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"World of Warcraft": Rare Mobs in Pandaria

David is an avid gamer across multiple platforms such as consoles, handhelds, mobile phones, and PC.

Hunting Rares in Pandaria

Hunting rares in Pandaria can be very rewarding. It provides gear, crafting materials, and fun vanity items—plus it's a great way to make gold. There are five types of drops that can come from a rare champion in Pandaria as of patch 5.4:

  • Blue Item: Any rare in Pandaria is guaranteed to drop a rare (blue) piece of armor. Some may not be upgrades by the time you are able to defeat these creatures, but they can be good for building another spec.
  • Lesser Charms of Good Fortune: These will always drop off of these rares, and they're used to make Elder Charms of Good Fortune.
  • Invitation to Brawler's Guild: This invitation has a chance to drop from any of these rares. It will allow you to get into the very hard Brawler's Guild.
  • Small Bag of Goods: This bag has a chance to drop, and it will contain various crafting goods and some gold.
  • Rare Drop: Occasionally the rare may drop an item that only drops from that creature, for the most part. It can be more crafting materials, an epic (purple) item, a vanity item, etc.

What This Guide Covers

This guide will go over the following:

  • How to defeat each rare.
  • The rare item each creature drops.
  • Maps showing the location of each rare mob.
  • Achievements for defeating rares.
  • General tips on defeating rares.
The Hozen, deep in thought before getting slaughtered.

The Hozen, deep in thought before getting slaughtered.

Hozen Rares

The Hozen are the monkeys of Warcraft. Their attacks will be melee in nature, and their strongest ability involves jumping around in an attempt to hit the player.

The following are the three abilities the Hozen will use:

  • Bananarang: Just like it sounds, the Hozen throws a boomerang in the shape of a banana out in front of itself. After a short trip, it will return to him and spin for a bit. Side-step it to avoid its heavy damage. Wait for it to return before stepping in the same spot again.
  • Toss Filth: A stackable debuff that causes damage against the player to be increased. Very dangerous if other mobs are around or hit with one of the Hozen's other abilities.
  • Going Bananas: The Hozen will jump around wildly, inflicting damage if it hits. Two hits will typically kill a player. Just stick close to where the monkey was when this ability starts and avoid when necessary. A damage reduction buff can help mitigate the damage.

General Strategy

When the fight with the Hozen first starts, it will use the abilities of Bananarang and Toss Filth alternately, so deal as much damage as possible during that part of the fight. Once Going Bananas starts, stay put and heal through any damage received. Ranged can do some damage during this phase as well.

Hozen Locations and Rare Drops

Name, location, and rare drops of the Hozen in Pandaria.

NameLocationRare Drop

Bonobos

Valley of the Four Winds

Magic Banana (Vanity Item)

Ik-Ik the Nimble

Dread Wastes

Hozen Beach Ball (Vanity Item)

Major Nanners

Vale of Eternal Blossoms

Helpful Wikky's Whistle (Makes Bag of Helpful Things)

Mister Ferocious

The Jade Forest

Ook-Breaker Mace (One-Handed Mace)

Scritch

Kun-Lai Summit

Hozen Peace Pipe (Reputation Item)

Spriggin

Krasarang Wilds

Spriggin's Sproggin' Leggin' (Leather Leg Armor)

The Yowler

Townlong Steppes

Big Bag of Food (Contains Food Items)

A Jinyu in a small building can be rough once it casts Rain Dance.

A Jinyu in a small building can be rough once it casts Rain Dance.

Jinyu Rares

The Jinyu are known for their water attacks. One of their strongest attacks involves hurling balls of water in a large area around it.

The following are the three abilities the Jinyu will use:

  • Water Bolt: Basic attack of the Jinyu. Can be interrupted, but shouldn't since that interrupt will be used for another ability. Will cast this about 1-2 times before casting another one of its other abilities.
  • Torrent: A channeled spell that must be interrupted. Failure to do so will result in a quick death.
  • Rain Dance: Another channeled spell. The Jinyu will throw out globs of water in the surrounding area, which must be avoided. Two hits with these globs will kill a player, but a stun can disrupt the cast.

