Best Monk Legendary and Set Items

The most popular Monk armor and weapons at level 70 in Reaper of Souls
  • This guide has the most popular armor and weapons used by Monks in Diablo III, with the best in slot Monk items ranked by popularity.
  • The charts are generated from the data of more than 5 million Diablo III characters. They list the most powerful Monk Legendary and Set items used by level 70 Monks who are playing in Diablo III: Reaper of Souls.
  • This gear guide shows the equipment worn by the level 70 Monks who are actively playing in Reaper of Souls during Patch 2.1. For each weapon and armor slot, there are charts of three groups of Monks:
    1. The softcore Monks who are in the bottom 75% of elite monster kills.
    2. The softcore Monks who are in the top 25% of elite monster kills.
    3. Hardcore Monks, regardless of elite monster kills.
  • Each chart shows the best Monk items for a specific item slot. The most used Monk Legendary and Set items are listed in order of their popularity, and the percentage of Rare items used is at the bottom of the list. This guide shows the most useful gear for level 70 Diablo III PC Monks, and those in the console Ultimate Evil Edition on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, or Xbox 360. These are the top Monk items, used for end-game level 70 content like running Nephalem Rifts and Greater Rifts in Adventure Mode, or farming Paragon Levels.
  • This best in slot Monk gear guide has all the top gear just for Monks, most of which is dropping now. Any items marked as (Legacy) are older and no longer drop. Some Monks use those items as they hunt for new gear, to upgrade from the old equipment of patch 2.0 and before. See the Best Legendary and Set Items overview for more information about the Legendary editions, and for charts of the top items across all the classes combined.
  • The Most Popular Monk Builds and Skills charts reflect the Monk skills and builds that are used with this elite gear.
Charts Last Updated: September 23, 2014

Best Monk Armor

  • These are charts of the most popular Monk armor, for each armor and jewelry slot on level 70 Monks in Reaper of Souls. They include the best Set Monk armor pieces, and the slots where top Legendary and Rare armor items are most often used. The Monk best in slot (BiS) armor is listed by popularity.

Monk Helms

  • These are the most popular Helm items used by level 70 Monks, worn in the Head slot.

Monk Shoulders

  • These are the most popular Shoulder items used by level 70 Monks.

Monk Amulets

  • These are the most popular Amulet items used by level 70 Monks, worn in the Neck slot.

Monk Chests

  • These are the most popular Chest items used by level 70 Monks, worn in the Torso slot.

Monk Gloves

  • These are the most popular Gloves used by level 70 Monks, worn in the Hands slot.
Gloves used by Lower 75%
Softcore Monks
GlovesPercent
Sunwuko's Paws24.8%
Fists of Thunder15.9%
Gladiator Gauntlets7.7%
Magefist7.6%
Asheara's Ward5.3%
Cain's Scrivener4.9%
St. Archew's Gage4.7%
Frostburn3.1%
Penders Purchase1.6%
Pride of the Invoker1.6%
Gloves of Worship1.3%
The Shadow’s Grasp1.1%
Sage's Purchase0.4%
Tasker and Theo0.3%
Other Legendary & Set0.4%
Rare Gloves19.3%
Gloves used by Top 25%
Softcore Monks
GlovesPercent
Sunwuko's Paws36.5%
Fists of Thunder24.4%
Magefist7.2%
Cain's Scrivener5.8%
Asheara's Ward5.0%
Gladiator Gauntlets4.2%
Frostburn3.4%
St. Archew's Gage2.9%
Gloves of Worship1.6%
Penders Purchase1.2%
Pride of the Invoker0.5%
The Shadow’s Grasp0.3%
Tasker and Theo0.2%
Sage's Purchase0.2%
Other Legendary & Set0.1%
Rare Gloves6.5%

Monk Bracers

  • These are the most popular Bracers used by level 70 Monks, worn in the Wrists slot.

Monk Rings

  • These are the most popular Rings used by level 70 Monks, worn in the two Finger slots.
  • Important Note: Unlike the rest of the item slots, the percentage for Rings on these charts does not add up to 100%. That is because there are two Finger slots on a Diablo III character, and only the Legendary and Set rings used are displayed in these charts. The Finger slots that aren't using these rings have Rare Rings equipped.

