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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. Choosing Azerite Gear as a Brewmaster Monk

Sometimes when you obtain a higher item level Azerite armor piece, it will have significantly poorer traits than your current item. It is not easy to decide whether to replace it or not, but there are some quick guidelines you can follow. They are not perfect (there are many combinations of traits) but should do for most situations.

If DPS is your main concern, then simming via Raidbots is your best option. At the moment there exists a bug in Simcraft with Rushing Jade Wind Icon Rushing Jade Wind, so sim with Special Delivery Icon Special Delivery.

2. Choosing Azerite Traits as a Brewmaster Monk

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.

2.1. 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. Training of Niuzao Icon Training of Niuzao gives you more Mastery rating based on your current level of Stagger Icon Stagger.
  4. Staggering Strikes Icon Staggering Strikes makes every Blackout Strike Icon Blackout Strike reduce your Stagger Icon Stagger by a small amount.
  5. 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.
  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.

If your focus is increasing your survivability, in raids you should use one Elusive Footwork Icon Elusive Footwork and two Training of Niuzao Icon Training of Niuzao. In Mythic+, use Elusive Footwork Icon Elusive Footwork, Training of Niuzao Icon Training of Niuzao, and one copy of Boiling Brew Icon Boiling Brew. The increase in orbs is more valuable and noticeable in the low healing and constant AOE environment of dungeons.

Uldir, the first raid in Battle for Azeroth, has special traits on its Azerite armor. Having either one of these will grant you Reorigination Array Icon Reorigination Array, a bonus that is only active in Uldir granting you some of your highest secondary stat. You should definitely have one of these if you are raiding. Note having 2 Uldir traits does not increase the value of Reorigination Array.

  1. Laser Matrix Icon Laser Matrix deals some damage split amongst enemies and healing split to your allies. The damage provided by this trait is very high, and should be the trait you pick to enable Reorigination Array Icon Reorigination Array if possible.
  2. Archive of the Titans Icon Archive of the Titans increases your Agility every 5 seconds, stacking up to 20 times. This lasts as long as you are in combat. The bonus is solid, but it takes a long time to get to full strength.

The Engineering helm AZ3-R1-T3 Gearspun Goggles Icon AZ3-R1-T3 Gearspun Goggles has 4 unique traits in its Outer Ring. You should select Synaptic Spark Capacitor Icon Synaptic Spark Capacitor, which provides good damage and some reasonable damage reduction occasionally.

2.1.1. Outer Ring Azerite Traits for DPS

If you feel you are having no trouble surviving, you may wish to choose a more DPS oriented trait. The generic traits are much more suited to this than the Brewmaster- specific ones. They have the additional benefit of working while playing Windwalker. Here are the ones to look out for in order of potency:

  1. Thunderous Blast Icon Thunderous Blast deals Nature damage occasionally to one target, culminating in one larger burst. It is found on items in Vol'dun.
  2. Tidal Surge Icon Tidal Surge deals Frost damage to the target and slows them, though the secondary effect is not useful for Brewmaster monks. It is on some items from Stormsong Valley.
  3. Rezan's Fury Icon Rezan's Fury deals some direct damage and places a 12 second bleed on the target. If you are killing enemies before the bleed fully completes this trait loses some value. It comes from items in Zuldazar.
  4. Filthy Transfusion Icon Filthy Transfusion places a DoT on the target which heals you for the damage dealt. While it is a minor boost in survivability, it only beats out Niuzao's Blessing Icon Niuzao's Blessing. Regardless, you may find it nice to have a balance between DPS and survivability. It occurs on Nazmir items.

2.2. 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 40% health, which decays as you take more damage. Unfortunately, the damage from Stagger reduces the Armor, so it is not as good for Brewmaster as other tanks.
  4. Winds of War Icon Winds of War increases your Dodge when you take damage, stacking up to 5 times. This trait is very poor- it drops off very often due to our naturally high dodge.
  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 you should choose that. Azerite Veins Icon Azerite Veins is solid in 5-man and world content, where you will not be healed to full often. In raids this trait is not that good but passable. Ablative Shielding Icon Ablative Shielding is alright but only lasts 5 seconds for Brewmasters. If your Middle Ring trait is anything other than those, you should pick the DPS/stat option.

2.3. Inner Ring 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 a good choice in Mythic+ 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.

3. Damage Simulations

Thanks to Bloodmallet.com, a comprehensive list of Azerite traits are ranked against each other below. Note that Laser Matrix or Archive of the Titans +5 means that trait along with 5 weeks of the Reorigination Array buff, and will only apply in Uldir.

3.1. Outer Ring

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3.2. Middle Ring

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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

  • 21 Sep. 2018: Altered reccomended traits and added Bloodmallet sims.
  • 11 Sep. 2018: Made various updates to the page and added a section to help you evaluate potential item upgrades.
  • 20 Aug. 2018: Added Engineering helm, DPS traits.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 31 Jul. 2018: Page added.
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