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LoN LTK Monk Skills and Runes

Last updated on Jun 30, 2017 at 18:47 by Deadset

Table of Contents

General Information

Below, we explain how to choose and use your skills when playing LoN LTK Monk in Diablo 3. 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.

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 Cyclone Strike Icon Cyclone Strike Implosion Implosion 3 Blinding Flash Icon Blinding Flash Replenishing Light Replenishing Light 4 Mantra of Salvation Icon Mantra of Salvation Agility Agility
Passive Skills

1. Rotation

Once inside a Rift, use Dashing Strike Dashing Strike to find, begin or evade combat; when you choose an engagement, Cyclone Strike Cyclone Strike enemies in and begin your Lashing Tail Kick Lashing Tail Kick assault. To protect yourself in Greater Rifts, apply Epiphany Epiphany Desert Shroud Desert Shroud on cooldown, and take advantage of the Blinding Speed Blinding Speed dodge buff. When faced with damage spikes, pop your Mantra of Salvation Mantra of Salvation Agility Agility active for additional Toughness. The Lashing Tail Kick Lashing Tail Kick build is resource intensive and will demand the passive regeneration of Epiphany Epiphany, but once resources drop lower you should pop Blinding Flash Blinding Flash to spike your Spirit back up.

2. Skills, Runes and Passives

The focal point of the build is Lashing Tail Kick Lashing Tail Kick, the main source of damage in the setup. Aided by the Sunwuko set bonuses, Rivera Dancers Rivera Dancers and the Patch 2.4.2 rework Scarbringer Scarbringer, this flashy melee spender is finally elevated to endgame potential. Due to its highest damage potential with the 3-second DoT factored in, Vulture Claw Kick Vulture Claw Kick is the recommended rune.

To clump up enemies into the Lashing Tail Kick Lashing Tail Kick blender, as well as to take advantage of the massive Lefebvre's Soliloquy Lefebvre's Soliloquy damage reduction buff, you will be using Cyclone Strike Cyclone Strike with one of the longest range pulls in the game — the 34-yard Implosion Implosion rune.

Blinding Flash Blinding Flash is a second utility cooldown, focusing on crowd control rather than dealing damage. Its base effect blinds regular enemies and enfeebles elites in a generous 20-yard radius — double the reach of Lashing Tail Kick Lashing Tail Kick. Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac will ensure perfect overlap of the 3-second blind duration, and while successive CC application suffers from diminishing returns, it will still result in significant safety. In Greater Rift progression, you will be taking the rune Replenishing Light Replenishing Light; augmented by The Laws of Seph The Laws of Seph in the Cube, it will instantly restore you to full Spirit in any significant fight when popped. If you grow confident in your handling of resources — or in regular Rift farming at the very least — you should make a swap to the additive damage increase of the rune Faith in the Light Faith in the Light.

Epiphany Epiphany rounds out the list of 'threefold value' skills in this utility-packed 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 Lashing Tail Kick Lashing Tail Kick spam remains uninterrupted. Last but not least, it strengthens your defenses with powerful 50% damage reduction from the Desert Shroud Desert Shroud rune while active. Similarly to Blinding Flash Blinding Flash, it will benefit immensely from Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac, which allows for zero downtime of this crucial self-buff. In speedruns, you can notably deviate into the Insight Insight rune for the amplified Spirit regeneration.

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. When speedfarming, you will replace the survivability of Mantra of Salvation Mantra of Salvation Agility Agility for Mantra of Conviction Mantra of Conviction. Its base additive damage increase is welcome, but negligible compared to the movement speed utility of the Annihilation Annihilation rune — which also affects the entire party, reinforcing its value when grouping up.

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. Following the logic of Epiphany Epiphany, you can swap survivability for more utility depending on your confidence in handling the build — usually by taking Way of the Falling Star Way of the Falling Star.

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. The sizable 60- and 15-second timers for Epiphany Epiphany and Blinding Flash Blinding Flash respectively, are important enough to demand a high CDR goal.

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.

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 Lashing Tail Kick Lashing Tail Kick output for the Sunwuko 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.

You have some flexibility in your final passive slot. When starting out with the build, you can use the Monk's cheat death passive — Near Death Experience Near Death Experience — as failsafe, allowing you to grow accustomed to the build without dying every other monster pack. Once you grow more comfortable however, we recommend a switch to Relentless Assault Relentless Assault for an extra source of additive damage against enemies affected by Blinding Flash Blinding Flash.

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