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Pandarian mogu king
Faction/AffiliationMogu Empire, Independent
Racial capitalMogu'shan Palace
Racial leader(s)King Xin
Primary language(s)Unknown
Secondary language(s)Common
Organization(s)Various clans

The Mogu are considered the first race in Pandaria. They resemble the Chinese guardian lions (also known as "Shishi") and orcs. The pandaren overthrew them 12,000 years ago, and now the mogu have risen again, intending to claim the continent as their own.[1]

They are expected to play a major role in the raid, Mogu'Shan Palace, located within the shrouded Vale of Eternal Blossoms.[2]




12,000 years ago, the Mogu originated as a race of wild brutes which stumbled into magical waters of the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. Like the Jinyu, from the waters they gained greater strength and intelligence, transforming them into the creatures they are now. The time that passed since that event to the peak of their civilization described before is unknown. Becoming the rulers Pandaria, they established an Empire, forcing Pandarens to be slaves to them. They turned their strength on the lesser inhabitants of Pandaria, shaping flesh to their whims as they shaped rock. The Mogu ruled with a no-weapon policy, but the pandaren, through tenacity, diplomacy, and a unique form of unarmed combat, staged a successful revolution that deposed the Mogu and established the Pandaren Empire that would prosper for thousands of years.

The Mogu were overthrown in a desperate revolution led by the Pandaren, but their legacy persists in thousand year-old ruins too immense to fall. Indeed, some of the Mogu were too great to topple with their empire. As Pandaria emerges into a changed Azeroth, the surviving Mogu have begun to stir. They crave the domain they once held, and, to regain it, they will sweep usurpers and invaders alike into the dust.[3]




Mogu concept art

Unlike "lesser races" that need schooling in the arts of magic, the ability was innate in the Mogu. From what is known about Mogu usage of magic, it is clear that their magic users did not fall into known categories, such as mage or warlock. Special emphasis was placed on flesh-shaping or spirit-capture magic. The Mogu are flesh-shapers and can create other creatures. They are known to have created the Saurok‎ and Grummles.


For many ages, the mogu used flesh as a weapon: Warped, bent, and twisted to their malevolent will. But after their failures in creating the saurok race, the mogu sought to create another weapon... this time forged with total obedience. Their ancient research delivered to them methods of turning flesh to stone, and back again. Lifeless rock could be animated, providing a willing (or unwilling) soul could be captured within. These dark rituals created the Stoneborn, soldiers of jade and dark magic forged from the living essence of conquered victims. These creations were powerful... terrible to behold, and above all else, one hundred percent loyal to their mogu masters.


In many ways the Mogu are based on brutal strength and terrible cunning. Even with powerful magic at their disposal, the Mogu often preferred to use slaves to build their massive monuments. Enslaved humanoids were marked with branding irons. Forged of iron and imbued with spells of subjugation and pain, the manacles with inward facing spikes were forced onto the slave races of the Mogu. The blood of many Mogu slaves were shed of pain by a bone whip fashioned from the spine of some large and ancient creature. When the Mogu had exhausted their options for enslaved mortal warriors, they turned their attention to creating armies of animated constructs to do their fighting for them. These terracotta warriors would sometimes sit dormant for centuries.


The Mogu Empire is a meritocracy, where the previous regime and/or dynasty must be overpowered and executed.

Valley of Emperors

The mogu view their dead as a collection of parts. Souls could be bound to stone for later use. Flesh and blood could be reforged to extend the lives of those loyal to the emperor. To be buried intact was a symbol of great power and respect.

Relations with the Zandalari

When the Mogu still ruled over Pandaria, they were allied with the Zandalari, who assisted them against the embryonic Pandaren empire. With the mists that once shrouded Pandaria now gone, the Zandalari, curious about Pandaria and their ancient Mogu allies, have dispatched forces to Pandaria in an attempt to re-connect with the Mogu. It seems they want to help them retake the land away from the Pandaren and once again bring it under Mogu rule. However, the Zandalari seem too desperate to acquire Pandaren territory and appear to have more motives than just helping out their ancient Mogu allies.

Known Mogu

Known Mogu clans



Dark Heart of the Mogu
Courtesy of MMO Champion


  1. ^ Preview Panel for Mists of Pandaria at BlizzCon 2011
  2. ^ Dungeons and Raids panel. WoW Dungeons and Raids Panel. Retrieved on 2011-10-21.
  3. ^ Bestiary. Official World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria site (US). Retrieved on 2012-03-19.

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