Sweet Treats Week
The Bunny Messenger
Hopefully this narrative won't earn me a trip to the Sardelac Sanitarium. I remain confident in my faculties, though, because I learned last month that even the oddest story from the most peculiar source can turn out to have merit.
A talking rabbit approached me earlier this week. Yes, indeed—floppy ears, cotton tail, and buck teeth. At first, I thought The Frog was playing a trick on me, for he is notorious for enjoying practical jokes. Convinced he took me as a fool, I asked him, bluntly: "Why do you wear that stupid bunny suit?" To which he responded, calmly: "Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?" Despite the cryptic response, I soon came to realize that I was not talking to my amphibian friend.
Normally, I would have dismissed this occurrence as the outcome of an overly generous serving of rice wine. However, the hopping hare convinced me to stay a while and listen to what he had to say. I am certainly glad I heard him out, for he imparted valuable knowledge about the upcoming weekend.
Those who enjoy working toward various titles should pay close attention to the musings of this bunny. Much like the strange shamrock-themed items that appeared a few weeks ago, we can expect to see more odd trinkets popping into existence this weekend. According to my erm…source, two items will show up at week's end. The first is a chocolate bunny that provides quite the sugar rush when consumed and, due to the decadent amount of sugar in this confection, rewards those who indulge with two points toward their Sweet Tooth title.
The second item is a mysterious golden egg that supposedly gives a temporary boost to one's abilities. In addition, this oval treat is reputed to provide those lucky enough to find one a point toward their Treasure Hunter titles. And, as if that were not enough, I was told the mysterious contents of these golden eggs also grant one point toward the Sweet Tooth title. Truly a three-fold blessing!
I believe this strange celebration revolves around a "fertility" theme. We are just beginning the Season of the Zephyr—often associated with matrimony, courtship, and fertility—so this odd occurrence may not be a simple coincidence. I only hope that this furry vision was not the result of long hours spent in seclusion within the monastery archives stoking my imagination with the promise of gold and chocolate treasures. All work and no play makes the Scribe a dull boy, as they say. But, the last time I checked, hard work didn't make one hallucinate about talking rabbits. I suppose we shall learn the truth this weekend...
— The Scribe ~ 2007
- Sweet Treat Weekend
This weekend, from Noon Pacific (-8 [sic] GMT) this Friday until 11:59 PM Pacific on Sunday, you will get a double dose of springtime goodness with random drops of Chocolate Bunnies and Golden Eggs in all of the lands of Tyria.
— Login screen announcements (2013)
Sweet Treats Week is a special event that occurs annually from April 10, 19:00, to April 17, 19:00 UTC (source), which coincides roughly with Easter weekend. During the event, PvE foes have a chance to drop a Golden Egg and/or Chocolate Bunny.
|Golden Egg, which contributes to the Treasure Hunter (when picked up after being assigned to the collecting player) and Sweet Tooth titles (when consumed), as well as grants a five minute increase to all attributes in PvE.|
|Chocolate Bunny, which gives a Sugar Jolt for five minutes, increasing speed by 50% (in an outpost or town), as well as increasing the Sweet Tooth title by two points per bunny.|
- Parts of the Scribe's story contain references to Donnie Darko and The Shining.
- The line "stay a while and listen" is a famous intonation by Deckard Cain, a key NPC in the Diablo video game series.
- Prior to 2014:
Year Dates 2007 Noon Pacific (-7 GMT) on April 6th – 11:59 PM Pacific (-7 GMT) on April 8th 2008 Noon Pacific (-7 GMT) on March 21st – 11:59 PM Pacific (-7 GMT) on March 23rd 2009 Noon Pacific (-7 GMT) on April 10th – 11:59 PM Pacific on April 12th 2010 Noon Pacific (-7 GMT) on April 2nd – 11:59 PM Pacific on April 4th 2011 Noon Pacific (-7 GMT) on April 22nd – 11:59 PM Pacific on April 24th 2012 Noon Pacific (-7 GMT) on April 2nd – 11:59 PM Pacific on April 8th 2013 Noon Pacific (-7 GMT) on March 29th – 11:59 PM Pacific on March 31st
- In 2012, the duration of the event was six and a half days, instead of the usual two and a half days. The event also did not appear in the login screen announcements.
- In 2014, the duration of the event will be increased to seven days.
|Canthan New Year||2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014 onward|
|April Fools' Day||2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013|
|Anniversary Celebration||2nd • 3rd • 4th • 5th • 6th • 7th • 8th|
|Dragon Festival||2006 • 2007 (Redux) • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013|
|Wintersday in July||2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013|
|Halloween||2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 (Redux) • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013|
|Wintersday||2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 (Redux) • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013 onward|
|Other annual events|| Breast Cancer Awareness Month • Lucky Treats Week • Pirate Week |
Special Treats Week • Sweet Treats Week • Wayfarer's Reverie
|One-time only events||Day of the Tengu • Farewell to Gaile|