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Inna's Mantra Wave of Light Monk build - Diablo 3

Inna's Mantra Wave of Light Monk build - Diablo 3

Check out one of the best Monk builds for Season 16 and Patch 2.6.4. Inna's Mantra emerges as the best Monk set after the recent changes

Inna's Mantra Wave of Light
Monk Build
Diablo 3 Patch 2.6.4

Patch 2.6.4 brought plenty of changes to the power of builds, and with extreme buffs to Inna's Mantra Set, this is currently the strongest Monk build in Season 16. While there are others strong builds that remain excellent choices for all the Monk players, if you want to compete at leaderboards and push the highest GR, this is definitely your go-to build. On top of that, it's very good and fast at Bounties and speed-rifting.

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Inna's Mantra Wave of Light

Table of contents

  1. General information
  2. Recommended items
  3. Recommended skills

General information

The entire build is based on the Inna's Mantra set which provides the following bonuses:

  • Increases the passive effect of Mystic Ally and the base passive effect of the Mantra by 100% (2 pieces)
  • Gain the base effect of all four Mantras at all times (Monk Only) (4 pieces)
  • Gain the five runed Mystic Allies at all times and your damage is increased by 750% for each Mystic Ally you have out (Monk Only) (6 pieces) 

Thanks to Season 16 global event, where everyone has Ring of Royal Grandeur buff we are allowed to skip Inna's Radiance and use Convention of Elements Ring which provides:

  • Gain 150–200% increased damage to a single element for 4 seconds. This effect rotates through the elements available to your class in the following order: Arcane, Cold, Fire, Holy, Lightning, Physical, Poison

The Inna's Mantra set is extremely powerful and versatile. Combined with The Crudest Boots it grants 7500% damage increase and all Mantra buffs, which allows you to use any skill you want, but with all available Legendaries that increases Wave of Light's damage, this is definitely the best skill choice in terms of raw damage output.

The gameplay mechanics for Wave of Light build are simple. You dash between monster packs either with Dashing Strike or Rabid's Strike passive which teleports you on Wave of Light cast, while Epiphany is active. Using Serenity with over 60% cooldown reduction makes you immune to damage over half the time spent in Rifts. This build could be played with a lot of different weapon combinations, but Kyoshiro's Blade and Rabid Strike are the best options.


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Recommended items

Equipment

Tzo Krin's Gaze
Head - Tzo Krin's Gaze
Stat priorities:
1) Critical Hit Chance
2) Dexterity
3) Vitality / Increased Wave of Light damage
4) Secondary res.
Socket: 
Special power:
Wave of Light is now cast at your enemy
Inna's Vast Expanse Chest - Inna's Vast Expanse
Stat priorities:
1) Dexterity
2) Vitality
3) All elemental resistances
4) Reduced damage from elites/Secondary res.
Sockets: 
(replace with Emeralds if you feel comfortable with having less all res.)
Inna's Temperance Pants - Inna's Temperance
Stat priorities:
1) Dexterity
2) Vitality
3) All elemental resistances
Sockets: 
(replace with Emeralds if you feel comfortable with having less all res.)
Inna's Hold Gloves - Inna's Hold
Stat priorities:
1) Dexterity
2) Critical Hit Chance
3) Critical Hit Damage
4) Cooldown Reduction
5) Area Damage
6) Secondary res.
Inna's Sandals Boots - Inna's Sandals
Stat priorities:
1) Dexterity
2) Vitality
3) All elemental resistances
4) Increased Wave of Light damage
Lefebvre's Soliloquy

Pauldrons - Lefebvre's Soliloquy
Stat priorities:
1) Dexterity
2) Cooldown Reduction
3) Resource Cost Reduction
4) Area damage%
5) Life%
Special power:
Cyclone Strike also reduces damage taken by 40–50% for 5 seconds

Pinto's Pride Bracers - Pinto's Pride
Stat priorities:
1) Critical Hit Chance
2) Fire damage%
3) Dexterity
4) Life Gain on Hit
5) Vitality
Special power:
Wave of Light also Slows enemies by 80% for 3 seconds and deals 125–150% increased damage
Traveller's Pledge Amulet - Traveller's Pledge
Stat priorities:
1) Socket
2) Critical Hit Damage
3) Critical Hit Chance
4) Fire damage%
5) Dexterity
(Part of the Endless Walk set)
Set bonuses:
  • While moving, all damage taken is reduced by up to 50%
  • While standing still, all damage dealt is increased by up to 100%
Compass Rose Ring - Compass Rose
Stat priorities:
1) Socket
2) Critical Hit Chance
3) Critical Hit Damage
4) Cooldown Reduction
5) Dexterity
6) Vitality
(Part of the Endless Walk set)
Inna's Favor Belt - Inna's Favor
Stat priorities:
1) Dexterity
2) Vitality
3) All elemental resistances
5) Life%
Kyoshiro's Blade Weapon 1/2 - Kyoshiro's Blade
Stat priorities:
1) Socket
2) High average damage
3) Cooldown Reduction
4) Dexterity
5) Area Damage%
Sockets: 
Special power:
Increases the damage of Wave of Light by 150%. When the initial impact of Wave of Light hits 3 or fewer enemies, the damage is further increased by 200-250%
Rabid Strike Weapon 1/2 - Rabid Strike
Stat priorities:
1) Socket
2) High average damage
3) Critical Hit Damage
4) Cooldown Reduction
5) Area Damage%
Sockets: 
Special power:
Spirit spender skills that teleport the Monk while Epiphany is active are also mimicked on a nearby target for free
Bonus Items for Season 16
(thanks to built-in Ring of Royal Grandeur power)
Convention of Elements

