Brewmaster PvE Quick Guide


This guide is designed to be a basic, quick guide for Brewmaster 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 11.0.0/The War Within Pre-Patch and is regularly updated when discussion, theorycrafting, or testing yields new information.


Talent Builds

For Brewmasters, most of your specialization tree talent points in particular are “locked in” and will rarely be changed. Despite this, there are four distinct builds present depending on the type of content you are doing. All of them are shown below.





Build notes:





Build Notes:

  • This can be considered your “standard” raiding build, featuring most of the utility that is frequently useful in raid encounters while also staying relatively more simple in its damage-dealing potential.
  • If you are feeling more confident in your skills as a Brewmaster, consult our “Advanced” raiding build instead, which focuses on maximizing your damage at the expense of a small amount of defense. Both builds can still clear any raid content, however.
  • You may still need to talent into Detox at times, or even Hasty Provocation.
  • If you are up against a fight with regular add spawns, switch out of Windwalking and instead talent Fatal Touch.





Build Notes:

  • In comparison to our defensive raiding build, you will instead opt into Charred Passions, Blackout Combo, Black Ox Brew, and Chi Surge for additional damage.
  • This build will still perform well enough defensively, though it is more reliant on your skill as a player to do so. Do not force yourself into it if you are not confident.
  • As with our other raid build, you may need to sometimes talent into Detox or Hasty Provocation.




Build Notes:


Ability Priority

Brewmasters follow a priority system rather than a strict rotation, based on which abilities are coming off cooldown and how much Energy is available. In addition, use of this priority system impacts your unique defensive tools, many of which get reduced cooldowns from your offensive abilities. With this in mind, your main pillars of playing Brewmaster are the following:

  • Blackout Kick and Keg Smash are cast on cooldown: simply put, Blackout Kick is the most important ability you have as a Brewmaster. It both deals a large amount of your total damage, and gives plenty of defensive benefits. Keg Smash falls into a similar spot, providing both damage and defense on a low cooldown.
  • Stagger is not damage reduction by itself: Although Stagger does not make you take the full amount of damage from a hit right away, if you do not do anything about the damage in your Stagger pool you are still taking the full hit over a period of 10 or 13 seconds. Making proper use of Purifying Brew in particular is the biggest difference between an average Brewmaster and a great one.
  • Use the right cooldown for the job: Brewmasters have many defensive cooldowns in The War Within, including Dampen Harm, Diffuse Magic, Zen Meditation, Fortifying Brew (and its modifier talents), Invoke Niuzao, the Black Ox, and Celestial Brew. Some of these abilities have cooldown timers that are much longer than the others, and some have their cooldowns reduced by your other abilities and talents. While this will make things complicated in judging the “value” of using one, in general you should consider abilities with longer cooldowns as being your “stronger” ones that you should be more judicious about using. Likewise, you shouldn’t be using a magic damage reduction cooldown like Diffuse Magic against Physical damage. Plan appropriately!

Although these three big guidelines may seem daunting to follow, the Brewmaster ability priority will become second-nature over time, as many of your effects are passively performed by following it correctly. The hard part is getting over the initial learning curve (and number of keybinds). With that in mind, here is your full ability priority as a Brewmaster Monk.

The general priority is great to follow when you’re in the middle of a fight and have used all of your initial cooldowns, but blindly following it when first entering combat could very well cause you to drop your precious Shuffle buff and put yourself at unnecessary risk. As such, consider following this more specific sequence of abilities as something of an “opener” if you have all of your abilities available:

  1. Activate Rushing Jade Wind before entering combat, if talented, and use Chi Burst just before moving toward your target.
  2. Use Keg Smash.
  3. Use Blackout Kick, followed by Tiger Palm if you have Blackout Combo talented. If you do not, ignore Tiger Palm here.
  4. Use Breath of Fire.
  5. Activate Weapons of Order, if talented, followed by another cast of Keg Smash.
  6. Use Blackout Kick again, or whenever it has come off cooldown.
  7. Use Rising Sun Kick.
  8. Refresh your Rushing Jade Wind.

From this point, follow the generic rotation priority. This will ensure that you have built up enough Shuffle to begin pressing more of your offensive cooldowns.

  1. Rushing Jade Wind (cast before even entering combat)
  2. Touch of Death, if possible
  3. Blackout Kick (if Charred Passions is talented and active, or with Blackout Combo)
  4. Rising Sun Kick (with 10 stacks of Press the Advantage, if talented and facing 3 or less targets)
  5. Keg Smash
  6. Breath of Fire
  7. Weapons of Order
  8. Blackout Kick (regardless of talents)
  9. Rising Sun Kick
  10. Chi Burst
  11. Exploding Keg. Immediately follow up In AoE with two casts of Spinning Crane Kick to maximize its bonus damage effect; if you are running Blackout Combo, do not bother.
  12. With Stormstout’s Last Keg talented, use your second charge of Keg Smash to start “banking” partial recharge time when Keg Smash comes off cooldown in the middle of using another ability.
  13. Spinning Crane Kick (if Charred Passions is active and fighting 2+ targets)
  14. Rushing Jade Wind (refreshing its buff)
  15. Tiger Palm/Spinning Crane Kick in single-target or AoE, respectively, so long as you will have enough Energy to spend on Keg Smash once it is off cooldown again. With Press the Advantage talented, do not cast Spinning Crane Kick twice in a row unless fighting 3+ targets.


