Diablo 3 Monk Builds

One of the best aspects of the Diablo franchise is the variety of builds that are available to the players. In this section of our Diablo 3 Monk guide, we will be covering the different varieties of Diablo 3 Monk builds available to players.

In this section, we aim to provide several builds that you will find useful for several types of Monk playstyle. In particular, below you will find D3 Monk leveling builds for solo and group play. Once you reach level 60, these same builds can be used for farming for new gear.

It is still too early to provide good PvP builds as the developers have stated that abilities and talents might change when used against other players in PvP. We will have to see how much this affects each individual ability before making any decisions on what the right PvP builds are for Monk.

For now, we will examine leveling and farming builds for solo and group play:


Diablo 3 Monk Builds – Farming and Leveling for Solo Play

Without a doubt, the most important Diablo 3 Monk builds for new characters are farming and leveling builds. These builds specialize in Area of Effect (AoE) damage that lets them attack multiple weak monsters at once. Killing off hordes of weak monsters offers you a chance for a lot of experience and good opportunities to find rare items.

While Champion Packs and boss mobs drop a lot of good loot and offer experience points for completing quests, the fact is that in order to get to these bosses and champion packs you have to fight through a lot of weak enemies first. Most of your time in Diablo 3 is spent killing big groups of enemies after all.

Since your time is primarily spent on fighting multiple opponents, the best Diablo 3 Monk builds should be good at dealing AoE damage. Most of these needs can be meant via Crippling Wave (a Spirit generator) and Lashing Tail Kick (a Spirit spender).

As far as runes go, start with Mangle for Crippling Wave and switch to Breaking Wave at max level. Lashing Tail Kick, the choice is up to you, but I am partial to Scorpion Sting as this lets you use Lashing Tail Kick in succession against tough enemies. You can use Scorpion Sting 4x in a row on a Champion pack and kill nearly all the enemies while keeping them stunned and unable to hurt you.

In addition to AoE damage, you do need to have some sort of way to mitigate damage or heal yourself as well as a skill that lets you move easily between targets and catch runners. For healing, Breath of Heaven has no equal. I prefer this skill as it helps bridge the gap between potion timers.

For catching runners and improving your general mobility, Dashing Strike makes a good fit into any Diablo 3 Monk build. When runed with Quicksilver, you can easily use this ability to repeatedly to move between ranged targets and escape packs of enemies that have you surrounded.

For your final 2 skills for this D3 Monk leveling build, I recommend picking up a Mantra and a 5th skill of your choice. Mantras provide powerful buffs and as a result are very useful. Your sixth skill is up to you, but many players will likely be off either with a good Spirit generator or a powerful ability like Seven-Sided Strike. I prefer Seven-Sided Strike for solo play.

For passives, stick to Combination Strike (if you are using multiple Spirit generators) as well as Near Death Experience. The latter skill is very useful in solo situations and saves your life more times than you can imagine. You should never die when you have this skill available to you.


Diablo 3 Farming and Leveling Builds – Group Play

In groups, you need to be a little more careful about which skills you decide to use. For example, Seven-Sided Strike tears enemies up in solo games, but in 4 player games that damage burst will not add up to nearly as much as you might think it would.

As a result, group builds should focus on buffing your group’s damage and reducing enemy damage. For example, instead of Mangle for Crippling Wave, consider the Concussion rune as this reduces the enemy’s damage by 20%. When you stack this with the Resolve passive skill, you end up reducing the damage an enemy deals by 45%. This makes taking down all enemies a lot easier – your group will take nearly half the damage they normally do!

Furthermore, I recommend adding on the Guided Light passive skill as this will increase your allies damage if they are healed by your skill. You can keep this buff running at all times and really boost up the amount of damage your group does. When you reach higher levels, you can switch Crippling Wave over to Breaking Wave and boost your group’s damage even more.

Between Guided Light, Breaking Wave, and Mantra of Conviction with the Overawe rune, you will increase a 4 person party’s damage by more damage than you could ever do solo. After all, this adds up to a 49% increase in damage on all 4 players.

As a result, when playing in groups your actual damage is not that important. Focus on buffing the group and reducing enemy damage. This is easily done by picking up the Resolve and Guided Light passive skills. It is even further amplified with a good Mantra and skills like Concussion and Breaking Wave.


Diablo 3 Monk Builds – PvP Builds

Player vs Player, or PvP, is one of the most exciting things you can do in Diablo 3. After all, why go through the hassle of collecting all that loot if you cannot do anything with it? PvP offers players to test their skills against the toughest competitors in the game: each other.

Given the implementation of arenas, there are likely to be dozens of viable Diablo 3 Monk Builds depending on the composition of your group. You will need to worry about the team you are going against and the make-up of your group.

For example, if your team has players that are strong against the Wizard class, you may not need to worry too much about anti-Wizard abilities like Impenetrable Defense. Now on the other hand, if you have no classes strong against the Wizard, it would be wise for you to pick up abilities like this.

However, I think that when it comes to Diablo 3 Monk builds for PvP, the runestone modifications will the the most important thing. Some of the runestones may make you move faster or make you immune to movement-impairing effects, which will be essential to take down ranged classes which will no doubt try and kite you.

Certainly as the PvP game evolves, there will be dozens or even hundreds of different builds ideal for each popular team combination, both for those on your team and for those you are playing against, especially when you add in runestones. We will update this Diablo 3 Monk builds section as the game is released and PvP teams start to form.

For now, it is too early to mention popular builds without seeing how all the different classes synergize and counter each others’ abilities. This D3 Monk builds section will be updated as soon as this information can be collected.

Diablo 3 Monk Builds – D3 Monk Leveling Builds

Nearly all Diablo 3 Monk leveling builds will include Crippling Wave and Breath of Heaven. Most builds will also include a Mantra, Lashing Tail Kick, and Dashing Strike. This really reduces the amount of variety between the best Diablo 3 Monk builds.

For PvP, it is too soon to pick certain abilities as clear winners. Once we dig into D3 we will be able to update this Diablo 3 guide accordingly. Come back soon as we will be adding more D3 Monk builds over time.