If you get that reference, you were probably a kid in the 90's, and that makes me incredibly happy. Unfortunately, the Shado-Pan are not Darkwing Duck, but they are absolutely awesome. On an RP server... well, much like SI:7, people are enamored with the secrecy and "elite forces" mystique of the Shado-Pan, and people RP them, usually poorly. Not all of them! Just some. I'd totally play a Shado-Pan.
And yes, I know, I've been slow on this reputation series. But there are so many things to talk about. And Pokemon. You must know about the Pokemon.
Anyway, the Shado-Pan are a reputation of covert ops Pandaren who are trained in ultimate balance and, ultimately, to hold back the imprisoned Sha for Pandaria. Their leader, Taran Zhu, is kind of a jerk, to be honest. I understand that he is trying to protect Pandaria from the Sha, and that he sees the Alliance and Horde as factions that will release the Sha (which they do, as we see in the Jade Forest). But you don't have to be such a meanie, sheesh!
You cannot get access to Shado-Pan dailies until you are revered with the Golden Lotus (which I talked about here). I didn't get access until almost a month into the expansion; that time has been greatly reduced because of the 5.1 commendation changes, but it's still a bit of a grind to get to the Shado-Pan. You find the Shado-Pan at the Shado-Pan Garrison in western Townlong Steppes.
The Shado-Pan were... not a fun faction to finish, to be honest. The dailies could be tedious, depending on where they were (mantid set, I'm looking at you). They took a really long time, and the story wasn't really that interesting until the end. The only thing that you got for story progress was fighting different members of the Shado-Pan and adding them to your arsenal of NPCs to run your dailies with.
You get a set of 5 dailies every day (4 dailies + 1 more when you finish all of them). There are three different sets of dailies (Mogu, Mantid, and Yaungol) and for each different set, you are given a choice of 3 Shado-Pan companions (well, at revered, when you have all 9 available). Keep track of who you use; the meta-achievement, the Shado-Master, has an achievement (Getting Around with the Shado-Pan) where you have to do 15 dailies with each of those companions.
Speaking of the Shado-Master, it's ridiculous. I'm exalted and I am nowhere near what I need. I'm definitely not getting gold in Shado-Pan Monastery anytime soon, I take damage because I'm a warrior and I need to get in your face to do dailies, and I haven't had the patience to solo the dailies without a companion. I may try now that my gear's better.
At exalted, you get a quest called Surprise Attack! where you have to save Nizuao, the Ox Celestial, from the Mogu and their warped Onyx Cloud Serpent, Hei Feng. You complete the quest, and you get the reins of the Onyx Cloud Serpent. Now, you can't use these unless you're exalted with the Order of the Cloud Serpent and have Cloud Serpent Flying. It's a really cool mount, so I suggest you take the time to do it (note: Cloud Serpents, with the commendations, take like a week to do now, tops).
Then, you can also buy the Shado-Pan Riding Tigers which, as I've shared on here before, are one of my favorite mounts ever. So take the time and get this beauty, cause they're absolutely amazing. That was probably my favorite thing about getting exalted with the Shado-Pan.
Also, at exalted, if you like the Shado-Pan's mask/hat things? You can get them too and, like the straw hats from Farmer Fung, get them of the appropriate armor type to use as your transmog helm.
How did your Shado-Pan run go? Are you done, or did you not even bother? Share some thoughts in the comments, enjoy the rest of your weekend, and we'll see you back here on Tuesday!