Windwalker Monk PvP Guide | 8.2 BfA Race, Talents, Essences, Traits, Gear and Macros

by Mystic // August 22, 2019

This guide was produced with:

  • 10+ Rank 1
  • Finalist of the 2018 AWC Summer finals
  • Competed at the 2017 and 2018 Blizzcon world championships


Best race:

  • Human allows you to play with with Relentless which is important when facing comps with high amounts of crowd control, such as against RMD, while while still having Every Man for Himself to break out of stuns during deadly kill attempts on you

Alternative race:

  • Dwarf/Dark Iron Dwarf is a viable option for reducing the damage you take against assassination rogues and feral druids with Stoneform/Fireblood


Best race:


Eye of the Tiger can help to keep rogues and druids out of stealth as it applies a damage over time effect – it’s also necessary when playing with a mage to avoid breaking Polymorph with Chi-Wave

Good Karma can be necessary to survive in matchups where the opposing team has enough burst to quickly break through your Touch of Karma

Dampen Harm can be considered when facing compositions without high spell damage, for example warriors, ferals and sub rogues

Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger can be useful in extremely fast paced matchups for more burst damage to help score quick kills


  • Reverse Harm is always used
  • Turbo Fists should be used against teams with a melee
  • Alpha Tiger provides a significant dps increase if used correctly but should be swapped out for a more defensive option if you’re struggling to survive


  • Grapple Weapon should be used against most melee dps to peel at vital times – it can even be used through a warriors Die by the Sword and rogues Evasion
  • Fortifying Brew is a great pick if you need an additional defensive cooldown to help you survive or if you want to buff the damage of your Touch of Death by using it offensively
  • Tigereye Brew is great for increasing your damage against high armor targets – you should consider taking this when struggling to kill warriors, paladins, death knights and destruction warlocks
  • Ride the Wind is a niche pick that can be used to increase your teams mobility, for example to help your healer kite or to help your dps partner connect to your target

Conflict and Strife

By far the best major essence for windwalker monks as it gives you the only mandatory PvP talent, Reverse Harm while also increasing your best stat, versatility, and even doubling it when you’re stunning to make it easier to survive kill attempts

Minors: Vision of Perfection + The Crucible of Flame

Recommended traits:


  1. Bloodthirsty Urchin
  2. Pocket-Sized Computation Device with Subroutine: Defragmentation
  3. Notorious Gladiator’s Emblem
  4. Notorious Gladiator’s Safeguard


  1. Notorious Gladiator’s Badge
  2. Notorious Gladiator’s Insignia
  3. Pocket-Sized Computation Device with Cyclotronic Blast

Versatility > Mastery > Crit > Haste

/cast [@party1] Reverse Harm

/cast [@party2] Reverse Harm

/cast [@party1] Detox

/cast [@party2] Detox

/cast [@party1] Tiger’s Lust

/cast [@party2] Tiger’s Lust


Won’t break Paralysis:
#show Touch of Death
/use [@target,exists] Touch of Death


/cast [@focus] Spear Hand Strike

/cast [@focus] Paralysis

/cast [@focus] Grapple Weapon


/cast [@focus] Touch of Karma

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