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In this article, we will go through the talents and glyphs for Monks that appear, in their current incarnation, to have any relevant usefulness and which modify gameplay or enhance performance.

Brewmaster

Talents

Tier 1 talent choices are irrelevant to your tanking ability, and will only offer situational utility. Until the raid encounters become available for testing, any comment on this would be purely speculative. (/images/wow_icon_ability_monk_quipunch.jpg Celerity / /images/wow_icon_ability_mount_whitetiger.jpg Tiger's Lust / /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_standingkick.jpg Momentum).

In Tier 2, it seems that the best choice is /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_forcesphere.jpg Zen Sphere, as this will grant you the most self-healing. In case self-healing is not a priority, either of /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_chiwave.jpg Chi Wave or /images/wow_icon_spell_arcane_arcanetorrent.jpg Chi Burst could be useful for healing the party, depending on the encounter mechanics.

In Tier 3, we would put forth the theory that /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_chibrew.jpg Chi Brew would be the prefered choice, as it allows you to instantly gain 4 Chi. This is useful in emergencies, when you must quickly be able to use /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_guard.jpg Guard or /images/wow_icon_inv_misc_beer_06.jpg Purifying Brew. Again, depending on the mechanics of the encounter, /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_powerstrikes.jpg Power Strikes or /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_ascension.jpg Ascension could prove useful.

Tier 4 talents seem largely irrelevant to PvE gameplay, although they could be useful, situationally, depending on the mechanics of add fights (/images/wow_icon_ability_monk_deadlyreach.jpg Deadly Reach / /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_chargingoxwave.jpg Charging Ox Wave / /images/wow_icon_ability_kick.jpg Leg Sweep).

The Tier 5 talent choice is less simple.

  • For situations where you wish to have a defensive cooldown that greatly reduces magic damage, you should take /images/wow_icon_spell_arcane_massdispel.jpg Diffuse Magic.
  • For situations where you wish to have a cooldown that reduces the damage of some very damaging melee attacks made against you, you should take /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_dampenharm.jpg Dampen Harm.
  • For every other situation, you should take /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_jasmineforcetea.jpg Healing Elixirs.

Judging which talent you should choose will be done based on the mechanics of the encounter.

In Tier 6, all the talents provide you with DPS abilities, so they are largely irrelevant to tanking. There is a possibility that /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_quitornado.jpg Chi Torpedo's healing portion may also affect you (the tooltip mentions allies), in which case it may be marginally better than /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_rushingjadewind.jpg Rushing Jade Wind and /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_summontigerstatue.jpg Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger.

Glyphs

/images/wow_icon_inv_glyph_majormonk.jpg Glyph of Fortifying Brew increases the damage reduction granted by /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_fortifyingale_new.jpg Fortifying Brew by 5%, but reduces the health bonus by 10%. This will have situational uses, when you feel you need the damage reduction more than the additional health. At the same time, the difference that this glyph makes is so small that it may prove ultimately irrelevant.

/images/wow_icon_inv_glyph_majormonk.jpg Glyph of Guard increases the amount of damage absorbed by /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_guard.jpg Guard by 10%, but only protects against magic damage. This is useful if you wish to turn your Guard into a magic cooldown (due to fight mechanics), but the increase in the shield is so small that, again, it will almost surely prove to be largely irrelevant.

/images/wow_icon_inv_glyph_majormonk.jpg Glyph of Leer of the Ox grants you the /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_leeroftheox.jpg Leer of the Ox ability, which allows your Black Ox Statue to taunt an enemy, slowing it.

/images/wow_icon_inv_glyph_majormonk.jpg Glyph of Stoneskin causes your /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_fortifyingale_new.jpg Fortifying Brew to reduce all bleed damage taken by 20%. This reduction is, presumably, added to the normal damage reduction granted by Fortifying Brew. This glyphs looks like it could be very useful in fights where bleed effects are applied to you.

