Brewmaster Monk Tank Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.2.5

Last updated on Aug 23, 2022 at 03:03 by Sinzhu 25 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Brewmaster Monk in World of Warcraft Shadowlands 9.2.5.

1.

Gearing your Brewmaster Monk in Shadowlands

Although the bulk of your ideal pieces of gear will come from selecting items within the Great Vault every week and raiding Mythic Sepulcher of the First Ones, this content will not be feasible when first reaching Level 60 in the Shadowlands. Instead, your initial items will largely come from Covenant-themed quests and dungeons that are not Mythic Plus. Consider visiting Zereth Mortis for a more immediate power boost!

Gearing as a Brewmaster is generally simple for most item slots: use the highest item level gear you can get, while trying to avoid Haste. However, a item that is 5 item levels higher with Haste will often still be an upgrade. Do not go entirely out of your way to avoid the stat. Rings are sometimes a different matter, as they do not contain Agility or Armor. However, unless you are trying to maximize your damage output, you can still safely equip a ring with a higher item level no matter what its stats are. To learn about the rest of your stat priority, see our dedicated page for it.

2.

Gearing Strategy and Recommendations for a Brewmaster Monk

When you are figuring out if an item is an upgrade, it is highly recommended to get in the practice of simulating it. You can only do this to compare gear offensively as a tank specialization, however; fortunately, if you are looking to improve your defenses you can focus entirely on item level.

If you are unfamiliar with what simulations are or how to use them, our Simulation page can help you learn more. Otherwise, as mentioned earlier, you can safely prioritize item level.

Beyond the disclaimer above, please note that the following tables do not include items with Legendary Powers that may offer better stats for a given slot, nor do they include items obtained from PvP. They also assume that any items from dungeons have been obtained from the Great Vault at an item level of 304. Items from Fated Raids are assuming their Mythic variants — item levels 304/311.

3.

Due to the large number of similar loot pieces present within them, Grimrail Depot and Iron Docks are currently excluded from this table.

Slot Item Source
Head Rakishly Tipped Tricorne Icon Rakishly Tipped Tricorne Tazavesh: So'Leah's Gambit
Neck Choker of Barbed Reins Icon Choker of Barbed Reins Upper Karazhan
Shoulders Unending Horizon Spaulders Icon Unending Horizon Spaulders Upper Karazhan
Cloak Drape of Shame Icon Drape of Shame Lower Karazhan
Chest So'azmi's Fractal Vest Icon So'azmi's Fractal Vest Tazavesh: So'Leah's Gambit
Wrists Wraps of Electrostatic Potential Icon Wraps of Electrostatic Potential Operation: Mechagon - Junkyard
Gloves Custodian's Soothing Touch Icon Custodian's Soothing Touch Upper Karazhan
Belt Mad King's Sporran Icon Mad King's Sporran Operation: Mechagon - Workshop
Legs Anomalous Starlit Breeches Icon Anomalous Starlit Breeches Tazavesh: So'Leah's Gambit
Boots Ooey-Gooey Galoshes Icon Ooey-Gooey Galoshes Operation: Mechagon - Junkyard
Ring 1 Seal of Darkshire Nobility Icon Seal of Darkshire Nobility Lower Karazhan
Ring 2 Signet of Collapsing Stars Icon Signet of Collapsing Stars Tazavesh: So'Leah's Gambit
Weapon (2h) Reclaimed Shock Coil Icon Reclaimed Shock Coil Operation: Mechagon - Junkyard
Weapons (Dual Wield)
4.

As part of Shadowlands Season 4, all three raids of the expansion — Castle Nathria, Sanctum of Domination, and Sepulcher of the First Ones — will be dropping higher item level gear and be brought up accordingly in their tuning. However, only one of these "Fated Raids" will be active per week. Because of this, there are multiple tables featuring gear from each raid that you may wish to seek out — simply select the button for the current week's raid to display it! Remember, however, that these are general recommendations. It is highly likely that any piece featuring a higher item level than your current gear will remain an upgrade for your character, and you should consider simulating your character using Raidbots when optimizing for offense.

