Just got your Monk to Level 70? Now, its time to get your Free Set! We will help you set up your Monk build to get your 1st, 2nd and 3rd free set asap, which will help you get to your end-game as a Fresh 70 Monk!
In S9, the Monk free set is The Monkey King’s Garb (Sunwuko). Of all the sets to get for free, this is the best. Why? ‘Cause it’s one of the best speedfarming sets in the game. You may encounter some trouble around the 4pc, but nothing too bad.
Click below to reveal the instructions you need for each step:
|S9 Monk Sunwuko 6pc Set Build|
|Wave of Light||Explosive Light|
|Sweeping Wind||Inner Storm|
|Dashing Strike||Falling Star / Blinding Speed|
|Mystic Ally||Air Ally|
|Mantra of Salvation (Healing)||Agility (Circular Breathing)|
|Beacon of Ytar (Sixth Sense)||Seize the Initiative|
|Exalted Soul||Mythic Rhythm (Chant of Resonance)|
(Monk have some very efficient skills and passives to adjust offense and defense. This will be discussed in length in the build adjustment tab below)
I will mainly focus on progressing towards a Wave of Light centric build.
Why? IMO it’s superior in terms of speed farming, which is our next milestone.
If you’re curious, here’s a summary of items for each of Sunwuko’s modified skills:
|ALL TYPES||Kyoshiro’s Soul||–||–||–|
|Wave of Light||Incense Torch||Kyoshiro’s Blade||Pinto’s Pride||Tzo Krin’s Gaze|
|Lashing Tail Kick||Gyana Na Kashu||Scarbringer||Rivera Dancers|
|Tempest Rush lel||Balance||Mantle of Channeling||Hexing Pants||Cesar’s Memento|
FROM HERE OUR GOAL IS TO GAIN POWER FAST. The next logical steps are Legendary Gems, and being mindful of the good items you need to find.
A quick review before proceeding…
Keep these important things in mind as you progress!
Now we have to gain as much power, as quickly as possible.
This is the easiest way to gain power simply because getting them has little to no RNG. L25 on 3 of your best gems will increase your power dramatically in a short time!
Click on the tabs to see The Monkey King’s Garb’s “Big 3” gems, and “others”.
Get these three to L25 ASAP:
Bane of the Powerful is an amazing gem. 25 points basically “maxes out” its power. It’s no slouch either, since it takes other gems quite a few upgrades before they catch up to Powerful. It has a place in your set for a very long time, and potentially forever.
Bane of the Trapped: seems very difficult to trigger right now, but will be brainless once you loot your Pinto’s Pride. Nevertheless the L25 bonus allows you to trigger the gem when you’re in their face.
Zei’s Stone of Vengeance is a great gem for the set but only until we get Tzo Krin’s Gaze. It is the single most powerful gem in terms of damage boosting (if range is maxed). And even provides us with a stun to help out in defense. It’s a great gem.
I NEED A DEFENSIVE GEM! If I were to level up a temporary defensive gem, it would most likely be Molten Wildebeest’s Gizzard. I honestly wouldn’t even mind leveling this up to 50 while comfortably relying on its regen, then use it for augments after.
Any other gems worth it?
Bane of the Stricken – Sunwuko is piss poor at killing rift guardians. This will alleviate that. You won’t feel this until GR70+, at least. This WILL be in your 3 gems when you reach the upper reaches of progression. But that’s a distant land from where you stand now.
Esoteric Alteration – Is a viable late-game gem, allowing you to survive
Getting these gems as soon as you can will greatly change your mid-game. Once you have your Big 3 Legendary gems, level them up to 25. GR 34 is enough to level up a gem to 25. Then go for higher Torments (VIII, at least) and speedfarm until you get the necessary items you need to get you to your endgame.
Playing the Build & Adjustments
Now that you have the base “power level” of your 6 set and gems, let’s take a short time to review How to Play the Build. Here’s some really basic tips for playing The Monkey King’s Garb to help you as you progress into higher difficulties. It’s by no means comprehensive, but still helpful.
Also, as you progress and get items, your build may have a weak point here and there that you can patch up given the simple skill, rune, and passive changes listed below.
