|Title||<The Red Crane>|
|Race||August celestial (Beast)|
- "Hope is the sun behind a stormy sky.
- Ever in the heart, but veiled to the eye."
Chi-Ji the Red Crane is one of the four creatures known as the August Celestials who watch over Pandaria. Chi-Ji watches over the Valley of the Four Winds and Krasarang Wilds and is sometimes referred to as the Southern Celestial or the Spirit of Hope. As such, he is served by the Crane Wing order.
Chi-Ji also takes the guise of .
The Mogu EmpireThis section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft novels, novellas, or short stories.
The Burdens of Shaohao
When Shaohao began his journey across Pandaria, at some point the emperor fell to marsh. Without hope, Chi-Ji flew above him and made him realize that he need to hope once again to save himself.
Mists of PandariaThis section concerns content exclusive to Mists of Pandaria.
Shortly before the emergence of sha, trained with him for a short time. Thanks to the efforts of Anduin and the champions of the Horde and the Alliance, Chi-Ji and his Temple of the Red Crane were freed of the corruption of the .
Chi-Ji helps the adventurer atop the Pedestal of Hope in defeating , who has forsaken Chi-Ji's hope and become possessed by a sha. After the fight Chi-Ji thanks the adventurer, telling them that they embodied the Way of the Crane.
Bleeding SunThis section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft novels, novellas, or short stories.
At some point, new members to the Golden Lotus were about to be chosen. Chi-Ji appeared in the Shrine of Two Moons and informed Dezco that one of his newly kids will became a part of the defenders of the valley. Dezco however did not want to leave his kids and chose to leave the valley. During the attempt, he was attacked by the Shao-Tien mogu. As he battled, he crushed and got poisoned. As he lowered him to a pool, Chi-Ji appeared and healed the kid but left before Dezco called for help for Cloudhoof.
In A Little Patience, Chi-Ji watches King as if the scenario were a test, asking "Will the wolf behave as a warrior... or a King?" At the end of the conflict, Chi-Ji seems satisfied with the king's performance, but states that there will be more trials ahead, perhaps referring to the Trials of the High King.
The trial of Chi-Ji is a test of hope. Uncertain of the future of his people, Emperor Shaohao sought out the great Red Crane. The Great Crane challenged Shaohao to find the hope within himself, and cast off his uncertainty. Once the Sha of Doubt was vanquished, the Emperor became a beacon of hope for his people. To pass the trial of the Crane, warriors must believe in hope, even in the darkest of days.
Siege of Orgrimmar
During the quest , the celestials alongside the ghost of Shaohao, and Adventurer gathered around to begin to heal the Vale. As he stands before the tree, he knew in the end that there was still hope in this world.
- This tree stands as a symbol of hope. Hope that the land might in time be healed and made stronger by your deeds.
War CrimesThis section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft novels, novellas, or short stories.
Chi-Ji and other Celestials chose to hold a trial involving the members of the Alliance and Horde rather than sentence among themselves. During the trial, Chi-Ji took the form of a blood elf as a show of respect to the gathered races.
|Location||Level range||Health range|
|Temple of the Red Crane||90||3,939,410|
|Cradle of Chi-Ji||??||3,939,410|
|Cradle of Chi-Ji||90||39,394,100|
|A Little Patience||90||114,940|
|Vale of Eternal Blossoms||90||114,940|
- Do you seek my counsel?
- Are you well?
- Greetings, wanderer.
- We must never give in to despair.
- Hope is eternal.
- Peace be with you.
- The Burdens of Shaohao Part 2—Despair
- Chi-Ji: Why do you struggle so?
- Shaohao: I have lost my friend, my kingdom! It is hopeless!
- Chi-Ji: Your friend is not lost. You are.
- Main article: Quest:In the House of the Red Crane#Notes
- Main article: Quest:The Final Power#Notes
- Main article: A Little Patience#Stage Guide
- Main article: Quest:Celestial Blessings#Notes
- Main article: Chi-Ji (tactics)#Quotes
- Main article: Time-Lost Shrine
- Chi-Ji is voiced by Matthew Mercer.
- Chi-Ji is a reference to the Vermilion Bird in the four symbols of Chinese mythology. The word Chi means bright red (赤) in Chinese.
- Like the Dragon Aspects, the August Celestials have the ability to take on mortal forms. During the trial of , Chi-Ji took the form of a slender, red-headed blood elf male with golden wings that initially mistook for a cape.
- While both and can be strongly aligned to two different monk specializations (Brewmasters and Windwalkers, respectively), Mistweaver monks have abilities themed around both (, and formerly ) and Chi-Ji (, , , and formerly ).
- Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Added.