Monk

ClassIcon monk.png
Monk
Pandaren Crest.png
Available to IconSmall BloodElf Male.png IconSmall BloodElf Female.png Blood elf
IconSmall DarkIron Male.gif IconSmall DarkIron Female.gif Dark Iron dwarf
IconSmall Dwarf Male.gif IconSmall Dwarf Female.gif Dwarf
IconSmall Draenei Male.gif IconSmall Draenei Female.gif Draenei
IconSmall Gnome Male.gif IconSmall Gnome Female.gif Gnome
IconSmall Highmountain Male.gif IconSmall Highmountain Female.gif Highmountain tauren
IconSmall Human Male.gif IconSmall Human Female.gif Human
IconSmall KulTiran Male.gif IconSmall KulTiran Female.gif Kul Tiran
IconSmall OrcBrown Male.gif IconSmall OrcBrown Female.gif Mag'har orc
IconSmall Junker Male.gif IconSmall Junker Female.gif Mechagnome
IconSmall NightElf Male.gif IconSmall NightElf Female.gif Night elf
IconSmall Nightborne Male.gif IconSmall Nightborne Female.gif Nightborne
IconSmall Orc Male.gif IconSmall Orc Female.gif Orc
IconSmall Pandaren Male.gif IconSmall Pandaren Female.gif Pandaren
IconSmall Tauren Male.gif IconSmall Tauren Female.gif Tauren
IconSmall Troll Male.gif IconSmall Troll Female.gif Troll
IconSmall Undead Male.gif IconSmall Undead Female.gif Undead
IconSmall VoidElf Male.gif IconSmall VoidElf Female.gif Void elf
IconSmall Vulpera Male.gif IconSmall Vulpera Female.gif Vulpera
IconSmall Zandalari Male.gif IconSmall Zandalari Female.gif Zandalari troll
Specializations Spell monk brewmaster spec.png Brewmaster (tank)
Spell monk mistweaver spec.png Mistweaver (healer)
Spell monk windwalker spec.png Windwalker (melee DPS)
Resource(s) Energy or Mana, Chi
Primary attribute Agility or Intellect
Weapon skills Fist Weapons, Staves, One-handed Swords, Maces, Axes and Polearms
Armor type Leather; can also equip Cloth.
Signature abilities Ability monk roll.png [Roll]
Ability monk cranekick new.png [Spinning Crane Kick]
Monk stance drunkenox.png [Stagger]
Spell nature giftofthewild.png [Storm, Earth, and Fire]
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Why do we fight? To protect home and family... To preserve balance and bring harmony. For my kind, the true question is: What is worth fighting for?
Chen Stormstout

The monk is a hybrid class, introduced with the Mists of Pandaria expansion. Monks are able to perform each of the three group roles via different specializations: Brewmaster monks tank, Mistweaver monks heal, and Windwalker monks deal damage using melee abilities. Energy is the primary resource of Brewmaster and Windwalker monks (whom also use Chi as a secondary resource), while Mistweavers use mana instead. Monks are available to every race except goblins, worgen, and Lightforged draenei.

Whatever their combat role, monks rely mainly on their hands and feet to do the talking, and on a strong connection with their inner chi to power their abilities. Abilities such as Ability monk expelharm.png [Expel Harm] and Ability monk chiwave.png [Chi Wave] heal their allies while at the same time damaging their enemies.

Class overview

When the pandaren were subjugated by the mogu centuries ago, it was the monks that brought hope to a seemingly dim future. Restricted from using weapons by their slave masters, these pandaren instead focused on harnessing their chi and learning weaponless combat. When the opportunity for revolution struck, they were well-trained to throw off the yoke of oppression.

