Diablo® III

INVIS's Monk End Game [Speed Palm Build]

Hi Everyone INVIS here,

I would like to introduce my proudest creation so far, the Speed Palm (SP) build. I have been playing with this build for a long time, this is also the build I uses for most of my legendary competition. I have done a few builds before and this is by far my most favorite one. There are a lot of advantages in this build and many tips you can improve and practice on. Allow me to go through the details here (Video Version at the end):

    1. Introduction of the build
    2. Skills Explanation
    3. Gear Explanation
    4. Using the Build Correctly
    5. Tips and practice steps
    6. Summary


1. Introduction of the Build
The core element of this build is the exploding palm, the exploding palm has been buffed to 50% in this patch, and it's what I consider to be the most powerful skills for high MP. (Even with 30% in 1.06, it was still a very powerful skill) The exploding damage scales with the monster HP and on high MP for example MP10, it's very powerful. 90% of the time, the explosion from 1 elite will take out the entire pack. So what we are trying to do here is to maximize our single DPS damage and kill 1 monster quickly for it to explode.

The beauty of this build is the consistence DPS you will be doing, you will want to let the mobs to surround you, and keep hitting them until one explode. Unlike the wave of light, which has knockback, this build is all very stable and controllable. Remember consistence DPS also means you will have safer life steal, as long as you are able to keep hitting them, you will always get life steal back.

2. Skills Explanation
These are the skills I use:
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/calculator/monk#aSVUkY!TgV!acaZac

Fist of Thunder- Thunderclap
The most powerful generator and the dash is also very useful for locking your main target.

Sweeping Wind- Cyclone
The most powerful Sweeping Wind and one of your main DPS output.

Exploding Palm- The Flesh is Weak
The core element of this build, since we want to knock one single target down quickly, the flesh is weak will add additional 12% damage to the target. Also exploding damage will be the key.

Way of the Hundred Fists- Blazing Fists
The more practical second generator, compare to deadly reach- foresight, the cool down of wave of hundred fists sync nicely with mantra and will only be around 2% dps decrease from deadly reach (yes I have tested it). There are also the increase attack speed benefit for your spirits and cyclone, and also movement speed bonus. It's more difficult to have 100% up time with deadly reach since you don't have the buff icon like the wave of hundred fists so you kind of need to remember to apply it yourself. My suggestion will be to go with way of the hundred fists to form the additional 8% combination strike bonus.

Mantra of Conviction- Overawe
The most powerful mantra to maximize your DPS.

Blinding Flash- Faith in the Light
The unity and DPS boost in this build, in order to successfully make all monster group together and explode, blind is a very useful tool. Not to mention it also boost your DPS by 30% for 3s, but 3s is usually what it takes to determine how successful your exploding palm is. I have also tested the Breath of Heaven- Blazing Wrath and it does about 3% more DPS compare to Blind, but with the use of Beacon of Ytar, the blind then become more powerful than the Blazing Wrath.

Near Death Experience
I use NDE offensively. When you know you still have NDE ready, you tend to go more aggressive and that means faster farming. Also with the reflect pack, without NDE, you will die if you apply exploding palm on them. That is right, it just take 1 explosion to kill you. With NDE, it means that if there are only 2 reflect elite left, you can then apply exploding palm on them, even if they explode, the NDE will save trigger and save you. However you cannot do that when there are 3 elites left, basically if they all explode, the first explosion will trigger the NDE, the second one will kill you. So unless you have NDE, don't ever apply exploding palm on reflect pack. Here is a fun video i did when I level up to Para 100, You can see the effect of exploding palm with reflect.
http://youtu.be/maHqt65aLKA

Combination Strike
This passive will boost your DPS a lot, you don't need 2 generator for this to kick in, one generator means 8%, 2 generator is 16%...so on. We are maximizing our DPS here so combination is a must. We will then have 16% from this passive, plus the wave of hundred fists attack speed bonus which is around 15% dps increase, that's already a 30% DPS increase here.

Beacon of Ytar
This passive is useful when you have blind, some people may think having this passive only for blind is a waste, i thought so too before I actually tested it and it turns out to be a very useful passive. It not only gives you more DPS, it also gives you more chance to use blind as a tool for example in keep 2, you can use blind to stop the exploding mobs.

