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Windwalker Monk DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (BfA 8.0.1)

Last updated Yesterday at 23:02 by pandanaconda 1 comment

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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 Author

This guide has been written by Pandanaconda, one of the main theorycrafters of the spec. He is a co-founder of the Monk resource site Peak of Serenity, in charge of the Windwalker pages.

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.

All items drop from bosses in Antorus unless otherwise noted.

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 Cenedril, Reflector of Hatred Icon Cenedril, Reflector of Hatred Legendary item
Chest Tunic of Chi'Ji Icon Tunic of Chi'Ji Eonar the Life-Binder
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 Seeping Scourgewing Icon Seeping Scourgewing Varimathras

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 a very good legendary, but slightly worse than Cenedril, Reflector of Hatred Icon Cenedril, Reflector of Hatred at what it does thanks to Good Karma Icon Good Karma

The Wind Blows Icon The Wind Blows is a very strong legendary in combination with the 4-piece Tier 21 Set Bonus. Its effect still triggers from casting Fist of the White Tiger Icon Fist of the White Tiger, which might be removed. While it remains, use them in combination. If this effect is removed, you may want to use alternatives.

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 Touch of Death Icon Touch of Death at the start of a fight due to slight double dipping. It is a decent legendary and occasionally exceptional.

Katsuo's Eclipse Icon Katsuo's Eclipse provides quality of life and a decent effect in all situations.

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. It is worth noting, on large damage taken increases, Touch of Death is much stronger than usually. For instance, this legendary excels on the first and last boss of the Seat of the Triumvirate dungeon.

Cenedril, Reflector of Hatred Icon Cenedril, Reflector of Hatred is the strongest single target legendary thanks to Good Karma Icon Good Karma. It is easy to use it in order to gain a large damage boost. Against multiple targets, however, it is slightly weaker.

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
Everyone
Trinkets Havoc Demon Hunters, Feral/Guardian Druids, Hunters, Brewmaster Monks, Rogues, and Enhancement Shamans
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