Pandaren Monk Review

In a moment of utter lunacy, I decided to purchase the Pandaren Monk pet for World of Warcraft so I could see what all the fuss was about and review it for my blog. It comes with a hefty price take in the UK (£9, more than my monthly subscription and about 30% more than the US equivalent) but heck, it’s only money right? Plus half of it goes to the Make-a-Wish Foundation charity so that makes me feel a little better.

The purchase process was very slick and easy and I have to take my hat off to good web design when I see it. I mean, it’s so easy, you’re money almost falls out of your wallet into their system so kudos to the Blizzard Store web developers. Integrating the pet with your WoW account to claim is also very simple and well guided plus there’s a nice option to send the code off to someone else for a gift. No doubt Blizzard have eyed up these cute pets as being potential Christmas presents.

Pandaren Monk in WoW

Pandaren Monk in WoW

I’ll need to let everyone know that at this point my wife caught me buying the Pandaren Monk and wasn’t very pleased with me splashing out £9 on virtual goods. I managed to convince her that it was important research for my blog but I’m not sure she completely bought it. Tip for everyone else – make sure you buy your online pets in secret lest you risk the infamous wife aggro.

Anyway, a few minutes later I was logged into WoW and had my little, chubby monk out ready to entertain me. Meh. Yeah, it’s kinda fun. I guess. The panda pet does look very cool and the animations are really nice. He will bow when people /bow to him and every so often he will squeal and jump around doing some kung-fu moves but other than that he just follows you around like any other vanity pet.

The Pandaren Monk is a nice pet, no doubt, but to be honest I’ve already forgotten about it. I’m just not sure exactly what to do with it apart from occasionally break it out in highly populated areas just to show off. If I’d received this pet as part of an in-game promotion or quest reward, I’d be very happy but I’m highly skeptical about whether it deserves it’s excessive price tag.

So to summarise: pet, nice; price, bad. But the most burning question of them all, is it worth the money? In my opinion, no, it’s not.

Oh and you can’t rename it. I don’t really understand why not and it’s a big shame as my wife was hoping I could rename it after her. I think she’s just watched Kung-Fu Panda once too often.

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24 Comments

  1. Longasc says:

    1. Your wife has my total support. You are in dire need of a spanking. I guess you would even enjoy it, but well, let’s stay clean on this public blog. ;)

    2. he looks cute, though you haven’t picked the best angle. His rice hat looks like a warrior’s shield in that pose. :)

  2. Good that you took one for the team for the rest of us. I will still get it if I resub to WoW, but still. The price really is excessive, you really managed to drive that point home.

    More importantly, you really need to do something about that UI of yours…the standard UI is an affront to all that is good in this world.

  3. Rhii says:

    I would gladly pay to be able to rename my pets and mounts. To see my kodo, Plodette, actually appearing as Plodette to other people would be awesome.

    Paying for a highly anthropomorphized teddy bear or little ghostie? No. There are lots of really nice vanity pets I can get without spending money on them. Also, it makes me vaguely uncomfortable to have such intelligent seeming minipets. Like I have little prisoners in my backpack. *shudder*

  4. Angry Gamer says:

    Also try /drink I think with him

    One final thought on the WoW pet Store. I had thought about this earlier but I wanted to point out that I know a few people that pay $64.99 PER CASE for WoW Trading Game cards. A CASE. They don’t EVEN PLAY THE GAME. You know why they do this? To get rare random loot cards.

    Key word: RANDOM. I could understand if maybe they were going to sell some on EBAY but they don’t. They are chasing items for their in game accounts. They usually keep everything and store it!

    A case does not even guarantee anything great, although you will get something for sure. This is like gambling folks. I know I used to do it with Magic the Gathering and sports cards. I would buy cases, never packs and that is the way the TCG industry leans now.

    So if I can pay 10 dollars to get a cool pet that is more interactive than most other pets quested for in game why not? I rarely do that sort of thing other than to test stores (in Runes of Magic I bought a horse for like $3.50 that lasted two days) so why not get something in the MMO I play the most and is Bind on Account?

    That’s all I need to say about that.

    So get over it

    • But at least those WoW TCG cards serve a function other than simply giving you arbitrary, vanity items in game. The TCG cards would still be worth that much if there were no loot cards included; look at Magic: The Gathering and other CCGs and their prices. The WoW TCG cards are a game in and of themselves, which automatically inflates the price (and value) and makes the loot cards people chase a secondary reward that is included in the price, not the cause of it.

      The Pet Store non-combat pets serve no real function other than aesthetics, and their utility regarding gameplay and entertainment is nil–and entirely subjective.

  5. kaozz says:

    I was thinking of buying one, still on the fence about it. Didn’t know about the /bow, I need to log in to see one heh. Thanks for the review!

  6. I’ll (shamelessly) point out that if someone wants to do good and donate to charity, a few of us have suggested better ways than buying a panda. (A few of the bloggers on that other side of “the pond” have suggested a few U.K. charities as well.)

    Then you know that 100% of your donation is going to a good cause.

  7. lsg404 says:

    “I decided to purchase the Pandaren Monk pet for World of Warcraft so I could see what all the fuss was about and review it for my blog.”

    worst excuse i ever heard xD

  8. wilhelm2451 says:

    Hrmm… I would do an annoyingly long quest chain to get that little guy and be proud of it, but for some reason dropping $10 to have him sours the deal, despite the fact that my time invested would probably be worth much more than $10.

    But I am a notorious cheapskate.

    Then again, I know a couple of people who spent the money and are delighted. I can’t get worked up about there being a cash shop to buy pets, so to each their own.

    • Gordon says:

      I don’t mind spending cash on stuff I enjoy and things that will give me entertainment and are good value for money. I think this Panda is too costly though and falls outside of the value range. Perhaps had it been cheaper, more inline with the US cost, I wouldn’t feel that way.

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