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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: 46.9% 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.


Opponents struck by the party take double 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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Site MVPMelmo 
Rating: +8   [Report]

So happy he's finally a permanent pet, I fell in love with him years ago. And luckily he's easy to get too and not a raid drop -_-

Sep 10, 2013 at 7:18pm | Edits: 0 | Whisperwind-US | Pets: 867 Compare collections | Score: 5114
Rating: +5   [Report]

So happy to keep this pet and NOT farm/grind/rep/raid/buy/camp for! O'lay! *shakes maraccas and does the hat dance* 

And yeah if you are a Panda you are technically a "neutral" faction so you have to go to a neutral city to do this quest/achievement and receive your pet, so you have to go to Shattrath (outside the city's wall near the east exit of the lower city) or Dalaran's graveyard is next to the Violet Citadel instance with your flour and cold milk of course! ;D

Sep 12, 2013 at 1:39am | Edits: 3 | Scarlet Crusade-US | Pets: 1039 Compare collections | Score: 6210
Top RaterTale 
Rating: +5   [Report]

Be sure to log in during the Day of the Dead holiday, November 1st through 3rd, to do the simple quest for him.

Sep 10, 2013 at 11:44pm | Edits: 0 | Argent Dawn-US | Pets: 1088 Compare collections | Score: 6507
Rating: +4   [Report]

Just got mine today :)

You have to go to your "home town".

If you're human, go to SW. If you're a NE or worgen go to Darnassus  IF for dwarves and gnomes etc 

Remember to buy and use Orange Marigold to see the questgiver 

Nov 1, 2013 at 6:31am | Edits: 1 | Silvermoon-EU | Pets: 873 Compare collections | Score: 4809
Top RaterVek 
Rating: +3   [Report]

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
Rating: +3   [Report]

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
Rating: +3   [Report]

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
Rating: +3   [Report]

Use the Bouquet of Orange Marigolds at the graveyard in Dalaran, and you'll see the quest giver. Worked on my panda. :)

Nov 1, 2013 at 6:44am | Edits: 0 | Turalyon-EU | Pets: 854 Compare collections | Score: 4737
Site MVPKandystryper 
Rating: +2   [Report]

[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: 1002 Compare collections | Score: 5572
Site MVPSkarpethinn 
Rating: +2   [Report]

i'm soooo looking forward to this little guy - Dead Man's Party sonds like it's gonna be a riot!


My 2 biggest beefs with WoW's world events were the Macabre Marionette not being permanent, and the broom being the same status - and one of those has now been addressed!

Oct 23, 2013 at 1:59am | Edits: 0 | Proudmoore-US | Pets: 935 Compare collections | Score: 5578
Rating: +1   [Report]

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: 906 Compare collections | Score: 5415
Rating: +1   [Report]

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
Top RaterArnia 
Rating: +1   [Report]

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: 550 Compare collections | Score: 3064
Top RaterLoliapaulina 
Rating: 0   [Report]

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: 992 Compare collections | Score: 5648
Top RaterGarnock 
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After Overwatch came out I named him Reaper. ;D

Jul 31, 2016 at 3:05pm | Edits: 0 | Dragonmaw-US | Pets: 376 Compare collections | Score: 1849
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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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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
Rating: 0   [Report]

Cute lil guy, fun animation!

Nov 2, 2014 at 8:49am | Edits: 0 | Bonechewer-US | Pets: 959 Compare collections | Score: 5656
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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
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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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