Windwalker Battle for Azeroth Guide

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Welcome to PeakofSerenity's Windwalker Monk PvE Guide. This guide is designed to be a basic, quick guide for Windwalker with just the information you need. For more in-depth, advanced, information follow the links to those pages in the "Further Reading" sections or in the "Advanced" section in the menu above. Navigate quickly to the section you need using the sidebar on the right.

This guide has been updated for Patch 8.0 and is regularly updated when discussion, theorycrafting, or testing yields new information.

Talents

General Talents

 

War Mode Talents (for open world)

 

Ability Priority

Windwalkers operate on a priority system, NOT A ROTATION. This means that you use whatever ability is available that’s highest up in the priority. For more information on how priorities are generated, read Babylonius’s Understanding Priorities article.

Single Target

  1. Touch of Death
  2. Fist of the White Tiger (if <3 Chi AND about to cap energy)
  3. Tiger Palm (if <4 Chi AND about to cap energy)
  4. Whirling Dragon Punch (if talented)
  5. Fists of Fury
  6. Chi Burst (if less than max Chi)
  7. Rising Sun Kick (see Ability Usage below)
  8. Blackout Kick
    1. Should be used while benefiting from Mastery as often as possible
    2. Can be spammed, ignoring Mastery, to get Fists of Fury faster as long as you’ll have enough resources for Fists of Fury
    3. Should never be spammed 3x in a row
  9. Fist of the White Tiger (if talented)
  10. Chi Wave (if talented)
  11. Tiger Palm

 

Multi-Target

  1. Touch of Death
  2. Whirling Dragon Punch
  3. Fists of Fury
  4. Chi Burst (if less than max Chi)
  5. Spinning Crane Kick (3+ Targets)
  6. Blackout Kick
    1. Should be used while benefiting from Mastery as often as possible
    2. Can be spammed, ignoring Mastery, to get Fists of Fury faster as long as you’ll have enough resources for Fists of Fury
    3. Should never be spammed 3x in a row
  7. Rising Sun Kick (see Ability Usage below)
  8. Fist of the White Tiger (if talented)
  9. Chi Wave (if talented)
  10. Tiger Palm

 

Ability Usage

 

Openers

With The Wind Blows, t21 4p, and Bloodust: Prepull Chi Burst -> Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger -> Tiger Palm -> Touch of Death -> Storm, Earth, and Fire -> Rising Sun Kick -> Fist of the White Tiger -> Fists of Fury -> Whirling Dragon Punch ->Blackout Kick -> Rising Sun Kick

With The Wind Blows, t21 4p, and no lust: Prepull Chi Burst -> Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger -> Fist of the White Tiger -> Touch of Death -> Storm, Earth, and Fire -> Rising Sun Kick -> Blackout Kick -> Fists of Fury -> Whirling Dragon Punch -> Tiger Palm -> Rising Sun Kick (small gap before Rising Sun Kick is up)

With Serenity: Start with prepull Chi Burst -> Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger -> Fist of the White Tiger/Tiger Palm -> Touch of Death -> Serenity then follow sequences outlined in Wizard Dog’s Serenity Guide

 

Gearing

Stats

Agility > Versatility > Mastery > Critical Strike > Haste

Stat priority can change for your character depending on your current gear and stats. To find the best stat weights for your character, use SimCraft or Raidbots.

Further Reading

 

Tier Bonuses

  • Tier 21 2pc: When you consume Blackout Kick!, you have a 100% chance to generate 1 Chi.
  • Tier 21 4pc: When you gain the Blackout Kick! effect, the damage of your next Blackout Kick is increased by 175%.

The 2pc bonus is small, but very useful if used well, especially in AOE situations. the 4pc bonus is very strong, one of the strongest of any class, and becomes even stronger with The Wind Blows.

The concept of “how many ilevels is this bonus worth” is not a good way to compare gear. However, T21 2pc is worth around 10 ilvl, 4pc is worth around 125 ilvl with The Wind Blows, less without. It is very likely that most people will not find a combination of gear that begets better results than maintaining the 4pc bonus.

 

Legendaries

These rankings are based on current tier and gearsets. They do not reflect all situations or all gearsets. For best information, use tools  like SimCraft or Raidbots.

Single Target

  1. Cenedril, Reflector of Hatred
  2. The Wind Blows (Affects Fist of the White Tiger)
  3. The Emperor’s Capacitor
  4. Drinking Horn Cover
  5. Other legendaries based on gear it is replacing

Multi-Target

  1. Cenedril, Reflector of Hatred
  2. The Wind Blows (Affects Fist of the White Tiger)
  3. Drinking Horn Cover
  4. The Emperor’s Capacitor
  5. Other legendaries based on gear it is replacing

Leveling

Popular question, most people recommend (Crafted) crafted boots and March of the Legion or Sephuz’s Secret as you don’t need as much damage when leveling, but movement speed will make things go much faster.

 

Gems/Enchants

 

Trinkets

The best trinkets available in Antorus, the Burning Throne are Golganneth’s Vitality and Seeping Scourgewing.

To choose between what trinkets you have available, use SimCraft or Raidbots. If you’d like general “rankings” for trinkets based on simulations, use HeroDamage or BloodyToolsJust know that these tools use the simulation profile, which may not reflect your gear and talent choices.

 

“Best-in-Slot”

The concept of “Best-in-slot” lists is mostly obsolete with the advent of War/Titanforging and sockets. Gear should be assessed on a case-by-case basis rather than as a whole, using tools like SimCraft or Raidbots.

 

Consumables

 

Miscellaneous

Racials

Currently all races sim within 1.1% of each other. The added utility of Blood Elf’s Arcane Torrent can be useful at times. Other than that, pick whatever race you prefer.

 

WeakAuras

WeakAuras are ways to show things on your screen in a customized and personalized way. The best WeakAuras are the ones that you set up for yourself specific to your style and needs. However, many people have already made ones for themselves to share, so check them out and use them as bases to customize your own.

Weak Auras Online   |   WAGO.IO

No WeakAuras are “required” but some are very useful:

 

Macros

Stopcasting Macro

#showtooltip Tiger Palm
/stopmacro [channeling:Fists of Fury]
/stopcasting [channeling:Crackling Jade Lightning]
/cast Tiger Palm

Change Tiger Palm with whatever ability you want. This macro prevents you from cancelling the channel of Fists of Fury, while ensuring that you do not spend any unwanted energy on Crackling Jade Lightning.

 

Changelog

  • July 5, 2018 – Guide Created
  • July 15, 2018 – Updated for Prepatch information
  • July 18, 2018 – Fixed a few issues