The fact that Azeroth celebrates holidays that are remarkably similar to some of our own is not news to anyone, but what is Noblegarden, so like our own Easter or Ostara, really about?
That’s something I hope to explore.
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Whether you’re Alliance or Horde, a commoner should point you in the direction of a Noblegarden Camp. These camps are located in starting areas, and you’ll meet up with a Spring Gatherer if you’re Horde and a Spring Collector if you’re Alliance, who’ll be in need of egg hunters who can help them with their research.
The Spring Gatherer/Collector will mention Noblegarden is a celebration of life and spring (so, like, a bit like our Ostara then) but they really want to talk about eggs. Namely, what magic was used to make the eggs. The druids who apparently created them aren’t talking, so you’re asked to gather some brightly colored shell fragments so that experiments can be done.
A Noblegarden Merchant will loan you an egg basket that can be used while you’re hunting for brightly colored eggs, and ask you to bring him back ten Noblegarden chocolates. After that, the obvious thing to do is go find eggs. It can seem intimidating at first, especially when there are a lot of egg hunters, but quite often you can just pick a good spot where a few tend to spawn and click them as they appear.
The eggs, when opened, can contain quite a few rewards, from transmog items to pets, so don’t buy anything until you’re quite sure you’re not able to loot it. They also contain the brightly colored shell fragments and Nobelgarden chocolates that you’re after for your quests. Looting eggs will likely turn you into a bunny at some point so don’t be alarmed when it happens. There’s a strong chance that the egg you were after will be swiped out from right under your nose at some point as well, so try not to get too salty when that happens.
Return the eggshells to the Spring Gatherer/Collector for a Blossoming Branch, which can be used to turn a targeted party member into a rabbit. They don’t explain what experiments they do, what their conclusions are, or why they happen to have this stick that can turn people into rabbits on them. At no point does your character seem to consider the possibility that the druids had good reason not to trust the Spring Gatherer/Collector with their secrets. But I’m sure it’s fine. The Spring Gatherer I met was a Forsaken, and they’re always trustworthy, right?
Give the Noblegarden Merchant ten chocolates and the borrowed basket, and he’ll reward you with an egg basket of your very own, which will come in handy, because those chocolates are the Noblegarden currency, and you’re going to need 250 for the new Hearthstone alone.
So to answer our original question, Noblegarden is about celebrating spring and new life, as the rabbits, eggs and flower themes all indicate. You can buy pet rabbits and floating flowers, and the Spring Robes give you the ability to plant flowers.
Noblegarden is also about dressing up really nicely, for some reason. Tuxedos and elegant dresses can be found wherever you go. The title you can earn by completing all the achievements is “The Noble”. (And before titles were shared, it was one of the only ones you could manage to get on a level 1 character. My bank alt used to be so cool.) It’s called “Noble” garden. Being fancy is a real part of it. I don’t know why.
Finally, Noblegarden is about mystery and intrigue, as druids keep secrets about eggs and random people calling themselves “Spring Gatherers” or “Spring Collectors” go out of their way to discover those secrets. Who are these “Gatherers” and “Collectors“? Where do they come from? Who do they work for? What, at the end of the day, is their deal?
All I know is this: Sometimes an egg will drop an item called a “cursed rabbit’s foot”. This foot doesn’t seem to do anything. It’s not related to any quests, nobody seems to want it. It lasts for the duration of Noblegarden, and then it disappears.
Of course, it’s another kind of easter egg – a Supernatural reference. From the Supernatural Wiki: “The Rabbit’s Foot is a cursed object which can give anyone who touches it incredibly good luck.” And, rumour has it, it really does give you good luck, making it the ultimate object to have in your bags when you go mount farming.
Or it’s just there to be useless and take up a bag slot. Who knows?
I’ve also read that it grants you a buff that causes you to lay eggs yourself, but I couldn’t confirm this. If there is a buff, it’s hidden, and not one of my characters laid an egg.
Lok’tar ogar, and Zandalar Forever x
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