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. Get your Haedrigs Gifts, complete your seasonal journey, and get your Monk to endgame with our Fresh Level 70 Monk Guide!
In Season 26, the Monk free set is: Inna’s Reach.
For this guide though, the free set doesn’t matter (but we WILL be able to beat the whole Seasonal Journey, don’t worry), as we’re rushing with LoD. Why? We want to get out of the early and early-mid game, freeing up for us to transition STRAIGHT into high-tier speedfarming or tryhard builds. LoD is the easiest, non free-set reliant way to do this, which you can transition from easily.
Step 1) Initial Build & Getting Legacy of Dreams
Don’t get stressed out, yes, LoD builds might seem a little daunting but let me tell you that it’s a fun and exciting process. Ultimately you need two things right now: The actual LoD gem, and a basic build to get you going.
Generic Starter build (slightly related to our ‘final build’)
|S24 Fresh 70 Monk BASIC BUILD|
|Crippling Wave||Rising Tide|
|Wave of Light||
Explosive Light / Pillar
Falling Star / Blinding
|Mystic Ally||Air Ally|
|Mantra of Healing / Perseverance||
Circular Breathing / Agility
Seize the Initiative
|Sixth Sense||Exalted Soul|
The above build is meant to be in the middle of two things: Easy to edit – that hopefully game-changing legendaries can fit in no matter what. Related to our ‘final build’ – it’s a rough basic version of our “goal”, so it feels more natural as you transition towards it. Have a look down there for the final build preview to see what we’re going for.
Getting Legacy of Dreams ASAP
It’s simple, you need this GEM so get it ASAP.
Get 3 rift keys → Run 3 rifts → Wear three gemstones on your gear.
The first three gems will always be Bane of the Powerful, Legacy of Dreams, and one random one. So thankfully, there’s no RNG there.
Step 2) Easy power-ups. Huge gains for little effort.
You can go all of these things “simultaneously”, basically small tasks here and there that you should keep in mind right now that will greatly increase your power for little to no effort.
Make a Reaper’s Wraps: Speaking of no effort to big returns… Make this ASAP. Plans drop from any Torment Malthael.
What three Legendary gems?
Your next goal should be getting at least L25 on your three most important gems. Just get rift keys and spam GR’s until you get them, and do the absolute minimum level you need to level them up. Get them and level them quickly – do not feel pressured to “maximize” your rift keys by inflating the difficulty.
Legacy of Dreams is mandatory, as mentioned in the basics segment! Level this up as much as you can.
You want double defensive gems since toughness will be a little rough… Esoteric Alteration and Molten Wildebeests Gizzard. They both should help beef you up quite a bit. If you feel like you can drop them, check out Powerful, Trapped, or Stricken.
Can’t ever go wrong with leveling up a Boon of the Hoarder for speedfarming. (Need a refresher? Basic offensive: Powerful, Trapped. Basic Defensive: Esoteric Alteration, Molten Wildebeests Gizzard)
Legendary Items in ALL SLOTS
LoD gets stronger with each legendary item you have equipped – so get to it! You should aim to get this done “passively” by natural item drops, but you can also craft items if you’re desperate.
Spending Blood Shards is “OK”, but only use Death’s Breath to fill up the slots if you’re absolutely desperate. You’ll get an item for each slot in no time (you can even craft them). Save your resources for finding SPECIFIC items that will greatly boost your power. We talk more about this in the next segment, refinement.
Ancients DOUBLE this bonus, and they’re a welcome boost to consider.
Defense Type & Gems
Monks / Demon Hunters are DEXTERITY classes (they get free Armor from DEX). So, in the face of all this free armor, your prime defensive stats are ALL RESISTS > VIT. So try to reroll ALLRES on your gear if you need defense – it’s your best defensive stat by FAR.
So your gemming strategy (body and legs) should be slotting your best Diamonds, as they give ALLRES.
Since legendaries are a little expensive to reroll EARLY ON, try to make the most by REMOVING GARBAGE STATS, and getting anything “remotely usable”.
Life per Hit is pretty good early game, and try to get a roll of it somewhere. Luckily, Weapon soul shards have it.
Wave of Light % is found in Helm and Boots.
The Element% you want is Fire (lategame, some like Lightning), found typically in Bracers and Amulet.
Remove useless stats
Life Regeneration– garbage for any build. Attack Speed– it usually an endgame tune-up stat. Excess Resource Cost Reduction– Is a crutch, and only niche builds need it. Excess Cooldown Reduction– Only useful for an endgame “need”. Unused skill%– literally USELESS. Armor– Useless for us, take ALLRES instead.
Take better stats
- DEX VIT– can’t go wrong with these. Your core stats!
- ALLRES Life% Great defensive stats.
- Sockets are essentially MANDATORY.
