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Pandaren (Humanoid)


Leader of the Lorewalkers[1]




Chang, Chi Chi, Cheech, Chong, Lola (ancestors)


Autumn (crane mount), Mishi, Summer

"Every good story needs a hero!"

Lorewalker Cho is the leader of the pandaren Lorewalkers. His kindly demeanor, boundless curiosity and saint-like patience has made him something of an informal ambassador of Pandaren culture to the Horde and Alliance. While not a fighter, Cho accompanies the players on numerous adventures throughout Pandaria, usually providing lore and background to current situations. He can be found at various locations in Jade Forest and Kun-Lai Summit, as well as Mogu'shan Vaults. Cho can also be seen during The Wanderer's Festival at Turtle Beach of Krasarang Wilds. His ever-trusting personality serves as a foil to the wary Taran Zhu.


MoP This section concerns content exclusive to Mists of Pandaria.

Mists of Pandaria

At Dreamer's Pavilion.

As Alliance, you arrive at a pandaren hut and drink a seemingly alcoholic beverage, and upon doing so you see visions of Varian/Goldrinn a.k.a Lo'Gosh, Anduin and surprisingly Garrosh. A few moments later, Lorewalker Cho approches and douses you with water to wake up from his dream brew. He wanted to know why that particular person (Anduin) is here. On hearing this, the Alliance adventurer shows Cho one of three pictures the adventurer hastily draws. The adventurer can show him Prince Anduin Wrynn, something abstract, or something heroic. Cho follows the story of your people closely, and states that you all may have more in common than one would think. Lastly, the adventurer feeds Cho's birds, and upon doing so Cho welcomes you with open arms, requesting your aid for many services. Letting him know of Anduin Wrynn, the adventurer must meditate to find where he is. After a successful meditation, it shows the White Pawn being chased by Hozen. Then, you depart to go help Anduin Wrynn and will see Lorewalker Cho later.

As Horde, you arrive at the Hozen villages and take out Dook Ookem. Shortly afterward, the Hozen flee in fear of the Horde adventurer and Cho jumps down and greets them. Cho says that he saw them in a Skyship and has many questions for them. The Horde adventurer then meets Lorewalker Cho again in the Cave of Words to speak with him further. First, he tells the Horde adventurers about the Mogu, then you ride with him to talk about who the Lorewalkers are. Cho explains that the Lorewalkers are very similar to historians. Cho and the other Lorewalkers work tirelessly to discover more of the hidden mysteries and lore of Pandaria and it's past. In order to do so, he needs information from tablets and scrolls from a place called the Circle of Bone in order to enhance his knowledge. The first tablet tells of a Hozen warlord many years ago. Second tablet is researched until a bloodthirsty monster called a Saurok appears. Pandaren have been attempting to communicate with these beasts for quite some time, and show no signs of stopping any time soon. At last, Cho wants to know about your people. Heading towards the Circle of Stone, where his Great Grandfather showed Cho of his ancestors, Cho now asks the Horde adventurer to tell their tale. Upon hearing it, Lorewalker Cho is pleased. After all that information is digested, he sends you back with the local hozen at a Hozen Camp for welcoming them to the Horde and will see him later.

When both the Alliance and Horde adventurers reach Dawn's Blossom, you find him with Pandaren children. Cho explains that these children are the true heart of the Jade Forest. Cho asks that the adventurer help the people here, and earn a good reputation, become revered to the denizens to Pandaria.

Later near Emperor's Omen, you find him with Foreman Mann and she is worried about her husband. Lorewalker Cho wants us to be introduce ourselves to her but is worried about many things. Rescue her husband and she will be most pleases to help in future events.

Before preparations for both the Alliance and Horde commence, Cho has found something and wants you to follow him as soon as possible. Leaving your faction behind would cost a lot, but you have little choice but to go anyway. The  [Cho Family Heirloom] is to be used to see the last piece of the puzzle. During the Battle for Serpent's Heart, it shown that Emperor Shaohao, the last Pandaren Emperor, hid a negative emotion known as Doubt. The Sha of Doubt then comes before Lorewalker Cho, and Cho becomes horrified of this creature. He said he thought it was just a myth, but it appearing before his very eyes had vanished all doubt he had. Now, the adventurers need to clear the manifestation by using Mishi and close the Sha spikes so it can stop creating more Sha. The adventurer then lands near Serpent's Heart and rescues his/her faction companions. Shortly afterward, Cho and Fei (Yu'lon the Jade Serpent), stand aside from each other, shunned. Talk to the Jade Serpent in regards to going to the Valley of the Four Winds to find what the adventurer's quest holds.