Mistweaver

Talents

Tier 1 talent choices are irrelevant to your healing ability, and will only offer situational utility. Until the raid encounters become available for testing, any comment on this would be purely speculative. (/images/wow_icon_ability_monk_quipunch.jpg Celerity / /images/wow_icon_ability_mount_whitetiger.jpg Tiger's Lust / /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_standingkick.jpg Momentum).

In Tier 2, the choice is between /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_chiwave.jpg Chi Wave and /images/wow_icon_spell_arcane_arcanetorrent.jpg Chi Burst. It will depend greatly on fight mechanics (and the way that these abilities end up working exactly in their final version), but Chi Wave seems superior so far. /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_forcesphere.jpg Zen Sphere's usefulness seems to be very low.

In Tier 3, we believe that the best choice will either be /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_chibrew.jpg Chi Brew, which allows you to quickly get 4 Chi and use these on emergency spells (although both /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_chicocoon.jpg Life Cocoon and /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_surgingmist.jpg Surging Mist only require Mana) or /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_ascension.jpg Ascension, which gives you a larger Chi pool, making its management easier. We believe /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_powerstrikes.jpg Power Strikes's usefulness to be limited.

Tier 4 talents seem largely irrelevant to PvE gameplay, although they could be useful, situationally, depending on the mechanics of add fights (/images/wow_icon_ability_monk_deadlyreach.jpg Deadly Reach / /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_chargingoxwave.jpg Charging Ox Wave / /images/wow_icon_ability_kick.jpg Leg Sweep).

In Tier 5, one thing is clear: /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_dampenharm.jpg Dampen Harm is useless unless you are, for some reason, the victim of melee attacks (this should generally not happen).

/images/wow_icon_ability_monk_jasmineforcetea.jpg Healing Elixirs will provide you with some passive self-healing, each time you use a Brew or Tea (this will mostly be from /images/wow_icon_monk_ability_cherrymanatea.jpg Mana Tea and /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_thunderfocustea.jpg Thunder Focus Tea), although the talent is limited by a 15 second internal cooldown.

Lastly, you can take /images/wow_icon_spell_arcane_massdispel.jpg Diffuse Magic, a very useful cooldown for reducing magic damage taken. This will probably be the talent of choice for cutting-edge progression raiding.

In Tier 6, the only talent that provides any healing is /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_quitornado.jpg Chi Torpedo. This will probably become the default choice, with /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_rushingjadewind.jpg Rushing Jade Wind and /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_summontigerstatue.jpg Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger only being used situationally.

Glyphs

/images/wow_icon_inv_glyph_majormonk.jpg Glyph of Life Cocoon may prove useful during fights where you wish to cast /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_chicocoon.jpg Life Cocoon while you are stunned by an encounter mechanic (assuming that this will work in PvE).

/images/wow_icon_inv_glyph_majormonk.jpg Glyph of Mana Tea is interesting. It makes /images/wow_icon_monk_ability_cherrymanatea.jpg Mana Tea instant cast (instead of channeled), consuming two stacks when used. However, it gives the spell a cooldown. While using this glyph may prove beneficial if you only wish to use Mana Tea during very short intervals between casting other spells, it makes it impossible to use all of your stacks at once during a longer period of downtime in the encounter.

/images/wow_icon_inv_glyph_majormonk.jpg Glyph of Renewing Mists causes /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_renewingmists.jpg Renewing Mist to jump to the farthest injured enemy within 40 yards, as opposed to the closest within 20 yards. The usefulness of this glyph will be determined by the mechanics of the new raid encounters.

/images/wow_icon_inv_glyph_majormonk.jpg Glyph of Uplift causes /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_uplift.jpg Uplift to no longer extend the duration of Renewing Mist, but to instead heal the targets affected by Renewing Mist for 50% more. Its usefulness will depend on the fight mechanics of the new raid encounters.

/images/wow_icon_inv_glyph_majormonk.jpg Glyph of Surging Mist is a very interesting glyph. It causes your emergency heal to no longer be targeted, but to instead heal the lowest health target within 40 yards. We believe that removing the choice of targeting a player with your emergency heal is a bad path to take as a healer, but the glyph may make it easier for newer players to learn how to heal.

