The World of Warcraft Mists of Pandaria expansion introduces fans to the hidden island of Pandaria, unspoiled and unaffected in anyway from the never-ending war between the Horde and Alliance factions. With the new level 90 cap, gamers can expect to see a lot of new natural zones, themed in-line with the Monk class and Pandaren race. Whether it’s dense green forests, rolling fields of golden crops or beautiful icy mountain peaks, Blizzard takes gamers to an entirely new Azeroth, different from the war-ridden landscape prominent in the Warcraft series.

So where exactly do pandas fit into the lore? To make a long story short, the Pandaren race were suppressed centuries ago by the Mogu whereby it was the Monks that gave the Pandarens hope. While under the control of the Mogu, the Pandaren Monks learned to use Chi and the art of weaponless combat to win their freedom. Monks, as depicted in Mists of Pandaria is a very capable class with three main specializations as a: tank, damage dealer and healer.

Gamers who decide to play the Monk class do however have the option to select other races besides the Pandaren race as follows: Draenei, Ironforge Dwarf, Night Elf, Orc, Troll, Tauren, Gnome, Human, Forsaken and Blood Elf. Similar to Druids and Rogues, the Monk class has limited armor options to leather armor at most and light clothing.

The three World of Warcraft Monk specialization options makes it possible for gamers with differing play-styles to enjoy the class and consist of Brewmaster, Windwalker and Mistweaver; a tank, melee DPS and healer respectively. Players could also easily further customize their Monk characters via selected skill options and tweaking builds here and there.