Smoke Flare

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A Smoke Flare is a pyrotechnic device used primarily to mark a location on the terrain. The Smoke Flare item does this by placing a smoke column object on the terrain.

Any placeable object can mark terrain, but in order to be useful the marking object must be:

  • Visible over a distance - in WoW, the Smoke Flare smoke column are as visible as any large object gets.
  • Persistent - the Smoke Flare smoke columns persist for five minutes.

Some uses that people have come up with:

  • marking locations for raids
  • smoke bomb the Flag Rooms in the Warsong Gulch battleground
  • props for floor shows and fashion shows


Smoke Flare PC Source NPC Source Vend Price Quantity Other Source
 [White Smoke Flare] Engineering (335) Alliance Bossi Pentapiston <Engineering Supplies>
Neutral Qiff <Engineering Supplies>
Neutral Skyguard Pyrotechnician
Neutral Viggz Shinesparked <Engineering Supplies>
Limited (3)
Limited (3)
Limited (3)
Limited (3)
 [Red Smoke Flare] Neutral Skyguard Pyrotechnician 10s Limited (3)
 [Green Smoke Flare] Engineering (335) Neutral Qiff <Engineering Supplies> 10s Limited (3)
 [Purple Smoke Flare] Engineering (335)
 [Cannoneer's Smoke Flare] H [69] Guide Our Sights
Smoke Flare Schematic Source Vend Price Quantity Bind Reputation required
 [Schematic: White Smoke Flare] Alliance Feera <Engineering Supplies>
Horde Yatheon <Engineering Supplies>
Horde Captured Gnome <Item Repair>
Neutral Wind Trader Lathrai
Limited (1)
Limited (1)
Limited (1)
Limited (1)
 [Schematic: Green Smoke Flare] Neutral Fedryen Swiftspear <Cenarion Expedition Quartermaster> 6g Unlimited BoP Cenarion Expedition - Friendly
 [Schematic: Purple Smoke Flare] World drop


The crafted and vended Smoke Flares do not bind, and can be bought and sold at the Auction House.

All of the Smoke Flares share a five second cooldown, including the quest item.

The Smoke Flares are cheap recipes for increasing engineering skill from 335. The White Smoke Flare is the cheapest, lacking a dye, and the White Smoke Flare schematic is the most readily available. It's skill up chance starts out at yellow at 335 and turns green at skill 345.

The Red Smoke Flare was apparently planned to be an engineering crafted item. The Armory lists ingredients,[1] and the item can be placed in an engineering bag.

There was a  [Blue Smoke Flare] in beta, but it has not been made available in the live game.

Unlike the Hunter [Flare] ability, Smoke Flares do not influence [Stealth] detection.


  1. ^ World of Warcraft Armory: Red Smoke Flare. Blizzard Entertainment. Retrieved on February 10, 2009.

See also