Brewmaster Monk Tank Spec, Builds, and Talents — Dragonflight 10.2.7

Last updated on May 07, 2024 at 11:20 by Sinzhu 27 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find out the best talents for each tier for your Brewmaster Monk in World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.2.7. We also have default talent lists for various types of content, such as raiding or Mythic+. If you play with Warmode on, we have your PvP talents covered as well.

Within this page, we will go over every single talent available to Brewmaster Monks. Many of them are only passive effects, but they all can have an impact on how the spec is played, whether active or passive. To see how these choices fit into how you play as a Brewmaster, take a look at the Rotation section of our guide.

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Talent Cheat Sheets for Brewmaster Monks

Generic/Open-World Talents Default/Defensive Raiding Talents Advanced/Offensive Raiding Talents AoE Damage/Mythic+ Talents Legacy Content/Speed Talents Talents Explained
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Best Generic/Open-World Talents for Brewmaster Monks

While optimizing talents on a contextual basis is the highly recommended method of setting up your build, the talent tree listed below will work well for general purposes such as world content and entry-level raiding/mythic+ content. It is still highly recommended to switch to a more specialized build if engaging in something specific.

Remember that you can easily import the talent tree below into the game with either of the two "Copy Export String" buttons:

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Best Default/Defensive Raiding Talents for Brewmaster Monks

The following build is focused on your performance within raid encounters. As such, it does not opt into utility that is rarely seen within a raid or can be covered by another player instead. However, it also chooses to use two points of High Tolerance Icon High Tolerance for defense. If this is not necessary and you wish to push your damage even further, drop them in favor of Blackout Combo Icon Blackout Combo and Face Palm Icon Face Palm; be warned this will result in a much more punishing rotation.

Finally, as the Awakened raids of Season 4 feature a variety of fight styles and mechanics to warrant swapping talents on a fight-by-fight basis, please visit our dedicated raid tips sections of this guide for separate talent recommendations on each encounter individually.

Remember that you can easily import the talent tree below into the game with either of the two "Copy Export String" buttons:

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Best Advanced/Offensive Raiding Talents for Brewmaster Monks

Once you are appropriately comfortable with your playstyle as a Brewmaster Monk, consider switching to this set of talents to fully maximize your single-target damage potential. Be aware that it will require you to make use of Blackout Combo Icon Blackout Combo, Charred Passions Icon Charred Passions, and Black Ox Brew Icon Black Ox Brew in particular. As this build is still focused primarily on raiding, it will similarly not have all of your available utility selected. In fact, you may end up dropping further options, such as your Spear Hand Strike Icon Spear Hand Strike in favor of extra mobility through Improved Roll Icon Improved Roll. If this build's choices seem too daunting, you can even opt for somewhere in between it and our Default raiding talents, keeping Bob and Weave Icon Bob and Weave and Dragonfire Brew Icon Dragonfire Brew.

Don't forget to still visit our dedicated raid tips sections of this guide for separate talent recommendations on each of the Awakened raid encounters individually.

Remember that you can easily import the talent tree below into the game with either of the two "Copy Export String" buttons:

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Best AoE/Mythic+ Talents for Brewmaster Monks

Mythic+ features a lot more talent flexibility due to the variety of dungeons you will be venturing into, such as whether or not you need an extra defensive cooldown in the form of Dampen Harm Icon Dampen Harm compared to the passive Dodge of Dance of the Wind Icon Dance of the Wind, or if you want to opt for more passive damage with Dragonfire Brew Icon Dragonfire Brew, particularly in combination with the Monk Brewmaster 10.2 Class Set 2pc Icon Monk Brewmaster 10.2 Class Set 2pc bonus.

To learn more about these flexible talent points and further tips on using your abilities there, we have an entire section of this guide devoted to further Mythic+ tips and tricks that you can quickly navigate to.

Remember that you can easily import the talent tree below into the game with either of the two "Copy Export String" buttons:

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Best Legacy Content/Movement Speed Talents for Brewmaster Monks

Highlighting the unique amount of flexibility available through Dragonflight's talent trees, the following build is intended for trivial content that you wish to get through as quickly as possible, such as old raids or previous expansion features. It makes use of talents that are otherwise not taken during your time in the Dragon Isles, though you should further complement it with other speed-boosting effects such as a Charged Phial of Alacrity Icon Charged Phial of Alacrity.

