Daily Quest Guide: Midsummer Fire Festival

The Midsummer Fire Festival is a great way to earn some fast gold for your level 80 characters or quickly get experience for your lower level toons. Unfortunately, two of the dailies that come with this in-game holiday require some above average eye-hand coordination. Those quests, More Torch Tossing and More Torch Catching, can both be completed in a minute or two with the right technique.

Since I’m a Horde player the above video shows me completing these quests in the Spirit Rise section of Thunder Bluff. In addition to the video tutorial, here are some notes for each quest:

More Torch Tossing

Before you accept the quest, make sure you have the quest item located on an easy to reach key on your toolbar. I have a secondary row in my interface devoted solely to obnoxious daily quest items so I can quickly hit a button and activate an item.

  • The key to More Torch Tossing is all in your starting position. Try to place yourself in between the fire (so you can light the torches) and the center target.
  • It’s also helpful to have your camera as far back and up as your computer can handle. I prefer to keep it at about a 45 degree angle as well.
  • After each successful toss, quickly position your cursor back over the center target and activate the item. Then when the next target is lit up you can just click near it and re-center your cursor as you wait for the next one.
  • If you happen to miss a target, or are late in clicking on one, take a second and let the next target pass without an attempt. This will get you back in sync with the rhythm and save you from constantly falling a second behind on each throw.

More Torch Catching

I usually go right from Tossing and straight into More Torch Catching but you can take a break to reconfigure your camera and/or graphical settings if you need to.

  • It’s important to make sure you have your graphical settings high enough to see shadows on the ground. As you can see from the video, the secret to this quest is to keep moving along with the torch’s shadow. If you run from shadow to shadow, and not torch to torch, you can finish this quest easily.
  • It’s also best if you can keep the camera high and directly above your character. This makes it easier to judge where the torch is going to ultimately end up.
  • As soon as the catch is made, turn your character around 180 degrees so you’re facing in the right direction to run after the next throw.
  • Lastly, no matter how much you want to, don’t look at the counter to see how many more catches you have to make. Taking your eye of the shadow will most certainly make you miss and have to start all over again.

4 Comments

Bloodshrike  on June 30th, 2009

Hey, I saw your site featured on WoW.com, and thought I’d take a look.

Like you, I’ve found Thunderbluff to be the best place to park all my Horde alts so that they can get 2 free bubbles of XP per day. Orgrimmar’s streets tend to lose the shadow of the torch, and Undercity isn’t very fun either. I seem to remember Silvermoon being decent.

On Ally side, I’ve found Ironforge to be the best for Torch Catching. It always sends the torch sailing towards the Great Forge on the first toss, then you usually go back and forth between the pillars there.
Stormwind isn’t fun, as you’re hemmed in by a canal, a wagon, and the Stockades. So you’ll go for a long toss, then suddenly you have a very short one to deal with.
Darnassus had the same problems as Orgrimmar, I kept losing the shadow.

Edgeman  on June 30th, 2009

I’d just like to add I had an easier time with the torch juggling by turning my shadows to the lowest setting (not all the way off but one above that). What this does is rather than seeing a small shadow of a torch, instead you see a large circle that represents the torch instead. When I did this it was much easier to actually see the shadow. The original and correct shadow was much too small.

One other thing I like to do to make it easier is to turn around as I am catching, or just before, that way you have a quick start in whichever direction the next one goes.

Nance  on July 1st, 2009

@Bloodshrike: Thanks for the heads up on the Alliance equivalent of the Thunder Bluff spot. I was going to ask about that in the post and it slipped my mind.

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