Wintersday 2012

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It's time for Wintersday, that joyous time of year when towns glimmer with festive decor, vendors offer seasonal treats, and the hearts of Tyrians everywhere are filled with goodwill.

As always, the towns of Lion's Arch, Droknar's Forge, Ascalon City, Kamadan, and the Eye of the North will be decked out in Wintersday decorations. Visitors to Lion's Arch, Kamadan, and the Eye of the North will be invited to participate in holiday quests, missions, and games, all with their own rewards.

Official website


PST UTC Description
Thursday, December 13th, 2012, noon Thursday, December 13th, 2012, 20:00 Start of the event.
Monday, December 17th, 2012, 5:30 pm Monday, December 17th, 2012, 1:30 Start of the Dwayna Vs Grenth automated tournaments.
Tuesday, January 1st, 2013, 12:01 am until
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013, 12:01 am
Tuesday, January 1st, 2013, 08:01 until
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013, 08:01
Finales every 3 hours.
(See accompanying chart.)
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013, noon Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013, 20:00 End of the event.
Last update
Wednesday, 11:23 UTC
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12:01 am 08:01
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6:01 am 14:01
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January 2
9:01 pm 05:01
January 2
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Main article: Wintersday/Finale
"The Finale is your opportunity to vote for this year's winner between Dwayna and Grenth. Since they won't be distributing new hats, you're free to vote with your heart. You will also be able to loot some holiday items and even a special surprise the first time you attend the finale!" — Guild Wars Facebook page

The Wintersday grand finale runs every 3 hours starting at 12:01 am PST on Tuesday, January 1st, 2013, and ending 12:01 am PST on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013, in Lion's Arch. Finales also take place in Kamadan, starting 15 minutes later.

The finale involves a mini-game similar to Nine Rings at the Shing Jea Boardwalk, but the price is Candy Cane Shards instead of Festival Tickets. Playing this game counts towards your Lucky and Unlucky title tracks.

Each round costs 1 Candy Cane Shard. Players standing in the winning ring receive a Wintersday Gift and three, four, or five shards (depending on whether one stands on the center, edge, or corner rings respectively) plus an equal number of Lucky points. Those standing on an adjacent ring receive two shards and two Lucky points; everyone else receives 1 Unlucky point.

At the end of the finale, approximately a dozen Wintersday Gifts will be added to everyone's inventory, regardless of whether they played the mini-game or not. The gifts appear about once a minute for 15 minutes, so remain in the district until the winning deity says farewell and leaves. One random Wintergreen weapon (not dependent on the primary nor current secondary profession of your character, nor weapons that are equipped) will also be added to everyone's inventory at the end of the first finale attended by each account.

Differences from 2011[edit]

Festival hats and new quests
Ascalon City
"There will be no new hats during the Wintersday finale this year. In place of that system, you’ll be able to get hats from Wintersdays past through two new quests offered by NPCs in Lion’s Arch and Kamadan. Look for new grentch and snowman NPCs in both cities with whom to exchange 100 [sic] candy cane shards for a token and then that token for a hat. The hat givers may be a little bit more generous than usual this year! As with previous events, these NPCs will stay for a week after the finale." — Guild Wars Facebook page

The two new quests are A Humbling Gift and The Polar Depressed which can be completed once per account. Two new hat givers are introduced (Brrrtie and Krisp) and Wintersday Hat Giver no longer appears.


One random Wintergreen weapon (not dependent on the primary nor current secondary profession of your character, nor weapons that are equipped) will also be added to everyone's inventory at the end of the first finale attended by each account.


No new costumes will be released this year.

