LOTRO Yule Festival Guide 2013

December 18, 2013

Festival Guides

snowmanField Yule Festival is running this year from December 18, 2013 – January 14, 2014. This guide is here to help you find all the events available. The quests are mostly broken up into five major regions in Middle Earth.

  • Bree Festival Grounds (24.7S, 51.6W Breeland)
  • Thorin’s Hall (13.48S, 103.2W Thorin’s Gate) – in the underground Tavern
  • Duillond (24.6S, 93.1W Ered Luin)
  • Shire Party Tree (29.85S, 71.48W Shire)
  • Winter-home (special stable master in the 4 major cities)

What is not included in this guide

The festivals of Middle Earth include certain quests that appear with each and every festival. Please see our guide on these General Festival Quests for help with those events. This would include the

What is New This Year:

  • New Frostbluff Theater deed “The Bard”. See deeds section below for details.
  • There are two new cloaks and one new robe available.
  • There is one new horse and one new war-steed caparison
  • There are no new items that require the “Golden Festival Tokens” this year.
  • Quest: Help the Rich/Poor is able to be done again if you have done it in past years.
  • There is a Mithril Coin Mount Vendor available in Winter-home to purchase past year festival steeds.
  • There are no Festival Tickets. Quest resets are purchased with Mithril Coins.
  • A map to Frostbluff is available from the vendors for 1 festival token

Deeds

  • The More the Merrier:
    • Tier 1: Complete 20 quests in Winter-home – 2 Golden Festival Tokens
    • Tier 2: Complete 60 quests in Winter-home – 2 Golden Festival Tokens
    • Tier 3: Complete 120 quests in Winter-home – 2 Golden Festival Tokens & new Yule Festival Frame (this is the frame that goes around your character’s portrait)
  • Honored Yule Friend: Complete 30 quests in Winter-Home for the Yule Festival – 2 Festival Token
  • A Monstrous Feast: complete all the quests in the eating contest 8 times for the title “Feast-Beast”
  • Raining Snowballs: win the snowball fight 8 times on easy and 3 times on hard for the title “Snow-beast”
  • Such Generosity: complete the quest “A Charitable Spirit” 10 times to receive the title “The Openhanded” and 50 Festival Token.
  • Frostbluff Flower Petals: Throw flowers at actors. Several tiers to this one.
    • Tier 1 throw 5 times – 4 Festival Token, 5 TP, 10 bags flower petals
    • Tier 2 throw 10 times – 4 Festival Token, grants title “Petal Pusher”, 5 TP
    • Tier 3 throw 25 times – 8 Festival Token and a non-consumable “Flower Petals” with a 1m cool down timer, 5 TP
  • Frostbluff Rotten Fruit: Throw rotten fruit at actors. Same tier structure as the flower petals. Tier 2 grants title “Fruit Hucker”. Tier 3 gives 8 Festival Token (previous tiers give 4) and a non-consumable “Rotten Fruit” with a 1m cool down timer. All three tiers give 5 tp each
    • Tier 1 throw 5 times – 4 Festival Token, 5 TP, 10 pieces rotten fruit
    • Tier 2 throw 10 times – 4 Festival Token, grants title “Fruit Hucker”, 5 TP
    • Tier 3 throw 25 times – 8 Festival Token and a non-consumable “Rotten Fruit” with a 1m cool down timer, 5 TP
  • The Bard: Complete each role in the Frostbluff Theater (villain, protagonist, extra), earn the “Laughing-stock” and “Star of the Show” titles (see theater section below for details), and complete the Frostbluff flower petals and rotten fruit deeds through tier three to earn title “The Bard”, 5 TP
  • A Cool Reception: Build all 5 types of snowmen and earn the title “Gather of Cool Company” and broken snowman decoration
  • Consume Consumables: Frosty Beverages Use consumable 300 times and you will be able to use this effect as a permanent skill (no consumable required)
  • Consume Consumables: Grim Crystals Use consumable 300 times and you will be able to use this effect as a permanent skill (no consumable required)
  • Consume Consumables: Piles of Fluffy Snow Use consumable 300 times and you will be able to use this effect as a permanent skill (no consumable required)
  • Consume Consumables: Snow-Jars Use consumable 300 times and you will be able to use this effect as a permanent skill (no consumable required)
  • Consume Consumables: Perfect Snowballs Use consumable 300 times and you will be able to use this effect as a permanent skill (no consumable required)

Winter-home

Winter-home is the main event for the Yule Festival. It is in a completely separate zone that is accessed by special festival stable-masters in one of the four major cities of Bree, Michel Delving, Celondim, or Thorin’s Hall. The festival stable-master stands directly next to the city’s normal stable-master.

ONLY the quests in Winter-home count towards the “The More the Merrier” deeds. There are quests in the normal landscape but they will not advance the deed.

Starting the Winter-home Quests

An auto-bestow quest will be granted to your character when the festival is active. It will even allow you a quick port to Winter-home so you can begin without the muss and fuss of visiting the festival stable masters.

Yule Festival is Here!

