Today starts the 12th anniversary event of the World of Warcraft and to celebrate Blizzard is once again doing something a bit different this year to allow players to get more choice from their game. The event will end on November 30th.
If you recall, Blizzard’s ten-year anniversary netted players a Molten Corgi pet, revamped the Molten Core raid into a 40 player LFR event which awarded the Core Hound mount and a chance at another pet (Hatespark the Tiny), added the special event only battleground Tarren Mill vs Southshore, and special headpieces for transmog.
For the 11th anniversary, players received two consumable “Celebration Wands” which turned other players into Murlocs or Gnolls depending on which wand was used, an Exquisite Costume Set which temporarily turned players into Edwin Van Cleef, an Inflatable Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker consumable toy, and a token which temporarily increased the rate at which players earned experience and reputation points.
For the 12th anniversary, Blizzard gives players options. With the introduction of Timewalking instances during Warlords of Draenor Blizzard introduced Timewarped Badges; a new currency which could be used at special vendors to purchase mounts, pets, armor pieces, etc. For this years anniversary instead of just giving players a pet or mount as in previous years, Blizzard is instead sending each character a gift box which includes a token to increase reputation/experience gains, 200 Timewarped Badges, and a letter from the Timewalkers which starts a quest to find event vendors in each faction’s capital city.
The vendors sell a new Corgi pet which costs 200 badges (allowing players who haven’t participated in Timewalking to purchase it immediately with the badges received from the gift), or additional wands or costumes from last year’s event. If players don’t like any of the options available the badges can be saved and used during another Timewalking Event weekend on items they would rather have.
Along with the initial 200 badges there are also daily trivia questions available from the event vendors to earn even more of the currency. If you already have everything you want from the existing Timewalking Event weekends you can start saving currency now for patch 7.1.5 when the Mists of Pandaria Timewalking dungeons will be added and includes two pets, two toys, and the Reins of the Heavenly Jade Cloud Serpent mount.
Hopefully you’ll find something you like from among all the options available to purchase with the badges.
The 12th anniversary celebration of World of Warcraft has begun! Log in between now and November 30 to earn the WoW’s 12th Anniversary achievement, then check your mail for a special Anniversary Gift Package.
This year’s package will include 200 Timewarped Badges, a Celebration Package item to increase experience and reputation gains from kills by 12% for 1 hour, and a “Letter from the Timewalkers” which will start a new quest that will lead you to either Orgrimmar or Stormwind. Questgivers Historian Llore and Historian Ju’pe will have a daily quest for players to earn additional Timewarped Badges by answering World of Warcraft trivia. If you’d like this year’s anniversary gift, the Corgi Pup, you can purchase it from them along with other additional anniversary goodies.
Thank you to all of the heroes of the Horde and the Alliance for your unfaltering dedication to Azeroth. Whether you are a clever night elf, a nimble gnome, a mystical troll, or a stalwart human, we appreciate your continued support, and we’re looking forward to sharing many more adventures with you for years to come.
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