WoW Monk Class in Mists of Pandaria – Chi, Pandaren, Brewmasters, Windwalkers, Mistweavers, talents and more

by on October 21, 2011

Want to play a Pandaren Monk – or any other type of Monk – in Mists of Pandaria? Well, read on – and find our Quick-Read Guides for Brewmaster, Windwalker and Mistweaver monks!


Monks balance two resources – Chi, which can be thought of as Combo Points for the class, and either Mana (Mistweavers) or Energy (Brewmasters and Windwalkers)

Blizzard originally designed the class to not use auto-attack, but subsequently went back on that decision. Monks CAN auto-attack.

New energy type: Chi

Chi is used to power your Finisher attacks. Mistweavers use it for powerful heals, Windwalkers for powerful attacks, and Brewmasters to stay alive.

Monk weapons and armour

We know that Monks can use one-handed axes, maces , and swords, staves and fist weapons- however, they mostly use hand-to-hand attacks to build their power, then use weapons for “finishing moves”.

Monks wear leather armour.

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Monk healing

Monk healing is one of the most unique aspects of the class. Whilst they can take a more conventional healing role, Mistweavers can also heal by DPSing in melee combat!

Monk Talent Trees

Monks have three talent trees, of course.

Monk Races

All races but Goblin and Worgen can play Monks. Pandaren, Night Elves, Humans, Dwarves, Gnomes (!), Blood Elves, Orcs, Trolls and Tauren will all be able to play Monks.

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DJCaM October 22, 2011 at 8:24 am

Wow, Honestly this is disappointing and i think blizzard needs to stick to what “Warcraft” aspect of the game.. Monk is a great idea but I dont think there is any room for a hero type like that… cmon guys go back to the basics, this isnt everquest


Jack October 23, 2011 at 2:43 pm

It’s not a hero class. Don’t suppose you noticed them saying that?


Anonymous March 24, 2012 at 6:45 am

How do so many of you morons exist? Pandarian’s are a huge part of the Warcraft lore… go learn something before you sound like an ignorant idiot.


Wiff October 22, 2011 at 5:59 pm

@DJCaM – Pandaren have been in Warcraft lore since WC3.


alfon February 7, 2012 at 3:14 pm



me October 22, 2011 at 7:07 pm

ARE YOU SILLY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
this is gnna be awesome….ever wanted to kick ass out of those stupid warriors in pvp…this will be the class to do it !!!!!!


Mr. Magoo March 20, 2012 at 3:13 am

ummm, I think the class you’re talking about is a frost mage.


virtual April 1, 2012 at 1:42 am

I think the classes your both talking about are blood dks


Malarkee October 22, 2011 at 9:09 pm

True. But with so many palette to choose from. I would have wanted to play something like a Dragonkin… or a Murloc… a Panda? Definitely, not on my top 10 list of characters to Toon-up to.


HolySub March 7, 2012 at 5:42 pm

cool story, may i remind you they are not baeing the game off of what you like i think this will be a fucking sick expansion


Wwindchill October 23, 2011 at 5:21 am

WoW’s going to be WoP … “World of Pandacraft.”


Max October 23, 2011 at 11:10 am

No autoattack is going to suck big time. Sounds like it will be a Druid/paladin equivalent


Asphycsia April 13, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Pandaren monks will have auto-attack, Blizzard found out that not having auto-attack would not work out.


John October 24, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Originally Posted By MaxNo autoattack is going to suck big time. Sounds like it will be a Druid/paladin equivalent

ya, just like the casters. man they SUCK right?


darumacl October 25, 2011 at 3:06 am

No autoattack means it will gonna be like Diablo. Sound very interesting…


KnotUrDay724 October 25, 2011 at 7:00 pm

This is exciting news! It doesn’t feel like just a Hero Class (thought hats not what it is anyway), but a new Class to enter Warcraft after what has been a hellacious war on both the Alliance and Horde.

