Diablo 3 Monk Skills

DIABLO 3: MONK SKILLS & RUNESTONES

Monk skills

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Monk skills & runestones

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Active skills
Spirit Generator
Level Skill Runestone
1 monk skills fist of thunder

Fist of Thunder

Spirit Generator

Deal a series of extremely fast punches that deal 100% weapon damage as Lightning damage. Every third hit deals damage to all enemies in front of you. Each strike has a 15% chance to interrupt enemy attacks.

Generate: 6 Spirit per attack

monk runestones alabaster Lightning Flash: Each attack with Fists of Thunder increases your Dodge chance by 2.5%. This effect stacks up to 8 times.
monk runestones crimson Thunderclap: Each punch causes a shockwave that hits all enemies within 8 yards of your primary target for 105% weapon damage as Lightning damage. Also enables you to teleport a short distance during the ability’s first strike.
monk runestones golden Rolling Thunder: Critical hits with this skill generate 7 Spirit.
monk runestones indigo Chain Lightning: The third strike creates chain lightning that can jump to up to 9 other nearby targets. Each lightning strike inflicts 80% weapon damage as Lightning damage.
monk runestones obsidian Static Charge: Enemies attacked are charged with static for 10 seconds. Charged enemies take 130% weapon damage as Lightning damage when you attack other nearby enemies with Fists of Thunder.
4 monk skills deadly reach

Deadly Reach

Spirit Generator

Project lines of pure force over a short distance for 125% weapon damage. Every third hit extends out 25 yards.

Generate: 6 Spirit per attack

monk runestones alabaster Keen Eye: The third strike of Deadly Reach increases the armor of the monk by 80% for 10 seconds.
monk runestones crimson Foresight: The third strike of Deadly Reach increases the damage of all attacks by 10% for 17 seconds. This effect can stack up to 3 times.
monk runestones golden Strike from Beyond: Critical hits caused with this skill generate 7 Spirit.
monk runestones indigo Piercing Trident: The second and third strike of the skill have an increased area of effect. Also increases skill damage to 212% of weapon damage.
monk runestones obsidian Scattered Blows: The third strike is replaced with an attack that will hit up to 9 enemies within 15 yards for 125% weapon damage as Lightning damage.
8 monk skills crippling wave

Crippling Wave

Spirit Generator

A series of large sweeping attacks that causes 100% weapon damage to all enemies in front of you. Every third hit damages all enemies around you and dazes them, slowing movement by 50% for 4.5 seconds.

Generate: 6 Spirit per attack

monk runestones alabaster Breaking Wave: Affected targets take 80% additional damage from all attacks for 9 seconds.
monk runestones crimson Mangle: Increase damage to 220% of weapon damage.
monk runestones golden Rising Tide: Critical hits with this skill generate 7 Spirit.
monk runestones indigo Tsunami: Crippling Wave’s third attack range increases to 17 yards.
monk runestones obsidian Concussion: Enemies hit by Crippling Wave inflict 50% less damage for 9 seconds.
12 monk skills exploding palm

Exploding Palm

Spirit Generator

The first two strikes in the attack deal 100% weapon damage. The third strike causes the target to bleed for 65% of weapon damage per second for 3 seconds. If the target dies while bleeding, it explodes, dealing 40% of the target’s maximum Life as physical damage to all other enemies nearby.

Generate: 6 Spirit per attack

monk runestones alabaster Essence Burn: The third strike causes the target to burn for 95% weapon damage as Fire damage every second for 3 seconds. If the target dies while burning it explodes causing all nearby enemies to burn for 100% weapon damage as Fire damage for 2 seconds. This effect can chain repeatedly.
monk runestones crimson Impending Doom: Increases the duration of the bleed effect to 10 seconds.
monk runestones golden Strong Spirit: If a target dies and explodes with the bleed on them, gain 7 Spirit for each enemy hit by the explosion.
monk runestones indigo Creeping Demise: The bleed effect hits up to 8 targets standing in front of you.
monk runestones obsidian The Flesh is Weak: The first two strikes cause the enemy to take 10% additional damage for 5 seconds. This effect stacks up to 8 times on each target.
17 monk skills sweeping wind

Sweeping Wind

Spirit Generator

Strike a target for 100% weapon damage. Every third hit creates a vortex of air that surrounds you. The vortex of air lasts 5 seconds and deals 20% weapon damage per second to all enemies within 10 yards. This vortex effect can stack up to 3 times for a total of 60% weapon damage per second to nearby enemies.

