Diablo® III

Monk Best-in-Slot Thread

A Little background on me

I'm currently a monk trying to get by in Act 3 Inferno, grinding away to try and get Pre-nerf inferno mobs on farm. My goal is to beat inferno (legitimately, elites and all) before patch 1.0.3, because I'm stupid and proud, and while I agree with the changes Blizz is making, i want to be able to say "Ha, I don't need your nerfs."

Now that I'm at a level of proficiency where I can solo Act 3 Semi effectively (Killing the easier elite-packs, and skipping Arcane Enchanted, Frozen, Extra Health, Molten !@#$%^-s) I need to start thinking about what to spend my farmed gold on. Little upgrades won't do it anymore, I refuse to get a totally new piece of gear for 10 more resists and 30 Vitality.

My Stats: With Breath of Heaven and Enchantress

Str:385
Dex: 1756
Vit: 621
Int: 282
Resist: 719
Armor:7172
Attack Speed: 1.86
LoH: 550
DPS: 22859.34

So, in that spirit, I've decided to compile what I believe to be the Monk's "Best in Slot" items.

Desirable Stats

Dexterity > Attack Speed > Critical Hit Chance > Critical Hit Damage

Other Desirable effects: Movement Speed, Life on Hit, Life Steal, Spirit Regen, Life per Spirit Spent

Dex and IAS are most important for obvious reasons. Critical Hit Chance and Damage have some interesting side effects, if you can afford the passives that benefit them.

Fun Additional Effects: Increased\Reduced Elite Damage, Reduced Melee\Ranged Damage[/b]

So with further ado...

Helm

1. Mempo of Twilight (http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/mempo-of-twilight)

Attack Speed is huge obivously, if this rolls with +Dex and one of the following: +Other Resist, +Armor or +Vit; this should be considered extremely valuable.

2. Andariel's Visage (http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/andariels-visage)

Once again, obvious good helm is obvious. Crit Chance bonus is very nice. Roll an Andy's with 120+ Dex, and either +All Resist, +Vitality, +Armor. (This of course would require all your other gear to have Poison Resist and your “One With Everything stack)

3. Sexy Rare or Helm of Command
(http://us.battle.net/d3/en/artisan/blacksmith/recipe/the-helm of-command)

Since a sexy rare lacks attack speed, it’s not entirely ideal, but stick to the formula and you’ll be pretty well off. +Dex, +Vit, +Armor, +All Resist, +Other Resist

Chest

1. Tal-Rasha’s Guardianship (http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/tal-rashas-guardianship)

It’s a close tie between this and Tyrael’s Might, because I like a chest piece to focus more on Defense, but the IAS is simply too useful with Life on Hit builds. Either is a phenomenal chest piece for monk. However, this needs a nice +Dex to roll.

2. Tyrael’s Might (http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/tyraels-might)

I’ll be choosing Tyrael’s Might, because I want t sit in groups of 50 mobs and laugh because your damage is fail. If Tyrael’s Might rolls with +Other Resist, + Vitality, or +Armor, consider yourself a lottery winner.

3. Sexy Rare

Bracers

1. Lacuni Prowlers (http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/lacuni-prowlers)

Are we seeing a theme here? IAS and Movement Speed are dominant. Granted, the armor on these is low for my taste, but the desired rolls should be apparent: +Dex and one of the following +All Resist, +Other Resist, +Armor.

2. Strongarm Bracers (http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/strongarm-bracers)

I like these. They have some fun bonuses like knockback and Crit Chance. Sadly, there’s only one additional prop that rolls on these, so 70+ All Resist is really the only thing that can be in this position.

3. Hot Rare

100+ Dex; 100+ Vit; 70+ All Resist; 50+ Other Resist; Reduced Damage from Melee Attacks

Boots

1. Fire Walkers (http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/fire-walkers)

I know, shocker, I put the IAS boots in second, but these are just bomb. You’ll have plenty of IAS in all your other slots. Get a +All Resist, +Armor, +Vitality bonus and you should be able to walk on water, in addition to walking through fire.

2. Zunimassas Journey (http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/zunimassas-journey)

Why did you put these here CrazyJeff, are you crazy? NO, I’m not. Boj Anglers are stupid, and I won’t even put them #3, a sexy rare is infinitely better than Boj Anglers.

Zunimassa’s gives you +6% Poison Damage, Movement Speed, 15% IAS, and it can roll with a 150+ Dex and +All Resist. This is Best-in-Slot, so your Damage is going to be amazingly high. The think about +X% increases, is that these scale incredibly well with high damage. So all of a sudden that “Add’s 6% Poison Damage” is taking your DPS to new, unthinkable levels.

3. Sexy rare, Boj Anglers are a cop-out with no protection.

Belt

1. Sexiest of Rares

150+Dex, 150+Vit, 70+ All Resist, 50+ Other Resist, +Armor, +Flavour of your choice.

