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Monk Crest.png
Available to Alliance & Horde All playable races (except Dracthyr)
Specializations Brewmaster Brewmaster (tank)
Mistweaver Mistweaver (healer)
Windwalker 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 [Roll]
[Spinning Crane Kick]
[Storm, Earth, and Fire]

“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 Dracthyr.

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 [Expel Harm] and [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.


See also: Monk races

“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]


Name Leader
Order of the Broken Temple  The Grand Master
Crane Wing order Unknown


A pandaren monk in training.
Chen and another pandaren monk in a duel in the Valley of the Four Winds.

The monk class can be played by all races except dracthyr:

Strength Agility Stamina Intellect Spirit Armor Health
Alliance Alliance DraeneiDraenei Draenei Mists of Pandaria 22 18 21 22 22 N/A
DwarfDwarf Dwarf Mists of Pandaria 23 17 24 21 19 N/A
GnomeGnome Gnome Mists of Pandaria 16 23 21 25 20 N/A
HumanHuman Human Mists of Pandaria 21 21 21 22 20 N/A
Night elfNight elf Night elf Mists of Pandaria 17 25 21 22 20 N/A
Void elfVoid elf Void elf Legion N/A
Dark Iron dwarfDark Iron dwarf Dark Iron Battle for Azeroth N/A
Kul TiranKul Tiran Kul Tiran Battle for Azeroth N/A
MechagnomeMechagnome Mechagnome Battle for Azeroth N/A
WorgenWorgen Worgen Dragonflight N/A
Lightforged draeneiLightforged draenei Lightforged draenei Dragonflight N/A
Neutral Neutral PandarenPandaren Pandaren Mists of Pandaria 21 19 22 21 22 37 123
Horde Horde Blood elfBlood elf Blood elf Mists of Pandaria 18 23 21 25 18 N/A
OrcOrc Orc Mists of Pandaria 24 18 22 19 22 N/A
TaurenTauren Tauren Mists of Pandaria 26 17 22 18 22 N/A
TrollTroll Troll Mists of Pandaria 22 23 21 18 21 N/A
UndeadUndead Undead Mists of Pandaria 20 19 21 20 25 N/A
NightborneNightborne Nightborne Legion N/A
Highmountain taurenHighmountain tauren Highmountain Legion N/A
Mag'har orcMag'har orc Mag'har Battle for Azeroth N/A
Zandalari trollZandalari troll Zandalari Battle for Azeroth N/A
VulperaVulpera Vulpera Battle for Azeroth N/A
GoblinGoblin Goblin Dragonflight 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.

  • Blood elfBlood elf Blood elves [Arcane Torrent] removes 1 beneficial effect from all enemies within 8 yards and restores 1 Chi, 10 Energy, or 3% Mana, depending on specialization. They also have Arcane Acuity, which increases critical strike chance by 1%.
  • DraeneiDraenei Draenei [Heroic Presence] increases your Agility or Intellect by a maximum of 425, scaling with level. Their [Gift of the Naaru] ability also grants them a heal over time.
  • DwarfDwarf Dwarves [Stoneform] can be useful for tanking, as well as dispelling harmful debuffs in PvP. [Might of the Mountain] increases the amount of healing or damage your critical strikes do by 2%.
  • GnomeGnome Gnome [Expansive Mind] increases a healing monk's mana capacity. [Nimble Fingers] increases a monk's haste by 1%, useful for all specializations, while [Escape Artist] allows for the monk to escape movement impairing effects.
  • HumanHuman Human [Will to Survive] frees the monk from Stun effects, which is useful in PvP and in some PvE situations. [The Human Spirit] assists all specializations with a passive boost to all secondary stats (Haste, Critical Strike, Mastery, and Versatility).
  • Night elfNight elf Night elves [Shadowmeld] provides the monk with an aggro-dump / vanish (which breaks upon movement). [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. [Touch of Elune] increases the monk's haste or critical strike, depending on the time of day (based upon server time).
  • OrcOrc Orc [Blood Fury] acts as an extra trinket (boosting your attack power). [Hardiness] reduces the duration of stun effects on the monk by 20% and [Command] gives a passive 1% increase to pet damage, useful for the Windwalker Monk's Storm, Earth, and Fire.
  • PandarenPandaren Pandaren [Epicurean] doubles stat gains from the Well Fed buff granted by certain foods. [Quaking Palm] can be useful for short crowd control, and fits into the "theme" of monk abilities quite well.
  • TrollTroll Troll [Berserking] acts as an extra trinket (boosting your Haste). [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%.
  • TaurenTauren Tauren [War Stomp] causes a short area-of-effect stun around the monk, useful for rough spots, as well as [Endurance], which can increase a monk's health by a small amount. [Brawn] also increases the monk's critical strike damage and healing by 2%.
  • UndeadUndead Undead [Will of the Forsaken] frees the Monk from Charm, Fear and Sleep effects, which helps in certain situations in PvE and PvP. [Touch of the Grave] improves DPS as well as survivability by leeching health from the enemy. [Cannibalize] allows an Undead Monk to quickly restore health off an enemy corpse if necessary.
  • WorgenWorgen Worgen - [Darkflight] provides a speed boost every 2 minutes, while [Viciousness] provides 1% boost to critical strike.


