Mistweaver Monk Quick-Start Guide For WoW Patch 5.4 – Stats, talents and spec, glyphs, rotation, reforging and gems, priorities and healing strategies

by on September 25, 2012

If you’re confused by your new Mistweaver Monk’s abilities, stats, talents, glyphs, healing strategies, or whatever else, I can’t say I blame you. And with Mists of Pandaria’s Patch 5.4, it ain’t getting any less confusing, as some of our abilities go up, others go down, and others spin in place until they’re dizzy. But don’t worry – this Quick-Start Guide will get you gemmed, reforged, talents chosen and strategies in a row, so you can go do your wierd melee/alchemy/Chinese Medicine/tea/healing thing in MoP!

Updated 17th September 2013 for World of Warcraft Patch 5.4

Patch 5.4 Mistweaver Changes

We’ve got a bunch of new glyphs and bunch of old ones have Gone Away. Also, many abilities have had minor changes.

Healing with a Mistweaver Monk – The Principles

Mistweaver Monks have two separate resources – Mana, as usual for healers, and Chi, which functions a lot like a Rogue’s Combo Points or a Paladin’s Holy Power. In addition, they can also gain substantial healing bonuses from doing melee damage – so not only will you be healing and balancing your Chi and Mana usage, in periods of low damage you can alternate to running a DPS rotation!

Single-Target Healing As Mistweaver

Essentially, you’ll repeatedly channel Soothing Mists on your target, and throw in other spells as needed – Soothing Mists makes them instant and they don’t interrupt the Soothing Mist cast.

  • Low Incoming Damage Run a DPS Healing rotation (see below) or channel Soothing Mists and cast Enveloping Mist on your target whenever you hit 4 Chi.
  • Medium Incoming Damage Channel Soothing Mists on your healing target and keep Enveloping Mists up on them.
  • High Incoming Damage Channel Soothing Mists on your healing target, cast Surging Mists as needed and use the Chi generated to keep Enveloping Mists up. Pop cooldowns if necessary.

You can also place Healing Spheres close to your target if you’re sure they will use them!

Aoe Healing As Mistweaver

  • Low Incoming Damage Run a DPS Healing rotation (see below) and/or cast Renewing Mist on cooldown.
  • Medium to High Incoming Damage Use Renewing Mist on cooldown, use Uplift as frequently as possible, and use a DPS rotation, Surging Mists or Soothing Mists to generate additional Chi.

Mistweaver DPS Healing Rotation

Yes, it’s a priority system – in a healing class!

  • Top Priority If you have 2 Chi, the Muscle Memory buff up and Serpent’s Zeal will go down in 5 sec or less, use Blackout Kick. If you have 1 Chi, the Muscle Memory buff up and Tiger Power will go down in 5 sec or less, use Tiger Palm.
  • Second Priority Use Expel Harm. If not available, use Jab.
  • Third Priority If there is very little incoming damage and you’re not able to be in melee range of the target, cast Crackling Jade Lightning.

This rotation will produce low levels of smart healing, and also, of course, generate DPS. Don’t be afraid to drop it and start healing more conventionally if damage becomes more intense.


  • Thunder Focus Tea Short-cooldown ability improving the power of your next Uplift or Surging Mists. Use as often as possible.
  • Life Cocoon Powerful shield and healing buff for a single target. Use at “Oh, crap” moments.
  • Revival Powerful party/raid-wide instant heal. Use when the party takes heavy damage or as commanded by your raid leader.
  • Zen Meditation Use when nearby raid or party members are being targeted by powerful enemy spells.
  • Mana Tea If glyphed, as we recommend, use this whenever it hits 2-4 stacks to regain some mana.


Make sure you’re in Stance of the Wise Serpent, make sure you have your Jade Serpent Statue down, and make sure to cast one of the Legacy spells – Emperor if no-one else is casting something similar (Blessing of Kings or Mark of the Wild)

Leveling as a Mistweaver Monk

Questing as a Mistweaver is really, really not recommended. However, if you want to go Mistweaver for dungeons, here are the key changes you’ll see from the recommended healing tactics above:

  • 1-25 Your healing options at these levels are Soothing Mists. That’s it.
  • 32-41 You gain your entire single-target toolbox at this point – Surging and Enveloping Mists. At 34 you also gain Teachings of the Monastery, making Blackout Kick grant Serpent’s Zeal, meaning doing some DPS healing is possible.
  • 42-61 You gain Revitalising Mists, meaning you have some AoE healing potential. At 56 you also gain Mana Tea, which you should probably glyph immediately.
  • 62-69 You gain Uplift. You now have your entire non-DPS healing toolkit.
  • 70-90 You gain Jade Serpent Statue and can now effectively DPS-heal. From here to endgame your healing is more or less the same.

