The Lunar Festival is a time of celebration. The people of Azeroth celebrate their triumph of many thousands of years ago, when an alliance of good races (the night elves, tauren, furbolgs, and earthen) defeated a terrible evil called the Burning Legion. It is also a time of remembrance for the valor and wisdom of that ancient age.
Today, the Lunar Festival is held by the druids of Nighthaven. Both the Horde and Alliance are welcome to celebrate and shoot fireworks — a symbol of Elune's power. Ancient heroes of the past also appear throughout the land, offering gifts to those who find and honor them.
It is a time of happiness, fortune and celebration, but it has a deeper motive as well.
Omen, defeated so many centuries ago, yet remains in Lake Elune'ara. Although driven insane by the Burning Legion, the demigod still possesses Elune's blessing and thus is immortal. During the Lunar Festival, he stirs...and heroes of the land are called to defeat him once again.
For a list of Elder locations, visit Lunar Festival Elders.
Decorations are placed in every capital as well as in the regions of Nighthaven and Moonglade. Revelers celebrating the Lunar New Year will be spread throughout the world (the revelers are concentrated in Moonglade, except for those that show up for the fireworks shows in Stormwind/Thunder Bluff/Booty Bay); the lunar festival specific NPCs can be found in each capital and in Moonglade. There are also other NPCs — spread throughout the world — that are ghost-like elders who players must find and honor, as noted below.
Lunar Festival events focus on the celebration of the ancestors of the inhabitants of Azeroth. Quests can be found throughout the world offering holiday-related items such as fireworks and other memorabilia to celebrate one's elders and ancestors. Elder Ghosts are found throughout the world of Azeroth and each time players finds a new Elder, they receive a token that can be redeemed for special holiday-related items.
Changes over time
THe Lunar Festival has changed very little over time mostly with the exception of new Lunar Festival Elders in zones added by expansions. However, no new elders were added with Mists of Pandaria (expected ones in Pandaria), so the last ones were added with Cataclysm.
- In Cataclysm
The and were added in Cataclysm for 50 from <Coin of Ancestry Collector> in Moonglade.
- Patch 3.0.8
The and were made Bind on Pickup.
- Patch 2.2
- Patch 2.1.1
(contains , , and ) was added in Patch 2.1.1 for 5 from <Coin of Ancestry Collector>.
|Year||Lunar New Year date||Lunar Festival dates|
|2006||January 29||January 27 – February 14|
|2007||February 18||February 16 – March 8|
|2008||February 7||February 5 – February 23|
|2009||January 26||January 24 – February 12|
|2010||January 23||February 13 - March 7|
|2011||February 3||January 23 - February 13|
|2012||January 23||January 22 - February 12|
|2013||February 10||January 27 - February 10|
|2014||January 31||January 20 - Febuary 3|
- On the date of the actual lunar New Year, celebrations occur in Stormwind, Thunder Bluff, Booty Bay and Moonglade.
- On the last day of the festival, one last firework show will be held in Moonglade. This parallels the Chinese "Festival of Lanterns", with extra lanterns spawned around Lake Elune'ara (the firework show occurs over the lake).
Some holiday items that relate to the Chinese New Year include:
- Various rockets and fireworks.
- Collected from Lunar Festival Elders that can be used as currency.
- A .
- Some .
- Costumes that depict festive Lunar holiday dresses and suits in a variety of colors besides red.
- Recipes that will allow players to create red Lunar holiday clothing, and others to create a variety of rockets and launchers.
- A special with a surprise inside (inspired by the red packets that is given during Chinese New Year).
- The contains 88 charges, which according to Chinese Tradition would be lucky. This is also related to the red packets.
- Two new companions were added for the 2012 festival, both resembling Chinese lanterns: / . Both are sold by .
Finally, there is Omen, a high-level boss that spawns in Moonglade during the festival, giving players a chance to experience a raid-style encounter that only appears during this time of year. Omen is inspired by the tale of "Nian" from Chinese lore. In the Chinese version of WoW, Omen's name will be left as Nian.
Simple quests exist at each major city that provide a 24-hour invitation that allows the bearer to teleport to Moonglade from inside a nearby circle of moonlight. Once in Moonglade, one hill contains a number of similar circles of moonlight, each of which lets a character teleport back (using the invitation) to one of the cities. Though the invitation has a 10-minute cooldown, this provides a convenient way to move from city to city for the duration of the festival (see the Travel Guide). In addition, this provides a flight point to Moonglade, usually accessible only to Druids and high-level characters.
Even if you completed these quests (including the veneration of the elders quests) in a previous year, they will once again be available to you this year (2009).
- "The Lunar Festival", from the heralds or emissaries in the cities, direct you to your city's harbinger. Reward: 5 Cenarion Circle reputation. Minimum level of 1 to do quest.
-  , from the harbinger in your city, directs you to set off 8 small and 2 cluster fireworks (purchasable from the nearby vendor, made by an engineer, or received from an Elder), and rewards you with 150 Cenarion Circle reputation, and a allowing you to teleport to Moonglade.
- "Valadar Starsong" directs you to teleport to Moonglade and speak with Valadar in the village of Nighthaven. Reward: 1,250 experience (or 75 at max level).
Gaining Coins of Ancestry
You don't need a prerequisite for these. Just find the Elder, talk to them, and the quest is complete. There are 84 elders: 26 in Kalimdor, 24 in Eastern Kingdoms, 25 in Northrend, and 9 in Cataclysm zones. The Elders stand in circles of light. You can complete the quest with any Elder, though some are harder to get to than others, such as those in your opposing faction's capital cities.