Quest Giver: Auto-bestow Quest System
Rewards: 3 Festival Token

This quest is granted as a auto-bestow quest when you login. This quest rewards 3 Festival Tokens and it will give you a map to Winter-home to port you to Frostbluff when you finish it.

The Yule Celebration of Winter-Home

Quest Giver: Albert Yule
Rewards: 2 Festival Token

  • Speak with the mayor of town about the festivites. (12.1N, 95.3W)
  • Speak with Carolyn Goodnough (next to mayor)
  • Speak with Cecil Voller at Snowball Field (13.1N, 95.0W)
  • Speak with Mabel Mitford back near the Mayor (12.2N, 95.3W)
  • Speak with Guard Kember near gate (11.9N, 95.2W)
  • Speak with Hobbit outside G.L.O.B.E. theater (12.1N, 95.5W)
  • Speak with Ona Kay (12.0N 95.3W)
  • Speak with Gareth Rust (12.0N, 95.7W)
  • Speak with Daley Utteridge (12.0N, 95.6W)
  • Return to Mayor

Yes Means Snow

Quest Giver: Carolyn Goodnough
Pre-requisite: Yule Celebration of Winter-Home

Carolyn talks about Virgil who is building snowmen and encourages you to check it out and help. No tokens or coins for this one (although I think I got like 90 copper) but all this quest is doing is directing you to Virgil. I attempted to run straight to Virgil on an alt and he won’t talk to you until you do this quest.

Winter-home Daily Repeatable Quests

All quests are daily but can be unlocked to do them again if desired. Cost to reset a daily quest is 5 Mithril Coins which are purchased in the LOTRO Store.

To reset, simply go to the quest NPC, click on the quest and you will be offered the option to unlock.  Reset quests can advance your deed count for “The More the Merrier”.

Yule Festival (Daily)

Quest Giver:  Auto-bestow Quest System
Rewards: 1 Festival Token and Sack of Presents

This quest is auto-bestowed daily. Mara Sandydowns near the front gate (right next to Guard Kember) hands out presents for participation in the festival. Complete one quest in Winter-home and she will give you a “Sack of Presents” which will have an assortment of item or items. This is a random draw type prize. You can get festival tokens, marks, unique cosmetics, the hobby horse, etc. Feel free to share what fun things you have found in your sack of presents in the comments below!

Wintry Yule Cap Wintry Yule Cap Hobby Horse Hobby Horse  

clip_image002Stuffing the Stuffed

Quest Giver: Mabel Mitford
Reward: 4 Festival Token
Repeatable: Daily
Pre-requisite: Yule Celebration of Winter-Home

  • Collect Fresh winterberries – near cabin 12.7N, 93.4W
  • collect eggs from pampered chickens – Cluckland 13.3N, 94.6W
  • collect pampered mushrooms – in greenhouse 11.8N, 94.3W
  • make fresh bread at the servants oven – 12.4N, 95.6W

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Unwilling Firewood

Quest Giver: Mabel Mitford
Reward: 4 Festival Token
Repeatable: Daily
Pre-requisite: Yule Celebration of Winter-Home

Collect 9 pieces of firewood from the best trees. The major doesn’t seem to know the “best trees” are actually wood trolls. Drops off “Grouchy Trees” in The Grumpwood (13.6N, 93.9W). Level 10 walking troll creatures.

The new auto-looting works brilliantly here allowing you to easily go in slaughter 9 and run off without having to stop and pick up all the wood. Open tapping is not so useful as most players will probably be able to one shot kill these guys. clip_image006

Empty Keg Emergency

Quest Giver: Basil Wyndham (12.2N, 95.3W)
Reward: 4 Festival Token
Repeatable: Daily
Pre-requisite: Yule Celebration of Winter-Home

Pick up a keg from the servants area near the oven. You must deliver the keg to the Thirsty Patron (12.3N, 95.4W) without being seen by a watcher.

The Biggest Stomach of Them All

Quest Giver: Ona Kay
Reward: Festival Token at each table
Repeatable: Daily
Pre-requisite: Yule Celebration of Winter-Home

This is a food eating race that you participate in. There are tables of food and you must eat 5 things, check in with the announcer and run to the next station. There are 5 stations in total. Completing the first table will advance “The More the Merrier” deed so you do not have to complete all the tables for the quest to count for that.

There are a couple tricks to completing this race!

The first trick to beating the timer on this is to avoid eating the bread and pies. They take longer to consume and weigh you down. Stick to the mushrooms, berries and eggs.

Eating Contest Debuffs:

  • Berries: -1% run speed (4m)
  • Mushrooms: -3% run speed (4m)
  • Eggs: -5% run speed (4m)
  • Pie: -10% run speed (4m)
  • Bread: -15% run speed (4m)
  • Mystery Drink: Removes all debuffs OR -60% run speed (20s)

The second trick to share is that you DO NOT have to start when Ona says go. If the table is particularly packed with participants trying to gobble up the same food at once it’s likely someone will fail just for food not spawning fast enough or only pie is left. Here’s the pro-tip: the first table has no timer. You don’t even have to be in the area when Ona says go. Collect the quest, keep having fun in Winter-home and run back in a minute or two when the tables will be clear for your solo run.