Decorated outposts[edit]

Droknar's Forge

Returning features[edit]

Eye of the North

There's a lot going on during this year's Wintersday festival. Here's what you can expect:

  • Holiday quests in Lion's Arch, Kamadan, and the Eye of the North! We're bringing back popular quest chains that capture the spirit of the season. Deliver presents to needy little urchins, defeat the scheming Grentches, spread Wintersday cheer, and more! [sic]
  • 8v8 ATS-style Snowball Tournaments!
  • Two repeatable quests set in the Secret Lair of the Snowmen. It's your choice: help save the Snowmen and all of Wintersday, or lead a group of Grentches for a final "Bah, humbug!" of the season.
  • Venture into the Underworld for a series of repeatable snowball fights against the forces of Grenth or the followers of Dwayna. Seize control of piles of presents to claim victory for your side in this frosty fray!
  • Holiday headgear! Continuing an annual tradition, you can earn one of two special Wintersday masks for participating in the annual Grenth vs. Dwayna holiday event!
  • PvP snowball fights! Random forces unite within an arena to fight for either Grenth or Dwayna. The first team to gather five presents for its patron deity wins the day!

Official website


Gingerbread house in Kamadan
Lion's Arch
Lion's Arch and Kamadan, Jewel of Istan
Eye of the North


See also: Wintersday#NPCs



The collectors for Candy Cane Shard and Globs of Frozen Ectoplasm remain for several days after Wintersday is over.

Name Location Collects Campaign
Candysmith Kringle Dwayna Vs Grenth Candy Cane Shard, 099 Candy Cane Shards Core
Candysmith Marley Dwayna Vs Grenth Candy Cane Shard, 1212 Candy Cane Shards Core
3 Wintersday Gift Givers Dwayna Vs Grenth Candy Cane Shard, 055 Candy Cane Shards Core
Wintersday Gift Giver Great Temple of Balthazar Candy Cane Shard, 055 Candy Cane Shards Core
Priest Erwin Ascalon City Ornate Grawl Necklace, 22 Ornate Grawl Necklaces Prophecies
Priestess Clara Ascalon City Charr Carving, 33 Charr Carvings Prophecies
Necromancer Malaise Ascalon City Singed Gargoyle Skull, 22 Singed Gargoyle Skulls Prophecies
Necromancer Ichibaun Ascalon City Stormy Eye, 22 Stormy Eyes Prophecies
Candysmith Noel Ascalon City Candy Cane Shard, 099 Candy Cane Shards Prophecies
Wintersday Gift Giver Ascalon City Candy Cane Shard, 055 Candy Cane Shards Prophecies
Priestess Siara Lion's Arch Shadowy Remnants, 11 Shadowy Remnants Prophecies
Necromancer Kalvori Lion's Arch Hardened Hump, 22 Hardened Humps Prophecies
Dark Priest Calmein Lion's Arch Feathered Caromi Scalp, 22 Feathered Caromi Scalps Prophecies
Priest Meran Lion's Arch Decayed Orr Emblems, 33 Decayed Orr Emblems Prophecies
Wintersday Gift Giver Lion's Arch Candy Cane Shard, 055 Candy Cane Shards Prophecies
Candysmith Kris Lion's Arch Candy Cane Shard, 099 Candy Cane Shards Prophecies
Terum the Tonic Maker Lion's Arch Glob of Frozen Ectoplasm1 Glob of Frozen Ectoplasm Prophecies
Dark Priest Shadowvein Droknar's Forge Frigid Heart, 22 Frigid Hearts Prophecies
Dark Priestess Velna Droknar's Forge Dredge Manifesto, 11 Dredge Manifesto Prophecies
Abbot Silverbeard Droknar's Forge Stone Summit Badge, 33 Stone Summit Badges Prophecies
Acolyte Rockhammer Droknar's Forge Frozen Remnant, 11 Frozen Remnant Prophecies
Candysmith Sweetshanks Droknar's Forge Candy Cane Shard, 099 Candy Cane Shards Prophecies
Wintersday Gift Giver Droknar's Forge Candy Cane Shard, 055 Candy Cane Shards Prophecies
Monk Sutoni Kamadan, Jewel of Istan Sentient Root, 33 Sentient Roots Nightfall
Priestess Mahni Kamadan, Jewel of Istan Copper Shilling, 33 Copper Shillings Nightfall
Necromancer Dunbari Kamadan, Jewel of Istan Juvenile Termite Leg, 33 Juvenile Termite Legs Nightfall
Dark Priest Bandeh Kamadan, Jewel of Istan Silver Bullion Coin, 22 Silver Bullion Coins Nightfall
Candysmith Coldstone Kamadan, Jewel of Istan Candy Cane Shard, 099 Candy Cane Shards Nightfall
Wintersday Gift Giver Kamadan, Jewel of Istan Candy Cane Shard, 055 Candy Cane Shards Nightfall
Tina the Tonic Maker Kamadan, Jewel of Istan Glob of Frozen Ectoplasm1 Glob of Frozen Ectoplasm Nightfall
Erich Eye of the North Superb Charr Carving, 22 Superb Charr Carvings Eye of the North
Rodj Eye of the North Destroyer Core, 11 Destroyer Core Eye of the North
Betsa Eye of the North Jotun Pelt, 11 Jotun Pelt Eye of the North

