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This article is about Emperor Shaohao's background and biography. For the in-game reputation faction, see Emperor Shaohao (faction). For the achievement, see Ability monk quipunch [Emperor Shaohao].
NeutralEmperor Shaohao
Image of Emperor Shaohao
Title Emperor of Pandaria
Gender Male
Race Pandaren (Humanoid)
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Pandaren Empire
Occupation Last emperor of Pandaria[1]
Former occupation(s) Prince[2]
Location Various
Status Deceased, Active as spirit[3]
Mentor(s) Chi-Ji, Niuzao,
Xuen, Yu'lon
Companion(s) Monkey King,
Pei-Zhi (advisor)[4]

“As Shaohao reflected on his journey, he looked to the land and saw a single blossom in the wind. 'No matter the burdens I faced', he thought, 'the land provided guidance. But the truest answers always came from... within.' And then, it became clear. 'I was to have a long life, and a prosperous realm. But I am more than just emperor. I now know what I must do. For I... am the heart of Pandaria.'”

Lorewalker Cho, retelling the tale of Shaohao becoming one with the land[5]

Emperor Shaohao was the last emperor of the Pandaren Empire on Pandaria, and is a significant figure in pandaren culture and history. His actions separated Pandaria from the rest of the world prior to the War of the Ancients, due to the Sha of Pride using Shaohao's power and arrogance to cloak the land in mists. These actions saved Pandaria from the Great Sundering, but doomed it to a future of stagnation and isolation. The last emperor then became one with the land and watched over Pandaria in spirit form for over 10,000 years.

With the Alliance-Horde war coming to Pandaria's shores, Shaohao became more active, sharing his wisdom with the Alliance and Horde, warning them of the Sha of Pride, and helping them to become stronger on the Timeless Isle.


Emperor's Burdens[]

According to legend, Shaohao studied at Tian Monastery.[6] When he was a prince, Shaohao befriended the Monkey King.[2] He was crowned 10,000 years ago, but he was an untested, uncertain young pandaren, completely unaware of the burdens he would bear. On the day of Shaohao's coronation, a monk from Kun-Lai presented him with the gift of Sheilun. The new emperor did not know its importance, and did not even recognize the monk as being sent by Xuen, the White Tiger. He merely thought the staff was a pretty ornament. Shaohao believed he was destined for a life of comfort and ease since Pandaria had been a peaceful land for generations, and he did not believe that would change.[7]

Following tradition, he sought the counsel of the great waterspeaker of the jinyu who, instead of good news, delivered him a terrible prophecy: a kingdom of sorcerers was calling forth a host of demons from a great well, green fire rained from the skies, and the world's continents would soon be shattered.[8]

Forlorn and without hope, the last Emperor ascended the sheer slope of Mount Neverest. Daggers of cold sliced through his silken robes, and the biting wind heaped scorn on his journey. Only at the very peak of the mountain did the emperor find quiet and solace, and here he spoke with the Jade Serpent, the spirit of wisdom. The Jade Serpent urged Shaohao to divest himself of his burdens, to purify his spirit, and to become one with the land. The Emperor was perplexed by the Jade Serpent's council, but no further answers were to be found atop the frigid peak. Dejected, Emperor Shaohao trudged back down the mountain to consult his companion, the Monkey King, and determine his next move, with Xuen's gift in hands. He returned home to the Jade Forest.[9]

Shaohao meditated for three days and three nights, for the counsel of the Jade Serpent was unclear. How could one purge oneself of all doubt? Weary of waiting, Shaohao's traveling companion the Monkey King whittled a strange grimacing visage out of bamboo. He urged the Emperor to place the mask of doubt on his face. While mischief was the Monkey King's motivation, the mask worked. As Shaohao pulled the mask away, his doubts took on a physical form. For seven hours they fought until the Sha of Doubt was buried[10] at the Temple of the Jade Serpent.[11] From then on, Shaohao finally knew what must be done, and his journey to purge his negative emotions began. He traveled to each temple of the August Celestials, purging himself of the negative emotions. In Krasarang Wilds, he stumbled into a marsh, but with the help of Chi-Ji, he freed and purged himself of the Sha of Despair.[12]