The above skills are my preference, some of you may not have enough EHP to take out all defensive passive, some variation you can consider here, you can use breath of heaven for a bit more survival, you can take out NDE and use STI for armor, you can take out beacon of Ytar for OWE if you need it. What I think you should keep is the combination strike because it's such a huge DPS boost and more DPS means more life steals.

3. Gear Explanation
Since the whole point of this build is allow the exploding palm to take out most of the mobs after the explosion, you do not want any monster running around with fear, so I would suggest you not to use an Echoing Fury, in fact Echoing Fury is just not a very good weapon to use with exploding palm. Instead I would suggest you to choose a rare weapon plus WKL, or just 2 rare weapon. You do need decent amount of EHP for this build to work, if you will die easily when all the mobs and elites surround you, then your gear may not be enough and this is not a budget build, this is intended to end game gear.

4. Using the Build Correctly
So the orders of you poping each skills is important, I am going to explain three cases:

Blue Elite Pack:
* Go into the battle with your mantra ready
* Punch a few times with your fist of thunder to gain 8% combination strike DPS buff
* Punch a few times with your way of hundred fist for the additional 8% and also the attack speed bonus
* Apply exploding palm on hopefully all of them (it's ok if you only manage to apply on 1~2, as long as you apply one and concentrate your DPS on him)
* Keep hitting with your fist of thunder
* Refresh your way of hundred fists and mantra
* Choose your target (usually the one with the lowest HP left) and press blind to burst your DPS on him and make him explode, with my DPS, they are usually dead by now, if this guy still alive, repeat back to second step and keep hitting. Make sure you always have exploding palm on the guy that is about to die.

Champion Yellow Pack:
* Go into the battle with your mantra ready
* Punch a few times with your fist of thunder to gain 8% combination strike DPS buff
* Punch a few times with your way of hundred fist for the additional 8% and also the attack speed bonus
* Apply exploding palm on the main champion and also on as many minions you can, don't hit the champion at all, hit the minion instead
* Keep hitting with your fist of thunder to the lowest HP minion
* Refresh your way of hundred fists and mantra
* Choose your target (usually the one with the lowest HP left) and press blind to burst your DPS on him and make him explode, sometimes killing just one minion will be enough to kill the champion, if not it's going to knock down a lot of HP to the champion and if there is more minions left, go back to step 2 and repeat, if not, just kill the champion with his remaining HP.

A Group of White Monster:
* Go into the battle with your mantra ready
* Punch a few times with your fist of thunder to gain 8% combination strike DPS buff
* Punch a few times with your way of hundred fist for the additional 8% and also the attack speed bonus
* Apply exploding palm on some of them, choose the one that is almost dead or the one that has more HP, usually the bigger the monster the more HP they have.
* Keep hitting with your fist of thunder
* Refresh your way of hundred fists and mantra
* Choose your target (usually the one with the lowest HP left) and press blind to burst your DPS on him and make him explode. Around 50% of the DPS will come from your normal attack including cyclones, the rest will be done by your exploding palm explosion damage.
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5. Tips and Practice Steps
This is one of the most advance build and it does take some practices to get it correct, please see below for some tips and practice steps you can take to unleash the power of SP build:

1. Choose your key binding carefully, do not put way of the hundred fists on your right mouse click, this is bad since having need to click your right click mouse every 3s will become very painful after a few hours play, it's much easier to have this on your keyboard.

2. Always have the way of hundred fists close the mantra, remember you need to press your mantra and combination strike together every 3s so you don't want to waste 500ms by putting them apart.

3. Practice pressing the way of hundred fists and mantra together every 3~4s without looking at the buff icon. You need to get used to this to have your max DPS output at all time.

4. Practice the the use of exploding palm, don't waste a lot of spirits since you can apply exploding palm on the same guys multiple times but it's no use. Find a place with frequent elites pack, go in the battle and apply 3 exploding palm on 3 different target, don't panic and be precise
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5. Get your timing right, remember exploding palm lasts for 9s, so if you are going to take longer to kill, make sure you reapply on the guy you are doing your main focus DPS on.

6. When you have your exploding palm all set and applied, press wave of hundred fists and mantra again to make sure you have max DPS, then apply blind to burst all your damage on the guy you are trying to kill, during this 3s blind duration, just hold left click so you don't waste any time doing other stuffs.

