Monk Guides and Resources

Monk
The Monk Codex
This thread is a collection of the Monk community's knowledge, and (hopefully) updated to the latest patch. You will find information and guides on how to gear and in depth looks at all manner of Monk mechanics. Basically, if you have questions, this thread has links to answers! Feel free to ask additional questions and someone will hopefully help out. If you would please request sticky, maybe this thread will serve its purpose and get some use. Will be updated to only link to UP-TO-DATE information, which means current patch 2.2.

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  • Builds& Guides
  • Mechanics
  • Videos and Livestreams
  • Miscellaneous & External Resources
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    Builds & Guides
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    Top Build Compendium (for latest Patch)
    http://www.diablofans.com/builds?filter-build=4&filter-has-spell-2=-1&filter-build-tag=5&filter-class=16
    Heavily streamer biased, but good guides from starter to T6 to GR here usually with instructional videos.

    —[ S3 high GR build ]— by bigluf
    http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/17346367422
    • http://tinyurl.com/llm2pwj
    Biglufs RCR focused S3 GR guide.

    —[ Non-season high GR build ]— by Maypreem
    http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/17346265714
    • http://tinyurl.com/mcwyct2
    Maypreem's NS Build for GR fishing.

    —[ DW GR Guide for Raiment ]— by brbc
    http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/17085789127
    • http://tinyurl.com/l9dmdt3
    DW guide for Raiment.

    —[ Team ICE S3 GR Build ]— by Heisenberg
    http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/16717031774
    Basic GR Build using Cold Raiment

    —[ Team Raiment S3 T6 Speed Build ]— by Heisenberg
    http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/16952585483
    Basic speed farm build in 2.2

    —[ Tempest Rush Sunwuko Build ]— by Heisenberg
    http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/15700615156
    Carryover from 2.1.2 Hexwuko build

    —[ Team Fire T6 Sunwuko Build ]— by Heisenberg
    http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/15700615158
    Starter T6 farming build

    —[ Starter Leveling Monk Guide ]— by unsaintlyx
    • http://www.reddit.com/r/Diablo3Monks/comments/2vlslh/monk_leveling_guide_for_season_2/
    Guide written for fresh Seasonal Monks

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    Mechanics
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    —[ Buffs and Debuffs ]— by Heisenberg
    http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/15083858460
    Wondering how all your buffs/debuffs affects your DPS.

    —[ Elite Affixe - Bug or Intended ]— by Nagash
    http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/12673259125
    Great info on how Elite Affix mechanics work or don't work with your defenses.

    —[ Testing Thread ]— by Davlok
    http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/16527322731
    Only semi-active 2.2 mechanics thread

    —[ Monk Breakpoints ]— by Druin
    http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/14609371554
    Want to confuse yourself with frame based maths?

    —[ Elemental Damage Explained ]— by Druin
    http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/11986398637
    Wondering how all this elemental damage affects your DPS. Confusion be gone! Thar be the explanate harr.

    —[ Spirit Generators Quick Ref ]— by Davlok
    http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/11882328396
    Break down of Monk spirit generators

    —[ GR Monster Progression % ]— by Nyam Leeson
    http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/16200921082
    What to kill priority in GR

    —[ Gem Mechanics ]— by Neuron/Heisenberg
    http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/13466126509
    http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/16412171625
    Legendary Gems Info

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    Videos and Livestreams
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    —[ Twitch TV - Diablo 3 ]—
    • http://www.twitch.tv/directory/game/Diablo%20III:%20Reaper%20of%20Souls

    —[ Official Diablo 3 Developer Stream & Youtube Channel ]—
    • http://www.twitch.tv/diablo
    • https://www.youtube.com/user/diablo/videos

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    Miscellaneous & External Resources
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    —[ Player Seasonal / Non-Seasonal Rankings ]—
    • http://www.diabloprogress.com/

    —[ Max Stats for Items & Proc Rates ]—
    • http://www.d3maxstats.com

    —[ D3 Character Planner ]—
    • www.d3planner.com

    —[ CDR Calculator ]—
    • http://bannedofgamers.com/index.php?cdr/

    —[ Yards in D3 ]—
    • http://i.stack.imgur.com/IKkOB.jpg

    —[ Weapon Reroll Calculator ]—
    • http://rerollcalculator.com

    —[ D3 Gem Calculator ]—
    • www.diablo3gemcalculator.com

    —[ Adventure Mode Bounty Cache Loot Table ]—
    • http://www.diablowiki.net/Horadric_Cache

    —[ Sample Damage Calculator ]—
    • https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ajY4NpZi-DqHSXuX21Ju1ChM_VPnjtx2vc8Uiti3egA/

    —[ Kadala Gamble Drop Table]—
    • https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1vIielLrsVoq46lzS9MoAPKvcdZAyZ3KkiWyPIS7eQqU/

