Every Thursday, The Overachiever shows you how to work toward those sweet achievement points. Today, we're running a special holiday guide for all those interested in stuffing themselves on turkey.
The Pilgrim's Bounty holiday was introduced to World of Warcraft just last year, so it's still fairly new. This year, the event will run from Sunday, November 21st through Saturday, November 27th. On my EST server, the start and end times on both dates will be 4:00 am, but you'll want to check the times on your own realm.
Pilgrim's Bounty is not part of the yearlong meta What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been. That's not to say that the holiday's without its share of rewards, though; doing the Pilgrim meta will grant both the Pilgrim title and the plump turkey pet. However, the holiday has an unbeatable side benefit; it's the fastest, easiest, and cheapest way to level cooking to 350. Pilgrim's Bounty is tailor-made for anyone who needs to level cooking on a bunch of alts, or anyone who never got around to doing it on his/her main.
Pilgrim's Bounty hasn't appeared at any point on WoW's PTR or beta since last year, so we're assuming for the moment that the holiday hasn't changed from its 2009 incarnation beyond a few bug fixes (that and the developers are probably working at breakneck speed on Cataclysm still). I've updated and clarified our 2009 guide past the cut, and will also be around as the event goes live to ensure all the information here is accurate.
"FOOD FIGHT!" (Alliance) and "FOOD FIGHT!" (Horde)
This is a very simple achievement. Bountiful Tables are located in each capital's feasting area, and all of them are very large and easy to spot. Each chair at each table is actually a vehicle. Mouse over the chairs and you'll see them clearly labeled, e.g. "The Stuffing Chair" or "The Turkey Chair." Once you've taken a seat (for this achievement, it won't matter where), you'll find five options available:
- Passing a dish You can only pass a dish already located at that chair. If you're sitting in the sweet potatoes chair, you can pass sweet potatoes, and so on and so forth.
- Eating turkey If you're in the turkey chair, this will always be an available option; otherwise, it must be passed to you.
- Eating cranberries If you're in the cranberry chair, this will always be an available option; otherwise, it must be passed to you.
- Eating stuffing If you're in the stuffing chair, this will always be an available option; otherwise, it must be passed to you.
- Eating sweet potatoes If you're in the sweet potatoes chair, this will always be an available option; otherwise, it must be passed to you.
- Eating pie If you're in the pie chair, this will always be an available option; otherwise, it must be passed to you.
As with all holidays, Pilgrim's Bounty tends to be busiest in the first few days and more particularly at server high times, so I would advise doing this early.
Sharing is Caring (Alliance) and Sharing is Caring (Horde)
As with "FOOD FIGHT!", this is an achievement done while seated at a Bountiful Table. You'll need to visit all five chairs at a Table and select the first option (again, passing the dish) at each one. No other player is required to be at the table for you to get this. However, if the feast area is crowded and players aren't budging from their own chairs, you can get this achievement by visiting different chairs at different tables.
Now We're Cookin' (Alliance) and Now We're Cookin' (Horde)
This requires you to cook all five holiday recipes. You'll need to have at least 280 cooking skill to make all of them, but if you haven't leveled cooking, don't worry; Pilgrim's Bounty exists for just this reason.
The recipes you'll need are all from a single book sold for one silver by Pilgrim's Bounty vendors (all of whom will be located in feast areas). The book is called the Bountiful Cookbook and requires only 1 Cooking in order to use. Right-click the book once it's in your inventory, and it'll give you all five recipes.
The recipes you'll need to cook are:
- Spice Bread Stuffing (requires one cooking skill): This one is the only recipe that uses an existing cooking item, but fortunately for us, it's the earliest one available -- one Spice Bread plus one Autumnal Herbs.
- Pumpkin Pie (requires 100 cooking skill): one Ripe Elwynn Pumpkin (Alliance, purchased from the Stormwind vendor) or Ripe Tirisfal Pumpkin (Horde, purchased from the Undercity vendor), plus one Honey.
- Cranberry Chutney (requires 160 cooking skill): one Tangy Wetland Cranberries (Alliance, purchased from the Ironforge vendor) or Tangy Southfury Cranberries (Horde, purchased from the Orgrimmar vendor), plus one Honey.
- Candied Sweet Potato (requires 220 cooking skill): one Teldrassil Sweet Potato (Alliance, purchased from the Darnassus vendor) or Mulgore Sweet Potato (Horde, purchased from the Thunder Bluff vendor), plus one Honey and one Autumnal Herbs.
- Slow-Roasted Turkey (requires 280 cooking skill): For this recipe, you'll need to make a trip to Elwynn Forest or Tirisfal Glades in order to get Wild Turkey, which is a 100% drop off the Wild Turkey mobs that spawn there for the duration of the holiday. One Wild Turkey per recipe, plus two Honey and one Autumnal Herbs.
Once you get to the Slow-Roasted Turkey recipe, you'll need to make a hunting trip to Elwynn Forest or Tirisfal Glades. For the length of the holiday, low-level Wild Turkey mobs with two HP spawn all over these zones, and their meat is a 100 percent drop. As long as you're out stocking up on them for cooking purposes, you might as well do --
The Turkinator (Alliance) and The Turkinator (Horde)
Each time you kill a Wild Turkey mob, you'll get a 30-second stacking buff named Turkey Tracker. The object of this achievement is to kill 40 turkeys without letting the buff drop. As such, every time you kill a turkey, you'll have 30 seconds from each kill to find and slaughter another one. Do this successfully 40 times and you'll get Turkinator.
This achievement attracted no small number of complaints last year, mostly due to uneven mob spawns and griefing by other players (druids abusing Travel Form and Moonfire were a particular sore point). While this year's holiday will probably be less hectic as many players already have the Pilgrim meta on their mains, you're still better off abandoning attempts at The Turkinator for a day or two if your server's very busy. While there are a lot of turkeys available in both zones and they respawn quickly, it can still be difficult to get a perfect 40-mob killing spree if you have serious competition for the spawns. I'll put it this way; finding and killing as many turkeys as you want at any point during this holiday is not difficult. It's finding and killing 40 of them within 30 seconds of each other with competition nearby that can get hairy.
I was able to manage this by circling Brightwater Lake in Tirisfal once, but even if you don't work with a set path, you can make it easier by making a /tar Wild Turkey macro and just spamming it. Nearby turkeys will light up, so head for the nearest kill, spam the macro again, and keep at it.
Click Part 2 (below) for the rest of the guide!