The Monk Class offers a versatile change that WoW needs compared to the ‘here is your classes, choose and find a spec that is Raid Worthy.’ Now every side has the chance to be a Monk and while that may cause the ‘special’ feeling go away quickly, its a new adventure, it means more subscriptions being renewed.

This has me definitely considering renewing a 6 month subscription.


Matt October 26, 2011 at 4:16 pm

As awesome as it is to get a new race and class… does anyone else feel that Blizzard may have had one too many “Kung-fu Panda” posters in the building?


Kilai October 27, 2011 at 3:52 pm

wow mists of pandaria is a combo from world of warcraft and kung fu panda


Anonymous October 27, 2011 at 5:21 pm

From reading the descriptions they sound like a replica of paladins, like exactly.

Monks use “Jab” and “Roll” attacks to build “Light” and “Dark” power for finishers. We don’t know much about other abilities yet, but we know they use a “Whirlwind Kick” as AOE.

That sounds exactly like a paladin, (word of glory, templars verdict, holy power)

The only unique aspect of the class sounds like it’s healing. I don’t know how that will work though, it seems complicated to make viable. Although I haven’t seen any information on it’s tanking, so that may be unique.

Kind of excited to see how the class is developed but then again It’s just going to be like every other class, it will be unique for a few days, maybe a week and then it’s old news. Everyone is going to be playing a fotm monk panda as soon as that comes out…going to get old so fast.

About not using auto attacks, that sounds interesting, and I sort of like it. It would make the damage contribution come from purely special movies, which would probably mean they would be significantly stronger than other classes to make up for it’s loss of damage coming from white hits. That sounds positive for pvp, considering white hits aren’t reliable.

Just my opinion!


Losmuertos October 28, 2011 at 3:57 pm

@Matt – lmao i know right. the very first time i saw the advertisement for that expansion i just glanced and thought it was the next kung fu panda movie lol.


Jeff October 28, 2011 at 4:36 pm

If you haven’t noticed… the pandas have been in the lore since warcraft3 which was released in 2003, Kung Fu Panda on the over hand was released in 2007… I don’t see how people can claim they are copying it when Blizzard had the idea long before the movie. Another fact aswell is that Blizzard wanted to add the pandas into the game during Burning Crusade, though decided not to as it wouldn’t fit in with the expansion so left it for a later one.


Hugh Hancock October 28, 2011 at 6:49 pm

@Jeff – This is my theory as to why Blizzard aren’t too worried about legal action from Dreamworks – and indeed why the WoW team seemed really unhappy to hear the words “Jack” and “Black” uttered in the Q&A.

If the WoW team feel they’d have a solid copyright case against Dreamworks should Dreamworks decide to get annoyed about MoP, that would explain why they’re so willing to go ahead with a very similar piece of intellectual property. And if there’s some feeling at Irvine that Dreamworks may have, um, “borrowed” the KFP idea from Blizzard…


[email protected] March 19, 2012 at 11:57 am

Pandaren have been in warcraft since Wc3


Zykl0nbie November 5, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Pandarans were NOT copied from Kung Fu Panda.

While I always love new classes and playable races, I DO feel that this would make a LOT better PRE-Expansion. It is still a bit early to be very judgemental but the idea of making this the core content seems like cheap comedy laughs rather than the awesome story development we have witnessed up to date. They should be a pre-expansion, to hype up the players for the coming awesomeness that the new expansion could bring. Maybe Emerald Dream or something!

Pandarans were definitely in WC3, but they were a silly secret character as they should be. To make them not only playable, but the main focus of the next WoW expansion seems ridiculous. How in the world can a Panda Boss be more threatening that Onyxia, Illidan, Arthas and Deathwing? The progression just doesn’t match up. But again…a bit early to be TOO judgemental.


