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Windwalker Monk DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Jan 14, 2020 at 00:30 by Pandanaconda 43 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 Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3.

1.

Best in Slot Set List for Windwalker Monks from Ny'Alotha, the Walking City

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.

For Azerite gear in Ny'Alotha, every piece of gear available has access to both Open Palm Strikes Icon Open Palm Strikes and another top tier Windwalker Monk trait. Therefore, it is very easy to consider all the Azerite gear as best in slot. However, we have chosen the gear with Open Palm Strikes Icon Open Palm Strikes on the outter ring as Best in Slot here, as this allows both access to perfect class trait and the Raid specific trait, Heart of Darkness Icon Heart of Darkness.

There is no recommended cloak for this raid, as players will have access to the Legendary Cloak, Ashjra'kamas, Shroud of Resolve Icon Ashjra'kamas, Shroud of Resolve.

Slot Item Source
Helm Stygian Guise Icon Stygian Guise Maut in Ny'alotha
Shoulders Spaulders of Aberrant Allure Icon Spaulders of Aberrant Allure Il'gynoth, Corruption Reborn in Ny'alotha
Chest Darkheart Robe Icon Darkheart Robe Vexiona in Ny'alotha
Wrists Wristwraps of Volatile Power Icon Wristwraps of Volatile Power Shad'har the Insatiable in Ny'alotha
Gloves Chitinspine Gloves Icon Chitinspine Gloves The Hivemind in Ny'alotha
Belt Cord of Anguished Cries Icon Cord of Anguished Cries Dark Inquisitor Xanesh in Ny'alotha
Legs Macabre Ritual Pants Icon Macabre Ritual Pants Maut in Ny'alotha
Feet Corpuscular Leather Greaves Icon Corpuscular Leather Greaves Carapace of N'Zoth in Ny'alotha
Ring #1 Logic Loop of Recursion Icon Logic Loop of Recursion Operation: Mechagon
Ring #2 Shorting Bit Band Icon Shorting Bit Band Operation: Mechagon
Weapons Unguent Caress Icon Unguent Caress Ra-den the Despoiled
2.

Corrupted Gear in Patch 8.3

Patch 8.3 removes Titanforging from Season 4 items and replaces it fully with a different system, corrupted gear. Refer to the general guide for information about corrupted gear, as this section will focus on Windwalker Monks.

Windwalker Monks do not interact in a particular way with the beneficial effects of Corrupted Gear. However, it is worth noting that the negative drawbacks can be easily dealt with.

2.1.

Negative effects of Corrupted Gear and Windwalker Monks

Having Corrupted gear provides Corruption, which both unlocks powerful effects and negative drawbacks. However, Windwalker Monks have many tools to deal with these effects.

The lowest tier effect is Grasping Tendrils Icon Grasping Tendrils, which applies a slow on Corrupted users. You can dispel this effect on yourself with Diffuse Magic Icon Diffuse Magic and on yourself or others with Tiger's Lust Icon Tiger's Lust. This can be very valuable as this slow can add to other mechanics and corruption effect and be quite lethal to some allies.

Two other corruption effects summon minions which will attack you, Eye of Corruption Icon Eye of Corruption and Grand Delusions Icon Grand Delusions. Both minions can be kited quite easily with your abilities. They make using any free GCD to place Transcendence Icon Transcendence extremely important, as it will later on save you time avoiding them. Make the most out of this very important spell.

3.

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.

Slot Item Source
Helm Helm of Hideous Transformation Icon Helm of Hideous Transformation Lady Ashvane
Shoulders Shoulderpads of Frothing Rage Icon Shoulderpads of Frothing Rage Radiance of Azshara
Cloak Cloak of Ill Tidings Icon Cloak of Ill Tidings Za'qul, Harbinger of Ny'alotha
Chest Tunic of the Sycophant Icon Tunic of the Sycophant Queen's Court
Wrists Cultured Pearl Armbands Icon Cultured Pearl Armbands Lady Ashvane
Gloves Anglerfish Feelers Icon Anglerfish Feelers Blackwater Behemoth
Belt Ship Swallower's Belt Icon Ship Swallower's Belt Blackwater Behemoth
Legs Formcrafter's Pants Icon Formcrafter's Pants Orgozoa
Feet Ardent Worshipper's Boots Icon Ardent Worshipper's Boots Queen's Court
Ring #1 Logic Loop of Recursion Icon Logic Loop of Recursion Operation: Mechagon
Ring #2 Shorting Bit Band Icon Shorting Bit Band Operation: Mechagon
Trinket #1 Azshara's Font of Power Icon Azshara's Font of Power Queen Azshara
Trinket #2
Weapons Claw of the Myrmidon Icon Claw of the Myrmidon Abyssal Commander Sivara
4.

Pre-Raid Gear for Windwalker Monks

4.1.

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 Manapearl Icon Prismatic Manapearls to upgrade other pieces. However, keep in mind that both the Benthic Shoulders Fathomstalker Shoulderpads Icon Fathomstalker Shoulderpads and the Benthic Helm Fathomstalker Headcover Icon Fathomstalker Headcover grant access to Open Palm Strikes Icon 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 Icon Vim's Scalecrusher Clasp is on par with belts around 20 item levels higher than it is. Fathomstalker Waistband Icon 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 Icon 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 Icon 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 Icon Ori's Tidal Wristwraps deal significant damage and should be used over gear significantly higher than it (including raid gear). Neri's Wavebreaker Bindings Icon 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 Icon 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 Icon 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.

4.2.

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 Icon Logic Loop of Recursion in combination with Shorting Bit Band Icon 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 Icon 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 Icon 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.

4.3.

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.

Slot Item Source
Helm Hood of the Slithering Loa Icon Hood of the Slithering Loa Temple of Sethraliss
Shoulders Mantle of Fastidious Machinations Icon Mantle of Fastidious Machinations Atal'Dazar
Cloak Drape of the Loyal Vassal Icon Drape of the Loyal Vassal Atal'Dazar
Chest Cephalohide Jacket Icon Cephalohide Jacket Siege of Boralus
Wrists Sea Dog's Cuffs Icon Sea Dog's Cuffs Freehold
Gloves Grips of Electrified Defense Icon Grips of Electrified Defense Temple of Sethraliss
Belt Cincture of the Azerite Arsenal Icon Cincture of the Azerite Arsenal Tol Dagor
Legs Blight Toadskin Leggings Icon Blight Toadskin Leggings Waycrest Manor
Boots Mercenary Miner's Boots Icon Mercenary Miner's Boots The MOTHERLODE!!
Ring #1 Overseer's Lost Seal Icon Overseer's Lost Seal Tol Dagor
Ring #2 Jade Ophidian Band Icon Jade Ophidian Band Temple of Sethraliss
Weapon Swarm's Edge Icon Swarm's Edge Temple of Sethraliss
4.4.

Best-in-Slot Trinkets from Mythic+ Dungeons

5.

Changelog

  • 14 Jan. 2020: Updated for 8.3 and included Ny'alotha gear guide, Corrupted gear.
  • 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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