Mogu'shan Palace Heroic Dungeon Guide (WoW MoP 5.4)

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The Mogu'shan Palace is a 5-man dungeon located in the Valde of Eternal Blossoms on Pandaria. The Normal-difficulty version of the dungeon is open to players between level 87 and 90, while the Heroic-difficulty version of the dungeon is reserved to level 90 players. It houses 3 encounters: Trial of the King, Gekkan, and Xin the Weaponmaster.

1. Introduction↑top

The Mogu'shan Palace becomes available to players after reaching level 87. In this dungeon, players need to defeat this last bastion of the Mogu, further weakening their positions on Pandaria.

The dungeon has a linear layout during which you will progress through four different zones and encounter three bosses. The dungeon features both Normal (level 87+) and Heroic (level 90) modes. There are no differences in mechanics between Normal and Heroic modes. The only differences are increased health and damage done for all bosses and enemies.

Throne of Ancient Conquerors Vault of Kings past The Crimson Assembly Hall
Mogu'shan Palace - Map - Throne of Ancient Conquerors Mogu'shan Palace - Map - Vault of Kings Past Mogu'shan Palace - Map - The Crimson Assembly Hall

This guide will cover all of the three boss encounters, as well as the quests and achievements that are available in the dungeon.

2. Normal Difficulty Loot↑top

In Normal Difficulty, the level of the items you can obtain from the Mogu'shan Palace is 450.

2.1. Armor

Item Name Armor Slot Main Stats Source
Regal Silk Shoulderpads Icon Regal Silk Shoulderpads Cloth Shoulders Intellect/Spirit Xin the Weaponmaster
Conflagrating Gloves Icon Conflagrating Gloves Cloth Wrist Intellect Kuai the Brute
Cuffs of the Endless Shadow Icon Cuffs of the Endless Shadow Cloth Wrists Intellect Relics of the Four Kings
Bindings of Impeccable Strategy Icon Bindings of Impeccable Strategy Cloth Wrists Intellect/Spirit Relics of the Four Kings
Deposer's Leggings Icon Deposer's Leggings Cloth Legs Intellect/Hit A New Lesson for the Master
Watchful Dreamer's Trousers Icon Watchful Dreamer's Trousers Cloth Legs Intellect/Spirit A New Lesson for the Master
Soulbinder Treads Icon Soulbinder Treads Cloth Feet Intellect Xin the Weaponmaster
Armbands of the Reawakened Icon Armbands of the Reawakened Leather Wrists Intellect Relics of the Four Kings
Subjugation Bracers Icon Subjugation Bracers Leather Wrists Agility Relics of the Four Kings
Hurricane Belt Icon Hurricane Belt Leather Waist Intellect Kuai the Brute
Boots of Plummeting Death Icon Boots of Plummeting Death Leather Feet Agility Xin the Weaponmaster
Dreamer's Vigil Leggings Icon Dreamer's Vigil Leggings Leather Legs Intellect A New Lesson for the Master
Leggings of the Empty Throne Icon Leggings of the Empty Throne Leather Legs Agility A New Lesson for the Master
Lost Heritage Bracers Icon Lost Heritage Bracers Mail Wrists Intellect Relics of the Four Kings
Hexxer's Lethargic Gloves Icon Hexxer's Lethargic Gloves Mail Hands Intellect Gekkan
Leggings of Clever Entrapment Icon Leggings of Clever Entrapment Mail Legs Intellect A New Lesson for the Master
Crest of the Clan Lords Icon Crest of the Clan Lords Mail Head Agility Kuai the Brute
Bracers of Swift Wrath Icon Bracers of Swift Wrath Mail Wrists Agility Relics of the Four Kings
Groundshaker Bracers Icon Groundshaker Bracers Mail Wrists Agility Xin the Weaponmaster
Leggings of Forceful Instruction Icon Leggings of Forceful Instruction Mail Legs Agility A New Lesson for the Master
Bracers of Inner Knowledge Icon Bracers of Inner Knowledge Plate Wrists Intellect Relics of the Four Kings
Mind's Eye Breastplate Icon Mind's Eye Breastplate Plate Chest Intellect Xin the Weaponmaster
Legplates of the Scattered Tribes Icon Legplates of the Scattered Tribes Plate Legs Intellect A New Lesson for the Master
Glintrok Sollerets Icon Glintrok Sollerets Plate Feet Intellect Gekkan
Meteoric Greathelm Icon Meteoric Greathelm Plate Head Strength Kuai the Brute
Armplates of Martial Artistry Icon Armplates of Martial Artistry Plate Wrists Strength Relics of the Four Kings
Poet-King's Vambraces Icon Poet-King's Vambraces Plate Wrists Strength/Parry Relics of the Four Kings
Axebreaker Gauntlets Icon Axebreaker Gauntlets Plate Hands Strength/Parry Xin the Weaponmaster
Mogu Warlord Legguards Icon Mogu Warlord Legguards Plate Legs Strength/Parry A New Lesson for the Master
Weaponmaster's Legplates Icon Weaponmaster's Legplates Plate Legs Strength A New Lesson for the Master

