Mistweaver Monk Healing Guide — Shadowlands 9.1

Last updated on Sep 13, 2021 at 10:15 by Dhaubbs 23 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Mistweaver Monk guide for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.1. 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 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 9.1 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 this patch.

3.1.

Significant Patch 9.1 Changes for Mistweaver

Patch 9.1 holds some very welcome changes for Mistweaver Monks. Our DPS received substantial buffs, and Enveloping Mist Icon Enveloping Mist had its Mana cost brought a little more in line. The largest change, however, is the buffs to Revival Icon Revival. Though the base healing was reduced, even if you have 0 Mastery gear, you will still see an increase in the healing of your Revivals. Furthermore, this opens up new interactions with our Conduits and Covenant abilities, while also making Mastery a slightly more desirable stat.

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 the recently added 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

  • 13 Sep. 2021 (Legendaries): Updated to reflect the rise of the Sinister Teachings Legendary.
  • 13 Sep. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Reranked Covenant choices to match the evolving meta.
  • 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 (rotation page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (easy mode page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (stats page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (Torghast): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (mythic+ 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 (simulations page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (gear page): Added section for Domination Sockets.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (spells page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (talents page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (DPS guide): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (how to improve page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (Legendaries): Added Covenant Legendary section.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (FAQ page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021 (addons 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 (mythic+ page): Reviewed for 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (DPS guide): Reviewed for 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Torghast): Reviewed for 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated Fleshcraft's description in order to reflect its redesign.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (gear page): Reviewed for 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (enchants page): Reviewed for 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (stats page): Reviewed for 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (easy mode page): Reviewed for 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (spells page): Reviewed for 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (talents page): Reviewed for 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (rotation page): Reviewed for 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Legendaries): Reviewed for 9.0.5.
  • 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.
  • 30 Jan. 2021 (Torghast): Adjusted the Soulbind recommendations and made a new tier for Corrosive Dosage.
  • 30 Jan. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Adjusted the rankings of Conduit choices to reflect available data.
  • 30 Jan. 2021 (Castle Nathria page): Adjusted talent and Legendary selections.
  • 30 Jan. 2021 (Legendaries): Added Invoker's Delight to the Raiding and Mythic+ sections.
  • 30 Jan. 2021 (gear page): Added Cabalist's Hymnal to the Trinket recommendations.
  • 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 (how to improve page): Page updated for Shadowlands.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (FAQ 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 (this page): Page updated for Shadowlands Launch, added sections linked to Torghast, Covenants, and Legendaries.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (rotation page): Page updated for Shadowlands.
  • 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 (DPS guide): Page added.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (spells page): Added a small paragraph about Expel Harm
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for the Release of Shadowlands. Removed Azerite Section, and Added a Legendary Section.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Updated For Shadowlands Release: Removed old PvP talents as well as a link to Azerite Essences
  • 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.
  • 22 Nov. 2020 (Legendaries): Page added.
  • 22 Nov. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Page added
  • 22 Nov. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch, added Enveloping Breath.
  • 09 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Rewrote Jade Serpent Statue's explanation.
  • 19 Oct. 2020 (stats page): Added section for Tertiary Stats.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (FAQ 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 (simulations page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (gear 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 (stats page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (mythic+ 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 (easy mode page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (this page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 28 Jun. 2020 (this page): 9.1 Changes added.
  • 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 (Uldir 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 (Battle of Dazar'alor 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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