Ji Firepaw

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HordeJi Firepaw
Image of Ji Firepaw
Title Master of Huojin,
Monk Trainer,
Leader of Huojin Pandaren[1]
Gender Male
Race Pandaren (Humanoid)
Class Monk
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Huojin Pandaren, Horde, Horde Council, Order of the Broken Temple
Occupation Horde diplomatic representative[2] of the Huojin pandaren
Horde diplomatic ambassador, [3] Representative of the Huojin on the Horde Council
Location Various
Status Alive
Mentor(s) Master Shang Xi
In situations like these, the clear answer is the only answer. These monkeys will leave when we force them to leave! To not defend our town and those we love would be the only true crime. Thus is the way of the Huojin.
— Ji Firepaw

Ji Firepaw is a pandaren and a follower of the more direct Huojin philosophy, is adamant that inaction is the greatest injustice. He holds that it's honorable to defend home and family no matter the cost. Outgoing, passionate, and not one for deep thought, he is always the first into the fray. Ji finds himself attracted to the practicality that defines the Horde. Although it will cost him dearly, he will decide to carry the Horde banner when he leaves the Wandering Isle.[4]

After the Wandering Isle, Ji can be found as a monk trainer outside the Ring of Valor in Orgrimmar's Valley of Honor. The Orgrimmar Grunts, when asked where the monk trainer is, comment that Ji watches the fights in the arena, and occasionally participates himself. He was later placed in charge of welcoming newcomers to the Orgrimmar Embassy. As the leader of the Huojin, Ji would eventually come to be seated on the Horde Council as the pandaren representative.

Biography

Ji grew up in Wu-Song Village.[5]

Li Li's Travel Journal

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At some point, Li Li Stormstout was running after Shu to Wu-Song Village, but she lost his trail. Ji was there and advised her to find him by a method of Huojin.[6]

Mists of Pandaria

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Ji and Aysa Cloudsinger met the pandaren adventurers sent by Master Shang Xi in an effort to recover the four elemental spirits. After recovering Huo, Ji was unable to wake Wugou until the coming of the adventurers sent by Aysa. Afterward, Ji led an assault to the Morning Breeze Village to solve the hozen problem. When the elemental spirits were recovered, the pandaren discovered that the pain of Shen-zin Su was a thorn - The Skyseeker. Ji decided to blow up what was left of the Skyseeker, causing him to fall out with Aysa. With the battle between the Horde and the Alliance affecting their land, Ji chose to join the Horde at any cost. To prove his loyalty, he fought in the Ring of Valor against a gronn, an ettin, and a magnataur for Garrosh Hellscream.[7]

Siege of Orgrimmar

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Imprisoned by the Kor'kron and beaten unconscious, Ji was rescued by Aysa Cloudsinger during the Siege of Orgrimmar and taken out of the city. Begging him to live, Aysa promised that the two of them could return to the turtle and be together.

War Crimes

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Ji survived and served as a liaison for the Horde and Taran Zhu during the trial of Garrosh Hellscream, such as directing the Horde leaders to an appropriate temple for a discussion of Garrosh's defender.[8]

Legion

Aysa and Ji teaching a class together.
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Ji is present in Grommash Hold witnessing Vol'jin's death after the battle of the Broken Shore.

True to her words at the Siege of Orgrimmar, Aysa and Ji returned to the Wandering Isle. They can be found in Mandori Village after the isle becomes the monk Order Hall, teaching monk trainees together.

When a Horde player reaches Prestige Rank 2, Ji can be found in the Undercity alongside other notable leaders of the Horde. During H [100] A Royal Audience, he is present at the ceremony hosted by Warchief Sylvanas Windrunner that congratulates the character for their battles against the Alliance, following their receiving of the  [High Warlord's Medal of Valor] from the Warchief, as well as an artifact appearance.

Ji Firepaw was not present for the Orgrimmar parade or the dinner as he was far away. His followers, however, participated in the feast.[9]

He later arrived to the Orgrimmar Embassy with the other leaders.

A Good War

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During one of his daily inspections of Orgrimmar a few weeks before the War of the Thorns, Varok Saurfang saw Ji demonstrating a form of unarmed combat to a new batch of monk students in the Valley of Honor. Firepaw smiled at Saurfang and offered a salute, which Varok returned before continuing his walk.[10]

Battle for Azeroth

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Ji Firepaw within the Orgrimmar Embassy.

During the Fourth War, Ji accompanied the Horde forces to Dazar'alor and can be seen atop the main mast of The Banshee's Wail. Ji later attended Talanji's coronation.[11]

When Baine was arrested and Zelling was killed for their parts in freeing Derek Proudmoore from Horde captivity, Ji believed Baine was right to act when he did lest his anger turns into a greater threat down the line.

