Windwalker Monk DPS Guide in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Oct 05, 2018 at 17:12 by pandanaconda 36 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Windwalker Monk DPS guide for World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Windwalker Monk in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

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. Class 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 very well in dungeons.

2. 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.

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.

6. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 14 pages:

7. Changelog

  • 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 (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.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (bosses page): Added content.
  • 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.
  • 24 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Added more information about Swift Roundhouse.
  • 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.
  • 17 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Added War Mode talents.
  • 15 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added an AoE segment about traits.
  • 15 Aug. 2018 (addons page): Added Storm, Earth, and Fire macro.
  • 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 (spells page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 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 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 06 Aug. 2018 (common mistakes page): Added initial Azerite Traits page.
  • 06 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Added page.
  • 06 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added initial Azerite Traits 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 (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 (enchants page): Removed the note about Belt Buckles as it was hotfixed not to be useable.
  • 19 Jul. 2018 (stats page): Added a mention of Weapon Damage, as well as precising the effect of Critical rating.
  • 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 (stats page): Updated for the Battle of Azeroth pre-patch.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for the Battle of Azeroth pre-patch.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for the Battle of Azeroth pre-patch.
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