Raiment Shenlong Generator Monk Skills and Runes

Last updated on Aug 26, 2022 at 10:00 by Deadset 18 comments

On this page, we explain how to choose and use your skills when playing Raiment Shenlong Generator Monk in Diablo 3. Updated for Patch 2.7.4 and Season 27.

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Crippling Wave Icon Crippling Wave Mangle Mangle Right Mouse Button Cyclone Strike Icon Cyclone Strike Implosion Implosion 1 Way of the Hundred Fists Icon Way of the Hundred Fists Assimilation Assimilation 2 Dashing Strike Icon Dashing Strike Radiance Radiance 3 Breath of Heaven Icon Breath of Heaven Infused with Light Infused with Light 4 Mantra of Salvation Icon Mantra of Salvation Agility Agility
Passive Skills


The build tackles the enemy head on, using the powers of the Shenlong set to turn the generator skill of choice — usually Crippling Wave Crippling Wave — into a primary damage dealer. Note that you will alternate between two generators depending on monster density; Way of the Hundred Fists Way of the Hundred Fists Assimilation Assimilation to apply the Assimilation Assimilation debuff on large packs (10+ monsters), and Crippling Wave Crippling Wave for general damage. Breath of Heaven Breath of Heaven Infused with Light Infused with Light helps with stacking Spirit and gets the Shenlong's multiplier to a higher value faster. Dashing Strike Dashing Strike should also be used offensively at least once every 6 seconds, as the skill grants you the generator damage buff from the Raiment set, and the Radiance Radiance rune grants you increased attack speed — speeding up Spirit generation.


Skills and Runes

Crippling Wave Crippling Wave is the primary damage dealer of the build; a solid, AoE-oriented generator with the boilerplate 12 Spirit per hit. Preferred with the fire rune Mangle Mangle, this generator wins over the competition with its wide, sweeping motions and consistency in delivering the DPS. To increase its output, you will be juggling a second generator into the build — Way of the Hundred Fists Way of the Hundred Fists Assimilation Assimilation. When applied on a large stack of enemies (10+) it result in a sizable, 5 second buff for your Crippling Wave Crippling Wave onslaught. Note that this will not require you to switch elemental damage on gear, which should remain focused on Fire bonuses (see this build's gear page for more information).

To clump up enemies for the convenience of your Seven-Sided Strike Seven-Sided Strike and to maximize Assimilation Assimilation stacks, you will be using Cyclone Strike Cyclone Strike with one of the longest range pulls in the game — the 34-yard Implosion Implosion rune. If you prefer to have a failsafe instead, an alternative for this slot is Serenity Serenity: one of the most potent defensive skills in the Monk arsenal, allowing you a brief window of invulnerability on a reasonable 16 second base cooldown. Note that the downtime begins after the active effect expires, preventing permanent uptime exploitation. If you choose to go with Serenity Serenity, take the longer lasting Ascension Ascension rune.

With a generously low cooldown allowing for very high uptime, Breath of Heaven Breath of Heaven adds great utility to the build. The base healing effect is eclipsed by the Spirit generation utility of the Infused with Light Infused with Light rune, which more than doubles the resource regeneration potential of your primary attack. In short, this will translate into a lightning-fast reserve fill, and quicker Shenlong amplification.

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, and its Spirit cost can be quickly accounted for through Crippling Wave Crippling Wave and Infused with Light Infused with Light regeneration — do not hesitate to pop it when needed.

Mobility is arguably one of the greatest assets when pushing the Leaderboards, and Monks are blessed with the most fluid movement tool of all — Dashing Strike Dashing Strike. A charge-based skill on a low cooldown by default, its role is flipped into a spender via the Raiment set 4-piece bonus. Notice the Raiment 6-piece bonus, making Dashing Strike Dashing Strike and Spirit generators trade buffs — increasing damage of one when the other is used. It is up to you to choose which skill will be augmented and which will simply act as the buff; and while a variation of a Raiment build can focus on Dashing Strike Dashing Strike as the damage dealer, this spec focuses on generators instead. As such, you need to cast Dashing Strike Dashing Strike at least once every 6 seconds to maintain the Raiment 6-piece bonus; ideally, once every 4 seconds in a good engagement to maintain the Attack Speed bonuses of the Radiance Radiance 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.

Two attack speed oriented passives provide the bulk of your passives selection. Seize the Initiative Seize the Initiative provides you with a temporary attack speed increase when engaging enemies over 75% health, resulting in faster Spirit generation for more Crippling Wave Crippling Wave damage. As you get more comfortable with the build, you will learn to draw the attention of additional enemies or freshly spawned boss adds to effectively extend the benefits from Seize the Initiative. Alacrity Alacrity is another offensive fit for the build, adding a 15% separate attack speed multiplier to your Spirit Generators and directly translating into better damage through the faster buildup of resource for Shenlong.

You have some room for adjustment in your final passive slot. The offense option is Exalted Soul Exalted Soul, directly increasing your damage by expanding your resource pool with 50 Spirit. Its Spirit regeneration aspect is just an added bonus. The defensive alternative for the slot is The Guardian's Path The Guardian's Path — a top tier defensive passive when dual-wielding, offering a substantial 35% dodge chance increase. Working alongside the dodge bonuses from Blinding Speed Blinding Speed and Agility Agility, it will be the optimal passive choice for physical attacks protection in high density maps.



  • 26 Aug. 2022: Skills and passives reviewed for Season 27.
  • 14 Apr. 2022: Guide reviewed for Season 26.
  • 08 Dec. 2021: Reviewed 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: Reverted to the suggestion of Cyclone Strike in the base build.
  • 23 Aug. 2019: Reviewed for Season 18.
  • 16 May 2019: Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 17.
  • 17 Jan. 2019: Information was reviewed and approved for Season 16 with no changes required.
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