Ji Firepaw supported Saurfang in his revolution against Sylvanas and traveled to Thunder Bluff to tend to the injured Baine because he had no wish to see Orgrimmar under siege once again. Baine and Ji were soon joined by Mayla Highmountain, who was ordered by Saurfang to defend Thunder Bluff in case Sylvanas launched a counterattack.[12] During the conflict, Saurfang challenged Sylvanas to a Mak'gora, which ended in his death and Sylvanas's abandonment of the Horde. A stunned Lor'themar ordered for champions to report what had transpired to Baine.[13] After learning that Saurfang had passed, Ji remarked on the Huojin belief of it being better to die doing what is right than to live in the shadow of what is wrong. He then declared that Saurfang would have made a good Huojin and attended the High Overlord's funeral.[14]

Some time later, Ji made his way into the Orgrimmar Embassy, where he sought to strengthen the Horde. Upon learning that a vulpera caravan had arrived at Grommash Hold he informed the Speaker of the Horde that they not only wished to address the Horde but had personally requested their presence. However, Ji warned that it wasn't the best time for guests and requested that the Speaker see them as they were able.[15] This would ultimately start the chain of events that end with the Voldunai vulpera led by Kiro joining the Horde.[16] When the Vale of Eternal Blossoms comes under attack, Ji can be seen defending the Shrine of Two Moons.

In the aftermath of N'Zoth's death and the end of the Fourth War, Ji and the other Horde leaders received the terms for an armistice from the Grand Alliance, putting the Fourth War on hold indefinitely, if not permanently. With that matter settled, Lor'themar Theron addressed the absence of a Warchief. Despite support for Thrall to take the mantle on again, he refused, citing that he had promised Varok Saurfang he would not take on the role once more. Instead, he brought up the idea of the Warchief being necessary, instead bringing in the belief that a change was needed for the Horde's leadership. With this, the Horde Council was created, with Ji representing the Huojin Pandaren.[17]

Shadows Rising

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When a Horde Council meeting is derailed by a failed assassination attempt on Talanji, the Zandalari queen and a key ally, Ji and the rest of the Horde leaders are forced into action. They empower the young troll shaman Zekhan, still grieving the loss of Varok Saurfang, with a critical mission to aid Talanji and help uncover the rising threat against her. Upon learning that the Alliance was aware of the unrest in Zandalar, their belief that Talanji was working with Sylvanas, and that they had requested to speak with the council, Ji told Thrall that he wished to accompany him to said meeting.

In return, Thrall pointed out how the negotiation will require a delicate touch in contrast to Ji's wisdom in generally acting as swiftly as possible, and the council may not vote in favor of it. Though acknowledging that Thrall had a point, Ji was insistence and remarked how popular or not a previous rogue warchief had almost cost his people the soul of their homeland and that the pandaren will forever wear the scars of Hellscream's cruelty. Thus, when the council meeting occurred, it was Ji who brought up a meeting with the Alliance, and in the end they voted unanimously in favor of Thrall and Ji to meet with Jaina Proudmoore and Anduin Wrynn in hopes that it would aid in the hunt and capture of Sylvanas Windrunner.

The Horde and Alliance subsequently met on a boat at seas off the coast Zandalar. During the meeting, Ji grew outraged when Anduin accused the Horde of betraying the Alliance by allowing Sylvanas to have a refuge on Zandalar. While Thrall was quick to smooth over Anduin's worries in that regard, the orc and pandaren realized that the Widow's Bite were working with the Banshee loyalists. When Anduin mentioned how Mathias Shaw was taken prisoner by the Zandalari Empire, Ji reassured the young king that the Horde Council did not execute prisoners without trial. However, Anduin retorted that he wished to have Shaw returned soon. When the waves threatened to upend the boat, Jaina ported everyone to safety with Ji and Thrall being sent to the shores of Dazar'alor.

Safely emerging from the portal the pair headed off to inform Talanji of what they learned only to be attacked members of the Widow's Bite within the city itself. They, with the help of the Rastari and Rokhan, were able to deal with the attackers and revealed to Talanji the connection between their enemies. With their task complete, the pair returned to Orgrimmar, where the armies of the Horde were rallied.[18]

Locations

Notable appearances
Location Level range Health range
Wandering Isle Mists of Pandaria 10 396
Durotar 10 396
H IconSmall Pandaren Male.gifIconSmall Pandaren Female.gif [10] The Horde Way 10 792
Orgrimmar 90 6,519
Siege of Orgrimmar (instance) 90 6,519
H [98] Fate of the Horde 100 299,132
Wandering Isle Legion 110 1,039,267
H [100] A Royal Audience 113 1,380,704,400
Orgrimmar Embassy ?? 152,385
Zuldazar ?? 648,450

Abilities

Wandering Isle
  • Ability monk roundhousekick.png  Blackout Kick — Kick target enemy, inflicting Physical damage.
  • Ability monk roll.png  Combat Roll — Roll into combat, dealing 83 Physical damage and knocking back all enemies within 4 yards of the target.
  • Ability monk jab.png  Fists of Fury — Furiously punch target enemy, inflicting Physical damage every 1 sec for 4 sec.
  • Ability monk jab.png  Jab — Jab target enemy, inflicting 110% weapon damage.
  • Ability whirlwind.png  Spinning Crane Kick — You spin while kicking in the air, dealing (5.3 + 2.5 * Level) Physical damage every 0.5 sec, to all nearby enemies within 8 yards. Movement speed is reduced by 0%.