Monk Belts

  • These are the most popular Belt items used by level 70 Monks, worn in the Waist slot.

Monk Pants

  • These are the most popular Pants used by level 70 Monks, worn in the Legs slot.

Monk Boots

  • These are the most popular Boots used by level 70 Monks, worn in the Feet slot.

Best Monk Weapons

  • These charts list the most popular Monk weapons and off-hands used by level 70 Monks in Reaper of Souls. The first two sets of charts list the weapon types and off-hand types that are most popular with level 70 Monks.
  • The weapon charts below list the best Monk weapons in patch 2.1. The best in slot Monk weapons are listed by popularity for the Legendary and Set weapons.
  • See the Most Popular Monk Builds for the top Monk builds and skills used with these weapons.

Monk Main Hand Weapon Types

  • These are the most popular weapon types that Monks equip in their main hand. The display at the top of the charts shows how many Monks use One-Handed weapons versus Two-Handed weapons.
Main Hand Weapon Types
Used by Lower 75%
Softcore Monks
One-Handed usage62.4%
Two-Handed usage37.6%
Weapon TypePercent
Two-Handed Daibo27.3%
Sword27.0%
Fist Weapon21.4%
Mace8.1%
Axe3.8%
Two-Handed Sword3.7%
Two-Handed Mace1.9%
Two-Handed Staff1.8%
Two-Handed Polearm1.5%
Two-Handed Axe1.4%
Dagger1.4%
Spear0.8%
Main Hand Weapon Types
Used by Top 25%
Softcore Monks
One-Handed usage61.5%
Two-Handed usage38.5%
Weapon TypePercent
Two-Handed Daibo35.6%
Sword30.4%
Fist Weapon19.7%
Mace8.0%
Axe2.3%
Two-Handed Sword1.1%
Dagger0.8%
Two-Handed Mace0.7%
Two-Handed Staff0.5%
Two-Handed Polearm0.3%
Spear0.3%
Two-Handed Axe0.2%
Main Hand Weapon Types
Used by Hardcore Monks
One-Handed usage63.7%
Two-Handed usage36.3%
Weapon TypePercent
Sword25.9%
Two-Handed Daibo25.5%
Fist Weapon24.4%
Mace7.1%
Two-Handed Sword4.3%
Axe3.6%
Two-Handed Mace1.9%
Two-Handed Staff1.7%
Two-Handed Polearm1.6%
Dagger1.5%
Two-Handed Axe1.3%
Spear1.1%

Monk Off-Hand Types

  • These charts show the types of items that Monks equip at level 70 in their Off-Hand slot, if they have something in that slot.
Off-Hand Types
Used by Lower 75%
Softcore Monks
Off-Hand TypePercent
Fist Weapon34.3%
Sword31.4%
Mace16.2%
Axe7.8%
Shield6.2%
Dagger2.6%
Spear1.6%
Off-Hand Types
Used by Top 25%
Softcore Monks
Off-Hand TypePercent
Fist Weapon38.5%
Sword35.0%
Mace16.1%
Axe4.7%
Shield3.8%
Dagger1.4%
Spear0.6%
Off-Hand Types
Used by Hardcore Monks
Off-Hand TypePercent
Fist Weapon31.7%
Sword25.3%
Shield18.9%
Mace13.4%
Axe6.9%
Dagger2.3%
Spear1.5%