2. String of Ears (http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/string-of-ears)

While not as useful as a perfectly rolled rare, this has a very nice additional effect. “Reduced damage from Melee Attacks 20%.” We are Monks, we take Melee damage, and the reduction granted from these is incredibly helpful, and makes up for the lower All Resist and level 52 Stat Rolls. Life on Hit is a nice bonus too, every little bit helps.

3. Hellcat Waistguard (http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/hellcat-waistguard)

This is here for one reason. It’s a solid companion for your Firewalkers. Granted, this needs to roll an amazing +Dexterity bonus to be considered useful, but to be honest, there are way better rares that can roll.

Gloves

1. The Sexiest of Rares

15% IAS, 150+Dex, 150+Vit, 70+ All Resist, 50+ Other Resist, +Armor. Moving on.

Shoulders

1. The Sexiest of Rares

150+Dex, 150+Vit, 70+ All Resist, 50+ Other Resist, +Armor, +Flavour of your choice. Moving on.

Pants

1. The Sexiest of Rares

150+Dex, 150+Vit, 70+ All Resist, 50+ Other Resist, +Armor, +Flavour of your choice. Moving on.

Editors Note: You’ll hopefully notice that there are some similarities between the last 4 Item slots.. This is because Blizz goofed a bit on Itemization, and items are missing really fun flavor in this game. Hopefully the upcoming buff to Legendaries gives me a chance to put more interesting items in these slots, because that was boring.

FINALLY THINGS CAN GET FUN AGAIN

Amulet

1. Ouroboros (http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/ouroboros)

This is just... Yes. If you find this with +Attack Speed, and a +All Resist\Other Resist, you are a lucky *!@#$%^.

2. The (Insert Hottest Celebrity Here) of Rares

I think you know what goes here.

3. Blackthorn's Medal (http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/blackthornes-medal)

The second best Unique amulet in the game. Everything you'd want, minus the guaranteed 130+ Main Stat roll of the Ouroboros. The LoH and Attackspeed are bread and butter together. 12% Life is a massive bonus, and you've to more rolls to suit your fancy.

4. Flavor of Time (http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/the-flavor-of-time)

Respectable, it’s like a baby version of the Ouroboros with the right rolls.

Rings

1. Skull Grasp (http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/skull-grasp)

Your goal should be to farm these. These are awesome, seriously. If that +1 Random Property winds up being Attack Speed, put this in your jewelry slot and forget about it.

2. Natalya’s Mark (http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/natalyas-mark)

Need I say more? If this rolls with Life on Hit and All Resist, put it in your slot and forget about it.

3. Screaming Chain (http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/screaming-chain)

See above, but this doesn’t guarantee rolling Attack Speed, so a really nice Screaming Chain will have 15% IAS and Life on Hit.

4. Band of Fallen Heroes (http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/band-of-fallen-heroes)

When paired with the above ring, you get a 15% MF and GF Bonus. If you are stupid-lucky, and roll this with +Dex and +Attack Speed. Its valuable.

5. Sexy Rare Ring.

Attack Speed, Life of Hit, Dex, All Resist. Lather, Rinse, Repeat.

6. Justice Lantern (http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/justice-lantern)
Courtesy of Rangerbob

Justice Lantern boasts a whopping 11% Chance to Block, Additional Armor, Vitality, and 2 additional properties.

11% block on a ring is gg and any rare sacred shield with %block and half !@# stats will outperform a stormshield. 3700 block vs 4700 block and the sacred shield can get up to 29% block as well.

48% chance to just - 4700 post mitigation damage is just plain op.


NOW WHAT DO I PUT IN MY HANDS!

1. The Rare Fist Weapon\Dagger\Sword of your choice (In both hands?)

Ideal Stats:

DPS: 1100+
Dexterity 100+
Increased Attack Speed
Life on Hit 800+
Critical Hit Damage +100%

(This is Best in Slot Rememeber? I can dream)

2. Stormshield (http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/stormshield)

If you’re into shields, the Stormshield is the best Legendary.

However, this is utterly annihilated by a perfectly rolled rare Sacred Shield that gives you a Massive Dex Boost, Vitality, Ridiculous Block Chance, High Armor and Reduced Damage from Melee Attacks, and Resistance. (Especially when combined with a Justice Lantern)
Courtesy of Rangerbob

3. The Rare Staff to End All Rare Staffs

(You’re going to have ridiculous Attack Speed and protection, you probably don’t need a shield, and this baby is gonna hit HARD.)

Ideal Stats:

DPS: 2000+ (I think this is possible? Maybe?)
Dexterity 100+
Increased Attack Speed
Life on Hit 800+
Critical Hit Damage +100%
Edited by CrazyJeff#1902 on 6/15/2012 6:04 PM PDT
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Now, to have a word on Legendary Weapons,

In theory, I think it’s possible for a Legendary\Set Item to roll with 1000+DPS.
(Even though I haven’t seen it yet)
Hopefully once legendaries get a buff, we can actually use Sets and Legendaries and have it seem like a viable Best-in-Slot scenario.

