The Monkey King
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Long ago, the titanic watcher Keeper Freya gifted her walking stick, fashioned from one of the branches of Fu Zan the first tree, to Yu'lon, who later gave it to the Monkey King. The hozen hung his most prized possessions from the staff, which he carries with him to this day.
The Burdens of Shaohao
While on his quest to save Pandaria from the impending Great Sundering, Emperor Shaohao consulted his companion, the Monkey King, on how to divest himself of his burdens, to purify his spirit, and to become one with the land.
Weary of waiting, while Shaohao meditated for days, the Monkey King whittled a strange grimacing visage out of bamboo, he urged the Emperor to place the mask of doubt on his face. While mischief was the Monkey King's motivation, the mask worked, as Shaohao pulled the mask away, his doubts took on a physical form. The two companions then traveled to each temple of the August Celestials, purging the Emperor with the help of the Monkey King's masks.
Some time later, the Monkey King lead a small army of Royal Jibstabbers against a mogu known as the Jade Warlord, his Disciples of Jade and several large quilen. Battling inside the Tomb of Conquerors, the two generals dueled each other one-on-one. The entire battle ended with both themselves and their minions becoming petrified in jade. They would remain this way for the next 10,000 years.
Mists of Pandaria
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After hearing about the Horde's acquisition of the Divine Bell, Prince Anduin Wrynn began searching for a means to counter its power. His research has led him to an item known as the Harmonic Mallet. The Harmonic Mallet was last seen in the hands of the Monkey King. The tomb of the Monkey King is located in Tomb of Conquerors, where he and his mogu adversary are frozen in jade. Anduin discovered an incantation to release him from the jade imprisonment but it would release the Jade Warlord as well. After the Alliance champion defeats the Jade Warlord, the Monkey King asks the champion to solve his three riddles in exchange for the whereabouts of the Harmonic Mallet: an instrument used by the Pandaren rebels in ancient times to counter the mogu's Divine Bell by turning its power into pure harmony. After solving his riddles, the Monkey King revealed that he had to to break the mallet and sent his minions to hide its pieces in the far away corners of Pandaria in order to prevent it from falling into mogu hands.
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- He owns Fu Zan, the Wanderer's Companion, a simple looking staff with such vast power, that it would not let anyone wield it.
- He is likely inspired by Sun Wukong the Monkey King, from the Chinese tale Journey to the West.
- Patch 7.0.1 (Alpha): Added in the Legion version of Temple of Five Dawns.
- Patch 5.1.0 (2012-11-27): Added.