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Windwalker Monk DPS Artifact Talents/Traits and Relics (Legion 7.1.5)

Last updated on Jan 12, 2017 at 12:22 by Vlad 87 comments

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General Information

This page shows you how to level up the Artifact and how to choose the right Relics for your Windwalker Monks. It is updated for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1.5.

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

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Babylonius, a prominent Windwalker Monks theorycrafter who maintains Walking the Wind. You can follow him on Twitter: @BabyloniusMonk.

1. Artifact Progression

We recommend a single artifact progression path as a Windwalker Monk.

Artifact Progression - Path #1

Essentially, you should take all your traits in a counter-clockwise fashion, skipping  Icon Gale Burst until after you get  Icon Crosswinds.

  1.  Icon Strike of the Windlord
  2.  Icon Dark Skies
  3.  Icon Rising Winds
  4.  Icon Death Art
  5.  Icon Light on Your Feet
  6.  Icon Fists of the Wind
  7.  Icon Spiritual Focus
  8.  Icon Inner Peace
  9.  Icon Tornado Kicks
  10.  Icon Transfer the Power
  11.  Icon Tiger Claws
  12.  Icon Crosswinds
  13.  Icon Gale Burst
  14.  Icon Power of a Thousand Cranes
  15.  Icon Strength of Xuen
  16.  Icon Healing Winds and  Icon Good Karma (in any order)
  17.  Icon Windborne Blows

2. Relic Choice

When choosing which relics to use, you should normally take the one that grants you the highest item level, regardless of the benefit it offers. That said, relics that enhance  Icon Fists of the Wind are best, and should be prioritised. Below, we list what weapon item level gain other relics need to provide in order to be better than Fists of the Wind-enhancing relics.

2.1. Single Target

  1.  Icon Fists of the Wind
  2.  Icon Rising Winds (+1 item level)
  3.  Icon Inner Peace (+2 item levels)
  4.  Icon Tiger Claws (+4 item levels)
  5.  Icon Strength of Xuen (+5 item levels)
  6. Everything else (+6 item levels)

Note that once you have the 2-piece Tier 19 set bonus,  Icon Rising Winds becomes the best trait to enhance.

2.2. AoE

  1.  Icon Fists of the Wind
  2.  Icon Inner Peace (+6 item levels)
  3.  Icon Rising Winds (+7 item level)
  4.  Icon Power of a Thousand Cranes (+7 item levels)
  5.  Icon Strength of Xuen (+9 item levels)
  6.  Icon Tiger Claws (+10 item levels)
  7. Everything else (+11 item levels)

3. ChangeLog

  • 12 Jan. 2017: Significantly improved the relic recommendations.
  • 10 Jan. 2017: Removed one of the artifact paths (which no longer made sense this late into the expansion) and updated relic recommendations.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Added.
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