|Racial mount||Goat, Tiger|
|Area(s)||Pandaria, The Wandering Isle|
|Secondary language(s)||Common, Orcish|
The hozen are a monkey-like race that lives in Pandaria. They are mischievous pranksters native to Pandaria that "act like a group of 14 year old boys" running around together in the jungle, equipped with machine guns and weapons from the Horde, who will recruit this tribe to help fight their war. They are also found all over Pandaria, even in one of the dungeons, Stormstout Brewery.
The Hozen are uncannily dexterous foragers and hunters who dwell in clans among treetops and mountains of Pandaria. The hozen are a short-lived race. Their elders are typically no more than twenty years old. As a result, their relative maturity when compared to the other speaking races is quite minimal and their society lacks roots (and rules) as a result. Uncouth and impulsive, Hozen nonetheless play, live and squabble together…at least until their clans grow so large that they collapse into multiple smaller groups.
In contrast to the very reserved and polite jinyu, the hozen are a passionate people that love to love, love to hate, and love to feel any emotion they can feel, as long as they feel it strongly.
The other races of Pandaria are careful to avoid Hozen hunting grounds, as their notoriously short tempers grow even shorter when their hunger pushes entire clans, including elderly and young Hozen, to ravage food sources outside of their territory, either gathering enough food or seeing enough Hozen die in the process to ensure the survivors’ continued health.
The hozen of the Kun-Lai mountains are unusually aggressive. Even by hozen standards. Food and supplies are often scarce in this hostile terrain. When times are hard, the hozen leadership may declare a "ravage" on nearby settlements. During a ravage, every hozen strong enough to walk joins in on a massive swarm attack on nearby villages. In this way, they ensure they either acquire enough food to last the winter, or they lose enough of their weakest to ensure their current supplies are enough.
What's in a Name Name?
Hozen have a rite of passage for their people that celebrates martial skill. Most hozen respect good fighters, or good "grookers" as they say. Those that have shown their strength in battle earn their "name name". Instead of being addressed by their name once, they are addressed by their name twice, and this is shown as a title of respect.
The hozen rely on dirty guerrilla tactics. Ambushes and traps. They are able to swing and leap from tree to tree and use thick trees for cover.
- See also: Hozen (language)
The language of the Hozen is steeped in mystery. While the majority of the Hozen are able to speak in a common language they often include an assortment of other sounds and "words" that have yet to be translated by other races. Most Jinyu scholars believe these additional words to be uncharitable or offensive in nature, but the matter is far from closed. To quote the Great Sage Ook Ook, "You can take the derk out of the jib, but you shouldn't put the jib in the derk."
While most Hozen are hostile, there are some of the more tame forest hozen that have made themselves homes amongst the pandaren, often acting as farm hands, or merchants. A hozen can even start their own proper farm in The Heartland if they want to. Some have begun training in Jade Forest. Such individuals are accepted on their personal merits, and there is no prejudice placed on them by the pandaren due to the actions of their species as a whole.
- Broketooth tribe
- Fe-Feng tribe
- Grookin tribe
- Knucklethump tribe
- Kunzen tribe
- Ookin tribe
- Silverback tribe
- Slingtail tribe
The following are notes of wisdom proclaimed by the wisest of hozen on the Wandering Isle:
- Wet fur not fun to sleep on.
- Mouth only hole that banana go in.
- Don't pull own tail when there are other tails to pull.
- Poo not good to eat, but very good to throw.
- Firecracker for throwing, banana for eating.
- Peel banana first, eat second.
Hozen 'wisdom' can also be found recorded on scrolls in the form of Hai-pu.
- During BlizzCon these creatures were known as the Hozu.
- Hozu (猴族, hóuzú) is Chinese for "monkey clan."