Way of Four Elements Monk Build

Way of Four Elements Monk Build - Baldur's Gate 3 (BG3)

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The best Way of Four Elements monk build for Baldur's Gate 3. It is an interesting subclass that has special actions equivalent to wizard spells. These actions do not use spell slots but rather special Ki Points. This unlocks some cool-looking moves that also can provide situational advantages.

Way of Four Elements Monk Build

The subclass offers interesting options, by unlocking special actions, equivalent to spells. Sadly, they do not hold up to a pure, optimized caster. Another point is that you will not be as effective as Open Hand Monk Build. So why would you go this road?

This is a perfect embodiment of a Monk that can control various elements. A perfect reference to a popular animation series. You will have to make some sacrifices - more short rests, as you will go through Ki Points very fast to sustain these elements.

I also recommend multiclassing into Thief for more attacks per turn. However, this will sacrifice a total number of Ki Points. Some items and skills that monk has will alleviate this.

Build variations

The only variation that you can do in my opinion is going pure Monk for 12 levels. The good thing is that it increases your total amount of Ki, but that's it. The level 11 subclass features for 4 elements are disappointing. You get Fireball, but this is so late in the game, that it does not compare to what casters can do.

You would also lose bonus action, making you lose in terms of damage to Open Hand Monk Build by a huge margin.

The only other alternative would be going for 4 Rogue and 8 Monk. This provides one more Feat but lowers your total amount of Ki, which is already strained. I do not think this one Feat would be a game-changer especially when all the main aspects of the build are covered.

Strength vs. Dexterity

There is also the question of the main ability points. There is an extremely useful feat - Tavern Brawler icon passive feature bg3Tavern Brawler, and it works with strength. The caveat is that no matter what Monk needs Wisdom and Dexterity. So third ability will thin out the build effectiveness.

This is optional, and for some people breaks immersion. It is enough to beat the game on any difficulty. However, if you are min-maxing, forgoing the Elixir loses some potential.

There is a solution - Elixir of Hill Giant Strength. It is available early in Act 1 and can be stockpiled for the rest of the game. With it, you will have, high, Strength - to use Tavern Brawler icon passive feature bg3Tavern Brawler, Dexterity - initiative and Armour Class, Wisdom - Armour Class, and bonus elemental damage.

Here is a guide on how to farm Elixir of Hill Giant Strength. After you reach Act 3, in a similar manner you can get an upgraded version - Elixir of Cloud Giant Strength for a boost to 27 Strength.

Leveling Overview

Here is a table to get a short and concise table with all the main picks during your leveling progression. For more detailed reasoning, I go further in the article. Also, do not forget to check the recommended gear as it is crucial.

The Way of the Four Elements Monk Overview Expand
Level Class Selection
1 Monk STR - 8, DEX - 17, CON - 15, INT - 8, WIS - 16, CHA - 8
Skills: Acrobatics, Insight
2 Monk -
3 Monk Subclass: Way of the Four Elements
Disciple of the Elements: Fangs of the Fire Snake, Fist of Unbroken Air, Water Whip
4 Monk Feat: Ability Improvement +2 DEX or  Tavern Brawler icon passive feature bg3Tavern Brawler​ +1 CON
5 Monk -
6 Rogue Skills: Sleight of Hand, Perception, Acrobatics
7 Rogue -
8 Rogue Subclass: Thief
9 Monk Disciple of the Elements: Clench of the North Wind
10 Monk -
11 Monk Feat: Ability Improvement +2 DEX or +2 WIS
12 Monk Disciple of the Elements: Gong of the Summit

Starting the Game

This section covers the creation screen and what would go into the best Races, Abilities, and Skills for Way of the Four Elements Monk. Some of these choices are impactful as you cannot respec them.

Races

Picking a race provides various benefits - abilities, dialogue options, looks, etc. Also, keep in mind whether your picked race has Shield proficiency as this can improve survivability or give benefits for offensive.

