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For the world boss, see Chi-Ji (tactics).
Image of Chi-Ji
Title <The Red Crane>
Gender Male
Race August celestial (Beast)
Reaction Alliance Horde
Location Various
Status Alive
Relative(s) Chi-Chi (hatchling)
Student(s) Emperor Shaohao, Anduin Wrynn
"Hope is the sun behind a stormy sky.
Ever in the heart, but veiled to the eye."[1]

Chi-Ji the Red Crane is one of the four creatures known as the August Celestials who watch over Pandaria. Chi-Ji watches over the Valley of the Four Winds and Krasarang Wilds and is sometimes referred to as the Southern Celestial or the Spirit of Hope.[2] As such, he is served by the Crane Wing order.

Chi-Ji also takes the guise of Fat Long-Fat.[3]


Main article: August Celestial#Early history
Chi-Ji TBoS

Chi-Ji in The Burdens of Shaohao.

The mogu empire[]

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During Lei Shen's conquest of Pandaria, he and the mogu overpowered the four August Celestials. Chi-Ji was bound in chains and paraded in front of the despairing pandaren slaves.[4]

It is said that following the pandaren revolution, Chi-Ji placed the rainbow in the sky, so that pandaren would know not to fear the storms any longer.[5]

The Burdens of Shaohao[]

When Shaohao began his journey across Pandaria, at some point the emperor fell to marsh. Without hope, Chi-Ji flew above him and made him realize that he need to hope once again to save himself.

Mists of Pandaria[]

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Chi-Ji in World of Warcraft.

Shortly before the emergence of sha, Anduin Wrynn trained with him for a short time. Thanks to the efforts of Anduin and the champions of the Horde and the Alliance, Chi-Ji and his Temple of the Red Crane were freed of the corruption of the Sha of Despair.[6]

Chi-Ji and the other three August Celestials opened the gates to the Vale of Eternal Blossoms.

Chi-Ji helps the adventurer atop the Pedestal of Hope in defeating Ellia Ravenmane, who has forsaken Chi-Ji's hope and become possessed by a sha. After the fight Chi-Ji thanks the adventurer, telling them that they embodied the Way of the Crane.[3]

Chi-Ji also granted his powers to an adventurer who was about to kill Zhao-Jin the Bloodletter.

Bleeding Sun[]

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At some point, new members to the Golden Lotus were about to be chosen. Chi-Ji appeared in the Shrine of Two Moons and informed Dezco that one of his newly kids will become a part of the defenders of the valley. Dezco, however, did not want to leave his kids and chose to leave the valley. During the attempt, he was attacked by the Shao-Tien mogu. As he battled, he crushed Cloudhoof, and Redhorn got poisoned. As he lowered him to a pool, Chi-Ji appeared and healed the kid but left before Dezco called for help for Cloudhoof.



The trial of Chi-Ji

In A Little Patience, Chi-Ji watched King Varian Wrynn as if the scenario were a test, asking "Will the wolf behave as a warrior... or a King?" At the end of the conflict, Chi-Ji seemed satisfied with the king's performance but stated that there would be more trials ahead, perhaps referring to the Trials of the High King.


As part of Wrathion's legendary journey, he and an adventurer visited the Red Crane in order to get his blessing.

Timeless Isle[]

The trial of Chi-Ji is a test of hope. Uncertain of the future of his people, Emperor Shaohao sought out the great Red Crane. The Great Crane challenged Shaohao to find the hope within himself and cast off his uncertainty. Once the Sha of Doubt was vanquished, the Emperor became a beacon of hope for his people. To pass the trial of the Crane, warriors must believe in hope, even in the darkest of days.[7]

Siege of Orgrimmar[]

During the quest N [35] Why Do We Fight?, the celestials alongside the ghost of Shaohao, Lorewalker Cho and Adventurer gathered around to begin to heal the Vale. As he stands before the tree, he knew in the end that there was still hope in this world.

This tree stands as a symbol of hope. Hope that the land might in time be healed and made stronger by your deeds.

War Crimes[]

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Chi-Ji and other Celestials chose to hold a trial involving the members of the Alliance and Horde rather than sentence Garrosh Hellscream among themselves. During the trial, Chi-Ji took the form of a blood elf as a show of respect to the gathered races.[8]

Battle for Azeroth[]

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Chi-Ji and the other August Celestials defended the Vale of Eternal Blossoms from the Black Empire. He can be seen in the Summer Fields during the Black Empire assaults, and asks adventurers to close Void Tears that led to Ny'alotha as well as to kill Eyes of the Empire.


Notable appearances
Location Level range Health range
Temple of the Red Crane 90 3,939,410
Cradle of Chi-Ji ?? 3,939,410
Cradle of Chi-Ji 90 39,394,100
A Little Patience 90 114,940
N [90] Celestial Blessings 90 114,940
Chi-Ji (tactics) ?? 2,545,000
Vale of Eternal Blossoms 90 114,940


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The Burdens of Shaohao Part 2—Despair
Chi-Ji: Why do you struggle so?
Shaohao: I have lost my friend, my kingdom! It is hopeless!
Chi-Ji: Your friend is not lost. You are.

Mists of Pandaria[]

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Temple of the Red Crane

We must never give in to despair.


  • Do you seek my counsel?
  • Are you well?
  • Greetings, wanderer.
  • We must never give in to despair.
  • Hope is eternal.
  • Peace be with you.


Main article: In the House of the Red Crane#Notes
Main article: The Final Power#Notes
Main article: A Little Patience#Stage Guide
Main article: Celestial Blessings#Notes
Main article: Chi-Ji (tactics)#Quotes
Main article: Time-Lost Shrine

Notes and trivia[]



Patch changes[]

See also[]

  • Dusty Statue of Chi-Ji


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