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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 & 2 of inferno? In addition, how much damage should I be doing?

I've been reading this post about inferno barb, and I am wondering if it is still accurate with the latest patch. It states that ideally I should be at 800 resist, 10k armor, 20k damage, 35k health. Should I also be focusing on attack speed & life on hit weapons? I am also assuming I should be using a sword and board.

Similarly, for my monk I came across this post saying that ideally a monk should be running 450 resist, 7k armor, 11k damage, 35k health, 1k life on hit. Is this still a viable way of building a monk? Should I be dual wielding?

In addition, none of these posts focuses on critical damage/chance. Is that stat usually reserved for ranged classes?


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I am currently in inferno Act 1 and what I found for monk essential is using all surviving skills + has 400+ resistances for all element by using its passive: One With Everything: (1 way of doing inferno)

Surviving skills including:

Blinding Flash: Use increase chance to let elite monsters misses

Breath of Heaven (I am using increase damage rune)

Serenity: (I am using increase duration rune)

Mantra of Healing: Use increase resistance one

Other skills are up to you (build)

While I also heard someone is using LoH (Life on Hit) to pass. They essentially increase damage and kill monsters within the serenity time, I am not sure about how they really work, but it is a good thought.

Hopefully those will help.

  • No problem, BTW you can check AH first, and if you cant, you can draw elite monsters to a entry of another map, and go back and forth to kill them using Serenity (kinda cheating though :). Thats what I do when I only had 400 res on my monk.
    – windsound
    Jun 12, 2012 at 15:19
  • Nice idea. I'll be sure to try it out.
    – user27279
    Jun 12, 2012 at 16:21
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    The name Blizzard calls it is Life on Hit (LoH).
    – Brythan
    Aug 1, 2013 at 22:20

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