Mists of Pandaria: Rare Elites and Vanity Items
Rare spawns are getting some huge changes in Mists of Pandaria--they'll drop unique vanity items like
! These items range from vanity pets to trinkets that summon kidnapped puppies. After Cata's rares mostly dropped generic quest-level armor, we're thrilled to see a return to quirky flavor details in Mists. We farmed up as many items as we could yesterday in between covering the latest beta patch.
Every rare mob in Pandaria, known as "Pandaren champions," will drop a satchel and a medium-level piece of armor in addition to a special item. Most rares drop vanity items, which we've listed below, but a few mobs in lower-level zones drop things like
instead. Tracking down all the rare mobs will grant the achievement
Several of our intrepid beta users have been
farming these mobs
--be sure to check out
Glorious: Rare Elites of Pandaria
that compiles much of the found info. It's got maps of all the new rares, tabs for all the new loot and NPCs, and tips for dealing with their abilities.
Ahone the Wanderer
: Summons a firework launcher.
Norlaxx the Outcast
: Players can target an area within 1000 yards, granting the ability
for 30 seconds. Once you have selected a place, you gain the new ability
, letting you drop a large raindrop anywhere you like.
: Encases the target in amber, preventing all action for up to 2 min. Any damage caused will break the amber. Does not work on players. (2 Min Cooldown). This looks similar to
from archaeology but can be cast on most anything.
: Use: Transform into a Mogu statue, becoming untargetable for 5 min. (30 Min Cooldown).
Nessos the Oracle
: Throwing the item dismounts players.
: Allows faster gathering of resources in Pandaria. Finally other races can compete with Tauren for herbalism nodes! It removes 1.5 seconds from herbalism and mining.
: Spawns 5 Kidnapped Puppies that look like
. They last for 10 minutes or until killed. They can spawn with a variety of fun accessories like a fez, pink bow, pirate hat, or bone.
Ik-Ik the Nimble
: Transforms your armor into pants and a tank top and your weapon into a shovel.
: Transforms the player into a shimmery version of the target for 10 min, similar to
. Does not work while mounted and against most hostile NPCs.
: Gives the buff
: Restores 15% of health and mana every 1 sec. for 6 sec. Any damage taken will remove the frenzy. 5 min cooldown. So far, there aren't any in-combat restrictions on using this item, making it pretty powerful for quick regen.
Krol the Blade
: Increases experience gain by 300% for 1 hour.
: May cause extra gold to drop whenever you kill a target that yields experience or honor. There is a small chance upon killing a mob that it will explode into
, making the same noise and animation as Diablo treasure goblins.
Dak the Breaker
: Charge at an enemy as a Yaungol, inflicting 50000 Physical damage to enemies within 8 yards and knocking them down for 2 sec. Unusable on targets above level 90.
Karr the Darkener
: Summons the vanity pet
: Summons the vanity pet
Ai-Ran the Shifting Cloud
: Gives you a 10 minute buff that lets you jump 5 yards farther.
summons a small Hozen NPC. Upon talking to him and telling him to forage, he will run away, periodically returning with
. So far, these bags are empty.
: Buffs you with
: increases swim speed by 50% and allows underwater breathing for 10 min. Also gives the player a watery appearance.
: Turns you into
, the elite Tauren rogue from old Deadmines.
Kang the Soul Thief
: Gives the player
, a slight stone-like appearance and a chance for killing blows to turn enemies to stone instead of a normal death animation.
Kal'tik the Blight
: Jump high into the sky. Prevents falling damage.
: Play the panflute, causing nearby critters to follow you for 15 min. (1 Min Cooldown)
Ai-Ran the Shifting Cloud
: Turns you into a gloating Mogu with
: Increases reputation with the denizens of Pandaria by 1000. (5 Sec Cooldown) Is affected by rep gains.
: The tooltip reads "Grants one Druid ability based on class and combat role" but so far this doesn't actually work!
: Toss a magic banana on the ground, which will trip up the first person to walk over it. (30 Min Cooldown)
Nal'lak the Ripper
: Summons a Whirlwind of Blades to fight for you for 10 min. (1 Hour Cooldown). It will spam
: Blast a blaring horn, attracting enemies within 40 yards. (2 Min Cooldown)
: Spawns a Tranquil Sprout that casts
references everyone's favorite Diablo templar: The summoned companion spams
: Use: Increases all stats by 500 for 1 hour. Counts as both a Battle and Guardian elixir. (15 Min Cooldown).
There are eight types of rares in Pandaria, each with a unique set of abilities. Killing one of each awards
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