It’s December 1, 2013, a day with an unusual confluence of World of Warcraft events which won’t be repeated until 2019, if ever again. I hope you canceled your holiday shopping plans, because today is the day to grind like a lunatic.
Why is this day so special? It is because of the overlap of three in-game world events, all of which offer reputation bonuses which stack with each other. Normally there isn’t much overlap between events, and when there is, it occurs during real-world holidays when few people are in Azeroth. It happened this year because the month starts on a Sunday, and the Darkmoon Faire opens on the first Sunday of each month. This won’t happen again until December 2019.
Let’s look at the reputation bonuses you’ll have access to on this one special day:
This world holiday takes place near the end of November and runs for one week with varying dates each year. In 2013 it runs from November 25 to December 1.
Every town with an innkeeper has a set of Bountiful Tables. Sit at each of the five seats at a table and stuff yourself with five stacks of each food at each seat. This will give you the buff The Spirit of Sharing, granting a 10% reputation bonus for 1 hour.
This world event takes place in November and runs for two weeks with varying dates each year. In 2013 it runs from November 18 to December 1.
Since 2011, Blizzard has celebrated WoW’s anniversary by mailing players an item which grants you an experience and reputation bonus. Check your mail and pick up the Celebration Package, which grants a 9% bonus to reputation for one hour each time it’s used. The item will disappear on or after December 2.
This world event runs one week each month beginning on the first Sunday of the month.
There are two ways to get a 10% reputation bonus from the Darkmoon Faire. Unfortunately they are mutually exclusive and do not stack with each other. So you can only use one of them at a time.
Ride the Darkmoon Carousel at the Faire to receive WHEE!, which grants you a 10% reputation bonus for 5 minutes. Stay on the carousel and the buff duration will increase, until it maxes out at one hour. Then hop off and head out quickly to earn your reputation.
Or, buy a bunch of Darkmoon Top Hats and take them with you. Using one of these grants you a 10% reputation bonus for one hour. The hat is an uncommon reward from a Darkmoon Game Prize, or you can buy them from Gelvas Grimegate for 10 Darkmoon Prize Tickets each. But don’t buy too many of them; they only work during the Faire week and will be lost after the Faire closes.
This is currently the most powerful reputation bonus as, due to an implementation issue, both of these buffs grant more than double (over 20%) reputation bonus to mob kills. This bug may be fixed eventually, but for now it makes the Darkmoon Faire buffs nearly mandatory for any serious reputation grind.
Combine all of these with the 10% reputation bonus from being in a level 12 or higher guild, and the 15% bonus from using an epic guild battle standard, and you’re at 54% reputation bonus. Humans, of course, get another 10%, pushing you to 64%. Officially.
As mentioned previously, though, the Darkmoon Faire buffs grant over double their intended reputation bonus on mob kills, so your actual bonuses will be 64% and 74% respectively. In testing last month, I found that the second 10% from the Darkmoon Faire buffs seemed to be multiplicative rather than additive, resulting in even more than 10% gain. Remember that this double dipping is due to a bug, and it could go away at any time. Even so, the buff is well worth stacking.
If you’re doing turn-ins, note that many of these bonuses only apply to kills. You can still stack the Pilgrim’s Bounty and Darkmoon Faire buffs with your guild perk (and human racial) for a 30% (40%) bonus when turning in your junkboxes. You won’t be able to do this again until next November.
Hurry, though! You have from the time the Faire opens today, until sometime tomorrow, to take advantage of this dramatic stacking, and quite possibly at least six years until you can do it again.