Windwalker Monk Overview
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Rotation & Abilities
Macros & Addons
Ability Changes from WoD to Legion
– Formerly Blackout Kick, now costs 1 Chi (Down from 2). Acts as our filler ability to dump some Chi. Also used to generate stacks for
– Being able to move while channeling (formerly Glyph of the Floating Butterfly) has become baseline. Also requires a 1H weapon, most a non-issue once you get the Artifact,
– No longer provides additional damage, that will be baked in and balanced around. Still adds a Mortal Wounds-esque healing reduction debuff.
– Formerly Spinning Crane Kick. This is one of the biggest changes going into Legion. Rather than costing energy and generating Chi, now it costs 3 Chi. It gains 50% damage for each unique target you hit with
during the previous 15s.
– Formerly Storm, Earth, and Fire and
, with some additional modification. This is the other large change going into Legion. They've removed the individual control and summoning of the spirits. You will always be the Storm (blue) spirit. It now has two charges and a 1.5min cooldown, functioning as our large DPS increasing cooldown. Casting it once will summon the Fire and Earth spirits, if there are multiple targets they will jump to the targets and begin attacking them. Their first priority is tagging multiple targets for
stacks, prioritizing the target you're attacking last. However, if there are only 2 or 3 targets, they will attack and stick to their target. Pressing the button a second time will cause them to converge on your current target and remain there until that target dies or the buff runs out.
– The new Jab, no longer provides Tiger Power, generates 2 Chi for 50 energy, 8% chance to proc a free
. Pretty straightforward Chi generator.
– Formerly Touch of Death. It has moved from a finisher to an opener of sorts, we'll definitely want to be using this basically on cooldown. It is modified by the artifact trait,
which will make its use much more intricate, lining it up with other major CDs for maximum effect.
– Formerly Mastery: Bottled Fury. This will be active for all our hardest hitting abilities since they have cooldowns. It's something to be conscious of, but generally a small step away from a passive.
–Formerly Surging Mist. This will function as our self-heal.
– Provides a 10% movement speed increase to allies within 10 yards. This was formerly part of
Battle Trance – With Multistrike gone, no need to modify how much we get from gear.
Energizing Brew – Now the talent
Empowered Chi – Now baseline.
Empowered Spinning Crane Kick – Now baseline.
Enhanced Roll – Now baseline.
Enhanced Transcendence – Now baseline.
– Beyond an instant heal, this was used to generate Chi before a fight. We're not doing that anymore, which is somewhat a relief, although it certainly hurts our survivability some, as well as the ability to generate Chi when not in melee range.
– Used defensively or offensively to modify
, the loss of this hurts our survivability.
Jab – Now
Legacy of the White Tiger – No need to buff people anymore. *GONG*
Nimble Brew – Use infrequently during PvE encounters, but was very useful when it could be used. This loss hurts our survivability and DPS since we will stay controlled longer.
– Its currently still in the game, but reduced to 0% from 10%. This is used for Blizzard to quickly and easily modify our DPS, however that's not as necessary at the start of the expansion when they can tune all other numbers separately. It also had the movement speed bonus,
, separated from it.
s – Now
Tiger Strikes – With no more Multistrike, this does nothing.
– This was removed in name, but realistically merged with Storm, Earth, and Fire.
Way of the Monk – Fist of Fury requires a 1H weapon now, so no need to balance 2H vs 1H.
Windflurry – Again, no Multistrike means no need for this buff.
– Another hit to our survivability.
– This will be our main source of self-healing while questing, leveling, etc.
– It was testing to be a single target increase when worked into the rotation, but was promptly nerfed. Still functions as a ranged attack if you can't get into melee range. No longer costs energy, but otherwise unchanged.
– For most of your dispelling needs, occasional use in PvE, often just nice to help out the healers. Dispelling your own diseases speeds things up and helps to keep you alive.
– Used to slow a target down. Useful when questing or when a target wants to run away.
– An iconic Windwalker ability to me. Great for a filler, awesome to get from Point A to Point B quickly.
– Occasionally useful in PvE, mostly used for dungeons; specially when undergearing them where CC is paramount.
– Used to pull bosses to places quickly or to try and game
if you're extra brave (or insane), or for when all else fails and you need to kill the target really bad.
– Don't forget to use this. Energy classes never have to wait for regen to res people, help out. It no longer costs energy, so even less excuse not to help res.
– Mostly the same as Warlords, cooldown reduced by Haste.
– Best as a nice round
, the only true
– Interrupting is a necessity, learn it well.
– Great as a offensive or defensive cooldown, use offensively at your own risk. Now has a 20 yard range, otherwise unchanged.
– After the Legion invades, this transports you to the Class Hall. Don't forget to use it a second time to go back or it will get all screwy.
What makes Windwalker Special
Legion Melee DPS Overview
Windwalker Monks are masters of zen. Their attacks are as fast as lightning and as swift as the wind.
Windwalker Monks use two forms of resources, Chi and Energy. Energy builds up over time and you spend it to use abilities such as
which will also grant you Chi which in turn you can use other abilities such as
Monks have fantastic mobility. Just to name a few mobility abilities they have are
One of the most favorable melee AoE specs. Combo'ing
Unfortunately Windwalker Monks don't have the best defensives. The do have
Windwalker Monks artifact weapons are two
fist weapons. One named Al'burq and the other named Alra'ed.
Monks have a unique mount named
. You float on a cloud.
WIndwalker Monks are a jack of all trades. They have great mobility, they can do decent single target and AoE damage as well.
Every race except for Goblin and Worgen can play a Monk.
Monks can use Fist Weapons, 1H Axes, 1H Maces, 1H Swords, Polearms, and Staves. However, due to a restriction with
, all Windwalkers should use 1H weapons.
Iconic Windwalker Monk abilities:
: Your abilities deal 10% more damage when they are not a repeat of the previous ability.
Not sure what race to play? Below is a breakdown of each race for this spec among players with updated
. Data is updated once per week.
is a special Monk-only area reachable via
. This area has Monk trainers and many lore-flavored NPCs, as well as quests that teach you the importance of various abilities.
Monks have many vanity glyphs:
makes the Monk bow after Touch of Death,
changes the color of Rising Tiger Kick, and
changes the color of Crackling Jade Lightning.
They can equip the legendary weapons
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