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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.
Monk crest

Mists of Pandaria introduced the new Monk class.[1] Monks are a hybrid class. Masters of bare-handed combat, monks choose to draw their weapons only for devastating finishing moves. Monk healers bring harmony and balance to every group, healing even the most grievous of injuries with ancient remedies and focused spiritual arts. Few can hope to outlast the unquenchable prowess of the monk Brewmaster, whose empowering beverages and unpredictable combat style allow them to absorb incredible amounts of punishment.

Like druids and rogues, monks can only use cloth or leather armor and can't use shields, but can use off-hand items.[2] Monks can use the following weapons: Fist Weapons, One-Handed Axes, One-Handed Maces, One-Handed Swords, Polearms, and Staves.

Background

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 any type of weapon by their slave masters, these Pandaren instead focused on harnessing their chi and learning weaponless combat.

Pandaren masters have chosen to share their ancient martial arts with young fighters in both the Alliance and Horde. Harnessing their inner strength and potent "chi" energy, Monks are extremely capable in every role: damage, defense, and healing.[3]

Notable monks

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Name Role Status Location
Neutral 15 IconSmall Pandaren Male Chen Stormstout High Brewmaster Alive Stormstout Brewery, Pang's Stead, Valley of the Four Winds, Durotar
Official alliance mini-icon IconSmall Pandaren Female Aysa Cloudsinger Leader of the Alliance Pandaren Killable Singing Pools, Cathedral District
Official horde mini-icon IconSmall Pandaren Male Ji Firepaw Leader of the Horde Pandaren Killable Dai-Lo Farmstead, Valley of Honor

Races

Main article: Monk races
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The monk class can be played by the following races:[2][4]

Race Strength Agility Stamina Intellect Spirit Armor Health
Official alliance mini-icon IconSmall Human MaleIconSmall Human Female Human 21 21 21 22 20 37 113
Official alliance mini-icon IconSmall Dwarf MaleIconSmall Dwarf Female Ironforge dwarf 26 17 22 21 19 37 123
Official alliance mini-icon IconSmall NightElf MaleIconSmall NightElf Female Night elf 17 25 21 22 20 37 113
Official alliance mini-icon IconSmall Gnome MaleIconSmall Gnome Female Gnome 16 23 21 25 20 37 113
Official alliance mini-icon IconSmall Draenei MaleIconSmall Draenei Female Draenei Bc icon 22 18 21 22 22 37 113
Official horde mini-icon IconSmall Orc MaleIconSmall Orc Female Orc 24 18 22 19 22 37 123
Official horde mini-icon IconSmall Undead MaleIconSmall Undead Female Forsaken 20 19 22 21 22 37 113
Official horde mini-icon IconSmall Tauren MaleIconSmall Tauren Female Tauren 26 17 22 18 22 37 127
Official horde mini-icon IconSmall Troll MaleIconSmall Troll Female Troll 22 23 21 18 21 37 113
Official horde mini-icon IconSmall Blood Elf MaleIconSmall Blood Elf Female Blood elf Bc icon 18 23 21 25 18 37 113
Both 15 IconSmall Pandaren MaleIconSmall Pandaren Female Pandaren 21 19 22 21 22 37 123

Weapons

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Fist Weapons, One-Handed Axes, One-Handed Maces, One-Handed Swords, Polearms, Staves

