Introduction to the Brewmaster Monk

Brewmaster is the tanking specialization of Monks. Brewmasters do not overly rely on avoiding damage through dodging and parrying attacks. Instead, they have an unique way of dealing with damage. This is called Stagger IconStaggering , which causes a portion of damage to be done to the Monk instantly. The rest of the damage is done over the course of 10 seconds.

Mainly for these reasons, Brewmasters benefit from a steady and relatively easily-healed damage intake. They make strong tanks in PvE, always making a valuable asset to the raid as a whole.

Below you will find a beginners guide to the Brewmaster Monk, you can click on highlighted abilities, for a more in depth description of them.

Strengths and Weaknesses of the Brewmaster Monk


  • Very strong against single large hits
  • Mobility is high


  • Mild self-healing
  • Less self sufficient than some other tanks.


15Eye of the Tiger Eye of the TigerChi Wave Chi WaveChi Burst Chi Burst
30Celerity CelerityChi Torpedo Chi TorpedoTiger's Lust Tiger’s Lust
45Light Brewing Light BrewingSpitfire SpitfireBlack Ox Brew Black Ox Brew
60Tiger Tail Sweep Tiger Tail SweepSummon Black Ox Statue Summon Black Ox StatueRing of Peace Ring of Peace
75Bob and Weave Bob and WeaveHealing Elixir Healing ElixirDampen Harm Dampen Harm
90Special Delivery Special DeliveryRushing Jade Wind Rushing Jade Wind Invoke Niuzao, the Black Ox Invoke Niuzao, the Black Ox
100High Tolerance High ToleranceGuard GuardBlackout Combo Blackout Combo

Rotation of the Brewmaster Monk

The basic rotation for the Brewmaster Monk is as follows:

  • Cast Tiger Palm Icon Tiger Palm if there is nothing else to do.

Survival Cooldowns

  • Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew should be used whenever you are about to take a large amount of damage.
  • Zen Meditation Icon Zen Meditation allows you to greatly mitigate the damage abilities with a cast time (since the cast time allows you to time Zen Meditation perfectly).
  • Provoke IconProvoke is your single target taunt. 

Stat Priority

  1. Agility
  2. Mastery
  3. Critical Strike = Versatility
  4. Haste

Brewmaster stats are really close together. You should wear the highest item level gear you have available, while trying to avoid Haste but gain Mastery.