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Windwalker Monk DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Dec 03, 2017 at 09:24 by Vlad 125 comments

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Windwalker Monks. It lists your best items and Legendaries, gives you gearing advice, and shows you how you will be competing for loot with other classes.

The other pages of our Windwalker Monk guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Babylonius, a prominent Windwalker Monk theorycrafter who maintains the Windwalker sections of Peak of Serenity. You can follow him on Twitter: @BabyloniusMonk.

1. Best in Slot List for Windwalker Monks

Bear in mind that all of this is subject to change based on Warforging and Titanforging happening on gear, so this is absolutely a guideline and not a rule. Note that it is also just dealing with gear from raid environments, so this could change if you are spending a large amount of time in Mythic+ and gaining different, rarer pieces.

Slot Item Source
Helm The Wind Blows Icon The Wind Blows Legendary item
Neck Collar of Null-Flame Icon Collar of Null-Flame Felhounds of Sargeras
Shoulders Meditation Spheres of Chi'Ji Icon Meditation Spheres of Chi'Ji The Coven of Shivarra
Cloak Cloak of Chi'Ji Icon Cloak of Chi'Ji Antoran High Command
Chest The Emperor's Capacitor Icon The Emperor's Capacitor Legendary item
Wrists Fiendish Logistician's Wristwraps Icon Fiendish Logistician's Wristwraps Antoran High Command
Gloves Grips of Chi'Ji Icon Grips of Chi'Ji Kin'garoth
Belt Belt of Fractured Sanity Icon Belt of Fractured Sanity Varimathras
Legs Leggings of Chi'Ji Icon Leggings of Chi'Ji Imonar the Soulhunter
Boots Vicious Flamepaws Icon Vicious Flamepaws Felhounds of Sargeras
Ring #1 Sullied Seal of the Pantheon Icon Sullied Seal of the Pantheon Argus the Unmaker
Ring #2 Band of the Sargerite Smith Icon Band of the Sargerite Smith Kin'garoth
Trinket #1 Golganneth's Vitality Icon Golganneth's Vitality Argus the Unmaker
Trinket #2 Shadow-Singed Fang Icon Shadow-Singed Fang Felhounds of Sargeras

2. Tier 21 Set Bonuses for Windwalker Monks

The 4-piece Tier 21 Set Bonus is very good and you should aim to obtain it as soon as you can. That said, it is probably not worth taking the 2-piece Set Bonus until you can go directly to the 4-piece.

3. Legendary Items for Windwalker Monks

Legendary items have a high item level of 1000, which makes them extremely strong. They are so strong, in fact, that a legendary item is always going to be worth equipping over any other item you might have in that slot.

However, there is a limitation on the number of legendary items you can have equipped at any one time (by default 1, but by now most players should be able to equip 2). Since some legendary items are better than others, if you have more items than the limit, you will have to choose which ones to equip.

Below, we will do our best to guide you through this process, as well as provide any other relevant information.

Ranking Windwalker legendaries is difficult, so they are only listed in approximate order below.

Drinking Horn Cover Icon Drinking Horn Cover is useful for all situations and is a great legendary item.

The Emperor's Capacitor Icon The Emperor's Capacitor is the best legendary item for use against a single target, especially when combined with Drinking Horn Cover Icon Drinking Horn Cover and the Serenity Icon Serenity talent). For AoE and cleaving damage, it is not nearly as good and there are better options available.

The Wind Blows Icon The Wind Blows is a reasonably good legendary item; it is stronger in single target situations. With the 4-piece Tier 21 Set Bonus, it is the strongest legendary item.

Cinidaria, the Symbiote Icon Cinidaria, the Symbiote provides 30% more damage when the target is above 90% health, making it very useful for bosses that require considerable burst at the beginning. It works well with  Icon Gale Burst at the start of a fight. That said, as your raid's overall gear level increases, the value of this item will drop (since targets will drop below 90% health faster), and it does not shine in any particular aspect in general.

Katsuo's Eclipse Icon Katsuo's Eclipse provides the strongest personal damage increase, and is a great general purpose legendary item.

Hidden Master's Forbidden Touch Icon Hidden Master's Forbidden Touch is only useful in multi-target situations, as the second Touch of Death Icon Touch of Death needs to be cast on a second target with another ability between so you do not lose the Mastery: Combo Strikes Icon Mastery: Combo Strikes bonus and Hit Combo Icon Hit Combo.

Cenedril, Reflector of Hatred Icon Cenedril, Reflector of Hatred is one of the strongest single target legendaries (though not the strongest one). It is easy to use it in order to gain a large damage boost. Against multiple targets, however, it is very weak.

Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish Icon Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish has good stats and provides a decent gain in single target situations. Against multiple targets, however, it is very powerful.

Soul of the Grandmaster Icon Soul of the Grandmaster is also reasonably good, and it is stronger in AoE situation.

Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret provides a strong Haste boost, which is useful in AoE situations and/or when you can stun, interrupt, and/or dispel during a fight. It is very strong in dungeons. Keep in mind that if you cannot regularly trigger its effect, it is a weak choice.

Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus provides a good cushion of health to help survive big hits of damage and require less healing. Also provides the most stats for any neck. For survivability, it is excellent, but for DPS purposes it is weak.

March of the Legion Icon March of the Legion provides the least amount of personal damage improvement, although it does provide useful raid utility in helping melee DPS increase their uptime on targets and in allowing players to move out of harmful effects faster.

4. Loot Competition for Windwalker Monks

Regarding the loot you will get from raid or dungeon bosses, you will compete with other classes in the following cases:

Item Type Competing Classes
Tier Tokens Hunters, Brewmaster/Mistweaver Monks, Shamans, and Warriors
Leather Armor Demon Hunters, Druids, Brewmaster/Mistweaver Monks, and Rogues
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Trinkets Havoc Demon Hunters, Feral/Guardian Druids, Hunters, Brewmaster Monks, Rogues, and Enhancement Shamans

5. ChangeLog

  • 03 Dec. 2017: Fixed a typo where we were referring to the Tier 21 Set Bonus as Tier 20.
  • 27 Nov. 2017: Updated tier Set Bonus recommendations for Tier 21, updated legendary rankings, and added BiS list.
  • 27 Oct. 2017: Removed mentions of viability of the Tier 19 2-piece Set Bonus, following a hotfix.
  • 16 Sep. 2017: Added Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish to the legendary list.
  • 28 Aug. 2017: Updated tier bonus recommendations.
  • 12 Jun. 2017: Updated legendary ranking and added a mention of Tier 20 Set Bonuses (although a clear recommendation is not yet possible).
  • 28 Apr. 2017: Updated legendary ranking and discussions.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: Slightly updated the description of Drinking Horn Cover to account for Patch 7.2 changes.
  • 13 Jan. 2017: Updated a few of the legendary item evaluations.
  • 10 Jan. 2017: Updated legendary recommendations and added Tier 19 Set Bonus recommendation.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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