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 3 million Diablo III characters. They list the most powerful Monk Legendary and Set items used by level 70 Monks who are playing in the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls expansion.
  • This gear guide shows the equipment worn by the level 70 Monks who are actively playing in patch 2.0, in Reaper of Souls. 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 kills.
    2. The softcore Monks who are in the top 25% of elite kills.
    3. Hardcore Monks, regardless of elite 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. These are the top Monk items, used for end-game level 70 content like running Nephalem Rifts and Bounties in Adventure Mode, or farming Paragon Levels.
  • This best in slot Monk gear guide has all the top gear just for Monks. These include three editions of Legendary and Set items: the current items that drop right now in Diablo III; the (Legacy) Legendary items that dropped before patch 2.0; the (Old Legacy) Legendary items that were available long ago, before patch 1.0.4. See the Best Legendary and Set Items overview for more information about the Legendary editions, and for charts of the top items among all the classes combined.
  • The Most Popular Monk Builds and Skills shows the Monk skills and builds that are used with this elite gear, and details on how the data is collected.
Charts Last Updated: July 30, 2014

Best Monk Armor

  • These are charts of the most popular Monk armor, for each armor slot on level 70 Monks in Diablo III. 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
Fists of Thunder10.2%
Gladiator Gauntlets10.2%
Magefist9.7%
Asheara's Ward5.5%
St. Archew's Gage5.2%
Cain's Scrivener5.2%
Sunwuko's Paws4.3%
Penders Purchase3.0%
Gloves of Worship1.6%
Frostburn1.5%
The Shadow’s Grasp0.9%
Pride of the Invoker0.6%
Sage's Gesture0.4%
Tasker and Theo0.3%
Other Legendary & Set0.7%
Rare Gloves40.7%
Gloves used by Top 25%
Softcore Monks
GlovesPercent
Fists of Thunder26.0%
Magefist12.5%
Cain's Scrivener9.1%
Asheara's Ward7.6%
Gladiator Gauntlets7.4%
Sunwuko's Paws6.1%
St. Archew's Gage4.0%
Gloves of Worship2.7%
Penders Purchase2.4%
Frostburn1.7%
Pride of the Invoker0.4%
The Shadow’s Grasp0.4%
Tasker and Theo0.3%
Sage's Purchase0.2%
Other Legendary & Set0.2%
Rare Gloves19%

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: The percentage for Rings on these charts does not add up to 100%, because only the Legendary and Set rings used by level 70 Monks are displayed. 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 Diablo III. The first two sets of charts list the weapon types and off-hand types that are most popular with level 70 Monks.
  • The other charts list the best Monk weapons in patch 2.0. The best in slot Monk weapons are listed by popularity, for all the Legendary and Set weapons.
  • See the Most Popular Monk Builds for the top Monk builds 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 usage89.2%
Two-Handed usage10.8%
Weapon TypePercent
Sword36.3%
Fist Weapon28.1%
Mace13.4%
Axe7.5%
Two-Handed Daibo4.7%
Dagger2.6%
Two-Handed Sword2.1%
Two-Handed Staff1.2%
Spear1.2%
Two-Handed Axe1.1%
Two-Handed Polearm0.9%
Two-Handed Mace0.9%
Main Hand Weapon Types
Used by Top 25%
Softcore Monks
One-Handed usage94.2%
Two-Handed usage5.8%
Weapon TypePercent
Sword44.8%
Fist Weapon28.6%
Mace14.1%
Axe4.6%
Two-Handed Daibo3.7%
Dagger1.7%
Two-Handed Sword0.9%
Two-Handed Mace0.4%
Spear0.4%
Two-Handed Axe0.3%
Two-Handed Staff0.3%
Two-Handed Polearm0.2%
Main Hand Weapon Types
Used by Hardcore Monks
One-Handed usage92.4%
Two-Handed usage7.6%
Weapon TypePercent
Sword36.1%
Fist Weapon31.3%
Mace12.7%
Axe7.6%
Two-Handed Daibo3.2%
Dagger3.1%
Spear1.6%
Two-Handed Sword1.6%
Two-Handed Staff1.0%
Two-Handed Axe0.7%
Two-Handed Polearm0.6%
Two-Handed Mace0.5%