If you are having difficulties making a choice, pick whatever you prefer in terms of looks or roleplay. "The perfect race pick" is important if you are into extreme min-maxing.
Race Features Description
githyanki bg3Githyanki
  • Martial Prodigy icon passive feature bg3Martial Prodigy
Very versatile race, that unlocks some good actions for combat and exploration.
elf bg3Wood Elf
  • Elven Weapon Training icon passive feature bg3Elven Weapon Training
  • Darkvision icon passive feature bg3Darkvision
  • Fey Ancestry icon passive feature bg3Fey Ancestry
  • Fleet of Foot - your movement speed is increased by 1.5m.
A very popular race choice. The subrace is perfect for increased movement speed.
Half-Elf Baldur's Gate 3Wood Half-Elf One of the more popular options, Wood Subrace gets bonuses to bonus mobility, you will not need that as much later in the game.
half orc bg3Half-Orc
  • Darkvision icon passive feature bg3Darkvision
  • Relentless Endurance icon passive feature bg3Relentless Endurance
  • Savage Attacks icon passive feature bg3Savage Attacks
Great race as a frontliner when you are often in melee combat. Moreover, the bonus critical rolls provide a bit of bonus damage.

Class

The build is going into one class - Fighter. They give all weapon and armor proficiencies, making them extremely versatile front liners - two-handed weapons, swords, scimitars, dual-wielding, etc.

Overview
monk bg3Monk
Features
flurry of blows bg3Flurry of Blows Very powerful attack, allowing you to do two hits with bonus action and Ki points.
ki bg3Ki A unique resource for Monk actions.
Unarmoured Defence icon passive feature bg3Unarmoured Defence Allows getting armor class from Wisdom modifier.
Martial Arts: Dextrous Attacks icon passive feature bg3Martial Arts: Dextrous Attacks Similar to how finesse weapons work, Monk attacks scale based on high ability between Strength and Dexterity.
Martial Arts: Deft Strikes icon passive feature bg3Martial Arts: Deft Strikes Set the base attack of unarmed attacks to 1d4, later this becomes 1d6 and 1d8.
Martial Arts: Bonus Unarmed Strike icon passive feature bg3Martial Arts: Bonus Unarmed Strike Gives an option to attack with your fists using bonus action.

Background

Backgrounds are mostly for role-playing and you can pick whatever you prefer. If you want to optimize, then it would be good to pick backgrounds that are based on your ability points of Wisdom and Dexterity.

Moreover, due to high Dexterity, it is also a good choice to pick Sleight of Hand-related options. These will allow you to become the main lockpicker, pickpocketer, or trap disarmer.

Background Skills Description
Folk Hero Animal Handling
Survival
Boosts both of these from your Wisdom modifier. It will synergize well with increased armor class.
Urchin Sleight of Hand
Stealth
An unlikely recommendation, however, as you will multiclass into Rogue, this will be an effective combo to improve your chances of lockpicking and trap disarming.
Entertainer Acrobatics
Performance
Improves Acrobatics skills and gives bonuses to Performance for some dialogue checks.
Charlatan Deception
Sleight of Hand
Mainly good for improved Sleight of Hand to unlock chests and pickpocketing.

Abilities

Now let's take a look at the abilities of the Berserker Tavern Brawler build. Correct allocation will allow us to maximize the early gameplay and get good modifier bonuses.

Ability Value Description
strengthStrength 8 I recommend leaving it this low or 10. The main reason is that either you will go with Tavern Brawler icon passive feature bg3Tavern Brawler​ and use Elixir of Hill Giant Strength to set it to 21 or rely on Dexterity for damage. Either way, there is no point in increasing strength to more than 10.
dexterityproficient_ability Baldur's Gate 3Dexterity 17 (15+2) This plays a few roles. First, it improves Armor Class. Second, it improves initiative allowing to go earlier during the Turn. Last, if it's higher than your strength damage, and attack rolls, will get a bonus from Dexterity. If you will not use Auntie Ethel's Hair, I recommend setting it to 16 and using that point either on Charisma or Strength.
constitution bg3Constitution 15 Important for HP and survivability. If you will not get Tavern Brawler icon passive feature bg3Tavern Brawler, set this to 14.
intelligenceIntelligence 8 Not important ability for the build
wisdomWisdom 16 (15+1) Crucial ability for the 4 Elements Monk. It improved armor class for more survivability. Moreover, it will decide Spell Save DC for your subclass actions, like knockbacks, and elemental effects.
charismaCharisma 8 This build should not rely much on this ability.

