The summerfest event for 2018 starts on 12th JULY and finishes on 2nd AUGUST.
The phase 2 quests will be available from 19th JULY.
The summerfest world event in rift is a celebration of all things summery!
Of all the world events, this is probably the most time consuming and complex, but also the most fun 🙂
As with all world events, I strongly suggest running all the weekly quests on your alts to get a good stock of currency to buy all the things.
The weekly quests in summerfest are scavenger hunt style quests, going from zone to zone doing various tasks and challenges. Some of these challenges are simply running/jumping/maze type quests, others however are specific waypoints for items you need to pick up. Trying to do those particular quests during peak time hours when everyone is trying to pick up the same thing is going to be frustrating.. Remember you can switch shard (right click your char portrait and select ‘teleport to shard’) to check the same location multiple times (not available on PRIME), but if its super busy at that spot with lots of people ‘camping’ you may want to do something else for a while then come back and try again at a different time of day.
Here are the guides for HUNT 1 and HUNT 2, on the first week of summerfest only hunt 1 is available, on week 2 hunt 2 will open up, but you will still be able to collect hunt 1 for the duration of the event, so don’t worry if you miss the first week of the event.
There are also artifact pinatas to farm, much the same as the pinatas from shiny shenanigans, however the summerfest pinatas give out special summer artifacts and the reward for completing all these sets is the little shiny pet that poops out artifacts!
You can find many beautiful items in the rift store to buy with all the currency you earn.
PREPPING FOR THE BIG DAY!
You can mail these materials to any character you plan to run the scavenger hunts with ahead of time.
36 lean steak, 10 lesser crystalfish, 12 sea salt, 12 ground spices, 16 mixed vegetables and 10 dough… USE THESE to craft 12 hot dogs, 6 steak kabobs and 10 crystalfish burgers (survival) and send them to your alts– for Dendrome hunt 1
60 brisket, 30 merpho and 30 zirthan dreamleech — for Goboro hunt 1
5 normal-eyed guppy and 2 deep march eel — for Freemarch hunt 2
10 diaphanous cloth — for Goboro hunt 2
You will also find it much easier if you clear the questlogs of your alts! Each character can only hold 25 ‘normal’ quests before being unable to pick up anymore, if your questlog is full when summerfest hits then you wont be able to pick up multiple quests at a time, which will slow you down! Especially for the ‘capture them all’ quest. Try to clear your quest log down to 15/25 quests, or less if you can. you can find how many quests you are currently holding in your quest log..
There are a couple of macros that will help you during the scavenger hunts..
For the hunt quests..
target confused spirit guide
target itchy werewolf
target ironroot viper
target tulan skunk
target sticky seacap
target tainted jellies
For the 'capture them all' quest..
target Carrion Beast
target Cliffside Rhino
target Scavenging Thunderbird
target Dreg Beast
target Aurobon Stalker
target Shadewing Bat
target Sand Demon
The currency is show in your characters currency tab on the character screen
The scavenger hunts will net you 6 friendship bracelets total. On characters over level 50 you will be able to pick up the ‘capture them all’ quest which will give 1 more friendship bracelet. You also have a small chance of earning friendship bracelets with the special 4 hour summerfest minion missions and a very very very small chance of fishing up a friendship bracelet from the summer sunfish fishing nodes. (I really do not recommend farming these.. it would take less time to just create a new alt and do all the scavenger hunts again!)
Doing the scavenger hunts and ‘capture them all’ on all your alts will earn you 7 friendship bracelets total PER ALT, plus a few merit badges. This will allow you to buy a lot of the fluffy stuff from the world event store.
Merit badges can be farmed by completing the world event dailies, closing rifts, destroying footholds, farming invasions, completing zone events and anything else planar related. This should be done on your main character for ease. You can transfer merit badges to your alts by using the vendor in Tempest Bay at /setwaypoint 12977 11464
You can buy these tokens with the merit badges you have on your main and then send them in the mail to your alts. Your alt then collects them from the mail and opens them up to receive the merit badges.
Please note that there is NO way to transfer friendship bracelets.. They will have to be earned by each character by doing the scavenger hunts.
BE AWARE: Many items in the world event shop are account bound, especially all the costume items, however there are some items (mostly certain mounts) that are bind on pickup, so be careful what you buy on each character.
WHERE TO FIND THE QUESTS
In Meridian or Sanctum you can pick up the Mathosian hunt quest, the capture them all quest and all the different dailies.
You can pick up the great empyrean scavenger hunt and 2 dailies in Tempest Bay near the plaza portal
at /setwaypoint 13015 11590 – on top of the pillar! You can reach the NPC from the ground, no climbing involved.
In Margle Palace, Draumheim you can pick up the planar scavenger hunt
at /setwaypoint 5723 5625