Here we are again! If you’re a Fresh L70 Monk and wondering where to go – look no further. Seriously. Here, we teach you what to do step by step until you reach your free seasonal 6 piece set.
In Season 22 the Monk free set is: Patterns of Justice.
Without further ado, let’s get into it.
Fresh 70: The First Step – Setting Up!
The very first step of your journey! Here, I discuss items, rerolls, and basic advice to keep in mind during your ascent.
0pc Justice Free Set – Getting the 2pc
2pc Justice Free Set – Getting the 4pc
4pc Justice free set – getting the 6pc
For clarity the next boxes contains builds and info if you currently have 4pcs of the Justice free set, going for 6 (you have the first+second Haedrig’s gift bag, going for the third). This segment is further divided into three parts – Torment II, Torment IV, and GR20.
Torment II seasonal journey entries
Torment IV seasonal journey entries
4pc Justice free set GR20
Fresh 70 Monk 6pc Justice
|S22 Fresh 70 Monk 6pc Justice|
|(Open) Blinding Flash||
Faith in the Light / Crippling Light
|Mystic Ally (Epiphany)||
Earth Ally (Desert Shroud)
Way of the Falling Star / Blinding Speed
|Sweeping Wind||Any (All Active)|
|Mantra of Salvation (Conviction)||
Seize the Initiative
Well, we’re finally here! In the basic build we’re going to stack as much defense as we can, as toughness will be your gate moving forward (and will rise more slowly compared to your DPS as you get items). Feel free to adjust the build (switching up passives or LGems) for more DPS if you need it.
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.
Keep in mind the important rerolls I mentioned at the start of this guide. Also, before you proceed, here’s a preview / reminder/ of items you need to look for.
Powering Up: Legendary Gems
Your next step after getting your 6pc is Legendary Gems. Why? LGems are a huge power spike relying on very little RNG. Simply spam Neph -> GR until you get the three gems you need and power them up to 25.
Taeguk is your godly gem. Fully stacked, it outperforms most gems DPS – WHILE giving you a defense boost! This should be your highest leveled gem.
Moratorium and / or Esoteric Alteration – You’re going to want one of these (or maybe even both) early on. I can’t really say what you should do, but honestly… Getting Moratorium for the early game feels really good. You can just augment it later on.
My advice is to go double defensive gems for now.
But, if you’re in the market for other DPS gems early on…
Bane of the Powerful is a low cost (L25 only) gem that you’ll never feel bad to own. Bane of the Trapped is a DPS gem that requires a lot of investment but will outperform Powerful, eventually.
Note that any of these early game fillers can be leveled to 50 then turned into augments!
Bane of the Stricken – is the go to LATE GAME DPS Gem of choice. Its main use is shortening your Rift Guardian time (and helping out vs yellow elites).
Esoteric Alteration – is probably the best defensive gem in the game, and is worth having a strong one around.
Boon of the Hoarder – is used in many speedfarming builds alongside Avarice Band.
Again, Legendary Gems are a massive priority given their NON-RNG powerspike. Just having three useful gems at 25 will allow you farm a few torment levels higher.
Powering Up: Important Items & How to Get Them
Of course, any build will need a couple (or more than a couple) of items to round out. Here, I list down what items you’re looking for and how best to get them using various currencies and means.
Here’s advice on how to spend your blood shards with Kadala, roughly in order of importance.
Bracers for Cesar’s Memento. While swingy AF, it does provide extreme burst if you use it well. Time your CC with Flurry – that’s core to your tryhard setup.
The above is literally the ONLY true core item
for your build you can find from Blood Shards.
Shoulders – Mantle of Channeling, Lefebvre’s Soliloquy. One of these will find its way into your build. Both of them are defensive, Soliloquy much more so.
Bracer also gives Nemesis Bracer. Increasing Rift clear speeds is always welcome. Newer players who might not realize how good this is – try it out.
Belt for Kyoshiro’s Soul: this is just a lazy way to keep your Sweeping Wind up. It’s purely a small QoL item that shouldn’t be in your serious setups.
I can’t really think of anything that’s even remotely as useful as these. Everything else remains low-tier filler. Aquila Cuirass works most of the time, depending on your setup.
Here’s advice on how to get your weapons from Death’s Breath rare item upgrades, roughly in order of importance.
1h Fist for Won Khim Lau. It causes your Tempest Rush to trigger Cyclone Strike automatically – and boosts both their damage to absurd heights. This is why you see Cyclone Strike in these builds. There’s lots of other great drops here, too – the toughness boosting Crystal Fist, and speedfarming option Vengeful Wind.
