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Windwalker Monk DPS Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Jan 30, 2020 at 10:05 by Pandanaconda 44 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Windwalker Monk guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3. 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 underwhelming in its boss damage but can make up for it slightly with good on demand damage on priority targets. The buffs provided in Patch 8.3 are not enough to make Windwalker Monks good at it, however paired with their good utility and AoE they remain an asset, specially in multiple target encounters and dungeons.

2.

Patch 8.3 Changes for Windwalker Monks

Windwalker Monks did not receive significant changes in 8.3 outside of a straight single-target damage increase.

In addition, we have:

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

With no mechanical changes this patch and only a slight buff to their Single Target output, Windwalker Monks will not change a lot in 8.3. Their output is underwhelming for Single Target and very good for sustained or burst AoE.

6.

Changelog

  • 30 Jan. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Updated some Essences recommendations.
  • 30 Jan. 2020 (easy mode page): Updated some recommendations about Essences/Talents to be clearer.
  • 29 Jan. 2020 (talents page): Page updated to clarify suggestion and correct an error in the talent tree.
  • 21 Jan. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Guide added.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (this page): Updated information and viability based on 8.3 Patch Notes.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (mythic+ page): Updated for Season 4 and 8.3. Removed general information with the creation of the general guide.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (rotation 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.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (spells 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 (talents page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (gear page): Updated for 8.3 and included Ny'alotha gear guide, Corrupted gear.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated Azerite recommendations for 8.3 and Ny'alotha.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (The Eternal Palace page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (Essences page): Page updated for 8.3 and added notes about new Essences.
  • 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 (azerite traits and gear page): Added notes about Azerite from Operation: Mechagon.
  • 19 Jul. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated for Season 3 seasonal affix.
  • 19 Jul. 2019 (easy mode page): Added more Essences suggestions.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Updated to include Benthic Gear, full BiS List for The Eternal Palace.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (talents page): This page has been updated to mention the impact of Azerite Essences.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Updated guide to mention the presence of Aberrations.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been updated to include Azerite and Essence choices.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Page updated to mention Azerite choices available in The Eternal Palace.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (this page): Updated viability to reflect The Eternal Palace release.
  • 10 Jul. 2019 (gear page): This page has been reviewed to add The Eternal Palace loot.
  • 10 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Guide added.
  • 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 (Crucible of Storms 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 (spells 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 (talents page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 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 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 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 (Essences page): Page added.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (enchants page): Updated consumables for Patch 8.2.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (rotation page): Updated for Patch 8.2 to include Essence changes to rotation.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (stats 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 (simulations 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 (mythic+ 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.
  • 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 (FAQ 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 (addons 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 (stats 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 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 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 (talents page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 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 (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 (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.
  • 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 (rotation page): Updated Rotation for 8.1, specifically changing the Azerite paragraphs.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (stats page): Updated for 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (enchants 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 (Uldir 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 (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 (FAQ 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 (how to improve page): Fixed the section about spending Chi. Updated for 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (talents page): Updated for 8.1.
  • 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 (rotation page): Removed paragraphs about the Storm, Earth, and Fire macro. Changed the Azerite rotation tips to reflect recent changes.
  • 03 Oct. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Bloodmallet sims for outer ring traits.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Added content.
  • 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.
  • 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 (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 (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 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (spells page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 06 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Added page.
  • 06 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Added initial simulation page.
  • 06 Aug. 2018 (how to improve page): Added initial Azerite Traits page.
  • 06 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added initial Azerite Traits 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 (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.
  • 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 (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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