Monk One-Handed Weapons

  • These are the One-Handed weapon items that Monks equip at level 70 in their main hand, of the Monks who are using One-Handed weapons.
Main Hand (One-Hand) Weapons
Used by Lower 75%
Softcore Monks
One-Hand WeaponsPercent
Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker14.0%
Won Khim Lau6.9%
Odyn Son5.0%
Fulminator4.5%
Sledge Fist4.5%
Born's Furious Wrath4.3%
Hallowed Hold4.1%
Azurewrath3.5%
Shard of Hate3.1%
Shenlong's Relentless Assault2.9%
The Fist of Az'Turrasq2.8%
Mad Monarch's Scepter2.5%
Shenlong's Fist of Legend2.5%
Jawbreaker2.1%
Other Legendary & Set33.6%
Rare One-Hand Weapons3.7%
Main Hand (One-Hand) Weapons
Used by Top 25%
Softcore Monks
One-Hand WeaponsPercent
Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker23.5%
Won Khim Lau11.5%
Odyn Son7.5%
Shard of Hate6.1%
Sledge Fist5.2%
Fulminator4.1%
The Fist of Az'Turrasq3.6%
Azurewrath3.5%
Born's Furious Wrath3.0%
Shenlong's Relentless Assault2.6%
Jawbreaker2.5%
Sun Keeper2.2%
Shenlong's Fist of Legend2.2%
Hallowed Hold2.0%
The Burning Axe of Sankis1.8%
Other Legendary & Set18%
Rare One-Hand Weapons0.69999999999999%
Main Hand (One-Hand) Weapons
Used by Hardcore Monks
One-Hand WeaponsPercent
Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker14.1%
Won Khim Lau7.8%
Hallowed Hold5.6%
Sledge Fist5.2%
Vengeful Wind5.1%
Born's Furious Wrath5.0%
Odyn Son4.0%
Fulminator3.9%
Mad Monarch's Scepter2.6%
Shenlong's Relentless Assault2.6%
Shard of Hate2.5%
Shenlong's Fist of Legend2.3%
The Fist of Az'Turrasq2.2%
Azurewrath2.1%
Other Legendary & Set31.1%
Rare One-Hand Weapons3.9%

Monk Two-Handed Weapons

  • These are the Two-Handed weapon items that Monks equip at level 70, of the Monks who use Two-Handed weapons.
Two-Handed Weapons
Used by Lower 75%
Softcore Monks
Two-Hand WeaponsPercent
Flying Dragon39.5%
Inna's Reach11.1%
Incense Torch of the Grand Temple3.6%
The Flow of Eternity3.4%
Rozpedin's Force3.3%
Staff of Kyro2.4%
Balance2.4%
The Paddle2.4%
Maximus2.0%
Scourge1.8%
Warstaff of General Quang1.7%
Lai Yui's Persuader1.6%
Schaefer's Hammer1.3%
Vigilance1.3%
Other Legendary & Set18.3%
Rare Two-Hand Weapons3.9%
Two-Handed Weapons
Used by Top 25%
Softcore Monks
Two-Hand WeaponsPercent
Flying Dragon66.4%
Inna's Reach12.7%
The Flow of Eternity3.7%
Incense Torch of the Grand Temple3.2%
Warstaff of General Quang1.6%
Balance1.4%
Maximus1.2%
The Paddle1.1%
Rozpedin's Force1.0%
The Furnace1.0%
Staff of Kyro0.8%
Scourge0.5%
Lai Yui's Persuader0.5%
Schaefer's Hammer0.4%
Ahavarion, Spear of Lycander0.4%
Other Legendary & Set3.9%
Rare Two-Hand Weapons0.19999999999997%
Two-Handed Weapons
Used by Hardcore Monks
Two-Hand WeaponsPercent
Flying Dragon37.8%
Inna's Reach11.9%
Incense Torch of the Grand Temple4.4%
Rozpedin's Force3.2%
The Flow of Eternity2.9%
Scourge2.4%
Staff of Kyro2.2%
Maximus2.1%
Balance2.1%
Lai Yui's Persuader1.7%
The Paddle1.7%
Vigilance1.6%
Stalgard's Decimator1.5%
Warstaff of General Quang1.5%
Other Legendary & Set18.6%
Rare Two-Hand Weapons4.4%

