Advanced: Night Fae
Welcome to PeakofSerenity’s Brewmaster Monk PvE Night Fae Guide. This guide is designed to be a more in-depth look at the Night Fae Covenant. Navigate quickly to the section you need using the sidebar on the right.
For information on how the Covenants compare to each other, see the PvE Quick Guide.
This guide has been updated for Patch 9.1 and is regularly updated when discussion, theorycrafting, or testing yields new information.
The Night Fae covenant trades single-target damage for AoE damage, and while it does very well on sustained AoE it is now far enough behind on straight single-target that we no longer recommend it for Cutting Edge raiding. However: there are multiple Mythic Kel’thuzad kills by Night Fae Brewmasters (which will soon be CE Sylvanas kills), and the damage brought by the covenant shines in Mythic+. In addition, despite having one soulbind that is almost outright unusable for Brewmasters, it has some of the best soulbinds available in Niya and Korayn.
Class Ability: Faeline Stomp
Faeline Stomp deals damage in a frontal cone and leaves behind a faeline. We Stagger more damage from enemies that remain in the faeline, and have a chance to reset the cooldown on Faeline Stomp with every ability use while we remain in it. This is a solid damage option for AoE, while being passable in single-target.
In addition, this ability has a hidden interaction with Chi Burst: every target damaged or healed by Chi Burst counts as an “ability use,” which can nearly guarantee a reset if you cast Chi Burst while in the Faeline and hit many targets. It is virtually always worth running Chi Burst over other talents on that row for Night Fae Brewmasters as a result.
Note that while the tooltip says “5% more effective,” that does not mean that it will simply add 5% to your Stagger. It adds an internal multiplier that increases your Stagger by a smaller amount.
Written by Labyrinth
Members of the Night Fae also receive the ability Soulshape, which, when activated, teleports you 15 yards forward and gives you 50% move speed for 12 seconds. During these 12 seconds, you can press Soulshape again to teleport forward an additional time, on a 4 second cooldown. Overall, this isn’t too desirable as a Brewmaster as we already have Roll and Transcendence. The one niche this could fill is to teleport over a mechanic that you can’t proactively set up Transcendence for. Soulshape is on a 1.5 minute cooldown.
Niya is the best soulbind available to Fae Brewmasters by a substantial margin. Grove Invigoration gives a strong start to the tree, and Niya’s Tools: Burrs imbues it with yet greater strength. In content with frequent available interrupts, Niya’s Tools: Poison is another strong option that allows you to pick up a second potency slot (for Way of the Fae or Scalding Brew).
Dreamweaver has a uniquely inglorious distinction: it is frequently actively harmful to take any trait in the soulbind tree. This is due to Podtender, the first trait in the tree. Although at first glance a free cheat death effect may sound great, this one is anything but free: triggering this trait drops threat and crowd-controls you for 10 seconds, allowing the enemies you were in combat with to rampage over the rest of your party while you are powerless to stop them. Even in raids, a tank being down for 10 seconds is often enough to cause a wipe due to positioning failures or tank debuff resets that might’ve been avoidable with a quick battle rez. Do not use this soulbind.
While Korayn cannot compete with Niya in terms of raw damage, he offers other utility to offset this with a (very) miniature Roar tied to Soulshape (Horn of the Wild Hunt) and solid options for passive defense (Face Your Foes or Hold the Line). While Hold the Line is encounter dependent and requires sacrificing a second potency slot, on an encounter with heavy Physical damage it has a ceiling much higher than any other defensive trait available.
Additionally, both Wild Hunt Tactics and First Strike provide excellent value on encounters with adds. For example: when Rushing Jade Wind ticks on the Spiked Balls of Painsmith Raznal, you gain First Strike, which provides a very noticeable damage boost.
Changes with Covenant
Treat Faeline Stomp as a second, slightly worse Keg Smash. Remember that the power of this ability depends on remaining in it, but do not jeopardize your own survival or encounter mechanics to stay in your faeline!
The Night Fae legendary, Faeline Harmony, is the only covenant legendary that is really worth using. However, with clever positioning and good play it can be better than either Charred Passions or Stormstout’s Last Keg on both single-target and AoE. If you aren’t able to stay in your Faeline, however, you’re better off running one of the other legendaries.