Greetings Monkies! Welcome to our Monk Leveling Guide! D3 Seasonal player? First timer? This build is friendly for either! Our leveling build can easily do any “type” of leveling up. Thankfully Monk is one of the easiest classes to level up.

I HIGHLY SUGGEST YOU OPEN our D3 Leveling Process (all classes). It answers the usual leveling questions. “Leoric’s?” “Grinding?” There’s a ton of supplemental info there.

Monk Leveling – Quick Navigation:
Full Leveling Build | Skills & Reminders | Leoric’s Crown?Notes | Fresh Level 70!

Monk Leveling: FULL BUILD per Level

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Lvl LR1234
1SkillFist of Thunder-----
1Rune------
1Passive 1-Passive 2-Passive 3-
2SkillFist of ThunderLTK----
2Rune------
2Passive 1-Passive 2-Passive 3-
3SkillFist of ThunderLTK----
3Rune------
3Passive 1-Passive 2-Passive 3-
4SkillFist of ThunderLTKBlinding Flash---
4Rune------
4Passive 1-Passive 2-Passive 3-
5SkillFist of ThunderLTKBlinding Flash---
5Rune------
5Passive 1-Passive 2-Passive 3-
6SkillFist of ThunderLTKBlinding Flash---
6RuneThunderclapNone----
6Passive 1-Passive 2-Passive 3-
7SkillFist of ThunderLTKBlinding Flash---
7RuneThunderclapVulture Claw----
7Passive 1-Passive 2-Passive 3-
8SkillFist of ThunderLTKBlinding Flash---
8RuneThunderclapVulture Claw----
8Passive 1-Passive 2-Passive 3-
9SkillFist of ThunderLTKBlinding FlashDashing Strike--
9RuneThunderclapVulture Claw----
9Passive 1-Passive 2-Passive 3-
10SkillFist of ThunderLTKBlinding FlashDashing Strike--
10RuneThunderclapVulture Claw----
10Passive 1Fleet FootedPassive 2-Passive 3-
11SkillFist of ThunderLTKBlinding FlashDashing Strike--
11RuneThunderclapVulture Claw----
11Passive 1Fleet FootedPassive 2-Passive 3-
12SkillFist of ThunderLTKBlinding FlashDashing Strike--
12RuneThunderclapVulture ClawSelf Reflection---
12Passive 1Fleet FootedPassive 2-Passive 3-
13SkillFist of ThunderLTKExploding PalmDashing Strike--
13RuneThunderclapVulture Claw----
13Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2-Passive 3-
14SkillFist of ThunderLTKExploding PalmDashing StrikeCyclone Strike-
14RuneThunderclapVulture Claw----
14Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2-Passive 3-
15SkillFist of ThunderLTKExploding PalmDashing StrikeCyclone Strike-
15RuneThunderclapSweeping Arm.-Falling Star--
15Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2-Passive 3-
16SkillFist of ThunderLTKExploding PalmDashing StrikeCyclone Strike-
16RuneThunderclapSweeping Arm.-Falling Star--
16Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2-Passive 3-
17SkillCrippling WaveLTKExploding PalmDashing StrikeCyclone Strike-
17RuneMangleSweeping Arm.-Falling Star--
17Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2-Passive 3-
18SkillCrippling WaveLTKExploding PalmDashing StrikeCyclone Strike-
18RuneMangleSweeping Arm.Flesh is WeakFalling Star--
18Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2-Passive 3-
19SkillCrippling WaveLTKExploding PalmDashing StrikeCyclone StrikeM. of Salvation
19RuneMangleSweeping Arm.Flesh is WeakFalling Star--
19Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2-Passive 3-
20SkillCrippling WaveLTKExploding PalmDashing StrikeCyclone StrikeM. of Salvation
20RuneMangleSweeping Arm.Flesh is WeakFalling Star--
20Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3-
21SkillCrippling WaveLTKExploding PalmDashing StrikeCyclone StrikeM. of Retribution
21RuneMangleSweeping Arm.Flesh is WeakFalling StarEye of the Storm-
21Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3-
22SkillCrippling WaveLTKExploding PalmDashing StrikeCyclone StrikeM. of Retribution
22RuneMangleSweeping Arm.Flesh is WeakFalling StarEye of the Storm-
22Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3-
23SkillCrippling WaveLTKExploding PalmDashing StrikeCyclone StrikeM. of Retribution
23RuneMangleSweeping Arm.Flesh is WeakFalling StarEye of the Storm-
23Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3-
24SkillCrippling WaveLTKExploding PalmDashing StrikeCyclone StrikeM. of Retribution
24RuneMangleSweeping Arm.Flesh is WeakFalling StarEye of the Storm-
24Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3-
25SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightExploding PalmDashing StrikeCyclone StrikeM. of Retribution
25RuneMangleExplosive LightStrong SpiritFalling StarEye of the Storm-
25Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3-
26SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightExploding PalmDashing StrikeCyclone StrikeM. of Retribution
26RuneMangleExplosive LightStrong SpiritFalling StarEye of the Storm-
26Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3-
27SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeCyclone StrikeM. of Retribution
27RuneMangleExplosive LightWater AllyFalling StarEye of the Storm-
27Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3-
28SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeBlinding FlashM. of Retribution
28RuneMangleExplosive LightWater AllyFalling StarReplenishing LightRetaliation
28Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3-
29SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeBlinding FlashM. of Retribution
29RuneMangleExplosive LightWater AllyFalling StarReplenishing LightRetaliation
29Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3-
30SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeBlinding FlashM. of Retribution
30RuneMangleExplosive LightWater AllyFalling StarReplenishing LightRetaliation
30Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3Seize the Initiative
31SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeBlinding FlashM. of Retribution
31RuneMangleExplosive LightWater AllyFalling StarReplenishing LightRetaliation
31Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3Seize the Initiative
32SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeBlinding FlashM. of Retribution
32RuneMangleExplosive LightWater AllyFalling StarReplenishing LightRetaliation
32Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3Seize the Initiative
33SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeBlinding FlashM. of Retribution
33RuneMangleExplosive LightWater AllyFalling StarReplenishing LightRetaliation
33Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3Seize the Initiative
34SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeBlinding FlashM. of Retribution
34RuneMangleExplosive LightWater AllyFalling StarReplenishing LightRetaliation
34Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3Seize the Initiative
35SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeBlinding FlashM. of Conviction
35RuneMangleExplosive LightWater AllyFalling StarReplenishing LightOverawe
35Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3Seize the Initiative
36SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeBlinding FlashM. of Conviction
36RuneMangleExplosive LightWater AllyFalling StarReplenishing LightOverawe
36Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3Seize the Initiative
37SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeBlinding FlashM. of Conviction
37RuneMangleExplosive LightWater AllyFalling StarReplenishing LightOverawe
37Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3Seize the Initiative
38SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeBlinding FlashM. of Healing
38RuneMangleExplosive LightWater AllyFalling StarReplenishing LightCircular B.
38Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3Seize the Initiative
39SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeBlinding FlashM. of Healing
39RuneMangleExplosive LightAir AllyFalling StarReplenishing LightCircular B.
39Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3Seize the Initiative
40SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeBlinding FlashM. of Healing
40RuneMangleExplosive LightAir AllyFalling StarReplenishing LightCircular B.
40Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3Seize the Initiative
41SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeBlinding FlashM. of Healing
41RuneMangleExplosive LightAir AllyFalling StarReplenishing LightCircular B.
41Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3Seize the Initiative
42SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeBlinding FlashM. of Healing
42RuneMangleExplosive LightAir AllyFalling StarReplenishing LightCircular B.
42Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3Seize the Initiative
43SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeBlinding FlashM. of Healing
43RuneMangleExplosive LightAir AllyFalling StarReplenishing LightCircular B.
43Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3Seize the Initiative
44SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeBlinding FlashM. of Healing
44RuneMangleExplosive LightAir AllyFalling StarReplenishing LightCircular B.
44Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3Seize the Initiative
45SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeBlinding FlashM. of Healing
45RuneMangleExplosive LightAir AllyFalling StarReplenishing LightCircular B.
45Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3Seize the Initiative
46SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeSweeping WindM. of Healing
46RuneMangleExplosive LightAir AllyFalling StarInner StormCircular B.
46Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3Seize the Initiative
47SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeSweeping WindM. of Healing
47RuneMangleExplosive LightAir AllyFalling StarInner StormCircular B.
47Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3Seize the Initiative
48SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeSweeping WindM. of Healing
48RuneMangleExplosive LightAir AllyFalling StarInner StormCircular B.
48Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3Seize the Initiative
49SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeSweeping WindM. of Healing
49RuneMangleExplosive LightAir AllyFalling StarInner StormCircular B.
49Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3Seize the Initiative
50SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeSweeping WindM. of Healing
50RuneMangleExplosive LightAir AllyFalling StarInner StormCircular B.
50Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3Seize the Initiative
51SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeSweeping WindM. of Healing
51RuneMangleExplosive LightAir AllyFalling StarInner StormCircular B.
51Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3Seize the Initiative
52SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeSweeping WindM. of Healing
52RuneMangleExplosive LightAir AllyFalling StarInner StormCircular B.
52Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3Seize the Initiative
53SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeSweeping WindM. of Healing
53RuneMangleExplosive LightAir AllyFalling StarInner StormCircular B.
53Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3Seize the Initiative
54SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeSweeping WindM. of Healing
54RuneMangleExplosive LightAir AllyFalling StarInner StormCircular B.
54Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3Seize the Initiative
55SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeSweeping WindM. of Healing
55RuneMangleExplosive LightAir AllyFalling StarInner StormCircular B.
55Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3Seize the Initiative
56SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeSweeping WindM. of Healing
56RuneMangleExplosive LightAir AllyFalling StarInner StormCircular B.
56Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3Seize the Initiative
57SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeSweeping WindM. of Healing
57RuneMangleExplosive / PillarAir AllyFalling StarInner StormCircular B.
57Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3Seize the Initiative
58SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeSweeping WindM. of Healing
58RuneMangleExplosive / PillarAir AllyFalling StarInner StormCircular B.
58Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3Seize the Initiative
59SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeSweeping WindM. of Healing
59RuneMangleExplosive / PillarAir AllyFalling StarInner StormCircular B.
59Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3Seize the Initiative
60SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeSweeping WindM. of Healing
60RuneMangleExplosive / PillarAir AllyFalling StarInner StormCircular B.
60Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3Seize the Initiative
61SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeSweeping WindM. of Healing
61RuneMangleExplosive / PillarAir AllyFalling StarInner StormCircular B.
61Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3Seize the Initiative
62SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeSweeping WindM. of Healing
62RuneMangleExplosive / PillarAir AllyFalling StarInner StormCircular B.
62Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3Seize the Initiative
63SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeSweeping WindM. of Healing
63RuneMangleExplosive / PillarAir AllyFalling StarInner StormCircular B.
63Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3Seize the Initiative
64SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeSweeping WindM. of Healing
64RuneMangleExplosive / PillarAir AllyFalling StarInner StormCircular B.
64Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3Seize the Initiative
65SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeSweeping WindM. of Healing
65RuneMangleExplosive / PillarAir AllyFalling StarInner StormCircular B.
65Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3Seize the Initiative
66SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeSweeping WindM. of Healing
66RuneMangleExplosive / PillarAir AllyFalling StarInner StormCircular B.
66Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3Seize the Initiative
67SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeSweeping WindM. of Healing
67RuneMangleExplosive / PillarAir AllyFalling StarInner StormCircular B.
67Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3Seize the Initiative
68SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeSweeping WindM. of Healing
68RuneMangleExplosive / PillarAir AllyFalling StarInner StormCircular B.
68Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3Seize the Initiative
69SkillCrippling WaveWave of LightMystic AllyDashing StrikeSweeping WindM. of Healing
69RuneMangleExplosive / PillarAir AllyFalling StarInner StormCircular B.
69Passive 1Exalted SoulPassive 2Chant of Res.Passive 3Seize the Initiative
70Done!!!See>>>F70 Monk Guide
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Monk Leveling: Skills & Reminders Summary

