Cyclone Monk Dungeon Guide

Introduction

The Cyclone Machine Monk Dungeon Build excels at farming Dungeons in a group. Here your main focus is on speed, grouping enemies and being generally useful to the team. Use Cyclone Strike to create a stacked up pull of enemies then apply Exploding Palm before your team shows up to destroy everything. Mystic Allies deal great single target damage on bosses making this a very well rounded build for group play. Below we show you how to maximize your contribution to the team.

This build guide assumes you have a Character at Level 60. Check out the Monk 1-60 Leveling Guide and Complete Leveling Guide if you're not there yet!

Great Mobility ✔
Good AoE Damage
Pulls Enemies Together
Great Class Consumable

❌ Melee Range
Requires Constant Inputs
❌ Slower than Most Classes
Mediocre Single Target Damage


Monk Dungeon Build - Cyclone Machine

Inner Sanctuary combined with Empathy's Blessing increases the damage of all party members as well as your Mystic Allies. Use this before cycling through the rest of your DPS skills.

Seven-Sided Strike - A decent single-target ability that also provides full damage immunity during its animation. Dragon's Indignation makes enemies burn allowing you to get the Firestorm Crits from Cyclone Strike. Use Discipline's Weight for more damage.

Cyclone Strike - Storm Spirit and Eye of the Storm turn this into a massive tornado helping clear our enemies along the way and around the boss.

Mystic Allies - They are great for single-target to nuke down bosses. Use Companion's Melody for increased uptime on them.

Fists of Thunder (Primary) - The standard primary attack skill. It allows you to do a short-range teleport, saving valuable cooldowns for that purpose while adding a bit of DPS.

For the shoulders use any other pair you use for another build, there isn't a useful pair for this build.

Use 6 PIeces of the Issatar Imbued to enhance your movement speed and damage.

Check out our Set Item Guide and Equipment Guide for more information.

Alternative Setups

There are a few changes you can make depending on your preferred playstyle:

  • Depending on what exactly your group is doing and how often you split up you can also focus more on your own damage by switching either Mystic Allies or Cyclone Strike with Seven-Sided Strike or Wave of Light.
  • At high Hell difficulties, Inner Sanctuary or Shield of Zen are great for damage reduction or shielding.
  • If you have Empathy's Blessing, you should definitely include Inner Sanctuary to buff your team with more damage, if you don't have it you can use Exploding Palm.
  • For speedrunning very easy content Flying Dragon is great to move yourself and enemies around even more (instead of Mystic Allies).

Gameplay

You want to move quickly and make sure to be a valuable addition to the team by increasing their damage output on the bosses using Inner Sanctuary and Empathy's Blessing. Be thoughtful of where to stop and when to use your abilities for the greatest benefit of the team. Having all your cooldowns to help take down teh bosses fast is always a priority in dungeons. Here's the rotation:

  1. Use Inner Sanctuary before cycling through the rest of your DPS skills. This increases the damage of all party members as well as your Mystic Allies.
  2. Seven-Sided Strike and Cyclone Strike should always be used together to get the Firestorm proc from burning enemies. You should be able to do this combo 2-3 times between Inner Sanctuary cooldowns.
  3. Summon your Mystic Allies, if possible when there's only your main target present. They have a short duration, so clean up before if you can.
  4. Either finish off whatever is left with a similar rotation or move on to the next spot. On high HP targets like elites and bosses, use Fists of Thunder as much as possible while waiting for cooldowns.

Check out our Dungeons guide for more information.


Legendary and Normal Gems

Legendary Gems provide incredible attribute bonuses and unique effects. They are found as a reward after completing an Elder Rift that is enhanced with a Legendary Crest. Many of them are also crafted using Runes and Platinum at the Jeweler in Westmarch.

Read our Legendary Gems Guide for more information.

Starter Legendary Gems
  1. Everlasting Torment deals incredible damage over time after a Critical Hit. For a simple 1 star Legendary Gem, it packs a punch.
  2. Fervant Fang does fantastic single target damage. It can easily be acquired from the Battle Pass without relying on luck from crests.
  3. Berserker's Eye provides increased damage at the cost of taking more damage. This tradeoff works well for this build.
  4. Power & Command amazing DPS gem that can also dispel harmful effects.
  5. Lightning Core does direct damage to an enemy group, often wiping them out in the process. While the damage is infrequent, it's useful for taking down larger targets.
  6. Seled's Weakening gives a frequent damage boost anytime you kill elites, making it have natural synergy with this build.
Best in Slot Legendary Gems
  1. Blood-Soaked Jade is the best Legendary Gem in the game. It provides massive damage and movement speed, which is perfect for solo content.
  2. Bottled Hope grants your entire team an amazing damage and movement speed buff. Inner Sanctuary and Empathy's Blessing allow you to buff your entire party.
  3. Seeping Bile has poison that is devastating in large densities while applying a DoT to enemies.
  4. Blessing of the Worthy is amazing because you're constantly in melee range of enemies. Any damage taken activates devastating damage every 15 seconds, obliterating anything nearby.
  5. Howler's Call blasts your enemies from incredible range and is triggered by any Primary. This adds an important ranged attack to your arsenal that triggers off your already stacked rotation.
  6. Zwenson's Haunting is another great DPS Gem. Many Dungeon bosses summon monsters during the fight allowing this gem to proc regularly form start to finish.

