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Pandaren Race Guide

Updated Wed, Mar 07, 2012 by Mem



Pandaren Introduction

Revealed at BlizzCon 2011, the Pandaren is slated to be introduced in the newest expansion to World of Warcraft; Mists of Pandaria. Surrounded in legend, the Pandaren are rarely seen outside of their beautiful and prosperous homeland,. Some Pandaren, inflicted with what is know as wanderlust, do decide to venture outside the mists of their homeland and travel the world at large. It is these brave Pandaren explorers that adventurers have had the pleasure of encountering throughout Azeroth, the most famous of these tending to be the legendary Pandaren Brewmasters.

While many are excited about thtis new race, others less than pleased with the idea. The war between supporters and detractors of te race is going and bitter. The fact that the Pandaren will be the first race to be played by both Horde and Alliance has further perpetuated the battle lines. Whether the eventual release of the expansion and playability of the race will change any minds remains to be seen.

Pandaren History in WoW

The Pandaren race is one of the oldest in the known world. Dating back before the sundering of the world, the Pandaren were once slaves to the race known as the Mogu. This dark period of history ended for the Pandaren through a successful uprising combining all the skills the race is known for; diplomacy, tenacity, and the use of a unique fighting style unparallel by any other race.

After the sundering of the world, as demons and other dark entities threatened the survival of Azeroth and all mortal races, the last Emperor of the Pandaren stumbled across a way to protect the land from devastation. As a result the Pandaren realm was to be shrouded in mist for ten thousand years. Despite his good intentions, the Emperor’s deal with fate has left the Pandaren race disturbed and perhaps unable to fully recover.

Thanks to their isolation from the world and their hesitancy to leave the confines of their homeland, the Pandaren race has become a thing of legend. However, despite their fears some Pandarens do dare to venture outside the mists. These brave souls are the Pandaren’s one connection with the outside world and the only proof that this race has survived the ages.

Pandaren Starting Zone

While Pandarens rarely feel the need to venture beyond the mists that surround their homelands, there are always those amongst every race that go against the grain. These types are inflicted with a desire known as wonderlust which compels them to travel and see the world. Those few that do wish to travel into the world at large will need to seek out the great sea turtle; Shen-zin Su. Also known as the Wandering Isle, Shen-zin Su travels the oceans of Azeroth and is where all new Pandaren players will begin their adventure. 

Learning the background and basics of this race, Pandaren players will spend the first ten levels of the game here. Until level 10 all Pandaren are neutral, however, like all good things this too must come to an end. Those Pandaren who reach level 10 will need to leave their neutral status behind and choose to ally themselves permanently with either the Horde or Alliance.

Pandaren Racial Abilities

Pandarens, like all other WoW races, have several distinct abilities specific to their race. These abilities reflect the overall nature and personality of the race and in leui of this fact the Pandaren racial abilities are a fun mix of whimsy and utility. The racial abilities that will define the Pandaren race can be found below:

Epicurean Increases the stat benefits from food eaten by a Pandaren by 100%
Gourmand +15 to Cooking skill
Inner Peace Gain double rested experience
Bouncy Reduces fall damage by 50%
Quaking Palm Allows the Pandaren to put the enemy to sleep for 3 seconds

Pandaren Available Classes

Those that choose to follow the noble path of the Pandaren will be able to choose from the following classes:

As you can see the Pandaren is a very versatile race and most classes will be available to them. Only four classes, Death Knight, Druid, Paladin, and Warlock are unable to be played by this race leaving open many options for class based variety. 

Pandaren Racial Mount

Sadly, at this time, little is known about the Pandaren racial mount. While there is much speculation Blizzard has yet to release any official details. Currently a few of the ideas out there include a shaggy looking yak, a turtle, and even things as wild as Chinese dragon. While all excellent ideas, what the mount will actually look like remains to be seen. Keep checking back for updates on the Pandaren racial mount.

