Classes: The Monk

Monks - masters of hand to hand damage. The monk is a powerful fighting class. With their unique set of skills and need to keep their weight load down, monks are a very complex class to develop and play correctly.

What is the best way to develop your monk? Which skills should the monk concentrate on learning? What is the best fighting style for a monk? Can a monk be soloed, and if so how? How should a monk be played within a group? How can a monk best use his skills? What weapons and armor should you try to get for your monk?

Post your strategies on how to best play and develop the Monk and read, rate and comment on what others have to say.

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#1 Aug 13 2004 at 4:37 PM Rating: Decent
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is it better to go with hand to hand weapons or lhand blunt weapons? i have a pooshed steel ulak and a hevy iron ulak im only lvl 9 so those are better then some weapons at my lvl
NOT NOOB just havent got the hol gome down yet
#2 Aug 17 2004 at 4:39 AM Rating: Excellent
It's better to go with the best weapon you have. There's no difference between going for HtH-weapons or 1-handed blunt...but it's a good idea to keep both skills up.
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#3 Sep 10 2004 at 2:48 PM Rating: Decent
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And don't forget to train in 2hb. You never know when you might be grouping somewhere down the line and an uber weapon drops, or at least uber to you. If you dont have the skill trained, or up to par, then you will be missing out. My standard set up is h2h in primary and 1hb in seconday. When I reach the next lvl I switch to 1hb in both till I max skill then I switch to 2hb to max that skill. Once I get my 5 points in each I go back to my origional set up. This way I, as a monk, will be ready for anything. By the way I use a bamboo bo stick for my 2hb training points, very low delay to get the training points quickly.

After learining this the hard way I now do it with all my toons, nothing like trying to train 2hs as a ranger at lvl 50, then piercing and then the blunts.
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#4 Sep 10 2004 at 8:57 PM Rating: Good
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At higher levels 2hb is generally superior to both 1hb and h2h for dps.

In addition, h2h caps lower than 1hb or 2hb.

However, as the previous poster said, try to keep them all up, as you never know what good weapon you'll get.

Also, scrap the heavy iron ulak, its junk. ratio on it is horrible. By level 20, your bare fist has a better ratio than that ulak. Buy another PSU, if you cannot afford better, or a cane of the tranquil or similar.
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#5 Sep 11 2004 at 4:33 PM Rating: Decent
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My preference was to work hth to skill value level andthen switch off to a 1hb, move that and then 2hb. 2hb is preferred when you get tothe hire levels due to Ripostes.

My choicesof 1hb to train were a Fighting Baton and Cane of the Traquil until I was able to buy another Fighting Baton--with 2 FBs and your Double Attack skill, 1hb moves pretty quick.

HtH items like the PSU are terrific but are lacking after about level 22 or so. At that point, I got lucky and found a Wooden Hilted Ulak in Bazaar at the rightprice. Grabbed that for main hand--starts to proc at level 30 if I remember right--until I could afford a Sheetmetal Ulak and moved WHU to off-hand.

Hth just screamed at that point. :)
#6 Sep 11 2004 at 9:03 PM Rating: Decent
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the weapons im using one my monk are and architects scepter and wu's trance stick. Reason for this being since I dont have alot of money (most i ever has was 3k pp) when I go bazzing any good hand to hand weapons are expensive so i just picked up an architects scepter for 500pp and trance stick for 200pp.

these prices are based on Xegony.
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