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 Weapon30.5%
Sword29.3%
Mace17.3%
Axe9.6%
Shield8.3%
Dagger3.1%
Spear1.8%
Off-Hand Types
Used by Top 25%
Softcore Monks
Off-Hand TypePercent
Fist Weapon36.0%
Sword33.4%
Mace17.8%
Axe6.0%
Shield4.4%
Dagger1.8%
Spear0.5%
Off-Hand Types
Used by Hardcore Monks
Off-Hand TypePercent
Fist Weapon25.5%
Shield25.0%
Sword23.8%
Mace13.7%
Axe7.7%
Dagger2.7%
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 Windseeker11.6%
Won Khim Lau5.1%
Fulminator4.7%
Odyn Son4.6%
Hallowed Hold4.3%
The Fist of Az'Turrasq3.4%
Mad Monarch's Scepter3.3%
Born's Furious Wrath2.8%
Shenlong's Relentless Assault2.7%
Shard of Hate2.7%
Sledge Fist2.7%
Shenlong's Fist of Legend2.4%
Hallowed Breach2.1%
Gift of Silaria2.0%
Other Legendary & Set36.6%
Rare One-Hand Weapons9%
Main Hand (One-Hand) Weapons
Used by Top 25%
Softcore Monks
One-Hand WeaponsPercent
Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker21.8%
Won Khim Lau9.7%
Odyn Son7.1%
Shard of Hate6.1%
The Fist of Az'Turrasq5.6%
Fulminator4.5%
Sledge Fist3.0%
Sun Keeper2.8%
Born's Furious Wrath2.5%
The Burning Axe of Sankis2.3%
Shenlong's Relentless Assault2.2%
Jawbreaker2.2%
Hallowed Hold2.1%
Devastator2.1%
Other Legendary & Set23.2%
Rare One-Hand Weapons2.8%
Main Hand (One-Hand) Weapons
Used by Hardcore Monks
One-Hand WeaponsPercent
Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker10.5%
Won Khim Lau5.5%
Hallowed Hold4.3%
Fulminator4.2%
Sledge Fist4.1%
Mad Monarch's Scepter3.7%
Odyn Son3.6%
The Fist of Az'Turrasq3.5%
Shenlong's Relentless Assault2.6%
Gift of Silaria2.4%
Shenlong's Fist of Legend2.4%
Born's Furious Wrath2.3%
Shard of Hate2.0%
Doombringer2.0%
Other Legendary & Set34.6%
Rare One-Hand Weapons12.3%

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
Inna's Reach9.5%
Flying Dragon6.1%
The Flow of Eternity6.1%
Maximus4.9%
Warstaff of General Quang3.9%
The Paddle3.8%
Staff of Kyro3.3%
Balance3.3%
Scourge2.8%
Skorn2.3%
Stalgard's Decimator2.2%
Vigilance2.1%
Ahavarion, Spear of Lycander1.8%
The Grand Vizier1.8%
Other Legendary & Set33.2%
Rare Two-Hand Weapons12.9%
Two-Handed Weapons
Used by Top 25%
Softcore Monks
Two-Hand WeaponsPercent
Inna's Reach18.1%
The Flow of Eternity12.8%
Flying Dragon9.6%
Maximus8.5%
Warstaff of General Quang8.4%
The Furnace4.8%
Balance4.7%
The Paddle2.5%
Staff of Kyro2.3%
Scourge2.1%
Incense Torch of the Grand Temple1.5%
Skorn1.4%
Stalgard's Decimator1.3%
Burst of Wrath1.3%
Other Legendary & Set16.1%
Rare Two-Hand Weapons4.6%
Two-Handed Weapons
Used by Hardcore Monks
Two-Hand WeaponsPercent
Inna's Reach8.6%
The Flow of Eternity7.0%
Maximus6.4%
Flying Dragon5.8%
Warstaff of General Quang4.4%
Scourge3.6%
Balance3.6%
Staff of Kyro2.9%
The Grand Vizier2.8%
The Paddle2.6%
Stalgard's Decimator2.5%
Vigilance2.5%
The Broken Staff2.3%
Skorn2.3%
Other Legendary & Set29%
Rare Two-Hand Weapons13.7%

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 Lau6.9%
Odyn Son6.7%
Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker5.9%
Fulminator4.1%
Hallowed Breach3.2%
Hallowed Hold3.1%
The Fist of Az'Turrasq3.0%
Mad Monarch's Scepter2.9%
Born's Furious Wrath2.9%
Shard of Hate2.8%
Sun Keeper2.7%
Shenlong's Fist of Legend2.6%
Sledge Fist2.5%
Jawbreaker2.4%
Other Legendary & Set36.8%
Rare Off-Hand Weapons11.5%
Off-Hand Weapons
Used by Top 25%
Softcore Monks
Off-Hand WeaponsPercent
Won Khim Lau15.5%
Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker10.6%
Odyn Son9.4%
Shard of Hate7.2%
The Fist of Az'Turrasq5.5%
Jawbreaker4.6%
Fulminator3.9%
Sun Keeper3.5%
Born's Furious Wrath3.0%
Sledge Fist2.8%
The Burning Axe of Sankis2.7%
Devastator2.5%
Shenlong's Fist of Legend2.4%
Shenlong's Relentless Assault1.7%
Other Legendary & Set21.4%
Rare Off-Hand Weapons3.3%
Off-Hand Weapons
Used by Hardcore Monks
Off-Hand WeaponsPercent
Won Khim Lau8.3%
Odyn Son6.2%
Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker5.9%
Mad Monarch's Scepter3.8%
Fulminator3.6%
Sledge Fist3.2%
Shenlong's Fist of Legend2.8%
Hallowed Breach2.8%
Hallowed Hold2.6%
Jawbreaker2.5%
Sun Keeper2.5%
The Burning Axe of Sankis2.4%
Born's Furious Wrath2.3%
Shard of Hate2.3%
Other Legendary & Set34.2%
Rare One-Hand Weapons14.6%

