Windwalker Monk DPS Statistics Priority and Reforging (MoP 5.4)

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Windwalker Monks in World of Warcraft MoP 5.4, how the class benefits from each of them, and what your reforging strategy should be. We also detail what the various caps are (if any) and why they should be attained.

The statistics priority is important as it influences reforging strategies as well as itemisation choices (gear, enchants, and gems).

Make sure to check our Gear Optimisation Guide, which serves as a support guide for this article.

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 Justmonk, one of the best Windwalker Monks in the world, who raids in Method. You can follow him on Twitter: @Justw8.

1. Basics↑top

The stat priority for a Windwalker Monk is:

  1. Hit Rating and Expertise Rating (until 7.5% each);
  2. Agility;
  3. Haste Rating (until you have enough, see see below);
  4. Critical Strike Rating;
  5. Mastery Rating.

These statistics have been obtained by combining common sense, in-game testing, and simulations using Simulation Craft.

If you are unsure what the optimal reforging strategy is for the above priority, you can Ask Mr. Robot for a personalised optimisation of your character's gear, by filling the form below.

2. Getting a Better Understanding↑top

Agility is your primary statistic. You should look for it in all of your upgrades. It provides you with Attack Power, which determines the damage your abilities do, and it increases your critical strike chance.

Hit Rating decreases the chance that your melee attacks will miss their target (7.5% against a raid boss). Therefore, your goal is to reach the 7.5% hit cap (see section below), which will ensure that your attacks never miss.

Expertise Rating decreases the chance that your melee attacks will be dodged (7.5% against a raid boss). Therefore, your goal is to reach the 7.5% expertise cap (see section below), which will ensure that your attacks are never dodged. Note that you should always be attacking bosses from behind, which prevents them from parrying your attacks. Therefore, it is usually unnecessary (unless the boss cannot be attacked from behind) to decrease the chance that your attacks will be parried (something that you can do by stacking Expertise Rating after reaching the 7.5% cap).

Haste Rating provides you with increased attack speed and energy regeneration. Ideally, you should have enough Haste that you can use an ability on every global cooldown. Until you reach this point, Haste Rating is your best statistic. When you get to this stage (and you are finding yourself often getting to maximum energy), then you should stop getting more Haste Rating, and you should move over to either Mastery Rating or Critical Strike Rating.

Critical Strike Rating increases your chance to critically hit with all spells and abilities.

Mastery Rating (Mastery: Bottled Fury Icon Mastery: Bottled Fury) gives you a chance to generate an additional stack of Tigereye Brew Icon Tigereye Brew each time you gain a stack.

2.1. Hit Cap

At level 90, most races require 2,550 Hit Rating to reach the melee hit cap. Draenei, thanks to Heroic Presence Icon Heroic Presence, only need 2,210 Hit Rating.

2.2. Expertise Cap

At level 90, most races require 2,550 Expertise Rating to reach the expertise cap. Some races, in some cases, only need 2,210 Expertise Rating, thanks to passive racial skills:

3. Changelog↑top

  • 11 Sep. 2013: Patch 5.4 update.
  • 20 May 2013: Patch 5.3 update: nothing to change.
  • 15 May 2013: Moved the Mastery versus Critical Strike debate in its own sub-section.
  • 09 Apr. 2013: Further clarified ideal statistic priority in relation to Rune of Re-Origination Icon Rune of Re-Origination.
  • 06 Apr. 2013: Updated the statistics priority to be more accurate. Updated the explanations of Haste Rating, Mastery Rating, and Critical Strike Rating to make it easier to understand which stat you should choose, and when. Added some explanations about Rune of Re-Origination Icon Rune of Re-Origination.
  • 11 Mar. 2013: Patch 5.2 update.