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This article is about the board game mentioned in the series. For the video game reinterpretation of the game, see Pai Sho (video game).
Pai Sho

A game of Pai Sho.

Pai Sho is a two-player strategy game that is popular throughout the World of Avatar, appealing to people of all ages. Dating back to the era of Raava,[2] legend has that it was invented by the spirits,[3] and the game has remained popular among people all over the world since that time. Pai Sho was used by the Order of the White Lotus to identify its members prior to the group's existence being publicly revealed.[1]


Playing Pai Sho

An overhead view of a Pai Sho game.

The large, circular board is split into twelve sections divided by an 18x18 grid of colored squares. Round tiles are used as pieces; each tile has a different image. Players receive a certain number of tiles which are placed and moved around the board.

White lotus tile

White lotus tile

The white lotus tile, like all Pai Sho tiles, is a round, black, circular piece about one-and-a-half inches in diameter. It is identified by the image of a large white flower that takes up most of the tile. According to Iroh, many underestimate its importance. Iroh once took time away from Zuko's search for the Avatar to pick up a new tile at the seedy merchants pier.[4] A white lotus tile was also given to Sokka from Master Piandao after the former was successfully trained in swordplay.[5]

Order of the White Lotus

In a bar at the Misty Palms Oasis, Iroh played a game with another White Lotus member, Fung, as a way of identifying himself as part of the society. The key to recognition between members includes scripted dialogue revolving around the opening move of placing a certain tile, the white lotus, in the center of the board, followed by the rapid placement of pieces in an exact pattern that mirrors the central piece.[1]

Notable players



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Hedrick, Tim (writer) & MacMullan, Lauren (director). (July 14, 2006). "The Desert". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 11. Nickelodeon.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer) & Heck, Colin (director). (October 18, 2013). "Beginnings, Part 1". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 19. Nickelodeon.
  3. Hedrick, Tim (writer) & Graham, Ian (director). (November 8, 2013). "A New Spiritual Age". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 22. Nickelodeon.
  4. O'Bryan, John (writer) & Lioi, Anthony (director). (April 29, 2005). "The Waterbending Scroll". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 1. Episode 9. Nickelodeon.
  5. Hedrick, Tim (writer) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (October 12, 2007). "Sokka's Master". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 4. Nickelodeon.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Ehasz, Aaron (writer) & MacMullan, Lauren (director). (June 3, 2005). "The Storm". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 1. Episode 12. Nickelodeon.
  7. 7.0 7.1 DiMartino, Michael Dante, Konietzko, Bryan (writers) & Dos Santos, Joaquim, Ryu, Ki Hyun (directors). (April 28, 2012). "The Voice in the Night". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 4. Nickelodeon.
  8. Throughout Avatar: The Last Airbender.
  9. 9.0 9.1 DiMartino, Michael Dante, Konietzko, Bryan (writers) & Dos Santos, Joaquim (director). (July 19, 2008). "Sozin's Comet, Part 4: Avatar Aang". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 21. Nickelodeon.
  10. Ehasz, Elizabeth Welch, Hedrick, Tim (writers) & Spaulding, Ethan (director). (July 14, 2008). "The Western Air Temple". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 12. Nickelodeon.

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Start a Discussion Discussions about Pai Sho

  • Real Life Pai Sho

    19 messages
    • We need that and a real life Pazaak deck from Knights of the Old Republic.
    • @Tasala Oh, alright.
  • Pai Sho Board Game

    5 messages
    • Be sure to take some pictures whenever you're done. I'm sure it'll look good if you put effort into it.
    • B.V. I finished the board and the tiles four months ago I was just not sure of the tiles yet so I asked here however Im using my own version...

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