Ragnarok Online 2 Monk Guide

Ragnarok Online 2 Monk Guide by Sunbringer

Table of Contents
I. Introduction to The Acolyte
II. Acolyte’s Skills
III. Skill builds for Acolyte
IV. Acolyte’s Stats Distribution
V. Introduction to The Monk
VI. Monk’s Skills
VII. Skill builds for Monk
VIII. Monk’s Stats Distribution

I. Introduction to The Acolyte

Acolyte is one of the first five main classes in Ragnarok II: LOTS. Like many other MMORPG, Acolytes are experts in supporting and healing abilities which play a very important role in a party. Because of those abilities, they can grind just fine whether it is solo or party. There is no need for an Acolyte to buy any healing potions because they can spam heal. Their holy spells are not to be underestimated. They got great offensive spells, although aren’t as great as Magician’s spells. But they are capable on boosting skills up to the fullest (Asperio).

Although with those advantages, Acolytes are short on Health Points (HP) and lack of defense.

II. Acolyte’s Skills

I have listed all Acolyte’s skills, its description, my commentary and personal ratings for each skill.

Heal (Supportive Skill)
Description: Recover one’s HP equivalent to 30%/33%/36%/40%/43% of your magic power. Under the Asperio, the next three heals will become a critical hit.
Casting Time: 1s.
Cooldown: 0s.
Rate: ooooo
Commentary: This deserves a 5/5 rating from me. Yes, this skill is very great because you can spam it all day long. As an Acolyte, you’ll use this instead of Potions to save your money. Max this skill ASAP.

Holy Light (Offensive Skill)
Description: Conjure a divine cross to deal 27%/30%/33%/36%/39% of your magical damage to a single enemy. Next 3 Holy Light will become a critical hit under the buff of Asperio.
Casting Time: 1s.
Cooldown: 0s.
Rate: ooooo
Commentary: This is one great offensive spell you can have as an Acolyte because simply it has no cooldown with only 1s casting time and great damage. I suggest you to max this skill ASAP for the sole purpose of grinding.

Blessing (Supportive Skill)
Description: Cast a gospel upon you and your partymates to increase Max HP by 3%/6%/9%/12%/15% for a duration of 30 minutes.
Casting Time: Instant
Cooldown: 3s.
Rate: ooooo
Commentary: A no-brainer skill to max. It adds 15% of your Max HP with 30 minutes duration, no reason to dump it.Tankers will thank you for this. A must max skill.

Judex (Offensive Skill)
Description: Summons the Thunder of Judgement to inflict magical damage equivalent to 14%/17%/19% of your magic power on the top of the enemies within the Area of Effect.
Casting Time: Instant.
Cooldown: 3s.
Rate: o
Commentary: This skill would’ve been more useful if it has at least 1s cooldown. The skill’s main purpose is just to stun your enemies. The damage and cast time are bad. You DO NOT want to use this skill at all. It is recommended for you not to learn this skill at all.

Lex Divina (Offensive Skill)
Description: Summons a holy hammer to be thrown to the enemy and deal 22% of your magic power at level 1 / 26% of your magic power and will crit if the target’s HP is below 20% at level 2 / 30% of your magic power and will crit if the target’s HP is below 20% and gain 3 Holy Water if your enemy dies from this skill at level 3.
Casting Time: Instant
Cooldown: 10s
Rate: oooo
Commentary: There are a lot of arguments flying around inside this skill. Some say this skill has to be maxed for faster grinding but some agreed not to max this skill or even take it. But those argument is invalid as your skills will be resetted once you transcend intoMonk. You WILL need to learn this skill to grind faster. It maybe not recommended for fellow Priests, but not for us. You can either max this skill or leave it at level 2. Oh yeah, only use this skill when your target’s HP is below 20%, otherwise you better off leave this skill entirely.

Increase Agility (Supportive Skill)
Description: Increase movement speed of you and your party members by 40% for 10s/11s/12s/13s/14s.
Casting Time: Instant.
Cooldown: 260s/240s/220s/220s/180s.
Rate: oo
Commentary: Similar to RO1’s Increase Agility this skill increases your Movement Speed but the differences are there’s no increase in Agility in the RO2’s version and they add cooldown to it, the long one in RO2. The skill increases you and your party member’s movement speed by a nifty percentage of 40% but has a ridiculous cooldown. You either leave this skill or learn it but leave it at level 1. Do not attempt to max this skill at all.

Highness Heal (Supportive Skill)
Description: Recover your and surrounding 2 allies’ HP by 44%/49%/54%/59%/64% of your magic power. Under the Asperio spell, Highness Heal’s recovery amount increased by 50%
Casting Time: Instant.
Cooldown: 10s
Rate: ooo
Commentary: Only learn this if you do party leveling all the time. Otherwise, do not learn this skill at all if you plan to solo most of the time. Even you can choose to use Renovatio on each party members rather than using this skill if you prefer party leveling.

