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Krinadon
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Posted: 12/22/2022 at 12:41 PM Post #1
Here is the official announcement thread for the Winter Festival of 2022!

Festival Begins: Thursday, December 22nd at 12:00 PM
Forum Games End: Sunday, January 22nd at 11:59 PM
Festival Soft Close*: Sunday, January 22nd at 11:59 PM
Festival Full Close: Sunday, January 29th at 11:59 PM

* = The Howling Pass, Snow Wars, Daily Task Log will Close at this time

Festival Bulletin Board

The Winter Festival is when Sylestians take time to give and share with their friends and family. It is an especially celebrated time of the year because it marks the yearly return of the Griffis! Over the next few weeks, you can participate in many various activities to obtain unique rewards, to find unique pets, and to, most importantly, have a lot of fun!

Happy Holidays from Sylestia!




Diamond Sale, Double XP Event, and Themed Bonus Event
https://www.sylestia.com/shops/diamondshop/

Start Time: Thursday, December 22nd at 12:00 PM
End Time: Sunday, January 8th at 11:59 PM


For the entire duration of the Diamond Sale, there will be a Double XP Event and all Wild Themed within the Lost Grove will have a doubled base rate of being encountered!

For the Themed Encounter Rate Bonus, it is a doubled increase chance on the base rate. This means that this will stack with the Perfume Bonus!


Stable Purchase: 400 (20% Discount)

Diamonds: Receive 20% Extra Base Per Purchase!

[Exceptional Genetic Test Kit]: 1,000 (33% Discount)
[Exceptional Genetic Scanner]: 1,000 (33% Discount)
[Exceptional Infertility Kit]: 1,000 (33% Discount)
[Masterful Snare Trap]: 300 (40% Discount)

[Perfume of Themed Attraction]: 100 (Limited Item - 33% Discount)
[Philter of Trait Disruption (Themed)]: 200 (33% Discount)
[Philter of Expedient Learning]: 200 (33% Discount)
[Greater Genetic Mutator]: 160 (20% Discount)
[Greater Pet Dye]: 120 (20% Discount)
[Philter of Infertility]: 80 (20% Discount)
[Magical Pie]: 80 (20% Discount)
[Philter of Gender Swapping]: 80 (20% Discount)
[Prismatic Philter]: 60 (25% Discount)

[Divine Griffi Essence]: 1,000 (50% Discount)
[Mystical Griffi Essence]: 500 (50% Discount)

[Winter Festival Mega-Bundle]: 10,000 (Limited Item - Limit 1 Per Player)
[Winter Festival Fun-dle]: 3,900 (Limited Item - Limit 1 Per Player)
[Majestic Frost Essence]: 1,200 (Limited Item)
[Fabled Frost Essence]: 800 (Limited Item)
[Regular Frost Essence]: 400 (Limited Item)
[Fabled Frost Essence (Aged)]: 400 (Limited Item)
[Regular Frost Essence (Aged)]: 100 (Limited Item)
[Premium Ice Water]: 60 (Limited Item)
[Expedient Sculpting Agent]: 500 (Limited Item)
[Box of Ice Sculpting Supplies]: 600 (Limited Item)
[Box of Ice Sculpting Agents]: 300 (Limited Item)
[Retired Avatar Item (Winter)]: 100 (Limited Item)
[Snow Wars Booster Pack]: 150 (Limited Item)
[Handful of Snow Wars Tokens]: 100 (Limited Item)




Themed Pet List
https://www.sylestia.com/festival/festival_winter/themed_list/

Visit the page above to see all of the available Themed Pets from this year's Winter Festival!




Login Rewards
https://www.sylestia.com/festival/login_rewards/

Throughout the duration of the Festival, players can visit here every day to claim a free reward! After claiming a day's reward, players must wait until 12:00 AM daily to claim the next day's reward regardless of when they claimed today's reward.

Players also have the option of unlocking the Premium Login Rewards for a one-time fee. Once purchased, players can claim additional, more premium, rewards with each day's claim! Additionally, each day's rewards will be unlocked automatically for you, even if you missed a day! However, you will still have to visit the page to manually claim them. If you do not unlock the Premium Login Rewards, you will have to manually unlock and claim your rewards for each day.

There are lots of awesome rewards available. Be sure to check them out and claim them all!




The Howling Pass, Festival Zone
https://www.sylestia.com/explore/newzone/?zone=thehowlingpass
This zone is recommended for players using pets of Level 10 and above!