lvlSlotSkill
0!!!*SEE: D3 Leveling Process if you're confused.
*Start Adventure mode in HARD.
*Follower: Hire Templar, then steal his weapon!
1(L)Fists of Thunder
2(R)Lashing Tail Kick
4(1)Blinding Flash
6(L)Fists of Thunder - Thundercla
7(R)Lashing Tail Kick - Vulture Claw Kick
8!!!Craft a level 8 2H Axe
9(2)Dashing Strike
10(P1)Fleet Footed
12(1)Blinding Flash - Self Reflection
13(1)Exploding Palm
13(P1)Exalted Soul
14(3)Cyclone Strike
15(R)Lashing Tail Kick - Sweeping Armada
15(2)Dashing Strike - Way of the Falling Star
17(L)Crippling Wave - Mangle
18(1)Exploding Palm - Flesh is Weak
19(4)Mantra of Salvation (auto)
20(P2)Chant of Resonance
21(3)Cyclone Strike - Eye of the Storm
21(4)Mantra of Retribution
25(R)Wave of Light - Explosive Light
25(1)Exploding Palm - Strong Spirit
27(1)Mystic Ally - Water Ally
28(3)Blinding Flash - Replenishing Light
28(4)Mantra of Retribution - Retaliation
30(P3)Seize the Initiative
30!!!The "Final Build"
(L) Crippling Wave - Mangle
(R) Wave of Light - Explosive Light
(1) Mystic Ally - Water Ally
(2) Dashign Strike - Falling Star
(3) Blinding Flash - Replenishing Light
(4) Mantra of Retribution - Retaliation
(P1) Exalted Soul
(P2) Chant of Resonance
(P3) Seize the Initiatvie
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35(4)Mantra of Conviction - Overawe
38(4)Mantra of Healing - Circular Breathing
39(1)Mystic Ally - Air Ally
46(3)Sweeping Wind - Inner Storm
57(R)Wave of Light - Pillar of the Ancients
61!!!Craft a level 61 2H Axe
70!!!See our Fresh 70 Monk
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Monk Leveling & Leoric’s Crown – When, and is it worth it?

