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Macabre Marionette

Macabre Marionette
Macabre Marionette
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World Event: Day of the Dead

Quest: The Grateful Dead [1]

Macabre Marionette
Macabre Marionette
Binds when picked up
Use: Teaches you how to summon this companion.
Want it Want it | Got it | Exclude — Community: 1.4% have it
Neutral Neutral
Dances (constant).

Vocalizations (on-click)

3 allowed
Mists of Pandaria
Patch 3.2.2 | Posted: September 10, 2013
The Grateful Dead quest can be obtained from any of the alliance or horde capital cities, as well as from Shattrath and Dalaran.
Level 0: Health 0Power 0Speed 0
Requires Pet Level: 1

100% Hit Chance 


Bashes the enemy with a rumba shaker, dealing 394 Humanoid damage.

Vs. Dragonkin

Vs. Beast
Requires Pet Level: 10

100% Hit Chance 


Bites at the enemy, dealing 394 Undead damage.

Vs. Humanoid

Vs. Aquatic
Requires Pet Level: 2

100% Hit Chance 


Deals 59 Undead damage to the enemy's active pet every round for 9 rounds. Persists through pet swaps.

Vs. Humanoid

Vs. Aquatic
Requires Pet Level: 15

100% Hit Chance 


Deals 78 Undead damage per round for 3 rounds and heals the user for 78.

Vs. Humanoid

Vs. Aquatic
Requires Pet Level: 4

100% Hit Chance 


Summons a dead man's party, causing 177 Undead damage on the first round, 295 Undead on the second round, and 413 Undead on the third round.


Opponents struck by the party take 50% increased damage for 2 rounds.


The party continues for 3 rounds.

Vs. Humanoid

Vs. Aquatic
1 Round Cooldown
Requires Pet Level: 20

80% Hit Chance 


Hurls bones at the enemy, dealing 531 Undead damage.


Bones continue to fall on the enemy's current pet, dealing 59 Undead damage each round for 4 rounds

Vs. Humanoid

Vs. Aquatic


Undead pets return to life immortal for one round when killed, but deal 25% less damage.


Damage Taken 

50% from Critter abilities

33% from Dragonkin abilities

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Rating: +2   [Report]

When the human skeleton model was changed for BfA, this pet got changed indirectly. So blizzard didn't check to see if all its hat and shorts were still connected correctly. They weren't. And there's been two Days of the Dead since then, and no fix. It used to be a lot of fun. Keep sending bug reports about it to blizzard, and maybe they'll revert it.

Mar 1, 2020 at 2:45am | Edits: 0 | Ner'zhul-us | Pets: 1247 Compare collections | Score: 9224
Top RaterLoliapaulina 
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Mine looks weird. His hat isn't sitting on his head like the picture and he just headbangs all the time!

Apr 9, 2019 at 10:58pm | Edits: 0 | Thrall-us | Pets: 1045 Compare collections | Score: 7664
Top RaterGarnock 
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After Overwatch came out I named him Reaper. ;D

Jul 31, 2016 at 3:05pm | Edits: 0 | Tichondrius-us | Pets: 494 Compare collections | Score: 2807
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Mao, it is not, you can do it with all your toons, but you will be able to include only three in your pet journal, make sure you start the quest within the graveyard of the city depending on the race of your toon , for instance for undead you have to take it from Undercity, Orcs from Orgrimmar and so on ...of course you need to buy the orange flowers and use them in order to see the cheerful spirit ..

Nov 2, 2015 at 2:37pm | Edits: 0 | Windrunner-us | Pets: 525 Compare collections | Score: 2695
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Is the quest account-wide?


I made it on one character and didn't show up on the others.

Nov 2, 2015 at 6:25am | Edits: 1 | Saurfang-eu | Pets: 682 Compare collections | Score: 3685
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The quest is yearly, not one-time only.

Once done, can be completed again in the next year.

Nov 1, 2015 at 12:04pm | Edits: 0 | Burning Legion-eu | Pets: 1554 Compare collections | Score: 12412
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Battlewise, he's not bad. I'm working on leveling him up and was able to take out a level 25 uncommon aquatic while he was still only 9. 

Appearance speaking, this guy is AMAZING! He looks like he's headbanging all over the place. I realize that he is actually shaking maracas, but I digress. :)

Dec 21, 2014 at 10:44pm | Edits: 0 | Ysera-us | Pets: 531 Compare collections | Score: 2709
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Cute lil guy, fun animation!

Nov 2, 2014 at 8:49am | Edits: 0 | Bonechewer-us | Pets: 1320 Compare collections | Score: 10489
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This little guy is so cute, and if you win a battle with Dead Man's Party, there is a group dance of these guys.

