So shiny much wow
The Shiny Shenanigans event has not run for over a year. Although it was added to the event scheduling, each time the event was expected, it did not start. As we have no devs to fix this, it is unlikely we will see another Shiny Shenanigans event anytime soon.
Pinatas can be found in every zone, there are 15 spawn points in each zone and up to 5 pinatas should be up at all times in each zone, the only exception being tyrants throne, as this is such a small zone only 3 pinatas will be up at a time.
Porting to any zone in the game and opening up your map [M] will show you where the pinatas are.
These little party balloons on the map are locations of pinatas.
When you get to the location, you will find an artifact pinata!
During busy times when everyone is farming (when the event has just started and during normal peak playtimes), you may only see 1 or 2 pinatas on the map, maybe even none! You will need to wait for them to respawn, switch shard or try a different zone.
Mentoring + Farming Pinatas + Etiquette
To destroy a pinata and RECEIVE LOOT, you must be mentored to the level of that pinata. The general rule of thumb is to be within 7 levels of the pinata.. of course most peeps will choose to be 7 level above the pinata rather than 7 levels below 🙂
So if you go to Stillmoor and want to kill level 50 pinatas there, you will want to be level 57 or below. HOWEVER – in Stillmoor, and many other zones, there will be different level pinatas, in Stillmoor for instance, the pinatas to the west will all be level 50, whereas the pinatas in the east are likely to be level 49.. killing a level 49 pinata while mentored to level 57 will NOT give you loot, you would need to mentor down again to level 56. so be aware when running across zones, check the pinatas level each time and be sure you are mentored correctly before going for the kill.
To mentor down,right click your char portrait and select ‘set ascended mentor level’.
You will then be able to choose to mentor to whatever level you want.
This will allow you to farm pinatas in any zone you want to, from Freemarch to Vostigar Peaks.
For more information on mentoring please see the mentoring guide.
Pinatas are only up for a few days at a time, they are the only way to obtain the shiny shenanigans artifacts. If you want to finish these sets and claim the shiny eyes rewards you will need to farm them hard when they are up.
Finishing the sets is dependent on the relic artifacts dropping for you. The first time this event aired, players were killing hundreds of pinatas, picking up thousands of artifacts and only having 1 or 2 relic artifacts drop. After many forum complaints, the Devs promised to revise the loot numbers and increase the rate of relics dropping.
To farm effectively, the first thing you should consider is which reward you want!
If you are only interested in purple glowing eyes then you will want to only pop pinatas when they are purple, a green pinata will work towards green eyes, blue pinatas for blue eyes etc.
This means you will need to bring the pinata to between 5% and 10% HP and then WAIT for the pinata to turn the correct colour.
Due to different lighting effects or graphics settings it can sometimes be hard to see the exact colour of the pinata, you can hover over the pinatas buff to double check before you kill
Are you in a good zone?
With many different zones to choose from, I find it is better to farm in ‘end game’ zones. Meaning the zones at the end of each expansion. These are, Shimmersand, Stillmoor and Ember Isle. Ashora, Steppes and Dendrome. Tarken Glacier, Planetouched Wilds and Tyrants Throne. These zones will generally give you the maximum DPS while mentoring.
Are you switching shard?
Once you have destroyed the artifact pinata on one shard, switch shard and there is a good chance there will be another one up in the same place, work your way up the list of shards til you are back where you started, then move to another location and repeat.
Do you have enough bag space?
You be be picking up loads of artifacts! There are 171 unique artifacts in all the sets, so if you have only 20 bag slots empty they will fill up very quickly and you will end up constantly having to clear out your bags. I found it much easier to use an alt for the farm, stocking up all the artifacts in their bags and then shipping them off to my main every few hours (or just when I happen to have found an epic/relic).
Picking up artifacts..
Firstly, ensure that you have killed all the mobs in the area before you kill your pinata. A lot of pinatas are in out of the way locations with no mobs, but some have mobs right next to them! If you agro these mobs while picking up artifacts it will interrupt you and you wont be able to pick up any more, so kill the mobs first!
Secondly, position yourself a small distance away from the pinata to hopefully plant yourself in easy reach of at least 3 artifacts when they spawn. After destroying a few pinatas you will soon get used to the correct distance.
When farming in a group..
For 2 players, stand at opposite sides of the pinata so you don’t end up trying to pick up the same artifacts, groups of 3 should form a triangle around the pinata, groups of 4 a square.
The Shiny Shenanigans event is very short and you will be unlikely to finish all the sets (or even one set!) during a single event. The event runs multiple times a year (3/4ish) so you will eventually be able to finish all the sets. It will be the epic and relic artifacts that hold you back from completing sets, be sure to look out for them on the Auction House and maybe keep a few duplicates for trading with other players.
As an example, during October 2020, the event was up for 3 days, Friday to Sunday, I popped 299 pinatas, picking up 1320 artifacts and of these, I looted 3 relics and 3 epics.
Artifact Sets and Rewards
You can see all the artifacts and rewards in your character screen.
Open up your char screen and select artifacts in the left menu.
Type ‘shiny shen’ in the search bar.
Ensure the drop down menu in the top right is selected to ‘all’ then click search.
There are 7 artifact sets available to collect.
Reward: Poison/Green Artifact Eyes
26 artifacts in set including..
To make these artifacts drop, pop the pinata when it is green.
Reward: Twisted/Red Artifact Eyes
26 artifacts in set including..
To make these artifacts drop, pop the pinata when it is red.
Reward: Unstable/Blue Artifact Eyes
32 artifacts in set including..
To make these artifacts drop, pop the pinata when it is blue.
Reward: Burning/Orange Artifact Eyes
30 artifacts in set including..
To make these artifacts drop, pop the pinata when it is orange.
Reward: Normal/White Artifact Eyes
32 artifacts in set including..
To make these artifacts drop, pop the pinata when it is white.
Reward: Nightmare/Purple Artifact Eyes
25 artifacts in set including..
To make these artifacts drop, pop the pinata when it is purple.