Monk Off-Hand Weapons

  • These are the Off-Hand weapons that Monks equip at level 70, of the Monks who are dual-wielding.
Off-Hand Weapons
Used by Lower 75%
Softcore Monks
Off-Hand WeaponsPercent
Won Khim Lau8.8%
Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker7.7%
Odyn Son7.4%
Sledge Fist4.3%
Fulminator4.0%
Born's Furious Wrath3.5%
Jawbreaker3.2%
Shard of Hate3.1%
Hallowed Hold3.1%
Azurewrath3.0%
Hallowed Breach2.9%
Sun Keeper2.7%
The Fist of Az'Turrasq2.7%
Shenlong's Fist of Legend2.6%
Other Legendary & Set35.7%
Rare Off-Hand Weapons5.3%
Off-Hand Weapons
Used by Top 25%
Softcore Monks
Off-Hand WeaponsPercent
Won Khim Lau17.7%
Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker12.3%
Odyn Son10.0%
Shard of Hate6.6%
Sledge Fist5.3%
Jawbreaker5.0%
Fulminator3.8%
The Fist of Az'Turrasq3.5%
Born's Furious Wrath3.0%
Azurewrath2.8%
Sun Keeper2.8%
Shenlong's Fist of Legend2.7%
The Burning Axe of Sankis2.1%
Devastator2.0%
Shenlong's Relentless Assault1.9%
Other Legendary & Set17.2%
Rare Off-Hand Weapons1.3%
Off-Hand Weapons
Used by Hardcore Monks
Off-Hand WeaponsPercent
Won Khim Lau10.8%
Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker7.9%
Odyn Son7.1%
Vengeful Wind5.6%
Sledge Fist4.1%
Fulminator4.0%
Born's Furious Wrath3.4%
Hallowed Breach3.3%
Jawbreaker3.3%
Mad Monarch's Scepter2.9%
Shard of Hate2.9%
Hallowed Hold2.8%
Shenlong's Fist of Legend2.7%
Sun Keeper2.5%
Other Legendary & Set31.5%
Rare One-Hand Weapons5.2%

Monk Off-Hand Holdables

  • These are the Holdable items that Monks equip the most at level 70, of the Monks who are using an Off-Hand that is not a weapon.
Off-Hands Used by Lower 75%
Softcore Monks
Off-HandsPercent
Stormshield22.8%
Hallowed Barricade13.5%
Ivory Tower9.3%
Wall of Man8.7%
Lidless Wall7.3%
Denial6.6%
Coven’s Criterion5.6%
Freeze of Deflection3.1%
Defender of Westmarch2.0%
Hallowed Defender0.5%
Vo'Toyias Spiker0.2%
Stormshield (Legacy)0.2%
Eberli Charo0.2%
Lidless Wall (Legacy)0.1%
Other Legendary & Set0.3%
Rare Off-Hands19.6%
Off-Hands Used by Top 25%
Softcore Monks
Off-HandsPercent
Stormshield36.3%
Hallowed Barricade11.2%
Wall of Man9.3%
Ivory Tower8.6%
Lidless Wall8.5%
Denial6.0%
Coven’s Criterion4.7%
Freeze of Deflection2.9%
Defender of Westmarch2.1%
Vo'Toyias Spiker0.7%
Stormshield (Legacy)0.2%
Other Legendary & Set0.8%
Rare Off-Hands8.7%
Off-Hands Used by
Hardcore Monks
Off-HandsPercent
Hallowed Barricade17.2%
Stormshield15.8%
Ivory Tower12.1%
Wall of Man8.7%
Lidless Wall6.7%
Denial6.1%
Coven’s Criterion3.6%
Freeze of Deflection2.8%
Defender of Westmarch1.4%
Hallowed Defender0.2%
Eberli Charo0.1%
Vo'Toyias Spiker0.1%
Rare Off-Hands25.2%