Masters of bare-handed combat, monks never rely solely on the need to have a weapon in their hands to defend against their enemies. Although most widely known to the outside world for their fearsome jabs and flying kicks, they refuse to limit themselves to a single method of combat. Many monks prefer instead to “soak it up” and seem to revel in the intoxicating effect of absorbing blow after blow while their companions press the attack. Other monks specialize in calling upon the restorative power of the mists to balance the good and bad energy within people, returning them to good health and fortune.[1]

Monks bring a unique martial arts style to any fight, and harness an exotic form of magical energy that’s unfamiliar to those who practice other arcane arts. They seek spiritual balance in life and in combat, and as dangerous as Monks can be on the battlefield, they’re rarely looking to pick a fight without just cause. They view the world through a different lens, finding power through serenity and inner peace—then expressing it through artful combat techniques and powers that mend life. Perhaps most surprisingly, Monks are also adept at producing powerful brews they consume to aid them in battle.[2]

Creation screen description

Monks are known for their skill in hand to hand fighting, relying on their fists and feet as much as their weapons. Monks can also specialize in calling upon the restorative power of the mists to heal allies.

History

But the question still remains... why do we fight? I trust you have learned: to fight out of fear or anger is to fight a war that never ends. Face your fears. Calm your hatreds. Find peace within yourself, so that you may share it with the world around you. These are the greatest treasures in life. Surely they... are worth fighting for.
Emperor Shaohao, Last Emperor of Pandaria's final words

Nearly 12,000 years ago, long before the War of the Ancients, the continent now known as Pandaria was ruled by a monstrous race of warlords known as the mogu. Their reign was incredibly harsh and brutal. Mogu taskmasters forbade their slaves to carry weapons. During these dark times, many pandaren tried to lift the spirits of their beleaguered brothers and sisters. They were the storytellers, the brewmasters, and the healers who helped knit their oppressed society together in the midst of darkness.[3]

As the mogu empire began to fray, the pandaren saw an opportunity for a revolution. Because they had no weapons, they trained common people to fight with their unarmed fists and feet. They mastered the use of positive energy - or 'chi' - to empower themselves.[3] These unarmed resistance fighters would become the first monks.

For the history of the spread of the ways of the monk to the other races, see Monk races.

Despite both using the Spirit of Life, monks are differentiated from shamans in their inability to ask the elements for help.[4]

Races

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A pandaren monk in training.
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Chen and another pandaren monk in a dual in the Valley of the Four Winds.
The monk class can be played by all races except goblins, worgen, and Lightforged draenei:
Strength Agility Stamina Intellect Spirit Armor Health
Alliance 15.png Alliance IconSmall Draenei Male.gif IconSmall Draenei Female.gif Draenei Mists-Logo-Small.png 22 18 21 22 22 N/A
IconSmall Dwarf Male.gif IconSmall Dwarf Female.gif Dwarf Mists-Logo-Small.png 23 17 24 21 19 N/A
IconSmall Gnome Male.gif IconSmall Gnome Female.gif Gnome Mists-Logo-Small.png 16 23 21 25 20 N/A
IconSmall Human Male.gif IconSmall Human Female.gif Human Mists-Logo-Small.png 21 21 21 22 20 N/A
IconSmall NightElf Male.gif IconSmall NightElf Female.gif Night elf Mists-Logo-Small.png 17 25 21 22 20 N/A
IconSmall VoidElf Male.gif IconSmall VoidElf Female.gif Void elf Legion-Logo-Small.png N/A
IconSmall DarkIron Male.gif IconSmall DarkIron Female.gif Dark Iron BattleForAzeroth-Logo-Small.png N/A
IconSmall KulTiran Male.gif IconSmall KulTiran Female.gif Kul Tiran BattleForAzeroth-Logo-Small.png N/A
IconSmall Junker Male.gif IconSmall Junker Female.gif Mechagnome BattleForAzeroth-Logo-Small.png N/A
Neutral 15.png Neutral IconSmall Pandaren Male.gif IconSmall Pandaren Female.gif Pandaren Mists-Logo-Small.png 21 19 22 21 22 37 123
Horde 15.png Horde IconSmall BloodElf Male.png IconSmall BloodElf Female.png Blood elf Mists-Logo-Small.png 18 23 21 25 18 N/A
IconSmall Orc Male.gif IconSmall Orc Female.gif Orc Mists-Logo-Small.png 24 18 22 19 22 N/A
IconSmall Tauren Male.gif IconSmall Tauren Female.gif Tauren Mists-Logo-Small.png 26 17 22 18 22 N/A
IconSmall Troll Male.gif IconSmall Troll Female.gif Troll Mists-Logo-Small.png 22 23 21 18 21 N/A
IconSmall Undead Male.gif IconSmall Undead Female.gif Undead Mists-Logo-Small.png 20 19 21 20 25 N/A
IconSmall Nightborne Male.gif IconSmall Nightborne Female.gif Nightborne Legion-Logo-Small.png N/A
IconSmall Highmountain Male.gif IconSmall Highmountain Female.gif Highmountain Legion-Logo-Small.png N/A
IconSmall OrcBrown Male.gif IconSmall OrcBrown Female.gif Mag'har BattleForAzeroth-Logo-Small.png N/A
IconSmall Zandalari Male.gif IconSmall Zandalari Female.gif Zandalari BattleForAzeroth-Logo-Small.png N/A
IconSmall Vulpera Male.gif IconSmall Vulpera Female.gif Vulpera BattleForAzeroth-Logo-Small.png N/A

