Welcome to PeakofSerenity’s Brewmaster Monk PvE Venthyr Guide. This guide is designed to be a more in-depth look at the Venthyr Covenant. Navigate quickly to the section you need using the sidebar on the right.
For information on how the Covenants compare to each other, see the PvE Quick Guide.
This guide has been updated for Patch 9.2 and is regularly updated when discussion, theorycrafting, or testing yields new information.
Recommended For: Not recommended
Recommended Soulbind: Theotar the Mad Duke
While the Venthyr covenant gained the most in Patch 9.2 (with the strongest legendary, Sinister Teachings, becoming available without sacrificing your other legendary), it started from so far behind that it unfortunately remains a poor option for Mythic+ and Raiding as a Brewmaster. However, it is significantly closer to the best covenants than it has been for most of the expansion so if you like the aesthetic then you can pick this without sacrificing an insane amount (as you would’ve in Patch 9.0 or 9.1).
Class Ability: Fallen Order
Venthyr Monks gain access to the Fallen Order class ability that summons Ox (Keg Smash), Crane (Enveloping Mist), and Tiger (Spinning Crane Kick) monks for 24 seconds that each cast a specific monk ability. The number of each kind of monk summoned is random, but you are always guaranteed to get exactly 6 Ox monks as Brewmaster, along with 5 more monks that are either Crane or Tiger. For Brewmasters, this is a simple fire-and-forget damage cooldown. While the monks provide no reliable defensive benefit (the Enveloping Mist casts may be on any party or raid member), the shield that you get when an Ox adept spawns is okay.
Venthyr also learns the ability Door of Shadows, which allows you to teleport to a target destination within 35 yards. This destination can be through walls, creating opportunities for more unique skips.
Soulbinds Quick Info
Theotar’s soulbind has reasonably high upside, but comes with positioning requirements that may not be practical to achieve. Soothing Shade provides a large Mastery buff, but one that may proc at inopportune times. However, the additional effects this soulbind tree gained in Patch 9.1 have bumped it up to a being a solid default.
Nadjia’s soulbind tree is in an awkward place for Brewmasters. While Thrill Seeker is powerful, it grants Haste and is less valuable for Brewmaster than other specs. The only other noteworthy trait is Dauntless Duelist, which is (in effect) an added 3% Versatility against a single target.
Additionally, be mindful of the unintended interactions between Nimble Steps and mob AI: a rooted mob with auto-attack its highest threat target that it can reach. If a mob is rooted, it will attack other melee players if you step out of range! This is why this trait is not included in the recommended soulbind path.
While Draven offers less potential damage than either of the other Venthyr soulbinds, this tree comes with hands-down the best defensive trait we have access to: Service in Stone. While it is certainly weaker than its closest comparison (the Death Knight talent Will of the Necropolis), the weakened version of that excellent talent is still good. Additionally, the damage gap between Nadjia and Draven amounts to only about 50 dps (1-2%). Though Draven sims father behind Theotar, due to positioning requirements the gap is likely to be similar in practice.
The other key trait Draven offers, Build for War, seems contradictory with Service in Stone on its face. However, the Agility bonus stacks quickly and the combination of the two provides a strong defensive benefit when we need it and a strong damage bonus when we don’t.
As a result, Draven will likely be the default pick for most Venthyr Brewmasters once fully unlocked.
Changes with Covenant
Use Fallen Order as close to on cooldown as possible.