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Monk Inna Support Build (Patch 2.4.2 / Season 8)

Last updated on Oct 28, 2016 at 17:25 by Deadset 37 comments

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With group compositions heavily favoring crowd control, damage mitigation and health sustain, the support Monk maintains a strong position in the metagame. Note that this utility heavy, control-oriented build is strictly multiplayer oriented, a zero DPS spec that plays part of a composition with other damage dealing party members.

The build requires the following set pieces:

1. About the Author

This build is presented to you by Deadset, one of the very few professional Diablo 3 players. Deadset regularly publishes video guides on Youtube, where you can see how this and other builds play out in practice.

2. Multiplayer Progression Build

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Crippling Wave Icon Crippling Wave Tsunami Tsunami Right Mouse Button Blinding Flash Icon Blinding Flash Crippling Light Crippling Light 1 Epiphany Icon Epiphany Soothing Mist Soothing Mist 2 Cyclone Strike Icon Cyclone Strike Implosion Implosion 3 Inner Sanctuary Icon Inner Sanctuary Safe Haven Safe Haven 4 Mantra of Healing Icon Mantra of Healing Time of Need Time of Need
Passive Skills

3. Rotation

The build assumes a protector position in Greater Rifts, opening fights for the DPS characters to clear in relative safety. Begin combat by dropping an Inner Sanctuary Inner Sanctuary circle beneath the DPS of the group, followed by drawing enemies in with your Cyclone Strike Cyclone Strike, and finishing the rotation with a debuffing from Blinding Flash Blinding Flash. Where a support Barbarian will be responsible for long range enemy pulling, you will be responsible for much of the actual enemy stacking, as well as reducing enemy damage through Crippling Wave Crippling Wave Tsunami Tsunami stuns and Mantra of Healing Mantra of Healing Time of Need Time of Need. You will be constantly healing your group through the effect of Epiphany Epiphany Soothing Mist Soothing Mist, which you should activate on cooldown.

4. Skills, Runes and Passives

The recommended generator skill for the build is Crippling Wave Crippling Wave, coupled with the support-oriented Tsunami Tsunami rune. This rune will reduce incoming group damage by stunning enemies for a second in a generous, 17 yard radius. As a Cold rune, it will also serve as a valuable proc for the Iceblink Iceblink legendary gem, increasing the Critical Hit Chance against affected enemies for the entire party.

Cyclone Strike Cyclone Strike will be used to trigger multiple bonuses for the build. Its obvious crowd controlling function will be further strengthened by the Implosion Implosion rune, extending the vortex effect to the impressive 34 yards. It will additionally trigger the damage bonuses from Strongarm Bracers Strongarm Bracers in speedruns, and the mitigation from Resolve Resolve.

Inner Sanctuary Inner Sanctuary is a key defensive skill in your arsenal, protecting and strengthening not only you, but nearby allies as well. On a reasonable 20-second base cooldown, this skill will serve as a protective circle when fighting within, and will heal affected allies for a substantial amount through the Safe Haven Safe Haven rune, scaling with your Life per Second bonuses.

Epiphany Epiphany is a staple in the Monk arsenal, allowing you to stick yourself — and as a consequence, your allies — on a target to ensure the kill. Epiphany Epiphany also increases your Spirit regeneration by 20 per second, ensuring that even the most tenacious Cyclone Strike Cyclone Strike and Mantra of Healing Mantra of Healing use will remain uninterrupted. And most important of all, you will be adding the healing effect of Soothing Mist Soothing Mist to your active abilities, dictating the use of high Attack Speed and Health Globe bonuses on gear.

Blinding Flash Blinding Flash extends over the 11-yard circular area of safety of Inner Sanctuary Inner Sanctuary with a 20-yard crowd control from the blinding effect. This utility cooldown brings further value with the damage reduction of Crippling Light Crippling Light, knocking another 25% off the incoming hurt for 5 seconds after the Blind wears off.

