The Festive aura is a special aura that has been received during December of 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. The aura features a 50% experience boost and a wintery cosmetic effect. During December, the "festive bonus" experience effect remains activated for 30 minutes with a usage limit of once per day (resetting at 00:00 UTC every day), after which it became just a cosmetic aura. The daily bonus experience is capped at 50,000. It cannot be reset or extended with vis wax. This item was the first aura available that does not require Loyalty points to purchase.
It was first released alongside December 2012's Winter Weekends. In December 2012, the aura was deposited into all members' inventories upon their first log-in in that month. If both the bank and inventory were full, players could talk to Xuan to obtain the aura manually. Xuan would still replace the aura, even if lost or destroyed after the event period; however, during December 2013, the replacement was unusable until the next reset. Players who subscribed at any time during December were still eligible to receive the aura.
During December 2013, the festive aura could only be claimed by talking to a Helpful snow imp.
To claim in 2014, 2015, and 2016 the player needed to reclaim the aura from Xuan or Dilwyn by opening their shop and looking at auras. The festive aura was the last aura on the list of tier 1 auras.
There is currently a bug when the aura is activated after 23:30 UTC so it will deplete after midnight. While the aura does recharge the next day it will not give any bonus experience, only the wings.
The wings' snowflakes animation which appears when (un)equipping items or performing certain actions.
The bonus is said to work the same way as any other XP-boosting aura does. It is confirmed to stack with other bonuses such as bonus experience and skill outfits. It does not boost one-time XP rewards, such as those from resource dungeon discoveries or turning in a daily challenge, nor does it add to the XP for completing a Guthixian Cache and gives no XP boost to ironman players. The daily bonus experience is capped at 50,000 and the current amount remaining can be checked by selecting the "aura time remaining" option on the active aura. The aura can now be taken into Daemonheim for bonus experience, although this was not possible until 3 December2012. In 2014 using the Oxfam Festive Aura bauble to reset the recharge period will also reset the daily experience cap.
The festive aura stacks with bonus experience multiplicatively, tripling experience while it lasts. First the aura adds 50% experience, for a total of 150% experience; which is then doubled to 300% experience by the bonus experience. Note that the bonus experience listed for the aura only adds the 50%, to get the full 300% bonus, you must have bonus exp already available in whatever skill you are training outside of the aura.
The aura was revealed first through a lobby message, confirmed in forums, and after the news post, concept artwork from the RuneScape Facebook page was posted. Mention of it was among the login promotion messages on free-to-play servers.
This will be announced officially tomorrow, but it will indeed work like other Auras, with a 30 minute duration which can be used once per day. It will also have a cool wintery cosmetic special effect too!
Prior to a hidden update on 3 December2013, the Festive aura had a cooldown period of 23h 30min.
An animation can be triggered in which more snow falls from the wings. Toggling weapon sheath, equipping, and unequipping an item are a few of the display triggers. Depositing memories at an Energy Rift triggers this, causing it to play constantly.
There was a glitch where the glowing runes of the aura would appear at your hand even when you have a staff sheathed.
The effect of the Inferno adze is less likely to activate with this aura activated.
Reclaiming the aura from Xuan used to reset the recharge timer to 24 hours. Currently reclaiming the aura resets the recharge timer to the next new RS day.
Harvesting barberries would only grant 25 bonus agility xp, regardless of normal xp gained. Coshing in Thieves' Guild also gives less experience than it should.
Destroying it gives the message: "Are you sure you want to destroy this item? You can get a replacement from the Loyalty Shop or a helpful snow imp."
For the first two days of the 2013 Christmas Event, it counted as a Blessing of Winter item for obtaining Festive crackers.
While this Aura is activated, the glowing eyes from Gaze Effects may not show up.