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This article is an opinion piece, a review of each Darkmoon Faire Prize obtainable by earning and spending [Darkmoon Prize Tickets].


Prizes Edit

As of Patch 4.3 and the addition of Darkmoon Island, there are many Darkmoon Faire Prizes purchasable with [Darkmoon Prize Tickets].

Darkmoon Flower Edit

Inv misc herb 19 [Darkmoon Flower] is available for 1 Inv misc ticket darkmoon 01 as of Patch 4.3.

This is a fairly useless item that you can equip in your offhand. It provides no direct benefits to your character. As useless offhand bouquets go, it is not particularly noteworthy for how great it looks. Likely for roleplaying purposes, there is a demand for this item, and you can sell it in the auction house; many players never spend tickets on one, but have purchased several and resold them for a profit. Note that it also vends for 7Silver 50Copper.

Darkmoon Storage Box Edit

Inv box 04 [Darkmoon Storage Box] is available for 1 Inv misc ticket darkmoon 01 as of Patch 4.3.

When you wander into the Darkmoon Faire for the first time with a low level character who is hurting for bag space, this item is a great deal. Prior to Patch 4.3 you wouldn't be able to afford it for a long time. By the time you gathered 50 tickets, this item was pretty lame. However, it is now a must get item for twinks and smart low-level characters.

Beware, it is unique, you can have only one. It doesn't bind, so you can resell for 2Gold 50Silver to a vendor to make some quick gold (or slowly at AH) at low levels or mail it to an alt when you outgrow it.

Darkmoon Faire meat maces Edit

Inv misc food 18 [Last Month's Mutton] is available for 1 Inv misc ticket darkmoon 01 and equippable at level 29 as of Patch 4.3.

Inv misc food 18 [Last Year's Mutton] is available for 1 Inv misc ticket darkmoon 01 and equippable at level 50 as of Patch 4.3.

These are common quality maces that are unlikely to get used as a real weapon unless you are very hceap, lazy, or unlucky. The main benefit of these items is the in-game graphic model is a stick of meat. Beating on someone with a stick of meat is awesome, until you get tired of it.

Both are one-hand items, which means you can wield them with either hand if you can dual-wield, or even dual wield them.

Looks particularly good with a tankard in the off hand.

Probably not the wisest use of tickets, but hey, we play to have fun, right? Whatever floats your boat.

Darkmoon "Tiger" Edit

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Ability mount jungletiger [Darkmoon "Tiger"] is available for 1 Inv misc ticket darkmoon 01 as of Patch 4.3.

This is basically an immovable "tiger" that you ride and rocks back an forth with your character on it. For the low price it is a fun think to have around to ride in very gloomy places.

Darkmoon "Sword" Edit

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Inv sword 22 [Darkmoon "Sword"] is available for 20 Inv misc ticket darkmoon 01 as of Patch 4.3.

Basically a foam 2-handed sword. Except for how it looks, there isn't much to this item. Not sure if it would be much use for roleplaying unless maybe there were an item to transform you into a child version of your character. Probably not worth the 20 tickets that could be saved for something better.

Cloak of the Darkmoon Faire Edit

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Inv misc cape darkmoonfaire c 01 [Cloak of the Darkmoon Faire] is available for 90 Inv misc ticket darkmoon 01 as of Patch 4.3.

Another purely decorative item. More potential for roleplaying (a Darkmoon Faire worker, possibly), but has a very high price when it costs half as much as a mount in tickets. The cloak has a very cool Darkmoon logo on it, but probably not worth the tickets until after you've gotten other high priced items.

Darkmoon Hammer Edit

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Inv hammer 32 [Darkmoon Hammer] is available for 160 Inv misc ticket darkmoon 01 as of Patch 4.3.

A much cooler decorative weapon than the "Sword", since it looks like a real war hammer, but with a nice Darkmoon logo on it. Unfortunately, it also costs almost as much as a mount. The roleplaying potential is not clear. Another item to consider after you get what you really want.

Darkmoon companions Edit

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Companion item Vendor Cost in  Inv misc ticket darkmoon 01
[Darkmoon Balloon] Carl Goodup <Balloon Vendor>
Gelvas Grimegate <Souvenir & Toy Prizes>
Lhara <Pet & Mount Prizes>
90
[Darkmoon Cub] Lhara <Pet & Mount Prizes> 90
[Darkmoon Monkey] Lhara <Pet & Mount Prizes> 90
[Darkmoon Tonk] Lhara <Pet & Mount Prizes> 90
[Darkmoon Turtle] Lhara <Pet & Mount Prizes> 90
[Darkmoon Zeppelin] Lhara <Pet & Mount Prizes> 90

Darkmoon heirlooms Edit

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All heirloom items are item level 1. "Likely wearer/wielder" is purely opinion.

