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World of Warcraft - Rare Mobs in Pandaria

Updated on August 13, 2017
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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 are used to make Elder Charms of Good Fortune.
  • Invitation to Brawler's Guild - Has a chance to drop from any of these rares. This invitation 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, vanity item, etc.

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 in defeating rares.

Map of Pandaria
Map of Pandaria | Source

The Hozen

The Hozen, deep in thought before getting slaughtered.
The Hozen, deep in thought before getting slaughtered. | Source

Hozen Rares

The Hozen are the monkeys of Warcraft. Their attacks will be melee in nature, with 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
Rare 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)
Name, location, and rare drops of the Hozen in Pandaria.

How to Fight a Hozen Rare

The Jinyu

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. | Source

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

How to Fight a Jinyu Rare

The Mantid

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. | Source

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

How to Fight a Mantid Rare

The Mogu Sorcerer

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

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

How to Fight a Mogu Sorcerer Rare

The Mogu Warrior

The Mogu Warrior striking a pose.
The Mogu Warrior striking a pose. | Source

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

How to Fight a Mogu Warrior Rare

The Pandaren

The Pandaren are usually meditating before attacked.
The Pandaren are usually meditating before attacked. | Source

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-interuptable 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.

Name
Location
Rare 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)
Name, location, and rare drops of the Pandaren in Pandaria

How to Fight a Pandaren Rare

The Saurok

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

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

How to Fight a Saurok Rare

The Yaungol

The Yaungol just want to be left alone.
The Yaungol just want to be left alone. | Source

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

How to Fight a Yaungol Rare

WoW Rare Spawn Locations in Pandaria

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Rares in The Jade Forest.Rares in Valley of the Four Winds.Rares in Krasarang Wilds.Rares in Kun-Lai Summit.Rares in Townlong Steppes.Rares in Dread Wastes.Rares in Vale of Eternal Blossoms.  Even though the map is different as of patch 5.4, the rares are still in the same location.
Rares in The Jade Forest.
Rares in The Jade Forest. | Source
Rares in Valley of the Four Winds.
Rares in Valley of the Four Winds. | Source
Rares in Krasarang Wilds.
Rares in Krasarang Wilds. | Source
Rares in Kun-Lai Summit.
Rares in Kun-Lai Summit. | Source
Rares in Townlong Steppes.
Rares in Townlong Steppes. | Source
Rares in Dread Wastes.
Rares in Dread Wastes. | Source
Rares in Vale of Eternal Blossoms.  Even though the map is different as of patch 5.4, the rares are still in the same location.
Rares in Vale of Eternal Blossoms. Even though the map is different as of patch 5.4, the rares are still in the same location. | Source

The Various Achievements Earned for Defeating Rares in Mists of Pandaria

"A Worthy Opponent" achievement for defeating one of the rares in Pandaria.
"A Worthy Opponent" achievement for defeating one of the rares in Pandaria. | Source
"Could We Find More Like That?" achievement for defeating one of each type of rares in Pandaria.
"Could We Find More Like That?" achievement for defeating one of each type of rares in Pandaria. | Source
"Glorious" achievement for defeating all of the rares in Pandaria.
"Glorious" achievement for defeating all of the rares in Pandaria. | Source
The completed achievement for killing all of the rares in Pandaria.
The completed achievement for killing all of the rares in Pandaria. | Source

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 in Defeating Rare Champions in Pandaria

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.

Otherwise, have fun fighting all of the rare creatures throughout Pandaria!

© 2013 David Livermore

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