Windwalker Monk Patch 9.1 Changes Analysis
On this page, we tell you how the Patch 9.1 changes for Windwalker Monk affect the spec and what the current state of theorycrafting is.
Windwalker Monk in Patch 9.1: Chains of Domination
This page will go over how the changes currently on the Patch 9.1 Public Test Realm (PTR) will affect Windwalker Monks, specifically how the changes impact the playstyle, best Legendaries, Covenants, etc. If you are simply interested in what the current changes are for Windwalker Monk on the 9.1 PTR, you can instead read our full list of changes to the entire Monk class on our dedicated page below. For an additional list of content coming in Patch 9.1, you can also check out our Patch 9.1 Overview page.
Due to the nature of testing and ongoing development, any changes to Windwalker Monks on the PTR are likely to be incomplete and/or not final. Make sure to keep checking this page over time for additional changes, and we highly recommend reviewing our Windwalker Monk guide once Patch 9.1 goes live for definitive thoughts on what changed and its impact on gameplay.
Base Spec Changes for Patch 9.1
There have been no documented changes for Windwalkers thus far on the PTR. Bonedust Brew is now able to critically hit. This was not documented, but it is assumed that it is intentional.
Best Talents in Patch 9.1 for Windwalker Monk
Because of the lack of changes, the talent recommendations for Windwalker Monk remain the same.
Best Legendary in Patch 9.1 for Windwalker Monk
The whole Monk class is so far getting 4 new Covenant-specific Legendaries. These Legendaries are only available to Monks of a certain Covenant. Their effects are universal, meaning that they are not specific to any Monk spec.
- Night Fae: Faeline Harmony doubles the chance for Faeline Stomp to reset, increasing the frequency with which you are able to use it. The increased damage done to targets hit is also a considerable increase to the potential for Night Fae Windwalkers. This Legendary is strong enough to take the top spot for Night Fae.
- Kyrian: Call to Arms summons an additional Xuen when you use Weapons of Order. This Xuen acts entirely like the one summoned by Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger. This is safely behind Invoker's Delight.
- Necrolord: Bountiful Brew gives you a 1.25ppm chance to hit your target, and those surrounding it, with Bonedust Brew. This is a strong Legendary, made even stronger by Bonedust Brews new ability to crit. However, it is not currently stronger than Invoker's Delight
- Venthyr: Sinister Teachings summons a Fallen Order Monk who stays active throughout the duration of Fallen Order. This is enough of an increase to Fallen Order to put this in a near tie with Invoker's Delight for the top spot against Kyrian Windwalkers.
Best Covenant in Patch 9.1 for Windwalker Monk
Despite the addition of Critical Strike to Bonedust Brew for Necrolords and Faeline Harmony for Night Fae, the current belief is that Kyrian will remain the general recommendation for Windwalker Monks with Night Fae being a slightly behind, but completely viable, alternative.
Windwalker Monks who look to focus purely on Mythic+ or care mostly for AoE damage may see the best results using Faeline Harmony with Night Fae or Necrolord. However, this will result in a single-target potential that is behind Kyrian.
- 01 Nov. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
- 28 Jun. 2021: Added information on new Legendaries and Covenant recommendations.
- 17 May 2021: Page created.
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