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Windwalker Monk DPS Spec, Builds, and Talents (Legion 7.1.5)

Last updated on Jan 26, 2017 at 14:49 by Vlad 87 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for Windwalker Monks in World of Warcraft Legion 7.1.5. We detail what each of the talents do and in which situations they should be taken.

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. Talent Choices

Level Choices
15 Chi Burst Chi Burst Eye of the Tiger Eye of the Tiger Chi Wave Chi Wave
30 Chi Torpedo ? Chi Torpedo Tiger's Lust Tiger's Lust Celerity ? Celerity
45 Energizing Elixir Energizing Elixir Ascension Ascension Power Strikes Power Strikes
60 Ring of Peace ? Ring of Peace Summon Black Ox Statue ? Summon Black Ox Statue Leg Sweep Leg Sweep
75 Healing Elixir ? Healing Elixir Diffuse Magic ? Diffuse Magic Dampen Harm ? Dampen Harm
90 Rushing Jade Wind Rushing Jade Wind Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger Hit Combo Hit Combo
100 Chi Orbit ? Chi Orbit Whirling Dragon Punch Whirling Dragon Punch Serenity Serenity

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 Eye of the Tiger Eye of the Tiger Chi Wave Chi Wave
  • 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.
  • Eye of the Tiger Icon Eye of the Tiger causes Tiger Palm Icon Tiger Palm to also apply both a buff (to yourself) and a debuff (to the target) called Eye of the Tiger. On you, it is an 8-second HoT, while on the target it is an 8-second DoT (dealing Nature damage).
  • Chi Wave Icon Chi Wave is an active ability with a 15-second cooldown. It is essentially a chain-heal that bounces to the 7 nearest targets (within 25 yards). The bounces target allies and enemies alternatively. Each target that the wave bounces to is healed or damaged (Nature damage), depending on their alignment. The healing portion of Chi Wave is a smart heal, in the sense that it prefers healing low health players.

In this tier, we recommend Chi Wave Icon Chi Wave for single target situations, and Chi Burst Icon Chi Burst for multiple target situations. Eye of the Tiger Icon Eye of the Tiger, however, is only slightly behind Chi Wave, and has the added benefit of being passive and not resulting in another ability that needs to be used. So, players who wish to avoid having to use Chi Wave can take this talent.

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 need short bursts of movement, and you can take Chi Torpedo Icon Chi Torpedo for encounters that require extended periods of movement, such as kiting.

4. Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents

Energizing Elixir Energizing Elixir Ascension Ascension Power Strikes Power Strikes
  • Energizing Elixir Icon Energizing Elixir is an active ability with a 1-minute cooldown. It instantly restores all of your Energy and Chi.
  • Ascension Icon Ascension increases your maximum Chi by 1 and your Energy regeneration by 10%.
  • Power Strikes Icon Power Strikes causes your next Tiger Palm Icon Tiger Palm to generate 1 additional Chi. This effect can only occur once every 15 seconds.

Energizing Elixir Icon Energizing Elixir is the recommended choice in all situations, as it provides more Chi and Energy than the other options, and being able to use it on demand increases its efficacy. Power Strikes Icon Power Strikes is close behind on single target and can be used on single target if you are not comfortable using Energizing Elixir.

Ascension Icon Ascension is not worth taking.

5. Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents

Ring of Peace ? Ring of Peace Summon Black Ox Statue ? Summon Black Ox Statue Leg Sweep Leg Sweep
  • Ring of Peace Icon Ring of Peace is an active ability with a 45-second cooldown. It forms a ring at the targeted location, which lasts for 8 seconds. During this time, any enemies who enter the ring will be knocked out of it.
  • Summon Black Ox Statue Icon Summon Black Ox 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 for 15 minutes (or until killed), and during this time it pulses threat to all nearby enemies within 30 yards (the threat belongs to the statue, so mobs will try to attack it). When using Provoke Icon Provoke on your Black Ox Statue, all enemies within 8 yards of the statue are forced to attack you. This constitutes a sort of AoE taunt.
  • 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. Summon Black Ox Statue Icon Summon Black Ox Statue can be used to group enemies up, should a Gorefiend's Grasp Icon Gorefiend's Grasp not be available. Ring of Peace Icon Ring of Peace is useful if you need the very specific effect of keeping enemies out of a designated radius.

