Windwalker Monk Guide Test 4


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This guide has been updated for Patch X.X.X and is regularly updated when discussion, theorycrafting, or testing yields new information.



For all situations:

Tier 1 (level 15)

  • Chi Burst (1s cast, 30s cooldown) – Casts a ball of Chi that damages enemies and heals allies in a 40y line.
  • Eye of the Tiger (Passive) – Applies a debuff to the target that damages the enemy and heals the caster over 8s.
  • Chi Wave (Instant, 15s cooldown) – Bounces a wave of Chi alternating between an enemy and friendly, including the caster, up to 7 bounces.

Recommendation: Chi Wave for single target, Chi Burst does more damage for multi target, but most people choose to stick with the ease of Chi Wave for a free cast with half the CD to help keep up Mastery. Use Eye of the Tiger if you do not have enough downtime to use Chi Wave on cooldown and are comfortable without another ability to keep up Mastery, which can happen with the Tier 21 2pc bonus, Serenity and The Emperor’s Capacitor.

Tier 2 (level 30)

  • Chi Torpedo (Passive) – Turns Roll into a torpedo, travelling slightly farther, also gains a buff that increases movement speed by 30% for 10s, stacking up to two times.
  • Tiger’s Lust ( Instant, 30s cooldown) – Increases the target’s movement speed by 70% for 6s, removing all roots and snares.
  • Celerity (Passive) – Reduces Roll’s cooldown by 5s and increases its charges from 2 to 3.

Recommendation: Chi Torpedo is good for prolonged movement, such as kiting. Celerity works for short bursts of movement. Tiger’s Lust will be used in most situations because it is not linked to other skills like Roll.

Tier 3 (level 45)

  • Ascension (Passive) – Increases energy regeneration by 10% and maximum Chi from 5 to 6.
  • Energizing Elixir (Instant, 1 min cooldown.) – Fills energy and Chi to cap instantly.
  • Power Strikes (Passive) – Every 15s the next Tiger Palm will generate an additional Chi.

Recommendation: Ascension can be used if you have t21 2-piece bonus, Serenity, The Emperor’s Capacitor and The Wind BlowsEnergizing Elixir any other time; it provides more Chi and Energy than the other options, and being able to use it on demand increases its efficacy. Power Strikes is close behind on single target and can be used on single target if you’re not comfortable using Energizing Elixir, however the maximum benefit of Power Strikes is well behind Energizing Elixir. For information about how to use Energizing Elixir, check out the EE Guide.

Tier 4 (level 60)

  • Ring of Peace (Instant, 45s cooldown) – Form a Ring of Peace at the target location for 8 sec. Enemies that enter will be ejected from the Ring.
  • Summon Black Ox Statue (Instant, 10s cooldown) – Summons a Black Ox Statue at the target location for 15 min, pulsing threat to all enemies within 30 yards. You may cast Provoke on the statue to taunt all enemies near the statue.
  • Leg Sweep (Instant, 45s cooldown) – Knocks down all enemies within 5 yards, stunning them for 5s.

Recommendation: Leg Sweep will be the default for almost all situations. Summon Black Ox Statue can be used to group enemies up, should a grip not be available. Ring of Peace can be used to knockback enemies that need to be kept from a certain location.

Tier 5 (level 75)

  • Dampen Harm  (Instant, 90s cooldown) – Reduces all damage you take by 20% to 50% for 10 sec, with larger attacks being reduced by more.
  • Diffuse Magic (Instant, 90s cooldown) – Reduces incoming magic damage by 60% for 6 seconds and removes harmful magic effects.
  • Healing Elixirs (Instant, 2 Charges, 30s recharge)  – Heal yourself for 15% of your maximum health. Will trigger automatically if your health drops below 35% and a charge is available.

Recommendation: Dampen Harm for physical damage, Diffuse Magic for large magic damage, Healing Elixirs for on-demand healing where the other two talents wouldn’t be as useful.

