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LoN LTK Monk Lashing Tail Kick Sunwuko Variation

Last updated on Jun 30, 2017 at 18:55 by Deadset

Table of Contents

General Information

On this page, we explain everything that is specific to the Lashing Tail Kick Sunwuko variant of LoN LTK Monk. Updated for patch 2.6 and Season 11.

The other pages of our LoN LTK Monk guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

1. Sunwuko Lashing Tail Kick

The Sunwuko LTK variant is significantly easier to gear for (especially during seasons where Sunwuko is the Haedrig's Gift), but comes at a price — the need to watch over and maintain Sweeping Wind Sweeping Wind stacks. This will be done either through melee combat, or via Kyoshiro's Soul Kyoshiro's Soul when moving between packs. While it will take significant carelessness to waste them completely, always keep your Sweeping Wind Sweeping Wind stacks in mind — your damage and toughness depend fully depend on it.

2. Adapting Skills

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Lashing Tail Kick Icon Lashing Tail Kick Vulture Claw Kick Vulture Claw Kick Right Mouse Button Dashing Strike Icon Dashing Strike Blinding Speed Blinding Speed 1 Epiphany Icon Epiphany Desert Shroud Desert Shroud 2 Sweeping Wind Icon Sweeping Wind Inner Storm Inner Storm 3 Blinding Flash Icon Blinding Flash Replenishing Light Replenishing Light 4 Mantra of Salvation Icon Mantra of Salvation Agility Agility
Passive Skills

The Sunwuko LTK variant replaces Cyclone Strike Cyclone Strike from the LoN spec for Sweeping Wind Sweeping Wind Inner Storm Inner Storm, taking advantage of the rune's strong passive Spirit regeneration. The remainder of the skill selection and reasoning behind it remains the same as the LoN Lashing Tail Kick Lashing Tail Kick spec.

3. Adapting Gear

In this easier-to-gear form, the build includes five of the six available pieces of the Monkey King's Garb (a.k.a. Sunwuko) set, complete with a cubed Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur to attain the full set bonuses. Rolls-wise, this Lashing Tail Kick Lashing Tail Kick-centric setup makes good use of Resource Cost Reduction, Area Damage and skill damage bonuses. High Dexterity, RCR and Area damage are desired on Sunwuko's Balance Sunwuko's Balance; double Crit stats plus Resource Cost Reduction and high Dexterity are optimal on Sunwuko's Paws Sunwuko's Paws. Sunwuko's Soul Sunwuko's Soul and Sunwuko's Leggings Sunwuko's Leggings should be pure Toughness slots; consider including Life Regeneration on either (or both) of them to account for the generally poor life sustain of this variant. To complete the Sunwuko setup, your amulet slot will be taken by Sunwuko's Shines Sunwuko's Shines.

In the Sunwuko setup, Sunwuko's Shines Sunwuko's Shines denies you the option for the Endless Walk set, and the need for defense in melee range denies you the glass cannon Focus Focus and Restraint Restraint jewelry setup. Thus, the Sunwuko Lashing Tail Kick Monk splits the remaining jewelry slots between utility and defense as best he can: Unity Unity to halve incoming damage, and Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac to reduce important cooldowns to a minimum. During normal rift farming, the protection of Unity Unity will not be necessary and its slot is best taken by Avarice Band Avarice Band. The latter is a cache legendary from Act III bounties that offers considerable utility in the form of pickup radius, synergizing perfectly with a gemmed Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder.

One of the 2.4 additions, Kyoshiro's Soul Kyoshiro's Soul is a belt targeted at Sunwuko Monks. Building up stacks at a rate of 2 per second as long as Sweeping Wind Sweeping Wind does not damage enemies, the belt allows you to maintain the crucial set bonus in between fights.

Due to Sunwuko's dependance on Sweeping Wind Sweeping Wind stacks, you will need to drop Crystal Fist Crystal Fist from your weapon setup in favor of Vengeful Wind Vengeful Wind. This weapon will help you maintain Sweeping Wind Sweeping Wind active, considering the lighting-fast attack speed of Lashing Tail Kick Lashing Tail Kick chewing through your stacks.

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Dexterity
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Socket
  4. Vitality
Shoulders
  1. Dexterity
  2. Resource Cost Reduction
  3. Cooldown Reduction
  4. Area Damage
  5. All Resistance (guaranteed)
Torso
  1. Dexterity
  2. 3 Sockets
  3. Vitality
  4. Life Regeneration
  5. Secondary Resistance (Physical preferred)
Wrists
  1. Dexterity
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Fire Damage
  4. Vitality
Hands
  1. Dexterity
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Resource Cost Reduction
  5. Area Damage
Waist
  1. Dexterity
  2. Vitality
  3. Secondary Resistance (Physical preferred)
  4. Armor
Legs
  1. Dexterity
  2. Vitality
  3. 2 Sockets
  4. Secondary Resistance (Physical preferred)
  5. Armor
Feet
  1. Dexterity
  2. Lashing Tail Kick Lashing Tail Kick Damage
  3. Vitality
  4. Secondary Resistance (Physical preferred)
  5. Armor
Amulet
  1. Socket (guaranteed)
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Fire Damage
Ring #1
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Damage Range
  5. Dexterity
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Damage Range
  5. Dexterity
Weapon #1
  1. High Damage Range
  2. Dexterity
  3. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  4. Resource Cost Reduction
  5. Life per Hit
  6. Area Damage
Weapon #2
  1. High Damage Range
  2. Dexterity
  3. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  4. Resource Cost Reduction
  5. Life per Hit
  6. Area Damage

4. Adapting Kanai's Cube

Your weapon slot will vary depending on your gear setup and content you are clearing. During Greater Rift progression with the Sunwuko set, it is recommended that you take The Furnace The Furnace for its 50% additional elite damage affix, in order to speed up Champion and Rift Guardian fights without overloading on Attack Speed and endangering Sweeping Wind Sweeping Wind stacks.

Sunwuko setups have to use the Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur, a cache legendary ring from Act I bounties, in the jewelry slot. Running the full 6-piece Sunwuko set bonus and Gyana Na Kashu Gyana Na Kashu while dodging the undesirable guaranteed stats on the Grandeur by cubing its power is a tremendous boost to that setup.

About the Author

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