Mistweaver Monk Healing Spec, Builds, and Talents — Shadowlands 9.0.2

Last updated on Nov 24, 2020 at 00:41 by Dhaubbs 5 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find out the best talents for each tier for your Mistweaver Monk in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.2. 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.

1.

Talent Choices for Mistweaver Monk

Level Choices
15 Mist Wrap Mist Wrap Chi Wave Chi Wave Chi Burst Chi Burst
25 Celerity Celerity Chi Torpedo Chi Torpedo Tiger's Lust Tiger's Lust
30 Lifecycles Lifecycles Spirit of the Crane ? Spirit of the Crane Mana Tea Mana Tea
35 Tiger Tail Sweep Tiger Tail Sweep Song of Chi-Ji Song of Chi-Ji Ring of Peace Ring of Peace
40 Healing Elixir Healing Elixir Diffuse Magic Diffuse Magic Dampen Harm Dampen Harm
45 Summon Jade Serpent Statue Summon Jade Serpent Statue Refreshing Jade Wind Refreshing Jade Wind Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane
50 Focused Thunder Focused Thunder Upwelling ? Upwelling Rising Mist Rising Mist

Talents can be freely changed when out of combat and in a rested XP area (such as an inn or a capital city). Moreover, Tome of the Tranquil Mind Icon Tome of the Tranquil Mind and Codex of the Tranquil Mind Icon Codex of the Tranquil Mind can be used to temporarily allow players to change talents anywhere, as long as they are out of combat.

2.

Talent Cheat Sheet for Mistweaver Monks

Ideally, the best method for selecting talents is to gain a robust understanding of their strengths and weaknesses, then selecting the one most suited to the job at hand. However, as general recommendations, the following builds work well for their intended purposes. To see how these talents affect your rotation, check out our rotation guide.

2.1.

Raids and Large Group Content

This build works in most contexts, however if you would like a look at specific choices in the current raid, feel free to take a look at our raid guide.

2.2.

Mythic+ or Small Groups

The aim of this build is to focus more on keeping a tank alive during high damage that can be found in Mythic+. If you want a more detailed look at Mythic+ check out our Mythic+ section.

3.

Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents for Mistweaver Monks

Mist Wrap Mist Wrap Chi Wave Chi Wave Chi Burst Chi Burst
  • Mist Wrap Icon Mist Wrap increase the duration of Enveloping Mist Icon Enveloping Mist by 1 second, and its healing bonus by 10%.
  • Chi Wave Icon Chi Wave is an active ability with a 15-second cooldown. It is essentially a chain-heal that bounces to the 7 nearest targets (within 25 yards). The bounces target allies and enemies alternatively. Each target that the wave bounces to is healed or damaged (Nature damage), depending on their alignment. The healing portion of Chi Wave is a smart heal, in the sense that it prefers healing low health players.
  • Chi Burst Icon Chi Burst is an active ability with a 30-second cooldown. It heals all friendly targets, and damages all hostile targets in a 40-yard line in front of you.

This row is a choice between Chi Burst Icon Chi Burst and Mist Wrap Icon Mist Wrap. If your Enveloping Mist Icon Enveloping Mist targets need more healing, and you will not get good value from Chi Burst, then it wise to go with Mist Wrap. If you are able to regularly use Chi Burst to hit 6 or more players, or will not be casting Enveloping Mist, then Chi Burst will be the better pick. It is also important to note that Mist Wrap also buffs the healing of both Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane Icon Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane and Invoke Yu'lon, the Jade Serpent Icon Invoke Yu'lon, the Jade Serpent because the duration of Enveloping Breath Icon Enveloping Breath is directly tied to the duration of Enveloping Mist Icon Enveloping Mist.

Chi Wave Icon Chi Wave is a poor choice and should never be taken.

4.

Tier 2 (Level 25) Talents for Mistweaver Monks

Celerity Celerity Chi Torpedo Chi Torpedo Tiger's Lust Tiger's Lust
  • Celerity Icon Celerity passively increases the number of charges of Roll Icon Roll by 1, and reduces its cooldown by 5 seconds.
  • Chi Torpedo Icon Chi Torpedo replaces Roll Icon Roll. It causes you to roll a moderate distance in front of you (further than Roll), increasing your movement speed by 30% for 10 seconds. This effect stacks up to 2 times.
  • Tiger's Lust Icon Tiger's Lust is an active ability with a 30-second cooldown, which removes all roots and snares from the target, and grants them 70% increased movement speed for 6 seconds. It can be used either on yourself or on an ally.

