This week all Ulalu gnomes were awarded new festive outfits to celebrate Lunar Festival, so I thought I’d share them with you.
The festival runs from January 24 through February 7 to coincide with the start of the Chinese New Year. Cities are decorated with lovely lanterns and strings of poppers, which seem to detonate randomly.
Each major city also has a special vendor and quest giver near a ring of rocket launchers. In Stormwind this setup is in The Park, and in Ironforge it’s outside the Mystic Ward in the fountain. I’m sure the Horde have some, too.
The main quest chain grants you a temporary portal to Moonglade in exchange for obtaining and shooting off some rockets.
The portal only works when you stand within a big column of white light.
I decided to run all five gnomes through the quest, both to pick up the Moonglade flight path, and to participate in the Elders quests.
These quests are offered by a Nelf called Valadar Starsong in Nighthaven in Moonglade.
You must travel to various locations and speak with Elders, each of whom gifts you one Coin of Ancestry.
When you return with five coins, Valadar invites you to choose a Festive Lunar Dress or Festive Lunar Pant Suit!
He also offers a couple of other things in exchange for coins, but they aren’t worth the effort.
Fortunately, there is no minimum level for these quests. The only requirement is that you’re physically able to visit five locations and obtain the coins. Each of my gnomes achieved this — even Crag Boar Reba, our October Running of the Gnomes runner and film maker, at a mere level 3.
In case you’re curious, Reba picked up coins in Ironforge, Kharanos, Stormwind, Goldshire, and Westfall — with Westfall obviously being the most treacherous.
I’m excited about the outfits. My only criticism is that there aren’t more colors of dresses. The colors available are purple, pink, and green. That’s well and good unless you have four gnomes who all want a dress and don’t want to wear the same dress as any of the others.
Fortunately, I was able to convince Ula to allow Mula to wear a purple dress matching hers, in gratitude for Mula handling most of the funds and most of the auctions. But still.
(Yes, Xula and Mula have astonishingly similar faces. But that’s a topic for another day because I have strong opinions about gnome faces.)
The pant suits are also available in three colors, but different ones: black, teal, and blue. Scscla models black.
Although these outfits offer no stats, the gnomes will enjoy wearing them around town when in a festive spirit. And Mula, of course, has the luxury of wearing hers to work. Yet another perk of the banking trade.