Generate: 6 Spirit per attack

monk runestones alabaster Master of Wind: Increases the duration of the vortex buff to 12 seconds.
monk runestones crimson Blade Storm: Intensify the vortex, increasing the damage per stack to 44% weapon damage per second. This increases the damage with 3 stacks to 132% weapon damage per second.
monk runestones golden Inner Storm: As long as your vortex is at the maximum stack count, you gain 2.4 Spirit per second.
monk runestones indigo Fire Storm: Increases the radius of the vortex to 14 yards and the damage per stack to 36% weapon damage per second as Fire damage. This increases the damage with 3 stacks to 108% weapon damage per second.
monk runestones obsidian Cyclone: While your vortex is at the maximum stack count, every third hit spawns a lightning tornado that periodically shocks nearby enemies for 66% weapon damage as Lightning damage. Each spawned lightning tornado lasts 3 seconds.
21 monk skills way of hundred fists

Way of Hundred Fists

Spirit Generator

A rapid series of punches strikes enemies for 135% weapon damage.

Generate: 6 Spirit per attack

monk runestones alabaster Windforce Flurry: The third strike generates a wave of wind that deals 149-163 physical damage to enemies directly ahead of you.
monk runestones crimson Fists of Fury: Affected targets will take an additional 35 Holy damage per second for 5 seconds. Also enables the first hit to dash a short distance.
monk runestones golden Spirited Salvo: Every activation of the skill has a 15% chance to generate 7 additional Spirit.
monk runestones indigo Hands of Lightning: Increase the number of hits in the second strike from 8 to 22 hits.
monk runestones obsidian Blazing Fists: Critical hits increase your attack speed by 22% and movement speed by 11%. This effect lasts for 5 seconds and can stack up to 3 times.
Spirit Spender
Level Skill Runestone
1 monk skills blinding flash

Blinding Flash

Spirit Spender

Create a flash of light that blinds all enemies within 20 yards for 5 seconds. Blinded enemies have a 30% chance to miss with attacks and will not attack unless they are attacked first.

Costs: 50 Spirit

monk runestones alabaster Searing Light: Increases the chance affected enemies will miss attacks to 65%.
monk runestones crimson Faith in the Light: For 24 seconds after using Blinding Flash, all of your attacks are infused to deal 17-34 additional Holy damage.
monk runestones golden Self Reflection: Increases the duration enemies are blinded to 12 seconds.
monk runestones indigo Blinding Echo: 3 seconds after using Blinding Flash, a second flash of light will blind enemies within 20 yards for 2 seconds.
monk runestones obsidian Blind and Confused: Blinded enemies have a 100% chance to attack each other.
3 monk skills lashing tail kick

Lashing Tail Kick

Spirit Spender

Unleash a deadly roundhouse kick, knocking enemies back and dealing 130% weapon damage.

Cost: 25 Spirit
Cooldown: 3 seconds

monk runestones alabaster Scorpion Sting: Instead of knocking enemies back, affected enemies are stunned for 3.0 seconds.
monk runestones crimson Vulture Claw Kick: With a torrent of fire, strike all nearby enemies for 312% weapon damage as Fire damage and knock them back.
monk runestones golden Sweeping Armada Kick: All enemies around you are knocked back 260% farther and slow their movement by 40% for 10 seconds.
monk runestones indigo Spinning Flame Kick: Hurl a column of fire that pierces through enemies, causing 312% weapon damage as Fire damage to each enemy it strikes.
monk runestones obsidian Hand of Ytar: Smite all enemies within 5 yards of a target location for 312% damage and slows their movement by 40% for 10 seconds.
5 monk skills breath of heaven

Breath of Heaven

Spirit Spender

A blast of holy energy heals you and all allies within 12 yards for 4790-6387 Life.