2.2. Weapons

Item Name Type Main Stats Source
Firescribe Dagger Icon Firescribe Dagger Dagger Intellect Xin the Weaponmaster
Claws of Gekkan Icon Claws of Gekkan One-Hand Fist Weapon Agility Gekkan
Ghostheart Icon Ghostheart Polearm Agility Xin the Weaponmaster

2.3. Amulets, Cloaks, Rings, and Trinkets

Item Name Type Main Stats Source
Mindcapture Pendant Icon Mindcapture Pendant Amulet Intellect/Spirit Xin the Weaponmaster
Cloak of Cleansing Flame Icon Cloak of Cleansing Flame Cloak Intellect Gekkan
Whirling Dervish Choker Icon Whirling Dervish Choker Amulet Strength/Mastery Kuai the Brute
Blade Trap Signet Icon Blade Trap Signet Ring Strength Xin the Weaponmaster
Iron Protector Talisman Icon Iron Protector Talisman Trinket Stamina/Dodge Gekkan

3. Heroic Difficulty Loot↑top

In Heroic Difficulty, the level of the items you can obtain from the Mogu'shan Palace is 463.

3.1. Armor

Item Name Armor Slot Main Stats Source
Regal Silk Shoulderpads Icon Regal Silk Shoulderpads Cloth Shoulders Intellect/Spirit Xin the Weaponmaster
Conflagrating Gloves Icon Conflagrating Gloves Cloth Wrist Intellect Kuai the Brute
Soulbinder Treads Icon Soulbinder Treads Cloth Feet Intellect Xin the Weaponmaster
Hurricane Belt Icon Hurricane Belt Leather Waist Intellect Kuai the Brute
Boots of Plummeting Death Icon Boots of Plummeting Death Leather Feet Agility Xin the Weaponmaster
Hexxer's Lethargic Gloves Icon Hexxer's Lethargic Gloves Mail Hands Intellect Gekkan
Crest of the Clan Lords Icon Crest of the Clan Lords Mail Head Agility Kuai the Brute
Groundshaker Bracers Icon Groundshaker Bracers Mail Wrists Agility Xin the Weaponmaster
Mind's Eye Breastplate Icon Mind's Eye Breastplate Plate Chest Intellect Xin the Weaponmaster
Glintrok Sollerets Icon Glintrok Sollerets Plate Feet Intellect Gekkan
Meteoric Greathelm Icon Meteoric Greathelm Plate Head Strength Kuai the Brute
Axebreaker Gauntlets Icon Axebreaker Gauntlets Plate Hands Strength/Parry Xin the Weaponmaster

3.2. Weapons

Item Name Type Main Stats Source
Firescribe Dagger Icon Firescribe Dagger Dagger Intellect Xin the Weaponmaster
Claws of Gekkan Icon Claws of Gekkan One-Hand Fist Weapon Agility Gekkan
Ghostheart Icon Ghostheart Polearm Agility Xin the Weaponmaster

3.3. Amulets, Cloaks, Rings, and Trinkets

Item Name Type Main Stats Source
Mindcapture Pendant Icon Mindcapture Pendant Amulet Intellect/Spirit Xin the Weaponmaster
Cloak of Cleansing Flame Icon Cloak of Cleansing Flame Cloak Intellect Gekkan
Whirling Dervish Choker Icon Whirling Dervish Choker Amulet Strength/Mastery Kuai the Brute
Blade Trap Signet Icon Blade Trap Signet Ring Strength Xin the Weaponmaster
Iron Protector Talisman Icon Iron Protector Talisman Trinket Stamina/Dodge Gekkan

4. Quests↑top

There are 2 quests that can be completed within the instance. They are given by Sinan the Dreamer inside the palace, at the entrance.

The first quest is Relics of the Four Kings. It requires you to collect 4 relics that you will find inside vaults located in the room where you fight Gekkan, the second boss.

The second quest is A New Lesson for the Master. It requires you to defeat Xin the Weaponmaster, the last boss of the dungeon.

The quests reward you with item level 450 gear (see loot section above).

5. Dungeon Trash Mobs↑top

None of the trash mobs present in the dungeon should pose your group a problem. Therefore, we will focus chiefly on the bosses.

