Brewmaster Monk Essences — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2
On this page, we go over the new Essence system in Patch 8.2 of World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth, and we tell you which are the best essences to use as Brewmaster Monk, both for minor and major powers. Please refer to our Patch 8.2 Guide to Essences for more information about the Essence system and where Essences can be obtained from.
1. Azerite Essences for Brewmaster Monks
Introduced in Patch 8.2, Essences are unique items that drop from various forms of content. They are activated through your Heart of Azeroth, and they buff your character in various ways, depending on the Essences that are currently active.
Our Essence Guide has a full list of all the Essences, together with their descriptions and explanations on how they work.
What follows on this page will relate directly to how Essences affect this spec, since generic information is beyond the scope of this guide.
Disclaimer: Please note that at the moment, simulations and general theorycrafting around Essences is a work in progress, and as a result, most of the recommendations made here are subject to change.
2. Major Essences for Brewmaster Monks
2.1. Quick List of Essences for Brewmaster Monk
Minor Essences are slightly more flexible. For raiding, you will likely want to use Worldvein Resonance so long as you are not the only one using it, and then either Nullification Dynamo on any fight with magic damage, or whichever of Conflict and Strife and Sphere of Suppression you are not already using.
For Mythic+, Aegis of the Deep is solid.
2.2. Strong Major Essences for Brewmaster Monk
It is rare you will want to use any Majors other than these. Focus your game time on obtaining and upgrading them. Two are completely offense or defense focussed and one is a mix, so it is quite easy to decide which to use.
- The Crucible of Flame gives you the ability to deal damage or heal a target (including yourself). This flexibility is quite nice, so it is a good Essence to generally use if you do not know whether to focus on defense or offense. It is gained when unlocking Essences, and upgraded by leveling your Heart of Azeroth.
- Conflict and Strife grants you the Hot Trub PvP ability. In any content where you are taking large damage, this will be a DPS increase. The damage dealt is limited at 20% of your maximum health, so do not try to take more damage just to abuse the talent. Its Minor is also reasonable, granting a chunk of Versatility. Participate in Rated PvP to acquire it.
- Sphere of Suppression is the defense-focussed Essence. The majority of damage you take during BfA dungeons and raids is autoattacks, and this short cooldown is absurdly powerful at mitigating them. The Minor gives a decent amount of stats as well (though sadly Haste). Talk to the War Coordinator NPC near the Weekly PvP Cache to gain and upgrade this.
- Anima of Life and Death is decent for AoE damage (less than Conflict and Strife usually) and provides a decent heal at Rank 3. You might want to use this in Mythic+. It is obtained from Mythic+ dungeons.
2.3. Situational Major Essences for Brewmaster Monk
The following Major Essences have some potential to be used on very specific encounters, so you may want to work on them if you have extra time. Giving up the stronger Majors is tough though, so it is possible you will never use these.
- Azeroth's Undying Gift is a very short defensive cooldown. It is possible that this at Rank 3 could be used for specific attacks in raids, but with healer externals and Dampen Harm, this is not that likely. It is gained and upgraded naturally through raiding Eternal Palace.
- Nullification Dynamo is mostly similar in potential to Azeroth's Undying Gift, but only works on magic damage. However, at Rank 3 it also dispels Curse, Disease, Poison and Magic effects. This has some utility in Mythic+. It is gained through Rustbolt Resistance reputation.
- Ripple in Space is a targeted delayed teleport. Given the already fantastic mobility Monks have, it is hard to see a use for this yet, but it could happen.
The rest of the Major Essences available to Brewmasters are pretty much worthless as of release.
3. Minor Essences for Brewmaster Monk
3.1. Strong Minor Essences for Brewmaster Monks
- Worldvein Resonance spawns shards which grant anyone using the trait their primary stat. Since these are shared between people, if you have 3+ players nearby in your raid using it, the high uptime causes this trait to give a good amount of consistent Agility, especially at Rank 3. It is obtained from Island Expeditions.
- Conflict and Strife gives Versatility. Use this if you do not have it in the Major slot.
- Sphere of Suppression gives Haste and Speed. Use it if you have Conflict and Strife in the Major slot.
3.2. Situational Minor Essences for Brewmaster Monks
- Nullification Dynamo is strong in situations where you will be taking lots of magic damage. If the barrier is consumed regularly, then it does great DPS as well. You would use this on Jaina, for instance, over any other Minor.
- Aegis of the Deep provides a lot of Versatility when facing many enemies, so is a solid pick for Mythic+.
Other Minor Essences are not worth considering at the moment.
- 07 Jul. 2019: Updated for Conflict and Strife nerf.
- 25 Jun. 2019: Page created.
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