Brewmaster Monk Tank Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.2
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.
Gearing your Brewmaster Monk in Early 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.
Gearing Strategy and Best-in-Slot for a Brewmaster Monk
When you are figuring out if an item is an upgrade before you have acquired the best-in-slot pieces below, it might be useful to simulate them. You can only do this to compare gear offensively as a tank specialization, however. 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.
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 278. Items from Sepulcher of the First Ones are assuming their Mythic variants — item levels 278/285. Finally, many items are only "best-in-slot" by a small margin over their next-best alternatives.
Best Dungeon Items
|Head||Rakishly Tipped Tricorne||Tazavesh, the Veiled Market|
|Shoulders||Far Traveler's Shoulderpads||De Other Side|
|Cloak||Blighted Margrave's Cloak||Plaguefall|
|Chest||Anima-Splattered Hide||Sanguine Depths|
|Wrists||Bands of the Undergrowth||Mists of Tirna Scithe|
|Gloves||Gloves of Obscure Rituals||Plaguefall|
|Belt||Girdle of Shattered Dreams||Theater of Pain|
|Legs||Anomalous Starlit Breeches||Tazavesh, the Veiled Market|
|Boots||Viscera-Stitched Footpads||The Necrotic Wake|
|Ring 1||Ritual Commander's Ring||The Necrotic Wake|
|Ring 2||Entwined Gorger Tendril||Sanguine Depths|
|Weapon (2h)||Quarterstaff of Discordant Ethic||Spires of Ascension|
|Mainhand (Dual Wield)|
|Offhand (Dual Wield)|
Best Raid Items
|Neck||Cartel Xy's Proof of Initiation||Artificer Xy'mox|
|Cloak||Drape of Mournful Melodies||Dausegne, the Fallen Oracle|
|Wrists||Devourer's Sandblown Hidebinders||Skolex, the Insatiable Ravener|
|Belt||Runecarver's Twisted Ward||The Jailer|
|Boots||Treads of Titanic Curiosity||Rygelon|
|Ring 1||Modified Defense Grid||Vigilant Guardian|
|Ring 2||Rygelon's Heraldric Ring||Rygelon|
|Weapon (2h)||Zovastrum, the Unmaking||The Jailer|
|Mainhand (Dual Wield)|
|Offhand (Dual Wield)|
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 eventually 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:
- Brewmaster Monk 2-Piece (Breath of the Cosmos) — Targets ignited by Breath of Fire deal an additional 4% less damage to you.
- Brewmaster Monk 4-Piece (Keg of the Heavens) — Keg Smash deals an additional 50% damage, heals you for 66% of damage dealt, and grants 66% of damage dealt as maximum health for 10 seconds.
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. 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 either the Helm or the Gloves, though it may take a long time to get to the point where this decision can be made.
If you would like to learn more about our thoughts on the power of this set bonus, please see our analysis page below.
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.
Domination Sockets and Shards
Although their effects were powerful in the Sanctum of Domination, Shards of Domination do not work in any of Patch 9.2's content, including within dungeons. They do still work within Torghast if you wish to hold onto them, but do not worry about collecting, keeping, or upgrading these items.
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.
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 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.
Poxstorm, Longsword of Pestilence
Among the possible weapons to choose from as a Brewmaster, there is one that stands out for its unique effect and is obtained from Mythic+. Poxstorm, Longsword of Pestilence is a one-handed Sword from Plaguefall that causes your abilities to apply a DoT effect for 6 seconds. Even though its secondary stats are not the most appealing, this effect more than makes up the difference in damage and is recommended as the best generic choice among weapons, even rivaling the higher level advantage held by Domination's Deliverance.
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.
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.
Offensive Dungeon Trinkets
- Phial of Putrefaction, from Doctor Ickus in Plaguefall, can deal massive amounts of damage over time if you are able to properly stack the effect on a target. However, its value will be reduced in AoE.
- Decanter of Anima-Charged Winds, from General Kaal in Sanguine Depths, is another powerful option that is a bit more specialized in single-target due to its damage amount being split in AoE. That being said, the total damage dealt will increase per target hit, up to a total of 5.
- Shadowgrasp Totem, from Mueh'zala in De Other Side, is another choice with high damage potential that also can provide you with a small amount of healing. However, getting the most out of this trinket requires your enemies to be standing in a small area on the ground for its duration.
- 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 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 the strongest offensive option available. Seek it out if you the chance to.
Defensive Dungeon Trinkets
- Blood-Spattered Scale drops from Hakkar the Soulflayer in De Other Side. Every two minutes it can be activated to deal Shadow damage split among nearby enemies and form an absorb shield for 10 seconds. Every target hit will increase the damage and absorb amounts, capping out at 60% higher damage/absorb on 5 or more. This can act as a significant extra defensive cooldown while also offering some offensive power.
- 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 enough to rival offensive trinkets of a similar item level. Note that its effect both reduces your damage taken by 10% while active, but also redirects the amount reduced back to the enemy that hit you!
- Mistcaller Ocarina, from Mistcaller in Mists of Tirna Scithe, is a unique option that allows you to fill something of a support role for your party by providing a chance to increase every member's Versatility. However, it must be used every 5 minutes to reactivate this effect and you will immediately lose it if the trinket is unequipped. You can also change which stat its buff will provide by purchasing items from Master Clerk Salorn in Ardenweald.
Notable Sanctum of Domination Trinkets
Though the Sanctum of Domination is no longer the current tier, it does still contains two noteworthy trinkets for Brewmasters to use. If a trinket from this raid is no longer listed, then it is not worth obtaining within Patch 9.2.
- Shard of Annhylde's Aegis, from The Nine, is thematically similar to the Blood-Spattered Scale, but 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; 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.
- 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.
Notable Sepulcher of the First Ones Trinkets
Due to balance changes still actively happening for the trinkets within the Sepulcher of the First Ones, they will not yet be analyzed within this guide.
Valor and Upgradeable Items
Having returned once again in Patch 9.0.5, the Valor currency can be obtained in a limited amount each week from a variety of activities. With every passing week of a Season, the total amount of obtainable Valor will increase as well and allow you to catch up if you are short of the maximum.
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 272, though you must also have achieved Shadowlands Keystone Master: Season Three 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.
- Blood-Spattered Scale is the most-immediate priority for an item to take to high item level, as it combines a strong offensive effect with a powerful absorb that can be used as an extra defensive tool in your arsenal.
- Phial of Putrefaction is an excellent passive trinket choice to pair with an on-use option like the Scale above, though it performs best in extended single-target combat.
- If you are lucky enough to acquire it during Legion Timewalking events, Faulty Countermeasure makes for an incredibly powerful offensive trinket.
- Decanter of Anima-Charged Winds works as an excellent alternative choice for AoE damage.
- Poxstorm, Longsword of Pestilence's effect increases with its item level along with the rest of its stats. This means an item level 272 version in your Off-hand slot could prove useful if you have not yet obtained two weapons from Mythic Sepulcher of the First Ones.
- 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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