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Mists of Pandaria: Pandaren Overview
on 2012/06/14 at 5:27 PM Pacific
We've updated this post to cover all Pandaren character customization options, as well as their racials, starting zone, mounts, and emotes.
: You take half falling damage.
: Your love of food allows you to receive double the stats from Well Fed effects.
: Your Cooking skill is increased by 15.
: Your rested experience bonus lasts twice as long as normal.
: Strikes the target with lightning speed, incapacitating them for 4 sec, and turns off your attack.
Pandaren are unique in that players go through the starting zone,
The Wandering Isle
, neutral. The events in the starting zone will then force them to pick a side, permanently aligning themselves with either the Alliance or the Horde. Once a side is taken, Pandaren across factions will no longer be able to communicate with each other.
The Alliance representative is
and the Horde representative is
Reins of the Green Dragon Turtle
Reins of the Great Black Dragon Turtle
Reins of the Black Dragon Turtle
Reins of the Great Purple Dragon Turtle
Reins of the Blue Dragon Turtle
Reins of the Great Green Dragon Turtle
Reins of the Brown Dragon Turtle
Reins of the Great Blue Dragon Turtle
Reins of the Purple Dragon Turtle
Reins of the Great Brown Dragon Turtle
Reins of the Red Dragon Turtle
Reins of the Great Red Dragon Turtle
Male Character Customization
Skin Color: 14 Options
Face: 21 Options
Hair Style: 19 Options
Facial Hair: 31 Options
Female Character Customization
Skin Color: 14 Options
Face: 20 Options
Hair Style: 17 Options
There are 11 Hair streaks and 6 earring types, on the next tab!
There are eight new hair dyes for Female Pandaren: black, blue, green, orange, pink, purple, red, and silver. You can select these options under "Hair Color."
In addition, three neutral tones have been added, black, grey and brown.
Earring options have also been added, which are accessible, unlike hairstyles, via a button on the character customization interface. There are five styles of earrings, as well as a plain option.
First Impressions: The Wandering Isle
These are our initial thoughts from playing through the starting zone in early beta.
Pandaria starts off in a similar manner to the Deathknight starting zone--defeating initiates, learning more about the philosophy, completing quests for a master trainer.
Players read four scrolls explaining the philosophy of the four elementals.
You're tasked to fetch a wilting lotus--the first sign of death in Pandaria.
This leads to an epic series to seek out the four elemental spirits, who are faded and must be reunited to be saved.
Huo, the fire spirit.
Master Li Fei teaches you to meditate and strengthen your character--instead of just focusing on physical training to succeed.
Once your character has sufficiently meditated and adjusted, you are able to summon and defeat Huo, who then escorts you to the Temple of the Five Dawns in the center of the zone. It's a gorgeous temple reached by winding staircases.
She, the water spirit.
You'll need to purify her cursed pools, meditate, and find companions for her to play with.
There's some creative questing in there. One quest makes the player hop between poles over water, taking care to watch out for balancing Pandaren hopping around on other poles. Another quest makes you wait patiently for a darting spirit to come over in the water--if you follow it, you will be unable to catch it, but if you learn the spirit's spiriting patterns, you can grab it easily.
Wuguo, the earth spirit
After you fight verming, the Pandaria equivalent of kobolds, you're tasked to wake Wuguo up--but nothing works, including ringing gongs and slapping oxen, until the water spirit helps.
At this point, there were some placeholder quest summaries that hint at fun cutscenes to come.
Dafeng, the spirit of air.
As you reach his secret hiding place, you learn that the Hozu, a type of hostile monkey, have defiled many of the scrolls of wisdom at Morning Breeze Village.
You destroy the bad scrolls the Hozu have instead written with funny sayings like "Peel Banana, Eat Second" and "Wet Fur Not to Sleep On."
This really shows off the use of the Spinning Crane Kick--as mobs are grouped together that have low HP.
After destroying the Hozu in Fe-Fang village, you are ready to reach Dafeng who is scared of the Onyx Serpent.
In reaching his inner sanctum, you learn to be patient and wait for harsh winds to part, which would damage and eventually kill you otherwise. This seems to be a decent way of introducing new players to raid mechanics.
(At this point, I got the special Blizzcon 2011 achievement, Panda Express, for having my Pandaren roll 100 times!)
