The Monk is a melee fighter, with an emphasis on speed, combos, aura bonuses, and tactics, rather than the brute force of the Barbarian. Many of the Monk's skills have an Eastern martial arts influence, while his appearance is a mixture of European medieval monks with saffron robes and fashions ...

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Does “Wave of light” pillar of the ancients, stack?

When playing a Monk, with Wave of Light, Pillar of the Ancients rune... if you drop 3 pillars at the same time, do all 3 pillars hit the enemy for stacked damage?
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Do all the Monk's damage boosting abilities stack?

I play as a Monk, and I have two pocket Wizards to kill things for me. Or put another way, my two Wizard friends have a pocket Monk, to keep mobs away from them and apply juicy damage debuffs. ...
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Blinding Flash - how long does the missed attacks from elites last?

The damage reduction this skill has (30% chance to miss from elite) - is that only for the 3 seconds or does it last until the monster or you die (like when you die they reset hp and probably any ...
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How does Epiphany affect skills?

With the new expansion Reaper of Souls, Monk has a new ability 'Epiphany'. It's description is, Have an Epiphany, increasing your Spirit Regeneration per Second by 20 and enabling your melee ...
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Better crit chance or crit damage or something else? [duplicate]

I have found when ROS went out a legendary ring with this stats: 429 vit ( rerolled ) 94 all res 7.0% atk speed I don't remember which stat I rerolled into vit but I do remember I had only 4M ...
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Monks and the effectiveness of 2-handed weapons

I am just starting a Monk build in Diablo 3, and notice that a dual-wielding setup or a weapon/shield combo is far more favorable than using a Daibo, due to the ability to equip more prefixes and ...
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Does Essence Burn include the explosion damage from Exploding Palm?

The new patch buffed Exploding Palm in a big way. You hit a monster with it, it starts bleeding. Kill it while the bleed is active, it explodes for 50% of it's maximum health. Needless to say, ...
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What is the most optimal way to build Monk to in Inferno?

As you need a lot of single target damage and health, but also AoE, what attributes have you guys been building to survive reliably in the harder difficulties? I'm thinking going 50%/%50 Dex/Vita. ...
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Am I misunderstanding Monk's Sixth Sense ability?

I've been trying to set up a crit build on my Monk, so naturally, the Monk's Sixth Sense ability is somewhat attractive for me. Your dodge chance is increased by an amount equal to 30% of your ...
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What skills/runes can I use to maximize my monk's single/AOE DPS?

I'm trying to focus my monk on dealing out as much damage as quickly as possible to plow through the more difficult enemies. Ignoring equipment and the bonuses they grant, what combination of skills ...
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Is it possible for a two-handed weapon to do as much damage as a dual-wielding monk?

The question is pretty straight-forward: a monk can hold a single weapon (with or without a shield), two weapons or one of a certain subset of the two-handed weapons. Is it ever possible for a monk ...
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Does “Way of the Hundred Fists” generate more than one “on hit” effects?

The description for the Monk’s Way of the Hundred Fists seems to indicate the second strike in the sequence is composed of 7 individual hits. Are they truly separate hits, meaning each can generate a ...
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What are the pros and cons of each life gaining stat?

Are there a huge difference between the two? Which is better? Let's say 60 Life on Spirit Spent or 500 Life on Hit? I apologize due to the lack of my experience with the Monk class. However, I am ...
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Maximum Spirit regeneration

I want to try a build (for fun, not practical use) with maximum Spirit regen—what items and skills should I equip? What is the maximum possible rate of Spirit regeneration once all of these perks are ...
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When is Monk's passive skill Pacifism effective?

