Brewmaster Monk Tank Easy Mode — Shadowlands 9.0.5

Last updated on Mar 09, 2021 at 14:02 by Sinzhu 19 comments
General Information

On this page, we explain how to easily play Brewmaster Monk in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.5, using the simplest rotation, talent tree, stat priority, gear setup, etc., without sacrificing performance.

1.

Foreword

This section is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialization without being overwhelmed by the numerous priorities and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.

2.

The Basics of Brewmaster Monks

Brewmaster Monks are some of the sturdiest brawlers out there, capable of shrugging off even the deadliest attacks with ease while offering plenty of options for mobility and defense. With the help of Stagger Icon Stagger, there is next to nothing that can outright kill you in one hit which makes for a more predictable damage intake to heal.

As a Brewmaster, your main resource to manage is Energy, which you will spend on abilities that reduce the cooldown of your brews and act as a way to decrease the damage you are taking from your Stagger Icon Stagger. The better you are at converting your Energy to Brew usage, the easier it will be to stay alive. Other keys to survival will involve taking advantage of your cooldowns and utility.

3.

Talent Choice for Brewmaster Monks

Many of the following talent choices are passive options, providing slight tweaks to the basics of Brewmaster gameplay as you get familiar with the ins and outs of managing its rotation and your Stagger Icon Stagger meter. Your performance will still be near the optimal talents in their specific situations while resulting in fewer keybinds to manage.

If you are interested in knowing when to switch to the more active options available as a Brewmaster or when to use some of the more situational choices, take a look at our full talent analysis below.

4.

Stat Choice for Brewmaster Monks

Currently, you will want to prioritize secondary stats as follows:

  1. Versatility = Mastery = Critical Strike
  2. Haste

Prioritize item level above all else, as Agility and Stamina are very valuable. Haste should be avoided when possible, but do not bother to drop item levels to do so.

While the stat priority for classes is normally the same for both the Easy Mode page and our full guide, there can be major differences depending on if you desire to be more offensive or defensive as a tank. If you want to see the full explanation of the stat priority, as well as the absolute top choices for what you want to prioritize, head to our full stats page.

5.

Covenants and Soulbinds for Brewmaster Monks

It must be stressed that ultimately all four of the Covenants available to Brewmasters are usable in a variety of content. Some will be more useful than others at times, however. If you are seeking a generic option that is easy to make use of, then it is recommended to go with the Kyrian Covenant and use Pelagos as your Soulbind. The Weapons of Order Icon Weapons of Order ability is quick to learn and Phial of Serenity Icon Phial of Serenity can act as a helpful source of extra healing against possible mistakes.

5.1.

Soulbinds and Conduits

When using Pelagos, this will be your ideal path to take:

Though many of the Conduits available for use in a category are somewhat close in value, some options may be less demanding to make use of. As such, a short selection of useful Conduits to pursue is listed below:

  1. Walk with the Ox Icon Walk with the Ox - Potency
  2. Strike with Clarity Icon Strike with Clarity - Potency
  3. Harm Denial Icon Harm Denial - Endurance
  4. Fortifying Ingredients Icon Fortifying Ingredients - Endurance
  5. Dizzying Tumble Icon Dizzying Tumble - Finesse
  6. Tumbling Technique Icon Tumbling Technique - Finesse

While following the Covenant guidelines above is useful if you want to quickly get into the action as a Brewmaster, it is highly recommended that you consider the section of this guide dedicated to all four Covenants, their Soulbinds, and the remaining Conduits for more information to help decide on a Covenant that is best for you.

6.

Legendary Powers for Brewmaster Monks

  1. Stormstout's Last Keg Icon Stormstout's Last Keg - most convenient general-use Legendary
  2. Charring Passions Icon Charring Passions - a more demanding alternative that performs better in low target counts.

Both Stormstout's Last Keg Icon Stormstout's Last Keg and Charring Passions Icon Charring Passions act as excellent choices to increase your damage as a Brewmaster while offering a small amount of additional indirect defense. In almost any scenario, the two will remain competitive with one another, though Charred Passions will require a little more interaction on your part to reach its potential.

While these two Legendary Powers are recommended overall, there are a number of other possibilities for specific moments. To learn more about these options and when to consider them, see the Legendary Powers section of this guide.

7.

Basic Rotation for Brewmaster Monks

For a better understanding of what all of the abilities in the priority below do to contribute to your performance, along with many more not covered in it, it is highly recommended to glance at the Spells Summary page linked just below.

  1. Cast Invoke Niuzao, the Black Ox Icon Invoke Niuzao, the Black Ox when possible.
  2. Cast Weapons of Order Icon Weapons of Order or your Covenant Class ability when available.
  3. Cast Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash when available.
  4. Cast Blackout Kick Icon Blackout Kick when available.
  5. Cast Tiger Palm Icon Tiger Palm, if you have 65+ Energy, against one target.
  6. Cast Spinning Crane Kick Icon Spinning Crane Kick, if you have 65+ Energy, against multiple targets.
  7. Cast Breath of Fire Icon Breath of Fire when available.
  8. Keep your Rushing Jade Wind Icon Rushing Jade Wind buff active
  9. Cast Expel Harm Icon Expel Harm if you are dropping in health and cannot reach your Gift of the Ox Icon Gift of the Ox orbs.
  10. Cast Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew if you are about to take a large amount of damage.

You should make sure to not spend so much energy on Tiger Palm Icon Tiger Palm that you cannot cast Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash when it is available. Following these steps will make sure you do as much damage as you can, and have enough Brews to maintain a solid defense.

7.1.

Shuffle and Brew Usage

It is very important to always have Shuffle Icon Shuffle active, so you take less damage up-front. You gain time on Shuffle mainly by casting Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash and Blackout Kick Icon Blackout Kick. If you are using the default UI, you can easily monitor the time left on your Shuffle by looking at the icon highlighted in purple:

SL Brewmaster UI Element

You can use Purifying Brew Icon Purifying Brew to get rid of damage you have Stagger Icon Staggered. The level of Stagger on the default UI is shown above, highlighted in red. The more the bar is filled, the more damage you are taking. Remember though, it is equally important to maintain uptime on Shuffle so that your damage taken stays smooth as you Purify what you can.

After you have purified a bit, use Celestial Brew Icon Celestial Brew to absorb a large amount of damage taken for a while.

While the above is excellent for starting out as a Brewmaster Monk, it is recommended to look into our full rotation guide to get a better grasp on how the abilities are interacting with each other and their other quirks.

8.

Changelog

  • 09 Mar. 2021: Updated recommended Potency and Endurance Conduit; changed recommended Level 35 talent.
  • 24 Nov. 2020: Added sections for Covenant and Legendary Power choices.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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