Jaye November 13, 2011 at 8:58 pm

All of these Kung-fu Panda comments are getting really annoying. It’s just like Cataclysm and the ‘Furries’. All of that complaining but millions of people still rolled worgen and enjoyed it. I bet the exact same thing is going to happen here. But, anyways, no auto attack? This is gonna be interesting.


Ritchie November 15, 2011 at 11:10 pm

I would like to see a monk with combo generating skills, though.


Nicky November 25, 2011 at 2:38 am

I really want to play a panda but it sucks that draeneis cant be monks


John March 27, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Draenei can be monks blizzard says so on their website


John November 30, 2011 at 3:07 pm

i agree. this is gunna be intense. i personally cannot wait and am proud to have tyraels mount meaning i will be able to beta pandaria :D


whatever December 13, 2011 at 5:17 am

@Nicky – they can be monks


Brian December 14, 2011 at 10:34 am

They need to give each side a different class somthing the other side dont have let change it up abit im sick of both sides getting the same thing


Justin June 10, 2012 at 8:40 pm

They used to, back in the day…Shaman was Horde and Alliance was Palli….then they changed it.


James Edwards December 17, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Ever since i began playing wow many years ago, i have been screaming for a monk class. Most games have them, and i felt that Legends of Kesmai had the best and most basic…. Wears nothing but leather max.. Trainable in Martial Arts to the point where they can tank barehanded with no weapons. It wasn’t until Final Fantasy Tactics that i was introduced to a monk that could heal using chi. This class will be hard not to overpower, and with wow’s new ultra stat boosts (i.e 100,000+ health/Mana) difficult to gear. I too will return to wow to give this Monk A try.. I was the greatest fan of my druid but it will be nice to try something else. it will be a pvp nightmare, sounds like a great tank, and if you have ever played RIFT, then the healing aspect wont seem to far fetched when you appeal to the Chloromancer. which is a mage that heals, and it is probably one of the best healers..As it deals Life damage (quite a healthy amount at that) all its life damage also becomes Aoe heals of up to 10 people, and can buff a target so that everyone that does dmg to that target is healed by a % of their damage done. For this monk it sounds like a Shaman Totem drop that will be the equivalent of the first form of the choloromancer.


Nomine December 17, 2011 at 8:10 pm

What I think about Monks? Well if I got it right, then I have to say this:
FIST WEAPONS WILL ACTUALLY BE USEFULL! AT LAST! They were only for show till now… Never were they really beneficial. I hope Pandaria Changes that.

Oh and about the pandaren race… At last. I’ve alvays wondered where chen Stormstout came from… Now Blizz gave an answear. :D


Seraphor January 5, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Indeed! I really think that fist weapons should get better and Pandaria. I’ve never really understood them until now. I mean they look cool but what other class than Enhancement Shaman uses them? Also i am eager to see if Monks will have their own combinatins of skills (like agillity or strength, hit rating ETC). In that case i would love to see new Looms for the monks. FTW fist weapon Heirlooms!


Struts January 16, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Originally Posted By BrianThey need to give each side a different class somthing the other side dont have let change it up abit im sick of both sides getting the same thing

The two sides used to have something different… Ally had pallys, horde had shaman…. Everyone Bitc*ed so much they gave each to both sides.


Alfons January 21, 2012 at 9:00 pm

actually there have been pandas whitin the story of warcraft ever since the beginnings of geginning, you understand? there have always been pandas waiting to be playable. look at all those fan arts. pandas everywhere, warcraft III and everything@DJCaM -


Soup of Sum Yong Doo January 23, 2012 at 1:15 am

Monks will have the similar healing as the Monks in Champions online. Hint: Chi and Meditation.


Druzzle January 24, 2012 at 11:36 pm

@Seraphor@Seraphor@Nicky – Hunters use fist weapons.


Blyss January 30, 2012 at 2:26 am

here’s a tip: Pandaren are hinted at in Warcraft, actually mentioned in Warcraft 2, and are a buyable champion in Warcraft 3. so they’ve got more right than even the blood elves and night elves to be in the game. get over it. the monk is, however, fucking retarded.


