Fae Yule 2012 is here, and snowballs are in season! As part of Rift Junkies’ series of holiday event guides, here is our take on Fae Yule, complete with lots of screenshots, details on the rewards offered, and hints, tips, and descriptions for the event’s quests and activities.
Fae Yule is essentially the same lighthearted, goodie-filled holiday it was last year, except this year there is more to do, and more ways to spend Unique Snowflakes, which will be great for players who found themselves a little overrun with the currency last time around. There are some new items, including items for Storm Legion-leveled players, festive dimension items, and pets and mounts that are both new and returning. The event itself is still largely centered in Meridian and Sanctum, though Iron Pine Peak plays an important role this time as well.
Note: All information has been taken from the PTS, so this guide will be updated as the event runs its course on live servers. If you notice anything that needs to be changed, feel free to drop us a line in the comments section!
For players just starting out with Fae Yule, you’ll want to head to Meridian/Sanctum, and search out Grandfather Frost and his friendly cohorts. The event has a good number of dailies associated with it, so I won’t list them all, but among them are the standard dailies for closing rifts, blessing wardstones, and collecting items from rift creatures that grant experience. These are also completable while mentored to lower levels (just make sure the creatures you’re fighting are green or above in difficulty). Also, I should mention this early on– there are multiple ways to farm currency during Fae Yule, so feel free to pick and choose how you like.
Among the more interesting dailies, there is a daily to hang wreaths around the capitol cities, one to deliver presents to distant places like Droughtlands, one to spread holiday kisses around under the mistletoe, and one to collect bowls of Wassail for Atrophinius, who becomes a wee bit mead-obsessed (and what better time than during the holidays?). Some of the dailies do shift as the event’s phases shift. Also, there is a set of wreath portals and NPCs who will transport players back and forth between the capitol cities and Tempest Bay.
All dailies grant Unique Snowflakes, which is the currency for Fae Yule. Jingling Bells are also obtainable from completing quests and dailies as well as from closing rifts, which you can pop open and hope for goodies from. Fae Yule is very goodie-filled, and inside these bells as well as around Sanctum/Meridian and even arriving in random mail packages are chances to find Snowflakes, food items, temporary critter transformations, and rare items such as costume pieces and snowmen. Fae Yule is one of those fun world events where there are shiny objects to click on and gifts to open everywhere.
Snowflakes are also obtainable out in the world, and can be found by closing rifts (this also counts for Storm Legion zones!), defeating dynamic content (also in Storm Legion), and from looting packages around the Fae Yule trees that randomly spawn out in the pre-Storm Legion zones. These trees are identifiable by the snowflake icons that appear on the map, and randomly pop up in different areas once they have been fully looted. By clicking on any of the packages around the trees, you’ll loot Snowflakes or spawn more packages. The packages on the outer edges tend to spawn the inner packages, which contain the actual currency.
Grandfather Frost, his boglings, and Atrophinius (who appears in the second phase) offer story quest chains that are fairly simple to complete and give players a bit of the RIFT-centric lore behind Fae Yule. Additionally, Grandfather Frost offers a new daily to enjoy a bit of snowball tossing in a snowy part of Sanctum/Meridian with other players.
This quest’s aptly named “Frosty Free-for-All” and requires players to hit other players with snowballs. The snowball ability pops up as soon as you enter the correct area, which is encircled between snow creatures that only pop up if have the quest. If you happen to be caught in the snowball area alone, there is also an NPC named “Brazen Reveler” that randomly runs through the area with a greenish aura. This NPC counts for the quest as well, so feel free to use her as snowball bait.
Home for the Holidays – Dimension Style
This arena of sorts, conveniently, is also where some of the newer Fae Yule additions are located. In this area is a new vendor– Mr. Gold’s Yule Dimension Emporium. Yep, be ready to do a little in-game dimension decorating, folks! For 1200 Snowflakes you can pick up a Commerative Grandfather Frost Statue, or for 250 Snowflakes you can grab a snowman, sleigh, or Fae Yule tree (or even the extra-special, vandalized version (shown below, in the middle) for a discounted price of 150 Snowflakes!). A wreath will cost you 150 Snowflakes, and a ribboned candle will cost 100 Snowflakes. There are also gift boxes and strings of colored lights available for 50 Snowflakes apiece.
And as a hint for players out there planning their holiday decorating spree, in Tempest Bay there is a dimension vendor who already sells ice cubes if you’ve reached Decorated with the Lycini faction.
