Lunar Festival (23 January – 12 February)

Omen the Demon WolfElder StargladeCoinciding with the Lunar New Year, the Lunar Festival ostensibly commemorates the defeat of the wolf demi-god Omen in Moonglade. This is celebrated by fireworks displays every hour after sunset (in Stormwind and Booty Bay). Unfortunately, Omen is only mostly dead and arises from the depths of Lake Elune’ara in Moonglade periodically. This is also the season to honor our elders, those heroes and sages of the past.

The Lunar Festival draws from the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) celebrated throughout mainland Asia. Omen is inspired by the legend of Nian, a monster that lived under the sea that attacked people during the second new moon after the winter solstice. One name for Chinese New Year is “the passing of the beast” (guo nian). Another tradition during this time is traveling to meet with ones family (elders) and sharing a reunion dinner. In some areas, the New Year’s season ends with a Lantern Festival fifteen days into the new year.

There are two separate quest lines for this season. On the Omen side, a series of quests leads you to Moonglade and (if you’re L40+) an encounter with the demi-demon. On the Elder side, there are Elder NPCs scattered all across Azeroth in mysterious beams of moonlight just waiting for mortal adventurers to come and commune with them in exchange for a few words of wisdom and a Coin of Ancestry.

“This small token will give no
answers. But perhaps it will be
of some amusement to you.”

A day or so after meeting an Elder, s/he will send you a Lucky Red Envelope in the mail containing an Elder’s Moonstone (like the Elune Stones created with Elune’s Lantern, shine moonlight on a targeted area for 3 minutes) or a Lucky Rocket Cluster (+250 health buff for 30 minutes, requires a Cluster Launcher). The Omen quest line provides a Lunar Festival Fireworks Pack containing 4 ea. blue, green, red, white, and yellow small rockets and 2 ea. blue, green, red, white, and yellow large rockets. The packs themselves do not stack.

The Lunar Festival has special seasonal vendors found in any of the capital cities (generally near the capital city’s Elder and Harbinger). They sell a variety of items, including the fireworks needed for two of the achievements. Note that Rocket Clusters and Rockets must be used with an appropriate launcher. Engineers can learn to craft launchers, and there are both Cluster and Rocket launchers around any circle of greater moonlight in Moonglade or the capital cities. The vendors sell a variety of items, including:

Valadar Starsong will redeem Coins of Ancestry for the following (bind on pickup) goodies:

  • 8 Festival Dumplings (1 Coin of Ancestry) – festive food that restores 4% of health & 3% of mana per second for 25 sec (stacks in 8s).
  • Festive Lunar Dresses (5 Coins of Ancestry) – in green, pink, and purple, packaged with a Lunar Festival Fireworks Pack
  • Festive Lunar Pant Suits (5 Coins of Ancestry) – in black, blue, and teal, packaged with a Lunar Festival Fireworks Pack
  • Elune’s Candle (5 Coins of Ancestry) – 88 charge firework very useful for disturbing the sleep of ancient demon wolves

Fariel Starsong offers the following recipes for 5 Coins of Ancestry each. Note that unlike the self-contained fireworks usually made by engineers, these rockets require the use of a matching launcher to set off.