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


For a full list of specialization abilities, see Monk abilities


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]


Monk preview Mistweaver.jpg
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 [Thunder Focus Tea], Rising Thunder, and [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]


Monk preview Windwalker.jpg
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]

Hero talent trees

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Conduit of the Celestials

Conduits of the Celestials have devoted themselves to the teachings of the four August Celestials so wholeheartedly that they can channel their power outwardly and call upon their assistance regularly in combat. They can become pure conduits of the August Celestial’s power during brief moments, preventing some other actions but empowering them heavily.[5]

Master of Harmony

As a Shado-Pan, learn from your forebears and stand proud against your foes in defense of your friends and family. Bide your time and charge up your power before unleashing an overwhelming flurry of blows to overwhelm your opponents.[5]


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 [Keg Smash] and [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.



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.[6] Pandaren are formidable monks, following their philosophies to the letter and perfecting their martial arts as they see fit.[7] Runemasters are said to be monk-like as well.[8]

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.[9] 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.


  • 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.[10]
  • Monks were the first (and so far only) class to be added to the game that is not a hero class.
  • Because monks started at level 1 even when Mists of Pandaria was first released, they previously unlocked a daily quest in the Peak of Serenity starting at level 20 that gave them an hour long buff that increased experience gains by 50%. After the release of Shadowlands and the level cap lowering to 60, this buff now only gives bonus rested experience.
  • In the Hearthstone expansion Kobolds & Catacombs there is a Kobold Monk minion.
  • The monk class did not have a proper crest until two expansions later in patch 7.0.3. Until then, it used the Pandaren crest.


Patch changes

  • Dragonflight Patch 10.2.0 (2023-11-07): Mistweaver Starter Build has been updated.
  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.7 (2023-03-21): Lightforged Draenei, Worgen, and Goblin races have learned how to harness their Chi and can now become Monks.
  • Legion 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 of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Added.


  1. ^ The Monk. Blizzard Entertainment. Retrieved on 2011-10-31.
  2. ^ a b c d Legion Class Preview Series: Monk
  3. ^ a b Wowhead - Mists of Pandaria 2012 Press Event Official FAQ (2013-03-19)
  4. ^ Dave Kosak on Twitter (2014-02-21) - ""Chi" is the Pandaren word for "Spirit," same energy that helps shaman heal, etc."
  5. ^ a b Get an Eye on an Even Dozen New Hero Talent Trees
  6. ^ Shadows & Light, 91
  7. ^ Alliance & Horde Compendium, 74-75
  8. ^ Magic & Mayhem, 33
  9. ^ Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, pg. 54
  10. ^ Dave Kosak on Twitter - "Yu'long=Wisdom, Chi-Ji=Hope. Either works for heals. We went with green so colors were logical for gameplay. (Red heals? Weird!)"

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