Mistweaver Monk Healing Spec, Builds, Talents, and Glyphs (MoP 5.4)

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent and glyph choices for Mistweaver Monks in World of Warcraft MoP 5.4. We detail what each of the talents and glyphs 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 unpl, a Mistweaver Monk who raids in Paragon.

1. Talent Choices↑top

Level Choices
15 Celerity Tiger's Lust Momentum
30 Chi Wave Zen Sphere Chi Burst
45 Power Strikes Ascension Chi Brew
60 Ring of Peace Charging Ox Wave Leg Sweep
75 Healing Elixirs Dampen Harm Diffuse Magic
90 Rushing Jade Wind Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger Chi Torpedo
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  • Performance-enhancing
  • Survival
  • Crowd Control
  • Movement
  • Utility
  • Situational

There is no longer such a thing as a default build. Most of the talents are now viable. They can easily be changed, thanks to Dust of Disappearance Icon Dust of Disappearance (and Tome of the Clear Mind Icon Tomes of the Clear Mind from level 86 to 90). You will frequently find yourself changing talents and glyphs between encounters, in order to adapt your play style to different mechanics. Therefore, it is important to understand what each of your talents does and how they affect your play style.

2. Tier 1 Talents↑top

Tier 1 talents offer you a choice between 3 ways of improving your mobility.

  • Celerity Icon Celerity passively increases the number of charges of Roll Icon Roll and Chi Torpedo Icon Chi Torpedo by 1, and reduces their recharge time by 5 seconds.
  • Tiger's Lust Icon Tiger's Lust removes all immobilising and movement-impairing effects from the target, and grants 70% increased movement speed for 6 seconds. It has a 30-second cooldown. It is targeted, so it can be cast on yourself or on another ally.
  • Momentum Icon Momentum passively causes each Roll Icon Roll and Chi Torpedo Icon Chi Torpedo to increase your movement speed by 25% for 10 seconds, stacking up 2 times.

The choice of talent here depends greatly on how you wish to move during the encounter.

  • If you are looking for a controlled burst of movement speed, or possibly to escape movement impairing effects, then Tiger's Lust Icon Tiger's Lust is best. Do note that this spell can be cast on allies, providing you with added utility.
  • If you believe you will make frequent use of Roll Icon Roll or Chi Torpedo Icon Chi Torpedo, and you wish to make their usage more comfortable, then you will probably prefer Celerity Icon Celerity.
  • If you believe you will make frequent use of Roll Icon Roll or Chi Torpedo Icon Chi Torpedo, and you wish to benefit from increased movement speed each time you do so, then Momentum Icon Momentum is for you.

Overall, the preferred choice in most situations will be Tiger's Lust Icon Tiger's Lust.

3. Tier 2 Talents↑top

Tier 2 talents offer you a choice between 3 hybrid, DPS-healing abilities.

  • Chi Wave Icon Chi Wave is essentially a chain-heal that bounces to the 7 nearest targets. The bounces target friends and allies alternatively. Each target that the wave bounces to is healed or damaged, depending on their alignment. The healing portion of Chi Wave is a smart heal, in the sense that it prefers healing low health players. It has a 15-second cooldown, and it is free of cost.
  • Zen Sphere Icon Zen Sphere summons a sphere above the head of a friendly target (yourself included), which lasts for 16 seconds. Every 2 seconds, the sphere heals the target, and deals damage to the nearest enemy within 10 yards. It has a 10-second cooldown, and it is free of cost. You can have a maximum of two spheres at one time. Finally, the Zen Sphere will detonate, causing it to deal a moderate amount of damage and healing to all targets within 10 yards, whenever its target drops below 35% health, or after its duration runs out.
  • Chi Burst Icon Chi Burst heals all friendly targets, and damages all hostile targets in a 40-yard cone in front of the caster. The spell has a 30-second cooldown, a very short cast time, and it is free of cost.

The choice of talent here will mostly depend on your raid size. In 10-man, Chi Wave Icon Chi Wave is generally best, except in encounters where the whole raid is stacked up, in which case Chi Burst Icon Chi Burst is best. Chi Burst is also ideal for 25-man raiding.

Zen Sphere Icon Zen Sphere's HoT is very weak, but the detonation is quite nice, especially if it happens automatically (when the target reaches 35% health). If the raid is stacked up, and players are often dropping below 35% health, this ability can be quite good.

