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, Order of the Broken Temple
Occupation Horde diplomatic representative[2] of the Huojin pandaren
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.[3]

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.


Li Li's Travel Journal

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Li Li 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.

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.[4]

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.[5]


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.[6]

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.[7]

Battle for Azeroth

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During the Blood 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.[8]

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 turn into a greater threat down the line.


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


Objective of


Ji outside the Ring of Valor in Orgrimmar.
  • 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!
  • The Huojin have a way of dealing with people like you.
  • It involves fists.
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.


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

<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.


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.[9]

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."[10]

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).[11] The Chinese character huǒ literally means "fire" and zhǎo means "claw".
  • Ji is voiced by Michael Hawley.[12]



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