Windwalker Monk PvP Talents and Builds (Shadowlands / 9.1)
Choosing the right PvP and PvE talents is a prerequisite to proper performance in PvP. This guide goes through the various talent choices available to you as a Windwalker Monk and gives you the best combinations you can take.
This page is part of our Windwalker Monk PvP Guide.
Regular Talents for Windwalker Monks
|15||✘ Eye of the Tiger||✔ Chi Wave||✘ Chi Burst|
|25||✘ Celerity||✘ Chi Torpedo||✔ Tiger's Lust|
|30||✔ Ascension||✘ Fist of the White Tiger||✘ Energizing Elixir|
|35||✘ Tiger Tail Sweep||✔ Good Karma||✔ Ring of Peace|
|40||✘ Inner Strength||✔ Diffuse Magic||✔ Dampen Harm|
|45||✘ Hit Combo||✘ Rushing Jade Wind||✔ Dance of Chi-Ji|
|50||✘ Spiritual Focus||✔ Whirling Dragon Punch||✘ 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.
Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents
Chi Wave is the best choice in this tier. This talent is best because it helps apply some damage and healing. This is works well with your Mastery, Mastery: Combo Strikes, to help prevent you from repeating two of the same spell.
Tier 2 (Level 25) Talents
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.
Tier 3 (Level 30) Talents
Ascension is the best choice in this tier. This increases your maximum Chi, Energy and Energy regeneration. All of this results in more damage output. This talent is also great for when you are in crowd control or cannot reach an enemy. Your Energy will be regenerating quicker and you will have more damage for when you reach your target.
Tier 4 (Level 35) Talents
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 often, Good Karma is a good choice against mobile targets you cannot kite.
Tier 5 (Level 40) Talents
Against teams with magical damage, Diffuse Magic is the best choice in this tier. This gives you an additional defensive cooldown for when the casters use their offensive cooldowns.
Against any other team, Dampen Harm is the best choice in this tier. This is a solid defensive against classes with strong burst damage.
Tier 6 (Level 45) Talents
If you are playing against a team with two melee on it, Dance of Chi-Ji is the best choice in this tier. This is just a great way to have spread damage. However, against any other team, Hit Combo is the best choice in this tier as it helps with both consistent and burst damage.
Tier 7 (Level 50) Talents
Against teams without slows or roots, 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.
PvP Talents for Windwalker Monks
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.
Mandatory PvP Talents
Reverse Harm makes Expel Harm deal more damage and generate Chi. This is crucial for increasing your survivability and making your rotation feel much smoother. Reverse Harm will be used to help build up Chi if you have previously used Tiger Palm and heal you for a good amount when you are being focused.
Alpha Tiger gives you 30% Haste when you use Tiger Palm on a new player. This effect can only happen once every 30 seconds, but allows you to swap to new targets when you get the buff. This, in combination with other burst cooldowns, will give you a significant increase to your damage output.
Situational PvP Talents
Versus teams with melee on it, Turbo Fists is a mandatory PvP talent. This not only increases the damage of your Fists of Fury, but it slows enemies hit by it and you Parry all attacks while it is channeling. This makes it so you can use Fists of Fury aggressively for damage, but also use it defensively to prevent some incoming damage and slow an entire team.
Ride the Wind causes Flying Serpent Kick to form a path of wind in its wake, increasing the movement speed of all allies who stand in it by 25% and rendering them immune to slowing effects. 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.
Grapple Weapon disarms your enemy. This is a great choice versus teams with melee on it. This should also be taken versus Death Knights. The reason for this is that they will not be able to heal while they are disarmed.
Versus teams with a Warlock that you plan on targeting, Tigereye Brew is an important talent to use. Because Tigereye Brew completely ignores the Warlock's Armor, you will be doing full damage to the Warlock target.
- 02 Jul. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.1.
- 08 Mar. 2021: Updated PvP Talent Choices.
- 26 Oct. 2020: Updated Talent Table.
- 14 Oct. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands pre-patch.
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