35 responses

  1. JOHN
    October 12, 2012

    This guide should be updated, using [Guard] would halp alot and you got many other abileties you can use

    • Hugh Hancock
      October 18, 2012

      Guard’s actually in there – under Cooldowns. What other abilities would you like to see covered?

  2. Alex
    October 19, 2012

    Hi Hugh!

    im a 90 monk and just joined a guild as the main tank.
    Your guide helped me, tho i have some questions about it.
    why do you take Chi Burst over Zen sphere? consider the time to cast Chi burst
    and the damage output i would rather go with Zen sphere and a tiger palm (if you have that extra Chi and if Power strike) a healing over time and a small damage output. Not here to prove point, just finding new ways to improve my tanking.

  3. Keith
    October 21, 2012

    Awesome guide…Ty soo much, this will help alot

  4. nick
    November 17, 2012

    this guide needs work your priority is more than just your chi builds what about blackout kick? you know shuffle? and you don’t need to just put guard and evasive brew in the cooldown section they need to be part of the priority [thank you for the comments – but insults and advertisments deleted. – editor]

    • Hugh Hancock
      November 17, 2012

      Blackout Kick / Shuffle: from Damage Reduction Abilities: “You should use Blackout Kick frequently enough to maintain the Shuffle buff on yourself.” – it’s in the guide already.

      Why do you feel Guard and Elusive Brew (there’s no ability called Evasive Brew – I assume you mean Elusive Brew as it’s the most similar-sounding ability) should be in the priority system? Damage reduction abilities are best used when you’re going to be taking damage – in particular, Elusive Brew takes a while to build and can be used in a wide variety of highly flexible situations, so why would you lock into using it in strict priority rather than thinking about the fight?

      (If you want to read more on Elusive Brew usage, Icy Veins’ section on using it is excellent, and neatly illustrates why it’s not a simple priority ability. )

  5. Misinformation Abound
    November 30, 2012

    Do not listen to anything written in this guide.

    It’s bad.

    • Hugh Hancock
      November 30, 2012

      What elements of the guide are you unhappy with?

  6. Kreep
    December 16, 2012

    I must say this guide has and is still helping me with my brewmaster so thanks and keep the info flowing bro.

  7. Merciful Killing
    January 2, 2013

    I disagree with not levling as a brewmaster. It a thing of beauty when you can gather up 5 or 7 mobs of your same level and destroy them and end up with 100% health. Its also nice to farm skins this way.

    • Belching Brewmaster Belf
      January 30, 2013

      Yeah, it is a good levelling spec, I agree. Hard to kill = dominate PVE. Who needs a pet, or super high damage if you can easily take on a mob of baddies, and live through it.

      Also, when you’re a tank (healers too), you can usually queue for and be in a dungeon within 5 seconds – and dungeons are great for xp and gear! Dungeons are great ways to level, and you don’t even need to leave Stormwind or Ogrimmar.

  8. Andy
    March 4, 2013

    Hi guys. I love this guide and all the guides on here. I was just curious as to why this guide recommends using power strikes instead of ascension, with ascension giving an extra chi sphere and also increased energy regen. Surely 15% increase to energy regen is better than the buffs provided by power strikes? Thanks for your time

    • Hugh Hancock
      March 5, 2013


      Testing shows that whilst it looks good, the energy regen is actually worse than power strikes – if only just.

  9. Akemi
    March 7, 2013

    I like this site. It helps me alot. And for those who are NOT reading. I would advise that you read them instead of making rude comments about how bad of a job he does at making these.

    • Hugh Hancock
      March 13, 2013

      Thanks :)

  10. Monkzilla
    March 24, 2013

    So i checked out one of the links you posted on that site they said it was a good idea to go hit to 7.5% then exp to 15% just to make sure every hit lands and you keep on hiting your healing orb procs

    • Hugh Hancock
      March 25, 2013

      D’oh. You’re absolutely right – tanks do indeed need 15% Expertise. Fixing. Thank you for pointing that out!

  11. Lovehandelz
    April 25, 2013

    Hugh let me just thank you for all that you do. I have been a WoW addict since the vanillia days and have always followed your guides since I have found your site. Keep up the awesome work

    • Hugh Hancock
      April 29, 2013

      Thanks! That’s really nice to hear!

  12. Jadespade
    June 5, 2013

    I’m just curious about the power strikes vs. ascension question, is there a certain amount of haste you can achieve that will make ascension>power strikes, or is power strikes mathematicly better for chi generation no matter how much haste you obtain?

  13. XiaoLiwen
    August 1, 2013


    Lots of good information. I was wondering, what is the best way to pull as a Monk Tank? I’ve tried several different approaches, from rolling upto them and smashing a keg to clash, to JadeLightning. I have the same problem, is that I don’t have enough threat from an of those to hold off anxious ranged dps. I’m so spoiled with my pali tank and avenger’s shield. thoughts?


  14. Zandt
    August 7, 2013

    Did you purposely leave out Breath of Fire because you think it’s bad or was that an accident? I personally love BoF and I think it’s a great AoE attack, until you get Spinning Crane Kick at least. I’m just curious because I use it a lot.

    • Zandt
      August 7, 2013

      I should also mention that I’m still leveling so I’m not at endgame yet but shouldn’t Breath of Fire at least be used for leveling?

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