This is a guest submissions sent in by Millros Broadbelt of the Bounders of the Shire kin on Landroval on getting through Winterhome daily grind as quickly as possible.
With new yule cosmetics available with update 5.1, thoughts have turned back to Winterhome quests before the festival ends. The problem is it can be a bit of a grind and you don’t want to spend precious gaming time when you could be doing other things. If you plan your route carefully through Winterhome though you can be in and out in an easy 15 minutes, leaving plenty of time to do other things in your spiffy new clothes on your spiffy new horse! This is the route I’ve found to be the fastest through the Winterhome quests, getting through everything in 2 “laps” and with the absolute minimum of doubling back.
When you land at Winterhome head straight into the upper gate and speak to guard Kember. Pick up the Abominable Snowbeasts quest (you aren’t so mean as to want to tell the beggars to move off for money are you? No, didn’t think so, good!) then head down the main street, past Ona Kay, to the workers area.
Pick up the quests from Daley Utteridge (both, if you’re trying to get the “Openhanded” title by repeating the charitable spirit quest 10 times) and then the quest from Gareth Rust. Turn left out of the workers area and (give the coins to Regina Judson, if you’re doing Charitable Spirit) then turn down the alley to the right towards the theatre. Pick up the theatre quest from the hobbit outside and head straight in. If there’s a performance happening or about to happen (i.e. there are at least 3 people without AFK tags) then stick around until it finishes. Otherwise head straight out, its tricky getting a full theatre this late in the festival.
After the play head out, cash in the reward (and give coins to Jack Judson if you’re doing Charitable Spirit) then turn right to set off the fireworks. Go down the stairs, places yourself in the middle of the group of 8 patrons and you’ll be able to pick all their pockets without having to move from where you are. When you’ve looted all 8 turn around and pick up all the quests from Basil Wyndham and Mabel Mitford. Head North, then left down to Ian Prudholm’s food station and clean up everything.
Turn hard right (giving 2 coins to Bill Hyde on your way if you’re doing Charitable Spirit) and head out of the lower gate to the left, down towards the snowmen. Collect the quest from Virgil Greenfield, then select the snowman you want to build. If you’re working towards the “gather of cool company” title then pick accordingly, but if you’ve already got it or don’t care then the fastest option is to pick the broken snowman, furthest to the left of Virgil.
Head North east to collect the sticks for the snowman then directly north down to cluckland to collect eggs. Once collected head north west up the hill into the grumpwood to collect the unwilling firewood, then straight back down the hill once you’ve finished to the edge of the frozen lake.
Here you’ll collect the first berries from the winterberry bushes, before showing those wintery weathers who is boss. Head east towards the house and tower, around which you’ll be able to collect the rest of the winterberries then head south east over the stone bridge and up into the woods to find the snowbeasts.
Cheer at the snowbeasts then head west up to the mushroom tent to collect 5 mushrooms. Follow the path back into Winterhome at the main upper gate.
Cash in your quest with Guard Kember (and give Barret Nowell 2 coins if you’re doing charitable spirit) then turn left and do some clear up at Ona Kay’s station. Head back to the workers area (pausing to give Ted Ives 2 coins on your left if you’re doing charitable spirit) then cash in with Daley Utteridge and Gareth Rust.
Head left out of the workers area to do some clean up at Nora Lewison’s station, then keep heading in the same direction to the kitchens. Collect the coal for the snowman then bake bread – don’t forget to do it 3 times, easily done if you’re rushing.
When done collect a keg and head back towards Nora Lewison and turn left (keeping an eye out for the very easy to avoid watchers) then jump over the wall at Jack Mitford’s station to land right by the dwarf on the keg to complete (easiest quest ever).
Head left and then out of the lower gate again to the snowman field. Build your snowman, cash in with Virgil Greenfield and then return via the lower gate.
Turn hard left back to the main festival area and finish cleaning up at Freddie Symonds station. Go to your right and cash the quests in with Mabel and Basil, go south up the stairs towards the main entrance and talk to Albert Yule to convert your coins to tokens.
That’s it, your visit to Winterhome is finished for the day in the fastest possible way, unless you want to have a go at the eating contest for extra coin credit. Good luck if you do!
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