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!
Updated 7/31/21: Fixed a bug where spending currency strategy click boxes were hidden.
(This is a preliminary update for S24, gonna proofread later)
In Season 24, the Monk free set is: Ulliana’s Strategem.
Now, here’s the caveat – since I feel that Ulliana is a poor choice to start off, we will be going for a Legacy of Dreams based “transitionary build”, that can more than hold its own. Why?
Ulliana is not the most updated of sets. While its speed farming pattern is “ok”, I feel like most players looking at this will want to rush to Mystic Ally / WoL craziness with Binding and Rabid Strike.
Well, let’s jump right in.
Fresh Level 70 Monk – What to do from here!?
Okay don’t get overwhelmed. For “non-haedrigs gift” season starters, our goals are a little different. Your path can be summarized in three chunks, namely the Initial, Refinement, and Final / Transition stages.
Of course, even if you’re not getting Haedrigs Gift for this class this season, you should be doing it for the Pets, Stash Tabs, Portraits, etc (if you’re into that).
S24 Fresh 70 Monk Generic easy-to-edit 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|
*ONE open slot – go ham. Use Cyclone Strike would go once you get Lefebvres. This build also has a pretty heavy slant towards Spirit regen. Remove some once you get ways to manage it.
The above build is meant to be easy to edit – meaning that finding random skill-specific legendaries should be easy to slot in. Of course the build cannot be perfect when trying to consider all possibilities, but the build is meant to at least be “okay” regardless of the little edits you might make.
Equip a pet! (Default F1 for “cosmetics menu”). They pick up gold for you!
With this build, it’s time to get your Monk to newer heights, even without the S24 Headrigs Gift free set (fullsetabbr). So, without further ado, lets get into the first “chunk”.
Initial Stage – All about Legacy of Dreams
So you got the el basic Monk build
Craft a Reaper’s Wraps ASAP. For this build, more than most, resource generation will be an issue. Plans drop from any Torment Malthael. Get some bounty mats to make it!
FOLLOWER BUILDS are GIGA IMPORTANT. Get the follower farming build up asap. Have this as a side-goal during your journey. Sage and/or Cains are really great while farming.
Obtaining Legacy of Dreams, other LGems
Do Nephalem Rifts and get Greater Rift Keys, completing GR’s you can complete in a realistic and safe timeframe, and repeat this process until you have the below gems, and hopefully get them to 25.
Legacy of Dreams – this increases your power and toughness for EACH PIECE OF LEGENDARY GEAR EQUIPPED (as long as you have NO SET BONUS ACTIVE). This is an incredibly powerful gem that allows us to have our “setless custom build”.
Bane of the Powerful – is likely the next best thing. For a small investment of 25 points you have a gem that is essentially “capped” in its efficiency. Easy to get and useful for a long time.
Boon of the Hoarder is something you WILL use if you plan to farm. (If you need Gizzard and Hoarder, swap out powerful)
Likely you’ll want at least one defensive gem (and sometimes two) – in this case Moratorium, Esoteric Alteration, and Molten Wildebeests Gizzard are your options. Gizzard is useful for when you eventually use Squirts, and it’s a great early game defensive option.
If you want more offensive gem options – Trapped and Stricken are the main options here.
Don’t go ham on gems. Invest as much points as you can into Legacy of Dreams.
Then, have a total of three total main gems
(with maybe 1 more flex gem for more DPS or toughness)
Getting Random Legendary Items
You MUST fill up all your item slots (making sure you activate no set item) with at least Legendary-tier items (of course, Ancients, primals, and S24 Ethereals count). Getting RANDOM LEGENDARIES to fill the slots is more important than finding the “right ones” for now.
Natural drops from playing the game should ideally fill up many of your slots. While doing your Neph -> GR cycle, hopefully you get more than your fair share of ’em.
Crafted Items can shore up blanks. Any L70 (or even non?) works. You’re gonna need bounty mats, which is also a great source of random items. So doing some bounties early on makes sense.
Amulet? If you’re unlucky with drops go for HELLFIRE AMULET. It’s crafted and part of the seasonal journey! Pure value.
Rings? Usually from drops – Hellfire Rings if you really can’t get any.
Blood Shards should be used on any blanks you have on any body piece, or offhand. (Do not gamble for Rings, Weapons, or Amulets unless you’re desperate – due to high cost per gamble). Ideally only gamble when you’re capped. Save them for the next phase.
Deaths Breaths are few and far between right now. I would NOT spend them on rare to legendary upgrades – unless it’s for an end-game weapon. Save them for the next phase.
Honestly, it’s difficult to afford rerolling legendaries you’ll likely be throwing away. But, I suggest trying to do “ONE reroll to take off GARBAGE stats, and trying to get something decent”. It’s a low investment high-return strategy for the early game.
As a reminder about Monk and their primary defensive stats…
GET ALL RESISTS INSTEAD OF ARMOR!
Monk is an DEX/STR Class – meaning you get free ARMOR from all the DEX/STR on your gear. This results in a huge lack of ALL RESISTS. So, in your reroll strategy REMOVE ALL ARMOR ROLLS as they’re pretty much USELESS – and replace them with ALL RESISTS. ALLRES is your best defensive stat by a LARGE MARGIN. Socketing Diamonds also gives you ALLRES. VIT is your other main defensive stat.
GEMS: For body/leg pieces you’ll want Diamonds for ALLRES. Helm topaz for RCR.
Closing out the Initial Stage
So, that’s about it for the first phase.
Nephs -> Grifts -> LoD and your other basic gems. Get at least L25
Drops, Bounties, Crafted items (over DB’s, BS if possible) for Legendary items.
