Updated Wed, Mar 07, 2012 by Mem
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.
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.
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.
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|
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.
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.
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