King of the Fire Festival
This achievement is awarded for stealing the flames from four enemy capitals and completing a turn-in quest for all four. When you right-click the enemy capitals' fires, a small flame appears in your pack as a quest to turn in at a Festival Loremaster (located around major city fires everywhere). Grab all four flames (Orgrimmar, Thunder Bluff, Silvermoon, and Undercity if you're Alliance: Stormwind, Ironforge, Darnassus, and the Exodar if you're Horde), and you'll get a final quest called A Thief's Reward
that, once completed, will give you the King of the Fire Festival achievement.
Stealing enemy fires is a lot easier with flying mounts in Azeroth these days, but let's face it; there's nothing easy or risk-free about getting into an enemy capital regardless. Try not to do this at peak server times if you're on your own.
Undercity, Silvermoon, and Thunder Bluff are easy; Orgrimmar more than makes up for that.
Stealing Thunder Bluff's Flame
The Thunder Bluff flame is located on Spirit Rise (the northwestern bluff) at 20,26. If you don't have a flying mount, the city can be a nuisance because the bridge system has a tendency to confuse players. On the bright side, TB -- while more populated than it's been in ages past -- is not one of the busier Horde cities. If you have Slow Fall
, a parachute cloak, or a lucky Noggenfogger
slow fall effect, you can also jump off the mesas after getting the flame and evade any guards or players chasing you.
Stealing Orgrimmar's Flame
The Orgrimmar flame was
located at 46,38 in the Valley of Wisdom (the area in front of the building housing Thrall and the shaman trainers, which no longer exists). Whether it's still in that general area is anybody's guess, so be advised that I'll be updating the coordinates again shortly after the holiday goes live. The Orgrimmar fire has generally been the most difficult of the Horde fires to capture: Orgrimmar is the most crowded Horde city and the fire was located pretty far in. For Alliance players without access to a flying mount, it was easiest to enter the city from the little-used western gates, but nowadays this will dump you in the middle of a pack of NPCs in the troll district. Still, it's better than entering through the city's main gates, which will toss you into the middle of the giant pack of players typically loitering around the main auction house and bank. You can also try the northern gates (coming from Azshara), which is usually deserted until it reaches ... another giant pack of players loitering around the northern auction house and bank. Sorry, folks -- there are really no good options here. Try to do Orgrimmar during a slow period.
: Yep, the fire's still in the Valley of Wisdom (a.k.a. Tauren Town).
Stealing Undercity's Flame
The Undercity flame is the easiest of the four Horde fires to steal and is located in the Ruins of Lordaeron courtyard at 68,9. You don't actually have to enter the city, although you will
get PvP flagged because the Ruins are Horde territory.
Stealing Silvermoon's Flame
The Silvermoon fire is located at 69,39 in the Court of the Sun at 69,43. Silvermoon itself is generally deserted and you should have little trouble.
Darnassus and the Exodar are easy: Stormwind and Ironforge are not.
Stealing Darnassus's Flame
Darnassus used to be a freebie with the fire located in Rut'theran Village: Now you're going to have to head to the Warriors' Terrace on the eastern side of the city. You can skip the zoning process by flying straight up the trunk of Teldrassil (although it takes a while), but you're going to have to brave a city full of guards if you don't have a flying mount. Either way, don't forget to pick up the flame in Dolanaar for Flame Keeper of Kalimdor. When you're done with both fires, catch the boat from Rut'theran to Azuremyst for the Exodar and Azuremyst/Bloodmyst Isles fires.
Stealing the Exodar's Flame
The Exodar's flame is located in the Crystal Hall at 41,25. The Exodar is generally empty and this one shouldn't be too difficult, but the fire is still pretty far into the city. When you get off the boat, take the side entrance into the Exodar (located to your left off the road) in order to avoid as many players as possible. While you're on the draenei islands, desecrate the flames at Azure Watch and Blood Watch. Afterwards, head back to Rut'theran and transfer to the boat heading to Stormwind.
Stealing Stormwind's Flame
The Stormwind flame is located at 50,72 around the entrance to the Stormwind Stockades. This didn't get blown up in Cataclysm
, so I'm reasonably confident that the location won't have changed much. If you're coming from the docks, you should be able to avoid the more highly-trafficked portions of the city, but the odds of running into some high-level players are still pretty good. If you get mobbed, try to zone into the Stockades and wait a few minutes. Afterwards, mount up, ride for the Deeprun Tram if you don't have a flying mount (just get the hell out of Stormwind if you do), and head to Ironforge.
Stealing Ironforge's Flame
The Ironforge flame is located at 64,24 in the Hall of Explorers. You can get to it relatively fast if you're coming off the Tram (head out, hang a right, steal the fire, then sprint back to the Tram). Bear in mind that while the Tram is neutral territory (and on a PvE server your flag will drop there after 5 minutes), anyone who decides to make your life difficult can and probably will follow you back there.
Got all four flames? Head back to a Festival Loremaster, turn them in, and enjoy your achievement. Use the quest money to help repair the thrashing your gear probably took.
Burning Hot Pole Dance
Sounds simple, right? Well, it would be, but buying these threads is going to run you 400 Burning Blossoms
if you're starting the holiday from scratch.
Do yourself a favor and get the Fires of Azeroth, Desecration, and King of the Fire Festival achievements done first. Blizzard also provided a ton of fires throughout Northrend in 2009 (you can find the locations and coordinates here
; however, they're not the subject of any achievement, so we won't be discussing them here) as another source of Blossoms. These -- and the Festival dailies, easily doable with the NPCs located around any capital city fire -- will leave you with a ton of Burning Blossoms
, which are the currency needed for purchasing items from Midsummer vendors, including the three clothing items required.
The 3 items you need for the set are:
Why the shoes cost so much compared to the much flashier chest and shoulder pieces, I can't say, but the full set will run you 400 blossoms. This is easily doable if you've completed the achievements referenced above, but it will mean that if you're still interested in purchasing the Captured Flame
pet or the Brazier of Dancing Flames
, you're going to have to put some work into the torch-juggling dailies and complete the Northrend fires. In 2009 it was possible to sell items back to the vendor for a refund of Blossoms, which made this the hell of a lot easier; in 2010, Blizzard axed this. Whatever you buy from the vendor, you're not going to get those Blossoms back, so be careful.
For people with crappy computers, this used to be a real nightmare due to the giant circus of players and mounts occupying Dalaran during Wrath of the Lich King
. These days, it's not likely to be a big deal. On the chance that it is, just park your toon on one of the floating rocks immediately outside Dalaran, and doing this will be a lot easier.
What you'll need to do is purchase around 20-25 Juggling Torches
from Midsummer vendors
, then hotkey them somewhere convenient. Using a torch will allow you to target a specific area where you want it to land. Target it at your feet, then spam the hell out of your torch hotkey. This will automatically force each torch to come down where you're already standing, so you can instantly "juggle" it back. Use of the torches doesn't trigger the global cooldown, so as long as your latency and framerates are cooperating, you should be able to "juggle" 40 torches easily within the space of 15 seconds.
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