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 90-second 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. For 10 seconds, all damage you take is reduced by 20% to 50%, with larger attacks having their damage reduced by more than smaller attacks.

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

Rushing Jade Wind Rushing Jade Wind Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger Hit Combo Hit Combo
  • Rushing Jade Wind Icon Rushing Jade Wind is an active ability with a 6-second cooldown (reduced by Haste). It deals damage to enemies in an 8-yard radius around you over its 6-second duration (also reduced by Haste). Up to 5 of the targets hit will be debuffed with Mark of the Crane Icon Mark of the Crane. Each instance of this debuff increases the damage of your Spinning Crane Kick Icon Spinning Crane Kick (against any target) by 50%.
  • Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger Icon Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger is an active ability with a 3-minute cooldown. It summons a pet, Xuen, for 45 seconds. The pet control bar allows you to choose what Xuen will do, although by default he attacks your primary target and uses Crackling Tiger Lightning Icon Crackling Tiger Lightning every second to deal damage to 3 enemies within 10 yards.
  • Hit Combo Icon Hit Combo causes each successive attack that triggers Mastery: Combo Strikes Icon Mastery: Combo Strikes grants 2% increased damage, stacking up to 8 times. The buff lasts for 10 seconds, with each new application refreshing its duration. However, the buff fades immediately when you use a series of attacks that would not trigger Combo Strikes (so, using the same attack twice in a row).

We recommend Hit Combo Icon Hit Combo as a general, default choice, with two exceptions. If you need to very quickly build Mark of the Crane Icon Mark of the Crane stacks (or build a high number of them), then Rushing Jade Wind Icon Rushing Jade Wind would be best. If the fight duration is below 4-5 minutes, then Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger Icon Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger can be as strong as Hit Combo, or even stronger.

8. Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents

Chi Orbit ? Chi Orbit Whirling Dragon Punch Whirling Dragon Punch Serenity Serenity
  • Chi Orbit Icon Chi Orbit passively causes an orb of energy to form every 5 seconds. The orbs rotate around you until they come in contact with an enemy, at which time they explode and deal damage to all nearby enemies. You can have a maximum of 4 orbs active at any one time.
  • Whirling Dragon Punch Icon Whirling Dragon Punch is an active ability with a 24-second cooldown. It deals damage to all nearby enemies, but it can only be used while both Fists of Fury Icon Fists of Fury and Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick are on cooldown.
  • Serenity Icon Serenity is an active ability with a 90-second cooldown. For 10 seconds, you deal 40% increased damage (and your healing is also increased by 40%). Moreover, all abilities that cost Chi are free of cost and have a 50% reduced cooldown.

In this tier, we recommend using Whirling Dragon Punch Icon Whirling Dragon Punch if you have the Drinking Horn Cover Icon Drinking Horn Cover trinket, or if you are fighting 4 or fewer enemies (even without the trinket). If you are fighting 5+ enemies and lack the trinket, then you should use Serenity Icon Serenity. If you prefer an easier to play, less involved playstyle, you can choose Chi Orbit Icon Chi Orbit.

9. ChangeLog

  • 26 Jan. 2017: Updated tier 7 talent discussion slightly yet again (following Convergence of Fates nerf).
  • 18 Jan. 2017: Updated tier 7 talent discussion slightly once again.
  • 13 Jan. 2017: Updated tier 7 talent discussion.
  • 10 Jan. 2017: Updated talent descriptions to account for Patch 7.1.5, and changed a few talent evaluations (most notably tier 7).
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 04 Aug. 2016: Removed tier 7 talent bug mention, since it has been fixed.
  • 29 Jul. 2016: Added a mention that Serenity is currently the best tier 7 talent due to a bug.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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