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 with a two-handed weapon to do as much damage as an optimized dual-wielding monk?

  • Duplicate: gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/66792/…
    – Frank
    Commented May 30, 2012 at 1:43
  • That is a similar question but non-quantitative discussion ensues. This is asking a question that requires a numeric answer.
    – Axiom
    Commented May 30, 2012 at 1:46
  • 1
    @Axiom Lack of a satisfactory answer does not mean one should ask a new question.
    – user9983
    Commented May 30, 2012 at 1:53
  • @OrigamiRobot, correct, I miss-spoke. The other question is entirely non-quantitative and specific to a particular weapon type. This is a specific question about damage in various configurations.
    – Axiom
    Commented May 30, 2012 at 2:00

1 Answer 1


Overall DPS is a hard thing to qualify without a lot of number crunching however the logic behind the two different systems you mentioned are this:

  • Using a 2 hander (2h) results in more damage on abilities than dual wielding (dw) - monk abilities do damage based on "weapon damage" not "weapon dps"

  • Therefore a 2h with 100 dps vs dw with 100 (+15%) dps - the abilities the 2h uses will do much more

  • The flip side to this however is that dw generates spirit much faster so you can use more powers, more often.

I can only assume Blizzard balanced this out so over time (say, a minute?) they are somewhat equal.

An example of my build: I use Fire Ally, Seven Sided Strike (+Ult AoE Rune), Serenity (+Heal Rune), Lashing Tail Kick (+360 Degree Rune), Evasion Mantra.

The ally is doing 40% of my weapon damage and 7SS is doing 777% (plus the explosions) the damage on these two would be much lower with dw although I would have more spirit to spend, but considering the build I use; I have two substantially long lasting spells, one with a huge cool down and two with low costs. 2h is a no brainer for me.

However if you wanted to use wave of light for example with it's huge cost of 75 spirit dw would be the way.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .