Sometime ago I read about someone trying a Lashing Tail Kick: Hand of Ytar build, which basically had him going around the map spamming the skill on anything that moves, without any Spirit Generator.
I tried that spec for a bit, and while it was certainly novel, it lacked a certain kick for me (plus, I was way too Spirit-starved - didn't have enough Spirit per Second on my gear).
With the arrival of 1.04 though, I've been experimenting quite a bit with Spirit Spenders, primarily of course everyone's favourite silly gong ability, Wave of Light. As a Daibo user (yes, our kind exist), I was initially most interested in Wall of Light, but when I was thinking about the Hand of Ytar, I wondered: what if I spammed Empowered Wave bells instead?
What resulted was (amusingly) the most effective build (for my gear and playstyle) that I had ever put together.
The Bell Spam Build (if you're skipping this, I have no idea why you're reading this thread)
If you don’t wanna click, it’s -
1. Deadly Reach: Foresight
2. Wave of Light: Empowered Wave
3. Breath of Heaven: Blazing Wrath
4. Serenity: Ascension
5. Spirit Ally: Air Ally
6. Mantra of Healing: Circular Breathing
P1. Guardian’s Path
P2. Exalted Soul
P3. Chant of Resonance
Not one defensive passive, woo! This set-up should give you a passive 8.1 spirit per second (6 with a 35% bonus from Guardian’s Path) before items. And speaking of items, there’s one I highly recommend to make this spec really soar:
Weapon: The Flying Dragon
Get one preferrably with Wave of Light crit bonus. More on this under the Wave of Light breakdown.
If you can’t get a Fwying Dwagun (seriously, you guys need to say this with a faux-Chinese accent), then another high damage Daibo or two-hander will suffice. Look out for stats like lots of +Dex, >=1.2k DPS, IAS and preferrably some Vitality.
Stuff like crit, crit damage, life steal and life on hit are great, but not essential.
As a yardstick, I’m flying with around:
- 3.3k armor
- 579 all resists (700+ poison)
- 34k health
- no LoH / Lifesteal
- 1.2k life per second regen
- +20k health globe bonus
- 12% movement speed (highly recommended)
- no bonus crit and crit damage (great to have, but not critical. … Get it? Critical? Ahahaha. Haha. Ha.)
- 24% IAS (get some)
- 33k dps before buffs
- 696-1632 weapon damage (this matters more than your listed dps)
- 2003 Dexterity
- Paragon Level 10