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Uliana Seven-Sided Strike Monk BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points

Last updated on Oct 28, 2017 at 20:27 by Deadset

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General Information

Below, we detail the items and gems that you should use for your Uliana Seven-Sided Strike 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 Uliana Seven-Sided Strike Monk guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

1. Best in Slot Gear and Alternatives

The build incorporates the complete Uliana's Strategem set, taking all six available pieces and opening up the jewelry for the Endless Walk set and its damage multiplication bonuses. Rolls-wise, this Exploding Palm-centric playstyle takes good advantage of Cooldown Reduction, Skill and Area Damage affixes. Cooldown Reduction is recommended as the fourth primary on Uliana's Fury Uliana's Fury, alongside Dexterity, Crit Chance and Crit Damage (as you approach 15,000 Dexterity due to high Paragons, it is recommended to even reroll the Dexterity on the glove to Area Damage). Life Regeneration or Elite Damage Reduction, plus high Dexterity and Vitality and secondary Physical Resistance are the desired stats on Uliana's Heart Uliana's Heart. High main stats, CDR and Area Damage rolls will be helpful on Uliana's Strength Uliana's Strength. Note that both Uliana's Heart Uliana's Heart and Uliana's Strength Uliana's Strength are able to roll Seven-Sided Strike Seven-Sided Strike %, but it is not advisable to seek these stats out, as the skill is mostly a tool to spread and detonate Exploding Palm Exploding Palm, and the primary roll is best spent on something else. Uliana's Burden Uliana's Burden is dedicated to Toughness, with high Dexterity, Vitality and Life Regeneration rolls ideally accompanied by Physical Resistance in the secondary stats. While both Uliana's Spirit Uliana's Spirit and Uliana's Destiny Uliana's Destiny can roll Exploding Palm Exploding Palm % bonus, it is preferable to seek skill damage on the boots and to leave the huge mainstat potential of the helm for a hefty Vitality roll.

Not skipping on any of the six available set pieces to obtain the full Uliana set bonus allows you to split between offense and defense in the jewelry slots. One of the 2.4 reworks, the Endless Walk set — The Compass Rose The Compass Rose ring and The Traveler's Pledge The Traveler's Pledge amulet — adds a unique mechanic that slowly increases your damage by up to a 100% if you remain stationary, and drains it away and increases your damage reduction while moving. This dynamic fits the Uliana playstyle, which alternates dashing between fights with periods of stationary Seven-Sided Strike Seven-Sided Strike spam (the movement from the SSS animation does not lower the Endless Walk damage bonus).

Your other ring slot will be taken by Unity Unity; this item offers 50% damage reduction when paired with another on the follower, plus an immortality item for him (i.e. Enchanting Favor Enchanting Favor). Also note its unique Elite damage roll, which makes it preferable for high GR pushing as it makes a difference during the tough Guardian fights. Nevertheless, you can swap this slot out for Convention of Elements Convention of Elements with comparable performance, and cube the worse item.

With the dependence on Exploding Palm Exploding Palm to deliver the bulk of the damage, it is no wonder that Gungdo Gear Gungdo Gear is the suggested bracer for the build. With an effect both simple and devastating, this piece applies Exploding Palm Exploding Palm to enemies caught within the radius of a detonated Exploding Palm Exploding Palm, spreading like wildfire through the Uliana 6-piece bonus. Aim for the expected Cold elemental damage, Crit Chance, Dexterity and Vitality.

Created with Seven-Sided Strike Seven-Sided Strike in mind, Binding of the Lost Binding of the Lost is a damage reduction powerhouse that scales with the power of Lion's Claw Lion's Claw, optimally providing you with 49% DR. With a generous 7-second uptime and the Cooldown Reduction focus of the build, you will easily overlap its effect. Note that the unique power of this belt ranges between 3-3.5 damage reduction, with a 7% loss between the minimum and maximum — so try to perfect your roll for optimal performance.

The Fist of Az'Turrasq The Fist of Az'Turrasq is your first mandatory weapon; this legendary fist increases the on-death explosion damage of Exploding Palm Exploding Palm by up to a 300%; as a true multiplier to the base damage of the skill, it essentially doubles the output of your primary source of damage. Getting a roll with or close to the maximum 500% of the unique bonus is your foremost concern; other optimal stats include a good base damage roll, Cooldown Reduction and Area Damage.

