Dragon Festival 2009

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Citizens and Friends of Cantha,

Emperor Kisu requests the pleasure of your company at the annual Dragon Festival to celebrate Cantha's glorious history and its even more promising future. Join your fellow adventurers at the Shing Jea Monastery during the July 4th weekend to commemorate the trials and hardships that threatened the Empire, and to honor the heroes who overcame them.

Captain Rujiyo, Imperial Guard

This weekend, Canthans celebrate the historic Dragon Festival. Enjoy quests and games and prizes, oh my! Visit the Boardwalk, jump into the Dragon Arena, score cool prizes, too. The event takes place in Shing Jea Monastery starting at Noon Pacific (-7 GMT) on Thursday, July 2 and it wraps up at 11:59 PM Pacific on Sunday, July 5.

Login screen announcement

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Mission and final event schedule[edit]

All times are listed in both Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7) and UTC. UTC times in italics were on the next day. Missions were available from Captain Rujiyo for 30 minutes.

Time table PDT UTC PDT UTC PDT UTC PDT UTC
Thursday, July 2
Shing Jea Boardwalk, Dragon Arena and Rollerbeetle Races open. 2:10 PM 21:10
Friday, July 3
Mission one (Haiju Lagoon) 4:00 AM 11:00 12:00 PM 19:00 8:00 PM 3:00
Mission two (Jaya Bluffs) 8:00 AM 15:00 4:00 PM 23:00 12:00 AM 7:00
Saturday, July 4
Mission three (Tsumei Village) 2:00 AM 9:00 8:00 AM 15:00 2:00 PM 21:00 8:00 PM 3:00
Mission four (Seitung Harbor) 4:00 AM 11:00 10:00 AM 17:00 4:00 PM 23:00 10:00 PM 5:00
Sunday, July 5
Mission five (Tsumei Village) 1:00 AM 8:00 7:00 AM 14:00 1:00 PM 20:00 7:00 PM 2:00
Mission six (Seitung Harbor) 3:00 AM 10:00 9:00 AM 16:00 3:00 PM 22:00 9:00 PM 4:00
Mission seven (Shing Jea Monastery) 5:00 AM 12:00 11:00 AM 18:00 5:00 PM 0:00 11:00 PM 6:00
Final event Every two hours beginning at 2:00 AM / 9:00 (UTC);
last final event begins at 11:59 PM / 6:59 (UTC)
Monday, July 6 - Sunday, July 12
Imperial Supply Master Kagno appears and remains in Shing Jea Monastery to exchange Victory Tokens for the new mask.

Final event[edit]

Emperor Kisu appeared in Shing Jea Monastery every two hours, and gave an Imperial Dragon Mask to each player in exchange for 250 Victory Tokens (the tokens were taken automatically from player's inventory). Shortly after the distribution of the masks Celestial Charges started to drop which players were required to deliver to the Imperial Sorcerers before being caught by a Grasp of Insanity. One point was awarded to the Canthans for each charge delivered while the Grasps received a point for each charge destroyed. A win for the Canthans resulted in a celebration complete with fireworks and Festival Gifts. A win for the Grasps resulted in them going crazy and killing everyone they touched. A player received one Victory Token for each Celestial Charge they delivered.

Started on July 5, 2009.

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PDT UTC / GMT
(24 hr format)
02:01 am 09:01
04:01 am 11:01
06:01 am 13:01
08:01 am 15:01
10:01 am 17:01
12:01 pm 19:01
02:01 pm 21:01
04:01 pm 23:01
06:01 pm 01:01
(July 6th)
08:01 pm 03:01
(July 6th)
10:01 pm 05:01
(July 6th)
11:59 pm 06:59
(July 6th)
  • Imperial Supply Master Kagno arrived after the festival finished to allow players that missed the final event to get the Imperial Dragon Mask.

Quests[edit]

Minigames[edit]

Festival rewards[edit]

Many quests and events reward players with special items only available during the festival. Here are some items you might be lucky enough to come across during the Dragon Festival:

Icon Item
Victory Token.png Victory Token: Victory Tokens can be redeemed for a variety of items from Sheng Yi and Seiji (collector), who are located near the Xunlai in the Shing Jea Monastery, or from Zaishen Supply Masters in Lion's Arch, Kamadan, Jewel of Istan and the Great Temple of Balthazar.
Sugary Blue Drink.png Sugary Blue Drink: When a Sugary Blue Drink is consumed, it gives a Sugar Jolt (for 2 minutes you move 50% faster). This item adds 1 point towards the Sweet Tooth title track.
Bottle Rocket.png Bottle Rocket: Bottle rockets create a visual effect, visible for all players in a district to see and hear. The effect begins as a vertical smoke trail speeding up and away from the character, and then a small "pop" with a visible burst over the characters head. This item adds 1 point towards the Party Animal title track.
Sparkler.png Sparkler: Sparklers create a visual effect over the head of your character, visible for all players in a district. They last around 17 seconds. This item adds 1 point towards the Party Animal title track.
Champagne Popper.png Champagne Popper: Champagne Poppers create a visual effect in front of your character, visible for all players in a district to see and hear. The effect starts as a "pop" and the instantaneous appearance of many small square pieces of orange/red confetti in front of the player, that then begin to slowly drift earthward. This item adds 1 point towards the Party Animal title track.
Flask of Firewater.png Flask of Firewater: Flask of Firewater is an alcoholic drink. When consumed it will go towards attaining the Drunkard title track. Consuming this item will turn your screen red.
Crème Brûlée.png Crème Brûlée: When consumed, Crème Brûlée enchants the user with Sugar Rush (10 minutes, 25% speed boost). This item can only be used in towns or outposts and will add 3 points towards the Sweet Tooth title track.
Red Bean Cake.png Red Bean Cake: When consumed, enchants the user with Sugar Rush (5 min 25% speed boost). This item will add 2 points towards the Sweet Tooth title track.
Bottle of Rice Wine.png Bottle of Rice Wine: A Bottle of Rice Wine is an alcoholic drink. You will need to drink 3 Bottles of Rice Wine in 1 minute to get drunk and gain points towards the Drunkard title track.
Birthday Cupcake.png Birthday Cupcake: Double-click to grant yourself +100 maximum health, +10 maximum energy, and 25% increased movement speed for 10 minutes. This item cannot be used in PvP.1
Imperial Dragon Mask.png Imperial Dragon Mask: This year's exclusive new mask!

1. Regina Buenaobra confirmed the presence of Birthday Cupcakes as a coding error, but it was not removed through a secondary live update.

Notes[edit]

  • Gift giving took about 11 minutes, and then Emperor Kisu left.
  • Players were awarded a number of Festival Prizes during a final event, one prize appeared in their inventory every 65-70 seconds. The number of prizes seems to have been random, with unconfirmed reports ranging from 6-27 in a single visit, but 13 being most common.
  • There's a bug giving players twice the amount of prizes under certain circumstances (bug research in progress, see discussion of this page).
  • If your inventory is full, prizes will drop next to your character and remain assigned to you for about 50 minutes (after which they become available for anyone). (This is a change from earlier festivals when a full inventory would have meant you would not receive the prizes.)
  • In many districts, a bug caused the grasps to not move or attack, leading to an easy victory.

External links[edit]


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