Midsummer Fire Festival

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Midsummer Fire Festival
Midsummer Fire Festival.jpg
Duration

June 21st - July 5th (2013)

Currency
Boss

Combat [92+] Lord Ahune <The Frost Lord>

Highlights

Fireworks, Bonfires

Other events
Preceded by
Followed by

The Midsummer Fire Festival is a seasonal event that celebrates the hottest season of the year. It starts on the (earthly) northern summer solstice, and lasts about two weeks (June 21 - July 4). It is similar to the Lunar Festival and other holidays, featuring some useful buffs, food, and toys to play with.

It was introduced in Patch 1.11, given a major revamp in June 2008, and again changed for Cataclysm.

From Midsummer Fire Festival on the official website:

Across Azeroth and Outland, brilliant bonfires have been lit to rekindle peoples’ spirits and ward off ancient evils. Each year, new guardians are chosen to watch over the sacred flames and ensure that they are never extinguished.

The ending of the Festival seems to have been merged with the Engineers' Explosive Extravaganza holiday:

The lengthy Midsummer Fire Festival traditionally ends with the sky itself being set alight. The goblins of Undermine have lent their considerable skill (and copious amounts of gunpowder) to the task, resulting in a tremendous fireworks show! Take up a festival mug and raise a toast to the season as the multicolored explosions dance across the sky above you!

Buffs

Touching the Ribbon Pole gives a 3 minute buff increasing earned experience by 10%. Up to 60 minutes can be stacked.
  • Using Ribbon Poles causes a colorful streamer of energy to go to your hand and causes you to dance. This gives a 3-minute Ribbon Dance buff increasing earned experience by 10%. This buff stacks up to 20 times (60 minutes), increasing its duration by 3 minutes for every 3 seconds you keep dancing around the pole.
  • When thrown into a festival fire, Burning Blossoms give you a buff Fire Festival Fury, 3% critical strike and spell critical strike rating for sixty minutes as well as causing fire damage to attackers.
  • If a bonfire has gone out, tossing a Burning Blossom in it will provide a zone-wide buff, Bonfire's Blessing, that gives you a 30% chance to inflict (<your level> x 10) Fire damage on any melee, ranged, or spell attack. Bonfire's Blessing is capable of delivering a critical hit with 100% additional damage and is affected by bonus spell damage. This buff goes away if the opposite faction desecrates the bonfire.
  • Special flame samples can be collected from the bonfires in each of the four main cities of the opposing faction. Each sample will begin a quest called "Stealing the [City]'s Flame." Upon completing each quest, everyone in the capital city will receive Fire Festival Fortitude, a +30 stamina buff. Once all 4 have been collected and returned to a Festival representative, you receive the quest A Thief's Reward and are rewarded with the  [Crown of the Fire Festival].

Burning Blossom redemption

Below are the items you can purchase with  [Burning Blossom] at Midsummer Suppliers and Midsummer Merchants. You can get 20 Blossoms every day through daily quests. In 2010, it was possible to get 702 (H)/692 (A) Blossoms from the other quests, with the release of Cataclysm and the addition of more bonfires, it is now possible to get all rewards in one year. Furthermore, each  [Satchel of Chilled Goods] contains 5-15 Burning Blossoms.

Item Price Note
 [Handful of Summer Petals] 2 Burning Blossom
 [Fiery Festival Brew] x5 2 Burning Blossom
 [Juggling Torch] x5 5 Burning Blossom Used for [Torch Juggler]
 [Elderberry Pie] x5 5 Burning Blossom
 [Midsummer Sausage] x5 5 Burning Blossom
 [Bag of Smorc Ingredients] 5 Burning Blossom
 [Toasted Smorc] x5 5 Burning Blossom
 [Fire-Toasted Bun] x5 5 Burning Blossom
 [Mantle of the Fire Festival] 100 Burning Blossom [NB 1]
 [Vestment of Summer] 100 Burning Blossom Causes your hands to catch fire for more festive dance moves. [NB 1]
 [Sandals of Summer] 200 Burning Blossom Causes a fire to appear at your feet. [NB 1]
 [Helm of the Fire Festival] 350 Burning Blossom A helmet that also serves as a cooking fire!
 [Brazier of Dancing Flames] 350 Burning Blossom Creates a fiery, dancing female draenei who reacts to player emotes.
 [Captured Flame] 350 Burning Blossom Companion.
  1. ^ a b c Wearing all three pieces of this set is required for [Burning Hot Pole Dance]

Quests

The symbol of the Midsummer Fire Festival.
Midsummer decorations

[Burning Blossoms] can be earned through a variety of quests. The blossoms can be consumed for a small buff or saved for a variety of items including the  [Brazier of Dancing Flames] or the  [Captured Flame].