7. Understanding the mechanic of exploding palm, this is for advance user, but please read it also as it's a hidden power of exploding palm, the skill description says it does 50% of the target max HP as explosion, there is actually a way to buff this explosive to 100%. Have you ever wonder what the exploding palm SOJ does? Now Let me know you, that does NOTHING! it's the bleeding damage it crease, BUT the damage against elite actually apply to exploding palm explosive. So you get the additional 30% there if you are using SOJ, and also your mantra gives a bonus too, plus putting exploding palm- the flesh is weak also add bonus, at the end, if you can make sure you press your mantra at the very last second when one is about to explode, then you can buff you exploding damage to 100%. Don't believe me? Or want to see how I can one shot mp10 ubers? Here is a video :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maHqt65aLKA
That's the reason why when you meet a champion yellow pack, you also want to apply the exploding palm on the main guy, so the explosion will do additional damage to him.

8. There is a movement speed bonus from the wave of hundred fists, when you are almost done with a pack or a group of white monsters, remember to apply the way of hundred fists to gain that additional movement speed bonus. It is hard and very advance but if you can remember to do that, it will make the speed palm build even more powerful. And yes, it does boost your movement speed over the cap.

6. Summary
I hope I have covered most of the points, this is a long guide and I will keep updating more info to it when needed. Below you can also find a video version of the guide:
Part 1:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXlcsFpQqNo
Part 2:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9WxWJE5W0I

I am from EU, so you don't see my character, here is my EU profile and Diablo Progress:
http://eu.battle.net/d3/en/profile/INVIS-2291/hero/130395
http://www.diabloprogress.com/hero/invis-2291/INVIS/130395

If you have any more questions or you want to see more of the build in actions (if I am playing with this build), stop by my channel and ask.
http://www.twitch.tv/invisuk
Thank you for the reading this and see you guys around!

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Update 25/03/2013
Essence Burn Doesn't work, it changes bleeding damage to burn damage therefore will not proc explosion. So for high MP, don't use Essence Burn.
Edited by INVIS#2291 on 3/27/2013 6:26 PM PDT
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It says end game on title so it is good to use it for mp10?
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looks good to me!

been using EP for a while now! it has the potential to do the most damage of any skill in the game - REGARDLESS OF YOUR DPS!!!!

no other skill functions like this
Edited by MrMojoRisin#6850 on 3/25/2013 3:47 AM PDT
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looks good to me!

been using EP for a while now! it has the potential to do the most damage of any skill in the game - REGARDLESS OF YOUR DPS!!!!

no other skill functions like this


Hmmm... Interesting
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03/25/2013 03:43 AMPosted by BONEYARD
It says end game on title so it is good to use it for mp10?


Yup, it's intended for MP10, it works the best for MP10, the more HP the monster or elites have the more damage you will do. Just look at my MP10 Uber one shot video, if you learn the mechanic then you can output 160M single damage by explosion.
Edited by INVIS#2291 on 3/25/2013 4:21 AM PDT
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03/25/2013 04:09 AMPosted by INVIS
It says end game on title so it is good to use it for mp10?


Yup, it's intended for MP10, it work the best for MP10, the more HP the monster or elites have the more damage you will do. Just look at my MP10 Uber one shot video, if you learn the mechanic then you can output 160M single damage by explosion.


Sounds pretty good i'll give it a try >:) thanks for sharing cheers!
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:o

nice guide.
As a guide writer, I know, one should be proud of his/her guide,
however, to claim that this build itself is your creation, and proudest build you created, is kinda far-fetched plagiarism, lol.
this build simply uses the typical dps buff skills, you don't think many have already tried this pattern before? the only difference from it than the cookie cutter variation is Exploding Palm, you sure you created it? :P
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and now here's the problems, this build as you put it, is meant for the richly geared to use. It is too offensive and not balanced for the normal players to use in high MPs.
In terms of speed and power, Blazing Fists cannot compete with Foresight, because you need to keep applying it every 4 seconds or less to upkeep the buff.
While with Foresight, you can just tell by the aura around your character (lol) to know when to cast it, you don't need the buff icon (training wheel), thus you are able to keep focusing on Thunderclap alone to maximize dmg. The 18% dps from Foresight also raises EP's damage ticks.

