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For the monk talented ability, see [Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger]. For the world boss, see Xuen (tactics).
Image of Xuen
Title <The White Tiger>
Gender Male
Race August celestial (Beast)
Level 90 Elite
Health 393,000
Reaction Alliance Horde
Location Temple of the White Tiger, Kun-Lai Summit
Status Alive
Relative(s) Litter of Xuen, Xu-Fu (cubs)
Student(s) Kang, Emperor Shaohao
"The only opponent is yourself."[1]

Xuen the White Tiger is one of the four creatures known as the August Celestials who watch over Pandaria. Xuen watches over the Kun-Lai Summit from the Temple of the White Tiger and is sometimes referred to as the Northern Celestial. He is the spirit of strength.[2]


The Duel of Thunder and Strength

Xuen, the White Tiger confronting the Thunder King Lei Shen.

Thousands of years ago, the armies of Lei Shen - the Thunder King - marched onto Kun-Lai Summit. His empire was growing, and slaves were required for the building of its cities and fortresses. So rather than attack the summit, Lei Shen boomed with his mighty voice: "Choose the greatest warrior among you and have him face me in one on one combat. Should I win, your people will submit to my rule. Should he win, I shall leave these lands in peace." "Challenge accepted!" came a voice that boomed across the mountains almost as strong as the thunderous presence of Lei Shen. From the mountains descended Xuen, the White Tiger. The August Celestial had seen the plight of the free peoples and could bear it no more. It is said this duel lasted for thirty days and thirty nights, and the emotions of this duel awoke the sha in great force. But in the end, Xuen fell, crushed by the sheer might of Lei Shen's unearthly power. And so Xuen was placed in a prison at the pinnacle of Kun-Lai Summit and made to watch as the pandaren and hozen were made slaves. But the tiger never submitted to Lei Shen's torture. In captivity, he grew stronger. His failure was a lesson, his pride now in check, and he waited until the pandaren slaves would dare to challenge the might of the mogu emperors.[3]

The pandaren revolution

Many years later, a pandaren named Kang began teaching his fellow slaves the ways of the monk. When rumors of the movement reached mogu ears, Kang and his fellow monks relocated to Kun-Lai Summit, where they built a secret monastery to continue their training. Kang also discovered something completely unexpected: the prison of Xuen. The pandaren often communed with the White Tiger, and Xuen taught him the secrets of harnessing one's inner strength — teachings that Kang passed along to his students, and which were eventually used by the pandaren and the other slave races to topple the mogu empire.[4]

The Burdens of Shaohao

Xuen and Shaohao.

After he freed himself of his doubts, despair, and fear, Emperor Shaohao journeyed to the high peaks of Kun-Lai Summit, where Xuen and the greatest warriors of Pandaria reside. As Shaohao announced his need of an army, Xuen, having recognized a great darkness within the brash emperor, asked him why does he fight. When Shaohao replied his intention to crush the Burning Legion and anyone who stood in his way, Xuen refused to hand him his warriors, but issued a challenge to the emperor: If he managed to touch any of the tiger's warriors with his staff, they are his to command. For hours Shaohao fought, but the warriors were too quick and too nimble for the untrained emperor. As Shaohao grew angry, he cursed and broke the staff over his knee, which brought forth his own anger, hatred, and violence. Defenseless, Shaohao was attacked by the sha he created, but as the smoke cleared, the emperor was unharmed, as one of the warriors sacrificed himself for him. Humbled before Xuen, the emperor learned that his own passions made him weak, and as he set forth on the final leg of his adventure, he became a creature of patience, love, and peace.[5][6]

Mists of Pandaria

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Xuen in WoW.

It is Xuen who was visited by Anduin Wrynn, Zhi the Harmonious and Taran Zhu. He tests adventurers who seek to gain entry into the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, and he is present when the gate to the vale is opened.

He also calls the adventurers to do dailies or in short: fight fighters. He also oversees the fights during the Arena of Annihilation.

After the death of Zhi, mogu invaded the vale and Xuen granted his powers to the Golden Lotus warriors.


As part of Wrathion's legendary journey, he and an adventurer visited the White Tiger in order to get his blessing.