Daibo for Balance. A generic DPS increase for Tempest Rush that boosts your critical hit rate to 100% when in “single target” scenarios! If you’re wondering why I list this second, Won Khim Lau is a far greater DPS boost.
As long as both WKL and Balance are active, it doesn’t matter what’s in the cube or not. If you’re cubing Balance – then that gives you one more free slot for a utility fist (likely better in the END-GAME, pretty irrelevant right now).
Rings and Amulets are tough to get from either BS or DB’s (due to the large amount of possible outcomes), but if you’re done getting your core items from them – and you haven’t got your core accessories, it’s a viable way to spend them.
Convention of Elements is hilariously effective in this build. You time your Flurry explosion with the Ice rotation of CoE + any CC to trigger Cesar’s. It’s a pretty fun “minigame” that has shocking results.
Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac is considered key in this build purely to keep a pseudo 100% uptime on Desert Shroud – Epiphany. While the damage reduction is certainly welcome, the CC immunity is really what you’re after.
Unity is the next best thing, giving a flat increase in toughness. A little difficult since you need two pieces, and the immortal follower relic. Can’t say no to a brainless 50% increase in EHP.
Justice doesn’t really want to use any of the accessory sets, so that gives you freedom to use the “best of the best” rings.
For Amulets, there’s really nothing important. Any (and I mean ANY) WELL ROLLED amulet with, for example, Cold% CHC CHD SOCKET will work. Of course, if you can get a godlike Flavor of Time or Hellfire… but you know how that goes.
Typically, you’ll just find these as you grind, as they can be difficult to obtain with currency…
This is just a list of your “all-around” items that may or may not be mentioned previously. While I do not take set-specifics in this tab, it serves as a seasonal reminder (and helpful general list for newbies) on what’s “generally good”.
Reaper’s Wraps: A Crafted legendary whose plans drop from any Torment Malthael (and is oft mentioned in our Fresh 70 guides), any NON-RNG boost to power (in this case, resource generation) is welcome. MOST builds can benefit from an early reapers.
Nemesis Bracers: An absolute monster for increasing rift clear speed (and a little extra death’s breaths!), newer players might not value this as highly – try it out and you’ll be surprised.
Unity: Used alongside another Unity on your follower (Plus their unique “Cannot Die” relic) essentially halving all damage you take for one ring slot, that’s usable for any character. Not bad.
Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac: Core on many builds, but usable for any build that spends resource. It’s a unique source of “in-combat” CDR that would give you 100% uptime on skills you couldn’t otherwise achieve. It’s pretty crazy.
Focus+Restraint: If you can trigger both halves of the set bonus, and don’t mind losing defenses from rings – this is will “more than double” your DPS.
Traveller’s Pledge + Compass Rose: Another accessory set, this one is more suited for “elite killer” builds that like to travel in between packs, and face-tanking builds that tend to stay still while DPSing. It’s not very universal, but it can reasonably benefit any character.
Convention of Elements: Literally, any character can use this ring. It’s a titanic boost in DPS (especially for builds that have tons of short-duration buffs… LINE THEM UP!).
Ring of Royal Grandeur: -1 set item requirements to help you fit random core or filler legendaries to help your build out. While absolutely necessary on some builds, most builds can benefit from this using “generic” legendaries for a temporary power boost (IE Aquila Cuirass).
Avarice Band + Boon of the Hoarder (+Goldwrap) the gold farming speedy holy trinity. While you don’t really need all three all the time, this combo allows you to speed through and survive ANY difficulty (careful, this doesn’t improve DPS!).
Justice Full Build Template Preview
The above is the baseline template for a fully functional 6pc Justice. It’s not heavily optimized for pushing GR, but more of a speedy farming slant. It’s a great place to be in, as you adjust the build to your needs!
Season 22: Justice Fourth cube slot?
Fourth cube slot can be any of the following…
Balance + Won Khim Lau + Flying Dragon is going to be nuts. Triple weapons. Honestly, playing with the weapons is likely to have the highest returns here (even if just placing a Furnace in there).
Mantle of Channeling + Lefebvre’s Soliloquy without needing RoRG is pretty sweet. Sometimes you just want more defense and this is it.
Bridging to the End-game
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.
It’s highly likely you’ll transition into a PURE speedfarming build. If so, check out:
Monk Best Speedfarming Builds
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- Harmony (Passive)
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- Raiment of a Thousand Storms | 1000 Storms Set Dungeon
- Uliana’s Strategem | Uliana’s Set Dungeon
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