Dragon Festival 2012

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Cantha Commemorates the Dragon Festival

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, June 28 and it wraps up at 11:59 PM Pacific on Sunday, July 1.

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Enter the Dragon Festival!

Just over two hundred years ago, the Jade Wind changed Cantha forever.

After years of struggle, The Dragon Empire rose anew from the ashes of the devastation. To commemorate the rebirth of the Empire of the Dragon and the indomitable spirit of the Canthan people, the Dragon Festival is held every summer at Shing Jea Monastery.

All travelers to Cantha are invited to partake in the games, festivities, and quests, or just enjoy the wonders of the season.

This year's festival runs from Thursday, June 28 to Sunday, July 1 and features a visit from the Emperor himself!

Official website

Changes to the Dragon Festival event webpage
Emperor Kisu no longer gives hats to those who bring him Victory tokens during the finale event. Instead you can get the festival hats via Supply Master Kagno (after completing the quest offered by Noblewoman Sun Li by offering her 250 Victory Tokens) throughout the entire duration of the festival and until one week after the end of the festival (July 10th). There is no “new festival mask”, the Mirthful Dragon Mask is last year’s mask and it is available like any other mask.

Stephane Lo Presti

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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 are on the next day. Missions are available from Captain Rujiyo for 30 minutes.

Thursday, June 28
Shing Jea Boardwalk, Dragon Arena, and Rollerbeetle Races open without an update.
Friday, June 29
Mission one (Haiju Lagoon) – rewards 50 tokens 4:00 AM 11:00 12:00 PM 19:00 8:00 PM 3:00
Mission two (Jaya Bluffs) – rewards 50 tokens 8:00 AM 15:00 4:00 PM 23:00 12:00 AM 7:00
Saturday, June 30
Mission three (Tsumei Village) – rewards 75 tokens 2:00 AM 9:00 8:00 AM 15:00 2:00 PM 21:00 8:00 PM 3:00
Mission four (Seitung Harbor) – rewards 75 tokens 4:00 AM 11:00 10:00 AM 17:00 4:00 PM 23:00 10:00 PM 5:00
Sunday, July 1
Mission five (Tsumei Village) – rewards 100 tokens 1:00 AM 8:00 7:00 AM 14:00 1:00 PM 20:00 7:00 PM 2:00
Mission six (Seitung Harbor) – rewards 100 tokens 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) – rewards 100 tokens 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 2 - Sunday, July 8
Imperial Supply Master Kagno and Noblewoman Sun Li remain in Shing Jea Monastery.

Final event[edit]

See also Dragon Festival#Finale
Starts on July 1, 2012.
Last update
Wednesday, 13:14 UTC
(24 hr format)
2:01 am 09:01
4:01 am 11:01
6:01 am 13:01
8:01 am 15:01
10:01 am 17:01
12:01 pm 19:01
2:01 pm 21:01
4:01 pm 23:01
6:01 pm 01:01
July 2
8:01 pm 03:01
July 2
10:01 pm 05:01
July 2
12:01 am
July 2
July 2

Emperor Kisu will appear in Shing Jea Monastery every two hours. He will award all characters with a Festival Prize. Then Celestial Charges will start to drop which players are required to deliver to the Imperial Sorcerers before being caught by a Grasp of Insanity. One point is rewarded to the Canthans for each charge delivered while the Grasps receive a point for each charge destroyed. A win for the Canthans result in a celebration complete with fireworks and Festival Prizes (between 12 and 26 Festival Prizes were awarded in 2011). A win for the Grasps result in them going crazy and killing everyone they touch. A player will receive one Festival Prize for each Celestial Charge they delivered. This is an excellent time to eat sweets and move faster with Sugar Rush or Sugar Jolt.

  • Festival Prizes (from the finale) will continue to be added to your inventory for several minutes after each finale ends, at the rate of about 1-3 each minute.

Differences from 2011[edit]

Festival hats
  • Emperor Kisu no longer awards festival hats. Instead, he awards everyone a Festival Prize as soon as he arrives. (As in previous years, he also awards prizes to anyone in a district that has outscored the grasps.)
  • Imperial Sorcerers reward those who give them a Celestial Charge a Festival Prize rather than a Victory Token.



Festival rewards[edit]

Icon Official comment Notes
Bottle Rocket.png Bottle Rocket: Set off a single-shot firework high overhead—please aim away from any and all faces. Creates a vertical smoke trail speeding up and away from the character, and then a small "pop" with a visible burst over the characters head. Adds 1 point towards the Party Animal title track.
Bottle of Rice Wine.png Bottle of Rice Wine: Official drink of the Dragon Festival! Avoid drinking before combat. Alcohol. Adds one point towards the Drunkard title track.
Champagne Popper.png Champagne Popper: A spectacular but short-lived sensation for the eyes and ears. Creates a "pop" along with dozens of small square pieces of orange/red confetti, that slowly drift earthward. Adds 1 point towards the Party Animal title track.
Crème Brûlée.png Crème Brûlée: It’s delicious and it delivers a sugar rush—it may be the perfect food. Affects the user with Sugar Rush (10 minutes, 25% speed boost). Adds three points towards the Sweet Tooth title track (can only be used in outposts).
Flask of Firewater.png Flask of Firewater: Do you have a fire burning inside you? You will after you drink this potent concoction! Consuming this item makes you drunk and will turn your screen red. Alcohol; adds three points towards the Drunkard title track.
Red Bean Cake.png Red Bean Cake: Put some pep in your step and some zing in your sword swing with these festive cakes. Affects the user with Sugar Rush (5 min 25% speed boost). Adds two points towards the Sweet Tooth title track.
Sparkler.png Sparkler: Create a cloud of sparkly sparks above your head. It’s sparkly! Lasts 17 seconds. Adds one point towards the Party Animal title track.
Sugary Blue Drink.png Sugary Blue Drink: Need a rush? Down this sweet drink for a boost of speed. Affects the user with a Sugar Jolt (for 2 minutes you move 50% faster). Adds one point towards the Sweet Tooth title track.
Victory Token.png Victory Token: Earn these special tokens by participating in festivities, then exchange them for a variety of rewards. Exchange with Sheng Yi and Seiji (collector) (near the Xunlai in Shing Jea Monastery) or from Zaishen Supply Masters (Lion's Arch, Kamadan, Jewel of Istan, and the Great Temple of Balthazar).


These Dragon Festival NPCs appear with Shing Jea Boardwalk event NPCs:

Shing Jea Monastery

Only during finales:

Kaineng Center

External links[edit]

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