Retail Guide - Lunar Festival

Near the beginning of each year, the light of the Lunar Festival descends upon Azeroth. The druids of Moonglade hold a celebration, welcoming in travelers to see spectacular displays of fireworks, gather for feasts, and honor the ancestral spirits of the elders. All the while, the demon Omen begins to stir beneath Lake Elune’ara…

When: Jan. 24 – Feb. 7, 2023
Where: Moonglade, with camps in Ironforge, Stormwind, Darnassus, Thunder Bluff, Orgrimmar, and the Undercity

To get started, speak with a Lunar Festival Herald (H) or Lunar Festival Emissary (A) in one of the major capital cities to pick up the introduction quest. Complete it to receive an invitation to make your way to Moonglade and enjoy the festivities.

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Vendors and Rewards

During the Lunar Festival, players are able to earn Coins of Ancestry by visiting Elders located throughout Azeroth and completing quests. Up to 109 coins can be obtained per character each year. Unlike most holiday currencies, Coins of Ancestry remain in your inventory after the Lunar Festival ends, so extras can be saved for next year.

Coins of Ancestry are used at vendors located in Moonglade. Valadar Starsong can be found at Nighthaven (54, 35), selling Lunar Festival-exclusive attire plus Horde and Alliance battle pets. Fariel Starsong is next to Valadar in Moonglade selling toys and profession schematics/recipes for festival items. Additionally, Lunar Festival Vendors can be found in major cities for all of your fireworks needs!

Recent Updates

In 2023, eight new elders arrived on the Dragon Isles, bringing with them the Elders of the Dragon Isles achievement!

In 2022, Jefan the Crafter was added to sell Star Lanterns near Fariel and Valadar in Moonglade.

In 2020, the Lunar Preservation quest line was added to Myrael Lunarbloom in Moonglade (53, 36), and awards a permanent version of the Lunar Festival crowns purchased from from Valadar. Myrael’s Crown of Eternal Memorial, Crown of Boundless Courage, Crown of Infinite Prosperity, and Crown of Everlasting Fortune do not require the holiday to be active, and therefore can be transmogged year-round.

In 2018, the Crown of Dark Blossoms, Crown of Good Fortune, Crown of Prosperity, and Crown of Courage were added to Valadar Starsong’s available items, though these versions can only be transmogged when the Lunar Festival is active.

In 2016, the heirloom upgrades Timeworn Heirloom Armor Casing, Weathered Heirloom Armor Casing, and Ancient Heirloom Armor Casing were added to Fariel’s inventory.

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Holiday Apparel (Valadar)

Item Name
Cost
25  
25  
25  
5
5
5
5
5
5
5

Battle Pets, Pet Toys, and Fireworks (Valadar)

Item Name
Cost
50 
50 
5
1
1
10 silver

Toys and Heirloom Upgrades (Fariel)

Item Name
Cost
75 
75 
40 
25 
25 
10 
25 
25 
10 
25 
25 
10 
25 
25 
30 

Profession Patterns, Schematics, and Recipes (Fariel)

Item Name
Cost
Cluster Rocket Recipes (Contains three recipes; blue, green and red rocket clusters)
Large Cluster Rocket Recipes (Contains three recipes; blue, green and red rocket clusters)
Large Rocket Recipes (Contains three recipes; blue, green and red rockets)
Small Rocket Recipes (Contains three recipes; blue, green and red rockets)

Activities

With so much to do and see, it can be overwhelming – we’ve got your back! The primary activities are defeating the raid boss Omen, quests to honor the elders, and collecting Coins of Ancestry to spend on different rewards.

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Omen (Seasonal Boss)

Players are able to awaken and fight Omen, a demon found in Moonglade. Slumbering below Lake Elune’ara after being corrupted by the Burning Legion and defeated by heroes of Azeroth once before, the noise of celebration awakens him again.

Pick up the quest Elune’s Blessing from Valadar Starsong in Moonglade, then summon Omen by shooting off the event fireworks at the cluster launchers in Moonglade (64,61), or by shooting Elune’s Candle at the Minions of Omen who are roaming around near the same area. Upon defeat, celestial light will shine on Omen’s body. Receive Elune’s Blessing by standing in the pool of light, then return to Valadar to complete the quest and receive the toy Elune’s Lantern.

Note: You don’t need to be part of the raid group that slays him; standing in the light that appears will grant credit for the quest.

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Honoring the Elders

There are 84 elders spread across Azeroth, each surrounded by a beam of light and accompanied by a quest marker. In addition to achievement progress and some gold, finding and honoring each will award:

In 2012, nine elders were added for a separate Elders of Cataclysm achievement, and can be completed alongside Elders of Eastern Kingdoms and Elders of Kalimdor.

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Zone Phasing

With the introduction of zone phasing during newer expansions, you may find some elders aren’t visible in their expected location. If this occurs, speak with Zidormi in each zone to be taken to the required timeline. She can be found in the following places:

  • Undercity: Ruins of Undercity (69, 62)
  • Blasted Lanes: North entrance (48, 7)
  • Teldrassil, Darkshore, and Darnassus: Outside Lor’danel (48. 24)
  • Silithus: Valor’s Rest (78, 22)

Helpful Addons

In 2021, the TomCat’s Tours: Lunar Festival addon became part of the main TomCat’s Tours addon. It includes drawn pathways on the map for hard-to-spot elders, icons for portals and elders on both the flight map and zone minimaps, plus a reminder to visit Zidormi for elders in phased zones.

