Level 1-70 Monk Guide

A Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls Class Guide, Updated to Patch 2.1.1

Stat Priority | Patch 2.1.1

Managing Primary (Strength, Dexterity, Intelligence, Vitality) and Secondary (Critical Chance, Critical Damage, Attack Speed, Weapon Damage, Armor, etc.) stats is critical for maximizing your Monk. Below are listed the two stat priorities for both max damage and max survivability.

Max DPS

Weapon Damage > Dexterity > Crit Chance >= Crit Damage > Attack Speed

Max Survivability

Resists = Armor > Dexterity = Vitality

DPS Stats Breakdown

Weapon Damage
Increases the damage dealt by skills. Higher top end weapon damage and a smaller damage range will produce stronger attacks.

Dexterity
Multiplies all Monk damage.

Crit Chance
Increases the base chance of obtaining a critical hit. Crit Chance is best stacked with Crit Damage at a ratio of about 1:8. For example, if you have 10% Crit Chance then you should have +80% Crit Damage. As a note, Crit Damage is much easier to obtain than Crit Chance so you may end up with more Crit Damage than is optimal for your amount of Crit Chance.

Crit Damage
Increases the damage done by critical hits. See the Crit Chance definition for more information on how to best stack Crit Damage with Crit Chance.

Attack Speed
Increases the frequency of your attacks and reduces the duration of the combat animation for each attack. A faster attack speed produces more attacks in less time and increases your mobility by reducing the time of combat animations.

Survival Stats Breakdown

Resists
Reduces the amount of damage received from specific types of attacks. Resists are offered for Physical, Cold, Fire, Lightning, Poison, Arcane/Holy, and All damage. Resist All is preferred over individual Resist types.

Armor
Reduces the amount of damage received from all attacks.

Dexterity
Increases Armor rating.

Vitality
Increases your maximum amount of Health.

Monk Stats

The following stats are specific to a Monk:

Spirit Regeneration
Increases the amount of Spirit regenerated by second.

Life per Spirit Spent
Provides healing when Spirit is consumed by skills.

Monk Skill Bonus
These bonuses increase the damage of certain Monk skills. The skills that can be modified by skill bonuses found on armor and weapons are listed below:

  1. Crippling WaveCyclone Strike
  2. Deadly ReachExploding Palm
  3. Fists Of ThunderLashing Tail Kick
  4. Sweeping WindTempest Rush
  5. Wave Of LightWay Of The Hundred Fists
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