Guild versus Guild[edit]

Lion's Arch

NPCs in GvG have their models altered as follows:

NPC Red Team Blue Team
Archer Elf.jpg Telius.jpg
Bodyguard Priestess of Melandru.jpg Zenjal.jpg
Footman and Knight Freezie.jpg Grentch.jpg
Guild Lord Avatar of Dwayna model.jpg Avatar of Grenth model.jpg

The opposing Guild Lord drops 10 Wintersday Gifts for each player of the winning team when he dies. To prevent exploitation, no rewards are offered if (a) the match ends after 28 minutes without either side killing a Guild Lord or (b) the battle ends in under 5 minutes (e.g. due to one team resigning or zoning).


In addition to the seasonally appropriate festival hats, you can also obtain these Wintersday items:

Icon Item
Frosty Summoning Stone.png Frosty Summoning Stone: Nobody should be alone on Wintersday! Use this item to summon a Snowman ally!
Mischievous Summoning Stone.png Mischievous Summoning Stone: Summon a Grentch ally to help you celebrate Wintersday, Grenth-style.
Frosty Tonic.png Frosty Tonic: Don't just build a snowman—BE a snowman!
Mischievous Tonic.png Mischievous Tonic: Get in touch with your inner Grentch by taking on the outer appearance of one!
Wintersday Gift.png Wintersday Gift: What surprise will you find inside? Don't ask us—unwrap it and find out!
Snowman Summoner.png Snowman Summoner: Your very own snowman—without all the tedious snowball rolling!
Eggnog.png Eggnog: The official beverage of Wintersday!
Spiked Eggnog.png Spiked Eggnog: A more potent nog for the hale and hearty. Fear not; there are no actual spikes in the drink!
Wintergreen Candy Cane.png Wintergreen Candy Cane: The candy of choice for adventurers everywhere!
Peppermint Candy Cane.png Peppermint Candy Cane: This candy cane is as cool and refreshing as a Shiverpeak breeze.
Rainbow Candy Cane.png Rainbow Candy Cane: A fancy, flavorful candy cane that makes long days of questing more enjoyable.
Yuletide Tonic.png Yuletide Tonic: Drink this tonic and become one of Dwayna's little helpers!
Glob of Frozen Ectoplasm.png Globs of Frozen Ectoplasm: Trade these globs for Yuletide Tonic from a holiday vendor!
Fruitcake.png Fruitcake: Everyone loves fruitcake...or they should! This holiday staple will put a spring in your step.
Candy Cane Shard.png Candy Cane Shards: Collect these colorful fragments during quests [sic] and competitions. Hoard them for the grand finale, have a candysmith forge the shards into a weapon, or trade them and see what you can get in exchange!
Miniature Polar Bear.png Miniature Polar Bear: Rare drop from Wintersday Chest.
Frozen Accessory Token.png Frozen Accessory Token: Obtained by completing A Humbling Gift or The Polar Depressed.
Wintersday Grab Bag.png Wintersday Grab Bag: Obtained by exchanging a Frozen Accessory Token to Brrrtie or Krisp.


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