Support Monk BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points

Last updated on Nov 16, 2020 at 09:00 by Deadset 18 comments

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 2.6.10 and Season 22.

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 Epiphany Soothing Mist Soothing Mist (see this build's skills page for more information). 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 and set items, the necessary Inna pieces to take are Inna's Vast Expanse Inna's Vast Expanse, Inna's Radiance Inna's Radiance and Inna's Hold Inna's Hold. Along with a Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur, 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.

You will be mixing the Inna's set with two smaller sets, both of which can be crafted; Captain Crimson's Trimmings and Born's Command. Both are utility-oriented sets that contribute nicely to a support build. From the Captain Crimson's Trimmings set, you will be adding Captain Crimson's Silk Girdle Captain Crimson's Silk Girdle and Captain Crimson's Thrust Captain Crimson's Thrust. This set provides CDR as well as RCR bonuses and scales your damage reduction according to RCR. Less important, but still fitting nicely in the setup is the Born's Command set, with the Born's Privilege Born's Privilege and Born's Furious Wrath Born's Furious Wrath pieces. This little combo nets you Life %, Cooldown Reduction and even some extra experience on top — useful during Paragon farming. With your main hand taken by the Born sword, pair it with a nice tanky, support-oriented finish in the face of Stormshield Stormshield — one of the bulkiest pieces in the game, offering massive melee damage reduction as an innate roll.

Naturally, to tie all three sets together, you will need a Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur — a cache legendary ring from Act I bounties. In your remaining slot, you can take the revamped Oculus Ring 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, initially it is recommended to obtain an immunity amulet for a highly lethal source of elemental damage. Xephirian Amulet Xephirian Amulet, which renders you immune to lightning, or The Star of Azkaranth The Star of Azkaranth against fire, are highly desirable options during lower Paragons, when your survival still is not cemented. Once your character develops, you should move onto The Flavor of Time The Flavor of Time for its unique effect, which doubles the duration of Pylons.

Illusory Boots 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 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.

Two bracers — Strongarm Bracers Strongarm Bracers and Spirit Guards Spirit Guards — can be considered as best-in-slot for the build. The Piercing Trident Piercing Trident effect counts as a knock up for the purposes of the legendary affix of Strongarm Bracers Strongarm Bracers, and its damage bonuses will affect the entire group. On the other hand, Spirit Guards 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.

1.1.

A Note on Pushing with Witch Doctors

The Support Monk is also a necessary addition to a Witch Doctor-based pushing setup, and some slight alterations to the basic setup will be necessary to properly cater to the needs of your DPS teammate.

Most importantly, you will be dropping the Born's Command set from the base setup, taking out the Born's Privilege Born's Privilege and Born's Furious Wrath Born's Furious Wrath pieces. In their place, you will be adding 2 pieces of the Uliana's Stratagem set: Uliana's Strength Uliana's Strength, plus one more of your choosing. This is strictly done to gain the free Exploding Palm Exploding Palm effect for every third hit of your generator; since this skill counts as a Bleed effect, it will trigger the Pain Enhancer Pain Enhancer gem worn by your Witch Doctor DPS teammate, to the tremendous benefit of his DPS.

To put this into practice, a sample gearing split would be to wear Uliana's Strength Uliana's Strength and Uliana's Spirit Uliana's Spirit for the 2-piece Uliana bonus, Inna's Hold Inna's Hold, Inna's Vast Expanse Inna's Vast Expanse and Inna's Favor Inna's Favor for the Inna 4-piece bonus, and Captain Crimson's Thrust Captain Crimson's Thrust and Captain Crimson's Waders Captain Crimson's Waders for the Cpt. Crimson 3-piece bonus (remember the worn RoRG).

This will necessitate that you cube the Illusory Boots Illusory Boots. Your freed up main hand slot should be taken up by Pig Sticker Pig Sticker, with a trifecta of support-appropriate stats: Attack Speed, Cooldown- and Resource Cost Reduction.