Here we discuss Playstyle Notes and Build Adjustments.
There’s honestly not much change.
Sunwuko plays exactly like our leveling and no-set 70 build.
The playstyle is obvious. Gain a bunch of spirit, dump it all with Wave of Light.
Sweeping Wind is the core of your build. It provides you with defense, a random taunt (of questionable effectivity), spirit regen and empowers Wave of Light. Needless to say, having it up at all times is IMPORTANT.
1 Wave of Light uses 1 Sweeping Wind stack. You can’t go ham early on (until you get Kyoshiro’s Soul) so you have to be quite careful. DEPLETING YOUR STACKS is a terrible loss of spirit (costs 75!), and you also lose all of the buffs above. You’ll find out quickly that dropping Sweeping Wind really, really suck.
Scoring a crit has a chance to increase the stack, hitting an enemy retains its duration. The rest of the build isn’t very complicated. Use Dashing Strike liberally, and press Air Ally when you’re low.
Without Kyoshiro’s Soul, the playstyle becomes tedious. Very!
Offense is usually categorized in Damage or, indirectly, Resource Gain.
Sunwuko requires a massive influx of spirit! The build revolves around generating a ton of spirit and reducing our spirit costs! ALWAYS BE AWARE certain combinations of rerolls and items will make you feel like you’ve “gone overboard” with spirit, and you can cut back a bit in place of more damage and defense.
Epiphany – Insight (Desert Shroud): The baseline skill of Epiphany gives us a large spirit influx. This REPLACES OUR BASIC ATTACK once we get a few key items which help us manage our spirit better. Once the build comes together you’ll see that spirit generators are simply not needed any more! (once you fit Epiphany in your build, making space for Beacon of Ytar is a good idea).
Mystic Ally-Air Ally, Exalted Soul, and Chant of Resonance are 3/4ths of the monks passive spirit regen skills and passives. The only other one is Mantra of Healing-Circular Breathing. We don’t use that any more since the loss of a “better” mantra is too big.
Guardian’s Path with a 2-handed weapon gives a spirit generation bonus – THIS IS A TRAP. It’s a terrible passive for generation! The dual wield version, however, is amazing.
— OFFENSE —
Unity is a basic DPS increase. Right now it gives us 15% (5 from yourself, 5 from your follower, 5 from your Mystic Ally! No joke!). With Crudest Boots, this passive maxes out to 20%. (Yeah, so much for “Unity” eh? It can be maxed alone lol).
Seize the Initiative is actually a great DPS increase. IT COMES AT A HUGE COST, LITERALLY. Spending 30% more spirit, since we attack that much faster! It’s unlikely you’ll be using this until later on in the game when you’re more progressed.
Defense comes in the form of self-healing and damage reduction / mitigation.
Self-healing for Monk is hard to come by. Life per Spirit Spent and Life per Hit are the best sources for the early game. Life per Spirit Spent comes in weapons and Spirit Stones. Life per Hit is best on weapons (but it appears in many other places). Don’t get too greedy with damage this early, I would even be happy using a 2H with LPFS and LPH on it.
Dashing Strike-Blinding Speed is THE rune for when tackling more difficult content.
Epiphany-Desert Shroud fits nicely into our build REPLACING OUR BASIC ATTACK ONCE WE HAVE BETTER SPIRIT MANAGEMENT ITEMS. It gives a large passive spirit regen, and a much needed defensive boost. (once you fit Epiphany in your build, making space for Beacon of Ytar is a good idea)
On Mantras and Men: Of all the defensive mantra choices, only three really shine:
- Mantra of Healing – Time of Need: It’s hard to explain but this one is best very early on, and again once you’re very high up.
- Mantra of Salvation-Agility: Is a great general purpose defensive mantra.
- Mantra of Salvation-Perseverance: Gives the most STABLE increase, but only when your resists reach absurd levels via Harmony.
Sixth Sense (Harmony) these two passives “almost” do the same thing. While Harmony sucks in the early game (where your gear doesn’t support it well), it quickly becomes the strongest defensive passive in the entirety of the game. Use Sixth Sense early if you need defense NOW.
