Windwalker Monk DPS Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.5

Last updated on May 17, 2019 at 09:30 by Pandanaconda 38 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Windwalker Monk guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.5. 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 has strong priority target damage, very good AoE damage, and smooth rotations.

In terms of actual output, it is likely to be on par with most other melee specialisations. Moreover, Windwalkers are one of the very best in dungeons, where they bring both good AoE damage and utility through buffs and crowd control.

2. Patch 8.1 Changes for Windwalker Monk

Although Windwalker Monk remains very much the same in 8.1, several very relevant tuning changes have changed the specialisation to be much less burst focused. This indirectly benefits the AoE kit.

3. Strengths

  • Exceptional mobility;
  • High priority-target damage;
  • Flexible cooldowns and AoE tools.

4. Weaknesses

  • As the only DPS specialisation for Monks, Windwalkers are susceptible to class balance changes.
  • Windwalker Monks do not have access to immunities or very strong defensive cooldowns.
  • Currently, Windwalker Monks rely heavily on Touch of Karma Icon Touch of Karma to do competitive damage output.

5. Windwalker Monk Viability in the Current Patch

Windwalker Monks are a viable melee specialisation in the current patch. They do not rely on specific secondary stats, Azerite trait or gear requirement to perform well and are a very flexible specialisation. They bring a lot of utility and damage output to a dungeon group. 8.1 has taken us away from the burst centric Windwalker from the launch of Battle for Azeroth, which benefits Windwalker overall as a flexible melee specialisation.

6. Changelog

  • 17 May 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide updated with further tips.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (spells page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (addons 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.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 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 (stats page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (talents page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (this page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (gear page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated talent suggestions to fit current gear levels.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed and updated for Season Two of BfA.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Page added.
  • 18 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): Page updated to clarify Haste caps and racial benefits.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (how to improve page): Fixed the section about spending Chi. Updated for 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (gear page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (stats page): Updated for 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): Updated Rotation for 8.1, specifically changing the Azerite paragraphs.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (talents page): Updated for 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (this page): Updated for 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated with 8.1 changes, adding 4 new traits and removing 3 old ones.
  • 05 Oct. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated the template and made the Middle Ring section more accurate.
  • 03 Oct. 2018 (addons page): Removed Storm, Earth and Fire macro due to recent hotfix to cancelaura macros.
  • 03 Oct. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Bloodmallet sims for outer ring traits.
  • 03 Oct. 2018 (rotation page): Removed paragraphs about the Storm, Earth, and Fire macro. Changed the Azerite rotation tips to reflect recent changes.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Added content.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (gear page): Fixed dungeon Azerite gear. Added Uldir gear list.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (mythic+ page): Added a section about Detox. Added a section about Touch of Death.
  • 24 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated Azerite priorities to be in line with simulation changes.
  • 24 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Added more information about Swift Roundhouse.
  • 24 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Added mention of Darkmoon Deck: Fathoms.
  • 17 Aug. 2018 (this page): Added a paragraph on Windwalker viability in current patch.
  • 17 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Added War Mode talents.
  • 17 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): FAQ page added for Windwalker Monk.
  • 15 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added an AoE segment about traits.
  • 15 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Added more information about Serenity and Storm, Earth, and Fire. Added a section about Azerite in the rotation page.
  • 15 Aug. 2018 (addons page): Added Storm, Earth, and Fire macro.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (spells page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 06 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added initial Azerite Traits page.
  • 06 Aug. 2018 (how to improve page): Added initial Azerite Traits page.
  • 06 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Added initial simulation page.
  • 06 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Added page.
  • 21 Jul. 2018 (enchants page): Reverted consumables to legion ones after others were hotfixed.
  • 19 Jul. 2018 (rotation page): Clarified the Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger description. Clarified Chi Burst, Energizing Elixir and Serenity.
  • 19 Jul. 2018 (this page): Changed the strengths/weaknesses to be clearer.
  • 19 Jul. 2018 (easy mode page): Fixed a mention of Rushing Jade Wind in the Spinning Crane Kick description. Added a short mention of Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger.
  • 19 Jul. 2018 (stats page): Added a mention of Weapon Damage, as well as precising the effect of Critical rating.
  • 19 Jul. 2018 (enchants page): Removed the note about Belt Buckles as it was hotfixed not to be useable.
  • 18 Jul. 2018 (enchants page): Updated the recommended gem to an old Agility gem from Mists of Pandaria, added the names of the vendors that sell it. Updated the optimal potion to use. Updated the optimal flask to use. Added note about Belt Buckles to the Enchants table.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (stats page): Updated for the Battle of Azeroth pre-patch.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for the Battle of Azeroth pre-patch.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for the Battle of Azeroth pre-patch.
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