Windwalker Battle for Azeroth Guide

by

Welcome to PeakofSerenity's Windwalker Monk PvE Guide. This guide is designed to be a basic, quick guide for Windwalker with just the information you need. For more in-depth, advanced, information follow the links to those pages in the "Further Reading" sections or in the "Advanced" section in the menu above. Navigate quickly to the section you need using the sidebar on the right.

This guide was last updated September 18, 2018 for Patch 8.0 and is regularly updated when discussion, theorycrafting, or testing yields new information.

Talents

General Talents

Further Reading: 

 

War Mode Talents (for open world)

 

Ability 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 and try not to delay a higher up ability in favor of a lower one. For more information on how priorities are generated, read Babylonius’s Understanding Priorities article.

Single Target

  1. Touch of Death
  2. Fist of the White Tiger (if <3 Chi AND about to cap energy)
  3. Tiger Palm (if <4 Chi AND about to cap energy)
  4. Whirling Dragon Punch (if talented)
  5. Rising Sun Kick
  6. Fists of Fury
  7. Chi Burst (if less than max Chi)
  8. Fist of the White Tiger (if talented and <3 Chi)
  9. Blackout Kick
  10. Chi Wave (if talented)
  11. Tiger Palm

 

Multi-Target

  1. Touch of Death
  2. Whirling Dragon Punch
  3. Fists of Fury
  4. Rising Sun Kick (ONLY to use Whirling Dragon Punch)
  5. Chi Burst (if less than max Chi)
  6. Spinning Crane Kick (3+ Targets)
  7. Rising Sun Kick
  8. Blackout Kick
  9. Fist of the White Tiger (if talented)
  10. Chi Wave (if talented)
  11. Tiger Palm

 

Ability Usage

  • Serenity – Read Wizard Dog’s Serenity Guide
  • Touch of Death – Use as close to on cooldown while lining up with other abilities and damage bonuses to amplify the 10% damage dealt mechanic.
  • Energizing Elixir – Ideally used on cooldown when at 0-1 Chi with Tiger Palm after, to maximize resource gain.
  • Storm, Earth, and Fire – Used as close to on cooldown while lining up with other abilities and damage bonuses. Also useful to easily tag targets for increased Spinning Crane Kick damage. Try to keep one charge recharging at all times. Ideally you fit in 2x Rising Sun Kick, a Fists of Fury, and a Whirling Dragon Punch.
  • Hit Combo and Mastery – Any ability that does damage, both, benefits from, and continues Mastery and Hit Combo. EXCEPTION: Activating Rushing Jade Wind does not count toward continuing Mastery, but does benefit from it.
  • Blackout Kick! – Used before you would potentially generate another proc.
  • Rushing Jade Wind – If you are talented into this, keep it up ONLY when there are 2 or more targets. Be aware of having less resources and make sure you have enough for Fists of Fury and other important abilities. This ability no longer snapshots.
  • Touch of Karma – Although technically a defensive ability, it can provide considerably offensive power. Best used as frequently as you can get as much damage absorbed as possible. Most consistent way to use is to taunt a big target and tank it until the absorb is gone.

 

Openers

Storm, Earth, and Fire:

Using Whirling Dragon Punch and Fist of the White Tiger with Heroism/Bloodlust:

Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger (if talented) -> Fist of the White Tiger -> Tiger Palm -> Touch of Death -> Storm, Earth, and Fire -> Rising Sun Kick -> Tiger Palm -> Fists of Fury -> Whirling Dragon Punch -> Tiger Palm -> Rising Sun Kick

Using Whirling Dragon Punch and Fist of the White Tiger without Heroism/Bloodlust:

Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger (if talented) -> Fist of the White Tiger -> Tiger Palm -> Touch of Death -> Storm, Earth, and Fire -> Rising Sun Kick -> Fists of Fury -> Whirling Dragon Punch -> Tiger Palm

From here, follow your normal priority, and for Heroism/Bloodlust, prioritize getting 3 casts of Rising Sun Kick inside Storm, Earth, and Fire. For an extended version of each that plans out another 10 seconds or so, including a cast of Chi Wave/Chi Burst, see the Extended and Alternate Storm, Earth, and Fire Openers article. This also has details on some other openers, the ideas behind the order of certain spell casts, and how they came to be.