Racial abilities

Below is a brief exploration of some of the racial traits most relevant to monks. For a full list, see Racial trait.

  • IconSmall BloodElf Male.png IconSmall BloodElf Female.png Blood elves Spell shadow teleport.png [Arcane Torrent] provides a 2-second AoE silence effect and restores 1 Chi, 10 Energy, or 3% Mana, depending on specialization. They also have Arcane Acuity, which increases critical strike chance by 1%.
  • IconSmall Draenei Male.gif IconSmall Draenei Female.gif Draenei Inv helmet 21.png [Heroic Presence] increases your Agility or Intellect by a maximum of 425, scaling with level. Their Spell holy holyprotection.png [Gift of the Naaru] ability also grants them a heal over time.
  • IconSmall Dwarf Male.gif IconSmall Dwarf Female.gif Dwarves Inv gauntlets 03.png [Stoneform] can be useful for tanking, as well as dispelling harmful debuffs in PvP. Inv hammer 05.png [Might of the Mountain] increases the amount of healing or damage your critical strikes do by 2%.
  • IconSmall Gnome Male.gif IconSmall Gnome Female.gif Gnome Inv enchant essenceeternallarge.png [Expansive Mind] increases a healing monk's mana capacity. Inv weapon shortblade 05.png [Nimble Fingers] increases a monk's haste by 1%, useful for all specializations, while Ability rogue trip.png [Escape Artist] allows for the monk to escape movement impairing effects.
  • IconSmall Human Male.gif IconSmall Human Female.gif Human Spell shadow charm.png [Every Man for Himself] frees the monk from Stun effects, which is useful in PvP and in some PvE situations. Inv enchant shardbrilliantsmall.png [The Human Spirit] assists all specializations with a passive boost to all secondary stats (Haste, Critical Strike, Mastery, and Versatility).
  • IconSmall NightElf Male.gif IconSmall NightElf Female.gif Night elves Ability ambush.png [Shadowmeld] provides the monk with an aggro-dump / vanish (which breaks upon movement). Ability racial shadowmeld.png [Quickness] increases a monk's chance to dodge melee and ranged attacks by 2%, as well as providing a slight movement speed increase, adding to the monk's already outstanding mobility. Spell holy elunesgrace.png [Touch of Elune] increases the monk's haste or critical strike, depending on the time of day (based upon server time).
  • IconSmall Orc Male.gif IconSmall Orc Female.gif Orc Racial orc berserkerstrength.png [Blood Fury] acts as an extra trinket (boosting your attack power). Inv helmet 23.png [Hardiness] reduces the duration of stun effects on the monk by 20% and Ability warrior warcry.png [Command] gives a passive 1% increase to pet damage, useful for the Windwalker Monk's Storm, Earth, and Fire.
  • IconSmall Troll Male.gif IconSmall Troll Female.gif Troll Racial troll berserk.png [Berserking] acts as an extra trinket (boosting your Haste). Inv misc pelt bear ruin 02.png [Beast Slaying] provides increased damage against Beasts. 'Da Voodoo Shuffle reduces the duration of movement impairing effects by 15% at all times, which can be useful in both PvE and PvP. Regeneration allows 10% of health regeneration to continue in combat and increases your health regeneration rate by 10%.
  • IconSmall Tauren Male.gif IconSmall Tauren Female.gif Tauren Ability warstomp.png [War Stomp] causes a short area-of-effect stun around the monk, useful for rough spots, as well as Spell nature unyeildingstamina.png [Endurance] which can increase a monk's health by a small amount. Inv misc head tauren 01.png [Brawn] also increases the monk's critical strike damage and healing by 2%.
  • IconSmall Undead Male.gif IconSmall Undead Female.gif Undead Spell shadow raisedead.png [Will of the Forsaken] frees the Monk from Charm, Fear and Sleep effects, which helps in certain situations in PvE and PvP. Spell shadow fingerofdeath.png [Touch of the Grave] improves DPS as well as survivability by leeching health from the enemy. Ability racial cannibalize.png [Cannibalize] allows an Undead Monk to quickly restore health off an enemy corpse if necessary.
  • IconSmall Pandaren Male.gif IconSmall Pandaren Female.gif Pandaren Pandarenracial epicurean.png [Epicurean] doubles stat gains from the Well Fed buff granted by certain foods. Pandarenracial quiveringpain.png [Quaking Palm] can be useful for short crowd control, and fits into the "theme" of monk abilities quite well.

