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  • Making gold with the Midsummer Festival (2012)

    Many holidays can earn you some nice gold if done right.
    Each year, however, it seems that holiday events are tweaked or revamped altogether.
    Just as well, upcoming events or changes in WoW could cause an event to hold more value than it ever did before.
    The midsummer festival happens to fall under such a circumstance!

    - This guide will detail how exactly to get and where each bonfire is. I found the maps to be iffy...
    - This guide also works, and has accurate coordinates of each bonfire.
    - Here is a list of TomTom coordinates. (Thanks @theatermusic87)

    The way this event will earn coin is through the 2 pets the event has to offer, plus potentially [Juggling Torch].
    Honestly, though, you should be saving your for the pets.
    If you have a few extra to spare at the end of the event, you can buy the torches.
    Another possibility is to hold onto your spare til next year.
    The only reason not to is if they despawn after the event ends.

    The 2 pets you can earn are:

    [Captured Flame] - 350
    [Ice Chip] - a possible looted item from [Satchel of Chilled Goods], which is earned once per day from killing Ahune.
    You can queue to kill Ahune using the LFD tool.

    Do note that [Captured Flame] is NOT BoP, but is unique. Find a way to store these as such, just like we had to for [Swift Lovebird].
    On the other hand, [Ice Chip] is BoP, but still does not prevent you from selling it in MoP! According to this video, pets can be learned then sold in MoP!
    Also, many pets may have their BoP tag removed in MoP.
    So, it may be worth running Ahune each day on each toon until you get one (or even 2, if you are lucky!)

    Some things to note:

    -Horde can earn 840 from bonfires.
    -Alliance can earn 830 from bonfires.
    -Each enemy capital city earns you *25* ! There are 4 total, earning you 100.
    -Each bonfire can only be done once per toon.
    -The first time you kill Ahune on a character, there is a [Shards of Ahune] in the chest. Be sure to pick it up and immediately turn it in there in Slave Pens for some more and a tabard.
    -Even if you already got [Ice Chip], keep running Ahune each day as the satchel may drop more .
    -Do the dailies every day! This event lasts almost 2 weeks, allowing you to earn a lot of . This includes low levels!
    -For characters without a flying mount, it IS possible to get the bonfires throughout Azeroth. You will either need a second account and a flying mount with a passenger seat, or find someone else who has such a mount that is running around themselves. Perhaps they could take you along! The only issue you should find yourself having are those in enemy capital cities.
    -Before setting out to hunt down all the flames, clear your NPC_scan cache so you can nab some rares and their possible mog gear drops.
    -While flying around Outlands, check up on Doom Lord Kazzak and Doomwalker to see if they have spawned, as they drop level 70 BoEs that may sell well to 70 twinks or for transmog. Their spawn times are 2-5 days. They are also easily killed by any level 85.


    I absolutely plan to sell [Captured Flame] for 10-20k in MoP. Think of how many people are NOT playing right now due to summer shinannigans, diablo 3, and just general end-of-expansion downtime. If people aren't playing, they aren't earning for their [Captured Flame]! When MoP hits, [Captured Flame] should prove to be in demand.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Making gold with the Midsummer Festival (2012) started by TimB View original post
    Comments 35 Comments
    1. calianna's Avatar
      calianna -
      Added to the sticky, nice write up!
    1. David's Avatar
      David -
      -For characters without a flying mount, and in Org, you will need to find someone with a passenger seated flying mount to get to the dailis, as they are located on the ridge next to the cata zone portals.
      Whaa?
      There are like four elevators
    1. TimB's Avatar
      TimB -
      Quote Originally Posted by David View Post
      Whaa?
      There are like four elevators
      Ha! The spoils of a flying mount deceived me. Corrected it.
    1. theatermusic87's Avatar
      theatermusic87 -
      thought i'd post a link to the tom tom coordinates from last year, makes it a bit easier

      http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/2721562977
    1. TimB's Avatar
      TimB -
      Thanks @theatermusic87!
    1. Austacker's Avatar
      Austacker -
      Have to look at it in terms of GPH as well. For sure the pets will have ongoing demand and as long as they have a high time investment to acquire them, they certainly have the potential to command decent premiums. But it's all a subjective, idealised value right now that may not materialise into much at all at the end of the day and you have to spend your time with this fact in mind.

      For those who are completionists and want to earn their event achieves, the blossoms will come as a matter of course anyway... but I am not sure they represent the best bang for buck on your time if you're just in it for a GPH return.

      Maybe it might be worth farming up a couple if you can, but I am not sure I'd revolve a 2 week strategy over this, regardless of the idealised profits from selling these pets at a later date.
    1. TimB's Avatar
      TimB -
      @Austacker. That is a valid point.
      For someone on a higher population server, it would indeed have to be compared against other GPH methods. However, in the long run, diversification earns more gold than a few methods alone.
      Of course, you work with the higher GPH methods first, and 'fill in the gaps' with lower GPH methods that are quick and easy.
      As such, I agree with the point you have on possibly just picking up a few of these pets, and then re-engaging in other methods of making gold.

