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 (mid-late June to early July, usually). It is similar to the Lunar Festival and other holidays, featuring some useful buffs, food, and toys to play with.

Occurs June 21st - July 5th, 2021.

It was introduced in Patch 1.11, and given a major revamp in June 2008.

From Midsummer Fire Festival[2] on the old official website:

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 honor; 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!

The ending of the Festival seems to have been merged with the Fireworks Spectacular (previously named 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.

Inv summerfest symbol medium.png  [Ribbon Dance]ω ϖ—Experience gained from killing monsters increased by 10%!

  • 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.

Inv misc summerfest brazierorange.png  [Fire Festival Fury]ω ϖ—Increases critical strike percent and spell critical strike percent by 3.

  • 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.

Spell fire flameshock.png  [Bonfire's Blessing]ω ϖ—Target gains a 30% chance to inflict Fire damage on any melee, ranged, or spell attack.

  • 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.

Inv summerfest firespirit.png  [Fire Festival Fortitude]ω ϖ—Increases Stamina by 30 for 1 hour.

  • 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 Inv helmet 08.png [Crown of the Fire Festival].

Inv summerfest symbol medium.png  [Reverence for the Flame]ω ϖ—Experience gained from killing monsters increased by 10%! 1 hour remaining.

Burning Blossom redemption

Below are the items you can purchase with Inv summerfest fireflower.png [Burning Blossoms] at Midsummer Merchants and Midsummer Suppliers. You can get 22 Blossoms (minimal) for normal quests, 20 Blossoms every day through daily quests, and 840 (H)/830 (A) Blossoms from the bonfires.

Sets Item Price Note
Inv holiday summerfest petals.png [Handful of Summer Petals] 2 Burning Blossom  
Inv summerfest firedrink.png [Fiery Festival Brew] 2 Burning Blossom  
Inv torch lit.png [Juggling Torch] 5 Burning Blossom Used for Money achievement.png Torch Juggler
Inv misc food 10.png [Elderberry Pie] 5 Burning Blossom  
Inv misc food 53.png [Midsummer Sausage] 5 Burning Blossom  
Inv misc bag 10 green.png [Bag of Smorc Ingredients] 5 Burning Blossom  
Inv summerfest smorc.png [Toasted Smorc] 5 Burning Blossom  
Inv misc food 11.png [Fire-toasted Bun] 5 Burning Blossom  
Components of the Midsummer
Reveler three-piece set
for
Money achievement.png Burning Hot Pole Dance
Inv shoulder 23.png [Mantle of the Fire Festival] 100 Burning Blossom
Inv chest cloth 72.png [Vestment of Summer] 100 Burning Blossom Causes your hands to catch fire for more festive dance moves.
Inv boots cloth 13.png [Sandals of Summer] 200 Burning Blossom Causes a fire to appear at your feet.
Inv icon heirloomtoken armor01.png [Ancient Heirloom Armor Casing] 350 Burning Blossom Heirloom upgrade to level 90 item. Added in 2015.
Inv helm circlet firelands d 01.png [Blazing Cindercrawler] 350 Burning Blossom Companion. Added in 2015.
Inv misc firedancer 01.png [Brazier of Dancing Flames] 350 Burning Blossom Creates a fiery, dancing female draenei who reacts to player emotes.
Inv potion 33.png [Captured Flame] 350 Burning Blossom Companion.
Cozy Bonfire 350 Burning Blossom New taller type of cooking fire toy. Added in 2015.
Inv helmet 08.png [Helm of the Fire Festival] || 350 Burning Blossom Helm that acts as a [Cooking Fire]. Added in 2012.
Unknown item 500 Burning Blossom Companion. Added in 2017.
Burning Defender's Medallion 500 Burning Blossom Appearance changing toy to look like a fire revenant. Added in 2015.
Set of Matches 500 Burning Blossom Toy to set yourself on fire! Added in 2017.
Inv icon heirloomtoken armor02.png [Timeworn Heirloom Armor Casing] 600 Burning Blossom Heirloom upgrade to level 100 item. Added in 2015.