Notable

See also: List of monks
Name Role Status Location
Neutral 15.png  IconSmall Pandaren Male.gif Kang, the Fist of First Dawn The first monk and leader of the pandaren revolution Deceased Unknown
Neutral 15.png  IconSmall Chen.gif Chen Stormstout Legendary brewmaster Alive Various
Neutral 15.png  IconSmall TaranZhu.gif Taran Zhu Lord of the Shado-pan Alive Various
Alliance 15.png  IconSmall Aysa.gif Aysa Cloudsinger Leader of the Tushui Alive Various
Horde 15.png  IconSmall Ji.gif Ji Firepaw Leader of the Huojin Alive Various
Neutral 15.png  IconSmall Pandaren Male.gif Master Bruised Paw The Hidden Master Alive Paoquan Hollow, Valley of the Four Winds
Alliance 15.png  IconSmall PandarenBrewmaster.gif Mojo Stormstout Strategy guide author Alive Ammen Vale, Azuremyst Isle
Boss 15.png  IconSmall Human Male.gif Brother Korloff Monk trainer of the Scarlet Crusade Killable Chapel Gardens, Scarlet Monastery
Boss 15.png  IconSmall BloodElf Male.png Eramas Brightblaze Acolyte of Priestess Delrissa Killable Observation Grounds, Magisters' Terrace

Specializations

For a full list of specialization abilities, see Monk abilities

Brewmaster

Monk preview Brewmaster.jpg
Spell monk brewmaster spec.png
A sturdy brawler who uses liquid fortification and unpredictable movement to avoid damage and protect allies.

Brewmasters are capable tanks who use a combination of ancient martial arts techniques and drunken taunts to draw the attacks of their enemies and soak up damage. Brewmasters absorb and stagger damage, while provoking their enemies with traditional brewing-based attacks.

The brewmaster is a quirky character, though dangerous when underestimated. Brewmasters may seem to struggle with balance as they chug their concoctions in the middle of a fight, but this unpredictable behavior is far from foolhardiness. Most opponents barely have time to process the erratic nature of the brewmaster’s fighting tactics before they find themselves laid low—possibly the result of a keg smash to the head. When an opponent actually manages to land an attack, it’s often unclear how much the brewmaster feels it . . . if at all.[2]

Mistweaver

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Spell monk mistweaver spec.png
A healer who mixes traditional herbal medicine with Pandaren martial arts.

Mistweavers are healers with a sideline in damage dealing. As well as a range of traditional healing techniques, Mistweavers may also use melee range attacks to increase the effect of their healing spells, through certain combinations such as Ability monk thunderfocustea.png [Thunder Focus Tea], Rising Thunder, and Ability monk risingsunkick.png [Rising Sun Kick] resulting in unique gameplay. Mistweaver monks gain mana as a primary resource, in place of energy.

Mistweavers are unique among those who heal. The energies they channel are mysterious, oftentimes misunderstood by commoners—who rarely travel beyond the borders of their homelands—as some form of folk medicine. But those who weave the mists wield the power of life’s essence, using a mixture of preventative and restorative spells to mend their allies’ wounds. The inner tranquility that guides mistweavers allows them to sustain their healing for long periods of time, and gives them the strength to care for multiple injured allies.[2]

Windwalker

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Spell monk windwalker spec.png
A martial artist without peer who pummels foes with hands and fists.