The above will take you to The Howling Pass, which is the Festival Zone for the Winter Festival. Please note, if you are exploring another zone in Astryl's Vale, you will have to exit the zone first. If you are in a battle, you will have to finish your battle first.

The zone is currently host to 34 Wild Themed Sylesties (17 of which are new this year), 12 different Named, Wrapped Presents, Sylesti Nests, and hidden Treasure Chests! The Howling Pass is located in the snowy plains north of the Umbra Forest region and home to many mysteries!

Many items can be collected from The Howling Pass, including 240 exclusive Avatar Items, Frost Essences, Ice Sculpting Supplies, Snow Wars Items, and Frost Tokens!




Sylesti Ice Sculpting
https://www.sylestia.com/festival/festival_winter/sylesti_sculpting/

There are a total of 49 unique Themed Pets available from Sylesti Ice Sculpting. There are 5 Restricted Trait Majestic Themes, 16 Fabled Themes, and 28 Regular Themes.

All players will start out with 3 Free Pallets to use. You can always purchase additional one-time use Pallets for Diamonds, Gold, or Frost Tokens! To begin sculpting, just click on your Pallet and purchase an Ice Block. After that, you will need to infuse a Frost Essence with your Ice Block, which will determine which Themed Pet that the Ice Sculpture will produce when completed. You can find Frost Essences by participating in almost any of the Winter Festival's features or by purchasing them directly from the Festival Shop or the Diamond Shop.

Please note, some Frost Essences are marked with "Aged". This means that is was a Themed that was available from the previous year.

Once you have your Ice Sculpture started, you will need to watch over it and keep it in good condition. Occasionally, the Ice Sculpture will decline in condition and you will have to use an Ice Sculpting Agent to repair it. Doing so will decrease the amount of time that the Ice Sculpture take to complete.

There are also Quality and Bonus measurements. Preventing your Ice Sculpture from having lingering Conditions and continuing to counteract Conditions will improve its Quality. If you keep your Ice Sculpture at Perfect Quality, it will receive a Bonus every hour. If an Ice Sculpture has certain amounts of Bonuses by the time it is completed, it will receive up to two special bonuses to the resulting Themed Pet! This may be a tad confusing, so I will try to break it down further.

There are four different tiers of Quality:

Normal: Slowest rate of Hourly Progress and Agent Progress towards completion. No Hourly Bonus. No Agent Bonus.
Good: Double rate of Hourly Progress towards completion. Slowest rate of Agent Progress towards completion. No Hourly Bonus. No Agent Bonus.
Great: Triple rate of Hourly Progress towards completion. Double rate of Agent Progress towards completion. No Hourly Bonus. Single Agent Bonus.
Perfect: Quadruple rate of Hourly Progress towards completion. Double rate of Agent Progress towards completion. Double Hourly Bonus. Single Agent Bonus.


Using an Expedient Sculpting Agent on an Ice Sculpture will increase all Hourly and Agent Progress and Bonuses by 300% until the Ice Sculpture is completed.

If a Condition is ignored for too long, then every Hour an Ice Sculpture's Quality will decrease by one tier until settling back at Normal.

Each Ice Sculpture can unlock two Bonuses. This can easily be tracked in the list of information for each Ice Sculpture. For any Ice Sculpture, the first Bonus is an additional boost to the resulting Themed Pet's Statistics; equal to two additional Ranks of using Frosty Fairy Dust. For Majestic Frost Essences, the second Bonus is an additional two Ranks boosted to Statistics. However, for all other Frost Essences, the second Bonus is an additional Carried Trait to an empty slot.

Furthermore, you can also use Ice Sculpting Additives to alter characteristics about your Themed Pet!

Exceptional Ice Water: The completed Ice Sculpture will be a 3-Visible Pet (2-Visible if Majestic).
Greater Ice Water: The completed Ice Sculpture will be a 2-Visible Pet (1-Visible if Majestic).
Lesser Ice Water: The completed Ice Sculpture will be a 1-Visible Pet (2-Carry if Majestic).

Expedient Sculpting Agent: Removes the waiting period between incurred conditions. This allows repeated application of Ice Sculpting Agents until the Ice Sculpture is complete. Additionally, triples both the passive growth and the Ice Sculpting Agent growth until completed, as well as Bonus gained if in Perfect Quality. These can only be used once that specific Themed Pet has already been created once by anyone on the Site.
Frosty Fairy Dust: Boosts the Base Stats of a Pet by 100 Health and 5 Str, Int, Dex, and Agi. Can be used four times. Requires 2 per use.
Frosty Jewel: Allows you to guarantee a Visible Trait in a specific eligible slot. Requires 2 per use.
Super Chilled Ice: Guarantees that a Visible Trait will have a hidden Carried Trait. Requires 2 per use.
Blue Frosty Coating: Guarantees that the Pet will be a Male. Requires 6 per use.
Pink Frosty Coating: Guarantees that the Pet will be a Female. Requires 6 per use.


