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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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What is the preferred order of DPS stats for the Monk?

A little theorycrafting here, which attributes should a Monk focus on from a pure DPS perspective? Obviously in the case of Dexterity there are other effects to consider on the whole, such as the ...
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How is damage calculated for Way of the Hundred Fists?

The Monk's Way of the Hundred Fists ability comes with a base tag of 140% weapon damage. Simple enough, but the skill in itself is composed of seven punches. Again, simple enough, but then, the ...
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Does Mantra of Retribution still damage enemies when Serenity is active?

Mantra of Retribution returns 40% damage to enemies. Serenity makes you invulnerable for 3 seconds. If I am invulnerable from Serenity while Mantra of Retribution is active and an enemy attacks me, ...
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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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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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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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Does Cyclone Strike have some kind of hidden stun?

The description for Cyclone Strike reads: Pull all enemies within 24 yards towards you, followed by a furious blast of energy that deals 100% weapon damage as Holy. I use this skill constantly ...
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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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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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In a party with more than one monk, how do mantras work together?

Monk Mantra descriptions say "Only one Mantra can be active at a single time". But if we build a party with more than one monk: Is it possible get the effect of more Mantras? If two monks use the ...
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What are the details behind Fists of Thunder's faster Spirit generation?

The skill description for Fists of Thunder reads: Generates Spirit faster than other Spirit-generating skills due to the high attack speed. If Fists of Thunder has a higher attack speed, does it ...
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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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What stats/item modifiers should I be focused on for a Monk on Inferno?

I'm currently attempting to work my way through Inferno difficulty with my Monk. Unfortunately, it's extremely slow going. I can take down the regular trash monsters with ease, but any champions or ...
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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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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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How much health does my Mystic Ally have?

I cannot see the exact amount of heath my Mystic Ally has. I tried having it take damage to see if it would show a health bar (similar to monster's health), but this did nothing. How do I know how ...
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Which monk skill will do the most damage to a single target? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What skills/runes can I use to maximize my monk's single/AOE DPS? In situations where I am fighting a single high order monster, what skill will enable me to do the ...
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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 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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What is the chance a dodge will trigger Backlash?

When using the Backlash rune for Mantra of Evasion, what does "a chance" mean? Successfully dodging an attack has a chance to create a burst of flame dealing X% weapon damage as Fire to all nearby ...
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Seven Sided Strike Runes: Sudden Assault or Several Sided Strike?

I am a bit confused by a couple of the runes from the Monk ability "Seven Sided Strike" On the one hand, you have "Sudden Assault" which deals 1007% damage in the normal seven strikes. On the other ...
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Which Monk spirit-generator skills generates spirit the fastest?

In what order does the Monk's spirit-generating skills generate spirit the fastest? Both with and without all runes unlocked? I use Crippling Wave most of the time, but often find myself out of ...
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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 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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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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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 ...
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Shield effect on Mantra of Healing?

After today's patch I've noticed that whenever I cast Mantra of Healing I got a shimmering bubble around me and my followers, at first I took it simply as an added effect to show that I have the ...
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How can I ensure my monk is in range for her attacks?

I very recently (finally) killed The Butcher in Diablo 3. However, I ran into a slight problem during our battle. About halfway into the fight, I noticed that a lot of my attacks weren't making ...
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How does Blinded and Confused work?

I have a doubt about the interaction between Binding Flash and Blinded and Confused. Normal enemies in this case are blinded for 3 seconds, but if the 25% chance of Blinded and Confused triggers ...
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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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What's the chance the Cyclone rune of Sweeping Wind spawning a lightning tornado?

The description of the Cyclone Rune says that [...]Critical Hits have a chance to spawn a lightning tornado[...] without specifying how high that chance actually is. Now Sweeping Wind itself stacks ...
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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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What triggers Exploding Palm explosions?

I very rarely use this skill, because it doesn't seem very good, but it occurred to me that I might have been misunderstanding how the explosion works. Does it matter if the target dies from bleed ...
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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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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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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 large is the Exploding Palm AoE?

This is the description of Exploding Palm: Cause a target to Bleed for 220% weapon damage as Physical over 3 seconds. If the target dies while bleeding, it explodes and deals 30% of the ...
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How does the 3-attack sequence work with multiple skills?

The Monk’s primary skills follow a certain sequence of hits, in which every third hit behaves differently. How does the “hit-tracking” for these skills work with multiple skills? Specifically, if I ...
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Does the Monk passive skill “Resolve” stack with multiple Monks applying it?

If you have 2 monks in your party, and they both have the passive "Resolve" ability which decreases enemy damage by 25% for 2.5 seconds when you inflict any damage, if they both hit the same enemy ...