Pandaren Related Links

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You have "Epicurean" listed as 100% bonus to stat food, i had originally thought this was to the time it lasted, but if it is to the stat itself then that could be a huge OP racial skill.

saying that is the first race that will be played by Alis or Hordes is kinda incorrect as DK are able to be play by both factions. About the rest I cant wait to see MoP

Death Knights are a class, not a race. So saying Pandarens are the first race playable by the Alliance and Horde is correct.

DK isn't a race, it's a class.

DK is not a race though...

You retarded? DK isn't a race.

DK is a class not a race. just saying.

Death Knights are a class not a race, So yes this is the first race to be played by both.

I'd point out that DK's aren't a race, but a class template, but I think the horse has been turned into glue at this point.

Are you thick death knights paladins shamans mages warlocks rogues priests hunters druids and warriors are all playable by both factions he was on about orcs troll for horde and human and gnomes for ally you doilem

Are you thick death knights paladins shamans mages warlocks rogues priests hunters druids and warriors are all playable by both factions he was on about orcs troll for horde and human and gnomes for ally you doilem

Serious spell check needed...

Still waiting for the female model - nothing released as of yet I see. Red pandas perhaps?

Its a chinese based panda bear race. There are no females.

Except for the fact that at Blizzcon they said that a female model was in the works.

DK is a CLASS, not a RACE

This whole Pandaren thing is so.....well...lame...From all things on earth (Azeroth) you ended up on...pandas...? seriously....
I love WoW and i have played it many years but this is might be end for my playing. And that new scroll of resurrection thing is one big fat hoax! You could tell that one who cast scroll will get that mount ONLY if resurrected will buy at least 1 month playing time...You are going so wrong direction Blizzard....

This is not unlike the other resurrection scrolls. You only get the perks if the person you ask to resurrect their account buys a month's play time. Blizzard isn't going to reward you for simply sending out a scroll. They're rewarding you for getting people back in to the game.

I agree with you though about how silly and lame the panda race is. It was bad enough with Worgens - all those furries going crazy about wolf creatures - and now they have pandas? Meh. I'll see what comes out in the Beta when I play it; but I do like the monk class. :)

Dude, the races are based on those wich were already in Warcraft.
So it's likely they picked Pandaren.
And about that Scroll of Resurrection...
That's business: no one will pay for the game if they can just be resurrected.

Panderans have been in Warcraft lore alot longer than World of Warcraft has been out. True fans of the game have been eagerly waiting for a chance to play this race. Do the rest of the world a favor and delete your account. We dont want you in our game anyway.

True fans meaning who? People who have played the warcraft franchise? Well you don't speak for all of US. I do not care for pandas at all in WoW...it was obvious when playing WC3 that it was for humor, i mean hell, even the release date...and yea, people like jokes, their funny and cute...doesn't mean you want something you do everyday to be a laughing manner.

If you don't like pandaren you're no warcraft fan. Simple as that.

Hardly accurate by far. That would be like saying if you didn't like every single thing blizzard implemented into the game, then you weren't a true fan....what an idiot.

umadbro? Don't understand how a business works?

To specify, many consider Death Knights to be only a class. However many players consider them a sub race. Like the Forsaken, the Death Knights are dead and have been raised as fighters for the Lich King. In death they considered their Human and Orc allies brothers, you can see this just by doing the starter zone. Unlike the Pandaren where they are neutral to the two factions, for the first 3 levels you are actually hostile to Horde and Alliance, deeming you an enemy. With that in mind a Troll DK will gladly pick up his sword and fight along side a Gnome and Night Elf DK. That was the case until most Death Knights came to a realization that they are not just a weapon for the Scourge and leave Archerus to join their former factions. Are they technically an entire race? They were before leaving Archerus. To the Death Knights, they were brought back for one reason, to serve the Lich King as his wall of bone and plague. Through this they established relationships with other brothers and sisters that stretched further than death itself. This being said, I am one of the many who consider a Death Knight as a neutral race/class. Because in death, your allegiance is as important as cleaning your boots.