Uncommon among the protective skills because of its spender nature, Mantra of Healing Mantra of Healing passively increases life regeneration (scaling with your Life per Second stats on gear), and adds 30% damage reduction below half health through the Time of Need Time of Need rune — helpful to survive bursty elite affixes. Its active component adds another Life per Second scaling absorption shield to the group, and can be spammed reasonably often due to the good resource maintenance of the build. If you are having more trouble with even damage intake rather than damage spikes, you can notably alternate this slot for Mantra of Salvation Mantra of Salvation Agility Agility.

This concludes the overview of the Active Skills, now let us look through the Passives.

Beacon of Ytar Beacon of Ytar is a solid foundation for high skill uptime, providing a 20% chunk to your Cooldown Reduction. Every second that you shave off Inner Sanctuary Inner Sanctuary and Blinding Flash Blinding Flash can be the difference of life or death of your DPS teammate.

Alacrity Alacrity adds a 15% separate attack speed multiplier to your Spirit Generators, which offers incredible value to a build that strives to output the maximum number of Crippling Wave Crippling Wave Concussion Concussions in the shortest amount of time.

Resolve Resolve is a key defensive passive reducing the damage of affected enemies on all auto attacks and most elemental affixes, making it a great fit for the current mitigation meta in Greater Rifts. An alternative choice for the slot if you find yourself getting spiked a lot is Near Death Experience Near Death Experience for the cheat death.

You have some flexibility in your final passive slot, with Near Death Experience Near Death Experience, Chant of Resonance Chant of Resonance and Unity Unity all considered viable options. Near Death Experience Near Death Experience comes as a default recommendation, as a cheat death passive is universally useful when progressing a support character early on, or when pushing against your Greater Rifting limits. It can be replaced by Chant of Resonance Chant of Resonance to reduce the activation price of your chosen Mantra, as well as to add another source of Spirit regeneration; or by Unity Unity for a 20% additive damage bonus for the group.

5. Best in Slot Gear and Alternatives

In a typical support build fashion, the healing Monk adopts a mixture of sets and utility legendaries to maximize Toughness, cooldown and resource management. Your stat goals for items across the board are high Cooldown Reduction and Attack Speed, along with a Health Globe Healing Bonus on all the items able to roll the stat (Chest, Shoulders, Boots, Amulet, Rings) to benefit your Epiphany Epiphany Soothing Mist Soothing Mist. The base recommended set to include is Inna's Mantra, up to its group support-oriented 4 piece bonus. Due to other slots being taken by important legendary bonuses, the necessary Inna pieces to take are Inna's Vast Expanse Inna's Vast Expanse, Inna's Favor Inna's Favor, Inna's Temperance Inna's Temperance and Inna's Hold Inna's Hold. This will produce the valuable 2- and 4- piece bonuses of the Inna's Mantra set. The benefits of the doubled effectiveness of your chosen Mantra, along with the free base effect of all four Mantras makes the Inna set a staple for the support Monk.

Resetting survivability cooldowns is top priority in Greater Rifts, and no other helm will empower your socket bonuses quite like a Leoric's Crown Leoric's Crown. Essentially doubling the effect of the gem slotted in your helm, this legendary will bump your CDR by 25% with a Flawless Royal Diamond Flawless Royal Diamond. There is a notable variation of the build that includes 2 pieces from the Uliana set, using Uliana's Spirit Uliana's Spirit plus another Uliana piece of your choosing from the chest, gloves or pants slots (substituting Leoric's Crown Leoric's Crown and one of the Inna pieces, respectively). This will necessitate the inclusion of Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur in your Cube jewelry slot. The reasoning for this is spreading basic Exploding Palm Exploding Palms with your generator attacks, without needing to slot the skill in your build at all. The standard Exploding Palm Exploding Palm counts as a Bleed, which furthers the benefits of the Pain Enhancer Pain Enhancer equipped by a Firebats Witch Doctor teammate.

