Tempest Rush Monk BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points

Last updated on Jun 14, 2018 at 14:53 by Deadset 5 comments

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General Information

Below, we detail the items and gems that you should use for your Tempest Rush 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 Tempest Rush Monk guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

1. Best in Slot Gear and Alternatives

You will be taking all six pieces of the Monkey King's Garb (a.k.a. Sunwuko) set, freeing up jewelry slots for an even split of offense and defense jewelry. Rolls-wise, this is a Tempest Rush Tempest Rush-centric build that makes good use of skill damage and Cooldown Reduction bonuses. Tempest Rush Tempest Rush bonuses are possible on both Sunwuko's Crown Sunwuko's Crown and The Crudest Boots The Crudest Boots (discussed below), and should be sought alongside the usual crit chance on the helm and toughness stats on the boots. Both Area Damage and Cooldown Reduction are highly desirable on the Sunwuko's Balance Sunwuko's Balance and Sunwuko's Paws Sunwuko's Paws. Get both stats on the shoulder piece ASAP, and pick either stat for the gloves for the majority of character progression — but try to acquire a quadfecta (Crit Chance, Crit Damage, CDR, and rolling off Dexterity for Area Damage) when you attain high Paragons. Finally, get pure toughness stats on Sunwuko's Soul Sunwuko's Soul and Sunwuko's Leggings Sunwuko's Leggings. Finally, the ideal roll of Sunwuko's Shines Sunwuko's Shines includes double Crit stats and Cold elemental damage, alongside the guaranteed socket.

As far as jewelry is concerned, the popular sets — Endless Walk and Bastions of Will — are denied to the build, due to the mandatory Sunwuko's Shines Sunwuko's Shines and lack of a generator skill. In their stead, you will be using a trio of legendary rings: Unity Unity (to cut incoming damage in half when paired with another on the follower, plus an immortality relic like Enchanting Favor Enchanting Favor), Convention of Elements Convention of Elements for the tremendous boost to your damage output during its Cold cycle, and Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac for its Cooldown resetting mechanics, which feed into the valuable CDs of the build. You will be wearing your best two of these rings, and cubing the third — ideally wearing the Unity Unity and Convention of Elements Convention of Elements, and cubing the Zodiac.

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. A tankier alternative to this item would be Cord of the Sherma Cord of the Sherma, whose hard CC effect can also serve as a trigger for Cesar's Memento Cesar's Memento without the need of Blinding Flash Blinding Flash; however its unreliability makes it less desirable for the slot.

As previously mentioned in the guide, Cesar's Memento Cesar's Memento is the dedicated Tempest Rush Tempest Rush bracer and a mandatory addition to the build. Note that it requires the application of a hard crowd control effect (Stun, Freeze or Blind), making the inclusion of a low-cooldown CC skill like Blinding Flash Blinding Flash necessary.

The Crudest Boots The Crudest Boots make a natural fit for the resource demands of the build, doubling your Mystic Ally Mystic Ally summons and thus increasing the effectiveness of Air Ally Air Ally to 8 Spirit per Second and 200 Spirit per activation. Notice that Tempest Rush Tempest Rush is a possible skill damage roll on the boots, so strive to get it as a fourth primary alongside toughness stats, and shift movement speed bonuses entirely to Paragon points.

Vengeful Wind Vengeful Wind is a crucial piece of a Sunwuko set-based setup, as it expands the damage potential of your spenders with an extra 7000%. Your other weapon will vary according to content: in Greater Rift progression, you should include a generic damage-enhancing weapon, such as a Sun Keeper Sun Keeper (for the elite damage) or Azurewrath Azurewrath (for the Cold damage and Chance to Freeze on Hit).

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Dexterity
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Tempest Rush %
  4. Socket
Shoulders
  1. Dexterity
  2. Vitality
  3. Cooldown Reduction
  4. Area Damage
  5. All Resistance (guaranteed)
Torso
  1. Dexterity
  2. 3 Sockets
  3. Vitality
  4. Reduced damage from Elites
  5. Secondary Resistance (Physical preferred)
Wrists
  1. Dexterity
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Cold Damage
  4. Vitality
Hands
  1. Dexterity
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Area Damage
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. Tempest Rush %
  3. Vitality
  4. Secondary Resistance (Physical preferred)
  5. Armor
Amulet
  1. Socket (guaranteed)
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Cold Damage
Ring #1
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Dexterity
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Dexterity
Weapon #1
  1. High Damage Range
  2. Dexterity
  3. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Area Damage
Weapon #2
  1. High Damage Range
  2. Dexterity
  3. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  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. Area Damage
  2. Resource Cost Reduction
  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, where the Tempest Rush Monk naturally fights at.

While Tempest Rush Tempest Rush offers some safety via removing enemy collision and allowing great maneuverability, you will often be faced with instantaneous, unavoidable elemental damage affixes. To counter that, add the strongest mitigation gem available, Esoteric Alteration Esoteric Alteration. This gem improves your elemental resistances with every level, and provides you with a last line of defense against one shots through its level 25 property.

Introduced in Season 4, Bane of the Stricken Bane of the Stricken occupies the third and final jewelry socket in GRs. 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. An alternative, but riskier option for the slot is the channeling build staple Taeguk Taeguk — be prepared to use it in lower GR tiers, or with heavy fishing involved.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

4. Kanai's Cube

One of your biggest damage boosters will remain hidden in the Cube's weapon slot. Balance Balance is a daibo that boosts Tempest Rush Tempest Rush damage and guarantees its crits against 3 targets or less — an indispensable bonus against Rift Guardians.

Mantle of Channeling Mantle of Channeling is a build subtype staple, offering a substantial 25% damage increase, along with an equal amount of damage reduction while channeling. This is virtually a permanent bonus, as you will be using Tempest Rush Tempest Rush throughout the run.

As previously mentioned, the jewelry Cube slot will be taken by your worst rolled item between Unity Unity, Convention of Elements Convention of Elements and Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac. Ideally, you will fill the slot with the Zodiac to take advantage of its CDR mechanics, while skipping its lackluster primary rolls.

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

  • 23 Mar. 2018: Added the guide.
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