Skills and Expertise

Overall, the skills should be impacted by your roleplaying and background decisions. However, you would still want those that will give you the best benefits. My recommendations are to pick those at which you have a high ability modifier and these are Dexterity-related.

  • Acrobatics
  • Sleight of Hand
  • Stealth

For Wisdom related:

  • Animal Handling
  • Insight
  • Medicine
  • Perception
  • Survival

Leveling Progression

Here is the detailed progression for the The Way of Four Elements Monk build to get you started. You can use it as a guideline because early games can be daunting and overwhelming. Later on, once you get the feel for the class you can start picking your options

Level 2

Reaching the first level-up already brings some good actions to improve tactical options

Feature Description
Unarmoured Movement icon passive feature bg3Unarmoured Movement Makes it easier to reach and move between enemies.

That is not all, by using Ki points you can get an improved version of some base actions:

Action Description
patient defense bg3Patient Defence Not something that I would use, as the bonus action has better uses.
step of the wind dash bg3Step of the Wind: Dash Can be used to reach longer distances or jump on enemies on higher grounds.
step of the wind disengage bg3Step of the Wind: Disengage A better option of Disengage by using Ki Point and a bonus action.

Optional - Elixir of Hill Giant Strength

This is optional, and for some people breaks, immersion, feel free to skip it.

Well, there is a trick early in Act 1, after you reach the first settlement - Druid's Grove. There you can stock up on some really powerful potions for Acts 1, and 2 - Elixir of Hill Giant Strength.

What do they do? They increase the Strength to 21 until a Long rest. More or less this negates any need to have strength investment if you plan to use them till the late game. This is somewhat gimmicky, however, if you are interested here is a guide on how to farm Elixir of Hill Giant Strength.

You can reach 22-24 based on in-game decisions, items, and picking feats. However, in Act 3 there will be an upgraded version - Elixir of Cloud Giant Strength, that will set it to 27. This is the highest possible strength value.

As the Four Elements monk, I would recommend picking this elixir, as you have no downsides to using it. The ability allocation already covers the option if you would like to try it.

Level 3

As a Monk at level 3, you can choose the subclass. It impacts how you play the build and what combat options there are.

Overview
the way of four elements monk bg3Way of the Four Elements
Features
harmony of fire and water bg3Harmony of Fire and Water Allows restoring Ki points. Very useful as you will use it up very fast.

Disciple of the Elements

This choice is an equivalent of caster spells. The main differences are that they use Ki Points instead of spell slots, and do not scale. Later, these will be upgraded marginally from the subclass feature.

The main spell the build needs is Fangs of the Fire Snake. It should be used as your base attack with unarmed. This way you deal an additional 1d10 fire and buff your next attacks for 1d4 fire damage.

Spells Description
fangs of the fire snake bg3Fangs of the Fire Snake The main attack that you will use to inflict additional damage. It also works with Extra Attack icon passive feature bg3Extra Attack.

There are two more spells that you can pick, however, they are situational. The big drawback is that they cost whole action point, which means that you lose two normal attacks. For this reason, only use them if you see that they result in 80% success chance. Pick two of these:

Spells Description
fist of four thunders bg3Fist of Four Thunders Targets Constitution ability. Perfect for pushing targets off the ledges.
fist of unbroken air bg3Fist of Unbroken Air Has good damage rolls and targets enemy Strength ability. Pushes targets, and can instantly kill them if they fall off the ledge.
water whip bg3Water Whip Can pull the enemy to you or make it Prone. Targets Dexterity Saving Throw.

