LoD WoL Monk Skills and Runes

Last updated on Apr 10, 2024 at 09:00 by Deadset 17 comments

On this page, we explain how to choose and use your skills when playing LoD WoL Monk in Diablo 3. Updated for Patch 2.7.7 and Season 31.

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Wave of Light Icon Wave of Light Explosive Light Explosive Light Right Mouse Button Mystic Ally Icon Mystic Ally Air Ally Air Ally 1 Cyclone Strike Icon Cyclone Strike Implosion Implosion 2 Dashing Strike Icon Dashing Strike Blinding Speed Blinding Speed 3 Epiphany Icon Epiphany Desert Shroud Desert Shroud 4 Mantra of Salvation Icon Mantra of Salvation Agility Agility
Passive Skills


The build revolves entirely around the mass destructive capabilities of Wave of Light Wave of Light, and your ability to create massive fights that make the skill shine. Seek out large groups of monsters by using Dashing Strike Dashing Strike around the rift, scouting from area to area and attracting their attention. Once you get spot a good pull, draw them in with Cyclone Strike Cyclone Strike (also proccing Bindings of the Lesser Gods Bindings of the Lesser Gods) and begin the Wave of Light Wave of Light assault, mimicked by your Rabid Strike Rabid Strike clone for incredible damage output. You will be protected at all times by the combined power of Epiphany Epiphany Desert Shroud Desert Shroud and Mantra of Salvation Mantra of Salvation Agility Agility, the former of which you should activate on cooldown, and the latter — whenever you anticipate burst coming your way. Lastly, once your Spirit drops low from the Wave of Light Wave of Light barrage, pop the Air Ally Air Ally for an instant refill.


Skills and Runes

The primary damage dealer of the build is the Spirit-intensive Wave of Light Wave of Light. This hard-hitting spender is among the skills benefiting the most from the 2.6.1 reworks, receiving damage multipliers from the revamped Sunwuko set, Tzo Krin's Gaze Tzo Krin's Gaze, Pinto's Pride Pinto's Pride, Kyoshiro's Blade Kyoshiro's Blade and the buffed Incense Torch of the Grand Temple Incense Torch of the Grand Temple. You have two viable runes to choose from for high-end Greater Rift progression. This guide assumes you will use the high AoE and relatively more convenient to use Explosive Light Explosive Light. However, you can also alter to the harder hitting, damage over time-oriented Pillar of the Ancients Pillar of the Ancients, and adjust elemental rolls on gear accordingly.

With both a passive and active component, Mystic Ally Mystic Ally will also aid your thirst for Spirit through the Air Ally Air Ally rune. Doubling the number of summons with The Crudest Boots The Crudest Boots, you increase the passive regeneration bonus to 8 per second, and the active bonus to 200 per use. While the summons themselves will serve as a distraction at best, their Spirit utility is invaluable.

Uncommon among the protective skills because of its spender nature, Mantra of Salvation Mantra of Salvation passively increases all resistances by 20%, and adds 35% dodge chance through the Agility Agility rune. Its active component further increases resistances for a brief duration, but should be used sparingly due to the already high resource costs of the build. There are two notable alterations for this slot; you can forego the Mantra's protection for an additional damage buff via Way of the Hundred Fists Way of the Hundred Fists Assimilation Assimilation, or exchange the Mantra's consistency for the timed invulnerability of Serenity Serenity Ascension Ascension.

To solidify their mobility options, Monks have the most responsive and fluid movement tool in the game, Dashing Strike Dashing Strike. A charge-based skill on a low cooldown, it will take you to cursor location without fail, as long as there is no closed door between the starting point and the destination. With two charges stored by default you can skip unfavorable fights, seek out the next pack, or simply boost your survivability through the Blinding Speed Blinding Speed rune.

Epiphany Epiphany is the centerpiece defensive cooldown in the build. It bolsters your mobility by allowing you to stick to your target, securing the kill. It increases your Spirit regeneration by 20 per second, ensuring your Wave of Light Wave of Light and Cyclone Strike Cyclone Strike activations will always be available. And perhaps most important of all, the Desert Shroud Desert Shroud rune strengthens your defenses with 50% damage reduction while active. Add to this the Epiphany Epiphany-dependent clone from Rabid Strike Rabid Strike, and this skill becomes a fixture to your lineup.

To clump up enemies for the convenience of your Wave of Light Wave of Light barrage and to trigger the bonuses of Lefebvre's Soliloquy Lefebvre's Soliloquy and Bindings of the Lesser Gods Bindings of the Lesser Gods (whose bonus applies to the Rabid Strike Rabid Strike-spawned Ally), you will be using Cyclone Strike Cyclone Strike with one of the longest range pulls in the game — the 34-yard Implosion Implosion rune.



A mainstay in the Monk arsenal of passives, Harmony Harmony fuels your All Resistance with 40% of the single elemental resistance per piece of gear (e.g. 100 Fire Resistance roll on the boots will add 100 to your sheet Fire Resistance and add 40 to your other resists). A well geared Monk will usually sport secondary resistances in all the gear slots that are able to roll them, adding significantly to his overall Toughness (see this build's gear page for more information).

Seize the Initiative Seize the Initiative is one of the best damage-oriented passives at the disposal of Monks, providing you with a temporary attack speed increase when engaging enemies over 75% health, translating into faster Wave of Light Wave of Light output for the WoL Monk. As you get more comfortable with the build, you will learn to kite into and pull additional enemies or freshly spawned boss adds to effectively extend the benefits from Seize the Initiative Seize the Initiative.

Beacon of Ytar Beacon of Ytar is a solid foundation for high skill uptime, providing a 20% chunk to your Cooldown Reduction. This assists Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac in cutting down your sizable cooldowns, like the 60-second cooldown of Epiphany Epiphany, or the 30-second cooldown of Mystic Ally Mystic Ally.

When pushing Greater Rifts in early seasonal progression, take Near Death Experience Near Death Experience in your final slot — the cheat death passive available to Monks. On the standard 60-second cooldown, it will prevent a lethal situation and restore you to 35% Life and Spirit instead. The 2-second immunity to damage and crowd control impairing effects is a nice bonus on top. As you perfect your character and grow comfortable with losing this passive, you should alternate this slot to the valuable dodge increase of The Guardian's Path The Guardian's Path.



  • 10 Apr. 2024: Skills and passives reviewed for Season 31.
  • 08 Jan. 2024: Skills and passives reviewed for Season 30.
  • 13 Sep. 2023: Skills and passives reviewed for Season 29.
  • 22 Feb. 2023: Skills and passives reviewed for Season 28.
  • 26 Aug. 2022: Skills and passives reviewed for Season 27.
  • 14 Apr. 2022: Guide reviewed for Season 26.
  • 08 Dec. 2021: Guide revised for Season 25.
  • 21 Jul. 2021: No changes required for Season 24.
  • 01 Apr. 2021: No changes required for Season 23.
  • 16 Nov. 2020: No changes required for Season 22.
  • 01 Jul. 2020: No changes required for Season 21.
  • 12 Mar. 2020: No changes necessary for Season 20.
  • 21 Nov. 2019: Near Death Experience added as a final passive. Updated for Season 19.
  • 23 Aug. 2019: Reviewed for Season 18.
  • 16 May 2019: Guide added.
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