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: April 23, 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.

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 usage88.0%
Two-Handed usage12.0%
Weapon TypePercent
Sword33.3%
Fist Weapon27.7%
Mace11.7%
Axe9.0%
Dagger4.2%
Two-Handed Daibo3.8%
Two-Handed Sword2.9%
Spear2.1%
Two-Handed Staff1.7%
Two-Handed Axe1.5%
Two-Handed Polearm1.2%
Two-Handed Mace1.0%
Main Hand Weapon Types
Used by Top 25%
Softcore Monks
One-Handed usage93.5%
Two-Handed usage6.5%
Weapon TypePercent
Sword44.0%
Fist Weapon27.5%
Mace11.3%
Axe6.4%
Dagger3.3%
Two-Handed Daibo2.8%
Two-Handed Sword1.7%
Spear1.0%
Two-Handed Axe0.7%
Two-Handed Staff0.6%
Two-Handed Mace0.4%
Two-Handed Polearm0.4%
Main Hand Weapon Types
Used by Hardcore Monks
One-Handed usage92.1%
Two-Handed usage7.9%
Weapon TypePercent
Sword35.3%
Fist Weapon30.3%
Mace11.8%
Axe8.6%
Dagger4.1%
Two-Handed Daibo2.6%
Spear2.1%
Two-Handed Sword1.8%
Two-Handed Staff1.1%
Two-Handed Axe0.9%
Two-Handed Mace0.8%
Two-Handed Polearm0.7%

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%
Sword27.7%
Mace14.8%
Axe11.2%
Shield7.9%
Dagger4.7%
Spear3.1%
Off-Hand Types
Used by Top 25%
Softcore Monks
Off-Hand TypePercent
Fist Weapon34.4%
Sword34.0%
Mace14.5%
Axe8.2%
Dagger3.9%
Shield3.5%
Spear1.4%
Off-Hand Types
Used by Hardcore Monks
Off-Hand TypePercent
Shield28.5%
Fist Weapon24.3%
Sword22.2%
Mace10.9%
Axe8.1%
Dagger3.8%
Spear2.1%

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 Windseeker6.8%
Fulminator4.9%
Mad Monarch's Scepter4.1%
Won Khim Lau (Old Legacy)3.4%
Hallowed Hold3.0%
Shenlong's Relentless Assault2.8%
Gift of Silaria2.6%
Odyn Son2.6%
Shenlong's Fist of Legend2.5%
Sledge Fist2.4%
The Ancient Bonesaber of Zumakalis2.1%
Sever2.0%
Hallowed Breach2.0%
Exarian1.7%
Other Legendary & Set35.5%
Rare One-Hand Weapons21.6%
Main Hand (One-Hand) Weapons
Used by Top 25%
Softcore Monks
One-Hand WeaponsPercent
Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker16.0%
Fulminator7.0%
Won Khim Lau (Old Legacy)6.7%
Odyn Son4.3%
Shard of Hate4.0%
Shenlong's Relentless Assault3.8%
Mad Monarch's Scepter3.4%
Sledge Fist3.3%
Shenlong's Fist of Legend3.0%
Gift of Silaria2.7%
Hallowed Hold2.4%
The Ancient Bonesaber of Zumakalis2.0%
Doombringer1.9%
Sever1.8%
Other Legendary & Set29%
Rare One-Hand Weapons8.7%
Main Hand (One-Hand) Weapons
Used by Hardcore Monks
One-Hand WeaponsPercent
Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker7.5%
Mad Monarch's Scepter4.8%
Fulminator4.3%
Won Khim Lau (Old Legacy)4.0%
Sledge Fist3.6%
Shenlong's Relentless Assault3.2%
Hallowed Hold3.1%
Shenlong's Fist of Legend2.8%
Gift of Silaria2.7%
Odyn Son2.2%
Sever2.1%
The Ancient Bonesaber of Zumakalis2.1%
Doombringer2.0%
Azurewrath1.7%
Other Legendary & Set33.3%
Rare One-Hand Weapons20.6%

