Brewmaster Monk Tank Macros and Addons — Shadowlands 9.1.5
On this page, you will find a number of useful macros and addons to make your life easier when playing your Brewmaster Monk in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.1.5.
Generic Macros for Monks
Detox Mouseover Macro
- #showtooltip Detox
- /cast [@mouseover,help,nodead] Detox;Detox
Using this macro will cast Detox on your mouseover target, if they are a friendly player and they are not dead. Otherwise, it will cast Detox on your current target.
Tiger's Lust Mouseover Macro
- #showtooltip Tiger's Lust
- /cast [@mouseover,help,nodead] Tiger's Lust;Tiger's Lust
Using this macro will cast Tiger's Lust on your mouseover target, if they are a friendly player and they are not dead. Otherwise, it will cast Tiger's Lust on your current target.
Chi Wave Macro
- #showtooltip Chi Wave
- /use [nomod, @player] Chi Wave
- /use [mod:ctrl] Chi Wave
This macro causes Chi Wave to target you for the initial heal, and if you hold down Ctrl, it heals (or damages, if it is a hostile target) your current target.
Mouseover Interrupt Macro
- #showtooltip Spear Hand Strike
- /cast [@mouseover,harm,nodead] Spear Hand Strike; Spear Hand Strike
This macro allows you to cast Spear Hand Strike on your mouseover target, or on your current target if there is not a valid mouseover.
Specific Macros for Brewmaster Monks
Blessing of Protection Cancelaura Macro
- /cancelaura Blessing of Protection
This macro is very useful to have. It allows you to cancel a Blessing of Protection that may have been cast on you, allowing you to resume your attacks. It is also important becaus while you are under the effect of Blessing of Protection, enemies will not attack you and will instead attack the next person on their aggro list (usually a DPS player). You may also wish to add a variety of heal-over-time or other defensive cooldowns supplied by other players to this macro if you are in a scenario where you are intending to be defeated, such as countering a specific raid mechanic.
All-in-One Taunt Macro
- #showtooltip Provoke
- /cast [nomod,@mouseover,harm,nodead] Provoke
- /cast [nomod] Provoke
- /targetexact [mod:alt] Black Ox Statue
- /cast [mod:alt] Provoke
- /targetlasttarget [mod:alt,exists]
This macro allows you to use your Provoke ability in a variety of ways. First, it will taunt whatever you are mousing over, if anything. Otherwise, it will taunt your current target. If you use the modifier key — in this case, alt — it will taunt your Black Ox Statue if it is out and then return you to your previous target. Be warned that this macro will not always work correctly if a Black Ox Statue from another player is present, as there is no way to have a macro know which copy is yours.
If you prefer a different modifier button, replace "alt" with "shift" or "ctrl".
Level 35 Talent Row Macro
- /cast [talent:4/1]Leg Sweep;[talent:4/2]Summon Black Ox Statue;[talent:4/3]Ring of Peace
This macro will automatically update the keybind you have selected for whatever your chosen Level 35 Talent is (this row of talents will not automatically do so otherwise). Since Tiger Tail Sweep is a passive Talent, the macro will instead provide you with a second Leg Sweep keybind when that talent is chosen. However, you are more than welcome to keep using your normal keybind for it!
Level 40 Talent Row Macro
- #showtooltip [talent:5/1] Stagger;[talent:5/2]Healing Elixir;[talent:5/3]Dampen Harm
- /cast [talent:5/2]Healing Elixir;[talent:5/3]Dampen Harm
This macro will automatically update the keybind you have selected for whatever your chosen Level 40 Talent is (this row of talents will not automatically do so otherwise). Note that the icon will display Stagger if you have selected Bob and Weave, due to it being a passive talent that does not show up in your spell list when Talented.
Level 45 Talent Row Macro
- #showtooltip [talent:6/1]Keg Smash;[talent:6/2]Rushing Jade Wind;[talent:6/3]Exploding Keg
- /cast [talent:6/2]Rushing Jade Wind;[talent:6/3]Exploding Keg
This macro will automatically update the keybind you have selected for your chosen Level 45 Talent. Otherwise, this row will not automatically do so. Please note that the icon will display Keg Smash if you have selected Special Delivery, since the passive effect does not show up in your ability list. The two share an icon, however, so it should serve as an appropriate reminder.
