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News Item: PlayOnline: Trick or Treat?

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From: Cuer

Posted: 2005-10-14 03:50:00
Oct. 14, 2005 00:00 [PDT]

Trick or Treat?

Master, Master!
Vana'diel has been on fire with goldfish scooping, dancing, and wild buffalos! But all that's over now, kupo! No more trouble, and no more heat! But don't you miss all the activity, actually? Aren't you itching for more excitement?

I have some information fresh from the M.H.M.U. (Mog House Management Union) that just might scratch that itch, kupo! Harvest time in Bastok, San d'Oria, and Windurst is now over, and a bone-chilling, fearsome festival is in the works! The towns will use the festival as a means to express their enormous thanks to the adventurers for the safety they bring, and provide a means of revenge for the ever-so-few trifling troubles they cause.

That's right, kupo! It's the third incarnation of the Harvest Festival!

The other details given to me are vague because apparently, the festival planners didn't want any information leaked to the adventurers, kupo! Luckily, the M.H.M.U. had a few secret agents planted at their meetings! Apparently, there will be more than just the typical monster costumes! A certain hazardous-looking decoration(*) devised by the engineers of Bastok is scheduled to make an appearance. Oooh, scaaary... I'm shaking in my fur, kupo!
The planners have also set up patrols during the preparation for the festival, so they must be hiding more spine-tingling secrets!

Do you like playing tricks? Then I have good news for you, kupo!
It seems they are planning to give away special costumes. Adventurers will roam the streets wearing the costumes and approach wary passers-by with calls of Trick or Treat?

What will the moogles be doing, you ask?
Eating candy and playing tricks, of course, kupo!

When questioned, Raibaht shouted, What do you mean, 'It looks dangerous!?' Cid's inventions tend to have a unique look to them, but this was made from the same technology that allows airships to fly at great heights. It's perfectly safe! I think I made him angry, kupo...

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<Event Details>
This event is scheduled to commence at Oct. 20, 2005 17:00 (PDT) and will last until Nov. 1, 2005 0:00 (PST).

<How to Play>

-Trade a treat to a disguised NPC walking in Bastok, San d'Oria, or Windurst.

-The NPC will only accept certain treats.

-Players might be disguised as beastmen or monsters for a certain period of time after trading a treat to an NPC. Magic or items cannot be used while disguised. Costumed players also cannot perform actions that require a target, such as talking to NPCs or opening doors.

The effects of the monster costume may be canceled by changing to a new area or:
1. Windows version: Press the [+] key on the numeric keypad twice.
PlayStation 2 version: Press the triangle button twice.
2. Line up the selection box with the status icon entitled Costume.
3. Windows version: Press the [Enter] key.
PlayStation 2 version: Press the X button.

-Talk to an event moogle during the festival to find out more. Perhaps a surprise awaits...

Official PlayOnline Announcement

And the walkthrough, added 10/23/2005:

News Item: Trick or Treat!

Those expecting "the same old" Halloween festival may have been pleasantly (or otherwise) surprised by a few added complications to this year's event. There are 2 new Halloween items, a Pitchfork and a Pitchfork +1. These items, unlike the traditional Halloween items that are also available (including the Trick Staff, Trick Staff II, Pumpkin Head, Pumpkin Head II, Treat Staff, Treat Staff II, Horror Head, Horror Head II), require a party to obtain. You and one other member, preferably from the same nation for the sake of convenience, will need to party up to obtain the Pitchfork, which must be obtained before you can obtain the Pitchfork +1.

To obtain the Pitchfork, grab a friend and head to Bastok, San d'Oria or Windurst. The recommended zones are Bastok Markets, North San d'Oria or Windurst Waters. This is because these zones each contain the specific Halloween NPCs that roam around. (Note that Bastok Mines, South San d'Oria and Windurst Woods all have decorations and regular NPCs in costume, but it can be more difficult to get a good match in these zones.) Speak first to the Moogle in the zone, and then head out to get your costume.

You can obtain a costume by trading a sweet to the NPC. A sweet is any type of sweet baked good. Note that unlike other Halloween events, items that are not crafted do not work. (This means that you can't use Faerie Apples, Saruta Oranges, Yagudo Cherries, etc.) If the sweet does not have a recipe, don't use it. (You can still buy them from an NPC, though, like Ginger Cookies.) For best results, switch NPCs frequently (especially if you also want the eight "standard" rewards listed above), and use a large variety of different sweet items when trading.