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. A [1-80] Torch Tossing
  2. A [1-80] Torch Catching
  1. H [1-80] Torch Tossing
  2. H [1-80] Torch Catching

Quest chains:

  1. N [70] Unusual Activity
  2. N [70] An Innocent Disguise
  3. N [70] Inform the Elder

Players then are given access to quests based on their level:

Lord Ahune

A new chain of quests was added to the game, beginning at a Festival Talespinner. The end of the chain culminates in a daily quest to summon Lord Ahune, a new boss in the Slave Pens during the event.

2017 drops

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2015 drops

According to Wowhead News, Ahune will now have a chance to drop [Frostscythe of Lord Ahune] and item level 600 cloak (Back):[3]

2013 drops

According to Wowhead News, Ahune will now have a chance to drop and item level 480 cloak (Back):[4]

He my also drop [Formula: Enchant Weapon - Deathfrost] (requires 350 Enchanting [Enchanting]).[4]

Bonfires

See also: Alliance BonfireHorde BonfireNeutral Bonfire

The Flame Warden at each of your own faction's bonfires offers you 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 100 bonfires across the four continents:

  • Horde Horde (49): 45 normal, plus 4 capitals
  • Alliance Alliance (51): 47 normal, plus 4 capitals
  • Neutral Neutral (3)
  • Shattrath (1): unable to be honored or desecrated

Interacting with the fires rewards different amounts of Burning Blossoms:

  • Stealing a fire from an opposing faction's capital city: 25
  • Honoring a neutral fire: 15
  • Desecrating an opposing faction's fire (excludes capitals): 10
  • Honoring your own faction's fire (excludes capitals): 5

Here are the current amount of Blossoms you can collect:

  • Horde: total Burning Blossoms available
  • Alliance: total Burning Blossoms available

See Horde and Alliance for suggested routes.

Maps

Icon-time.svg This section concerns content that is out-of-date. Reason: Needs World of Warcraft: Legion Patch 7.2.5 update.

Note: Coordinates are not exact. General locations shown.

Key
  • Iconsmall poi43.png Alliance
  • Blip.png, Horde 15.gif Horde
  • MiniIcon BattleMaster.png Location with both Horde and Alliance fires
  • Iconsmall poi10.png Horde capital city
  • Iconsmall poi11.png Alliance capital city
  • Iconsmall poi102.png Earthen Ring neutral fire; only honoring allowed (Shattrath City cannot honor or desecrate)
Kalimdor
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Eastern Kingdoms
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Outland
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Northrend
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Pandaria
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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 N [1-80] A Thief's Reward.

Horde Horde capital gallery
Capital locations list
Alliance Alliance capital gallery
Capital locations list

