Chen Stormstout, a Pandaren Monk
|Favored by|| Blood elf|
|Role(s)||Tank, Healer, Melee DPS|
|Specializations||Brewmaster, Mistweaver, Windwalker|
|Resource(s)||Energy or Mana, Chi|
|Primary attribute||Agility or Intellect|
|Weapon proficiency||Fist weapon, Staff, One-handed Sword, Mace, Axe and Polearm|
|Armor proficiency||Cloth, Leather|
|Skill(s)||Has various stances that gives bonuses|
(e.g. Stance of the Fierce Tiger),
(e.g. Summon Jade Serpent Statue),
Breath of Fire,
Spinning Crane Kick,
The Monk is a hybrid class, introduced in 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, while Mistweavers use mana instead. All monks also use chi as a unique secondary resource, and an appropriate stance - Stance of the Sturdy Ox, Stance of the Wise Serpent or Stance of the Fierce Tiger - to augment their abilities in their chosen role. Monks are available to every race except goblins and worgen.
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.
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.
- Main article: Monk races
- Blood elves — Have the racial ability Arcane Torrent. It provides a 2-second AoE silence effect as well as restoring 1 Chi.
- Draenei — Heroic Presence improves hit by 1% (~340 rating at level 90) for the Monk. Their Gift of the Naaru ability also grants them a heal over time.
- Dwarves — Stoneform Can be useful for tanking, as well as dispelling harmful debuffs in PvP. Mace Specialization improves their expertise with one handed maces.
- Gnomes — Expansive Mind increases a healing Monk's mana capacity. Shortblade Specialization improves a Monk's expertise with one handed swords. Escape Artist is useful, especially in PvP.
- Humans — Every Man for Himself frees the Monk from CC effects, which is useful in PvP and in some PvE situations. Sword Specialization and Mace Specialization improve their expertise with one handed swords and maces, respectively. The Human Spirit can help a Mistweaver Monk's mana regeneration.
- Night elves — Shadowmeld Provides the Monk with an aggro-dump. Also allows the Monk to enter a stealth state (which breaks on movement); Quickness can improve a tanking Monk's avoidance.
- Orcs — Blood Fury acts as an extra trinket (boosting your attack power). Monks use both Axes and Fist Weapons, making Axe Specialization useful (Increases Expertise).
- Trolls — Berserking acts as an extra trinket (boosting your attack speed). Beast Slaying provides increased damage against Beasts.
- 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.
- 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.
- Pandaren — Epicurean doubles benefits from food buffs, giving you twice the benefit when Well Fed. Quaking Palm is a very Monk-feeling ability, and can be useful for short crowd control.
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.
Mistweavers are healers with a sideline in damage dealing. As well as a range of traditional healing techniques, Mistweavers can heal their allies through dealing damage to their enemies, with a number of special attacks enhancing the monk's healing. Mistweaver monks gain mana as a secondary resource, in place of energy.
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.
- Main article: Monk abilities
- Blackout Kick
- Flying Serpent Kick
- Jab - Generates Chi, which is used for other abilities.
- Roll (monk ability)
- Spinning Crane Kick
- Summon Jade Serpent Statue
- Tiger Palm
RPGThis section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft RPG and 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. Pandaren are formidable monks, following their philosophies to the letter and perfecting their martial arts as they see fit. Runemasters are said to be monk-like as well.
Monks initially were a denied class in the original Warcraft RPG sourcebook, at the time believed not to be relevant to the Warcraft world. 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.