Patch 4.2 - Unlocking the Firelands

While we are all eager to burst in to the Firelands with swords waving, players will have to take a small detour first; in the form of a quest chain complete with it's own daily quests.



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.


Leyara

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!



Daily Quests - The Regrowth Phase 1



After completing all of the above mentioned quests two daily quests will become immediately available to you. Each of these initial dailies will award the player with 1 [Mark of the World Tree], however don’t be discouraged with your progress towards reaching 20 marks, you will get there faster than you think. Blizzard has introduced a new daily quest mechanic into 4.2; the chain daily. This means that from time to time, one of the daily quests will immediately chain into another quest, usually a collection type quest followed by a second quest to use what you have collected to kill an elite.

So keep plugging forward and doing the dailies offered to you each day. After you have obtained 20 [Marks of the World Tree] it will be time to turn in Calling for Reinforcements. Speak to Arch Druid Hamuul Runetotem to do so. Once this quest has been turned in you will gain access to the quest Leyara  and eventually find yourself on your next great adventure into the Firelands.

Below you can find a listing of the daily quests available at the Sanctuary of Malorne before the Firelands portal is opened:

Perfecting Your Howl

Use the Fang of the Wolf atop the corpses of 10 Firelands Invaders within the Regrowth.
  • Questgiver:Matoclaw
  • Guardians of Hyjal Reputation Gained: 150
  • Chains Into: The Call of the Pack

This daily is simple, head out into the Regrowth (as indicted on the map to the right) and kill any of the hostile creatures you find there. Once they have been defeated, target the corpse, and use the Fang on the Wolf by right clicking it. All mobs are level 85 and as such should be approached with caution. Use the Fang of the Wolf on 10 enemy corpses to complete the quest then return to Matoclaw at the Sanctuary of Malorne. This quest awards 1 Mark of the World Tree upon completion.

[PROTIP]You can use the Fang of the Wolf on mobs killed by the patrol of friendly NPCs that roam the area, even if you do not participate in the kill.[/PROTIP]

The Call of the Pack 

Use the Fang of the Wolf to summon and defeat Lylagar.

  • Questgiver: Matoclaw
  • Guardians of Hyjal Reputation Gained: 150
  • Chains From: Perfecting Your Howl

To complete this quest players will need to seek out the portal found north east of the Sanctuary of Malorne. This portal is red and not to be confused with the blue portal leading to the Hatchery also found nearby. Once there use the Fang of the Wolf to issue the challenge. Soon after using the item Lylagar, a very angry corehound, will appear from the portal. Be wary as Lylagar is a level 85 elite mob, however he can easily be soloed and is especially vulnerable when casting and spewing forth his flame breath, be sure to use it to your advantage!


Supplies for the Other Side

Obtain 7 Blueroot Vines.

  • Questgiver: Matoclaw
  • Guardians of Hyjal Reputation Gained: 250

If it wasn’t obvious, one of the biggest threats to the druids fighting in the Firelands will be dehydration. While canteens have been prepared, it never hurts to have a little extra water along just in case. To complete this quest you must seek out the Blueroot Vines located in the green thickets found around the Sanctuary.

[PROTIP]Herbalists can use track herbs to see the Blueroot Vines on their minimap.[/PROTIP]

These vines resemble Earthroot and can be found in the same in the same general locations, nestled under trees and other shrubs, making this plant somewhat difficult to spot even with the distinctive quest item sparkles surrounding it. Collect 7 of the Blueroot Vines to complete the quest then return to Matoclaw. This quest will award the player 1 [Mark of the World Tree].


Between the Trees

Catch three Spirits of Malorne by walking close them.

  • Questgiver: Matoclaw
  • Guardians of Hyjal Reputation Gained:150
  • Chains Into: The Power of Malorne

Spirit fragments of Malorne, appearing as ghostly white deer, can still be found throughout the surrounding forests. These pieces of the deity’s spirit may be of use. All players must do is seek out these spectral deer and walk close to them. I personally stood in one place and simply let the spirit fragments run into me. Gather 3 deer spirits to complete this quest. This quest will grant the player 1 [Mark of the World Tree].


The Power of Malorne

Use the Fang of the Wolf to summon and defeat Lylagar.
  • Questgiver: Matoclaw
  • Guardians of Hyjal Reputation Gained:250
  • Chains From: Between the Trees

Once you gather all three spirit fragments from the previous quest, you will receive an instant quest prompt to turn in and accept this quest. That’s right, the staff given to you in the last quest is going to be put into play. It appears that the portal that was opened in the east is guarded by a powerful flame walker named Galenges. Seek out the portal, which is north east of the Sanctuary of Malorne and the blue portal leading to the Hatchery. Once there you will see a sparkling pile of ash directly in front of the portal. Plunge  the Guardian’s Staff into the ash by right clicking it and Galenges will immediately emerge from the portal. Galenges is a level 85 elite, but don’t worry, Malorne will show up and give you some much needed aid, increasing your damage by huge amounts. Use these periods to your advantage and Galenges will fall easily beneath your feet.