Then he continued towards the Serpent's Spine and the Dread Wastes. When Shaohao looked upon the mantid lands from the great wall, he was frozen with fear. To cross into their territory was to risk almost certain death. The Sha of Fear held him immobile, paralyzing his thoughts. Niuzao, the Black Ox, was there to remind him that fear only controlled his mind, not his feet. Shaohao understood, wrested himself free of fear, and walked on. The young emperor also saved the Monkey King from the mantid's clutches by trapping them in sap and brought his hozen friend back to safety. The Monkey King was enraged, but the mantid were not his enemy. Shaohao reminded him that the Burning Legion was the true threat. Now, without fear or despair or doubt, Shaohao believed himself ready to face the Burning Legion's might.[7][13]

But he did not wish to face it alone. He wanted an army to command, so he climbed Kun-Lai and continued on to the Temple of the White Tiger, the training grounds of the most dedicated fighters in the land. These souls trained to fight the mantid and all of Pandaria's other enemies. Shaohao came to them confidently, demanding that they submit to his authority. Xuen saw that he was carrying his coronation gift, Sheilun, but that it had been nothing more to him than a walking stick. The White Tiger also saw that the emperor had rid himself of a great many dangerous emotions, but not anger toward the Legion that made him brash and reckless. Xuen offered a simple challenge, to strike a single one of these monks, and the emperor would have full command of the soldiers. Shaohao accepted and swung Sheilun over and over again, but he struck nothing at all. The monks were too skilled, and they easily evaded him. Shaohao's humiliation and anger built up, and they exploded. A great darkness burst forth from him, and in his rage, Shaohao broke Sheilun over his knee and lashed out with the power of the Sha of Anger, as well as the Sha of Hatred and Violence. When he regained his senses, a monk lay dead, the victim of Shaohao's unchecked aggression. Xuen watched the emperor's heart break for the life he had taken. Then Shaohao knelt humbly, accepting his failure, ridding himself of anger forever. Shaohao realized that he fought for his people. Shaohao was now ready to fulfill his destiny. He took one half of the broken staff with him and set off to the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, prepared to save Pandaria.[7][14]

Before entering the Vale, he also established the Shado-Pan to continue to watch and protect against the sha menace.[15][16] The Emperor was forever changed, and as he set forth on the final leg of his adventure, he was a creature of faith, courage, patience, love, and peace, a creature of pure light. At the dusk of the final day, the sky was bathed in green fire, and the very ground trembled in terror. But the Emperor was not afraid. His mind was clear of any doubt or despair. He feasted and he sang as the sky tore open. Seeing fear and doubt in his subjects' eyes, Shaohao told them that one should live each day to its fullest, and sleep each night with the peace of a mind unburdened.

It is said that all the trees in the vale blossomed as he entered, and continue to blossom to this day. He ascended to the Terrace of Eternal Spring, to separate Pandaria from the rest of the world. But try as he might, he was unable: the ground trembled yet did not move. Soon, he began to doubt, and the Sha of Doubt began to emerge from the east. He began to fear, and the Sha of Fear began ripping out its shackles to the west. Desperately, he called out to the Jade Serpent for help. Yu'lon circled the Vale, and explained that Pandaria was more than just the Pandaren Empire; the mantid to the west were as much a part of the land as Shaohao's empire behind the wall. Seeing that all things were connected in an eternal whole and that his beloved land was more than just the Pandaren Empire, Shaohao at last understood. All Shaohao could do was shield them from annihilation and give his subjects time to learn the lessons he had learned. With Sheilun in his grasp, Shaohao became one with the land. Through Sheilun, his spirit was transformed, surrounding Pandaria as a great mist. Although Shaohao was gone, the staff remained and clattered to the floor. When the world tore itself apart, Pandaria drifted quietly into the ocean. And as the Emperor's empty robes fluttered to the ground, the land became enveloped in impenetrable mists, hidden away from the rest of the world.[7][17][18][16] However, despite having been thought to have defeated all of the sha, Shaohao had held on to one vice — the Sha of Pride. It was through the emperor's pride that Pandaria was cloaked in mists, as he thought that the residents of Pandaria were better than the rest of the world and could solve their own problems.[19][16] Shaohao's staff remained on the ground until the monks of Tian Monastery found it and took it to the Terrace of Endless Spring for safekeeping.[20]

