Shrouded in fog since the world was sundered more than ten thousand years ago, the ancient realm of Pandaria has remained unspoiled by war. Its lush forests and cloud-ringed mountains are home to a complex ecosystem of indigenous races and exotic creatures -- including the noble and enigmatic pandaren. Will the mists of Pandaria part to reveal the world's salvation... or will the battle to control this new land push the Horde and the Alliance over the brink of war and into total annihilation?
Developers on this expansion have been quoted as saying that they want to:
- Get players back into the world, experiencing it and traveling it.
- Provide more options; more content to experience and more things to do.
- Provide players with numerous ways to earn rewards and make progress on their characters.
New to this expansion will be a new playable race, the Pandarens. They're a peaceful race who have lived undisturbed for thousands of years, now rudely interrupted by the presence of the Alliance and the Horde. What really makes this new race unique is the fact that they will be of neutral alignment until they complete their starting area, Shen'zin Su, The Great Turtle. Once the starting zone is complete they can choose to join either the Alliance or the Horde.
What would a new race be without a new class to show it off? Coming in Mist of Pandaria is the Monk class. This class is deeply rooted in the martial arts and while they use weapons such as staves, fist weapons, one-handed axes, maces, swords, and more, their true strength lies in their hands and feet. This new class will feature unique animations, will shun the use of auto-attack, and will start at level one. They can take on one of three different roles:
- Brewmaster: Tank
- Mistweaver: Healer
- Windwalker: Melee DPS
The pandaren have paved the way for the following races to learn the ways of the monk: draenei, dwarf, gnome, human, night elf, blood elf, orc, tauren, troll, and undead.
Much like druids, monks will benefit from leather armor with agility or intellect, depending on their build, and will depend on Chi (energy) for class-specific moves such as Jab and Roll. Jab will generate either Light or Dark Force, which can be expended to perform other moves.
Also annouced for Mists of Pandaria (a.k.a Pandaren Xpress) are three new Raid dungeons and nine new dungeons with six of these being located within Pandaria.
The first new dungeon will be The Temple of The Jade Serpent. In this dungeon you’ll be tasked with defeating the Sha of Doubt, one of the elemental enemies threatening the shrouded continent and sacred Pandaren ways.
The second dungeon you encounter in these shrouded lands is Stormstout Brewery. Chen Stormstout of WarCraft III fame is a revered figure within pandaren culture, and his brewery has been overrun by the Verming and Hozu, a couple of the less-than-savory races that also inhabit Pandaria. You’re tasked with reclaiming his family heritage… and his beer.
Verming - A new take on Kobolds that want veggies instead of candles.
Verming in the field.
And last but certainly not least is the Shado-pan Monastery. Located in Kun-Lai Summit, this mountain retreat serves as the home and training grounds of the mysterious Shado-pan Clan, a ninja-like pandaren faction dedicated to protecting Pandaria. Again, the Sha have been set free and threaten the Shado-pan’s base of operations, and you’re tasked with dispatching them.
One of the three new raids launching with Mists of Pandaria was also unveiled: Mogu’Shan Palace. This six-boss raid is located in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, and invites you to explore the hidden secrets of the elusive Mogu empire, one of the new indigenous Pandarian races.
And for those who enjoy Pokemon, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria introduces the Pet Battle system. This system will work much like a Secondary profession and any player can participate. Players will be able utilize their current non-combat pets or capture new non-combat pets to level them and battle them against others.
- Works with most existing pets.
- Wild pets will be a new type to collect--they may only spawn with raining or during the Spring or in a certain location. Like maybe one pet will only spawn in Orgrimmar at night on Friday's.
- You will have builds and items they can hold, too.
- The Pet Journal will let you manage your pets.
I hope this small (yeah right!) peek at the new expansion has piqued your interests and gotten you as excited as me! I've been wanting to play a Pandaren since Warcraft III! Tune in next week when I take a deeper look at the other changes coming up in this expansion!
Until next time, this is Axicore saying FOR THE ALLIANCE!!!!
Source: Wowhead News