Ability Usage Notes





Offense: Agility (item level) > Critical Strike = Versatility > Mastery > Haste

Defense: Item level (Armor/Stamina/Agility) > Mastery = Versatility = Critical Strike > Haste

The offensive stat priority can change for your character depending on your current gear and stats. Stat weights are largely an outdated thought. Sim the gear you have through Top Gear. If you’re looking for what gear to aim for, use Droptimizer.

Dual Wielding vs 2 Handed Weapons

TL;DR: Generally, dual wielding wins with full enchants and consumables. It is possible for 2-handed weapons to pull ahead based on your current gear, however, and Djaruun, Pillar of the Elder Flame in particular will be your strongest weapon of The War Within’s Prepatch,  For specific situations or item level gaps, sim your character’s options with Raidbot’s Top Gear Tool.

Currently, the difference between 2-handed weapons and dual wielding results in dual wielding generally being better. This mostly happens because of getting access to a second weapon enchant. For some math behind this topic from the Peak of Serenity discord, click here. As always, the best way to tell what is best for your character is to use Raidbot’s Top Gear Tool for the most specific and accurate results.



Use Raidbot’s Top Gear Tool for the most specific and accurate results for your character. In general, it will usually follow the stat priority above.




The easiest thing is to look at the lists on BloodMallet or HeroDamage. They’re lists based on the sim profiles.


Sim the gear you have through Top Gear. If you’re looking for what gear to aim for, use Droptimizer.



Season 4 Bullion Purchase Order:

  1. Djaruun, Pillar of the Elder Flame
  2. Manic Grieftorch
  3. Seal of Diurna’s Chosen
  4. Spiteful Storm or Bandolier of Twisted Blades – Opt for the Bandolier of Twisted Blades if you want the next-best generic trinket for all target counts. Spiteful Storm is specifically strongest in single-target.
  5. Storm-Eater’s Boon or Enduring Dreadplate – Pick up either of these if you went for trinkets specialized for specific target counts and need an AoE option.
  6. Fyrakk’s Tainted Rageheart
  7. Voice of the Silent Star – Minor upgrade, and will cost you a decent amount of max health if worn.
  8. Ouroboreal Necklet – a crafted Torc of Passed Time is just as good.



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


Professions have no bearing on your ability to perform your role. Pick whatever will make your playing time easier and more enjoyable. As a starting point, many players take Engineering and/or Alchemy for some small perks.


There are very few, if any, required WeakAuras for Brewmaster. The most commonly used are to track current Stagger damage, though WeakAuras can be used for more complicated tasks as well such as monitoring the health of your Black Ox Statue.

  • Traditional Stagger
    • Use this aura to track Stagger more effectively. Traditional Stagger can let you adjust how your Stagger is displayed in a number of ways, such as how much of your Maximum Health is being Staggered, the total amount per tick, and the like.
  • Black Ox Statue Health can be useful for those moments when you are relying on your Black Ox Statue (Dave) to hold the attention of some enemies but want to be aware of how soon it will be destroyed if it does not receive any healing.


All-in-One Taunt Macro

  • #showtooltip Provoke
  • /cast [nomod,@mouseover,harm,nodead] Provoke
  • /cast [nomod] Provoke
  • /targetexact [mod:alt] Black Ox Statue
  • /cast [mod:alt] Provoke
  • /targetlasttarget [mod:alt,exists]

This macro will allow you to use Provoke in a variety of ways. It can target whatever you are currently mousing over, or if the modifier key is used, target your Black Ox Statue for its aoe-taunt capability. Should alt not be the key you wish to use for statue-taunting, you can modify that section of the macro.

Passive Double Barrel Macro

  • #showtooltip Keg Smash
  • /cast Double Barrel
  • /cast Keg Smash

This macro will automatically make use of the Double Barrel Honor Talent if you have it selected and cast it at the same time as your Keg Smash whenever the ability is off-cooldown. It will still work even if you do not have this Honor Talent selected and is useful if you would just like to benefit from its passive damage increase and stun effect every 45 seconds while out in the world.



  • Jul 23, 2024 – Talent Builds and rotation priority updated for The War Within Prepatch.
  • Apr 23, 2024 – Talent Builds updated for Dragonflight Season 4. Added recommended Antique Bronze Bullion purchases.
  • Nov 06, 2023 – Talent Builds/consumables updated for Patch 10.2. Added an opener section to the rotation.
  • Jul 10, 2023 – Talent Builds updated for Patch 10.1.5.
  • May 01, 2023 – Page initially updated for Patch 10.1
  • Apr 14, 2023 – Talent/Rotation Priority consistency pass.
  • Mar 21, 2023 – Reviewed for Patch 10.0.7.
  • Jan 24, 2023 – Updated for Patch 10.0.5. Talents adjusted; slight consumable/enchant adjustments.
  • Nov 28, 2022 – Guide created for Dragonflight