Remember that you can easily import the talent tree below into the game with either of the two "Copy Export String" buttons:

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Brewmaster Monk Talents Explained

Due to the nature of Dragonflight's talent trees, almost every talent is meant to be viable or have a desirable niche where you may want to select it. As such, we will cover some of the more favored talents that you will want to prioritize most of the time from the top of each tree on down, followed by mentioning some of the bigger niche talents that are likely only rarely useful. If you would like to see a list of every single talent's effect as well as the abbreviations they are often known by in the community, please consult our Spell List and Glossary section instead.

1.1.

Talent Rows 1-4

1.1.1.

Noteworthy Talents

Talent Description/Effect
Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick A basic ability that deals a large amount of damage to a single target; has additional passives that interact with the larger rotation.
Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash Your primary ability as a Brewmaster; to be used on cooldown.
Spirit of the Ox Icon Spirit of the Ox A passive effect that gives your Blackout Kick Icon Blackout Kick and Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick a large chance to generate a healing sphere that functions identically to Gift of the Ox Icon Gift of the Ox.
  • Rushing Jade Wind Icon Rushing Jade Wind
  • Special Delivery Icon Special Delivery
These two talents are on one choice node, and both provide nearly identical damage; however, Rushing Jade Wind Icon Rushing Jade Wind is a more effective tool for gathering initial threat upon enemies, whereas Special Delivery Icon Special Delivery provides access to an rotation and powerful snare effect. If you would like to learn more about this choice, see our dedicated section of the rotation page.
Purifying Brew Icon Purifying Brew Your main source of active mitigation. It purifies 50% of the damage you are currently Stagger Icon Staggering, on a 20-second recharge that is reduced by Haste. Certain talents and abilities can reduce the cooldown further or grant additional charges.
Detox Icon Detox Dispels all PoisonPoison and DiseaseDisease effects from a target; 20 Energy cost, with an 8-second cooldown upon successfully dispelling an effect.
Paralysis Icon Paralysis Incapacitates a target for 1 minute; any damage the target receives will break the effect.
Grace of the Crane Icon Grace of the Crane Increases all healing received.
1.1.2.

Niche Talents

Talent When to Consider
Vivacious Vivification Icon Vivacious Vivification Strong utility for offhealing and in content that is easier, like world questing.
Healing Elixir Icon Healing Elixir While the healing scales with your own maximum HP and can trigger Celestial Fortune Icon Celestial Fortune, it is mostly used in trivial content where damage reduction is less important than healing.
Staggering Strikes Icon Staggering Strikes Although it does result in a lot of Stagger Icon Stagger removed from hitting Blackout Kick Icon Blackout Kick on cooldown, this talent is mainly useful in areas where your overall Stagger intake is rather low, like world questing or entry-level Mythic+.
1.2.

Talent Rows 5-7

This section of the talent trees, in particular, is where you will find many utility and defensive abilities.

1.2.1.

