Support Monk BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points
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Below, we detail the items and gems that you should use for your Support Monk in Diablo 3 and why. We also list your paragon points and Kanai's Cube items. Updated for patch 2.6.1 and Season 15.
The other pages of our Support Monk guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.
1. Best in Slot Gear and Alternatives
In a typical support build fashion, the healing Monk adopts a mixture of sets and utility legendaries to maximize Toughness, cooldown and resource management. Your stat goals for items across the board are high Cooldown Reduction and Attack Speed, along with a Health Globe Healing Bonus on all the items able to roll the stat (Chest, Shoulders, Boots, Amulet, Rings) to benefit your Epiphany Soothing Mist. The base recommended set to include is Inna's Mantra, up to its group support-oriented 4 piece bonus. Due to other slots being taken by important legendary bonuses, the necessary Inna pieces to take are Inna's Vast Expanse, Inna's Favor, Inna's Temperance and Inna's Hold. This will produce the valuable 2- and 4- piece bonuses of the Inna's Mantra set. The benefits of the doubled effectiveness of your chosen Mantra, along with the free base effect of all four Mantras makes the Inna set a staple for the support Monk.
With Cooldown Reduction as one of the deciding factors in the utility you bring to the group, Leoric's Crown is an unsurprising inclusion as your helm. Its powers will double the effectiveness of the slotted Flawless Royal Diamond. There is a notable variation of the build that includes 2 pieces from the Uliana set, using Uliana's Spirit plus another Uliana piece of your choosing from the chest, gloves or pants slots (substituting Leoric's Crown and one of the Inna pieces, respectively). This will necessitate the inclusion of Ring of Royal Grandeur in your Cube jewelry slot. The reasoning for this is spreading Exploding Palm The Flesh is Weaks with your generator attacks. In a Uliana variation, you will not need to incorporate a Bleed chance roll on your weapons, since Exploding Palm counts as a Bleed — this furthers the benefits of the Pain Enhancer equipped by a Witch Doctor teammate.
Not responsible for damage dealing in any way, the support Monk can focus on pure utility in the jewelry. Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac is a powerful tool for this cooldown-heavy build: benefiting greatly from the Cyclone Strike spam, it allows for permanent uptime of crucial abilities like Epiphany, Inner Sanctuary and Blinding Flash. In your remaining slot, you can take the revamped Oculus Ring — it now provides up to the impressive 85% multiplicative damage buff in a circular area for your DPS party members to stand in. While its wording is vague, it does trigger off assists, and will thus work on support characters.
To complete the jewelry, you have a number of options for the amulet slot. Arguably your best pick would be a well rolled Hellfire Amulet of Dexterity, with a helpful fifth passive like Chant of Resonance or Near Death Experience. Alternatively, you can obtain an immunity amulet for a highly lethal source of elemental damage. Xephirian Amulet, which renders you immune to lightning, or The Star of Azkaranth against fire, are the most desirable options. In the stats aim for Cooldown Reduction, Toughness and Health Globe Healing Bonus.
Illusory Boots are a crucial piece for the mobility of the build, allowing you to ignore collision and pass freely through enemies — an indispensable freedom in a build lacking Dashing Strike. These boots are farmed through Act II bounty caches, and are relatively easy to obtain with a good roll due to their fixed stats and no-range affix. Stat-wise, aim strictly for Toughness and mind the ability to roll Health Globe Healing Bonus in the secondary stats.
The shoulder will be taken by Lefebvre's Soliloquy — a Patch 2.4 addition that reduces incoming damage by up to 50% after casting Cyclone Strike, which mimics the playstyle of this crowd control-heavy build. Seek out Cooldown Reduction and high Toughness stats, along with Health Globe healing bonuses to best complement the build.
Two bracers — Strongarm Bracers and Spirit Guards — can be considered as best-in-slot for the build. The Cyclone Strike vortex effect counts as a knock up for the purposes of the legendary affix of Strongarm Bracers, and its damage bonuses will affect the entire group. On the other hand, Spirit Guards multiply your damage reduction by 40% for 3 seconds after using a Spirit Generator — functionally a permanent bonus for this primary-spamming build. In reality, you will not have to choose between those bracers, as you can wear your better rolled of the two and simply Cube the other.
The general recommendation for the weapons is the Istvan's Paired Blades set — the two swords Little Rogue and The Slanderer. These weapons will sync with the overall goals of the support Monk — enduring the frontline and attacking as fast as possible to output heals — by supplying you with 30% Armor and Attack Speed when fully stacked. Stat-wise, aside from the usual recommendations for Toughness and Cooldown Reduction, you can also look into including Bleed chance in the secondary stats; in the current meta, this will stack the Pain Enhancer worn by DPS Witch Doctors.
2. Paragon Points
Iceblink serves a twofold purpose: first, it adds a potent, scaling slow effect to the short freeze of Tsunami; and second, it offers a reliable source of 10% additional party-wide Crit Chance through its level 25 property.
Gogok of Swiftness synergizes well with the build, indirectly providing the entire party with more survivability by increasing your essential Cooldown Reduction, as well as substantial personal Toughness from the Dodge bonuses.
The recommended gem for your third and final jewelry slot is Gem of Efficacious Toxin, for the party-wide damage increase against — and reduced damage from — enemies affected by its poisonous DoT.
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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. Alternatively, you can cube the unusual Ahavarion, Spear of Lycander, which grants helpful Shrine effects to the group even in Greater Rifts; note however that it is dependent on monster composition inside the rift, and its positives might not always be available.
Band of the Rue Chambers will provide amazing Spirit sustain that naturally falls in line with the rotation of the build. In case you are using the Uliana 2-piece variation however, you will need to slot Ring of Royal Grandeur instead in order to maintain the valuable Inna 4-piece bonus.
About the Author
This build is presented to you by Deadset, one of the very few professional Diablo 3 players. Deadset regularly publishes video guides on Youtube and streams on Twitch, where you can see how this and other builds play out in practice.
- 26 Nov. 2017: Removed Uliana recommendations and replaced them with an optional Uliana setup.
- 28 Oct. 2017: Added 2 Uliana pieces.
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