General Strategy

While it's casting Water Bolt, unload as much possible on the target. Interrupt Torrent when it comes up. Once Rain Dance finishes its effect, quickly heal up and unload on the target again while it casts Water Bolt. Since Rain Dance hits a large area, clearing the surrounding area of other mobs might help avoid adds during the fight.

Jinyu Locations and Rare Drops

Name, location, and rare drops of the Jinyu in Pandaria.

NameLocationRare Drop

Aethis

The Jade Forest

Pool-Stirrer (One-Handed Mace)

Coumith Waterstrider

Krasarang Wilds

Cournith Waterstrider's Silken Finery (Cloth Legs Armor

Eshelon

Townlong Steppes

Big Bag of Linens (Contains Cloth Items)

Nalash Verdantis

Dread Wastes

Hallow Reed (Companion)

Sahn Tidehunter

Vale of Eternal Blossoms

Aqua Jewel (Swim Buff)

Sele'na

Valley of the Four Winds

Overgrown Lilypad (Ability Item)

Zai the Outcast

Kun-Lai Summit

Farwater Conch (Vanity Item)

The Mantid never sit still to have a good picture taken of themselves.

The Mantid never sit still to have a good picture taken of themselves.

Mantid Rares

These insects are probably the most annoying of all of the rares. There are usually other lesser mantids around that have to be dealt with, and one of their abilities covers a large area.

The following are the three abilities the Mantid will use:

  • Blade Flurry: The mob will attack in a cone in front of itself. Side-stepping or stunning the creature is the best way to avoid this. A couple hits will kill a player.
  • Tornado: Will produce tornadoes that swirl around the area. If a player is hit with a couple of these, that player will die. A maximum of three are usually out, which covers a large area.
  • Windsong: A buff that will increase the physical damage that this insect puts out. This should be interrupted when possible.

General Strategy

Blade Flurry will be the first ability cast, but after that the rotation can be random. Move away from the tornado and side-step the Blade Flurry as it comes up. Mobs in the area should be cleared before fighting Mantid rares, but expect to pull some during the fight. Don't back into a corner leaving no room for escape.

Mantid Locations and Rare Drops

Name, location, and rare drops of the Mantid in Pandaria.

NameLocationRare Drop

Gar'lok

Dread Wastes

Eternal Warrior's Sigil (Restores health and mana)

Kal'tik the Blight

Vale of Eternal Blossoms

Bottled Tornado (Trinket)

Krax'ik

The Jade Forest

Needlefang Throatripper (One-handed Axe)

Lith'ik the Stalker

Townlong Steppes

Big Bag of Jewels (Contains ore and gems)

Nal'lak the Ripper

Valley of the Four Winds

Dynasty of Steel (Trinket)

Ski'thik

Kun-Lai Summit

Rod of Ambershaping (Crowd-control item)

Torik-Ethis

Krasarang Wilds

Torik-Ethis' Bloodied Legguards (Plate Leg Armor

The Mogu Sorcerers may seem scary, but they are actually easy.

The Mogu Sorcerers may seem scary, but they are actually easy.

Mogu Sorcerer Rares

The magically inclined Mogu tend to be the easiest of all the rare mobs to kill. Their strongest attack is weak compared to all of the other rares.

The following are the three abilities the Mogu Sorcerer will use:

  • Dark Bolt: The Mogu will cast a bolt from its wand onto the player. It's basic attack which can be just taken for damage.
  • Shadow Bolt: Does more damage than the Dark Bolt, but still isn't too much of a threat. This can be interrupted so the damage can be prevented.
  • Voidcloud: Casts an area of effect on the ground that inflicts damage to the player standing inside of it. This spell is the strongest this Mogu will cast, but is still relatively weak. Just walk out of it to avoid the damage. A max of three of these will be out at a time.

