Flying Dragon Monk PvP Guide - Battlegrounds and Rite of Exile


The Claw Machine Flying Dragon Monk Monk PvP Build destroys enemies in game modes like Battlegrounds and the Rite of Exile. Due to the nature of PvP there are certainly multiple builds that can thrive and be successful. In general, it's always useful to have a lot of mobility, crowd control and the ability to do quick bursts or react to incoming attacks with defensive tools. 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 ✔
Great Burst DPS
Constantly Immobilize Enemies
Good AoE and Single Target Damage

❌ Melee Range
Requires constant Inputs
❌ Rotation Important for Success
Struggles When Skills are on Cooldown

Monk PvP Build - Claw Machine

Imprisoned Fist - Knocks up and stuns enemies while using Freedom's Gale, pick up Isolation's Path so you can be twice as punishing with this skill.

Flying Dragon is where the build name comes from, after diving in with Fists of Thunder use it to swoop up enemies around you and take them back to your team. No supporting items available or needed, this skill dominates.

Wave Strike is great with this setup cause it has a short cooldown and packs a decent punch. Using Unshakable Weight and Roar of the Eea allow you to punish the enemies your scooped up quickly.

Inner Sanctuary is the final piece of the puzzle. Shielding your nearby allies with Peace of the Present, while trapping the enemies in their prison of death using Tranqulity's Gaze.

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

Use 6 PIeces of the Feasting Baron's Pack to enhance your crowd control help finish off enemies with it's powerful 6 piece bonus. If all the stunning you do wasn't enough this proc seals the fate of nearly any enemy.

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

Alternative Setups

As always there are many variations and changes that could be made to this setup.

  • Consider changing Wave Strike out for any other DPS skill of your choice like Seven-Sided Strike or Wave of Light.
  • This build is quite heavy on Stuns and support already but it can go even further by changing out Wave Strike for Shield of Zen to take on a full support role.


The Flying Dragon Monk has tons of mobility and can deal significant damage while enemies are pinned down. You have 2 charges of Imprisoned Fist and Wave Strike. Alternating these 2 skills while fighting allows you to immobilize enemies beyond their wildest dreams and completely control the fight.

  1. Fists of Thunderis your entry into battle, use it to jump on to an enemy before using Flying Dragon to take them back to your allies. Keep in mind you can only target the same enemy every several seconds but you CAN jump from one enemy to another instantly. This can be nice to jump deeper into a teams territory and potentially bring back multiple enemies.
  2. Quickly follow up with Imprisoned Fist to knock up and stun the target(s).
  3. Once stunned drop Inner Sanctuary so they can't escape without getting stunned by it's rim.
  4. Hit them with Wave Strike and follow up with another hit from Imprisoned Fist to keep them stunned. After Inner Sanctuary you may need to use Imprisoned Fist again before Wave Strike to keep them stunned. If so no problem just follow up with the double Wave Strike after.
  5. From here all of your skills should be on cooldown with Flying Dragon returning in a few seconds.Keep pounding them with Fists of Thunder and then use Flying Dragon to take them even further into your teams territory when it comes up.
  6. Rinse and repeat when your cooldowns are ready

This build is insanely fun to play and can be very useful to a team especially on defense in the battlegrounds. The ability to take enemies and hand deliver them to your team is unmatched. Following it up with and endless barrage of punches and stuns is very satisfying as you watch your team dive in on your latest catch.

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. Battleguard is great in PvP where enough damage reduction can make you a big problem for the enemy team.
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. Blessing of the Worthy is amazing because you're constantly in melee range of enemies. This will deal decent damage to the first person who lays a hand on you in most fights.
  3. Phoenix Ashes is amazing in PvP, the shield can make the difference between life and death when fights get really spicy, this extra moment will save you often.
  4. 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.
  5. Seeping Bile has poison that is devastating in large densities, while not as useful in PvP it still adds some DPS to your attacks.
  6. Zwenson's Haunting is a good damage boost. When scooping multiple enemies it's especially useful and can proc a few times in drawn out fight.

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 Flying Dragon 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), but becomes less important later due to diminishing returns.

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. Increased Damage to Players to increase damage.
  2. Critical Hit Chance to proc Everlasting Torment attack speed effect at Rank 6.
  3. 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 Flying Dragon Monk 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.


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. Legs

  • Isolation's Path - Imprisoned Fist cooldown decreased by 10%.

2. Shoulders

  • Freedom's Gale - Imprisoned Fist cooldown decreased by 10%

3. Head

  • Tranqulity's Gaze - Inner Sanctuary cooldown decreased by 10%.

4. Chest

  • Peace of the Present - Inner Sanctuary cooldown decreased by 10%.

5. Off-Hand

  • Roar of the Eea - Wave Strike damage increased by 10%.

6. Main-Hand

  • Unshakable Weight - Wave Strike damage increased by 10%.

Check out our Awakening Guide for more information.


For Paragon Points, always prioritize Damage and Life. Remember to activate the Paragon Tree that you want to use. Use Survivor as your active tree while leveling up your Paragon from 1-99. Its active nodes work in PvP unlike Vanquisher, making it a stronger option for players wanting to focus on PvP. At Paragon 100 you can respec and follow the example below to get a great boost to your PvP bonuses.

Use the Slider to see Paragon progression

Once you hit Paragon 100 respec your Paragon Points so you can utilize the more powerful Gladiator tree. Start picking up some of the the Vanquisher tree as well so you can use it during PvE activities. Even the most PvP focused player needs to do PvE content to stay powerful, so this is worth the investment. For Paragon 100-199 keep filling in Life and Damage nodes across the board and grab some active nodes in the Soldier Tree towards the end.

Use the Slider to see Paragon progression

Check out our Paragon Guide for more information.

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  • Dominate Battlegrounds and the Rite of Exile with this Flying Dragon Monk PvP build.
  • Dive into battle with Fists of Thunder then scoop them up and take them back to your team with Flying Dragon. Pin everyone down with Imprisoned Fist, place Inner Sanctuary then unleash Wave Strike. Rinse and repeat while fitting extra damage with Fists of Thunder
  • Equip Unshakable Weight, Roar of the Eea, Freedom's Gale, Isolation's Path, Tranqulity's Gaze and Peace of the Present 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 Imprisoned Fist and Exploding Palm to another level.
  • Accumulate Paragon and invest in all the Damage nodes you can find while picking up key active nodes.
  • Be that Monk everyone fears, don't go easy on them!


Written by Facefoot


Apr 11th 2022
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