Quests

Objective of

Quotes

Ji outside the Ring of Valor in Orgrimmar.

On-click

Greetings
  • Welcome!
  • I'm with you.
  • The time to act is always now.
  • The greatest virtue is the will to act.
  • It's good to see you!
Annoyed
  • The Huojin have a way of dealing with people like you.
  • It involves fists.

Gossip

Wu-Song Village

The only true crime is inaction.

Dai-Lo Farmstead

Hah! Waking this guy is no easy feat! I've hit him, I've tried to pull him over with a rope, I've thrown my body into this gong, and nothing! Ah well, I've got more ideas to get started on.

Morning Breeze Village

The amount of time Aysa spends practicing seems excessive... but you can't deny the results. Her form is beautiful.

Gossip Maybe you should talk to her.

Aysa? I don't know what to say to her. Should I tell her she's gorgeous, or would she find that creepy? Maybe I could tell her I admire her poise - but then she might think I don't have any personality!

N [10] New Allies

This day seems to be one full of hard decisions. Having the courage to make them is gravely important, for the sake of us all. I did what I had to do, and we may have all been doomed if I had not… but sadly, not all see it that way.

It is time for me to leave Shen-zin Su, that those here might be free from the burden of my difficult choice, and that I might fight on for the sake of a much larger world.

I've only known Korga a short time, but he and I could be brothers if he were born in a different skin - he possesses bravery and honor that I would gladly stand beside. You too could be my <brother/sister>, after all we've been through together. I'm hoping you might join us, but I understand that there is much to consider.

Orgrimmar

These are my kind of people. You can really feel like they're going somewhere!

Anyways, what can I show you about being a monk, friend?

Orgrimmar Embassy
Gossip

It is always good to see you, <name>. Let us work together to strengthen the Horde!

Removed from game The subject of this section was removed from World of Warcraft in patch 8.2.5.

<Ji Firepaw meditates in silence.>

Battle for Azeroth

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Banshee's Wail

Look at the size of the dinosaurs!

<Ji sighs wistfully.>

I can't wait to punch one.

Warfang Hold
Post-H [120] A Display of Power
I can sense much anger and frustration among those gathered here today. In my homeland, we saw such feelings manifest into very real threats after we spent too much time and energy suppressing them.
Baine had to act, lest his anger turn into a greater threat to the Horde.
We should all take a lesson from this.
Thunder Bluff
Before Baine is informed of the death of Varok Saurfang

Do you have news, <name>?

After Baine is informed of the death of Varok Saurfang
We Huojin believe that it is better to die doing what it right than to live in the shadow of what is wrong. Saurfang was never one to sit idle when his strength was needed, no matter the cost.
He would have had made a good Huojin.
Orgrimmar Embassy

It is always to see you, <name>. Let us work together to strengthen the Horde!

Controversy

During the Mists of Pandaria beta, a forum post on the "Mists of Pandaria Beta Feedback" forum sought to highlight what some saw as a form of sexism. Ji Firepaw greeted female characters saying "Hello, friend! You're some kind of gorgeous, aren't you? I bet you can't keep the men off of you! Join me! You and I are going to be good friends!" To men, he instead said "Hello, friend! You've got a strong look to you! I bet you're all the rage with the ladies! Join me! You and I are going to be good friends!" This form was followed by a very long discussion.[19]

As a result, this interaction was changed during beta. Ji now simply greets characters of either gender by saying, "You seem poised and ready. I can tell we are going to be good friends." Zarhym commented that "...Your feedback has been received. I don't think we need another 100+ pages of discussion about one line of quest text or this will end up being a very long beta."[20]

A reference to the controversy was added a few patches later. When Ji and Aysa are both at Morning Breeze Village he has some special dialogs that can be read above.

Notes and trivia

  • Ji is the only Horde leader not to appear in H [90] The Soul of the Horde.
  • When replaced with a generic NPC, Ji appears as a "Huojin Monk".
  • If the player uses the /hug emote while targeting Ji in Morning Breeze Village, he will return the hug.
  • Waiting for too long in the Siege of Orgrimmar before attacking Kor'kron soldiers will cause them to execute Ji, after which Aysa will charge into them for revenge and get killed too.
  • In Pinyin, Ji Firepaw's name is "Ji Fireclaw" (Jì Huǒ'zhǎo).[21] The Chinese character huǒ literally means "fire" and zhǎo means "claw".
  • Ji is voiced by Michael Hawley.[22]
  • Ji is the only member of the Horde Council introduced after Warchief of the Horde that does not have a triggered conversation with another member of the council at the Orgrimmar Embassy.

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