      For people on backwater servers such as me, a lot more time is spent on stockpiling.
      It proves to be difficult to earn gold during these down times. The past 7 days has only netted me 50k, which is, I'm sure, not a whole lot compared to high pops.
      And trust me, I diversify as much as I can to keep a steady income to fund my stockpiling.
      At the end of the day, I do believe I can turn a comparable high GPH from these pets.

      I guess it really all depends on people's time budgets.
    1. yanrogue's Avatar
      yanrogue -
      I'm farming a fair amount of them because I somewhat enjoy farming and most of them I can afk on a flight path for.
    1. Isy's Avatar
      Isy -
      nice right up will b giving it a shot today gj
    1. Cerinbank's Avatar
      Cerinbank -
      Quote Originally Posted by TimB View Post
      Do note that [Captured Flame] is NOT BoP, but is unique. Find a way to store these as such, just like we had to for [Swift Lovebird].
      On the other hand, [Ice Chip] is BoP, but still does not prevent you from selling it in MoP! According to this video, pets can be learned then sold in MoP!
      Also, many pets may have their BoP tag removed in MoP.
      So, it may be worth running Ahune each day on each toon until you get one (or even 2, if you are lucky!)
      Noooo thank you! Not after what happened with Swift Lovebird, though it's my own stupid fault for being so leveraged in them. Did Lovebird work out well for anybody? To my mind, they were long-view 'investments' of a sort, but the way things are going, I'm not confident anymore. I think the BOE items are too easy to get by too many people who value their time too cheaply to be worth chasing anymore. Starting to feel like the window for these things is the first 48 hours to get a hopefully decent score off of the 'just give me the pet already' contingent who don't want to farm out their own but are willing to pay for it. Possibly some period before the event too, but we have to wait until next year to see, having held the items for a year and almost certainly having inflation be really unkind.

      Now, Ice Chip.....that's hard to get, and it's almost certainly not common knowledge that the Soulbinding might be removed / use-then-sell possible. The instinct on getting one to drop is probably to go 'Yay!' and learn it, which will take them out of the market (assuming the changes are not retroactive to pets you've already learned) That's where the gold is going to be.

      Quote Originally Posted by Austacker View Post
      Have to look at it in terms of GPH as well. For sure the pets will have ongoing demand and as long as they have a high time investment to acquire them, they certainly have the potential to command decent premiums. But it's all a subjective, idealised value right now that may not materialise into much at all at the end of the day and you have to spend your time with this fact in mind.
      Exactly...'we' consider Gold Per Hour, but the vast majority are happy to farm something out then race each other to the bottom because 'Time Is Money, Friend' is just another funny flavor thing NPCs say when you click them, and 'any gold is profit!!' You can't fight this mentality without tacitly embracing it to some degree, except to move on to greener pastures and let the farmers fight each other for a modest couple hundred that took several hours to make. The 'secret' about BoE festival pets and mounts is well and truly out among the general population, and if previous fests are any indication, by the end the market is going to be saturated, and stay saturated.
    1. TimB's Avatar
      TimB -
      Here's my take on it, @Cerinbank.

      The swift lovebirds, first of all, did turn out to be a good investment of time for the truly patient.
      I didn't sell them for more than 10k myself, nor did I farm them. I flipped a few. I bought them during the event itself while they were cheap and marked them up a few thousand and moved them over the course of a month after the event.
      However, I have observed other people selling them recently for 15-20k. It does indeed go to show that these type of things require holding onto for a long time before selling.

      The thing that sets the lovebirds apart from the flames is the reason why people buy them.
      People who wanted the lovebirds were avid collectors, nothing more. They wanted that mount either because they had an odd taste (they were ugly imo), or they just wanted another tally in their total mounts known.

      Captured flame, however, will serve more than just a tally in someone's book. It also isn't ugly.
      I am sticking to the 20k+ price in MoP. And they will sell, I am sure.

      Currently, they are on average 10k, but consider this. People will compete and drive prices down during the event. Once I see these pets drop to 1500 or less, I'll swipe them and remove them from circulation.

      Also consider how many characters probably know the pet from last year, and may have chosen not to get another/not work on earning more blossoms because they know the pet will be account wide.

      There are a lot more variables to this pet than there were to the mount that could see it having more value, and higher sell rates.
      Only time will tell, but from personal experience on long term investments like this, I can taste a good chunk of gold in the long run.