Cost: 75 Spirit

monk runestones alabaster Penitent Flame: Enemies hit by Breath of Heaven run in fear for 9 seconds, and take 14 Holy damage per second as they flee.
monk runestones crimson Circle of Scorn: In addition to healing, Breath of Heaven also sears enemies for 57-91 Holy damage.
monk runestones golden Infused with Light: Gain 1 additional Spirit from each combo attack for 33 seconds after using Breath of Heaven.
monk runestones indigo Circle of Life: Increases the healing to 9820-13093 Life.
monk runestones obsidian Blazing Wrath: Increases all damage done by 20% for 33 seconds after Breath of Heaven is used.
6 monk skills dashing strike

Dashing Strike

Spirit Spender

Dash quickly at the targeted enemy or location dealing 50% weapon damage.

Cost: 10 Spirit

monk runestones alabaster Flying Side Kick: Perform a flying kick that has a 50% chance to stun your target for 3.5% seconds.
monk runestones crimson Soaring Skull: Fly through the air head first, slowing the movement of all enemies along the path by 50% for 10 seconds.
monk runestones golden Quicksilver: The cost of Dashing Strike is reduced to 3 Spirit.
monk runestones indigo Way of the Falling Star: Increases movement speed by 55% for 3 seconds after using Dashing Strike to an enemy.
monk runestones obsidian Blinding Speed: Receive a 30% increased chance to dodge for 12 seconds.
8 monk skills lethal decoy

Lethal Decoy

Spirit Spender

Create an illusion of pure holy energy that attracts enemies to itself and explodes after 5 seconds for 43-78 Holy damage.

Cost: 75 Spirit

monk runestones alabaster Simulacrum: If you die while the decoy is alive, you are resurrected at the decoy’s location with 100% Life. The decoy no longer attracts enemies and the duration is increased to 26 seconds.
monk runestones crimson Explosive Decoy: Increases damage of the explosion to 94-172 Holy damage.
monk runestones golden Spirit Link: When the decoy explodes it also heals all allies within 25 yards for 3726-4471 Life.
monk runestones indigo Many Monks: Spawn 3 decoys. Each decoy deals 31-56 Holy damage when it explodes.
monk runestones obsidian Lethal Combatant: Summons a stronger decoy for 13 seconds. The decoy can move and attack enemies for 85-149 damage per swing.
11 monk skills inner sancturay

Inner Sanctuary

Spirit Spender

Create a circle of protection on the ground for 8 seconds that cannot be passed by enemies.

Cost: 80 Spirit

monk runestones alabaster Sanctified Ground: When Inner Sanctuary expires it becomes Sanctified Ground for 6 seconds, slowing the movement of all enemies on it by 60%.
monk runestones crimson Forbidden Palace: Enemies within the area of effect of Inner Sanctuary when it is activated take 185-199 Holy damage.
monk runestones golden Safe Haven: You and all allies regenerate 1170.9 Life per second while inside the circle.
monk runestones indigo Consecration : Increase the duration of Inner Sanctuary to 15 seconds.
monk runestones obsidian Circle of Protection: You and all allies standing in the area of effect of Inner Sanctuary take 55% less damage from attacks.
16 monk skills tempest rush

Tempest Rush

Spirit Spender

Run directly through your enemies knocking them back and hobbling them, slowing their movement by 50% for 3 seconds. Also deals 75% of weapon damage per second while running.