Review our D3 Leveling Process (all classes) for more notes on this. Summary:

It’s worth it || You must be minimum L16 (to be safe)
You must beat him in Campaign Mode | You must not have beaten him previously

Once you reach L16 you can get the process rolling. Personally, I don’t go for it ASAP, but do it when I wanna chill a bit. When you’re ready, the idea is get this process done as fast and painlessly as possible. Set the game to easy if you like.

Equip Dashing Strike-Way of the Falling Star, and Fleet Footed (Passive). Loosely kill guys while prioritizing travel speed. Exploding Palm is a good “set and forget” just to gain some residual EXP while speeding through.

Why wait? Some guys are extremely stubborn and continue to open the game on Campaign and switch to adventure on hitting Leoric. Imagine doing that without all of those mobility skills, garbage weapons, and forced to leave mobs. Yep, slow as hell.

Monk: Leveling Notes

Playing the Build

It’s hard to mess up a Monk! More so with this build to make leveling extra easy – you’ll be blazing through to max level in no time! Spirit generation is key to this build. WoL is the most expensive skill in the Monk repertoire, learn not to spam to the last man standing! Leave stragglers, use your generators, Templar and Mystic Ally to finish them off. WoL is expensive, man.

Dashing Strike – is the key to leveling up “fast”. This ultra versatile skill helps you re-position and travel. Learn to abuse this early and often as you’ll likely be using this no matter what type of Monk you’ll be playing.

Exploding Palm is the anti-elite skill here, and anti-chunk. Using it can be quite frustrating to learn but it’s worth it.

Mystic Ally-Air Ally: when using this skill, DO NOT wait for your Spirit to be dry. Use it at around half since the earlier you use it, the earlier it will come up.

You’re pretty much set in your build around level 30, but everyone’s path to max level is different, and you might pick up stuff (or NOT pick up stuff) that causes a little imbalance in your build. Use the below tabs to adjust your build if needed.

Damage and SpiritToughness and HealingMobility & Speed

Damage & Spirit – Changes?

Mantra of Retribution-Retaliation: best to use when “soloing” to increase your damage.

Dashing Strike-Barrage: you can use this to dash through your enemies for additional damage. Not a lot of people use this rune but it will definitely increase damage dealt.

Epiphany-Insight: now if you still have Spirit regeneration issue, change one of your skills for this, but works best if combined with the passive Beacon of Ytar AND Air Ally.

Toughness and Healing

Mantra of Healing-Circular Breathing: I have to mention this as it’s a rare hybrid skill which increases defense and offense (via spirit regen).

Mantra of Salvation-Agility: the BEST toughness skill combination! Use if you’re struggling or pushing a higher difficulty

Dashing Strike-Blinding Speed for even more dodge. Greatly increases toughness for a small cost.

Mobility

Dashing Strike-Way of the Falling Star:  makes for a huge mobility boost, as mentioned above, at minimal cost

Mantra of ConvictionAnnihilation:  Is a great choice, too, since it’s wrapped into a DPS increasing mantra.

Past this, I don’t recommend any more mobility increasing changes this early in the game. It just sacrifices too much for minimal gains.

Followers – Hire them!

Templar is usually the BEST choice for healing and Spirit  generation. Choose all left skills.

Crafted Weapons

Once you reach level 8, craft a blue 2H axe. Then at level 16, craft the highest possible 2-handed axe you can to significantly increase your damage output. If you’re lucky enough to get a socketed weapon, stick another red gem into it. Don’t forget to “train” your Blacksmith to its highest possible level as often as you can. And occasionally check for craftable axe.

Don’t forget to craft armor to replace any low level ones, if you still have them at this point.

Monk: Gems while Leveling up

Red gems (Ruby) should always be combined as much as possible as it’s the best gem to put in BOTH your Helmet and Weapon during the leveling up phase.

Green gems (Emerald), for additional Dexterity, go into any other open socket.

Fresh 70 Monk, now what?

Congratulations on reaching max level Monk! As you know, the game is just beginning! Just a quick reminder – Craft a level 70 2-handed Mace and any other outdated items you may have. We highly suggest you check out our…

>> Fresh Level 70 Monk Guide <<<

Monk Leveling – Quick Navigation:
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