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Brewmaster Monk Tank Azerite Traits/Powers and Armor in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

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General Information

Pick up the Azerite gear with the best traits for your Brewmaster Monk and learn about the Heart of Azeroth. This page is updated for World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth 8.0.1.

For more information about the Heart of Azeroth Icon Heart of Azeroth, please read our Hearth of Azeroth guide.

The other pages of our Brewmaster Monk guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Quotey, who has been tanking as a Brewmaster Monk since they first rolled onto the scene. He currently raids in Echoes and is reachable on the friendly Monk Discord.

1. Azerite Traits for Brewmaster Monks

Please note that the value of some Azerite traits is uncertain and some are not yet implemented in simulations. We will not be able to predict the best trait sets without further work on simulations and hard data from dungeons run in the weeks after game launch. If you wish to check the differences between items you have, RaidBots is always updated. However, the differences between traits early in the expansion are small and playing to the best of your ability is much more important than a gear change.

1.1. Azerite Gear and Traits

Azerite Traits are special effects present on Helm, Shoulder, and Chest slots in Battle For Azeroth. Each Azerite item has either 2 or 3 tiers of Azerite Traits to choose from (items below item level 340 only have 2 tiers, while items above that have 3). In addition to this, every Azerite item also has a +5 item level bonus (Azerite Empowered Icon Azerite Empowered). Each tier, as well as this item level bonus, become unlocked as you gain certain amounts of Azerite Power.

The first (outer) tier of Azerite Traits is split between a class-specific choice and a generic choice. Generic choices can be zone-related or content-related (such as PvP traits which are only found on PvP gear but work in PvE content).

The second (middle) tier has a multitude of options varying from interesting stat procs to static stat gains. This is the tier that is missing on items lower than item level 340.

The third (inner) tier can either be a defensive or healing option.

Azerite gear has fixed traits and stats. Each piece has predetermined Azerite Traits, item level, and can not roll either tertiary stats or sockets. While tuning is always in flux, we will try to list the currently best traits for raiding first. Keep in mind many of these are very raid / dungeon / world / PvP-oriented and do not work well in other types of content.

1.1.1. Outer Ring Traits for Brewmaster Monks

Brewmaster currently has 6 specialization traits, listed in order of effectiveness below.

  1. Boiling Brew Icon Boiling Brew increases the DoT damage of Breath of Fire Icon Breath of Fire and gives a small chance to summon a Gift of the Ox Icon Gift of the Ox orb whenever it deals damage. It is excellent for 3+ target DPS and solid defensively. The chance to gain an orb is not increased by having more than one copy.
  2. Elusive Footwork Icon Elusive Footwork causes Blackout Strike Icon Blackout Strike to deal more damage and add an extra stack of Mastery: Elusive Brawler Icon Mastery: Elusive Brawler when it critically hits. It is a large DPS increase on single targets. You do not gain more stacks of Elusive Brawler with more copies of the trait.
  3. Staggering Strikes Icon Staggering Strikes makes every Blackout Strike Icon Blackout Strike reduce your Stagger Icon Stagger by a small amount.
  4. Fit to Burst Icon Fit to Burst causes your next 3 melee attacks to heal you after drinking Purifying Brew Icon Purifying Brew at Heavy (Red) Stagger Icon Stagger.
  5. Training of Niuzao Icon Training of Niuzao gives you more Mastery rating based on your current level of Stagger Icon Stagger.
  6. Niuzao's Blessing Icon Niuzao's Blessing increases the healing of Expel Harm Icon Expel Harm. This trait is particularly worthless, do not choose it.

Not all generic traits for the outer tier are relevant or worth mentioning. You will usually be better taking the Brewmaster trait unless it is Niuzao's Blessing Icon Niuzao's Blessing, but there is one worth looking at that we know of.

  • Filthy Transfusion Icon Filthy Transfusion occasionally places a DoT on an enemy which heals you for the damage it deals. This trait does good DPS so is a viable choice. Defensively, it only beats Niuzao's Blessing Icon Niuzao's Blessing. It is only found on items in Nazmir.

The setup of traits you should look for is one each of Boiling Brew Icon Boiling Brew, Elusive Footwork Icon Elusive Footwork, and one of either Training of Niuzao Icon Training of Niuzao, Staggering Strikes Icon Staggering Strikes or Fit to Burst Icon Fit to Burst. Filthy Transfusion Icon Filthy Transfusion is fine if you prefer DPS.

2. Middle Ring Azerite Traits for Brewmaster Monk

Each Azerite gear piece has a choice between a generic trait which adds stats or deals damage to enemies, or a trait specific to your role. The tanking traits are, in rough order of effectiveness.

  1. Crystalline Carapace Icon Crystalline Carapace causes you to gain Armor and deal some damage to enemies when taking damage. This effect should have a 100% uptime in practice.
  2. Azerite Veins Icon Azerite Veins is a healing over time effect which can occur when you take damage but ends when you reach 100% health. Since Brewmasters are rarely at 100% health due to Stagger Icon Stagger this trait is quite good.
  3. Ablative Shielding Icon Ablative Shielding grants some Armor when you fall below 20% health, which decays as you take more damage.
  4. Winds of War Icon Winds of War increases your Dodge when you take damage, stacking up to 10 times.
  5. Strength in Numbers Icon Strength in Numbers occasionally increases your maximum Health for each enemy near you, up to 5.
  6. Shimmering Haven Icon Shimmering Haven spawns a pool underneath you which increases maximum Health and Armor.

If your gear offers Crystalline Carapace Icon Crystalline Carapace, Azerite Veins Icon Azerite Veins or Ablative Shielding Icon Ablative Shielding you should choose those. Otherwise, just select the generic stat trait.

3. Defensive Azerite Traits for Brewmaster Monks

The final trait selection is between a generic and class-specific defensive trait. The traits that are relevant to you are the following.

  1. Gemhide Icon Gemhide grants Avoidance and Armor when taking damage, and should in practice have a 100% uptime.
  2. Impassive Visage Icon Impassive Visage heals you when you take damage once every 6 seconds.
  3. Bulwark of the Masses Icon Bulwark of the Masses gives you a shield when you are near 4 or more enemies, once every 15 seconds.
  4. Resounding Protection Icon Resounding Protection grants a shield every 30 seconds.
  5. Vampiric Speed Icon Vampiric Speed grants some healing and speed when an enemy you have damaged dies (you do not have to deal the killing blow). Solid for world content.
  6. Strength of Spirit Icon Strength of Spirit heals you every second while Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew is active.
  7. Longstrider Icon Longstrider increases your movement speed slightly.

Gemhide Icon Gemhide and Impassive Visage Icon Impassive Visage should be your choices here. Bulwark of the Masses Icon Bulwark of the Masses is better than both of these in dungeons. Vampiric Speed Icon Vampiric Speed is fun to use in the world but less good in dungeons and raids. If your item does not have any of these on it, seek to replace it.

4. Find Azerite Armor By Trait/Power

In the table below, you can see all of the Azerite gear available to your Brewmaster Monk. By using the + button located next to each item, you can expand the list of Azerite powers that this item possesses (to collapse the list, simply click the - button).

If you want to filter items according to the powers that they offer, you can use the filters below.

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5. ChangeLog

  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 31 Jul. 2018: Page added.
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