Best Diablo 3 Monk Builds Season 26: Items, skills & followers - Dexerto

Best Diablo 3 Monk Builds: Season 26

Published: 18/Apr/2022 10:53 Updated: 18/Apr/2022 10:54

by Lauren Bergin


Looking for the best Diablo 3 Monk builds coming into Season 26? 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 26, as well as a rundown of their best builds.



Diablo 3 female monk with claws
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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 26?

Season 26 has certainly shaken the meta 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?


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

Best Diablo 3 Monk Build: Season 26

In order to do the maximum amount of damage this season, you’ll want to be running the Inna Mystic Ally build. This is the most reliable across all of the different ways of playing Diablo 3.

Reliant upon the Inna Mantra armor set, this build calls upon your Mystic Ally summon to give you a helping hand.

Active Skills

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

Skill Rune
Mystic Ally Earth Ally (Water Ally for speedpushing)
Cyclone Strike Implosion
Way of The Hundred Fists Assimilation
Dashing Strike Radiance
Blinding Flash Faith in the Light
Mantra of your choosing Rune of your choosing

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
  • Relentless Assault

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 Inna’s Radiance
Shoulders Aughild’s Power
Chest Inna’s Vast Expanse
Gloves Inna’s Hold
Bracers Bindings of the Lesser Gods
Belt Inna’s Favor
Pants Inna’s Temperance
Boots Inna’s Sandals
Ring 1 Convention of the Elements
Ring 2 Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac
Amulet The Traveller’s Pledge
Main-hand weapon In-geom
Off-hand weapon Echoing Fury


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 S and A tiers.


Legacy of Dreams, Waves of Light

Reliant upon the Legacy of Dreams gem, this damage-based build truly turns up the heat against the hordes:

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

The full Legacy of Dreams guide can be obtained here.

Patterns of Justice Tempest Rush

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

Skill Rune
Tempest Rush Flurry
Sweeping Wind Inner Storm
Epiphany Desert Shroud
Blinding Flash Faith in the Light
Mantra of Conviction Annihilation
Mantra of Salvation Agility

A full breakdown of the PoJ Tempest Rush build can be obtained here.

So that’s it for our Diablo 3 Monk Builds for this Season! Hoping to become a Season 26 champion? Be sure to check out our guides:

Diablo 3 Echoing Nightmare tier list | Echoing Nightmare guide | Best Barbarian Builds | Best Crusader Builds | Best Demon Hunter Builds | Best Monk Builds | Best Necromancer Builds | Best Wizard Builds