When headed out to level, farm, or grind during the Midsummer Fire Festival this year, be sure to head to the zone's bonfire for your side (there's one outside of almost every Horde or Alliance settlement) and throw in a blossom. You'll be glad you did, no matter what your level. You'll get one buff right off the bat: The Fire Festival Fury buff. This 60 minute buff will not only give you a straight 3% to your critical strike chance, but you'll also get a damage shield that will do fire damage equal to your level to all who attack you. That's right, Thorns, eat your heart out.
But what's even better is that it doesn't stop there.
If your side's fire is burning bright, you'll get a zone-wide buff called the Bonfire's Blessing. This blessing gives you a 30% chance to inflict 10 fire damage per your character level on every spell, melee, or ranged attack. That means 100 extra damage at level 10, 200 extra damage at level 20, and so on, up to 700 extra damage at level 70. In short, you'll be tearing off quite a chunk of extra health from your average non-elite enemy with these buffs. All you have to do is make sure that the zone bonfire for your side stays lit, and you'll be a killing machine with both of these amazingly powerful buffs. Just be careful, the buff does count for that zone only, so if you go to a different zone, you'll probably have to go throw a blossom in that zone's fire -- or hope someone else did.
The existence of these buffs is actually providing me with bit of a conundrum. Do I want to work towards a Firedancer or a nice set of clothing on my 70s, or do I want to level my lowbies using these sweet, sweet buffs? Are you having the same problem? Either way, be sure to keep an eye out on WoW Insider today. No matter what you're planning to do for the Fire Festival, we'll have the guides you need to get the most out of the holiday.