Normal Gems

  1. Tourmaline is better than Ruby, since Damage is better than Life.
  2. Sapphire is better than Aquamarine, since Armor Penetration (Critical Hit Damage) is better than Armor.
  3. Citrine is equal to Topaz, since both Potency and All Resistance are underwhelming stats. Simply use the highest leveled Yellow Gems you've obtained.

Attribute Priorities

Primary Attributes

The Monk's main Primary Attribute is Strength, giving +0.3 Damage per point. All other things equal, use gear with Strength to maximize the damage you deal. Fortitude is also important early on because it gives you Armor Penetration (Critical Hit Damage).

The Monk's worst Primary Attribute is Intelligence because it only gives +1 Combat Rating. If possible, don't use it.

  1. Strength +1 Combat Rating and +0.3 Damage.
  2. Fortitude +1 Combat Rating, +0.1 Armor, and +0.1 Armor Penetration. Armor increases your chance to Block, which mitigates 20% of incoming damage. This is a nice defensive boost, especially when pushing Challenge Rifts or Helliquary bosses. Armor Penetration gives Critical Hit Damage, which is nice if you already have a high Critical Hit Chance.
  3. Vitality +1 Combat Rating and +3 Life. It never hurts to have more life, especially for end game pushes and PvP. Vitality is the best attribute after the damage-dealing ones.
  4. Willpower +1 Combat Rating, +0.1 Potency, and +0.1 Resistance. Potency increases the duration of harmful effects on enemies, while Resistance lowers the duration of harmful effects on you from enemies. Willpower may play a larger role in the future, but currently it is never prioritized.
  5. Intelligence +1 Combat Rating. Gives nothing extra and is therefore the worst attribute.

Check out our Stats Mechanic Guide for more information.

Special Attributes

Because the total amount of primary attributes is so important, you rarely prioritize special attributes on gear. Still, several special attributes can make a difference, here are some of the best ones you can find:

  1. Critical Hit Chance to proc Everlasting Torment attack speed effect at Rank 6.
  2. Critical Hit Damage to increase damage.

Check out our full Attribute and Magic Affix Guide and Upgrading and Reforging Guide for more information.

Bonus Attributes, Family Bonus, and Reforging

Family bonuses are hard to change so picking a powerful option is important. Here are some of the best Family Bonuses available for the Monk Dungeon Build:

  1. Wildfire Stone rolls Critical Hit Damage, which is one of the strongest offensive attributes in the game. The Hydra isn't all that useful, though, unless you desperately need something to soak damage.
  2. Vengeance Stone is a great option for the extra single target damage. Focus on the Attack Speed rolls here for even more overall DPS and Vengeance Stone procs.

For more details, see our Upgrading and Reforging Guide.


Awakening

Focus on Awakening your gear with 1 star Gems at first (Trickshot Gem, Berserker's Eye, Everlasting Torment etc.). All item slots provide great benefits for a Monk, we recommend Awakening your items in this order:

1. Head

  • Empathy's Blessing - Inner Sanctuary cooldown decreased by 10%.

2. Legs

  • Companion's Melody - Mystic Allies cooldown decreased by 10%.

3. Main-Hand

  • Dragon's Indignation - Seven-Sided Strike cooldown decreased by 10%.

4. Shoulders

  • Discipline's Weight - Seven-Sided Strike cooldown decreased by 10%.

5. Off-Hand

  • Eye of the Storm - Cyclone Strike cooldown decreased by 10%.

6. Chest

  • Storm Spirit - Cyclone Strike damage increased by 10%.

Check out our Awakening Guide for more information.


Paragon

For Paragon Points, always prioritize Damage and Life. Remember to activate the Paragon Tree that you want to use. Vanquisher is the best for damage, and Treasure Hunter can be used for a small Experience boost. Avoid activating the Gladiator Tree since its active nodes only work in PvP.

Note: This path is used for all PvE content, but is subject to change on launch as we achieve higher Paragon and see the finalized trees.

Use the Slider to see Paragon 1-150 progression

Once you hit Paragon 150 respec your Paragon Points so you can utilize the more powerful Mastermind tree. Remember to activate the Paragon Tree! From here continue to pick up Life and Damage nodes in the other Paragon Trees.

With this setup you can also activate the Gladiator tree when you PvP. Once you have Mastermind filled in and active you can prioritize picking up the Gladiator tree sooner or later, depending on how much PvP you plan to do.

Use the Slider to see Paragon 150-200 progression

Check out our Paragon Guide for more information.


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Summary

  • Dominate Dungeons and group farming with this build.
  • Buff the team with Inner Sanctuary and make sure your Mystic Allies are around for boss fights. Apply your burn with Seven-Sided Strike then lay down the massive tornado with Cyclone Strike. Use Fists of Thunder for mobility.
  • Equip Empathy's Blessing, Discipline's Weight, Companion's Melody, Empathy's Blessing, Eye of the Storm, Dragon's Indignation and Issatar Imbued for maximum power.
  • Rank up Normal and Legendary Gems for huge bonuses while hunting for a Wildfire Stone Family Bonus.
  • Seek out Critical Hit Chance and Damage Special Attributes with Strength and Fortitude Primary Attributes.
  • Awaken gear slots to boost your Mystic Allies and Exploding Palm to another level.
  • Accumulate Paragon and invest in all the Damage nodes you can find while picking up key active nodes.
  • Blow up the world with your allies by your side!

Credits

Written by Facefoot, wudijo
Reviewed by Raxxanterax, Rob


Changelog

Apr 11th 2022
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