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Windwalker Monk PvP Azerite Traits and Essences (BfA / Patch 8.3)

Last updated on Jan 18, 2020 at 13:27 by Mysticall 3 comments

Azerite Traits and Essences, introduced in Battle for Azeroth, need to be chosen correctly, to ensure optimal performance. On this page, we explain how to pick your major and minor essences and which traits are best.

This page is part of our Windwalker Monk PvP Guide.


Azerite Essences for Windwalker Monks

Essences allow players to customize their characters while adding a new ability to use. This section will cover the best overall Azerite Essences for Windwalker Monks in PvP.

For a general guide to all the essences, as well as how to obtain them and increase their ranks, check out our Essence guide.

Before reading this page, you should have a good understanding of the PvP playstyle of a Windwalker Monk. So we advise you to read our dedicated page on the subject.


Major Essences

Conflict Icon Conflict from Conflict and Strife grants us Reverse Harm Icon Reverse Harm as a baseline ability. Reverse Harm is a key ability for generating Chi. This Major Essence should be taken if you are going to be using PvP talents like Ride the Wind Icon Ride the Wind or Grapple Weapon Icon Grapple Weapon.

Versus teams that will be stacked often throughout an arena match, Essence of the Focusing Iris gives you the Major Power Focused Azerite Beam Icon Focused Azerite Beam. This power deals a large amount of damage and should be used as often as possible in arena.

If the enemy team will not be stacked, The Crucible of Flame is the best Major Essence. The Major Power (Concentrated Flame Icon Concentrated Flame) deals strong single-target damage to your target. With a short 30 second recharge time, the Major Power lines up well with Fists of Fury Icon Fists of Fury.


Minor Essences

In addition to having a Major Essence, you can choose two Minor Essences to place in your neck at Heart of Azeroth Levels 55 and 65.

Conflict and Strife grants a very powerful Versatility Minor Power (Strife Icon Strife). Not only do your spells have a chance to give you Versatility, but any loss of control to your character does too. This means that, if teams stun you and try to swap to you, you have additional Versatility and take less damage.

Lucid Dreams Icon Lucid Dreams (from Memory of Lucid Dreams) gives your spells and abilities a chance to refund 50% of the Energy spent on them and heal you. This is great for being able to use Tiger Palm Icon Tiger Palm more often to generate more Chi.

Strive for Perfection Icon Strive for Perfection (from Vision of Perfection) reduces the cooldown of Storm, Earth, and Fire Icon Storm, Earth, and Fire. This is a solid trait to be able to use your burst cooldown faster.

Breath of the Dying Icon Breath of the Dying grants the minor ability Lethal Strikes Icon Lethal Strikes. This will increase your overall damage output and also help with your survivability.


Azerite Traits for Windwalker Monks

Azerite traits are unlocked in you helm, shoulders and chest. With each Azerite level in your neck, you get closer to unlocking the center trait in your gear. These traits vary from increasing damage or healing of certain abilities to helping increase your survivability. Depending on what traits you use, it can completely alter your playstyle and what talents you should be using.

For more information about Azerite traits and your Heart of Azeroth, please refer to our dedicated guide.


Outer Ring

Below are the best Outer Ring traits.

  1. Open Palm Strikes Icon Open Palm Strikes
  2. Fury of Xuen Icon Fury of Xuen
  3. Sunrise Technique Icon Sunrise Technique
  4. Stronger Together Icon Stronger Together

The most important trait you are going to want to get in all pieces of your gear is Open Palm Strikes Icon Open Palm Strikes. This gives you additional damage when you use Fists of Fury Icon Fists of Fury. Fists of Fury make up a large majority of your damage and this is crucial for your burst damage. Other traits like Sunrise Technique Icon Sunrise Technique and Fury of Xuen Icon Fury of Xuen increase your overall sustained damage as well.


Middle Ring

Below are the best Middle Ring traits.

  1. Earthlink Icon Earthlink
  2. Elemental Whirl Icon Elemental Whirl
  3. Azerite Veins Icon Azerite Veins
  4. On My Way Icon On My Way
  5. Shimmering Haven Icon Shimmering Haven

The Middle and Inner Rings are important for additional defensives. Windwalker Monks are very weak when they are put into stuns. Traits like Azerite Veins Icon Azerite Veins and Shimmering Haven Icon Shimmering Haven help drastically. Traits like Earthlink Icon Earthlink and Elemental Whirl Icon Elemental Whirl increase your damage.


Inner Ring

Below are the best Inner Ring traits.

  1. Resounding Protection Icon Resounding Protection
  2. Strength of Spirit Icon Strength of Spirit
  3. Longstrider Icon Longstrider
  4. Self Reliance Icon Self Reliance

All of these traits give you additional ways of surviving. These are all passive, but are crucial to have.



  • 11 Feb. 2020: Updated Minor essences.
  • 18 Jan. 2020: This page was checked for Patch 8.3 and no update was deemed necessary.
  • 14 Nov. 2019: Page added.
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