Windwalker Monk DPS Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1

Last updated on Dec 10, 2018 at 19:36 by Pandanaconda 37 comments

Welcome to our Windwalker Monk guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1. 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 generally perform well in dungeons.

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. Patch 8.0.1 Changes for Windwalker Monk

Windwalker has had several significant changes to its talents, however the rest of the kit remained mostly the same.

4. Strengths

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

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. Changelog

  • 10 Dec. 2018 (talents 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 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated with 8.1 changes, adding 4 new traits and removing 3 old ones.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (addons 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 (enchants 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 (stats page): Updated for 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (bosses 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 (FAQ 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 (how to improve page): Fixed the section about spending Chi. 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 (simulations 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 (addons page): Removed Storm, Earth and Fire macro due to recent hotfix to cancelaura macros.
  • 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 (bosses 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 (gear page): Added mention of Darkmoon Deck: Fathoms.
  • 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.
  • 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 (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.
  • 15 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added an AoE segment about traits.
  • 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 (enchants 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.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 06 Aug. 2018 (how to improve page): Added initial Azerite Traits page.
  • 06 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Added initial simulation page.
  • 06 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added initial Azerite Traits 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 (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 (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 (rotation page): Clarified the Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger description. Clarified Chi Burst, Energizing Elixir and Serenity.
  • 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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