Windwalker Monk DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.2.5

Last updated on Jul 30, 2022 at 02:42 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 9.2.5.

1.

Gearing your Windwalker Monk in Shadowlands

Although the bulk of your ideal pieces of gear will come from selecting items within the Great Vault every week and raiding Mythic Sepulcher of the First Ones, this content will not be feasible when first reaching Level 60 in the Shadowlands. Instead, your initial items will largely come from Covenant-themed quests and dungeons that are not Mythic Plus. Consider visiting Zereth Mortis for a more immediate power boost!

Gearing as a Windwalker is generally simple for most item slots: use the highest item level gear you can get, while trying to avoid Haste. However, a item that is 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 what its stats are. To learn about the rest of your stat priority, see our dedicated page for it.

2.

Gearing Strategy and Recommendations for a Windwalker Monk

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

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

Beyond the disclaimer above, please note that the following tables do not include items with Legendary Powers that may offer better stats for a given slot, nor do they include items obtained from PvP. They also assume that any items from dungeons have been obtained from the Great Vault at an item level of 304. Items from Fated Raids are assuming their Mythic variants — item levels 304/311.

3.

Due to the large number of similar loot pieces present within them, Grimrail Depot and Iron Docks are currently excluded from this table.

Slot Item Source
Head Rakishly Tipped Tricorne Icon Rakishly Tipped Tricorne Tazavesh: So'Leah's Gambit
Neck Choker of Barbed Reins Icon Choker of Barbed Reins Upper Karazhan
Shoulders Unending Horizon Spaulders Icon Unending Horizon Spaulders Upper Karazhan
Cloak Drape of Shame Icon Drape of Shame Lower Karazhan
Chest So'azmi's Fractal Vest Icon So'azmi's Fractal Vest Tazavesh: So'Leah's Gambit
Wrists Wraps of Electrostatic Potential Icon Wraps of Electrostatic Potential Operation: Mechagon - Junkyard
Gloves Custodian's Soothing Touch Icon Custodian's Soothing Touch Upper Karazhan
Belt Mad King's Sporran Icon Mad King's Sporran Operation: Mechagon - Workshop
Legs Anomalous Starlit Breeches Icon Anomalous Starlit Breeches Tazavesh: So'Leah's Gambit
Boots Ooey-Gooey Galoshes Icon Ooey-Gooey Galoshes Operation: Mechagon - Junkyard
Ring 1 Logic Loop of Recursion Icon Logic Loop of Recursion Operation: Mechagon - Junkyard
Ring 2 Shorting Bit Band Icon Shorting Bit Band Operation: Mechagon - Workshop
Weapon (2h) Reclaimed Shock Coil Icon Reclaimed Shock Coil Operation: Mechagon - Junkyard
Weapons (Dual Wield)
4.

As part of Shadowlands Season 4, all three raids of the expansion — Castle Nathria, Sanctum of Domination, and Sepulcher of the First Ones — will be dropping higher item level gear and be brought up accordingly in their tuning. However, only one of these "Fated Raids" will be active per week. Because of this, there are multiple tables featuring gear from each raid that you may wish to seek out — simply select the button for the current week's raid to display it! Remember, however, that these are general recommendations. It is highly likely that any piece featuring a higher item level than your current gear will remain an upgrade for your character, and you should consider simulating your character using Raidbots when optimizing for offense.

It should also be noted that the Creation Catalyst in Zereth Mortis is still available with all of its accumulated charges. This will be very useful as a way to upgrade your Tier Set, given that the individual tokens will still only be dropping from bosses in Sepulcher of the First Ones.

Finally, be aware that items from Sanctum of Domination no longer feature Domination Sockets for use with Shards of Domination, so their relative value is purely based on stats.

Recommended Raid Gear Table
Combined Castle Nathria Sanctum of Domination Sepulcher of the First Ones
4.1.
Slot Item Boss
Head
Neck Weathered Talisman of the Shadowmoon Icon Weathered Talisman of the Shadowmoon Remnant of Ner'zhul
Shoulders
Cloak Drape of Mournful Melodies Icon Drape of Mournful Melodies Dausegne, the Fallen Oracle
Chest
Wrists Clasps of the Unfortunate Troubadour Icon Clasps of the Unfortunate Troubadour The Tarragrue
Gloves
Belt Runecarver's Twisted Ward Icon Runecarver's Twisted Ward The Jailer
Legs
Boots Enchanted Toe-Tappers Icon Enchanted Toe-Tappers The Council of Blood
Ring 1 Tarnished Insignia of Quel'Thalas Icon Tarnished Insignia of Quel'Thalas Sylvanas Windrunner
Ring 2
Weapon (2h)
Weapons (Dual Wield)
5.

Puzzling Cartel Dinar Purchases

As part of Fated Raids in Season 4 of Shadowlands, you will have the opportunity to acquire up to three Puzzling Cartel Dinar Icon Puzzling Cartel Dinars. With these special coins, you can purchase weapons or trinkets from any of the raids for one Dinar each. Since your exact purchases may vary depending on what loot you are able to naturally obtain while acquiring the Dinars, the following is a list of recommended items to pick up with this special form of "bad luck protection".

If you would like to learn more about acquiring Puzzling Cartel Dinar Icon Puzzling Cartel Dinars or how to further upgrade gear from Fated Raids, please see our overview of this new system below.

6.

Legendary Powers for Windwalker Monks

One of the key features of gearing present in the Shadowlands is the return of various Legendary items. However, while Legendary Powers may be craftable, each power is restricted to a specific set of gear slots. This can heavily alter your priority for obtaining certain items if you are able to instead wear an item with a Legendary Power that you have already chosen your desired stats on. For example, a Legendary Power that can be created in the Helm or Boots slot is likely to be more useful as a Helm due to providing a greater number of stats and being able to "lock-in" those stats as the two you want most. More information about the Legendary Power Runecarving process can be found below.

If you would like to find out which Legendary Powers are available to create on your Windalker as well as which are worth crafting, please see the section of this guide dedicated to it.

7.

Useful Trinkets

Trinkets are a gear slot that can provide shifting value across different areas of content. They are also the easiest piece to alter how offensive or defensive-minded you wish to be. Because of this, you should keep many of the 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. Keep in mind that this is only a guideline, and that you should be simming your own character if you care about optimizing it.

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For the complete simulation results, check out Bloodmallet.com
8.

Valor and Item Upgrades

Having returned once again in Patch 9.0.5, the Valor currency can be obtained from a variety of activities. After earning enough of it, Valor can be used to upgrade any item obtained from a Mythic dungeon of any difficulty, including dungeons from Legion Timewalking! These upgrades carry through all the way to item level 298, though you must also have achieved Shadowlands Keystone Master: Season Four Icon Shadowlands Keystone Master: Season Four 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 with this currency.

8.1.

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.

8.1.1.

Domination Sockets and Shards

Although their effects were powerful once, Shards of Domination do not work in any dungeons of Shadowlands Mythic+ Season 4 or within any of the Fated Raids. They do still work within Torghast if you wish to hold onto them, but do not worry about collecting, keeping, or upgrading these items.

9.

Changelog

  • 30 Jul. 2022: Updated for Season 4
  • 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 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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