Festivals abound in the world of TERA from Tuesday, January 28 to Tuesday, April 1! Log in and join the fun! (Read on to find out more!)
After years of war and rebellion, the Freeholds are finally free from conflict—and the farmers are eager to hold their midwinter festival again at long last!
Starting Tuesday, January 28, characters level 28 and above can visit the Freeholds to participate in a wide variety of country fair events and games—as well as placing wagers on the titanic clashes going on in the Bamarama!
When the event begins, you should receive an invitation to Rootstock. Just talk to Melsa, in the fairgrounds by Lein's Farm, to get started. After you run a couple errands for her, Melsa will get you started discovering the various attractions, so you can identify what most appeals to you and get involved right away!
If you're into mini-games, Rootstock has three offerings especially for you!
Every 30 minutes between 4 and 9 p.m. PST, the BAMs come out to play! Talk to any of the Bamarama bookies (Teena, Tayana, or Linu), and place wagers on which of two BAMs will win in a head-to-head match up. Start by purchasing gold tickets from them, and they'll help you place your bets. If your BAM wins, you'll get a piece of the purse via parcel post: more gold tickets, which you can sell back to the bookies when you're ready to cash out! (You can also get gold tickets by completing the Rootstock daily quests that involve mini-games.) Note that betting is only available on Channel 1.
Track down Digory at his farm, north of the BAM arena, to play this traditional Freeholds favorite. Just left-click to kick the hay bale. The longer you keep the giant hay bale away from the harvest bots, the more points you score! But they're fast, so you'll need to keep moving—and kicking—if you want to win. Top kickers earn Kick-Bale gift boxes and have a small chance to earn one the the following rare recipes not available at the merchant: Traditional Bleakfields BBQ, Freeholds Flame Salad, or Bleak Wings.
Way over in Lee's End, Tippani runs the Pigling Rodeo; talk to her to get started in your career as a swineherd! All you have to do is left-click on a pigling to make it fall in line—but you're up against the swineherd scarecrow, who steals your pigs (and your points). Top herders earn Pigling Rodeo gift boxes and have a small chance to earn one the the following rare recipes not available at the merchant: Traditional Bleakfields BBQ, Freeholds Flame Salad, or Bleak Wings.
If achievements are more your style, you'll want to shoot for "Now All I Need Is a Lamp"—an achievement that shows you have earned both the "Eat! Drink! Cook! Enjoy Rootstock!" achievement and the "Shouldn't a Festival Be More...Festive?" achievement. This is how you'll win the fabulous Moonsilk Carpet mount. You'll need to complete the following achievements to qualify.
You need three gift boxes from each of the three Rootstock mini-games to earn this achievement. Kick butt at Digory's Kick-Bale game to earn Kick-Bale gift boxes. Round up as many piglings as possible in Tippani's rodeo to pick up Pigling Rodeo gift boxes. Finally, talk to Teena, Tayana, or Linu to get those Bamarama boxes.
But what would a festival be without liquid refreshments? Open the various Rootstock gift boxes (Kick-Bale gift box, Pigling Rodeo gift box, and Bamarama box) to get the drinks, then chug one of each to stagger your way into Rootstock's drinking achievement:
Of course, Rootstock is all about the cooking, too! Complete quests and games with various Freeholds NPCs to get recipes and ingredients for everything listed below—or just buy what you need from the fairground merchants:
Find the Val Aureum Sky Pond, high above the Bleak Fields, and admire the view! Don’t forget to grab some sky lotus while you're up there! And if you take a moment to talk to Rachlae, at the base of the Sky Pond steps, she'll give you a quest that takes you on the grand tour of the Freeholds—during which you'll pick up a number of ingredients for various recipes—and you'll end up with a serving each of traditional Bleakfields BBQ, Freeholds flame salad, and bleak wings, just to get you started on your Good Eats achievement!
All done with the Rootstock games and quests? Get started on the questline.
Players level 28 and above automatically receive a message from Melsa at Lein's Farm inviting them to the Rootstock festival.
Melsa teaches players how to harvest crops and cook great seasonal food. She also teaches the players about the Bamarama, the Kick-Bale mini-game, and Sky Pond. (Follows Going to the Fair.)