1. Hallowed Touch (http://us.battle.net/d3/en/artisan/blacksmith/recipe/hallowed-touch)
This just looks really awesome to me. A nice fat Dex Boost, both special Monk buffs, and if it rolls 500+Life on Hit, Attack Speed, and 1000+ DPS, I’d be ecstatic. With the set bonus, you get an additional 5% Attack Speed (I look forward to seeing the unstoppable Monk with 4.00 Attack Speed) so naturally, this would be partnered with:

2. Hallowed Barrier (http://us.battle.net/d3/en/artisan/blacksmith/recipe/hallowed-barrier)

Ugggh, I want this shield to be good SO BAD. Partner this with your Hallowed Touch, and you’ll look like a glowing, angelic, demon slayer of heaven. The set bonus gives +40 All Resist on top of the 60 that the shield gives. A potential 25% chance to block, if this rolls with +Armor (for over 1000), 100+ Dexterity, and 100+ Vitality, I’m a pretty happy camper.

I think that’ll do it for now.

I’ll be updating and editing this guide periodically. Maybe I’ll do some Character Builder setups, so I can see the theoretical numbers of this super-monk.

I’d also like to try building a monk that uses Set Items exclusively, and see what his numbers look like, so will likely be an added section to this. I’d love to see\hear the Monk community’s suggestions\comments.

If you like this guide, and plan to keep coming back, request a sticky!

-CrazyJeff

Changelog

Added Justice Lantern to Rings, by request of RangerBob
Added Blackthorn's Medal, because I'm an idiot and totally forgot the best jewelry in the game...
Edited by CrazyJeff#1902 on 6/15/2012 6:01 PM PDT
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You're missing alot of stuff. Justice Lantern and Rare sacred shield are way better ring and shield. Your build is a DH set with no mitigation. This is a Monk set and we actually have to walk up to things before we hit them. 11% block on a ring is gg and any rare sacred shield with %block and half !@# stats will outperform a stormshield. 3700 block vs 4700 block and the sacred shield can get up to 29% block as well.

48% chance to just - 4700 post mitigation damage is just plain op.

Also monks need to focus on crit chance crit damage as well as just attack speed. Just 7% crit chance on my shield bumped up my dps by 7k when I upgraded it when I was sitting on + 200% crit damage.
Edited by Rangerbob#1115 on 6/15/2012 12:54 PM PDT
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The best weapon must be a 6 prop dagger with socket for a total of 200%*2 extra crit hit dmg. You can pump crit chance and dmg to ridiculous heights
Edited by Hells#1558 on 6/15/2012 1:39 PM PDT
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@Rangerbob,

Wow, yeah i didn't even look at % Chance to Block. I always think of Block as more of a Barbarian kinda thing. I added your info on Justice Lantern\Block Percentages.
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Wow. I am stunned that you bothered doing this when we know IAS is being nerfed in a matter of a couple of weeks. It will take you longer to farm the gold for ONE of these BISs than it will be before the nerf-hammer drops. And then, exactly what will IAS be worth? Who knows.
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Also want to look into wanderlust and don't forget you can get 10% crit on a shield.

My perfect gloves would be dex vit double resist crit hit crt damage attack speed.

I actually have very little Life on hit but I do have 1200 life regen. This helps when backing off semi kiting enemies.

As for amulets Blackthorns amulet is probably the best one when paired with Pants. Combined with Nat's ring and and boots helm of command justice lantern rare shield rare crit damage crit as dex all resist gloves rare bracers and rare chest and rare belt.

Arguement can be made for Inna's belt and pants (when they fix it) and Blackthorn chest instead of pants if you want to go more dps.
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Why is blackthornes not on this list O_o
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Yeah, a perfectly rolled Blackthorne's Amulet just annihilates anything else available.

12% life, 15% ASI, over 400 LoH, a dex/vit roll and a resist roll?
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Yeah, a perfectly rolled Blackthorne's Amulet just annihilates anything else available.

12% life, 15% ASI, over 400 LoH, a dex/vit roll and a resist roll?


how about this one http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/1399/screenshot20120612at104.png ^^
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Holy smoke.. I totally spaced and didn't even look at Set Amulets... Edit Incoming.

@alitis- That is a beast. The definition of a Sexy Rare
Edited by CrazyJeff#1902 on 6/15/2012 6:00 PM PDT
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Holy smoke.. I totally spaced and didn't even look at Set Amulets... Edit Incoming.

@alitis- That is a beast. The definition of a Sexy Rare

if only int was vit , but to hell with that , still pwns :P

i guess blizz was true about crazy rolls on rare items > set/legendaries

p.s. u can do good as well with using only helm of command or lantern ring with your high block +stats shield. try getting ias+crit+critdmg +@ if possible .

p.s. monk is a class for some1 who either he has lots of money to spend to gear him up or a hunter to farm till he completes his monk

i mean , there isnt a middle way to gear your monk. top items or u are crap. you are the retri pala of diablo, by all means

cheers
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