The Lunar Festival is a 2-week event based on Chinese New Year and will run between the 1st and 15th February (or the 2nd – 16th for Oceanic players). There aren’t really any changes this year except for the heirloom upgrades added in Patch 6.1.


These fireworks were first seen during the short pre-MoP Theramore’s Fall scenario and cost 25x Coins of Ancestry. Thankfully, learning one automatically teaches you the toy for the opposing faction.

Pet Lovers

lunar lantern pets

These faction-specific pets cost 50x Coins of Ancestry each. The good news is, they are BoE meaning you’ll be able to trade them or purchase them from the AH.

Perky Blaster


Give your Perky Pug some fireworks to play with for the cost of 1x Coins of Ancestry. Watch him run around in circles having the time of his life.


Three firework schematics cost 5x Coins of Ancestry each and engineering skill of 500 to learn.

Heirloom Upgrades

The following items will upgrade an heirloom piece to 90 and 100, respectively.

omen Lunar Festival

Elders of Cataclysm

If you managed to get the achievements done in previous years, there’s really not a lot to do. Last year, there was only one new achievement which required you to honour the 9 new Elders introduced in Cataclysm (bringing the total number of Elders to 84).

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Elder Sekhemi in Uldum – (32, 63) Located at Ruins of Ammon
Elder Menkhaf in Uldum – (66, 19) Located at Khartut’s Tomb (north-east to the big statue)

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Mount Hyal
Elder Windsong in Hyjal – (27, 62) Located at Sanctuary of Malorne
Elder Evershade in Nordrassil – (63, 23) Next to the Inn, Alliance side portal

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Elder Stonebrand in the Temple of Earth – (50, 55) Located at the Entrance of the Temple
Elder Deepforge in Deepholm – (28, 69) Located at Stonehearth

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Twilight Highlands
Elder Firebeard in Twilight Highlands – (51, 71) Located at Dunward Town Square of Dunward Ruins
Elder Darkfeather in Twilight Highlands – (52, 33) Located at Thundermar Ruins

I love the two goldfish swimming around him
Elder Moonlance in Vashj’ir – (57, 86) Located at Biel’aran Ridge, Shimmering Expanse

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Festival Lantern (Horde) and Lunar Lantern (Alliance) respectively

With so many Elders to visit, it will be easy getting enough coins to buy the pet. However, I found it faster to accumulate the coins from Northrend as they are more tightly packed, as well as the new Cata ones for the achievement. All-in-all, you’ll be getting a lot of flying miles. What a shame there’s no frequent flyer program :P

2016 is the year of the Fire Monkey who is said to be ambitious and adventurous, but irritable.

Kung Hei Fat Choi!