    —[ Monk Leveling Spreadsheet for Season Openers ]—
    • https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1dvODbfjfzqUGJh2PJoqxbORslifOSBv-m-QyHOy9vWM

    —[ Proc Coefficent Database ]— --
    • ALL classes updated to 2.0.6 @ • http://tinyurl.com/bpg2zwr
    • Monk only updated to 2.1 @ • http://tinyurl.com/lsn94ur

    —[ Blue Trackers ]— -- Place where official developer posts can be tracked --
    • http://www.diablofans.com/blizz-tracker
    • http://www.reddit.com/r/diablo/wiki/bluetracker
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    Monk-Related Acronyms
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    General Terms

    APS = Attacks Per Second
    AR = All Resist
    CC = Crit Chance (CHC used as well) may also refer to crowd control
    CD = Crit Damage (sometimes CHD)
    CDR = Cooldown Reduction
    DPS = Damage per Second
    EDPS = Effective Damage Per Second (sometimes referred to as "True DPS")
    EHP = Effective Hit Points
    IAS = Increased Attack Speed
    ISFP / FP = Inner Sanctuary: Forbidden Palace
    LoH = Life on Hit
    SR = Single Resist
    zDPS = Zero Damage Per Second
    LpSS = Life per Spirit Spent
    LpS = Life per Second
    RCR = Resource Cost Reduction

    SWK = Sunwuko set = Monkey King's Garb Set
    Inna = Inna's Mantra Set
    RoTS = Raimentt of a Thousand Storms Set
    R2 = Raiment of a Thousand Storms 2 pc
    R4 = Raiment of a Thousand Storms 4 pc
    R6 = Raiment of a Thousand Storms 6 pc

    Skills

    CS = Cyclone Strike
    DR: SfB = Deadly Reach runed with Strike from Beyond
    DR: SB = Deadly Reach: Scattered Blows
    BF: Blinding Flash FiTL = Blinding Flash runed with Faith in the Light
    FoF = Way of the Hundred Fists runed with Fists of Fury
    FoT = Fists of Thunder
    CW = Crippling Wave
    HoL = Way of the Hundred Fists runed with Hands of Lightning
    OWE = One With Everything
    SW = Sweeping Wind
    TR = Tempest Rush
    MoH = Mantra of Healing
    MoC = Mantra of Conviction
    MoE = Mantra of Evasion
    MoR = Mantra of Retribution
    SSS = Seven Sided Strike
    EP = Exploding Palm
    DS = Dashing Strike
    SW = Sweeping Wind
    LTK = Lashing Tail Kick
    WoL = Wave of Light
    STI = Seize the Initiative
    NDE = Near Death Experience

    Weapons

    Torch = Incense Torch of the Grand Temple
    SoH = Shard of Hate
    TF = Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker
    Fist of Az = The Fist of Az'turrasq
    WKL = Won Khim Lau
    VW = Vengeful Wind
    FD = Flying Dragon
    FoE = The Flow of Eternity
    JB/Jaw = Jawbreaker
    Sledge = Sledgefist
    PS = Pigsticker
    BFW = Born's Furious Wrath

    Armor

    TKG = Tzo Krin's Gaze
    EotS = Eye of the Storm
    Mads = Madstone
    Crudest = The Crudest Boots
    Leoric's = Leoric's Crown, or Ring
    RoRG or RoG = Ring of Royal Grandeur
    APS = Ancient Parthan Defender
    GNK = Gyana Nu Kashu
    GG = Gungdo Gear (or good game)
    EoP = Eye of Peshkov
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    Version 1 up. Took some info from the EU Monk sticky, diablofans, reddit, and past compendiums.

    Got more links to add? Post below! Make sure they are valid for the current LIVE server please <3
    Good work but isn't CC usually referring to Crowd Control not Crit Chance?
    In monk discussions, CC usually means crit chance. In WD discussions, it's more likely to mean crowd control. Reason is because controlling mobs is a much bigger part of the WD meta, while Zdps monks are out of style.
    Got more links to add? Post below! Make sure they are valid for the current LIVE server please <3

    Here:
    CDR calc: http://bannedofgamers.com/index.php?cdr/

    Monk Proc-Cs: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1FQio4NJC8bHw48Vny5tgVlHcqvadTaxpcaiaw9Dy8vE/edit#gid=0

    Area DMG explained: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/12032383478#1

    Yards in D3: http://i.stack.imgur.com/IKkOB.jpg

    Maybe I can think of more, but thats it for now.
    05/12/2015 05:46 AMPosted by Khord
    Good work but isn't CC usually referring to Crowd Control not Crit Chance?

    Always dependant on the context, and I guess usually CC is actually CritCHance here.
    Otherwise you could use CHC for Crit.

