Windwalker Monk DPS Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2.5

Last updated on Jul 22, 2019 at 11:30 by Pandanaconda 41 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Windwalker Monk guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2.5. 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 8.2 Changes for Windwalker Monks

There are no Windwalker Monk specific changes in Patch 8.2. However, we gained access to the following:

3.

Strengths of Windwalker Monks

  • Exceptional mobility;
  • High priority-target damage;
  • Flexible cooldowns and AoE tools.
4.

Weaknesses of Windwalker Monks

  • 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.
5.

Windwalker Monk Viability in the Current Patch

Little has changed for Windwalker Monks in Patch 8.2. They remain a very versatile specialisation with access to a wide array of offensive and defensive tools, as well as extreme mobility. They are still very desirable in dungeon content, where the Mystic Touch Icon Mystic Touch buff on top of flexible damage output and crowd control is excellent. In raid environments, it is easy to have access to Mystic Touch through other specializations, however it remains a solid and flexible Melee damage dealer. It is worth noting that one of the fights in The Eternal Palace forces every class to play as Windwalkers do naturally to perform Mastery: Combo Strikes Icon Mastery: Combo Strikes, giving them an edge in The Queen's Court.

6.

Changelog

  • 22 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Updated some encounter talents and tips.
  • 19 Jul. 2019 (rotation page): Added opener with Expel Harm, added section about cooldown line ups.
  • 19 Jul. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated for Season 3 seasonal affix.
  • 19 Jul. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Added notes about Azerite from Operation: Mechagon.
  • 19 Jul. 2019 (easy mode page): Added more Essences suggestions.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (this page): Updated viability to reflect The Eternal Palace release.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Updated to include Benthic Gear, full BiS List for The Eternal Palace.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Page updated to mention Azerite choices available in The Eternal Palace.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Updated guide to mention the presence of Aberrations.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (talents page): This page has been updated to mention the impact of Azerite Essences.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been updated to include Azerite and Essence choices.
  • 10 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Guide added.
  • 10 Jul. 2019 (gear page): This page has been reviewed to add The Eternal Palace loot.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (gear page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (enchants page): Updated consumables for Patch 8.2.
  • 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.
  • 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 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (rotation page): Updated for Patch 8.2 to include Essence changes to rotation.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Essences page): Page added.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (talents page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 18 Jun. 2019 (gear page): Reviewed Best in Slot list and updated to include new suggestions.
  • 17 May 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide updated with further tips.
  • 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 (mythic+ page): Updated talent suggestions to fit current gear levels.
  • 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 (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 (simulations 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 (rotation 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 (stats 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 (FAQ 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 (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 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (this page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 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 (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 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (simulations 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 (FAQ 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 (how to improve page): Fixed the section about spending Chi. 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.
  • 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 (this page): Updated for 8.1.
  • 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.
  • 05 Oct. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated the template and made the Middle Ring section more accurate.
  • 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.
  • 03 Oct. 2018 (addons page): Removed Storm, Earth and Fire macro due to recent hotfix to cancelaura macros.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (mythic+ page): Added a section about Detox. Added a section about Touch of Death.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (gear page): Fixed dungeon Azerite gear. Added Uldir gear list.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Added content.
  • 24 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Added more information about Swift Roundhouse.
  • 24 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated Azerite priorities to be in line with simulation changes.
  • 24 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Added mention of Darkmoon Deck: Fathoms.
  • 17 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Added War Mode talents.
  • 17 Aug. 2018 (this page): Added a paragraph on Windwalker viability in current patch.
  • 17 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): FAQ page added for Windwalker Monk.
  • 15 Aug. 2018 (addons page): Added Storm, Earth, and Fire macro.
  • 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.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (spells page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents 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 (mythic+ page): Added page.
  • 06 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Added initial simulation page.
  • 21 Jul. 2018 (enchants page): Reverted consumables to legion ones after others were hotfixed.
  • 19 Jul. 2018 (this page): Changed the strengths/weaknesses to be clearer.
  • 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.
  • 19 Jul. 2018 (rotation page): Clarified the Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger description. Clarified Chi Burst, Energizing Elixir and Serenity.
  • 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.
  • 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 (easy mode page): Updated for the Battle of 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.
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