6. Trial of the King↑top

During this encounter, you will have to fight 3 bosses in succession: Kuai the Brute, Ming the Cunning, and Haiyan the Unstoppable. Ming becomes active when you kill Kuai, and Hayian becomes active when you kill Ming.

6.1. Kuai the Brute

Mogu'shan Palace - Kuai and Mu'Shiba Kuai the Brute is accompanied by Mu'Shiba, his loyal quilen.

  • Kuai deals moderate melee damage to the tank and will often cast Shockwave Icon Shockwave, which sends players standing in front of him in the air, making them susceptible to heavy fall damage.
  • Mu'Shiba will keep jumping on random players, afflicting them with Ravage Icon Ravage, a powerful DoT.

Mogu'shan Palace - Kuai's Shockwave The only thing to watch out for is Shockwave Icon Shockwave, so avoid standing in front of the boss.

You should kill Mu'Shiba first, in order to remove the strain on your healer that Ravage Icon Ravage represents. Then you can kill Kuai.

At higher gear levels, groups will most likely choose to ignore Mu'Shiba and kill Kuai directly, to shorten the duration of the fight.

6.2. Ming the Cunning

Ming the Cunning is a standard tank-and-spank fight with mainly two abilities to avoid or deal with.

  • Whirling Dervish Icon Whirling Dervish summons a moving cyclone that randomly moves around the arena, dealing damage and knocking back players it runs into. Avoid it.
  • Magnetic Field Icon Magnetic Field causes Ming to create a damaging vortex around him in which he pulls all party members. Get out of it quickly.

In addition, he keeps casting Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt at the tank. This spell's cast can be interrupted.

Whirling Dervish Icon Whirling Dervish Magnetic Field Icon Magnetic Field
Mogu'shan Palace - Ming - Whirling Dervish Mogu'shan Palace - Ming - Magnetic Field

6.2.1. Haiyan the Unstoppable

Mogu'shan Palace - Haiyan's Meteor For this fight, players need to stack loosely to deal with Meteor Icon Meteor. They need to be spread out no more than 10 yards. When Haiyan casts this ability (something he does regularly), it will send a meteor at a random party member, dealing damage shared by everyone within 10 yards of the impact.

Other than that, random players will often be afflicted by Conflagrate Icon Conflagrate, which deals Fire damage for 5 seconds and disorients. When Conflagrate ends, it jumps to a nearby player. To prevent this from happening, move away from players afflicted by this ability.

Healers should pay special attention to Haiyan's last ability: Traumatic Blow Icon Traumatic Blow. It causes the tank to receive 50% less healing for 5 seconds.

7. Gekkan↑top

Mogu'shan Palace - Gekkan After defeating the Trial of the King, you need to follow a Saurok down a flight of stairs that will open up on the side of the arena. After fighting a few groups of trash mobs, you will meet Gekkan and his four followers: Glintrok Hexxer, Glintrok Ironhide, Glintrok Oracle, and Glintrok Skulker. To progress past this encounter, you need to defeat all 5 enemies, even if you kill Gekkan first.

7.1. Abilities

Gekkan, the Glintrok Ironhide, and the Glintrok Skulker will attack players with melee attacks, so they need to be tanked. The Glintrok Hexxer and the Glintrok Oracle will remain stationary for the entire duration of the fight.

Gekkan will often buff his followers with Reckless Inspiration Icon Reckless Inspiration, which increases their haste and the damage that they take. This effect can stack up to 10 stacks. Reckless Inspiration is Gekkan's only ability. Upon dying, he will stack Reckless Inspiration one last time on all his remaining followers.

Gekkan's followers have various abilities. All of them are interruptible.

  • The Glintrok Ironhide channels Iron Protector Icon Iron Protector, which grants nearby allies a 50% damage taken reduction.
  • The Glintrok Skulker casts Shank Icon Shank, which deals damage to a random player, stunning them.
  • The Glintrok Oracle casts Cleansing Flame Icon Cleansing Flame, which regularly heals all allies within 60 yards for a large amount, and Fire Bolt Icon Fire Bolt (only if no one is in his melee range), which deals Fire damage.
  • The Glintrok Hexxer casts Hex of Lethargy Icon Hex of Lethargy, which inflicts shadow damage and applies a stacking debuff on the target that reduces spell casting speed, and Dark Bolt Icon Dark Bolt (only if no one is in his melee range), which deals Shadow damage.

7.2. Strategy

Despite the large number of combined abilities from the boss and his followers, the combat is relatively simple.

The most important part of the encounter is to focus on interrupting the abilities of the followers. While the Glintrok Ironhide and the Glintrok Hexxer are still alive, interrupt their abilities with priority.

With that in mind, we believe that the easiest strategy for this encounter is to kill the followers in the order we give below before killing Gekkan.