"Many" meaning "you." LOL

no more DK in the game please sick of seeing them all

your comment is deffinately in the wrong spot, if you have a problem with DK's take it up on Blizz's forums, not a third party site

Is it just me or does it look like as if the idea is stolen from the movie Kung Fu Panda.
In the latest expansion we have had the fight agains Dragons in catalysm where the whole known world of warcraft was changed..
Then it dosn't make sence to mix it with Poo from Kung Fu Panda.
It would make more sence if the new race had been some dragonkind.

Panda's and World of Warcraft.. has nothing in common..

The concept actually predates kungfu panda by a lot. If you had played the expansion to warcraft 3, you would know that.

The idea of pandarens came far before kunfu panda. It has always been a known race created by blizzard. so maybe we can all get over the fact that it's not copying anything about Kung fu panda but actually the other way around if anything.

The idea of pandarens came far before kunfu panda. It has always been a known race created by blizzard. so maybe we can all get over the fact that it's not copying anything about Kung fu panda but actually the other way around if anything.

Is it just me or does it look like as if the idea is stolen from the movie Kung Fu Panda.
In the latest expansion we have had the fight agains Dragons in catalysm where the whole known world of warcraft was changed..
Then it dosn't make sence to mix it with Poo from Kung Fu Panda.
It would make more sence if the new race had been some dragonkind.

Panda's and World of Warcraft.. has nothing in common..

Im kind of on the same page with you there, i like the oriental theme, that fits but i do feel its a bit of a kung fu panda ripoff. Ill get the expansion, and might test run a panda, but it just doesnt flow for me, there could have been a better idea imo.

You do realize that pandarens were a race in warcraft 3, right? Warcraft 3 has been out and alive LONGER than the idea of kungfu panda. nice to know that people do their research -sarcasm-

also, the fact that one exsisted before the other still doesn't take away from the fact that the two are extremly similar, regardless of which came first, they both seem the same, The fact that pandas are from china only, automatically gets them mated with martial arts, which is usually assoicated with asia. Its a common theme, therefore disapointing that blizzard in it's resources, could not devise a way to 1) Devise away to differentiate the panda race from other cliche models, or 2) Introduce more commonm, widespread ideas and wishes from players, such as nagas and orges for races or demon hunters for a class. Also disapointing is the fact that the panda's are essentially stealing traits from already existing races, brewing?! Thats what the dwarves are known for!!! Reduced failing damage? Kitties are jelous! 100% bonus from food? Um, OP, and complete BS as pandas have one of the WORST digestive systems of any animal on the planet. Yea, Bliazzards dropping the ball with this one. Not to mention "their" creation of SWTOR themed multiplayer, most unoriginal expansion, ever.

To say they were chosen from warcraqft lore is as much of a joke as their introduction into the game. A developer has a weird boner for pandas, so they make 1 bonus questline in Warcraft3, now to base an entire WoW expansion on that same joke? It's insulting, and not suprising that they're struggling to get more players in, seriously, they're bleeding subscriptions.

ehhhh im gonna have to disagree with you on that one cause no one bitched about the dranei and they had an even less memorible roll in warcraft III and basically that was the entire BC so im not arguing the fact that i think its kinda lame but you cant say the fact its from the lore is a joke cause its not at all, its just too bad it wasnt a kick ass cool race like making naga a playable class and having an underwater city or some shiz like that idk to each thier own

Well, i see it as this, the pandarens were introduced as a joke, and had no suporting lore, aside from the small sliver of WC3 content, however, everyone knows the story of the orc's bloodlust and slaughter of entire races...well, there had to be a race on their homeworld then to slaughter correct? Its just that we had not heard the story from anything but an orc point of view, and all the orcs that had know the dranei race only knew them for the sport of killing, not suprised that it wouln't be carried out to common knowledge. Whereas the dranei race had filled a gap, and a spot that we knew exsisted, the pandas are an (aside) sort of deal, with no real time and dilligence going into working them into lore. All retroactively added lore just adds certains pandas into lore, stating that there was a panda there, or he was there when "they" did such and such. Also, yes, pandas were added as a joke in WC3, in the bonus questline. Not from lore.