It should also be noted that the Creation Catalyst in Zereth Mortis is still available with all of its accumulated charges. This will be very useful as a way to upgrade your Tier Set, given that the individual tokens will still only be dropping from bosses in Sepulcher of the First Ones.

Finally, be aware that items from Sanctum of Domination no longer feature Domination Sockets for use with Shards of Domination, so their relative value is purely based on stats.

Recommended Raid Gear Table
Combined Castle Nathria Sanctum of Domination Sepulcher of the First Ones
4.1.
Slot Item Boss
Head
Neck Weathered Talisman of the Shadowmoon Icon Weathered Talisman of the Shadowmoon Remnant of Ner'zhul
Shoulders
Cloak Drape of Mournful Melodies Icon Drape of Mournful Melodies Dausegne, the Fallen Oracle
Chest
Wrists Clasps of the Unfortunate Troubadour Icon Clasps of the Unfortunate Troubadour The Tarragrue
Gloves
Belt Runecarver's Twisted Ward Icon Runecarver's Twisted Ward The Jailer
Legs
Boots Enchanted Toe-Tappers Icon Enchanted Toe-Tappers The Council of Blood
Ring 1 Tarnished Insignia of Quel'Thalas Icon Tarnished Insignia of Quel'Thalas Sylvanas Windrunner
Ring 2
Weapon (2h)
Weapons (Dual Wield)
5.

Puzzling Cartel Dinar Purchases

As part of Fated Raids in Season 4 of Shadowlands, you will have the opportunity to acquire up to three Puzzling Cartel Dinar Icon Puzzling Cartel Dinars. With these special coins, you can purchase weapons or trinkets from any of the raids for one Dinar each. Since your exact purchases may vary depending on what loot you are able to naturally obtain while acquiring the Dinars, the following is a list of recommended items to pick up with this special form of "bad luck protection".

  • Cruciform Veinripper Icon Cruciform Veinripper — this weapon is highly desired by many specializations; purchasing one yourself can avoid having to compete for one should it drop. Painsmith Raznal is also an inconvenient boss to reach within the Sanctum of Domination raid as he cannot be skipped to.
  • Zovastrum, the Unmaking Icon Zovastrum, the Unmaking — this weapon not only comes at a higher item level than other weapons, but it also has two of the most-desired secondary stats for an offensively-minded Brewmaster. Seek it out if you only want to focus on a single weapon.
  • Reactive Defense Matrix Icon Reactive Defense Matrix — this is easily one of the strongest trinkets you can acquire as a Brewmaster, providing both damage and defense. However, the Guardian of the First Ones boss is easily reached if you have access to the boss skip in Sanctum of Domination.
  • Shard of Annhylde's Aegis Icon Shard of Annhylde's Aegis — this is easily the best defensive trinket available to you as a Brewmaster. Prioritize this trinket if you do not have any version of it whatsoever.
  • Cache of Acquired Treasures Icon Cache of Acquired Treasures — this trinket is incredibly powerful in any AoE environment, and is desired by many specializations. Buying one yourself may avoid any competition.
  • Salvaged Fusion Amplifier Icon Salvaged Fusion Amplifier — this on-use trinket provides a large amount of damage and is frequently available, but is also desired by many specializations so you may want to also avoid having to compete for a drop of it.
  • Stone Legion Heraldry Icon Stone Legion Heraldry — although it only provides stats, this trinket is uniquely obtainable at a higher item level while also becoming even more powerful if other members in your party have one. It is especially potent if you are in a group full of people with this option.

If you would like to learn more about acquiring Puzzling Cartel Dinar Icon Puzzling Cartel Dinars or how to further upgrade gear from Fated Raids, please see our overview of this new system below.

6.