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Vitality
  2. Socket
  3. All Resistance
  4. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  5. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
Shoulders
  1. Vitality
  2. Life %
  3. Cooldown Reduction
  4. Resource Cost Reduction
  5. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
  6. Health Globe Healing Bonus (Important Secondary Stat)
Torso
  1. Vitality
  2. 3 Sockets
  3. All Resistance
  4. Elite Damage Reduction
  5. Health Globe Healing Bonus (Important Secondary Stat)
  6. Melee Damage Reduction (Secondary Stat)
Wrists
  1. Dexterity
  2. Vitality
  3. All Resistance
  4. Armor
  5. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
Hands
  1. Vitality
  2. Cooldown Reduction
  3. Attack Speed
  4. Resource Cost Reduction
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  6. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
Waist
  1. Dexterity
  2. Vitality
  3. All Resistance
  4. Life %
  5. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
  6. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat)
Legs
  1. Vitality
  2. 2 Sockets
  3. All Resistance
  4. Armor
  5. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
  6. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat)
Feet
  1. Vitality
  2. Dexterity
  3. All Resistance
  4. Armor
  5. Health Globe Healing Bonus (Important Secondary Stat)
Amulet
  1. Socket
  2. Life %
  3. Cooldown Reduction
  4. Attack Speed
  5. Resource Cost Reduction
  6. Health Globe Healing Bonus (Important Secondary Stat)
Ring #1
  1. Socket
  2. Cooldown Reduction
  3. Attack Speed
  4. Resource Cost Reduction
  5. Health Globe Healing Bonus (Important Secondary Stat)
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Cooldown Reduction
  3. Attack Speed
  4. Resource Cost Reduction
  5. Health Globe Healing Bonus (Important Secondary Stat)
Weapon
  1. Cooldown Reduction
  2. Attack Speed
  3. Resource Cost Reduction
  4. Vitality
  5. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat)
  6. Experience per Kill (Secondary Stat)
  7. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
Off-hand
  1. Dexterity
  2. Vitality
  3. Life %
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Health Globe Healing Bonus (Important Secondary Stat)

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.

2.

Paragon Points

Slot Paragon Points
Core
  1. Movement Speed up to 25% cap
  2. Maximum Spirit
  3. Vitality
  4. Dexterity
Offense
  1. Cooldown Reduction
  2. Attack Speed
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Critical Hit Damage
Defense
  1. All Resistance
  2. Life %
  3. Armor
  4. Life Regeneration
Utility
  1. Resource Cost Reduction
  2. Life on Hit
  3. Globe Radius
  4. Area Damage (skip)
3.

Gems

Iceblink Iceblink serves a twofold purpose: first, it adds a potent, scaling slow effect to the short freeze of Tsunami Tsunami; and second, it offers a reliable source of 10% additional party-wide Crit Chance through its level 25 property.

Gogok of Swiftness 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 Gem of Efficacious Toxin, for the party-wide damage increase against — and reduced damage from — enemies affected by its poisonous DoT.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

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

4.

Kanai's Cube

Cubing the Flying Dragon 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 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.

As previously mentioned, you can choose your better rolled item from Strongarm Bracers Strongarm Bracers and Spirit Guards Spirit Guards to wear, and simply consume the other in the armor slot of the Cube.

In the jewelry slot you will use The Star of Azkaranth The Star of Azkaranth, in order to make yourself to a highly lethal source of elemental damage — fire — and turn it into a source of healing instead. In Season 20, you can slot an additional support-oriented utility power, such as Nemesis Bracers Nemesis Bracers.

In your 4th Kanai's Cube slot in Season 22, place the Crystal Fist Crystal Fist to enjoy an even greater degree of survivability throughout the rift with its 50% damage reduction after using Dashing Strike Dashing Strike.

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.

5.

Legendary Potion

As a support, you will gain additional utility from being able to break down walls with the Bottomless Potion of Kulle-Aid Bottomless Potion of Kulle-Aid.

6.

Follower

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.

7.

Changelog

  • 16 Nov. 2020: Added S22 Cube recommendation.
  • 01 Jul. 2020: No changes required for Season 21.
  • 12 Mar. 2020: Added gear recommendations when pushing with Witch Doctors.
  • 04 Jan. 2020: Small fix to the Cube recommendations.
  • 21 Nov. 2019: Guide revised to include Cpt. Crimson and Born sets.
  • 23 Aug. 2019: Item recommendations revised for Season 18.
  • 16 May 2019: Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 17.
  • 17 Jan. 2019: Added suggestions for the baseline Ring of Royal Grandeur for Seasonal characters.
  • 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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