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Windwalker Monk DPS Azerite Traits/Powers and Armor in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Aug 24, 2018 at 14:07 by Pandanaconda 29 comments

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General Information

Pick up the Azerite gear with the best traits for your Windwalker Monk and learn about the Heart of Azeroth. This page is updated for World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth 8.0.1.

For more information about the Heart of Azeroth Icon Heart of Azeroth, please read our Hearth of Azeroth guide.

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

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Pandanaconda, one of the main theorycrafters of the spec. He is a co-founder of the Monk resource site Peak of Serenity, in charge of the Windwalker pages.

1. Disclaimer

This is an early draft of the final page. It reflects the current state of theorycrafting on Azerite traits and is currently missing gear information.

2. Azerite Gear for Windwalker Monk

Azerite Traits are special effects present on Helm, Shoulder, and Chest slots in Battle For Azeroth. Each Azerite item has either 2 or 3 tiers of Azerite Traits to choose from (items below item level 340 only have 2 tiers, while items above that have 3). In addition to this, every Azerite item also has a +5 item level bonus (Azerite Empowered Icon Azerite Empowered). Each tier, as well as this item level bonus, become unlocked as you gain certain amounts of Azerite Power.

The first tier of Azerite Traits is split between a class-specific choice and a generic choice. Generic choices can be zone-related or content-related (such as PvP traits which are only found on PvP gear but work in PvE content).

The second tier has a multitude of options varying from interesting stat procs to static stat gains. This is the tier that is missing on items lower than item level 340.

The third tier can either be a defensive or healing option.

Azerite gear has fixed traits and stats. Each piece has predetermined Azerite Traits, item level, and can not roll either tertiary stats or sockets. While tuning is always in flux, we will try to list the currently best traits for raiding first. Keep in mind many of these are very raid / dungeon / world / PvP-oriented and do not work well in other types of content.

3. Azerite Traits for Windwalker Monk

3.1. Outer Ring Traits

The first Ring of Azerite Traits are special effects that can be activated through Azerite items throughout Battle for Azeroth. These are all the damage-increasing options.

3.1.1. Windwalker-specific

  • Iron Fists Icon Iron Fists causes Fists of Fury Icon Fists of Fury to grant you Critical Strike for 10 seconds when it hits at least 4 enemies. The tooltip indicating 6 seconds is not correct. It is useless on single-target situations but the best class option against multiple targets.
  • Swift Roundhouse Icon Swift Roundhouse causes Blackout Kick Icon Blackout Kick to increase the damage of Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick stacking twice. This is an extremely strong effect and when using it, you will maximize its effect. Read more about this on the rotation page.
  • Sunrise Technique Icon Sunrise Technique causes Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick to apply a debuff to the target, causing your damaging melee abilities to inflict additional Physical damage to the target.
  • Pressure Point Icon Pressure Point increases Tiger Palm Icon Tiger Palm's chance to make your next Blackout Kick Icon Blackout Kick free by 10%, as well as increasing Tiger Palm's damage.
  • Meridian Strikes Icon Meridian Strikes causes the cooldown of Touch of Death Icon Touch of Death to be reduced by 0.25 seconds, and its damage increased, whenever you Combo Strike. Having several occurrences of this trait only increases the damage, not the cooldown reduction. Therefore, it has very little value in multiple copies.
  • Open Palm Strikes Icon Open Palm Strikes increases the damage of Fists of Fury Icon Fists of Fury and gives it a 5% chance to refund 1 Chi when it deals damage.

