Windwalker Monk DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Dragonflight 10.0.7

Last updated on Mar 20, 2023 at 14:16 by Babylonius 35 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 Dragonflight 10.0.7.


Gearing your Windwalker Monk in Shadowlands

Gearing as a Windwalker is generally straightforward for most item slots: use the highest item level gear you can get while trying to avoid Haste. However, an item 5 item levels higher with Haste will often still be an upgrade. Do not go entirely out of your way to avoid the stat. Rings are sometimes a different matter, as they do not contain Agility. However, unless you are trying to maximize your damage output, you can still safely equip a ring with a higher item level, no matter its stats. To learn about the rest of your stat priority, see our dedicated page for it.


Gearing Strategy and Recommendations for a Windwalker Monk

When figuring out if an item is an upgrade, it is highly recommended to get into the practice of simulating it.

If you are still unfamiliar with simulations or how to use them, our Simulation page can help you learn more. Otherwise, as mentioned earlier, you can safely prioritize item level.

Slot Item Source
Head Crown of Roaring Storms Icon Crown of Roaring Storms Ruby Life Pools
Neck Custodian's Medallion of Delusion Icon Custodian's Medallion of Delusion The Azure Vault
Shoulders Felbat Leather Pauldrons Icon Felbat Leather Pauldrons Court of Stars
Cloak Potion-Stained Cloak Icon Potion-Stained Cloak Algeth'ar Academy
Chest Tunic of the Eternal Hunt Icon Tunic of the Eternal Hunt The Nokhud Offensive
Wrists Adorned Guardian's Bracers Icon Adorned Guardian's Bracers Halls of Valor
Gloves Ruby Contestant's Gloves Icon Ruby Contestant's Gloves Algeth'ar Academy
Belt Cinch of Forgotten Duty Icon Cinch of Forgotten Duty The Azure Vault
Legs Fevermelt Legguards Icon Fevermelt Legguards Court of Stars
Boots Footpads of the Swift Balestra Icon Footpads of the Swift Balestra Court of Stars
Ring 1 Jeweled Signet of Melandrus Icon Jeweled Signet of Melandrus Court of Stars
Ring 2 Crystallized Droplet Icon Crystallized Droplet Temple of the Jade Serpent
Weapon (2h) Obsidian Goaltending Spire Icon Obsidian Goaltending Spire Algeth'ar Academy
Weapons (Dual Wield)

Remember that the following gear table is meant to act as a general recommendation for items to seek out from the Vault of the Incarnates raid. It is almost guaranteed that some pieces not mentioned here will still be an upgrade for you based on item level alone. If you want to optimize yourself further for damage, then you should still simulate yourself. You should be especially careful about using your Spark of Ingenuity Icon Spark of Ingenuity items on crafted gear, as they will be constrained early on in the season.

Slot Item Source
Head Gaze of the Waking Fist Icon Gaze of the Waking Fist Raszageth the Storm-Eater
Neck Terros's Captive Core Icon Terros's Captive Core Terros
Shoulders Mantle of the Waking Fist Icon Mantle of the Waking Fist Broodkeeper Diurna
Cloak Acid-Proof Webbing Icon Acid-Proof Webbing Sennarth, The Cold Breath
Chest Chestwrap of the Waking Fist Icon Chestwrap of the Waking Fist Kurog Grimtotem
Wrists Loyal Flametender's Bracers Icon Loyal Flametender's Bracers Broodkeeper Diurna
Gloves Palms of the Waking Fist Icon Palms of the Waking Fist Dathea, Ascended
Belt Fused Shale Waistband Icon Fused Shale Waistband Terros
Legs Loathsome Thunderhosen Icon Loathsome Thunderhosen Raszageth the Storm-Eater
Boots Ice-Climber's Cleats Icon Ice-Climber's Cleats Sennarth, The Cold Breath
Ring 1 Seal of Diurna's Chosen Icon Seal of Diurna's Chosen Eranog
Ring 2 Seal of Filial Duty Icon Seal of Filial Duty Broodkeeper Diurna
Weapon (2h) Awakened Planar Pillar Icon Awakened Planar Pillar Terros
Weapons (Dual Wield)

Windwalker Tier Set - Wrappings of the Waking Fist

The Vault of the Incarnates raid features a new round of Primalist Tier Sets themed around the four elements. In addition, you can potentially earn pieces of this set from any of the nine slots in the weekly Dragonflight Great Vault and can also eventually be made at the Inspiration Catalyst as a catchup system. This armor, when enough pieces of it are worn, unlocks two special bonuses for Brewmasters:

As there are five total slots, but only four are needed to gain both equipment bonuses, we recommend that you consider ignoring the legs piece in favor of the remaining four. However, getting your set bonuses takes priority over getting the "correct" pieces.


Choosing a Weapon

Windwalker Monks are unique because they can opt for either two-handed or dual-wield one-handed weapons. This results in a massive amount of potential choices to consider. Although you will often opt for whichever choice has the higher item level or more Weapon DPS, there is some nuance to remember.


Dual-wielding and Two-Hand Comparison

As you acquire weapons, you may have to, at times, decide between dual-wielding a weapon in each hand or equipping a single two-handed option. This decision may be a little more complicated than it first would seem, as there is a hidden buff — called Windwalker Monk Two-Hand Adjustment Icon Windwalker Monk Two-Hand Adjustment despite also affecting Brewmasters — which increases the damage of your abilities by 2% when dual-wielding. However, many of your abilities do not take a weapon in the off-hand into account for calculating their damage dealt!

What this all ends up meaning is that when dual-wielding, your autoattack damage is more significant, but when using a two-handed weapon, your ability damage is higher instead. However, if both of your dual-wielded weapons are enchanted, they more than make up this difference in ability damage. Of course, this assumes all three weapons involved are the same item level and have identical secondary stats.

To summarize: when deciding between dual-wield and 2h, you can safely choose either option if it results in a higher total item level or amount of secondary stats. If you would like to know the best offensive option for your current selection of weapons, then it is still recommended to simulate your character for the best item available.


Useful Trinkets

Trinkets are a gear slot that can provide shifting value across different content areas. They are also the easiest piece to alter how offensive or defensive-minded you wish to be. Because of this, you should keep many trinkets you obtain and be ready to swap them out when the situation calls for it.

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

For the complete simulation results, check out

Valor and Item Upgrades

Beginning in Dragonflight Mythic+ Season 1, the Valor currency can be obtained from completing Mythic or Mythic+ dungeons. After earning enough of it, you can use Valor to upgrade any item obtained from a Mythic+ dungeon of any difficulty (including regular Mythic)! These upgrades carry through to item level 415, though you must also have achieved Dragonflight Keystone Hero: Season One Icon Dragonflight Keystone Hero: Season One to bring an item that high.


Enchants and Sockets

Once you have obtained a piece of gear containing a prismatic socket or needing to be enchanted, you will need to know how to modify it. Details about these tweaks can be found on our dedicated gems, enchants, and consumables page.



  • 20 Mar. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 24 Jan. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
  • 11 Dec. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight Season 1, added gear from Vault of the Incarnates.
  • 28 Nov. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight launch, added initial dungeon gear.
  • 25 Oct. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
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