Daily quests:

  1. B [100] Torch Tossing
  2. B [100] Torch Catching

Lord Ahune

To gain access to the holiday boss, Lord Ahune, you must first complete a chain of quests beginning at an Earthen Ring Elder near the flame in a friendly capital city.

  1. N [100] Unusual Activity
  2. N [100] An Innocent Disguise
  3. N [100] Inform the Elder

Players are then given access to Ahune if level 89 or higher, and a daily quest is made available based on their level:

Bonfires

See also: Alliance BonfireHorde Bonfire

The Flame Wardens and Flame Keepers at each of your own faction's bonfires offers you B [100] Honor the Flame.

Right-clicking a bonfire of the opposite faction offers Desecrate this Fire!. The act of dousing a bonfire does not pull guards (though they will aggro as normal based on range and level - Wildhammer Stronghold in Shadowmoon Valley requires a flying mount or stealth to avoid aggro), making this a fast and easy way to generate money and Burning Blossoms. Be warned that dousing the opposite faction's bonfire will flag you for PVP combat.

The bonfires of capital cities have separate quests, and you cannot Honor the Flame of your own faction's Capitals.

There are a grand total of 102 bonfires across the four continents: 3 Neutral, 48 Horde, and 51 Alliance. Excluding the 4 capital cities on each side, that leaves 44 Horde and 47 Alliance.

  • Alliance: 44\times 10+47\times 5+4\times 25+3\times 15=820 total Burning Blossoms available without dailies
  • Horde: 47\times 10+44\times 5+4\times 25+3\times 15=835 total Burning Blossoms available without dailies

See Horde and Alliance for suggested routes.

Interactive maps of the bonfire locations can be found at scribblemaps and WyriMaps.

Stealing the Cities' Flames

Each faction can loot the Flames of the opposing faction's cities, each of which starts a quest. Stealing all four cities flames will offer the quest B [100] A Thief's Reward.

Horde

Alliance

Reward:  [Crown of the Fire Festival] (no bonuses).