Lastly, there are a handful of unique Titles available from Ice Sculpting!

Premier Ice Carver: Awarded to the first player who collects the very first Pet from Ice Sculpting.
Majestic Ice Carver: Finish a Majestic Ice Sculpture.
Fabled Ice Carver: Finish all Fabled Ice Sculptures.
Ice Carver: Finish all Regular Ice Sculptures.
Frosty Grandmaster / Frosty Grandmistress: Complete the Ice Sculpting '25 Sculptures' Task.
The Perfectionist: Finish an Ice Sculpture with 2 Bonuses.
Frosty Hands: Use Ice Sculpting Agents on other players' Ice Sculptures 25 times.




Frost Essence Exchange
https://www.sylestia.com/festival/festival_winter/essence_exchange/

This feature allows you to exchange unwanted Frost Essences for specific Frost Essences you are wanting.

You can directly exchange Melted Frost Essences for higher quality Melted Frost Essences or specific Frost Essences. You can receive Melted Frost Essences by melting down unwanted Frost Essences from Sylesti Ice Sculpting.

You can first obtain Frost Essences from the various Winter Festival features, the Festival Shop, and the Diamond Shop. Both Frost Essences and Melted Frost Essences can also be obtained directly from other players.




Winter Wonderland
https://www.sylestia.com/festival/festival_winter/winter_wonderland/

Note: I know that, after the release of the Fall Festival's Haunted House, I had said that these features would be sidelined for the indefinite future. I do have plans to overhaul them with a new spin, however, I simply had no available time to do so. Since I needed features to put some of this Festival's items, the Winter Wonderland has returned again. Outside of a few minor changes just to update it, nothing was changed relative to its 2021 version.

In order to access the Winter Wonderland, you must purchase an entry with either 300 Diamonds, 600,000 Gold, or 1,200 Frost Tokens. If using Frost Tokens, be sure to consume them from your Inventory first to add them onto your account.

There are 3 Stages to the Winter Wonderland: the Majestic Snowfield, the Frozen Lake, and the Christmas Tree. You begin in the Majestic Snowfield with 8 Shovels and must dig from the available spots to find either buried treasure or the Wonderland Wand. Finding the Wonderland Wand allows you to advance to the next Stage, the Frozen Lake.

In the second Stage, you get 6 Fishing Poles and again must cast for hidden treasure or the Wonderland Wand. Finding the Wonderland Wand again will allow you to enter the third and final Stage, the Christmas Tree.

In the final Stage, you get 4 Scissors to cut open presents before the game ends and you can play again.

For each Stage that you advance to, the available prizes get better and better.

As you play, you will notice various tiles in all Stages covered with different Objects. Objects can be removed by consuming one of your Tools for that Stage and often hide the more rare prizes underneath!

Additionally, if you run out of Tools on a Stage, you can opt to purchase more Tools for Diamonds. However, you can only do this once per Stage.

You will also sometimes find the Genie's Lamp! The Genie's Lamp is a special item that allows you to summon a Genie and be granted one of three available wishes. The Genie's Lamp also carries over from one game to the next until it is used, meaning you do not have to use it during the game that you found it! You can wait to use it at anytime! However, once used, it will be consumed until you find it again.

The available wishes will change depending on the current situation, but are grouped into 3 basic functions:

Remove All Objects
Grant the Wonderland Wand
Grant Additional Tools


For all available prizes from the Winter Wonderland, please refer to the bottom of the Winter Wonderland page where all prizes are listed. While in a specific stage, the prize list will automatically update to show all available prizes from that stage.

There are a total of 20 exclusive Avatar Items available from Winter Wonderland. They include the following items:

-Gelidan Monarch's Set (Re-Colorable)
-Gelidan Monarch's Set (Frostfall)





Snow Wars
https://www.sylestia.com/festival/festival_winter/snow_wars/

For an entire guide on How to Play Snow Wars, please refer to the Snow Wars page and click the 'How to Play' button. The guide pretty much covers all aspects of the game.

Snow Wars is back again!

