If you want the hordes of the Burning Hells to "break beneath the endless tide" of onslaughts with your Monk in Diablo 3 Season 28, then you will need the best possible build to get the job done. This can be difficult to do as there are so many builds available for this versatile class, but luckily we have you covered.
In this guide, we'll walk you through our pick for the best Monk build in Diablo 3 Season 28, the LoD Wave of Light. We'll also cover the gear you need, skills, Legendary Gems, followers, and much more.
Update on 15 May 2023: We've updated this article with the best Monk build for Diablo 3 Season 28 taking balance changes into consideration.
Is the Monk a Good Class in Diablo 3 Season 28?
Not only is the Monk considered a good class in Diablo 3 Season 28, it is, in our opinion, one of the best. The Monk, with the best build in Diablo 3, can compete at the top of the Solo Greater Rift leaderboard, destroying all in its path. There are multiple S-Tier Monk Builds to consider in Diablo 3 Season 28.
Don't worry if you are unsure about which Monk build is best in the latest Diablo 3 season; we've got you covered in the following sections of this guide. Let's take a deep dive into the best Monk build for Diablo 3 Season 28, the LoD Wave of Light Monk build.
Best Diablo 3 Monk Build: LoD Wave of Light
The build we've chosen for the Monk class in Season 28 is the LoD Wave of Light build for its focus on the mass destructive capabilities of Wave of Light, and your ability to create massive waves of damage that make the skill shine. Moves such as Dashing Strike give you insane mobility, and thanks to Cyclone Strike, you can draw enemies in once you've rounded them up and unleash Wave of Light to decimate them.
Active & Passive Skills for Best Demon Hunter Build in S28
We've used the official Diablo 3 website to showcase what the LoD Wave of Light Monk build Active Skills would look like when in use, as shown above. Feel free to check it out yourself to play around with other skills and Runes, but the ones we've listed below are the best suited for this build's purpose, crushing enemies.
|Wave of Light||Explosive Light|
|Mystic Ally||Air Ally|
|Dashing Strike||Blinding Speed|
|Mantra of Salvation||Agility|
Below you can find the Passive skills for the LoD Monk build in Diablo 3 Season 28.
Best in Slot Items and Angelic Crucible for Demon Hunter Build in S28
The rest of your gear slots will be fully made up of legendary items because this spec is based on Legacy of Dreams. As a general rule, pay attention to synergistic numbers like Wave of Light skill%, Area Damage, and Crit Chance and Damage. The gear required to make this build extremely powerful and take advantage of the Legacy of Dreams Gem theme is listed below.
|Item Slot||Best-in-slot choice for D3 Monk|
|Helm||Tzo Krin's Gaze|
|Pants||Blackthorne's Jousting Mail|
|Boots||The Crudest Boots|
|Ring 1||Convention of Elements|
|Belt||The Witching Hour|
Speaking of items, the new Angelic Crucibles introduced in the latest season of Diablo 3 are consumable items that empower Legendary items with perfected Ancient-level stats and infuse them with one of three unique, powerful, class-specific abilities at random.
We recommend aiming for the Wave of Light Sanctification for this build, which adds the following power to your build:
- Sanctification of Wave of Light: Casting Wave of Light now summons a bell at the target location that deals damage when any player attacks it. At any given time, up to five bells can be activated.
Best Items for Kanai's Cube for Demon Hunter Build in S28
Kanai's Cube allows you to equip some powerful legendary items, so if you haven't already, follow our guide on how to get Kanai's Cube. Then, to supplement the LoD Wave of Light Monk build, use the items listed below.
- Weapon Slot: Incense Torch of the Grand Temple
- Armor Slot: Bindings of the Lesser Gods
- Jewelry Slot: Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac
Legendary Gems for Best Diablo 3 Demon Hunter Build
As mentioned previously one of the Legendary Gems we use for this build is the Legacy of Dreams which allows us to gain a massive boost in damage for every Legendary item we have equipped. The rest provide more bonuses and extra buffs as we need them in battle.
- Legendary Gem 1: Enforcer
- Legendary Gem 2: Bane of the Stricken
- Legendary Gem 3: Legacy of Dreams
Which Follower to Use with Diablo 3 Monk
We believe that no matter how you cut it, the Templar is the best follower for a Monk in Diablo 3's latest season. Truth be told, it might just be the best follower for any class that pushes high Solo Greater Rift runs or any other challenging content.
The reasoning behind this pick is quite simple. It is due to the Guardian ability of the Templar follower. With this ability, you can survive almost anything, making it excellent for Hardcore play in a new Season as well. The official description is below:
When you take fatal damage, the Templar rushes to your aid, knocking back enemies within 15 yards, healing you for 15.00% Life based on the Templar’s Strength, and shielding you from all damage for 5 seconds.
Alternative Diablo 3 Season 28 Monk Builds
There are numerous Monk builds for Diablo 3. Although some individuals may have different preferences, we believe the LoD Wave of Light Monk to be the greatest due to its high damage output, mobility, and large strike area. If you're looking for something more specific, feel free to explore alternative options.
The best alternate Monk builds are listed below for your reference. To help you find more different builds to attempt, we've also included links to the incredibly helpful Icy Veins website.
- Monk Inna Mystic Ally Build
- Monk Support Build With Inna
- Monk Tempest Rush Build with Patterns of Justice
- Monk Tempest Rush Build with Sunwuko
Check out the fantastic vid from Rhykker below showcasing the LoD WoL Monk build for Diablo 3 Season 28 in action.