Brewmaster Monk Tank Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.5

Last updated on Apr 14, 2019 at 22:00 by Quotey 44 comments

Welcome to our Brewmaster Monk guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.5. Here, you will learn how to tank as a Brewmaster Monk in both raids and Mythic+ dungeons. We cover everything from the basics all the way to min-maxing techniques to optimize your survivability.

1. Brewmaster Monk Overview

Brewmaster is the tanking specialization of Monks, and we possess a wide array of colorful and unique abilities. Brewmasters do not overly rely on avoiding damage through dodging and parrying attacks. Instead, we have an additional way of dealing with incoming damage, completely exclusive to Brewmaster. This is called Stagger Icon Staggering damage, which causes only a portion of damage taken to be done to the Monk instantly. The rest of the damage is done over the course of 10 seconds (with the possibility for the Monk to remove part of the non-instant damage by using Purifying Brew Icon Purifying Brew).

Mainly for these reasons, Brewmasters benefit from a steady and relatively easily-healed damage intake. We are also exceptional at taking large, isolated hits; perhaps the best at this of any tank. We make excellent tanks in PvE and will always be a valuable asset to your raid.

2. Patch 8.1 Changes for Brewmaster Monk

Tides of Vengeance brings a small nerf in Stagger Icon Staggered damage and two new Azerite traits to play with:

  • The effectiveness of Stagger Icon Stagger has been reduced by around 6%. This leads to direct physical hits doing around 10% more damage. There are no playstyle changes associated with this, you will simply require some more healing.
  • Niuzao's Blessing has been removed. All items with this trait will gain Straight, No Chaser Icon Straight, No Chaser. This trait causes Ironskin Brew Icon Ironskin Brew to increase your armor and occasionally not use a charge. This trait is powerful defensively, and you will want at least one.
  • Exit Strategy Icon Exit Strategy is an interesting new Inner Ring trait. With this, Roll Icon Rolling or Chi Torpedo Icon Chi Torpedoing grants a large amount of Avoidance (around 10%) for 2 seconds. During the 2 seconds, if you are hit by direct damage your Roll cooldown is reduced.
  • Ranged attacks which are dodged now consume Mastery: Elusive Brawler Icon Mastery: Elusive Brawler stacks.

3. Brewmaster Monk Strengths

  • Very strong against single large hits
  • Highly mobile
  • Provides Mystic Touch Icon Mystic Touch along with the other monk specializations, which all raids will want.

4. Brewmaster Monk Weaknesses

  • Less self sufficient than some other tanks.

5. Brewmaster Monk Viability in the Current Patch

Brewmaster is quite strong currently. It is the best tank for dealing with isolated large hits, making it excellent at certain bosses. In Dungeons, Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep is an exceptionally powerful stun, and we can kite in a pinch to get out of deadly situations.

6. Changelog

  • 14 Apr. 2019 (addons page): Removed reference to BrewmasterTools requirement for Rivers' Normalized Stagger.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Page created.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (easy mode page): Updated stat priority section.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Bloodmallet damage sims.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (gear page): Updated for Crucible of Storms.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (mythic+ page): Changed talent recommendations slightly.
  • 11 Mar. 2019 (gear page): Updated trinket reccomendations.
  • 11 Mar. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Removed mention of stacking damage bug on Jaina.
  • 11 Mar. 2019 (stats page): Updated stat priority.
  • 11 Mar. 2019 (enchants page): Updated enchants.
  • 28 Feb. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Updated significantly for Mythic.
  • 31 Jan. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated for Season 2.
  • 31 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added some Mythic details.
  • 24 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Extensive updates to Mekkatorque, minor updates to other bosses.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Added raid Azerite gear.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Battle of Dazar'alor Azerite Powers.
  • 20 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Page created.
  • 14 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated new traits.
  • 14 Dec. 2018 (enchants page): Updated food and flask recommendations.
  • 14 Dec. 2018 (gear page): Updated food and flasks recommendations.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (this page): Added Patch 8.1 changes.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added new trait for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (talents page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (gear page): Updated recommended Azerite gear pieces.
  • 16 Oct. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Altered some trait recommendations, improved upgrade advice.
  • 16 Oct. 2018 (Uldir page): Added Mythic strategies for every boss other than G'huun, minor improvements and tips elsewhere.
  • 21 Sep. 2018 (gear page): Added Bloodmallet sims.
  • 21 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Altered recommended traits and added Bloodmallet sims.
  • 19 Sep. 2018 (talents page): Updated T7 talent reccomendations.
  • 19 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Altered Mythic tips.
  • 19 Sep. 2018 (rotation page): Minor fixes and improved defensive section.
  • 11 Sep. 2018 (addons page): Added an alternative taunt macro, using a modifier.
  • 11 Sep. 2018 (FAQ page): Added a note about a simulation bug.
  • 11 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated after week one, and added early Mythic tips.
  • 11 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Made various updates to the page and added a section to help you evaluate potential item upgrades.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Extensive rework for Uldir launch.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Added more content.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (gear page): Made a few tweaks to trinket recommendations and Azerite gear suggestions.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (enchants page): Updated flask and potion recommendations.
  • 27 Aug. 2018 (addons page): Added more information about Brewmaster Monk weak auras.
  • 20 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Made a small update to the stat priority.
  • 20 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Engineering helm, DPS traits.
  • 20 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Added trinket recommendations.
  • 20 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Added a note on enchant choice.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (this page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Page added.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Page added.
  • 31 Jul. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Page added.
  • 23 Jul. 2018 (talents page): Updated comments on Light Brewing significantly.
  • 23 Jul. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated some talents and Legendary recommendations.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
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