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Windwalker Monk DPS Artifact Talents/Traits and Relics (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Nov 27, 2017 at 14:10 by Vlad 121 comments

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General Information

This page shows you how to level up the Artifact and how to choose the right Relics for your Windwalker Monks. It is updated for World of Warcraft Legion 7.3.5.

The other pages of our Windwalker Monk guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Babylonius, a prominent Windwalker Monk theorycrafter who maintains the Windwalker sections of Peak of Serenity. You can follow him on Twitter: @BabyloniusMonk.

1. Artifact Progression

For the first 35 Artifact points, we recommend the following progression path, as a Windwalker Monk.

Artifact Progression - Path #1

Essentially, you should take all your traits in a counter-clockwise fashion, skipping  Icon Gale Burst until after you get  Icon Crosswinds.

  1.  Icon Strike of the Windlord
  2.  Icon Dark Skies
  3.  Icon Rising Winds
  4.  Icon Death Art
  5.  Icon Light on Your Feet
  6.  Icon Fists of the Wind
  7.  Icon Spiritual Focus
  8.  Icon Inner Peace
  9.  Icon Tornado Kicks
  10.  Icon Transfer the Power
  11.  Icon Tiger Claws
  12.  Icon Crosswinds
  13.  Icon Gale Burst
  14.  Icon Power of a Thousand Cranes
  15.  Icon Strength of Xuen
  16.  Icon Healing Winds and  Icon Good Karma (in any order)
  17.  Icon Windborne Blows
Artifact Progression Above Level 35

After this, the remaining points should be distributed as follows.

  1. Ferocity of the Broken Temple Icon Ferocity of the Broken Temple
  2. Split Personality Icon Split Personality
  3. Master of Combinations Icon Master of Combinations
  4. Thunderfist Icon Thunderfist
  5.  Icon Fists of the Wind
  6.  Icon Rising Winds
  7.  Icon Inner Peace,  Icon Tiger Claws,  Icon Strength of Xuen, and  Icon Power of a Thousand Cranes, in any order
  8.  Icon Death Art,  Icon Light on Your Feet, and  Icon Healing Winds, in any order
  9. Concordance of the Legionfall Icon Concordance of the Legionfall

2. Relic Choice

For Windwalker, both the item level and trait of the relic can have a huge impact on your choice. Each trait is worth a certain number of item levels in terms of raw DPS; below is a list of each trait and how much they are worth in terms of your weapon's item level. When comparing relics, you should compare the combined item level increase provided by the actual relic and the value in the list below, and then choose the relic with the higher combined value.

  1.  Icon Strength of Xuen (+9 item levels, with the 4-piece Tier 21 Set Bonus)
  2.  Icon Rising Winds (+8 item levels)
  3.  Icon Fists of the Wind and Split Personality Icon Split Personality (+7 item levels)
  4.  Icon Tiger Claws (+4 item levels)
  5.  Icon Inner Peace (+3 item levels)
  6.  Icon Strength of Xuen (+2 item levels, without the 4-piece Tier 21 Set Bonus)
  7. Everything else (+0 item levels)

 Icon Power of a Thousand Cranes gains more and more power as the number of targets increase, as does  Icon Fists of the Wind.

Split Personality Icon Split Personality is not on the list, as it depends entirely on whether it gives you an extra cast of Storm, Earth, and Fire Icon Storm, Earth, and Fire or Serenity Icon Serenity, based on the fight, mechanics, length, and your raid composition. If it does, then it is the best relic out there. If not, it is effectively worthless. Because relics cannot be switched in and out like trinkets, for all intents and purposes, it is under the "Everything else" category, unless you know for sure that you will get an additional or better timed cast.

3. ChangeLog

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  • 27 Nov. 2017: Updated the relic priority slightly.
  • 31 Aug. 2017: Updated relic priority.
  • 12 Jun. 2017: Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 28 Apr. 2017: Updated the Patch 7.2 artifact path slightly and revamped the relic priority section.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: Added path for the Artifact traits added in Patch 7.2.
  • 12 Jan. 2017: Significantly improved the Relic recommendations.
  • 10 Jan. 2017: Removed one of the Artifact paths (which no longer made sense this late into the expansion) and updated Relic recommendations.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Added.
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