Windwalker

Talents

Tier 1 talent choices are irrelevant to your DPS, and will only offer situational utility. Until the raid encounters become available for testing, any comment on this would be purely speculative. (/images/wow_icon_ability_monk_quipunch.jpg Celerity / /images/wow_icon_ability_mount_whitetiger.jpg Tiger's Lust / /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_standingkick.jpg Momentum).

In Tier 2, /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_forcesphere.jpg Zen Sphere is, so far, the only choice because of its huge damage output. If this damage between the three abilities in this tier becomes balanced, /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_chiwave.jpg Chi Wave and /images/wow_icon_spell_arcane_arcanetorrent.jpg Chi Burst may become viable, depending on the fight mechanics.

In Tier 3, it is difficult to tell which of these talents will be bigger DPS gain, although it seems reasonable to assume that /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_powerstrikes.jpg Power Strikes will not provide any benefit except for situations where you should pool Chi in order to be able to do burst damage in a critical moment of the fight. Ascension also makes it easier to manage your Chi, but this is unlikely to be a DPS gain.

Once Windwalker Monks can be tested in the raid encounters, a definitive answer betwen /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_chibrew.jpg Chi Brew and /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_powerstrikes.jpg Power Strikes may surface.

Tier 4 talents seem largely irrelevant to PvE gameplay, although they could be useful, situationally, depending on the mechanics of add fights (/images/wow_icon_ability_monk_deadlyreach.jpg Deadly Reach / /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_chargingoxwave.jpg Charging Ox Wave / /images/wow_icon_ability_kick.jpg Leg Sweep).

In Tier 5, one thing is clear: /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_dampenharm.jpg Dampen Harm is useless unless you are, for some reason, the victim of melee attacks (this should generally not happen).

/images/wow_icon_ability_monk_jasmineforcetea.jpg Healing Elixirs will provide you with some passive self-healing, each time you use a Brew or Tea. As Windwalkers only have two such abilities, on a 3 minute and 1 minute cooldown respectively, the usefulness of this talent appears to be very limited.

Thus, it seems that /images/wow_icon_spell_arcane_massdispel.jpg Diffuse Magic, a very useful cooldown for reducing magic damage taken, will be the best choice, especially in cutting-edge progression raiding where there is often massive raid damage.

In Tier 6, it is as of yet unclear which of the three talents will be more useful. They all deal damage to multiple targets. (/images/wow_icon_ability_monk_rushingjadewind.jpg Rushing Jade Wind / /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_summontigerstatue.jpg Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger / /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_quitornado.jpg Chi Torpedo).

Glyphs

/images/wow_icon_inv_glyph_majormonk.jpg Glyph of Touch of Death removes the Chi cost of /images/wow_icon_ability_monk_touchofdeath.jpg Touch of Death. This will prove useful in making sure that you can cast it as soon as it becomes available, especially since you will probably only have 1-2 seconds to use this ability before the target dies.

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Cool, I finally managed to log on to my monk today. Gonna try and choose some talents today, make my mouse-over macros, get my hotkeys set up and start healing some dungeons tomorrow.

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We tried our best to get this out in time for your Monk. Glad we managed.

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Sounds to me like all glyphs are largely irrelevant for a tank... So Blizzard adds a new layer of customizability into the game, fails in doing so (as there just was a BEST glyph setup - very slightly varying on an encounter basis) and now nerfs it to irrelevance :-) Sounds like a hard fail to me...

Now they want to add customizability in terms of talents, which they already tried with cata and failed... turns out now most of the talents seem pretty irrelevant... I'm starting to think that in MoP everybody will be the same because talents just don't matter... not that this would be a huge difference to now, where everybody is the same because that spec just IS the BEST...

