Beginning on December 18th and running through January 5th players will be able to take part in a special Christmas Event. Note: Event dates can be subject to small changes How the holiday events work Players must hunt the world high and low to find the various event monsters that spawn. In Dungeons, The Lost Lands and the far corners of Britannia. Each of these monsters ranges in difficulty from easy (elf archer) moderate (reindeer) to very difficulty (dark elf knight). Each monster has a chance to drop holiday coins and a specific event scroll (see below) Note: To learn about how to use these scrolls, check below. These challenges will vary from performing a specific task, killing specific monsters, or killing a certain amount of monsters. Once these conditions are met additional areas will open up for you to explore. Once these tasks are complete you will be faced with one of 4 fearsome bosses that defend each event. If you manage to defeat the boss in the time allotted you will be given a key to their treasure chests. The player who owns the scroll that started the event will be provided with the key. In this chest players can find normal treasure style loot, holiday coins, holiday rares, and possibly a scroll to another holiday event. 2017 Event Update This year we are proud to announce the addition of two new challenging holiday dungeon events. The scrolls to these events can be found about 20% of the time when completing one of the existing Christmas scrolls. They will lead to the Lair of Krampus or to the Lair of the White Witch. These are massive expansions to the holiday event and will pose an extreme challenge for even our most grizzled players. Each dungeon has 2 stages each with their unique set of challenges. To counter this increase in difficulty players will be able to obtain, very rarely, exceptionally valuable items within. 30+ New creatures. 30+ New rare drops. 2 New hand designed bosses to challenge our players. 4 new massive dungeon levels. Note: For our Ironman fanatics there are rewards for managing to complete these new dungeons by yourself. However they were designed with a group of 4-6 players in mind. It is entirely possible that they cannot be completed by a solo player. I am sure you will manage it, but it was not our design for it to be possible. How to Prepare to Tackle the Events These events were designed with the following difficulty in mind. 1 Player - Near Impossible 2 Players - Very Challenging 3 Players - Moderate Challenge 4 Players - Medium Challenge 5+ Players - Easy A good sample grouping would be 3 friends. A Hybrid Mage, A Tamer, and a Fighter, One of which has bardic skills. It is HIGHLY recommended you take friends with you on your first attempt on any event to learn proper strategy, where to resurrect and aggro management. All of the creatures in these events will provide a variety of challenges. Make sure you have enough supplies to last the duration of the event. A variety vendor is provided in each event area for emergency supplies. You will not have access to a bank, stable master during the event. Should you leave the event area you will not be allowed to return. Christmas Scrolls / Tips The scrolls open a portal to a special holiday dungeon and will remain open for 60 seconds. Anyone can enter the scroll gate so make sure to only use it in a safe location. The staff cannot assist you with adding people to an event in progress so plan accordingly. Once the gate closes you are on your own until you complete or fail the event. Each event will allow you 60-115 minutes to complete the challenge present within. Leaderboards Players who complete the Christmas events will have their event attempt scored by the following values. At the end of the event players who have scored at the top of the leaderboards or accomplished other features during the event will earn a special reward Note: Much like Halloween these will be special named/colored trophies awarded for a variety of accomplishments. Player Count Follower Slots / Pets Boss Kills Mini Boss Kills Minion Kills Completion Time 2016 Holiday Event Leaderboard (Will Reset for 2017 As the event goes live) The Ironman System Should you feel that your skills are greater than all your peers you are welcome to attempt the holiday ironman challenge for additional rewards and infamy. By using only 1 character to complete any instance in the 60 minute time window you will earn an ironman award depending on the amount of follower slots you used. Ironman Award, Awarded for using 2 or less followers. (6 Platinum Value) Ironman Award, Awarded for using 5 or less followers. (4 Platinum Value) Ironman Award, Awarded for using 8 or less followers. (2 Platinum Value) Note: The hue of the Ironman statue will match the event. Should you manage to complete all 4 holiday ironman challenges with a single character you will be awarded with the following statue in your choice of event color (hue 1194,1193,1151,1153) Note: To qualify for the ironman challenge you must defeat the events boss and loot the holiday coins from their chests. Inevitable Failure / Practiced Success Should you fail to complete the event in the time allotted or due to overall difficulty/team makeup all is not lost. Simply take your completed scroll to the nearest holiday vendor found in most banks and drag the scroll onto him. He will reward you with some bonus holiday coins and a holiday gift bag. The player who completed the scroll does not have to be the one who turns it in. The good or naughty bags can contain 10 holiday coins and a few classic holiday items. Event Instances Additional information for each instance can be found in the compendium. Santa's Lair Hidden Village Frozen Continent Ice Fortress Christmas Reward Shop This post is still work in progress, details/info can change.