Best Diablo 3 Monk Builds: Season 31

Lauren Bergin
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If you’re wondering what the best Diablo 3 Monk builds are for Season 31, our guide has everything you need to know. 

The elusive Monk is one of the most unique classes in Diablo 3. Monks are shrouded in mystery and have a great aptitude for melee combat. This offers players plenty of flexibility as you can combine powerful melee blows, AoE attacks, and spell buffs in your Monk builds.

The Ivgorod warrior is one of the game‘s strongest classes if you can master their techniques.

Here’s a full rundown of the best builds for Monks for Season 31 of Diablo 3.


Diablo 3 female monk with claws
Diablo 3’s female monk is beautiful, but she’s deadly.

Is the Monk for me?

For players who love complex characters, the Monk is the one for you. Chaining together punches, kicks, and buffs, they nurture a high-rise-high-reward playstyle. One-shotting enemies won’t be a problem, but you’ll need to balance your damage-based abilities with your buffs.

If you prefer a more tank-style class we suggest the Barbarian or Crusader, with the Demon Hunter being the go-to if you’re looking to tear the hordes apart from the backlines.

Is the Monk good in Diablo 3 Season 31?

In Season 31, the Monk is considered one of the best classes to use. With the right build, this class can climb to the top of any leaderboard.

Despite the ranking shaking up once again in Season 31, it seems like this titan will never be toppled but that’s not a bad thing.

diablo 3 male monk in front of the moon
Bathed in moonlight, the Monk has become one of Sanctuary’s fiercest protectors.

Best Diablo 3 Monk Build: Season 31

In order to do the maximum amount of damage this season, you’ll want to be running the Legacy of Dreams, Waves of Light build. This is the most reliable Monk build in Season 31 of Diablo 3.

Active Skills

Below are all of the skills included in the build, but be sure to max out your elemental damage, critical hit chance, critical hit damage, damage range, and attack speed so that these skills work together efficiently:

Skill Rune
Wave of Light Explosive Light
Mystic Ally Air Ally
Epiphany Desert Shroud
Cyclone Strike Implosion
Mantra of Salvation Agility
Blinding Flash Faith in the Light

Passive Skills

In terms of passive skills, you’ll want to have:

  • Beacon of Ytar
  • Seize the Initiative
  • The Guardian’s Path
  • Harmony

Item build

Your skills are nothing without a good set of armor and weapons, though, so here’s how to maximize your Diablo 3 Monk build this season:

Item type Name
Helm Tzo Krin’s Gaze
Shoulders Lefebvre’s Soliloquy
Chest Cindercoat
Gloves Inna’s Hold
Bracers Pinto’s Pride
Belt The Witching Hour
Pants Blackthrone’s Jousting Mail
Boots The Crudest Boots
Ring 1 Convention of the Elements
Ring 2 Unity
Amulet Squirt’s Necklace
Main-hand weapon Kyoshiro’s Blade
Secondary weapon Rabid Strike
Off-hand weapon Incense Torch of the Grand Temple


While many dismiss the Follower, they can make or break your gameplay. Changes in earlier seasons allowed you to customize their armor alongside their weapons, so now they really do have an impact.

With this Monk build, we recommend bringing along the spell-slinging Enchantress to give you some extra cooldown reduction.

Diablo 3 monk
Now that you know how to master Diablo 3’s best Monk build, here are some other options.

Alternative Diablo 3 Monk builds

If this build doesn’t seem like your cup of tea, don’t worry! There are two other paths that we can recommend following across the A tiers.

Sunwuko Waves of Light

Similar to the build above, the Sunwuko Wave of Light offers a fun and powerful alternative:

Skill Rune
Wave of Light Pillar of the Ancients
Sweeping Wind Inner Storm
Epiphany Desert Shroud
Cyclone Strike Implosion
Dashing Strike Blinding Speed
Serenity Ascension

The full build guide can be obtained here.

Inna Mystic Ally

Based on the Inna’s Mantra armor set, this build provides the Monk with the combined power of Ally runes, as well as granting them the ability to summon hordes of Allies to their side on the battlefield. This gives the player a strong Summoner playstyle.

Skill Rune
Way of the Hundred Fists Assimilation
Mystic Ally Fire Ally
Inner Sanctuary Temple of Protection
Cyclone Strike Implosion
Dashing Strike Blinding Speed
Serenity Ascension

A full breakdown of the build can be obtained here.

So that’s it for our Diablo 3 Monk Builds for this Season! Hoping to become a Season 31 champion? Be sure to check out our guides:

Best Barbarian Builds | Best Crusader Builds | Best Demon Hunter BuildsBest Necromancer Builds | Best Wizard Builds

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