TomTom is a simple addon that provides in-game navigation when the user inputs a set of coordinates (waypoints). In our charts, the coordinates for each elder are listed with each location.

Locations of the Elders

The elders are organized by continent. See the bottom of each tab for a screenshot of the locations marked by a Coin of Ancestry.

To complete Elders of Eastern Kingdoms, you’ll need to honor 17 elders. While you’re here, you can also make progress on these achievements:

Elder
Zone
Location
Elder Bellowrage
Blasted Lands
Dark Portal (54, 49)
Elder Dawnstrider
Burning Steppes
Flame Crest (53, 24)
Elder Goldwell
Dun Morogh
Kharanos (53, 49)
Elder Graveborn
Tirisfal Glades
Brill (61, 53)
Elder Highpeak
The Hinterlands
Creeping Ruin (50, 48)
Elder Ironband
Searing Gorge
Blackchar Cave (21, 79)
Elder Meadowrun
Western Plaguelands
Weeping Cave (63, 36)
Elder Moonstrike
Western Plaguelands
Outside Scholomance (69, 73)
Elder Obsidian
Silverpine Forest
The Sepulcher (45, 41)
Elder Rumblerock
Burning Steppes
Dreadmaul Rock (70, 45)
Elder Silvervein
Loch Modan
Thelsamar (33, 46)
Elder Skychaser
Westfall
Sentinel Hill (56, 47)
Elder Snowcrown
Eastern Plaguelands
Light’s Hope Chapel (75, 54)
Elder Starglade
Northern Stranglethorn
Outside Zul’Gurub (71, 34)
Elder Stormbrow
Elwynn Forest
Goldshire (39, 63)
Elder Windrun
Eastern Plaguelands
Crown Guard Tower (35, 68)
Elder Winterhoof
The Cape of Stranglethorn
Booty Bay (39, 72)

The following three Elders are located in Alliance and Horde capital cities, and criteria for Elders of the Horde/Elders of the Alliance.

Elder
Zone
Location
Elder Bronzebeard
Ironforge
Mystic Ward (29,16)
Elder Hammershout
Elwynn Forest
Stormwind City Gates (34, 50)
Elder Darkcore
Undercity
Ruins of Lordaeron Throne Room (67, 38)

The following four Elders are located inside Eastern Kingdoms dungeons and criteria for Elders of the Dungeons.

Elder
Zone
Location
Elder Farwhisper
Eastern Plaguelands
Stratholme
Elder Morndeep
Searing Gorge
Blackrock Depths
Elder Starsong
Swamp of Sorrows
Sunken Temple
Elder Stonefort
Burning Steppes
Lower Blackrock Spire
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To complete the achievement Elders of Kalimdor. you’ll need to honor 21 elders. While you’re here, you can also make progress on these achievements:

Elder
Zone
Location
Elder Bladeleaf
Teldrassil
Dolarnaar (57,53)
Elder Bladesing
Silithus
Cenarion Hold (53,35)
Elder Bloodhoof
Mulgore
Bloodhoof Village (48, 53)
Elder Brightspear
Winterspring
Lake Kel’Theril (53,56)
Elder Dreamseer
Tanaris
Gadgetzan (51, 27)
Elder Grimtotem
Feralas
Lariss Pavilion (76, 37)
Elder High Mountain
Southern Barrens
Vendetta Point (41, 47)
Elder Mistwalker
Feralas
The Maul (62,31)
Elder Moonwarden
Northern Barrens
The Crossroads (48, 59)
Elder Morningdew
Thousand Needles
Fizzle & Pozzik’s Speedbarge (77,75)
Elder Nightwind
Felwood
Jaedenar (38, 52)
Elder Primestone
Silithus
Crystal Vale (30, 13)
Elder Ragetotem
Tanaris
Ruins of Uldum (37, 79)
Elder Riversong
Ashenvale
Astranaar (36, 48)
Elder Runetotem
Durotar
Razor Hill (53,43)
Elder Skygleam
Azshara
Ravencrest Monument (64, 79)
Elder Skyseer
Thousand Needles
Freewind Post (46, 51)
Elder Starweave
Darkshore
Near Lor’danel (49, 19)
Elder Stonespire
Winterspring
Everlook (60, 49)
Elder Thunderhorn
Un’Goro Crater
Slithering Scar (50, 76)
Elder Windtotem
Northern Barrens
Ratchet (68. 70)

The following three Elders are located in Alliance and Horde capital cities, and criteria for Elders of the Horde/Elders of the Alliance.

Elder
Zone
Location
(A) Elder Bladeswift
Darnassus
Cenarion Enclave (39, 32)
(H) Elder Darkhorn
Orgrimmar
Near Flight Master (52, 60)
(H) Elder Ezra Wheathoof
Thunder Bluff
Elder Rise (73, 23)

The following two Elders are located inside Kalimdor dungeons and criteria for Elders of the Dungeons.

