Windwalker Monk Shadowlands Leveling Guide From 1 to 60

Last updated on May 31, 2022 at 00:05 by Babylonius 8 comments

On this page, we will go over everything you need to know to level up your Windwalker Monk to get ready for Shadowlands end game content. Make sure to use the slider to make the guide adapt to your level. If you are looking for more generic leveling guide you can refer to our Monk leveling guide.



While it is mostly a matter of personal preference, generally Windwalker will be the quickest of the three Monk specs, given the normal leveling route of doing quests and unlocking the story. That being said, flexibility can be very beneficial, so having the ability to swap specs in order to do a dungeon quest can drastically lower the amount of time spent waiting around in queue.

In the open world, Windwalker is a viable option for questing. Windwalker, for reasons mentioned above, is suited to leveling purely on the basis of it being a DPS spec, as well as having great tools for self-sustain.


Gear Options

When leveling up, you should always choose the piece of loot with the highest item level. The only exception to this rule is if you have a Ring or Necklace with a slightly lower item level, but 2 secondary stats on it instead of 1.


Level by Level Talents and Rotations

Move the slider below to make the guide update to your level!

Level: 1

Talents to Level Up as a Windwalker Monk

Your first talent row unlocks at Level 15.

Your talent set up should be as follows.


Priority to Level Up as a Windwalker Monk

The Windwalker Monk rotation is based on a priority system. Use the highest ability on the list as soon as it is available.

  1. Use Fist of the White Tiger Icon Fist of the White Tiger if under 3 Chi and about to cap Energy.
  2. Use Tiger Palm Icon Tiger Palm if under 4 Chi and about to cap Energy.
  3. Use Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger Icon Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger.
  4. Use Whirling Dragon Punch Icon Whirling Dragon Punch.
  5. Use Fists of Fury Icon Fists of Fury.
  6. Use Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick.
  7. Use Chi Burst Icon Chi Burst if talented, and under maximum Chi.
  8. Use Fist of the White Tiger Icon Fist of the White Tiger if talented, and under 3 Chi.
  9. Use Spinning Crane Kick Icon Spinning Crane Kick with at least 3 targets OR if talented into Dance of Chi-Ji Icon Dance of Chi-Ji.
  10. Use Blackout Kick Icon Blackout Kick.
  11. Use Chi Wave Icon Chi Wave if talented.
  12. Use Tiger Palm Icon Tiger Palm.

Windwalker Monk War Mode Talents for Leveling

In this section we will rank the PvP talents best for leveling and doing solo / small group PvE content. Below is a ranking of both General PvP Talents and Windwalker Monk-specific PvE talents.


General PvP Talents

  • Relentless Icon Relentless is a passive ability, but it does not automatically remove crowd control abilities. Instead, it reduces the duration.
  • Gladiator's Medallion Icon Gladiator's Medallion is an on-use ability that removes all movement impairing effects and all loss of control effects.
  • Adaptation Icon Adaptation is recommended; it is likely your most passive choice since it will automatically remove loss of control effects over 5 seconds.

Windwalker Monk PvP Talents for Leveling

  1. Alpha Tiger Icon Alpha Tiger is very useful for a small added burst as you go between targets.
  2. Reverse Harm Icon Reverse Harm is very useful for survivability and for added damage.
  3. Turbo Fists Icon Turbo Fists is an incredibly strong PvP talent that makes pulling large groups significantly easier.

The End Game

Congratulations! You made it to level 60! Now that you are in the end game, we recommend looking at our Easy mode page and Talents section to see how to transition from leveling to the end-game.



  • 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for 9.0.5.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Guide added.
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