Brewmaster Tier Set - Garb of the Grand Upwelling

The Sepulcher of the First Ones raid heralds the return of Tier Sets. In addition, pieces of this set can be earned from any of the nine slots in your weekly Great Vault and can also be made at the Creation Catalyst in Zereth Mortis as a catchup system. This armor, when enough pieces of it are worn, unlocks two special bonuses for Brewmasters:

These bonuses are absolutely worth seeking out, even if it means you have to wear pieces of the set that are of a lower item level than the rest of your gear. Remember, also, that you can and should make ample use of the Creation Catalyst to receive higher item level tier pieces during Season 4's Fated Raids. However, since only four out of five pieces need to be equipped, there is one slot you can switch out for another item. For Brewmaster Monks, this slot will be the Gloves.

If you would like to learn more about our thoughts on the power of this set bonus, please see our analysis page below.

7.

Choosing a weapon

Brewmaster Monks are unique in that they can opt for either a two-handed weapon or to dual-wield one-handed weapons. This results in a massive amount of potential choices to consider. Although you will often opt for whichever choice has the higher item level or more Weapon DPS, there is some nuance to bear in mind.

7.1.

Dual-wielding and Two-Hand Comparison

As you are acquiring weapons, you may have to at times decide between dual-wielding a weapon in each hand or equipping a single two-handed option. This decision may be a little more complicated than it first would seem, as there is a hidden buff —called Windwalker Monk Two-Hand Adjustment Icon Windwalker Monk Two-Hand Adjustment despite also affecting Brewmasters — which increases the damage of your abilities by 2% when dual-wielding. However, many of your abilities do not actually take a weapon in the off-hand into account for calculating their damage dealt!

What this all ends up meaning is that when dual-wielding, your autoattack damage is greater, but when using a two-handed weapon your ability damage is higher instead. However, if both of your dual-wielded weapons are enchanted then they can make up this difference in ability damage. Of course, this assumes all three weapons involved are the same item level and have identical secondary stats.

To summarize: when deciding between dual-wield and 2h, you can safely choose either option if it results in a higher total item level or amount of secondary stats. If you would like to know the best offensive option for your current selection of weapons, then it is still recommended to simulate your character for the best item available.

7.2.

Cruciform Veinripper and Jotungeirr, Destiny's Call

Among the possible weapons to choose from as a Brewmaster, there are two that stand out for their unique effects; both come from the Sanctum of Domination raid. While they each have their time of being the best weapon for a given scenario, it is important to recognize when to use them.

Cruciform Veinripper Icon Cruciform Veinripper acts as something of an improved version of the former favorite Poxstorm, Longsword of Pestilence Icon Poxstorm, Longsword of Pestilence. While it has no secondary stats, its DoT effect is much stronger as compensation. However, its effect can only trigger if one of three conditions are met:

  1. you are behind your target;
  2. your target is snared;
  3. your target is stunned or under the effects of crowd control.

Fortunately for Brewmasters, Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash has a built-in snare component which means one of these conditions is always met. However, most bosses are immune to snare effects and will not reliably allow you to stand behind them, so this weapon's effectiveness is largely limited to Mythic+ environments.

Jotungeirr, Destiny's Call Icon Jotungeirr, Destiny's Call, meanwhile is a two-handed weapon that also does not have any secondary stats and comes from Sanctum of Domination. In exchange, it has a 3-minute on-use effect that grants you a massive amount of every secondary stat for 30 seconds. It is important to note that you cannot equip or unequip this weapon while you are in combat, and that attempting to unequip it while the on-use is active will immediately cancel its benefit. Its effect is quite potent if you are fighting in a shorter encounter. If this is not the case, then you may ignore Jotungeirr, Destiny's Call in favor of obtaining other weapons of similar or higher item level.

8.

Legendary Powers for Brewmaster Monks

One of the key features of gearing present in the Shadowlands is the return of various Legendary items. However, while Legendary Powers may be craftable, each power is restricted to a specific set of gear slots. This can heavily alter your priority for obtaining certain items if you are able to instead wear an item with a Legendary Power that you have already chosen your desired stats on. For example, a Legendary Power that can be created in the Helm or Boots slot is likely to be more useful as a Helm due to providing a greater number of stats and being able to "lock-in" those stats as the two you want most. More information about the Legendary Power Runecarving process can be found below.

