Sunwuko Wave of Light Monk Speed Farming Variation
The Sunwuko Wave of Light Monk deals with regular Rift farming decently all the way through the highest Torments, making it a viable build for the task. We have speed farming rankings if you want to know more about which builds are best for speed farming.
Within the limited scope of regular difficulties, the necessary damage and toughness to triumph over the enemy is significantly smaller. Thus, your best course of action is to improve utility and speed.
|Wave of Light Explosive Light Dashing Strike Way of the Falling Star 1 Epiphany Desert Shroud 2 Sweeping Wind Inner Storm 3 Mystic Ally Air Ally 4 Mantra of Conviction Annihilation|
When you are speed farming regular rifts, parts of your playstyle will adapt to the lowered challenge and focus more on speed and utility.
The WoL build in farming will play like a sped up version of its progression counterpart; still using Wave of Light Explosive Light to blow enemies up, but using the much quicker elite fights in standard difficulties to his advantage with the use of In-geom. The cooldown resets coming from the sword will allow you to reapply Epiphany well before any downtime, as well as carefree spam of the resource restoration of Air Ally — which should be more than enough to make up for the Cindercoat loss in the Cube. Sweeping Wind should always be up, naturally (note the Sunwuko set bonuses), and the combo of Dashing Strike Way of the Falling Star plus Mantra of Conviction Annihilation should keep you sped up throughout the rift.
Parts of the skill and passive selection will overlap with the base Greater Rift progression build, but others will have to change according to the task at hand. Ability to cross over great distances faster and more efficiently take precedence.
- Wave of Light Explosive Light is still your main damage dealer, and the loss of Kyoshiro's Blade should not be noticeable in farming difficulties.
- Sweeping Wind is a necessary part of Sunwuko builds, along with the resource utility of Inner Storm. You will complement its passive resource gain with the instant restoration from Air Ally.
- Epiphany Desert Shroud is an omnipresent self-buff in all versions of the build. You can consider Insight as an alternative if you trust your upkeep of Goldwrap mitigation.
- You can shift away from survivability into more utility on Dashing Strike depending on your confidence in handling the build. This is usually done by replacing Blinding Speed with Way of the Falling Star during farming.
- Replace the survivability of Mantra of Salvation Agility for Mantra of Conviction. Its base additive damage increase is welcome, but negligible compared to the movement speed utility of the Annihilation rune — which also affects the entire party, reinforcing its value when grouping up.
- Most of your passive selection from the progression is still quite valuable for farming: Harmony for the overall toughness, Beacon of Ytar for the Cooldown Reduction, and Seize the Initiative for the burst of damage at the start of a fight (which usually also ends it, in farming).
- If you are confident in your survivability during farming, swap Near Death Experience or The Guardian's Path from your passives for Momentum for an extra additive damage increase in the build.
You will still be taking advantage of the full 6-piece set bonuses of Sunwuko, incorporating the same split as you would in progression — but instead of the Cpt. Crimson set,you will be including the Sage's Journey set for Death's Breath farming. Take Sage's Ribbon and Sage's Passage, and then complete both the SWK and Sage set bonuses with a Ring of Royal Grandeur in the Cube.
A progression-oriented combo like Convention of Elements and Unity will be too slow, defensive and timing-dependent for farming purposes; they are best replaced by a Fire % Stone of Jordan and an Avarice Band respectively. Avarice Band is a cache legendary from Act III bounties that offers considerable utility in the form of pickup radius, synergizing perfectly with a socketed Boon of the Hoarder and Goldwrap. In turn, Stone of Jordan offers a consistent damage increase that is more suited to speed farming.
To help you with farming the gear you need for your builds, we have two very useful guides that you can access by clicking the links below: a Salvage Guide to help you quickly check whether or not you can safely salvage a piece of gear and a Legendary Farming Guide to help you efficiently farm legendaries and set items.
In normal rifts, the third gem slot should be taken by Boon of the Hoarder. This high utility gem feeds you practically infinite gold and gives you a massive short-term speed boost while picking it up, automated by Avarice Band. It will also render you practically invulnerable through Goldwrap.
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For more information about gems, please refer to our guide on gems.
Adapting Kanai's Cube
Incense Torch of the Grand Temple is still a necessary part of a WoL setup, taking up the weapon slot in the Cube.
Our default recommendation for the armor Cube slot is Goldwrap, since its synergy with Boon of the Hoarder and Avarice Band will render you practically invincible during regular Rifts. If you are comfortable with your base survivability and want for more speed (especially useful in bounties), you can use Warzechian Armguards in this slot — Wave of Light is great at incidental environmental destruction for the movespeed procs.
Lastly, in order to maintain the valuable 6-piece bonus of Sunwuko and 3-piece bonus of the Sage set, you will need to cube a Ring of Royal Grandeur in the jewelry slot.
The Kanai's Cube can be used for much more than simply extracting Legendary powers from items. Please refer to our Kanai's Cube guide for more information.
The recommended follower for this build during standard rift farming for keys is the Enchantress due to her numerous utility bonuses, allowing you to smooth out your speed runs even further.
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.
- 01 Apr. 2021: Added follower recommendation.
- 16 Nov. 2020: Added S22 Cube recommendation.
- 01 Jul. 2020: No changes required for Season 21.
- 12 Mar. 2020: No changes necessary for Season 20.
- 21 Nov. 2019: Significantly expanded the overall information in the guide, Sage setup changed to reflect new items. Updated for Season 19.
- 23 Aug. 2019: Reviewed for Season 18.
- 17 May 2019: Guide was revised with additional recommendations for Sage set inclusion and approved for Season 17.
- 28 Oct. 2017: Adapted the variation to the changes the build received in Patch 2.6.1.
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