Rage Against the Flames

Kill any 8 Invaders from the Firelands in the Regrowth or Sethria’s Roost.

  • Questgiver: Matoclaw
  • Guardians of Hyjal Reputation Gained: 150

To complete this quest players will need to seek out the portal found north east of the Sanctuary of Malorne. This portal is red and not to be confused with the blue portal leading to the Hatchery also found nearby. Once there use the Fang of the Wolf to issue the challenge. Soon after using the item Lylagar, a very angry corehound, will appear from the portal. Be wary as Lylagar is a level 85 elite mob, however he can easily be soloed and is especially vulnerable when casting and spewing forth his flame breath, be sure to use it to your advantage!


Punting Season

Punt 5 Children of Tortolla into the water.

  • Questgiver: Mylune
  • Guardians of Hyjal Reputation Gained: 150
  • Marks of the World Tree: 1
  • Chains Into: Echoes of Nemesis

Mylune loves baby turtles, and is distraught that many of the tiny creatures will not be able to escape the fire creatures. She wants to recruit you to help save them in one of the most entertaining quest lines I’ve personally ever participated in. Your mission is to pick up the turtles, and then punt their cute little tushies back into the water of Ashen Lake.

So head north west of the Sanctuary to the area designated by your in game quest helper and seek out the tiny turtle babies there. Right click to pick up the turtle, and your screen will be transformed into something similar to a vehicle bar as seen in the picture below. Once this screen appears you will find two options on the bar, the first is to punt your turtle and the second is to put the turtle down. Forget about option two, punting is the only way to go here! Line up your shot to the nearby lake and let your turtle fly! Do this with five turtles and the quest will auto complete and you will be offered a new quest; Echoes of Nemesis.


Echoes of Nemesis

Speak with Tooga to summon and kill Nemesis.

  • Questgiver: Mylune
  • Guardians of Hyjal Reputation Gained: 250
  • <Mark of the World Tree: 2
  • Chains From: Punting Season

We all remember that nasty molten turtle by the name of Nemesis who was banished back to the Firelands earlier in the Hyjal quest chain. But even though he is “dead” he just doesn’t want to stay that way! It is time to put a stop to his nastiness once and for all. Head to the shores of Ashen Lake and seek out Tooga (the love sick turtle from Tanaris). Tooga will instruct the children of Tortolla to summon Nemesis with their adorable bubble beams.

Nemesis will emerge from the portal and you will engage him in combat. Don’t worry about taking out this big guy you have some help. Use the Totem of Tortolla that was provided to you by Tooga to mitigate the damage from Nemesis’s Molten Fury ability, otherwise you will find yourself quickly roasted. Use the Totem for refuge however, and Nemesis will quickly be defeated. Return to Mylune at the Sanctuary to turn in this quest. 


Those Bears Up There

Climb up trees in the Whistling Grove, grab stranded Hyjal Bear Cubs, and hurl them at the Soft Target from the top of the tree.

  • Questgiver: Mylune
  • Guardians of Hyjal Reputation Gained: 150
  • Mark of the World Tree: 1
  • Chains Into: Nature's Blessing

This quest should look familiar to anyone who has done the Hyjal quest chain. Once again you will be heading to the Whistling Grove where you while find cute baby bears stuck in trees. Climb the trees using the ladders found under them, and a vehicle bar will appear on your screen. You will have two options here, climb up the tree, or climb down. Forget the climb down button for now and instead climb up until you can reach the first baby bear. Right click on the bear to pick it up. Once you have a bear climb to the top of the tree, a new option will appear on your vehicle bar; Chuck-a-bear. Aim for the soft target and let your bear fly with this option. Climb down and repeat until you either run out of bears in that particular tree, or have completed the quest. This quest will auto-complete and chain into the quest Nature’s Blessing.


Nature's Blessing

Use the Emerald of Aessina to summon and kill Pyrachnis.

  • Questgiver: Mylune
  • Guardians of Hyjal Reputation Gained: 250
  • Mark of the World Tree: 2
  • Chains From: Those Bears Up There

Mylune loves all the creatures of the forest in her own “special” way, however, the spiders from the Firelands are beyond even her kind of love. Seek out the fire portal in the western Regrowth and use the gem given to you by Mylune to summon a spider. Of course it can’t be a small spider, oh no, that would be to easy. Instead you get Pyrachnis who has a nasty bite and even nastier poison. Use the gem to dispeld the poison and proceed to squish this level 85 elite spider good and dead. Return to Mylune once the job is done. 

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