SWK LTK Monk Speed Farming Variation

Last updated on Jul 01, 2020 at 09:00 by Deadset 4 comments

On this page, we explain everything that is specific to the Speed Farming variant of SWK LTK Monk. Updated for patch 2.6.9 and Season 21.

1.

Speed Farming

The Sunwuko LTK 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.

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Lashing Tail Kick Icon Lashing Tail Kick Sweeping Armada Sweeping Armada Right Mouse Button Dashing Strike Icon Dashing Strike Radiance Radiance 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 Conviction Icon Mantra of Conviction Annihilation Annihilation
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.

Similarly to all Sunwuko builds, this LTK variant begins runs by activating Sweeping Wind Sweeping Wind, which should be kept up throughout the rift. Use your superior mobility from the Dashing Strike Dashing Strike and Mantra of Conviction Mantra of Conviction Annihilation Annihilation combo to seek out enemies, destroying them in one fell swoop with the greater AoE of Lashing Tail Kick Lashing Tail Kick Sweeping Armada Sweeping Armada . Your Spirit needs will be taken care of with a combination of Epiphany Epiphany Insight Insight's immense passive regeneration and the active pop of Air Ally Air Ally; you will make up the loss of toughness from losing Desert Shroud Desert Shroud via Goldwrap Goldwrap.

3.

Adapting Skills

For speedfarming purposes, an alteration can be made as early as the main spender — swapping your Lashing Tail Kick Lashing Tail Kick rune from the progression oriented, DoT-based Vulture Claw Kick Vulture Claw Kick to the wide, comfortable AoE of Sweeping Armada Sweeping Armada .

Other good alterations include:

  • Exchanging the Way of the Hundred Fists Way of the Hundred Fists generator for Mystic Ally Mystic Ally in order to obtain the valuable passive Spirit regeneration and active refill from the Air Ally Air Ally rune.
  • Replacing the survivability of Mantra of Salvation Mantra of Salvation Agility Agility for Mantra of Conviction Mantra of Conviction. Its base additive damage increase is welcome, but negligible compared to the movement speed utility of the Annihilation Annihilation rune — which also affects the entire party, reinforcing its value when grouping up.
  • On Dashing Strike Dashing Strike, swapping the survivability of Blinding Speed Blinding Speed for more utility the faster casting (due to the IAS increase) Radiance Radiance.
  • Last but not least, you can consider dropping Near Death Experience Near Death Experience from your passives for content-appropriate options like Exalted Soul Exalted Soul to gain more resource leeway for LTK spamming.
4.

Adapting Gear

You will still be taking advantage of the full 6-piece set bonuses of Sunwuko, incorporating the same set split as you would in progression — but instead of wearing Gyana Na Kashu Gyana Na Kashu and Rivera Dancers Rivera Dancers as complementary items, you will be including the Sage's Journey set for Death's Breath farming. Take Sage's Apogee Sage's Apogee and Sage's Passage Sage's Passage, and then complete both the SWK and Sage set bonuses with a Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur in the Cube.

Both the cooldown-over-time resets of Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac and the damage reduction of Unity Unity greatly diminish in usefulness during Normal Rift farming. That progresion-oriented jewelry will be better replaced by a split between a Physical damage Stone of Jordan Stone of Jordan (for the permanent damage increase) and an Avarice Band Avarice Band (for the synergy with Goldwrap Goldwrap and Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder).

You should also trade the excessive protection of Spirit Guards Spirit Guards for Nemesis Bracers Nemesis Bracers, whose elite spawning property will both shorten the time to the Guardian fight and provide a consistent stream of In-geom In-geom procs.

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. All Resistance (guaranteed)
  5. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
  6. Health Globe Healing Bonus (Secondary Stat)
Torso
  1. Dexterity
  2. 3 Sockets
  3. Vitality
  4. Reduced damage from Elites
  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. Cooldown Reduction
  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
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Average Damage
Weapon #1
  1. High Weapon Damage
  2. Dexterity
  3. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  4. Damage %
  5. Area Damage or Life per Hit
  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. Damage %
  5. Area Damage or Life per Hit
  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 Gogok of Swiftness Gogok of Swiftness both still bring excellent damage multiplication and CDR 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 a worn Avarice Band Avarice Band. It will also render you practically invulnerable through a worn 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

During speedruns, In-geom In-geom shines over your other options by cutting 10 seconds off all your cooldowns after killing an elite, essentially nullifying resource and mobility concerns for a generous 15-second period — usually enough to keep the procs going.

In order to leave room for the Sage's set during farming, the valuable damage multiplication of Rivera Dancers Rivera Dancers will have to move to the armor slot of the Cube.

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 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.

7.

Changelog

  • 01 Jul. 2020: No changes required for Season 21.
  • 12 Mar. 2020: No changes necessary for Season 20.
  • 21 Nov. 2019: Overhaul of speed farming build to include the Sage's set for farming. Updated for Season 19.
  • 23 Aug. 2019: Reviewed for Season 18.
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