Millia needs help making a Farmer's Almanac. You'll collect several different crops to complete each page, then turn it back in for a reward. (Follows Get Back to Your Roots.)
Experience all the aspects of ranch life, as instructed by Rachlae of Bleak Fields. (Follows Get back to Your Roots.)
Finished those and ready for more? There are always the daily quests.
Talk to Melsa to find out which fair food she needs, then cook it up for her in exchange for more ingredients! (Follows Get back to Your Roots.)
You can play Digory's game as often as you like, but once per day he'll reward you for playing with three gold tickets! (Follows Get back to Your Roots.)
Poor Tagun just can't manage his sheep! Head out to Lee's End Stead to round them up for him, and he'll give you some lamb. (Follows Down on the Farm.)
Filton's Dairy Farm is under daily threat from marauding hyenas. Visit Filton each day to protect his cattle, and he'll reward you with milk for your recipes. (Follows Down on the Farm.)
Talk to Tippani each day to herd some more piglings, and earn three gold tickets for your trouble! (Follows Down on the Farm.)
Rootstock doesn't end until the spring planting begins, so you've got plenty of time to go back again and again. And do yourself a favor and take the grand tour of the Freeholds. You'll be glad you did!
Love is in the aire at Pond Faire! Players level 18 and up can join in the celebration as the baba (baby) tuwangis turn seven, grow up, and start their new lives. You can find all the happenings in Tuwangi Mire at the giant flaming frog bonfire and the pond below. You’ll find the festival full of drums, frogs, and tuwangis.
Jump in and see what you like! Maybe start with the mini-game.
Talk to Kukuta, the drum instructor, to start the game. Players have only one skill: drum beat. Three colored drums must be hit to drive away the correspondingly colored frogs as they approach. Like other minigames, getting the top rank earns you a special prize: a colorful frogspawn egg. Inside you receive one of three one-day frog mini-pets (blue, pink, or orange). Hitting just one drum too many times will break that drum. So no mindless mouse-button smashing!
If you’re into achievements, don’t worry—we’ve got you covered! Win the mini-game enough times, and you could end up with not just an achievement, but a permanent pet!
Just earn the rank 1 prize in the Drum Away mini-game and open it up!
Win the Drum Away mini-game and get a one-day frog named Pinkie. Click each training book you get, because that increments your progress in the achievement. Collect and click seven training books to get a permanent Pinkie frog pet!
Win the Drum Away mini-game and get a one-day frog named Rusty. Click each training book you get, because that increments your progress in the achievement. Collect and click seven training books to get a permanent Rusty frog pet!
Win the Drum Away mini-game and get a one-day frog named Rainie. Click each training book you get, because that increments your progress in the achievement. Collect and click seven training books to get a permanent Rainie frog pet!
Looking for a more structured experience? Work your way through the faire’s questline!
Players of level 18 and above automatically receive a message from the Mysterium’s pond expert, Krumu, inviting them to the festival in Tuwangi Mire.
Haroso, the tuwangi shaman, is concerned about a frightened baba tuwangi. Find a likely hiding spot, and use a drum to lure the tuwangi out. Then Haroso asks you to slay some dragons (tiny lizards) and roast their meat. (Follows Pond Life.)
Vedobo, the pond keeper, needs two things to get the baba tuwangis ready for the ceremony: flowers and drums. He asks you to pick flowers and play the drums that keep the frogs away from the ceremony. (Follows Prepare for the Faire.)
Finished those and ready for more? Come back tomorrow! There are always the daily quests.
More frightened baba tuwangis...find a likely hiding spot, and use a drum to lure the tuwangi out. ( Prepare for the Faire.)
Hunt bubu dragons for their meat and roast them at the giant bonfire (frogfire?). (Follows Prepare for the Faire.)
Help Haroso repair the drums by hunting miretoads for their skins. (Follows Prepare for the Faire.)
Play the Drum Away mini-game. (Follows Lilies and Drums.)
Gather pond lilies. (Follows the flower-gathering task of Lilies and Drums.)
Remember, a faire is best experienced with several visits, so make sure you experience all it has to offer!
Whether you’re in it for the frogs or in it for the BAMs, there’s a festival for you starting January 28!