    Just for the record:
    Gotta be honest, I don't actually want Heisenberg to be the person who is responsible for our sticky. I'd much rather had a less "controversial" person to do that (kamelJabber was great for that back in the day).
    But if the majority of the people around here is fine with this thread, I will accept this one and support it I guess.
    Armor:
    APD - http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/ancient-parthan-defenders
    GNK - http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/gyana-na-kashu
    GG or Gungdo - http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/gungdo-gear

    Eye of Pehkov = EoP? Not sure if that has a nickname :p

    GR progression for Misc.?
    http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/15269358546

    Skills:
    STI - Seize the Initiative
    NDE - Near Death Experience
    05/12/2015 06:04 AMPosted by Volun
    Area DMG explained:

    Area Damage is bugged at the moment and not working with a lot of things, plus that thread has not been updated in a long time. Example: AD doesn't get buffed by BotT/Zei, Focus/Restraint, etc. So I don't think it would be worth linking as a 2.2 resource.

    Reference: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/17085919721?page=4#78

    05/12/2015 06:35 AMPosted by Xuen
    GR progression for Misc.

    GR progression was already under Mechanics <3

    All the other suggestions added to list! Please +1 if you want to help get it stickied!
    05/12/2015 09:31 AMPosted by Heisenberg
    Area Damage is bugged at the moment

    What means bugged?
    Not working with a lot of DMG multipliers =/= bugged.
    05/12/2015 09:31 AMPosted by Heisenberg
    plus that thread has not been updated in a long time.

    Well, the general principle how it should work ist correct, so I see no problem there...if we'd had a thread from 2012 where it is shown how the DPS is calculated it would stll be correct, right? ;)

    You still haven't listed the Procc-C-Sheet btw.
    05/12/2015 03:54 AMPosted by Heisenberg
    —[ Elite Affixe - Bug or Intended ]— by Nagash
    http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/12673259125
    Great info on how Elite Affix mechanics work or don't work with your defenses (not updated for 2.2)

    Just got updated, check the thread.
    Looking good...

    Mods can we please make this a STICKY??
    05/12/2015 04:55 PMPosted by c2bcool
    Looking good...

    Mods can we please make this a STICKY??

    Requires a lot more +1s and a blue action!
    IMHO it´s not important who manages this sort of thread.

    I have no problem with Heisenberg, and it looks like he has the time, fun and work ethic to manage a thread like this. We do have it in the german forum as a sticky, and "Carfesch" does an awesome job clearing the thread and trying to have the newest things in it.

    A thread like this should be a STICKY in the english monk forum, too.
    So lets try and give it a "LIKE", +1 from my side.
    05/13/2015 07:33 AMPosted by Nagash
    We do have it in the german forum as a sticky, and "Carfesch" does an awesome job clearing the thread and trying to have the newest things in it.

    Yeah, but Carfesch will not exclude content just because the content-creators are from a certain clan.

    Two of the links I posted which are absolutely up-to-date are just being ignored, just because of the persons who made them.
    05/13/2015 07:33 AMPosted by Nagash
    IMHO it´s not important who manages this sort of thread.

    I have no problem with Heisenberg, and it looks like he has the time, fun and work ethic to manage a thread like this. We do have it in the german forum as a sticky, and "Carfesch" does an awesome job clearing the thread and trying to have the newest things in it.

    A thread like this should be a STICKY in the english monk forum, too.
    So lets try and give it a "LIKE", +1 from my side.

    Thanks! Haven't seen Carsfesch around here much!

    As for the two links - AD is bugged and not worth recommending until its mechanics are fixed in 2.3+
    04/29/2015 11:39 AMPosted by Nevalistis
    Thanks to the thorough and specific testing from you all, we kicked this bug over to our Quality Assurance folks for investigation and they were able to verify exactly what's being described:

    Area Damage is not benefiting from some skills or unique powers.

    This is something we intend to fix, but we're holding off implementing these fixes for the time being as we're reviewing the mechanics of Area Damage as a whole and we want to avoid introducing sweeping changes in the middle of a Season. As a result, changes to Area Damage will not be coming in Patch 2.2.1, but at a later date. I do want to thank everyone who's brought this to our attention and provided detailed reports. Your diligence was extremely helpful!

    Already have a proc coeffient Resource with ALL classes linked with cleaner interface. Don't want duplicate info to clutter <3
    Also, we need more battlenet formatted BUILDs. Diablofans is great, but many work places may block.

    If anyone has some 2.2 Official Monk Forum builds on EU or whatnot, link below! <3
    05/13/2015 08:04 AMPosted by Volun
    Yeah, but Carfesch will not exclude content just because the content-creators are from a certain clan.

    Two of the links I posted which are absolutely up-to-date are just being ignored, just because of the persons who made them.


    Trollberg just can't help himself, lol. The butthurt is strong in this one.

    <3!

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