Mistweaver Monk Healing Guide — Shadowlands 9.2.5

Last updated on May 31, 2022 at 00:05 by Dhaubbs 25 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Mistweaver Monk guide for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.2.5. Here, you will learn how to heal as a Mistweaver Monk in both raids and Mythic+ dungeons. We cover everything from the basics all the way to min-maxing techniques to optimize your output.

1.

Mistweaver Monk Overview

The Mistweaver specialization is versatile, and different talent choices can allow it to fit the requirements of a raid very well. Mistweavers can, therefore, heal both tanks and the raid very well.

Based on talent choices, Mistweavers can be either unparalleled tank healers with strong area of effect throughput, or damage dealing mobile raid healers.

2.

Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Most powerful sustained single target healing in the game by a wide margin.
  • +Hyper mobile thanks to Chi Torpedo Icon Chi Torpedo / Roll Icon Roll, Tiger's Lust Icon Tiger's Lust, and Transcendence Icon Transcendence.
  • +Very tanky due to a plethora of personal damage reduction cooldowns.
  • +Able to cast a large amount of our healing spells while moving.
  • +Strong crowd control options by way of Paralysis Icon Paralysis, Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep, and Ring of Peace Icon Ring of Peace.
  • +Able to apply the 5% Physical damage debuff, Mystic Touch Icon Mystic Touch to enemies.
X Weaknesses
  • -Our raid healing spell Revival Icon Revival is generally pretty weak.
  • -Mana management can be difficult for newer players to pick up.
  • -Historically bad scaling as an expansion progresses.
  • -Does not offer a damage reduction cooldown to the raid.
3.

Patch 9.2.5 Changes for Monks

We are maintaining a list of changes for Monks, so you can see what changes with every patch of Shadowlands. Be sure to also check out Mistweaver's specific changes from the previous patch, 9.2, to hear our thoughts on the tier set bonuses that arrived at that time.

3.1.

Mage Tower Challenge

From Patch 9.1.5 onward, both Legion Timewalking and the Mage Tower have returned. As such we have created a separate guide detailing what you can expect from the Mage Tower challenge available to Mistweaver Monks.

3.2.

Significant Patch 9.1.5 Changes for Mistweaver

Not too much changed for Mistweavers specifically in Patch 9.1.5. The only notable difference came in the form of a buff to Venthyr's Fallen Order Icon Fallen Order ability. The crane style monks that are summoned will now always cast 2 Enveloping Mist Icon Enveloping Mists per clone, instead of an average of 1.2. In that same vein, the clones can now cast Soothing Mist Icon Soothing Mist at the same time as Enveloping Mist. These two changes work out to be a fairly sizable buff to what was already our strongest Covenant.

In terms of minor changes, Spinning Crane Kick Icon Spinning Crane Kick is no longer target capped, and will instead deal reduced damage beyond 5 targets. Similarly, Chi Burst Icon Chi Burst's hidden rolling-reset target cap was removed, and instead will now have its healing decay after it hits a 6th target.

4.

Leveling a Mistweaver Monk

If you are interested in playing a Mistweaver, but are not yet at max level, consider taking a look at our leveling guide!

Before you start leveling you should consider setting up your addons, to allow yourself some time to become familiar with them. It can be sort of overwhelming to try and set everything up all at once after reaching max level, and once you have already built up some muscle memory. Feel free to browse our recommended addons page linked below.

5.

Basics of Mistweaver Monk Gameplay

Like all healers, a Mistweaver needs to have a solid understanding of their spells so that they know which one to use in any given context. Unlike DPS, who can follow a rotation or priority queue, Healers are much more contextual.

Your aim needs to be maximizing efficient casts, to squeeze the most healing out of your Mana bar. Spells like Essence Font Icon Essence Font and Refreshing Jade Wind Icon Refreshing Jade Wind are incredibly efficient and should be used as much as possible, assuming you will not be overhealing. Renewing Mist Icon Renewing Mist is the driver for our "filler" spell Vivify Icon Vivify, causing it to cleave onto any target with a Renewing Mist applied to them. As such, you also need to aim to have as much Renewing Mist out on the group as possible.

If you are a total beginner you should check out the Spell Summary and Easy Mode pages linked below.

However, if you are familiar with Mistweaver Monks, or just need to get a quick build in a hurry, then feel free to head straight to our Talents and Rotation pages.

