Brewmaster Monk Tank Gear and Best in Slot — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.5

Last updated on Apr 14, 2019 at 22:00 by Quotey 44 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 Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.5.

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.

The ideal setup of traits would be: 3x Training of Niuzao Icon Training of Niuzao, 1x Straight, No Chaser Icon Straight, No Chaser, 1x Elusive Footwork Icon Elusive Footwork, 1x (Bonded Souls Icon Bonded Souls or Boiling Brew Icon Boiling Brew), 3x (Gemhide Icon Gemhide or Impassive Visage Icon Impassive Visage). There is not yet a gear set which gets this exactly, but you should be able to get close to it with enough luck.

Item Trait Loadout Source
Crown of A'akul's Dark Reign Icon Crown of A'akul's Dark Reign Straight, No Chaser Icon Straight, No Chaser, Elusive Footwork Icon Elusive Footwork, Blood Siphon Icon Blood Siphon, Impassive Visage Icon Impassive Visage Opulence (Battle for Dazar'alor)
Mestrah's Singing Spaulders Icon Mestrah's Singing Spaulders Boiling Brew Icon Boiling Brew, Training of Niuzao Icon Training of Niuzao, Shimmering Haven Icon Shimmering Haven, Gemhide Icon Gemhide Jadefire Masters (Battle for Dazar'alor)
Vestments of Indomitable Will Icon Vestments of Indomitable Will Training of Niuzao Icon Training of Niuzao, Elusive Footwork Icon Elusive Footwork, Blood Siphon Icon Blood Siphon, Vampiric Speed Icon Vampiric Speed Conclave of the Chosen (Battle for Dazar'alor)

2. Crucible of Storms Gear

Some new items in the Crucible of Storms raid sacrifice secondary stats for unique effects, making them hard to evaluate. Below are the effects and whether they are worth trying out.

2.1. Trident of Deep Ocean

Taking damage with the Trident of Deep Ocean Icon Trident of Deep Ocean equipped has a chance to grant you a shield, absorbing 25% of incoming damage. When the shield is fully consumed, you gain Agility for 1 minute. This can stack up to 3 times. This drops from U'unat.

This item is great for both damage and survivability and you should be spending coins on it! Even monks with Mythic Dazar'alor weapons will find the Heroic Trident to be an upgrade, unless they have a 425 weapon. The buffs last long enough that, even on fights with tank swaps, you should be able to maintain them.

2.2. Gloves of the Undying Pact

When you use the Gloves of the Undying Pact Icon Gloves of the Undying Pact, you heal nearby allies and, 6 seconds later, you are healed for 25% of the health restored to your allies, up to a cap.

These gloves are unfortunately unreliable and tough to use. You must use them 6 seconds in advance of wanting the heal, and your nearby allies must also need the health. Restrictions on use aside, at Heroic level, 60k health every 90 seconds is not worth dropping the secondaries. You should have a pair just in case the stars align and the fight that they are perfect for is made. They may be useful on Jaina Mythic, as Phase 3 satisfies all the conditions. They are also wearable if they are significantly above your current gloves in item level, within a range of 10-15 item level.

2.3. Leggings of the Aberrant Tidesage

When using Leggings of the Aberrant Tidesage Icon Leggings of the Aberrant Tidesage, damaging abilities have a chance to grant an additional affect based on your current HP. Above 60%, they can deal additional damage. Below 60%, they can grant a 10 second HoT.

The damage is reasonable. You should use your highest item level legs.

2.4. Stormglide Steps

When using Stormglide Steps Icon Stormglide Steps, your auto-attacks grant stacks of Critical Strike. Taking damage removes these stacks.

It would not be a good idea to wear these boots while tanking.

2.5. Lurker's Insidious Gift

When you activate Lurker's Insidious Gift Icon Lurker's Insidious Gift, you will gain a large amount of Mastery. In addition, you take increasing Shadow damage every second. This lasts until cancelled or fades after 30 seconds, with a 2-minute cooldown.

While a very interesting effect, you probably will not be using this trinket defensively. Offensively, it will lose out to direct damage options too. If you do end up using it, you may consider cancelling it around 20 seconds in, as about half the total damage you will take from the trinket comes in the last 10 seconds.

2.6. Idol of Indiscriminate Consumption

Idol of Indiscriminate Consumption Icon Idol of Indiscriminate Consumption will deal damage to up to 7 enemies or allies. You are healed for 200% of the damage dealt.This has a 1-minute cooldown.

This trinket is very solid. At Heroic level, with max targets, it will heal you for around 150k once per minute. This is fantastic for survivability, and is like an even stronger extra Healthstone. Unfortunately, if you hit this on a single target fight, you will also be dealing 10k damage to each of your allies. Special consideration should be taken when using this trinket, as in high raid damage times, it could easily lead to deaths.

3. 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.

4. 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.

Purely defensive oriented trinkets in the game currently are:

  • Diamond-Laced Refracting Prism Icon Diamond-Laced Refracting Prism drops from the Opulence encounter in Battle of Dazar'alor. It is excellent defensively, providing a large amount of mitigation throughout fights, and even stacking up during downtime.
  • 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.
  • Bwonsamdi's Bargain Icon Bwonsamdi's Bargain is a sort-of "cheat death" trinket from Rastakhan in Battle of Dazar'alor. It will absorb a reasonable portion of a single attack that would otherwise kill you, give you some health and a healing absorb. It is not very useful, as it does not actually solve the situation you die in; you are likely off better using a different absorb trinket.
  • 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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5. Changelog

  • 14 Apr. 2019: Updated for Crucible of Storms.
  • 11 Mar. 2019: Updated trinket reccomendations.
  • 21 Jan. 2019: Added raid Azerite gear.
  • 14 Dec. 2018: Updated food and flasks recommendations.
  • 10 Dec. 2018: Updated recommended Azerite gear pieces.
  • 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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