Eating Contest Rewards:

  • 1st table: no coins
  • 2nd table: 2 Festival Token
  • 3rd table: 3 Festival Token
  • 4th table: 4 Festival Token
  • 5th table: 4 Festival Token
  • Full run = 13 Festival Token

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Quest Giver: Basil Wyndham
Reward 4 Festival Token
Repeatable: Daily
Pre-requisite: Yule Celebration of Winter-Home

  • Pick up dirty dishes
  • clean up reeking garbage
  • clean up liquid spills

There are many locations throughout the town that have tables full of messes.  No timers or limitations, just walk around and clean up the tables.

Tables that are dirty are the same ones used for the eating competition quest “The Biggest Stomach of Them All”

clip_image010Making Mischief

Quest Giver: Gareth Rust
Reward: 4 Festival Token
Repeatable: Daily
Pre-requisite: Yule Celebration of Winter-Home

You are to distract patrons of the festival with fireworks and then pick-pocket 8 of them while they stare at the fireworks display. The fireworks is located at the stairs overlooking the festival square (12.2N, 95.4W)

After setting them off patrons will have rings over their heads for you to click on them. Do not worry about the watcher or any of the patrons catching on to your deeds. Simply click them all as quickly as you can as they will eventually wander off when the show is over.

A Charitable Spirit

clip_image012Quest Giver: Daley Utteridge
Reward: none
Repeatable: Daily
Pre-requisite: Yule Celebration of Winter-Home

Daley asks you to donate a total of 5 Festival Token to various people in town. One token to each person. This quest is not available if you have accepted “Moving them Off” quest but you can pick up this quest after completing “Moving them Off” if you wish.

  • Barret Nowell 11.9N, 95.3W
  • Ted Ives 12.0N, 95.5W
  • Regina Judson 12.1N, 95.6W
  • Jack Judson 12.2N, 95.5W
  • Bill Hyde 12.3N, 95.5W

There is no reward for this (in fact you’re giving away tokens) except for that of the good feeling inside that you’ve helped some poor folk down on their luck. However, this quest will count towards the “Honored Yule Friend” and “More the Merrier” deeds.

There is a hidden deed associated with this quest. Completing it 10 times will grant you the title “The Openhanded” as well as 50 Festival Token.

Moving Them Off

Quest Giver: Guard Kember
Reward: 4 Festival Token
Repeatable: Daily
Pre-requisite: Yule Celebration of Winter-Home

You are to chase off the same 5 beggars from “A Charitable Spirit” quest above. Sort of the opposite feel good feeling but this one rewards some Festival Token.

You cannot have this and “Charitable Spirit” quests at the same time but you can complete them both.

clip_image014Cold as Ice

Quest Giver: Daley Utteridge
Reward: 4 Festival Token
Repeatable: Daily
Pre-requisite: Yule Celebration of Winter-home

The frost grims in the area are making life difficult for the less fortunate who have been forced to move outside of the city walls. You are asked to drive the grims off.

The grims are on the frozen lake on the east side of the map (12.7N, 93.7W). They are level 10 beasts and should not be an issue for most adventurers to kill, however they have a unique debuff called Whiteout that essentially bleaches out your screen when near them and reduces your run speed by –25%.

All you need to kill is 4 of them to complete the quest.

clip_image016The Abominable Snow-Beasts

Quest Giver: Guard Kember
Reward: 4 Festival Token
Repeatable: Daily
Pre-requisite: Yule Celebration of Winter-home

You are charged to go drive off the snowbeasts in the area for the safety of the winter-home festivities.

The snowbeasts can be found in the lightly wooded area in the southeast corner of the map (12.2N, 93.6W).

The snowbeasts dislike noise and cheer and you shoo them off by using the /cheer emote at three of them while having them targeted. This can even be done on horseback if desired. The snowbeasts do not attack so do not fear having to fight them.

Filling the Field

Quest Giver: Virgil Greenfield (12.6N, 95.2W)
Reward: 4 Festival Token
Repeatable: Daily
Pre-requisite: Yes Means Snow

Virgil asks for help building snowmen. He has 5 snowmen templates and you choose which of the 5 you wish to build.

  • Coal is found up at the servant’s oven in Winter-home.
  • Acorns are found on the ground under the trees near the snowman field.
  • Sticks are gathered from bushes near the snowman field
  • Carrots are located at the chicken farm
  • All other items are scattered inside winter-home

Pro-tip for helping find these items:

  1. Go to settings > UI settings and turn on “Selection Indicator” (if not already on) and make sure “Show Selection Indicator in Combat Only” is not selected.
  2. Go to settings > Combat options and turn on “Directional Selection Indicator”
  3. Tap the delete key (default setting to target usable objects near you). The two settings above will point you in the direction of the object you found and put a big arrow over it and a dotted line at your feet pointing the way.
clip_image018Broken Snowman Requires:
  • Coal
  • Stick
clip_image020Cap-Wearing Snowman Requires:
  • Carrot
  • Acron
  • Coal
  • Sticks
  • Cap
  • Pipe

*Hints* For the cap head to where the poor hang out. For the pipe look on the ground near the feasting tables (it is not actually on a table). A hobbit is holding it.

clip_image022Classy Snowman Requires:
  • Acorn
  • Coal
  • Scarf
  • Top Hat

*Hints* The scarf is near to a dwarf sitting on some ale. For the top hat head toward Albert Yule and make sure you keep looking up.

