Celebrated by Gnomes throughout Norrath, the Tinkerfest holiday occurs for several days near the end of July, through the beginning of August, and exalts the craft of Tinkering and the joy of Clockworks. During Tinkerfest, Gnomes hold festivals celebrating tinkering and all things gnomish, frequently exchanging gifts with family members and celebrating their heritage. Once celebrated regularly, it has only been recently resurrected post-shattering.
Dates Past and Present Edit
- In 2018, Tinkerfest is scheduled to begin July 19, 2018 through Friday, August 3, 2018.
- In 2017, Tinkerfest ran from July 20, 2017 through Wednesday, August 2, 2017.
- In 2015, Tinkerfest ran from 07/26/2015 at 12:01 AM PST through 08/03/2015.
Celebrations and celebrators can be found wherever gnomes are found. To find out more about this summer celebration, speak with any Celebrations Coordinator NPC. However, the central location to all Tinkerfest celebrations is in the Gnomeland Security Headquarters in Steamfont Mountains. To make your way there, many "Unstable Tinkered Portals" can be found throughout Norrath to transport you to the party headquarters.
Goodies and HighlightsEdit
- Steampunk-themed cosmetic clothing and accessories, mad machines to decorate with, and robot pets to follow you everywhere you go.
- As of 2017, the Tinkerfest Inquisitor merc, "Dok-Tok" Dok-Tok_Mk_III has equal stats to Zhugrus Blightstaff.
- The Kajiggers (wing mounts) have always been popular, but more so in places with steps or tiers. It can be harder to navigate such places with a riding mount, and it is easier with wings. Jetpacks are a recent addition for the leaping set.
- The PQ Quest: Hack 'n Slash drops parts for a familiar, and a Green Adornment with Fervor, plus two limited-use recipes. There are many other goodies for decorators and a Mythical armor piece for Head slot that features the Accuracy stat.
- Tenebrous Tangle's Aether races are considered "the hardest" - give them a try, the Achievement, Furiously Fast, really feels like you've accomplished something.
- Be sure to do Great Balls of Fire early on, it can seem like the quests "stop" if that one is missed.
- Go prepared: your tinkerer will need 136 Cogs to buy all the blueprints this year (2017), assuming s/he doesn't have them yet.
- Tinkerfest Cheer - have you taken a close look at the effect given by the Gnomish spirits? Go look, you may want to spread more cheer this year.
- Tip: If you work your Tinkering up to 400 or 450, you can use Clockwork Brain recipe to cheaply finish up to 500. Otherwise, the pressure on Amber will make it very expensive, or time consuming to harvest more. Tinkerfest recipes seem to have a better chance to give skillups. See the Tinkering page for more ideas.
Evil-Aligned Cities with Portals
- Freeport - in East Freeport ( -107, -24, 106 ) /waypoint -107, -24, 106
- Gorowyn - near to the first elevator upon entering the city from Timorous Deep ( 2575, 8, 1228 ) /waypoint 2575, 8, 1228
- Neriak - within Indigo Hollow ( 42, 17, -32 ) /waypoint 42, 17, -32
Good-Aligned Cities with Portals
- Kelethin - on the platform near the Kelethin First Regional Bank ( 298, 106, 151 ) /waypoint 298, 106, 151
- Qeynos - in North Qeynos ( 267, -16, 68 ) /waypoint 267, -15.62, 67.9
- New Halas - on the platforms leading down to the Erollis Dock ( -428, 53, 27 ) /waypoint -428, 53, 27
- Solusek's Eye - near the Solusek Mining Company gnomes ( 33, 14, -41 ) /waypoint 33, 14, -41
- The Bonemire - within the Drednever Crash Site ( 39, 43, 523 ) /waypoint 39, 43, 523
- Moors of Ykesha - around the crafting area and bank within the Dropship Landing Zone ( 1780, 453, 837 ) /waypoint 1780, 453, 837
- Great Divide - Thurgadin Docks ( 1284, -540, 424 ) /waypoint 1284, -540, 424
New for 2018Edit
- There are new items to craft and to purchase, but no new quests and achievements.
Quests Past and PresentEdit
- Foray Into Ulterior Mechanica (2013)
- Friendly Competition -- Repeatable once annually (2011, new rewards 2015)
- Great Balls of Fire -- Repeatable up to 50 times (2010)
- If They Only Had a Brain -- Repeatable once annually. Becomes available after you have completed Great Balls of Fire at least 5 times. (2011)
- The Legend of the Geargobbler -- Repeatable once annually (2010)
- The Reticent Tinkerer -- Gives access to 2 mercenaries, teaches the Tik-Tok language (2013).
- Tinkerfest Cheer -- Repeatable. Rewards in-combat movement speed buff (2009).