Anyway thanks for the collection, and don't get dragged down by me being a little grumpy :-D

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      Other possibilities:
      GLYPH OF FLAME SHOCK (a bit more of passive self healing)
      GLYPH OF RIPTIDE - if you don’t have a Resto Druid in the raid, it can be a possibility. If you can’t manage your High Tide CH targets without blanketing the raid, it’s a possibility too. But frankly, the amount of Riptides you'll have with the EotE talent should be enough to fully utilize High Tide.
       
       
      TECTUS (top)
       
      This is a fight with very intense movement for the entire raid, including healers.
      The tactic that my guild uses for this boss involves the whole raid spreading out in a big circle around the boss, no stacking.
      We have the assignments for raid healing CDs during Tectonic Upheaval for every Healer too.
       
      TALENTS:
       
      Tier 1: Nature’s Guardian for accidental ‘standing in crap’ damage or Astral Shift for Tectonic Upheavals.
       
      Tier 2: Doesn’t matter
       
      Tier 3: Call of Elements or Totemic Persistence.
      If you are aiming for Cloudburst Totem in Tier 7, Totemic Persistence could be your choice.
      Many people prefer CBT for this fight because of constant movement and obstacles that cause loss of LoS for direct target heals.
      Call of Elements can be a good choice too. One more HST in the moments when you have to run from Crystalline Barrage or around Earthen Pillar could definitely help.
       
      Tier 4:
      Elemental Mastery: You can take it if feeling like one more CD is needed but it will burn your mana really fast.
      Ancestral Swiftness: If you like to cast faster and to have an ‘oh, shit’ instant cast once every 90 seconds, this is a good choice.
      Echo of the Elements: A chance for additional Riptides or an Unleash Life without CD definitely increases our healing output. Remember that Unleashed Life empowers Chain Heal too so you can benefit from EotE when taking the High Tide talent.
       
      Tier 5:
      Rushing Streams is the only choice here really.
       
      Tier 6:
      Unleashed Fury or Elemental Blast.
      If you are able to cast a lot and burn your mana quickly or if you took Glyph of Riptide for this fight, then take Elemental Blast.
      If you prefer single target spells and CBT, take Unleashed Fury - 50% increased heal is really good - you can cast less and pay more attention to your movement.
       
      Tier 7:
      Cloudburst Totem: you can choose this it if you prefer single target healing. CBT will also nicely redistribute your healing to all injured people when you’re moving around!
      High Tide: good talent for people who are good in positioning or with Glyph of Riptide. You will have a lot of injured people in this fight and the power of High Tide will be fully utilized.
       
      MAJOR GLYPHS:
       
      GLYPH OF HEALING STREAM TOTEM
      GLYPH OF HEALING WAVE
      GLYPH OF SPIRITWALKER’S FOCUS (so much movement)
      Other possibilities:
      GLYPH OF FLAME SHOCK (a bit more of passive self healing)
      GLYPH OF RIPTIDE - if you don’t have a resto druid in raid, it’s a possibility. If you are not very good in finding safe spots and move a lot, it’s a possibility too.
       
       
      BRACKENSPORE (top)
       
      By the tactic my guild uses for this boss, we have assignment for every healer. On Heroic progression you will need two healers assigned to heal mushrooms (one healer in Normal).
      I have to say that a resto shaman with Cloudburst totem assigned to Mushrooms can do miracles ^^. I was able to pull 11% of total healing from CBT on this fight.
       
      TALENTS:
       
      Tier 1: Nature’s Guardian for accidental ‘caught in crap’ damage or Astral Shift for Infesting Spores.
       
      Tier 2: doesn’t matter
       
      Tier 3: Call of Elements or Totemic Persistence.
      If you are aiming for Cloudburst Totem in Tier 7, Totemic Persistence could be your choice.
      Call of Elements can be a choice too. One more HST on Infesting Spores - why not?
       
      Tier 4:
      Elemental Mastery: no need really and it burns your mana too quick.
      Ancestral Swiftness: if you like to cast faster and to have ‘oh, shit’ instant cast once in 90 sec. - it’s your choice.
      Echo of the Elements: I like it on this fight. More UL for mushrooms!
       
