Guides – Darkmoon Faire
What is the Darkmoon Faire?
The Darkmoon Faire is a traveling carnival that roams about Azeroth and Outland. On the first Friday of each month it arrives in either Elwynn Forest, Mulgore or Terokkar Forest and begins to set up camp. A few days later the setting up completes and the Faire is then open for business for a whole week.
There’s a whole bunch of different amusements at the Faire but since this guide is about getting your reputation to exalted I won’t go into those in details. Check out the ‘Links and Other Resources’ section at the end of this guide for some links to further reading if you’re mainly just interested in learning about the games and ticket prizes.
This is going to hurt. It doesnt really matter what way you look at it this one is going to impact your gold balance. After 2000/6000 Friendly (I know, odd cutoff point right?) the only way to raise reputation with Darkmoon Faire is by turning in low level inscription decks or epic decks to the Darkmoon Faire.
Starting out at 0/3000 Neutral with the Darkmoon Faire it takes 120 epic deck quest completes to get to exalted. If you manage to get these decks at a steal for 200g each that puts the cost of getting this reputation to exalted at a lofty 24,000g! You’re not going to get the decks for 200g though (at least not quickly) so strategy plays a big part here if you’d prefer not to just throw gold at this one.
Card Calculations – Huh? Decks are costing who in the what now?
Ok, so for me this was one of the more annoying parts of the Insane grind. I had some gold and I knew I needed decks but it was a major annoyance to sit down and research stuff outside of just checking the AH for epic decks. What herbs turned into what inks? What inks turned into what cards? Was it cheaper to buy herbs or inks or cards in the long run?
I wanted to get my title as fast as I could. Since I was pretty much spending my gold on Darkmoon Faire stuff as fast as I made it I needed to try to be smart about the stuff I bought. After doing some research this was the conversion table I put together:
Now keep in mind that milling herbs is like disenchanting so depending on luck you may get more or less [Verdant Pigment] which is the key ingredient in making rogues cards. I set myself the target of 200 gold per epic deck when buying up and building decks. To figure out how much I should be spending on rogues cards to achieve the same rep gains I calculated:
(200g x 1 Epic Deck = 350 Reputation) = (350 Reputation = 14 Rogues Decks x 14g28s)
I was pretty surprised when I did the math and realised I could spend more on rogues decks and materials. As the above calculation demonstrates I discovered I could spend up to 4g76s per rogues card and still be meeting my 200g/deck target. This means if you’re spending up 250g on epic decks you can spend up to 5g95s per rogues card and if you’re spending 300g on epic decks you can spend up to 7g14s per card. Sounds crazy doesnt it? I think once you realise this you have a big advantage that will help you get to exalted without spending an arm and a leg.
Outside of the rogues decks something that helped me get to exalted was buying up individual cards and putting together my own decks. This seems like a really tedious idea at first but if you setup an alt with a guild bank its actually pretty easy. I use the [BankItems] mod which allows me to quickly see what cards I’ve got on alt. This is a MASSIVE help when you’re checking the auction house each day for missing cards.
I figured that since this is already pretty confusing it might help out if I actually talked people through it. Click play on the video below and I’ll take you through my auction house routine for Darkmoon Faire cards – yeah yeah I have a funny accent, shaddup already! :p
One of the best things about doing Darkmoon Faire these days is the fact that they’ve changed all the quest reward cards to BOE items that you can resell afterward. This is an absolutely massive advantage over people like me who had the reputation prior to the 3.1 patch as Darkmoon Faire isnt quite the gold sink it used to be. I’ve even heard of people hanging about at the Faire and offering 50-100g for people to let them turn in the decks on their behalf and get the rep increase.
Links and other resources
The Darkmoon Faire is one of those reputations that has an abundance of general information floating about on the net. Despite this there’s very little specific information on the topic of grinding your way to exalted beyond the many ‘turn epic decks in till you get to exalted’ comments all over the place. That’s one of the reasons I decided to write these guides and share my experiences.
If you’re keen on doing some more reading up on the Darkmoon Faire, either in preparation for your grind or just out of interest, then check out the following links that I also used along the way:
- WowJuju Reputation Calculator – I recommend it in every guide I write and this one is no exception. It’s a big help when especially if you’re turning in a mix of rogues/epic decks and have lost track of how far you’ve got to go. You can click on the ‘quests’ option in Darkmoon Faire and it’ll tell you how many more to Exalted.
- Darkmoon Faire on WowWiki – Great general info on the Faire and it has a really good section on earning tickets which will help you to get to the 2000/6000 Friendly cutoff when you’re just starting out.
- Darkmoon Faire on WowHead – Never hurts to check out the most recent comments on wowhead. I always do this with reputations to see if there are any recent undocumented changes or tips I might have missed.
- WoW Forums – Achievement Forum – This is another great source for guides, up to date information and accounts of other peoples experiences with various grinds.
Got a question, comment or additional tip you think deserves to be in the guide? Then post it below and I’ll make sure to keep the guide as up-to-date and accurate as I can.