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

Last updated on Oct 12, 2018 at 04:01 by Mysticall 1 comment

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Introduction

This guide will walk you through everything you need to know to play a Windwalker Monk in a PvP environment. The guide will cover everything from talent choices, pvp talents, gameplay and rotation, and useful racial bonuses. It is most applicable to Arena content, but most talents and racial bonuses will work in Rated Battlegrounds and skirmishes.

About The Author

This guide has been written by Mysticall, a seasoned PvP player who has repeatedly achieved Arena Master and 2500 rating. You can watch his stream on Twitch, and you can also check out his YouTube channel.

1. Spec Overview / Place in the Current Meta for Windwalker Monks

Windwalker Monks are one of the best melee specializations in the game right now. They not only have some of the best spread pressure as a melee, they have almost unmatched single-target burst. All it takes is one coordinated set-up for a Windwalker Monk to quickly kill an enemy.

1.1. Strengths of Windwalker Monks

  • Great mobility
  • Strong team utility
  • Strong self-healing

1.2. Weaknesses of Windwalker Monks

  • Weak sustained damage
  • No defensive abilities when stunned
  • Difficult for newer players

2. Stat Priority for Windwalker Monks in PvP

The stat priority for Windwalker Monk in PvP is as follows:

  1. Agility;
  2. Versatility;
  3. Critical Strike;
  4. Mastery.
  5. Haste.

Agility is the best stat in all situations. Versatility is the strongest secondary stat at all times due increasing your damage and reducing the amount of damage you take. You should also try to focus on getting Critical Strike. This increases the chance your abilities will deal more damage.

3. 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.

3.1. Outer Ring

Below are the best Outer Ring traits.

  1. Swift Roundhouse Icon Swift Roundhouse
  2. Sunrise Technique Icon Sunrise Technique
  3. Open Palm Strikes Icon Open Palm Strikes
  4. Stronger Together Icon Stronger Together

The most important trait you are going to want to get in all pieces of your gear is Swift Roundhouse Icon Swift Roundhouse. This gives you additional damage to your Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick. Rising Sun Kick makes up a large majority of your damage and this is crucial for your burst damage. Other traits like Sunrise Technique Icon Sunrise Technique and Stronger Together Icon Stronger Together increase your overall sustained damage as well.

3.2. 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.

3.3. Inner Ring

Below are the best Inner Ring traits.

  1. Azerite Fortification Icon Azerite Fortification
  2. Resounding Protection Icon Resounding Protection
  3. Strength of Spirit Icon Strength of Spirit
  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.

4. Gear Recommendations

4.1. General Guidelines

In general, Windwalker Monks will want gear that has their primary stat, Agility, and both of their best secondary stats, Versatility and Critical Strike.

4.2. Recommended Items

Dread Gladiator's Badge Icon Dread Gladiator's Badge is strong for the versatility and the on-use Agility effect. The 2-minute cooldown lines up well with Serenity Icon Serenity, if you are using that talent, and Touch of Death Icon Touch of Death.

Dread Gladiator's Insignia Icon Dread Gladiator's Insignia has a good amount of Versatility on it and has a passive effect. This effect increases your Agility. This increases your sustained damage.

Dread Gladiator's Medallion Icon Dread Gladiator's Medallion is good because of the on-use Versatility effect. This increases your overall damage and lines up well with your burst cooldowns.

4.3. Weapon Enchant

Enchant Weapon - Versatile Navigation Icon Enchant Weapon - Versatile Navigation is the best weapon enchant. This enchant gives you a strong Versatility buff that can be crucial in multiple ways. The proc increases your overall damage output and is great if you can line it up with your burst. It is also good for when you get put in a stun and a team swaps to you. The damage reduction might be enough to keep you alive.

5. Regular Talents for Windwalker Monks

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

While the above table provides a generally accurate overview of the viability of talents, some finer points are discussed in the sections that follow, and we recommend you read those for a deeper understanding.

5.1. Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

Chi Wave Icon Chi Wave is the best choice in this tier. This talent is best because it helps apply some damage and healing.

5.2. Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents

Tiger's Lust Icon Tiger's Lust is the best choice in this tier. This is important to have because it breaks all roots and snares and gives you a 70% movement speed increase. This helps Monks or your teammates when they are being kited.

5.3. Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents

Fist of the White Tiger Icon Fist of the White Tiger is the best choice in this tier. This talent helps you generate Chi for important abilities like Fists of Fury Icon Fists of Fury or Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick.

