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Brewmaster Monk Tank Spec, Builds, and Talents (Legion 7.0.3)

Last updated on Jul 19, 2016 at 23:40 by Vlad 11 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for Brewmaster Monks in World of Warcraft Legion 7.0.3. We detail what each of the talents do and in which situations they should be taken.

The other pages of our Brewmaster Monk guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Naowh, a top tank who raids in Serenity. You can also watch his stream on Twitch, where you can learn some new things.

1. Talent Choices

Level Choices
15 Chi Burst Chi Burst Eye of the Tiger Eye of the Tiger Chi Wave Chi Wave
30 Chi Torpedo ? Chi Torpedo Tiger's Lust ? Tiger's Lust Celerity ? Celerity
45 Light Brewing Light Brewing Black Ox Brew Black Ox Brew Gift of the Mists ? Gift of the Mists
60 Ring of Peace ? Ring of Peace Summon Black Ox Statue ? Summon Black Ox Statue Leg Sweep Leg Sweep
75 Healing Elixir Healing Elixir Diffuse Magic ? Diffuse Magic Dampen Harm Dampen Harm
90 Rushing Jade Wind ? Rushing Jade Wind Invoke Niuzao, the Black Ox Invoke Niuzao, the Black Ox Special Delivery Special Delivery
100 Elusive Dance ? Elusive Dance Blackout Combo Blackout Combo High Tolerance ? High Tolerance

Talents can be freely changed when out of combat and in a rested XP area (such as an inn or a capital city).

2. Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

Chi Burst Chi Burst Eye of the Tiger Eye of the Tiger Chi Wave Chi Wave
  • Chi Burst Icon Chi Burst is an active ability with a 30-second cooldown. It heals all friendly targets, and damages all hostile targets in a 40-yard cone in front of you.
  • Eye of the Tiger Icon Eye of the Tiger causes Tiger Palm Icon Tiger Palm to also apply both a buff (to yourself) and a debuff (to the target) called Eye of the Tiger. On you, it is an 8-second HoT, while on the target it is an 8-second DoT (dealing Nature damage).
  • Chi Wave Icon Chi Wave is an active ability with a 15-second cooldown. It is essentially a chain-heal that bounces to the 7 nearest targets (within 25 yards). The bounces target allies and enemies alternatively. Each target that the wave bounces to is healed or damaged (Nature damage), depending on their alignment. The healing portion of Chi Wave is a smart heal, in the sense that it prefers healing low health players.

Eye of the Tiger Icon Eye of the Tiger is the best choice for single target DPS and self-healing.

Chi Burst Icon Chi Burst is the best choice for AoE damage and healing. Using it efficiently requires some amount of consideration (as we will see on the rotation page).

Chi Wave Icon Chi Wave is only really good for burst self-healing, and works best for solo content. We do not recommend using it in raids.

3. Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents

Chi Torpedo ? Chi Torpedo Tiger's Lust ? Tiger's Lust Celerity ? Celerity
  • Chi Torpedo Icon Chi Torpedo replaces Roll Icon Roll. It causes you to roll a moderate distance in front of you (further than Roll), increasing your movement speed by 30% for 10 seconds. This effect stacks up to 2 times.
  • Tiger's Lust Icon Tiger's Lust is an active ability with a 30-second cooldown, which removes all roots and snares from the target, and grants them 70% increased movement speed for 6 seconds. It can be used either on yourself or on an ally.
  • Celerity Icon Celerity passively increases the number of charges of Roll Icon Roll by 1, and reduces its cooldown by 5 seconds.

In this tier that revolves around movement, the choice depends on your preference and on the requirements of the encounter.

Tiger's Lust Icon Tiger's Lust is a great choice for a movement speed boost, and this should probably be your default choice, as it is not linked to Roll Icon Roll and is therefore more versatile. Celerity Icon Celerity is a good choice if you use Roll Icon Roll often and if the fight requires you to move a lot.