Passive Double Barrel Macro
- #showtooltip Keg Smash
- /cast Double Barrel
- /cast Keg Smash
This macro will automatically make use of the Double Barrel Honor Talent if you have it selected and cast it at the same time as your Keg Smash whenever the ability is off-cooldown. It will still work even if you do not have this Honor Talent selected and is useful if you would just like to benefit from its passive damage increase and stun effect every 45 seconds while out in the world.
Addons for Brewmaster Monk
Generic Addons for Monks
Here, at Icy Veins, we use ElvUI for all our characters. This addon is a complete replacement of the default User Interface. It comes with almost everything you need to perform properly: action bars, cooldown timers, proc display, etc.
We strongly recommend that you get this addon and our forum moderator Pandacho has written a quick configuration guide for it.
Boss Mods: Deadly Boss Mods or Bigwigs
Boss mods are addons that warn you about boss abilities and give you live advice on how to handle some mechanics. We strongly recommend you to get one such addon. At Icy Veins, we mostly use Deadly Boss Mods, the most popular boss mod. A good alternative is Big Wigs.
GTFO is a lightweight addon that notifies you when you are standing in harmful effects or when you are making other such mistakes. It is very useful, even if your boss mod is already alerting you of such things.
Parrot or Mik's Scrolling Battle Text
Parrot and Mik's Scrolling Battle Text are highly customisable addons for displaying floating battle text while in combat (incoming heals, damage of your spells, etc.). They both work very well by default.
WeakAuras is an extremely useful addon that allows you to have visual effects on your screen, helping you track your buffs, debuffs and cooldowns. It is highly customisable and it can make it much, much easier to keep track of your procs and play your spec more proficiently. It can also be used for a variety of other functions.
The best place to find weakauras to use is Wago.io. See their Brewmaster Monk section for a variety of auras to suit your needs. If you are looking for a simple bar to track your Stagger, my own aura provides all the information you need, and I also have one for monitoring the Health of your Summon Black Ox Statue. There are many Brewmaster Weakaura groups that show cooldowns, Energy, potential healing, and more on Wago so you should be able to find one you like. Ipse's are a popular example, and also work for Windwalker.
Rivers' Normalized Stagger Weakaura deserves a section of its own. It works slightly differently from other Stagger WeakAuras in that it does not just focus on the value of the Stagger damage you are taking. It mainly displays the size of your Stagger by comparing it to the amount of damage you have taken in the last 10 seconds. If it is high, your current level of Stagger is not stable and you should consider making use of Purifying Brew. Rivers provides a rough guide to purifying with the information you gain from Normalized Stagger:
- Grey — do not purify;
- Yellow or Orange — Purify if the bar is nearly (70% to 80%) full, and you are not about to take a large spike of Stagger;
- Red — Purify if the bar is more than 50% full, or you are about to take a large amount of direct damage that pierces Stagger (e.g. Magic damage or Bleeds);
- Magenta — Purify if you are taking any damage at all that is not Staggered.
This way of communicating Stagger can be useful when initially playing Brewmaster to help understand the nuance of timing your Purifying Brew casts. However, its value has been reduced due to the relative abundance of charges generated in Shadowlands. As such, you may be better off using a more traditional Stagger meter like the one shown earlier.
Recount / Skada / Details!
Recount is a well known addon that most people use for displaying current DPS or HPS (Healing Per Second). This add-on is not really lightweight, and provides a very high amount of information (and it can sometimes cause issues with performance). It is generally a good option to use Recount for checking what you take damage from and if the share of damage/healing you do with each of your abilities is similar to that of other players of your class.
An alternative to Recount (similar in function, so the choice is personal preference) is Details!.
A lightweight alternative to Recount and Details! is Skada Damage Meter.
Grid and GridClickSets (Optional)
ElvUI comes with decent raid frames. The only real reason for using Grid and GridClickSets is if you want to be able to decurse raid or party members by right clicking their frame in the raid of party frame. If you choose to go with Grid, then you might want to also use GridStatusRaidDebuff.
Specific Addons for Brewmaster Monks
Omen Threat Meter
Omen Threat Meter is the most popular addon for displaying the current threat levels on your target. We recommend you to use it to check on your current threat levels and ensure that you are not being overtaken in aggro.
- 01 Nov. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
- 28 Jun. 2021: Added an extra note about the possible uses of a /cancelaura Macro; minor rewording elsewhere.
- 19 Apr. 2021: Corrected Wago Link; added caveat about using Normalized Stagger in Shadowlands.
- 24 Nov. 2020: Added a macro for Double Barrel and link to a WeakAura for tracking Black Ox Statue Health.
- 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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