MittenSnowmanMitten-wearing Snowman Requires:
  • Carrot
  • Coal
  • Acorn
  • Mittens

*Hints* Mittens may be used to give applause!

clip_image025Scarf-wearing Snowman Requires:
  • Acorn
  • Coal
  • Sticks
  • Scarf

*Hints* See Classy snowman for scarf hint.

Building all five grants a deed (see the deeds section). The quickest way to get your tokens and be finished is to simply build the broken snowman.

Final Quests: Help the Poor or the Rich

When you complete 30 quests in Winter-Home, you complete the deed ‘’Honoured Yule-friend’’ that gives you 2 Festival Token. It also unlocks the final quests of Winter-Home.

The final quests of Winter-Home are given by the NPC Albert Yule. He asks you to choose between helping the poor or the rich citizens of Frostbluff.

Choosing one quest makes you ineligible to complete the other one (although you can come back and do it on an alt). You get to preview of both cosmetic items they give. Choosing one side will lead you along a short quest line before you finally get your hands on the cosmetics.

These quests are a one time deal during this festival, they are not dailies! If you did this quest in past years, it is unlocked to do the other quest this year if you wish.

clip_image027clip_image029Self-Sacrifice: Support the Poor

Quest Giver: Albert Yule
Reward: cosmetics, 5 Yule Tokens & Title “The Blameless”
Repeatable: No
Pre-requisite: Complete Honoured-Yule Friend deed.

Completing this quest will grant you a full beggar’s outfit of shabby clothing. You have a choice of a tunic or a robe for the chest piece.

Note: there is a hidden quest that triggers 40 days after completion of this quest that will grant you the Frostbluff Robe and Frostbluff Dress of Thanks. Only supporting the poor will get you these items. They are bound but can easily be tossed into shared wardrobe to be worn by other alts.

clip_image031clip_image033Gain and Glory: Support the Rich

Quest Giver: Albert Yule
Reward: cosmetics, 5 Yule Tokens & Title “Miser”
Repeatable: No
Pre-requisite: Complete Honoured-Yule Friend deed.

Completing this quest will grant you a full set of extravagant clothing. You have a choice of a robe or tunic for the chest piece.

 

The Frostbluff Theater

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The Frostbluff Theater

Quest Giver: Hobbit (12.2N 95.5W)
Reward: 4 Festival Token
Repeatable: Daily
Pre-requisite: Yule Celebration of Winter-Home

Attend a performance of the Frostbluff Theater. The Frostbluff Theater has two parts to it: The audience member and the actors. As soon as 3 players are in the theatre, a representation of the play can start. If there are more than 3 players in the theatre, 3 random players are selected among the audience to become actors in the presentation.

Because of the 3 person limit, I do advise you to do this early in the festival season or be prepared to beg some kinnies to do it with you. Events like these are typically wildly popular at the start and then peeter out when people have done them several times. By the end of the festival it may be difficult to start a performance because of the 3 person minimum.

You can be in the audience and possibly selected as an actor as many times as you wish as there is no limit to the number of performances you watch.

Being in the Audience

Being active while in the audience is optional, but you will complete deeds for throwing flowers or rotten fruits to the actors (see deed listing above).

To do so, you must purchase flowers or rotten fruits at the hobbit vendors inside Frostbluff theatre sold for 4 copper pieces each at the theatre titled ‘’concessions’’. When an actor performs a relevant emote, you get a warning to throw flowers. When he performs an emote that doesn’t make sense with the play, you get to throw rotten fruit. Successful actors emoting are highlighted with white flashing arrows. Bad actors in red arrows.

It is helpful to pay attention to what part each is actor is playing (they have an icon over their head, and a buff you can see if you select them) and be prepared for their upcoming part so you can be ready to toss rotten fruit or flowers at them as needed. I put my flowers and fruit in quickslots for easy access. You only have 10 seconds after they have emoted (or failed to) in which you can “reward” their performance.

Being an Actor

When you get selected to be an actor, you are teleported backstage where you have about 2 minutes to know your role. You will hear the person presenting the play on the stage calling your name and the role you were cast in. There are 3 roles in the play: the villain, the protagonist and extra. You can also know which part of the play you are cast in by looking at the icon over your head.

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You can talk to the NPCs backstage to get information about the kind of emote would be appropriate to do on stage. There will be an NPC to talk to for your specific role. They will not tell you exactly what emotes to use but will guide you to the type you need.

clip_image043If you are not familiar with the emotes available in LOTRO you can type /emotelist in game. Note that some of the emotes in the list may be hidden deeds or store exclusives that are not available to you.

You are then teleported to the stage, where the action begins. There are NPCs on stage that are telling the story and are there to help you play your part.