Using The Flesh is Weak here with Blazing Fists makes no sense synergy wise,
this build is cool and ok, but hardly End Game speed build, nor effective.
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the problem here is also the use of Beacon of Ytar only to get cool down reduction on just 1 skill, lol. It is wasting 1 passive slot just to cast BF sooner. And now without snapshot, BF is not even as good as before, especially when using Exploding Palm, in the end they all die and explode anyways, there's no need to hoard buff dps before casting Palm, - it's not the ticks that matter, it's the damage you deal to the marked targets.

and lastly, the order in which you put the skills is outta whack for players to use,
allow me to adjust for you, while still keeping your skill options,
and making it a lil more accessible for high MPs.
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/calculator/monk#aUkYVS!XgT!aZacac

- primary attacks on both mouse clicks.
- mantra on 1, SW on 4, or bust.
- interval support on 2. (BF)
- tactical maneuver on 3. (EP)

Just constructive criticizm, Good job on the guide, and Cheers. :)
Edited by CountFury#1192 on 3/25/2013 5:55 AM PDT
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bloody hell Raahl. why are you always so quick to berate everybody? this build looks better 95% of the rubbish over in your "academy." if you had pulled these skills out of whatever hat created those builds, you would be shouting from the rooftops over how great it is.

even picking on the placement of his skills?? maybe he has a 6 button mouse. or he's just comfortable with where they are.

claiming to be proud of your build isn't plagiarism. how do those two even connect exactly???

edit: good job on your edit though, where you clean up the condescending tone a bit.
Edited by MrMojoRisin#6850 on 3/25/2013 5:15 AM PDT
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:o

nice guide.
As a guide writer, I know, one should be proud of his/her guide,
however, to claim that this build itself, is your creation, and proudest build you created, is a far-fetched plagiarism.

this build simply uses the typical dps buff skills, you don't think many have already tried this pattern before? the only difference from it than the cookie cutter variation is Exploding Palm.
you sure you created it? lol.

and now here's the problems,
- this build as you put it, is meant for the richly geared to use. It is hardly any good for typical geared players to use in high MPs.

In terms of speed and power, Blazing Fists cannot compete with Foresight, because you need to keep applying it every 4 seconds or less to upkeep the buff.
While with Foresight, you can just tell by the aura around your character (lol) to know when to cast it, you don't need the buff icon (training wheel), thus you are able to keep focusing on Thunderclap alone to maximize dmg. The 18% dps from Foresight also raises EP's damage ticks.

Using The Flesh is Weak here with Blazing Fists makes no sense synergy wise,
this build is cool and ok, but hardly End Game speed build, nor effective.

the problem here is also the use of Beacon of Ytar only to get cool down reduction on just 1 skill, lol. It is wasting 1 passive slot just to cast BF sooner. And now without snapshot, BF is not even as good as before, especially when using Exploding Palm, in the end they all die and explode anyways, there's no need to hoard buff dps before casting Palm, as it's not the ticks that matter, it's the damage you deal to the marked targets.

and lastly, the order in which you put the skills is also outta whack for players to use,
allow me to adjust for you, while still keeping your skill options,
and making it a lil more accessible for high MPs.
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/calculator/monk#aUkYVS!XgT!aZacac

Cheers.


I understand some may think this build is simply using the skill EP, in fact it just sin't that simple. I have been using the exact same build back in 4 months ago and people in my channel has seen it and by looking around on diablo progress, not many people are even using EP. I don't think a lot of people understand how to use EP correctly. As stated in the middle of the guide, the EP isn't just 50% and pressing the skills correctly is the key. Everything I said can be backup by the tests I have done during my stream, and there is a logic behind each of the choices.

Blazing Fist vs DR, hot topic and have tested it, as stated in the guide, no doubt it will do more damage but not that much (about 2% increase) and you need to remember to use it. Where as blazing fist not only it sync with mantra which you really should be pressing every 3s, it also gives you attack speed and movement speed, attack speed means more spirits for EP, and also blind scales with attack speed so the order to press your blind after the blazing fist and mantra is important. You can of course use DR if you prefer, but imo, Blazing fist works better.

Breath of heaven vs Blind, also stated in the guide and have been tested during my stream, I too was thinking the use of beacon of ytar for 1 skill is a waste, but in fact it does out DPS the breath of heaven when you uses this passive. And even without this passive, it's only around 2% dps loss too. As mentioned above, if you lack of survival, you can pick other passive, but this guide is intended for end game as described in the title, when your EHP is enough, you don't want any defensive passive, in my case, STI has no uses for me and I rather pick all offensive passive to maximize my DPS.

