Tricks and Treats of Azeroth (Alliance) or Tricks and Treats of Azeroth (Horde)
This is the one truly time-intensive achievement needed for the meta, and you'll spend all of it hot-footing your way around the Eastern Kingdoms, Kalimdor and Outland visiting candy buckets. Basically, you just have to visit all of your faction's and neutral inns and grab a handful of candy on these three continents. It's not difficult, but you should budget a few hours for all the running/flying around you'll do.
Out With It Tricky Treats
are a drop directly after a Headless Horseman kill, although "drop" is something of a misnomer; they'll just start appearing in your bags by the bucketload as the Horseman dies. You should have more than enough of them to make yourself thoroughly nauseous after a single kill (or at most two). Just keep eating the Treats, and before long you'll have what the Australians call a technicolor yawn.Rotten Hallow (Alliance) or Rotten Hallow (Horde)
This is one of the few holiday achievements that is probably going to change significantly next year, as the Horde will assume control of Southshore in Cataclysm
. It also bears the distinction of being one of the few holiday achievements that's different between the two major factions, so we'll cover them separately below.Alliance
Both quests you'll need are given by Sergeant Hartman
, who's located in the middle of Southshore. He'll give you both Crashing the Wickerman Festival
and The Power of Pine
, the former sending you to the Forsaken's wicker man west along the road outside Undercity and the latter keeping you in Southshore.
- Crashing the Wickerman Festival If you're a lower-level character, this can be troublesome. Unfortunately, this part of the world is notable for being a pain in the ass for Alliance to reach -- the closest flight path is Chillwind Camp in the Western Plaguelands -- and if you're a low-level character you're probably better off running up from Silverpine Forest or the Alterac Mountains and then swimming or skirting Lordamere Lake. Afterwards, all that the quest requires you to do is get fairly close to the wicker man. The elite abomination guards don't move very quickly, so you can usually just mount up, run past and keep going, but you may very well die in the process. Level 80s should be fine, however.
- The Power of Pine This one's significantly easier than it used to be now that Blizzard's provided an NPC to help nudge things along. If Horde players haven't been kind enough to drop a stink bomb for you, or other players have gotten all of them, a Forsaken Prankster who's around for the duration of the holiday will oblige you by tossing them around. Right-click the Stink Bomb Cleaner in close proximity to a bomb and you're all set.
Both quests you'll need are given by Darkcaller Yanka
, who's located close to the wicker man outside Undercity (basically, exit Undercity and take a left -- or get off the zeppelins and take a right -- and follow the road. You can't miss it). She'll give you both Rotten Eggs
and Stinking Up Southshore
, both of which involve a trip to the Hillsbrad Foothills. Unfortunately, both also run the risk of getting you flagged for PvP.
Check Your HeadWeighted Jack-o'-Lanterns
- Rotten Eggs requires you to enter the Southshore inn, although you don't have to stay there long. See the big stack of kegs in the central room immediately on entering? Right-click the topmost and that should finish the quest.
- Stinking Up Southshore requires you to toss three Forsaken Stink Bomb Clusters within the town limits. If you're playing a higher-level character, you can generally do this without attracting any unwanted NPC attention. If you're playing a character in more danger of the level 35 guards, you may find it easier to approach the town from the docks, or die on the inn's second floor, resurrect, and then throw the stink bombs there.
are obtainable from three different sources:
- frequently dropped by the Headless Horseman
- contained in the large flaming pumpkin left on the ground when the Headless Horseman is defeated in level 10 towns (see The Savior of Hallow's End, above)
- rewarded by the Let the Fires Come/Stop the Fires daily
You'll need 10 to complete the achievement (one for each race), which is very easy. Target the players in question and right-click a Weighted Jack-o'-Lantern in your bags, and your target will find him or herself with a pumpkin for a head. The only thing you need to worry about it is accidentally targeting someone who's already gotten the pumpkin treatment, as you can use up a Weighted Jack-o'-Lantern this way but not receive credit. This is a common occurrence with less-played races like trolls, gnomes and dwarves on many servers, so be careful if you're in a crowd of people trying to get the achievement done. Helpful players often click off the pumpkin buff to allow more people to get the achievement, but not everyone does (or is aware that multiple players are targeting him).
There are two ways to obtain these items:
- get them as a random drop from the Headless Horseman
- get them as a random drop from the treat bags given by innkeepers
Players in years past have complained about the RNG nature of the achievement and more particularly the low drop rates on the Sinister Squashling. I would assume it's been added to the special loot bag players receive once a day for killing the Horseman, which means its drop rate has very likely been increased. Otherwise, the only way to increase your odds of getting both items is to keep trick-or-treating with innkeepers and make sure you kill the Horseman at least once daily.
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