Pandaren, 2nd Variant (5e Race)

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“To ask why we fight... is to ask why the leaves fall. It is in their nature. Perhaps, there is a better question. Why do we fight? To protect Home and Family... To preserve Balance, and bring Harmony. For my kind, the true question is: What is worth fighting for?”

— Chen Stormstout

Physical Description[edit]

Pandaren resemble a cross between panda bears and humans; they are not dissimilar in appearance to firbolgs. Pandaren average a bit over 7 feet in height, and make assured and powerful movements. Pandaren smile a lot. The humanoid looks vaguely similar to a bear, with a stocky build and blunt ursine face. Its short-furred pelt is white with black markings around its eyes, although some have red and white markings whilst others have brown and white. Generally spoken, the white seems to be the only common trait as far as fur coloring goes. As they age Pandaren usually lose their red/brown/black fur and it becomes grey. While not battle-ready, they wear a loose, embroidered silk robe.


While the pandaren are predominantly a peace-loving race, their history is marked with turmoil and strife. The pandaren were among the races who settled in the lands surrounding the Vale of Eternal Blossoms roughly 15,000 years before the First War. Thanks to their wise and peaceful nature, they forged a strong bond with four Wild Gods who dwelled in the area — Chi-Ji, Niuzao, Xuen, and Yu'lon. Referring to the Wild Gods as the "August Celestials", the pandaren formed a system of worship around the four, and in turn, the Celestials granted the pandaren knowledge and helped them hone their ties to philosophy and nature. Even in the ages before the old empire, there is evidence that the pandaren love of learning had created epic poems, agriculture, and medicine.


Each pandaren belongs to a shao'din, which is their word for “clan”. Pandaren society has changed from its origins. Where once the pandaren were a mighty empire, standing proudly beside their elf allies, now they are a simple people who want only peace and a safe home. Yet the world is a dangerous place, and only through an acceptance of the violence that comes with life can the pandaren continue to prosper. Pandaren society is, in many ways, compartmentalized. At their core, the pandaren treasure peace and creativity. Most pandaren are poets and singers, and the craftsmen of their culture are truly revered. The danger of their lives, however, has necessitated the evolution of a class of warriors to defend those ideals — it is these warriors, from the simplest pikeman to the great shodo-pans, who ensure that pandaren culture survives.

Pandaren Names[edit]

Pandaren naming practices are similar to those of humans: each pandaren has a given name and a surname. The names themselves, of course, are different.

Male: Chen, Jinto, Kesha, Masha, Mushi, Polo, Sinjo.

Female: Huan, Jiang, Lian, Mei, Ping, Shui, Zi.

Surnames: Earthsong, Greentouch, Honeybrew, Lightgrace, Reedwine, Sweetbarrow, Swiftpaw.

Pandaren Traits[edit]

Hailing from the Pandaren Empire they are humanoid pandas on the World of Warcraft series.
Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution and Wisdom score each increases by 1.
Age. Pandaren reach adulthood in their late teens and live a bit longer than a century.
Alignment. Most pandaren have a good alignment.
Size. Pandaren are between 7 and 8 feet tall. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
Darkvision. Pandaren can see twice as far as human in starlight, moonlight, torchlight and similar conditions of poor illumination. They retain the ability to distinguish color and detail under these conditions. You can see in dim light within 60 feet of you as if it were bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light. You can't discern color in darkness, only shades of gray.
Keen Smell and Distinguished Taste. You have advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on smell or taste.
Bouncy. You take half as much damage from falling.
Gourmand. Pandaren are excellent cooks and brewers, you are proficient in the cook’s utensils and brewer’s supplies.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and Pandaren. Pandaren is described as elegant and playful but also empowering. It mostly consists of short words like nom, chi or fu. Recent discoveries have shown that it might be the oldest written language.
Subrace. Depending on which shao'din you've joined, you get additional ability score increases.

Red Crane Shao'din[edit]

Ability Score Increase. Your Wisdom score increases by 1.

White Tiger Shao'din[edit]

Ability Score Increase. Your Strength score increases by 1.

Jade Serpent Shao'din[edit]

Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 1.

Black Ox Shao'din[edit]

Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution score increases by 1.

Random Height and Weight[edit]

7′ 0″ +1d10 280 lb. × (2d6) lb.

*Height = base height + height modifier
**Weight = base weight + (height modifier × weight modifier)

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