The Fist of Ra-den

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After the events at the Throne of Thunder, Xuen recovered  [The Fist of Ra-den], a powerful weapon formerly wielded by Highkeeper Ra. The White Tiger saw its immense and dangerous power, and chose to safeguard it until someone worthy could take up the weapon in a righteous cause once again.[7]

Timeless Isle

The trial of Xuen

The trial of Xuen is simultaneously a test of strength and a test of restraint. When Xuen gave Emperor Shaohao a 10-foot-pole and asked him to strike one of Xuen's warriors, the Emperor could not land a blow. For without restraint, anger and hatred run wild. To pass the trial of the Tiger, warriors must harness their power, while burying their thoughts of violence.[8]

Siege of Orgrimmar

During the quest N [90] Why Do We Fight?, the celestials alongside the ghost of Shaohao, Lorewalker Cho and Adventurer gathered around to begin to heal the Vale. As he stands before the tree he still knew you as an inspiration.

Your strength has helped free this land of its long-held darkness. It is my honor to witness your deeds with my own eyes, Champion.

War Crimes

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Xuen and other Celestials chose to hold a trial involving the members of the Alliance and Horde rather than sentence Garrosh Hellscream among themselves. During the trial, Xuen took the form of a human as a show of respect to the gathered races.[9]


Legion This section concerns content exclusive to Legion.

Xuen holds a competition to find someone worthy of the  [The Fist of Ra-den]. Among the fighters who attempt to prove themselves are Chen Stormstout, Li Li Stormstout, and Rehgar Earthfury.



  • "Welcome."
  • "Hmm, yes."
  • "I'm listening."
  • "Show me your strength."
  • "You must have the mastery to move where you choose to move and the wit to move before your opponent."
  • "Strength is more than how hard you hit; your strikes must have control and purpose."
  • "You can also just go for the groin."
  • "Why are you clicking on me so much?"
  • "Remember, strength comes in many forms."
  • "Good travels."
  • "Test your might."
  • "Fight with strength. Fight with honor."
The Burdens of Shaohao Part 4—Anger
Xuen: Why do you fight?
Shaohao: To destroy demon hordes! To crush those who oppose me!
Xuen: No. That is no reason to fight. You are indeed fearless, but, still, you are burdened.
Xuen: Take this staff, and if you can touch any one of my warriors, they are yours to command.
  • Xuen: You see now why you are not ready to lead? Your anger does not empower you. It makes you weak.
  • Shaohao: My rage exacted a heavy toll. A single sacrifice has shown me the power of fellowship... of love... of peace.
Xuen: Again, I ask. Why do you fight?
Shaohao: For home and family. For the people I protect. For them, I would give my final breath. Thank you, White Tiger.
B [87] A Celestial Experience
  • Ten thousand years ago, the last Pandaren Emperor came seeking my advice. He, too, was filled with conflict. Let us see if you are correct, Taran. Let us see how this stranger deals with the turmoil of the soul.
  • Well spoken, Zhi. The strangers from beyond the mists have no shortage of passions, but let us see if they indeed control them. Beyond anger lies hatred, the wellspring of all misery. What is this? Your hatred has a face!
  • Well, this one has indeed proven mastery over anger. Between the young cub's words and the actions of this hero, I think I understand - those from beyond the mists are harded by battle. They are scarred, yes, but they have learned much.. I trust them.
B [87] A Witness to History
Their strength is an inspiration... and sorely needed. We must trust that their hearts are pure.
N [90] The Might of Three
Main article: Quest:The Might of Three#Notes
<Name>, I lend you the cold vengeance of the northern winds!
N [90] Celestial Blessings
Wrathion says: Great White Tiger! Hear our plea.
Wrathion says: My champion and I seek the blessing of your strength.
Xuen says: Ah, the young black dragon graces my temple. The deeds of you and your champion are quickly becoming Pandaren legend.
Wrathion says: I take great pride in the company I keep.
Xuen says: Tell me, young prince: What is the nature of strength?
Wrathion says: The power to crush one's foe. That is strength.
Xuen says: You speak only in terms of one's enemies.
Wrathion says: Certainly, strength can benefit one's allies.
Xuen says: How so?
Wrathion says: ...by using it crush their enemies!
Xuen says: A black dragon, through and through. Very well, I will give you my blessing, but also some advice:
Xuen says: Strength used in the service of others is twice as powerful as strength spent on one's foes.
Time-Lost Shrine
"Strength and power are as different as sun and moon."
Trial of Strength
Main article: Xuen (tactics)#Quotes


  • Like the Dragon Aspects, the August Celestials have the ability to take on mortal forms. During the trial of Garrosh Hellscream, Xuen appeared as a pale blue human with white and black stripes on his skin and in his hair.[9]
  • Xuen is voiced by Jonathan Adams, who also plays Tyrael in Diablo III.
  • Golden Lotus warriors call him Xeun,[citation needed] presumably a typo.
  • In the original four symbols of Chinese mythology which the August Celestials are based on, the white tiger is in the West, not the North.

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