If you would like to find out which Legendary Powers are available to create on your Brewmaster as well as which are worth crafting, please see the section of this guide dedicated to it.

9.

Useful Trinkets

Trinkets are a gear slot that can provide shifting value across different areas of content. They are also the easiest piece to alter how offensive or defensive-minded you wish to be. Because of this, you should keep many of the trinkets you obtain and be ready to swap them out when the situation calls for it.

Bloodmallet can also be used to see a comprehensive grouping of all available trinkets for Brewmaster Monks organized by their damage capabilities. If the source of the trinket is not listed on mouseover, then it only appears in world quests and will be difficult to acquire.

9.1.

Useful Offensive Dungeon Trinkets

  • Enforcer's Stun Grenade Icon Enforcer's Stun Grenade, from Grimrail Enforcers in Iron Docks, offers plenty of Versatility on a fairly long cooldown.
  • Eye of Command Icon Eye of Command, from Viz'aduum the Watcher in Upper Karazhan, provides a large amount of critical strike, provided that you keep autoattacking the same target. It is especially easy to max out its bonus if you are dual-wielding compared to using a 2h weapon.
  • Ticking Sack of Terror Icon Ticking Sack of Terror, from Mailroom Mayhem in Tazavesh, the Veiled Market, offers large amounts of damage despite coming with Mastery as its only stat. This is because the explosion from it can both critically strike and be increased by Versatility. It also will still explode even if an enemy only has one stack of its debuff that then is allowed to expire.
  • Faulty Countermeasure Icon Faulty Countermeasure is a unique trinket that can only be obtained at a relevant item level during limited Legion Timewalking events and comes from Vault of the Wardens. Despite this limitation, it is by far one of the strongest offensive option available. Seek it out if you the chance to.
9.2.

Useful Defensive Dungeon Trinkets

  • Codex of the First Technique Icon Codex of the First Technique, from So'azmi in Tazavesh, the Veiled Market, may be a trinket that offers Stamina rather than Agility, but its passive effect is potent. However, it is only a worthwhile option if you are doing extremely high levels of Mythic+. If that is not the case, you should seek out one of the defensive Fated Raid trinkets below.
9.3.

Notable Fated Raid Trinkets

The following list contains viable options from all three of Shadowlands Fated Raids. If a trinket from a raid is not listed, then it is not worth obtaining within Shadowlands Season 4.

  • Reactive Defense Matrix Icon Reactive Defense Matrix, from Guardian of the First Ones, acts as a passive, hybrid trinket whose effect both increases your damage and your mitigation. Due to Stagger Icon Stagger, a Mythic variant of this trinket activates enough to even rival Mythic Sepulcher of the First Ones trinkets and higher item level dungeon trinkets in damage!
  • Shard of Annhylde's Aegis Icon Shard of Annhylde's Aegis, from The Nine, is thematically similar to the Blood-Spattered Scale Icon Blood-Spattered Scale, but is almost better in every way in an AoE environment! It has a shorter cooldown, can absorb more damage, and its bonus explosion should you have taken enough damage does not split among targets. In addition, its damage reduction applies to DoT effects on you, including Stagger Icon Stagger; the only requirement for damage to be reduced is that you are facing the enemy that applied an effect to you. This is most certainly the strongest defensive trinket of the Shadowlands for Brewmasters.
  • Cache of Acquired Treasures Icon Cache of Acquired Treasures, from Artificer Xy'mox, is a unique trinket with three different on-use effects: the Sword will cause your abilities to give you additional Haste, the Axe causes your critical hits to apply an extra bleed, and the Wand acts as a burst of instant damage. In addition, the trinket automatically rotates between the choices every 12 seconds in the order of Wand > Sword > Axe, which can be tracked with the help of WeakAuras. In general, you will aim to always activate the Axe effect of this trinket to deal unrivaled damage in AoE environments. There may also be times where you may wish to make use of the Wand effect, but these are generally rare.
  • Salvaged Fusion Amplifier Icon Salvaged Fusion Amplifier, from Guardian of the First Ones, is an on-use trinket with a relatively short cooldown that provides plenty of raw damage over the course of an encounter.
  • Stone Legion Heraldry Icon Stone Legion Heraldry, from Stone Legion Generals is a useful passive trinket whose value is increased the more people in your party are also wearing it.
  • Weave of Warped Fates Icon Weave of Warped Fates, from Fatescribe Roh-Kalo, is a powerful trinket that allows you to defy death itself. Be aware that the 8-minute debuff between activations is not reset from further deaths, however.
  • Splintered Heart of Al'ar Icon Splintered Heart of Al'ar, from Sun King's Salvation, is another form of "cheat death" trinket that has the benefit of its 8-minute debuff between uses being reset should you actually die. In exchange, it will deal damage to friend and foe alike when it activates.
10.