Otherwise you can take Chi Torpedo Icon Chi Torpedo for encounters that require you to move quickly for a long distance at once, although we do not really recommend it for raiding. It is a good choice for solo content, however.

4. Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents

Light Brewing Light Brewing Black Ox Brew Black Ox Brew Gift of the Mists ? Gift of the Mists

Black Ox Brew Icon Black Ox Brew is the best choice in this tier. It provides you with more uses of Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash and Tiger Palm Icon Tiger Palm throughout the fight than Light Brewing Icon Light Brewing, due to the extra Energy that it generates. In addition, Keg Smash and Tiger Palm reduces the remaining cooldown of your Brews by 4 and 1 seconds, respectively, which is going to be more efficient in the long term. Remember that Black Ox Brew will have its cooldown reduced as well, since it counts as a Brew. Moreover, you also refill all your Brew charges when you use this ability, making it great for unpredictable damage and burst phases.

Gift of the Mists Icon Gift of the Mists is going to provide you with increased self-sustain in the form of raw healing from Gift of the Ox Icon Gift of the Ox healing spheres, making it a viable choice for fights where your Brew stacks are not as effective (an example being magic damage fights).

Light Brewing Icon Light Brewing is really comfortable to play with since it benefits you passively and does not require any attention from your side. However, it is going to provide you with fewer Brew stacks than Black Ox Brew throughout the fight, and we do not recommend taking it.

5. Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents

Ring of Peace ? Ring of Peace Summon Black Ox Statue ? Summon Black Ox Statue Leg Sweep Leg Sweep
  • Ring of Peace Icon Ring of Peace is an active ability with a 45-second cooldown. It forms a ring around the target, which lasts for 8 seconds. During this time, any enemies who use a harmful spell or ability inside the ring are knocked out of it.
  • Summon Black Ox Statue Icon Summon Black Ox Statue is an active ability with a 10-second cooldown, which places a stationary statue that does not attack at the target location. The statue persists for 15 minutes (or until killed), and during this time it pulses threat to all nearby enemies within 30 yards (the threat belongs to the statue, so mobs will try to attack it). When using Provoke Icon Provoke on your Black Ox Statue, all enemies within 8 yards of the statue are forced to attack you. This constitutes a sort of AoE taunt.
  • Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep is an active ability with a 45-second cooldown, which stuns all enemies within a 5-yard radius of you for 5 seconds.

These talents have no meaningful impact on your gameplay and will not affect your performance. Therefore, you can choose them based on your own preference or the crowd-control requirements of the encounter.

That said, you will probably find Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep to be the best choice in most encounters, unless you specifically require the crowd-control benefits of the other talents.

Summon Black Ox Statue Icon Summon Black Ox Statue can also be useful if you want to have an easier time picking up adds that spawn continuously, preventing them from going for other raid members.

6. Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents

Healing Elixir Healing Elixir Diffuse Magic ? Diffuse Magic Dampen Harm Dampen Harm
  • Healing Elixir Icon Healing Elixir is an active ability with 2 charges and a 30-second recharge time. It heals you for 15% of your maximum health, and it procs automatically when you have less than 35% health (provided you have at least one charge available).
  • Diffuse Magic Icon Diffuse Magic is an active ability with a 2-minute cooldown. It transfers all magical debuffs from you onto their caster, where possible. Additionally, for 6 seconds, it reduces all magic damage taken by 60%.
  • Dampen Harm Icon Dampen Harm is an active ability with a 2-minute cooldown. It causes the next 3 attacks against you (within 45 seconds), which deal 15% or more of your maximum health in damage, to have their damage reduced by 30%. This ability can be used while stunned.

The choice in this tier is theoretically situational, but it can be narrowed down.

Healing Elixir Icon Healing Elixir is our recommended choice, since it provides a very solid amount of healing (which can also trigger your Celestial Fortune Icon Celestial Fortune passive ability, further increasing its healing). Moreover, the fact that it procs on its own whenever you drop below 35% health makes it easy to use since you do not need to pay very much attention to it.