You must listen (read!) to what the narrator and the actor in your role has to say to get further tips on what kind of emote will be appropriate to do. You will get a warning when the time has come to perform your emote.

To perform an emote for the play, you MUST target the audience (just click on the public) otherwise it won’t count.

You can throw fruits and flowers to other actors as an actor so feel free to do so and work on those deeds while on stage!

As the story goes on, every actor will have 3 emotes to perform. The order in which emotes are performed by the Actors in the play:

  • Extra
  • Villain
  • Protagonist
  • Extra
  • Villain
  • Protagonist
  • Extra
  • Protagonist
  • Villain

After the end of the play, you are teleported back into the audience.

Titles

  • Completing the event you will win a title for the role you played (Protagonist, Villain or Extra).
  • If you successfully performed two emotes you will earn the “Star of the Show” title.
  • Perform two emotes poorly and you are granted the title “Laughing-Stock”.
  • Perform as all three roles to earn the “Thespian” title.

These same titles are also available to buy with Festival Token from the vendors in the theater if you are not lucky enough to be selected to act.

Also don’t miss the subtle Muppet easter egg to be found in the theater. Some familiar critics can be found in their standard heckling spot.

Snowball Fight

Not far away from the main city of Winter-home is a snowman filled field set aside for a game of snowball fights! clip_image045

Snow piles will be usable while event is active. Use them to gather Perfect Snowballs. Piles can randomly give 1-3 snowballs. Snowballs will disappear from your inventory after the event is over and the snowballs from the festival vendors will not count on the snowball field.

There are two quests available labeled easy and hard. There is a deed for completing both quests. (See deeds section above). Both quests are daily and are unavailable after completing them unless you purchase an unlock.

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Gather snowballs and hit 10 players in the snow arena. What makes this easy is you don’t have to do it all at once. You can finish this in several rounds if need be. Reward 2 Festival Token.

Hard
Gather snowballs and hit 15 players within one round of a snowball fight. Reward 4 Festival Token

 

Pro-tips:

  • Ctrl+Tab will select the nearest player
  • Add the snowballs to your quick slot bar for easy access
  • You do not have to stand still to throw snowballs
  • Quests are available 3 minutes after last event ended.  1 minute warning given before the next event starts. Event completes a cycle approximately every 9 minutes.

clip_image049 There is an effect added when hit by snowballs that will slow you down. The effect stacks as you are hit and increases the severity of the slowdown. The highest I was able to get it to stack was up to tier 5 but the debuff only lasted 6 seconds.

It does not affect the game except to slow you down so you are easier to catch and hit with a snowball and it will wear off shortly so don’t worry about it.

 


Breeland Quests

 

clip_image051More Boar for Bree

Quest Giver: Sally Blackwort (24.7S, 51.5W)
Rewards: 2 Festival Token
Repeat: Daily

The Festival Cook is asking you to find the missing dried boar meat that was stolen by the wolves. You must go to the “Snarling Hollow” (24.1S, 54.7W) west of the Festival Grounds and you will find the slabs of meat around there. It’s a small area and you only need to find five. It isn’t difficult.

The only part that may be a tad difficult is even though this is listed as a level 1 quest, the wolves in this area are level 18 and 19. If it appears dangerous for your level, be sure to bring a friend.

clip_image053An Ailing Tradition of Ale

Quest Giver: Wim Wheatsheaf (24.6S, 51.5W)
Rewards: 2 Festival Token
Repeat: Daily

The cart delivering the festival ale was attacked by brigands and the Festival Brew-Master wants you to go and recover what is left of them. You will find an ale-cask by the lake just past Thornely’s Work Site at 27.0S, 54.1W. There were no brigands to be found. Just a broken cart and a cask. This can be easily accomplished by any level without any difficulties.

 


Thorin’s Hall Quests

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Snow for a White Yule

Quest GIver: Gloi (In Undeground Tavern)
Rewards: 2 Festival Token
Repeat: Daily

This odd dwarf is planning on piling snow in a cart and bring it to Bree. He asks you help him gather snow. There’s snow everywhere but apparently he only wants ones I find in small piles.

Head out of Thorin’s gate and start looking around 15.5S, 104.0W and you’ll find snow piles you can gather. The monsters I saw around are level 5 or lower. Only the level 5 I spotted was aggressive.

clip_image057Dwarf-Ice

Quest Giver: Imi (in Underground Tavern)
Rewards: 2 Festival Token
Repeat Timer: Daily

This cook is looking to make some desert but needs some more ice and berries. Head out of Thorin’s Gate and to 14.4S, 103.9W. There is a frozen pond and waterfall. One of the pieces of the frozen waterfall is able to be gathered. The berries he is looking for is in the center of the pond on a little snow covered island. There were no monsters around this area making this a very quick and easy quest to complete.


Duillond Quests

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Wreathed in Fir

Quest Giver: Anglalaith (24.6S, 93.0W)
Rewards: 2 Festival Token
Repeat: Daily

This Festival Patron is putting together a evergreen wreath but has ran out of branches and asks that you collect some more for him. They aren’t far just a little west of Duillond and I ran into some Fir Branches. Start looking around 24.0S, 94.3W and you’ll see them glowing. There are some boars in the area at around level 9 but that’s pretty easy to dispatch or you could probably even avoid them if you fear they will attack you.

