Windwalker Monk DPS Guide — Shadowlands 9.0.5

Last updated on Apr 15, 2021 at 21:02 by Babylonius 24 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Windwalker Monk guide for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.5. Here, you will learn how to play as a Windwalker Monk in both raids and Mythic+ dungeons: from the very beginning to maximizing your DPS.

1.

Windwalker Monk Overview

The Windwalker specialisation is a melee DPS spec that focuses on using Energy, converting it into Chi, and using that Chi to deal damage. Windwalker is an incredibly mobile spec with a very strong presence in M+ and PvP, but historically lags beyond other specs in Raids.

2.

Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Windwalker Monks are a jack of all trades.
  • +Nearly unparalleled mobility potential.
  • +Strong burst and sustained stacked AoE and Cleave.
X Weaknesses
  • -Windwalker Monks are a jack of all trades, master of none.
  • -Lacking meaningful utility in many situations, like an immunity.
  • -Generally poor sustained single-target damage.
3.

Shadowlands Changes for Monks

We are maintaining a list of changes for Monks, so you can see what changes with every patch of Shadowlands.

Windwalker Monk is remaining largely the same in Shadowlands, with a few minor changes. The primary change is that Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger Icon Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger replaces Touch of Death Icon Touch of Death as a secondary DPS cooldown in addition to Storm, Earth, and Fire Icon Storm, Earth, and Fire. Touch of Death Icon Touch of Death becomes a small "execute" that you use whenever it is available.

Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger Icon Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger now takes 10% of the damage that you do during its duration and explodes it onto nearby targets every 4 seconds for its 24 second duration.

Other than those two changes, there isn't a practice difference between Windwalker in Shadowlands compared to Battle for Azeroth.

For more information about the new systems in Shadowlands, see our other pages for Torghast, Legendary Powers, and Covenants.

4.

Leveling a Windwalker Monk

If you want to play a Windwalker Monk, but currently do not have one at max level, you can check out our leveling guide for tips on your journey.

Once you reach max level, it can be somewhat overwhelming to completely change the way you play by suddenly implementing a large number of addons in a short space of time, especially if they have a heavy visual impact on your UI. We recommend using some of the more basic addons recommended on our Addons page below while leveling, so that you have more time to get used to them during the easier phases of playing your class.

5.

Basics of Windwalker Monk Gameplay

Windwalker Monk is a spec about manging resources and abilities with cooldowns at the same time. The primary concern for Windwalkers is to use Tiger Palm Icon Tiger Palm to convert Energy into Chi for abilities like Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick and Fists of Fury Icon Fists of Fury with as little of a delay as possible, while not capping your Energy or Chi.

Windwalker will inherently have more resources than you can use on those two abilities, so Windwalkers need to learn how to adequately incorporate enough Blackout Kick Icon Blackout Kick into the rotation so as to not overflow with Chi, but not so much that you don't have the Chi necessary to cast Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick and Fists of Fury Icon Fists of Fury as soon as they are available.

The Windwalker Monk Mastery, Mastery: Combo Strikes Icon Mastery: Combo Strikes, forces the Windwalkers to prepare and think several steps ahead, since they will want to avoid using Blackout Kick Icon Blackout Kick or Tiger Palm Icon Tiger Palm back to back, rather trying to weave them artfully between other abilities in order to get the maximum damage possible.

If you are a beginner to the spec, but would like to learn the basics of the class, recommend looking through the Spell Summary first, as well as the Easy Mode page linked below.

If you are already familiar with Windwalker, you can head to the Talents and Rotation pages to jump into the more complex, detailed information.

6.

How to Gear Up as a Windwalker Monk

Gearing as a Windwalker is relatively simple, start by grabbing the highest item level pieces you can get. Once you've accomplished that you will want to take a look at our dedicated Gear Guide for more information on how optimize your character's gear for playing.

After your character's gear is taken care of, the next step is to maximize your damage through other means. One way to do this is through using consumables, gems, and enchants. For information about those additional aspects of maximizing your character, see our dedicated pages for what you need.

7.

End-Game as a Windwalker Monk

Leveling and "end-game" content generally look very different. Regardless of what type of content you are interested in, we have pages dedicated to providing you with the information that you need to be successful.

8.

Improving as a Windwalker Monk

Everyone struggles from time to time, but what's important is how you overcome those struggles. Here are some pages with information and frequently asked questions or mistakes that players make that you may find helpful in improving your own performance.

9.

Changelog

  • 15 Apr. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated Covenant Recommendations to recommend Kyrian for everything.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Reviewed for 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (enchants page): Reviewed for 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (gear page): Page reviewed for 9.0.5; Added section on Valor Upgrades.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (rotation page): Reviewed for 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (stats page): Reviewed for 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Torghast): Reviewed for 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (spells page): Reviewed for 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (easy mode page): Reviewed for 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (talents page): Reviewed for 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Legendaries): Page Reviewed for 9.0.5; Moved Xuen's Battlegear up to 2nd place following its buffs.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (mythic+ page): Reviewed for 9.0.5.
  • 07 Mar. 2021 (Castle Nathria page): Page reviewed for 9.0.5; no changes necessary.
  • 10 Feb. 2021 (gear page): Added BiS list for Nathria.
  • 07 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Updated for Castle Nathria release.
  • 04 Dec. 2020 (talents page): Removed Old PvP Trinket talents
  • 04 Dec. 2020 (easy mode page): Removed Fist of the White Tiger from single-target priority list.
  • 01 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Added placeholder Castle Nathria page.
  • 25 Nov. 2020 (Torghast): Page added.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (this page): Page reviewed and updated for Shadowlands Expansion Release; added links for new systems.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (how to improve page): Page reviewed and updated for Shadowlands Expansion Release; added Expel Harm in several places.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (simulations page): Page reviewed and updated for Shadowlands Expansion Release; No changes needed.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (gear page): Page reviewed and updated for Shadowlands Expansion Release; added rough "BiS" list for dungeons.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (addons page): Page reviewed and updated for Shadowlands Expansion Release; added Talent Swapping Macros.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (enchants page): Page reviewed and updated for Shadowlands Expansion Release; changed recommendations to Shadowlands items.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (stats page): Page reviewed and updated for Shadowlands Expansion Release; No changes needed.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page reviewed and updated for Shadowlands Expansion Release; added information on new Affixes
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (rotation page): Page reviewed and updated for Shadowlands Expansion Release; Removed references to Azerite.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Page reviewed and updated for Shadowlands Expansion Release; No changes needed.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (spells page): Page reviewed and updated for Shadowlands Expansion Release; Added Expel Harm as a Chi Generator
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (easy mode page): Page reviewed and updated for Shadowlands Expansion Release; removed Azerite and Essence information.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (FAQ page): Page reviewed and updated for Shadowlands Expansion Release; changed prognosis for Shadowlands.
  • 20 Nov. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Page added.
  • 20 Nov. 2020 (Legendaries): Page created
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (simulations page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (FAQ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (easy mode page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (addons page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (rotation page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (this page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (how to improve page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (The Eternal Palace page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 22 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Updated some encounter talents and tips.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Updated guide to mention the presence of Aberrations.
  • 10 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Guide added.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 17 May 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide updated with further tips.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Page added.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Added content.
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