Resolve is a great passive when you’re hurting for defense. It’s underrated but it provides a huge boost of survivability. This is amazing in multiplayer, which “artificially” lowers the GR difficulty by 6 levels.
Dashing Strike-Way of the Falling Star it’s funny how a single rune change can do so much for our clear speed. If you need more speed – this is the first place to look.
Mantra of Conviction-Annihilation is a double whammy. It increases our clear speed by making enemies more vulnerable AND give us a speed boost after each kill!
Beacon of Ytar is actually good. While it’s hard to fit in now, reducing Dashing Strike cooldown goes unnoticed in terms of how much ground you can cover. Beacon of Ytar does hard work in our build when the time comes (Epiphany, Mystic Ally).
There are a FEW other miiiiildly viable options for speed, but since Sunwuko doesn’t do well without supporting items, I cannot, in good faith, recommend any more speedy passives this early on. Click the links below to learn more.
Items to look for
Okay now that the easy part of powering up is done, it’s time for the farmy bit. Here I will be listing all the high-impact items you can pick up, and how to get them (aside from drops).
LEGENDARY ITEMS LIST
Sunwuko revolves around FOUR KEY ITEMS which are all MASSIVE in terms of what they bring to the table. It’s difficult to tell you which is more important than which – So here’s the
“Four Heavenly Kings” in rough importance ranking:
Kyoshiro’s Soul > Tzo Krin’s Gaze > Cindercoat > Pinto’s Pride
Belt: snagging Kyoshiro’s Soul gives us a HUGE quality of life increase. It keeps Sweeping Wind up “forever”. This belt is arguably the most important since it just MAKES LIFE EASIER. No more worrying about Sweeping Wind! If you got this far, you know how important this is.
Head: gives the spirit stone Tzo Krin’s Gaze. This notoriously difficult to reroll/perfect item gives you an extreme jump in raw power. The fact that it makes your WoL ranged gives you an added layer of safety! Don’t be fooled by its orange only text – Tzo Krin’s Gaze rolls with a blue stat of +150% WoL power! Do not cube this (requires RoRG).
Chest: Cindercoat gives 30% Resource cost reduction on fire skills. There’s a trick to obtaining a “cube worthy” Cindercoat – spend shards on a newly made L31 Monk! This is technically not needed in very specific iterations of the final build, you can get rid of this with enough RCR and Spirit Regen… But 9 times out of 10 you’re gonna be using it.
Bracers: yield Pinto’s Pride. It’s arguably the worst of the four kings on the surface. The slow it procs is worth millions upon millions of toughness from saved damage. It also triggers Bane of the Trapped which puts this guy to roughly a 200+% DPS increase.
After this, there’s only one other important legendary…
Again reminding you of the bounty rings:
– Ring of Royal Grandeur: Act I bounties, to fit all our greed. YOU NEED THIS BADLY since two of the four heavenly kings are body slots – you NEED the use RoRG and cube Cindercoat.
– Avarice Band: Act III bounties, for speedfarming.
Next up is Kyoshiro’s Blade, which is actually a Fist Weapon. This adds a new layer to our game play which promotes aiming for isolated guys (3 or less), then counting on the spread damage to affect the others. In this pile comes another important fist, Crystal Fist.
In-geom from Swords is another popular monk weapon you’d probably want, if you have nothing else to search for.
Once you’re REALLY progressed and defense becomes a real issue, the setup would be Dual Fists equipped and Incense Torch cubed.
Ring of Royal Grandeur: “Break” your 6-piece to make space for a good filler item!
Unity: Straight 50% damage reduction in the cube. Too bad you need two of ’em.
So you skipped a whole chunk of the powering up phase with the free set. Now what? Like I always say, “Speedfarming first before pushing GR’s”. So, convert what you have NOW to be as speedfarmy as possible, first.
Other Monk Guides:
- Monk Leveling
- Harmony (Passive)
- Inna’s Mantra | Inna’s Set Dungeon
- Raiment of a Thousand Storms | 1000 Storms Set Dungeon
- The Monkey King’s Garb | Sunwuko Set Dungeon
- Uliana’s Strategem | Uliana’s Set Dungeon
Check out our D3 Guide Directory for other resources.