You and your partner will need to try different combinations of costumes in order to obtain the Pitchfork. A combination of hound and ghost worked for me in Bastok Mines. After you think you have a good combination (this may take some experimenting or checking with other players), try running together under the decorations. You may have to try all the decorations in order to get the right one. NOTE: you do not have to "check" the decorations. All you have to do is run under them.

To obtain the Pitchfork +1, you will need to head to a different city than the one where you received your Pitchfork. You may do this with the same partner, or a different partner. This is where being from the same nation as your partner comes in handy. You will need to find the NPC that normally turns characters into the enemy of their home nation. Equip your Pitchfork, and trade a sweet to this NPC. Instead of turning you into the enemy of your home nation, the NPC will instead turn you into a goblin. Once you and your partner have both turned into goblins, you must run around to the decorations, just like before, to try and obtain your Pitchfork +1. A Bastokan will need to find the NPC that normally turns players into a Quadav, a Windurstian will need to find the NPC that turns players into a Yagudo, and a San d'Orian will need to find the NPC that turns players into an Orc.

If you wish to obtain the other holiday events, you will have a much easier (though more costly) time, and you do not need a partner. Simply trade a sweet to one of the NPCs. The NPC will turn you into a monster, or give you a Halloween item. This may take a lot of different sweets, a lot of time trading different NPCs, and a lot of time waiting for new days and running around.

Moogle Locations:
Bastok Markets
South San d'Oria
Windurst Woods

Bastok Markets roaming NPCs:
Trick Bones: Ghost Costume
Trick Ghast: Shade Costume
Trick Ghost: Hound Costume
Trick Phantom: Quadav Costume
Trick Shade: Shade Costume
Trick Shadow: Skeleton Costume
Trick Skeleton: Yagudo Costume
Trick Specter: Ghost Costume
Trick Spirit: Orc Costume
Trick Wight: Skeleton Costume

North San d'Oria roaming NPCs:
Trick Bones: Quadav Costume
Trick Ghast: Yagudo Costume
Trick Ghost: Skeleton Costume
Trick Phantom: Shade Costume
Trick Shade: Yagudo Costume
Trick Shadow: Orc Costume
Trick Skeleton: Hound Costume
Trick Specter: Quadav Costume
Trick Spirit: Ghost Costume
Trick Wight: Orc Costume

Windurst Waters roaming NPCs:
Trick Bones: Orc Costume
Trick Ghast: Quadav Costume
Trick Ghost: Yagudo Costume
Trick Phantom: Ghost Costume
Trick Shade: Quadav Costume
Trick Shadow: Hound Costume
Trick Skeleton: Shade Costume
Trick Specter: Orc Costume
Trick Spirit: Skeleton Costume
Trick Wight: Hound Costume

Event Specifics

Official Announcement: Trick or Treat?
Event Schedule: Oct. 20, 2005 17:00 to Nov. 1, 2005 0:00
Event Item Rewards: Pitchfork, Pitchfork +1, Trick Staff, Trick Staff II, Pumpkin Head, Pumpkin Head II, Treat Staff, Treat Staff II, Horror Head, Horror Head II
Other Items Used in Event: All crafted sweets food.
From: Cuer

Posted: 2005-10-14 15:10:43
This should be fun; the two new Pitchfork items (NQ and HQ) have an amusing model, and will no doubt be at least some of the "suprise" rewards from this.
From: Ichthyos
Registered User

Posted: 2005-10-14 15:31:51
If only my Yagudo Hat were red to make it look like devil's horns. The Pitchfork will go well with some of my friends' Crimson Masks, though.
From: Stretchiwan

Posted: 2005-10-15 12:37:24
wonder if the HQ pitchfork will work only with the costume you get from trading treats, or if it will work with any of the past costumes, IE the food that turns you in to a child or the belts that turn you in to mobs like a rabbit or mandy (most likely just the costumes from trading treats, but would be nice to have the extra speed after the event :-p)
From: Frostbite

Posted: 2005-10-15 14:32:53
So what candies work to get the items?
From: fghj

Posted: 2005-10-15 15:54:54
no one knows yet..
From: Uberfuzzy
Registered User

Posted: 2005-10-17 03:53:06
actually, based on last year, anything under the catagory "sweets" will work.

but your best bet are things that are cheap and npc sold
-ginger cookies (from the 1st place circus)
-yagudo cherries (kolshushu regional vendor)
-saruta oranges (saruta regional)
those are what i used last year
From: Vindalesin