3.1.2. Generic

  • Blightborne Infusion Icon Blightborne Infusion causes your spells to have a chance to increase your Critical Strike for 14 seconds.
  • Blood Rite Icon Blood Rite causes your spells to have a chance to increase your Haste for 15 seconds. Killing enemies refreshes this effect.
  • Champion of Azeroth Icon Champion of Azeroth gives your abilities a chance to increase all your secondary stats for a minute, stacking up to 4 times. Getting a new proc will refresh the duration, so you will keep this at 4 stacks throughout an entire fight.
  • Dagger in the Back Icon Dagger in the Back gives your abilities a chance to shoot a dagger at your target, applying a damage over time effect for 12 seconds, stacking up to 4 times. If you shoot this dagger when behind the target, it will apply 2 stacks.
  • Filthy Transfusion Icon Filthy Transfusion gives your damaging ability a chance to do damage over 6 seconds to the target, healing you for the damage done.
  • Incite the Pack Icon Incite the Pack causes you to occasionally increase your Mastery and that of up to two nearby allies for 20 seconds.
  • Meticulous Scheming Icon Meticulous Scheming causes you to gain a buff for 8 seconds that transforms into a 20-second Haste buff after you cast 3 different spells while it is active.
  • Rezan's Fury Icon Rezan's Fury causes your damaging abilities to have a chance to summon a Child of Rezan, which deals Physical damage to your target and causes them to bleed for additional damage over 12 seconds.
  • Ruinous Bolt Icon Ruinous Bolt gives your abilities a chance to summon a Soul (pet) by your side for 14 seconds. The Soul deals Shadow damage to a random nearby target.
  • Secrets of the Deep Icon Secrets of the Deep causes your spells to have a chance to spawn a Surging Droplet nearby, which you can collect to increase your primary stat for 18 seconds. Rarely, a Void Droplet will be created instead, which increases your primary stat for twice as much as Surging Droplet's when collected.
  • Swirling Sands Icon Swirling Sands causes your spells to have a chance to increase your Critical Strike for 12 seconds. This duration can be extended by landing Critical Strikes up to a maximum of 18 seconds.
  • Thunderous Blast Icon Thunderous Blast gives your damaging abilities a chance blast the target for extra Nature damage, and cause the target to take 20% more damage from your next blast. When the bonus damage reaches 100%, the next blast will Critically Strike, and reset the bonus damage back to 0%.
  • Tidal Surge Icon Tidal Surge gives your damaging abilities a chance to deal some Frost damage to the target and slow it by 20%.
  • Tradewinds Icon Tradewinds causes your spells to have a chance to grant you Mastery for 15 seconds. When this buff expires, it jumps once to a nearby ally at half duration and amount.
  • Unstable Catalyst Icon Unstable Catalyst causes your spells and abilities to have a chance to create a zone standing in which increases your primary stat.

3.1.3. Uldir Traits

These traits are only found on raid gear within the Uldir raid, and have two traits that can only be found on these pieces.

  • Archive of the Titans Icon Archive of the Titans is an Uldir-specific trait. It gives you a small primary stat buff every 5 seconds which stacks up to 20 times. Stacks only decay when out of combat. It also gives the Reorigination Array Icon Reorigination Array buff, which you should always aim to have active while raiding in Uldir.
  • Laser Matrix Icon Laser Matrix causes your spells to have a chance to unleash a barrage of lasers which deal damage and heal injured allies for a small amount which is further split among them. It also gives the Reorigination Array Icon Reorigination Array buff, which you should always aim to have active while raiding in Uldir.

If either of these traits are active on your gear when you are inside Uldir, it will also grant the Reorigination Array Icon Reorigination Array effect, increasing your highest secondary stat.

3.2. Middle Ring Traits for Windwalker Monk

  • Azerite Globules Icon Azerite Globules gives your damaging abilities a chance to apply a debuff to your target. This debuff stacks up to 3 times, and when it reaches 3, the target explodes, doing AoE damage.
  • Blood Siphon Icon Blood Siphon passively increases your Mastery and Leech.
  • Earthlink Icon Earthlink increases your primary stat, with the exact amount cycling between a minimum value and maximum value every 6 seconds.
  • Elemental Whirl Icon Elemental Whirl causes your damaging spells to have a chance to increase one of your secondary stats for 10 seconds.
  • Heed My Call Icon Heed My Call gives your damaging abilities a chance to deal additional Nature damage to the target, and a smaller amount of damage to nearby targets.
  • Gutripper Icon Gutripper gives your damaging abilities a chance to deal additional Physical damage. This bonus damage occurs more often when the target is below 30% Health.
  • Lifespeed Icon Lifespeed passively increases your Haste and Avoidance.
  • On My Way Icon On My Way passively increases your Versatility and Speed.
  • Overwhelming Power Icon Overwhelming Power causes your damaging spells to have a chance to increase your Haste. The amount of Haste granted decreases every second or whenever you take damage.
  • Unstable Flames Icon Unstable Flames causes your damaging spells to have a chance to grant a Critical Strike buff for 5 seconds, stacking up to 5 times.

3.3. Inner Ring Traits for Windwalker Monk

This Ring will provide a variety of survival and movement tools, varying from defensive increases, to healing effects, to shields. There are some Monk-specific options, but most are shared amongst all classes.

  • Strength of Spirit Icon Strength of Spirit causes Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew to heal you every second that it is active.
  • Sweep the Leg Icon Sweep the Leg slows targets hit by Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep, and grants you a boost of speed for 6 seconds.
  • Azerite Fortification Icon Azerite Fortification heals you when you are stunned, immobilized, or knocked back.
  • Bulwark of the Masses Icon Bulwark of the Masses causes you to gain a moderate absorb shield when surrounded by 4 or more enemies, but can only occur once every 15 seconds.
  • Gemhide Icon Gemhide causes you to gain Avoidance and Armor for 10 seconds when you take damage that exceeds 10% of your maximum health.
  • Longstrider Icon Longstrider increases your movement speed by a percentage of your highest secondary stat, with a maximum movement speed gain limit.
  • Self Reliance Icon Self Reliance causes you to be healed every 3 seconds while no enemies are within 20 yards of you.
  • Vampiric Speed Icon Vampiric Speed causes you to self-heal and gain Speed for 6 seconds whenever an enemy you damaged dies.

