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SWK LTK Monk BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points

Last updated on Oct 28, 2017 at 18:03 by Deadset

Table of Contents

General Information

Below, we detail the items and gems that you should use for your SWK LTK 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 12.

The other pages of our SWK LTK Monk guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

1. Best in Slot Gear and Alternatives

The build includes five of the six available pieces of the Monkey King's Garb (a.k.a. Sunwuko) set, complete with a cubed Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur to attain the full set bonuses. Rolls-wise, this Lashing Tail Kick Lashing Tail Kick-centric setup makes good use of Area and Skill Damage bonuses. Area Damage (and optionally, CDR) are desired on Sunwuko's Balance Sunwuko's Balance; double Crit stats plus Area Damage are optimal on Sunwuko's Paws Sunwuko's Paws. Sunwuko's Soul Sunwuko's Soul and Sunwuko's Leggings Sunwuko's Leggings are pure Toughness slots. The ideal roll of Sunwuko's Shines Sunwuko's Shines includes double Crit stats and Fire elemental damage, alongside the guaranteed socket.

With Sunwuko's Shines Sunwuko's Shines denying you the option for the Endless Walk set and the need for defense in melee range denying you Focus Focus and Restraint Restraint, the Lashing Tail Kick Monk splits the remaining jewelry slots between utility and defense as best he can: Unity Unity to halve incoming damage, and Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac to reduce important cooldowns to a minimum.

In place of Sunwuko's Crown Sunwuko's Crown, you will be taking Gyana Na Kashu Gyana Na Kashu — the Spirit Stone that releases a fireball projectile when Lashing Tail Kick Lashing Tail Kicking, notably scaling with the skill and providing significant single target damage as a consequence. To further solidify its presence in the build, Gyana Na Kashu Gyana Na Kashu rolls with up to 100% additional Lashing Tail Kick Lashing Tail Kick damage as a free fifth affix.

The best-in-slot belt for the build when pushing Greater Rifts is the glass cannon favorite, The Witching Hour The Witching Hour. What this belt lacks in unique properties, it makes up in unique rolls: it is the only item in the slot that can roll Attack Speed and Critical Damage. Both stats are immensely beneficial to your damage output, so seek as close to the maximum 7 IAS and 50 Crit Damage as you can.

With no particular bracer providing a direct legendary affix for Lashing Tail Kick Lashing Tail Kick and with the ease of applying a generator jab in between major attacks, the general recommendation for the bracer slot are the Spirit Guards Spirit Guards for their massive damage reduction bonus.

Rivera Dancers Rivera Dancers have been added in Patch 2.4 as an item tailored after Lashing Tail Kick Lashing Tail Kick builds. Rolling up to 300% multiplicative damage increase to LTK and speeding the skill up with a guaranteed 50%, these boots are a fixture in the slot. Note that boots are able to roll additional Lashing Tail Kick Lashing Tail Kick % in their primaries, which is a recommended roll alongside the usual Toughness stats.

Reworked in Patch 2.4.2 and buffed further in 2.6.1, Scarbringer Scarbringer is a straightforward addition to any LTK build with its 600% multiplicative damage increase to Lashing Tail Kick Lashing Tail Kick on the first 7 enemies hit. Due to the Sweeping Wind Sweeping Wind-reliant mechanics of the Sunwuko set, your second weapon needs to be Vengeful Wind Vengeful Wind for the massive increase to your burst damage. Life per Hit and Area Damage are both highly desirable on the weapons, alongside the usual recommendations for high Damage Range and Dexterity.

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Dexterity
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Socket
  4. Vitality
Shoulders
  1. Dexterity
  2. Area Damage
  3. Vitality
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. All Resistance (guaranteed)
Torso
  1. Dexterity
  2. 3 Sockets
  3. Vitality
  4. Elite Damage Reduction
  5. Secondary Resistance (Physical preferred)
Wrists
  1. Dexterity
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Fire Damage
  4. Vitality
Hands
  1. Dexterity
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Area Damage
  5. Vitality
Waist
  1. Dexterity
  2. Critical Hit Damage (if The Witching Hour The Witching Hour)
  3. Attack Speed (if The Witching Hour The Witching Hour)
  4. Vitality
  5. Secondary Resistance (Physical preferred)
Legs
  1. Dexterity
  2. Vitality
  3. 2 Sockets
  4. Secondary Resistance (Physical preferred)
  5. Armor
Feet
  1. Dexterity
  2. Lashing Tail Kick Lashing Tail Kick Damage
  3. Vitality
  4. Secondary Resistance (Physical preferred)
  5. Armor
Amulet
  1. Socket (guaranteed)
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Fire Damage
Ring #1
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Damage Range
  5. Dexterity
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Damage Range
  5. Dexterity
Weapon #1
  1. High Damage Range
  2. Dexterity
  3. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  4. Life per Hit
  5. Area Damage
Weapon #2
  1. High Damage Range
  2. Dexterity
  3. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  4. Life per Hit
  5. Area Damage

2. Paragon Points

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

3. Gems

Bane of the Trapped Bane of the Trapped is a potent source of additional damage, as it is its own multiplier in your total damage calculation. The gem procs itself with its level 25 property when in melee range, and is otherwise triggered by Blinding Flash Blinding Flash.

Gogok of Swiftness Gogok of Swiftness synergises well with the build, indirectly providing you with more cooldown resets and improved healing through your faster attacks. Your constant Lashing Tail Kick Lashing Tail Kick spam will easily cap the gem to its 15% Attack Speed and Cooldown Reduction limit, ensuring optimal uptime of your numerous defensive abilities. The 2.4.1 addition of scaling Dodge chance to the gem is just survivability icing on the cake.

Introduced in Season 4, Bane of the Stricken Bane of the Stricken occupies the third and final jewelry socket. Building up your damage multiplicatively in prolonged fights and with a level 25 bonus specifically targeting Rift Guardians, this gem is designed to assist AoE heavy builds in their struggle against single target, high HP enemies. Aided by the Gyana Na Kashu Gyana Na Kashu Fireball, Lashing Tail Kick Lashing Tail Kick finds great advantage in picking up this gem. In lower Greater Rifts or during farming, you can easily swap this gem out for the well-rounded damage and toughness increase of Bane of the Powerful Bane of the Powerful.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

4. Kanai's Cube

Rabid Strike Rabid Strike will preferably be stored in your weapon Cube slot due to its natural Crit Damage roll (preventing the perfect CDR plus RCR roll). While Epiphany Epiphany is active, its legendary power will double up the Vulture Claw Kick Vulture Claw Kick destruction.

Cindercoat Cindercoat is a staple of resource intensive Fire builds, making it the preferable item for the armor Cube slot in Sunwuko LTK builds.

Sunwuko setups have to use the Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur, a cache legendary ring from Act I bounties, in the jewelry slot. Running the full 6-piece Sunwuko set bonus and Gyana Na Kashu Gyana Na Kashu while dodging the undesirable guaranteed stats on the Grandeur by cubing its power is a tremendous boost to that setup.

5. 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.

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.

6. ChangeLog

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  • 28 Oct. 2017: Switched to Sunwuko set for Patch 2.6.1.
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