In Rift, things are warming up for the latest in-game event, the Carnival of the Ascended, the celebration of the first anniversary of Rift.
That empty corner in Meridian is filling up again.
They are apparently setting up just the sort of games you expect from a carnival.
And as a warm up to the whole thing, the kick-off is to run out and find dragon pinatas. (And yes, I know in Spanish it is spelled “piñata.” Trion didn’t feel the need to spell it that way in the English client, and we are talking about their pinatas.)
This has got to be one of those little MMO jokes, since one of the derogatory terms for NPCs in MMOs is “loot pinatas.” They exist solely to be beat on until they dispense prizes.
Still, I am game to get involved with Trion’s little joke. So I set out to find some pinatas. I went to Scarlet Gorge where I immediately spotted one, because they appear on the map with a special little balloon icon.
I ran out, found the little guy, and started beating on it.
And I beat on it, and cast, and beat on it some more. But it did not seem to be losing very much health, so I moused over its health bar to see what I was up against.
32,505 hit points for a level 27 pinata.
Now, for comparison, Hillmar, a level 27 blueberry cleric, has 1820 hit points and his best spell hits for about 200. He is a healer, but still.
So 32K hit points might take a while.
Fortunately, there is also a debuff on the pinatas.
But it takes a while for that debuff to build up, and it doesn’t start until you commence a whackin’ on the thing, so Hillmar had to spend a while beating on various pinatas before they started to actually lose significant hit points.
Still, a little patience and I was able to bring down the pinata.
The basic reward is glass beads, which will be the vendor currency for the Carnival of the Ascended, once it gets going.
But the pinatas also appear to drop cosmetic items from past world events. Hillmar ended up with several clothing items, three pets, and an effect that can be applied to weapons that makes them glow purple.
So I have a start on glass beads at least, and at least a few items I like. I’m not sure I really needed… or wanted… the Fae Yule stuff. And now I can say I have hunted literal loot pinatas.