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For many of Azeroth's inhabitants, combat on both a grand scale and at the level of individual skirmishes has become ritualistic and in some ways even ceremonial. This page documents the ongoing confrontations and celebrations in the game — and those events in-between (player organized events included) which the line has blurred. Below are some of the events, which are fun if you ever get around to them.

Types of World of Warcraft environment changes accompanying events include:

In World of Warcraft

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The official site has a basic overview of recurring in-game events. It mostly links to past blog entries concerning each event, but gives pretty up-to-date info.


Before the dreaded merge of the old community sites, there used to be a nice web-based calendar showing upcoming and past in-game events, but it the calendar is no longer accessible on the new Official sites. They can still be seen on the in-game calendar.

Patch 5.1 change

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria This section concerns content exclusive to Mists of Pandaria.

#1 - Patch 5.1: Realm Event Time Changes | 2012-11-28 04:10 | Zarhym
With Patch 5.1: Landfall we’ve reactivated the Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza. To accomplish this we reevaluated the way time-based events work in World of Warcraft. The time zone designation for a realm doesn’t always correlate with its real-world location, and that designation has traditionally directed a player to choose a realm that shares their local time. With cross-realm features like zone coalescing (CRZ) and Raid/Dungeon Finder, linking event reset or lockout times to realm times has caused a lot of confusion, such as zones flipping between day and night upon zoning, and created substantial issues with limited-time events, such as Azeroth’s fishing tournaments.

North American Daily Event Times

In Patch 5.1 we’ve moved most time-based events on North American realms to standardized, region-wide times. Below are the updated event times for all North American realms, regardless of your realm’s local time (excluding Oceanic realms).

Times displayed in North American Pacific Standard Time (GMT -8 hours)

5:30 a.m. PST*
6:30 p.m. PST*
Daily quests reset
3:00 a.m. PST
Profession cooldowns and farm reset
3:00 a.m. PST
Dungeon & raid lockouts reset
Unchanged (times still shared between NA and Oceanic realms)
Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza begins
2 p.m. PST every Sunday
Battleground holidays
12:00 a.m. every Friday - 12:00 a.m. every Tuesday PST
Darkmoon Faire begins
12:00 a.m. PST first Sunday of every month

Oceanic Daily Event Times

Note that, due to the extreme time zone difference, Oceanic realms have a separate standardized time, and Oceanic realms aren’t coalesced with non-Oceanic realms for cross-realm zones. Oceanic realms are, however, still a part of the North American matchmaking pool for Scenarios, Dungeon Finder, Raid Finder, Battlegrounds, and Arenas, in order to ensure that the matchmaking system is able to draw from a healthy population of players at any given hour. Because of this, raid/dungeon lockouts will continue to reset at the same time for North American and Oceanic realms (i.e. reset times will still vary depending on your local time).

Times displayed as Australian Eastern Standard Time (GMT +10 hours)

5:30 a.m. EST*
6:30 p.m. EST*
Daily quests reset
3:00 a.m. EST
Profession cooldowns and farm reset
3:00 a.m. EST
Dungeon & raid lockouts reset
Unchanged (times still shared between NA and Oceanic realms)
Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza begins
2 p.m. EST
Battleground holidays
12:00 a.m. every Friday - 12:00 a.m. every Tuesday EST
Darkmoon Faire begins
12:00 a.m. EST first Sunday of every month
* Day/night changeovers are not currently set to the times listed above and will be updated in a hotfix as soon as possible.

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Ongoing events

Over the course of Azeroth's troubled history, the times of celebration have fallen under the shadow of the conflicts that have shaped and scarred the world. Every day, as new challenges surface, new champions answer the call to arms, relishing the glory and the rewards of battles well fought. Below are details of some of the current disturbances warranting investigation - and participation - by the world's most adventurous heroes.

Seasonal events

See also: Micro-holiday

To help offset the strain and tension of constant warfare, the leaders of the Horde and the Alliance occasionally organize full-blown festivities for their people, centered around holidays and special events. What better way to celebrate the year's victories and other achievements than in the company of a few thousand of your closest allies?

Azeroth Event Time Period Related Earth Event Additional Info
New Year Dec 31 - Jan 1 New Year's Eve Gregorian calendar
Lunar Festival Varies (Spring) Lunar New Year Chinese calendar
Love is in the Air Varies (Valentine's Day in Feb) Valentine's Day Blizzard picks date range
Noblegarden Varies (Easter mostly in April) Easter Blizzard picks date range
Children's Week May 1st - May 7th Children's Day - Japan
Mother's Day - US (and in most other countries, including: Belgium and the Netherlands)
Midsummer Fire Festival June 21st - July 5th Midsummer
Canada Day - CAN
Independence Day - US
US observed! Fire in the Sky Engineers' Explosive Extravaganza
Harvest Festival Varies (Mid September to early October) Roughly Thanksgiving - Canada (actually celebrated in October in Canada)
Columbus Day - US (actually celebrated in October in US)
US Stress Test ended: September 12, 2004
Pirates' Day Sept 19th International Talk Like a Pirate Day First observed Sept 19th, 2008.
Peon Day Sept 30th EU Closed Beta began: September 30, 2004 Observed only in Europe[2][3]
Brewfest Sept 20th - Oct 4th Oktoberfest - Germany
Hallow's End Oct 18th - Oct 31st[1][4] Halloween
Day of the Dead Nov 1st - Nov 2nd[1] Day of the Dead
Pilgrim's Bounty Nov 20th - Nov 26th[1][5] Thanksgiving
Feast of Winter Veil Dec 15th - Jan 2nd[1] Christmas