Renovatio (Supportive Skill)
Description: Recover target’s HP by 16%/19%/22% of your magic power every 2 seconds for 12s duration.
Casting Time: Instant.
Cooldown: 0s
Rate: ooooo
Commentary: While Heal needs you to cast for 1s and is not effective in combat, this skill does the exact opposite. This skill has no casting time and no cooldown and is efffective while it is active. That means, you don’t have to worry about your HP because it’ll replenish by itself while this skill is active.

Meditatio (Passive Skill)
Description: Increases effect of healing skills when applied as critical hit by 340%/380%/420%/460%/500% exceeding 95% Hit Rate.
Rate: N/A
Commentary: The description explains that Meditatio will increase the effect of healing skills but I am still in a hot water figuring this one out. So I can’t comment about this really as I never really bothered to look into this skill.

Aqua Benedicta (Supportive Skill)
Description: Recover SP by 15% and creates 3 Holy Waters.
Casting Time: Instant.
Cooldown: 60s
Rate: ooo
Commentary: You’ll be getting this skill whether you like it or not. It is a prerequisite for Asperio and it is great having 3 Holy Waters which is useful for Asperio.

Ressurection (Supportive Skill)
Description: Ressurects a dead player in your party. You can revive a fallen player to max HP and without cast time under Asperio buff.
Casting Time: Instant
Cooldown: 3000/2400/1800
Rate: oo
Commentary: Another skill that is full of debates. After the patch that increases this skill’s cooldown drastically, people chose to leave this skill at level 1, but some players chose to max this skill because of the drastic cooldown decrease per level. But you do not need this skill because you’ll transcend into Monk later on. Just put this at level 1 as the prerequisite for Aqua Benedicta.

Asperio (Supportive Skill)
Description: Requires 1 Holy Water. Improve Acolyte’s skill effects. The affected skills are: Holy Light, Heal, Ressurection, Judex, Highness Heal, Sanctuary (Priest), Magnus Exorcismus (Priest), and Ray of Genesis (Priest).
Casting Time: Instant
Cooldown: 60s/40s/20s
Rate: oooo
Commentary: You’ll be needing this skill to increase the effects of your skills, especially Heal and Holy Light. You can choose to not learn this at all or max this if you have spare for faster killing with Holy Light and crit-heals with Heal for leveling.

Oratio (Supportive Skill)
Description: Chants a spell which recite the prayers of gods to inflich 8%/9%/10%/11%/12% of your magic power on every 2s for the duration of 20s.
Casting Time: Instant
Cooldown: 0s
Rate: o
Commentary: Bad skill is bad, you better off spamming your Holy Light rather than using this skill. The damage is horrible even for a DoT. But Priests find this skill very useful because it can be stacked with other DoT skills.

III. Skill Build(s) for Acolyte

First of all, as you will transcend into Monk later, you do not have to worry about picking the correct skill or whatnot. Just pick and max any offensive skills that you have (except Oratio) to fasten your leveling process. Holy Light and Lex Divina are must max skills. Heal and Renovatio are also a must for healing purposes. Take Asperio if you want a slight faster killing using Holy Light (it crits under the Asperio buff).
Thus I recommend you this build for leveling:

– Level 5 Holy Light (Main offensive skill)
– Level 5 Blessing (For more survivability)
– Level 5 Heal (Main healing skill)
– Level 1 Renovatio (No SP left, and level 1 Renovatio is still great! Secondary healing skill)
– Level 3 Lex Divina (Finishing spell)
– Level 1 Increase Agi (you really do not need this skill that much due to its horrible cooldown)
– Level 1 Aqua Benedicta (Prerequisite to Asperio)
– Level 3 Asperio (faster killing means faster leveling)

Those are pretty much the core skills that you must have. You can add Highness Heal if you want to (Meditatio must be learned as prereq).
You can choose to drop Blessing and max Renovatio. It’s your call.

IV. Acolyte’s Stats Distribution

As an Acolyte striving on becoming a Monk, just focus on INT, all the way until you reach 25. Do not bother with other stats.

V. Introduction to The Monk

Upon reaching level 25, you can transcend to either a Priest or a Monk.

Monks are close combatants who use fists to excel in battle. They also begin with a whole new set of skills, meaning, you will get a reset skill after transcending into a Monk but you cannot add any of the Acolyte’s skill. Monk relies on his lightning fast attacks to stack up spirit spheres for an even greater offensive attacks which require spirit spheres. They have a very strong physical body which means high defense and can serve as Secondary Tanker or even Main Tanker if geared and built properly.

Yes, going for a Monk is a tough path to follow as you’ll giving up all of your Acolyte skills, imagine that friendly Heal skill taken away from you. But as you leveled up , you’ll feel the greatness of a Monk. I can guarantee you that.

