Main article: Lorewalker Stonestep
BossLorewalker Stonestep
Image of Lorewalker Stonestep
Title <The Keeper of Scrolls>
Gender Male
Race Pandaren (Humanoid)
Level 9-34 Elite
Resource Mana
Reaction Alliance Horde
Location Temple of the Jade Serpent
Status Alive
Temple of the Jade Serpent

Wise Mari
Lorewalker Stonestep
Liu Flameheart
Sha of Doubt



Lorewalker Stonestep is the narrator of the second boss of the Temple of the Jade Serpent. The encounter automatically starts after destroying the Corrupted Scroll. After its destruction, it will randomly select between the two possible stories.


The Sha of Doubt's minions gleefully invaded the Temple of the Jade Serpent's library, creating twisted, destructive versions of heroes and other characters of pandaren lore. Despite his best efforts, Lorewalker Stonestep has been unable to restore these manifestations of their past to their uncorrupted forms.


The Trial of the Yaungol

A young Yaungol faces Strife and Peril. He must find a balance between the two to set his soul free.

  • Mob Strife and Peril
    • Ability warlock fireandbrimstone.png  Agony — Agony arcs through the enemy's mind, inflicting 25000 (Heroic: 50000) Shadow damage.
    • Spell misc emotionangry.png  Intensity — Focusing your attacks on either Strife or Peril feeds the entity, causing it to inflict 3500 (Heroic: 5000) Fire damage to all surrounding players and increasing damage dealt by 10%. This effect stacks. Upon reaching 10 stacks, this entity gains Ultimate Power and immunity to all damaging effects for 15 sec.
      • Spell shaman improvedfirenova.png  Ultimate Power — This unit is fully empowered. Immune to all forms of damage.
    • Spell misc emotionafraid.png  Dissipation — Ignoring Strife or Peril will starve the entity, causing it to slowly dissipate to nothingness. Damage dealt is reduced by 10% per application.

The Champion of the Five Suns

In the days of old, five suns burned brightly in the sky. Great fires would sweep through the lands of Pandaria until the day that Zao Sunseeker shot a defiant arrow into the sky, bringing down 4 of the 5 suns.

Stage One: Extinguishing the Suns

Players must extinguish the suns from the sky. Defeating each Sun causes Haunting Sha to appear and attack Zao Sunseeker and the players.

Mob Sun
  • Spell fire burnout.png  Sunfire Rays — The intense heat of the sun burns a random enemy target for 10000 (Heroic: 30000) Fire damage.
Mob Haunting Sha
  • Ability rogue shadowstep.png  Haunting Gaze — The Haunting Sha gazes into their victim's soul, inflicting 25000 (Heroic: 50000) Shadow damage.

Stage Two: The Sunseeker's Corruption!

The Haunting Sha have now possessed Zao Sunseeker. You must now defeat him to cleanse his corruption.

Zao Sunseeker
  • Inv summerfest firespirit.png  Hellfire Arrows — Zao shoots madly at his perceived enemies, inflicting 30000 (Heroic: 52000) Fire damage to random enemies.


The Trial of the Yaungol

This encounter involves two bosses at once.

The tank needs to keep aggro on both Strife and Peril. Since they do not move, this involves running between the bosses and using AoE abilities such as [Thunder Clap] and [Hammer of the Righteous]. They hit hard by 5-player boss standards, so be prepared to blow cooldowns on mitigation abilities such as [Shield Wall].

For damage dealers, the official intent for the encounter seems to be watching for the stacks of Intensity and periodically switching between the bosses when the stacks get too high (for example, above 6). Switch immediately if your target gets the Intensity debuff. However, it is sometimes easier (especially in overgeared groups) to just focus on one boss and ignore the other until the first one is dead, simply waiting out the 15-second immunity to damage.

The Champion of the Five Suns

Zao Sunseeker is a figure from a Pandaren tale who sought to destroy the Five Suns that were causing drought and havoc for the people. The story is brought to life by the Sha and players fight alongside Zao to defeat four of the suns. Upon defeating each sun, it shows its true form - sha. After you defeat four of the sha, they infest Zao with the negative emotion they embody. Players are then forced to kill Zao.[1]


Item Type
Normal Heroic
 [Girdle of Endemic Anger]  [Girdle of Endemic Anger] Caster cloth belt
 [Sunheart Waistband]  [Sunheart Waistband] Caster mail belt
 [Stonestep Boots]  [Stonestep Boots] Tank plate boots
 [Leggings of Whispered Dreams] Caster leather leggings
 [Windswept Pages] Agility trinket


You there, in the rafters! My sacred library has become possessed by the Sha!
See how they form every letter of these sacred scrolls; corrupting them, defiling them!
I beseech you kind strangers. Cleanse this place of their foul presence. Lay our stories to rest.
You must destroy the source of the corruption. Quickly, before our cherished history is erased forever!
Trial of the Yaungol
Lorewalker Stonestep yells: Ah, it is not yet over. From what I see, we face the trial of the yaungol. Let me shed some light...
Lorewalker Stonestep yells: As the tale goes, the yaungol was traveling across the Kun'lai plains when suddenly he was ambushed by two strange creatures!
Osong yells: FOR THE ANCIENTS!
Lorewalker Stonestep yells: The yaungol attacked the beasts with great determination and ferocity. Yet, the more he attacked, the more fearsome the beasts grew!
Lorewalker Stonestep yells: However, when he let it alone, the beast shrank to near nothingness.
Trial of the Yaungol Completed
For you see, strife feeds on conflict. When you have peace in your heart, strife will find somewhere else to roam.
Champion of the Five Suns
Lorewalker Stonestep yells: Oh, my. If I am not mistaken, it appears that the tale of Zao Sunseeker has come to life before us.
Lorewalker Stonestep yells: According to the legend, long ago, there were five suns that burned brightly in the sky. When the winds blew, their intense heat caused great wildfires.
Lorewalker Stonestep yells: Crops wilted, villages burned, and families wandered endlessly to seek refuge from the flames...
Zao Sunseeker yells: I can allow this no longer!
Lorewalker Stonestep yells: The fires, they are burning the library! Please, heroes! Purge this evil before the temple crumbles to ash!
Sunseeker's Corruption!
Zao Sunseeker yells: The blistering heat must have dulled my senses... mirages! All of you!
Lorewalker Stonestep yells: Zao has become corrupted too! Please, fight him with dignity...
Champion of the Five Suns Completed
Zao was a true champion of our people, how sad it is to see his story tainted by the sha. I am relieved to see justice served to his memory.
You have my thanks, heroes. You have given peace to this sacred temple.
Now, off with you! I require meditation before I begin the restoration ritual.
Unused quotes
  • Out of the scroll, demon!
  • I grant you eternal peace!
  • I free you from existence!
  • You shall taint these scrolls no longer!
  • Thank you, heroes. I...
  • As the tale goes, Zao battle furiously; shooting his arrows high into the sky, until only one sun remained.

Patch changes

  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): Zao Sunseeker can once again be encountered.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2012-10-01): Zao Sunseeker can no longer be encountered in the Temple of the Jade Serpent.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Added.


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