Another aspect is that these are Actions and not spells, so many bonuses from items will not apply to them.

Level 4

Level 4 brings the first feat, it will be a huge improvement.

Feat

Feat Description
Tavern Brawler icon passive feature bg3Tavern Brawler A very powerful feat, that is mandatory if you are using Elixir of Hill Giant Strength. It will both increase your attack and hit chance. Add the +1 to the Constitution. If going for Dexterity, skip this.
Ability Improvement Another option is to take +2 Dexterity, to increase Armour Class, Initiative, and damage. Pick this if not using Elixir of Hill Giant Strength.

Level 5

This is a huge milestone for the build as it will become even more powerful.

Feature Description
Extra Attack icon passive feature bg3Extra Attack This allows attacking two times instead of one. This will improve your damage. However, keep in mind that using most of the 4 Elements Monk spells will only attack once. The special one is Fangs of the Fire Snake - it works with Extra Attack.

Monk class also gains special action giving a little bit of crowd control capabilities.

Actions Description
stunning strike melee bg3Stunning Strike (Melee) This can be activated when using melee weapons. Makes the enemy skip the turn
stunning strike unarmedStunning Strike (Unarmed) Can be activated when using Unarmed attacks. Makes the enemy skip the turn.

Level 6 - Rogue Lv 1

Here you can do two options:

  1. Multiclass into Rogue and get additional Bonus Action with Thief at level 8.
  2. Level up to 8, and then respec for Monk 5, Rogue 3. This gives more Ki points for two levels, before respeccing.

For the guide's simplicity, I will go with Rogue from this level.

Overview
rogue Baldur's Gate 3Rogue
Features
Action_SneakAttack_Melee Baldur's Gate 3Sneak Attack (Melee) Exploit a foe's distraction to deal an additional 1d6 damage. Damage increases by 1d6 for every uneven Rogue Level gained.
Action_SneakAttack_Ranged Baldur's Gate 3Sneak Attack (Ranged) Exploit a foe's distraction to deal an additional 1d6 damage. Damage increases by 1d6 for every uneven Rogue Level gained.

Skills

Picking the Rogue class allows one to select additional skills. My recommendation would be Sleight of Hand. With it, you can unlock most of the chests in the game. Here are my suggested options:

  • Sleight of Hand
  • Acrobatics
  • Insight
  • Perception
  • Survival

Level 7 - Rogue Lv 2

This level gives some options for bonus action. However, there is nothing important.

Action Description
Action_Hide cunning Baldur's Gate 3Cunning Action: Hide Hide from enemies by succeeding Stealth checks. Stick to the dark and avoid enemy sightlines. Attacking or casting a spell will reveal your location. Probably the most important. Now you can start sneaking using Bonus action and then use Sneak Attack at the same turn
Action_Dash_cunning Baldur's Gate 3Cunning Action: Dash Cover more distance this turn: double your movement speed.
Action_Disengage_cunning Baldur's Gate 3Cunning Action: Disengage Retreat safely: moving won't provoke Opportunity Attacks.

Level 8 - Rogue Lv 3

This level unlocks a rogue subclass that will greatly improve what 4 Elements Monk can do.

Subclass

Overview
thief bg3Thief
Features
Fast Hands icon passive feature bg3Fast Hands Allows another bonus action, in Monk's case this will be Flurry of Blows, for more damage per turn.
Second-Story Work: Falling icon passive feature bg3Second-Story Work: Falling Reduces fall damage.

Overall, this will greatly improve your damage output on the first turn.

Level 9 - Monk Lv 6

The 6th level unlocks a few more spells to select. One of them can be very effective.