All of these quests give 1 and 75 (changed from 50) of your faction's reputation. (No Cenarion reputation.) This means +75 to each of your faction's five cities. Since Cataclysm the faction reputation gain has become somewhat trivial as it's only effective through 5999/6000 Friendly rep. If you finished these quests in 2006 you weren't able to repeat them in 2007, but as of 2008 you can complete the quests for Elders you finished in previous years (in other words, the 2008 and 2009 festivals ignore which ones you completed in previous festivals).
Also see the Lunar Festival Elders tour guide.
Lucky Red Envelope
Upon completing each Elder's quest, players will be immediately rewarded with a , which alternately contains either an (summons a circle of light, same as ) or a , which gives you and anyone near you a +250 health buff for 30 minutes, when thrown into a . The odds of either appear to be about even. Prior to the Cataclysm, players had to wait eight hours for their envelopes to show up in the mail.
A complete list of all the Elder locations including coordinates can be found on the Lunar Festival Elders page.
Spending Coins of Ancestry
During the Lunar Festival, two vendors in Moonglade will redeem Coins of Ancestry for goods:
- sells festival outfits, a , , , and the / .
- sells tailor patterns for red festival clothes and engineering schematics for various fireworks and launchers.
See the NPCs' pages for a list of the items each sells. All of these items are Bind on Pickup (except , which is sold for silver, not Coins of Ancestry.)
An engineer who wants all the fireworks schematics will need thirty Coins of Ancestry.
A tailor who wants both red festival clothes patterns will need ten Coins of Ancestry.
The coins don't have a limited duration, so you can save your excess for the next festival.
-  from Valadar Starsong - Summon , defeat him and gain his blessing. The blessing itself is a buff giving +10% to all stats for one hour. Rewards: , 3 solid stone and a box of fireworks (100 Cenarion Circle reputation).
- Every year the druids of Moonglade hold a celebration of their city's great triumph over an ancient evil. During the Lunar Festival, citizens of Azeroth have the opportunity to honor their elders by celebrating their sage wisdom, sharing in magnificent feasts, and of course...shooting fireworks!
- Type: Holiday Event
- Location: All Major Cities, Booty Bay, Moonglade
- The beast of was once a hero of this world. A wolf of great strength and fortune, Omen fought beside the heroes of the War of the Ancients until he succumbed to demonic magics. Turning against his allies, he raged across Azeroth and carried death and terror in his wake. Finally defeated in Moonglade, Omen now sleeps among the silt of Lake Elune'ara. But each new year, during the festival, he stirs...
- During the Lunar Festival, adventurers will have the opportunity to honor many of their elders, and by doing so, they will also honor their culture and their people. For this, the Coins of Ancestry serve as a tangible means to recognize those who have chosen the venerable path of respect. Those who are recognized thus will have their diligence rewarded with a selection of unique items.
- The innovative and artistic engineers of Undermine have been slaving away since their display of pyrotechnics in July. Their latest and greatest - not to mention highly dangerous to operate - creations will be on display in the cities of the world every hour after sunset. Keep your eyes to the skies, and be sure to stick around for the finale!
- Many soldiers formerly abroad have come home to engage in the festivities. Share in the merriment and dance with the revelers, or, if you're so inclined, blow a kiss to one that catches your eye. It's all in fun, after all; they appreciate the attention!
- Festival Outfits To help celebrate the festivities, a selection of unique clothing become available to adventurers. Such outfits have been worn in times past during the Lunar Festival and each is hand-crafted with only the finest soft fabrics and other quality components.
- The Lunar Festival is a time of celebration. The peoples of Azeroth celebrate their triumph of many thousands of years ago, when an alliance of good races (Night Elves, Tauren, and Earthen - a proto-dwarven race) defeated a terrible evil. It is also a time of remembrance for the valor and wisdom of that ancient age.
- The demi-god Omen was a being of great strength and knowledge. Blessed by Elune, Omen wandered primordial Kalimdor, guiding hunters and gatherers and offering luck and advice to all he met. When the Burning Legion launched their attack, Omen allied with Azeroth's defenders. He fought bravely but after many battles his wounds from demonic forces plunged Omen into a deep, dreaming sleep...where fel-inspired nightmares slowly consumed him. When he finally awoke, centuries later, he had fallen to madness.
- The transformed Omen rampaged. No longer a creature of wisdom - but still possessing the strength of Elune's blessing - he tore through the land, killing and devouring. Terror rode before him, and death trailed in his wake.
- Omen's spree of horror ended when a coterie of ancient heroes gathered in the village of Nighthaven and faced the beast. They called down the moon's wrath and Omen, blinded and stunned by the power of the moon goddess, fled into the deep waters of Lake Elune'ara. That day marked the end of his rampage, and symbolized a new beginning for the people of Azeroth and the followers of Elune.
- Today, the Lunar Festival is held by the druids of Nighthaven. Both the Horde and Alliance are welcomed to celebrate and shoot fireworks - a symbol of Elune's power. Ancient heroes of the past also appear throughout the land, offering gifts to those who find and honor them.
- It is a time of happiness and fortune and celebration, but it has a deeper motive as well...
- Omen, defeated so many centuries ago, yet remains in Lake Elune'ara. Although driven insane by the Burning Legion, the demi-god still possesses Elune's blessing and is, hence, immortal. During the Lunar Festival, he stirs...and heroes of the land are called to defeat him once again.
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