Name Level Req. Slot Type Cost in  Inv misc ticket darkmoon 01 Likely wearer/wielder
[Bloodied Arcanite Reaper] 80 Two-Hand Two-Handed Axe 160 Melee (STR-based)
[Charmed Ancient Bone Bow] 80 Ranged Bow 160 Hunter
[Dignified Headmaster's Charge] 80 Two-Hand Staff 160 DPS caster
[Repurposed Lava Dredger] Two-Hand Two-Handed Mace 160 Melee/Ranged (AGI-based)
[Discerning Eye of the Beast] 80 Trinket Trinket 130 Caster/Healer
[Swift Hand of Justice] 80 Trinket Trinket 130 Non-healer
[Balanced Heartseeker] 80 One-Hand Dagger 110 Rogue/Monk (Hunter)
[Bloodsoaked Skullforge Reaver] 80 Main Hand One-Handed Sword 110 Tank
[Devout Aurastone Hammer] 80 Main Hand One-Handed Mace 110 DPS Caster
[Venerable Dal'Rend's Sacred Charge] 80 Main Hand One-Handed Sword 110 Rogue/Monk (Hunter)
[Venerable Mass of McGowan] One-Hand One-Handed Mace 110 Melee shaman
[Burnished Pauldrons of Might] 80 Shoulder Plate Armor 110 Tank
[Champion Herod's Shoulder] 80 Shoulder Mail Armor 110 Hunter/Melee shaman
[Mystical Pauldrons of Elements] 80 Shoulder Mail Armor 110 Elemental shaman
[Preened Ironfeather Shoulders] 80 Shoulder Leather Armor 110 Druid/Monk? caster
[Polished Spaulders of Valor] 80 Shoulder Plate Armor 110 DPS DK/Paladin/Warrior
[Stained Shadowcraft Spaulders] 80 Shoulder Leather Armor 110 Cat druid/Melee monk/Rogue
[Tattered Dreadmist Mantle] 80 Shoulder Cloth Armor 110 DPS caster
[Burnished Breastplate of Might] Chest Plate Armor 110 Tank
[Champion's Deathdealer Breastplate] Chest Mail Armor 110 Hunter/Melee shaman
[Mystical Vest of Elements] Chest Mail Armor 110 Elemental shaman
[Polished Breastplate of Valor] Chest Plate Armor 110 DPS DK/Paladin/Warrior
[Preened Ironfeather Breastplate] Chest Leather Armor 110 Druid/Monk? caster
[Stained Shadowcraft Tunic] Chest Leather Armor 110 Rogue/Monk
[Tattered Dreadmist Robe] Chest Cloth Armor 110 DPS caster

Comments: INT-based gear can be used by healers, but it is not optimal since critical strike gives no healing benefit.

Darkmoon mounts Edit

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Mount item Vendor Cost in  Inv misc ticket darkmoon 01
[Darkmoon Dancing Bear] Lhara <Pet & Mount Prizes> 180
[Swift Forest Strider] Lhara <Pet & Mount Prizes> 180

Darkmoon replicas Edit

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Old prizes Edit

Old random Darkmoon prizes Edit

No longer available as of Patch 4.3.

Inv misc bag 04 [Minor Darkmoon Prize] was available at level 15 for 5 [Tattered Darkmoon Faire Prize Tickets].

Inv misc bag 07 black [Lesser Darkmoon Prize] was available at level 30 for 12 [Tattered Darkmoon Faire Prize Tickets].

Inv misc bag 21 [Greater Darkmoon Prize] was available at level 45 for 40 [Tattered Darkmoon Faire Prize Tickets].

These contained level appropriate random prizes. These were worthwhile, however, depending on your economic status, your mileage may vary. While these were level appropriate, they were random, and would generally not be ideal for your character's class. Figure on reselling, and finding an occasional useful item. These prizes were often uncommon quality, often including non-binding bags, 10 slot at minor, 12 slot at lesser, up to 16 slot at greater, and often include some money. Do not buy under your level; save your tickets for the level appropriate prize.

Based on a typical resale value of the Minor Darkmoon Prize of around 50Silver, value the Darkmoon Faire Prize Tickets at around 10Silver as a baseline for comparison. You could purchase the Minor Darkmoon Prize with your 5 tickets from the herald's quest if you are at least level 15; this was a better value than the flower (although the low value flower can sell for more in the auction house, depending on what you get in your prize.)

Darkmoon necklaces Edit

These items were removed from the game in Patch 4.3.

Inv jewelry necklace 16 [Orb of the Darkmoon] was available at level 60 for 1200 [Tattered Darkmoon Faire Prize Tickets].

Inv jewelry necklace 14 [Amulet of the Darkmoon] was available at level 60 for 1200 [Tattered Darkmoon Faire Prize Tickets].

Purchasing one of these was a real quest in a very real sense. You will have to farm materials for turning items in.

These were nice necklace items for their level, but somewhat generic and unfocused.

The orb was aimed at casters, and seemed a bit off; there was no Intellect nor spell damage buff. The high stamina and spirit were PvP oriented.

The amulet was generically beneficial for melee, not targeted to any one class, although rogues would appreciate it most. The high agility was great for hunters, but lack of caster stat buffs was not ideal. Warriors would find the favoring of agility over strength and stamina to be less than ideal.

When the level cap was 60, these were more significant. You would eventually outgrow these. Still, they were a useful goal for their level. Worth pursuing, but holding off on purchasing the other prizes when appropriate was not recommended to save for these; by the time these were viable, you would be able to farm for them.

Engineering schematic Edit

No longer sold by Darkmoon Faire vendors as of Patch 2.3.

Inv scroll 03 [Schematic: Steam Tonk Controller] was available at level 45 for 40 [Tattered Darkmoon Faire Prize Tickets], but now only costs 80Silver and not from Darkmoon Faire vendors anymore.

This item is an engineering schematic, and is only useful to engineers, especially because it binds on pickup. Also be aware that back in the day, this schematic was only available from the Darkmoon Faire, but now it is available from engineering vendors in both factions (in Ironforge, Orgrimmar, and Thunder Bluff) for 80Silver. If you spend your tickets on this schematic, you are getting 2Silver value for your tickets.

The item the engineer can create from this schematic, the [Steam Tonk Controller] is a PvP (Tonk vs Tonk) game within the game. You can test drive Steam Tonks for free at the Darkmoon Faire, but be aware that the Darkmoon Faire has several types, and an engineer can only create the kind that drops mines. There are uses beyond Tonk vs Tonk battling for tonks, such as scouting. Be aware that the controller has only 50 charges, so the tonk will eventually have to be replaced.

Conclusion; it is a fun item, and an engineer will want to have this schematic, but using tickets to get it was a waste.

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