Elder
Zone
Location
Elder Splitrock
Maraudon
Near Princess Theradras
Elder Wildmane
Zul’Farrak
Gahz’rilla
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To complete the achievement Elders of Northrend, honor 18 elders. While you’re here, you can also make progress on Elders of the Dungeons (7).

Elder
Zone
Location
Elder Arp
Borean Tundra
D.E.H.T.A (57, 43)
Elder Beldak
Grizzly Hills
Westfall Encampment (60, 27)
Elder Bluewolf
Wintergrasp
Wintergrasp Fortress (49, 14)
Elder Fargal
Storm Peaks
Frosthold (28, 73)
Elder Graymane
Storm Peaks
K3 (41, 84)
Elder Lunaro
Grizzly Hills
Ruins of Tethys (80, 37)
Elder Morthie
Dragonblight
Star’s Rest (29, 56)
Elder Muraco
Storm Peaks
Camp Tunka’lo (64, 51)
Elder Northal
Borean Tundra
Transitus Shield (34, 34)
Elder Pamuya
Borean Tundra
Warsong Hold (43, 50)
Elder Sandrene
Sholazar Basin
River’s Heart (50, 63)
Elder Sardis
Borean Tundra
Valiance Keep (59, 65)
Elder Skywarden
Dragonblight
Agmar’s Hammer (35, 48)
Elder Stonebeard
Storm Peaks
Bouldercrag’s Refuge (31, 37)
Elder Tauros
Zul’drak
Zim’Torga (59, 56)
Elder Thoim
Dragonblight
Moa’ki Harbor (49, 78)
Elder Wanikaya
Sholazar Basin
Rainspeaker Rapids (64, 49)
Elder Whurain
Grizzly Hills
Camp Oneqwah (64, 47)

The following seven Elders are located inside Northrend dungeons and criteria for Elders of the Dungeons.

Elder
Zone
Location
Elder Chogan’gada
Howling Fjord
Utgarde Pinnacle, after Skadi the Ruthless
Elder Igasho
Borean Tundra
The Nexus, near Ormorok the Tree-Shaper
Elder Jarten
Howling Fjord
Utgarde Keep, after Prince Keleseth
Elder Kilias
Grizzly Hills
Drak’Tharon Keep, King Dred
Elder Nurgen
Dragonblight
Azjol-Nerub, after Hadronox
Elder Ohanzee
Zul’drak
Gundrak, behind Drakkari Colossus
Elder Yurauk
The Storm Peaks
Halls of Stone, near Krystallus
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A new achievement, Elders of the Dragon Isles, can be earned by honoring the Elders located across the Dragon Isles. The locations and coordinates for the new elders are listed below.

Note: Most of these elders take advantage of Dragonriding. If you get to a location and don’t see the elder or beam of light they stand in, look up!

Elder
Zone
Location
Aylaag Elder
The Waking Shores
Obsidian Observatory (44, 63)
Elder Dekidig
The Azure Span
Lost Ruins (67, 49)
Elder Razlok
Thaldraszus
Above Gelikyr Post (50, 66)
Iskaara Elder Nemaglek
The Azure Span
Iskaara (12, 49)
Iskaara Elder Shomkol
The Waking Shores
Crumbling Cliffs (46, 31)
Iskaara Elder Sik’ek
Thaldraszus
Algeth’ar Academy (54, 43)
 Ohn’ir Elder
Ohn’ahran Plains
Shikaar Highlands (84, 48)
 Shikaar Elder
Ohn’ahran Plains
Ohn’ahra’s Roost (58, 31)

Achievements

After traveling Azeroth to honor the elders, slaying the dangerous demon Omen, and shooting off fireworks while donning the most festive of wardrobes, players can earn 16 achievements and one meta-achievement that rewards the title of Elder <PlayerName>.

Other achievements:

  • Lunar Festival Finery: Purchase a festive pant suit or festive dress with Coins of Ancestry.
    • All color variants of the festive pant suit and dress can be purchased at the vendors in Moonglade for 5 each.
  • Elune’s Blessing: Complete the Elune’s Blessing quest by defeating Omen.
    • Upon defeat, celestial light will shine on Omen’s body. Receive Elune’s Blessing by standing in the pool of light. For more details including where to pick up the required quest, see the “Omen (Seasonal Boss)” section above.
  • The Rocket’s Red Glare: Shoot off 10 Red Rocket Clusters in 25 seconds or less.
    • Red Rocket Clusters can be purchased from Lunar Festival Vendors for 1 silver each, and shot off using cluster launchers in Moonglade or in capital cities near holiday vendors.
  • Frenzied Firecracker: Shoot off 10 Festival Firecrackers in 30 seconds or less.
    • Festival Firecrackers can be purchased from Lunar Festival Vendors for 3 silver each, and shot off using cluster launchers in Moonglade or in capital cities near holiday vendors.

 

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Astrael

Arcane mage for life, pet and mount collection completionist, achievement hunter, and lover of all things lore.
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