Windwalker Monk DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Dragonflight 10.0.7
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.
Recommended Dungeon Items
|Head||Crown of Roaring Storms||Ruby Life Pools|
|Neck||Custodian's Medallion of Delusion||The Azure Vault|
|Shoulders||Felbat Leather Pauldrons||Court of Stars|
|Cloak||Potion-Stained Cloak||Algeth'ar Academy|
|Chest||Tunic of the Eternal Hunt||The Nokhud Offensive|
|Wrists||Adorned Guardian's Bracers||Halls of Valor|
|Gloves||Ruby Contestant's Gloves||Algeth'ar Academy|
|Belt||Cinch of Forgotten Duty||The Azure Vault|
|Legs||Fevermelt Legguards||Court of Stars|
|Boots||Footpads of the Swift Balestra||Court of Stars|
|Ring 1||Jeweled Signet of Melandrus||Court of Stars|
|Ring 2||Crystallized Droplet||Temple of the Jade Serpent|
|Weapon (2h)||Obsidian Goaltending Spire||Algeth'ar Academy|
|Weapons (Dual Wield)|
Recommended Dragonflight Raid Gear
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 items on crafted gear, as they will be constrained early on in the season.
|Head||Gaze of the Waking Fist||Raszageth the Storm-Eater|
|Neck||Terros's Captive Core||Terros|
|Shoulders||Mantle of the Waking Fist||Broodkeeper Diurna|
|Cloak||Acid-Proof Webbing||Sennarth, The Cold Breath|
|Chest||Chestwrap of the Waking Fist||Kurog Grimtotem|
|Wrists||Loyal Flametender's Bracers||Broodkeeper Diurna|
|Gloves||Palms of the Waking Fist||Dathea, Ascended|
|Belt||Fused Shale Waistband||Terros|
|Legs||Loathsome Thunderhosen||Raszageth the Storm-Eater|
|Boots||Ice-Climber's Cleats||Sennarth, The Cold Breath|
|Ring 1||Seal of Diurna's Chosen||Eranog|
|Ring 2||Seal of Filial Duty||Broodkeeper Diurna|
|Weapon (2h)||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:
- Windwalker Monk 2pc — Fists of Fury increases the damage dealt by your next 2 Rising Sun Kicks or Spinning Crane Kicks by 30%.
- Windwalker Monk 4pc — Fists of Fury now instead enhances your next 3 Rising Sun Kicks or Spinning Crane Kicks and enhanced kicks increase the damage of your next Fists of Fury by 5%, stacking up to 3 times.
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 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.
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 Bloodmallet.com, 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.
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 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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