Sep 28, 2014 at 1:52am | Edits: 0 | Sargeras-us | Pets: 732 Compare collections | Score: 3644
Top RaterVek 
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A double counter to Dragonkin, strong attacks vs them and takes weak damage from dragonkin attacks. Death and Decay and Dead Man's Party last after you switch so you can make use of heals like Plagued Blood or Touch of Animus, or get alot of bonus damage with Black Claw. All in all a very nice killer of dragonkin and humanoids. Does lose some of it's oomph in Sandstorm. Also very cool model, what's not to like?

May 14, 2014 at 11:47am | Edits: 1 | Aggramar-eu | Pets: 670 Compare collections | Score: 3996
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I love these pets, not only do they dance but they are also great against the celestial pets. I named mine Pablo, Juan, and Carlos.

Apr 2, 2014 at 2:53pm | Edits: 0 | Alleria-us | Pets: 403 Compare collections | Score: 1757
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I'm surprised nobody's pointed this out in the comments, but he's an awesome pet for dealing with dragons.  Undead + Humanoid attack = dragonslayer supreme.

Nov 12, 2013 at 8:29pm | Edits: 1 | Moon Guard-us | Pets: 174 Compare collections | Score: 839
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Has anyone had a problem with him showing up in your pet list? I can find him in my list, and amafraid of switching out my second one.


Aparently it's an issue with one of my pet add ons.

Nov 2, 2013 at 10:17am | Edits: 2 | Proudmoore-us | Pets: 543 Compare collections | Score: 2760
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I just want to let you know that if you are Pandaren, you can go to Shattrah and do this quest to get the Macabre Marionette. The helpful info that I couldn't find anywhere that I'm going to share with YOU? The grave yard is right OUTSIDE of Shattrath between Shattrath & Cenarion Thicket. Hope that helps! 

Nov 2, 2013 at 12:03am | Edits: 0 | Shu'halo-us | Pets: 239 Compare collections | Score: 1128
Site MVPKandystryper 
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[Horde]I'm sure others found them easier but what I did was: head to Orgrimmar Valley of Strength innkeeper - she sells the ice cold milk, then I went to Dalaran cooking trainer area - the vendor that sells cooking recipes next to him sells the simple flour, (also sold in at the Goblin area in Orgrimmar next to the cooking trainer there for lower level toons) then I went to Chapman in Dalaran as well - he is sandwiched between the stairs to Tanaris Portal and Enchanting Trainer.  Bought his marigold bouquet, equipped it, used it and did the simple quest right there for the pet.  He sells the bread of the dead recipe.  Then I typed /dance with Catrina for the achieve.   Oh for those with toons that don't have cooking, even tho the bread is of limited use and cannot be mailed, a friend found that if you place them in the guild bank, they can then be taken out by others ^.^ (he IS cageable)

Nov 1, 2013 at 6:01pm | Edits: 3 | Zul'jin-us | Pets: 1346 Compare collections | Score: 9027
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I believe that to complete this quest on a Pandaren character you would need to head to either Shattrath or Dalaran. Other races are in their home cities; if you're looking for coordinates on Wowhead, search "The Grateful Dead" and your character's race.

Nov 1, 2013 at 3:31pm | Edits: 0 | Kul Tiras-us | Pets: 432 Compare collections | Score: 2089
Top RaterArnia 
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You can also do this in Dal or Shat on any race, IF your not sure where your home town is. Remember you will need to use the "use" on the flowers to see the quest giver. Seems a silly thing to remind people but I can't tell you how many people were asking in trade earlier so I thought it worth mentioning. Then again I just refer people to this sight. Everything one could ever want to know is always here! :) And @ Fontis12 times are always server for future events. :)

Nov 1, 2013 at 3:18pm | Edits: 2 | Suramar-us | Pets: 763 Compare collections | Score: 4702
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Went looking for this quest giver this morning, relized it is race specific, so go to your toons home town, SW-human, Darn-Nightelf/Worgen, IF-Dwarf and so on, not sure where to take my Panda, I would assume SW. Took my Dreani Warrior to the exodar location, then I looked at the event and realized it doesn't start until Noon server... so I will be back on later this afternoon to retrieve my pet.

Nov 1, 2013 at 9:33am | Edits: 0 | Velen-us | Pets: 694 Compare collections | Score: 3467
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The in game calander says the event doesn't start till noon. not sure if they mean game time or PST.. so i'm giving it till PST before i get too worked up about it if an alt doesn't work.

Nov 1, 2013 at 9:27am | Edits: 0 | Zangarmarsh-us | Pets: 875 Compare collections | Score: 5176
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I can't find Chapman ANYWHERE. :( Without the flowers, can't see the quest giver, no matter what city you're in. Is anyone else having this problem?


I'm guessing that it's a time problem, as my server is CT.  Hopefully in a few hours, the flower-selling NPC will be visible! 

Nov 1, 2013 at 9:14am | Edits: 1 | Durotan-us | Pets: 1666 Compare collections | Score: 13269
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These possessed puppets are given a semblance of life by whimsical spirits of the departed.
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