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

List of all bonfires


Eastern Kingdoms
Zone Region Coords
Horde Arathi Highlands Hammerfall [69, 42]
Alliance Arathi Highlands Just north of Refuge Pointe [44, 46]
Alliance Badlands Dragon's Mouth [19, 56]
Horde Badlands The Dustbowl-just northeast of New Kargath [24, 38]
Alliance Blasted Lands Nethergarde Supply Camps-Just west of the keep [58, 17]
Horde Blasted Lands Dreadmaul Hold [46, 14]
Horde Burning Steppes Ruins of Thaurissan-just south of Flame Crest [51, 29]
Alliance Burning Steppes Valley of Ashes-just northwest of Morgan's Vigil [68, 60]
Alliance Dun Morogh Just north of Kharanos [54, 45]
Alliance Ironforge Hall of Explorers [64, 25]
Alliance Duskwood Darkshire [73, 55]
Alliance Elwynn Forest Goldshire [43, 65]
Alliance Stormwind The Canals-near Bobby Flay [49, 72]
Horde World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Eversong Woods North Sanctum [46, 50]
Horde World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Silvermoon City Court of the Sun [70, 43]
Horde World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Ghostlands Tranquillien [46, 26]
Horde Hillsbrad Foothills Tarren Mill [55, 50]
Alliance Hinterlands Aerie Peak [14, 50]
Horde Hinterlands Revantusk Village [76, 74]
Alliance Loch Modan Just northwest of Thelsamar [32, 40]
Alliance Redridge Mountains Just South of Lakeshire-directly across the lake and west of FP [24, 53]
Horde Silverpine Forest The Sepulcher [49, 38]
Alliance Northern Stranglethorn Fort Livingston [51, 63]
Horde Northern Stranglethorn Grom'gol Base Camp [40, 51]
Alliance Cape of Stranglethorn Wild Shore-East of Booty Bay [52, 67]
Horde Cape of Stranglethorn Wild Shore-East of Booty Bay [50, 71]
Alliance Swamp of Sorrows Bogpaddle [70, 14]
Horde Swamp of Sorrows Bogpaddle [76, 14]
Horde Tirisfal Glades Brill [57, 52]
Alliance World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Twilight Highlands Thundermar [47, 28]
Horde World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Twilight Highlands Bloodgulch [53, 46]
Horde Undercity Ruins of Lordaeron [68, 9]
Alliance Western Plaguelands Chillwind Camp [43, 82]
Horde Western Plaguelands The Bulwark [29.3, 57.1]
Alliance Westfall Moonbrook [44, 62]
Alliance Wetlands Menethil Harbor [13, 47]
Kalimdor
Zone Region Coords
Alliance Ashenvale Forest Song [86, 41]
Horde Ashenvale Silverwind Refuge [51, 66]
Alliance Azuremyst Isle Azure Watch [44, 53]
Horde Azshara Bilgewater Harbor [59, 51]
Alliance World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Exodar, The The Crystal Hall [41, 26]
Alliance World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Bloodmyst Isle Blood Watch [55, 69]
Alliance Darkshore South-West of Lor'danel [48, 22]
Alliance Desolace Nijel's Point [65, 17]
Horde Desolace Shadowprey Village [26, 76]
Horde Durotar Razor Hill [52, 47]
Horde Orgrimmar Western Earthshrine [47, 38]
Alliance Dustwallow Marsh Sentry Point - up the road from Theramore [62, 40]
Horde Dustwallow Marsh Brackenwall Village [33, 30]
Alliance Feralas Feathermoon Stronghold [46, 43]
Horde Feralas Camp Mojache [72, 47]
Neutral World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Mount Hyjal Nordrassil [63, 23]
Horde Mulgore Bloodhoof Village [51, 60]
Horde Northern Barrens Crossroads [50, 54]
Horde Thunder Bluff Spirit Rise [21, 26]
Alliance Silithus Cenarion Hold [60, 33]
Horde Silithus Cenarion Hold [50, 41]
Horde Southern Barrens Desolation Hold [41, 68]
Alliance Southern Barrens Fort Triumph [48, 72]
Horde Stonetalon Mountains Sun Rock Retreat [53, 62]
Alliance Stonetalon Mountains Mirkfallon Post [49, 51]
Alliance Tanaris Gadgetzan [52, 29]
Horde Tanaris Gadgetzan [49, 27]
Alliance Darnassus Warrior's Terrace [64, 48]
Alliance Teldrassil Dolanaar [55, 52.6]
Alliance Uldum Ramkahen [53, 32]
Horde Uldum Ramkahen [53, 34]
Alliance Un'Goro Crater Marshal's Stand [59, 63]
Horde Un'Goro Crater Marshal's Stand [56, 65]
Alliance Winterspring Everlook [61, 47]
Horde Winterspring Everlook [58, 47]
Outland
