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IconLarge Monk.gif Monk
Chen Stormstout, a Pandaren Monk
Favored byBlood elfBlood elf Blood elf

DwarfDwarf Dwarf
DraeneiDraenei Draenei
ForsakenForsaken Forsaken
GnomeGnome Gnome
HumanHuman Human
Night elfNight elf Night elf
OrcOrc Orc
PandarenPandaren Pandaren
TaurenTauren Tauren

TrollTroll Troll
Role(s)Tank, Healer, Melee DPS
SpecializationsBrewmaster, Mistweaver, Windwalker
Resource(s)Energy or Mana, Chi
Primary attributeAgility or Intellect
Weapon proficiencyFist weapon, Staff, One-handed Sword, Mace, Axe and Polearm
Armor proficiencyCloth, Leather
Skill(s)Has various stances that gives bonuses
(e.g. Stance of the Fierce Tiger),
summmons statues
(e.g. Summon Jade Serpent Statue),
Breath of Fire,
Spinning Crane Kick,
Healing Sphere

Classes Death knight Druid Hunter Mage Monk Paladin Priest Rogue Shaman Warlock Warrior
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Quests DK Dr Hu Ma Mo Pa Pr Ro Sh Wl Wr
Abilities DK Dr Hu Ma Mo Pa Pr Ro Sh Wl Wr
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Useful macros DK Dr Hu Ma Mo Pa Pr Ro Sh Wl Wr

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.

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]


Main article: Monk races
A pandaren monk in training

The monk class can be played by all races except goblins and worgen:

Race Strength Agility Stamina Intellect Spirit Armor Health
Alliance DraeneiDraenei Draenei 22 18 21 22 22
Alliance DwarfDwarf Dwarf 23 17 24 21 19
Alliance GnomeGnome Gnome 16 23 21 25 20
Alliance HumanHuman Human 21 21 21 22 20
Alliance Night elfNight elf Night elf 17 25 21 22 20
Alliance/Horde PandarenPandaren Pandaren 21 19 22 21 22 37 123
Horde Blood elfBlood elf Blood elf 18 23 21 25 18
Horde UndeadUndead Undead 20 19 21 20 25
Horde OrcOrc Orc 24 18 22 19 22
Horde TaurenTauren Tauren 26 17 22 18 22
Horde TrollTroll Troll 22 23 21 18 21

Racial abilities

Below is a brief exploration of some of the racial traits most relevant to monks. For a full list, see Racial trait.


For a full list of specialization abilities, see Monk abilities


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.


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 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.


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.


Main article: Monk abilities

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Monks can use cloth and leather initially.


Monks mainly focus on fist weapons and staves, but can also use one-handed swords, one-handed maces, one-handed axes, and polearms.


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Monks are culturally considered ascetic and studious. When Malygos is in humanoid form, he takes the shape of a studious monk or similar individual.[2] Pandaren are formidable monks, following their philosophies to the letter and perfecting their martial arts as they see fit.[3] Runemasters are said to be monk-like as well.[4]

RPG notes

Monks initially were a denied class in the original Warcraft RPG sourcebook, at the time believed not to be relevant to the Warcraft world[5]. 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.



  1. The Monk. Blizzard Entertainment. Retrieved on 2011-10-31.
  2. Shadows & Light, 91
  3. Alliance & Horde Compendium, 74-75
  4. Magic & Mayhem, 33
  5. Arthaus. Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, 54. ISBN 9781588460714. 

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