Ornate Grawl Necklaces||Dwayna|
|Priestess Clara||Ascalon City||3 Charr Carvings||Dwayna|
|Necromancer Ichibaun||Ascalon City||2 Stormy Eyes||Grenth|
|Necromancer Malaise||Ascalon City||2 Singed Gargoyle Skulls||Grenth|
|Priestess Siara||Lion's Arch||1 Shadowy Remnants||Dwayna|
|Dark Priest Calmein||Lion's Arch||2 Feathered Caromi Scalps||Grenth|
|Necromancer Kalvori||Lion's Arch||2 Hardened Humps||Grenth|
|Terum the Tonic Maker||Lion's Arch||1 Glob of Frozen Ectoplasm||Dwayna|
|Priest Meran||Lion's Arch||3 Decayed Orr Emblems||Dwayna|
|Acolyte Rockhammer||Droknar's Forge||1 Frozen Remnant||Dwayna|
|Dark Priestess Velna||Droknar's Forge||1 Dredge Manifesto||Grenth|
|Dark Priest Shadowvein||Droknar's Forge||2 Frigid Hearts||Grenth|
|Abbot Silverbeard||Droknar's Forge||3 Stone Summit Badges||Dwayna|
|Dark Priest Bandeh||Kamadan||2 Silver Bullion Coins||Grenth|
|Monk Sutoni||Kamadan||3 Sentient Roots||Dwayna|
|Priestess Mahni||Kamadan||3 Copper Shillings||Dwayna|
|Necromancer Dunbari||Kamadan||3 Juvenile Termite Legs||Grenth|
|Tina the Tonic Maker||Kamadan||1 Glob of Frozen Ectoplasm||Dwayna|
|Erich||Eye of The North||2 Superb Charr Carvings||Grenth|
|Rodj||Eye of The North||1 Destroyer Core||Grenth|
|Betsa||Eye of The North||1 Jotun Pelt||Grenth|
Each PvE foe has a small chance, perhaps about 5%, to drop a Wintersday item in addition to their normal drops. Very rarely a foe may drop two Wintersday items.
Unlike normal drops, the drop frequency of these items does not scale at the start of an area, e.g. the first foe killed is just as likely to drop a Wintersday item as the 100th foe killed.
Foes that don't normally drop items (such as animals) may drop these holiday items.
- Wintersday 2008: Annual Battle between Grenth and Dwayna.
- Guild Wars Guru Wintersday 2008 Event Guide
|April Fools' Day||2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010|
|Birthday Celebrations||2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010|
|Canthan New Year||2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010|
|Dragon Festival||2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010|
|Halloween||2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010|
|Wintersday||2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009|
|Recurring||Easter • Lucky weekend • Special Treats Weekend • Talk Like a Pirate Day|
|One-time||Day of the Tengu • Farewell to Gaile|