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Windwalker Monk DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Aug 29, 2016 at 14:08 by Vlad 67 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. Legendary Items

Legendary items have a high item level of 895, 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.

For now, we consider March of the Legion Icon March of the Legion to be an extremely powerful Legendary item for use in raids, since it provides a movement speed increase to the entire raid, the benefits of which are difficult to quantify.

Against multiple targets, Hidden Master's Forbidden Touch Icon Hidden Master's Forbidden Touch is a very strong choice.

For a pure DPS increase, Cenedril, Reflector of Hatred Icon Cenedril, Reflector of Hatred is a very strong choice as well; theoretically, it can result in the highest DPS increase possible, but doing so is difficult and risky, since it relies on Touch of Karma Icon Touch of Karma usage. Since it increases the damage that Touch of Karma can redirect, it also results in a sizable utility increase.

Simulations provide us with information about 3 other legendary items, ranking them in the following order based on the DPS increases that they provide.

  1. Katsuo's Eclipse Icon Katsuo's Eclipse
  2. Drinking Horn Cover Icon Drinking Horn Cover
  3. Cinidaria, the Symbiote Icon Cinidaria, the Symbiote

Finally, Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret and Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus provide nice quality of life and survivability increases.

2. 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
Trinkets Havoc Demon Hunters, Feral/Guardian Druids, Hunters, Brewmaster Monks, Rogues, and Enhancement Shamans

3. ChangeLog

  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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