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Anniversary Party (18th)

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The Coin Lords are putting on an anniversary party to mark the founding of Stormreach in 802 YK - but a group of fractious Kobolds are threatening to disrupt the celebrations.

Anniversary Party
Level Range: 1-37
Duration: Quest-like, no time limit
Base XP Range: 240 XP per level (8,400 XP at level 35)
Takes place in: The Anniversary Party
Challenge entrance(s) in: House Phiarlan
Patron: None
Free to Play: Yes
Group Difficulty: Easy
Solo Difficulty: Easy
5 Star Difficulty: Easy
Anniversary Party map
Loading screen

Overview

This is a quest-like challenge based on the 10th Anniversary Party for the 18th Anniversary. The event started on 29th February 2024 and lasted through 19th March 2024 (originally scheduled to end one week earlier).


Spoiler Warning: Spoiler material below this point!


Star Objectives

Note: You must complete all non-optional star objectives to receive experience & rewards from this Challenge.

Known Traps

  • Bear traps scattered through the Chapterhouse run
  • A trap with a Control panel in the theater by the inactive switch and wheel (artefact leftover from the original Partycrashers quest, so it can be ignored)

Tips and Misc

  • As per general challenge rules, a party should be formed of players within 3 levels of each other to prevent XP/challenge ingredient reward penalties
  • Entrance to the Chapterhouse is directly behind Harbormaster Zin, but only appears after you talk to him. To find Zin, go left and left again after leaving the entry foyer.
  • For expediency, party can split up:
    • One or two players zerg through the Chapterhouse (either by killing everything and avoiding bear traps along the way, or by stealth using invisibility; however, this latter method sometimes fails, especially around/above the skeletons under the Stage area.) Note that there are also some levers that need to be pulled along the way to open gates, so some combat will likely be necessary.
      • There are 2 levers and a gate that need to be opened (which will break normal invisibility).
      • Many of the mobs can be outrun, especially when you change levels, but keep an eye on dungeon alert.
        • Kobold Casters do not seem to pursue at all. They will hit you with some nasty spells if you stay in range for too long though.
      • Under the stage, you only need to jump down and go left, grab the Silver Key (opens the final gate) and then jump back on the ladder without fighting the mobs under the stage.
      • Recommend ignoring the chests in the Chapterhouse as they only seemed to contain vendor trash and become ransacked anyway. Many,many pulls from the End Chest only yielded vendor trash, so that is optional as well.
    • Meanwhile, the other players tackle the Devs:
      • +Severlin with his comrade +Torc (a rust monster) are located upstairs in the Art Gallery. It is not necessary to defeat +Torc or the undead skeleton minions; you only need to defeat +Severlin for the objective.
        • Step into the room with +Severlin until he activates and then pull back around a corner before +Torc detects you.
        • You can then slay +Severlin and leave the room if you wish.
        • New NPC +Convallaria is also in this room this year, with some encoded messages in her dialogue options:
          • "I don't have any super important information to give you, but maybe keep an eye out in the future for more of these elsewhere." encoded in a Vigenère cypher with the key LILY (Convallaria is the Latin genus of the flower Lily of the Valley. The text "KEYISLILY" was also hidden in Bacon's cipher in Convallaria's original dialogue, although ironically this took the longest of any of the codes to work out!)
          • "I hope you're enjoying our game!" in a Caesar shift.
          • "Here's an easy one for you! The others aren't as simple." in Morse code.
          • "Enjoy the dungeon" in tap code.
      • +Cordovan is located in the Side Hall. He's made some... questionable... choices of friends this year – his backup consists of a Nothic and an orange-named Illithid (multiple of both on higher levels), while a Time Distortion from Stolen Power careens around the room dealing Force damage.
        • Don't get caught in the time distortion – the damage can be significant. And it moves very rapidly and randomly.
        • You can easily pull +Cordovan back into the entry foyer and avoid damage from the Time Distortion, but take out the Illithids/Mind Flayers first.
      • +Steelstar is in the Library Archives. He's clearly decided his Fey Hunt Hound is pulling more weight than String Table Error, as he's kept it around for a second year. The hound is a boss in its own right, and defeating it will award an extra point, which is worth extra Party Favors when the quest is completed.
        • +SteelStar selects a random hound from a list of six each time. Beware the Brilliant Hound, which greatly increases the damage of his electric spells, and the Kinetic Hound, which deals more damage than the other hounds. Warforged characters should also approach the Decay Hound with caution.
        • This year, at half health, +Steelstar disappears to check... something. He'll then nip off for a coffee break when you reduce him to 5% HP, teleporting randomly to somewhere else within the room and healing to full.
      • +Tonquin (the Dev formerly known as +Lichabel) can be found randomly in any of the upper level Private Rooms (upper west side); make sure you have Deathward on before tackling +Tonquin.
        • +Tonquin will cast Wail of the Banshee on higher levels.
        • +FlimsyFirewood, an orange-named Scarecrow, will also be found in one of the rooms. Once more, only +Tonquin needs to be killed, not +FlimsyFirewood or any of his undead minions.
        • As per the Partycrashers quest, the toilet paper rolls in the restrooms function as shrines (so you do not need to worry about wiping).
        • Alternately, it is possible to get back up the hall and off the walkway dropping down to the shrine by the entrance to the Chapterhouse if you happen to die closer to the Private Areas entrance.
  • The Anniversary Party is a great source for collectables (primarily Lore, Arcane, and Herb); the tier of collectables you get from certain nodes in this challenge scale depending on the CR.
  • After confronting Jeets in the throne room (at the end of the Chapterhouse path), one player needs to request the assistance of Malicia to advance. The +Knockback door on the upper level of the gala room becomes active as a shortcut back to the throne room. Malicia will be there next to Jeets to send you into his demented mind to confront the Dark Overlord.
    • Make sure to kill all of the Devs before heading into his mind for full rewards!
  • Speak to Jeets in the final battle to initiate combat. If you're not interested in the end chest (purely random loot), you can avoid fighting the Animated Objects and Quori he summons by pulling towards the north wall and recalling after completing the challenge. (This will also make the battle easier if you are after the end chest - note that the monsters will still spawn when you run to the chest after completion.)
  • Cameo appearances by others +people as NPC Party Guests:
+MacNCheese • +Siq • +Artemist • +Cocomajobo • +Eldorudo • +Fants • +Freeshrugs • +Kintani • +Kookie • +Lord of Fire • +Lômizir • +No Worries • +NohBob • +Redpanda