Mechanics

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Specializations/stats

A sturdy brawler who uses liquid fortification and unpredictable movement to avoid damage and protect allies.
- Official description
Stat priority
  • Expertise Rating (until 15%) / Hit Rating (until 7.5%)
  • Agility
  • Mastery Rating
  • Critical Strike Rating
  • Haste Rating
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Icon Ability Min Level
Spell shadow charm [Vengeance] 10
Ability dualwield [Dual Wield] 10
Ability monk drunkenhaze [Dizzying Haze] 10
Monk stance drunkenox [Stance of the Sturdy Ox] 10
Achievement brewery 2 [Keg Smash] 11
Ability monk breathoffire [Breath of Fire] 18
Ability monk clashingoxcharge [Clash] 18
Ability monk guard [Guard] 26
Spell monk brewmastertraining [Brewmaster Training] 34
Icon Ability Min Level
Ability monk elusiveale [Elusive Brew] 36
Ability monk elusiveale [Brewing: Elusive Brew] 36
Spell nature shamanrage [Desperate Measures] 45
Monk ability avertharm [Avert Harm] 48
Ability druid giftoftheearthmother [Gift of the Ox] 48
Inv chest leather 06 [Leather Specialization] 50
Monk ability summonoxstatue [Summon Black Ox Statue] 70
Inv misc beer 06 [Purifying Brew] 75
Inv drink 05 [Mastery: Elusive Brawler] 80
A healer who mixes traditional herbal medicine with Pandaren martial arts.
- Official description
Stat priority
  • Spirit
  • Haste Rating (soft cap)
  • Intellect
  • Critical Strike Rating
  • Mastery Rating
  • Haste Rating
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Icon Ability Min Level
Ability ghoulfrenzy [Tiger Strikes] 10
Spell nature sleep [Mana Meditation] 10
Ability monk soothingmists [Soothing Mist] 10
Monk stance wiseserpent [Stance of the Wise Serpent] 10
Spell shaman spiritlink [Enveloping Mist] 16
Inv emberweavebandage2 [Internal Medicine] 20
Spell arcane mindmastery [Muscle Memory] 20
Ability monk surgingmist [Surging Mist] 32
Passive monk teachingsofmonastery [Teachings of the Monastery] 34
Ability monk renewingmists [Renewing Mist] 42
Icon Ability Min Level
Spell arcane arcane04 [Dematerialize] 45
Ability monk chicocoon [Life Cocoon] 50
Inv chest cloth 08 [Leather Specialization] 50
Monk ability cherrymanatea [Mana Tea] 56
Inv misc herb jadetealeaf [Brewing: Mana Tea] 56
Ability monk uplift [Uplift] 62
Ability monk thunderfocustea [Thunder Focus Tea] 66
Ability monk summonserpentstatue [Summon Jade Statue] 70
Spell shaman blessingofeternals [Revival] 78
Tradeskill inscription jadeserpent [Mastery: Gift of the Serpent] 80
A martial artist without peer who pummels foes with hands and fists.
- Official description
Stat priority
  • Hit Rating / Expertise Rating (both 7.5%)
  • Agility
  • Haste Rating (until possible to use abilities on every gcd);
  • Critical Strike Rating
  • Mastery Rating
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Icon Ability Min Level
Ability ghoulfrenzy [Tiger Strikes] 10
Monk ability fistoffury [Fists of Fury] 10
Ability dualwield [Dual Wield] 10
Pandarenracial bouncy [Combo Breaker] 15
Ability monk flyingdragonkick [Flying Serpent Kick] 18
Spell misc hellifrepvpcombatmorale [Combat Conditioning] 20
Ability monk touchofkarma [Touch of Karma] 22
Spell priest finalprayer [Afterlife] 26
Ability monk energizingwine [Energizing Brew] 36
Icon Ability Min Level
Ability monk sparring [Sparring] 42
Ability rogue cheatdeath [Adaptation] 45
Ability monk explodingjadeblossom [Spinning Fire Blossom] 48
Inv chest leather 06 [Leather Specialization] 50
Ability monk risingsunkick [Rising Sun Kick] 56
Ability monk tigereyebrandy [Brewing: Tigereye Brew] 56
Ability monk tigereyebrandy [Tigereye Brew] 60
Spell sandstorm [Storm, Earth, and Fire] 75
Trade alchemy potionb3 [Mastery: Bottled Fury] 80
Ability monk prideofthetiger [Legacy of the White Tiger] 81

Skills/Glyphs

Suggested professions

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  • IconSmall Leatherworking [Leatherworking] and IconSmall Skinning [Skinning] are logical choices for any leather armor wearing class (and mail armor wearing as well). This allows crafting decent armor as one levels and various augments.
  • IconSmall Alchemy [Alchemy] and IconSmall Herbalism [Herbalism] can be useful for monks with less-healing specializations who need quick potion heals and various buffs from elixirs and flasks. These professions are also good all around for making money and supplying guild runs.
  • IconSmall Cooking [Cooking] is good for any less-healing specs for non-combat health regeneration and provides good buff foods.
  • IconSmall First Aid [First Aid] is good for any less-healing specs for in-combat health regeneration and low downtime regeneration.
  • IconSmall Fishing [Fishing] is good for leveling cooking.

End-game expectations

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Notes

  • Initially, the monk did not have an Auto-attack.[5] After testing and design, however, auto-attack was included as part of the monk class.[6]

See also

Patch changes

References

  1. ^ The Monk. Official World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria site (US).
       The Monk. Official World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria site (EU).
  2. ^ a b "World of Warcraft: Intro to Mists of Pandaria" panel (featuring Tom Chilton, Game Director; Cory Stockton, Lead Content Designer; and Greg Street, Lead Systems Desginer) at BlizzCon 2011
  3. ^ Monk Preview. Official World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria site. Retrieved on 2011-10-22.
  4. ^ Blizz Nethaera 2012-02-29. #19 - Is Blizzard done with race/class combos?. Official General Discussion forum (US)the monk class will be available to all races save for goblin and worgen
  5. ^
  6. ^ Josh Augustine 2012-03-19. Mists of Pandaria: Everything you need to know, page 3. PC Gamer.

External links

Guides

WoW Monk Class Guide

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