Posted: 2005-10-17 09:58:28
I can't wait to have increased movement speed in my worm costume.
From: Frostbite

Posted: 2005-10-17 11:04:15
LOL yeah, guess it does start the 20th... My bad~
From: Imitarate
Registered User

Posted: 2005-10-17 14:32:21
This is insanely funny, to me. Now monks can have fun using hundred fists with a great katana AND a polearm! I mean, sure, they aren't exactly damaging weapons, but it sure is fun to see (especially as a dragoon used to 500 delay on his polearms).
From: Randy

Posted: 2005-10-18 12:52:24
I have a serious question... so this event is for the Rabbit, Mandy, and worm custome items right??? And if you have them all ready it's +1 and they move faster?

Please help me.
From: Cuer

Posted: 2005-10-18 15:17:03
We don't know exactly all the details for this event, as it doesn't start until Thursday. Once it's out, full details should show up pretty quickly.
From: Jaye

Posted: 2005-10-18 20:56:14
Is the Pumpkin heads going to be back as well I still can't get one of those things and i spent about 500k in sweets trying to get one.
From: Cuer

Posted: 2005-10-19 23:30:26
Oct. 19, 2005 08:00 [PDT]

Changes Made to the Time of Event

The "Trick or Treat" event scheduled to start on Oct. 20, 2005 17:00 (PDT) will commence as soon as the PlayOnline server maintenance scheduled on Oct. 20, 2005 from 8:00 to 18:00 (PDT) is complete.

Depending on the maintenance operation, the start time of the event may be subject to change. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Official PlayOnline Announcement
From: Uberfuzzy
Registered User

Posted: 2005-10-20 22:48:24
fruits dont work this year
From: Tah

Posted: 2005-10-20 23:21:04
Ok, was doing this event for a bit before, once again...emergency maintenance >.> Anyway...finding that certain npc's only like certain treats. Trade the right treat, get item or costume; trade "wrong" treat, get a big fat "Thank you..." with no costume, no item, nothing. Just the sheer satisfaction that u gave a skeleton or a shadow something to eat. Have gotten Trick Staff II, Pumpkin Head I and Horror Head as of just before the emergency maintenance; still no word on how to obtain either of the pitchforks :/ And yet to see anyone with one equipped. I'll be workin on it soon as it's finally possible. And it's true, the npc's do not accept fruit this year as a treat. So, needless to say...all the cook's are set up with cutesy-wutesy mules with names like Treats <.< and are ready to rip you off buying their extremely over-priced cookies and pies :( Hopefully most people thought about this event before today, and bought up stacks of goodies by yesterday :p
From: atari

Posted: 2005-10-20 23:24:54
A little about the event

well before SE took the servers down for emergency maitenence :: smacks SE:: i was able to obtain a Trick staff, Trick staff II, treat staff, and pumpkin head II.

Based on this info i'm guessing to get the pitchfork and or pitchfork +1 you need all the halloween items and do something with them (trade to MH moogle? i have no clue)

for those who couldn't figure out how to get the items, just trade ginger cookies(this was done in sandoria) a lot to the dressed up NPCs. Note that you can get more items from diff zones IE south and north sandy... i got a trick staff II from trading about 15 ginger cookies to a southern sandy NPC, and a trick staff (one) from trading 1 ginger cookie to one of the dressed up NPCs that walks around north sandy

hope this helps
From: Kyrtian

Posted: 2005-10-20 23:25:47
I've so far gotten a trick staff (not the 2) and a pumpkin head 2, I've turned into an orc, a yagudo, a spectre, a bogy, and a hound (the coolest one) But I still haven't seen any pattern on getting the items. Also is there a moogle to start this? No one on Sylph in sandy seemed to find it. Also, I'm really looking forward to getting that pitchfork, I think it looks pretty cool, anyone know the details to get that?
From: Tah

Posted: 2005-10-20 23:27:06
Oh..and looked all over for a Moogle to talk to; apparently my excitement over the event has blinded me, 'cause I couldn't find one anywhere. Announcement says to talk to event Moogle for more details... <Where?> And forget asking in /shout on my server; unless all you want in response is <Over there> or <That way>

From: Shadowsith

Posted: 2005-10-20 23:29:03
Ive been constantly trading the same thing, cookies, to the same NPC over and over. I have recieved 2 items so far. Basicly the same thing as last year.

Still havnt seen the red trident yet :/
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