The Season of Merry-Making

clip_image061Quest Giver: Saervereth (24.6S, 93.1W) 
Rewards: 2 Festival Token
Repeat: Daily

This Festival Patron is in need of some mistletoe and asks you to go gather some for her. Head towards Thrasi’s Lodge and you’ll see some trees glowing on the side of the road. Look around 21.8S, 93.8W. The trees contain the mistletoe you are looking for.

This area of forest is a little more populated, primarily with bears around level 11 and 12.


Shire Quests

clip_image063Ribbons and Bows

Quest Giver: Daisy Boffin (29.9S, 71.6W)
Rewards: 2 Festival Token
Repeat: Daily

The Party Planner has underestimated the amount of ribbon needed for the festival and needs you to travel to Overhill to find the boxes of ribbon and gather red and blue berries so she can dye the ribbon.

Travel north on the road to Overhill and you will find the boxes along the road at around 28.9S, 70.6W. A little off the road in the wooded area you will find the red and blue flowers growing. The most fearsome thing I encountered in the wood was a level 10 boar and a level 11 bear so take note of that if you are doing this on a newer character.

clip_image065Good Cheer and Warm Cider

Quest Giver: Samfast Longburrow (29.9S, 71. 5W)
Rewards: 2 Festival Token
Repeat: Daily

The festival Brew-Master is looking to make some cider but has ran out of apples from Appledore’s Orchard. This is very quick and easy. Head directly west of Samfast and you’ll be in Appledore’s orchard where there are apples on the ground for you to pick up. There are no monsters save a random shrew or two in the area so it’s easily and quickly completed by anyone.

Yuletide Woes Quest Chain

Quest Givers: Hal Hornblower, Bogo Chubb, Daddy Twofoot, Holly Hornblower, Postman Grubb,Opal Goodbody, Gaffer Gamgee, Shirriff Robin Smallburrow, Hereward Loamsdown 
Rewards: Yule-Tree clip_image067
Repeat: No

There are many Hobbits in Hobbiton that can give you this quest (listed above). Lobelia Sackville-Baggins has been named the Yule-Planner for Hobbiton and you’re asked to inquire amongst the local Hobbits how this happened. You can inquire with some hobbits but you are pointed to talk to Ted Sandyman and search his mill. You will find and invitation at the mill which you are to take to Mayor Will Whitfoot in Michel Delving.

The mayor claims there is nothing he can do about this but to search for the Book of Festival-law for more options which is kept in the Great Smials library in Tuckburough and return it to him.

The book states Yule-Planner can be changed with a petition with 10 signatures and you are sent to Hobbiton to gather signatures. All of the original potential quest givers will agree to sign your petition. Ted Sandyman will refuse to sign. That is 9 signatures but go to Lobelia and Marigold Gamgee will arrive to sign the 10th signature.

Afterwards go speak with Gaffer Gamgee for your very own Yule-Tree to place in your home’s front yard. This quest is not repeatable and can only be done once per character total. If you did this quest in past years, you will not be able to do it again.


Yule Festival Mounts

The quest and method to obtain the festival mounts is the same as other festivals. See General Festival Quests for information on that quest. However, I wanted to share pictures of the mounts available so you can decide if you need them!

Wintertide Steed
*NEW* Wintertide Steed
80 Festival Tokens
Must have completed “More the Merrier – Tier 1”.
Wintertide Caparison
*NEW* Wintertide Caparison for War-steed
(see it dyed green)
100 Festival Tokens
Must have completed “More the Merrier – Tier 3”.
Wintry Yule Steed 
2012 Wintry Yule Steed
60 Festival Tokens & 1 Golden Festival Token
War-steed Wintry Cosmetics Set 
War-steed Cosmetic Set – Wintery Yule Appearance
100 Festival Tokens & 1 Golden Festival Token Must have completed “More the Merrier – Tier 3”.
clip_image075 2011 Frosty Steed 
70 Mithril Coins
clip_image077 2011 Snowy Steed
70 Mithril Coins
clip_image073 2010 Glittering Yule Steed
70 Mithril Coins
clip_image071 2009 Yule Festival Snow Steed
70 Mithril Coins
clip_image069 2008 Yule Festival Steed
70 Mithril Coins

Rewards

The rewards available are fun and very festive. I am afraid I will have to collect them all! All are purchased using the Festival Token you’ve been collecting.

Gift Boxes

Gift boxes are purchased from festival vendors. There are special race (hobbit, elf, etc) gift boxes hand out a wide array of cosmetics, goodies and housing items.

The supreme legendary gift box only gives coal (which I’ve heard some crafters stock up on as it is cheap coal).

  • Bree-Land Gift Box – 10 tokens
  • Hobbit Gift Box  – 10 tokens
  • Elf Gift Box – 10 tokens
  • Dwarf Gift Box  – 10 tokens
  • ‘Supreme Legendary Gift’ Boxes – 1 token

Consumables

See the deeds section above for deeds related to these consumables!