6.

How to Gear Up a Mistweaver Monk

Gearing can seem a little daunting at first, but there are certain stats that provide more benefit to Mistweaver than others. However, once you get an idea of the value of these stats, then you can begin to intuit which pieces are likely better than others. You can find out how our stats affect our characters as well as a list of Best in Slot gear from the current raid tier in the links below.

In that same vein you will need to enchant your gear, as well as select consumables such as food and flasks. For simple stat buffs it can be pretty easy to just follow your stat priority, but for more complicated effects like weapon enchants, be sure to check out our Enchants and Gems pages.

7.

Mistweaver Monks in Shadowlands

With the introduction of Shadowlands, we are seeing the introduction of many new systems as well as the return of some old favorites. You are now able to chose a Covenant to join, where they will be able to unlock powerful abilities as well as soulbind to different companions in order to further augment and customize your character. In addition to Covenants, Legendary items are making a return to the game, with new powers to collect and craft. For more info on the new Shadowlands systems and how they affect Mistweavers, check out our dedicated pages!

8.

Mistweaver Monks in the End-Game

Once you have reached the end-game, your goals will shift significantly. Below are some handy guides centered around the late game avenues of progression that WoW has to offer, from raiding, to PvP, all the way to Torghast.

9.

Mistweaver Monk DPS

While it might seem as though the goal of a healer is to keep people alive through healing, your goal is actually no different than any other role: to kill bosses, and clear content. Most of the time that means you will be healing, however, when there is little to no healing required, then you ought to be spending your time dealing damage. Being able to consistently deal high damage while also keeping the raid healthy is the mark of a great healer.

10.

Improving as a Mistweaver Monk

If you are finding your performance to be lacking a bit, it then you should check out our guide linked below that goes over common mistakes, as well as external tools that judge your performance and show you specifically where you need to improve.

11.

