Advanced: PvE Legendaries

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Welcome to PeakofSerenity’s Brewmaster Monk PvE Legendary Guide. This guide is designed to be a more in-depth look at the legendary recommendations from the main PvE guide. Navigate quickly to the section you need using the sidebar on the right.

This guide has been updated for Patch 9.1 and is regularly updated when discussion, theorycrafting, or testing yields new information.

Overall Legendary Rankings

We have two competitive Legendary options: Charred Passions and Stormstout’s Last Keg, but they are good in different scenarios. For optimal play, you will want both. However, due to the lengthy process to obtain legendaries, you will want to pick one to craft first. Our recommendations are based on the kind of content you plan to focus on:

For most raiders, we recommend Stormstout’s Last Keg (SSLK) as your primary legendary for a couple of reasons. First, when using Charred Passions your brew CDR will be slightly lower which can result in misaligned Celestial Brew timings. A notable early example of this is using Celestial Brew for Huntsman Altimor’s Rip Soul mechanic. Second, the rotation required for Charred Passions to outperform Stormstout’s Last Keg is more involved, and learning it and a new boss at the same time means you will learn both more slowly.

With that said, we expect many players may start progression on a boss with Stormstout’s Last Keg and switch to Charred Passions for better damage once they are comfortable with the fight.

We recommend crafting each legendary with Critical Strike and Versatility, as these provide a good amount of defensive power while also being best for damage.

At this time, there are not other legendary options that are worth crafting for competitive PvE content, though there are several that may be of interest for world content and Torghast. Read on for details.

Brewmaster

Charred Passions
Slot Feet or Back (preferred)
Source Torghast: Coldheart Interstitia, Level 3+
Raiding Rating Seek Out
Mythic+ Rating Fine

Despite the frankly awful name, Charred Passions is our best legendary for DPS in low-target-count situations by a sizable margin. While it does not pack a meaningful defensive component (technically it provides an additional 3 seconds of DR from Breath of Fire every 15s), it is currently ~8% ahead of the next-best option for raid encounters.

Additionally, Charred Passions changes our rotation in two ways:

    1. Casting Breath of Fire while the 100% damage buff is inactive becomes our highest priority (except for long cooldowns).
    2. Casting Spinning Crane Kick in place of Tiger Palm while the buff is active becomes a sizable damage boost, even in single-target.
Stormstout’s Last Keg
Slot Shoulder, Hands, or Belt (preferred)
Source General Kaal in the Sanguine Depths
Raiding Rating Fine
Mythic+ Rating Seek Out

This legendary is near-identical to the ever-popular Legion legendary Stormstout’s Last Gasp. Adding an additional charge of Keg Smash makes the rotation play more smoothly, which is a quality-of-life change that is not to be underestimated. However, this legendary is also no slouch when it comes to damage: a 30% increase to one of our strongest abilities is already pretty good, but there is more to it than that.

The cooldown of Keg Smash is hasted, but our global cooldown is not. This means that we will frequently end up in the situation where (for example) the Keg Smash cooldown is 7.5 seconds, meaning we either do nothing for .5 seconds waiting for it to come off CD or cast something else and lose the .5 second cooldown reduction we gained from haste. By adding a charge, we can delay Keg Smash without losing that cooldown reduction, which results in more overall casts of the ability (depending on your haste level).

The only defensive component of this legendary comes from those additional Keg Smash casts, which reduce the cooldown of our other brews by an additional few seconds. While not a huge bonus, it is something and is marginally better than Charred Passions in this respect.

In Mythic+, Stormstout’s Last Keg also has the important feature that we can cast Keg Smash twice on pull to establish early threat. Combined with the fact that this legendary also grows in power on sustained AoE, Stormstout’s Last Keg becomes our default pick for dungeon content.

Shaohao’s Might
Slot Chest or Finger
Source Torghast: Mort’regar, Layer 3+
Raiding Rating Skip
Mythic+ Rating Skip

This legendary is a nerfed version of our infamous Face Palm trait from Legion. While we stacked that trait (ideally reaching rank 7), we will not be using this legendary. The effect of this legendary is worse than 1 rank of  Face Palm, and the talent we used to accompany that build (Blackout Combo) has also been nerfed since Legion. For comparison: running 7 ranks of  Face Palm with Blackout Combo in Legion was forty-five times better than equipping Shaohao’s Might. Do not waste your Soul Ash crafting this.