  • Frosty Beverages – 5 tokens for 5 drinks When consumed you will have a shot of snow around your character.
  • Snow-Jars – 5 tokens for 5 jars This causes a snow storm to rain in your general area and people will actually faint or be forced prone on the ground due to the snow.
  • Grim Crystals – 5 tokens for 5 crystals This summons a very brief swirl of snow cloud which a frost grim will rise from and then disappear. People in the area are forced to cower at the sight.
  • Piles of Fluffy Snow – 5 tokens for 5 piles Puts a snow tornado around a person and causes them to dust themselves off.
  • 5 Rotten Fruit: 5 Token (these will not work inside the theater)
  • 5 Bag of Flower Petals: 5 Token (these will not work inside the theater)
  • 5 Perfect Snowballs: 5 Token (these will not work in the snowball fight)

Other

  • Map to Winter-Home – 1 token
  • Golden Festival Token – 75 Tokens
  • 75 Festival Tokens – 1 Golden Festival Token

Titles

Titles are available from the barter vendors for 10 Festival Tokens Each. They all can be earned from the theater quest if selected to perform in the play.

  • Title Writ – Thespian
  • Title Writ – Star of the Show
  • Title Writ – Protagonist
  • Title Writ – Villain
  • Title Writ – Extra
  • Title Writ – Laughing-Stock

Housing Items

Details on how to get the festival housing items and pictures of what they look like in our Yule Festival Furniture and Decoration Guide. Many housing items are picked up by luck of the draw in the race gift boxes like the snow-globes.

Maps

There are 4 maps to collect available from the barter vendors for 15 tokens each. All four of these maps are part of the 21 required for the Eriador Cartographer Deed.

  • Map of Thorin’s Gate
  • Map of Forochel
  • Map of Frostbluff
  • Map of the Southern Barrow-downs

Cosmetics

There are also the special cosmetic items that cannot be purchased with tokens from the final quests. See Winter-home quests above for more details.

Cosmetic LOTRO has posted dye pictures of the new items for you to preview.

Wintertide Robe
*NEW*
Wintertide Robe
35 Tokens
Wintertide Cloak
*NEW*
Wintertide Cloak
50 Tokens
Wintertide Hooded Cloak
*NEW*
Wintertide Hooded Cloak
50 Tokens
clip_image079 Snow-Dusted Traveling Robe, Gloves, Hat, Boots & Shoulders
15 Tokens each
clip_image081 Yule Tunic and Trousers
15 Tokens
clip_image097 Snowy Dress
15 Tokens
clip_image095 Snowy Tunic and Trousers
15 Tokens
Wintry Yule Robe 
Wintry Yule Robe
30 Tokens
Yule Tree Cloak 
Yule-Tree Cloak 
35 Tokens & 1 Golden Token
clip_image091 Fancy Winter Cloak
15 Tokens
clip_image093 Warm Winter Cloak
15 Tokens
clip_image085 Yule Hoodless Cloak
15 Tokens
clip_image083 Yule Hooded Cloak
15 Tokens
clip_image099 Snowy Hoodless Cloak
15 Tokens
clip_image101
Brisk Yule Cloak
15 Tokens
Wintry Yule Cloak
Wintry Yule Cloak 
25 Tokens
Wintry Yule Backpack 
Wintry Yule Backpack 
35 Tokens & 1 Golden Token
Yule Sparkler 
Yule Sparkler
30 Tokens
Festive Yule Mug 
Festive Yule Mug 
20 Tokens
Festive Wine Skin 
Festive Wine Skin
20 Tokens
Bunch of Holly 
Bunch of Holly
20 Tokens
clip_image089 Yule Stocking Cap
15 Tokens
Wintry Yule Hat 
Wintry Yule Hat 
35 Tokens & 1 Golden Token
clip_image087 Yule Scarf
15 Tokens
Horned Snow-beast Cloak 
Horned Snow-beast Cloak
50 Tokens & 1 Golden Token
Must have completed “More the Merrier Tier 3”.
Snow-beast Boots 
Snow-beast Boots
50 Tokens & 1 Golden Token Must have completed “More the Merrier Tier 3”.
 
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39 Responses to “LOTRO Yule Festival Guide 2013”

  1. Pointy Says:

    Looks like the deed didn’t reset like the rumours last year said it would. I’m still tier 3 on it from when I ran them all like made last year to complete.

    Also watch out for the war-steed cosmetics. You can re-barter for the set you already have. I found out when I opened the set I got earlier that I already had it from last year. They’re BOA and don’t warn you on the icon until you open the package that you can’t use them.

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    Fredelas Says:

    Small correction: The weekly auto-bestowed intro quest no longer teleports players directly to Winter-home. Now it awards a consumable map, so players can travel there at their convenience (or not at all).

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  3. Samar Says:

    Great guide! I’ll be referring to this through the holidays for sure.

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    Tsu Says:

    Great there is 30 TP up for grabs…OK looks like I am going to climb the boards again…oh to be a Thespian!

    Also want to get those maps for the Cartographer deed…any advice on the easiest way to earn those tokens for a non festival loving player?

