Sunwuko Wave of Light Monk Speed Farming Variation

Last updated on Apr 14, 2022 at 02:00 by Deadset 44 comments
1.

Speed Farming

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 solo speed GR rankings and solo speed T16 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.

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Wave of Light Icon Wave of Light Explosive Light Explosive Light Right Mouse Button Dashing Strike Icon Dashing Strike Quicksilver Quicksilver 1 Epiphany Icon Epiphany Insight Insight 2 Sweeping Wind Icon Sweeping Wind Inner Storm Inner Storm 3 Mystic Ally Icon Mystic Ally Air Ally Air Ally 4 Mantra of Healing Icon Mantra of Healing Circular Breathing Circular Breathing
Passive Skills
2.

Adapting Rotation

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 Wave of Light Explosive 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 In-geom. The cooldown resets coming from the sword will allow you to reapply Epiphany Epiphany well before any downtime, as well as carefree spam of the resource restoration of Air Ally Air Ally — which should be more than enough to make up for the Cindercoat Cindercoat loss in the Cube. To further assist your resource management, you will have Mantra of Healing Mantra of Healing Circular Breathing Circular Breathing passively restoring Spirit as well. Sweeping Wind Sweeping Wind should always be up, naturally (note the Sunwuko set bonuses), and Dashing Strike Dashing Strike will keep you sped up throughout the rift.

3.

Adapting Skills

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 Wave of Light is still your main damage dealer, and you should be using the speedfarm-appropriate Explosive Light Explosive Light rune for T16s.
  • Sweeping Wind Sweeping Wind is a necessary part of Sunwuko builds, along with the resource utility of Inner Storm Inner Storm. You will complement its passive resource gain with the instant restoration from Air Ally Air Ally.
  • Epiphany Epiphany is an omnipresent self-buff in all versions of the build. You can consider Insight Insight over Desert Shroud Desert Shroud if you trust your upkeep of Goldwrap Goldwrap mitigation.
  • You can shift away from survivability into more utility on Dashing Strike Dashing Strike depending on your confidence in handling the build. This is usually done by replacing Blinding Speed Blinding Speed with either Quicksilver Quicksilver for the additional charge during T16 rifts (where elites are more abundant for In-geom In-geom procs), or Way of the Falling Star Way of the Falling Star (for the greater distance covered during bounties).
  • Replace the survivability of Mantra of Salvation Mantra of Salvation Agility Agility for the passive Spirit regeneration from Mantra of Healing Mantra of Healing Circular Breathing Circular Breathing.
  • In your passive selection, keep Beacon of Ytar Beacon of Ytar for the Cooldown Reduction, and add some upfront damage with Momentum Momentum and Seize the Initiative Seize the Initiative. If you trust your survivability, you can consider dropping Near Death Experience Near Death Experience for some extra movespeed via Fleet Footed Fleet Footed.
4.

Adapting Gear

You will still be taking advantage of the full 6-piece set bonuses of Sunwuko set while wearing 5 of the available pieces, and using a Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur to complete the full bonus Since reliance on the Rabid Strike Rabid Strike clone and Cpt. Crimson damage scaling is absolute overkill for T16 rift farming however, you will be shifting several pieces around:

Lastly, it is advisable to wear Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur as an equipped item, since this allows you to have the damage multiplier of Squirt's Necklace Squirt's Necklace in the Cube despite the neck slot occupation of Sunwuko's Shines Sunwuko's Shines. Pair this ring either with Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac to ensure your cooldown availability (in Rifts or Bounties where In-geom In-geom procs prove unreliable), or a Fire damage Stone of Jordan Stone of Jordan for a constant Elemental and Elite damage boost.

Note that both Zodiac and SoJ are recommended for solo farming, since your Follower can wear Avarice Band Avarice Band and "Emanate" its valuable pickup radius effect to you as if you wore it yourself. When group farming, equip the Avarice yourself in their place.

