|Feast of Winter Veil|
|Duration||December 16 - January 2|
|Boss||The Abominable Greench|
Winter Veil presents
Metzen the Reindeer
The Abominable Greench
|Preceded by||Warcraft's Anniversary, Pilgrim's Bounty|
|Followed by||New Year (concurrent)|
The Feast of Winter Veil, also called the feast of Great-Winter, or simply Winter Veil or Winter's Veil, is an in-game, end-of-year, several week long holiday event seeming to be the in-game counterpart of Christmas and other holidays at the end of the year.
From the World of Warcraft calendar:
- 1 New in 2020
- 2 Info from the official site
- 3 Origins
- 4 Presents
- 5 Holiday-only items
- 6 Quests
- 7 Achievements
- 8 Other info
- 9 In Hearthstone
- 10 Videos
- 11 Patch changes
- 12 References
- 13 External links
New in 2020
- is obtainable on the Smokywood Pastures cart in Orgrimmar and Ironforge
- The daily quest to kill The Abominable Greench () requires level 30, and awards the rare version of the at level 60
- This year's is Jingles, found in the
- This year's is a .
Info from the official site
'Twas the feast of Great-Winter
And all through the land
All the races were running
With snowballs in hand.
The cooks were all frantic
And for those "in the know"
Swoops and owls were crashing
Like new-fallen snow.
Cookies and eggnog
Were consumed by all
As the snowballs flew freely
And drunks smashed into walls.
May your feast of Great-Winter
Be one merry and bright
And from all here at Blizzard
We wish you a fun night!
The Feast of Winter Veil is upon us, and Greatfather Winter is busy spreading holiday cheer in major cities across the land! Here are a few holiday treats players can now experience in-game:
- The Jinglepocket Goblins have set up their seasonal fare shops in major cities. Adventurers can purchase many holiday favorites - including Greatfather's Winter ale, candy canes, gingerbread cookie recipes, and mistletoe.
- All the cheer-spreading is making Greatfather Winter hungry, and he is looking for adventurers to get him his daily fix of milk and cookies.
- Smokeywood Pastures needs a few brave adventurers to investigate the disappearance of a shipment of holiday goods traveling though Alterac.
The later seasons of Azeroth are marked as a time of change in many cultures. The dwarves and the tauren especially look to the legend of the coming Winter Veil - the blanketing of the land in snow, thus heralding a time of renewal - as a time for celebration. Though the understanding of the legends that the races of Azeroth share are not dissimilar, the ways they choose to acknowledge them are as diverse as the races themselves. The term "Winter Veil" is said to stem from a supernatural being referred in many cultures to as Greatfather Winter. As he would walk the land late in the seasons, winter itself would be his billowing cloak. In his wake was the blanketing of the land in snow, and thus it is said that Greatfater Winter would cast his wintry veil over the land. Though parts of Azeroth may lie in snow, it gives the land time for rebirth and renewal.
Ever consumed with the research of their origins, the dwarves choose to celebrate the season as a recognition of Greatfather Winter himself. They consider him to be the personification of one of the ancients of Azeroth - the Titans. Much as they claim lineage in one degree or another to these mystical beings, they consider their snowy home of Dun Morogh as the prime example of Greatfather Winter's blessings. The holiday was introduced to the Alliance at large by Muradin Bronzebeard.
The tauren and their shamanistic understanding of winter, along with their recent emergence into druidic endeavors, fit in well with the legend of Winter Veil. They focus almost entirely on the renewing aspects of the lore, however, leaving legend worship to those races (as they view it) less in tune with the nature of things. Many tauren choose this time as the right time to give thanks for the blessings of their new home in Mulgore.
While some of the gifts are available to all, you must be at least a certain level to receive others.
Chance of another recipe
There are several special items and plans that are only available during the Feast of Winter Veil.
Armor and weapons
Thirty-two toys are available, most of which are exclusive to Winter Veil:
Seven toys are sold by vendors year-round:
One toy can be purchased for five at the Garrison:
- and (2019 gift)
- ( / ) (2018 gift)
- (2018 gift)
- ( / ) (2017 gift)
- ( / ) (2017 gift)
- (2016 gift)
- (2016 gift)
- (2015 gift)
- (2015 gift)
- (2014 gift)
- Cushions (2014 gifts)
- (2013 gift)
- and the (2012 gift)
- (2010 gift)
- (2008 gift)
Note that there are two versions of listed. Both can be acquired and added to the Toy Box, as they have different item IDs. One version was the 2012-gift (and awarded the Feat of Strength ), while the other version is sold by toy vendors for 40, but acquiring the vendor-sold items will not award the feat. The achievement-criteria item can rarely be found in the .