Not responsible for damage dealing in any way, the support Monk can focus on pure utility in the jewelry. Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac is a powerful tool for this cooldown-heavy build: benefiting greatly from the Cyclone Strike Cyclone Strike spam, it allows for permanent uptime of crucial abilities like Epiphany Epiphany, Inner Sanctuary Inner Sanctuary and Blinding Flash Blinding Flash. In your remaining slot, you can take the revamped Oculus Ring Oculus Ring — it now provides up to the impressive 85% multiplicative damage buff in a circular area for your DPS party members to stand in. While its wording is vague, it does trigger off assists, and will thus work on support characters.

To complete the jewelry, you have a number of options for the amulet slot. Arguably your best pick would be a well rolled Hellfire Amulet Hellfire Amulet, with a helpful fifth passive like Harmony Harmony or Near Death Experience Near Death Experience. Alternatively, you can obtain an immunity amulet for a highly lethal source of elemental damage. Xephirian Amulet Xephirian Amulet, which renders you immune to lightning, or The Star of Azkaranth The Star of Azkaranth against fire, are the most desirable options. In the stats aim for Cooldown Reduction, Toughness and Health Globe Healing Bonus.

Illusory Boots Illusory Boots are a crucial piece for the mobility of the build, allowing you to ignore collision and pass freely through enemies — an indispensable freedom in a build lacking Dashing Strike Dashing Strike. These boots are farmed through Act II bounty caches, and are relatively easy to obtain with a good roll due to their fixed stats and no-range affix. Stat-wise, aim strictly for Toughness and mind the ability to roll Health Globe Healing Bonus in the secondary stats.

The shoulder will be taken by Lefebvre's Soliloquy Lefebvre's Soliloquy — a Patch 2.4 addition that reduces incoming damage by up to 50% after casting Cyclone Strike Cyclone Strike, which mimics the playstyle of this crowd control-heavy build. Seek out Cooldown Reduction and high Toughness stats, along with Health Globe healing bonuses to best complement the build.

Two bracers — Strongarm Bracers Strongarm Bracers and Spirit Guards Spirit Guards — can be considered as best-in-slot for the build. The Cyclone Strike Cyclone Strike vortex effect counts as a knock up for the purposes of the legendary affix of Strongarm Bracers Strongarm Bracers, and its damage bonuses will affect the entire group. On the other hand, Spirit Guards Spirit Guards multiply your damage reduction by 40% for 3 seconds after using a Spirit Generator — functionally a permanent bonus for this primary-spamming build. In reality, you will not have to choose between those bracers, as you can wear your better rolled of the two and simply Cube the other.

The general recommendation for the weapons is the Istvan's Paired Blades set — the two swords Little Rogue Little Rogue and The Slanderer The Slanderer. These weapons will sync with the overall goals of the support Monk — enduring the frontline and attacking as fast as possible to output heals — by supplying you with 30% Armor and Attack Speed when fully stacked. Stat-wise, aside from the usual recommendations for Toughness and Cooldown Reduction, you can also look into including Bleed chance in the secondary stats; in the current meta, this will stack the Pain Enhancer Pain Enhancer worn by DPS Witch Doctors, and benefit their Firebats Firebats spam.

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Vitality
  2. Socket
  3. Life %
  4. Dexterity
Shoulders
  1. Vitality
  2. Cooldown Reduction
  3. Health Globe Bonus
  4. Secondary Resist
Torso
  1. Vitality
  2. 3 Sockets
  3. Secondary Resist
  4. Health Globe Bonus
  5. Reduced damage from Elites
  6. Life %
Wrists
  1. Vitality
  2. Secondary Resist
  3. Dexterity
  4. Armor
Hands
  1. Vitality
  2. Cooldown Reduction
  3. Attack Speed
  4. Secondary Resist
Waist
  1. Vitality
  2. Life %
  3. Dexterity
  4. All Resist (fixed stat)
Legs
  1. Vitality
  2. 2 Sockets
  3. Secondary Resist
  4. Armor
  5. Dexterity
  6. Pickup Radius
Feet
  1. Vitality
  2. Dexterity
  3. Movement Speed
  4. All Resistance (guaranteed stat)
Amulet
  1. Socket
  2. Cooldown Reduction
  3. Vitality
  4. Health Globe Bonus
  5. Secondary Resist
Ring #1
  1. Socket
  2. Cooldown Reduction
  3. Vitality
  4. Attack Speed
  5. Health Globe Bonus
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Cooldown Reduction
  3. Vitality
  4. Attack Speed
  5. Health Globe Bonus
Weapon #1
  1. Cooldown Reduction
  2. Vitality
  3. Attack Speed
  4. Dexterity
  5. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  6. Cooldown Reduction
  7. Bleed Chance (optional)
Weapon #2
  1. Cooldown Reduction
  2. Vitality
  3. Attack Speed
  4. Dexterity
  5. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  6. Cooldown Reduction
  7. Bleed Chance (optional)

