With another patch to the World of Warcraft comes another round of patch notes to read and evaluate. This time around, Patch 9.0.5 in the Shadowlands is on the lighter side of things and mostly includes some short-term tuning and bugfixes for many specializations to hold them over until the real event begins in Patch 9.1, Chains of Domination. But let us not get ahead of ourselves just yet, for there are changes in the here-and-now to discuss.

Brewmaster Changes


  • Fleshcraft, the Signature Ability of the Necrolords, has been redesigned. It now channels for 3 seconds (down from 4) to create a shield equal to 40% of your max health (was 20%). In addition, while channeling you now take 20% less damage. Channeling near corpses no longer increases the size of the shield, but instead walking near the corpse of an enemy you helped slay reduces the cooldown of the ability by 1 second per corpse.
  • Bugfix: Faeline Stomp can now more reliably be used to engage enemies in combat.
  • The Venthyr Monk Class Ability Fallen Order‘s Ox and Tiger spirits have been buffed by 20%.


  • Nothing. That is right, not a single tool of the Brewmaster’s regular kit was adjusted in Patch 9.0.5. Could this mean balance is achieved?

Gear/Legendary Powers

A trinket's tooltip in Patch 9.0

Hymnal in Patch 9.0

Change Analysis

Patch 9.0.5 is the rare update where Brewmaster monks have not been touched by any direct tuning — better to see none and stay in a decent position than to be like our friends the Windwalkers…. However, a few of the changes to the underlying systems of the Shadowlands do still ripple outward, such as the rework of the Necrolord Signature Ability: Fleshcraft.

Though the tooltip does not mention it, you can in fact dodge and parry during the channel of Fleshcraft; since it is an absorb, it is also increased by your Critical Strike through Celestial Fortune‘s interaction with absorbs. This means that the ability is now effectively an additional defensive cooldown. It is not out of the question to say that Necrolord could be the better Covenant for Brewmasters seeking to maximize their defense while still being capable of formidable dps. Do not feel pressured to change Covenants because of this, however. The Kyrian and Night Fae Covenants are still more than capable, and with a buff to the Tiger and Ox spirits of Fallen Order, Venthyr monks — all five of you — are now more competitive than before.

As for the changes to the Shaohao’s Might and Mighty Pour Legendaries, they are still not worth using. Shaohao’s Might neither provides enough cooldown reduction to your Brew abilities, nor does it offer enough damage to meet or surpass our go-to options of Stormstout’s Last Keg and Charred Passions. At best, it can be considered a generic in-between option, albeit one that is limited to purely single-target scenarios. Mighty Pour suffers in the same way. Brewmaster Monks already benefit from a large amount of Purifying Brew charges over the course of combat, and it is often difficult to deplete a Celestial Brew‘s absorb if it has been amplified with enough stacks of Purified Chi. If the armor were provided after Celestial Brew expired, it would be a worthy choice but instead it is unnecessary in all but the most niche pieces of content.

Valor Explainedan item tooltip in Patch 9.0.5. showing its Valor Upgrade level

Patch 9.0.5 has brought with it the return of an old currency: Valor. This currency, like Conquest in PvP, has a weekly cap that will increase with every week of a given Season. As Patch 9.0.5 is arriving in the middle of the season, the initial cap will be 5,000 Valor and will be increasing by 750 per week. Valor can be obtained from Covenant Callings and from Mythic Plus dungeons of any level; a +2 and +15 provide the same amount of 135 Valor per run.

Now that you have some Valor, what is there to do with it? With Valor in hand, you can pay a visit to Aggressor Zo’dash in Oribos (the same person who upgrades Honor and Conquest gear) to upgrade any dungeon item, provided it is item level 220 or lower. Every piece of gear will cost a varying amount of Valor per upgrade, but the price will be the same for every rank of an item. Note that only items obtained after the launch of Patch 9.0.5 will count for this system. In addition, certain item level breakpoints require a specific account-wide achievement to be unlocked:

Hopefully, with the addition of Valor you will be able to settle for an item level 220 Blood Spattered Scale or Poxstorm when the Great Vault continues to deny you one at 226.

A New Friend

As a show of goodwill, Blizzard has decided to create a new mount that will be available to all players who own Shadowlands. This mount was voted on by the community in a poll some months ago, and the winner was The Wandering Ancient. You have probably seen this hulking monstrosity friend wandering around by now, but be patient if it has not yet shown up in your mount list; this mount will gradually be given to all eligible players over the next few days. As an extra bonus to this mount, its appearance will also be changing with the seasons!

The Wandering Ancient mount of Patch 9.0.5

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