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Pandaren (playable)

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This article is about the playable pandaren. For general history of the race, see Pandaren. For the language, see Pandaren language.
Couched in myth and legend, rarely seen and even more rarely understood, the enigmatic pandaren have long been a mystery to the other races of Azeroth. The noble history of the pandaren people stretches back thousands of years, well before the empires of man and before even the sundering of the world.
- Blizzard intro
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Pandaren crest
Character classesHunter, Mage, Monk, Priest, Rogue, Shaman, Warrior
Main languagePandaren
Secondary languageCommon / Orcish
Starting zoneShang Xi Training Grounds, Wandering Isle
Racial leaderAlliance Leader:
IconSmall Pandaren Female
Aysa Cloudsinger
Horde Leader:
IconSmall Pandaren Male
Ji Firepaw
Pandaria Leader:
IconSmall Pandaren Male
Taran Zhu
Capital?, Shrine of Two Moons & Orgrimmar ( , presumed), Shrine of Seven Stars & Stormwind City ( , presumed), By the way of Temple of Five Dawns ( , presumed)
Racial mountDragon Turtle, Cloud serpent
Pandarens playable

The World of Warcraft expansion, Mists of Pandaria introduced a new race, the Pandaren. Pandaren are the first "neutral" race in World of Warcraft. After completing a series of quests, you can decide whether to join the Horde or Alliance.

New character

New character cut-scene intro voice-over (during the fly-thru):[1]

You are a pandaren. Born and raised on the mysterious Wandering Isle. While many of your fellow pandaren prefer a tranquil life, the lure of adventure burns in your blood.
Recently, the Wandering Isle has begun erratically weaving about the world's oceans. The air grows cold and your island home is spiraling towards disaster...
As one of the most promising of students at Master Shang's monastery, you may just be the salvation for your people. But first, you must complete your training...


Starting attributes

Base  Hunter  Mage  Monk  Priest  Rogue  Shaman  Warrior
Strength 20 20 20 21 20 21 21 23
Agility 18 21 18 19 18 21 18 18
Stamina 21 22 21 22 21 22 22 23
Intellect 19 19 22 21 21 19 20 19
Spirit 22 23 24 22 25 22 24 22

Racial abilities and traits

Most likely to change. Inner Peace and Quaking Palm look like short-timers in their current form.
Racial traits
Ability racial epicurean
Your love of food allows you to receive double the stats from Well Fed effects.*
Ability racial gourmand
Your Cooking skill is increased by 15.
Ability racial innerpeace
[Inner Peace]
Your rested experience bonus lasts twice as long as normal.**
Ability racial bouncy
You take half falling damage.
Ability racial quiveringpain
[Quaking Palm]
Strikes the target with lightning speed, incapacitating them for 4 sec, and turns off your attack.***

Choose your faction

All pandaren players start as Neutral at the starting zone of the Wandering Isle. At around level 10, after completing a starting zone quest chain, players will encounter the quest  [12] A New Fate where they must choose to join either the Alliance or the Horde.


The leader of this group of pandaren is  Aysa Cloudsinger and she will instruct you in the way of Tushui through meditation, rigorous training, and moral conviction.


The leader of this group of pandaren is  Ji Firepaw and he will drive you in the outgoing, passionate way of Huojin, believing inaction is the greatest injustice.


The pandaren racial ground mount was confirmed to be a dragon turtle on May 23, 2012 via an official blog.[2] The flying mount was not confirmed, but was presumed pre-launch to be a [Pandaren Kite].

Mount speculation

This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.
  • Blizzplanet speculated that a new goat-like creature called the shaghorn might be the new pandaren mount.[3]
  • The appearance of a large yak in a preview images[4][5] and confirmation via twitter by Bashiok[6] that this would be a mount in Mists of Pandaria has led some to believe this will be the Pandaren racial mount. Unfortunately, they were confirmed by blue post to not be the pandaren racial mount.[7]


  • The Male Pandaren dance is LMFAO- Party Rock Anthem and the Female Pandaren dance is Caramelldansen.[citation needed]
  • You can't befriend or mail a Pandaren character until after they have chosen a faction.[8]
  • The pandaren were originally intended to be the Alliance race for the World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade expansion, but it was felt that the draenei were a better fit for the storyline.[9]
  • As of early 2012, there was a rumor that the actor Jack Black was signed on to perform the voice of the male Pandaren[citation needed] (he is known for his role as Po in the animated movie, Kung Fu Panda), but that was already ruled out by Chris Metzen at BlizzCon 2011.[10]



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  1. ^ chaud 2012-07-22. Horde Pandaria Introduction, Pandaren Cutscene, Blue Posts, The Daily Blink. MMO Champion.
  2. ^ Nethaera 2012-05-23. Pandaren Mount Revealed: Dragon Turtle. Official World of Warcraft Community site (US).
       Blizzard Entertainment 2012-05-23. Pandaren Mount Revealed: Dragon Turtle. Official World of Warcraft Community site (EU).
  3. ^ Medievaldragon 2012-04-12. Pandaren Mount Revealed?. Blizzplanet.
  4. ^ Yak mounts screenshot from WoW Insider
  5. ^ Yak mount sreenshot from WoW-MoP.net
  6. ^ Bashiok tweet: Have we shown off the yak mounts already? Cause that's crazy close. Good job!
  7. ^ Wryxian 2012-03-27. #6 - Pandaren mount is a yak?. Official Mists of Pandaria Beta > Mists of Pandaria forum (EU)So no, the Yak mounts are not the racial mounts for Pandaren. We're still thinking about how we want Yak mounts to be obtained.
  8. ^ Zarhym 2011-10-28. Mists of Pandaria Developer Q&A Transcript. Official World of Warcraft Community site (US). Archived from the original on 2011-10-27. “5:34”
        Zarhym 2011-10-27. Mists of Pandaria Live Developer Q&A Transcript. Official World of Warcraft Community site (EU). “5:34”
  9. ^ Interview with Chris Metzen at BlizzCon 2011
  10. ^ Phil Hornshaw 2011-10-25. Blizzcon 2011: No, Jack Black Will NOT Voice a Pandaren in Mists of Pandaria, Metzen Says. Game Front.

See also