Windwalker Monk DPS Easy Mode — Shadowlands 9.0.2

Last updated on Nov 24, 2020 at 00:41 by Babylonius 2 comments
General Information

On this page, we explain how to easily play Windwalker Monk in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.2, using the simplest rotation, talent tree, stat priority, gear setup, etc., without sacrificing performance.

1.

Foreword

This page is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialisation without being overwhelmed by the numerous subtleties and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.

2.

The Basics of Windwalker Monks

Windwalker Monks are a melee DPS specialisation that is viable in all situations, providing strong priority and AoE damage, as well as having smooth and relatively easy to execute rotations.

Throughout the fight, you will need to manage Energy and Chi, your two resources, in order to get as many uses of your abilities as possible. You will have to make sure not to cap and waste either of these resources, while also keeping enough in store to allow immediate use of your abilities, as delaying some can cost you considerable DPS.

If you are completely new to Windwalker and need more information on the abilities available to you, you can check out our Spell Summary page.

3.

Talent Choice for Windwalker Monks

The following talent choices result in damage output that is close to that of the most optimal talent choices, although the recommendations here lead to considerable ease-of-play.

If you are looking for the absolute best talents for Windwalker, which do not compromise on performance for ease of use, you can find a more in-depth analysis on our full talents page below.

4.

Stat Choice for Windwalker Monks

Currently, you will want to prioritise secondary stats as follows:

  1. Versatility;
  2. Mastery;
  3. Critical;
  4. Haste.

Keep in mind that Agility and weapon item level increase the base damage of most of your spells. Prioritize them over secondaries.

Against multiple targets, you should prioritise Haste after Mastery.

While the stat priority for classes is normally the same for both the Easy Mode page and our full guide, subtle differences can still occur. If you want to see the full explanation of the stat priority, as well as the absolute top choices for the priority, head to our full stats page below.

5.

Basic Rotation for Windwalker Monks

5.1.

Single Target

The single target Windwalker Monk rotation is based on a priority system.

  1. Never use the same ability twice in a row; if you find yourself facing this choice, go to the next option in the list.
  2. Use Tiger Palm Icon Tiger Palm if under 4 Chi and about to cap Energy.
  3. Use Whirling Dragon Punch Icon Whirling Dragon Punch.
  4. Use Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick.
  5. Use Fists of Fury Icon Fists of Fury.
  6. Use Fist of the White Tiger Icon Fist of the White Tiger if under 3 Chi.
  7. Use Blackout Kick Icon Blackout Kick.
  8. Use Tiger Palm Icon Tiger Palm.
5.2.

Multiple Target

Against multiple targets, you should make use of Storm, Earth, and Fire Icon Storm, Earth, and Fire by using it once at the start of the fight, and then using its next charge when Fists of Fury Icon Fists of Fury becomes available again. From then on, simply reuse it with Fists of Fury, making sure that you never let both of Earth, Storm, and Fire's charges remain available.

Tiger Palm Icon Tiger Palm, Blackout Kick Icon Blackout Kick, and Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick apply a 15-second debuff on their target, called Mark of the Crane Icon Mark of the Crane. Each instance of this debuff increases the damage of your Spinning Crane Kick Icon Spinning Crane Kick (against any target) by 10%, up to 50%. Therefore, you should distribute these spells among your enemies in such a way as to keep the Mark of the Crane debuff up on as many targets as possible, up to 5.

Against multiple enemies, the rotation is also based on a priority system.

  1. Use Whirling Dragon Punch Icon Whirling Dragon Punch.
  2. Use Fists of Fury Icon Fists of Fury.
  3. Use Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick if Whirling Dragon Punch Icon Whirling Dragon Punch is coming off cooldown.
  4. Use Spinning Crane Kick Icon Spinning Crane Kick on 3 or more targets.
  5. Use Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick.
  6. Use Blackout Kick Icon Blackout Kick.
  7. Use Tiger Palm Icon Tiger Palm.

For a more detailed and optimized version of the priority list, you can find that on the rotation page.

6.

Cooldowns for Windwalker Monks

As a Windwalker Monk, you have 2 DPS cooldowns by default, Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger Icon Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger and Storm, Earth, and Fire Icon Storm, Earth, and Fire.

  • Storm, Earth, and Fire Icon Storm, Earth, and Fire should be used as often as possible, while attempting to stack it with other periods of increased damage done. Make sure you always have at least one of its charges on cooldown.
  • Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger Icon Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger should be used as often as possible, usually paired with other DPS-increasing abilities and procs.
7.

Changelog

  • 24 Nov. 2020: Page reviewed and updated for Shadowlands Expansion Release; removed Azerite and Essence information.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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