Windwalkers are damage dealers, focusing on dealing melee damage through a range of martial arts abilities. With their lightning kicks and furious fists, Windwalkers can pummel nearby foes, but also have some ranged attacks and can use their legendary abilities to move swiftly across the battlefield. In addition to Energy, Windwalker Monks use Chi as a secondary resource.

Among monks, none have mastered the martial arts as the windwalkers have, and few across Azeroth can fight with their grace. Windwalkers possess unparalleled physical finesse, and are capable of overwhelming their enemies with a dizzying flurry of punches and kicks. Their skill comes primarily from a lifetime of intense training and discipline, but the power they exhibit is shrouded in more mysticism than meets the untrained eye. The combination of their peak physical conditioning, state of inner calm, and leveraging of mystical chi makes windwalker monks a true force to be reckoned with.[2]

Abilities

Main article: Monk abilities

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Brewmaster and Windwalker abilities are influenced by real life martial arts style, such as a form of Wushu, commonly known as Drunken Boxing, which inspired some of the Brewmaster's animations. Other Brewmaster abilities such as Achievement brewery 2.png [Keg Smash] and Ability monk ironskinbrew.png [Ironskin Brew] further this fantasy (even though Wushu does not involve actual drinking). Mistweavers typically focus on maintaining the balance of life energy around them, calling upon the mists to heal their allies and disorient their foes. In addition to these fantasies, each specialization revolves around an August Celestial; Brewmasters revere Niuzao, Windwalkers fight with the fury of Xuen, and Mistweavers call upon the aid of Yu'lon and Chi-Ji.

Examples

Gear

Monks can wear cloth and leather armor.

Monks mainly focus on fist weapons and staves, but can also use one-handed swords, one-handed maces, one-handed axes, and polearms.

In the RPG

Icon-RPG.png This section contains information from the Warcraft RPG which is considered non-canon.

Monks are culturally considered ascetic and studious. When Malygos is in humanoid form, he takes the shape of a studious monk or similar individual.[5]Pandaren are formidable monks, following their philosophies to the letter and perfecting their martial arts as they see fit.[6]Runemasters are said to be monk-like as well.[7]

RPG notes

Monks were initially a denied class in the original Warcraft RPG sourcebook, at the time believed not to be relevant to the Warcraft world.[8] However, monks were later incorporated through the runemaster, and references to monks appear throughout various points in RPG lore as well as in World of Warcraft. However (at the time) no specific monk class was ever created in the RPG, and no specific lore was ever given.

Trivia

  • Even before their formal introduction as a playable class in Mists of Pandaria, several monk NPCs and mobs already existed, albeit with different gear and abilities than those playable now. Examples of such old-school monks include the gnome Lefty, the blood elf Eramas Brightblaze, Condemned Monks, Scarlet Monks, Crimson Monks (now Risen Monks), Auchenai Monks, and Argent Monks. Note that some of them have been updated since, but pictures of their older appearances are still archived on their respective pages.
  • Monk animations are heavily influenced by real-world martial arts styles, including a form of Wushu commonly known as Drunken Boxing, which was used in the development of the Brewmaster.
  • Originally, Mistweavers were meant to focus on Chi-Ji as their August Celestial. However, play-testing revealed that red-colored healing effects were confusing to players, and it was subsequently changed to be Yu'lon, whose primary color is the green we see today.[9]
  • Monks were the first (and so far only) class to be added to the game that is not a hero class.
  • Because monks start at level 1, they unlock a daily quest starting at level 20 that gives them an hour long buff that increases experience gains by 50%. A monk can go to the Peak of Serenity every 10 levels to complete this quest. The monk may also visit once per day to repeat their current level range's quest for the buff. This was meant to make leveling a monk faster, so they could experience Pandaria sooner and unlock monk abilities more quickly.

Videos

Patch changes

  • Legion-Logo-Small.png Legion-Logo-Small.png Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19):
    Removed Chi as secondary resource from Brewmaster and Mistweaver specializations. Stances have also been removed and folded into passive increases to Monk characters.
  • Mists-Logo-Small.png Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Added.

References

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