Seven-Sided Strike Monk PvP Guide

Introduction

The Spirit Ninja Monk PvP Build destroys enemies in PvP 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 - Spirit Ninja

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.

Exploding Palm - Using Reaching Rebuke allows you to turn this skill into a mobility skill while also dealing good damage and applying everyone's favorite AoE explosion.

Seven-Sided Strike - Is a great way to dish out DPS in PvP due to it's large range and immunity during the animation. Spirit's Reach is a great way to deal extra damage to all enemies nearby.

Shield of Zen - Enlightenment's Blessing The shield, movement speed and immunity are key for escaping after you finish your combo.

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 4 PIeces of the Feasting Baron's Pack to enhance your crowd control and 2 pieces of Vithu's Urges to increase the duration of buffs.

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:

  • If you want to be heavier on support equip Purity's Thought so you can dispel a harmful effects from an essential ally.
  • Spirit's Reach can be swapped out for Ice upon the Blossum to add another slow effect or Dragon's Indignation to add a burning DoT onto the enemies.

Gameplay

This build has tons of mobility and can deal significant damage while enemies are pinned down. You have 2 charges to work with on Imprisoned Fist as well as Exploding Palm, which will both send you flying through the air to your targets. Using these well and timing your di-skill id=shieldofzen]Shield of Zen[/di-skill] effectively can lead to some punishing gameplay that your foes will have nightmares about. Lets see how you can make this happen:

  1. Exploding Palm is your entry into battle, whether it be a single enemy or a group. Fly in there and get that palm applied to your target.
  2. Quickly follow up with Imprisoned Fist to knock up and stun the target.
  3. Once stunned you can throw in Fists of Thunder for a few seconds before blasting them with Seven-Sided Strike.
  4. If you didn't use this yes now is a great time to give yourself a shield, movement speed and crowd control immunity with Shield of Zen. These buffs allow you finish off whoever your fighting or aid in a possible retreat.
  5. Keep in mind you should also have another charge of Exploding Palm still. This can also be used as a last offense or escape plan depending on how the fight is going.

This build performs well in 1v1 and group fight scenarios. Timing your assault and getting into a rhythm with your stun and shield is key to being effective with this build. Play around with some of the other supporting items for these skills to see how you can best support your team in these fierce battles.

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. [di-item id=phoenixashes]Phoenix Ashes[/di-item] 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. Bottled Hope works well with Shield of Zen to give an amazing DPS and movement speed buff. Throw on Intervening Law to buff your entire party in PvP and they'll definitely invite you to their birthday parties.

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), 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 Monk PvP 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

  • Crippling Insight - Exploding Palm cooldown decreased by 10%.

2. Legs

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

3. Shoulders

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

4. Off-Hand

  • Reaching Rebuke - Exploding Palm damage increased by 10%.

5. Main-Hand

  • Spirit's Reach - Seven-Sided Strike damage increased by 10%.

6. Chest

  • Enlightenment's Blessing - Shield of Zen cooldown decreased 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. 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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Summary

  • Dominate Battlegrounds and the Rite of Exile with this Barbarian PvP build.
  • Dive into battle with Exploding Palm then pin everyone down with Imprisoned Fist. Punch a few times with Fists of Thunder before unleashing Seven-Sided Strike. Use Shield of Zen after to gain a shield while you finish them off or to help you escape to somewhere safe.
  • Equip Reaching Rebuke, Spirit's Reach, Freedom's Gale, Isolation's Path, Crippling Insight and Enlightenment's Blessing 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!

Credits

Written by Facefoot, wudijo
Contributions by MisterK
Reviewed by Raxxanterax, Rob


Changelog

Apr 11th 2022
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