Cost: 3 Spirit plus an additional 12 Spirit per second

monk runestones alabaster Flurry: Increases the potency of the hobbling effect, slowing enemy movement by 71.0%.
monk runestones crimson Bluster: Affected enemies also have their damage reduced by 60% for the duration of the effect.
monk runestones golden Northern Breeze: Reduces cost to 5 Spirit per second.
monk runestones indigo Tailwind: Increases the movement speed of Tempest Rush to 140% of normal.
monk runestones obsidian Slipstream: Damage taken while running is reduced by 65%.
18 monk skills serenity

Serenity

Spirit Spender

You are enveloped in a protective shield that intercepts all incoming damage for 3 seconds and grants immunity to all control impairing effects.

Cost: 35 Spirit
Cooldown: 60 seconds

monk runestones alabaster Reap What is Sown: 90% of the damage absorbed by Serenity is unleashed as an explosion when Serenity expires, dealing up to 146 Holy damage to enemies within 20 yards.
monk runestones crimson Peaceful Repose: Heal yourself for 6387-8409 Life when Serenity is activated.
monk runestones golden Tranquility: Extends the protective shield and immunity to control impairing effects to allies within 45 yards for 3 seconds.
monk runestones indigo Instant Kharma: While Serenity is active, 100% of all projectiles and melee attacks are reflected back at the attacker.
monk runestones obsidian Ascension: Increases the duration of Serenity to 6.5 seconds.
24 monk skills seven sided strike

Seven Sided Strike

Spirit Spender

Dash rapidly between many nearby enemies 7 times striking for 130% weapon damage with every hit.

Cost: 50 Spirit
Cooldown: 30 seconds

monk runestones alabaster Fulminating Onslaught: Each impact explodes to deal 75-82 Holy damage around the target.
monk runestones crimson Sudden Assault: Teleport to the target location for the strike, and damage increases to 234% weapon damage per hit.
monk runestones golden Sustained: Attack Reduces the cooldown of this ability to 16 seconds.
monk runestones indigo Several Sided Strike: Increases the number of strikes made to 14 attacks.
monk runestones obsidian Pandemonium: Enemies hit by the barrage have a 55% chance per hit to be charmed or stunned for 3 seconds.
27 monk skills mystic ally

Mystic Ally

Spirit Spender

Summon an elemental ally capable of engaging enemies in combat until it is destroyed. The ally deals 21-36 physical damage per swing.

Cost: 50 Spirit

monk runestones alabaster Eternal Ally: Imbue the ally with the essence of life. When the ally dies it has a 75% chance to be reborn after 4 seconds. In addition, the physical damage of the ally’s basic attack is increased to 55-92 per swing.
monk runestones crimson Fire Ally: Imbue the ally with the essence of fire. The ally gains the ability to fire kick for 46-77 Fire damage plus an additional 28 Fire damage per second for 2 seconds to all enemies in a straight line.
monk runestones golden Air Ally: Imbue the ally with the essence of air. Every attack made by the ally has a 10% chance to generate 17 Spirit for you. In addition, the ally is surrounded in a torrent of wind that deals 32-49 physical damage per second to all nearby enemies.
monk runestones indigo Water Ally: Imbue the ally with the essence of water. The ally gains the ability to perform a wave attack that deals 65-109 physical damage and slows the movement of affected targets by 60% for 2 seconds.
monk runestones obsidian Earth Ally: Imbue the ally with the essence of earth. Maximum Life for you and the ally is increased by 50%. The ally also gains the ability to create a wave of earth, dealing 53-85 physical damage to a single enemy and forcing that enemy to attack the ally for 25 seconds.
29 monk skills wave of light

Wave of Light

Spirit Spender

Focuses the power of Light to smite all enemies in front of you for 57-85 Holy damage followed by an additional 36-57 Holy damage to all enemies in a line.

Cost: 50 Spirit
Cooldown: 15 seconds

monk runestones alabaster Blinding Light: Critical hits stun enemies for 5.0 seconds.
monk runestones crimson Wall of Light: Increases damage of the initial impact to 116-175 Holy damage.
monk runestones golden Empowered Wave: Reduces the cooldown to 6 seconds.
monk runestones indigo Explosive Light: Shoot out bursts of energy in all directions that deal 170-202 Holy damage to nearby enemies.
monk runestones obsidian Pillar of the Ancients: Summon an ancient pillar that deals 100% weapon damage followed by an additional 800% weapon damage after 2 seconds.
Mantra
Level Skill Runestone
2 monk skills mantra of evasion

Mantra of Evasion

Mantra

Recite a Mantra that grants you and all allies within 40 yards a 30% chance to dodge attacks. Lasts 120 seconds.

