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Pandaria Secrets and Hidden Locations – The Secret Aerie

Pandaria has a lot to offer when it comes to secrets and hidden locations. One of them, “Riches of Pandaria“, I interpret as a recognition of exploration as a play style by Blizzard. Some of these treasures are placed slightly off track – finding The Hammer of Folly near the Black Market Auction House, for example, will also reward you with a great view over Western Jade Forest.

Last night I found a great hidden location. I had noticed when traveling through the Ancient Passage to Kun-Lai Summit, that the tunnel had several offbeat tracks. So I came back later on a level 90 character to see where they lead.

The Secrat Aerie pandaria map

And it leads to The Secret Aerie! You can see the tunnel symbols on the map of The Veiled Stair below showing the Ancient Passage entry and the Secret Aerie exit.

The Veiled Stair

When you come out of the tunnel, you’ll stand in front of a small shallow lake. There’s a boat and a small shrine, but not much to see otherwise, except the strong pink hue of the area.

Secret Aerie Tunnel

From the lake, you’ll see bamboo bridges leading upwards. This means it is theoretically possible to get there by land mount, but this path and the surrounding mountain pillars are populated with quite a few hostile level 90 sprites.

At the top, there’s two village houses and a Hawk Trainer working on a boat with his hawk supervising.

building a boat people in the sky

Why on earth this guy, being a “People of the Sky”, is building a boat at this location, is a riddle to me!

Another peculiarity of this place, is what you’ll find inside one of the houses.

people in the sky dog

Two hawkmasters, a gryphon hatchling flying in a circle and Hoggle, the pug and its prize-sized poo! I mean, I assume it’s the dog who did it, although it is a rather large poo for such a small dog…

So for your own sake, run out of there! Proceed to the area behind the house. Here you’ll find another unnamed hawk trainer, perhaps practicing a special trick with his hawk circling him.

balancing hawk trainer

Continue on to the cave that you can see to the right in the picture above. This is where you’ll find Hawk Master Liu standing in the center of the cave with a flock of hawks flying above him.

Hawkmaster Liu

This guy will actually talk to you! When I spoke to him he just said “Welcome Ironyca. We have been watching you for some time. You are a gust of wind that heralds the storm of change.” Another one of those stalky NPC’s…

On Wowhead you can read that if you have finished the quests in Townlong Steppes and thus met Hawkmaster Nurong, he will instead say: “Word reaches me you served with my brother in Townlong Steppes. How is the young fellow? Did he ever tell you how he lost his eye?

There’s one more thing to discover here and again you have to look around a little to find it. Instead if describing it here, I’ll just tell you to go and explore a little on your own (if you haven’t been here before) and follow the narrow path behind the hawk trainer balancing on a barrel.

I don’t know what the purpose of the place is, on Wowhead commenters are not sure either, but one of them noted that Hawkmaster Liu has unique voice acting, so he is probably going to be significant at some point. It’s also possible that they are connected to Shado-Pan.

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9 comments on “Pandaria Secrets and Hidden Locations – The Secret Aerie

  1. tomeoftheancient
    June 21, 2013

    Oh! I’ll have to go visit them as soon as I can get someone to leave off trying to find a Guardling. Sasche’s not into pets so maybe she’ll go visit the people of the sky for me.

    • Ironyca
      June 23, 2013

      They seem like nice people, I#m looking forward to seeing what part they will be playing.

  2. wowstorylines
    June 21, 2013

    Oh, that is an awesome area and I’ve been there a few times just to try to figure out how it is connected to something else in the game. It sure has a lot of detail work in it, I’m sure it has to be part of something else. Great Find!!

    • Ironyca
      June 23, 2013

      Exactly, it has so much detail that I’m also convinced there’s a plan for this place.

  3. Umlaut Paradots
    July 19, 2013

    I was quite surprised this expansion for how many little hidden coves, glens and caves there were. You’ve done a great job summing up one of the many small mysteries that Pandaria has to offer. I’m glad they are starting to realize that a good amount of players like the adventure part of the world, as much as the fighting part. :p

    Thanks, Ironyca!

  4. Yatsen Cheung
    August 29, 2013

    Love this area!

  5. Navimie
    August 30, 2013

    I still haven’t made the trip to see him since you made this post months ago! I should do that now.

  6. Larsa
    September 9, 2013

    Glad to see people still exploring :) I haven’t played in awhile so thought I’d check out Pandaria. Here’s my first find… Head to Lion’s Landing in Krasarang Wilds. Fly straight south into the fatigue zone. You’ll come across an abandoned Horde ship. Interestingly, there’s a large piece of underground rock that comes up directly under the boat. Maybe a diver jumped in to check it out and never returned! :O

    • bluewaffle
      March 20, 2014

      yes! i too discovered this!!! quite strange

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