Brewmaster Monk Tank Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.0.2
On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Brewmaster Monk in World of Warcraft Shadowlands 9.0.2.
Gearing your Brewmaster Monk in Early Shadowlands
Although the bulk of your ideal pieces of gear will come from selecting items by opening the Great Vault every week and raiding Mythic Castle Nathria, this content will not yet be available at first in the Shadowlands. Instead, your initial items will largely come from Covenant-themed quests and dungeons that are not Mythic Plus.
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, 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.
Early Gearing Strategy for a Brewmaster Monk
When you are figuring out if an item is an upgrade before you have acquired these early best-in-slot pieces, 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.
|Head||Vicious Surge Faceguard||Spires of Ascension|
|Neck||Azure-Venom Choker||Spires of Ascension|
|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 Haunting Fixation||Halls of Atonement|
|Belt||Girdle of Shattered Dreams||Theater of Pain|
|Legs||Fearless Challenger's Leggings||Theater of Pain|
|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/Offhand (Dual Wield)||Bloodspiller||De Other Side|
Enchants and Sockets
Once you have obtained a piece of gear containing a socket or needing to be enchanted, you will need to know how to modify it. Detail about these tweaks can be found on our dedicated gems, enchants, and consumables page.
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.
Once available, Bloodmallet.com can 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. Until then, the following list will describe a few offensive trinkets with high potential for damage.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bottled Flayedwing Toxin from Amarth, the Harvester in The Necrotic Wake provides a passive damage increase so long as you remember to activate it every hour like a Rogue applying Deadly Poison might.
- 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 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.
- Slimy Consumptive Organ from Globgrog in Plaguefall allows you to create a bank of potential self-healing as you take damage, maxing out at 9 stacks. However, the healing is fairly insignificant for a tank player's maximum Health.
- 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; but your allies will not!
- Darkmoon Card of the Indomitable from Inscription is relatively easy to acquire for the power of its effect. However, the damage reduction is both low in general and prone to the randomness of the deck's top card when activated. Unless you are in dire need of an item level upgrade, this may be safely ignored.
- While Pulsating Stoneheart from Echelon in Halls of Atonement may provide a large amount of armor on a relatively short cooldown, its 50% snare effect while active will likely result in you taking additional damage from not being able to avoid a mechanic. Its snare effect also cannot be negated.
- Bladedancer's Armor Kit from General Kaal in Sanguine Depths will increase your armor by a large amount for 2 minutes and deal damage to enemies that attack you during this time on a 5-minute cooldown. Although there is no cooldown on this thorns effect, it being physical damage means that enemy Armor will reduce the value, and the low effective uptime of the armor effectively nullifies the defensive gain. Adding insult to injury, the actual Armor amount gained is substantially lower than what the trinket claims to provide.
- 24 Nov. 2020: Updated with Early Shadowlands gear recommendations.
- 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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