Windwalker Monk DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2
On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Windwalker Monk in World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2.
1. Best in Slot Set List for Windwalker Monks from The Eternal Palace and Operation: Mechagon
Keep in mind that item level will often be more relevant than secondary stats and that your stats priority depends on your current gear. If we give a general stat priority and gear list, it is always susceptible to change if an item is Warforged or the rest of your gear has an emphasis on a specific stat. For that reason, we recommend using Simulations for your own character.
|Helm||Helm of Hideous Transformation||Lady Ashvane|
|Shoulders||Shoulderpads of Frothing Rage||Radiance of Azshara|
|Cloak||Cloak of Ill Tidings||Za'qul, Harbinger of Ny'alotha|
|Chest||Tunic of the Sycophant||Queen's Court|
|Wrists||Cultured Pearl Armbands||Lady Ashvane|
|Gloves||Anglerfish Feelers||Blackwater Behemoth|
|Belt||Ship Swallower's Belt||Blackwater Behemoth|
|Feet||Ardent Worshipper's Boots||Queen's Court|
|Ring #1||Logic Loop of Recursion||Operation: Mechagon|
|Ring #2||Shorting Bit Band||Operation: Mechagon|
|Trinket #1||Azshara's Font of Power||Queen Azshara|
|Weapons||Claw of the Myrmidon||Abyssal Commander Sivara|
2. Pre-Raid Gear for Windwalker Monks
2.1. Benthic Gear for Windwalker Monks
Patch 8.2 introduced an easy to obtain, 385 base item level gear type called Benthic gear. You can obtain it through various ways in Nazjatar. Furthermore, this gear can be upgraded to item level 425, making it a very appealing gearing option.
Some Benthic gear has additional effects, making it particularly powerful. Because of that, you may want to focus on upgrading specific Benthic items. Do note that these effects only apply while in Nazjatar or The Eternal Palace.
Most of these gains are either utility (movement speed, for instance) or numerical gains, which can be judged through simming your character. Some, however, are not represented through sims.
Azerite Benthic gear is not different from other Azerite gear. Therefore, if you have access to other high item level Azerite pieces, you may want to keep your Prismatic Manapearls to upgrade other pieces. However, keep in mind that both the Benthic Shoulders Fathomstalker Shoulderpads and the Benthic Helm Fathomstalker Headcover grant access to Open Palm Strikes in combination with a good trait, making them solid gearing options.
The Benthic belts are both particularly interesting. Vim's Scalecrusher Clasp is on par with belts around 20 item levels higher than it is. Fathomstalker Waistband increases damage to Aberrations by 2%, making it by far the best belt available when this is the case. In particular, both the Za'qul, Harbinger of Ny'alotha and Orgozoa encounters from The Eternal Palace feature exclusively Aberrations.
The Benthic boots are next in line for priority. Akana's Reefstrider Footwraps are not as strong as for some other specializations, but they are still worth around 15 item levels more. Fathomstalker Boots have an effect linked to killing Aberrations which is not accounted for in simulations, however it is rare to make significant use of it in most content, as you cannot expect any relevant uptime.
The Benthic bracers offer many options, but two stick out as numerically relevant. Ori's Tidal Wristwraps deal significant damage and should be used over gear significantly higher than it (including raid gear). Neri's Wavebreaker Bindings are slightly weaker, but deal damage as an AoE effect, making them slightly better for multiple target encounters.
For gloves, Poen's Deepsea Grips once again are stronger than raid gear of item level 445, making them a strong gearing option.
Overall, it is advised to prioritize Belts, then Boots, then Bracers, then Gloves, and to pick up the alternative Belt Fathomstalker Waistband for specific encounters. However, this might change based on what gear is available to you, as a large upgrade to a slot can outweigh the difference between two of these items.
2.2. Gear from Operation: Mechagon for Windwalker Monks
Operation: Mechagon provides item level 415 generic gear which mostly does not compete with Benthic gear or raid gear from The Eternal Palace. These do not fit into a Best in Slot list, as most pieces can easily be replaced. However, some specific pieces provide unique effects making them highly competitive, even compared to significantly higher item level pieces.
Operation: Mechagon provides sets of rings which, when combined, provide significant effects. These are very powerful effects and should be used over available raid gear. For specific cases, you should simulate your own character. We advise the use of Logic Loop of Recursion in combination with Shorting Bit Band as they provide the easiest clause to fulfil and have the most significant numerical effect for Windwalker Monks.
Operation: Mechagon also provides access to Punch Cards to be socketed into the Pocket-Sized Computation Device. With the right Punch Cards, this is one of the strongest trinkets available from any source to current Windwalker Monks. We advise using it in combination with Cyclotronic Blast as your red Punch Card, any yellow Punch Card without Haste (best one might differ based on your own character) and any utility blue Punch Card. Cyclotronic Blast has a very powerful effect and is what makes this trinket particularly attractive.
2.3. Best in Slot Set List for Windwalker Monks from Dungeons
The following are the best in slot pieces for Windwalker obtainable from dungeons. Keep in mind with the advent of war and Titanforging, any piece of gear can be used. Item level is what matters most and is the easiest deciding factor. To make sure you use the right items, refer to our Simulations page.
|Helm||Hood of the Slithering Loa||Temple of Sethraliss|
|Shoulders||Mantle of Fastidious Machinations||Atal'Dazar|
|Cloak||Drape of the Loyal Vassal||Atal'Dazar|
|Chest||Cephalohide Jacket||Siege of Boralus|
|Wrists||Sea Dog's Cuffs||Freehold|
|Gloves||Grips of Electrified Defense||Temple of Sethraliss|
|Belt||Cincture of the Azerite Arsenal||Tol Dagor|
|Legs||Blight Toadskin Leggings||Waycrest Manor|
|Boots||Mercenary Miner's Boots||The MOTHERLODE!!|
|Ring #1||Overseer's Lost Seal||Tol Dagor|
|Ring #2||Jade Ophidian Band||Temple of Sethraliss|
|Weapon||Swarm's Edge||Temple of Sethraliss|
2.4. Best-in-Slot Trinkets from Mythic+ Dungeons
- Lustrous Golden Plumage from Kings Rest;
- Dead-Eye Spyglass from Siege of Boralus;
- Galecaller's Boon from Shrine of the Storm;
- Harlan's Loaded Dice from Freehold.
- 16 Jul. 2019: Updated to include Benthic Gear, full BiS List for The Eternal Palace.
- 10 Jul. 2019: This page has been reviewed to add The Eternal Palace loot.
- 24 Jun. 2019: This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
- 18 Jun. 2019: Reviewed Best in Slot list and updated to include new suggestions.
- 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.
- 04 Sep. 2018: Fixed dungeon Azerite gear. Added Uldir gear list.
- 24 Aug. 2018: Added mention of Darkmoon Deck: Fathoms.
- 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
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