Windwalker Monk DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.2

Last updated on Feb 19, 2022 at 23:50 by Babylonius 25 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Windwalker Monk in World of Warcraft Shadowlands 9.2.


Gearing a Windwalker Monk

Welcome to our Gearing Page for Windwalker Monk, this section will cover everything you need to know about equipping your character correctly.

If you have a new piece of gear that you need gems and enchants advice for, you can find everything you need on our dedicated page below.


The Importance of "Simming Yourself" as a Windwalker Monk

At this stage in the game, and despite the stat priority, there are so many variables and so many layers of optimization that you can apply to your character, that there is no way for a guide or anything else to tell you exactly what gear you should wear. This is why we always recommend simulating your own character using Raidbots. The website can help you choose gear, trinkets, and combinations thereof in a way that is tailored completely to your specific character. Learning to use this tool is essential to maximizing your potential, as there is simply no other way to take all the variables into account.



The Droptimizer feature from Raidbots lets you identify which dungeons and Raid Bosses you should spend your Bonus Rolls on. It simulates all of the potential upgrades in a raid or a dungeon, and lists the bosses/dungeons by rank order of how much DPS you can expect to gain from bonus rolling on it. We have a guide for it that you can access using the link below.



Many people have a tendency to overthink the distribution of their secondary stats. An important thing to remember is that a higher quantity of stats is nearly always better than a better quality of stats. Because of this, wearing higher item level gear with worse stats tends to be better than lower item level gear with great stats. Keep this in mind when considering gear. For more stats information, please refer to our dedicated page.


Gearing up in Shadowlands

The first priority when leveling is to select the items with the highest item level. Until you start to compare items with the same item levels, looking at what secondary stats they have is not as important.

Once you are starting to compare items with similar item levels, that is when you aim to utilize the Top Gear tool on Raidbots.

When you start to look at what dungeons to do more in order to improve your gear, that is where the Droptimizer tool on Raidbots linked above, becomes very helpful.


Tier Set Bonuses for Windwalker Monks

Patch 9.2 reintroduces Tier Sets back into the game. The Windwalker Monk bonuses are:

Theses set bonuses are reasonably strong and worth getting. Due to the strength of Invoker's Delight Icon Invoker's Delight and the fact that it can be used in the Helm slot means that Windwalker Monks will, ideally, use the other four slots and leave the Helm slot for Invoker's Delight Icon Invoker's Delight.

Tier gear can drop from the Great Vault as well as from the Sepulcher of the First Ones raid. You can also utilize the Creation Catalyst to convert any Season 3 piece into a tier piece.


"Best in Slot" Set List for Windwalker Monks from Shadowlands Dungeons

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 socketed or the rest of your gear has an emphasis on a specific stat. For that reason, we recommend using Simulations for your own character.

Slot Item Source
Helm Vicious Surge Faceguard Icon Vicious Surge Faceguard Spires of Ascension
Neck Azure-Venom Choker Icon Azure-Venom Choker Spires of Ascension
Shoulders Malodorous Gristle-Sown Spaulders Icon Malodorous Gristle-Sown Spaulders Plaguefall
Chest Anima-Splattered Hide Icon Anima-Splattered Hide Sanguine Depths
Wrists Bands of the Undergrowth Icon Bands of the Undergrowth Mists of Tirna Scithe
Back Dealer Xy'exa's Cape Icon Dealer Xy'exa's Cape De Other Side
Gloves Gloves of Haunting Fixation Icon Gloves of Haunting Fixation Halls of Atonement
Belt Sapgorger Belt Icon Sapgorger Belt Mists of Tirna Scithe
Legs Fearless Challenger's Leggings Icon Fearless Challenger's Leggings Theater of Pain
Feet Viscera-Stitched Footpads Icon Viscera-Stitched Footpads The Necrotic Wake
Ring #1 Ritual Commander's Ring Icon Ritual Commander's Ring The Necrotic Wake
Ring #2 Entwined Gorger Tendril Icon Entwined Gorger Tendril Sanguine Depths
Weapons Poxstorm, Longsword of Pestilence Icon Poxstorm, Longsword of Pestilence Plaguefall

"Best in Slot" Set List for Windwalker Monks from Sepulcher of the First Ones

Keep in mind that item level will often be more relevant than secondary stats and that your stat 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 socketed or the rest of your gear has an emphasis on a specific stat. For that reason, we recommend using Simulations for your own character.

Slot Item Source
Wrists Devourer's Sandblown Hidebinders Icon Devourer's Sandblown Hidebinders Skolex, the Insatiable Ravener
Back Drape of Mournful Melodies Icon Drape of Mournful Melodies Dausegne, the Fallen Oracle
Belt Runecarver's Twisted Ward Icon Runecarver's Twisted Ward The Jailer
Feet Treads of Titanic Curiosity Icon Treads of Titanic Curiosity Rygelon
Ring #1 Taciturn Keeper's Lapis Icon Taciturn Keeper's Lapis Halondrus the Reclaimer
Ring #2 Rygelon's Heraldric Ring Icon Rygelon's Heraldric Ring Rygelon
1H Weapons Domination's Deliverance Icon Domination's Deliverance The Jailer


Thanks to, a comprehensive list of available trinkets for Windwalker are listed against each other below. Keep in mind that this is only a guideline, and that you should be simming your own character if you care about optimizing it.

For the complete simulation results, check out

Best-in-Slot Trinkets from Shadowlands Dungeons


Valor and Upgradeable Items

Returning once again in Patch 9.0.5, the Valor currency can be obtained in a limited amount each week from a variety of activities. With every passing week of a Season, the total amount of obtainable Valor will increase as well and allow you to catch up if you are short of the maximum.

After earning enough of it, Valor can be used to upgrade any item obtained from a Mythic dungeon of any difficulty. These upgrades carry through all the way to item level 246, though you must also have achieved Shadowlands Keystone Master: Season Two Icon Shadowlands Keystone Master: Season Two in order to bring an item that high. As the choice of items to seek out and upgrade can be a highly Valor-expensive decision, the following items are recommended as a guideline. Remember, only dungeon items can be upgraded.

  • Poxstorm, Longsword of Pestilence Icon Poxstorm, Longsword of Pestilence's effect increases with its item level along with the rest of its stats. This means an item level 220 version in your Off-hand slot could prove useful if you have not yet obtained two weapons from Mythic Castle Nathria.
  • Phial of Putrefaction Icon Phial of Putrefaction is a strong option for the first trinket to upgrade even though Windwalkers do not attack very fast. It is very useful in situations where you can keep 3 stacks on a target and switch to another target to apply more.
  • Bloodspiller Icon Bloodspiller is Windwalker's most well-optimized one handed weapon from dungeons. Although a weapon with higher Versatility and lower Critical Strike would be better, that only exists in PvP gear.


  • 19 Feb. 2022: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2, updated for Tier and Sepulcher
  • 01 Nov. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.1.5, no changes needed at this time, will update with Timewalking if necessary.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Page reviewed for 9.0.5; Added section on Valor Upgrades.
  • 10 Feb. 2021: Added BiS list for Nathria.
  • 24 Nov. 2020: Page reviewed and updated for Shadowlands Expansion Release; added rough "BiS" list for dungeons.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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