Mighty Pour
Slot Legs (preferred) or Feet
Source Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria
Raiding Rating Skip
Mythic+ Rating Skip

This legendary is an updated version of one of our best Battle for Azeroth traits: Straight, No Chaser. Unfortunately, the updates have ended up producing a weaker product—a true shame, since even our best Azerite Traits in BfA were not particularly strong. By tying the armor increase to Celestial Brew, they have dramatically reduced the uptime of the effect and hence its value. While a chance to refund Purifying Brew seems good at face value, each additional purify reduces the value of every purify within the next 10 seconds (or 13 with Bob and Weave). This effect is not so strong that the purify refund could never be good, but combined with our already absurd rate of purifies (one every 6-8 seconds) it doesn’t add much value in most content.

There is exactly one scenario where this legendary may see play: very high-level Mythic+. If tank healing becomes a constraint in top-level keys, then this may see use as a means to address that. However, this does not apply to keys that most players will run. It is not worth using Mighty Pour in your weekly 15s and mid-to-high level keys.

Monk-Specific

In addition to the 4 Brewmaster-specific legendaries, there are 4 legendaries available to the Monk class as a whole. However, those that are exceedingly niche and have no discernable role in PvE content will not be discussed here.

Fatal Touch
Slot Wrist or Finger (preferred)
Source Mueh’zala in De Other Side
Raiding Rating Skip
Mythic+ Rating Skip

While Touch of Death is our hardest-hitting ability by far, this legendary is hampered by the fact that it can only be used on enemies with lower health than us (or on bosses and lieutenant mobs at sub-15% HP). This means that it is only doing anything useful on raid encounters with many adds that can be hit with Touch of Death or in Mythic+ on trash—and only if you are able to consistently snipe additional uses of the ability. This may be possible (and, in M+, even practical) but sacrifices the consistent damage output of our other legendaries.

With that said: Fatal Touch is likely to be our best legendary for Torghast, and is an excellent option for world content.

Invoker’s Delight
Slot Head or Shoulders
Source Stone Legion Generals in Castle Nathria
Raiding Rating Skip
Mythic+ Rating Skip

Although this legendary gives us our own miniature Bloodlust every 3 minutes when we cast Invoke Niuzao, it is hampered by the fact that Brewmasters do not scale well with Haste—offensively or defensively. If you craft it for use in Windwalker or Mistweaver specs, it is better than nothing but not worth using over our spec-specific options.

Covenant Legendaries

Call to Arms
Slot Legs (preferred) or Feet
Source Granted at Renown 48
Raiding Rating Skip
Mythic+ Rating Skip

While this legendary looks appealing—who doesn’t want more Invoke Niuzao casts?—it will almost never pan out in practice. Invoke Niuzao is a powerful cooldown if you are taking enough damage and can Purify it. It is already quite difficult to find times when you can use the full 25 seconds of standard Invoke Niuzao—adding an additional 12 is simply not going to work out to much extra damage often.

However, on certain fights this will be exceptionally good: Guardian of the First Ones has such high, consistent damage that it will doubtless be excellent. Very few fights have that kind of damage pattern and lax tank swap, however, and as such we recommend you skip this one til you’re trying to parse.

Bountiful Brew
Slot Neck (preferred), Shoulder, or Chest
Source Granted at Renown 48
Raiding Rating Skip
Mythic+ Rating Skip

Again, this legendary looks appealing but is unlikely to do much in practice (at least without a bit of luck!). This should give you about two extra Bonedust Brew casts every 3 minutes, but due to a quirk of BdB this is not how it works in practice: Bonedust Brew can only be cast if it is not already active, so due to the high uptime Brewmaster already gets on the debuff due to natural Brew reduction the extra casts are reduced a bit further than the natural proc rate would indicate.

Faeline Harmony
Slot Waist (preferred), Hands
Source Granted at Renown 48
Raiding Rating Seek Out / Fine
Mythic+ Rating Seek Out

Faeline Harmony doubles the chance to reset the cooldown of Faeline Stomp and adds an 8% damage increase to targets struck by it for 10 seconds. With the increased reset rate, you can realistically get 70-80% uptime on this buff—especially if using Chi Burst to fish for resets. However, this comes with a caveat: if you aren’t able to stand in your Faeline, you lose most of the effect. In that case, you should use Charred Passions or Stormstout’s Last Keg instead.

General

As of this writing, there are no generic legendaries that may see use among Brewmasters.