Midsummer Fire Festival

Things are heating up in Azeroth with summer’s arrival. What better way to celebrate than with the Midsummer Fire Festival. This year the event runs from June 21st through July 5th. For a complete overview of the event and for lists of bonfire locations feel free to check out WoWHead’s guide: Midsummer Fire Festival

The following information is for the Iron Man Challenge. For information on the other challenge variants please see below.

New for 2019
Bonfires have been added to Zandalar and Kul Tiras. A new toy has been added this year as well, Fire Eater’s Hearthstone.

Festival Bonfires
Bonfires have sprung up across all of Azeroth. You are allowed to complete the Honor the Flame quests as well as the Desecrate this Fire quests. Completing these quests will award Burning Blossoms. These can be used as currency to obtain items from the event’s vendors. You can also use the Burning Blossoms to reignite bonfires that have been extinguished. Should you use the Burning Blossoms to reignite a bonfire or be standing next to a bonfire when someone reignites it you will receive the Fire Festival Fury buff. This buff is NOT ALLOWED. It can be removed so make sure you right-click it off.

If you are one of those challengers that like to dance with danger and want to attempt the Desecrate this Fire quests please be advised this will PvP flag you. For challengers that have flying available, Ster has a helpful tip: “Get close to a bonfire. Click on it to bring up the quest box. Mount up on a flying mount and rise up in the air a few feet. Click Okay to complete the quest. It will not dismount you but you will become PvP flagged. Hit your spacebar (or whichever key you use to gain height on your flying mount) almost instantly after clicking Okay to raise you up into the air, reducing the chances of being attacked. If you don’t have flying it’s much riskier.”

Quests and Daily Quests
You may complete all of the quests and daily quests for this event except for the Summon Ahune and the Shards of Ahune quests. These quests require you to use dungeon finder to group up with other people to access this event boss. Grouping up is Not Allowed for solo challengers.

The Ribbon Pole
At the bonfire locations scattered across Azeroth, you will find ribbon poles. Clicking on these poles and moving to spin in a circle will create colorful ribbons connecting you to the pole. Doing this will give you the Ribbon Dance buff. This buff gives a 10% gain to experience and is NOT ALLOWED.

Bonfire’s Blessing
Bonfire’s Blessing is a zone-wide buff that gives your faction’s players a 30% chance to inflict 10 Fire damage on any melee, ranged, or spell attack, increasing by 10 Fire damage per level. Normally this buff would not be allowed, however since it’s a zone-wide buff that can not be removed we have no choice but to allow it. This is NOT a green light to go around intentionally reigniting bonfires, should you get the buff due to someone else in the zone relighting a fire that’s fine.

Cosmetic Items, Pets, and Toys, Oh My!
You are allowed to obtain all the items from the event’s vendor but that does not mean you can put on the cosmetic gear. You will still need to follow the gear rules. Adding the toys to your toy box and the pets to your journal are allowed as well.

Working Man:

  • All of the event’s quests & daily quests are allowed except for the Summon Ahune and Shards of Ahune quests. These involve grouping up and killing the event boss in a dungeon.
  • The Fire Festival Fury buff is NOT ALLOWED. Right-click it off.
  • The Ribbon Dance buff is NOT ALLOWED.
  • The Bonfire’s Blessing buff is allowed since it is zone-wide and cannot be removed.
  • You are allowed to obtain the items from the event’s vendor but you must still follow your gear rules.

Tin Man:

  • All of the event’s quests & daily quests are allowed except for the Summon Ahune and Shards of Ahune quests. These involve grouping up and killing the event boss in a dungeon.
  • The Fire Festival Fury buff is allowed.
  • The Ribbon Dance buff is NOT ALLOWED.
  • The Bonfire’s Blessing buff is allowed.
  • You are allowed to obtain the items from the event’s vendor but you must still follow your gear rules. 
  • Buff food from the event’s vendor is allowed.