      Tier 5:
      Rushing Streams talent would be the best choice here really. Conductivity is very arguable, imo. While there are periods when all the raid is stacked on mushroom, I’m not sure that this time is long enough for using this talent.
       
      Tier 6:
      Unleashed Fury or Elemental Blast.
      I would take Unleashed Fury, especially if assigned to mushrooms. 50% increased single heal is really valuable here. If you are healing the raid, Elemental Blast could be your choice too, but frankly, you can refill the mana from blue mushroom.
       
      Tier 7:
      Cloudburst totem: best choice for healing mushrooms. CBT will nicely redistribute your healing on mushroom to the raid.
      High Tide: good talent if you are healing the raid.
       
      MAJOR GLYPHS:
       
      GLYPH OF HEALING STREAM TOTEM
      GLYPH OF HEALING WAVE
      Other possibilities:
      GLYPH OF FLAME SHOCK (a bit more of passive self healing)
      GLYPH OF RIPTIDE - if you don’t have a resto druid in raid, it’s a possibility, but remember that it’s weak and burns your mana fast.
       
       
      TWIN OGRON (top)
       
      This is the fight with intensive movement for all the raid, including healers.
      By the tactic my guild uses for this boss, the ranged dps and healers are mostly stacked together and move together, except of moving of fire and Pulverize.
      It would be nice if your hunters will cast Aspect of the Fox, so you could cast when moving from the fire.
       
      TALENTS:
       
      Tier 1: I would advice Nature’s Guardian here, especially if you are not very good in moving out of fire.
       
      Tier 2: doesn’t matter
       
      Tier 3: Call of Elements or Totemic Persistence.
      If you are aiming for Cloudburst Totem in Tier 7, Totemic Persistence could be your choice.
      Many people prefer CBT for this fight because of movement it demands.
      Call of Elements can be a good choice too. One more HST for fire times or Pulverize could definitely help.
       
      Tier 4:
      Ancestral Swiftness: don’t think that more Haste could be very useful in this fight.
      Echo of the Elements: A chance for additional Riptide or Unleash Life without CD definitely increase our healing output. Remember that Unleashed Life empowers Chain Heal too, so you can benefit from EotE when taking High Tide talent.
       
      Tier 5:
      Rushing Streams talent is the only choice here really. I don't think that there is enough time of stacking in one spot to benefit from Conductivity.
       
      Tier 6:
      Unleashed Fury or Elemental Blast.
      I would advice on Elemental Blast, this fight is way mana intensive and has more raid-wide than single damage.
       
      Tier 7:
      Cloudburst totem: chose it if you move a lot. CBT will nicely redistribute your healing to all the injured people in the time when you are moving around.
      High Tide: good talent for people who are good in positioning themselves. You will have a lot of injured people in this fight and the power of High Tide will be fully utilized.
       
      MAJOR GLYPHS:
       
      GLYPH OF HEALING STREAM TOTEM
      GLYPH OF HEALING WAVE
      GLYPH OF SPIRITWALKER’S FOCUS (so much movement)
      Other possibilities:
      GLYPH OF FLAME SHOCK (a bit more of passive self healing)
      GLYPH OF RIPTIDE - if you don’t have a resto druid in raid, it’s a possibility. If you are not very good in finding safe spots and move a lot, it’s a possibility too, but remember that it burns your mana!
       
       
      KO’RAGH (top)
       
      This is the fight with a high damage from both the boss mechanics and not paying attention.
      One of the fights where you should use shaman utilities.
      Remember that there are two main healing strategies for this encounter regarding dealing with Expel Magic: Frost: you can heal through it or move away if you don’t have enough HPS throughput.
       
      TALENTS:
       
      Tier 1:
      Nature’s Guardian, if you are not very good in moving out of things.
      Astral Shift if you are able not to forget to use it on Expel Magic: Frost or Expel Magic: Fire.
       
