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    I am not a player of many characters, also I am a fan o monk class since D&D (not 3.5, the one before AD&D, and yes, mainly with house rules) and for records I am a fan of Martial Arts.

    Since I like monks, I played a lot with pure builds during three lifes that happened during the three years I've played DDO so far, in this stack you can count with Air/DEX builds, Water/WIS or even Fire/STR and with the various changes during the updates I always switched a little here and a little there in my build.

    This build is not the ultimate dps or the most self-sufficient you may find, but it fits my needs in gaming that are playability, fun and more fun. So, if you look for the ultimate DPS, move away, it would be better for both of us.

    So, I was a hElf pure monk build with cleric diletante to enable the use of scrolls, I enjoyed it a lot and the diletante added a layer of self-heal that was awesome but I went for more and eventually it leaded to the creation of this build.

    As a fan of Monks and Martial Arts I was not willing to break the pure monk thing but then I realized what I could do with multiclassing, but again I was not willing to break several monk levels then I started to search for a good build with the minimum level in other classes and I found it as 18 monk, 1 artificer and 1 druid.

    I did not made my level up with this build, so I know that it may not work for general level up purposes, maybe it work nice only in end game with a lesser reincarnation (you can take the levels the same way but choose different skills or feats).

    What points I want to improve with this building? The answer of this question came in couple, first was the DPS generation and second the Survaivability.

    Why Artificer? First for UMD, second because I was about to take the Rogue diletante (once I was already hElf not willing to do a TR soon and I have to get a diletante) instead the Cleric so for Sneak Damage purposes it would fit better, and third for trap skills (if this fit you, and it may fit me in the next version of this build).

    Why Druid? Since I broke the pure monk build, I looked carefully if a 19/1 would work, but I found that the only thing you may earn with the 19th level was the "Empty Body" (since you've already lost capstone, DR 10/Epic, last level of slow fall and unarmed strike last increase) so there was no logic reason to get that and then looking the other classes I found druid the best for: Ram's Might. Yes, 1 level for +3 damage +1 To Hit was far enough better than "Empty Body".

    The Artificer level allows you to cast Enchant Weapon (that maybe can be improved with Spellcasting implemention itens) that grants you +1 to damage/attack that works fine if you don't have any other weapon enchantment. Also, Enchant Armor that will grant you a +1 AC.

    It worked nice so far on Epic Elite quests, but no, I did not soloed it.

    In the end, what we have? +4 self-sustained to damage and +2 to hit, +1 AC, Wolf or Ironforged to open levers (and only this), a good UMD rate without the need to switch equipments that allow you to have Stoneskin Scrolls to replace the 10/epic in a general way, Heal scrolls, Shield, Nightshield, Great Heroism, and all scroll stuff with generally 100% activation (ok, not the artificer ones, but since you can't cast in yourself deadly or silver weapons with scrolls it helps only in groups if someone need silver for DR purposes or something alike)

    But what had you lost in the way? Capstone (+2 wisdom and +1 enhacement on Ki is very nice but honestly I don't miss them) DR 10/Epic ( Equipment or Stoneskin at will scrolls can cover it) +0.5[W] on unarmed strike (generally 1-3 damage) that was totally covered with the Ram's Might + Enchant Weapons, Last "Slow Fall" (Feather Fall Scrolls cover it) and few HP.

    Without any further words and or explanations, here is the the current build (I will post some thoughts on the end):