- Tinker-Bound History (2014)
- We Can Rebuild (2015)
- Aether Racing: Butcherblock Mountains
- Aether Racing: Great Divide
- Aether Racing: Lavastorm
- Aether Racing: Tenebrous Tangle
- Quest: Hack 'n Slash
A guide for the Public Quests can be found on the EQ2 Traders Website.
- Tinkered Parts -- Small purple shiny ground spawns for the collection may be found around any Tinkerfest celebration location, as well as in Gnomeland Security Headquarters. (2009)
- Tinkerer's Extraordinary Toolbelt -- The shinies for this collection can be found partly in Gnomeland Security Headquarters and either Qeynos or Freeport. The reward is a Platinum Cog, needed to buy Jetpacks and a few other goodies during the festival. (2016)
Since 2013, Tinkerfest has its own Achievements!
- Bits and Baubles -- Craft a mix of Tinkerfest items (2014)
- Gnomachine Too Complicated (complete each of the Tinkerfest quests)
- Famed Phosphorescence (craft a set of Tinkerfest lighting units)
- Full Metal Domicile (craft a mix of Tinkerfest building blocks)
- Furiously Fast (participate in each of the Tinkerfest Aether races)
Shiny Tinkerfest Cogs are the currency of Tinkerfest. These cogs are small shiny ground spawns that can be found around any Tinkerfest celebration location, as well as in Gnomeland Security Headquarters. The cogs have a fast respawn time, but if you feel that you're being trampled in the rush of party-loving gnomes, check out one of the alternate locations.
Myron and Tarly, the Gnomeland Security Headquarters Tinkerfest vendors, have the blueprints you'll need to allow you to craft your own Tinkerfest goodies! Blueprints are priced at 10 Shiny Tinkerfest Cogs each. Tarly has all but one of the blueprints, Myron has the last one (just so you don't think you're crazy while shopping!).
- Tinkerfest Blueprints 1.0 - Requires a Tinkering skill of 25 to scribe.
- Tinkerfest Blueprints 2.0 - Introduced in 2010. Requires a Tinkering skill of 25 to scribe.
- Tinkerfest Blueprints 3.0 - Introduced in 2011. Requires a Tinkering skill of 25 to scribe.
- Tinkerfest Blueprints 4.0 - Introduced in 2012. Requires a Tinkering skill of 25 to scribe.
- Tinkerfest Blueprints 5.0 - Introduced in 2013. Requires a Tinkering skill of 25 to scribe.
- Tinkerfest Blueprints 6.0 - Introduced in 2014. Requires a Tinkering skill of 25 to scribe
- Tinkerfest Blueprints 7.0 - Introduced in 2014. Requires a Tinkering skill of 25 to scribe
- Tinkerfest Blueprints 8.0 - Introduced in 2015 or 2016. Requires a Tinkering skill of 25 to scribe
- Tinkerfest Blueprints 9.0 - Introduced in 2017. Requires a Tinkering skill of 25 to scribe
- Master Tinkerer's Companion Blueprints 1.0 - Requires a Tinkering skill of 400 to scribe.
- Master Tinkerer Blueprints 1.0 - Introduced in 2011. Requires a Tinkering skill of 400 to scribe.
- Master Tinkerer Blueprints 2.0 - Introduced in 2012. Requires a Tinkering skill of 400 to scribe.
- Master Tinkerer Blueprints 3.0 - Introduced in 2013. Requires a Tinkering skill of 400 to scribe.
Some of the Master Tinkerer Blueprint recipes require a Tinkerer's Mechanized Framework as a recipe component, and these may be purchased from Tarly. Some recipes need the rusty version of a tool/weapon as a component: these are obtained as rewards from Tinkerfest quests, and Tarly sells the Rusty Powered Wrench.
In addition, Myron and Tarly sell a range of cogs, springs, gears and the like. Many are the same as craftable versions found in the Tinkerfest blueprints, while some are unique to the vendor. The gnomes also have mounts available for purchase.
Thoughtful Tips for Top-Notch Tinkerfest Times!Edit
- Make a macro for harvesting Tinkerfest purple shinies and Shiny Tinkerfest Cogs. Simply walk up to either a shiny or a Shiny Tinkerfest Cog and click the macro!
- Press O to open the Macros window.
- Find a blank macro slot and click on <click to edit>
- Add a Command Step: /target_nearest_npc
- Add a Spell/Ability step, then from your Knowledge Window, drag over the Ability Collecting
- Add a Spell/Ability step, then from your Knowledge Window, drag over the Ability Gathering
- Give your macro a title. I like to drag a Shiny Tinkerfest Cog onto the icon picture myself.
- Click OK
- Drag the new macro to a hotbar for easy access.
|EQ2i credits posts in this thread written by Kaitheel at the SOE/DBG Forums for some of the information in this article.|
|This article refers to events, personae and activities only accessable in-game during the annual Tinkerfest festivities that occur roughly from the end of July to early August.|