With the Turkulon event over we’re seeing a new event take over Aeternum.
If you’re new to meeting me, hi, hello I’m addicted to video games and am a massive sucker when it comes to events.
I have to admit, I’m fairly new to New World, only being an active player for a little under a month, but in that time I have wracked up around 300 hours in the game and made it my priority to help inform newer players how to get into this brilliant MMO.
Though I might be new to New World, I am definitely no stranger to MMOs, being an avid player of FFXIV as well as a guide writer and content creator on Twitch.
Although I do play a variety of games outside of MMOs, I can’t say that I spend as much time as I do playing MMOs as I love participating in a community and participating in various tasks such as gathering and crafting. While I cannot claim to be the most professional gamer, being someone who likes to mess around and find alternatives to make video games more accessible to casual players. I can say that anytime I write about a video game, it probably means that I’m obsessed with it and have grown comfortable enough with writing about it because I’ve crunched numbers or have figured out a few optimal paths to get to where you want to be.
With all that aside, I’m excited to write about the Winter Convergence Festival which seems to be an event that will set players quite a ways forward if they are new to the game or have joined a Fresh Start Server.
I honestly feel really lucky that I joined the game when I did as events like the Winter Convergence can make it a lot easier for a player to start completing late-game content faster and without as much worry of RNG as I’m sure you know New World is filled with.
So whether you’re still trying to reach level 60, you’re trying to farm up Gypsum or Expertise or you’re a well-seasoned player who hasn’t taken any time off, you’re going to want to take part in this event for the tasty loot.
Let’s get cracking!
WHAT IS THE WINTER CONVERGENCE FESTIVAL
The Winter Convergence Festival is an Event that is running in-game between December 6, 2022 to January 10, 2023. For players who have been playing the game since launch or are returning, this Festival may sound familiar to you as it is actually a repeat of last year, though there are a few new additions to the event which make it more worthwhile.
The Event is available to players of all levels and although players can participate at all levels there are a few pieces of content I would strongly recommend teaming up for.
Now, with that being said, the Event is most notable for players who are already level 60 as many of the rewards can only be obtained at level 60, such as Diamond Gypsum, though lesser rewards can still be obtained.
It’s good that this event spans over a number of weeks players will have to grind for a variety of resources during it and will need to teleport all around Aeternum to complete them.
So what are the tasks? You may ask, well let’s get cracking!
TREES OF LIGHT
To begin, players will be rewarded for discovering every Settlement in the game as each one now has a Tree of Light in the center of the city.
If players interact with these they will receive a single Diamond Gypsum as well some loot in the shape of presents.
Now, players do not have to interact with every single one of these Gift Piles as only the first 6 will drop Diamond Gypsum, however, if players participate in Town Projects they will be able to help upgrade the trees so they drop better loot.
Gifts can provide players with various rewards such as Coins, Recipes, Premium Winter Tokens and more. Honestly, not a bad way to help encourage players to complete Town Projects, though I’m going to admit that it’s a bit crappy that the trees reset at 5:00 Server time every day.
This means that players are going to want to make sure that they do a run of all the cities right before they head to bed as this will raise the chance that the tree will be upgraded the furthest it can be that day.
Now, this might be unfortunate for players who have an early bedtime or those of you who are playing on servers that are not in your time zone, however, to help ensure that you help your server out, pick up a few Town Projects each time you’re in a Settlement, especially if it has to do with potions or something easy to turn in as it will really help the cause.
While all presents give players something, the upgraded Trees really boost the potential of getting good rewards. I know Town Projects can be a bit of a pain, but if everyone has the thought to do a few Projects a day, you should be able to get the Trees upgraded daily quite easily.
Winter Villages are now located in the following areas:
These are all symbolized with a little Star symbol and will allow players to teleport to them as they would any other fast travel. The only catch is, players must first visit a Winter Village before they are allowed to teleport.
Here, players will have access to a variety of things including the Holiday Hut, where they can craft Winter Tokens and Premium Winter Tokens for trade-ins from event content, access the Event Shop as well as being able to ransack a baggie of presents for some tier II presents.
Most notably players can combine 25 Winter Tokens these with 1 Vial of Suspended Azoth in order to get a single Premium Winter Token.
I would strongly recommend that players visit the Winter Villages daily in order to raise their chances of being able to afford all of the rewards, however, upgraded Trees will actually drop better loot than these, so it is not a requirement.
In regards to the Event Shop. Players will need to take part in the activities stated below in order to actually upgrade their reputation with The Winter Wanderer. Players should note that if they completed this Event in the past, they will not need to build Event Reputation again.
I’m not going to lie, this is incredibly easy by farming the Winter Warrior, which I will cover shortly and I did this within 40 minutes of playing the game.
