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Pilgrim's Bounty Guide

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Pilgrim's Bounty Basics
It mimics the American holiday of Thanksgiving and runs from the Sunday before Thanksgiving to the Saturday after Thanksgiving. In 2009 this is November 22nd to November 28th.

Basically the holiday works out to be about food and is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to level your cooking fast. While writing this guide I've gone from 0 to 300 in no time and gotten all of the daily quests done in the process. This is my one warning to you DO NOT BUY ANY PILGRIM'S Bounty FOOD ON THE AUCTION HOUSE. Please! Make it yourself, it'll be a lot cheaper and you're going to have to travel to the places anyway. If you're too low of a level then, like all holidays, let the achievements slide and focus on leveling or get a friend to cook you the food.

It takes two days to be able to get every achievement. You need 10 items total, 8 turkey shooters and 2 pieces of holiday clothing, and there are five daily quests available.

Anyway, basically there are three components to this holiday. The turkey hunt, the bountiful tables, and the daily quests/cooking. I've broken this down into four sections. The quick and dirty how to get each achievement and then the detailed instructions on how the tables, the hunt, and the daily quests work.

Bountiful Tables

The bountiful tables await during this holiday stocked full of food! It's almost kinda like Harry Potter, almost.Ah, yes, the food. This is a holiday about food after all! The tables are easy enough to find. They're in most cities and outside of each major city. When you find one you'll see five chairs. Each chair works like a vehicle. There is one for "turkey", "cranberry", "sweet potato", "stuffing", and "pumpkin pie". When you sit down there will be six options and a dismount option. The first one passes food to another chair (a player doesn't need to be in that chair for you to pass it) and the others are for eating food. If food has been thrown at that chair or towards you then it'll show up there. This makes it easier/faster to do everything at a table with more people there.

Recipes, Food, and Daily Quests
This is a very big cooking event and introduces the cheapest way to grind cooking to 300 without having to explore all of Azeroth to get the materials yourself. It involves moving between three cities getting cooking ingredients to cook some delicious food. Here are the recipes which all come from the Bountiful Cookbook available at the vendors outside Thunder Bluff, Orgrimmar, and Undercity/Stormwind, Ironforge, and Darnassus along with regional supplies and holiday supplies.

Spice Bread Stuffing

Requires 1 cooking and uses 1x Spice Bread & 1x Autumnal Herbs. It’ll give you a Hit Rating and Stamina buff based on your level.

Pumpkin Pie

Requires 100 cooking and uses 1x Ripe Tirisfal Pumpkin (Horde)/1x Ripe Elwynn Pumpkin (Alliance) and 1x Honey. The pumpkins are available in the Undercity for Horde/Stormwind for Alliance. Gives Spirit and Stamina.

Cranberry Chutney

Requires 160 cooking and uses 1x Tangy Southfury Cranberries (Horde)/1x Tangy Wetland Cranberries (Alliance) and 1x Honey. The cranberries are available in Orgrimmar and Ironforge. Gives Spell Power and Stamina.

Candied Sweet Potato

Requires 220 cooking and uses 1x Mulgore Sweet Potato (Horde)/1x Teldrassil Sweet Potato (Alliance), 1x Autumnal Herbs and 1x Honey. The potatoes are available in Thunder Bluff and Darnassus. Gives Haste Rating and Stamina.

Slow-Roasted Turkey

Requires 280 cooking and uses 1x Wild Turkey, 2x Honey, and 1x Autumnal Herbs. Turkeys are available outside Stormwind/Undercity and can be killed to give 1x Wild Turkey. Gives Attack Power and Stamina.

All of the reagents/food last only during the event, so keep that in mind when you stockpile it. The food is good for leveling, cheap buff food, and for daily quests.

Turkey Hunting

Get ready to throw your keyboard in this event when your 39 tracker count gets reset.The final part of the holiday is turkey hunting. The Turkinator is perhaps one of the most frustrating achievements out there because it is right in front of you but at the same time feels impossible. Don’t worry, it’s not impossible. Just really hard and based on luck for the most part.

Now, when you kill a Wild Turkey you’ll get “Turkey Tracker” which is counting how many turkeys you have killed. It lasts 30 seconds and is refreshed by killing another turkey. Every turkey you kill will add 1 to the count. At 40 turkeys you will get the achievement.

You have a few options. The first one is trial and error, preferably in the early morning when few players are on, of just going out and trying to kill 40 in a row without a hitch. You can do it if you’re fast enough and I haven’t found a set pattern that the turkeys wander in, although they seem to really like to bunch up in some places.

The other option is a search party. Get together with as many other friends as you can and group up. Now if someone else kills a turkey it will NOT give you the point. So have your friends hunt the turkeys and call it out when they see one. That way you can travel between friends who have found a turkey and not search yourself. When you arrive have that friend dash off in search of another turkey. If you have 2 or more friends doing this then you won’t have much trouble at all unless luck turns against you. If you do it in a group be sure to switch spots when you get your achievement and help your friends.