After Emperor Shaohao disappeared, the power in Pandaria shifted to the local level. With all threats walled off there was no longer a need for an emperor anymore, making Shaohao the last Emperor of Pandaria.[21]


Mists of Pandaria This section concerns content related to Mists of Pandaria.
Seer Hao Pham Roo

Emperor Shaohao in disguise as Seer Hao Pham Roo.

Emperor Shaohao Kun-Lai

Emperor Shaohao's spirit at Seeker's Point.

As the war began to escalate between the Horde and the Alliance, the Darkspear trolls had started a rebellion against Warchief Garrosh Hellscream. The legendary brewmaster Chen Stormstout was involved. Amidst the strife, Chen decided to learn how the mists of Pandaria had parted and given Hellscream the chance to seize control of the resources from the continent. He sent adventurers to find an old Seer he had met during his travels named Hao Pham Roo, an expert on Emperor Shaohao.

In Kun-Lai Summit, the adventurers found that Seer Hao was too old to follow the trail of the last emperor at the mountainside of Mount Neverest. He requested the help from the adventurers to help him climb to the pinnacle in order to continue the path. Humbly, the adventurers patiently aided the old pandaren as he shared his past experience along the way. When they finally reached the destination, Seeker's Point, Seer Hao revealed his true identity: the spirit of Emperor Shaohao. The journey was meant to be a lesson teaching that the most insidious vice - Pride, the one burden Shaohao never conquered - would eventually fester whenever allowed. Thus, old enemies must work together and proud races must admit they need help.

After Shaohao finished his lesson, he vanished with a bow.[22]

Timeless Isle[]

Mists of Pandaria This section concerns content related to Mists of Pandaria.

The spirit of Shaohao awaits adventurers to participate in the Celestial Tournament and announce the August Celestials to be called up for a challenge as World Bosses. He also works with the adventurers to unveil the mysteries of the isle, and to fight the Ordon yaungol led by Ordos, who decided to call for the power of fire lords.

Siege of Orgrimmar[]

Mists of Pandaria This section concerns content related to Mists of Pandaria.

After Garrosh Hellscream was defeated and Pandaria purged from the sha, Lorewalker Cho and adventurers witnessed how the spirit of Shaohao began the healing of the Vale, planting a seed of a blossoming tree.


Notable appearances
Location Level range Health range
Timeless Isle ?? 1,969,705
Celestial Tournament 90 393,941


As Seer Hao Pham Roo
On Timeless Isle


As Seer Hao Pham Roo
Main article: Path of the Last Emperor#Notes
Timeless Isle
Main article: Yu'lon (tactics)#Quotes
Main article: Chi-Ji (tactics)#Quotes
Main article: Xuen (tactics)#Quotes
Main article: Niuzao (tactics)#Quotes
Vale of Eternal Blossoms
Do not despair the damage that was done here. You triumphed over the darkness I had locked away. You have shown Pandaria the power of a true hero. But the question still remains... why do we fight? I trust you have learned: to fight out of fear or anger is to fight a war that never ends. Face your fears. Calm your hatreds. Find peace within yourself, so that you may share it with the world around you. These are the greatest treasures in life. Surely they... are worth fighting for.

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Preceded by:
Earliest known:
Shu Blindeye
Emperor of the Pandaren
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