Updated Fri, Nov 02, 2012 by Mem
If you are like one of many World of Warcraft players currently enjoying the Mists of Pandaria expansion, you are probably thinking about or have already created your very own Pandaren. The Pandaren starting zone is beautiful to look at and is pretty easy to follow through. However, despite the ease of the starting zone, there are some questions players just can't seem to get answered.
In fact, if you spend enough time in the starting zone you will likely see the same questions asked over, and over, and over, and over, and...well you get the idea. This article focuses on those question and will hopefully provide new Pandaren players out there with the answers they seek.
This is literally the most asked question on the Wandering Isle. Until you actually reach the point where you choose your faction, there is absolutely no indication when or if it will happen. Since players want to be sure they choose the right faction this lack of information ultimately leads this question to pop up more than a few times in General Chat.
Pandaren choose their faction once they have complete all the quests on the Wandering Isle. There is quite a number of quests here and as such players will find they are right around level 12 when they are finished. When you turn in the final quest you will then be promoted to choose between the Horde and Alliance.
Players on the Wandering Isle often are stunned when they cannot speak to anyone who is not also on the Isle with them. They come to the conclusion that chat must be broken, which is simply not true. The Wandering Isle is as isolated as it gets and it is meant to be that way.
There are no global chat channels and no whispers. The exception to this rule is Battletag and RealID friends who will still be available for whispers. Otherwise, you are pretty much on your own till you leave the Pandaren starting zone. As soon as you leave the Wandering Isle your chat will function as normal.
Sadly, keeping with the isolation theme, there are no mailboxes aboard the Wandering Isle in World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria. This means that you cannot send or receive mail of any type until you are off the island. Sorry guys, no heirlooms for your brand spankin' new Pandaren.
Joining guilds while adventuring on the Wandering Isle is out of the question for two reasons. The first is the absolute isolation you experience here and you cannot yet speak to anyone outside of the island. The second reason is that until you are ready to leave the Wandering Isle your Pandaren has not yet allied themselves with one faction or the other. If you haven't chosen Horde or Alliance you certainly can't join a guild. As soon as you leave the Wandering Isle and choose Horde or Alliance you will be able to join a guild in the typical fashion.
I've seen several players make the mistake of believing that the Wandering Isle Pandaren starting zone is the continent of Pandaria. This could not be more wrong. Those Pandaren on the Wandering Isle have long left Pandaria behind. You won't visit the fabled misted continent until you reach level 85.
Despite popular belief you CAN train some professions as a Pandaren on the Wandering Isle. This should come as a relief to those players who like to get a head start on these things. Visit Elder Oakpaw or Whittler Dewei to train in all the primary professions (secondary professions such as First Aid and Cooking will have to wait). Elder Oakpaw can be found in Mandori Village on the steps near the blacksmith, while Whittler Dewei is located at the Singing Pools.
If you haven't figured it out yet, the name of the game on the Wandering Isle in World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria is complete and total isolation. This means that new Pandaren do not have the luxury of leaving their starting zone afforded to other races. You are stuck on this giant turtle until you have completed the quest line.
Just like the Goblin and Worgen starting zones, once you leave the Wandering Isle you can never go back with that character. So be sure to see all you want to see and do all you want to do because unless you start a new Pandaren you will never see this place again.
With these answers firmly in place, hopefully the Wandering Isle General Chat will be reduced to blissful silence, only to be interrupted by the occasional Chuck Norris joke. What are some questions you had while leveling your Pandaren? Feel free to continue to enrich the community by sharing them and the answers you found to them in the comment section below!