Dragon Festival

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Shing Jea Monastery decorated for the Dragon Festival.
Kaineng Center decorated for the Dragon Festival.

The Dragon Festival is an annual Canthan celebration that takes place at the beginning of summer.



The Dragon Festival is an ancient Canthan tradition. After the assassination of Emperor Angsiyan at the hands of Shiro Tagachi and the catastrophe of the Jade Wind which threatened to wipe out and destroy the empire of Cantha, newly crowned emperor, Emperor Hanjai, the son of Angsiyan, turned this ancient tradition into a large scale celebration in order to unite the empire in its reconstruction.

The festival marks the anniversary of establishing the settlement on Shing Jea Island as well as the expansion of Kaineng City to accommodate the refugees from the areas hit hardest by the Jade Wind. The Dragon Festival has come to symbolize the survival of the Empire of the Dragon (Cantha) in the face of that calamity.

Missions and quests

There are four quests given by Imperial Guard Hanso during each Dragon Festival. In the subsequent Dragon Festivals after 2006, all quests are re-enactments of the first Dragon Festival's events. As such, the Lesser Grasps are replaced with actors.

The four quests, in order, are:

There are also seven missions that occur during each Dragon Festival. Each mission has three or four scheduled beginnings. Captain Rujiyo calls heroes to arms for the missions on a daily basis at the scheduled times. The missions are only active for 30 minutes after the call first goes out. In the subsequent Dragon Festivals after 2006, all mini-missions are re-enactments of the first Dragon Festival's events. As such, the original monsters are replaced with actors and the rifts with pinwheels.

The seven missions, in order, are:


Icon Item Icon Item
Birthday Cupcake.png Birthday Cupcake Flask of Firewater.png Flask of Firewater
Bottle of Rice Wine.png Bottle of Rice Wine Red Bean Cake.png Red Bean Cake
Bottle Rocket.png Bottle Rocket Sparkler.png Sparkler
Champagne Popper.png Champagne Popper Sugary Blue Drink.png Sugary Blue Drink
Crème Brûlée.png Crème Brûlée Victory Token.png Victory Token
Festival Prize.png Festival Prize


Year Mask
2006 Dragon Mask.png
Dragon Mask
2007 Demon Mask.png
Demon Mask
2008 Grasping Mask.png
Grasping Mask
2009 Imperial Dragon Mask.png
Imperial Dragon Mask
2010 Sinister Dragon Mask.png
Sinister Dragon Mask


Location of Celestial Charges and Imperial Sorcerers.

Emperor Kisu will appear in Shing Jea Monastery every two hours and give the year's new mask to each player in exchange for 250 Victory Tokens (tokens are taken automatically from the player's inventory). Shortly after the distribution of the festival hats, Celestial Charges will start to spawn around Shing Jea Monastery. Players are required to deliver the Celestial Charges to the Imperial Sorcerers before being caught by a Grasp of Insanity:

  • One point is awarded to the Canthans for each charge delivered.
  • The Grasps received a point for each charge destroyed.
  • Being caught while holding a Celestial Charge will kill your character for a short amount of time.

At the conclusion of the fifteen minutes, the highest scoring side "wins". A win for the Canthans will result in a celebration complete with fireworks and Festival Gifts. A win for the Grasps will result in them killing everyone they touch. A player will receive one Victory Token for each Celestial Charge they deliver to an Imperial Sorcerer.

Imperial Supply Master Kagno will appear after the festival has concluded to allow players that missed the finale to receive a mask, in exchange for Victory Tokens.

Other festivities

Each Dragon Festival will make the Shing Jea Boardwalk, Dragon Arena, and Rollerbeetle Racing available for use as well. Victory Tokens will also become a global drop for the duration of the event.

See also

Special events
Canthan New Year 20072008200920102011201220132014 onward
April Fools' Day 20072008200920102011201220132014 onward
Anniversary Celebration 2nd3rd4th5th6th7th8th9th onward
Dragon Festival 20062007 (Redux) • 2008200920102011201220132014 onward
Wintersday in July 2008200920102011201220132014 onward
Halloween 2005200620072008 (Redux) • 20092010201120122013
Wintersday 20052006200720082009 (Redux) • 2010201120122013 onward
Other annual events Breast Cancer Awareness MonthLucky Treats WeekPirate Week
Special Treats WeekSweet Treats WeekWayfarer's Reverie
One-time only events Day of the TenguFarewell to Gaile
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