The LOTRO Fall Festival is not just held in one zone. As well as the Party Tree you can find additional Harvestmath quests at Wistmead. Here, where LOTRO have managed to combine Fall with Halloween, all things spooky can be found, along with a Wheat Maze to navigate! There are a bunch of daily, repeatable quests for earning more Fall Festival Tokens. So, let’s jump in and see what’s on offer at Wistmead!
How to Get to Wistmead
There is an instant-travel horse near the Party Tree to Wistmead – and the same-looking horse to get back again. By the way, that’s the Steed of Gloaming Autumn.
Before you can start earning festival tokens in Wistmead you will need to chat to Walaric Goldworthy, who is outside the entrance to the Wheat Maze. He was envious of the Haunted Burrow trick Bilgo Baggins pulled on Lobelia Sackville-Baggins so clubbed together with other Hobbits to make their own festivities!
You will need to chat to:
- Ermentrude Haybank (at the entrance to the Wheat Maze)
- Halinard Bunce (near the Barter vendor in Wistmead). He is also the quest-giver for An Eerie Fog and Gourds and Goblins
- and Iris Tunnelly (just down the path from Ermentrude)
to get their stories.
Quests in Wistmead
There are plenty of quests in Wistmead, and one that takes you back to the Shire to collect spiders. So here’s the run-down of current quests outside the Wheat Maze.
An Eerie Fog
Halinard Bunce has been trying his hand at creating a new ale – Fognoggin. The name gives an unsubtle hint at its effects! He just wants you to try it out (I guess he daren’t sample it himself!). Long story short, the brew gives you spooky hallucinations!
Your task is to counteract its effects, through food, drink and scaring yourself sober!
Emotes to Shake Frognoggin
As players helpfully pointed out in the comments, some emotes have been discovered that count towards your target of six.
- /slap: I accidentally slapped the barrel of Frognoggin and it still worked. Oops.
Scare Yourself, Eat and Drink
You can also find 6 Unique Things in Wistmead to clear your head. This means you can’t use two spider-visions, for example. Here are 6 that I found. (Click/tap images to see a larger version).
Remember all those shrews you stomped during the Spring Festival? Well now one wants its revenge, or something! This Ghost can be found in the small graveyard in Wistmead.
A drink that may, or may not, be coffee. But it should perk you up at least! It can be found on the table near the keg of Fognoggin.
Hmm, pie. So long as it’s not made of Stomped Shrews, it should be fine. Hopefully. The Hobbit said it was made of Blackberries! It can be found in the tent just east of the entrance to the Wheat Maze.
Gourds and Goblins
Halinard Bunce had hidden ‘Goblin Gourds’ around Wistmead. In honour of Bandobras Took, your task is to thwack the Gourds with a giant club. Well, it’s really a very well placed kick!
Where can you find Goblin Gourds in Wistmead? Well anywhere outside the Wheat Maze really.
- They do not have floaty names so you need to use your eyes.
- Target the Gourd then use the club in your Quest Tracker to thwack it away!
- They have a 10 Second respawn time, so you can stand over one spot and thwack the same one over-and-over.
The Black Cats keep wandering off. So obviously you have to go and find them! Cats appear as rings on your minimap and have floaty names, so finding four of them is pretty straight forward. They don’t seem to wander far from their spawn point so if you want to, just wait for respawn.
As Wistmead does not have a map, I can’t give you one! However the Wiki has coordinates listed to help you.
A Frightful Lack of Spirit
This is a straightforward case of Hobbits not getting into the “Spirit” of things. Double-meaning certainly intentional! Be a ‘sales rep’ for the festivities at Wistmead and go scare some folks into ‘enjoying’ being frightened!
You need to find 6 × Spiritless Hobbits. If you want to be lazy these have a 10 second respawn timer. Here are a couple of examples of Hobbits-without-spirit. Disturbing.
A Waste of Webs
Some creepy webbing has been added, seemingly for effect, around the grounds of Wistmead. But Iris Tunnelly points out that webbing should have spiders. So, off you pop, head to Scary Quarry and acquire some! Lucky you!
I’m pretty sure the scary music they introduced the year Wistmead arrived remained at the Quarry after ways. However, there are loads of Greenfields Spiderlings that usually do not feature here. Thankfully, they are easy to see and collect. You’ll need 12 of them.
Note: if you’re under Level 20 or so, the normal Spider mobs are aggressive. But if you haven’t completed the Shire Spider Slayer Deed yet, you could benefit from clearing a few out!
Also @rebelrealcanon pointed out that Greenfields Spiderlings can be collected while mounted. So if you’re over-levelled and the normal Spiders are grey, then you can collect them quicker this way.
Now you have collected 12 Spiderlings you will need to place them in 4 × Curiously Empty Webbings around Wistmead.
The Wheat Maze – Tanglecorn
The aim of Challenging Wheat, is to race from start to finish before the timer runs out! Four years since it was introduced and I’ve not successfully done this yet – the changing layout plays havoc with my auto-pilot!
Wheat Maze Maps
Thank the LOTRO Community! Fredalas has created some maps of the Wheat Maze, it seems there is not “one” maze, but five!
Note: you can use the Delete key to select the nearest item (or another key if you’ve remapped them) – for Gourds and Pesky Crows. Although you will have to still get to the item, but at least you’re not flying in completely blind!
Click/tap to enlargen.
And Ask people on your server which Maze Number it is before going in!
Cheat the Wheat
Cheat The Wheat allows you to take short-cuts through the wheat to get to the end. Cheat points are in specific locations, according to Fredalas’ Map (of Maze 2). So a few test runs are advised!
— Fredelas (@BrandywineFred) October 18, 2018
Oh and you only have 40 seconds to make the run while cheating!
Regardless of map layout, Gathering Gourds requires you to collect 10 × Ripe Gourds from Tanglecorn so the Hobbits can decorate Wistmead!
Preventing a Murder
Crows are never welcome in a crop field, especially those that sound like they’re laughing at you! So you need to find 10 × Pesky Crows and shoo them away. Of course, they’re hidden throughout the maze. Which maze, of course, is a totally different question!
Maze Master Title Deed
When you complete Challenging Wheat you trigger a deed: The Wistmead Wheat Maze.
Once you have completed the challenge in all five mazes, and have run through and cheated on all five mazes, you are awarded:
TL;DR Wistmead and Tanglewood at Harvest Time
There are a minimum of 30 Fall Festival Tokens available per day for completing quests in Wistmead. So get spooked up and head on down, to mix up your Harvest Festival experience!