Serenity: Read Wizard Dog’s Serenity Guide

Further Reading:

 

Gearing

Stats

Agility > Versatility > Critical Strike = Mastery > Haste

Stat priority can change for your character depending on your current gear and stats. To find the best stat weights for your character, use SimCraft or Raidbots.

Further Reading: How Stat Weights/Priority Work

 

Trinkets

The best Dungeon trinkets are roughly even between:

Uldir trinkets are not very strong when compared to other trinkets, but the best Uldir trinkets are:

  1. Tendril
  2. Frenetic

Darkmoon Card is currently simming higher than any trinket available, even Mythic Uldir trinkets. This may change with further refinement of the sims, or it may not. Buy at your own risk.

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 BloodyToolsJust know that these tools use the simulation profile, which may not reflect your gear and talent choices.

 

“Best-in-Slot”

The concept of “Best-in-slot” lists is mostly obsolete with the advent of War/Titanforging and sockets. Gear should be assessed on a case-by-case basis rather than as a whole, using tools like SimCraft or Raidbots. To see what Azerite or Trinket gear you should be aiming for, see those sections of this guide.

To assess what gear to aim for, you want to follow this priority:

  1. Item level trumps just about everything in just about every situation
  2. Aim for items with as high Versatility on them whenever you can
  3. Aim for items with Crit or Mastery as the other stat
  4. If you have more Mastery % than Crit %, then aim for a piece with the opposite

 

Azerite

Azerite is a new addition to Battle for Azeroth, largely replacing the Artifact, Legendary, Netherlight Crucible, and Tier systems. This system has somehow managed to become even more complicated than all those systems together. For information on how Azerite works, check out the WoWHead Azerite Guide.

For information on where you can get any of the Azerite traits listed below, simply click on it, use WoWHead’s Azerite Finder, or Azerite.info. In almost all situations of the top half of Tier 3 traits, they are stronger than the contribution of the Tier 2 trait, so decisions can be made with primarily the Tier 3 trait in mind.

 

Tier 3 (Outer Ring) and Tier 2 (Middle Ring)

Rather than constantly update these lists practically ever day, use the tools we have available; To choose between what traits you have available, use SimCraft or Raidbots. If you’d like general “rankings” for traits based on simulations, use HeroDamage or BloodyToolsJust know that these tools use the simulation profile, which may not reflect your gear and talent choices.

 

Tier 1 (Inner Ring)

These are largely up to personal choice as they provide mostly healing and damage reduction. for information about which does that the best, head over to the Brewmaster guide for information about what T1 traits keep you alive the best.

 

Special Notes

  • You will likely want to use at least one piece that has a  Reorigination Array trait, e.g.  Laser Matrix or Archive of the Titans. These can be found on any Azerite piece that drops in Uldir.
  • Dagger in the Back – All but requires you to be behind your target and has a ramp up time. If you are in front of your target, it is very weak, and not overly strong in short burst damage, making it less desirable in World Quests and other content where you may not be fighting behind your target, or the same target for an extended period of time.
  • Meridian Strikes – Reduces the cooldown of Touch of Death by roughly 10 seconds per cast. This can make it easier to line up Touch of Death with Storm, Earth, and Fire due to less difference between their cooldowns. If adding one trait of Meridian Strikes adds an extra cast of Touch of Death, or helps line up cooldowns with each other or mechanics, then Meridian Strikes is very strong. If it doesn’t, then its functionally worthless. Because the cooldown reduction does not stack with more traits, just the damage does, equipping more than one trait of Meridian Strikes is worth very little.
  • Open Palm Strikes – A strong trait that enhances Fists of Fury. For much more info on this trait such as how exactly it works and when to use one or more of it, check out the OPS article.

 

Gear to Aim For

Most of the time, you will choose the piece that has the highest item level, with few exceptions. Once you have pieces in your inventory, it is still best to sim them through SimCraft or Raidbots.

