Get your Monk to hit Fresh Level 70 in no time! We will discuss here the builds you need per chapter to help you get this season’s free Haedrig’s Gift asap!
The Monk free set for season 16 is Uliana’s Strategem.
It is also the SEASON OF GRANDEUR – meaning all characters have the effects of
Ring of Royal Grandeur applied!
How does Season of Grandeur affect me?
It doesn’t affect your leveling process or “early process” of being level 70. The free RoRG effect only really takes place once you have 3/5/6+ of a set – with heavy implications on full end-game builds.
This guide is not about that, but I can give you a heads up about this season’s effects.
There are two possible outcomes of a free RoRG in any build.
- You have space for a filler item. Builds that DO NOT USE OR NEED RoRG simply gain a space for ONE MORE LEGENDARY EFFECT. This is the “minimum” effect of this season, but should not be underestimated. Any build can benefit from, for example, Aquila Cuirass or Nemesis Bracer.
- You gain an accessory slot. Builds that NATURALLY NEED RoRG will open up a space for another accessory. Usually resulting in the addition of CoE and/or Zodiac in your build which is ALWAYS ABSURDLY POWERFUL.
Ideally, something absolutely broken happens. I can’t account for every possibility because the community always surprises me – but one thing’s for sure… the effects of season of grandeur can be condensed into one of those two scenarios.
Click below to reveal the instructions you need for each step:
|S16 Fresh 70 Monk Uliana’s 6 Free Set Build|
|Cyclone Strike||Implosion (Soothing Breeze)|
|Dashing Strike||Blinding Speed (Open)|
|Seven-sided Strike||Sustained Attack|
|Exploding Palm||Essence Burn or Impending Doom|
|Mantra of Salvation (Healing)||Agility (Time of Need)|
|Beacon of Ytar||Resolve|
|Sixth Sense||Chant of Resonance|
So, now what!?
You now have your full Uliana’s Strategem free set! Congrats! It’s now time to grind for those items to take your set to its highest potential! Torment IV will now be the lowest torment you should be farming in. This set is pretty strong, as you know, the only thing keeping you from climbing up the torment level is its being squishy.
A quick review before proceeding…
Keep these important things in mind as you progress!
The only thing left to do is get legendary gears and gems to increase and to maximize the Uliana’s set powers and help you progress to the end-game.
One of the easiest way for you to gain power is by leveling up legendary gems! The first gem that drops after completing one Greater Rift is Bane of the Powerful (if I’m not mistaken). This alone can help you so much. Level the “usable” gems you get to 25 asap!
Click on the tabs to see Uliana’s Strategem “Big 3” gems and “others”.
THESE ARE TO BOOST YOUR POWER EARLY ON: check the next tab as well for more gem options.
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. This should drop on your first GR.
Gogok of Swiftness – CDR (which is very, very powerful) and dodge. I can’t complain! You don’t need to invest heavily in this gem either – but it’s likely going to be a contender for your end-game gems, anyway.
Molten Wildebeest’s Gizzard – Seriously, you need all the self-healing you can get. And you don’t need Trapped’s power YET. Defense is such a roadblock right now that Gizzard is worth its weight in gold. Better still is the fact that you can use it for augmentations when it gets obsolete!
Bane of the Trapped: replaces Gizzard. It will be a sad day, haha! That guy will work hard for you. Trapped, however, is no slouch itself. It will single-handedly skyrocket your DPS. This should, eventually, be your highest leveled gem.
Bane of the Stricken: really an endgame gem, and only to be used in high-end GR’s. No level of nephs ever deserve a Stricken. Dump excess points in here, as the only mega leveled gems you may need in the near future are Trapped > Stricken > Gogok.
Esoteric Alteration: Is a great gem to invest on as well. Many builds use it to augment defense in the late game, and greatly improves the “enemy types” you’re able to clear in higher GR’s.
The legendary gems listed above will get you to power up asap! Aside from these, I don’t think there are other gems that will work well with Uliana’s.
Get all these gems to level 25 as soon as you can. Besides, level 34 is enough to get them to 25!
Playing the Build & Adjustments
We will be tackling here the basic gameplay for Uliana’s Strategem. We will also note the skills/runes/passives that can work with the set together with the necessary legendary items needed to get your set to higher GR levels!
Here we discuss Playstyle Notes and Build Adjustments.
That will be the basic rotation for Uliana’s.
Dashing Strike is your friend! As with any Monk build! Uliana’s LOVES to get surrounded in all sides by massive clumps of enemies – and this isn’t exactly a great place to be all the time. Once 7SS resolves, there’s no point punching them further. Move around first!
7SS can be used to dodge frozen and other timed effects. You’re completely invulnerable while the animation is happening (AFAIK…) so it’s worth it to sometimes delay for a second or two if you know it’s coming. The more CDR you have, the less time you’re targettable!