You defeat the Onyx Serpent, perhaps a bit anticlimactically, by shooting fireworks into the air.
At this point, your trainer returns and you escort him to the Western Grove.
You cleanse the area of bad spirits and hear him talk how his time has come to pass his knowledge down and step down in an extended dialogue.
You learn that Shen'zin Su, the great turtle, is in extreme danger--but nobody has spoken to him for years.
You accompany Aysa and Ji, past questgivers, in a hot air balloon over the water, listening as they ask Shen'zin what ails him. He's in pain, but glad generations have not forgotten him. He talks how a pain is in his side--and the thorn is in the forest.
The Alliance and the Horde enter. The Skyfire has crashed and you're tasked to accompany the curious Pandaren to see what these new invaders want.
I was asked to stop playing at this point to let others in the queue have a chance, but we know that at Level 10, you eventually choose which faction to join--which cannot be reversed.
Can Blizzard create a starting zone that remains immersive while introducing radically different lore and aesthetics?
Emphasized philosophy and lifestyle of the Pandaren, with many quests that emphasize the importance of balance, patience, and strength of character.
Sample quotes include: "Train as if the air, always present, ever flowing," "life is about creating yourself, not finding yourself," "forget injuries never forget kindness."
Appearance: lush groves interspersed with shimmering waterfalls and rustic towns. The zone is rich in primary hues--the temples are bright blue and red, while the plant life is emerald green, uncorrupted by many of the evils of Azeroth.
Sweet thing, I'ma romance all three of your kingdoms. Meditate on that.
Hey hot stuff. Wanna try breeding in captivity?
Do you know kung fu? Cause your body is kickin'!
Hey gorgeous, want to try crane position? Oh no, for you, monkey style.
I will sing for you, the love song of my people. 'Come and get it!'
Yeah, I would tap that keg.
Nice pants. What's the drop rate?
Whose your bear? That's right. I am your bear.
: Fortune smiles on us.
: Next time, I'm buying.
Teach a man to fish, and he is fed for a day. No, uh. He is fed...I...I messed it up. But we just make this stuff up anyway.
It is said. To err is human. Haha, stupid humans.
Heyyy...you look like you've lost some weight. That's terrible. Have a dumpling.
It is said. If you cannot beat them, join them. I say, If you cannot beat them, eat them. because they will be expecting you to join them, so you will have the element of surprise.
How much deeper would the ocean be without sponges? Meditate on this.
Gotta store up some fat for the winter. I don't hibernate on nothin', I just like having it around.
It is said. Elephant tusks will not grow from a dog's mouth. But you can get them in there with some tape, glue, it's fine...maybe a rubber band.
Mighty is the wind. But you can still break it. Meditate on this.
Mhm, we're going to need a bigger turtle.
It is said. Everywhere is in walking distance, if you have the time.
If you shoot for the stars and hit the moon, do not be ashamed, for you have aspired to greatness. And the moon had it coming.
I'm doing great! Oh, I could stand to gain a few pounds, but who doesn't?
Oh, I have really got to start waxing!
Of course we have thumbs. Look!
I am mostly vegetarian. I only eat plants. ANd animals that eat plants.
I am a leaf in teh wind. But like a big tough leaf with swords and magic and stuff.
Let's see...forward down forward punch. No no....down up kick?
So I was talking to this tauren the other day, no, a worgen...which one is a cow and which one is a dog? All these talking animals are stupid!
All these new cultures are so confusing. Today, someone complimented me my badonkadonk. What is that, Elvish?
:Never stop exploring!
Hey stranger! Buy a lady a drink? What! Just one? Seriously?
You want to talk about motion of the ocean? I was born on a turtle, baby.
What happens in the hot springs, stays in the hot springs.
Pandaren women have more bounce to the ounce.
Breathe in... Breathe out... GO to your happy place... Your happy place or mine?
Quickly as you can, snatch the pebble from my hand. Great! Now, see if you can find where I hid the other pebble!
Oh, I've never done that before! Uh, you're not doing it right.
Let me show you my kung fu grip.
Don't touch the tail! Okay, now touch the tail.
Mists of Pandaria: Pandaren Overview
2012/06/14 at 5:27 PM
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