    I did actually enjoy the Haunted Burrow and did finally get to grips with that maze in other festivals… HELP?

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      Tsu Says:

      Been told over on LOTRO PLAYERS to do the eating contests :)

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      Goldenstar Says:

      You can only do the eating contest once a day so this is hardly efficient in getting a lot of tokens.

      You’re best bet is to just go in and daily do them all. It won’t take you long to get 60 at all. If you’re a little short, don’t forget about the quests in the Shire/Bree/etc. They also grant tokens and can be done daily.

      Most quests give 4 tokens so I would guess you’d be good to buy your maps in two days of doing the dailies doing winter-home quests alone.

      Avoid the “Charitable Spirit” quest as it requires you give tokens away.

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    Draculetta Says:

    You slipped into a Tardis again Goldenstar :)

    December 18, 2012 – January 14, 2013

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    Limm Says:

    Thanks for the update to the guide Goldenstar! I look forward to getting those new cosmetics and horse caparison, that design is really pretty!

    Oh, and side note, I’m wondering if you meant 2013-2014 on your dates at the top? I didn’t notice til after I’d copy/pasted the dates to my kinship site and one of my kinnies pointed it out to me, lol! :)

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  7. KR Says:

    Anyone have problem with The Bard deed? Have done all requirments before (festival 2012/2011) so i cant do them again. But dont have deed in completed or open deeds in deedlog.

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  8. Ilse Says:

    Failed the eating contest…. Where the heck is the second station? Somehow I wasn’t able to find it.

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  9. Farcykl Says:

    Thanks for the guide! This will be my fourth year that I’ve taken part in the Yuletide Festival, and every year I’ve relied on this website to guide me through what they each have to offer. Good job!

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  10. Corbie Says:

    I’ve just completed all requirements for the bard title, but didn’t get title or turbine points. Are there any other requirements, like having completed “The more the merrier 3″ or other festival deeds? I’m doing the festival the first time and have not earned other titles / deeds yet.

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      Goldenstar Says:

      The only requirements listed on the deed are those I put in the guide above. Here’s a link to what the deed looks like in game. I’m not sure why you didn’t get it if you met all the criteria.

      https://twitter.com/Draculetta_72/status/413341572991053824/photo/1

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    • Supergirl Says:

      You are not alone Corbie. Undoubtedly, once the offending widgets are realigned, it will be be fixed. (It appears that completing all of the pre-deed before this year auto-granted the deed fine, but if you complete the deed this year, it does not update… I am only going on my limited sample size of 10 personal examples plus forum chatter though, so we shall see. :D )

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      • MasterMaximus Says:

        I have noticed that on my characters that purchased the titles and the Thespian deed shows without the 3 of 3 then I can not earn the Bard title. I have tried going back and redoing all the parts of the show but the Thespian deed doesn’t doesnt update to 3 of 3. My characters that have the Bard deed done all had Thespian 3 of 3 in the log. I submitted a ticket. Hopefully they can fix.

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  11. Stana Says:

    No biggie – but I noticed that even doing ‘Save the poor’ this year – the NPC’s will still react to you as if you did the opposite ‘save the rich’ from previous years. :)

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  12. Supergirl Says:

    Thanks as always for the super-amazing guide. I have read the iterations of it so many times over the years yet I always come here to see your awesome spread.

    I put a few Yule horse pictures up if anyone cares about such a thing. :)
    http://www.danania.net/2013/12/yule-festival-2013-wintertide-steed-and.html

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  13. Kris Says:

    Tip – Before you buy the Wintry War Steed Box Set – make sure you didn’t buy it last year. I didn’t think I had as it was not red-lined like the other mounts I had, so I bought the box. When I opened it, the 4 items that come in the set were all red-lined as I HAD bought the box last year. I bugged it and waited around for a GM to refund my tokens (which I am very glad for!).

    Just a heads up!

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  14. Nidhoeggr Says:

    The deed Honoured Yule-friend may not be available any more. At least some of my toons reached the quest Help the Poor or the Rich without getting this deed.

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  15. EricOfWildwood Says:

    I have not gotten Festival Tokens for the Easy Snowball Fight. Anyone else see this?

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    • EricOfWildwood Says:

      Answered my own question; need to have the Daily Quest, so that you only receive the Tokens once. Which seems to be three regardless of whether you do the Hard or Easy.

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  16. Lasswen Says:

    I noticed that the Final Quest for helping the Rich or the Poor is now unlocked after completing 20 quests, so the first tier of the More The Merrier deed.

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  17. KminPL Says:

    I have completed all the required deeds in the past years and the deed did not even appear for me, not to mention it being completed or the title granted. I wrote a ticket and am crossing my fingers for a quick fix.

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  18. blacjack Says:

    Another tip for The Biggest Stomach of All… You can mount your horse and ride it to the next station. The horse doesn’t have a move penalty. Mount it before you turn in the quest at the current station.

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  19. Cirded Says:

    I believe the “Wintertide” cloaks need tiered “More the Merrier” access. I am not sure which one, but one of my low level alts with lots of festival tokens and no steeds to buy could not buy them. The new robe was available to barter, but not the cloaks.

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