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Schedule

Friday, December 18, 2009 (12:00 pm PST): Start of the event

Wintersday Re-run

Due to bugs in the finale event that prevented many players from receiving their hats, Regina Buenaobra has announced that Wintersday rerun started on January 29th, with the finale redux having ocurred on Sunday, February 7th.

After the finale, the Wintersday Hat Giver appeared in Kamadan and Lion's Arch, allowing players to trade 125 Candy Cane Shards for the Wintersday 2009 festival hats. According to his dialogue, he will remain available until the end of the Canthan New Year celebration.

Festival finale

Begins at 12:01 AM PST (8:01 AM UTC) on Friday, January 1, 2010, and will occur every three hours until 12:01 AM PST (8:01 AM UTC) on Saturday, January 2, 2010. See Nine Rings (Wintersday) for a description of the minigame.

The event in Lion's Arch begins on the hour at the time stated in the table. The event in Kamadan, Jewel of Istan begins approximately 15 minutes after the hour.

PST UTC / GMT
(24 hr format)
12:01 am 08:01
03:01 am 11:01
06:01 am 14:01
09:01 am 17:01
12:01 pm 20:01
3:01 pm 23:01
6:01 pm 02:01
9:01 pm 05:01
12:01 am 08:01
Times in italics occur on January 2.

During the finale, it is customary for players in odd-numbered town districts (1, 3, 5 etc.) to stand in the red rings for a Grenth win, and for players in even-numbered districts (2, 4, 6 etc.) to stand in the green rings for a Dwayna win. This is not guaranteed as many players have chosen Dwayna in most districts (even and odd).

Ice Shard Crest (Grenth) Snow Crystal Crest (Dwayna)
Ice Shard Crest gray front Snow Crystal Crest gray front

Lion's Arch and Kamadan offer the same hats.

Redecorated towns


Quests

During the festivities, the following special quests were offered. Those supporting Dwayna are marked with (D); those supporting Grenth are marked with (G).

Lion's Arch

Kamadan, Jewel of Istan

Lion's Arch and Kamadan

Eye of the North (outpost)

After completing all three of the quests from Lieutenant Thackeray , look for the tameable Jingle Bear and White Jingle Moa in Gwen's Garden.

See also: Category:Wintersday 2009 quests

Events

Items

The following are the available items from Wintersday 2009, with a brief description from the official Guild wars website:

Frosty Summoning Stone Frosty Summoning Stone: Nobody should be alone on Wintersday, so use this item to summon a snowman ally!
Mischievous Summoning Stone Mischievous Summoning Stone: Summon a grentch ally to help you spread some holiday cheer, Grenth-style.
Frosty Tonic Frosty Tonic: Don't just build a snowman, be a snowman!
Mischievous Tonic Mischievous Tonic: Get in touch with your inner grentch by taking on the outer appearance of one.
Wintersday Gift Wintersday Gift: What surprise will you find inside? Unwrap it to find out.
Snowman Summoner Snowman Summoner: Need an instant snowman? This gift is for you.
Eggnog Eggnog: The holiday season's staple drink.
Spiked Eggnog Spiked Eggnog: A more potent glass of 'nog for the hale and hearty. Please imbibe responsibly — don't drink and quest.
Wintergreen Candy Cane Wintergreen Candy Cane: The return of the adventurer's favorite candy treat.
Rainbow Candy Cane Rainbow Candy Cane: A different flavor of candy cane that should also make long days of questing more enjoyable.
Peppermint Candy Cane Peppermint Candy Cane: Another type of candy cane much better than ordinary wintergreen candy canes.
Yuletide Tonic Yuletide Tonic: Drink this tonic if you want to be one of Dwayna's little helpers during the festivities.
Glob of Frozen Ectoplasm Glob of Frozen Ectoplasm: Low on Yuletide Tonic? Try some of this!
Fruitcake Fruitcake: Another holiday staple that is sure to put a spring in your step.
Candy Cane Shard 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

Collectors

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.

Prophecies

Name Location Collecting Follower of
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
Wintersday Gift Giver Ascalon City
Lion's Arch
Droknar's Forge
5 Candy Cane Shards Dwayna1
  1. Unlike other Dwayna collectors, the Wintersday Gift Giver only offers Wintersday Gifts.

Nightfall

Name Location Collecting Follower of
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
Wintersday Gift Giver Kamadan 5 Candy Cane Shards Dwayna1
  1. Unlike other Dwayna collectors, the Wintersday Gift Giver only offers Wintersday Gifts.

Eye of the North

Name Location Collecting Follower of
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

Drops

  • Each PvE foe has a small chance, perhaps about 5%, to drop a Wintersday item in addition to their normal drop. Foes in Pre-Searing have been observed to drop two Wintersday items extremely rarely.
  • 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.
  • Known common drops are Candy Cane Shards, Snowman Summoners, Eggnog, and Fruitcakes; rare drops are Frosty Tonics and Mischievous Tonics.
  • Foes that don't normally drop items (such as animals) may drop these holiday items.

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