Midsummer 2014

As the nights get cooler on this side of the world, what better time to warm yourselves against a virtual flame? Midsummer Fire Festival is just revving up and although there’s nothing new to do if you’ve completed all your achievements already, you can still pick up a Crown of the Fire Festival if you’ve previously completed A Thief’s Reward. If you’re like me, you destroy yours every year just so you can save a bag slot.


This year, Cool was kind enough to create a banner just for the occasion so check out the one on his site if you’d like to see a higher resolution.

Midsummer Cymre banner

Oh and if you haven’t picked up a Qiraji Guardling yet, they’ve already been spotted outside the gates and ruins of AQ.

Fireworks Spectacular

Today marked the end of the Midsummer Festival for another year. The calendar stated that a fireworks display would be visible in any capital city as well as Booty Bay, every hour from 6pm till midnight. I was planning to go to Silvermoon and watch but when 11pm rolled around this is what I saw…

So I hearthed back to Org to witness what I was hoping to see in my home city. The display lasted 15mins.

Originally, I was going to ask my fellow bloggers to do the same thing and post an image from the fireworks display in their racial cities so we could see how different each one looked but it seems like the BC cities don’t apply.

Never-the-less it was a pretty nice show and I just want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy 4th July for those who celebrate. Although I don’t, it was still nice to stay for one show :)

Oh and if you /kiss or /dance with one of the revelers in the City, you’ll get a limited buff – although I can’t remember what it does :P

Did everyone achieve what they wanted this Midsummer festival?

Midsummer Fire Festival 2013

Ah, so you weren’t chosen for Flamekeeper this year? Don’t fret, my friend! The Midsummer Fire Festival isn’t merely about that traditional honour; it’s a time of merriment, a chance to celebrate the hottest season of the year by lighting great fires across the land and sharing in what the elemental spirits can offer. Come to our camps and join in the revelry!

Taken from the old official website.
Back in vanilla with my hunter Tallys, Hugadarn and Navimie

Back in vanilla with my hunter Tallys, Hugadarn and Navimie

It may officially be Winter on our side of the world but we all know that it’s Summer in Dath’remar (or if your name is Coolidge). The Midsummer Fire Festival has been around since 2008 and like inflation, the loot gets upgraded with each instalment. This year it will run from June 21 to July 5.

So if you’re starting from scratch, here are some things to look forward to:

Badlands during Burning Crusade

When you first kill the holiday boss – Lord Ahune, he will drop an item (which everyone can loot) which starts Shards of Ahune, rewarding you with either the blue Tabard of Summer Skies or the orange Tabard of Summer Flames (above) as well as 20 Burning Blossoms. If you decide you want the other colour, you can destroy the tabard you have and then ask the tabard vendor for the other colour – this also counts for the achievement tally.

Frigid Frostling

Frostscythe of Lord Ahune

Ahune has a chance to drop the Ice Chip pet and the Frostscythe of Lord Ahune which now has stats on it. There are also 480 capes to collect.

Other items may be purchased from the Midsummer vendors through trading in your Burning Blossoms.

To complete the set you can also obtain the Crown of the Fire Festival as a reward from capturing all the flames from each capital city.

Helm of the Fire Festival

Helm of the Fire Festival

Helm of the Fire Festival

Helm of the Fire Festival – bonfire

Here’s a demonstration of your personal brazier. I didn’t actually test it by cooking anything though.

Brazier of Dancing Flames

Captured Flame and Midsummer 4-pc set

Searing Scorchling and Midsummer 3-pc set

Searing Scorchling

The Searing Scorchling used to be a drop from Lord Ahune but was replaced by Ice Chip. It was later re-added in the 4.2 patch from a possible item inside Zen’Vorka’s Cache sold by Zen’Vorka. This vendor may be found in the Molten Front once you have collected x30 Marks of the World Tree from dailies.

There were four new achievements in 2012:

  1. Flame Keeper of Northrend
  2. Flame Keeper of Cataclysm
  3. Extinguishing the Cataclysm
  4. Extinguishing Northrend

Here are the eight Alliance and eight Horde fires in Northrend.

  • Howling Fjord Fort Wildevar at 58,16 (Alliance) and Camp Winterhoof at 48,13 (Horde)
  • Grizzly Hills Amberpine Lodge at 34,61 (Alliance) and Conquest Hold at 19,61 (Horde)
  • Zul’drak The Argent Stand at 41,61 (Alliance) and the Argent Stand at 43,71 (Horde)
  • Storm Peaks K3 at 42,87 (Alliance) and K3 at 40,86 (Horde)
  • Crystalsong Forest Windrunner’s Overlook at 78,75 (Alliance) and Sunreaver’s Command at 80,53 (Horde)
  • Dragonblight Wintergarde Keep at 75,44 (Alliance) and Agmar’s Hammer at 39,48 (Horde)
  • Borean Tundra Fizzcrank Airstrip at 55,20 (Alliance) and Bor’gorok Outpost at 51,12 (Horde)
  • Sholazar Basin River’s Heart at 47,66 (Alliance) and River’s Heart at 47,62 (Horde)

The Uldum and Twilight Highlands fires are separate with the Deepholm, Vashj’ir, and Mount Hyjal fires being neutral.

  • Mount Hyjal Nordrassil at 62,22 (neutral)
  • Vashj’ir Silver Tide Hollow at 49,42 (neutral)
  • Deepholm Temple of Earth at 49,51 (neutral)
  • Uldum Ramkahen at 53,32 (Alliance) and Ramkahen at 53,34 (Horde)
  • Twilight Highlands Thundermar at 47,28 (Alliance) and Bloodgulch at 53,46 (Horde)

New in 2013 the bonfires of Pandaria – Flame Keeper of Pandaria (Horde) or Flame Warden of Pandaria (Alliance) as well as Extinguishing Pandaria (Horde) or Extinguishing Pandaria (Alliance)

  • Binan Village, Kun-Lai Summit – 71.1, 90.9
  • Dawn’s Blossom, The Jade Forest – 47.2, 47.2
  • Zhu’s Watch, Krasarang Wilds – 74.0, 9.49
  • Longying Outpost, Townlong Steepes – 71.5, 56.3
  • Soggy’s Gamble, Dread Wastes – 56.1, 69.5
  • Halfhill, Valley of the Four Winds – 51.8, 51.4
  • Mogu’shan Palace (both bonfires), Vale of Eternal Blossoms – 77.8, 33.9

The two pets available from the event are now battle pets – Ice Chip which summons a Frigid Frostling and Spirit of Summer  (350 Burning Blossoms)

So good luck if you have a busy week ahead of you.

Midsummer Fire Festival 2008

Badlands, during the Burning Crusade

With some new additions to the Festival this year, we were eager to see what Ahune, the Frost Lord had to offer. Others chose to visit the festival fires across the lands, show off their torch catching skills and even do some ribbon dancing for that nice 10% bonus buff – not to mention desecrating any Alliance flames :P

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