Brewmaster Monk Best Legendaries in Shadowlands — Shadowlands 9.0.5
Legendary Powers are targetable, unique effects that you can imbue certain base items with through the Runecarving system. In Shadowlands, these enable you to customize your Brewmaster Monk, drastically improving your performance, and are arguably the most important aspect of your gear.
The purpose of this page is to help you pick the right legendary powers (and item slots for them) for your character, depending on the content you are interested in.
Introduction: Shadowlands Legendary Items
Within the depths of Torghast lies an entity known as the Runecarver. By helping to free him from his torment and restore some of his lost memories, you will be able to take advantage of the Runecarving system to imbue a variety of Legendary Powers into certain crafted items.
Although you are only able to wear one of these new items at a time, you get to decide what stats they shall have, as you experiment with effects both new and familiar to a Brewmaster. If you are unfamiliar with the Runecarving process or would like to see all Legendary Powers available to Monks, please see their respective articles below, as this page will only be detailing what Legendary Powers are ideal in the main areas of content in the Shadowlands.
Best Legendaries for a Brewmaster Monk
Note that the bolded slot name represents the more ideal slot to craft the given Legendary in due to a greater amount of stats provided or the presence of a better item elsewhere for its alternative.
|Raiding||Charring Passions||Feet or Back||Torghast (Coldheart Interstitia, Layer 3+)|
|Mythic+||Stormstout's Last Keg||Hands or Shoulders||General Kaal (Sanguine Depths)|
|Torghast||Fatal Touch||Wrists or Ring||Muehzala (De Other Side)|
When Runecarving any of the Legendary Powers above into an item, it is recommended to choose Versatility and Critical Strike as your two stats, with perhaps the option of Mastery for some defensive-oriented alternatives that will be discussed below.
Best Overall Legendaries for Brewmaster Monks
Overall, Stormstout's Last Keg or Charring Passions will be your Legendary choice across most forms of content. Each offer a substantial increase in damage output, along with a minor defensive component. That being said, in terms of pure damage potential, Charred Passions will be stronger against one or two enemies, while Stormstout's Last Keg will pull ahead against larger groups. However, as the gap between the two remains small, either can be acceptable. You may enjoy the added flexibility in the playstyle provided by having a second charge of Keg Smash to offset otherwise "wasted" cooldown time, or you may prefer the added damage burst potential Charred Passions gives your Blackout Kick. Ultimately, neither of the two will be a wrong decision.
Despite its buffs in Patch 9.0.5, Shaohao's Might is not a Legendary Power worth crafting. It offers neither enough additional cooldown reduction to your abilities nor enough extra damage in single-target, let alone AoE, to overtake the primary suggestions above.
Best Raiding Legendary Powers for Brewmaster Monk
For the most part, raid encounters involve large periods of combat against a single-target, and small moments of fighting additional enemy spawns. In these scenarios, Charring Passions provides the greatest amount of damage while offering near-permanent uptime on the damage reduction effect of Breath of Fire. However, if you would rather not craft an additional Legendary that is optimized for single-target fighting, Stormstout's Last Keg will work just fine.
In the rare times when you require extra defense as a Brewmaster that your own cooldowns or healers cannot provide, the following options may be worth considering:
- Mighty Pour will passively provide you with extra uses of Purifying Brew over the course of an encounter and also increase your Armor during Celestial Brew, which can be useful in moments of incredibly high damage or to help bolster a Celestial Brew that is not empowered with many stacks of Purified Chi.
- Invoker's Delight may give Brewmasters a stat they do not particularly care for — Haste — but it does grant a truly massive amount of it. This will result in a shorter cooldown on many Brewmaster abilities, including Purifying Brew and thus reduce damage taken a little more. It also has the benefit of being a Legendary Power that can be used by all three Monk specializations.
Best Mythic+ Legendary Powers for Brewmaster Monk
Within Mythic+, you are more likely to encounter larger groups of enemies at a time. As such, Stormstout's Last Keg remains a strong option for opening with a strong amount of threat or just increasing your AoE damage in general.
Beyond this choice, your main options to consider are the following:
- Charring Passions will still be able to keep up in an AoE environment, while providing slightly higher damage against bosses. This can be especially useful in a Tyrannical dungeon.
- Fatal Touch enables more frequent use of your Touch of Death. With this ability dealing your full maximum Health's worth of damage to most enemies in a dungeon, this translates to what is essentially a complete removal of Stagger every minute. However, as the enemy was likely already near death, a lot of the extra damage you will deal may not be considered "useful" damage.
- Mighty Pour may also prove useful in a dungeon setting, as the presence of only one healer means that effectively purifying Stagger becomes all the more important. However, this amount of defense is not likely to be necessary until the extremely high end of keystone.
Best Torghast Legendary Powers for Brewmaster Monk
Torghast's variety of Anima Powers to improve many of your abilities can result in almost any Legendary Power having a chance to be the best. However, due to the ease of finding 36 Pressure Point Technique or Stroke of Elegance, Fatal Touch quickly becomes an invaluable tool to give your Touch of Death a 0-second cooldown and ascend the tower with ease.
While in Torghast, other noteworthy options of Legendary Power include:
- As it contains large groups of enemies at a time, Stormstout's Last Keg or Charring Passions remain strong choices for general use and can be further improved with Anima Powers like Hit Scheme and Shadowboxing Treads.
- Likewise, Invoker's Delight can have use in Torghast even as a Brewmaster with the help of Anima Powers that reduce the cooldown of Invoke Niuzao, the Black Ox or summon a Celestial more frequently.
- If you find yourself in need of Phantasma more than anything else, the power of Stable Phantasma Lure may be for you. It will provide a noticeable increase in the amount of Phantasma you acquire per run, but remember that this currency cannot be taken out of your current Torghast run.
- 09 Mar. 2021: Page reviewed for Patch 9.0.5; added small passage reaffirming Shaohao's Might is not a worthwhile Legendary Power.
- 23 Feb. 2021: Updated Legendary Power recommendation for Torghast.
- 21 Nov. 2020: Page created.
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