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Windwalker Monk DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.1.5)

Last updated on Jan 13, 2017 at 15:42 by Vlad 87 comments

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Windwalker Monks. It lists your best items and Legendaries, gives you gearing advice, and shows you how you will be competing for loot with other classes.

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. Tier 19 Set Bonuses

Both the 2-piece and 4-piece Tier 19 set bonuses are very desirable and you should try to obtain them as soon as possible.

2. Legendary Items

Legendary items have a high item level of 910, which makes them extremely strong. They are so strong, in fact, that a legendary item is always going to be worth equipping over any other item you might have in that slot.

However, there is a limitation on the number of legendary items you can have equipped at any one time (by default 1, but by now most players should be able to equip 2). Since some legendary items are better than others, if you have more items than the limit, you will have to choose which ones to equip.

Below, we will do our best to guide you through this process, as well as provide any other relevant information.

Ranking Windwalker legendaries is difficult, and we will update this section as more information becomes available.

Hidden Master's Forbidden Touch Icon Hidden Master's Forbidden Touch is only useful in multi-target situations, as the second Touch of Death Icon Touch of Death needs to be cast on a second target with another ability between so you do not lose the Mastery: Combo Strikes Icon Mastery: Combo Strikes bonus and Hit Combo Icon Hit Combo.

Drinking Horn Cover Icon Drinking Horn Cover is useful for all situations, but does not benefit Serenity Icon Serenity.

Katsuo's Eclipse Icon Katsuo's Eclipse provides the strongest personal damage increase. It does very slightly adversely affect Drinking Horn Cover Icon Drinking Horn Cover if used together.

Cenedril, Reflector of Hatred Icon Cenedril, Reflector of Hatred is one of the strongest single target legendaries (though not the strongest one). It is easy to use it in order to gain a large damage boost.

Cinidaria, the Symbiote Icon Cinidaria, the Symbiote provides 30% more damage when the target is above 90% health, making it very useful for bosses that require considerable burst at the beginning. It works well with  Icon Gale Burst at the start of a fight.

Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret provides a strong Haste boost, which is useful in AoE situations and/or when you can stun, interrupt, and/or dispel during a fight. It is very strong in dungeons.

The Emperor's Capacitor Icon The Emperor's Capacitor provides an average damage increase against a single target, which is best used by using Crackling Jade Lightning Icon Crackling Jade Lightning at 20 stacks (or at slightly lower stacks if you will cap Energy or delay another ability by waiting until 20 stacks).

March of the Legion Icon March of the Legion provides the least amount of personal damage improvement, although it does provide useful raid utility in helping melee DPS increase their uptime on targets and in allowing players to move out of harmful effects faster.

Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus provides a good cushion of health to help survive big hits of damage and require less healing. Also provides the most stats for any neck.

3. Loot Competition

Regarding the loot you will get from raid or dungeon bosses, you will compete with other classes in the following cases:

Item Type Competing Classes
Tier Tokens Hunters, Brewmaster/Mistweaver Monks, Shamans, and Warriors
Leather Armor Demon Hunters, Druids, Brewmaster/Mistweaver Monks, and Rogues
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Everyone
Trinkets Havoc Demon Hunters, Feral/Guardian Druids, Hunters, Brewmaster Monks, Rogues, and Enhancement Shamans

4. ChangeLog

  • 13 Jan. 2017: Updated a few of the legendary item evaluations.
  • 10 Jan. 2017: Updated legendary recommendations and added Tier 19 Set Bonus recommendation.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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