Sortable list of bonfires

Continent Zone Region Coords
HHorde Eastern Kingdoms Arathi Highlands Hammerfall [69, 42]
AAlliance Eastern Kingdoms Arathi Highlands Refuge Pointe [44, 46]
HHorde Eastern Kingdoms Badlands New Kargath [24, 37]
AAlliance Eastern Kingdoms Badlands Dragon's Mouth [19, 56]
AAlliance Eastern Kingdoms Blasted Lands Nethergarde Keep [55, 15]
HHorde Eastern Kingdoms Blasted Lands Dreadmaul Hold [46, 14]
HHorde Eastern Kingdoms Burning Steppes Flame Crest [51, 29]
AAlliance Eastern Kingdoms Burning Steppes Morgan's Vigil [68, 60]
AAlliance Eastern Kingdoms Dun Morogh Kharanos [54, 45]
AAlliance Eastern Kingdoms Ironforge Hall of Explorers [64, 25]
AAlliance Eastern Kingdoms Duskwood Darkshire [73, 55]
AAlliance Eastern Kingdoms Elwynn Forest Goldshire [43, 63]
AAlliance Eastern Kingdoms Stormwind The Canals [49, 72]
HHorde Eastern Kingdoms Eversong Woods North Sanctum [46, 50]
HHorde Eastern Kingdoms Silvermoon City Court of the Sun [70, 43]
HHorde Eastern Kingdoms Ghostlands Tranquillien [46, 26]
HHorde Eastern Kingdoms Hillsbrad Foothills Tarren Mill [55, 50]
AAlliance Eastern Kingdoms Hinterlands Aerie Peak [14, 50]
HHorde Eastern Kingdoms Hinterlands Revantusk Village [76, 74]
AAlliance Eastern Kingdoms Loch Modan Thelsamar [32, 40]
HHorde Eastern Kingdoms Northern Stranglethorn Grom'gol Base Camp [40, 51]
AAlliance Eastern Kingdoms Northern Stranglethorn Fort Livingston [51, 63]
AAlliance Eastern Kingdoms Redridge Mountains Lakeshire [24, 53]
HHorde Eastern Kingdoms Silverpine Forest The Sepulcher [50, 39]
AAlliance Eastern Kingdoms Cape of Stranglethorn East of Booty Bay [51, 67]
HHorde Eastern Kingdoms Cape of Stranglethorn East of Booty Bay [50, 70]
HHorde Eastern Kingdoms Swamp of Sorrows Bogpaddle [76, 14]
AAlliance Eastern Kingdoms Swamp of Sorrows Bogpaddle [70, 14]
HHorde Eastern Kingdoms Tirisfal Glades Brill [57, 52]
HHorde Eastern Kingdoms Twilight Highlands Bloodgulch [53, 46]
AAlliance Eastern Kingdoms Twilight Highlands Thundermar [47, 23]
HHorde Eastern Kingdoms Undercity Ruins of Lordaeron [68, 9]
AAlliance Eastern Kingdoms Western Plaguelands Chillwind Camp [43, 82]
HHorde Eastern Kingdoms Western Plaguelands The Bulwark [29, 57]
AAlliance Eastern Kingdoms Westfall Moonbrook [45, 62]
AAlliance Eastern Kingdoms Wetlands Menethil Harbor [13, 47]
Neutral Eastern Kingdoms Vashj'ir Silver Tide Hollow [49, 42]
Neutral Maelstrom Deepholm Temple of Earth [49, 51]
AAlliance Kalimdor Ashenvale Forest Song [87, 42]
HHorde Kalimdor Ashenvale Silverwind Refuge [51, 66]
HHorde Kalimdor Azshara Bilgewater Harbor [60, 53]
AAlliance Kalimdor Azuremyst Isle Azure Watch [44, 53]
AAlliance Kalimdor Exodar, The The Crystal Hall [41, 26]
HHorde Kalimdor Northern Barrens Crossroads [50, 54]
HHorde Kalimdor Southern Barrens Desolation Hold [41, 67]
AAlliance Kalimdor Southern Barrens Fort Triumph [48, 72]
AAlliance Kalimdor Bloodmyst Isle Blood Watch [55, 69]
AAlliance Kalimdor Darkshore Lor'danel [49, 23]
AAlliance Kalimdor Desolace Nijel's Point [65, 17]
HHorde Kalimdor Desolace Shadowprey Village [26, 76]
HHorde Kalimdor Durotar Razor Hill [52, 47]
HHorde Kalimdor Orgrimmar Valley of Wisdom [47, 38]
AAlliance Kalimdor Dustwallow Marsh Theramore Isle [62, 40]
HHorde Kalimdor Dustwallow Marsh Brackenwall Village [33, 30]
AAlliance Kalimdor Feralas Feathermoon Stronghold [46, 43]
HHorde Kalimdor Feralas Camp Mojache [72, 47]
HHorde Kalimdor Mulgore Bloodhoof Village [51, 60]
Neutral Kalimdor Mount Hyjal Nordrassil [63, 23]
HHorde Kalimdor Thunder Bluff Spirit Rise [21, 26]
AAlliance Kalimdor Silithus Cenarion Hold [57, 34]
HHorde Kalimdor Silithus Cenarion Hold [46, 44]
HHorde Kalimdor Stonetalon Mountains Sun Rock Retreat [53, 62]
AAlliance Kalimdor Stonetalon Mountains Mirkfallon Post [49, 51]
AAlliance Kalimdor Tanaris Gadgetzan [52, 29]
HHorde Kalimdor Tanaris Gadgetzan [49, 27]
AAlliance Kalimdor Teldrassil Darnassus [63, 47]
AAlliance Kalimdor Teldrassil Dolanaar [55, 60]
AAlliance Kalimdor Uldum Ramkahen [53, 32]
HHorde Kalimdor Uldum Ramkahen [53, 35]
AAlliance Kalimdor Un'Goro Crater Marshal's Stand [60, 63]
HHorde Kalimdor Un'Goro Crater Marshal's Stand [56, 66]
AAlliance Kalimdor Winterspring Everlook [61, 47]
HHorde Kalimdor Winterspring Everlook [58, 47]
AAlliance Outland Blade's Edge Mountains Sylvanaar [42, 66]
HHorde Outland Blade's Edge Mountains Thunderlord Stronghold [50, 59]
AAlliance Outland Hellfire Peninsula Honor Hold [62, 58]
HHorde Outland Hellfire Peninsula Thrallmar [57, 42]
AAlliance Outland Nagrand Telaar [50, 70]
HHorde Outland Nagrand Garadar [51, 34]
AAlliance Outland Netherstorm Area 52 [31, 63]
HHorde Outland Netherstorm Area 52 [32, 68]
AAlliance Outland Shadowmoon Valley Wildhammer Stronghold [40, 55]
HHorde Outland Shadowmoon Valley Shadowmoon Village [33, 30]
AAlliance Outland Terokkar Forest Allerian Stronghold [55, 55]
HHorde Outland Terokkar Forest Stonebreaker Hold [52, 43]
AAlliance Outland Zangarmarsh Telredor [69, 52]
HHorde Outland Zangarmarsh Zabra'Jin [36, 52]
AAlliance Northrend Borean Tundra Fizzcrank Airstrip [55, 20]
HHorde Northrend Borean Tundra Bor'gorok Outpost [51, 12]
AAlliance Northrend Crystalsong Forest Windrunner's Overlook [78, 75]
HHorde Northrend Crystalsong Forest Sunreaver's Command [80, 53]
AAlliance Northrend Dragonblight Wintergarde Keep [75, 44]
HHorde Northrend Dragonblight Agmar's Hammer [39, 48]
AAlliance Northrend Howling Fjord Fort Wildervar [58, 16]
HHorde Northrend Howling Fjord Camp Winterhoof [48, 13]
AAlliance Northrend Grizzly Hills Amberpine Lodge [34, 61]
HHorde Northrend Grizzly Hills Conquest Hold [19, 61]
AAlliance Northrend Sholazar Basin River's Heart [47, 66]
HHorde Northrend Sholazar Basin River's Heart [47, 62]
AAlliance Northrend Storm Peaks K3 [42, 87]
HHorde Northrend Storm Peaks K3 [40, 86]
AAlliance Northrend Zul'Drak The Argent Stand [41, 61]
HHorde Northrend Zul'Drak The Argent Stand [43, 71]
NNeutral Pandaria Jade Forest Dawn's Blossom [47, 47]
NNeutral Pandaria Valley of the Four Winds Halfhill Market [51, 51]
NNeutral Pandaria Krasarang Wilds Zhu's Watch [74, 9]
NNeutral Pandaria Kun-Lai Summit Binan Village [71, 91]
NNeutral Pandaria Townlong Steppes Longying Outpost [71, 56]
NNeutral Pandaria Dread Wastes Soggy's Gamble [56, 69]
AAlliance Pandaria Vale of Eternal Blossoms Mogu'shan Palace [79, 37]
HHorde Pandaria Vale of Eternal Blossoms Mogu'shan Palace [77, 34]
See also Alliance Bonfires and Horde Bonfires.

