WoW Monk, Shadowlands guide for Leveling changes, Specializations, and Races

WoW Monk, Shadowlands guide for Leveling changes, Specializations, and Races

01 June 2021

WoW Monk is a universal fighter and we decided to tell you about leveling mechanics, that you should know for gaining levels more effectively. As these mechanics have some updates in Shadowlands, we thought to make a separate guide for them.

WoW Monk changes

Blizzards added some new features and changed some of the already existing ones. Now players can see a new tab in a Spellbook, it’s for your talent specialization, here are all of them, it doesn’t matter which spec is currently chosen.

No more default specialization. Earlier, WoW Monk had Windwalker as a default specialization, but now he has only common spells and abilities that are accessible for all Monks before they reach the 10th level. After it, you can fluent choose those one spec that you want and use its’ abilities.

WoW Monk Specializations, which to choose?

wow races

As we said before, WoW Monk is a universal fighter and can play all three roles, like Tank, Melee Damage-dealer or Healer. He has three specializations, namely Brewmaster, Windwalker, and Mistweaver. Each one has pros and cons and focuses on one kind of role.

Brewmaster is a natural Tank that has high viability and defense stats and can survive for a long time and soak up enemies’ damage. Windwalker could scare the enemies with high DPS in melee combat. Mistweaver could restore and heal his allies with his spells.

If we talk about which one is better for leveling, we should give more details for each one.

  • Brewmaster has great viability and also can heal itself, which means that he will survive in most of the battles. Also, he can deal damage to the area and smash enemies’ and mob’s squads easily. So he is good for the beginners to raid dungeons and gain levels.
  • Windwalker is a leveling player’s choice, who has a short cooldown on his spells and also can heal himself. It’s a pretty exotic setup for a Damage-dealer, but it makes him tough enough to realize all his DPS potential in the battle.
  • Misweaver is not preferable for first-time players, because it’s pretty complicated to play. But playing for this specialty is great fun and you will be always needed in both PvP and PvE groups. He is a great healer and also can deal sufficient damage but still not the best choice for leveling.

Another important piece of info to say is that you can choose a specialty only after reaching the 10th level, before you do this, Monk has some default skills and abilities. After you make a choice of specialization you are able to switch amongst them, and of course, it’s free.

Shortlist of Races, default, and allied

Of course, it’s all up to you and it’s not so easy to choose a race because there are a lot of details like traits, prof bonuses, and abilities for each one, but now all races are well balanced and you will not have some critical benefits or weakness after making your choice.

Actually, the list of available races is not so short, because almost all of the races could be Monks. There are a few exclusions from Alliance and Horde. For Alliance, there are Worgen and Lightforged Dranei. For Horde it’s Goblins.

As for Default and Allied races, there is a difference between them. You can choose the default race for your WoW Monk even if you created it for the first time because default races are accessible from the very beginning. In contrast to the previous one, the allied race couldn’t be chosen so simply, you need to do some required actions in the game before you unlock these races.

Default races for Alliance include Gnomes, Humans, Night Elves, Pandarens, Dwarves, and Draenei. For Horde, you will have Trolls, Undeads, Pandarens, Orcs, and Blood Elves. As for allied races, you can choose Dark Iron Dwarves, Mechagnomes, Void Elves, and Kul Tiranes for Alliance and Mag’har Orcs, Zandalari Trolls, Vulperas, and Nightbornes for Horde.

Again, choosing a race is all up to you, and only you should decide which one is best for your WoW Monk.

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