Image of Taoshi
Title Shadow
Gender Female
Race Pandaren (Humanoid)
Class Subtlety rogue
Resource Energy
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Uncrowned
Shado-Pan Assault
Occupation High-ranking member of the Shado-Pan, Shadow and Champion of the Uncrowned
Location Various
Status Alive

Taoshi is a high-ranking member of the Shado-Pan. She is described by their leader Taran Zhu as "my best", and is often seen in the position of Taran's right-hand man.


Mists of Pandaria

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She is at the front lines of battle when the mantid attempt to invade Townlong Steppes, directing Shado-Pan scouts and combating the mantid directly. She, along with the adventurer, fight back Norvakess, Terror of the Dread Wastes. Following this she accompanies Taran Zhu in his mission to defeat the Sha of Hatred, leaving only briefly to take care of a Shado-Pan camp taken over by sha-infected scorpions.

She next leaves on Taran Zhu's orders, to seek out the Sha's hiding place. After her successful report, she, Hawkmaster Nurong, and Lao-Chin the Iron Belly break into Sik'vess Lair. Together with Taran Zhu, they defeat the Sha of Hatred.

After the Sha's defeat, she and several other high-ranking Shado-Pan stay at Shado-Pan Garrison. While there she fights against the mantid at Sra'vess.

Isle of Thunder

When the threat of Lei-Shen, the Thunder King, reappears, Taoshi goes with Shado-Pan forces to the Isle of Thunder to stop him. Though the Shado-Pan remain neutral while the Horde and Alliance are at odds, Taoshi notes all three factions share a mutual goal to take down the Thunder King. As such, she works with both factions to accomplish taking the island out of the Thunder King's hands. With Alliance/Horde help, she wins them Lightning Vein Mine.[1]

Soon after, Taoshi forms a plan to take the palace shipyard, which Taran Zhu declares too dangerous. She goes to the two other factions, and with their support convinces Taran Zhu to give his approval. The plan -- involving Taoshi sneaking onboard a ship and defeating its crew, then unlocking the door to the shipyard from within -- goes off without a hitch, giving the Shado-Pan, Alliance, and Horde another step forward in taking the island.

Taoshi goes with Taran Zhu and Yalia Sagewhisper to the front of the Thunder King's palace to halt the resurrection of Nalak by Shan Bu, one of the Thunder King's most loyal servants. During the fight, Taran Zhu is gravely injured. Taoshi instructs Yalia to take Taran Zhu to safety.[2]

Timeless Isle

Taoshi can be found on the Timeless Isle overlooking the Celestial Court with Hawkmaster Nurong.

Warlords of Draenor

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Taoshi visits the Garrison's tavern in order to obtain a sample of the winds from Skyreach.


Legion This section concerns content related to Legion.

Now one of The Uncrowned, Taoshi is within the sewers of Dalaran in the secret Hall of Shadows.

When a monk adventurer goes after  [Sheilun, Staff of the Mists] at the Terrace of Endless Spring, Taoshi is among the Shado-pan who aid them in the battle against the Burning Legion.

Mathias and Taoshi attacking Detheroc

When the Uncrowned learns that Mathias Shaw has been replaced by Detheroc,[3] Taoshi decides to find and save the real Shaw in order to expose the dreadlord.[4] She and a fellow Shadow of the Uncrowned infiltrated Felsoul Hold, with bombs provided by Marin Noggenfogger serving as cover. They found and located Mathias Shaw, returning him to the Hall of Shadows.[5][6] After being saved, Shaw revealed to the Uncrowned that Detheroc had told lies to Anduin Wrynn about the Horde and had manipulated the new king into preparing Stormwind's armies to attack the Horde, thus beginning another conflict between the Alliance and Horde when the world could least afford it. To cover his tracks, Detheroc had put up wanted posters of the members of the Uncrowned all over Stormwind, claiming they had conspired with the Burning Legion, and thus turned Stormwind's citizens and guards against them. An adventurer, Taoshi, and Shaw were brought to Stormwind under the cover of night by Fleet Admiral Tethys and sneaked their way to SI:7 headquarters, where they exposed Detheroc and defeated him.[7][8]

During that time, Taoshi and the Shadow were wanted dead for conspiracy with the Legion.[9]

Battle for Azeroth

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Taoshi with Chen and Li Li Stormstout.

Taoshi appeared in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms when it is assaulted by the Black Empire, fighting with Taran Zhu. Her focus was against the Deephive mantid, where she ordered their deaths.[10] She also instructed adventurers with destroying corrupted incubators, that contained mantid eggs that if allowed to spawn would hatch a new swarm empowered by N'Zoth.[11]

From Mistfall Village, she directed adventurers against the mantid swarms and the invading mogu clans. She seemed to be aided in this by Chen and Li Li Stormstout.