Noteworthy Talents

Talent Description/Effect
Transcendence Icon Transcendence/Transcendence: Transfer Icon Transcendence: Transfer Place a spirit with Transcendence Icon Transcendence, then swap positions with your spirit using Transcendence: Transfer Icon Transcendence: Transfer.
Breath of Fire Icon Breath of Fire Deals damage in a cone in front of you and has no cost on a 15-second cooldown. Any targets that have already been hit by Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash will be afflicted with a DoT that causes them to deal 5% less damage to you for 12 seconds.
Sal'salabim's Strength Icon Sal'salabim's Strength Casting Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash resets the cooldown on Breath of Fire Icon Breath of Fire.
Ring of Peace Icon Ring of Peace Create an area on the ground within 40 yards that prevents most enemies from being within the zone for 5 seconds. This is a choice node shared with Song of Chi-Ji Icon Song of Chi-Ji.
Diffuse Magic Icon Diffuse Magic Gain 60% damage reduction against MagicMagic damage for 6 seconds while also dispelling any active magic debuffs and applying them to their original caster, if possible; 90-second cooldown. This is a choice node shared with Yu'lon's Grace Icon Yu'lon's Grace.
Dampen Harm Icon Dampen Harm A 2-minute defensive cooldown that reduces damage for 10 seconds, depending on how hard the hit is. All hits will be reduced by at least 20%, and incoming damage exceeding 100% of your max Health will be reduced by 50%. This is a choice node shared with Dance of the Wind Icon Dance of the Wind.
Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew Your "big", traditional defensive cooldown, granting damage reduction and increased Health on a long cooldown; gains additional effects from other passive talents.
Spear Hand Strike Icon Spear Hand Strike Your interrupt. It stops a cast and prevents similar spells from being cast for 4 seconds. It has no cost, with a 15-second cooldown and is not on the global cooldown.
Fast Feet Icon Fast Feet Increases the damage of Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick and Spinning Crane Kick Icon Spinning Crane Kick by a truly massive amount for its talent point investment.
Celestial Brew Icon Celestial Brew One of your main defensive tools, allowing you create a powerful shield that absorbs all damage. Note that this defensive ability is on the global cooldown.
Zen Meditation Icon Zen Meditation A channeled defensive cooldown. For 8 seconds, you take 60% less damage but cannot attack. It is broken immediately on receiving Physical damage or movement, and has a 5-minute cooldown.
Invoke Niuzao, the Black Ox Icon Invoke Niuzao, the Black Ox While this 3-minute cooldown is active, a spirit of Niuzao will assist you for 25 seconds. During this time, he will attack your targets, frequently Stomp Icon Stomp all enemies around him, and will also take on 25% of the damage you Stagger Icon Stagger.
Gai Plin's Imperial Brew Icon Gai Plin's Imperial Brew Purifying Brew Icon Purifying Brew heals you for a portion of the Stagger Icon Staggered damage it purified. This is a choice node shared with Tranquil Spirit Icon Tranquil Spirit.
Light Brewing Icon Light Brewing Reduces the cooldown of Purifying Brew Icon Purifying Brew and Celestial Brew Icon Celestial Brew.
Bob and Weave Icon Bob and Weave Stagger Icon Stagger's damage now ticks over 13 seconds instead of 10.
1.2.2.

Niche Talents

Talent When to Consider
Hasty Provocation Icon Hasty Provocation If a particular target needs to be quickly repositioned (such as a caster that has just been interrupted), the extra movement speed is unique among taunt abilities.
Song of Chi-Ji Icon Song of Chi-Ji Very rare situations where a distant enemy needs to be kept out of your path for an extended period of time, and Ring of Peace Icon Ring of Peace will not suffice.
Yu'lon's Grace Icon Yu'lon's Grace Trivial content or areas that do not feature sporadic magic damage dangerous enough to require a specific cooldown against it. Against continuous magic damage, this talent can still prove valuable! It is a choice node shared with Diffuse Magic Icon Diffuse Magic.
Dance of the Wind Icon Dance of the Wind If you are fighting enemies whose main damage comes from auto-attacking, such as in Mythic+, and you also will not be in need of an additional defensive cooldown, as this is a choice node shared with Dampen Harm Icon Dampen Harm.
Black Ox Brew Icon Black Ox Brew This ability to fully restore your Energy is arguably more useful than the brew cooldown resets, as it is hard to maximize its defensive potential. Use if you want just a few more casts of Purifying Brew Icon Purifying Brew or Celestial Brew Icon Celestial Brew (or wish to give Special Delivery Icon Special Delivery a bit more burst potential).
Chi Torpedo Icon Chi Torpedo If you are traveling for long periods of time and cannot mount, stacking the buff of Chi Torpedo Icon Chi Torpedo can quickly add up; be wary of the longer roll distance, however.
Tranquil Spirit Icon Tranquil Spirit You may wish to use this talent instead of Gai Plin's Imperial Brew Icon Gai Plin's Imperial Brew (its alternate choice) when in content with limited amounts of Stagger Icon Stagger or where you are more likely to press Expel Harm Icon Expel Harm, such as world quest content or areas where you have a large item-level advantage.
Fundamental Observation Icon Fundamental Observation Include this talent if you need to turn Zen Meditation Icon Zen Meditation into a more generally useful cooldown.
Pretense of Instability Icon Pretense of Instability This talent may be used in areas where you are constantly being attacked by enemies, including Mythic+, and even raids.
1.3.

Talent Rows 8-10

1.3.1.