Best Overall Monk Gear

  • These charts list the most popular Legendary and Set items for Monks in Diablo III, in any slot. All the best Monk Legendary and Set items are found here, whether they are weapons or armor.
  • The chart on the left shows the Legendary and Set items worn the most by softcore Monks in the Lower 75% of Elite Kills. The chart on the right lists that data for the softcore Monks who are in the Top 25% of Elite Kills.
Lower 75% Monks
ItemSlotPercent
1Ring of Royal GrandeurFinger45.9%
2Aughild's SearchWrists30.2%
3Sunwuko's PawsHands24.8%
4Aughild's RuleTorso24.1%
5Sunwuko's BalanceShoulders23.5%
6Thundergod's VigorWaist19.9%
7Depth DiggersLegs19.7%
8Stone of JordanFinger17.1%
9Sunwuko's CrownHead16.2%
10Fists of ThunderHands15.9%
11Eight-Demon BootsFeet15.3%
12Flying DragonTwo-Handed15.0%
13Mantle of the Upside-Down SinnersShoulders14.9%
14Aughild's PowerShoulders14.4%
15Strongarm BracersWrists14.2%
16Blackthorne's SurcoatTorso13.6%
17Heart of the Crashing WaveTorso13.5%
18Inna's Vast ExpanseTorso13.0%
19Scales of the Dancing SerpentLegs12.6%
20Blackthorne's SpursFeet12.6%
21Blackthorne's Jousting MailLegs12.0%
22Reaper's WrapsWrists11.7%
23Inna's TemperanceLegs11.4%
24Captain Crimson's WadersFeet11.2%
25Inna's FavorWaist11.0%
ItemSlotPercent
Top 25% Monks
ItemSlotPercent
1Ring of Royal GrandeurFinger67.8%
2Aughild's SearchWrists43.1%
3Sunwuko's PawsHands36.5%
4Sunwuko's BalanceShoulders35.2%
5Aughild's RuleTorso31.6%
6Stone of JordanFinger30.4%
7Flying DragonTwo-Handed25.6%
8Thundergod's VigorWaist25.6%
9Fists of ThunderHands24.4%
10Eight-Demon BootsFeet24.4%
11Sunwuko's CrownHead23.0%
12Depth DiggersLegs22.8%
13Mantle of the Upside-Down SinnersShoulders22.1%
14Heart of the Crashing WaveTorso19.7%
15Inna's Vast ExpanseTorso18.9%
16Scales of the Dancing SerpentLegs18.3%
17Strongarm BracersWrists17.5%
18Aughild's PowerShoulders17.4%
19Inna's FavorWaist17.0%
20Inna's TemperanceLegs16.9%
21Sunwuko's ShinesNeck16.6%
22UnityFinger16.6%
23Reaper's WrapsWrists13.7%
24Ice ClimbersFeet13.4%
25Blackthorne's Jousting MailLegs12.4%
ItemSlotPercent
All Hardcore Monks
ItemSlotPercent
1Ring of Royal GrandeurFinger52.8%
2Aughild's SearchWrists35.0%
3Aughild's RuleTorso25.0%
4Sunwuko's PawsHands23.7%
5Sunwuko's BalanceShoulders21.5%
6Aughild's PowerShoulders19.7%
7Depth DiggersLegs18.7%
8Thundergod's VigorWaist17.8%
9Blackthorne's SpursFeet16.4%
10Blackthorne's SurcoatTorso16.3%
11Sunwuko's CrownHead16.1%
12Fists of ThunderHands16.0%
13Blackthorne's Jousting MailLegs15.6%
14Inna's Vast ExpanseTorso15.2%
15Stone of JordanFinger14.5%
16Inna's TemperanceLegs13.9%
17Eight-Demon BootsFeet13.8%
18Flying DragonTwo-Handed13.8%
19Inna's FavorWaist13.7%
20Mantle of the Upside-Down SinnersShoulders13.6%
21Blackthorne's Notched BeltWaist13.4%
22Reaper's WrapsWrists13.4%
23Heart of the Crashing WaveTorso12.1%
24Scales of the Dancing SerpentLegs11.3%
25Blackthorne's Duncraig CrossNeck10.8%
ItemSlotPercent
  • This chart lists the most popular Legendary and Set items for all level 70 hardcore Monks in Diablo III.
  • Since they must be more cautious when farming for gear, hardcore Monks do not gain the same number of Legendary or Set items on average as a softcore Monk. Because of this, there are fewer items widely used across level 70 hardcore Monks, compared to the Legendary and Set items popular with the softcore Monks.
See the Most Popular Monk Builds and Skills for the builds used along with these top Monk items!
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