      Tier 2: Windwalk totem! Use it to help the raid to get away from Frost Orbs.
       
      Tier 3: Call of Elements or Totemic Persistence.
      If you are aiming for Cloudburst Totem in Tier 7, Totemic Persistence could be your choice.
      Call of Elements can be a good choice too to reset the cooldown of Windwalk totem. Especially if you don’t have druids for Stampeding Roar.
       
      Tier 4:
      Ancestral Swiftness: not sure that more Haste will really shine in this fight, but it worth a shot if you like it.
      Echo of the Elements: A chance for additional Riptide or Unleash Life without CD definitely increase our healing output. Remember that Unleashed Life empowers Chain Heal too, so you can benefit from EotE when taking High Tide talent.
       
      Tier 5:
      Rushing Streams talent is the only choice here really. Not enough time stacking in one spot to benefit from Conductivity.
       
      Tier 6:
      Unleashed Fury or Elemental Blast.
      I would advice on Elemental Blast, this fight is way mana intensive and has more raid-wide than single person damage.
       
      Tier 7:
      Cloudburst totem: chose it if you like it.
      High Tide: just the same.
      Both talents are valuable for this fight.
       
      MAJOR GLYPHS:
       
      GLYPH OF HEALING STREAM TOTEM
      GLYPH OF HEALING WAVE
      GLYPH OF PURIFY SPIRIT (Purify Spirit has 2 charges now. Useful for Expel magic: Fire dispels)
      Other possibilities:
      GLYPH OF SPIRITWALKER’S FOCUS
      GLYPH OF FLAME SHOCK (a bit more of passive self healing)
      GLYPH OF RIPTIDE - if you don’t have a resto druid in raid, it’s a possibility, but remember that it burns your mana and cuts healing output of Riptide!
       
       
      IMPERATOR MAR’GOK (top)
       
      This is a very long fight with a high damage from both the boss mechanics and not paying attention. There are many boss abilities that will do a raid-wide damage if people handle them in wrong way.
       
      TALENTS:
       
      Tier 1: I would recommend Astral Shift here. Use it on Force Novas or when you are Fixated.
      You can take Nature’s Guardian too, but there’s enough raid damage, so I think it’s better to mitigate.
       
      Tier 2: You can use Windwalk Totem on Slow debuff, but I think that it’s better to just dispel it.
       
      Tier 3:
      Call of Elements or Totemic Persistence.
      If you are aiming for Cloudburst Totem in Tier 7, Totemic Persistence could be your choice.
      Call of Elements can be good for another HST too. It is a long fight, so you’ll be able to use it at least 3-4 times.
       
      Tier 4:
      Ancestral Swiftness or Echo of the Elements: both talents are valuable for this fight. Chose what you are more comfortable with.
       
      Tier 5:
      Rushing Streams talent would be the best choice here. Not enough time stacking in one spot to benefit from Conductivity.
       
      Tier 6:
      Elemental Blast.
      The encounter is more than 10 min. long. You will definitely run out of mana without this talent.
       
      Tier 7:
      Cloudburst totem or High Tide: both talents are valuable for this fight. Chose what you are more comfortable with.
       
      MAJOR GLYPHS:
       
      GLYPH OF HEALING WAVE
      GLYPH OF SPIRITWALKER’S FOCUS
      Other possibilities:
      GLYPH OF FLAME SHOCK (a bit more of passive self healing)
      GLYPH OF RIPTIDE - if you don’t have a resto druid in raid, it’s a possibility, but remember that it burns your mana and cuts you healing output of Riptide!
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    • By tarokor
      Recently looked at starting to tank with my pally again and was looking through your site regarding tanking. On the Paladin protection page one of the Major glyphs you recommend is shield of the righteous however unless i am going blind it is no longer available as a glyph. Was it renamed or removed and if renamed what is it now called.
      Cheers guys
      ps:- apologies if i am blind, have searched the majors 3 times thou and cannot find it lol