General Strategy

It will alternate between Dark Bolt and Shadow Bolt for awhile, during which the player can do as much damage as possible. When Voidcloud is cast, move out of it, but only to the edge. With the next one is cast, it will overlap with the first, saving some room while fighting the Mogu.

Mogu Sorcerer Locations and Rare Drops

Name, location, and rare drops of the Mogu Sorcerer in Pandaria.

NameLocationRare Drop

Borginn Darkfist

Kun-Lai Summit

Crate of Kidnapped Puppies (Trinket)

Gaarn the Toxic

Krasarang Wilds

Garrn's Leggings of Infestation (Cloth Legs Armor

Kang the Soul Thief

Vale of Eternal Blossoms

Kang's Bindstone (Vanity Item)

Karr the Darkener

Dread Wastes

Imbued Jade Fragment (Companion)

Kor'nas Nightsavage

The Jade Forest

Darkstaff of Annihilation (Staff)

Norlaxx

Townlong Steppes

Big Bag of Mysteries (Contains crafting materials and epic items)

Sulik'shor

Valley of the Four Winds

Crystal of Insanity (Stat Elixir)

The Mogu Warrior striking a pose.

The Mogu Warrior striking a pose.

Mogu Warrior Rares

These Mogu are the warriors and can do some hefty physical damage. Their strongest attack covers a huge area, but can be avoided.

The following are the three abilities the Mogu Warrior will use:

  • Devastating Arc: This is a large sweeping arc attack in front of the creature. Just run behind the Mogu to avoid it. Be warned, on rocky terrain the arc won't be visibly seen. A couple hits can kill a player, but they are spaced out far enough so the player can heal between arcs.
  • Titanic Strength: A stacking buff that increases the damage a Mogu Warrior can do. This can be a hard hit if coupled with Devastating Arc.
  • Summon Quilen: The Mogu summons a pet to fight with it. The damage is minimal, so it can be mostly ignored or crowd-controlled.

General Strategy

Focus on doing damage the entire time except when Devastating Arc is being cast. Once that attack is complete, heal up if necessary and focus on doing damage again. The mob shouldn't need to be moved much if the player goes behind the Mogu each time Devastating Arc is being cast.

Mogu Warrior Locations and Rare Drops

Name, location, and rare drops of the Mogu Warrior in Pandaria

NameLocationRare Drop

Havak

Kun-Lai Summit

Shard of Archstone (Vanity Item)

Jonn-Dar

Valley of the Four Winds

Terracotta Fragment (Trinket)

Kah'tir

Townlong Steppes

Big Bag of Arms (Contains epic items)

Krol the Blade

Dread Wastes

Elixir of Ancient Knowledge (Experience Buff)

Morgrinn Crackfang

The Jade Forest

Fangcracker Battlemace (Two-handed Mace)

Qu'nas

Krasarang Wilds

Qu'nas' Apocryphal Legplates (Plate Leg Armor)

Urgolax

Vale of Eternal Blossoms

Chalice of Secrets (Vanity Item)

The Pandaren are usually meditating before attacked.

The Pandaren are usually meditating before attacked.

Pandaren Rares

The Pandaren are one of the few fights that can require a lot of movement by the player. They can be easy if done correctly. One of their strongest attacks can be avoided almost entirely.

The following are the three abilities the Pandaren will use:

  • Spinning Crane Kick: The Pandaren will spin around and follow the player during the spin. A couple hits inside of this will kill a player, so running away the moment the ability is cast is best.
  • Chi Burst: This non-interruptable attack will almost instantly kill a player. It will only be cast at range, so don't run too far away from the Spinning Crane Kick.
  • Healing Mists: This will heal a good chuck of life to the Pandaren. This should be interrupted right away, otherwise it will cause the fight to drag on longer.

