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Advanced Monk Builds and Strategies For Endgame

by Jassper of The Diablo 3 Leveling Guide

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End Game Monk Builds And Strategy

There are two major ways to build a Monk once you hit Nightmare and beyond. Each build has a number of options that I’ll cover in this guide. I split the builds into Solo and Group builds, but in reality that is an over generalization. The Solo build will work well in Group content if you are tanking, or just simply need to stop dying so much. The group build will work extraordinarily well in Solo content if you are good at dodging attacks, or out gear/level the content.

In other words, I use the terms “Solo” and “Group” as labels rather then rules.

Solo Build

The idea behind this build is survivability. We are going to have a number of abilities at our disposal that will negate or heavily reduce incoming damage. Our primary form of outgoing damage will be an auto attack/spirit generator, instead of abilities.

Gearing:

For this build you will want a very fast attacking 1 hander, and a shield. As with all Monk builds Dexterity is your primary stat, however it is closely followed by Healing On Hit and Lifesteal. Healing on Hit is better then Lifesteal, but both are good.

If you were to rank the stats you want most it’d look like this:

  1. Attack Speed
  2. Dexterity
  3. Healing on Hit
  4. Lifesteal
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The Build:

This is a base layout of the build. This is your catch all, and will be your build for most content. After I lay it out we’ll discuss common alterations and situational choices.Inferno Codex Endgame Monk Build

  • Left Click: Fists of Thunder : Thunderclap
  • Right Click: Seven Sided Strike : Sustained Attack
  • Number 1: Breath of Heaven : Blazing Wrath
  • Number 2: Serenity : Peaceful Repose
  • Number 3:  Blinding Flash : Self Reflection
  • Number 4: Mantra of Healing : Sustenance

Passives:

  • Beacon of Ytar
  • Seize the Initiative
  • One with Everything (If and only if you have 1 resist that is very high) OR Exalted Soul

What you have here is 5 Defensive abilities, and 1 attack. While Seven Sided Strike is an attack, we’ll be using it primarily for the Invulnerability it provides. Fists of Thunder is our only real attack, and even that is Defensive as the Knockback provides an invaluable interrupt.

Mantra of Healing with Sustenance heals for a LOT. If you need to start kiting a mob and refresh this to quickly top yourself off. You can also refresh this every time you complete a combo of Fists of Thunder:

Click Click Click > Mantra of Healing > Click Click Click > Mantra of Healing

This will provide a huge healing over time buff to yourself. This should be your basic rotation, the other skills are situational.

Breath of heaven is your primary heal, you want the Damage Buff Blazing Wrath provides even if you don’t need the health so use this a minimum of every 45 seconds.

Serenity is your emergency button. Use it only when everything else has failed, but do not be afraid to use it often.

Binding Flash is the definition of an underrated ability. This should always be on cooldown. It works best when you are facing a large group of monsters. Since Fists of Thunder has a narrow AoE cone, use it to stop mobs that are trying to circle you.

Common Alterations

If you find yourself breezing through the content swap Seven Sided Strike for Sweeping Wind. If you have trouble keeping it up use the Master of the Wind Rune, otherwise use Blade Storm.

If you are level 51 or higher swap Seven Sided Strike for Exploding Palm : Essence Burn. You’ll now want to apply Exploding Palm whenever monsters are close to dying.

Swap Exalted Soul for Near Death Experience if you find yourself dying a lot.

 

Group Build

The goal of the group build is to provide more DPS and make some changes for the better of the group. Revert back to the Solo Build if the group needs a tank, or you find yourself dying a lot.

  • Left Click: Crippling Wave : Concussion
  • Right Click: Exploding Palm : Essence Burn (Or The Flesh is Weak depending on your level.)
  • Number 1: Breath of Heaven : Blazing Wrath
  • Number 2: Serenity : Tranquility
  • Number 3:  Blinding Flash : Self Reflection
  • Number 4: Mantra of Healing : Sustenance (Or Mantra of Conviction : Overawe) if your group doesn’t need/want the healing, or if you have two Monks.)

The Tranquility Rune makes your Serenity also make your allies immune, so watch their health (Press V in game to turn on player Health Bars).

Mantra of Conviction if a HUGE damage buff, but if your group is dead they do very low DPS. You’ll need to make a judgement call based on how often your buddies are dying.

Passives:

  • Beacon of Ytar
  • Resolve
  • One with Everything (If and only if you have 1 resist that is very high) OR Exalted Soul

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

TJ June 6, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Number 1: Breath of Heaven : Blazing Wrath
Number 2: Serenity : Peaceful Repose
Number 3: Blinding Flash : Self Reflection
those three skills are under defensive, only one can be chosen.

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Jassper of The Diablo 3 Leveling Guide June 6, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Hi TJ,

If you enable Elective Mode you will be able to assign skills from any category to your various mouse clicks and hot keys. This will give you a much greater ability to customize your build.

- Jassper

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Brandon Prenger June 12, 2012 at 6:02 pm

great build

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Jassper of The Diablo 3 Leveling Guide June 12, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Thanks, Brandon!

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Jan Ivar June 17, 2012 at 7:35 pm

I don’t understand… How can you have three defensive skills active at the same time? It seems to be locked so that you need to have 1 of each…

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Jassper of The Diablo 3 Leveling Guide June 17, 2012 at 7:51 pm

You need to enable “Elective Mode” in the general settings. That will allow you to choose any skills you like with no limitations.

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Jan Ivar June 17, 2012 at 7:47 pm

wow.. that was awesome! Thanks!

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