Best Diablo 3 Monk Builds: Season 27

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Looking for the best Diablo 3 Monk builds coming into Season 27? Here’s everything you need to know to get up close and personal with the hordes of the Burning Hells.

One of the most obscure classes in Diablo 3 is the elusive Monk, a character shrouded in mystery with an aptitude for all things melee.

Offering players a flexible playstyle weaving together spell buffs, AoE attacks, and some good old punching, the Ivgorod assassin is one of the game‘s most powerful classes – if you can master their techniques.

So, here’s why you should pick the Monk going into Diablo 3 Season 27, as well as a rundown of their best builds.

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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 27?

Season 27 has shaken the rankings up a bit, but the Monk still sits at the top of the table with a vast array of different builds to choose from. It seems like we’ll never be able to topple this titan, but ask yourself; is that a bad thing?

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Bathed in moonlight, the Monk has become one of Sanctuary’s fiercest protectors.

Best Diablo 3 Monk Build: Season 27

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 27 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
  • Near-Death Experience
  • 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:

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Item type Name
Helm Tzo Krin’s Gaze
Shoulders Aughild’s Power
Chest Cindercoat
Gloves Inna’s Hold
Bracers Pinto’s Pride
Belt Inna’s Favor
Pants Blackthorne’s Jousting Mail
Boots The Crudest Boots
Ring 1 Convention of the Elements
Ring 2 Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac
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 Season 23 allowed you to customize their armor alongside their weapons, so now they really do have an impact.

We recommend bringing along the spell-slinging Enchantress to give you some cooldown reduction.

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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 Explosive Light
Sweeping Wind Inner Storm
Epiphany Insight
Breath of Heaven Zephyr
Mantra of Conviction Annihilation
Mantra of Salvation Agility
Crippling Wave Rising Tide

The full build guide can be obtained here.

Uliana Exploding Palm

Based on the Patterns of Justice armor set, this build relies on freezing your enemies and wrapping the icy talons of death around them.

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Skill Rune
Exploding Palm Impending Doom
Seven-Sided Strike Sustained Attack
Way of the Hundred Fists Assimilation
Dashing Strike Blinding Speed
Cyclone Strikes Implosion
Epiphany Desert Shroud
Mantra of Conviction Annihilation

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 27 champion? Be sure to check out our guides:

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