Another spoiler of sorts: There’s a second Fae Yule dimension item vendor that unlocks additional holiday-themed goodies. A special Fae Yule Instant Adventure chain unlocks this vendor, and some of the items are even obtainable during the IA itself. The vendor unlocks in a tiny Fae Yule village located both near Meridian and Sanctum after completing this IA (an icon on the map also pops up), and can be visited for one hour after that. For the vendor to appear again, a group must start the themed IA again.
In order to take part in this IA, players can randomly run IAs in Freemarch, Silverwood, Scarwood Reach, Pelladane, Cape Jule, and Ashora. The Fae Yule IA chain will generally pop up one-third of the time. For a preview of these items and all the Fae Yule dimension items in a brief Youtube tour taken while the event was on the PTS still, check out Slipmat’s preview.
Thanks to Trion’s recent Fae Yule gift promotion, it’s also possible to easily grab a stack of presents for your dimension, as well as some gigantic candy canes. For Ascend-a-Friend participants both new and old there is also a special holiday-themed cloak to grab.
Mounts, Rewards, and Mini-Games
Now, let’s get to the fun stuff. In the same area as Mr. Gold, there’s a new quest and a rather large portal that takes players on a sledding adventure. Wait– a sledding adventure in RIFT? You bet! Well, kind of a cross between sledding and snowboarding, really. The portal transports players to Iron Pine Peak, where there are two repeatable quests (that grant Snowflakes!) to grab a shield-sled, and use it to fly down a snowy mountainside. One quest has you knock down snowmen, (Gensnowcide? Sure, why not?) and another asks you to pass through banner checkpoints.
There’s a convenient little teleportation stage that will take you directly to the sledding area, and if you need to stop your sled and backtrack, it’s possible to do so. As you pass each banner checkpoint a completion ding will sound, and at the last bit, when you gain some serious air after launching off the ramp, you’ll even gain extra Snowflakes for soaring through the rings. The sledding area isn’t overly large (you’ll get dismounted if you travel too far), but it’s still quite fun, and one of the best mini-games in RIFT so far in my opinion.
Besides sledding and snowballs, there is also the aforementioned series of Fae Yule-themed Instant Adventures to keep players busy. The IA fits well thematically, takes place in multiple areas, and even the Yeti in Iron Pine Peak find themselves involved. For the PvP crew, there is also a Fae Yule-themed alternative Whitefall warfront. Players take on Santa Claws in this version, as well as each other. There is even a series of achievements for this special version of Whitefall.
New to 2012 is a Yeti NPC named Crumpus, who is stationed close to Grandfather Frost. He guards a trio of Fae Yule mounts (from the left to right in the picture above and to the right: Grey Festive Fae Yule Vaiyuu, Tawny Fae Yule Vaiyuu, and Spotted Festive Fae Yule Vaiyuu). He offers a one-time quest starting in Phase 2 to obtain one of these three mounts. The new mount for this year is the Grey Festive Fae Yule Vaiyuu. Both the Spotted Festive Vaiyee and the Tawny Vaiyuu debuted last year, although the Spotted Festive variant was an item randomly obtainable.
The quest to grab the mount, called “Dashing Through the Snow,” is probably the easiest mount quest ever in RIFT. Throughout Sanctum/Meridian you’ll find these glowing, sparkly ice crystal-looking patches (as shown to the left) called Icebuds. They respawn fairly quickly, although finding enough may take a little patience if the area is super crowded. The quest is completable once per character during Fae Yule.
The main currency vendor besides the dimension vendor is a bogling named Dorald, who is located near Grandfather Frost. New items have been added to this vendor, including level 58 blue quality planar essences (650 Snowflakes), blue quality level 58 red snow hats (650 Snowflakes), an item that can be used to upgrade those level 58 helms into epic level 60 helms (1000 Snowflakes), a holiday-colored wardrobe cape that’s pictured to the right (500 Snowflakes), two Vaiyuu companions named Prancer (brown) and Dancer (grey) that each cost 500 Snowflakes, and a unique, Bind-to-Account 28-slot bag (650 Snowflakes).
Among the items returning from last year, there is the wardrobe set, giant candy cane weapons, the festive corgi pet, low level planar essences, low level red hats, and the air elemental weapon and character aura effect items. Also around Sanctum and Meridian are plenty of food and drink vendors.
Fae Yule has definitely expanded a bit since last year, and the additions add to the holiday event’s fun score immensely. The event is planned to last two full weeks, so players have plenty of time to farm out the Snowflakes needed for everything that catches the eye. There are numerous ways to farm currency and plenty of activities to enjoy during these snow-filled days. Enjoy the holidays, folks, and Fae Yule!