Noteworthy Talents

Talent Description/Effect
Close to Heart Icon Close to Heart Provides an 8% increased healing aura to yourself and allies within 10 yards; the effect lingers for 10 seconds if they leave this range, and is always active on you.
Resonant Fists Icon Resonant Fists Attacks have a chance to trigger a burst of Nature damage to all nearby enemies. 10% proc chance; 1-second cooldown between procs.
Summon White Tiger Statue Icon Summon White Tiger Statue This talent places a statue that pulses for a small amount of damage to all nearby enemies over a 30-second duration and on a 2-minute cooldown. Place it in an area against enemies that will survive for at least that long.
  • Dragonfire Brew Icon Dragonfire Brew
  • Charred Passions Icon Charred Passions
Your choice between these two talents will have a large impact on your rotation. In particular, selecting Charred Passions Icon Charred Passions means that you will be expected to reliably hit Blackout Kick Icon Blackout Kick on cooldown. However, bear in mind that the decision between these two talents aligns with the choice of Rushing Jade Wind Icon Rushing Jade Wind and Special Delivery Icon Special Delivery: they will be nearly identical in single-target, though Charred Passions will perform slightly better with appropriate skill. If you would like to learn more about this choice, see our dedicated section of the rotation page.
Exploding Keg Icon Exploding Keg Toss a flaming keg with no target cap on a 1-minute cooldown. Every target hit will deal 99% reduced damage with their auto attacks for 3 seconds. In addition, all direct hits from your attacks will deal bonus Fire damage during this time.
Stormstout's Last Keg Icon Stormstout's Last Keg Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash gains a second charge and deals bonus damage.
Weapons of Order Icon Weapons of Order Gain 10% Mastery for the next 30 seconds while also resetting the cooldown of Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash. In addition, targets hit by Keg Smash or will take 8% additional damage from your abilities, stacking up to four times; Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick will also apply this effect to all nearby enemies. This is a choice node shared with Press the Advantage Icon Press the Advantage.
Press the Advantage Icon Press the Advantage Tiger Palm Icon Tiger Palm is replaced with a passive effect that deals additional damage with all mainhand auto attacks while also granting a small amount of Brew cooldown reduction, and gains stacks of bonus damage. Upon reaching 10 stacks, your next Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash or Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick will be cast an additional time. These bonus attacks will also partially benefit from any talents that interact with Tiger Palm or Weapons of Order Icon Weapons of Order, such as Face Palm Icon Face Palm, Counterstrike Icon Counterstrike, Blackout Combo Icon Blackout Combo, Chi Surge Icon Chi Surge, and Call to Arms Icon Call to Arms. This is a choice node shared with Weapons of Order Icon Weapons of Order
Bonedust Brew Icon Bonedust Brew/Bountiful Brew Icon Bountiful Brew Coat enemies and allies in a targeted location for 10 seconds. During this time, all of your abilities have a 50% chance to replicate 40% of their damage or healing done. This ability's cooldown is affected by Brew cooldown reduction effects. Bountiful Brew enhances this talent by causing additional casts to passively occur with your other abilities.
1.3.2.

Niche Talents

Talent When to Consider
Escape from Reality Icon Escape from Reality When you are in an environment where you need one extra class talent point for some much-needed utility and will not be able to take advantage of Fatal Touch Icon Fatal Touch's cooldown reduction on Touch of Death Icon Touch of Death, you may opt for this one-point talent instead to still reach Resonant Fists Icon Resonant Fists and Summon White Tiger Statue Icon Summon White Tiger Statue below it.
High Tolerance Icon High Tolerance If you are in content where you need more defense, this is perhaps the first talent to switch into.
Blackout Combo Icon Blackout Combo So long as you are very confident in your ability to perform your rotation well, this talent can provide an additional 5% damage reduction on-demand, along with a substantial increase in your single-target damage. It is highly recommended to read the relevant section of our rotation page to understand how to correctly make use of this complex talent.
Bounce Back Icon Bounce Back Consider this talent when extra defensive power is needed against constant danger. Due to the effect triggering more or less on cooldown, it is not a replacement for another defensive option, but just a supplement.
Generous Pour Icon Generous Pour As Avoidance only reduces AoE damage, consider this talent in stacked group content featuring a lot of it.
  • Walk with the Ox Icon Walk with the Ox
  • Improved Invoke Niuzao, the Black Ox Icon Improved Invoke Niuzao, the Black Ox
  • Call to Arms Icon Call to Arms
Try these talents together in content where you are taking heavy amounts of Stagger Icon Staggered damage and will be able to purify it regularly.

We recommend checking our dedicated rotation section if you want to know how to optimize the use of these talents.

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PvP Talents for Brewmaster

PvP talents are PvP-centric options that activate out in the world when you enable War Mode in the talent pane or when participating in instanced PvP content. If you are comfortable with being flagged for PvP, some offer great benefits to questing.