Green Man:

  • All of the event’s quests & daily quests are allowed except for the Summon Ahune and Shards of Ahune quests. These involve grouping up and killing the event boss in a dungeon.
  • The Fire Festival Fury buff is NOT ALLOWED. Right-click it off.
  • The Ribbon Dance buff is NOT ALLOWED.
  • The Bonfire’s Blessing buff is allowed since it is zone-wide and cannot be removed.
  • You are allowed to obtain the items from the event’s vendor but you must still follow your gear rules.

Blood Thirsty:

  • You are NOT ALLOWED to complete the Midsummer Fire Festival quests. This event is not for you.

Pacifist:

  • All of the event’s quests & daily quests are allowed except for the Summon Ahune and Shards of Ahune quests. These involve grouping up and killing the event boss in a dungeon.
  • The Fire Festival Fury buff is NOT ALLOWED. Right-click it off.
  • The Ribbon Dance buff is NOT ALLOWED.
  • The Bonfire’s Blessing buff is zone-wide and cannot be removed. This buff when active will give you a 30% chance to inflict Fire damage on any melee, ranged, or spell attack. You will be credited with a kill if the buff kills a mob that is attacking you. Tread carefully!
  • You are allowed to obtain the items from the event’s vendor but you must still follow your gear rules.

Iron Teams:

  • All of the event’s quests & daily quests are allowed. You may do the Summon Ahune and Shards of Ahune quests if you have a full five-man team to fill the queue slots since you need to use dungeon finder to access the boss. If you do not have a full five-man team you cannot use the dungeon finder tool to fill out your group.
  • The Fire Festival Fury buff is NOT ALLOWED. Right-click it off.
  • The Ribbon Dance buff is NOT ALLOWED.
  • The Bonfire’s Blessing buff is allowed since it is zone-wide and cannot be removed.
  • You are allowed to obtain the items from the event’s vendor but you must still follow your gear rules.

Blood Thirsty Teams:

  • You are NOT ALLOWED to complete any of the Midsummer Fire Festival quests. This event is not for you.

Green Teams:

  • All of the event’s quests & daily quests are allowed. You may do the Summon Ahune and Shards of Ahune quests if you have a full five-man team to fill the queue slots since you need to use dungeon finder to access the boss. If you do not have a full five-man team you cannot use the dungeon finder tool to fill out your group.
  • The Fire Festival Fury buff is NOT ALLOWED. Right-click it off.
  • The Ribbon Dance buff is NOT ALLOWED.
  • The Bonfire’s Blessing buff is allowed since it is zone-wide and cannot be removed.
  • You are allowed to obtain the items from the event’s vendor but you must still follow your gear rules.

Images used with permission from WoWHead.

Things are heating up in Azeroth with summer’s arrival. What better way to celebrate than with the Midsummer Fire Festival. This year the event runs from June 21st through July 5th. This year’s update does not apply to us since it was an increase to the ilvl of the Frostscythe and capes that drop from Ahune, The Frost Lord.

You can find all the information you need on the event overall here at this Wowhead guide: http://www.wowhead.com/midsummer-fire-festival-guide

Festival Bonfires & Daily Quests
Irons: ALLOWED.
Tins: ALLOWED.
Greens: ALLOWED.
Pacifists: From what we can tell, dousing the flame will not count as a kill this year.
Blood Thirsty: You would be better off sitting this one out as this is a quest-heavy event.

Desecrating Fires: This will PvP flag you, so use caution if you attempt to put out any fires. For those challengers that can fly, Ster has a helpful tip: “Get close to a bonfire. Click on it to bring up the quest box. Mount up on a flying mount and rise up in the air a few feet. Click Okay to complete the quest, it will not dismount you but you will become PvP flagged. Hit your space bar(or whichever key you use to gain height on your flying mounts) almost instantly after clicking Okay to raise you up into the air, reducing the chances of being attacked. If you don’t have flying, it’s much riskier.”