World events

See also: Calendar

A number of one-time-only World Events have occurred throughout the game's history. Most of these events have either directly resulted in changes to the game world or were pre-cursors to expansion packs. Somewhat differently, Wowhead calls events that appear regularly in-game "World Events".

  • Gates of Ahn'Qiraj - Introduced in Patch 1.9.0, this two-part world event occurred once per server (until Patch 3.2.0) resulted in the opening of Ahn'Qiraj. It was comprised of a quest chain completed by a single player to obtain the Scepter of the Shifting Sands to open the gates themselves, as well as a server-wide war effort to gather materials for the Horde and Alliance to battle the insectoid menace that issued forth from the opened gates.
  • Elemental Invasions - Starting with Patch 1.4, this world event involved the appearance of groups of various types of elementals reportedly throughout Azeroth (although mostly just Kalimdor: Silithus, Un'goro Crater, Azshara, and Winterspring).
  • Zombie Infestation‎ - Introduced in Patch 3.0.2, this world event was a precursor to the Wrath of the Lich King expansion and featured plagued crates that would transform players into zombies with the ability to pass the zombie plague onto others. It was followed by a repeat of the Scourge Invasion world event from Patch 1.11.0.
  • Theramore's Fall - A pre-launch scenario available to level 85 character a week before the launch of World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Mists of Pandaria. The experience for each faction is quite different with Horde Horde players helping plan and execute a Mana Bomb attack on Theramore and Alliance Alliance players trying to thwart the attack, defend the city, and evacuate survivors.

Exclusive recipes

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Recipe Source BoP
Feast of Winter Veil
[Recipe: Gingerbread Cookie] sold by
Neutral Penney Copperpinch
Neutral Wulmort Jinglepocket
[Recipe: Egg Nog] 2s 40c
[Recipe: Hot Apple Cider] 1 2
[Pattern: Winter Boots] 1 2
[Pattern: Red Winter Clothes] 1 sold by Neutral Wulmort Jinglepocket 50s
[Pattern: Green Winter Clothes] 2 sold by Neutral Penney Copperpinch 50s
[Plans: Edge of Winter] one randomly from [Smokywood Pastures Special Gift]
quest reward for
A [35] A Smokywood Pastures' Thank You!
H [35] A Smokywood Pastures' Thank You!

commonly sold on AH
[Schematic: Snowmaster 9000]
[Formula: Enchant Weapon - Winter's Might]
[Recipe: Elixir of Frost Power]
[Pattern: Gloves of the Greatfather]
[Pattern: Green Holiday Shirt]
Lunar Festival
[Schematic: Small Blue Rocket]
[Schematic: Small Green Rocket]
[Schematic: Small Red Rocket]
[Schematic: Large Blue Rocket]
[Schematic: Large Green Rocket]
[Schematic: Large Red Rocket]
[Schematic: Blue Rocket Cluster]
[Schematic: Green Rocket Cluster]
[Schematic: Red Rocket Cluster]
[Schematic: Large Blue Rocket Cluster]
[Schematic: Large Green Rocket Cluster]
[Schematic: Large Red Rocket Cluster]
[Schematic: Firework Launcher] sold by Neutral Fariel Starsong 5 Coin of Ancestry
[Schematic: Cluster Launcher] sold by Neutral Fariel Starsong 5 Coin of Ancestry
[Pattern: Festival Dress] sold by Neutral Fariel Starsong 5 Coin of Ancestry
[Pattern: Festival Suit] sold by Neutral Fariel Starsong 5 Coin of Ancestry
Midsummer Fire Festival
[Formula: Enchant Weapon - Deathfrost] dropped by Combat Ahune
Recipe Source BoP

1 also mailed to Alliance Alliance players able to learn it

2 also mailed to Horde Horde players able to learn it

Other events

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  1. ^ a b c d e f Kaivax 2011-10-06. Happy Holidays. Official World of Warcraft Community site (US).
       Blizzard Entertainment 2011-10-06. Happy Holidays. Official World of Warcraft Community site (EU).
  2. ^ Peon Day! by Daliniya, 28/09/2005 at the old EU official site
  3. ^ Europeans celebrate Peon Day! -- Sprawl 29 Sep, 2005 at WoWVault
  4. ^ Was Oct 18th - Nov 1st before 2011
  5. ^ Was Nov 22nd - Nov 28th before 2011

See also

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