Reduces damage taken by 25%, increases Energy regeneration by 10%, reduces the chance to be critically hit by 6%, increases your Stamina by 20% and allows you to Stagger damage.
Stagger You shrug off physical attacks, causing 80% of the damage to happen instantly and the remaining 20% to be divided over 10 sec.
Stance of the Sturdy Ox is a monk stance learned at level 10 for those with the Brewmaster specialization. It is a tanking stance and provides a host of benefits, including the ability to stagger damage.
Staggering damage is unique to Brewmaster monks, allowing them to avoid taking a full, possibly lethal, amount of damage all at once. Instead, they take 80% of the damage up front, then the remaining 20% is applied over 10 seconds. This makes it much easier for healers to keep the monk alive, as well as allowing time for the monk to use [Purifying Brew] if high enough level.
To use [Purifying Brew], take note of what type of Stagger you are currently carrying:
Heavy Stagger (red): greater than 6% of health/sec, purify now
Moderate Stagger (yellow): greater than 3% of health/sec, make ready to purify
Light Stagger (green): greater than 0% of health/sec, no need to purify