Jade Forest Walkthrough Guide

The Jade Forest is the starting zone for the Mists of Pandaria expansion and is the only starting zone, making getting through it quickly very important to avoid congestion on launch day.

Mists of Pandaria - Jade Forest Walkthrough

Jade Forest Map
The Jade Forest

Unlike the last two expansions that had choices of starting zones for players Mists of Pandaria only has one starting zone called the Jade Forest. Luckily it is a very large zone that should keep players busy for a while. Also luckily for those on PVP realms the opposing factions start at different ends of the zone with the Alliance at the south and the Horde at the north end of the zone.

This zone besides being huge, also contains the first instance that you are likely to explore in the expansion. The instance is the Temple of the Jade Serpent and can be found near the middle of the zone on the eastern edge.

This guide focuses on the Horde experience starting with the quest that leads you here from Orgrimmar

Quest Hub - Orgrimmar + The Airship

This part of the quest is just getting to Pandaria and starting your questing.

Into the Mists Paint it Red!
General Nazgrim
General Nazgrim
Hellscream's Fist

While not technically in Pandaria yet, this quest Into the Mists, and the preceding All Aboard are what leads you into Pandaria and start your whole experience so are worth including here.

In essence just talk to the General in Orgrimmar and then find his air ship outside above the bay. Jump on board and enjoy the cinematic and get ready to explore Pandaria.

You arrive in Pandaria only to have your engines shot out and drift close to the enemy. The general is furious and needs you to help defend the ship by taking out a bunch of the Thunder Hold troops shooting at you and their cannons.

Head down into the hull of the ship and jump into a gun turret to start killing off the enemy.

Touching Ground
Rivett Clutchpop
Hellscream's Fist

Now that some of the enemy fire has been suppressed it is time to take the action to them, and to set your first foot on Pandaria soil.

Simply repel down the rope to the ground below.

Quest Hub - Honeydew Glade

This impromptu camp is the touchdown point for the Horde in the Jade Forest. This is where you will really start questing in the Mists of Pandaria expansion.

Finish Them! Fire is Always the Answer
General Nazgrim
Honeydew Glade
General Nazgrim
Honeydew Glade

Having cleared out some of the Alliance from the fortress, it is time to launch an assault. General Nazgrim wants you to wade in and finish off at least 15 Thunder Hold Troops.

The second part of clearing out the Alliance (done at the same time as Finish Them!) is to destroy their munitions. To do this get close to them and activate your flare gun to set of an explosion.

Destroy 10 stacks of munitions for the general.

Quest Hub - Thunder Hold

You are making progress and driving the Alliance out of their own base as you advance through Thunder Hold. This section also includes a few quests on your way to the next quest hub of Honeydew Village.

The Final Blow! You're Either With Us Or...
General Nazgrim
Thunder Hold
General Nazgrim
Thunder Hold

The general has advanced with you and is now seeking your aid in taking out the Captain of the Alliance forces.

Kill Captain Doren at the top of Thunder Hold. Before you can do that though you need to clear 4 different barriers and defeat the guards defending them on your way up.

Once there the Captain will fight for a while but then flee once he is almost defeated. General Nazgrim appears and will still allow you to turn in your quest though.

After the fight with the Alliance the General realizes that you will need assistance. He tasks you with talking to the Mayor of the nearby Honeydew Village and enlisting their aid.

Regroup! Face to Face with Consequence
General Nazgrim
Thunder Hold
Taran Zhu
Thunder Hold

The nearby airbase that the Alliance have setup has proved disastrous to your expedition. Many of the key members of your party are scattered around the area.

Find and rescue the four NPC's that Nazgrim needs and then meet him in the village of Honeydew to prepare a counter-attack on the airbase.

Taran Zhu shows up at the end of the fight with Captain Doren and helps save General Nazgrim from the Sha that affected him. Through a conversation he explains a little about the Sha and how actions have consequences here in Pandaria.

He then tasks you with cleaning up the consequences of the Horde's conflict with the Alliance here, by slaying 20 Sha Haunts and 7 Sha Harbingers. They are found in the hold, once you leave the hold they will be different forms of Sha that will not count towards the quest.