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
Maximus5.0%
Flying Dragon4.4%
Staff of Kyro3.9%
Scourge3.7%
The Paddle3.6%
Balance3.4%
The Flow of Eternity3.2%
Stalgard's Decimator3.1%
Inna's Reach3.0%
Skorn2.9%
Warstaff of General Quang2.6%
Burst of Wrath2.3%
The Broken Staff2.2%
Ahavarion, Spear of Lycander2.0%
Other Legendary & Set34.9%
Rare Two-Hand Weapons19.8%
Two-Handed Weapons
Used by Top 25%
Softcore Monks
Two-Hand WeaponsPercent
Maximus11.2%
The Flow of Eternity7.6%
Inna's Reach6.8%
Flying Dragon6.1%
Balance5.9%
Warstaff of General Quang5.4%
Scourge4.7%
Stalgard's Decimator3.4%
Staff of Kyro3.0%
The Paddle2.9%
Skorn2.7%
Burst of Wrath2.3%
Soulsmasher1.8%
Skorn (Legacy)1.6%
Other Legendary & Set23.9%
Rare Two-Hand Weapons10.7%
Two-Handed Weapons
Used by Hardcore Monks
Two-Hand WeaponsPercent
Maximus5.7%
The Flow of Eternity4.8%
Scourge3.9%
Flying Dragon3.8%
Warstaff of General Quang3.7%
Staff of Kyro3.4%
Balance3.4%
The Paddle3.2%
Skorn3.0%
Stalgard's Decimator3.0%
Ahavarion, Spear of Lycander2.5%
Burst of Wrath2.4%
The Grand Vizier2.3%
Vigilance2.3%
Other Legendary & Set32.4%
Rare Two-Hand Weapons20.2%

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 Lau (Old Legacy)4.7%
Odyn Son3.8%
Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker3.5%
Mad Monarch's Scepter3.5%
Fulminator3.4%
Hallowed Breach2.8%
Shenlong's Fist of Legend2.6%
Sledge Fist2.1%
Hallowed Hold2.1%
Shenlong's Relentless Assault2.0%
Exarian1.9%
Monster Hunter1.8%
Gift of Silaria1.7%
Arreat's Law1.6%
Other Legendary & Set36.1%
Rare Off-Hand Weapons26.4%
Off-Hand Weapons
Used by Hardcore Monks
Off-Hand WeaponsPercent
Won Khim Lau (Old Legacy)6.1%
Mad Monarch's Scepter4.4%
Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker3.8%
Fulminator3.6%
Odyn Son3.4%
Shenlong's Fist of Legend3.2%
Sledge Fist2.9%
Hallowed Breach2.8%
Hallowed Hold2.2%
Shenlong's Relentless Assault2.0%
Doombringer1.9%
Exarian1.9%
Gift of Silaria1.8%
Monster Hunter1.6%
Other Legendary & Set34.2%
Rare One-Hand Weapons24.2%

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
Coven’s Criterion12.1%
Stormshield6.9%
Denial5.4%
Ivory Tower4.8%
Hallowed Barricade4.4%
Lidless Wall3.1%
Wall of Man2.3%
Hallowed Defender1.8%
Stormshield (Legacy)1.1%
Freeze of Deflection0.5%
Defender of Westmarch0.3%
Vo'Toyias Spiker0.1%
Hallowed Defender (Legacy)0.1%
Lidless Wall (Legacy)0.1%
Other Legendary & Set0.1%
Rare Off-Hands56.9%
Off-Hands Used by Top 25%
Softcore Monks
Off-HandsPercent
Coven’s Criterion11.6%
Stormshield10.6%
Denial6.3%
Ivory Tower5.6%
Hallowed Barricade5.2%
Lidless Wall3.9%
Wall of Man3.5%
Freeze of Deflection1.1%
Hallowed Defender0.8%
Defender of Westmarch0.6%
Stormshield (Legacy)0.5%
Mad Monarch's Scepter0.2%
Other Legendary & Set0.6%
Rare Off-Hands49.5%