Disciple of the Elements

Choose one spell for this selection

Spells Description
clench of the north wind bg3Clench of the North Wind I think this is the best selection for now. Although the action is very powerful, it has a 3 Ki Point cost and requires a high Spell Save DC. For this Hat of Uninhibited Kushigo icon bg3Hat of Uninhibited Kushigo is a good choice. I only recommend using this spell if it has at least 80% success chance. Otherwise, leave this for casters in the party. As of Patch 5, the action is bugged and does not work with Improved Elemental Casting icon passive feature bg3Improved Elemental Casting.

Level 10 - Monk Lv 7

The level unlocks a few class features

Feature Description
Evasion icon passive feature bg3Evasion Gives a huge survivability boost against spells.
Stillness of Mind icon passive feature bg3Stillness of Mind Allows for avoiding Charmed and Frightened conditions, making many combat encounters easier.

Replace Spell

In case any of the spells do not fit your requirements, feel free to try other ones.

Level 11 - Monk Lv 8

A second feat can be chosen for the build, to further optimize the Way of the Four Elements Monk build.

Feat

Feat Description
Ability Improvement I recommend +2 Dexterity if this is your main ability for damage. However, if using Elixir of Hill Giant Strength, you could take +2 Wisdom as it will also boost damage from Boots of Uninhibited Kushigo icon bg3Boots of Uninhibited Kushigo.

Level 12 - Monk Lv 9

The last level gives some bonuses to the Four Elements Monk's actions. Otherwise, there is nothing special, besides additional Ki Point.

Feature Description
Advanced Unarmoured Movement icon passive feature bg3Advanced Unarmoured Movement Can freely walk through difficult terrain, making it easier to reach foes. Perfect for situations where there is Ice, Grease, or other effects on the ground.
Improved Elemental Casting icon passive feature bg3Improved Elemental Casting A slight improvement to the Four Elements Monk spells. The only noteworthy is the second target on Clench of the North Wind. Otherwise, play as you played before.

Disciple of the Elements

As the Monk build already has all that it needs, by this time, feel free to pick up anything you would like to try out.

Potions, Elixirs and Consumables

Let's take a look at what consumables we can use to further empower the build.

Potions

These are general consumables, and most of them are activated for a few turns. Potions are separate from Elixirs and can be active together.

Consumable Description
potion of speed bg3Potion of Speed In case you or your other casters have a Concentration spell slot taken and cannot cast Haste, use this potion. It acts similarly, but the effect is just for 3 turns.
potion of invisibility bg3Potion of Invisibility Can be used to get a perfect position before the encounter starts.

Elixirs

Unfortunately, only one Elixir can be active at a time. However, the good thing is that they last until a long rest, making them very useful and economical.

Be sure to activate them before combat as otherwise, you will need to use Bonus Action.

Consumable Description
elixir of bloodlust bg3Elixir of Bloodlust As you will be able to easily kill at least the weakest foe, this ensures additional attacks per turn. I would go with this option once you have 22 base strength, otherwise look at the options below.
elixir of vigilance bg3Elixir of Vigilance For some encounters, you will want to go first. This elixir will ensure that it overcomes even surprise mechanics.
elixir of hill giant strength bg3Elixir of Hill Giant Strength Sets strength value to 21 until the Long Rest. With this option, you can easily gimp on strength in the early game. You can put those points in Dexterity or Strength. Here is a farming guide for Elixir of Hill Giant Strength
elixir of hill giant strength bg3Elixir of Cloud Giant Strength An upgraded version that is available mostly in Act 3 via crafting or purchasing. Sets Strength to 27, the highest value possible. if using this one, you could set the strength to 8 via respec.

Illithid Powers

This is a special mechanic in Baldur's Gate 3, that allows you to consume tadpoles and unlock special Illithid Powers. These range from somewhat useful, to extremely deadly. I would like to leave a few recommendations:

Base Illithid Powers

Order Illithid Power Description
1 favourable beginnings bg3Favourable Beginnings Very useful power to take as it does not have any costs, and provides only benefits on the first hits.
2 luck of the far realms bg3Luck of the Far Realms Guarantees a critical hit, a very powerful action to have.
3 concentrated blast bg3Concentrated Blast Taking only for progression, to unlock the next power.
4 cull the weak bg3Cull the Weak Passive feature that does not cost anything and automatically deals bonus psychic damage around the target, once it is close to death.
5 shield of thralls bg3Shield of Thralls Taking for progression, to unlock the next power, but it also provides a good bonus as temporary health.

