The Lunar Festival is a 2-week event which is based on Chinese New Year. This year, it will start on 27th January and finish on 10th February 2013.
There isn’t really anything new for 2013, other than the pets becoming battle pets which is a real shame seeing that this expansion was based in Pandaria – especially since the Lunar Festival is one of my favourite world events in-game.
If you’d like to see what’s involved for the whole event you can follow this guide.
If you managed to get all the achievements done in previous years then there’s really not a lot to do. Last year, there was only one new achievement: Elders of Cataclysm which required you to honour the 9 new Elders introduced though the opening of the Cata zones (bringing the total number of Elders to 84).
Elder Sekhemi in Uldum – (32, 63) Located at Ruins of Ammon
Elder Menkhaf in Uldum – (66, 19) Located at Khartut’s Tomb (north-east to the big statue)
Elder Windsong in Hyjal – (27, 62) Located at Santuary of Malorne
Elder Evershade in Nordrassil – (63, 23) Next to the Inn, Alliance side portal
Elder Stonebrand in the Temple of Earth – (50, 55) Located at the Entrance of the Temple
Elder Deepforge in Deepholm – (28, 69) Located at Stonehearth
Elder Firebeard in Twilight Highlands – (51, 71) Located at Dunward Town Square of Dunward Ruins
Elder Darkfeather in Twilight Highlands – (52, 33) Located at Thundermar Ruins
Elder Moonlance in Vashj’ir – (57, 86) Located at Biel’aran Ridge, Shimmering Expanse
Two pets are available to buy with Lunar currency – the Lunar Lantern and Festival Lantern. They are faction-specific vanity pets (blue/red lanterns in the style of the Lunar Festival decorations) that cost 50 Coins of Ancestry each. The good news is they are BoE, meaning you will be able to trade them on the neutral AH to collect both.
With so many Elders to visit, it will be easy getting enough coins to buy the pet. However, I found it faster to accumulate the coins from Northrend as they are more tightly packed, as well as the new Cata ones for the achievement. All-in-all you’ll be getting a lot of flying miles. What a shame there’s no frequent flyer program :P
So hurray for Pet collectors and Happy New Year – especially to all those Snakes out there!
Kung Hei Fat Choi!