You are permitted to choose 3 talents from the PvP Talents list. Here is a recommendation of those most helpful for questing:

  • Double Barrel Icon Double Barrel is an active ability that is off the global cooldown. When used, it increases the damage of your next Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash by 50% and stuns enemies for 3 seconds. Note that its cooldown does not begin until this buff has been consumed. This is great for larger packs but does require a keybind that is not useful in Raids and Dungeons. Fortunately, as it is off the global cooldown, it can be cast at the same time as Keg Smash with the help of a macro if you want to passively benefit from it.
  • Hot Trub Icon Hot Trub causes your Purifying Brew Icon Purifying Brew to also deal split damage to enemies around you based on 20% of how much damage you have Purified. While this is often a small amount of damage due to low Stagger Icon Stagger amounts in world content, it is entirely passive and does not require any special planning.
  • Microbrew Icon Microbrew allows you to use Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew more frequently without reducing its strength as your most powerful defensive cooldown.
  • Eerie Fermentation Icon Eerie Fermentation, while not offering a strong benefit most of the time, will allow you to gain increased movement speed and a little extra defense against magic attacks while questing. Magic damage from players or NPCs is normally a little more dangerous to a Brewmaster.
  • Alpha Tiger Icon Alpha Tiger provides a large amount of Haste when casting Tiger Palm Icon Tiger Palm on a target, though you cannot gain the buff more than once every 30 seconds per enemy hit. In open-world content where you are fighting multiple enemies for only a short amount of time, this talent is quite strong.
  • Dematerialize Icon Dematerialize acts as a form of stun protection, providing you with temporary damage reduction while stunned. However, its amount decreases with every second you are stunned, completely depleting after only three seconds.
  • Admonishment Icon Admonishment is also worth mentioning. It causes your Provoke Icon Provoke to increase the damage a target takes by 3%. However, this amount can increase all the way to 15% bonus damage for every unique player that attacks the target. While this is not very useful while completely solo, if you are taking on elites with other people who happen to be in the zone or questing in a group, it can be worth taking. Be careful using this on world Bosses — they will still attack you when you Provoke them!

For most situations, a solid combo is Double Barrel Icon Double Barrel, Eerie Fermentation Icon Eerie Fermentation, and Microbrew Icon Microbrew or Alpha Tiger Icon Alpha Tiger, as these provide largely-passive benefits while increasing your damage-dealing and defensive potential.

While it can be fun to use your PvP talents if you are looking to PvP more seriously, you will likely want to consider doing so as a Windwalker or Mistweaver.

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Changelog

  • 07 May 2024: Reviewed for 10.2.7.
  • 22 Apr. 2024: Page reviewed for Dragonflight Season 4.
  • 19 Mar. 2024: Raiding talent builds separated into defensive and offensive options; Invoke Niuzao build removed due to limited applications; page reviewed for Patch 10.2.6.
  • 15 Jan. 2024: Page reviewed for Patch 10.2.5
  • 10 Nov. 2023: Slight talent adjustments to the Generic and Invoke Niuzao builds; wording cleanup on certain talent descriptions.
  • 06 Nov. 2023: Added an additional talent build focusing on Improved Invoke Niuzao, the Black Ox for Patch 10.2; included discussion of Escape from Reality as a niche talent choice.
  • 10 Sep. 2023: Added an additional talent build for Legacy Content/maximizing movement speed.
  • 04 Sep. 2023: Page formatting adjusted; Open-World and Mythic+ talent recommendations slightly adjusted.
  • 10 Jul. 2023: Default build adjusted to reflect new Patch 10.1.5 talents; additional talent notes added for possible choices.
  • 02 Jun. 2023: Slightly adjusted the wording of Weapons of Order to reflect a recent hotfix.
  • 01 May 2023: Added Song of Chi-Ji as a new niche talent; Incendiary Breath honor talent removed.
  • 20 Mar. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 24 Jan. 2023: Talent trees adjusted based on 10.0.5 talent changes; added notes on Blackout Combo as a potential talent decision.
  • 11 Dec. 2022: Build and talent recommendations slightly adjusted based on recent developments regarding Charred Passions, Dragonfire Brew, Special Delivery, and Rushing Jade Wind.
  • 11 Dec. 2022: Adjusted general build to focus on world content and entry-level Mythic+/Raiding. See their respective guide sections for more tailored builds.
  • 28 Nov. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 25 Oct. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
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