The Pacifism tooltip says if you are under a Fear, Stun or Charm effect, all damage taken is reduced by 75%. I'm not sure what effects are counted as Fear, Stun or Charm. Some people seem to think it ...
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Stat Priority for Monk/Barb in Inferno [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the most optimal way to build Monk to in Inferno? I am wondering what sort of stats should I be focusing on for these melee classes to prepare them for act 1 ...
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Do items that increase skill based damage factor into displayed DPS

I recently equipped a helm that increased my monk's crippling wave damage by 10%. The displayed DPS did not change nor did it change when i swap out crippling wave for a different skill. Is this a ...
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Which melee(Monk/Barbarian) skills can't be dodged?

With the addition of brawling in 1.07, its now possible for players to fight each other, and thus the dodge attribute of some classes (i.e. DH and Monk) now becomes a major factor in some matches in ...
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As a monk what magical attributes should I care about the most on weapons and jewelry?

This refers to items I find and items I craft. There are a lot of attributes on items from extra fire damage to strength to intelligence and it's hard to compare what I'm currently wearing with what I ...
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Does Deadly Reach need to hit an enemy to get the bonus damage from Foresight?

The Foresight rune on DR gives +18% damage on all attacks after the 3rd DR strike. My question is, does the DR strike have to actually hit a target, or can I (for example) shift-click while in town to ...
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How can I increase my monks maximum spirit?

The base spirit maximum of 150 is pretty low if you actually want to use those spirit-consuming skills frequently. It can happen easily that you don't have enough left when you're trying to use the ...
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Life steal or LOH better for Sweeping Wind/Cyclone build?

As the title says. I'm currently using a 2-hander build with Wave of Light, but having just sold a very nice amulet for 220m gold, I'm looking to convert to a dual-wield SW build like all the cool ...
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How much resistance is needed in inferno for a melee class?

I got some lightning resist, and with the Monk's One With Everything passive, that puts all my resists at 200%, but I still think that is too low. How much resistance does a melee class need to be ...
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How can a monk tank effectively for a group?

I've recently decided to switch up my monk build to be more of a tank than a damage dealer. But I'm struggling to do so effectively. I know I need a good balance of mobility, survivability, awareness, ...
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How do you beat Belial in Diablo 3 as a Monk?

Belial is the guy at the end of act 2, and the last part is really hard. I never seem to get his life very low. How do you beat him as a monk?
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What are the spirit-generating mechanics for Crippling Wave - Rising Tide?

In the skill description for Crippling Wave - Rising Tide, it is stated that Critical Hits generate an additional 5 Spirit. Since Crippling Wave typically hits multiple enemies with each use, is ...
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Does Impending Doom decreases Exploding Palm's DPS?

The skill description of Exploding Palm reads: Cause a target to Bleed for 745% weapon damage as Physical over 9 seconds. The description of its Impending Doom rune reads: Increases the ...
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Is there a limit to the number of cyclones that can be spawned from Sweeping Wind?

I like the Cyclone rune for Sweeping Wind, and it seems to be pretty powerful, but I was wondering about how much value I should place on +crit chance gear. Is there a limit on how many Cyclones can ...
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Does increased Sweeping Wind damage apply to each level?

I have seen some items that give a damage bonus to Sweeping Wind. Does this bonus apply to each level of Sweeping Wind or does it divide the bonus up between the three levels?
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Monk skills suited for CC and tanking [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can a monk tank effectively for a group? When playing with my friends (who play ranged classes), I mostly end up tanking / crowd controlling with my monk. Are there ...
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How can I farm Inferno Ponies as a solo Monk?

I'm currently trying to do inferno ponies with monk but getting melted fairly often. Are there any monks out there who can solo farm ponies in inferno? Can you share what stats you have? Stuff like - ...
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Can I be an effective tanking Monk without a Shield at higher difficulty levels?

I'm building a tanking Monk, however I have not yet found a shield worth using. I find that the faster spirit generation caused by duel wielding (increased attack speed = faster spirit generation) is ...
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Is the Monk's Resolve skill affected by thorns?

I use Sweeping Winds or Cyclone in order to apply this debuff on ranged attackers; but I want to know if thorns damage applies the debuff, and if Resolve even works on ranged attacks. Which brings me ...
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Is there any guaranteed way to complete the Like Water achievement?