  1. Kill the Glintrok Ironhide, so that you no longer need to interrupt his channels of Iron Protector Icon Iron Protector.
  2. Kill the Glintrok Hexxer, so that you no longer need to interrupt his casts of Hex of Lethargy Icon Hex of Lethargy.
  3. Kill the Glintrok Skulker.
  4. Kill the Glintrok Oracle.

Once all the followers are dead, the tank and the healers must be mindful of the fact that Gekkan will have 4 stacks of Reckless Inspiration Icon Reckless Inspiration, which cause him to attack twice faster.

7.3. Achievement: Glintrok N' Roll

Completing Glintrok N' Roll Icon Glintrok N' Roll is very straightforward, although it is not an easy task, especially since you need to do it in the Heroic version of the fight.

When you enter the lower part of the palace, a Glintrok Scout will spot you and you will be given a very visible emote. From there on, you have 5 minutes to kill Gekkan and his followers.

There are a lot of trash mobs on your way to Gekkan, so you cannot realistically engage them all and still make it in time (at least not at low gear levels). To skip fighting as many mobs as possible, you should jump down into the arena where you fight Gekkan, as soon as your reach the room where this arena is located.

Having a Rogue in your group can be very helpful, thanks to Shroud of Concealment Icon Shroud of Concealment.

8. Xin the Weaponmaster↑top

Xin the Weaponmaster is the last boss of the dungeon and will present you with an interesting fight, during which there are no complex mechanics to deal with. Rather, you will have to be almost constantly on the move to avoid the various traps and damaging abilities that the boss will throw at your group.

Inciting Roar Icon Inciting Roar and Death From Above! are the only source of unavoidable damage in the fight. Inciting Roar is regularly cast by Xin. Death From Above is not a spell or an ability, but rather it is an event that actives when Xin reaches 33% health. It causes damaging arrows to be shot to players from the walls.

The other sources of damage can all be avoided by properly moving out of the danger zone they create.

  • Ground Slam Icon Ground Slam deals damage in a 30-yard cone in front of Xin and stacks an armor reduction debuff on players hit by the slam. Avoid standing in front of Xin.
  • Circles of Flames will be created throughout the fight around random players. The circle takes a few seconds to complete, after which time it explodes and deals damage to players inside it, knocking them into the air. Move out of circles of flames being drawn around you.
  • Whirlwinding Axes are axes that travel through the arena and deal damage to players they run into, knocking them back in the process.
  • Blade Trap activates when Xin reaches 66% health and causes streams of swords to be thrown at the party from the walls, dealing heavy damage to anyone they catch.

Circles of Flames and Whirlwinding Axes are the most important abilities. If you are caught by them, you will knocked back or into the air, which runs the risk that you will land on another zone of danger.

When Xin reaches 33% health, all the traps are activated and the arena becomes very confusing, and you will have very little room to move. There is no known enrage timer to the encounter, so you should focus on avoiding abilities and attack the boss when you are safe.

Inciting Roar Icon Inciting Roar Ground Slam Icon Ground Slam Circle of Flame
Mogu'shan Palace - Xin - Inciting Roar Mogu'shan Palace - Xin - Ground Slam Mogu'shan Palace - Xin - Circle of Flame
Whirlwinding Axes Blade Trap Death From Above!
Mogu'shan Palace - Xin - Whirlwinding Axes Mogu'shan Palace - Xin - Blade Trap Mogu'shan Palace - Xin - Death From Above!

8.1. Tip

Several mechanics of the fight can safely be ignored by having the tank pull Xin back to the trance of the room and have Xin face either corner of the doorway. See a post by Alroxas on our forums.

8.2. Achievement: What Does This Button Do?

What Does This Button Do? Icon What Does This Button Do? requires serious coordination between party members.

Shortly after Xin activates his Death From Above! trap, you will see 2 crystals appearing on opposite corners of the room. You will need to designate two players whose task will be to reach these crystals and click them. As a result, another crystal will appear along the walls of the room. This new crystal represent the secret defense mechanism mentioned in the tooltip of the achievement. Clicking it will activate that secret weapon and you simply need the tank to move the boss in its path.

Note that with all players spread around the room, healing them will be somewhat chaotic. To make it easier, the healer should try to remain close to the center of the room, so that everyone in the party is in range (or almost in range).

9. Achievement: Quarrelsome Quilen Quintet↑top

Quarrelsome Quilen Quintet Icon Quarrelsome Quilen Quintet is a very straightforward achievement. To complete it, you need to collect the 5 Jade Quilens hidden inside the dungeon. These are small, friendly NPCs with a very distinctive green color.

10. Final Considerations↑top

This concludes our Mogu'shan Palace dungeon guide. If you find any inconsistency or mistake, feel free to comment or send us an e-mail.