hmmm not very often, i get a quality rationalisation, but after reading your last argument i withdraw my previous rebutle lol, i see your point now and have to admit i agree with it, sorry for poor spelling....shrugs

Well, i see it as this, the pandarens were introduced as a joke, and had no suporting lore, aside from the small sliver of WC3 content, however, everyone knows the story of the orc's bloodlust and slaughter of entire races...well, there had to be a race on their homeworld then to slaughter correct? Its just that we had not heard the story from anything but an orc point of view, and all the orcs that had know the dranei race only knew them for the sport of killing, not suprised that it wouln't be carried out to common knowledge. Whereas the dranei race had filled a gap, and a spot that we knew exsisted, the pandas are an (aside) sort of deal, with no real time and dilligence going into working them into lore. All retroactively added lore just adds certains pandas into lore, stating that there was a panda there, or he was there when "they" did such and such. Also, yes, pandas were added as a joke in WC3, in the bonus questline. Not from lore.

Agreed, i looked up panda lore before the MoP announcement, and there was only chen stormsnout, from the WC3 quest, but less than a week after they announced it, they went in and added information on the 3 brothers, the turtle, their homeworld, clues left behind in tarnaris, and then piggy backed a few panda's into classic lore events, such as the sundering, where they had not existed a week before.

Yes Pandaren were an easter egg kinda thing in W3. A lot of ppl loved it. Making a race out of it? Sure! Pandarens where part of a RTS WarCraft book from Blizzard that predates the World of Warcraft, not to mention that gnomes weren't actually very known race in W3... it kinda looked like a fat dwarf and skinny dwarf to me. Gyrocopter pilot was dwarf as well, hence a beard. You won't find gnomish looking npc in W3 anywhere. First time they were mentioned as a race was the actual RTS book I mentioned before. Freaking Furbolg had more reason to be a playable race than gnomes in my opinion (lorewise). Don't take me wrong. I have nothing against gnomes whatsoever. But saying pandas are a rip off of Kung-Fu panda and that wasn't any lore prior to expansion announcement is ridiculous imo cause they got more lore then dreanei and gnomes for that matter. Who knew that Dreanei, thought to be all broken ones or lost ones prior to tbc as remnants of culling of draenor, where actually travelling on there nice and shiny spaceship through the twisting nether (which actually contains thousands worlds with thousands races as mentioned by the burning legion prophets) and what now? ...their ship for whatever reason crashed on Azeroth. Kudos to the pilot :-/ and imo they always kinda felt out of place. So guys... know your lore before posting. Just because something wasn't in WoW or W3 doesn't mean there's no lore about it. I've played through all the WC games and read all the writen stuff I could find, be it novels, comics, manuals, rts books and flavor texts and I sure as hell don't consider myself to be 'know-it-all' of WarCraft universe. Please stop acting like you are. Read WoWpedia or something at least...

Out of place as in filling a role we already knew existed? Being implemented through an easter egg first does not change the fact that Blizz has done a piss poor job of supporting the race through lore. At least the Dreanei were doing something and weren't being added off to the side and thrown in with other lore characters like "oh yea, fat panda was there too"

to the person that just said blizzard "stole" the idea from fung fu panda, your a total moron, this race has been in blizzards warcraft games for a long time, do your research before you whine like a little baby, all the races are based off the past games, blizzard would not introduce a totally new race with no story to tie in with the game, unless it was part of the old warcraft story so do your bloody research before you make argument about it

Not to mention they were going to put them in the BC expac. :X

so we were told to quell the anti panda rage. Funny how that was never mentioned until after 100's of anti panda pages, unlike other behind the scenes facts and trivia.

Blizz is pretty good about incorporating cultures from around the world into their game. I like the panda idea as a representation of Chinese and Asian culture. It is just unfortunate that Kung Fu Panda came out first.

Any idea what the hunter starter pet will be?

:D I want shaggy yak please!!

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