August Celestial

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"Celestials" redirects here. For the world boss encounters, see Chi-Ji (tactics), Niuzao (tactics), Xuen (tactics), and Yu'lon (tactics). For the in-game faction, see August Celestials
Concept art of pillars dedicated to them. These can be found at each corner of the court on the Timeless Isle.

The August Celestials are four powerful beings that watch over Pandaria. They are the same type of creature as the Ancients, but stayed in Pandaria instead of Kalimdor.[1] It is unclear if they can visit the Emerald Dream.[2]

Like the Dragon Aspects, the August Celestials have the ability to take on mortal forms. Yu'lon's pandaren disguise is known as Fei, and during the trial of Garrosh Hellscream, Niuzao took on the form of a glowing tauren, Chi-Ji a red-headed blood elf with golden wings like a cape, and Xuen a pale blue human with white and black stripes on his skin and in his hair.[3]


They consist of:

The August Celestials in the opening of gates to the Vale of Eternal Blossoms.

Temples of the Celestials

There are four respective temples dedicated to August Celestials in whole of Pandaria. Each of them houses the followers and monks dedicated to serve them.


This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.
  • Like the other Ancient Guardians, the August Celestials might have some relation to the Loa.


  • They are apparently based on the four symbols of Chinese mythology, with the Black Ox replacing the Black Tortoise and exchanging cardinal directions with the White Tiger.


  1. ^ Dave Kosak on Twitter (2014-05-08): "Celestials are Wild Gods, like the Ancients. They just stayed in Pandaria."
  2. ^ Dave Kosak on Twitter (2013-03-12): "The August Celestials are very much like the ancients (Goldrinn, Tortolla, etc). Unclear if they visit the dream, tho"
  3. ^ War Crimes