Mistweaver Monk Healing Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1

Last updated on Dec 10, 2018 at 19:33 by Dhaubbs 23 comments

Welcome to our Mistweaver Monk guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1. 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 specialisation is versatile, and different talent choices can allow it to fit the requirements of the 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. Patch 8.1 Changes for Mistweaver Monks

3. Patch 8.0.1 Changes for Mistweaver Monks

  • Soothing Mist Icon Soothing Mist is now an active channel spell, healing and consuming mana every second. While channeling, you are able to instantly cast Vivify and Enveloping Mist. Additionally, it will randomly proc Mastery: Gust of Mists Icon Mastery: Gust of Mists once every 8 ticks. Finally, it triggers a 1-second global cooldown, instead of 1.5.
  • Vivify Icon Vivify now heals your primary target, as well as all players with an active Renewing Mist Icon Renewing Mist. Mana cost reduced.
  • Renewing Mist Icon Renewing Mist now has two charges and will now jump to a different injured target when cast on a target who already has an active Renewing Mist. Recharge time has been increased to 9 seconds.
  • Thunder Focus Tea Icon Thunder Focus Tea is changed as follows:
    • Enveloping Mist Icon Enveloping Mist is no longer instant, and instead heals for an additional 200% spell power instantly.
    • Vivify Icon Vivify removes Vivify's mana cost.
    • Renewing Mist Icon Renewing Mist no longer causes Renewing Mist to not trigger its cooldown. Instead the duration of Renewing Mist is increased to 30 seconds.
    • Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick reduces Rising Sun Kick's cooldown by 9 seconds.
    • Essence Font Icon Essence Font is no longer affected.
  • Mana Tea Icon Mana Tea is now on the global cooldown and lasts 12 seconds.
  • Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane Icon Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane is now on the global cooldown and its duration was reduced to 25 seconds, but healing was roughly doubled.
  • Transcendence: Transfer Icon Transcendence: Transfer now has a 45-second cooldown, up from 25.
  • Paralysis Icon Paralysis now has a 45-second cooldown, up from 15.
  • Essence Font Icon Essence Font now has a 30-yard range, up from 25.
  • Life Cocoon Icon Life Cocoon now shields for much more and the cooldown has been reduced to 2 minutes, down from 3.
  • Mystic Touch Icon Mystic Touch was added, applying a 5% physical damage debuff to an enemy target whenever we deal damage to it.
  • Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep is now baseline, but the stun duration was reduced to 3 seconds, down from 5, and the cooldown was increased to 60 seconds, up from 45.
  • Rising Mist Icon Rising Mist was added as a talent, allowing Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick to extend all active healing over time effects by 2 seconds, as well as healing all affected targets for a small amount.
  • Upwelling Icon Upwelling was added as a talent, allowing Essence Font Icon Essence Font to be channeled for an additional second for every 6 seconds that it remains off cooldown. This bonus caps after 18 seconds, doubling the length of Essence Font's cast. In addition, it also extends the length of Essence Font's healing over time effect by 4 seconds.
  • Ring of Peace Icon Ring of Peace's duration was reduced from 8 seconds to 5.
  • Effuse Icon Effuse was removed.
  • Zen Pulse Icon Zen Pulse was removed.
  • Rising Thunder Icon Rising Thunder was removed.
  • Uplifting Trance Icon Uplifting Trance was removed.

4. Mistweaver Monk Strengths

  • By far the strongest single target healing in the game
  • Incredibly mobile, though a combination of movement abilities and spells that can be cast while moving
  • Very tanky, having access to two separate personal defensive cooldowns
  • Provides the strongest crowd control options of any healer through Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep, Ring of Peace Icon Ring of Peace, Paralysis Icon Paralysis, and Provoke Icon Provoke.
  • Offers additional group utility with spells such as Mystic Touch Icon Mystic Touch and Tiger's Lust Icon Tiger's Lust

5. Mistweaver Monk Weaknesses

  • Weak burst raid healing outside of Revival Icon Revival
  • Mana management can be difficult for newer players to pick up

6. Mistweaver Monk Viability in the Current Patch

For raids, Mistweavers are an essential healer for every raid comp. We provide unparalleled single-target healing, as well as consistent, reliable AoE throughput. Also, our healing is reactionary for the most part, making us particularly strong at progression encounters, where the raid will be making mistakes and taking unexpected damage. On top of all that, our defensive cooldowns such as Dampen Harm Icon Dampen Harm, Diffuse Magic Icon Diffuse Magic, and Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew make us incredibly durable.

Everything that makes us strong in raids, carries over to dungeons as well. We are durable, mobile, and provide powerful single-target and group healing. On top of that, Mistweaver DPS is reasonably powerful as well, though it does take a bit of a hit if multiple people require healing.

7. Changelog

  • 12 Dec. 2018 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added the new traits that were introduced in Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (bosses page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated stat priority to reflect the changes in Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 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 (gear page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (FAQ 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): Updated to reflect the changes in Patch 8.1.
  • 04 Dec. 2018 (this page): Added Viability section.
  • 21 Nov. 2018 (this page): Added Strengths and Weaknesses section.
  • 07 Sep. 2018 (bosses page): Page added.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (how to improve page): Added page.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Page added.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Added page.
  • 08 Aug. 2018 (this page): Changed to reflect Renewing Mist recharge nerf.
  • 08 Aug. 2018 (spells page): Changed to reflect Renewing Mist recharge nerf.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
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