Cooldown: 30 seconds

monk runestones alabaster Divine Protection: When you or an ally under the effect of Mantra of Evasion is reduced below 20% Life, a shield of protection forms around that target, reducing incoming damage by 80% for 10 seconds. Each target can be protected at most once every 120 seconds by this effect.
monk runestones crimson Backlash: Successfully dodging an attack creates a burst of flame dealing 120% weapon damage as fire damage to all nearby enemies.
monk runestones golden Wind Through the Reeds: Mantra of Evasion also grants an increase in run speed by 10%.
monk runestones indigo Unstoppable: Mantra of Evasion also reduces the duration of all control imparing effects by 45%.
monk runestones obsidian Hard Target: Mantra of Evasion also grants an increase in armor by 180%.
9 monk skills mantra of retribution

Mantra of Retribution

Mantra

Recite a Mantra that causes you and all allies within 40 yards to reflect melee damage back at enemies, dealing Holy damage equal to 40% of the damage sustained. Lasts 120 seconds.

Cooldown: 30 seconds

monk runestones alabaster Collateral: Damage An attacker that triggers Mantra of Retribution has a 30% chance to suffer a feedback blast, dealing 39-46 damage to itself and surrounding enemies.
monk runestones crimson Retaliation: Increase amount of damage reflected by the Mantra to 75%. The Mantra will now reflect ranged damage as well as melee damage.
monk runestones golden Against All Odds: Mantra of Retribution also restores 1-8 Spirit when reflecting damage done to you.
monk runestones indigo Transgression: Mantra of Retribution also increases attack speed for you and all allies by 40%.
monk runestones obsidian Indignation: When Mantra of Retribution damages an attacker, the attacker has a 100% chance to be stunned for 2 seconds.
14 monk skills mantra of healing

Mantra of Healing

Mantra

Recite a Mantra that causes you and all allies within 40 yards to gain increased Life regeneration by 106.4 Life per second. Lasts 120 seconds.

Cooldown: 30 seconds

monk runestones alabaster Time of Need: Mantra of Healing also increases all resistances by 50%.
monk runestones crimson Sustenance: Increases the Life regeneration granted by Mantra of Healing to 292.7 Life per second.
monk runestones golden Soothing Breeze: Mantra of Healing also grants you 2.0 Spirit per second.
monk runestones indigo Boon of Protection: When Mantra of Healing is activated a temporary shield is placed on you and your allies for 10 seconds. The shield will absorb up to 40% of each person’s maximum Life in damage.
monk runestones obsidian Heavenly Body: Mantra of Healing also increases Vitality by 45%.
22 monk skills mantra of conviction

Mantra of Conviction

Mantra

Recite a Mantra that causes all enemies within 20 yards of you to take 20% additional damage. Lasts 120 seconds.

Cooldown: 30 seconds

monk runestones alabaster Intimidation: Enemies affected by Mantra of Conviction inflict 45% less damage.
monk runestones crimson Overawe: Increases Mantra strength so that enemies take 55% additional damage.
monk runestones golden Reclamation: You and your allies have a 75% chance to be healed for 958-1064 Life when striking an enemy under the effects of Mantra of Conviction.
monk runestones indigo Submission: Enemies affected by Mantra of Conviction take 28-32 Holy damage per second.
monk runestones obsidian Demoralize: Slows the movement of enemies within 20 yards by 48%.
Passive skills
Level Skill
10 monk skills resolve

Resolve

Damage you deal reduces enemy damage by 1% for 2.5 seconds.

10 monk skills the guardians path

The Guardian’s Path

While dual-wielding, you gain a 10% chance to dodge incoming attacks. While using a two-handed weapon, all Spirit generation is increased by 20%.