Ribbon Pole: The XP buff you get from doing the ribbon pole dance is NOT ALLOWED!

Fire Festival Fury: When a Burning Blossom is thrown into a festival fire, all surrounding players will gain the Fire Festival Fury buff. This can be right-clicked to remove it and is NOT ALLOWED!

Bonfire’s Blessing: Typically this would not be allowed, however, you are unable to right-click/remove the buff so there is not much that can be done. Basically don’t go out there intentionally reigniting the bonfire to give you that buff… if you get it because someone else did it, fine. Pacifists BEWARE: You will be credited with a kill if the buff kills a mob that is attacking you. Tread carefully!

Images used with permission from WowHead.com.

The Midsummer Fire Festival is back… this year we have a new toy, a new pet and more bonfires added to Draenor and the Broken Isles. The world event runs from June 21 to July 5, exactly the same as last year. You can find all the information you need on the event overall here at this wowhead guide: http://www.wowhead.com/midsummer-fire-festival-2017-guide.

There are no changes from what we said about the event last year.

Festival Bonfires & Daily Quests
Irons: ALLOWED.
Pacifists: We are still uncertain if dousing the flame will count as a kill. Try it on a non-pacifist character first. From what we can tell, dousing the flame will not count as a kill this year.
Blood Thirsty: Allowed, however, these do count against your quest totals, so take care to not accidentally flag yourself as there is no going back.

Ribbon Pole: The XP buff you get from doing the ribbon pole dance is NOT ALLOWED.

Bonfire’s Blessing: Typically this would not be allowed, however, you are unable to right-click / remove the buff so there is not much that can be done. Basically don’t go out there intentionally reigniting the bonfire to give you that buff… if you get it because someone else did it, fine. Pacifists BEWARE: You will be credited with a kill if the buff kills a mob that is attacking you. Tread carefully!

dancingflamesHere we are a year later and we’re back into the Midsummer Fire Festival. The world event will run from June 21 to July 5. According to WoWHead’s event guide there were no new additions this year. This sort of makes sense as Legion is likely commanding all hands on deck by this point.

As such, there are no changes from what we said about the event last year.

Festival Bonfires & Daily Quests
Irons: ALLOWED.
Pacifists: We are still uncertain if dousing the flame will count as a kill. Try it on a non-pacifist character first.
Blood Thirsty: Allowed, however, these do count against your quest totals, so take care to not accidentally flag yourself as there is no going back.

Ribbon Pole: The XP buff you get from doing the ribbon pole dance is NOT allowed.

Bonfire’s Blessing: Typically this would not be allowed, however, you are unable to right-click / remove the buff so there is not much that can be done. Basically don’t go out there intentionally reigniting the bonfire to give you that buff… if you get it because someone else did it, fine.

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dancingflamesThe Midsummer Fire Festival has arrived! You can check out WoWHead.com’s guide here.

There have been some questions as to how the Fire Festival applies to the Iron Man (and other challenges)… I hope I can address them here.

Festival Bonfires & Other Daily Quests

  • Iron Man: Yes, you can do these… ride around (or better, FLY if you’re 60 or higher) and grab as many as you can!
  • Pacifist: I believe you *can* do these, however, we have not tested it yet. I do not think it’ll count as a “kill” if you desecrate a bonfire… if in doubt, test it on another toon.
  • Blood Thirsty: You technically can do these, however, keep in mind each one will likely count towards your quest count.

Ribbon Pole: The XP buff is NOT allowed for any of the challenges we currently have as this is an external buff that you must intentionally initiate.

Bonfire’s Blessing: Yes, this is an external buff and wouldn’t normally be allowed, however, you are unable to cancel the Aura / Buff. You shouldn’t be going up to the bonfire and initiating the buff, however, if you are in a zone where someone else happens to initiate it, then so be it. You will not be flagged, nor should you stop playing your challenger.