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Zone Region Coords
Alliance Blade's Edge Mountains Sylvanaar [42, 66]
Horde Blade's Edge Mountains Thunderlord Stronghold [50, 59]
Alliance Hellfire Peninsula Honor Hold [62, 58]
Horde Hellfire Peninsula Thrallmar [57, 42]
Alliance Nagrand Telaar [50, 70]
Horde Nagrand Garadar [51, 34]
Alliance Netherstorm Area 52 [31, 63]
Horde Netherstorm Area 52 [32, 68]
Alliance Shadowmoon Valley Wildhammer Stronghold [40, 55]
Horde Shadowmoon Valley Shadowmoon Village [33, 30]
Neutral Shattrath Terrace of Light [61, 32]
Alliance Terokkar Forest Allerian Stronghold [55, 55]
Horde Terokkar Forest Stonebreaker Hold [52, 43]
Alliance Zangarmarsh Telredor [69, 52]
Horde Zangarmarsh Zabra'Jin [36, 52]
Northrend
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Zone Region Coords
Alliance Borean Tundra Fizzcrank Airstrip [55, 20]
Horde Borean Tundra Bor'gorok Outpost [51, 12]
Alliance Crystalsong Forest Windrunner's Overlook [78, 75]
Horde Crystalsong Forest Sunreaver's Command [80, 53]
Alliance Dragonblight Wintergarde Keep [75, 44]
Horde Dragonblight Agmar's Hammer [39, 48]
Alliance Howling Fjord Fort Wildervar [58, 16]
Horde Howling Fjord Camp Winterhoof [48, 13]
Alliance Grizzly Hills Amberpine Lodge [34, 61]
Horde Grizzly Hills Conquest Hold [19, 61]
Alliance Sholazar Basin River's Heart [47, 66]
Horde Sholazar Basin River's Heart [47, 62]
Alliance Storm Peaks K3 [42, 87]
Horde Storm Peaks K3 [40, 86]
Alliance Zul'Drak The Argent Stand [41, 61]
Horde Zul'Drak The Argent Stand [43, 71]
Pandaria
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Zone Region Coords
Neutral Kun-Lai Summit Binan Village [71.1, 90.9]
Neutral Jade Forest Dawn's Blossom [47.2, 47.2]
Neutral Krasarang Wilds Zhu's Watch [74.0, 9.49]
Neutral Townlong Steppes Longying Outpost [71.5, 56.3]
Neutral Valley of the Four Winds Halfhill [51.8, 51.4]
Neutral Dread Wastes Soggy's Bottom [56.1, 69.5]
Both (Alliance and Horde) Vale of Eternal Blossoms Mogu'shan Palace [77.8, 33.9]
Maelstrom
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Zone Region Coords
Neutral Shimmering Expanse Silver Tide Hollow [49, 42]
Neutral Deepholm Temple of Earth [49, 51]
Draenor
World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Zone Region Coords
Horde Frostfire Ridge Grom'gar [72, 65]
Alliance Shadowmoon Valley Embaari Village [42.6, 36.0]
Neutral Gorgrond Bastion Rise [43.9, 93.8]
Neutral Talador Retribution Point [43.5, 71.8]
Neutral Spires of Arak Veil Terokk [48.0, 44.7]
Neutral Nagrand Ring of Trials [80.7, 47.6]
Broken Isles
World of Warcraft: Legion Zone Region Coords
Neutral Azsuna Azurewing Repose [48.3, 29.7]
Neutral Highmountain Ironhorn Enclave [55.5, 84.5]
Neutral Stormheim Road to Highmountain [32.5, 42.2]
Neutral Val'sharah Howling Dale [44.9, 57.9]
Alliance Suramar Bridge by Azsuna [23.0, 58.4]
Horde Suramar Path by Meredil [30.4, 45.4]
See also Alliance Bonfires, Horde Bonfires, and Neutral Bonfires

Achievements

Note
Note: Meta achievements are located in a separate table at the bottom of this section.

History

2017

New items were made available to purchase like [Set of Matches] and [Igneous Flameling], and bonfires have been added to Draenor and the Broken Isles. In addition, Ahune now drops ilvl 850 cloaks.

2015

Added new toys and pets: [Burning Defender's Medallion], [Blazing Cindercrawler], and [Cozy Bonfire].

As of Patch 6.1, several heirloom upgrade items added for purchase: [Ancient Heirloom Armor Casing], [Timeworn Heirloom Armor Casing]. In addition, Ahune now drops ilvl 670 capes.

2012

Added: [Helm of the Fire Festival].

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 (Inv shoulder 23.png [Mantle of the Fire Festival] Inv chest cloth 72.png [Vestment of Summer] Inv boots cloth 13.png [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 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.[5] A number of players have continued to have problems with the Exodar and Silvermoon city flame quests.

Patch changes

References

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