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 VigorWaist17.4%
2Inna's Temperance (Legacy)Legs15.2%
3Blackthorne's SurcoatTorso14.8%
4Blackthorne's Jousting MailLegs11.4%
5Strongarm BracersWrists9.8%
6Gladiator GauntletsHands9.0%
7The Witching Hour (Legacy)Waist8.7%
8Hellcat WaistguardWaist8.4%
9Fire WalkersFeet8.4%
10Ring of Royal GrandeurFinger8.3%
11Reaper's WrapsWrists8.1%
12Depth DiggersLegs6.9%
13Spaulders of ZakaraShoulders6.9%
14OuroborosNeck6.7%
15Andariel's VisageHead6.7%
16Pauldrons of the Skeleton KingShoulders6.5%
17Vile WardShoulders6.3%
18MagefistHands6.2%
19Natalya's Reflection (Legacy)Finger6.2%
20Mempo of TwilightHead5.9%
21Blackthorne's SpursFeet5.8%
22Bul-Kathos's Wedding BandFinger5.8%
23Irontoe MudsputtersFeet5.7%
24GoldskinTorso5.7%
25Stone of JordanFinger5.5%
ItemSlotPercent
Top 25% Monks
ItemSlotPercent
1Thundergod's VigorWaist27.7%
2Ring of Royal GrandeurFinger24.2%
3Blackthorne's SurcoatTorso17.7%
4Stone of JordanFinger15.5%
5Strongarm BracersWrists15.1%
6Inna's Temperance (Legacy)Legs14.7%
7Blackthorne's Jousting MailLegs14.6%
8Cain's TravelersFeet13.2%
9Cain's HabitLegs11.9%
10Reaper's WrapsWrists11.8%
11Hellcat WaistguardWaist11.3%
12MagefistHands11.2%
13Won Khim Lau (Old Legacy)One-Handed11.1%
14Fire WalkersFeet10.9%
15Inna's Vast ExpanseTorso10.7%
16Andariel's VisageHead10.5%
17The Witching Hour (Legacy)Waist10.4%
18Mantle of the Upside-Down SinnersShoulders10.3%
19Aughild's PowerShoulders10.0%
20Gladiator GauntletsHands9.6%
21The Eye of the StormHead9.1%
22Eight-Demon BootsFeet8.8%
23Aughild's SearchWrists8.7%
24Spaulders of ZakaraShoulders8.7%
25Fists of ThunderHands8.6%
ItemSlotPercent
All Hardcore Monks
ItemSlotPercent
1Blackthorne's SurcoatTorso15.5%
2Thundergod's VigorWaist15.2%
3Blackthorne's Jousting MailLegs13.0%
4Ring of Royal GrandeurFinger12.7%
5Strongarm BracersWrists8.8%
6Reaper's WrapsWrists8.8%
7Fire WalkersFeet8.6%
8Pauldrons of the Skeleton KingShoulders8.0%
9Gladiator GauntletsHands7.7%
10Hellcat WaistguardWaist7.5%
11Stone of JordanFinger7.3%
12Asheara's CustodianShoulders7.2%
13MagefistHands6.8%
14Depth DiggersLegs6.5%
15Blackthorne's SpursFeet6.3%
16OuroborosNeck6.3%
17Blackthorne's Notched BeltWaist6.3%
18Golden Gorget of LeoricNeck6.2%
19Asheara's PaceLegs6.0%
20Mempo of TwilightHead5.9%
21Asheara's FindersFeet5.8%
22Cain's TravelersFeet5.7%
23Bul-Kathos's Wedding BandFinger5.6%
24Countess Julia's CameoNeck5.6%
25Cain's HabitLegs5.5%
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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