Prowler Problems Priorities!
Kai-Lin Honeydew
Honeydew Glade
Honeydew Glade

While looking for the survivors for the Regroup quest, you happen across two Pandaren who are in need of aid.

Kai-Lin explains that the animals nearby have gone mad due to the Sha released. She asks that you help out and slay some of the Sha-infested prowlers in the area before they get to the village.

This is one of the first quests that really starts to show some of the Pandaren personality. In the middle of battle all Gi-Oh can think of is the priority of the Pandaren people... Brew.

I knew I liked the Pandaren for a reason.

Find and collect 6 barrels of brew in the glade with Gi-Oh.

Quest Hub - Honeydew Village

This is where you turn in many of the quests you have completed since leaving Thunder Hold. However at this point it really is just turning in quests and getting one more to head back out. You do get to learn a little more about the Pandaren though and there are many NPC's to interact with here.

Seeking Zin'jun
Sergeant Gorrok
Thunder Hold

There is still one member of the crew missing, the troll Zin'Jun. He needs to be found someplace in the Ascent of the Swirling Winds just outside of town.

Quest Hub - Ascent of the Swirling Winds

Here you find Zin'Jun and an ancient statue that leads to some questions...

Cryin' My Eyes Out Monstrosity
Ascent of the Swirling Winds
Ancient Statue
Ascent of the Swirling Winds

You find Zin'Jun but he has been accosted by the Hozen in the area, a race of semi-intelligent monkey creatures.

They have taken most of Zin'Jun's possessions including both of his eyes! help him find his possessions (and body parts) by killing the Hozen in the area.

You find an ancient statue that has collapsed in ruin. Not knowing much about the area you decide to sketch the parts of the statue to see if you can figure out what it is, and maybe find out a little more about this strange land.

Seeing Red
Ascent of the Swirling Winds

Having collected Zin'Jun's belongings he is outraged to discover that his pet cat Snuff has been killed.

He wants you to find and kill Konk the leader of the Hozen in the area.

Konk can be found in the back of a cave nearby.

Quest Hub - Nook of Konk

Once you have defeated Konk, the Horde survivors all gather here to launch the next phase of the attack on the Alliance.

Assault on the Airstrip Strongarm Tactics
General Nazgrim
Nook of Konk
General Nazgrim
Nook of Konk

The General has found the airstrip and declares that it is time to attack. He wants you to bust in and slay at least 15 of the Strongarm troops at the airstrip.

While dealing with the regular Strongarm warriors, General Nazgrim also wants you to hunt down their leaders.

You can find the Corporal and the other Alliance heros around the Strongarm camp. Just look around for them as you are hunting down the rest of the enemies, Pandaren volunteers, and rockets for the other quests here.

Unreliable Allies Choppertunity
Merchant Zin
Nook of Konk
Rivett Clutchpop
Nook of Konk

It seems that the Alliance has not been quite as honourable as they first appeared to the Pandaren. Merchant Zin would like you to fee some of the Pandaren that are being forced to help build the Alliance fortress.

Talk to and free 12 Pandaren "volunteers" at the airstrip.

Thinking like a true goblin Rivett is looking to cause an explosion. He saw some rockets (or at least fireworks) over at the airstrip and suggests using them to shoot down the choppers in the sky.

Pick up the rockets that you find, target a chopper, and fire! Take out 12 choppers to finish this quest.

The Darkness Within Nazgrim's Command
General Nazgrim
Nook of Konk
Alliance Flag
Strongarm Airbase

Now that the minions of the Strongarm have been dealt with it is time to take out the leader.

Nazgrim wants you to fight your way through the camp to the cave at the far end across the bridge and slay Captain Doren.

Once he is almost defeated he will change into a Sha manifestation that must also be defeated. Once defeated Taran Zhu appears again with the General and warns of the consequences of battle in Pandaria, and warns that they will fight to protect their lands. Once you have watched the conversation head outside to pull down the Alliance flag and allow the Horde to get the final quest before taking over the airbase.

This is simply a quest to finish off capturing the airbase. Tear down the flag and then head over to the General to claim your reward.

From this point you will set about helping General Nazgrim setup a Horde base and establish control over as much of the area as you can. Make sure you check Part 2 of this guide, coming soon.

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