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Dexterity
  2. Socket
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Wave of Light Damage %
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  6. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
Shoulders
  1. Dexterity
  2. Cooldown Reduction
  3. Area Damage
  4. Resource Cost Reduction
  5. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
  6. Health Globe Healing Bonus (Secondary Stat)
Torso
  1. Dexterity
  2. 3 Sockets
  3. Vitality
  4. Life %
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat))
  6. Melee or Missile Damage Reduction (Secondary Stat)
Wrists
  1. Dexterity
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Fire Damage %
  4. Life per Hit or Vitality
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
Hands
  1. Dexterity
  2. Dexterity (replaced by Area Damage at High Paragons)
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Critical Hit Damage
  5. Resource Cost Reduction (or CDR)
  6. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  7. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
Waist
  1. Dexterity
  2. Vitality
  3. Armor
  4. Life %
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  6. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat)
Legs
  1. Dexterity
  2. 2 Sockets
  3. Vitality
  4. Armor
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  6. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat)
Feet
  1. Dexterity
  2. Wave of Light Damage %
  3. Vitality
  4. Armor
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  6. Health Globe Healing Bonus (Secondary Stat)
Amulet
  1. Socket (guaranteed)
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Fire Damage %
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  6. Melee or Missile Damage Reduction (Secondary Stat)
Ring #1
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Average Damage or Resource Cost Reduction
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Average Damage or Resource Cost Reduction
Weapon #1
  1. High Weapon Damage
  2. Dexterity
  3. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  4. Resource Cost Reduction
  5. Area Damage or Cooldown Reduction
  6. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat if LpH not present)
Weapon #2
  1. High Weapon Damage
  2. Dexterity
  3. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  4. Resource Cost Reduction
  5. Area Damage or Cooldown Reduction
  6. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat if LpH not present)

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.

5.

Adapting Gems

Bane of the Trapped Bane of the Trapped and Zei's Stone of Vengeance Zei's Stone of Vengeance bring excellent damage multiplication value to the build in speed farming.

In normal rifts, the third gem slot should be taken by Boon of the Hoarder 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 Avarice Band. It will also render you practically invulnerable through Goldwrap Goldwrap.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

For more information about gems, please refer to our guide on gems.

6.

Adapting Kanai's Cube

Incense Torch of the Grand Temple Incense Torch of the Grand Temple is still a necessary part of a WoL setup, taking up the weapon slot in the Cube.

As previously mentioned, your armor Cube slot should be taken by your weaker rolled item between Goldwrap Goldwrap and Kyoshiro's Soul Kyoshiro's Soul. The former brings near-invulnerability to the build while picking up gold, while the latter is a convenience item for farming which guarantees your Sweeping Wind Sweeping Wind stacks will not fall off.

Tucked away in the jewelry slot of the Cube, Squirt's Necklace Squirt's Necklace will add another huge damage multiplier to the build. You will counteract its "increased damage taken" downside with the Goldwrap Goldwrap toughness boost.

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.

7.

Follower

The recommended follower for this build during standard rift farming for keys is the Enchantress due to her cooldown reduction buff from Prophetic Harmony Prophetic Harmony, as well as the Focused Mind Focused Mind attack speed buff.

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.

8.

Legendary Potion

The preferred potions for this build are Bottomless Potion of Kulle-Aid Bottomless Potion of Kulle-Aid (allowing you to break down Waller affixes that impede your Wave of Light Wave of Light damage) and Bottomless Potion of the Tower Bottomless Potion of the Tower, whose Armor-increasing properties complement the naturally high All Resistances stat of Monks (due to Harmony Harmony) for optimal survivability.

9.

Changelog

  • 14 Apr. 2022: Guide reviewed for Season 26.
  • 08 Dec. 2021: Guide revised and added Season 25 Soul Shard recommendations.
  • 21 Jul. 2021: Added Ethereal weapon recommendation for Season 24.
  • 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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