I won’t go into snapshotting here! Ugh…
Any discussion about Spirit gains are borderline useless for Uliana. Moving on.
Damage? Well well well… While it isn’t our problem right now, it’s never bad to know how to change things up to get it. Hmm…Impending Doom? Don’t worry we will use it as soon as we get Flow of Eternity.
Mantra of Conviction-Overawe is the go-to offensive mantra. It’s self-explanatory.
Way of the Hundred Fists-Assimilation is the ultimate basic since it’s the only one that reliably beefs up our main source of damage.
Tsunami is a necessary evil for now. I guess that’s about it for “practical” DPS increases.
Defense comes in the form of self-healing and damage reduction / mitigation.
Dashing Strike-Blinding Speed is a generic rune change to increase toughness. You’ll be surprised how strong this is with the Uliana playstyle. Since you’re actually invulnerable via 7SS a lot, having increased dodge during the short time you’re in the material world helps. Uliana’s super high CDR synergizes well, too.
Mantra of Salvation (and its various runes) – Agility being the most common one for toughness increase. More dodge! Keep in mind each new source of dodge is HALVED for any existing dodge you’re already packing. Perseverance is actually very good.
HARMONY is something any serious Monk should gear for. I get that this is a fresh 70 guide but you need to keep this in mind. NEED. Sixth Sense is simply a chumpy substitute.
(See our guide on Harmony)
Salvation (various runes) vs. Time of Need? Honestly, the usefulness of each one waxes and wanes depending on what stage of the game you’re in. It’s a long topic about effective HP that I feel does not belong here.
Uliana’s with high CDR enjoys being more mobile than most builds. Reducing the cooldown on Dashing Strike is no joke. However, the greed of men cannot be sated!
Dashing Strike-Way of the Falling Star is the first thing I’d change for speedier runs. Losing dodge in brainless content isn’t a big deal. This one rune change is huge.
Mantra of Conviction-Annihilation is an amazing boost to mobility as well! It also has the benefit of doing more damage. The defensive cost is steep, so make sure you have that covered before you make the swap.
Items to look for
This is the reason why we need to speedfarm! Be on the look out for the items listed below with the best possible stats!
LEGENDARY ITEMS LIST
Bracers: this is really value since we need 2 from here – Gungdo Gear and Spirit Guards. Gungdo Gear is so powerful you literally cannot imagine how it affects gameplay until you try it. “Gungdoing” your first massive pile is a pleasure.
The ideal setup is Gungdo equipped since you can never roll a terrible orange effect, while Spirit Guards has a 10% variance. But also keep in mind the rolled stats, the better stats worn may beat a few percentile loss on the Spirit Guards.
Belts: we have 2 options here, too: Binding of the Lost and Goldwrap. Both are really good since a lot of your defensive problems simply VANISH by getting either one. Binding is for GR’s, obviously, and Goldwrap is for Nephs only. There will come a time you don’t really need Goldwrap for Nephs but it’s a damn great early game item!
Lefebvre’s Soliloquy: This can be bought with shards for last since you will need RoRG to squeeze this in Uliana’s set (lucky for us this is the season of Grandeur). The extra defense you will get from this will keep you relatively safe while waiting for Seven-sided to be up.
Madstone is a good enough filler item (more for speedfarming). Just keep one around, I guess.
Do bounties for:
You thought of Fist of Az’turrasq, didn’t you? STOP. The absolute 100% correct item type to upgrade is DAIBO. Read on. Upgrade Daibo for Flow of Eternity – OKAY. More 7SS means more uptime in killing.
It is THROUGH THIS ITEM that we can use the IMPENDING DOOM RUNE.
THE REDUCED COOLDOWN accounts for roughly 250% increased damage potential. It allows us to change runes into Impending Doom which is another huge damage boost over Essence Burn. Also, including the increased quality of life by more 7SS and more invulnerability time (increasing defenses) simply by getting to 7SS more.
TLDR: Flow of Eternity is THE CORRECT CHOICE for the first upgrades. But don’t worry since of course next up is –
Since the above tab talks about weapons, this will be useful for you –
|Uliana Early Game Kanai chart|
|Az’||Lion||Flow||BEST|Ring of Royal Grandeur: “Break” your 6-piece to make space for a good filler item! Lol season of grandeur.
Unity: Straight 50% damage reduction. Too bad you need two of ’em (one in your follower).
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.
Ulliana is not that great at speedfarming so you might want to convert to a WoL build ASAP.
Other Monk Guides:
- Monk Leveling
- Harmony (Passive)
- The Monkey King’s Garb | Sunwuko Set Dungeon
- Inna’s Mantra | Inna’s Set Dungeon
- Raiment of a Thousand Storms | 1000 Storms Set Dungeon
- Uliana’s Strategem | Uliana’s Set Dungeon
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