The basic premise is that you start a match, either against another Player or against the AI (computer). Difficulty of the matches are controlled by your personal Ratings, which will change as you win and lose your matches.

The game is somewhat of a dressed up version of Checkers or Chess. Your goal is to select your pieces, place them onto the board, and take turns with your opponent attempting to either destroy their Fort or their Units before they do the same to you.

Win or lose, you will always earn rewards for having played. If you win, the rewards will be slightly better. Additionally, as the challenge of the match increases, you will win a larger amount of rewards per game.

Playing a match of Snow Wars costs nothing but a Snow Wars Token. All players start with 5 Snow Wars Tokens and one replenishes every 30 minutes, indefinitely. However, you can never have more than 5 of these. Additionally, you can unlock Bonus Snow Wars Tokens which you can add and they do not expire. The bonus tokens function the exact same as the regular tokens, however, they are only used when you are out of the regular tokens. They basically just allow you to play more matches than once every 30 minutes.

Available prizes from Snow Wars include the exclusive Glacial Aurora Kelpari, Retired Avatar Item Boxes, Frost Essences, Ice Sculpting Supplies, Snow Wars Items, and Frost Tokens!

There are a total of 0 exclusive Avatar Items available from Winter Wonderland. They include the following items:

-COMING SOON - NOT IN GAME YET

There are also Leaderboard Rankings for Player Rating and AI Rating and those who place on these Leaderboards will receive various prizes and Titles. Please check the Leaderboard on the Snow Wars page for more information.

Lastly, the following Titles are available from Snow Wars:

Snow Wars Mastermind: Win a match against a Tier 6 AI Opponent.
The Tactician: Win a match against a Tier 3 AI Opponent or higher without losing a single Unit.
Snow Wars Combatant: Win a ranked match against another Player.

Snow Wars Champion: Place 1st on a Snow Wars Leaderboard.
Snow Wars Veteran: Place 4th or higher on a Snow Wars Leaderboard.
Snow Wars Challenger: Place 10th or higher on a Snow Wars Leaderboard.




Task Log
https://www.sylestia.com/festival/festival_winter/task_log/

The Festival Task Log is back and is full of 40+ Tasks for all sorts of things during the Festival. How this works is just simply complete whatever is required of the Task and credit will automatically be tallied into your Task Log. Once you have completed the Task the required amount of times, you will receive whatever the reward for the Task is. It's that simple!

There are both Daily Tasks, which reset every day at midnight, and Festival Tasks, which can only be completed once per Festival.




Leaderboard Contests
https://www.sylestia.com/festival/festival_winter/sylesti_contests/

Throughout the duration of the Festival, there will be a total of 132 Contests running! There are 2 types of Contests: Enemies Defeated and Pets Nurtured. The 1st Place winner of each Contest will receive a 3-Visible Ice Sculpting Pet of that Species. The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Place finishers of each Contest will receive a 2-Visible Ice Sculpting Pet of that Species. All top 15 winners will receive a Leaderboard Reward Pouch which can contain some of the Festival's best items!

Enemies Defeated: In order to earn points for this Contest, you must defeat enemies inside the Festival Zone with pets of that Species. Having multiple Pets of the same Species counts as multiple points. Additionally, having various Pets in your Party counts for each of their respective Contests.

Pets Nurtured: In order to earn points for this Contest, you must nurture Pets of that Species. There are no other restrictions.

Lastly, all players can earn [Contest Reward Pouches] by earning so many points per Contest. There is no limit to the amount of pouches a player can earn. So the more you participate, the more that you'll receive! Reward pouches can contain various festival rewards.

Contest Schedule:
Enemies Defeated Contest #1: December 26th at 12 PM - December 30th at 11:59 PM
Enemies Defeated Contest #2: January 4th at 9 AM - January 8th at 11:59 PM
Enemies Defeated Contest #3: January 13th at 3 PM - January 17th at 11:59 PM

Pets Nurtured Contest #1: December 26th at 12 PM - December 30th at 11:59 PM
Pets Nurtured Contest #2: January 4th at 9 AM - January 8th at 11:59 PM
Pets Nurtured Contest #3: January 13th at 3 PM - January 17th at 11:59 PM




Festival Shop
https://www.sylestia.com/shops/holidayshop/

There are over 0 Avatar Items available from this year's Festival Shop. COMING SOON - NOT IN GAME YET.

In total, there are 188 *NEW* Avatar Items available from this year's Winter Festival, not including the items available from the Retired Avatar Item Box, which can be purchased from the Festival Shop and the Diamond Shop, or be obtained by participating in various Festival activities.

