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Mistweaver Monk Healing Spec, Builds, and Talents (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Sep 07, 2016 at 19:46 by Vlad 70 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for Mistweaver Monks in World of Warcraft Legion 7.1. We detail what each of the talents do and in which situations they should be taken.

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

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Suplift, a long-time Mistweaver Monk theorycrafter who raids in Lotion. You can follow him on Twitter: @suplift.

1. Talent Choices

Level Choices
15 Chi Burst Chi Burst Zen Pulse ? Zen Pulse Mistwalk Mistwalk
30 Chi Torpedo ? Chi Torpedo Tiger's Lust ? Tiger's Lust Celerity ? Celerity
45 Lifecycles Lifecycles Spirit of the Crane Spirit of the Crane Mist Wrap Mist Wrap
60 Ring of Peace ? Ring of Peace Song of Chi-Ji ? Song of Chi-Ji Leg Sweep Leg Sweep
75 Healing Elixir Healing Elixir Diffuse Magic Diffuse Magic Dampen Harm Dampen Harm
90 Refreshing Jade Wind Refreshing Jade Wind Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane Summon Jade Serpent Statue Summon Jade Serpent Statue
100 Mana Tea Mana Tea Focused Thunder Focused Thunder Rising Thunder Rising Thunder

Talents can be freely changed when out of combat and in a rested XP area (such as an inn or a capital city). Moreover, Tome of the Tranquil Mind Icon Tome of the Tranquil Mind and Codex of the Tranquil Mind Icon Codex of the Tranquil Mind can be used to temporarily allow players to change talents anywhere, as long as they are out of combat.

2. Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

Chi Burst Chi Burst Zen Pulse ? Zen Pulse Mistwalk Mistwalk
  • 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.
  • Zen Pulse Icon Zen Pulse is an active ability with a 15-second cooldown, which damages all enemies within 8 yards of the targeted ally, healing the ally for a certain amount for each damaged enemy.
  • Mistwalk Icon Mistwalk is an active ability with 2 charges and a 20-second recharge time. It causes you to dash to the location of a friendly player and heal them.

The default choice for raiding should be Chi Burst Icon Chi Burst. Alternatively, in encounters with heavy tank damage and a high amount of adds, you should take Zen Pulse Icon Zen Pulse instead. Zen Pulse is also a great choice in dungeons.

Finally, Mistwalk Icon Mistwalk is not competitive compared to the other two talents in terms of healing done, but the movement benefits it offers are not insignificant. If you find yourself lacking mobility, you should consider Mist Walk, but otherwise you should disregard it.

For Mythic+, Zen Pulse Icon Zen Pulse is very strong as a mobile tank-healing tool.

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 otherwise you can take Chi Torpedo Icon Chi Torpedo for encounters that require extended periods of movement.

4. Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents

Lifecycles Lifecycles Spirit of the Crane Spirit of the Crane Mist Wrap Mist Wrap

All the talents in this tier are viable, in different situations.

Mist Wrap Icon Mist Wrap is best for shorter fights with heavy sustained single target damage, focused on a few targets. Mist Wrap is also the best choice for Mythic+ dungeons, where you require high single target HPS.

Spirit of the Crane Icon Spirit of the Crane is the default talent for Fistweaving, as it provides the most sustain/HPS due to the free Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick resets. Spirit of the Crane can also be taken when not Fistweaving, if you plan on using Essence Font Icon Essence Font more than Enveloping Mist Icon Enveloping Mist or Vivify Icon Vivify. Taking this talent is mandatory if you are using Refreshing Jade Wind Icon Refreshing Jade Wind as your tier 6 talent.

Lifecycles Icon Lifecycles is the standard choice for fights where you plan on casting Vivify Icon Vivify a lot, as Lifecycles provides the most Mana sustain. Additionally, if you cannot accommodate all the global cooldowns that Spirit of the Crane Icon Spirit of the Crane requires, you can take Lifecyles in combination with Rising Thunder Icon Rising Thunder (in tier 7).

5. Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents

Ring of Peace ? Ring of Peace Song of Chi-Ji ? Song of Chi-Ji 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.
  • Song of Chi-Ji Icon Song of Chi-Ji is an active ability with a 30-second cooldown. It creates a cloud that travels slowly forwards in the direction you were facing when cast. Enemies who come in contact with the cloud are put to sleep, being disoriented for 20 seconds. Damage done to them can break the effect.
  • 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.

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 of talent in this tier is determined by the type of damage present in the encounter.

We recommend Healing Elixir Icon Healing Elixir for fights without heavy, predictable damage, but which instead require you to consistently deal with incoming damage.

Dampen Harm Icon Dampen Harm is recommended for fights that have predictable bursts of high Physical damage, while Diffuse Magic Icon Diffuse Magic is preferred for fights with predictable bursts of high magic damage.

7. Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents

Refreshing Jade Wind Refreshing Jade Wind Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane Summon Jade Serpent Statue Summon Jade Serpent Statue
  • Refreshing Jade Wind Icon Refreshing Jade Wind is an active ability with a 6-second cooldown (reduced by Haste). It heals up to 6 allies in an 8-yard radius around you over its 6-second duration (also reduced by Haste). While active, the healing of Essence Font Icon Essence Font is also increased by 20%.
  • Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane Icon Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane is an active ability with a 3-minute cooldown. It summons a pet that for 45 seconds heals nearby allies with its Crane Heal Icon Crane Heal ability. There is a pet bar that allows you to control the pet and decide specifically who to heal.
  • Summon Jade Serpent Statue Icon Summon Jade Serpent 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 until killed, and while active it mirrors your casts of Soothing Mist Icon Soothing Mist (on the same targets), but with 50% efficiency.

The talent choice in this tier comes down to either Refreshing Jade Wind Icon Refreshing Jade Wind or Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane Icon Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane.

Refreshing Jade Wind Icon Refreshing Jade Wind is the preferred choice if all the following 3 conditions are met.

  • The raid is stacked together.
  • You are able to stand in melee range to make use of the Spirit of the Crane Icon Spirit of the Crane tier 3 talent.
  • You do not have a high amount of Mastery on your gear, as Refreshing Jade Wind benefits very little from your Mastery: Gust of Mists Icon Mastery: Gust of Mists (only the Essence Font Icon Essence Fonts you cast afterwards benefit from it).

In case one or more of these conditions are not true, then you should use Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane Icon Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane. This talent is also the only viable Mythic+ choice.

8. Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents

Mana Tea Mana Tea Focused Thunder Focused Thunder Rising Thunder Rising Thunder

Mana Tea Icon Mana Tea is the strongest choice when not Fistweaving, as it provides the most Mana sustain compared to Focused Thunder Icon Focused Thunder, scales well with haste, and can be used on every type of fight.

For Mythic+, you should always take Focused Thunder Icon Focused Thunder. This primarily because Thunder Focus Tea Icon Thunder Focus Tea-empowered Enveloping Mist Icon Enveloping Mist is very strong for burst spot healing, and it offering enough Mana sustain to be strong for when Mana is a concern. Aside from Mythic+, Focused Thunder is really only worth taking together with Refreshing Jade Wind Icon Refreshing Jade Wind in the previous tier, if you are making extensive use of Essence Font Icon Essence Font on the move.

Rising Thunder Icon Rising Thunder is a slight HPS loss compared to Mana Tea Icon Mana Tea, however it is very strong for sustained spread healing, and offers a lot of free DPS to your group.

9. ChangeLog

  • 07 Sep. 2016: Added a small note for tier 3 talents, regarding when Lifecycles is viable.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 22 Jul. 2016: Updated the Lifecyles Mana reduction amounts to 20%.
  • 21 Jul. 2016: Changed the evaluation of Mana Tea to mention that it is a good choice on fights that last longer than 2 minutes.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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