There is a reason I said this guide is intended for end game, to use exactly the skill set I listed, you do need to have a well balanced build, not just glass cannon DPS, but you do have the flexibility to change a few things too if you are lack of defense. The exploding damage will be the same regardless of your gear, all of you can one shot MP10 ghom if you want, but understanding the mechanic is the key. If you don't think I am the first guy using these skills then that's fine with me. I do not want to take credit of anything, as long as these information are deliver to the public and not just stayed in my channel with my viewers.

For people who think this build is easy, please spend just 5 minutes to read the guide, you may be surprise on how many things you can do to make the build better.
Edited by INVIS#2291 on 3/25/2013 5:14 AM PDT
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bloody hell Raahl. why are you always so quick to berate everybody? this build looks better 95% of the rubbish over in your "academy." if you had pulled these skills out of whatever hat created those builds, you would be shouting from the rooftops over how great it is.

even picking on the placement of his skills?? maybe he has a 6 button mouse. or he's just comfortable with where they are.

claiming to be proud of your build isn't plagiarism. how do those two even connect exactly???

edit: good job on your edit though, where you clean up the condescending tone a bit.


- did I berate this OP? I thought I was being nice here.
or are you Mojo, feeling b-rated because you have low self-esteem? :o

- to come over from EU to US region and start with "I would like to introduce my proudest creation" and then put up a version of the cookie cutter.. people are just being nice not to bash or troll this OP. Don't hate me for keeping the karma balanced, you know? rofl.

- LOL? when in doubt, insult my works?
my "academy", is the supreme artform, that reflects the raw essence of genius and madness in the darkside of man, only for the intelligent to embrace, not meant for peasants such as yourself.

- btw, this be your last straw, Mojo, next time you flame me outta nowhere,
consider yourself on my ignore list, which unlike you, I actually, never ever read.
Edited by CountFury#1192 on 3/25/2013 1:54 PM PDT
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you got yourself banned on purpose? twice? liar.

show us how brave you are and do it again.

please put everyone on your ignore list. we can make a new section of the Blizz forums where you can go play by yourself.
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.....it's was not my intention to create such flame war, if my guide upset anyone, I apologize. I stood by of my skills set and as I said, everything I could backup by an explanation and also actual tests. Each skill build could always be adjusted to your gear level and your preference. But if you really want the ultimate build then this will be it. However by using the same skills won't be good enough, you need to learn and practice a few things so you can maximize the efficiency.

The build is here not just for information, I welcome any suggestions and challenges, most of the things I have thought of and have tested it, but I am just human and may have missed a few things, that's why we should be here discussing....
Edited by INVIS#2291 on 3/25/2013 5:41 AM PDT
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you got yourself banned on purpose? twice? liar.

show us how brave you are and do it again.

please put everyone on your ignore list. we can make a new section of the Blizz forums where you can go play by yourself.


somebody explain to this genius why there's 2 of me, lol.
and no, "everybody" seems to be cool with me around, why would I do that? rofl.
the ignorant list, hence its name, is for idiots.
the first one is some guy named E, the second now, is you.
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.....it's was not my intention to create such frame war, if my guide upset anyone, I apologize. I stood by of my skills set and as I said, everything I could backup by an explanation and also actual tests. Each skill build could always be adjusted to your gear level and your preference. But if you really want the ultimate build then this will be it. However by using the same skills won't be good enough, you need to learn and practice a few things so you can maximize the efficiency.

The build is here not just for information, I welcome any suggestions and challenges, most of the things I have thought of and have tested it, but I am just human and may have missed a few things, that's why we should be here discussing....


Don't worry INVIS, you're cool. I'm just teasing. ;D
the 'flame' was started by MojoRising, who appears to be sitting on something funny. :o
Edited by CountFury#1192 on 3/25/2013 5:46 AM PDT
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heeeeeeee's makin' a list, checkin' it twice, gonna find out who's naughty or nice....
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nice build guide and explanation OP -- I think i've nuked myself with EP half a dozen times this week on reflect E's , haha.
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it's not just EP, it's combination strike also. i don't find it difficult, but i know many do, some may not have enough experience in EP usage and they panic they they apply which makes it spirits waste. If you find it easy, good :)
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