This row is a choice between Tiger's Lust Icon Tiger's Lust and Chi Torpedo Icon Chi Torpedo. In terms of mobility, Chi Torpedo provides the most for the least amount of GCDs spent. If there is a specific root that needs dispelling or a player needs an external speed buff, then Tiger's Lust is a good choice.

Celerity Icon Celerity has essentially no use as it is outclassed by both Chi Torpedo Icon Chi Torpedo and Tiger's Lust Icon Tiger's Lust in any given situation.

5.

Tier 3 (Level 30) Talents for Mistweaver Monks

Lifecycles Lifecycles Spirit of the Crane ? Spirit of the Crane Mana Tea Mana Tea

All the talents in this tier are viable, in different situations.

Lifecycles Icon Lifecycles should be chosen if you are needing to cast Enveloping Mist Icon Enveloping Mist regularly.

Spirit of the Crane Icon Spirit of the Crane is a solid pick if you find yourself able to DPS often. However, given that it now competes with Mana Tea, the amount of time required to DPS in order to overcome the Mana saved is difficult to achieve.

Mana Tea Icon Mana Tea is a good pick if you are able to use it as close to on cooldown as possible and should be taken if the Mana it saves is greater than that saved or generated by the other two options. This will depend on your gear and how close to on cooldown you can reasonably cast Mana Tea. As it stands, given its versatility and the ever increasing strength of Tanks, this should generally be your default talent choice.

6.

Tier 4 (Level 35) Talents for Mistweaver Monks

Tiger Tail Sweep Tiger Tail Sweep Song of Chi-Ji Song of Chi-Ji Ring of Peace Ring of Peace
  • Ring of Peace Icon Ring of Peace is an active ability with a 45-second cooldown. It forms a ring at the targeted location, which lasts for 5 seconds. During this time, most enemies who enter the ring will be knocked out of it. Has no effect on bosses and certain enemies resistant to crowd control.
  • Song of Chi-Ji Icon Song of Chi-Ji is an active ability with a 15-second cooldown. It creates a cloud that travels slowly forwards in the direction you were facing when cast. Enemies who come in contact with the cloud are put to sleep, being disoriented for 20 seconds. Damage done to them can break the effect.
  • Tiger Tail Sweep Icon Tiger Tail Sweep increases the range of Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep by 2 yards and reduces its cooldown by 10 seconds.

Ring of Peace Icon Ring of Peace is always the correct pick, outside of wildly specific niche situations. The value of having both Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep and an area denial knock back is too high to even consider the other options.

7.

Tier 5 (Level 40) Talents for Mistweaver Monks

Healing Elixir Healing Elixir Diffuse Magic Diffuse Magic Dampen Harm Dampen Harm
  • Diffuse Magic Icon Diffuse Magic is an active ability with a 90-second cooldown. It transfers all magical debuffs from you onto their caster, where possible. Additionally, for 6 seconds, it reduces all magic damage taken by 60%.
  • Healing Elixir Icon Healing Elixir is an active ability with 2 charges and a 30-second recharge time that heals you for 15% of your maximum health.
  • Dampen Harm Icon Dampen Harm is an active ability with a 2-minute cooldown. For 10 seconds, all damage you take is reduced by 20% to 50%, with larger attacks having their damage reduced by more than smaller attacks.

The choice here will depend on the type of damage you need to avoid during an encounter. If it is magic, then take Diffuse Magic Icon Diffuse Magic, otherwise take Dampen Harm Icon Dampen Harm.

8.

Tier 6 (Level 45) Talents for Mistweaver Monks

Summon Jade Serpent Statue Summon Jade Serpent Statue Refreshing Jade Wind Refreshing Jade Wind Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane
  • Summon Jade Serpent Statue Icon Summon Jade Serpent Statue is an active ability with a 10-second cooldown, which places a stationary statue at the target location. The statue persists for 15 minutes, or until killed, and while active it will channel a small heal into the target of your Soothing Mist Icon Soothing Mist. It will continue channeling for 8 seconds or until you either select a new target, or the current target move 100 yards away from the statue.
  • Refreshing Jade Wind Icon Refreshing Jade Wind is an active ability with a 9-second cooldown (reduced by Haste). It heals up to 6 allies in an 10-yard radius around you over its 9-second duration (also reduced by Haste).
  • Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane Icon Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane is an active ability with a 3-minute cooldown. It summons a pet that for 25 seconds that attacks enemies and causes your Blackout Kick Icon Blackout Kicks, Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kicks and Spinning Crane Kick Icon Spinning Crane Kicks to heal 2 nearby allies for 100% of your Mastery, as well as grant you a stacking buff that reduces the cost and cast time of your next Enveloping Mist Icon Enveloping Mist. It replaces Invoke Yu'lon, the Jade Serpent Icon Invoke Yu'lon, the Jade Serpent.

Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane Icon Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane is a good all-round default pick. It does a good amount of healing while also being free. The healing you do during this cooldown being free is important to consider, because the alternative is Yu'lon, who takes a significant Mana commitment.

Summon Jade Serpent Statue Icon Summon Jade Serpent Statue is good when you can maintain high uptime and minimal overhealing. However because its duration is only 8 seconds, it does require a considerable investment of GCDs in order to maintain its uptime. This should only be considered if you need to focus a particular target with sustained healing.

Refreshing Jade Wind Icon Refreshing Jade Wind is a powerful pick for stacked group healing. Any time you are able to regularly hit 6 people over the duration, this is a solid pick.

9.

Tier 7 (Level 50) Talents for Mistweaver Monks

Focused Thunder Focused Thunder Upwelling ? Upwelling Rising Mist Rising Mist
  • Focused Thunder Icon Focused Thunder causes Thunder Focus Tea Icon Thunder Focus Tea to empower your next 2 spells, up from just 1.
  • Upwelling Icon Upwelling allows 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.
  • Rising Mist Icon Rising Mist causes Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick to heal everyone buffed by your healing over time effects and extends their duration by 2 seconds.

Upwelling Icon Upwelling is a good low effort pick, perfect for players just picking up the spec, or players wanting to focus more on paying attention to the mechanics of a particular raid encounter.

Rising Mist Icon Rising Mist is the talent that makes the "Fistweaving" build viable. It affects all of our active HoT spells, meaning not only Renewing Mist Icon Renewing Mist and Enveloping Mist Icon Enveloping Mist, but the HoT from Essence Font Icon Essence Font as well. The HoT extension makes it possible to have a large number of Renewing Mist Icon Renewing Mists out at any one time, drastically increasing the efficiency of Vivify Icon Vivify. On most raid encounters this talent will marginally increase your utility to the raid by increasing your damage.

Focused Thunder Icon Focused Thunder is no longer viable after the buffs to Rising Mist Icon Rising Mist.

10.

PvP Talents (War Mode)

With the release of Battle for Azeroth, Blizzard removed dedicated PvE and PvP servers and replaced them with War Mode. Opting into War Mode makes you eligible for world PvP, while also allowing you to use your PvP talents in the open world.

10.1.

PvP Talents for Mistweaver Monks

  • Eminence Icon Eminence reduces the cooldown of Transcendence: Transfer Icon Transcendence: Transfer by 20 seconds.
  • Counteract Magic Icon Counteract Magic increases the healing done by Renewing Mist Icon Renewing Mist by 135% when the target is affected by a magic DoT spell.
  • Dome of Mist Icon Dome of Mist causes Enveloping Mist Icon Enveloping Mist to place a shield on the target for 100% of its remaining healing, if it is dispelled.
  • Surging Mist Icon Surging Mist is a very low cost single-target heal that applies a buff to the target, which increases the healing they receive from Surging Mist by 50%. This stacks up to 2 times.
  • Refreshing Breeze Icon Refreshing Breeze increases the healing of Vivify Icon Vivify by 20% and also causes the direct heal from Vivify to refresh the duration of Essence Font Icon Essence Font HoTs.
  • Healing Sphere Icon Healing Sphere places a small orb on the ground that heals friendly targets who walk over it, while also removing all harmful magic DoT effects.
  • Zen Focus Tea Icon Zen Focus Tea causes you to be immune to silence and interrupt effects for 5 seconds on a 45-second cooldown.
  • Grapple Weapon Icon Grapple Weapon allows you to shoot a rope at a target, disarming them of their weapons for 6 seconds, on a 45-second cooldown.
  • Chrysalis Icon Chrysalis reduces the cooldown of Life Cocoon Icon Life Cocoon by 45 seconds.

For general purposes in the outdoor world, we recommend using Refreshing Breeze Icon Refreshing Breeze, Chrysalis Icon Chrysalis, and Zen Focus Tea Icon Zen Focus Tea.

11.

Changelog

  • 24 Nov. 2020: Updated For Shadowlands Release: Removed old PvP talents as well as a link to Azerite Essences
  • 09 Nov. 2020: Rewrote Jade Serpent Statue's explanation.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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