Rewards

This quest offers special Anniversary rewards, Party Favors. Here's a List of rewards for turning in Party Favors to Tolero.

This year, the quest offers a base maximum of 7 Party Favors for a 5-star completion, as +SteelStar's Hound companion awards an extra point if killed. (Bug: If run at level 36 or 37, the challenge is currently only providing favors as if run on level 35.)

Anniversary Party CR Relative to the highest level party member:

  • At-level: 7 Party Favors
  • +1 (or +2) levels above: 10 Party Favors
  • +3 (or +4) levels above: 11 Party Favors
  • +5 (or more) levels above: 13 Favors (the maximum)

Running the quest at a CR below the level of the highest level member will result in fewer Favors, but as this is an intentionally "easy" quest, that is not recommended, except perhaps solo.

During bonus weekends, the bonus is rounded down. So, running at 5 levels above during a +30% bonus gains {13 + 3.9} = {13 + 3} = 16 favors.

Aside from Collectables and drop-loot Minimum Level, there is no reason to run the quest at +2, +4, or more than +5 above the level of the highest level character in the group, as no additional Party Favors will be awarded. However, you can earn a very nice first-time XP award for a 5 star run, so it is recommended that your first run of the Anniversary Party challenge should be at the highest CR that you can manage within your group. At epic, level 20 characters can get full experience with level 30 characters in group without overleveling penalty, and will award ~120k XP at CR35 for a 5-star run (only with the first-time bonus though).

Loot

  • Chests: 5 (Like in all challenges, base chest level is capped at 25.)
    • 1 locked within the Display Hall.
    • 1 in Theater, right side of Stage
    • 1 after the end-fight.
    • 2 chests placed randomly, in the Theater and Display Hall.
  • Collectables: 20
    • Bookshelf in the Side Hall, to the left (north) as you enter.
    • Adventurer's Pack in the Side Hall (southeast corner) slightly obscured by the lava floor
    • Cabinet in the Art Gallery, at the end of the interior wall.
    • 3 (sometimes 2 or 4) Flowering Plants placed around the upper level.
    • Private Rooms:
      • A Flowering Plant in the hall by NohBob (NPC).
      • Reagent's Cabinet & Adventurer's Pack in the northeast room (first room on the right).
      • Bookshelf in the north-central room (second room on the right).
      • Cabinet & Adventurer's Pack (on the bed) in the northwest room (third room on the right).
      • Alchemy Table & Bookshelf in the southeast room (first room on the left).
    • Reagent's Cabinet on the upper level of the Display Hall, to the west.
    • Rubble in the stage pit in the Theater.
  • Ingredient reward: 2–7 Party Favor (up to +50% when running overlevel – maximum 13)
    • You must kill all* the Devs, and +SteelStar's Fey Hunt Hound, to get the maximum ingredient reward.