Tier 6 (level 90)

  • Rushing Jade Wind (Instant, 6s cooldown) – Damage all enemies in 8 yards around the caster. Applies Mark of the Crane to up to 2 nearby targets.
  • Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger (Instant, 3min cooldown) – Summons a white tiger for 45s that attacks your primary target and attacks 3 nearby enemies every 1s with lightning.
  • Hit Combo (Stacking Passive) – Adds a stacking buff that increases damage by 2% for every ability that is not a repeat of the previous ability. Stacks up to 6 times. (Spotlight)

Recommendation: Rushing Jade Wind can be used when there are consistently 5 or more targets when using Serenity or many more targets with Storm, Earth, and Fire to cut down on AOE ramp up time, but this is almost never a reality. Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger is useful for very  high priority burst that lines up with its uptime and cooldown, but the window is very small. Because of the very specific circumstances that make the others useful, Hit Combo will be best for 99.999% of the time. 

Tier 7 (level 100)

  • Chi Orbit (Passive) – Summons a Chi orb every 5s that spins around the caster, up to a maximum of 4 orbs. When an orb impacts with an enemy it deals damage to all nearby enemies.
  • Whirling Dragon Punch (Instant, 24s cooldown)  – Deals damage to all nearby enemies. Only usable when Fists of Fury and Rising Sun Kick are on cooldown.
  • Serenity (Instant, 90s cooldown) – Replaces Storm, Earth, and Fire; Deals 40% increased damage and reduces the Chi cost of all spells to 0 and their cooldowns by 50%. Lasts for 8s.

Recommendation: Serenity and Whirling Dragon Punch are very close in a vacuum. However, the general design of Antorus favors Whirling Dragon Punch, so many people are preferring to use that over SerenityChi Orbit if you want to be lazy, although it technically has a use at very very very high target AOE.

DPS Priority

DPS Priority

Windwalkers operate on a priority system, NOT A ROTATION. This means that you use whatever ability is available that’s highest up in the priority. For more information on how priorities are generated, read Babylonius’s Understanding Priorities article.

Single Target

Single Target

  1. Touch of Death
  2. Tiger Palm ( if <4 Chi and about to cap energy)
  3. Rising Sun Kick
  4. Fists of Fury
  5. Whirling Dragon Punch
  6. Strike of the Windlord
  7. Blackout Kick (to dump excess Chi)
  8. Chi Wave
  9. Tiger Palm

Blackout Kick! should be used before using Tiger Palm again but after any ability with a cooldown. This doesn’t change with the t21 tier bonuses.

Multiple Targets

Multiple Targets

  1. Touch of Death
  2. Fists of Fury
  3. Whirling Dragon Punch
  4. Strike of the Windlord
  5. Rising Sun Kick (ONLY if talented into WDP and ONLY to enable using WDP)
  6. Spinning Crane Kick
  7. Blackout Kick (to build Spinning Crane Kick stacks)
  8. Chi Wave
  9. Tiger Palm

Spinning Crane Kick moves up the priority based on how many targets you’ve tagged with Mark of the Crane. See this article to learn how to use it.

Flying Serpent Kick can be used in place of Blackout Kick for AOE, if you don’t need to build stacks, in order to allow back-to-back Tiger Palm to generate maximum Chi.





Agility > Mastery > Critical Strike > Versatility >> Haste

Stat priority can change for your character depending on your current gear and stats.

For a better understanding of how stat weights and priorities work read our Stat Weight page (INSERT LINK). To find the best stat weights for your character, use SimCraft or Raidbots.



Follow the stat priority for your character





The best trinkets available in Antorus, the Burning Throne are Golganneth’s Vitality and Shadow-Singed Fang.

To choose between what trinkets you have available, use SimCraft or Raidbots. If you’d like general “rankings” for trinkets based on simulations, use HeroDamage or BloodyTools.






Currently all races sim within 1.5% of each other. The added utility of Blood Elf’s Arcane Torrent can be useful at times. Other than that, pick whatever race you prefer.



  • March 10, 2018: Page Created