    Character Plan by DDO Character Planner Version 03.14.02
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    Level 20 Lawful Neutral Half-Elf Male
    (18 Monk \ 1 Artificer \ 1 Druid) 
    Hit Points: 340
    Spell Points: 330 
    BAB: 13\13\18\23
    Fortitude: 18
    Reflex: 14
    Will: 22
                      Starting            Ending          Feat/Enhancement
    Abilities        Base Stats         Base Stats         Modified Stats
    (36 Point)       (Level 1)          (Level 20)           (Level 20)
    Strength             16                 20                   21
    Dexterity            14                 17                   17
    Constitution         16                 19                   20
    Intelligence          8                 10                   10
    Wisdom               16                 23                   24
    Charisma              8                 10                   10
    Tomes Used
    +1 Tome of Strength used at level 2
    +1 Tome of Dexterity used at level 2
    +1 Tome of Constitution used at level 2
    +1 Tome of Intelligence used at level 2
    +1 Tome of Wisdom used at level 2
    +1 Tome of Charisma used at level 2
    +2 Tome of Strength used at level 6
    +2 Tome of Dexterity used at level 6
    +2 Tome of Constitution used at level 6
    +2 Tome of Intelligence used at level 6
    +2 Tome of Wisdom used at level 6
    +2 Tome of Charisma used at level 6
    +3 Tome of Strength used at level 10
    +3 Tome of Dexterity used at level 10
    +3 Tome of Constitution used at level 10
    +3 Tome of Wisdom used at level 10
                      Starting            Ending          Feat/Enhancement
                     Base Skills        Base Skills        Modified Skills
    Skills           (Level 1)          (Level 20)          (Level 20)
    Balance               4                 19                   23
    Bluff                -1                  0                    0
    Concentration         7                 28                   32
    Diplomacy            -1                  0                    0
    Disable Device       n/a                n/a                   n/a
    Haggle               -1                  0                    0
    Heal                  3                  7                    7
    Hide                  2                  3                    7
    Intimidate           -1                  0                    0
    Jump                  3                  5                    7
    Listen                3                  7                    7
    Move Silently         2                  3                    7
    Open Lock             n/a               n/a                   n/a
    Perform              n/a                n/a                   n/a
    Repair               -1                  0                    0
    Search               -1                  0                    0
    Spot                  3                  7                    7
    Swim                  3                  5                    5
    Tumble                n/a               n/a                   n/a
    Use Magic Device      3                 23                   26
    Level 1 (Artificer)
    Feat: (Selected) Dodge
    Feat: (Half-Elf Dilettante) Half-Elf Dilettante: Rogue
    Feat: (Past Life) Past Life: Monk
    Feat: (Past Life) Past Life: Monk
    Level 2 (Druid)
    Level 3 (Monk)
    Feat: (Selected) Past Life: Disciple of the Fist
    Feat: (Monk Bonus) Two Weapon Fighting
    Level 4 (Monk)
    Ability Raise: STR
    Feat: (Monk Bonus) Stunning Fist
    Level 5 (Monk)
    Feat: (Monk Path) Path of Inevitable Dominion: Fists of Darkness
    Level 6 (Monk)
    Feat: (Selected) Skill Focus: Use Magic Device
    Level 7 (Monk)
    Level 8 (Monk)
    Ability Raise: WIS
    Feat: (Monk Bonus) Toughness
    Level 9 (Monk)
    Feat: (Selected) Power Attack
    Level 10 (Monk)
    Level 11 (Monk)
    Level 12 (Monk)
    Ability Raise: WIS
    Feat: (Selected) Improved Two Weapon Fighting
    Level 13 (Monk)
    Level 14 (Monk)
    Level 15 (Monk)
    Feat: (Selected) Improved Critical: Bludgeoning Weapons
    Level 16 (Monk)
    Ability Raise: WIS
    Level 17 (Monk)
    Level 18 (Monk)
    Feat: (Selected) Greater Two Weapon Fighting
    Level 19 (Monk)
    Level 20 (Monk)
    Ability Raise: WIS
    Enhancement: Improved Rogue Dilettante I
    Enhancement: Improved Rogue Dilettante II
    Enhancement: Human Adaptability Strength I
    Enhancement: Human Greater Adaptability Constitution I
    Enhancement: Human Improved Recovery I
    Enhancement: Human Improved Recovery II
    Enhancement: Human Versatility I
    Enhancement: Human Versatility II
    Enhancement: Human Versatility III
    Enhancement: Human Versatility IV
    Enhancement: Static Charge
    Enhancement: Way of the Patient Tortoise I
    Enhancement: Way of the Patient Tortoise II
    Enhancement: Touch of Death
    Enhancement: Porous Soul
    Enhancement: All-Consuming Flame
    Enhancement: Monk Improved Recovery I
    Enhancement: Monk Improved Recovery II
    Enhancement: Monk Improved Recovery III
    Enhancement: Monk Ninja Spy I
    Enhancement: Monk Ninja Spy II
    Enhancement: Winter's Touch
    Enhancement: Adept of Rock
    Enhancement: Grandmaster of Mountains
    Enhancement: Master of Stone
    Enhancement: Racial Toughness I
    Enhancement: Racial Toughness II
    Enhancement: Improved Jump I
    Enhancement: Improved Jump II
    Enhancement: Improved Tumble I
    Enhancement: Improved Tumble II
    Enhancement: Monk Wisdom I
    Enhancement: Druid Toughness I
    (In the epic levels I got Improved Unarmed Strike and Vorpal Strikes feats and I spent the stat point in STR.)

