Windwalker Monk DPS Spec, Builds, and Talents — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1

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

On this page, you will find out the best talents for each tier for your Windwalker Monk in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1. We also have default talent lists for various types of content, such as raiding or Mythic+. If you play with Warmode on, we have your PvP talents covered as well.

1. Talent Choices for Windwalker Monk

Level Choices
15 Eye of the Tiger Eye of the Tiger Chi Wave ? Chi Wave Chi Burst Chi Burst
30 Celerity Celerity Chi Torpedo Chi Torpedo Tiger's Lust Tiger's Lust
45 Ascension Ascension Fist of the White Tiger Fist of the White Tiger Energizing Elixir Energizing Elixir
60 Tiger Tail Sweep ? Tiger Tail Sweep Good Karma Good Karma Ring of Peace ? Ring of Peace
75 Inner Strength ? Inner Strength Diffuse Magic ? Diffuse Magic Dampen Harm ? Dampen Harm
90 Hit Combo Hit Combo Rushing Jade Wind Rushing Jade Wind Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger
100 Spiritual Focus ? Spiritual Focus Whirling Dragon Punch Whirling Dragon Punch Serenity Serenity

Talents can be freely changed when out of combat and in a rested XP area (such as an inn or a capital city). Moreover, Tome of the Tranquil Mind Icon Tome of the Tranquil Mind and Codex of the Tranquil Mind Icon Codex of the Tranquil Mind can be used to temporarily allow players to change talents anywhere, as long as they are out of combat.

2. Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents for Windwalker Monks

Eye of the Tiger Eye of the Tiger Chi Wave ? Chi Wave Chi Burst Chi Burst
  • Eye of the Tiger Icon Eye of the Tiger causes Tiger Palm Icon Tiger Palm to also apply both a buff (to yourself) and a debuff (to the target) called Eye of the Tiger. On you, it is an 8-second HoT, while on the target it is an 8-second DoT (dealing Nature damage). The DoT may only be active on one target at a time.
  • Chi Wave Icon Chi Wave is an active ability with a 15-second cooldown. It is essentially a chain-heal that bounces to the 7 nearest targets (within 25 yards). The bounces target allies and enemies alternatively. Each target that the wave bounces to is healed or damaged (Nature damage), depending on their alignment. The healing portion of Chi Wave is a smart heal, in the sense that it prefers healing low health players.
  • Chi Burst Icon Chi Burst is an active ability with a 30-second cooldown. It heals all friendly targets, and damages all hostile targets in a 40-yard line in front of you. It grants 1 Chi per enemy hit, up to 2 Chi.

In this tier, we recommend Chi Burst Icon Chi Burst for AoE situations, and Chi Wave Icon Chi Wave for strictly single target.

3. Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents for Windwalker Monks

Celerity Celerity Chi Torpedo Chi Torpedo Tiger's Lust Tiger's Lust
  • Celerity Icon Celerity passively increases the number of charges of Roll Icon Roll by 1, and reduces its cooldown by 5 seconds.
  • Chi Torpedo Icon Chi Torpedo replaces Roll Icon Roll. It causes you to roll a moderate distance in front of you (further than Roll), increasing your movement speed by 30% for 10 seconds. This effect stacks up to 2 times.
  • Tiger's Lust Icon Tiger's Lust is an active ability with a 30-second cooldown, which removes all roots and snares from the target, and grants them 70% increased movement speed for 6 seconds. It can be used either on yourself or on an ally.

In this tier that revolves around movement, the choice depends on your preference and on the requirements of the encounter.

Tiger's Lust Icon Tiger's Lust is a great choice for a movement speed boost, and this should probably be your default choice, as it is not linked to Roll Icon Roll and is therefore more versatile.

All three options fill different needs and preferences. Due to the large amount of mobility available to Monk specialisation, you can usually use any of the talents.

Tiger's Lust Icon Tiger's Lust can be used on allies which can be a life-saver for some slower specialisation. It will also occasionally remove some slow debuffs applied during encounters, linked to other effects.

4. Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents for Windwalker Monks

Ascension Ascension Fist of the White Tiger Fist of the White Tiger Energizing Elixir Energizing Elixir
  • Energizing Elixir Icon Energizing Elixir is an active ability with a 1-minute cooldown. It instantly restores all of your Energy and Chi.
  • Ascension Icon Ascension increases your maximum Chi by 1 and your Energy regeneration by 10%. It is not worth using in any scenario currently.
  • Fist of the White Tiger Icon Fist of the White Tiger gives you a strong Chi builder with a good damage component.

Fist of the White Tiger Icon Fist of the White Tiger is the strongest choice in this row for all situations.

5. Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents for Windwalker Monks

Tiger Tail Sweep ? Tiger Tail Sweep Good Karma Good Karma Ring of Peace ? Ring of Peace
  • Tiger Tail Sweep Icon Tiger Tail Sweep reduces the cooldown and improves the range of Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep.
  • Good Karma Icon Good Karma makes any damage prevented by Touch of Karma Icon Touch of Karma also heal you for the same amount.
  • Ring of Peace Icon Ring of Peace places a ring on the ground which will knock away any enemy inside of it or entering it. This is occasionally game breaking in some encounters.

Only Good Karma Icon Good Karma affects your personal survivability. However, since it does not provide output anymore, you can use both other options in encounters that benefit from the added crowd control.

6. Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents for Windwalker Monks

Inner Strength ? Inner Strength Diffuse Magic ? Diffuse Magic Dampen Harm ? Dampen Harm
  • Inner Strength Icon Inner Strength reduces the damage you take for a few seconds whenever you spend Chi. This will overall increase your effective health throughout the fight, reduce the healing you will require and decrease the chances of getting killed instantly in high level dungeon runs.
  • Diffuse Magic Icon Diffuse Magic reduces any magical damage you take.
  • Dampen Harm Icon Dampen Harm reduces physical damage you take based on how large each hit is.

None of the talents in this row will affect your performance. You will use all three of them in different circumstances. By default, if you do not know what sort of damage you will be facing, or when you will use defensives, pick Inner Strength Icon Inner Strength until you get a better idea.

7. Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents for Windwalker Monks

Hit Combo Hit Combo Rushing Jade Wind Rushing Jade Wind Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger
  • Rushing Jade Wind Icon Rushing Jade Wind deals damage over 6 seconds at the cost of one Chi. It is a solid option for AoE encounters.
  • Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger Icon Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger is an active ability with a 2-minute cooldown. It summons a pet, Xuen, for 20 seconds. The pet control bar allows you to choose what Xuen will do, although by default he attacks your primary target and uses Crackling Tiger Lightning Icon Crackling Tiger Lightning every second to deal damage to 3 enemies within 10 yards.
  • Hit Combo Icon Hit Combo causes each successive attack that triggers Mastery: Combo Strikes Icon Mastery: Combo Strikes grants 1% increased damage, stacking up to 6 times. The buff lasts for 10 seconds, with each new application refreshing its duration. However, the buff fades immediately when you use a series of attacks that would not trigger Combo Strikes (so, using the same attack twice in a row).

We recommend Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger Icon Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger for single target focused content, and Rushing Jade Wind Icon Rushing Jade Wind for extended AoE.

When talented into Rushing Jade Wind Icon Rushing Jade Wind, do not use it on single target situations. However, activate it slightly before other targets appear.

8. Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents for Windwalker Monks

Spiritual Focus ? Spiritual Focus Whirling Dragon Punch Whirling Dragon Punch Serenity Serenity

Serenity Icon Serenity and Whirling Dragon Punch Icon Whirling Dragon Punch are extremely strong talents with very important impact on gameplay. Currently, they are overall very close in value for single target purposes; however, occasionally both may shine.

We recommend you read our section about Serenity Icon Serenity in our rotation page, as this cooldown is very different from the rest of our spells.