12 monk skills fleet footed

Fleet Footed

Increase base movement speed by 10%.

13 monk skills transcendence

Transcendence

Every point of Spirit spent heals you for 42.6 Life.

15 monk skills chart of resonance

Chart of Resonance

Duration of all Mantras increased by 120 seconds. While one of your Mantras is active you gain 1 Spirit every second.

17 monk skills seize the initiative

Seize the Initiative

Your Defense is increased by 25% of your Attack.

19 monk skills exalted soul

Exalted Soul

Increases maximum Spirit by 30.

20 monk skills sixth sense

Sixth Sense

Your dodge chance is increased by an amount equal to 50% of your chance to critical hit.

23 monk skills pacifism

Pacifism

While stunned, feared or charmed, all damage taken is reduced by 75%.

25 monk skills never death experience

Never Death Experience

When receiving fatal damage, you are instead restored to 35% of maximum Life and 35% Spirit.

This effect cannot occur more than once every 90 seconds.

26 monk skills guiding light

Guiding Light

Whenever you heal another player with an active skill, you and the other player deal 16% more damage for 10 seconds.

28 monk skills one with everything

One With Everything

Your resistance to all elements is equal to your highest elemental resistance.

30 monk skills beacon of ytar

Beacon of Ytar

The cooldown on your Lashing Tail Kick, Seven Sided Strike and Wave of Light abilities is removed, but their Spirit cost is increased by 50%.

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Diablo 3 monk skills & runestones

Different Types of Monk skills in Diablo 3

An Aura is a skill that operates as a regular AoE of certain type, and the Monk is the only class is Diablo 3 that has Aura Skills. Aura is now known by the new name, Mantras. The second type of Monk skills are Combo Skills. You can compare Aura in Diablo 3 with the Warcries in Diablo 2. When an Aura is cast it has effect for a period of time instead of remaining active for the duration of selection through right click. Combo Skills deal 3 rapid hits of changing features. You can mix and match these Monk skills, where you can hit different stages from different combos.

Some of the Auras are listed here from Blizzcon 2010 demo. Holy Aura is a tier 3 Monk Skill that restores hit points for the Monk as well as his close members. This one of the Monk skills increases the health of the monk and the surrounding members by a fixed health per second. Dominate Aura is a tier 4 Monk Skill which is a Spirit Skill that boosts damage. This skill generates an aura that leads to fixed percentage damage to all the surrounding enemies.

Retribution Aura is a tie 6 Monk skills that reflects that the damage onto the monsters. The damage gets reflected back onto the enemies. This aura deals holy damage of a fixed percentage of the wreaked damage. This skill is going to damage all the surrounding enemies for a fixed holy damage for a few seconds. Resist Aura is also one of the Monk skills. This tier 7 skill helps the monk to create an aura that helps in protecting him and his party members. The resistance of all is increased by fixed points.

In the following lines you will find the leading Combo Skills under Monk skills. Crippling Wave is a Level 8 Monk Skill that generates Spirit. This skill helps the Monk to debuff the enemies by minimizing their speed and damage. Another Combo Skill is Deadly Reach. This is a level 4 Monk Skill that projects force lines for a short distance and causes 125% damage. The third hit expands out for 25 yards. Exploding Palm is a Level 12 Combo Skill that causes internal damage leading to the explosion of a target.

Fists of Thunder, is another Monk skills, which is a Level 1 skill. This Combo Skill is also called Hands of Lightning. This skill allows the Monk to charge the strikes with lightning to begin a 3-stage attack. Another Monk skills is Sweeping Wind that unlocks at Level 17. This Combo Skill lets the Monk sweep his weapon using great amount of force where he can hit several enemies. Another Monk skills is the Way of the Hundred Fists. This is a Level 21 Combo Skill that dramatically increases the fighting pace of the Monk. This allows the Monk to hammer the enemies to dust. These are just a few Monk skills. You can explore further and find more interesting skills.

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