Quilen (sometimes known as quilin), pronounced as "kwai-lin", are canine-leonine creatures that are native to Pandaria. There are three variations of quilen: organic, stone, and adorned stone. Favorite pets of the ancient Mogu princes, Quilen make loyal and fearless companions and mounts.
As a mount
The [Imperial Quilen] flying mount is rewarded from the Mists of Pandaria Collector's Edition as well as the Digital Deluxe Edition.
As a companion pet
The [Lucky Quilen Cub] is rewarded from the Mists of Pandaria Collector's Edition as well as the Digital Deluxe Edition.
As guardian pet
As a hunter pet
Only hunters that choose the Beast Mastery specialization can tame these exotic beasts. As with most exotic pets, they amount to a juiced-up version of a more common pet. In the quilen's case, this common pet would be the wolf. The Quilen (pet) are capable of performing a [Rebirth] to fallen party members during combat. Because of their sheer ferocity and their battle resurrection move, they are in high demand.
Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): New special ability added, [Stone Armor].
Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Added.
- The name of these creatures seems to be derived from the Qilin (麒麟, qílín), Chinese mythological creatures somewhat resembling cross between a horse and a dragon, and are often referred to as Chinese unicorns. Warcraft's interpretations more closely resemble Chinese guardian lions, or shishi, also known as "Foo Dogs" in the West.
- A creature based on the Qilin would be introduced later in Mists of Pandaria's patch cycle: the [Swift Windsteed].