Valor and Item Upgrades

Having returned once again in Patch 9.0.5, the Valor currency can be obtained from a variety of activities. After earning enough of it, Valor can be used to upgrade any item obtained from a Mythic dungeon of any difficulty, including dungeons from Legion Timewalking! These upgrades carry through all the way to item level 298, though you must also have achieved Shadowlands Keystone Master: Season Four Icon Shadowlands Keystone Master: Season Four in order to bring an item that high. As the choice of items to seek out and upgrade can be a highly Valor-expensive decision, the following items are recommended as a guideline. Remember, only dungeon items can be upgraded with this currency.

  • As it may be more difficult to acquire higher item level versions of your Tier Set, it could be wise to upgrade helms, shoulders, chests, gloves, and legs that you intend to use at the Creation Catalyst for an easy source of 298 tier pieces.
  • Ticking Sack of Terror Icon Ticking Sack of Terror provides a lot of damage, though its value is largely limited to single-target encounters.
  • If you are lucky enough to acquire it during Legion Timewalking events, Faulty Countermeasure Icon Faulty Countermeasure makes for an incredibly powerful offensive trinket.
10.1.

Enchants and Sockets

Once you have obtained a piece of gear containing a prismatic socket or needing to be enchanted, you will need to know how to modify it. Details about these tweaks can be found on our dedicated gems, enchants, and consumables page.

10.1.1.

Domination Sockets and Shards

Although their effects were powerful once, Shards of Domination do not work in any dungeons of Shadowlands Mythic+ Season 4 or within any of the Fated Raids. They do still work within Torghast if you wish to hold onto them, but do not worry about collecting, keeping, or upgrading these items.

11.

Changelog

  • 23 Aug. 2022: Slightly revised Dinar recommendations; adjusted dungeon ring recommendations.
  • 02 Aug. 2022: Removed mention of Deteriorated Construct Core due to a recent hotfix.
  • 28 Jul. 2022: Updated with gear recommendations from Fated Raids and Season 4 dungeons; included Dinar purchase recommendations.
  • 10 Jun. 2022: Updated dungeon and raid trinkets.
  • 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 19 Feb. 2022: Updated with items from Sepulcher of the First Ones for Patch 9.2; added section pertaining to tier set.
  • 01 Nov. 2021: Added one trinket from Patch 9.1.5's Legion Timewalking.
  • 21 Jul. 2021: Created separate tables of recommended gear for dungeons and raid; added discussion about weapons with bonus effects; added another offensive dungeon trinket to its respective list.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Updated recommended gear for Season 2; added Domination Shard recommendations.
  • 19 Apr. 2021: Added mention of upgrading the Covenant Armor Set for a quick item level boost on a new character.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Added a section about Valor and recommended items to upgrade with it.
  • 23 Feb. 2021: Added a caveat about PvP to the best in slot table; modified certain trinket descriptions.
  • 06 Dec. 2020: Updated with Castle Nathria gear and trinket recommendations; added discussion of dual-wield vs 2h.
  • 24 Nov. 2020: Updated with Early Shadowlands gear recommendations.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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