Diffuse Magic Icon Diffuse Magic can be a good choice when you are worried about taking lethal magic damage from a boss ability.

Dampen Harm Icon Dampen Harm is simply too weak compared to the other talents for it to be a viable choice.

7. Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents

Rushing Jade Wind ? Rushing Jade Wind Invoke Niuzao, the Black Ox Invoke Niuzao, the Black Ox Special Delivery Special Delivery
  • Rushing Jade Wind Icon Rushing Jade Wind is an active ability with a 6-second cooldown (reduced by Haste). It deals damage to enemies in an 8-yard radius around you over its 6-second duration (also reduced by Haste).
  • Invoke Niuzao, the Black Ox Icon Invoke Niuzao, the Black Ox is an active ability with a 3-minute cooldown. It summons a pet, Niuzao, for 45 seconds. The pet control bar allows you to choose what Niuzao will do, although by default he attacks your primary target, taunts it, and frequently uses Stomp Icon Stomp (with a 5-second cooldown), damaging nearby enemies.
  • Special Delivery Icon Special Delivery gives your Ironskin Brew Icon Ironskin Brew and Purifying Brew Icon Purifying Brew a 30% chance to toss a keg at a nearby location (it takes 3 seconds to land), which damages enemies in an 8-yard radius and reduces their movement speed by 50% for 15 seconds.

Special Delivery Icon Special Delivery should be your standard choice here. The overall damage it provides is the highest (assuming you are making use of your Brew stacks efficiently) and it also grants you some burst potential in combination with the Black Ox Brew Icon Black Ox Brew talent. While Rushing Jade Wind Icon Rushing Jade Wind needs to be cast every 6 seconds (reduced by Haste) this ability procs on its own, leaving you with more free global cooldowns.

Rushing Jade Wind Icon Rushing Jade Wind should be picked up if you need an easier time picking up adds. The overall damage it provides is decent if you manage to maintain relatively high uptime on it, however this might be hard when you reach higher amounts of Haste. It also has no burst potential like Special Delivery. We recommend this talent if you are struggling with picking up adds or if you are solo tanking (in dungeons, for example).

Invoke Niuzao, the Black Ox Icon Invoke Niuzao, the Black Ox is a poor talent. The only benefit it provides is a small damage increase while your Ox is active, as well as a Taunt ability. Keep in mind that Niuzao's Taunt ability does not affect bosses.

8. Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents

Elusive Dance ? Elusive Dance Blackout Combo Blackout Combo High Tolerance ? High Tolerance
  • Elusive Dance Icon Elusive Dance causes Purifying Brew Icon Purifying Brew to clear an additional 15% of Stagger damage. It also grants you up to 15% Dodge for 6 seconds, based on the amount of Stagger damage that is being purified (the more damage is purified, the higher the Dodge chance).
  • Blackout Combo Icon Blackout Combo causes your Blackout Strike Icon Blackout Strike to empower your next ability (used within 15 seconds), as follows.
  • High Tolerance Icon High Tolerance increases the amount of damage you Stagger by 10%. It also causes you to passively gain up to 15% Haste based on your current amount of Stagger damage (the higher the damage, the more Haste you gain).

Blackout Combo Icon Blackout Combo looks to be the best one out of these 3 talents, due to the overall performance it provides. Keep in mind that it changes your playstyle and requires you to make use of every single Blackout Strike Icon Blackout Strike for it to be efficient.

If you are looking to take less damage overall at the expense of taking more spiky damage, you should be picking up Elusive Dance Icon Elusive Dance. It also does not require any changes to your rotation in the way that Blackout Combo does.

High Tolerance Icon High Tolerance is useful if you want to be sure that you will not take too much unpredictable damage. You should be looking to pick this talent up if you are taking insane amounts of damage, since you gain up to 15% Haste based on your current level of Stagger Icon Stagger.

We recommend checking our dedicated section if you want to know how to optimise the use of these talents.

9. ChangeLog

  • 19 Jul. 2016: Revamped Level 45, 90, and 100 talent discussions, following a change of opinions.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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