Ring - Convention of Elements
Stat priorities:
1) Socket
2) Critical Hit Chance
3) Critical Hit Damage
4) Area damage%
5) Strength
Special power:
Gain 150–200% increased damage to a single element for 4 seconds. This effect rotates through the elements available to your class in the following order: Arcane, Cold, Fire, Holy, Lightning, Physical, Poison

Without the Season 16's bonus, you must equip RoRG in either your inventory or Kanai Cube, which means you no longer will be able to use Convention of Elements (or Endless Walk set)

Kanai Cube powers
Incense Torch of the Grand Temple Incense Torch of the Grand Temple
Reduces the Spirit cost of Wave of Light by 50%, and increases its damage by 450-500%
The Crudest Boots The Crudest Boots
Mystic Ally summons double the number of Mystic Allies that fight by your side 
Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac
Reduces the remaining cooldown of one of the skills by 1 second when hitting with a resource-spending attack
Legendary Gems
Bane of Trapped Bane of the Trapped
  • Increases damage done to enemies under the control-impairing effects by 15%
    Upgrade: +0.3% additional damage per Rank
  • Gain an aura that slows the movement speed of enemies within 15 yards by 30% (Requires Rank 25)
Bane of Stricken Bane of the Stricken
  • Each attack you make against an enemy increases the damage it takes from your attacks by 0.8%
    Upgrade: +0.01% damage per Rank
  • Gain 25% increased damage against Rift Guardians and bosses (Requires Rank 25)
Zei's Stone of Vengeance

Zei's Stone of Vengeance

  • Damage dealt to each enemy hit is increased by 4% for every 10 yards between you and the enemy hit. Maximum 20% increase at 50 yards.
    Upgrade: +0.08% additional damage for every 10 yards, and +0.40% maximum damage bonus (at full range) per Rank.
  • 20% chance on hit to Stun the enemy hit for 1 second (Requires Rank 25)

Recommended skills

Active Skills

Wave of Light

Wave of Light
Focus a wave of light that crushes enemies for 835% damage as Holy

Explosive Light
Instead of dropping a bell, releases 8 burst waves in all directions from the Monk, each wave dealing 830% damage as Fire, attacking all enemies in 8 yards wide, 40 yards long lines

Your main DPS skill. Simply spam it to kill enemies and it will teleport you while Epiphany is active

Mystic Ally Mystic Ally

Passive: A mystic ally fights by the Monk's side. The ally deals 130% of their damage as Physical per swing. When the ally dies, it is reborn after 5 seconds.

Active: The mystic ally has its damage increased by 50% for 10 seconds.


We are not picking any rune since we are getting all Mystic Allies with their bonuses from Inna's Mantra
Serenity Serenity
The Monk is enveloped in a protective shield that absorbs all incoming damage for 3 seconds and grants immunity to all control impairing effects

Ascension
increases the duration to 4 seconds

Your main defensive ability. Try to use it on cooldown or in a dangerous situation, since we have over 60% Cooldown Reduction in this build
Epiphany Epiphany
Have an Epiphany, increasing the Monk's Spirit Regeneration per Second by 20 and enabling melee attacks to instantly dash to the target for 15 seconds
 
Desert Shroud
Also reduces all unsaved damage taken by 50% for the duration

Great buff, that grants everything - faster movement thanks to teleportation, Spirit Regeneration for spamming WoL and the amazing Damage reduction bonus
Dashing Strike Dashing Strike
Quickly dash up to 50 yards, striking enemies along the way for 370% damage as Physical

Blinding Speed
Damage type changes to Cold, and gain an additional 40% chance to dodge for 4 seconds after Dashing 

Great Movement ability that grants additional Dodge chance
Mantra of Salvation Mantra of Salvation

Passive: The Monk and their allies within 60 yards gain 20% increased resistance to all elements.

Active: The Monk and nearby allies gain an additional 20% increased resistance to all elements for 3 seconds.

Agility

Also passively gives the Monk and the other allies a 35% increased chance to dodge incoming attacks

Preferable Rune to have on Mantra, for additional Dodge chance
Passive Skills
Seize the Initiative Seize the Initiative
Dealing damage to an enemy above 75% of maximum Life grants the Monk 30% increased Attack Speed for 4 seconds. This effect does not stack
Beacon of Ytar Beacon of Ytar
Reduces all cooldowns by 20%. The effect is not multiplicative with the respective stat
Harmony

Harmony
40% of the Monk's single elemental resistances from items is converted to resistance to all elements

Near Death Experience Near Death Experience
When receiving fatal damage, the Monk does not die, but is instead healed to 35% of maximum Life and refills Spirit to 35% (unless already having more). For 2 seconds, the Monk is also immune to all forms of control impairing effects.
Once triggered, this effect cannot occur again for 60 seconds.


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We hope you will enjoy this build as much as we did. And see you soon in the world of Sanctuary.

If you have any ideas on how we could improve this build, or if you believe the Inna's Mantra is not suitable for this title please let us know in the comments below.

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