6. Paragon Points

Slot Paragon Points
Core
  1. Movement Speed up to 25% cap
  2. Vitality
  3. Dexterity
  4. Maximum Spirit
Offense
  1. Cooldown Reduction
  2. Attack Speed
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Critical Hit Damage
Defense
  1. All Resistance
  2. Armor
  3. Life %
  4. Life Regeneration
Utility
  1. Life on Hit
  2. Resource Cost Reduction
  3. Gold Find
  4. Area Damage

7. Gems

Your three jewelry sockets will be taken up by the legendary gems Iceblink Iceblink, Gogok of Swiftness Gogok of Swiftness, and Gem of Efficacious Toxin Gem of Efficacious Toxin.

  • Iceblink Iceblink serves a twofold purpose: first, it adds a potent, scaling slow effect to the short freeze of Tsunami Tsunami; and second, it offers a reliable source of 10% additional party-wide Crit Chance through its level 25 property.
  • Gogok of Swiftness Gogok of Swiftness synergizes well with the build, indirectly providing the entire party with more survivability by increasing your essential Cooldown Reduction, as well as substantial personal Toughness from the Dodge bonuses.
  • The recommended gem for your third and final jewelry slot is Gem of Efficacious Toxin Gem of Efficacious Toxin, for the party-wide damage increase against — and reduced damage from — enemies affected by its poisonous DoT.
Gem of Efficacious Toxin Gem of Efficacious Toxin
Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

8. Kanai's Cube

The Kanai's Cube recommendations are as follows: Flying Dragon Flying Dragon or Ahavarion, Spear of Lycander Ahavarion, Spear of Lycander for the weapon slot, Strongarm Bracers Strongarm Bracers or Spirit Guards Spirit Guards for the armor slot, and Overwhelming Desire Overwhelming Desire or Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur for the jewelry slot.

  • Cubing the Flying Dragon Flying Dragon provides you with one of the strongest weapon procs in the game: a chance to double your attack speed with a separate multiplier, an incomparable bonus for a build that benefits so much from IAS. Alternatively, you can cube the unusual Ahavarion, Spear of Lycander Ahavarion, Spear of Lycander, which grants helpful Shrine effects to the group even in Greater Rifts; note however that it is dependent on monster composition inside the rift, and its positives might not always be available.
  • As previously mentioned, you can choose your better rolled item from Strongarm Bracers Strongarm Bracers and Spirit Guards Spirit Guards to wear, and simply consume the other in the armor slot of the Cube.
  • Finally, a great synergistic option for the jewelry slot is the Act III cache amulet Overwhelming Desire Overwhelming Desire, whose infrequent damage buffing proc benefits much from the attack speed focus of the build. In case you are using the Uliana 2-piece variation however, you will need to slot Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur instead in order to maintain the valuable Inna 4-piece bonus.

9. ChangeLog

  • 28 Oct. 2016: Updated the guide to include the Uliana 2-piece variation.
  • 23 Oct. 2016: Revised the skill, itemization and gemming sections of the guide.
  • 30 Jul. 2016: Slight update to the guide to reflect changes to staple support skills.
  • 27 Apr. 2016: Revised the guide to reflect the passing of the globe meta.
  • 24 Jan. 2016: Revised weapon and cube recommendations, introduced several options depending on progression or speedrunning.
  • 21 Jan. 2016: Revised the build to reflect its health globe generation role in Patch 2.4.
  • 21 Oct. 2015: Updated the guide following community recommendations.
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