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Brewmaster Monk Tank Easy Mode — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Jan 14, 2020 at 03:00 by Quotey 45 comments
General Information

On this page, we explain how to easily play Brewmaster Monk in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3, using the simplest rotation, talent tree, stat priority, gear setup, etc., without sacrificing performance.



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.


The Basics for Brewmaster Monk

Brewmaster is a sturdy brawler that combines great mobility with surprising sturdiness. While some of the talents can be a little complex in nature, we will be focusing on a setup that minimizes the number of buttons and reactivity necessary without unduly compromising your ability to take a hit.


Talent Choice for Brewmaster Monk

These choices are optimized for ease of use. Although some talents might offer marginally higher gains when played well, these same talents often result in damage losses or more damage taken when utilized by less seasoned players. These talents aim to present the best setup that has very little punishment for unfamiliarity or mistakes.


Stat Choice for Brewmaster Monk

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

  1. Agility;
  2. Mastery;
  3. Critical Strike = Versatility;
  4. Haste.

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


Basic Rotation for Brewmaster Monk

  1. Cast Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash when available.
  2. Cast Blackout Strike Icon Blackout Strike when available.
  3. Cast Tiger Palm Icon Tiger Palm if you have 65+ Energy.
  4. Cast Breath of Fire Icon Breath of Fire when available.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 that you cannot cast 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.


Brew Usage

It is very important to always have Ironskin Brew Icon Ironskin Brew running, so you take less up-front damage. If you are using the default UI, you can easily monitor the time left on your Ironskin Brew by looking at the icon highlighted in purple:

BFA Brewmaster UI Element

If you have excess charges, use Purifying Brew Icon Purifying Brew to get rid of damage you have Stagger Icon Staggered. You can see the level of stagger on the default UI. It is highlighted in the above image in red. The more the bar is filled, the more damage you are taking. Remember though, it is much more important to keep Ironskin Brew Icon Ironskin Brew up than to Purify if you have low charges and it is running out.


Azerite Traits and Essences


Azerite Traits

The ideal Outer Ring trait setup is:

In the Middle Ring, just take the option which gives you the most stats, or a damage proc if you prefer that.

The Inner Ring's best traits are Gemhide Icon Gemhide, Impassive Visage Icon Impassive Visage, and Resounding Protection Icon Resounding Protection. Impassive Visage is especially nice for solo content where healing is in short supply.



For Azerite Essences, the best choice for your Major slot is The Crucible of Flame (Concentrated Flame Icon Concentrated Flame), as it does high damage and can be used to heal yourself in a pinch. For Minors, use Worldvein Resonance (Lifeblood Icon Lifeblood) and Conflict and Strife (Strife Icon Strife) for some extra stats. If you do not wish to do PVP, then Sphere of Suppression (Sphere of Suppression Icon Sphere of Suppression) or Nullification Dynamo (Null Barrier Icon Null Barrier) are reasonable alternatives.



  • 14 Jan. 2020: This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 15 Jul. 2019: Updated stats and added Essences.
  • 25 Jun. 2019: This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Apr. 2019: Updated stat priority section.
  • 10 Dec. 2018: This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
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