After receiving an  [Ooze-covered Amber] from adventurers, she felt that it seeped with power and corruption. Knowing that they could be faced with a threat if the rest of the mantid swarm's amber was similarly corrupted, Taoshi set off to investigate Kor'vess.[12] During the investigation, she sought to slow their amber harvesting efforts by killing a handful of them.[13] With their numbers weakened, Taoshi called on her allies to deal with the source of the corruption and acquire any corrupted amber.[14] Knowing that the kypari trees were sacred to the mantid, the fact they had allowed faceless one to corrupt them made her realize that their devotion to the Old Gods was greater.[15]

She and the adventurers were subsequently confronted by Watcher Vl'thax, causing Taoshi to remark that the mantid had earned N'Zoth's favor.[16] With the threat dealt with, they snuck into Klaxxi'vess in order to destroy the Corrupted Amber stored within.[17] Deciding that they needed to know what they were up against, they scouted out the swarm from the sky, however, they were confronted by Grand Empress Shek'zara, who ordered her swarm to show them the price for defying N'Zoth.[18] After driving the swarm off, the pair safely landed on the Serpent's Spine where Taoshi remarked that the swarm was enough of a menace on its own and that N'Zoth could transform them into something even more dire. Thus, she vowed to inform the Shado-Pan of the threat, while suggesting adventurers report to Stormspeaker Qian of the Rajani.[19]


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Notable appearances
Location Level range Health range
Townlong Steppes 90 393,941
Townlong Steppes 90 787,882
Isle of Thunder 90 393,941
Trove of the Thunder King 90 3,939,410
Timeless Isle 90 787,882
Garrison 90 11,494
N Monk [10-45] The Emperor's Gift 100 - 110 256,766
Hall of Shadows 100 6,603,750
Suramar 110 15,589,005


  • Assassin's Gaze
  • Deadly Throw
  • Shadowstep
  • Stealth
  • Backstab
  • Hemorrhage
  • Infiltrating Stormsea Landing
  • Recuperate


Townlong Steppes
Isle of Thunder
Warlords of Draenor This section concerns content related to Warlords of Draenor.
Battle for Azeroth This section concerns content related to Battle for Azeroth.
Vale of Eternal Blossoms


Mists of Pandaria This section concerns content related to Mists of Pandaria.
  • You are welcome among the Shado-pan.
  • Good to see you.
  • Ready for some action?
  • You have my attention.
  • Are you here to fight?
  • I would recommend against such actions!
  • You overestimate my patience!
  • Keep it up, they'll never find your body!
  • Stay light on your feet.
  • Be wary beyond the wall.
  • Keep your eyes keen, adventurer.
  • The Shado-pan will be here, if you need us.
  • May fortune follow you.

Shado-Pan Dailies

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  • Lets get down to business!
  • Where to?
  • I'm with you.
  • There's no escape for you insects! You face the Shado-Pan this day.
  • You should have stayed in the Dread Wastes!
  • Your queen sends you to your deaths!
  • Silent and deadly.
Killed mob
  • We'll have this whole island cleared out soon.
  • You and I work well together.
  • Haha! Nice one.
  • Impressive.

Bleak Hollow, Isle of Thunder

It is discouraging that Lei Shen has found so many allies to flock to his throne so soon after his return. We should have done a better job to eliminate them during his absence.

 [Key to the Palace of Lei Shen] in inventory for Troves of the Thunder King

We are ready to launch the raid at a moment's notice. All we need is the key. Have you found one?

Gossip I have the key, let's start the raid. [Queue for solo instance.]

Timeless Isle

  • This island holds many secrets that have yet to be uncovered.
  • There is always value in spending time with old friends.
  • It is truly admirable to do combat with a celestial.


Legion This section concerns content related to Legion.

Taoshi in Hall of Shadows.

  • I am honored beyond words, <name>. I will gladly serve as your champion. Point me in the right direction. I can sneak anywhere. Find out anything.[20]

A very good day to you, <name>. I trust that the affairs of the Uncrowned are in order?

  • Lets get down to business.
  • All that matters is the mission.
  • You have my attention.
  • What's the situation?
  • Not all words are wise. Consider this.
  • You overestimate my patience!
  • Want to have a few new scars? Maybe... here?
  • Keep it up, they'll never find your body!
  • Stay light on your feet.
  • Keep your eyes keen.
  • Be wary.
  • Silent and deadly.

Battle for Azeroth

Battle for Azeroth This section concerns content related to Battle for Azeroth.


We must protect the Vale.

Dread Wastes

The Shado-Pan remain vigilant.


  • Her generic name is Shado-Pan Master.
  • Her mounts are a tiger and a kite.
  • Taoshi is voiced by Grey DeLisle.


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