Elite Illithid Powers

These become unlocked later in the game as you progress. They are extremely powerful additions to the build.

Order Illithid Power Description
1 freecast bg3Freecast Removes any cost of Ki from using Monk actions.

Equipment Recommendations

Now I would like to go through some gear recommendations to maximize the Four Elements Monk Build. Items are especially important as they take the build to the next level thanks to their unique effects.

Act 1

Slot Item Description
melee slot bg3Melee (One - Handed) Corellon's Grace icon bg3Corellon's Grace A good staff, that can be used by Monk for additional unarmed damage. You will still have to attack with the weapon for the main hand and use bonus actions to attack with fists. I only recommend using this until you get the first gloves with bonus damage, like Gloves of Cinder and Sizzle icon bg3Gloves of Cinder and Sizzle or Tavern Brawler icon passive feature bg3Tavern Brawler​ feat.
ranged slot bg3Ranged Bow of Awareness icon bg3Bow of Awareness Gives bonus initiative, allowing one to go earlier in combat
Titanstring Bow icon bg3Titanstring Bow If you are using Elixir of Hill Giant Strength this is the best bow in terms of damage. However, this is a contender for a dedicated archer and requires Longbow proficiency. You can get it as an elf.
Hunting Shortbow icon bg3Hunting Shortbow Excellent bow against monstrosities. There are plenty of them in Act 1.
helmet slot bg3Head Haste Helm icon bg3Haste Helm Provides increased speed at the start of the combat.
cloak slot bg3Cloak The Deathstalker Mantle icon bg3The Deathstalker Mantle The only option in Act 1 that is okay, is by providing once-per-turn invisibility. Only available to Dark Urge origin.
armor slot bg3Armor The Graceful Cloth icon bg3The Graceful Cloth Gives +2 Dexterity making it a very good choice for the end of Act 1 and the start of Act 2.
Armour of Uninhibited Kushigo icon bg3Armour of Uninhibited Kushigo Somewhat relatable first unarmed build armor. It is nothing special as I do not think you will utilize the effect.
gloves slot bg3Gloves Gloves of Cinder and Sizzle icon bg3Gloves of Cinder and Sizzle It gives fire damage, increasing the variety of damage types that you do.
The Sparkle Hands icon bg3The Sparkle Hands Amazing gloves that after the first hit will give Lightning Charges. These then provide bonus 1 damage lightning and can stack up with more Lightning Charges.
boots slot bg3Boots Disintegrating Night Walkers icon bg3Disintegrating Night Walkers Avoids slipping on various terrains and most importantly unlocks Misty Step each short rest. These boots can last till Act 3, as walking on icy surfaces can be deadly for melee build. The item removes this problem.
Boots of Genial Striding  icon bg3Boots of Genial Striding Allows the Monk to walk freely on difficult terrain.
amulet slot bg3Amulet Sentient Amulet icon bg3Sentient Amulet Great amulet that will be useful for most of the game. With its actions, it is the perfect choice for Monk.
ring slot bg3Rings Crusher's Ring icon bg3Crusher's Ring Improves movement speed, making it easier to reach your next target.
Ring of Protection icon bg3Ring of Protection Gives defensive bonuses to Armour Class and Saving Throws.

Act 2 - mid-game

Act 2 changes the landscape and there will be a lot of dark areas. Moreover, it will provide some amazing items for you to find, that will improve the build damage.

