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Monk Patterns of Justice Fresh 70 Starter Build (Patch 2.7.6 / Season 29)

Last updated on Sep 15, 2023 at 09:00 by Deadset 57 comments

This build is a starter build for fresh Level 70 Monks who have access to the Patterns of Justice set.

This guide is part of our Monk Seasonal Progress Guide, which also includes a leveling build and other early builds for fresh 70 characters.


Fresh 70 Build

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Blinding Flash Icon Blinding Flash Faith in the Light Faith in the Light Right Mouse Button Tempest Rush Icon Tempest Rush Tailwind Tailwind 1 Sweeping Wind Icon Sweeping Wind Inner Storm Inner Storm 2 Dashing Strike Icon Dashing Strike Way of the Falling Star Way of the Falling Star 3 Exploding Palm Icon Exploding Palm Impending Doom Impending Doom 4 Cyclone Strike Icon Cyclone Strike Implosion Implosion
Passive Skills

How to Play the Build: Skills and Rotation

The Patterns of Justice set introduces you to a huge array of buffs early on, with the 2-piece set bonus giving you all the runes of Sweeping Wind Sweeping Wind to play with. This forces you to learn to manage its uptime of the skill early on, and not let the valuable buffs drop. For the sake of example, we have selected the rune Inner Storm Inner Storm for its Spirit restoration effect, but you will also gain the crowd control of Master of Wind Master of Wind, the radius increase of Fire Storm Fire Storm, and the vortexing effect of Cyclone Cyclone — making for a formidable, utility-packed slot.

As early as the 4-piece, you will be forced to learn the other main mechanic of the set, namely — Tempest Rush Tempest Rushing, and the associated resource management needs. To counterbalance its Spirit consumption, it will reward you with equally valuable regeneration effect and will cut incoming damage in half. Later on, you will get a massive damage dealt when you obtain the 6-piece bonus. For starters, take the Tailwind Tailwind rune to improve farming speed.

Since it is fairly unlikely that Tempest Rush Tempest Rush damage will be enough early on, we advise that you get a supplementary source of power on top. A popular of early game extra damage is Exploding Palm Exploding Palm Impending Doom Impending Doom, plus the powers of Gungdo Gear Gungdo Gear — one of the easiest, most accessible gambles for Monks. You will simply have to tag a smaller trash mob with the skill and Tempest Rush Tempest Rush it down, causing a chain reaction of detonations that will greatly improve your performance in fights. Other options for the same purpose depend on your luck and drops — i.e. if you get an early Pinto's Pride Pinto's Pride, simply adapt this slot into Wave of Light Wave of Light Explosive Light Explosive Light. If you get Cesar's Memento Cesar's Memento, you can even stick to just Tempest Rush Tempest Rushing.

The remainder of your skillset is spread between utility and buffs. Cyclone Strike Cyclone Strike Implosion Implosion will ease grouping of enemies for your Tempest Rush Tempest Rush barrage, while Dashing Strike Dashing Strike Way of the Falling Star Way of the Falling Star will take you across great distances with its double charges and temporary speed buff. Blinding Flash Blinding Flash Faith in the Light Faith in the Light can simply be perceived as an additional damage bonus, but if you happen upon a Cesar's Memento Cesar's Memento, it will become a major addition to your rotation.

Passive-wise, you will split your selection between utility and toughness (with Beacon of Ytar Beacon of Ytar and The Guardian's Path The Guardian's Path) and damage bonuses (with Seize the Initiative Seize the Initiative and Relentless Assault Relentless Assault).


Gear and Builds Using This Set

The build above is specifically created not to require any additional sets or legendary items. In order to transition to a late game-oriented spec using the same set, we have a rough list of high priority items to obtain, as well as a link to the build they pertain to.



  • 15 Sep. 2023: Reviewed for Season 29.
  • 22 Feb. 2023: Reviewed for Season 28.
  • 10 Dec. 2021: Reviewed for Season 25.
  • 23 Jul. 2021: Reviewed for Season 24.
  • 02 Apr. 2021: Reviewed for Season 23.
  • 20 Nov. 2020: Page added.
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