Quest Given By Description Reward
The Lunar Festival Lunar Festival Emissary Talk to the Lunar Festival Harbinger 10 Cenarion Circle rep, chains to “Lunar Fireworks”
The Emissaries are usually located near the banks in the capital cities. The Harbingers are located in each capital city – for Alliance, outside the gates of Stormwind, the Cenarion Enclave in Darnassus, and the Mystic Ward of Ironforge; for Horde, near the flight point in Orgrimmar, the north end of Elder Rise in Thunder Bluff, and in the old Lordaeron throne room above the Undercity – near a bright pillar of moonlight. Emissaries and Harbingers may also be found in Dalaran’s Runeweaver Square and the north end of the Terrace of Light in Shattrath.
Lunar Fireworks Lunar Festival Harbinger Launch 8 Lunar Fireworks and 2 Cluster Fireworks and return to a Lunar Festival Harbinger at any capital city. 150 Cenarion Circle rep, Lunar Festival Invitation, chains to “Valadar Starsong”
You can buy the rockets and clusters from the nearby Lunar Festival Vendor for 25c (rockets) and 1s (clusters) each. Then stand in the circle of greater moonlight next to either the Fireworks Launcher or the Cluster Launcher and right-click the firework in your inventory.
Valadar Starsong Lunar Festival Harbinger Use your Lunar Festival Invitation in the moonlight to travel to Moonglade. Speak with Valadar Starsong in Nighthaven when you arrive. 1250 xp
Nighthaven is located north of the party – run along the road. Valadar and Fariel Starsong are located at the northeast end of town (53.6, 39.2). Make sure to get the griff route so you can visit Moonglade again without being a druid or gaining Timbermaw rep. The invitation only works for 24 (played) hours. Sindrayl the Hippogryph Trainer is located near (48.1, 67.3), on the way to Omen’s spawning ground. Faustron the Wind Rider Master is located near (32.1, 66.4), near the road leading up to Timbermaw Hold.
Elune’s Blessing
Obtainable at L40
Valadar Starsong, Nighthaven, Moonglade Summon Omen, defeat him and gain Elune’s blessing 500 Cenarion Circle rep, 7250 xp (at L40), 95s, Elune’s Lantern, Lunar Festival Fireworks Pack, 3 Solid Stone
Omen lies defeatedDuring this season, you can use the Lunar Festival Invitation to get to Moonglade by portal from any of the capital cities. Omen is a two-headed demon dog who rises from Lake Elune’ara on the southeast shore (near the Stormrage Barrow Den and conveniently close to the graveyard). Unlike the Greench, you do not need to tap Omen to get credit for the kill – after he’s dead, you need to go stand near (or in) his body (near the red crystal inside his body at the center of the bright pillar of moonlight) until you get the message that you’ve received the Blessing (a 60 min +10% buff to all stats). After returning to Valadar, you may either use your invitation in the appropriate dancing circle to get back to a capital city or take the griff route to Auberdine or Ashenvale or Everlook. The invitation has a 10 minute cooldown between uses.
The Elder Quests (Printer Friendly)
These quests require you to find and speak to an Elder. You gain 75 all-team rep (Alliance or Horde) and a Coin of Ancestry from each. They are fairly easy to find, since there’s a white spotlight on them. Note that there’s a wide range of Elder locations, including some in deep dungeons. Elders may be found in both the heroic and normal versions of the instance. Also, Elders are not team-specific – Alliance can use the Elders in Hordelands and vice versa. At last report, there were 75. Remember that you can use your Lunar Invitation to gate between the capital cities by way of Moonglade – this may save you some time. You can port to Moonglade from opposing capital cities, just not to them (this is especially useful for making good escapes after grabbing the coin from a capital city). If you’re corpse dragging in hostile territory, ensure that you have instant quest text enabled from your options panel and try rezzing inside the Elder to gain a little extra time. Remember that as long as you don’t damage the NPCs, you will not flag for PvP (except for capital cities where you flag on entry). Speaking with an Elder gives you quest credit against the “Quests Completed” achievements, but do not count towards a region quota for the Loremaster achievements. These quests also do not award guild experience or reputation.

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Achievements

Name Description Points
Elune’s Blessing Complete the Elune’s Blessing quest by defeating Omen 10
Lunar Festival Finery Purchase a Festive Pants Suit or Festive Dress from Valadar Starsong, Moonglade 10
The Rocket’s Red Glare Shoot off 10 Red Rocket Clusters in 25 seconds or less 10
Frenzied Firecracker Shoot off 10 Festival Firecrackers in 30 seconds or less 10
Elders of the Eastern Kingdoms Honor the Elders which are located in Eastern Kingdoms 10
Elders of Kalimdor Honor the Elders which are located in Kalimdor 10
Elders of Northrend Honor the Elders which are located in Northrend 10
Elders of the Dungeons Honor the Elders which are located inside the dungeons 10
Elders of the Alliance Honor the Elders in the Alliance capital cities 10
Elders of the Horde Honor the Elders in the Horde capital cities 10
A Coin of Ancestry Receive a Coin of Ancestry 10
5 Coins of Ancestry Receive 5 Coins of Ancestry 10
10 Coins of Ancestry Receive 10 Coins of Ancestry 10
25 Coins of Ancestry Receive 25 Coins of Ancestry 10
50 Coins of Ancestry Receive 50 Coins of Ancestry 10
To Honor One’s Elders Complete all the above achievements 30, Title: Elder

Special thanks for updates and information to Zombob of Too Horde to Handle on Lightbringer, Arlys of Sanctum on Zangarmarsh, Worgul on Alexstrasza.