Slot Item Description
melee slot bg3Melee (One-handed) - Not using any weapons
ranged slot bg3Ranged Titanstring Bow icon bg3Titanstring Bow The is still useful due to its bonus damage from strength if using Elixir of Hill Giant Strength. Requires Longbow proficiency.
Bow of the Banshee icon bg3Bow of the Banshee With Slashing Flourish, you can apply frighten to two enemies at the same time
helmet slot bg3Head Hat of Uninhibited Kushigo icon bg3Hat of Uninhibited Kushigo Very relevant helmet for the Way of the Four Elements Monk. You can use your fist attacks with bonus action to power up Spell Save DC. Then your spells will have a better success.
cloak slot bg3Cloak Cloak of Protection icon bg3Cloak of Protection Improves survivability and Saving Throw success.
The Deathstalker Mantle icon bg3The Deathstalker Mantle If you have this, it is still a solid choice.
armor slot bg3Armor Yuan-ti Scale Mail icon bg3Yuan-ti Scale Mail If you can wear medium armor, this is an amazing choice even if you lose the benefits of Unarmoured Defence icon passive feature bg3Unarmoured Defence.
The Graceful Cloth icon bg3The Graceful Cloth Still a solid option throughout Act 2 due to bonus Dexterity.
gloves slot bg3Gloves Flawed Helldusk Gloves icon bg3Flawed Helldusk Gloves Deals bonus necrotic damage with unarmed attacks and can apply bleeding. The best thing for Act 2.
boots slot bg3Boots Evasive Shoes icon bg3Evasive Shoes Bonus armor class for higher survivability.
Disintegrating Night Walkers icon bg3Disintegrating Night Walkers The boots are still a good option in Act 2.
amulet slot bg3Amulet Sentient Amulet icon bg3Sentient Amulet The amulet is great as it allows to restoration of Ki Points, which can now be easily used up using multiple hits.
Surgeon's Subjugation Amulet icon bg3Surgeon's Subjugation Amulet Can be an effective amulet against humanoid enemies, and fully paralyze them.
Amulet of the Harpers icon bg3Amulet of the Harpers Allows casting Shield spell, can be a lifesaver if attacked heavily for one turn.
ring slot bg3Rings Risky Ring  icon bg3Risky Ring
(BiS)
Provides an Advantage on attack rolls. This is a mandatory ring as it will both guarantee more hits and a higher chance of critical hits.
Callous Glow Ring icon bg3Callous Glow Ring
(BiS)
The ring effect can be activated easily by having someone cast Light on the monk.
Shadow-Cloaked Ring icon bg3Shadow-Cloaked Ring An offensive ring that gives bonus damage against obscured enemies.
Ring of Protection icon bg3Ring of Protection Bonus armour class is a good bonus, and the ring still takes place.

Act 3 - Final Build setup

This is the last act of the game, where you will get access to the most powerful items. To get them as early as possible you will need some planning, but overall, it should not be a problem.

Here there are a lot of options for glove slots. Each element has its pairs. However, there will be only one most powerful legendary gloves close to the end.

