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Brewmaster Monk Tank Gear and Best in Slot in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Sep 21, 2018 at 15:00 by Quotey 32 comments

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Brewmaster Monks. It lists your best items, with an emphasis on trinkets, and gives you gearing advice.

The other pages of our Brewmaster Monk guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Quotey, who has been tanking as a Brewmaster Monk since they first rolled onto the scene. He currently raids in Echoes and is reachable on the friendly Monk Discord.

1. Azerite Gear for Brewmaster Monks

The following is a list of gear with desirable Azerite traits, as described in the Azerite section. Each has one of the best outer ring traits, and at least one more valuable trait.

Item Trait Loadout Source
Cowl of Fluid Machinations Icon Cowl of Fluid Machinations Elusive Footwork Icon Elusive Footwork, Shimmering Haven Icon Shimmering Haven, Gemhide Icon Gemhide Shrine of the Storm (Vol'Zith the Whisperer)
Tentacle-Laced Spaulders Icon Tentacle-Laced Spaulders Boiling Brew Icon Boiling Brew, Crystalline Carapace Icon Crystalline Carapace, Bulwark of the Masses Icon Bulwark of the Masses Shrine of the Storm (Vol'zith the Whisperer)
Pistoleer's Spaulders Icon Pistoleer's Spaulders Training of Niuzao Icon Training of Niuzao, Lifespeed Icon Lifespeed, Gemhide Icon Gemhide Tol Dagor (Overseer Korgus)
Gore-Splattered Vest Icon Gore-Splattered Vest Elusive Footwork Icon Elusive Footwork, Azerite Veins Icon Azerite Veins, Impassive Visage Icon Impassive Visage The Underrot (Unbound Abomination)
Raiment of the Blighted Tribe Icon Raiment of the Blighted Tribe Training of Niuzao Icon Training of Niuzao, Crystalline Carapace Icon Crystalline Carapace, Vampiric Speed Icon Vampiric Speed Waycrest Manor (Gorak Tul)

2. Gearing your Brewmaster Monk

Gearing for Brewmaster is very simple. Use the highest item level gear you can get, while trying to avoid Haste. A piece of gear 5 item levels higher with Haste will often still be an upgrade as Haste is not entirely worthless, so do not go out of your way to avoid it. Rings are a different matter- a ring with Haste will be an upgrade at about 15 item level difference.

However, you should endeavor to have at least one socket on your gear, due to being able to place one Kraken's Eye of Agility Icon Kraken's Eye of Agility. 40 Agility is a large bonus, so using even a Haste ring will usually be worth it.

3. Trinkets for Brewmaster Monk

Defensively, you will want to obtain trinkets that grant stats. While the available options are not particularly interesting, stat bonuses will boost both your offensive and defensive capabilities, and this often is all you need.

  • Harlan's Loaded Dice Icon Harlan's Loaded Dice drops from Harlan Sweete in Freehold. It procs an amount of stats divided between Critical Strike, Haste and Mastery, and can stack. It is an excellent choice if you can get one.
  • Dead-Eye Spyglass Icon Dead-Eye Spyglass from Dread Captain Lockwood in Siege of Boralus is also fantastic, giving a large amount of Critical Strike rating for a long duration. Rushing Jade Wind Icon Rushing Jade Wind stacks the trinket's effect up very quickly.
  • Lustrous Golden Plumage Icon Lustrous Golden Plumage can be looted from the Golden Serpent in King's Rest, and the on-use can either be used on cooldown for DPS or saved as a small defensive boost if necessary.

There are three purely tanking-oriented trinkets in the game currently:

  • Mchimba's Ritual Bandages Icon Mchimba's Ritual Bandages drops from M'chimba the Embalmer in King's Rest. Its on use-effect provides an absorb shield around a quarter of your HP, and only has a 90-second cooldown. If you desire a defensive trinket you should try to get this.
  • Xalzaix's Veiled Eye Icon Xalzaix's Veiled Eye is a raid trinket from Mythrax the Unraveller in Uldir. It grants a large absorb shield when you fall below 40% health, absorbing 50% of incoming damage until depleted. Brewmaster Monks will often go below 40% and still be fine, so it is not great, but it can be useful in Mythic+ where you must be a little more self sufficient.
  • Lingering Sporepods Icon Lingering Sporepods from Sporecaller Zancha in the Underrot is a damage and healing proc. Since it is uncontrollable it is not too useful for tanking, and the damage is quite low as well. You should avoid using this.

There are many options for more DPS-oriented trinkets in Battle for Azeroth. Trinkets that do damage to enemies instead of having stats on them are not reduced in effectiveness for tanks, so these are very powerful.

Thanks to Bloodmallet.com, a comprehensive list of available trinkets for Brewmaster are listed against each other below. If the source of the trinket is not listed on mouseover, then it only appears in world quests, so is difficult to farm.

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4. Changelog

  • 21 Sep. 2018: Added Bloodmallet sims.
  • 03 Sep. 2018: Made a few tweaks to trinket recommendations and Azerite gear suggestions.
  • 20 Aug. 2018: Added trinket recommendations.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
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