- Life per Hit – Great early game sustainability.
- CRIT Stats (CHC / CHD) – More for endgame, but I’d take this over garbage stats.
- Skill and Elemental% – that you use.
Do not forget to fully equip your follower for farming. You can start by crafting Sage or Cain’s NOW and worry about the rest later.
Step 3) Refining, Using Resources -> ‘Full Build’
Full Build Preview
So you can easily see what items you’ll need, and you can get an idea of what we’re trying to do here.
|S26 Monk Fresh Level 70 – LoD WoL Mystic Ally (Midgame / Speedfarm) Build|
|Head||Tzo Kirn’s Gaze||Skill||Rune|
|Shoulder||Lefebvre’s Soliloquy||Cyclone Strike||Implosion / Wall of Wind|
|Chest||Cindercoat (Open)||Wave of Light||Explosive Light / Pillar of the Ancients|
|Arms||St. Archews Gage||Dashing Strike||
Way of the Falling Star / Blinding Speed
|Legs||Blackthorns Jousting Mail||Mantra of Salvation||Agility|
|Boots||The Crudest Boots||Mystic Ally||Air Ally|
|Bracer||Pinto’s Pride (Binding)||Passives|
|Amulet||Squirts Necklace / Open||Beacon of Ytar|
|Ring||Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac||The Guardians Path|
|Weapon||Kyoshiro’s Blade||Sixth Sense (Harmony)|
|Kanai’s Cube||Legendary Gems|
|Incense Torch of the Grand Temple||Legacy of Dreams (IRREPLACABLE)|
|Binding of the Lesser Gods (Pinto)||Bane of the Powerful (Flex / Gizzard)|
|Convention of Elements (Any)||Boon of the Hoarder (If Farming)|
Get CORE ITEMS asap. The heart of your build
The absolute core of your build are these:
Incense Torch, Kyoshiro’s Blade – use Death’s Breath.
Pinto’s Pride, Cindercoat – use Blood Shards.
This is core to “phase 1” of your build which is WoL and essence management. Later items help you “reach 100% epiphany uptime”. Then finally, the “Mystic Ally” final tier.
Spending Blood Shards and Death’s Breath
Here’s advice on how to spend your blood shards with Kadala, roughly in order of importance:
- Pinto’s Pride / Binding of Lesser Gods – Bracer
- Cindercoat – Chest
- Tzo Krin’s Gaze – Helm
- Goldwrap – Belt
- Lefebvre’s Soliloquy – Shoulder
- Crudest Boots – Boots
You can look for the other ‘unimportant’ things in the build preview after these (IE, Gloves etc)
Here’s advice on how to get your weapons from Deaths Breath rare item upgrades (Kanai’s Cube Recipe: 25x Deaths Breath convert a rare into random legendary of same type), roughly in order of importance:
2h Daibo for Incense Torch of the Grand Temple, this should be your first chase item. It helps with spirit massively.
1h Fist for a bunch of possibilities, Kyoshiro’s Soul, Rabid Strike and a decent filler in Crystal Fist.
Nothing else is really WORTH spending DB’s for, and would rather spend to try and get jewelry you might not have yet.
The end build is pretty much locked into Kyoshiro / Torch / Rabid. You can drop Kyoshiro for a speed item like In-geom…
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 these currencies – and you haven’t got your core accessories, it’s a viable way to spend them. Typically you’ll just find these as you grind – then use currency if you’re desperate. Anyway, if I had to rank the importance of your rings and ammys…
Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac is what will enable your 100% Epiphany uptime. It’s core to progress your build to the next “level” of Mystic Ally shenanigans.
Unity is a decent defensive option, but you need the follower immortality relic, and another Unity for the follower!
As an aside – Ring of Royal Grandeur and Avarice Band are BOUNTY ONLY rings (respectively ACT I and III), which DO NOT APPEAR FROM any other source. They, like any other bounty item, DO NOT DROP from monsters, gambling, upgrades or any other source outside of their respective BOUNTY CACHE.
Keep in mind that this is a pretty involved build. It doesn’t need to be “full” to be powerful, its damage can easily toned down as well for more defense, removing Rabid strike and Binding of the Lesser Gods for a tougher build with things like Crystal Fist, and utility bracers like Reaper’s Wraps or using a generator for Spirit Guards.
Follower Gear odds and ends
More of a reminder than anything, once you start farming you will be running into those little bonuses for your follower farming build. Keep an eye out!
Summary & Outro
Welp, that’s about it. I’m liking these seasonal bonuses that remove the augmentation grind – makes the game a lot more humane. From here, you can easily do the Seasonal Journey if that’s your thing, or transition into literally any other build you like – the it’s exactly what the S26 fresh 70 LoD builds for each class are made for.
GL out there and check out our D3 Guide Directory if you need anything else!