- Author: Kurathis
- Date: October 13, 2021
- Expansion: TBC Classic
Happy… Halloween! *Queue the evil laugh* Blizzard is no stranger to celebrating various holidays inside World of Warcraft and Halloween is no exception. To celebrate this occasion, Blizzard has designed Hallow’s End; an entire event with players completing quests, getting to dress up in various costumes, getting candy and ultimately challenging the Headless Horseman! The event runs from October 18 – November 1, giving players two weeks to indulge in the festivities!
Much like Ahune from the Midsummer Fire Festival, players are only able to summon the Headless Horseman once per day. Assuming no one in your group has completed their daily quest, that allows for five attempts per day. (Yes, you are able to accompany groups even if you have already completed the quest, but that may be difficult since most players wish for the full five chances.)
In order to be able to summon the Headless Horseman, you must first complete the quest, “The Headless Horseman.” Both factions obtain this quest from different NPCs:
This quest sees players entering Scarlet Monastery: Graveyard, and clicking on the pumpkin located in the courtyard, turning in the quest and accepting the following quest, Call the Headless Horseman. Simply click on the Loosely Turned Soil and voila, you’ll be summoning the Headless Horseman!
Possible Loot from the Headless Horseman Event
Battling the Headless Horseman
The encounter is fairly straight forward with three phases:
Phase 1: This phase is simply a tank-and-spank until the Headless Horseman reaches 1% Health. At this time, his head flies off his body and becomes your main target. You will want to try and get its Health down to 65% to enter Phase 2. If you are unable to reach 65% soon enough, you’ll just have to repeat Phase 1 again.
Phase 2: This phase is exactly like Phase 1, except now the Headless Horseman has Conflagrate, which causes five ticks of 10% of the target’s Health to a random party member and everyone that is close to that target. It is recommended that you remain spread out during this phase whenever possible. Once the Headless Horseman’s Health reaches 1%, again, his head will fly off his body. Similar to Phase 1, you’ll need to damage the Head to transition to Phase 3. You must bring its Health down to 30% to do this.
Phase 3: This is essentially a combination of Phase 1 + Phase 2 mixed together, with the added ability for Headless Horseman to now summon four adds at a time. (Approximately every 30 seconds) These are generally easily picked up and handled by the tank. If you have strong DPS numbers, you can potentially ignore killing the adds but they will continue to spawn throughout this phase and may overwhelm your group eventually. When his Health drops to 1%, his head will fly off once more and you need to shift your attention to it and kill it. After this, the encounter is complete and you just need to loot!
Hallow’s End Quests
For Alliance players, Hallow’s End Treats for Jesper is available from none other than Jesper himself, located in Stormwind City. This quest sees players venture to each of the capital cities and complete small side-quests mentioned below:
- Dancing for Marzipan – To complete this quest, simply find Innkeeper Saelienne in Darnassus and do a dance emote while targeting her (/dance) Upon completion, you will be rewarded with Darnassus Marzipan.
- Flexing for Nougat – To complete this quest, simply find Innkeeper Allison in Stormwind City and do a flex emote while targeting her (/flex) Upon completion, you will be rewarded with Stormwind Nougat.
- Incoming Gumdrop – To complete this quest, simply find Talvash del Kissel in Ironforge and do a train emote while targeting him (/train) Upon completion, you will be rewarded with Gnomeregan Gumdrop.
- Chicken Clucking for a Mint – To complete this quest, simply find Innkeeper Firebrew in Ironforge and do a chicken emote while targeting him (/chicken) Upon completion, you will be rewarded with Ironforge Mint.
For Horde players, Hallow’s End Treats for Spoops is available from Spoops, who is located inside Orgrimmar. This quest sees players venture to each of the capital cities and complete small side-quests mentioned below:
- Dancing for Marzipan – To complete this quest, simply find Innkeeper Pala in Thunder Bluff and do a dance emote while targeting her (/dance) Upon completion, you will be rewarded with Thunder Bluff Marzipan.
- Flexing for Nougat – To complete this quest, simply find Innkeeper Gryshka in Orgrimmar and do a flex emote while targeting her (/flex) Upon completion, you will be rewarded with Orgrimmar Nougat.
- Incoming Gumdrop – To complete this quest, simply find Kali Remik in Durotar and do a train emote while targeting her (/train) Upon completion, you will be rewarded with Darkspear Gumdrop.
- Chicken Clucking for a Mint – To complete this quest, simply find Innkeeper Norman in Undercity and do a chicken emote while targeting him (/chicken) Upon completion, you will be rewarded with Undercity Mint.
- Horde – Rotten Eggs – Simply, yet delicately, since you won’t be a welcomed visitor, place the Rotten Eggs in the main brew keg located inside the Southshore Inn.
- Horde – Ruined Kegs – Return to Darkcaller Yanka at the Wickerman Festival in Tirisfal Glades.
- Horde – Stinking Up Southshore – Toss three Forsaken Stink Bombs into the heart of Southshore.
- Horde – Free at Last! – Take the Tome of Thomas Thomson (Drops from the Headless Horseman) to a Masked Orphan Matron in Durotar, Brill or Falconwing Square.
- Horde – Fire Training – Throw water buckets onto 5 fire. (Located in Razor Hill, Brill or Falconwing Square)
- Alliance – Crashing the Wickerman Festival – Simply locate the Foresaken’s Wickerman Festival in Tirisfal Glade.
- Alliance – The Power of Pine – Use a Stink Bomb Cleaner to remove any of the Stink Bombs that have been dropped inside of Southshore.
- Alliance – Fire Brigade Practice – Throw water buckets onto 5 fires.
- Horde/Alliance – Stop the Fires! – Help put out all the village fires.
- Horde/Alliance – Candy Bucket – Inside various Inns, click the pumpkin to complete.
There is a large event that takes place outside Undercity that provides players with Invocation of the Wickerman. To do this, Horde players just have to loot a Wickerman Ember to achieve this. In order for Alliance players to receive this buff, they will have to kill a Wickerman Guardian. This buff is obtainable between 20:00 (8:00pm) and 06:00 (6:00 AM) Server Time. There are two versions of this buff in the game files: One that increases Health and Mana regeneration, and Stamina by 25%, and one that increases your experience and reputation gained by 10%. Both versions last for two hours.
New Items Introduced Into The World
These items are only available to obtain during the Hallow’s End event. After the event ends, you will be able to keep the items you have obtained but will no longer be able to obtain them.
- Jack-o’-Lantern (18 Slot Bag) – This drops from mobs level 60 and above with a less-than-stellar drop rate.
- Pumpkin Bag (16 Slot Bag) – This drops from mobs level 50 and above.
- Various Masks – Through trick or treating, players can obtain various masks of the different races in World of Warcraft (Flimsy Female Human Mask, for example)
- Various Wands – Through trick or treating, players can obtain various kinds of wands that will transform your targeted party member into a more festive style (Hallowed Wand – Leper Gnome is always a fairly popular one!)
- Candy Bar – Through trick or treating, players can obtain some Candy Bar which regenerates both their Health and Mana.
- Hallow’s End Pumpkin Treat – These nifty candies can transform you into a skeleton, a pirate, or a ghost. It can also increase your size give you a hint of orange throughout your body.
Trick or treating doesn’t always result in you obtaining a treat, and can just as often leave you transformed into a frog, snake, cat or other animals.