      Over all, though, I am speaking from a small server where not many of these pets will show up on the AH to begin with. Currently there's about 4. The first one was listed for 10k, but are dropping below 5k now.
      I can see what you mean though on a larger server where saturation is high.
    1. gunnmen01's Avatar
      gunnmen01 -
      I just sold one of my two lovebirds for 7500, I spent very little time farming as i chatted with freinds so basically free. Ill farm up a few of the flames as i fly around working on the fires. 2 toons for the XP, one for the achievements and another toon for the guild rep plus i just enjoy doing these things on the holidays.
    1. calianna's Avatar
      calianna -
      Lovebirds were a very different thing. You could farm up enough charms to buy one extremely quickly if you were so motivated. If you did dailies, Ahune, and all the traveling, then (based on what I was reading) you could get three on each alt. But that's a TON of work. Not to mention, unless you have been doing all those things so far during the holiday, you can probably only hope to get 2 now since you missed the dailies.

      So, many, many hours of actual work (per alt) to get 2-3 pets compared to a small amount of TV-watching-while-clicking to get a lovebird. The issue, however, is that most people who would be willing to shell out the gold for a pet are usually also willing to just do the work themselves.
    1. Z-Man's Avatar
      Z-Man -
      Quote Originally Posted by calianna View Post
      The issue, however, is that most people who would be willing to shell out the gold for a pet are usually also willing to just do the work themselves.
      Not always. As soon as I saw the Captured Flame on the AH, my Festival was over. Ice Chip dropped on the first Ahune run, so that took care of him.

      On my server, market saturation invariably drives prices down to the point where it's easier to just buy one and spend the time doing something more profitable (or at least more mindless). It's not really worth my time to farm blossoms when Captured Flames are already under 1900g.
    1. taro's Avatar
      taro -
      I think Captured Flames are comparable to festival lanterns, which are going to be 25k+ in MoP, because of their rarity.
      I will pick at least 10 for cheap price and I will certainly sell them in mop for huge profit.

      offtopic: bought for my main, it costs 350 blossoms. Hillarious helm.
    1. TimB's Avatar
      TimB -
      Once the servers come back up, I'll be sitting on a total of 12 of the flames. I have 2 more toons to nab bonfires on, which will put me at 16. After that, I can call it quits and just do Ahune each day for the Ice Chip, which takes all of 5 minutes to do. Most my toons are tanks or heals, so I can queue while doing the dailies or crafting stuff.
      If I can sell these pets for 20k+ ea, thats 320k at least for a couple hours spent each day for 6 days.
      Even at 10k ea, that's 160k. But I agree with @taro .

      I'll be sure to come back here and update my profit some time after MoP releases and these things sell. XD
    1. Z-Man's Avatar
      Z-Man -
      Captured Flames are under 1000g, with many days left to go. These things are going to be worse than Lovebirds.
    1. TimB's Avatar
      TimB -
      Quote Originally Posted by Z-Man View Post
      Captured Flames are under 1000g, with many days left to go. These things are going to be worse than Lovebirds.
      Right now, they may be. But my intention is to sell them in MoP when the demand and active player base is much much higher.

      Currently, not many people are playing, meaning that there are less people to put these in circulation.

      When MoP hits, those people are going to log in, hit 90, get into the pet battle system, and may want to buy these pets.
      On my server, I do plan on buying these pets from the AH if they fall below a certain price and resell in MoP.
      The less in circulation now means the less competition later.

      This will of course vary from server to server, and larger servers will indeed have a higher saturation of these pets.
      It's not for everyone, but those who can take advantage of it will likely see high yield.
    1. Cerinbank's Avatar
      Cerinbank -
      Quote Originally Posted by TimB View Post
      Right now, they may be. But my intention is to sell them in MoP when the demand and active player base is much much higher.

      Currently, not many people are playing, meaning that there are less people to put these in circulation.

      When MoP hits, those people are going to log in, hit 90, get into the pet battle system, and may want to buy these pets.
      On my server, I do plan on buying these pets from the AH if they fall below a certain price and resell in MoP.
      The less in circulation now means the less competition later.

      This will of course vary from server to server, and larger servers will indeed have a higher saturation of these pets.
      It's not for everyone, but those who can take advantage of it will likely see high yield.
      This reasoning seems pretty sound. If they take more effort to farm, and each player is likely to end up with fewer of them, and there are fewer people playing, there will be fewer being stockpiled to sit around until MOP. Makes sense. Just have to move them before next June, I guess (this is part of my worry with Lovebirds), so there is probably a window of a couple of months to try and shift them.

      I guess this is alright, just kind of gun-shy about Festival BOEs, I guess.
    1. Z-Man's Avatar
      Z-Man -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cerinbank View Post
      I guess this is alright, just kind of gun-shy about Festival BOEs, I guess.
      Same. We were all going to get rich off of the Lovebirds, too. And rabbits. And cupids. (Zero sales from all of them.) There's just too many of them being farmed, and I just don't see the demand being there for them. I think market saturation will drive the price of the pets into the ground by this weekend, to the point that anyone who wants one for MoP will probably already have one (and they only need one). I may throw a few extras into the bank for speculation if I have space, but I don't really expect these being run up past what sellers are asking for whelplings.

      Which reminds me, I should stock up on whelplings...