General Strategy

Don't blow cooldowns until after the first Spinning Crane Kick. Run away, just out of range of the kick, then move back in and blow cooldowns to do massive damage. Interrupt Healing Mists as necessary. Having a metagem or enchant that increases run speed will help on this fight.

Pandaren Locations and Rare Drops

Name, location, and rare drops of the Pandaren in Pandaria

NameLocationRare Drop

Ahone the Wanderer

Kun-Lai Summit

Pandaren Firework Launcher (Vanity Item)

Ai-Li Skymirror

Dread Wastes

Ai-Li's Skymirror (Vanity Item)

Ai-Ran the Shifting Cloud

Vale of Eternal Blossoms

Essence of the Breeze (Jump Buff)

Nasra Spothide

Valley of the Four Winds

Seed of Tranquil Growth (Trinket)

Ruun Ghostpaw

Krasarang Wilds

Silent Leggings of the Ghostpaw (Leather Leg Armor)

Urobi the Walker

The Jade Forest

Pathwalker Greatstaff (Staff)

Yul Wildpaw

Townlong Steppes

Big Bag of Wonders (Contains enchanting materials)

The Saurok are known to have their brood around them for protection.

The Saurok are known to have their brood around them for protection.

Saurok Rares

One of the more dangerous creatures are the Saurok, and is the only rare to ever one-shot my character. They only have one attack that can cause a player to lose a lot of health, and the rest of the abilities resemble a rogue.

The following are the four abilities the Saurok will use:

  • Vicious Rend: A damage over time effect that stacks, causing the player to have to fight quickly before it does too much damage.
  • Vanish: The Saurok vanishes into the shadows for a few seconds. It can give the player a chance to heal, but, it allows the Saurok to use it's strongest ability.
  • Smoked Blade: If allowed to vanish, after the rare re-appears, it will hit the player with this devastating attack.
  • Grappling Hook: Pulls those players at a distance towards the Saurok, forcing melee combat with the creature.

General Strategy

Those at ranged might as well get close, unless a pet can hold aggro. Unload on the Saurok after the first vanish. If the Saurok is hit before Vanish, then Smoked Blade won't hit. However, if the Saurok isn't hit, heal up and use a damage reduction cooldown to take the hit that is about to come, then heal afterwards.

Saurok Locations and Rare Drops

Name, location, and rare drops of the Saurok in Pandaria.

NameLocationRare Drop

Arness the Scale

Krasarang Wilds

Arness's Scaled Leggings (Mail Leg Armor)

Moldo One-Eye

Vale of Eternal Blossoms

Panflute of Pandaria (Vanity Item)

Nessos the Oracle

Kun-Lai Summit

Hardened Shell (PvP Item)

Omnis Grinlok

Dread Wastes

Golden Fleece (Trinket)

Salyin Warscout

Valley of the Four Winds

Salyin Battle Banner (Removes threat and combat)

Sarnak

The Jade Forest

Fishsticker Crossbow (Crossbow)

Siltress the Sharpener

Townlong Steppes

Big Bag of Skins (Contains leatherworking materials)

The Yaungol just want to be left alone.

The Yaungol just want to be left alone.

Yaungol Rares

The lumbering Yaungol is one of the slowest rares to fight, but does have a speed boost. Coupled with one of its other abilities, it can be deadly for a player not prepared for its hard hitting blows.

The following are the three abilities the Yaungol will use:

  • Yaungol Stomp: A high damaging attack that just hits around the Yaungol itself. Just move out of it's range to avoid the damage.
  • Rushing Charge: If the player moves too far away from the rare, then it will come charging, doing a lot of damage and knocking the player down.
  • Bellowing Rage: Does increased damage against the player, but moves at a slower rate. Can either move away from the Yaungol or take the hits by using an ability to reduce the damage received.

General Strategy

For the most part there won't be much movement involved. The player will want to move away when Yaungol Stomp is coming. Otherwise, stay in its face and either heal through or use damage reduction cooldowns while Bellowing Rage is active. It's usually not too much of a threat.

