For Starters and Noobs- When you first reach Act 1 inferno you have noticed how hard it is(mainly by how hard they hit) compared to Hell difficulty. The reason this is so hard for a monk is because through the whole game, normal-hell, all a monk had to do was go into a group of mobs and face roll. In inferno you cannot do that, well until you’re geared that is. So you have to use this thing call skill to be able to start farming in Act 1.
Act 1 Inferno Monk Stats
6935.80 Damage (was using a weapon that had 450 damage and 400+ LOH)
189 All Resistance
As you can see these stats are very poor at best. But i was still doing runs through Act 1 with little problem. The one problem i did have at this point was that i could not kill the butcher and that was because my damage output was too little. I’d say you should be able to kill him if you have somewhere around 10k damage.
So the skill i mentioned above is what made it possible for me to make it in Act 1 inferno and made it farm-able. What you do is basically have your earth ally and Templar tank for you while you stay behind them attacking with deadly reach. To make this the most efficient way I would bring the elite group to a choke point(a narrow passing like a bridge). This would block the elite group from touching me and would allow me to just put out the most damage i could.
Do realize that death is main part of inferno. You will die all the time. But the deaths are well worth the item drops and gold, so keep coming back for more and they will soon pop into a million rares :).
Best Areas to Farm in Act 1 Inferno-
The best area to farm in act 1 would be from the beginning of Imprisoned Angle quest to the end of the quest(killing the warden). You do want 5 stacks of Nephilim Valor before you reach the Warden. So in the rare occasions where you do not have the 5 stacks just take a way point to a earlier part of the act to find a champion pack. With 5 stacks of Nephilim Valor the Warden should drop 2-4 rares and like 5-10 blues.
Once you start start getting more resistance and damage you can start trying more damage dealing builds. You can also change up from using a templar and start using the enchantress for her CC abilities.
I just started to be able to farm act 2 with little to no problem. Although there are those times you get a champion pack you just have to skip. I would suggest not farming act 2 until you are geared for it.
These are the stats i have right now in act 2(unbuffed).
I basically use the same skill technique as i did when i first hit act 1 inferno. The difference here is that i use the enchantress over the Templar due to the sole fact that she has crowd controlling abilities. What you do is basically have your earth ally tank for you while you stay behind them attacking with deadly reach. To make this the most efficient way I would bring the elite group to a choke point(a narrow passing like a bridge). This would block the elite group from touching me and would allow me to just put out the most damage i could.
Enchantress skills- The skills i use with the enchantress are, charm, Powered Armor, Disorient, and mass control.
Area of Farm for Act 2-The most farmed area in Act 2 is the the start of the quest City of Blood to the killing of Magdha. Make sure when you get to her you have 5 stacks of NV. If you do not have five stacks just go back and try to find some more packs.
Where did i get my gold/ items????
Well the easy answer to this is by farming(mostly act 1 inferno and some gold from act 3 hell).
What gave me gold, i can sum this up to about two to three items that drop from act 1 inferno. Sold each of these items for over a million each.
PRO – TIPS
1. Make sure your buffs are always up this includes your earth ally.
2. Its good to clear out an area of the map so that you have room to kite. This reduces the chance of other mobs being pulled.
3. Keep a set of pure MF gear in your inventory. When killing a pack or boss and the last monster you have to kill is below 100k hp switch out for your MF gear and kill the monster. This gives you a much higher chance of an epic item dropping.
4. Knowing all other classes and what they look for in items. This will make it so you know what items will sell to the AH and what items you should charsi(sell to vendor).
5. You should read this. Every class should. Explains the amount of effective hp you have from resistance and armor.
(Also to keep in mind about using the Mantra of Healing with +20% resistance rune vs. Mantra of Evasion with +20% armor rune. Your armor should be ten times the amount of your resistance, or your resistance should be 1/10 the amount of your armor. Resistence is ten times more effective then armor but you want to keep these numbers close and always chase the one that needs a bigger boost. For example, if you had 200 to all resistance, and had 3000 armor, you should use the Mantra of Healing with +20% resistance rune. But lets say you had 2000 armor and 300 resistance to all, you should be using the Mantra of Evasion with +20% armor rune.)
6.To know how to make it so you can use more then one defensive ability, Go to Options > Gameplay > Check “Elective Mode
7.(Will add more tips when i can think of more. Also if you have any please leave a comment)
Most of the Guide was Written by Scotty from D3 Forums