Monk Leveling up in Diablo Immortal is a journey that you can approach with your own playstyle. Will you choose to take the fast and efficient path, focused on XP through the Battle Pass? Or will you choose to go on a relaxed and fun focused route filled by enjoying Side Quests, Hidden Lairs, and the story? Whichever way you choose, this guide covers everything you need to comfortably reach level 60 as a Monk.
Check out the Speedrun to Level 60 guide for strategies on finishing the campaign quickly. We also have a full step-by-step game walkthrough if you ever get stuck along the way. Let's dive into the Monk leveling guide!
Choosing your class in Diablo Immortal is a big decision. Your main character requires a significant time investment, and we want you to enjoy playing the one you've chosen. Read our Monk Overview first to be sure this class is right for you.
What to expect as a Monk
Monk Leveling Build
Level 1 - Cyclone Strike, Flying Kick and Fists of Thunder are available at the start. Cyclone Strike is a fantastic gathering skill for both Solo and Group play, and is used for the entire leveling process. Flying Kick is a decent starter skill, but is replaced quickly. Fists of Thunder is the best Primary Skill for Monks due to its short-range teleport, and it is so strong that you may never remove it from your build.
Level 3 - Wave Strike offers a small increase in damage, but we will replace this soon. The charge up takes too long to be of much use later on.
Level 8 - Seven-Sided Strike enters the battle as a devastating attack that combos with Cyclone Strike and Exploding Palm (we'll get that later on). Now you're blasting!
Level 15 - Mystic Strike (replace Flying Kick) arrives as an indispensable movement skill that deals damage, pulls enemies together, and can charge up for multiple uses.
Level 24 - Exploding Palm (replace Wave Strike) detonates entire rooms of enemies... Yes Please! Cyclone ➜ Exploding Palm ➜ Seven-Sided Strike is one of the juiciest combos in Diablo Immortal.
You now have all the skills for our suggested Solo Monk Build, feel free to experiment with others as you unlock them!
Finding better equipment powers up your character. When you find an upgrade to your current equipment, your bag icon will flash. Open your inventory and equip any items with green arrows. Any other items can be salvaged at the Blacksmith, giving you crafting materials that are critical for upgrading equipment. Pick up and salvage every item you can using autopickup and periodically return to town to salvage. Make sure to turn on autopickup for Grey, Blue, and Yellow items in General Settings. Don't leave items on the ground; salvaging every item has value! As you continue to level up, you will find Legendary Items, which are the highest tier items for your six Primary slots. After you hit the maximum character level, you will also find Set Items in Hell 1 difficulty and beyond, which are the highest tier items for your six Secondary slots.
Upgrading your equipment is the most important way to gain power in Diablo Immortal. The Blacksmith is where you will spend all of your hard-earned salvage materials. Don't worry about wasting materials upgrading "bad equipment" because you can transfer upgrades for free! Even if you end up salvaging upgraded equipment, you receive 100% of the invested resources as a refund. In other words, the game is carefully designed so you can't lose any salvage materials! Upgrade all of your equipment to Rank 6 before continuing to Rank 7 because this gives you an extra attribute for each Primary slot! Read our full Upgrading and Reforging Guide to learn the details around upgrading strategy, attributes, and family bonuses!
Legendary Items are extremely rare items that enhance different skills. If you are lucky enough to find one, equip it and transfer your upgrades immediately because these roll better attributes than any other items. Try out the skill it buffs, even if it isn't part of our Monk leveling build. It may give your character a huge power increase! Consider yourself extra lucky if you find Dragon's Indignation, Crippling Insight, Breath of Incense, Eye of the Storm, Discipline's Weight, Reaching Rebuke, The Open Mind, or Companion's Melody because these are the most powerful items for a Monk!
Essence Transfer - When you have a Legendary you no longer need, don't salvage it! Instead, go to the Essence Transfer NPC in Westmarch and extract its power. Now you can overwrite any future Legendary Item in the same slot with this power! Collecting every power is important because this will enable you to quickly swap builds in the future. If you already have the power extracted, then salvage it for a Glowing Shard.
Choosing the Battle Pass Legendary
Early on in the Battle Pass you can choose one Legendary for your class. We recommend taking Eye of the Storm because it makes one of our most important skills even more powerful. Continue to level up the Battle Pass to gain even more power!
Normal Gems and Legendary Gems
Finding Normal Gems and Legendary Gems further powers up your character. During leveling, simply equip Normal Gems that you find from Hidden Lairs, pick Tourmaline when given the choice. Legendary Gems can be bought for Platinum from the Marketplace or by running Elder Rifts empowered by Rare Crest and Legendary Crest. You will get some Legendary Crest early on in the Battle Pass, so use these right away so you can equip Legendary Gems for an impressive power boost! Read our full Gem Guide for even more details on picking and upgrading the right gems for you.
Helliquary Unlock and Rewards
After reaching level 36, follow your quests to Westmarch and unlock the Helliquary. Make sure to defeat the Helliquary bosses each reset (twice a week - Monday & Thrusday) at the highest difficulty you can. This assures you get as much Scoria as possible. There is no catch up mechanic for getting lost Scoria due to not defeating a boss from a previous reset! The Empowered Battle Pass allows you to earn extra Scoria, so check it out if you want to boost your Helliquary even further.
Monk Leveling From 1 to 60
Leveling requires more than just progressing straight through the story and every zone. You will need to explore the rest of the game to get enough XP to progress. Once you reach a new area, you may encounter a message that says, "You must reach X level before continuing." Here are two different ways to gain that required XP:
Congratulations on completing the story! Your journey has just begun as the endgame awaits you. Check out our full Paragon & Experience guide to learn about the rest of your Monk leveling journey. How do you build your character for endgame activities? Don't worry, we've got everything you need:
Monk Leveling Summary
- Read the Monk Overview to know if it's the right class for you.
- Combo Cyclone Strike ➜ Exploding Palm ➜ Seven-Sided Strike to destroy everything.
- Make sure to turn on autopickup in General Settings. Don't leave items on the ground; salvaging every item has value.
- Upgrade your gear often - it is the best way to Power Up!
- Use Essence Transfer on unwanted Legendaries to use their powers later.
- Read our Full Game Walkthrough if you ever get stuck.
- Once you're level 60, conquer the endgame with our build guides listed above!
Written by Raxxanterax
Contributions by Facefoot
Reviewed by Echohack, Rob
Fixed Monk items in recommended Legendary Items section