4. Recommended Traits for Windwalker Monk

The following is a ranking of the Azerite traits based on simulations and analysis. Keep in mind, that the value of these traits is effected by their item level, so this should be viewed as a basic ranking system to give you a rough idea. You should always sim your own character to find the best answer for you.

4.1. Outer Ring Traits

Although item level will most likely be prioritized over which traits are available, you should prioritize Azerite Traits in this order for single-target:

  1. Swift Roundhouse Icon Swift Roundhouse;
  2. Dagger in the Back Icon Dagger in the Back when behind your target;
  3. Thunderous Blast Icon Thunderous Blast;
  4. Tidal Surge Icon Tidal Surge;
  5. Meridian Strikes Icon Meridian Strikes;
  6. Rezan's Fury Icon Rezan's Fury;
  7. Filthy Transfusion Icon Filthy Transfusion;
  8. Blightborne Infusion Icon Blightborne Infusion;
  9. Champion of Azeroth Icon Champion of Azeroth;
  10. Pressure Point Icon Pressure Point;
  11. Laser Matrix Icon Laser Matrix;
  12. Sunrise Technique Icon Sunrise Technique;
  13. Unstable Catalyst Icon Unstable Catalyst;
  14. Swirling Sands Icon Swirling Sands;
  15. Anduin's Dedication Icon Anduin's Dedication/Sylvanas' Resolve Icon Sylvanas' Resolve;
  16. Tradewinds Icon Tradewinds;
  17. Barrage Of Many Bombs Icon Barrage Of Many Bombs;
  18. Archive of the Titans Icon Archive of the Titans;
  19. Blood Rite Icon Blood Rite;
  20. Meticulous Scheming Icon Meticulous Scheming;
  21. Incite the Pack Icon Incite the Pack;
  22. Secrets of the Deep Icon Secrets of the Deep;
  23. Liberator's Might Icon Liberator's Might/Glory in Battle Icon Glory in Battle;
  24. Open Palm Strikes Icon Open Palm Strikes;
  25. Dagger in the Back Icon Dagger in the Back when not behind your target;
  26. Last Gift Icon Last Gift/Retaliatory Fury Icon Retaliatory Fury;
  27. Stand As One Icon Stand As One/Collective Will Icon Collective Will;
  28. Iron Fists Icon Iron Fists.

Keep in mind these traits are ranked with raiding encounters in mind. Some traits will have very little value in different content. For instance, Dagger in the Back Icon Dagger in the Back is highly single-target focused and requires specific positioning, whereas Anduin's Dedication Icon Anduin's Dedication/Sylvanas' Resolve Icon Sylvanas' Resolve retains all of its value in any situation.

Swift Roundhouse Icon Swift Roundhouse is the best trait in simulations. Keep in mind this is purely single target-oriented. However, it is worth giving up very high amounts of item level to get this trait. Use the simulations page to make sure you get the most out of it.

4.2. Inner Ring Traits

  1. Heed My Call Icon Heed My Call;
  2. Overwhelming Power Icon Overwhelming Power;
  3. Azerite Globules Icon Azerite Globules;
  4. Lifespeed Icon Lifespeed;
  5. Unstable Flames Icon Unstable Flames;
  6. Earthlink Icon Earthlink;
  7. On My Way Icon On My Way;
  8. Elemental Whirl Icon Elemental Whirl;
  9. Blood Siphon Icon Blood Siphon;
  10. Gutripper Icon Gutripper.

4.3. Trait Setups for AoE Encounters

Although Barrage Of Many Bombs Icon Barrage Of Many Bombs and Open Palm Strikes Icon Open Palm Strikes are both exceptionally strong for AoE encounters, neither effect stacks fully. Therefore, you ideally want to use up to one of both these traits and fill the rest with Iron Fists Icon Iron Fists.

5. Find Azerite Armor By Trait/Power

In the table below, you can see all of the Azerite gear available to your Windwalker Monk. By using the + button located next to each item, you can expand the list of Azerite powers that this item possesses (to collapse the list, simply click the - button).

If you want to filter items according to the powers that they offer, you can use the filters below.

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6. ChangeLog

  • 24 Aug. 2018: Updated Azerite priorities to be in line with simulation changes.
  • 15 Aug. 2018: Added an AoE segment about traits.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 06 Aug. 2018: Added initial Azerite Traits page.
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