Nomine January 30, 2012 at 6:25 am

Actually I could give you the same argument, you offered for the pandaren, for the monk (well at least for the brewmaster) So… :P

Monk is just fine as is Pandaren…

Besides, the shamans in WoW are now the top martial artists, which is… weird… Well let’s give this role to an actual martial artist :P


Kodoku February 6, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Not holding my breath until I find out, but…

I’m a bit concerned regarding through what mechanic Blizzard will make monks scale with haste, as well as not be absolutely shafted by proc mechanics.

There is no precedent thus far in the game for a character to lack an autoattack (a mage can smack a murloc with his staff if he damn well pleases), and if making the class “feel like a beat-em-up game” is the central reason, I’d prefer Blizz leave well enough alone.

The monk may be built to play mechanically like a melee “caster,” but without primarily cast-time attacks, where does haste come into play? With likely less attacks per minute than a 2-handed-axe wielder, will monks avoid PPM enchants and proc-based weapons like the plague?


Niklas February 6, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Can Windwalker melee DPS use daggers??


anonymous March 27, 2012 at 7:32 pm

No one handed axes, staves, maces, swords, and fist weapons.


Daniel February 15, 2012 at 11:49 am

k…this is definitely this most god awful piece of shit Blizzard has ever tried to pass off as an expansion. World of Warcraft, Kel’Thuzad, The Burning Crusade, Illidan, Wrath of the Lich King, The Lich King, Cataclysm, Deathwing, MISTS OF PANDIARHEA? Jack Blacks retarded panda monk from the movie? potentially.
Anyways fck you blizzard for wasting almost 5 years of my life, but this has finally struck the final blow and made me realize why the hell am I paying them for this shit? Thanks for failing again Blizzard, ruining many classes and talent trees for the last 4 years. But this is just an atrocity on where the game came from :/. If anyone agrees with any of my statements reply and lets hear your dissatisfaction with this garbage!!


Rav February 16, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Um, how about no. If you’re so dissatisfied and seem to have “wasted 5 years” of your life, why don’t you quit playing? Stop contributing to a company that doesn’t seem to see eye to eye with you and fulfill your every wish. Stop following every expansion, only to come around and call it “pieces of shit Blizzard tries to pass off as an expansion.” It’s funny how people like you keep complaining, but guess who still play anyway? Oh yeah, you. See ya in-game!


dalton February 26, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Yes like rav said if you don’t like don’t play it it’s as simple as that.


Like a boss March 6, 2012 at 5:13 am

I think monks should auto attack, widda melee weapon? come on wow. Really? It’ll make me feel like a warrior. Whack! (1000000 centuries later) miss! (100000 centuries later) Parry! (1000000 centuries later) Dodge! (1000000 centuries later) Block!


Like a boss guy March 6, 2012 at 5:17 am

Nobody is gonna make a Human,dranei,gnome,dwarf,tauren,troll,undead, or orc monk, its all gonna be da panda.


Like a boss guy March 6, 2012 at 5:18 am

Its all about panderen huntrz


Like a boss guy March 6, 2012 at 5:20 am

I can only imajin a panda warrior, every couple of new planets humans decide to on, miss!


me March 20, 2012 at 7:25 pm

they stole the healing while doing damage from rift


Alec April 6, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Well, this monk class does sound like a hero class. I think this class is going to be even more cheap the the Death Knight. AoE heals while doing damage. I dont find that very fair


Rawr April 6, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Dude they are taking away the ability for hunters to use melee weapons. They will only use their bow


Hmmm August 2, 2012 at 8:58 am

I would personally like to see Druids have the ability to dual wield fist weapons as well as monks. What’s more badass than bears with “brass knuckles” in each hand? Do it blizz. The monk healing sounds like a problem waiting to happen but may be fun to play with.


Machenry August 27, 2014 at 11:31 pm



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