    This build is working with 36 points with 2 Monk past lifes, right now I have +4 tomes to all stats so I don't know if I will keep the same distribution of points as soon as I can perform another Lesser Reincarnation.

    Right now I am with Earth stance, not Fire, and with the Tortoise path I found a few times without enough Ki (this maybe can be solved by switching to fire stance to farm Ki and back to Earth) and I am thinking about switching it to Crane, but I am not sure yet.

    With the +4 on INT I will probably put some points in disable device and switch the other Stat points (yet thinking about it) in the next Lesser Reincarnation.

    Yes, this build need a lot of equipments, right now what I use in a solid way is:

    Min II Helm (mainly for HP but thinking about switch it for another GS)
    Shintao Cord (for Shintao Monk set)
    Planar Focus of Prowess +8 STR (for Planar conflux set)
    Adamantine Cloak of Wolf (Switching for Mabar one when needed or even Adamantine Bear)
    Epic Spare Hand (with Thoughness crafted plus one free transparent Slot)
    Epic Ring of the Stalker (Crafted with Exceptional Strenght +1 and Greater False Life)
    Epic Gloves of the Claw (for the Claw set)
    Madstone Boots (or Epic Boots of Corrosion in the lack of anything better)
    Kyosho's Ring (with Holy Burst crafted and for Shintao Monk set)
    Epic Bracers of the Claw (for Claw set)
    Spider-spun Caparison (with Alchemical +1 armor)
    Tharne's Googles (like Madstone in the lack of anything better)
    Quiver of Alacrity (mainly for the 30% strinding at lvl 1 slot free)

    I use Antipode most the times and it is not yet unlocked till the 3rd tier but I switch a lot handwraps (like any other good monk) with Grave or Epic of Endless Light (still trying to finish my alchemical).

    So, this is the build and the equipment, in Epic Destinies I use GM of Flowers with Sense of Weakness, Legendary Tactics and Brace for Impact twists but I am not 100% with it yet.

    Anything in this build can be switched at any moment but the core of it is a Dark Monk with mostly monk levels and a great play factor for the game.

    P.S.: If you have any suggestion to improve it, go ahead, maybe I will find it nice and I can even try it.

    P.P.S.: For the future I am thinking about go hOrc (to increase the pure damage) or even back to Human but I am not sure about it as well, I prefer to wait U17 changes to make any great changes.
    Last edited by Arddhu; 02-09-2013 at 03:05 PM.

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    Reserved for even more future upgrades.

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    Reserved for maybe the completionist upgrade (if I went mad enough for it).

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    This is what is happening using this build on CitW Epic Hard.

    Right now I am using this build with minor changes, maybe I post it here later, maybe not.

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    2nd arti level gives you +time on potions so 35seconds haste etc enhancements open up for 30% scroll mastery which is huge for self scrolling monks with big amp you wil go from around 200 to close to 300s and some more arti spells the ability to add more skill points to ol/dd/search at full ranks not halves.
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