5.4. Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents

Ring of Peace Icon Ring of Peace is the best choice in this tier. This is a great utility spell to have. You can use it to help your teammates that are stunned or to interrupt crowd control. If you find yourself dying through Touch of Karma Icon Touch of Karma often, Good Karma Icon Good Karma is a good choice against mobile targets you cannot kite.

5.5. Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents

Against teams with two melee on it, Inner Strength Icon Inner Strength is the best choice in this tier. This will allow you to play offensively and defensively.

Against any other team, Dampen Harm Icon Dampen Harm is the best choice in this tier. This is a solid defensive against classes with strong burst damage.

5.6. Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents

If you are playing against a team with two melee on it, Rushing Jade Wind Icon Rushing Jade Wind is the best choice in this tier. This is just a great way to have spread damage. However, against any other team, Hit Combo Icon Hit Combo is the best choice in this tier as it helps with both consistent and burst damage.

5.7. Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents

Whirling Dragon Punch Icon Whirling Dragon Punch is the best choice in this tier. This gives your team strong single target and spread pressure with a very short cooldown.

6. PvP Talents for Windwalker Monks

The first PvP talent tier is will give you a choice between Gladiator's Medallion Icon Gladiator's Medallion, Relentless Icon Relentless, and Adaptation Icon Adaptation. Gladiator's Medallion is the best choice in this tier. It is great for removing crowd control on you that your healer cannot dispel.

You can choose 3 of the following PvP talents. Each of them has their uses, but some are better for certain strategies than others. The top three choices are the most useful, but can be replaced with other PvP talents depending on your team's goal.

Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew increases your current and maximum Health by 20%, and reducing damage taken by 20% for 15 seconds. This is crucial as you will be the primary target versus most teams. Use this when your healer is in crowd control and you cannot use Transcendence: Transfer Icon Transcendence: Transfer.

Grapple Weapon Icon Grapple Weapon grapples the target's weapons and shield, returning them to you for 6 seconds. A very strong utility talent that should be used whenever you are playing versus a melee class. You can use this when a teammate is in a stun to prevent a lot of damage.

Control the Mists Icon Control the Mists allows to cast Vivify Icon Vivify instantly every 10 seconds, reducing its Energy cost by 100%. Each Chi spent reduces the remaining time by 2 seconds. This talent allows you to stay aggressive and gives you a great heal.

Ride the Wind Icon Ride the Wind causes Flying Serpent Kick Icon Flying Serpent Kick to form a path of wind in its wake, increasing the movement speed of all allies who stand in it by 30% and rendering them immune to slowing effects. However, it does increase the cooldown of Flying Serpent Kick Icon Flying Serpent Kick by 10 seconds. This talent is crucial if you think your healer will be the primary target for the enemy team. This will help your entire team kite away from burst damage. You can replace Control the Mists Icon Control the Mists with this talent.

Tigereye Brew Icon Tigereye Brew consumes up to 10 stacks of Tigereye Brew Icon Tigereye Brew to empower your Physical abilities with wind for 2 seconds per stack consumed. Damage of your strikes are reduced, but bypass armor. For each 3 Chi you consume, you gain a stack of Tigereye Brew Icon Tigereye Brew. This is a strong, aggressive talent when playing against classes like Paladin, Death Knight or Warrior. You can swap Control the Mists Icon Control the Mists with this talent.

7. Racial Bonuses for Windwalker Monks

Racial bonuses can provide interesting PvP benefits. Here are the best races to choose for each faction.

7.1. Horde

The passive Orc racial bonus (Hardiness Icon Hardiness) is great if you find yourself being stunned a lot and having a hard time against melee classes.

7.2. Alliance

The Human racial bonus (Every Man for Himself Icon Every Man for Himself) is a great way to get out of stuns.

8. Playstyle for Windwalker Monks

The main role for a Windwalker Monk is simple: use your mobility to relentlessly attack a target and use your strong single-target cooldowns to burst your enemies down. You have very minimal crowd control for the enemy healer, in the form of Paralysis Icon Paralysis. It is because of this that you will use the large amount of damage output you have to make the enemy team use their defensive cooldowns. By managing your damaging buffs, a Windwalker can unleash a devastating amount of damage in a short amount of time.

8.1. Before Gates Open

Know exactly where to put your Transcendence Icon Transcendence portal. Although it does not seem like it, using your Transcendence Icon Transcendence effectively is crucial in Windwalker survivability.

8.2. The Opener

The opener refers to your team's opening crowd control chain and damage done as soon as you get out of the gates. The main goal in the opener is to force your enemies to use their cooldowns. If the enemy healer uses their trinket in the opener, they are in trouble. Windwalkers have Paralysis Icon Paralysis (an incapacitate effect with diminishing return) and Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep (a stun with diminishing returns). Always use Paralysis Icon Paralysis on the enemy healer and, if the enemy team is grouped up, try to Leg Sweep the healer.