The Event Shop works very similarly to your faction and players will only be able to purchase high-tier rewards if they level up the event. As it’s getting very late tonight I’m going to hold off on analyzing which loot to grab as I would like to provide you with detailed information, but a short tidbit is that there are plenty of Gear Score 600 Patterns you can purchase as well as skins for your character or even furniture for your house.
I would strongly recommend against purchasing any of the Patterns at first as within the first hour of participating in the event I got 2 of them, so I’m sure there’s a chance you can get all of the from presents. So, with that being said, save your Winter Tokens until the last few weeks of the event and then spend, spend, spend!
Of course, as always with my guides, I’ll update this as I get more information and let you know if everything can be obtained by presents or not or what seems to be more common.
GATHERING LOST PRESENTS
For those of you who like to gather in New World, don’t fret because there are a couple of tasks for you to do. The first is locating presents all around the world.
While presents don’t appear on a player’s map, they will show up in the compass at the top of the screen.
Though you may think that Presents will give you loot, they sadly don’t and instead, you can simply trade them in for Winter Tokens.
Gathering a present will also provide you with 5 Event Reputation, being a very slow, but steady way to continue getting Event Reputation while you do the daily tasks you must do in order to… well pay your bills.
In no means is gathering the stray presents a good way to get Winter Tokens, but it is something you can do anytime you see one appear to simply help make sure you get enough Tokens by the end.
LOCATING GLEAMITE CHUNKS
At night, players will have a chance to witness a meteorite fall into the world called Gleamite Chunks. I am personally uncertain whether the spawn locations are always the same, however, if you’re hanging around the world gathering at night, keep your eyes peeled.
Players should quickly notice these Gleamite Chunks falling to the ground as not only do they have a sound cue, but they will also destroy trees in the area. These Gleamite Chunks should also appear on your compass, so if you’re not playing with sound or got distracted when you heard it fall, you should be able to easily locate it once it is on the ground.
Players will need to mine these Gleamite Chunks and can do this at any level.
Players will receive 25 Event Reputation from mining a Gleamite Chunk.
THE WINTER WARRIOR
The Winter Warrior is by far the most farmable aspect of the game and quite frankly the “toughest.”
I put toughest in quotations as it’s highly going to depend on how many players are nearby when you try to defeat it and whether or not you’re skilled at dodging and avoiding damage.
The Winter Warrior can spawn in Great Cleave, Brightwood, Edengrove, Ebonscale Reach, and Brimstone Sands and at the time of writing this guide will always be available to farm.
It doesn’t seem there is a daily limitation as to how many times you can farm this big baddy, though it is a level 66 mob and it is recommended that at least 20 players are fighting it at a time.
I’m sure players can farm this guy with fewer players, though I’m going to admit, the biggest issue with the Turkey event as how long it took to burst down, which had me ignoring the event for the most part, even though I could have farmed one of the best foods in the game.
Now, in regards to the Winter Warrior, there are going to be a few things you want to know.
It will be bound in captivity at first until players head to the pillars of ice that are tethered to him. Each pillar of ice will need 4 players to stand by them to use their Azoth Staffs to release him. When all pillars are untethered from him the fight will begin, requiring players to begin wailing on him in order to receive a resource to craft Winter Tokens.
Players will receive about 150 Reputation for each kill as well as 1-5 Warrior’s Hailspikes which convert into 10 Winter Tokens.
This is by far the best way to farm Winter Tokens, as long as you have enough Suspended Azoth to craft the Premium Versions, though don’t sweat it if you have to buy some on the Market Board. Admittedly, before this event I had 200 from simply gathering in the world… but you already know I’m addicted to the game.
Let’s be honest, as both a viewer and a content creator, I love the idea of Twitch Drops. I can’t lie, I’ve met a good number of my streaming colleagues by being a member of Twitch Drops or by watching them for games I play that I don’t have access to Twitch Drops for.
Whether you’re someone who is trying to find a new community to hang out with or are someone who prefers to lurk in streams, Twitch Drops are a great way to expose yourself to new streamers and get conversations started about the game that you love.
Now, I have to admit that the Winter Convergence Festival Drop isn’t the most impressive, being that we just got a series of skins for a good chunk of weapons as well as cosmetics for your armour, but it’s still worth grabbing since you don’t need to pay or do anything for it.
Between December 6, 2022 and January 1, 2023 players will have to head to a participating Twitch stream and watch the stream for 4 hours. Viewers do not need to engage with the stream, do not have to have the volume on, do not need to follow the stream and will only need to press claim when they have watched for enough time.
Viewers can typically find those who are streaming with drops enabled by searching up the term Drops in the New World category, or more commonly a streamer’s title will incorporate “!drops” in the title. If you are still uncertain whether the stream you are currently viewing has drops enabled, you can check the drops section of twitch and it should state X% progress towards the drops.
This drop includes the Great Axe of the Great Elk weapon skin and the Gleamite Skip emote.
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