Spiritual Focus Icon Spiritual Focus will reduce the cooldown on Storm, Earth, and Fire Icon Storm, Earth, and Fire by around 22 seconds, depending on your haste and the situation. This does not make it compete on single target with the alternatives, however, this may occasionally be an exception in encounters where burst cooldowns are valued much more than usual.

9. PvP Talents (War Mode)

In Battle for Azeroth, there will be the option to go into "War Mode". Enabling War Mode provides the following benefits:

  • PvP talents enabled in the outdoor world.
  • 10% increase in World Quest rewards at maximum level.
  • 10% more experience gained while leveling.
  • Earn Conquest Points which can reward gear every week.

With the benefits of enabling War Mode for leveling and PvE content, it is recommended to enable the feature to maximize your leveling and rewards at maximum level. However, you will make yourself available for open world PvP, and the possibility to be "ganked" while leveling or doing World Quests exists.

9.1. Windwalker Monk War Mode Talents

In this section we will rank the PvP talents best for leveling and doing solo / small group PvE content. Below is a ranking of both General PvP Talents and Windwalker Monk-specific PvE talents.

9.1.1. General PvP Talents

  1. Adaptation Icon Adaptation is likely your most passive choice since it will automatically remove loss of control effects over 5 seconds. It is recommended for leveling to take this PvP talent.
  2. Gladiator's Medallion Icon Gladiator's Medallion is an on-use ability that removes all movement impairing effects and all loss of control effects.
  3. Relentless Icon Relentless is also a passive ability but it does not automatically remove crowd control abilities but instead reduces the duration.

9.1.2. Windwalker Monk PvP Talents

  1. Wind Waker Icon Wind Waker grants you and allies affected by Windwalking Icon Windwalking an effect that makes them immune to slow and snare effects once every 30 seconds.
  2. Reverse Harm Icon Reverse Harm is an instant heal of decent power, occurring every 10 seconds on you or a nearby ally. Additionally, it hits enemies within 5 yards for the same amount.
  3. Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew increases your maximum health by 20% and reduces incoming damage by 20% for 15 seconds.
  4. Disabling Reach Icon Disabling Reach increases the range of your Disable Icon Disable to 10 yards.
  5. Alpha Tiger Icon Alpha Tiger grants you 30% Haste upon attacking a new target with Tiger Palm Icon Tiger Palm. This can happen once every 30 seconds per target.
  6. Grapple Weapon Icon Grapple Weapon grants you an additional spell which prevents your target from using their weapons for 6 seconds.
  7. Turbo Fists Icon Turbo Fists causes Fists of Fury Icon Fists of Fury to deal full damage to all targets hit and reduce their movement speed by 90%. It additionally grants you 100% Parry chance during the channel.
  8. Ride the Wind Icon Ride the Wind causes Flying Serpent Kick Icon Flying Serpent Kick to increase the movement speed of allies in its path by 30%. This applies to yourself. Also increases Flying Serpent Kicks cooldown by 10 seconds.
  9. Pressure Points Icon Pressure Points causes Touch of Death Icon Touch of Death to instantly kill targets below 10% Health. Additionally, it has its cooldown reset if the target dies while Touch of Death is still active.
  10. Tigereye Brew Icon Tigereye Brew generates stacks of Tigereye Brew whenever you spend 3 Chi. Using these stacks makes your attacks bypass armor but deal slightly less damage for 2 seconds per stack.
  11. Yu'lon's Gift Icon Yu'lon's Gift causes Flying Serpent Kick Icon Flying Serpent Kick to remove any snares. However, this does not work on daze (the slow from being dismounted).

Turbo Fists Icon Turbo Fists, Reverse Harm Icon Reverse Harm, and Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew are the three talents that will benefit you the most when doing PvE content. They grant you sustainability, as well as survivability.

10. Changelog

  • 10 Dec. 2018: Updated for 8.1.
  • 17 Aug. 2018: Added War Mode talents.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
Show more
Show less
Force desktop version
Force mobile version