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Paizo and the Pathfinder Online team want to thank everyone in our great community for your help in staying home and staying healthy by making time spent in the Echo Woods even more rewarding with our Home Sweet Home Event! While this event is running, rare event raw materials and salvage items are available for gathering and looting, and sets of these items can be exchanged for a choice of recipes/expendables and raw ingredients. This event will run from Monday, April 13, 2020 to Tuesday, July 7, 2020 (starting and ending at Daily Maintenance) and will be extended as appropriate until at least a month after widespread school and workplace closures end.
At any time during the event, or up to a month after it ends, you can turn in sets of rare event raw materials (Valuable quality only) and salvage items to a GM for prizes, with the amount and tier of prizes based on how complete the set is:
Leftover event items can be turned in during the month after the event in exchange for a standard raw ingredient of your choice from the same tier, at a rate of X event items for 2X-1 items of the chosen ingredient. In other words, there is a bonus for choosing to receive multiple items of a single ingredient instead of single items of multiple ingredients.
Any recipes, expendables or standard raw ingredients (raw materials or salvage items) available in-game at the time the event ends can be chosen (excluding event items, Aeon Stones where not explicitly included, Victory Markers or other specialty ingredients), including those from Enchanting and the Combat Alchemist. For all prizes, final decisions on the reasonableness of any choices will be at Paizo's discretion. If you have any questions about what might be considered reasonable or unreasonable, particularly if there are things you think might meet the descriptions above but seem overly valuable compared to what was likely intended, please ask those questions now.
The event raw materials and salvage items that need to be collected are divided into 10 quartzes, 10 fungi, 10 essences and 23 souvenirs. The raw materials are all Tier 1 while the souvenirs are divided into 10 Tier 1, 8 Tier 2 and 5 Tier 3. At the vaults and auction houses, they are separated out from all other items under the Premium/Event category. When turning in a set for prizes, no duplicates are allowed, so it's best to focus on obtaining more of whatever items you have the least of, rather than stocking up on the items you already have in excess.
The raw materials can be gathered in the standard low-security monster hexes (not in home hexes or the medium/high-security hexes meant for tutorial escalations) and have been divided up by geographical regions. Only the highest quality variants of each raw material can be included in the sets turned in for prizes (these are labeled as Valuable), so it’s best to let them regenerate for a while if you start pulling the lower quality varieties (labeled initially as Unusable, then Insignificant, and finally Worthless). These raw materials can’t be harvested using harvesting kits and can only be gathered by hand, much like enchanting raw materials.
The souvenirs are available as lootable salvage from escalations. Any time an escalation enemy has a chance of dropping enchanting salvage, it now also has a small chance of dropping a souvenir. Most escalations have their own souvenirs, though some escalations that share similar themes/enemies (Duergar and Elite Duergar, Dark Elves and Elite Dark Elves, The Shadow/Wrath/Revenge of Nhur Athemon and Emerald Aristocrats) share them, with the lower-level escalation variants having a smaller chance of dropping a souvenir. Bosses have a much higher chance of dropping souvenirs than any other enemies and each member of the party gets a full chance from each boss drop, so focusing on bosses with large parties is a much quicker route to obtaining souvenirs than taking out random escalation enemies.
Edit 1: The Ripping Chains aren't dropping their souvenirs right now. We'll either get a build out pretty soon with a fix for that, or we'll just drop them from the set requirements.
Edit 2: The Warchief of the Ripping Chains does drop souvenirs.
Edit 3: Thanks to a server-side fix, the Ripping chains now drop their souvenirs properly, so the previous 2 edits were rolled back.
Edit 4: Extended the event until Daily Maintenance on Monday, July 6, 2020.
Edit 5: Extended the event until Daily Maintenance on Tuesday, July 7, 2020.