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.
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 cut-scene intro voice-over (during the fly-thru):
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...
The appearance of a large yak in a preview images and confirmation via twitter by Bashiok 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.
The Male Pandaren dance is LMFAO- Party Rock Anthem and the Female Pandaren dance is Caramelldansen.
You can't befriend or mail a Pandaren character until after they have chosen a faction.
^Bashiok tweet: Have we shown off the yak mounts already? Cause that's crazy close. Good job!
^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.