Mists Of Pandaria Is Full Of Video Game And Pop Culture References

Mists Of Pandaria Is Full Of Video Game And Pop Culture References

World of Warcraft has always been notorious for having loads of video game and pop culture references and Mists of Pandaria tries really hard to set a new record. Here’s what we dug up so far. Let us know in the comments if you’ve found others. If you’d like to find these yourself, be warned, spoilers ahead!

Defeat Sif From Dark Souls

The quest mob Cracklefang in the Kun-Lai Summit zone is an obvious reference to the boss Sif from Dark Souls. He is much easier to defeat as you can see in Samdecahedron’s video.

Battle For Toad Eggs

There’s a quest called Bottletoads in the Valley of the Four Winds referring to — guess what — the NES classic Battletoads. The quest ends with the “Now when the kids ask “Do you have Bottletoads?” I can say YES” quotation. Some might remember why it’s worth mentioning. Here’s a video showing the whole quest.

The Arrow Finds Its Way One More Time

During the escort of an NPC called Koro Mistwalker — as part of the quest Unsafe Passage in Krasarang Wilds — he takes an arrow in the knee. Here’s the video of it from user Arthuras.

Do The Barrel Roll! Do It!

Seems like Peppy’s annoying order from Star Fox got its own quest in Kun-Lai Summit. The quest seems to be fun though, as the video shows.

Harvest Pandaria

The whole “Tillers” faction in the Valley of the Four Winds is a shout-out to the Harvest Moon series (there’s even a Blue Feather item). They’re slightly different from the ordinary factions in WoW; you have to harvest crops and manage your farm in Halfhill in order to increase your reputation with them. Samdecahedron’s video shows the intro quest line for the faction.

Don’t Let Foreman Mann Scream

The quest I Have No Jade And I Must Scream in The Jade Forest is a reference to Harlan Ellison’s horror/sci-fi short.

Doh! The Goggles!

Using the quest item Nectarbreeze Cider on the Gormali Incinerators during the quest Spitfire in The Jade Forest will make them say “My eyes! The goggles do nothing!” which is from a memorable Simpsons episode.

The Darkmoon Rabbit And The Holy Loot

There are already many Monty Python related stuff in WoW, but it seems Blizzard can’t stop adding them. The Darkmoon Rabbit is the latest, referring to the Rabbit of Caerbannog from Monty Python’s Holy Grail. It’s a level 90 raid boss, so it’s not an easy kill. You can watch an attempt in Kingxcommander’s video.

Find The Ex-Drummer Of Nirvana In Kun-Lai Summit

There is an NPC called Grohl Grohl in Kun-Lai Summit who also appears to be a drummer, just like Dave Grohl. Youtube user Zadster shows where to find him.

Magical Anime Pools

The Singing Pools in the Pandaren starting zone is a sweet reference to the Cursed Pools Of Jusenkyo in the classic anime, Ranma 1/2. Lordthawkeye shows it in his video to the right.

Find A Lonesome Flying Tortoise

Lon’li Guju might be the memento of the once world famous Pinta Island tortoise Lonesome George. He spawns in the northern part of Kun-Lai Summit. Youtube user Syiler gives you a hint where to find it.

This Might Be The Weirdest Looking Duke Impostor Ever

Duke Nukem is also in the game under the alias Dook Ookem.

Prepare For Explosions

There is a goblin engineer NPC called Makael Bay in The Wandering Isle who apparently loves explosions. Image from Wowwiki.

First You Gotta Do The Truffle Shuffle

The Truffle Shuffle quest in the Valley of the Four Winds is a nice reference to poor Chunk’s dance attempt in The Goonies. This daily quest can be obtained from Jian Ironpaw, shown on Wowhead’s image to the left.

Why So Obvious?

There is a quest called Why So Serious? in Krasarang Wilds. This one doesn’t really need an explanation. The quest giver is a nice looking fella called Ken-Ken, as you can see on Wowhead’s pic.

Defeat A Slightly Different Conan

The NPC called Cornan The Barley Barbarian in the Valley of the Four Winds could be the gardener version of Conan. Image courtesy of Wowhead.

Fight Jungle Book’s Shere Khan

Kher Shan might be a reference to Shere Khan in Jungle Book. This creature spawns in The Jade Forest. Wowhead to be thanked yet again.

Blizzard Loves British Rock

Red Blossom Leeks, You Make The Croc-In World Go Down, a quest in the Valley of the Four Winds rhymes with the lyrics of Queen’s Fat Bottomed Girls. Wowpedia brings you the image.

Let us know if something is missing!


  • “Mists Of Pandaria Is Full Of Video Game And Pop Culture References” like every other expansion has been 😉

    Still the best one in my opinion was in The Burning Crusade expansion, where a quest title and how it read was a shout out to Hotel California.

  • In the old world, there’s an awesome quest in Silithus that is a tribute to starship troopers. Man I love that film and I loled when I saw it.

    “It is afraid!”

  • Most of the shado-pan say “we are the watchers of the wall” haven’t looked for a subtle Jon snow yet, knowing blizzard there will be

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