Achievements

History

2010

Previously, the Reveler set items could be used to get [Burning Hot Pole Dance] and then returned (within 2 hours of purchase) for a full refund, allowing you to use those Blossoms for other purchases. In 2010, Festival Garb ( [Mantle of the Fire Festival]  [Vestment of Summer]  [Sandals of Summer]) is no longer refundable, so spend your Blossoms wisely!

2009 issues

When the Midsummer event started, flags for completion of the quests in 2008 had not been reset, preventing those who had completed one-time quests in 2008 from getting those quests and gathering Burning Blossoms. Further, characters above level 70 did not have a version of the quest Striking Back.

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Recent In-Game Fixes - 6/22/09 | 2009-06-22 22:59 | Bornakk
We are in the process of applying an in-game fix that will restart all of the quests associated with the Midsummer Fire Festival event and allow players to complete them once again. If you are in the process of completing an achievement such as Extinguishing Kalimdor, this fix will reset your progress and you will need start over. This fix will require realms to be restarted.

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This fix allowed anyone who had already completed any bonfire quests in 2009 before the fix was applied to gather more Blossoms that year than are usually available. Completed achievements were not revoked, but partially completed ones lost all progress. The N [100 Daily] Striking Back quest for 67-70 characters was extended to 67-80, once again allowing 20 Blossoms per day from daily quests.

While the initial patch was to have reset all event quests, it proved incomplete in many cases. Many reported being unable to complete the "city flames" quests for Exodar and Silvermoon despite being able to repeat those for other cities. At least one realm was not reset properly the first time, and further issues were found. A number of players have continued to have problems with the Exodar and Silvermoon city flame quests.

References

Patch changes

  • MoP Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): Achievements added for Honoring and Extinguishing fires in Pandaria.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.3.0 (2011-11-29): Achievements added for Honoring and Extinguishing fires in Northrend and Cataclysm zones.
  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.11.0 (2006-06-20): Added.

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