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Best Monk Build in Diablo 3 Season 30

The best Monk build in Diablo 3 Season 30, outlining the active and passive skills, item and weapon setup, legendary gems, Kanai's Cube, and more.
Best Monk Build in Diablo 3 Season 30

If you want the hordes of the Burning Hells to "break beneath the endless tide" of onslaughts with your Monk in Diablo 3 Season 30, 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 12 January 2024: We've updated this article with the best Monk build for Diablo 3 Season 30 taking balance changes into consideration.

Is the Monk a Good Class in Diablo 3 Season 30?

Not only is the Monk considered a good class in Diablo 3 Season 30, 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 30. 

Best Monk Build Diablo 3 Is Class for you
The Monk is ideal for players who want an up close and personal playstyle with high damage output, but beware it cant tank tons of damage. (Picture: Blizzard)

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 30, 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 30 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 S30

Best Monk Build Diablo 3 Active Skills
LoD Wave of Light Monk Active Skills. (Picture: Blizzard)

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. 

Skill Rune
Wave of Light Explosive Light
Mystic Ally Air Ally
Cyclone Strike Implosion
Dashing Strike Blinding Speed
Epiphany Desert Shroud
Mantra of Salvation Agility

Below you can find the Passive skills for the LoD Monk build in Diablo 3 Season 30. 

Best Monk Build Diablo 3 Passive Skills
LoD Wave of Light Monk Passive Skills. (Picture: Blizzard)

Best in Slot Items and Angelic Crucible for Demon Hunter Build in S30

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
Main-Hand Kyoshiro's Blade 
Off-Hand Rabid Strike 
Helm Tzo Krin's Gaze
Gloves Stone Gauntlets
Shoulders Lefebvre's Soliloquy
Chest Cindercoat
Pants Blackthorne's Jousting Mail
Boots The Crudest Boots
Ring 1 Convention of Elements
Ring 2 Unity
Bracers Pinto's Pride
Amulet Squirt's Necklace
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 S30

Best Monk Build Diablo 3 Kanai's cube
Our Kanai's cube items will focus on decreasing skill cooldowns and increasing damage. (Picture: Blizzard)

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.

Best Monk Build Diablo 3 Legendry Gems Legacy of Dreams
Our main Legendary Gem is the Legacy of Dreams which boost our Legendary Items. (Picture: Blizzard)
  • 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 30 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.

Best Monk Build Diablo 3 Season 30 Alternate Builds
Below are some Alternate builds you can try with the Monk class in Season 30. (Picture: Blizzard)

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.