Ten pets are available during Winter Veil:
One pet spawns as a battle pet in the Giant Snow Globes:
Vendors sell the following recipes:
Food and drink
Vendors in Alliance and Neutral cities have the Red Winter Clothes pattern available for sale, while vendors in Horde cities have the Green Winter Clothes pattern. (Note: It is possible to acquire the other faction's winter clothes pattern because the associated vendors are neutral to all players, but be prepared to die multiple times due to PvP attacks and city guards.)
During the Feast of Winter Veil, some bosses now have a festive holiday hat equipped with a chance of dropping that hat. An extension to this, the winter hats also have an extremely low chance to drop from any humanoid.
- Devos in Spires of Ascension
- Globgrog in Plaguefall
- Gug'rokk in Bloodmaul Slag Mines
- Commander Tharbek in Upper Blackrock Spire
- Corla, Herald of Twilight in Blackrock Caverns
- High Priestess Azil in The Stonecore
- Admiral Ripsnarl in The Deadmines
- Grand Magus Telestra in The Nexus
- Jedoga Shadowseeker in Ahn'kahet: The Old Kingdom
There are three sets of quests available during Winter Veil. First, a quick intro to the holiday itself and a short fetch quest:
Another quest series reveals some of the history of Winter Veil, and awards some reputation with the home city.
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- January 2 is the last day of the Feast of Winter Veil.
- Kissing a ' Winter Reveler' under a mistletoe will magically create for you 5 sprigs of or 5 . You can also get (x5), which can be used to transform your mount into a reindeer for thirty minutes.
- There are snow mounds, Holiday Snow, in the snowy parts of the Alterac Mountains and across Dun Morogh during this event. You can pick up Snowballs off them. They used to have a knock back effect, but that has been changed.
- There are special Hardpacked Snowdrifts in Alterac Valley during this event. You can pick 5 Hardpacked Snowballs off them. They have a knock back and dismount effect so use them wisely.
- The Winter Wondervolt Machine is available in or just outside of several cities to transform your character's appearance into a Winter Veil gnome. Your gnome outfit is randomly red or green.
- Around this event, Community Manager avatars would become a festive snowman icon, shown to the right. This stopped with the new forum system.
- In Hearthstone, the Winter Veil Wreath card back was rewarded for winning in the Gift Exchange Tavern Brawl. The flavor text reads: "A beautiful Winter Veil wreath around a snow globe full of THE FROSTY DESTRUCTION OF YOUR OPPONENTS! I mean, good cheer."
- Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25):
- Patch 6.2.3 (2015-11-17): Players are now automatically dismounted in the area around Greatfather Winter and Winter Veil presents.
- Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): is the new gift of the year.
- Patch 5.4.2 (2013-12-10):
- was the new gift of the year.
- New achievements added: and .
- New battle pet Rotten Little Helper, found in .
- Patch 5.1.0 (2012-11-27): New feat of strength added: . The new present for the year is the and .
- Patch 4.3.0 (2011-11-29): The Abominable Greench has been changed, and now generally requires multiple players to kill him. New achievement added: . A BoE weapon, , and a new pet, , which have a chance to appear in the . The new present for the year is the .
- Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): is the new gift of the year.
- Patch 3.3.0 (2009-12-08): Another achievement has been added: , which is not part of the meta-achievement. The required for this achievement will be found in one of the presents under the tree.
- Patch 2.4.3 (2008-07-15):
- New for 2008 are Winter Veil world event achievements.
- The Winter Veil Gift, the Clockwork Rocket Bot, is replaced in 2008 by . The Crashin' Thrashin' Racer is used to combat other Crashin' Thrashin' Racers by crashing into them. The Racer looks like a goblin rocket on wheels.
- Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13):
- Blowing kisses to a Winter Reveler can now give you 5 .
- Winter veil of 2007 added a new mechanical vanity pet, the . These little guys attack each other and can be summoned as many times as the player wishes.
- Patch 1.2.0 (2004-12-18): Added.