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WoW 5.0: Guide to Monk Healing Part 1

Date: May 07 2012 Views: ( ) Comments ()
Mimiron WoW 5.0: Guide to Monk Healing Part I
By Mimiron
My name is Stan, I am 19 years old. Currently I am studying at a University. I am the founder of the FB group which posted Cataclysm news since 8/23/09. I am playing WoW since the release of Burning Crusade. I like writing articles regarding Cataclysm. The most time I enjoyed playing was high-end TBC - Sunwell Plateau.

Introduction to Monk Healing Part I

As soon as I got into the BETA, I wondered about healing. In what way it would change and how it would affect my character - the priest.

For me, the priest seemed boring. I wanted a healer with no fixed rotations, raid utility and fun gameplay. Now I thought, well, why not give the new monk a try. I didn't have time leveling a toon on beta from the get-go, so I waited up to two-weeks to have my premades copied, but nothing happened, as they are still now, stuck on pending. But that's not a problem now, since Blizzard has implemented a Character Template, thanks to which you can easily create a level 85 toon upon login.

Monk Resources

By default, a monk (with a tanking or melee DPS build) has Energy as the main resource. The secondary is a so-called Chi. It is used to empower abilities. When you choose to become a healer, energy is automatically substituted by mana.

In the screenshot above you can see the new Chi resource.

The Monk Healing Spec

Carries the name Mistweaver. With the description A healer who mixes traditional herbal medicine with Pandaren martial arts.

As you can see, the monk can be a tank (Brewmaster spec), healer (Mistweaver) and dps (Windwalker), pretty much like a paladin or druid.

Once you choose your spec, you will learn a couple of spells and passive abilities. With Blizzard's talent system overhaul, they got rid of many talents and made them spec-speciffic passives instead.

Monk Healing Spells Part I

Note that the spell information and tooltips are far from final and some abilities may not even make it live. Of course every spell is subject to change in every build. These are tooltips from the latest, BETA build 15640. The healing abilities require Serpent Stance.

Spells you gain upon choosing the Mistweaver healing specialization

Level Icon Spell Name Description / Tooltip
10 Soothing Mists Heals the target for (44,416+51.2% of SP) over 8 sec. When you heal with Soothing Mists, you have a 20% chance to generate 1 Chi.
(40 yd range, 1% of Base Mana, Instant (Channeled))
10 Chi Wave You cause a wave of Chi energy to flow through friend and foe, dealing (2,0253 + 112.5% of SP) damage or (1,806 + 127.5% of SP) healing. bounces up to 5 times to targets within 20 yards.
(40 yd range, 2 Chi, 8 sec cooldown, Instant)
10 Surging Mist Heals the target for (17,242 + 180.0% of SP). Generates 1 Chi.
If cast while channeling Soothing Mists, Surging Mist will be instant cast and heal that target over all others.

(40 yd range, 5.5% of Base Mana, 1.5 sec cast)
10 Uplift Instantly refreshes the duration of all of your Renewing Mists periodic effects on allies, and heals them for (4,872 + 42.5% of SP.)
(2 Chi, Instant)


These four spells are really unique in their own way.

Monk abilities are of two-fold nature. The ones you use to generate Chi and the ones you use to spend it. It is up to you, if you either choose damage spells to generate Chi or healing spells, if you need heavy healing in combat.

Let's now have a look at how to combine these spells together so that you won't let your tank die.

Level Icon Spell Name Description / Tooltip
10 Soothing Mists Heals the target for (44,416+51.2% of SP) over 8 sec. When you heal with Soothing Mists, you have a 20% chance to generate 1 Chi.
(40 yd range, 1% of Base Mana, Instant (Channeled))

You will want to use this ability, on a tank, who is taking periodic damage. It is very useful and of course also a mana saver since you will not be overhealing with this too much. It is channeled, and each tick costs 1,000 mana at level 85 (Premade Monk ilvl 377). You shouldn't use this ability on an encounter, where you have to move constantly, to avoid potential mana loss. It's like Penance, but far more awesome!


This is the animation of the spell.


Level Icon Spell Name Description / Tooltip
10 Chi Wave You cause a wave of Chi energy to flow through friend and foe, dealing (2,0253 + 112.5% of SP) damage or (1,806 + 127.5% of SP) healing. bounces up to 5 times to targets within 20 yards.
(40 yd range, 2 Chi, 8 sec cooldown, Instant)

This ability is pretty much like Circle of Healing, since it heals the target instant, but it also bounces, so I'd say it's something between CoH and Prayer of Mending.

Use it whenever you feel like you need a good portion of AoE healing.


This is the animation of the spell.


Level Icon Spell Name Description / Tooltip
10 Surging Mist Heals the target for (17,242 + 180.0% of SP). Generates 1 Chi.
If cast while channeling Soothing Mists, Surging Mist will be instant cast and heal that target over all others.

(40 yd range, 5.5% of Base Mana, 1.5 sec cast)

Surging Mist can be cast while casting Soothing Mists, when the tank is taking too much damage and Soothing Mists becomes inefficient. It doesn't cancel the chanelling of Soothing Mists, and Surging Mist becomes an instant cast. Otherwise, when cast without channeling Soothing Mists it is on a regular 1.5 cast. Surging Mists in a Chi generator, but at the same time it is a big mana consumer, so it can take some time to master this ability.


This is the animation of the spell.


Level Icon Spell Name Description / Tooltip
10 Uplift Instantly refreshes the duration of all of your Renewing Mists periodic effects on allies, and heals them for (4,872 + 42.5% of SP.)
(2 Chi, Instant)

This ability is used to refresh the duration of Renewing Mists. You will want to use this ability as much as possible, because it only costs Chi, no mana, and you'll be saving plenty of mana too, since you won't have to cast Renewing Mists again.

The ability is similar to a priest's chakra, where casting Flash Heal would refresh the duration of Renew on a target.


This is the animation of the spell.


Overall, in my opinion, monk healing seems to be fun.

Oh, and all classes except worgen and goblin can become monks.

In the second part of the guide I will include information about monk mana management, passives, glyphs (as soon as they're implemented) and much more, so stay tuned!


Glyphs

Have not been implemented yet, even though they appear under the 'N' talent tab right now. I will post information regarding glyphs, once they are live on BETA realms.

WoW 5.0: Guide to Monk Healing Part 2 Click Here

 

Earlier Articles:

* WoW 5.0 Beta: New Music, Maps, Items, and Pandaren Kid Model
* WoW 5.0 Beta: Build 15650 New Models
* WoW 5.0 Patch 15640: New Models, Crane Mounts
* WoW 5.0 New Models: Warrior T14, Monk's Challenge Mode Set
* WoW: Challenge Mode - Armor Reward Models Preview
* WoW: Awesome Mists of Pandaria Models Videos


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