4. Tier 3 Talents↑top

Tier 3 talents offer you 3 choices that enhance your resource generation.

  • Power Strikes Icon Power Strikes passively causes Jab Icon Jab, Expel Harm Icon Expel Harm, Spinning Crane Kick Icon Spinning Crane Kick (when it hits at least 3 targets), Crackling Jade Lightning Icon Crackling Jade Lightning, and Soothing Mist Icon Soothing Mist to generate 1 additional Chi. The effect has a 20-second internal cooldown. If you are at maximum Chi when this effect procs, a Chi sphere will spawn next to you. A Chi sphere grants you 1 Chi each time you walk through/over it, consuming the sphere in the process.
  • Ascension Icon Ascension increases your maximum Chi by 1 (from 4 to 5), your maximum mana by 15%, and your energy regeneration rate by 15%.
  • Chi Brew Icon Chi Brew instantly restores 2 Chi, and generates 2 stacks of Mana Tea Icon Mana Tea. It has a 45-second cooldown.

Each of these three talents presents certain advantages, but we believe that Chi Brew Icon Chi Brew is the best option at the moment.

Power Strikes Icon Power Strikes is also quite good if you have access to the legendary meta-gem (Courageous Primal Diamond Icon Courageous Primal Diamond). If this is the case, you should use a Jab - Tiger Palm - Jab - Tiger Palm combination while the proc is active.

Ascension Icon Ascension offers marginally higher Chi generation than Chi Brew Icon Chi Brew, but Chi Brew can be used on-demand, for a controlled burst. The choice is yours.

5. Tier 4 Talents↑top

Tier 4 talents offer you a choice between 3 crowd-control abilities.

  • Ring of Peace Icon Ring of Peace is an ability that can be cast on a friendly player. It creates a ring with an 8-yard radius around the player, lasting 8 seconds. When Ring of Peace is cast, enemy players who are inside this area are instantly disarmed for 4 seconds and silenced for 3 seconds. Enemies inside the area who cast spells or use any abilities other than melee attacks are disarmed for 4 seconds and silenced for 3 seconds (the disarm and silence effects both being subject to diminishing returns). This ability has a 45-second cooldown.
  • Charging Ox Wave Icon Charging Ox Wave summons an ox that stuns all enemies located in a 30-yard path in front of you for 3 seconds. It has a 30-second cooldown.
  • Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep stuns all enemies within a 5-yard radius of you for 5 seconds. It has a 45-second cooldown.

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.

6. Tier 5 Talents↑top

Tier 5 talents offer you a choice between 3 survival abilities.

  • Healing Elixirs Icon Healing Elixirs heals you for 15% of your maximum health each time you drink from a Brew or Tea. The effect has an 18-second internal cooldown, and it does not proc when you are at full health. It procs automatically when you have less than 35% health.
  • Dampen Harm Icon Dampen Harm causes the next 3 attacks against you (within 45 seconds), which deal 20% or more of your maximum health in damage, to have their damage reduced by 50%. It has a 1.5-minute cooldown.
  • Diffuse Magic Icon Diffuse Magic removes all magical debuffs from you. Additionally, for 6 seconds, it reduces all magic damage taken by 90%, and reflects all spells back to the caster.

We believe the best choice is either Diffuse Magic Icon Diffuse Magic or Dampen Harm Icon Dampen Harm.

  • Diffuse Magic Icon Diffuse Magic can help you greatly mitigate magic damage against you (most raid damage is magic damage), as well as clear harmful debuffs from yourself.
  • Dampen Harm Icon Dampen Harm, which, despite the ambiguous wording of the tooltip, does work against magic attacks as well as physical, can also prove beneficial, but it will almost always provide a smaller damage reduction than Diffuse Magic.

Finally, while Healing Elixirs Icon Healing Elixirs may provide substantial self-healing over the course of the fight, the fact that this healing is tied to your usage of other abilities makes it less flexible. Therefore, you will often have to either have the healing be wasted, or you will have to delay using an important ability just to benefit more from the healing.

7. Tier 6 Talents↑top

Tier 6 talents offer you a choice between 3 multiple target abilities.