In Kun-Lai Summit, you get a note from Mishka/Shademaster Kiryn that Cho had seen something in the mountains. You then see him at a Grummle camp called One Keg. He travels to Seeker's Point to obtain  [The Tongue of Ba-Shon], and you stay connected with him via a device and go into every tomb within Kun-Lai to look for clues of where the Thunder King slept. After hours of searching the tombs, the adventurer did battle with Zandalar Trolls and Mogu. Later, the adventurer finally discovers the rest of the Thunder King. The tablet reads thus read by Lorewalker Cho:

Lorewalker Cho says: Under Kun-Lai Thunder sleeps...
Lorewalker Cho says: The storm long spent there rests...
Lorewalker Cho says: But blood of brother kingdom keeps...
Lorewalker Cho says: Alive the dispossessed...
Lorewalker Cho says: By Zandalari blood he will be taken...
Lorewalker Cho says: To Zandalari Voice he will awaken...

Cho is surprised at what happens next. A troll named Prophet Khar'zul lead a team of Zandalar Trolls to take the corpse of Lei Shen out of the tomb, and is planning to resurrect him from the Isle of Reckoning. Cho sends word to Lin Whispercloud and Shin Whispercloud of what's happening near the seas of Kun-Lai and explains that they must be prepared for the incoming massive waves of Mogu and Trolls. It was too late when the adventurers arrive that Zouchin Province, as it was already reduced to smoke and ash. The assault had begun. The adventurers and Lorewalker Cho were aware of the situation at hand, but not Lin Whispercloud, Shin Whispercloud and others in the town. Continuous waves of Trolls poured in, keeping the adventurers busy and distracted while the ritual resurrecting Lei Shen was in progress. Hours after the assult, the townsfolk captured a Zandalari Prisoner. They persuaded him for hours until Lorewalker Cho imformed the adventurers of the devolving situation. They returned upstairs and persuaded the prisoner together. Unfortunatly, Ii was too late, and the prisoner told them that the Thunder King was successfully resurrected by the troll prophets. The adventurers were left with no choice, they must engage the Isle of Reckoning regardless, and slay them all so that nothing more foul is brought back into the world. The aftermath of Lei Shen was another problem to be dealt with for another time.

At last, Lorewalker Cho returns to his home/library, and this is where he can permanently be found at the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, known as the Seat of Knowledge. Speak with him of anything particular like knowing more of Pandaria. Though he yet wonders why Brann Bronzebeard is present.

He may often times be seen at Halfhill Market in Valley of the Four Winds.

The Thunder King

He shares stories of Lei Shen, the Zandalari and the Mogu origins. He is also seen in the faction-specific scenarios explaining the adventurers why they are there.


The lorewalker wants to know what's happening and understand what's going on. He invites the adventurer to look into a recent activity in Dun Morogh, what's happening in the Vale and what's to come. He wishes he could see everything to the end, but said he's a "storyteller".

Siege of Orgrimmar

Lorewalker Cho at the Tournament.

Cho traveled to the Timeless Isle meeting with Anduin Wrynn, Wrathion and Kairoz. After Wrathion is ready to grant the adventurer his final reward, Cho and Wrathion travelled back to the Seat where they narrated the final story about the adventurer. Cho was uneasy about what way Wrathion's part of the story is was heading. Cho is also part of the Celestial Tournament with his companions - Knowledge, Patience and Wisdom.

Cho is also present in the Vale of Eternal Sorrow's part of the Siege of Orgrimmar, commenting on Immerseus, The Fallen Protectors and Norushen. He then found wounded Taran Zhu and brought him to safety for recuperate. After the fall of Sha of Pride, Cho returned with Lor'themar Theron and Jaina Proudmoore. He ultimately witnessed the aftermath of the Siege, where Taran Zhu takes Garrosh to Pandaria for a trial. Cho commented that the adventurers freed Pandaria from the grasp of Sha, something that even titans and mogu could not do.

After this, he witnessed the ghost of Emperor Shaohao planted a new tree beginning with the healing of the Vale.

What you have achieved today will shape the face of Pandaria for thousands of years to come.
Thank you, hero. The Lorewalkers shall pass your story down from generation to generation.

Warlords of Draenor

WoD This section concerns content exclusive to Warlords of Draenor.

Cho traveled to Lunarfall Inn / Frostwall Tavern on Draenor because he thinks the titans had visited this world too. He starts N [100] Titanic Evolution and Quest:Lessons Of The Past.