Lion's Claw Lion's Claw was introduced in Season 4 as an item tailored after this build. Turning Seven-Sided Strike Seven-Sided Strike into a fourteen-sided strike without extending casting time, this fist weapon serves as another true damage multiplier by allowing you twice as many Exploding Palm Exploding Palm detonations from Uliana's 6-piece bonus. The preferred stats for Lion's Claw Lion's Claw are similar to your other weapon — good base damage roll, Cooldown Reduction and Area Damage.

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Dexterity
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Socket
  4. Vitality
  5. Exploding Palm %
Shoulders
  1. Dexterity
  2. Vitality
  3. Cooldown Reduction
  4. Area Damage
Torso
  1. Dexterity
  2. 3 Sockets
  3. Vitality
  4. Life Regeneration
  5. Reduced damage from Elites
  6. Single Elemental Resistance (Physical prefered)
Wrists
  1. Dexterity
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Cold Damage
  4. Vitality
  5. Life Regeneration
Hands
  1. Dexterity
  2. Cooldown Reduction
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Critical Hit Damage
  5. Single Elemental Resistance (Physical prefered)
Waist
  1. Dexterity
  2. Vitality
  3. Life Regeneration
  4. Single Elemental Resistance (Physical prefered)
  5. Armor
Legs
  1. Dexterity
  2. Vitality
  3. 2 Sockets
  4. Life Regeneration
  5. Single Elemental Resistance (Physical prefered)
Feet
  1. Dexterity
  2. Vitality
  3. Exploding Palm %
  4. Single Elemental Resistance (Physical prefered)
  5. Life Regeneration
Amulet
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Cold Damage
  5. Single Elemental Resistance (Physical prefered)
Ring #1
  1. Socket
  2. Cooldown Reduction
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Critical Hit Damage
  5. Area Damage
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Cooldown Reduction
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Critical Hit Damage
  5. Area Damage
Weapon #1
  1. Weapon Damage
  2. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  3. Dexterity
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Area Damage
  6. Vitality
Weapon #2
  1. Weapon Damage
  2. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  3. Dexterity
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Area Damage
  6. Vitality

2. Paragon Points

Slot Paragon Points
Core
  1. Movement Speed up to 25% cap
  2. Dexterity
  3. Vitality
  4. Maximum Spirit
Offense
  1. Cooldown Reduction
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Attack Speed
Defense
  1. All Resistance
  2. Armor
  3. Life %
  4. Life Regeneration
Utility
  1. Area Damage
  2. Life on Hit
  3. Resource Cost Reduction
  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. When fighting in melee range, as a Uliana Monk naturally does, the gem will proc on its own through the level 25 property, bringing a self-sufficient increase to your DPS.

Gogok of Swiftness Gogok of Swiftness has great synergy with the build, indirectly providing you with more damage and survivability by increasing the essential Cooldown Reduction, as well as scaling Dodge chance. While less important, the Attack Speed aspect will assist with resource upkeep to enable care-free spam of Cyclone Strike Cyclone Strike.

Introduced in Season 4, Bane of the Stricken Bane of the Stricken occupies the third and final jewelry socket in GR progression. 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. The Uliana Monk is a prime example of such a build, and Bane of the Stricken Bane of the Stricken is considered mandatory for pushing.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

4. Kanai's Cube

Cubing The Flow of Eternity The Flow of Eternity is essential for the build, as the unique power of this daibo cuts the base cooldown of Seven-Sided Strike Seven-Sided Strike by 60% and doubles its damage. No other weapon effect is remotely comparable, as better uptime of that skill directly translates into damage and survivability.

Introduced in Season 3, the Spirit Guards Spirit Guards bracers will multiply your damage reduction for a short duration after using a Spirit Generator — functionally a permanent bonus for this primary attack-heavy build. Stacking with your other sources of damage mitigation, these bracers will add sorely needed survivability to this melee setup.

In GR progression, your jewelry slot is best taken by the pure damage boost of Convention of Elements Convention of Elements, whose rotation of elemental bonuses you will need to learn and time to maximize the benefits of the short-lived Cold proc. Note that you can still cube Unity Unity and wear Convention of Elements Convention of Elements with comparable performance, depending on your better rolled item.

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: Replaced Lefebvre's Soliloquy with Spirit Guards as the cubed armor piece.
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