  • Rushing Jade Wind Icon Rushing Jade Wind is an improvement over Spinning Crane Kick Icon Spinning Crane Kick, which it replaces. It acts exactly like Spinning Crane Kick, but it only deals 80% of its damage/healing. At the same time, it is instant, and not channeled, allowing you to continue casting spells while the spell is on-going.
  • Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger Icon Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger summons a tiger that will attack your current target, and 3 other nearby enemies. The tiger persists for 45 seconds, and you can control its actions by means of a pet action bar. It has a 3-minute cooldown.
  • Chi Torpedo Icon Chi Torpedo is an improvement over Roll Icon Roll, which it replaces. It causes you to roll a short distance in front of you, dealing damage to all enemies, and healing all allies in your path. It also has a slightly higher range than Roll, by about 5 yards.

Your choice of talent here will depend on your preference, but we feel that the top two choices are Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger Icon Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger and Chi Torpedo Icon Chi Torpedo.

Chi Torpedo is an excellent way to heal your stacked raid members. You should simply roll through them, as this will heal them.

Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger Icon Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger is a healing cooldown, since part of the damage dealt by the tiger is done as healing to nearby allies (thanks to Eminence Icon Eminence).

Rushing Jade Wind Icon Rushing Jade Wind is good for AoE healing, but it remains below the other two choices.

8. Major Glyphs↑top

There are many Major Glyphs that are interesting for Mistweaver Monks.

  • Glyph of Life Cocoon Icon Glyph of Life Cocoon allows you to cast Life Cocoon Icon Life Cocoon while stunned. While this glyph is mostly PvP-oriented, we believe that certain PvE situations may arise where it can be used to some benefit.
  • Glyph of Targeted Expulsion Icon Glyph of Targeted Expulsion allows you to use Expel Harm Icon Expel Harm on other players, but its healing is reduced by 50% when cast on them. This glyph is useful, and you should take it whenever you have a spare glyph slot.
  • Glyph of Zen Meditation Icon Glyph of Zen Meditation allows you to move while channeling Zen Meditation Icon Zen Meditation. This is particularly useful since Zen Meditation is often used to soak damage, so having the ability to move away from the raid while Zen Meditation is active is a great benefit.
  • Glyph of Renewing Mists Icon Glyph of Renewing Mists causes Renewing Mist Icon Renewing Mist to jump to the farthest injured player, within 40 yards, as opposed to the nearest injured player, within 20 yards. Essentially, this glyph is beneficial if your raid is spread out.
  • Glyph of Surging Mist Icon Glyph of Surging Mist transforms Surging Mist Icon Surging Mist into a smart heal that you can no longer target. Casting Surging Mist will simply cause it to heal the lowest health target within 40 yards. While this glyph simplifies gameplay in a sense, we believe that it is ultimately detrimental to your healing potential, and that it should not be used outside of exceptional circumstances. The reason why we feel this glyph will be detrimental is that it removes all control from you when using Surging Mist. There are many times when the lowest health raid member is not the one in most need of healing, because you know they will not receive damage again.
  • Glyph of Detox Icon Glyph of Detox causes Detox Icon Detox to also heal the target when it successfully removes a harmful effect from them.
  • Glyph of Spinning Crane Kick Icon Glyph of Spinning Crane Kick allows you to move at normal speed (instead of 70% movement speed) while channeling Spinning Crane Kick Icon Spinning Crane Kick. This will probably not matter in most fights, but in the case of a fight with heavy raid damage that requires ample movement, it might be useful.
  • Glyph of Touch of Death Icon Glyph of Touch of Death removes the Chi cost of Touch of Death Icon Touch of Death, but increases its cooldown by 2 minutes. Since using Touch of Death Icon Touch of Death against a raid boss will be extremely difficult (you must it when the boss' health is between roughly 400,000 and 0), removing the Chi cost will make using it exactly when you want to somewhat easier.

9. Minor Glyphs↑top

Most Minor Glyphs are purely cosmetic, having no effect whatsoever on your gameplay or performance. Glyph of Spirit Roll Icon Glyph of Spirit Roll and Glyph of Water Roll Icon Glyph of Water Roll, allow you to use Roll Icon Roll and Chi Torpedo Icon Chi Torpedo while dead, and while traveling over water respectively, are the only two worth mentioning. They have no raid applicability, but they can prove to be very convenient.

10. Changelog↑top