Monsters

Name ( picture ) CR Type Race
+Alkaid( view
+Alkaid.jpg
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Challenge Level + 1 Animal Sea Lion
+Cordovan( view
+Cordovan.png
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Challenge Level + 3 Elf Drow Elf
+Dr. Octothorp( view
+Dr Octothorp.jpg
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Challenge Level Undead Skeleton
+Dural( view
+Dural.jpg
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Challenge Level Undead Skeleton
+Eladrin( view
+Eladrin.jpg
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Challenge Level Undead Skeleton
+Enosity( view
+Enosity.jpg
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Challenge Level Undead Skeleton
+Flimsy Firewood (construct)( view
+Flimsy Firewood 2019.jpg
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Challenge Level + 2 Construct Golem
+Gaialiten( view
+Gaialiten.jpg
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Challenge Level Undead Skeleton
+Glin( view
+Glin.png
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Challenge Level Undead Skeleton
+Keeper( view
+Keeper.jpg
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Challenge Level Undead Wraith
+MadFloyd( view
+MadFloyd.jpg
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Challenge Level Undead Skeleton
+Major Mal( view
+Major Mal.jpg
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Challenge Level Undead Skeleton
+Niac( view
+Niac.jpg
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Challenge Level Undead Wraith
+No Dice( view
+No Dice.jpg
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Challenge Level Undead Skeleton
+Purplefooz( view
+Purplefooz.jpg
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Challenge Level Undead Skeleton
+Rowan( view
+Rowan.jpg
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Challenge Level Undead Skeleton
+Severlin( view
+Severlin.png
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Challenge Level + 3 Humanoid Human
+Silorien( view
+Silorien.jpg
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Challenge Level Undead Skeleton
+SteelStar( view
+Steelstar.png
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Challenge Level + 3 Living Construct Warforged
+The Rocking Dead( view
+The Rocking Dead.jpg
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Challenge Level Undead Skeleton
+Tonquin( view
+Tonquin.png
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Challenge Level + 3 Undead Lich
+Torc (rust monster)( view
+Torc.jpg
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Challenge Level + 2 Aberration Rust Monster
+Vyvyanne( view
+Vyvyanne.jpg
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Challenge Level Undead Skeleton
+Zyrca( view
+Zyrca.jpg
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Challenge Level Undead Skeleton
Bad Thoughts( view
Bad Thoughts.jpg
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Challenge Level Evil Outsider Quori
Dusty Skeleton( view
Dusty Skeleton.jpg
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Challenge Level Undead Skeleton
Forgotten Wraith( view
Forgotten Wraith.jpg
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Challenge Level + 1 Undead Wraith
Fractious Kobold Shaman( view
Fractious Kobold Shaman.jpg
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Challenge Level Reptilian Kobold
Fractious Kobold Slinger( view
Fractious Kobold Slinger.jpg
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Challenge Level Reptilian Kobold
Fractious Kobold( view
Fractious Kobold.jpg
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Challenge Level Reptilian Kobold
Fractious Ogre( view
Fractious Ogre.jpg
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Challenge Level + 1 Giant Ogre
Illithid( view
Illithid.jpg
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Challenge Level + 2 Aberration Mind Flayer
Kobold's Pet Rat( view
Kobold's Pet Rat.png
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Challenge Level Animal Rat
Nothic( view
Nothic.png
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Challenge Level Aberration Nothic
Steel's Brilliant Hunt Hound( view
Steel's Brilliant Hunt Hound.png
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Challenge Level + 3 Magical Beast Wolf
Steel's Caustic Hunt Hound( view
Steel's Caustic Hunt Hound.png
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Challenge Level + 3 Magical Beast Wolf
Steel's Decay Hunt Hound( view
Steel's Decay Hunt Hound.png
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Challenge Level + 3 Magical Beast Wolf
Steel's Fire Hunt Hound( view
Steel's Fire Hunt Hound.png
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Challenge Level + 3 Magical Beast Wolf
Steel's Frost Hunt Hound( view
Steel's Frost Hunt Hound.png
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Challenge Level + 3 Magical Beast Wolf
Steel's Kinetic Hunt Hound( view
Steel's Kinetic Hunt Hound.png
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Challenge Level + 3 Magical Beast Wolf
The Bad Stuff( view
The Bad Stuff.jpg
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Challenge Level Construct Animated Object
The Dark Overlord( view
The Dark Overlord.png
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Challenge Level + 5 Halfling Halfling