Windwalker Monk DPS Easy Mode — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2.5

Last updated on Jul 19, 2019 at 12:39 by Pandanaconda 41 comments
General Information

On this page, we explain how to easily play Windwalker Monk in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2.5, 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.

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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.

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.

5.

Azerite for Windwalker Monks

Windwalker Monks have one trait that is stronger than any other, Open Palm Strikes Icon Open Palm Strikes. Its strength comes from the damage component, therefore you want to stack three of these.

Most other strong traits are much weaker in multiples. You ideally want triple Open Palm Strikes Icon Open Palm Strikes, combined with three traits amongst Glory of the Dawn Icon Glory of the Dawn, Dance of Chi-Ji Icon Dance of Chi-Ji, Fury of Xuen Icon Fury of Xuen, and Pressure Point Icon Pressure Point.

6.

Essences for Windwalker Monks

The best Azerite Essence for Windwalker Monks is Conflict and Strife. You can easily obtain it through PvP content.

This Essence provides you with the PvP talent Reverse Harm Icon Reverse Harm for all content. Be sure you add this spell to your rotation. Ideally, use it on any friendly target which is missing health near an enemy.

Powerful alternatives to Conflict and Strife include Concentrated Flame, which is both powerful and easy to obtain, and Focused Azerite Beam, which is particularly potent for AoE Situations.

7.

Basic Rotation for Windwalker Monks

7.1.

Single Target

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

  1. Use Fist of the White Tiger Icon Fist of the White Tiger if under 3 Chi and about to cap Energy.
  2. Use Reverse Harm Icon Reverse Harm if under 4 Chi (5 with Ascension Icon Ascension).
  3. Use Tiger Palm Icon Tiger Palm if under 4 Chi and about to cap Energy.
  4. Use Whirling Dragon Punch Icon Whirling Dragon Punch.
  5. Use Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick.
  6. Use Fists of Fury Icon Fists of Fury.
  7. Use Fist of the White Tiger Icon Fist of the White Tiger if under 3 Chi.
  8. Use Blackout Kick Icon Blackout Kick.
  9. Use Tiger Palm Icon Tiger Palm.
7.2.

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 Fist of the White Tiger Icon Fist of the White Tiger.
  8. Use Tiger Palm Icon Tiger Palm.
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Cooldowns for Windwalker Monks

As a Windwalker Monk, you have 2 DPS cooldowns by default, Touch of Death Icon Touch of Death and Storm, Earth, and Fire Icon Storm, Earth, and Fire. You will also select the talent Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger Icon Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger.

  • Touch of Death Icon Touch of Death should be used as often as possible throughout the fight, essentially on cooldown. Keep in mind that it deals its damage 8 seconds after you cast it, so do not place it on targets that will die before that time.
  • 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 right before Touch of Death Icon Touch of Death.
9.

Changelog

  • 19 Jul. 2019: Added more Essences suggestions.
  • 16 Jul. 2019: This page has been updated to include Azerite and Essence choices.
  • 24 Jun. 2019: This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 15 Apr. 2019: This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 10 Dec. 2018: This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 19 Jul. 2018: Fixed a mention of Rushing Jade Wind in the Spinning Crane Kick description. Added a short mention of Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger.
  • 16 Jul. 2018: Updated for the Battle of Azeroth pre-patch.
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