So be sure to participate so that you don't miss out!


Forum Games
https://www.sylestia.com/forums/?forum=24#forumtop

Throughout the Festival, we will be hosting many various Forum Games. Visit the link above and look for any stickied thread that begins with "2022 Winter Festival".

Don't miss out! Participating in many of the games will guarantee you a prize. Others offer such great prizes for winning that you won't want to miss out!
Krinadon
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Posted: 12/23/2022 at 4:15 PM Post #2
Hello, all! We hope everyone has a fantastic holiday weekend!

We have put in our third and final new Avatar Item set: Casual Winter Set. It can be obtained from the following locations:

Snow Wars
Casual Winter (Re-Colorable)
Casual Winter (Nutcracker)
Casual Winter (Snowman)
Casual Winter (Velvet)
Casual Winter (Winter Cold)


Festival Shop
Casual Winter (Re-Colorable)
Casual Winter (Bountiful)
Casual Winter (Festive)
Casual Winter (Dusky Sunrise)
Casual Winter (Firewood)



For the Snow Wars items, Ranked Games offer the best chances at the Legendary and Epic items. Winning a game and friendly matches offers the second best chances for Legendary/Epic items, and losing a game offers the worst.

Good luck! Happy holidays, safe travels, and be merry. ^_^
GoldGryphon
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Posted: 12/24/2022 at 6:44 AM Post #3
Hi Krin, thanks so much for another fun festival! My favorites (Griffi's fest!)!

I have a question, did the drop rate for frost essences change? I have done 5 zone runs (4 of which were named runs). And have not picked up a single mystery essence. The ones I have gotten (so far) are from daily tasks, trade broker, calendar, and Wonderland. Or am I just having horrible luck?
Shadowmoonwolves
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Posted: 12/29/2022 at 8:33 PM Post #4
Have the participation awards for the winter theme submissions been distributed yet?
Krinadon
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Posted: 12/30/2022 at 10:32 AM Post #5
Link: https://www.sylestia.com/forums/?thread=104864&page=1#3
Author: GoldGryphon
Time Posted: 12/24/2022 at 6:44 AM
Hi Krin, thanks so much for another fun festival! My favorites (Griffi's fest!)!

I have a question, did the drop rate for frost essences change? I have done 5 zone runs (4 of which were named runs). And have not picked up a single mystery essence. The ones I have gotten (so far) are from daily tasks, trade broker, calendar, and Wonderland. Or am I just having horrible luck?


The drops for the Festival Zone were slightly adjusted to be in line with all of the other major Festivals this year. Outside of that adjustment though, other drop rates were not altered. The adjustment shouldn't account for that significant of a change. As always, I keep an eye on everything and make additional adjustments as needed. The loot dynamic is always changing based on active population, what people are mainly doing, new features added or existing features changing, etc. So drop rates and such are always moving around for xyz reason.
Krinadon
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Posted: 12/30/2022 at 10:32 AM Post #6
Link: https://www.sylestia.com/forums/?thread=104864&page=1#4
Author: Shadowmoonwolves
Time Posted: 12/29/2022 at 8:33 PM
Have the participation awards for the winter theme submissions been distributed yet?


They have not yet been handed out, no.
Krinadon
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Posted: 12/30/2022 at 3:15 PM Post #7
We have added a handful of new Pet Companions - specifically, more Winged Serpents!



We have added 6 Elemental based Winged Serpents, a site mascot based Winged Serpent, and a winter themed Winged Serpent.

The 6 Elemental ones are available from the Diamond Shop and as a 50% discounted set if you are interested in all of them.

The site mascot is also available from the Diamond Shop as a single purchase.

The winter themed one will be awarded as part of the prizes for placing on the Snow Wars Leaderboard and perhaps some Forum Games and as other special rewards throughout the Winter Festival.
Edited By Krinadon on 12/30/2022 at 3:16 PM.
Katty
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Posted: 12/30/2022 at 3:26 PM Post #8
my compliments to Drag(i assume) the art is amazing :D
Krinadon
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Posted: 12/30/2022 at 3:28 PM Post #9
Link: https://www.sylestia.com/forums/?thread=104864&page=1#8
Author: Katty
Time Posted: 12/30/2022 at 3:26 PM
my compliments to Drag(i assume) the art is amazing :D


These were worked on by Kamirah. =)
Katty
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Posted: 12/30/2022 at 3:34 PM Post #10
Oooh the new artist. i like her fae traits. She is very very good! good choice on new staff member lovely
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