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
Stormshield21.7%
Hallowed Barricade9.8%
Coven’s Criterion7.6%
Wall of Man6.9%
Ivory Tower6.4%
Denial6.0%
Lidless Wall4.4%
Defender of Westmarch1.6%
Freeze of Deflection1.2%
Hallowed Defender0.8%
Stormshield (Legacy)0.6%
Vo'Toyias Spiker0.2%
Eberli Charo0.1%
Hallowed Defender (Legacy)0.1%
Other Legendary & Set0.3%
Rare Off-Hands32.3%
Off-Hands Used by Top 25%
Softcore Monks
Off-HandsPercent
Stormshield34.6%
Wall of Man10.3%
Hallowed Barricade10.1%
Lidless Wall6.7%
Denial6.5%
Ivory Tower6.3%
Coven’s Criterion5.7%
Defender of Westmarch1.9%
Freeze of Deflection1.3%
Hallowed Defender0.3%
Stormshield (Legacy)0.3%
The Fist of Az'Turrasq0.2%
Eberli Charo0.2%
Vo'Toyias Spiker0.2%
Other Legendary & Set0.1%
Rare Off-Hands15.3%

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
1Thundergod's VigorWaist24.3%
2Ring of Royal GrandeurFinger23.2%
3Blackthorne's SurcoatTorso18.9%
4Stone of JordanFinger16.9%
5Strongarm BracersWrists15.5%
6Blackthorne's Jousting MailLegs14.8%
7Aughild's PowerShoulders14.6%
8Aughild's SearchWrists13.2%
9Reaper's WrapsWrists12.2%
10Leoric's SignetFinger11.2%
11Fists of ThunderHands10.2%
12Gladiator GauntletsHands10.2%
13Eight-Demon BootsFeet9.8%
14Mantle of the Upside-Down SinnersShoulders9.8%
15MagefistHands9.7%
16Blackthorne's SpursFeet9.4%
17Andariel's VisageHead9.3%
18Scales of the Dancing SerpentLegs9.1%
19Heart of the Crashing WaveTorso9.0%
20Cain's TravelersFeet8.7%
21Fire WalkersFeet8.5%
22Inna's Vast ExpanseTorso8.2%
23Inna's Temperance (Legacy)Legs8.2%
24Aughild's RuleTorso8.1%
25Blackthorne's Notched BeltWaist8.1%
ItemSlotPercent
Top 25% Monks
ItemSlotPercent
1Ring of Royal GrandeurFinger50.9%
2Thundergod's VigorWaist35.8%
3Stone of JordanFinger35.2%
4Fists of ThunderHands26.0%
5Aughild's SearchWrists25.7%
6Eight-Demon BootsFeet25.2%
7Aughild's PowerShoulders24.8%
8Mantle of the Upside-Down SinnersShoulders24.2%
9Scales of the Dancing SerpentLegs21.5%
10Strongarm BracersWrists21.4%
11Heart of the Crashing WaveTorso21.1%
12Inna's Vast ExpanseTorso16.2%
13Blackthorne's SurcoatTorso16.1%
14The Eye of the StormHead15.6%
15Inna's TemperanceLegs14.6%
16Blackthorne's Jousting MailLegs14.6%
17Reaper's WrapsWrists14.5%
18Won Khim LauOne-Handed14.1%
19Cain's TravelersFeet13.0%
20Mask of the Searing SkyHead12.5%
21Aughild's RuleTorso12.5%
22MagefistHands12.5%
23Haunt of VaxoNeck12.3%
24Inna's FavorWaist12.3%
25Leoric's SignetFinger12.1%
ItemSlotPercent
All Hardcore Monks
ItemSlotPercent
1Ring of Royal GrandeurFinger26.8%
2Blackthorne's SurcoatTorso20.3%
3Thundergod's VigorWaist20.2%
4Blackthorne's Jousting MailLegs17.1%
5Aughild's PowerShoulders16.1%
6Aughild's SearchWrists15.1%
7Reaper's WrapsWrists14.0%
8Stone of JordanFinger14.0%
9Strongarm BracersWrists11.8%
10Leoric's SignetFinger11.3%
11Blackthorne's SpursFeet10.4%
12Blackthorne's Notched BeltWaist9.5%
13MagefistHands9.0%
14Gladiator GauntletsHands8.7%
15Asheara's WardHands8.6%
16Asheara's CustodianShoulders8.5%
17Aughild's RuleTorso8.5%
18Cain's TravelersFeet8.3%
19Asheara's FindersFeet8.3%
20Fists of ThunderHands8.2%
21Fire WalkersFeet8.2%
22Golden Gorget of LeoricNeck8.0%
23Asheara's PaceLegs7.9%
24Cain's HabitLegs7.8%
25Countess Julia's CameoNeck7.7%
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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