Moonlight Enchantments becomes you
For folks unfamiliar with this monthly festival, let me explain what all the fuss is about. Every month on the 20th and 21st, five special little mini instances called Enchanted Grottoes open up for players. In each of these areas, entered via an enchanted mushroom ring, players can complete a quest to earn an elemental token -- a special currency that can be used to purchase housing items, temporary mounts, and some cosmetic pieces from the special merchants inside the grotto. One grotto even gave a second quest that was made repeatable, allowing players to accumulate even more tokens. Each grotto also has a purple collection associated with it, with one shiny per month for players to collect.
What keeps players coming back to the grottoes? They offer the easiest to obtain and cheapest housing items in game, not to mention simply the best variety of plants available. And there are no restrictions preventing any character from participating; beginning characters with no money and no experience can go in and get themselves some nice items to decorate their homes with. Even old-timers who've dismissed Moonlight Enchantments for a while are renewing their interest because SOE
has recently begun adding cool new items to the merchants. And it looks like this month, two new repeatable tradeskill quests
will be joining the grottoes, giving players even more opportunities to stock up on tokens and fill their homes with finery.
If you're ready to dive in and collect yourself a veritable jungle of greenery and/or the shinies, here's a guide to get you going. Guide to grottoes
All five Enchanted Grottoes are in places accessible by even the lowest of characters, so feel free to run this on any and all alts. Although there is no reason to necessarily collect tokens on multiple characters, each quest does give XP and each toon can nab a purple shiny. Who knows, with enough alts you might complete some of your collections all in one month! You can also level your crafting on the repeatable crafting quests, albeit very slowly, but the glory of the grottoes are the goodies, not leveling.
Where to start? Especially with the new crafting repeatable quests, there are different ways to approach the grottoes, depending on what you want. If you want to go for all the shinies, either to collect yourself (they have some fun rewards!) or to sell, you'll want to hit up all the grottoes with as many toons as you can. In that case, speed is of the essence. You can also end on a grotto with a repeatable quest to stock up for future purchases if you have the time. If, however, you want to load up on tokens and then shop without having to repeatedly return to grottoes, you should start in one with a repeatable quest and go from there. I'll give an example of both a speed run and a shopping run.
The following guides will work for any level and any class. (Note: If you or a groupmate can call a personal druid ring portal or wizard spire portal, you can cut down the travel times significantly more.)Fast run for shinies
For a chance to gather all the collection pieces when short on time, be sure to skip all interior quests; you can always go back and do a repeatable if you have time and gather more tokens than if you did the individual quest in each grotto. Of course, for even quicker runs, group up with someone who can spawn portals if you can't. If you have a call to guild hall (especially a hall with a travel system), feel free to substitute that in anywhere as well.
To maximize your time, park your character at the entrance to the Enchanted Fae Grotto in Greater Faydark the day before Moonlight Enchantment starts; it's the farthest out and takes the longest time to travel to. Once the mushroom portal spawns, go grab your shiny -- it's usually found in the vicinity of the path that leads to the quest giver in the back. After that, use your recall home to get back to civilization (if you aren't bound near a travel globe, I suggest you do that before the festival) and take the bell to Enchanted Lands. From there, run to the druid ring to the east and port to Darklight Wood, where you'll run north to the Enchanted Brownie Grotto. Do not be tempted by the repeatable root beer quest! Then return to the druid ring and port back to Enchanted Lands.
Next, hop over to the entrance of the Enchanted Naiad Grotto right near the wizard spire. Jump in, scoop up your shiny, and jump back out to the spire. Take the spire to Nektulos Forest, where the fourth enchanted mushroom ring is just a stone's throw north. Again, do not let the new repeatable quest seduce you, but you can do the regular quest as it is so darned fast and easy.
At this point, use the spire to return to Enchanted Lands again (I tell you it's a great travel hub!) and then run back to the travel globe and select Antonica. From there, run due east until you reach the last one, the Enchanted Dryad Grotto. Nab that final shiny and viola! Done. Log out, then rinse and repeat for all other toons. Now you can see why having a druid in your party helps so much, as it cuts down on repeat trips to EL!
So here's the run in a nutshell: Greater Faydark > recall to travel globe > Enchanted Lands druid ring > Darklight Wood > Enchanted Lands (via druid ring) > Nektulos Forest (via wizard spire) > Enchanted Lands to travel globs (via spire) > Antonica. Check out the locations of each grotto in the maps below.