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World of Warcraft Pandaren Monk Preview

Monk Gameplay

The monk's are primarily powered by Chi energy.  Chi powers jabs and rolls. Executing jabs generates Light and Dark force. These Light and Dark forces are used to power all other abilities. It should be noted that force is also known as "sha" throughout the game.

To this end Monks have an additional force display. Showing five indicators for both light and sha energy. For example the monk ability "Black Out Kick" uses two sha energy. The monk would be able to execute two kicks before having to return to their chi powered jabs to replenish their expended sha energy.

This same methodology applies to light powered abilities. There is no auto attack for the monk, giving this class a little more of a  console fighter game. Players have to pay careful attention to both their chi and light/sha energy expenditures. There will be a variety of stances available to the monk. Each of the stances will dictate the type of monk the player may select.

The following builds will be available to monks.

  • Brewmaster - tank
  • Mistweaver - healer
  • Windwalker -melee DPS

Starting Quests of Pandaria

Honestly there is nothing truly unique here. The quests do have a very martial artist's path to self improvement vibe. But at the end of the day, it was more of the same questing. Kill X amount of this mob or collect Y amount of this resource.  That being said, I did enjoy what I saw and played of the starting zone and quests. While the quests may be more of the same, there was a certain flow and progression to them that worked well with the race/class combinations. Fans of both traditional and modern martial arts movies will enjoy the monk's quest lines.

The New Look

Maybe it's the top of the line computers and monitors the demo was played on, but the graphics appear to have undergone an overhaul. The visuals really seemed much sharper and crisper than previous incarnations of WoW. Our later interview confirmed without much detail that they have indeed tweaked the engine some more.

World of Warcraft  Pandaren Monk Preview