 

Consumables

Gems/Enchants

 

Consumables

 

Leveling

Talents

You can generally follow the talent priority above, just use Chi Torpedo as Tiger’s Lust doesn’t stack with other movement increases from legendaries.

 

Legendaries

If you have any Antorus Raid gear, most people recommend (Crafted) crafted boots and March of the Legion or Sephuz’s Secret as you don’t need as much damage when leveling, but movement speed will make things go much faster. crafted boots and Sephuz’s Secret for faster out-of-combat speed, March of the Legion and Sephuz’s Secret for in-combat speed, or crafted boots and March of the Legion for a mix of both.

If you feel that you don’t have enough damage, you can switch to using Cenedril, Reflector of Hatred for fighting elites or Drinking Horn Cover for prolonged AOE.

 

Consumables

 

Miscellaneous

Racials

Currently all races sim within 1.4% of each other and reshuffle constantly. The added utility of Blood Elf’s Arcane Torrent can be useful at times. Other than that, pick whatever race you prefer.

 

Professions

Professions have no bearing on your ability to perform your role. Pick whatever will make your playing time easier and more enjoyable.

 

WeakAuras

WeakAuras are ways to show things on your screen in a customized and personalized way. The best WeakAuras are the ones that you set up for yourself specific to your style and needs. However, many people have already made ones for themselves to share, so check them out and use them as bases to customize your own.

WAGO.IO

No WeakAuras are “required” but some are very useful:

  • Touch of Karma Absorb remaining – Tracks the duration of Touch of Karma and the amount of shield left to absorb.
  • Last Ability Tracker – Tracks the last ability you used in order to minimize mistakes with Mastery. Turns red when a mistake is made, turns blue when an ability is dodged, parried, or misses.
  • Mark of the Crane Stacks – Tracks the amount of Mark of the Crane debuffs you have out.
  • Babylonius’s WeakAuras – WeakAura group created by Babylonius (author of this guide), aimed at having all you need to play Windwalker.
  • Ipse’s WeakAuras – Another common Monk WA group. Ipse makes WA suites for all specs and classes, so can be very useful if you’d like to use his for multiple classes.

 

Macros

Stopcasting Macro

#showtooltip Tiger Palm
/stopmacro [channeling:Fists of Fury]
/stopcasting [channeling:Crackling Jade Lightning]
/cast Tiger Palm

Change Tiger Palm with whatever ability you want. This macro prevents you from cancelling the channel of Fists of Fury, while ensuring that you do not spend any unwanted energy on Crackling Jade Lightning.

 

Talent Swap Macros

These macros will allow you to have one button that functions for whatever talent you’ve selected at that talent row. This isn’t useful for all talent rows as some take the place of other abilities, or provide massively different functions.

Tier 1 (Level 15)

#showtooltip

/stopmacro [channeling:Fists of Fury]

/stopcasting [channeling:Crackling Jade Lightning]

/cast [talent:1/1] Eye of the Tiger; [talent:1/2] Chi Wave; [talent:1/3] Chi Burst

Tier 5 (Level 75)

#showtooltip

/cast [talent:5/1] Inner Strength; [talent:5/2] Diffuse Magic; [talent:5/3] Dampen Harm

Tier 6 (Level 90)

#showtooltip

/stopmacro [channeling:Fists of Fury]

/stopcasting [channeling:Crackling Jade Lightning]

/cast [talent:6/1] Hit Combo; [talent:6/2] Rushing Jade Wind; [talent:6/3] Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger

 

Changelog

  • July 5, 2018 – Guide Created
  • July 15, 2018 – Updated for Prepatch information
  • July 18, 2018 – Fixed a few issues
  • July 25, 2018 – Updated a few things and added more Macros
  • August 7, 2018 – Updated for BoK nerf and other changes
  • August 11, 2018 – Updated for BfA
  • August 23, 2018 – Updated for Swift Roundhouse craziness
  • August 24, 2018 – Updated for Swift Roundhouse slightly-less-craziness
  • August 27th, 2018 – Updated Potion to Bursting Blood
  • August 31st, 2018 – Added Uldir Trinkets
  • September 18, 2018 – Removed all semblance of Swift Roundhouse