Just got to Fresh 70 Monk? Good job! Welcome to the REAL D3! Your goal is to get your FREE SET ASAP. In this guide, you’ll learn exactly what to do for each step, ultimately leading to the end-game as your Fresh 70 Monk.
In S7, the Monk free set is Raiment of a Thousand Storms.
Click below to reveal the instructions you need for each step:
|Fresh 70 Monk Raiment 6pc|
|Cyclone Strike||Wall of Wind / Implosion|
|Dashing Strike||Blinding Speed (Flex)|
|Mantra of Salvation (Flex)||Agility|
|(Open) Mystic Ally||Enduring Ally|
|Alacrity||Seize the Initiative|
|Sixth Sense, G. Path (1hx2)||Determination (Harmony)|
- Dashing Strike Rune, you got one each for defense, offense and speed.
- Mantra – ah, you know the drill by now.
- OPEN SKILL? Mystic Ally-Enduring Ally is a decent defensive filler.
So, now what!?
Torment VI: Is your new MINIMUM farming level. Try goin’ higher. Raiment is mainly stopped by defense, since we’re about to power up very quickly offense-wise.
A quick review before proceeding…
As you’re proceeding with the next steps, keep these important things in mind!
Now we have to gain as much power, as quickly as possible.
This is the easiest way to gain power simply because acquiring them has little to no RNG. Getting 3 of your best gems will increase your power dramatically in a short timespan.
Click on the tabs to see Raiment’s “Big 3” gems, and “others”.
Simplicity’s Strength: is an ABSURDLY powerful upgrade and I mean it. It gives insane damage and self-healing! No other gem even compares to the POWER you get from this.
Bane of the Powerful: A low cost, mega value gem that helps us withstand elite affixes! Crazy value for a low investment of 25 points.
Bane of the Trapped: is a no-brainer. We don’t even need a slow in our build since we’re… you know… RIGHT NEXT TO THEM.
Bane of the Stricken: Honestly? I don’t think many of us will ever be at the point wherein we need Stricken for Raiment. Who knows? I’m pretty sure you’ll only need this in the 90+ range? Haha… well, just listing it up here.
Wreath of Lightning: is a commonly used speedy gem. Keep it at 25, it’s never bad to own one in any season – especially those who like to level different characters.
Aside from these 7 gems listed in these tabs, any other gem is niche, or downright unusable.
Just get them asap while slowly climbing the GR’s you’re allowed to do. Do neph/GR/neph/GR etc until you get the big 3. Don’t overdo the level, just go for efficient farming and cheap empowering. GR 38 is enough to 25 a gem.
With 3 of your best gems at L25 – try much higher Torment levels (VIII at least). So now the real farming begins… and the Raiment defense problems begin, too.
Here’s some really basic tips for playing Raiment to help you as you progress into higher difficulties. It’s by no means comprehensive, but still helpful.
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.
Man, what’s there to say here? Suck them in, beat them up. Dashing Strike to the high heavens to keep the buffs up. Use Mantra – actives to boost defense. Raiment has a pretty simple in-game playstyle – it’s more of a STATS SIMULATOR.
The main thing to learn about Raiment?
Let go of “I must kill that Elite” pride.
It’s all about the feeling. While you will eventually be able to face-tank and out-heal almost everything… there’s a time when you just say “no”.
Certain elites will cremate you – and that’s okay. Sometimes you just get that elite that pricks at your pride… “Damn, you want some ‘eh?” and 5 deaths later, you’re still pissed off that the mighty Raiment was felled by an Arcane Jailer. Well…
Learning when to move on is a core improvement for any build, and much more so for Raiment. Be thankful that you can eviscerate almost any elite – but use wisdom and know when it’s time to give up. And move on.
Offense is usually categorized in Damage or, indirectly, Resource Gain.
The only practical DPS changes:
- Mantra of Retribution – Transgression: ASPD.
- Mantra of Conviction – various runes: Generic vulnerability aura.
- Dashing Strike – Radiance: ASPD.
- Mystic Ally – Fire Ally: Only for “fresh 70” variants, obsolete when Shenlong comes.
Defense is usually categorized in either Toughness or Self-healing capability.
Again, we tried to cram as many of these as possible into our build! Why? Go zone into a TX rift and see how you fare without ’em!
Mantra of Salvation-Agility is the absolute king of defensive changes. +RES and Dodge is hard to beat. It’s the first option you should check out when suffering badly.
Dashing Strike-Blinding Speed is OP since we can dash “at will”, keeping the buff up.
Guardian’s Path: More dodge! DON’T USE IT WHEN YOU HAVE A 2H WEAPON!
Sixth Sense is a crappy replacement for Harmony in the time being. We use it because we must right now, and not because it makes us happy.
Mystic Ally-Enduring Ally acts in the same way. It’s a low-level crappy solution to a desperate problem we have RIGHT NOW. It’s ok, we will get there.
Mobility and Speed shouldn’t be focused on THIS EARLY. It’s a luxury for a Fresh 70 Monk. But when you can fit them in, consider these…
Dashing Strike-Way of the Falling Star is the only mobility you ‘need’ with Raiment.
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).
Since you got a free Raiment 6, it’s time to patch up the extra pieces –
There’s not even many “fillers” for Raiment! So little is of actual use to our build. Just dump shards to find rings you need, try your luck on weapons, or just fish for ancients!
LISTEN UP BOYS Daibo goes first. Yes you heard me right DAIBO GOES FIRST. Why? Flying Dragon is infinitely more important than Shenlong at this stage in the game. It improves our healing via LpH, and gives us the spirit regen to accommodate Shenlong.
ALSO What happens if you get 1 Shenlong? Now what? You’re wasting double the shards to get an unruly effect you might not be able to manage!!!
I know a lot of people will hate that advice, but I’m not here to facilitate your childish dreams of attacking fast with 2 weapons cliche fantasy. Upgrade your damn Daibo first.
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.
Monk sets soon…. 🙂
- Monk: Inna’s Mantra | Inna’s Set Dungeon
- Monk: Monkey King’s Garb | Sunwuko Set Dungeon
- Monk: Uliana’s Strategem | Uliana’s Set Dungeon
- Monk: Raiment of a Thousand Storm | Raiment Set Dungeon
You might also want to read on this too: Harmony Passive Guide
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That’s it for Fresh 70 Monk! Season 7’s free set Raiment is mega value since it’s lookin’ to make a huge impact this time around! For more updates check us out on Facebook!