Changelog

  • 31 May 2022 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (simulations page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (Torghast): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (mythic+ page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (spells page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (enchants page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (how to improve page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (addons page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (rotation page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (FAQ page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (talents page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (DPS guide): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (easy mode page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (Legendaries): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (this page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (stats page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (gear page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 28 Feb. 2022 (Sepulcher of the First Ones page): Page added.
  • 20 Feb. 2022 (how to improve page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 20 Feb. 2022 (simulations page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 20 Feb. 2022 (rotation page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 20 Feb. 2022 (DPS guide): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 20 Feb. 2022 (Legendaries): Added a section for the Unity Power, and adjusted recommendations to reflect being able to wear two Legendaries.
  • 20 Feb. 2022 (spells page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 20 Feb. 2022 (Torghast): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 20 Feb. 2022 (enchants page): Added Cosmic Healing Potion and Eternal Augment Runes to the consumables section.
  • 20 Feb. 2022 (addons page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 20 Feb. 2022 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Reviewed for Patch 9.2.
  • 20 Feb. 2022 (gear page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 20 Feb. 2022 (FAQ page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 20 Feb. 2022 (Patch 9.2 Analysis): Updated for the release of Patch 9.2.
  • 19 Feb. 2022 (talents page): Added mention of how the 9.2 tier effects Refreshing Jade Wind.
  • 19 Feb. 2022 (this page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 19 Feb. 2022 (easy mode page): Added an exclaimer about 9.2 set bonus interactions with respect to Talent choices.
  • 19 Feb. 2022 (mythic+ page): Updated for Season 3 in 9.2.
  • 10 Feb. 2022 (stats page): Reviewed for Patch 9.2.
  • 15 Jan. 2022 (Patch 9.2 Analysis): Page added with initial thoughts and information.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (mythic+ page): Added section about the Legion Timewalking Affix.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (Legendaries): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (Torghast): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (this page): 9.1.5 Changes added.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (FAQ page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (how to improve page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (simulations page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (easy mode page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (gear page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (addons page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (enchants page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Updated for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (stats page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (spells page): Updated Spinning Crane Kick description to reflect the target cap change.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (talents page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (rotation page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (Sanctum of Domination page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Added a reminder that players can now freely swap Covenants in Patch 9.1.5
  • 14 Oct. 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Updated Covenant recommendations, emphasizing Venthyr as the optimal choice.
  • 13 Sep. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Reranked Covenant choices to match the evolving meta.
  • 13 Sep. 2021 (Legendaries): Updated to reflect the rise of the Sinister Teachings Legendary.
  • 13 Jul. 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Updated the Necrolord and Venthyr Legendaries to reflect their buffs.
  • 07 Jul. 2021 (Sanctum of Domination page): Page created.
  • 06 Jul. 2021 (gear page): Updated BiS Lists for Sanctum of Domination.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (Legendaries): Added Covenant Legendary section.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (mythic+ page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (spells page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (gear page): Added section for Domination Sockets.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (FAQ page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (addons page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (how to improve page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (simulations page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (this page): 9.1 Changes added.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (rotation page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Adjusted Necrolord and Kyrian sections to reflect the 9.1 Revival buff.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (easy mode page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (DPS guide): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (Torghast): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (talents page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (stats page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 22 May 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Page created with preliminary patch 9.1 information.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (easy mode page): Reviewed for 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (enchants page): Reviewed for 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated Fleshcraft's description in order to reflect its redesign.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (stats page): Reviewed for 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Torghast): Reviewed for 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (spells page): Reviewed for 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (DPS guide): Reviewed for 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (talents page): Reviewed for 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Legendaries): Reviewed for 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (rotation page): Reviewed for 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (gear page): Reviewed for 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (mythic+ page): Reviewed for 9.0.5.
  • 30 Jan. 2021 (gear page): Added Cabalist's Hymnal to the Trinket recommendations.
  • 30 Jan. 2021 (Castle Nathria page): Adjusted talent and Legendary selections.
  • 30 Jan. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Adjusted the rankings of Conduit choices to reflect available data.
  • 30 Jan. 2021 (Torghast): Adjusted the Soulbind recommendations and made a new tier for Corrosive Dosage.
  • 30 Jan. 2021 (Legendaries): Added Invoker's Delight to the Raiding and Mythic+ sections.
  • 30 Jan. 2021 (enchants page): Updated the Mythic+ weapon enchantment recommendation.
  • 30 Jan. 2021 (rotation page): Added a more detailed section for Yu'lon usage.
  • 28 Dec. 2020 (enchants page): Changed weapon enchant recommendation to Celestial Guidance.
  • 21 Dec. 2020 (gear page): Replaced link in the Dungeon BiS to link to the correct pair of boots.
  • 08 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Added main body content for the release of Castle Nathria.
  • 01 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Added placeholder Castle Nathria page.
  • 26 Nov. 2020 (gear page): Added Boon of the Archon trinket as an alternative to Empyreal Ordnance.
  • 25 Nov. 2020 (enchants page): Added Veiled Augment Runes.
  • 25 Nov. 2020 (Torghast): Page added.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (FAQ page): Page updated for Shadowlands.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (how to improve page): Page updated for Shadowlands.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for Shadowlands Launch. Added BiS list, and link to our Legendary Guide.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (addons page): Page updated for Shadowlands.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (enchants page): Updated page for Shadowlands launch: added new enchants to the new slots, as well as the new consumables such as Armor Kits and Oils.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for Shadowlands.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for the Release of Shadowlands. Removed Azerite Section, and Added a Legendary Section.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (DPS guide): Page added.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (rotation page): Page updated for Shadowlands.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Updated For Shadowlands Release: Removed old PvP talents as well as a link to Azerite Essences
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (easy mode page): Page Updated for Shadowlands Release: removed Azerite and Essences, added a link to Covenants and Legendaries.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (this page): Page updated for Shadowlands Launch, added sections linked to Torghast, Covenants, and Legendaries.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (spells page): Added a small paragraph about Expel Harm
  • 22 Nov. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch, added Enveloping Breath.
  • 22 Nov. 2020 (Legendaries): Page added.
  • 22 Nov. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Page added
  • 09 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Rewrote Jade Serpent Statue's explanation.
  • 19 Oct. 2020 (stats page): Added section for Tertiary Stats.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (this page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (simulations page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (addons page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (rotation page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (FAQ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (how to improve page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (easy mode page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 09 Aug. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Mythic added.
  • 12 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Added tips for Azshara.
  • 11 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Added boss-specific tips.
  • 09 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Page added.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 18 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Additional information added from live testing.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Page added.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Page added.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 07 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Page added.
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