Pandaren, Variant (5e Race)

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Pandaren Variant[edit]

“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 are humanoid bears, covered in fur from head to toe. The males stand at an average of 7'6", while the females average around 7'. Every pandaren has two colors of fur; one is always white but the other color ranges from black to brown to red. They have paws for hands and feet, with three fingers, a thumb, and three toes. Each digit is tipped with a black claw. They refer to their hands directly as paws. While the species has a tail, there are two distinct forms. The common form is around the stub of their fur, but the second form, which is long and thickens out by the end, is exclusive to red-and-white females.


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, Charisma and one other ability score of your choice 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 6 feet to 8 feet tall. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
Bouncy. You are proficient in the Acrobatics skill and 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.
Keen Smell and Taste. You have advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on smell and taste.
Panda Eyes. You have proficiency in the Persuasion skill.
Wild Balance. When you roll a 1 on an attack roll, ability check, or saving throw, you can instead roll a 20. The next time you roll a 20 on an attack roll, ability check, or saving throw, you instead roll a 1. You can't use this trait again until you finish a long rest.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common, Celestial, and one other language of your choice.

Random Height and Weight[edit]

7′ 5″ +2d6 180 lb. × (1d6) lb.

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

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