Wintersday

From Guild Wars Wiki
Revision as of 06:00, 27 April 2012 by Silver Edge (Talk | contribs)

Jump to: navigation, search
Freezie.jpg

Every winter the cities of Tyria glisten with festive decor, and the air is filled with snowballs and the sound of laughter. Buy some holiday treats from the seasonal vendors or embark on quests to aid the gods! Don't get left out in the cold—join the Wintersday fun!

Official website

Wintersday is an annual event which celebrates the Tyrian New Year according to the Mouvelian calendar and Dynastic Reckoning. It is the celebration of the end of the Season of the Colossus and the beginning of the Season of the Zephyr, decided through the outcome of a battle between the gods, Grenth and Dwayna. During Wintersday, snow covers the lands and the Snowmen and Grentches appear to spread their versions of the celebration across the land, through giving and destroying presents respectively.

It features towns decorated with gifts, snow, candy, and holiday NPCs.

Decorated outposts

Ascalon City, Lion's Arch, Droknar's Forge, Kamadan, Jewel of Istan and Eye of the North are all redecorated in a suitably festive (and snowy) style.

Quests

See also: List of festival quests#Wintersday
Lion's Arch
Kamadan, Jewel of Istan
Lion's Arch and Kamadan, Jewel of Istan
Eye of the North

Other festivities

Each Wintersday will make the Dwayna Vs Grenth Snowball Fight arena available for use along with 8 versus 8 automated tournaments and The Great Snowball Fight of the Gods. Candy Cane Shard, Eggnog, Frosty Tonic, Fruitcake, Mischievous Tonic, Snowman Summoner will also drop from PvE foes for the duration of the event.

NPCs

Some zones have additional spawns:

Core

Great Temple of Balthazar

Prophecies

Ascalon City

Lion's Arch

Droknar's Forge

Nightfall

Kamadan, Jewel of Istan

Eye of the North

Eye of the North

Ice Cliff Chasms

(Prior to 2010, players could unlock the jingle pets by completing Wintersday Cheer.)

Other

Items

Icon Item Icon Item
Candy Cane Shard.png Candy Cane Shard Peppermint Candy Cane.png Peppermint Candy Cane
Eggnog.png Eggnog Rainbow Candy Cane.png Rainbow Candy Cane
Frosty Tonic.png Frosty Tonic Snowman Summoner.png Snowman Summoner
Fruitcake.png Fruitcake Spiked Eggnog.png Spiked Eggnog
Glob of Frozen Ectoplasm.png Glob of Frozen Ectoplasm Wintergreen Candy Cane.png Wintergreen Candy Cane
Miniature Polar Bear.png Miniature Polar Bear Wintersday Gift.png Wintersday Gift
Mischievous Tonic.png Mischievous Tonic Yuletide Tonic.png Yuletide Tonic

Candy Cane weapons

Icon Item Icon Item
Candy Cane Axe.png Candy Cane Axe Candy Cane Wand.png Candy Cane Wand
Candy Cane Sword.png Candy Cane Sword Candy Cane Hammer.png Candy Cane Hammer
Candy Cane Bow.png Candy Cane Bow Peppermint Daggers.png Peppermint Daggers
Peppermint Scythe.png Peppermint Scythe Gingerbread Focus.png Gingerbread Focus
Peppermint Spear.png Peppermint Spear Gingerbread Shield.png Gingerbread Shield
Candy Cane Staff.png Candy Cane Staff Peppermint Shield.png Peppermint Shield

Headgear

Participation in the competition between Grenth and Dwayna will earn you a Festival hat:

Year Dwayna Grenth
2005 Yule Cap.png
Yule Cap
Horns of Grenth.png
Horns of Grenth
2006 Stylish Yule Cap.png
Stylish Yule Cap
Freezie Crown.png
Freezie Crown
Great Horns of Grenth.png
Great Horns of Grenth
Jester's Cap.png
Jester's Cap
2007 Wreath Crown.png
Wreath Crown
Ice Crown.png
Ice Crown
2008 Rudi Mask.png
Rudi Mask
Grentch Cap.png
Grentch Cap
2009 Snow Crystal Crest.png
Snow Crystal Crest
Ice Shard Crest.png
Ice Shard Crest
2010 Divine Halo.png
Divine Halo
Demonic Horns.png
Demonic Horns
2011 Festive Winter Hood.png
Festive Winter Hood
Stylish Black Scarf.pngStylish Red Striped Scarf.pngStylish White Striped Scarf.png
Stylish Scarves

Finale

Main article: Wintersday/Finale

The Wintersday finale runs every 3 hours in Lion's Arch and Kamadan (which, historically, runs 15 minutes later). The Avatars of Dwayna and Grenth oppose each other in a game similar to Nine Rings: the gods earn points for each supporter standing on one of their rings. Players can achieve additional rewards by gambling Candy Cane Shards the same way one would use Festival Tickets.

At the end of the event, all players in the district will be rewarded with Wintersday Gifts, in addition to a festival hat that depends on which god won the contest.

Notes

History

Trivia

  • There was a corresponding Wintersday Art Contest for each Wintersday from 2006 to 2010.
  • There was a corresponding Wintersday Card for each Wintersday from 2006 to 2011.

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) • 200920102011201220132014 onward
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