Mistweaver Monk Talent Choices

  • Tier 1: Momentum – boosts your movement speed after you use your Roll ability.
  • Tier 2: Chi Wave – gives you a group or self heal. Use on cooldown.
  • Tier 3: Chi Brew – gives you a chi-boosting cooldown.
  • Tier 4: Ring Of Peace
  • Tier 5: Dampen Harm – gives you a powerful personal damage reducing CD.
  • Tier 6: Invoke Xuen, The White Tiger: powerful healing CD.

Stats, reforging and gemming for Mistweaver Monks

Spirit, at this point, is probably the most important stat for OOM-weaver – sorry, I mean Mistweaver – Monks. After that, Int, Haste to 3145 rating (or 4719 if you don’t raid with a Shadow Priest, Moonkin or Elemental Shaman), Haste to 6141 Haste (or 7864 Haste) if you can, then Crit, then Mastery.

Reforging: Reforge to Spirit until you feel comfortable with your mana regen (which may take a while!). After that, reforge Haste to whichever cap you need, then reforge to Crit. Reforge from Haste above cap first.
Gems: Purified gems in Red slots, Misty in Yellow slots and Sparkling in Blue slots.
Meta Gem: Revitalizing meta gems.

Mistweaver Monk Glyphs

Major: Glyph of Zen Meditation and Glyph of Targeted Expulsion are strongly recommended. Glyph of Touch of Death is a not-terrible third option.
Minor: Your choice – they don’t affect your healing.

Mistweaver Monk Enchantments

If a profession enchant gives you useful stats, it’s probably better than the equivalent generic enchant.

  • Shoulders – Greater Crane Wing Inscription
  • Back – Enchant Cloak – Superior Intellect
  • Chest – Enchant Chest – Mighty Spirit
  • Wrist – Enchant Bracer – Super Intellect
  • Hands – Enchant Gloves – Superior Mastery or Enchant Gloves – Greater Haste
  • Belt – Living Steel Belt Buckle
  • Legs – Greater Pearlescent Spellthread
  • Feet – Enchant Boots – Pandaren’s Step
  • Weapon – Enchant Weapon – Jade Spirit
  • Off-Hand Weapon – Enchant Weapon – Major Intellect

Mistweaver Links

There’s only one 5.2 partial guide out there, but the remaining guides should still mostly be relevant.

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Andy October 28, 2012 at 7:52 am

I would just quickly like to know if there is a reason that the Mistweaver is struggling with mana until the spirit is at shockingly high levels. I have experimented with my mistweaver (at lower levels) and i have found that trying to maintain a good amount of healing is really quite difficult. It may just be me and my playstyle but I am not totally sure. Any help from the people out there would be appreciated


Parnol, The Panda Butt November 9, 2012 at 11:36 pm

I haven’t had any trouble from going OOM as a Mistweaver (only ever happened to me twice, heal-tanking about six mobs at one time), and that was even before I got Mana Tea. Mistweaver has flexible, rapid healing, and very strong HoTs. This specialization of Monk, like the other two, will take some getting used to. What it lacks in damage dealing abilities, however, makes for a very simple rotation set between either DPS or healing. Mistweaver is meant to be a meele-ranged healer, but can do decent damage at a distance with Crackling Jade Lightning (if you really, really have to stay out of meele).

Spirit is your primary stat for three reasons as a Mistweaver, and two of them aren’t even mentioned in this guide. Those three reasons are your mana regen (the ‘duh’ purpose), and while in Serpent Stance, you get hit and expertise rating equal to half of your Spirit from GEAR and BUFFS. That includes food/elixers/scrolls/spells. This makes Mistweaver a capable leveling class even if it’s “not recommended”, because you can actually HIT MOBS HIGHER THAN YOUR LEVEL more often than others who will have either significantly less hit rating, or none at all. It also means that you need to stack much less hit and expertise, or you many not even have to at all, getting it exclusively from an OMG-high Spirit stat.

Maintaining good healing isn’t difficult for any healing spec unless the situation is going to be a wipe from the start. Just remember that Mistweaver at lower levels is a single target healer until you get Renewing Mists and Uplift (which burst heals anyone affected by Renewing Mists).

Recommended Major Glyphs from me are Surging Mist (which makes it a nice oh-crap burst for the one taking the most damage, and no need to target them to use it), Life Cocoon (yes, being able to cast a bubble while CC’ed can help), and Retreat (you, as a healer, DO NOT WANT THREAT ON YOU).
Recommended Minor Glyphs as a Mistweaver? There aren’t any. I use Zen Flight, and will also use Spirit Roll (mobility after death ftw!) and Jab for my others when I get them.

Stats the guide recommends actually look alright.


Shy December 3, 2012 at 2:49 pm

With the increased cost of Jab with the hotfixes of the 29th of November, you should always use expel harm before jab does more damage and costs less.

Dedralie has a nice post about the 5.1 patch and how it affects mistweavers.


Hugh Hancock December 3, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Excellent – thanks, and thanks for the link, that’s really useful!


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