Managing your Hit Combo Icon Hit Combo is crucial to the Windwalker Monk rotation. Your mastery, Mastery: Combo Strikes Icon Mastery: Combo Strikes, will help increase your sustained and burst damage.

This is the rotation you should use on your target at the beginning of the game.

  1. Use Chi Wave Icon Chi Wave to generate a stack of Hit Combo Icon Hit Combo.
  2. Use Tiger Palm Icon Tiger Palm to generate Chi.
  3. Use Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick.
  4. Use Blackout Kick Icon Blackout Kick.
  5. Use Paralysis Icon Paralysis on the enemy healer.
  6. Use your burst rotation.
  7. After your burst, perform your sustained damage rotation until your burst cooldowns are available.

8.2.1. Burst Damage

When you have the enemy healer in crowd control and you are trying to kill an enemy, you use your burst damage.

  1. Before you use your burst rotation, generate 2-3 Chi.
  2. You want to make sure you have 6 stacks of Hit Combo Icon Hit Combo. Do this by rotating abilities.
  3. Use Paralysis Icon Paralysis on your target if you already have crowd control on the enemy healer.
  4. Use Touch of Death Icon Touch of Death.
  5. Use Tigereye Brew Icon Tigereye Brew if you are using that PvP talent.
  6. Use Storm, Earth, and Fire Icon Storm, Earth, and Fire.
  7. Use Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep.
  8. Use Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick.
  9. Use Fist of the White Tiger Icon Fist of the White Tiger.
  10. Use Fists of Fury Icon Fists of Fury.
  11. Use Whirling Dragon Punch Icon Whirling Dragon Punch.
  12. Use Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick.
  13. Use Tiger Palm Icon Tiger Palm to generate Chi if you are using Storm, Earth, and Fire Icon Storm, Earth, and Fire.

8.2.2. Sustained damage

Sustained damage is damage you do when your burst cooldowns are not available.

  1. Use Chi Wave Icon Chi Wave to maintain stacks of Hit Combo Icon Hit Combo.
  2. Use Tiger Palm Icon Tiger Palm to generate Chi.
  3. Use Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick.
  4. Use Fist of the White Tiger Icon Fist of the White Tiger.
  5. Use Fists of Fury Icon Fists of Fury.
  6. Use Blackout Kick Icon Blackout Kick as a filler ability between cooldowns.
  7. Use Whirling Dragon Punch Icon Whirling Dragon Punch.

8.3. Defensive Techniques

Touch of Karma Icon Touch of Karma is the our main defensive cooldown. Use this when the enemy team is focusing you down and your healer cannot heal you through it or is stuck in crowd control. It absorbs 50% of your Health pool and heals you.

Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew is a very strong defensive cooldown. This not only decreases the amount of damage you take, but it increases your Health. This affects how much Health you get back when using a Healthstone Icon Healthstone.

Finally, use Monk mobility as a defensive technique.

  1. Flying Serpent Kick Icon Flying Serpent Kick can be useful if you have taken the Tiger Style Icon Tiger Style or Ride the Wind Icon Ride the Wind pvp talents. This helps with getting around pillars to get away from enemies.
  2. Transcendence Icon Transcendence and Transcendence: Transfer Icon Transcendence: Transfer all you to port away from incoming damage and reposition yourself with your healer.
  3. Roll Icon Roll, if using the Yu'lon's Gift Icon Yu'lon's Gift honor talent, also removes snares from you. This helps when being kited or stuck in the middle of the map.

9. Best Team Compositions for Windwalker Monks

Now that you have the correct talents and understand your damage rotation, it is time to step into the Arena with your team. With spells like Fists of Fury Icon Fists of Fury, Whirling Dragon Punch Icon Whirling Dragon Punch, and Storm, Earth, and Fire Icon Storm, Earth, and Fire, Windwalker Monks excel at dealing consistent cleave damage to enemy teams. Your goal is to land a full Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep on an enemy without a trinket and use your burst rotation with Touch of Death Icon Touch of Death to secure a kill.

9.1. 2v2 Arena

In 2v2 Arena, you will primarily be playing with a healer. Your goal is to relentlessly attack the enemy healer until they have no cooldowns left. Every time you use Serenity Icon Serenity or Storm, Earth, and Fire Icon Storm, Earth, and Fire, you will want to Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep the enemy healer. The goal of this is to always have consistent damage that the enemy healer will have to heal. It is important to note that Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick applies a debuff (Mortal Wounds Icon Mortal Wounds on the target that reduces the healing the enemy gets healed for.

