Raiment Shenlong Generator Monk BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points
Below, we detail the items and gems that you should use for your Raiment Shenlong Generator Monk in Diablo 3 and why. We also list your paragon points and Kanai's Cube items. Updated for patch 2.6.4 and Season 16.
1. Best in Slot Gear and Alternatives
This build takes advantage of the full set bonuses of the Raiment of a Thousand Storms set, taking all six available pieces and leaving the jewelry to purely empowering jewelry legendaries. Rolls-wise, you will be striving to reach a good balance of Attack Speed and Area Damage across gear, as well as maximizing Crippling Wave % bonuses wherever possible. Area Damage is the fourth desirable primary on the Mantle of the Upside-Down Sinners (accompanying Toughness stats) and the Fists of Thunder (alongside double Crit rolls). Crit chance and high mainstats are desirable, as always, on the Mask of the Searing Sky. Crippling Wave % bonus is possible on the Scales of the Dancing Serpent. Lastly, Heart of the Crashing Wave and Eight-Demon Boots can remain pure Toughness slots.
For Season 16 adjustments, please refer to our dedicated section below.
Equipping the entire Raiment set allows you to balance between offense and defense in the jewelry slots. Reworked in Patch 2.4, the Endless Walk set — The Compass Rose ring and The Traveler's Pledge amulet — adds a unique mechanic that slowly increases your damage by up to a 100% if you remain stationary, and drains it away and increases your damage reduction while moving. This balance mirrors the Shenlong's playstyle, which delivers punches rooted in one spot for extended periods of time, with periodic dashes of movement to the next big fight.
The remaining ring slot will be taken by Unity, as it provides you with unparalleled damage reduction when paired with another on the follower, plus an immortality item for him (i.e. Enchanting Favor). In Multiplayer where followers are not allowed, swap Unity for the damage increase of Stone of Jordan.
For high-end Greater Rift progression, the preferred belt is String of Ears for the massive melee damage reduction bonuses. In lower GRs, you can get away with the glass cannon The Witching Hour for its unique Crit and Attack Speed rolls.
Introduced in Season 3, the Spirit Guards bracers will multiply your damage reduction for a short duration after using a Spirit Generator — functionally a permanent bonus for this primary-focused build. Stacking with your other sources of damage mitigation, these bracers will add sorely needed survivability to this melee setup. Note the significant range of the unique bonus and try to obtain the maximum without sacrificing Elemental damage, Dexterity, Vitality and Crit Chance.
The mandatory weapon set (and namesake) of the build is Shenlog's Spirit, Shenlong's Fist of Legend and Shenlong's Relentless Assault. These Fist Weapons have been reworked into multiplying your damage by 1.5% for each point of Spirit you have, and upon reaching your maximum reserve will irreversibly deplete it, forcing you to rebuild the damage bonuses as quickly as possible. This necessary weakness is offset by another 100% damage multiplier, ensuring top tier viability of the build. The desired primary stats on both weapons are high Damage range, Dexterity, Attack Speed and Area Damage; additional Spirit is required in the secondary stats, and a perfect roll would also include a hard crowd control proc (either Stun, Freeze or Blind).
1.1. Season 16 Adjustments
During Season 16 (and in seasonal play only), you will be getting the benefits of Ring of Royal Grandeur passively, without the need to wear it. For the Shenlong Monk builds, this will allow you to gain another source of damage.
By focusing on a Fire generator attack in the form of Mangle, you open a plethora of Fire-based item synergies. Arguably the most straightforward one is also the best, as Magefist in the place of Fists of Thunder will bring a straight, unconditional 20% Fire damage to the build. The glove is also quite easy to perfect, as it comes pre-rolled with a highly desirable stat, Crit Chance.
2. Paragon Points
Bane of the Trapped is a potent source of additional damage, as it is its own multiplier in your total damage calculation. The gem will be procced by its own level 25 property when in melee range, where the Shenlong Monk fights by default.
Simplicity's Strength is one of the best DPS gems you can take for the build, as it was changed into a separate damage multiplication source to primary skills in Patch 2.4.1. Upgrading with a steady pace of half a percent per gem level, it quickly becomes a priority and a fixture in your gem choices. Its buffed healing secondary effect is just icing on the cake.
Introduced in Season 4, Bane of the Stricken takes a firm spot in your jewelry sockets for Progression. Building up your damage multiplicatively in prolonged fights and with a level 25 bonus specifically targeting Rift Guardians, this gem is designed to assist AoE heavy builds in their struggle against single target, high HP enemies. The Shenlong Monk is not an exception, and Bane of the Stricken is considered a great addition to the setup.
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4. Kanai's Cube
Cubing the 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.
Depth Diggers are a natural inclusion in this generator build, since by cubing them you gain the maximized 100% damage increase to your generator (multiplicative damage source as of Patch 2.4.1).
In GRs, the jewelry slot will be best taken by the pure damage boost of Convention of Elements, whose rotation of elemental bonuses you will have to keep under close scrutiny. Once the sequence reaches the Fire element, you will enjoy a significant increase to your damage — so try to adopt a strategy of drawing monster attention during the off cycles, and major Hatred spending during the Fire cycle.
For more information regarding followers, we advise you to read our Follower Guide, which contains detailed advice for choosing the skills and the gear of your follower.
- 17 Jan. 2019: Added suggestions for the baseline Ring of Royal Grandeur for Seasonal characters.
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