Patch 4.2 - Unlocking the Firelands

Updated Tue, Jun 28, 2011 by Mem

With Patch 4.2 on the horizon one of the big things on player’s minds is what exactly must they do to get into the Firelands? Well this writer can tell you that as excited as you may be to break into this new zone, it won’t be happening the day Patch 4.2 releases but it can be done. Read on to find out how!

When you enter Hyjal you will find the Guardians of Hyjal desperately attempting to push back the allies of Ragnaros and they need your help in the form of a series of all new daily quests. Taking place in the Regrowth and eventually the Molten Front, players must be at least level 85 and have completed Mount Hyjal up to and including the quest Aessina’s Miracle. Once this quest has been completed players need only to head over to the Sanctuary of Malorne to begin to the quest chain that will eventually lead to the Firelands. Below you can find the details of that chain and the resulting daily quests up to the Firelands.

**Warning! Possible Spoilers Below!!**

Unlocking the Firelands

To unlock the new daily quests in the Regrowth and eventually open the portal to the Firelands,  players will need to complete the following quest chain starting at the Sanctuary of Malorne:

Opening the Door

Report to Arch Druid Hamuul Runetotem at Nordune Ridge in Mount Hyjal.
  • Questgiver: Matoclaw
  • Guardians of Hyjal Reputation Gained: 10

To complete this quest players will need to simply hop on their flying mounts and head over to Nordune Ridge, just north of the Sanctuary of Malorne. There you will find many Guardians of Hyjal fighting in front of a glowing portal which is spewing forth minions of Ragnaros. A little ways away from the portal you will find Arch Druid Hamuul Runetotem standing next to Malfurion Stormrage and Captain Saynna Stormrunner. Speak to Runetotem to turn in this quest.

A Ritual of Flame

Fight the waves of Charred Invaders on Nordune Ridge until the portal is opened.
  • Questgiver: Arch Druid Hamuul Runetotem
  • Guardians of Hyjal Reputation Gained: 250

In order to open the portal you must help the Guardians hold off Ragnaros’s allies lest they disrupt it. Once this quest has been accepted a red bar will appear in the middle of the player’s screen. The bar then progressively fills as the ritual goes on and enemies are defeated. While the description of this quest suggests a wild melee, it turns out to be far from it. A minimal number of fire elementals will come forth from the portal, and the Guardians will lend more than enough aid for players to simply sit back and watch if they so wished. Once the bar has been totally filled an explosion will occur and a former druid named Leyara, a boss of sorts, will emerge. Help the Guardians pummel her down and eventually she will make a last minute escape. After Leyara’s escape, the quest will be complete. Speak to the Arch Druid to turn in this quest.

To the Sanctuary

Report to Arch Druid Hamuul Runetotem at Nordune Ridge in Mount Hyjal.
  • Questgiver: Malfurion Stormrage
  • Guardians of Hyjal Reputation Gained: 10

Players get to play messenger boy (or girl) again in this quest. But at least it is for someone mega awesome like Malfurion right? Anyways, to complete this quest head south, back to the Sanctuary of Malorne and speak once again to Matoclaw.

Caught Unawares

Help Emberlimb, Thisalee Crow, Tholo Whitehoof and Anren Shadowseeker escape the flames.
  • Questgiver: Matoclaw
  • Guardians of Hyjal Reputation Gained: 250

The invasion plan has backfired and several of the druids have been caught unawares and since they apparently never took the time to learn bird form have found themselves stranded. You must seek them out and help them escape. See the map to the side for the location of each of the druids. Once you have located a druid, you will find them engaged in battle with fire elementals.

The elementals will usually spawn in small groups and instantly aggro to the druids so don’t worry about becoming overwhelmed. Simply pick an elemental (or several if you are feeling brave) and kill them off. Defeat 6 elementals near each druid to complete this quest, then return to Hamuul Runetotem at the Sanctuary of Malorne to turn in the quest.

Players will receive their first 3 [Marks of the World Tree] as a reward for completing this quest. [Marks of the World Tree] can be found and tracked in the Currency tab. These Marks will come in to play later in the quest line.

The Sanctuary Must Not Fall

Stand by Malfurion as he resurrects Malorne.
  • Questgiver: Arch Druid Hamuul Runetotem
  • Guardians of Hyjal Reputation Gained:250

Bad news, the forces of Ragnaros have overrun the Sanctuary of Malorne, and the Guardians of Hyjal are close to becoming overwhelmed. Malfurion has a plan that could save them all. He will attempt to resurrect Malorne to protect the sanctuary, but it will take some time. To complete this quest you must guard Malorne from the attacking elementals which will allow him to complete the ritual. Hold the invaders off for a minute or so, ignoring the giant stomping towards you, and focusing only on the smaller more manageable elements, and Malorne will be resurrected. A small cut scene will play and this quest will be complete. Turn in to Malfurion Stormrage. Players will gain an additonal 5 [Marks of the World Tree] with the completion of this quest.

Calling for Reinforcements

Obtain 20 Marks of the World Tree
  • Questgiver: Arch Druid Hamuul Runetotem
  • Guardians of Hyjal Reputation Gained: 250

Despite heavy losses all is not lost, and the Guardians of Hyjal plan to make one final attempt to break into the Firelands, but before they can even attempt it they will need some reinforcements to replenish their ranks. It is your job to work with Matoclaw to obtain enough resources (20 Marks of the World Tree) to afford reinforcements. You should already have 8 Marks at this point from the previous quests (Marks of the World Tree can be viewed in the Currency Tab). To collect the rest you will need to complete the two available daily quests offered by Matoclaw until you reach 20. Each daily quest awards 1 or 2 Marks of the World Tree.

After 20 [Marks of the World Tree] have been gathered and this quest has been completed the quest "Leyara" will open up, continueing the quest line towards opening the portal to the Firelands.


Find Leyara, the Druid of the Flame.
  • Questgiver: Arch Druid Hamuul Runetotem
  • Guardians of Hyjal Reputation Gained: 250
  • Requirements: Complete the quest "Calling for Reinforcements"

Before the Guardians (and yourself) are able to depart for the Firelands there is one matter that needs attended to. Leyara, the Druid of the Flame who emerged from the portal during the first effort to enter the Firelands must be sought out and taken care of. She can be found in the ruins to the northwest of the Sanctuary, use your in game quest helper to guide you. Leyara will be neutral when you first find her, speak to her and follow along with her story. At the end you will be chained and will be doomed to watch helplessly as Arch Druid Hammual Runetotem meets a grisly end. One thing is for certain, Leyara must pay. Report back to Matoclaw for further instructions. Once this quest has been turned in another quest will appear from Malfurion Stormrage.

Through the Gates of Hell

Pass through the portal atop Nordune Ridge and help Malfurion secure a foothold on the Molten Front.
  • Questgiver: Malfurion Stormrage
  • Guardians of Hyjal Reputation Gained: 350
  • Marks of the World Tree: 15
  • Requirements: Complete the quests "Calling for Reinforcements and Leyara"

Mourning for Hamuul will have to come later. Now is the time to strike. The reinforcements are prepared and Malfurion wants you to join him in securing a foothold in the Molten Front. Go back to Nordune Ridge and pass through the portal where you will find the druids engaged in battle. Help Malfurion and the other druids defeat the Obsidian Slaglord to complete this quest. Be warned, this guy has a nasty ground spike attack so avoid the pools of lava that will appear under your feet from time to time, and make sure to make good use of the druids mass healing spell. Speak to Malfurion  inside the Sentinel Tree when the battle is done.

Congratulations on breaking into the Firelands!

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