The Like Water Achievement Monk Class specific achievement requires you to dodge 15 attacks in a row. Dodge is a percentage chance with diminishing returns as I understand it. I boost my Dex quite ...
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Mystic Ally becomes useless in inferno acts 2 and above?

Just wondering whether any monks still use the Mystic Ally skill for acts 2 and up? I am guessing that most of you will say that it wastes a slot for a defensive skill. I don't use blind yet (i know ...
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Which is more important as a Monk, Dodge% or Block%? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I be an effective tanking Monk without a Shield at higher difficulty levels? Currently I am a level 39 Monk in the middle of Act II on Nightmare. My items and build ...
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Does it matter which resistance type I stack when using One With Everything?

I'm currently a level 52 Monk (Act 1 Hell) and using One With Everything to boost my resistances. At the time that I decided to start using OWE, my Physical resistance was highest, so I bought other ...
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How can I get the most out of Sweeping Wind?

Sweeping Wind seems like a pretty amazing skill. It does a nice amount of AoE and is potentially persistent if you can keep hitting foes. I want to ensure it stays persistent at max stacks as much ...
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Increases spirit regeneration by X per second

simple question if you know please enlighten me: Items with "Increases Spirit Regeneration by x per second" do they constantly regenerate spirit when you're standing idle, or does it only increase ...
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Does The Guardian's Path Passive Skill effect Spirit Per Second bonuses on gear and from skills?

While dual-wielding, you gain a 15% chance to dodge incoming attacks. While using a two-handed weapon, all Spirit generation is increased by 25%. Does the 25% bonus only apply to Spirit generated ...
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Does the monk have any ranged damage skills?

I know that the monk is clearly optimized for up-close work as a tank. What I'm wondering, though, does the monk has any skills with any range greater than touch? If everything is touch only, what ...
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What monk skill deals the most damage per spirit?

I don't quite know which skills do the most damage (preferably AoE) but have a relatively low spirit cost.
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How do +Dodge skills and passives stack in Diablo 3?

I have a Monk with 25% dodge if I use nothing by my Dex score. If I add a passive that gives +15% dodge, the final dodge chance only increases to 36.2; with Mantra of Evasion active (which gives ...
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Can I use everything that is unlocked after leveling up?

When I level up, the screen shows me so many passives/actives/generators/spenders/runes. What I am asking is whether or not I am able to use everything that is available to me at my level. For ...
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What refreshes Sweeping Wind?

Surround yourself in a vortex that continuously deals 15% weapon damage to all enemies within 10 yards. The vortex lasts 6 seconds and is refreshed each time you strike an enemy with a melee ...
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Does Sweeping Wind activate Resolve?

The monk passive Resolve states that "Damage you deal reduces enemy damage by 25% for 2.5 seconds." Does Sweeping Wind activate this effect? I've been taking Seize the Initiative over Resolve due to ...
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Mantra of Retribution vs Conviction

I'm wondering which of these to take on my lvl 60 monk who's currently farming Act 1 of Inferno (killed the Butcher). I could take MoR with the Transgression rune for the nice bonus to attack speed, ...
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For Wave of Light - Blinding Light, what attacks does it trigger on?

For Wave of Light - Blinding Light does this trigger on all damage attacks you do (ie. Sweeping Wind), only from activated skill attacks, or is this only triggered by using Wave of Light itself? I'm ...
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How can I heal my monk efficiently on higher difficulties?

The monk has a dedicated healing Breath of Heaven, but that one has a 15 seconds cooldown and only heals me for around 20% of my current health on Nighmare difficulty now. I prefer to use Serenity ...
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At level 60, when does Seize the Initiative outperform The Guardian's Path?

I am interested in the breakpoint at which the bonus armor from Seize the Initiative will outperform The Guardian's Path 15% dodge bonus, at maximum level. This is so I can choose the best defensive ...