Slot Item Description
melee slot bg3Melee (One - Handed) - Not using any weapons
ranged slot bg3Ranged The Dead Shot icon bg3The Dead Shot
(BiS)
Increases critical range, and is perfect for improving damage. However, this requires Longbow proficiency, which is only obtained by Elves.
Hellrider Longbow icon bg3Hellrider Longbow Gives a big boost to the initiative, guaranteeing that you can go first. However, you will need to get Longbow proficiency from race.
Bow of Awareness icon bg3Bow of Awareness Bow from Act 1, is useful for a bonus to initiative.
helmet slot bg3Head Horns of the Berserker icon bg3Horns of the Berserker Overall, the best headwear for Monk. However, you will lose the bonus Spell Save DC from Hat of Uninhibited Kushigo icon bg3Hat of Uninhibited Kushigo.
Hood of the Weave icon bg3Hood of the Weave Mentioning this option in case you would like to try it for increased Spell Save DC. However, it would be better utilized by a caster in the group.
Scabby Pugilist Circlet icon bg3Scabby Pugilist Circlet Early Act 3 helmet, that improves damage when surrounded. Can be a replacement for Hat of Uninhibited Kushigo icon bg3Hat of Uninhibited Kushigo if you are not utilizing any of the spells.
cloak slot bg3Cloak Cloak of Displacement icon bg3Cloak of Displacement
(BiS)
Improves the chances of attacks missing the wearer until getting hit for that turn.
armor slot bg3Armor Vest of Soul Rejuvenation icon bg3Vest of Soul Rejuvenation
(BiS)
The best option for Four Elements Monk with unarmored clothing. Another aspect is that it provides additional reaction options when enemies miss you. To top all of this it gives +2 Armour Class.
Garb of The Land and Sky icon bg3Garb of The Land and Sky Best for additional armour class, other effects will require you to use bonus action, so it's best to activate them before combat.
gloves slot bg3Gloves Gloves of Soul Catching icon bg3Gloves of Soul Catching
(BiS)
The best gloves for the Monk build. Provides 1d10 force damage boost.
Gauntlets of Frost Giant Strength icon bg3Gauntlets of Frost Giant Strength The only option for gauntlets is if you do not plan on using Elixir of Hill Giant Strength. However, without it, you lose other glove options with cool damage effects.
Servitor of the Black Hand Gloves icon bg3Servitor of the Black Hand Gloves Each of these gloves provides a different element damage bonus and various spells. Choose the element that you deal the least damage with, this way you increase the variety of damage. You want to be able to deal damage to enemies that will be resistant to Blunt attacks.
Seraphic Pugilist Gloves icon bg3Seraphic Pugilist Gloves
Snow-Dusted Monastery Gloves icon bg3Snow-Dusted Monastery Gloves
Thunderpalm Strikers icon bg3Thunderpalm Strikers
boots slot bg3Boots Boots of Uninhibited Kushigo icon bg3Boots of Uninhibited Kushigo The best boots hands down for Monk build. Be sure to have at least 16 Wisdom, to best utilize these.
amulet slot bg3Amulet Sentient Amulet icon bg3Sentient Amulet
(BiS)
The upgraded version of the amulet is a perfect choice for Monk.
Amulet of Greater Health icon bg3Amulet of Greater Health It makes any Constitution ability investment redundant as it maximizes it to 23 points. Gives a huge survivability boost. However, I would only use this, if your Monk has problems with survivability.
Khalid's Gift icon bg3Khalid's Gift The amulet gives +1 to Wisdom. However, to take full effect you will need to respec, to have Wisdom at either 19 or 17, to get that +1 proficiency bonus.
Magic Amulet icon bg3Magic Amulet Gives an Advantage on attack. I would use this only if you do not have Risky Ring  icon bg3Risky Ring. Otherwise, this does not provide much use, besides Saving Throw Advantage.
ring slot bg3Rings Shadow-Cloaked Ring icon bg3Shadow-Cloaked Ring
(BiS)
A perfect ring for bonus damage. It requires the enemy to be obscured, so check the stealth icon, whether the sun is half-empty or full-empty.
Callous Glow Ring icon bg3Callous Glow Ring
(BiS)
The ring effect can be activated easily by having someone cast Light on the monk.
Killer's Sweetheart icon bg3Killer's Sweetheart The amulet can give a huge boost to damage. However, I would be cautious using it. It would be best served to something like a Paladin, that can deal bigger burst damage.
Ring of Protection icon bg3Ring of Protection Bonus armor class is a good bonus, and the ring still takes place.

Conclusion

Thank you for reading the Way of the Four Elements Monk build for Baldur's Gate 3. I hope you enjoyed reading the build. This should cover everything that you need to become the ultimate Avatar of elements.

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Discussion

Anonymous

With one month left until the Avatar live action series, comes the avatar build in BG 3. Congratulations for your work!

let's hope the next patch gives some buffs to the 4 elements monk :)

if I remember, there is a mod on Nexus that buffs the way of the 4 elements

Anonymous

criiinge, noone cares

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