Here is a list of the best team compositions for 2v2:

  • Windwalker + Discipline Priest
  • Windwalker + Restoration Druid
  • Windwalker + Holy Paladin

9.2. 3v3 Arena

Your role in 3v3 is slightly different than 2v2 arena. You will likely be playing Whirling Dragon Punch Icon Whirling Dragon Punch and focusing on cleave damage. When your team has damage, you will want to use Paralysis Icon Paralysis on the enemy healer and then Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep your kill target. There is always potential for a kill on a target if they do not have trinket and you can use Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep/Touch of Death Icon Touch of Death with your burst rotation.

Here is a list of the best team compositions for 3v3:

  • Walking Dead (Windwalker Monk + Frost Death Knight + Holy Paladin)
  • Windwalker Monk + Havoc Demon Hunter + Restoration Druid/Holy Paladin
  • Windwalker Monk + Elemental Shaman + Discipline Priest/Holy Paladin
  • Windwalker Monk + Arcane Mage + Holy Paladin/Discipline Priest/Restoration Druid

10. Useful Macros for Windwalker Monks

Macros are crucial to be successful in PvP. They allow players to use abilities on enemies without having to target them. This helps increase overall damage/healing and general awareness in the arena. Here are a few macros that all Windwalker Monks can benefit from.

10.1. Paralysis 123 Macro

  • #showtooltip Paralysis
  • /cast [target=arena1] Paralysis

Using this macro will cast Paralysis Icon Paralysis on arena enemy 1. This makes it easier to crowd control an enemy while staying focused on your target. If you want macros for the second and third enemies, simply change the arena1 to arena2 or arena3.

10.2. Detox Party Macro

  • #showtooltip Detox
  • /cast [target=party1] Detox

Using this macro will cast Detox Icon Detox on party player 1. This makes it easier to dispel a teammate while staying focused on your target. If you want a macro to dispel the second party member, change the party1 to party2.

10.3. Tiger's Lust Party Macro

  • #showtooltip Tiger's Lust
  • /cast [target=party1] Tiger's Lust

Using this macro will cast Tiger's Lust Icon Tiger's Lust on party player 1. This makes it easier to help your teammates while staying focused on your target. If you want a macro to use Tiger's Lust Icon Tiger's Lust on the second party member, change the party1 to party2.

10.4. Touch of Death Macro

  • #showtooltip Touch of Death
  • /use [@target,exists] Touch of Death

This macro will use Touch of Death Icon Touch of Death on an enemy without auto-attacking them. This is important because most Windwalker Monk setups start with a Paralysis Icon Paralysis that you do not want to break from damage.

11. Changelog

  • 12 Oct. 2018: Added Gear Recommendations section.
  • 08 Oct. 2018: Added talent table.
  • 02 Oct. 2018: Removed PvP Gear and War Mode sections.
  • 24 Sep. 2018: Removed Artifact Traits section.
    • Removed Relics section.
    • Added Stat Priority section.
    • Added Azerite Traits section.
  • 27 Aug. 2018: Updated Air Drops section.
  • 11 Aug. 2018: Updated guide for patch 8.0.1.
    • Updated Introduction and spec overview.
    • Updated Tiers 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 regular talent sections.
    • Added PvP (War Mode) talents and gear sections for the new BfA system.
    • Updated Racial Bonuses section.
    • Updated Burst Damage and Sustained Damage sections.
    • Updated Macros section.
    • Removed Gear section.
    • Updated Artifact Traits and Relics sections.
  • 03 May 2018: Added an Arena Compositions section.
  • 16 Mar. 2018: Made several updates to the guide and its structure.
    • Added sections for Macros, Strengths, and Weaknesses.
    • Moved Gear, Artifact Traits, and Relics sections to the end, since they are not that important.
    • Updated Tier 7 regular talent, tier 2 honor talent, and Burst Damage section.
  • 21 Jan. 2018: No major changes needed for patch 7.3.5.
  • 30 Nov. 2017: Updated guide for Patch 7.3.2.
    • Updated "About The Author".
    • Updated recommended tier 7 regular talent.
    • Updated recommended tier 5 honor talent.
    • Updated "Burst Damage" rotation.
  • 05 Sep. 2017: Updated recommended Tier 2 and 6 regular talents, as well as burst and sustained damage rotations.
  • 28 Jun. 2017: Updated recommended Tier 7 regular talent and burst rotation.
  • 05 Apr. 2017: Updated recommended Tier 3 honor talent.
  • 03 Mar. 2017: Guide added.
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