Diablo 3 Monk Builds: Inferno Difficulty Specs
The Diablo 3 Monk builds listed below, focus on skills with potential for sustained DPS and utility and/or abilities that augment survivability.
A Monk build optimized for Diablo 3 Inferno Boss encounters combining sustained DPS with survivability. This Monk build utilizes a rotation prioritizing Fists of Thunder with Thunderclap and Sweeping Wind with Cyclone for sustained damage. Survivability through crowd-control and damage mitigation and avoidance is provided by Blinding Flash, Serenity with Ascension and the passives Resolve, Seize the initiative and One with Everything. Survivability through Life regeneration is provided by Breath of Heaven. The skills runes Faith in the Light, Blazing Wrath and Overawe boost DPS.
A Monk build optimized for Diablo 3 Inferno farming combining hard hitting AOE with survivability. This Monk build utilizes a rotation prioritizing Fists of Thunder with Thunderclap Flurry for Fury generation, Breath of Heaven with Blazing Wrath for a DPS boost and Seven-Sided Strike with Fulminating Onslaught and Sweeping Wind with Master of Wind for suatined AOE strikes. Survivability is further provided by Serenity.
The passives Seize the Initiative and One with Everything further add to survivability but can be exchanged to better suit your style of play.
Diablo 3 Monk Builds: Normal Difficulty Specs
The Diablo 3 Monk builds listed below, focus on skills with potential for burst DPS and Spirit generation and/or abilities that augment utility.
Diablo 3 Monk Build: Wave of Light
AoE Monk build optimized for Diablo 3 Normal mode combining both debuffs and crowd-control with burst DPS. This Monk build utilizes a rotation prioritizing the Spirit Generators Fists of Thunder and Crippling Wave to set up Wave of Light as main damage dealing Spirit Spender skill. Blinding Flash and Crippling Wave provide for crowd-control and debuffs while Fists of Thunder and Chant of Resonance replenish Spirit. Seven-Sided-Strike provides AoE DPS and a short spell of immunity to damage. Guardian’s Path eases Spirit management Resolve increase survivability.
Diablo 3 Monk Build: Exploding Palm
A Monk build optimized for Diablo 3 Normal Difficulty combining sustained DPS with crowd-control and mobility. This Monk build employs a rotation prioritizing Fists of Thunder and Blinding Flash for Spirit generation and crowd-control to set up Exploding Palm with The Flesh is Weak as main damage dealing Spirit Spender skill. The passive Resolve boosts survivability while Chant of Resonance replenishes Spirit. The effect of Guardian’s Pat can be tailored to suit your own needs. The Sudden Assault skill rune can be swapped for the Several-Sided Strike to extend the duration of the skill.
Diablo 3 Monk: Beta by Force Strategy Gaming
Diablo 3 Monk Beta footage with commentary, courtesy of Force Strategy Gaming.