Notable appearances
Location Level range Health range
Siege of Orgrimmar 92 25,295,520
Siege of Orgrimmar 90 393,941
Garrison 90 11,494
Notable appearances
Location Level range Health range
Jade Forest 85 158,079
Kun-Lai Summit 85 158,079
Vale of Eternal Blossoms 90 393,941
Halfhill Market 90 393,941
Krasarang Wilds 90 393,941
Mogu'shan Vaults 92 25,295,520
A Little Patience 90 393,941
Dagger in the dark 90 393,941
Timeless Isle 90 393,941
Celestial Tournament 90 393,941


Jade Forest

At Dreamer's Pavilion:

At Dawn's Blossom:

At Emperor's Omen:

At Serpent's Heart:

Kun-Lai Summit

Lorewalker Cho (or his image) is involved in the Raising the Thunder King storyline:

Vale of Eternal Blossoms

Lorewalker Cho at the Seat of Knowledge.
Pre Patch 5.4
Upon completing exploration achievements

Siege of Orgrimmar



Cho sends a letter entitled A Well-Deserved Accomplishment to all players who reach level 90. Attached is a single  [Serpent's Heart Firework].

With the war in Pandaria coming to a head, he will also send a letter calling for adventurers' help, starting the breadcrumb quest War is Coming:


My humble land has become the center of a worldwide storm. Events are moving very quickly between the Alliance and the Horde. Can you help me make sense of it all? Please visit me at the Seat of Knowledge in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, above the entrance to Mogushan Palace. We must speak!

Your friend, Lorewalker Cho


The Thunder King trailer

Lorewalker Cho is the narrator of the trailer for the Thunder King patch; this trailer shows the history of Lei Shen's rule over ancient Pandaria.

His speech is transcribed below:

Pandaria, her hills of gold
In dark and mournful times of old
Did once a hopeless horror hold

When from her sacred veil did spring
With storm and flash, a monstrous thing
His name Lei Shen, the Thunder King

His thunder boomed across the land
And none who dared and fought could stand
Against the iron tyrant’s hand

A palace grand, a walled domain
Such mighty works born of his reign
Built by slaves, their hearts in chains

But seasons change and tyrants die
His fury spent in times gone by
The thunder slept beneath Kun-Lai

By Zandalari hands he has been taken
By Zandalari voice he has awakened

Gather heroes, sound the drums
The Thunder King comes
The Thunder King comes

Wanderer's Festival

<Name>! I am delighted to see that you are celebrating the Wanderer's Festival with us!

It is often said that pandaren are not the adventurous sort. But look around at these faces - ah, you see? The starry eyes of dreamers!

I should think that someday soon, there will be many more pandaren adventurers to speak of, making a difference all over the world. Don't you think?

Seat of Knowledge

Who would ever guess how much knowledge was hidden behind these walls. Between the wealth of information here and the lore you have uncovered in your travels, I believe I can weave together a few tales of our forgotten past.

Which one would you like to hear?

Timeless Isle

Why so surprised, <name>?

It is as I have always told you. Pandaria is a wondrous land full of secrets and mysteries.

Gossip What is this place?

The people of Pandaria came here millennia ago to watch aspiring emperors face the challenges of the August Celestials.

So! Are you here to watch would-be heroes brave the Celestials' tests?

Or to brave them yourself?

  • Pandaria welcomes you.
  • Hello!
  • Greetings!
  • Hmm?
  • How does today find you?
  • Now cut that out!
  • Stop now! Don't poke the bear!
  • History will make note of your deeds.
  • Eyes open, always be learning.
  • Tread lightly.
  • Jade Serpent guide you.
  • Farewell.
  • Every good story needs a hero.


Ah, hello commander! Would you like me to tell you a lengthy story about a bridge?


  • Cho is voiced by Jim Cummings.
  • He appears as a legendary card in Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. His flavor text reads: "Lorewalker Cho archives and shares tales from the land of Pandaria, but his favorite story is the one where Joey and Phoebe go on a road trip."
    • He is also the third boss that new players face in the game's initial tutorial.


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.
  • It is speculated that Lorewalker Cho's ancestors were agents of Nozdormu due to Cho's ancestor Lorewalker Chang wearing a Keepers of Time tabard. The question was asked in a developer Q&A, to which Blizzard replied: "A: only time will tell ;-)"
    • It has also been speculated that Lorewalker Cho himself may be a Watcher of the Bronze Dragonflight as well in order to keep an accurate history of Pandaria.



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