Yaungol Locations and Rare Drops

Name, location, and rare drops of the Yaungol in Pandaria.

NameLocationRare Drop

Blackhoof

Valley of the Four Winds

Battle Horn (Area of effect taunt)

Dak the Breaker

Dread Wastes

Yaungol Wind Chimes (Trinket)

Ferdinand

The Jade Forest

Ook-Breaker Mace (One-handed Mace)

Go-Kan

Krasarang Wilds

Go-Kan's Golden Trousers (Mail Leg Armor)

Korda Torros

Kun-Lai Summit

Forager's Gloves

Lon the Bull

Townlong Steppes

Big Bag of Herbs (Contains herbs)

Yorik Sharpeye

Vale of Eternal Blossoms

Mr. Smite's Brass Compass (Vanity Item)

Achievements for Defeating Rares in Pandaria

There are three achievements a player can get for defeating the rares in Pandaria:

  1. A Worthy Opponent: Defeat one of the rares in Pandaria, which should be easy to do.
  2. Could We Find More Like that?: Defeat one of each type of rare in Pandaria. May take a day or two.
  3. Glorious! Defeat every rare in Pandaria, which total 56. This could take a few weeks or longer to do, especially since some rares are camped for their rare item.

General Tips for Defeating Rare Champions

Below are a few general tips I try to live by when I am going rare hunting in Pandaria:

  • If a spot is camped by someone from your faction, let them have the spot. Even though the rares are free-for-all, if you see someone from your own faction camping the spot, let them have it. It's only fair if they have been waiting there a long time. However, there are some exceptions to this. If it's the opposing faction camping the spot, there is nothing saying you can't take it from them!
  • Team up with other players. If you see someone camping a spot, you can always ask to group up with them. In turn, you should allow players to group up with you to give everyone an equal chance of obtaining the item they want from the rare. Also, the level of the rare depends on the zone you are in. So teaming up may be the only way for you to defeat one until you have gear that will allow you to solo it, which may require raiding or buying gear.
  • Be aware of the re-spawn times. In most cases, the rares respawn within an hour. However, this timer doesn't start until their corpse disappears, so it could be more than an hour before you see the rare re-spawn. If you want to camp a rare, plan ahead accordingly so you make it back before it spawns again.
  • Develop a pattern. Once you learn where all of the rares spawn, follow the same pattern so you can quickly go through each zone quickly. This will allow you to kill as many rares as possible, without wasting too much time searching for rares. If you go rare hunting when there aren't many players on, that will give you even more opportunities to kill some rares.
  • Don't expect to get the item you want right away. I killed one rare over 20 times to get the item I wanted, while I've killed other rares just once to get the item they drop. So be in it for the long haul, as Blizzard random makes you take your time to get the item you want. Try to find the slow times on the server to camp the rares throughout Pandaria.
  • With the addition of the Timeless Isle and other expansions, it should be a bit easier to go rare hunting. The Timeless Isle has added a lot of rares. A lot of those rares also drop items that can be available in the mainland of Pandaria, so that just increases your chances of getting an item you may be looking for.

Of course, except for cosmetic items, the rares aren't hunted as much due to the release of other expansions. It just means more is available for those wanting to go out rare hunting in Pandaria!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

Question: Are Havak and Korda Torros in Kun-Lai Summit available in current content? It looks like there are a lot of 120 mobs in that area from current content and regardless if I use the Vale NPC to "go back in time" I can't seem to have either of these rares to spawn. At one point I saw Korda Torros and as I flew near him, he disappeared. Any tips or suggestions would be great!

Answer: All rares should still be around, as WoW rarely takes out rares like that. Granted, I haven't checked in awhile. I also know Pandaria has phasing issues sometimes, which I experienced before.

Keep in mind those rares may be camped, as some items are considered to still be valuable despite it being multiple expansions ago. I suggest you keep trying.

© 2013 David Livermore