The mood you wanna be in before you proceed: You got L25+ gems, and have a legendary in every slot. Your follower farming build is still incomplete, but you’re makin’ progress there. Your actual item stats are pretty unrefined, though – but that’s OK for now.
In the refinement stage, you will be using the same build, but still of course editing it (at the very least swapping primary resource spender skill) to accomodate any strong skill-specific legendaries, while wearing any generic power increasing legendaries you find.
Legendary Gems during this time?
You’ll be using the same three legendary gems as above:
Legacy of Dreams, Bane of the Powerful, Molten Wildebeests Gizzard.
Again, level up LoD as much as you can. This is the only form of “pushing your limits” you should be trying. Invest into your other 2 main gems (and other flex gem if you have one), as long as you cannot invest into LoD.
A fair warning, some of these gems may not be best for “edited” builds if you find a game-changing drop (For example, Taeguk being better for channeling skills), so I stick with a more general trio of gems to accomodate this. This trio of gems, however, will be always useful in our “final build”, or getting to that.
Finding SPECIFIC Legendary Items
Of course, any build will need a couple (or more than a couple) 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.
Core item preview
Spending currencies (Blood Shards & Deaths Breath):
Here’s advice on how to spend your blood shards with Kadala, roughly in order of importance.
Bracer – Pinto’s Pride, Binding of the Lesser Gods, Nemesis.
Shoulder – Lefebvre’s Soliloquy
Belt – Goldwrap
Chest – Cindercoat
Boots – Crudest Boots
Gloves – St. Archews Gage
Legs – Blackthorns Jousting Mail.
If done, you can fish for fillers or try your luck with Rings.
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.
Upgrade Daibo for Incense Torch of the Grand Temple – I like to go for this first even if Fist has more “hits” since daibo alleviates spirit problems.
Upgrade 1H Fist for Kyoshiro’s Soul > Rabid Strike > Fillers like Crystal Fist.
After these, you really don’t want anything else so you can potentially spend DB’s to find other missing pieces.
Getting the “correct” stats beats getting the “perfect” or “max” stats for now. REMOVE USELESS STATS and get any USEFUL STAT for massive gains in power.
Wave of Lightning% can be found on boots and helm. Tzo Kirn’s Gaze rolls with it automatically, but you’re going to lose another helm stat. (Mystic Ally% – is this even worth it???)
Elemental%? Fire for farming, Lightning for tryharding. Keep 2 bracers at least. Good amulets, well, welcome to D3.
Remove useless stats
Life Regeneration– garbage. 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”. Armor– Useless for us, take ALLRES and VIT instead.
Take better stats
- DEX VIT – can’t go wrong with these. Your core stats!
- ALLRES Life% – Great defensive stats.
- Life per Hit – Great early game sustainability.
- CRIT Stats (CHC / CHD) – More for endgame, but I’d take this over garbage stats.
GEMS: For body/leg pieces you’ll want Diamonds for ALLRES. Helm topaz for RCR, or Diamond for CDR depending on your needs.
Closing out the Refinement Stage
The mood you wanna be in before you proceed: You have decently leveled gems, and you’re slowly pushing up your LoD gem. You’re at or NEAR full build (as seen below), with enough resources to look for better rerolls, or better / ancient gear. Your follower farming build is coming along well, if not full.
Final Stages and Transitioning
Full Build Preview
|S24 Monk Fresh Level 70 – LoD WoL Mystic Ally (Midgame / Speedfarm) Build|
|Head||Tzo Krin’s Gaze||Skill||Rune|
|Shoulder||Lefebvre’s Soliloquy||Cyclone Strike||Implosion / Wall of Wind|
|Chest||Cindercoat||Wave of Light||Explosive Light / Pillar of the Ancients|
|Arms||St. Archew’s 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||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)|
|Convention of Elements (Any)||Boon of the Hoarder (If Farming)|
Something like this is what you’re shooting for. Essentially having a “full build” of items, regardless of their quality, is a natural prerequisite before you start hunting for upgrades here and there.
Spending Resources Blood Shards & Deaths Breath
Assuming you have the full build…
Both resources should be used to either A) Find ancient (or better) quality items of your existing full build – the power increase is much more obvious with LoD builds. The L25 bonus makes it double for ancients. B) Find other copies of gear that “unrollable” – some gear is just so bad you can’t reroll it, you have to find another copy to fix.
Alternatively, find other build items and round out your follower farming build.
Legacy of Dreams should be making it way to max. It’s your best gem.
Molten Wildebeests Gizzard should be heavily considered especially for speed builds – it provides a shield for Squirts. It can be used for moderate pushing too.
Other gems are considered for tryharding, namely Stricken or Esoteric… I would hold off heavy investment on other unless you’re sure of your direction.
The other purpose of LGems? Augmenting.
If you’re planning to stick with or do some serious farming…
Augment GOOD ancients to power up.
Augmentation is definitely in the “mid to lategame” activities pile …
Where to go from here?
Beat your Seasonal Journey for stash tab and cosmetics. Try out another build! Refine this one since it’s pretty damn strong! Refine farming and tryhard versions! It’s up to you!
Closing out the Final Stage
The mood you wanna be in before you proceed: You’re AT full build, and you’re looking out and spending resources to find ancient or well rolled items. You can see capping your LoD gem in the near future. Your farming speed is great with a fully decked follower, and you can freely either continue along this vein or branch out into other builds.
Other useful links, speedfarming, ETC
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
(I’ll be updating this for S24…)
- Follower Guide (Builds, FAQ, Tips etc)
- Monk Speedfarming Basics & Primer
- D3 Speedfarming with any Class!
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
Not every link is updated for S24 yet
although many are still very usable as a point of reference
Check out our D3 Guide Directory for other resources.