VI. Monk’s Skills

I have listed all of Monk’s skills, description, commentary and personal ratings on each skill below.

Quadraple Palm (Offensive)
Description: Struck a target with multiple punches. Inflict 17%/19%/21%/23%/25% of your attack power. Generates 1 Spirit Sphere.
Casting Time: Instant
Cooldown: 0s
Rate: ooooo
Commentary: Your main DPS skill. It has no cooldown and the animation is quite fast. I really recommend you to max this skill ASAP after transcending into a Monk.

Iron Palm (Passive)
Description: Passively increase your defense by 10%/20%/30%/40%/50%.
Rate: ooooo
Commentary: 50% extra defense at level 5 and it is passive. MAX THIS BABY.

Spiritual Cadence (Passive)
Description: Gain 2 attack power for each Intelligence and allows you to generate Spirit Sphere while using offensive skills.
Rate: ooooo
Commentary: This could be the best passive you’ll ever had alongside with Iron Palm because simply it is a passive skill! Now, you do not have to worry about investing Intelligence (INT), rather, it enhances your attack power up to the fullest. Because of this skill, an equalized amount of STR and INT is better than a pure STR/INT stats. For example: 30 STR and 30 INT is better than having 40 STR or 40 INT alone.

Iron Mountain Attack (Offensive)
Description: Gather your inner strength to crush 2 nearby enemies by 37%/39%/42%/44%/47% of your attack power. Requires 3 Spirit Spheres.
Casting Time: Instant
Cooldown: 0s
Rate: ooooo
Commentary: Your secondary DPS skill after Quadraple Palm. The skill got greater damage, twice the damage of Quadraple Palm and it hits 2 enemies. The only downside is that this skill requires 3 Spirit Spheres. You will need to build up your Spirit Spheres before using this skill.

D. Grand Collapse (Offensive)
Description: Strike an enemy with a series of tackles to inflict the damage of your 14%/16%/18%/29%/21% attack power. Generates 2 Spirit Sphere.
Casting Time: Instant
Cooldown: 6s.
Rate: oo
Commentary: This skill has horribly low damage and it has a pretty long cooldown. Leave this skill at level 1 because you’re only using this skill to obtain two Spirit Spheres instantly.

Intimidation (Debuff)
Description: Taunt an enemy to make it attack you.
Casting Time: Instant
Cooldown: 20s/17s/14s/11s/8s
Rate: ooo
Commentary: Similar to Swordman’s Provoke, you taunt an enemy to attack you instead to your party members. A great tanking tool indeed, also used to hold aggro.

[size=3]Summon Spirit Sphere (Buff)
Description: Instantly generates 3 Spirit Sphere and reset the cooldown of all your skills.
Casting Time: Instant
Cooldown: 240s/210s/180s/150s/120s
Rate: oooo
Commentary: Personally, I love this buff. With this you can do two consecutive Guillotine Fists in a row, every two minutes. How awesome is that? This buffs really helps in PvP, also the most important key to guarantee your victory. But, if you don’t PVP that much and do not plan to PVP in the future, you can leave this skill at 1. But really, you’ll regret not having this skill maxed.

Lightning Crush (Offensive)
Description: Creates a shockwave by pounding the ground to inflict 15%/17%/20% of your attack power to maximum 3 enemies and generates 50% threat.
Casting Time: Instant
Cooldown: 3s
Rate: ooo
Commentary: Your aggro keeping tool. Spam this every 3s while facing multiple mobs to ensure your party’s safety. Use the combination of Intimidation Lightning Crush and Stone Skin permanently keep your aggro especially when tanking a boss.

Flee (Buff)
Description: Increases your dodge rate by 4%/8%/12%/16%/20% for 10 seconds.
Casting Time: Instant
Cooldown: 60s
Rate: oo
Commentary: I think it would be a waste to invest any points in this skill at all because we are not Thieves. We don’t have that much AGI in the first place. This would’ve been a great skill to have if it adds +20% to our original dodge rate raw.

Lightning Walk (Offensive)
Description: Instantly move in front the targeted enemy and strike it with 17%/19%/21%/23%/25% of your attack power. Generates 1 Spirit Sphere.
Casting Time: Instant
Cooldown: 60s/50s/40s/30s/20s
Rate: ooo
Commentary: Personally, this skill is great. I found love from this skill. While it is not that important in PVE, I gotta say this skill works wonder in PVP. Fact: There are a lot of runners in PVP and you should use this to chase your enemy. In PVE, this skill main usage is just to generate spirit sphere.

Throw Spirit Sphere (Offensive, Debuff)
Description: Fire a spirit bullet to your enemy from far away to inflict 17%/19%/21%/24%/26% of your attack power and increase 10% of damage inflicted by all of Monk’s offensive skill for 15s. Generates 1 spirit sphere.
Casting Time: Instant
Cooldown: 10s
Rate: ooooo
Commentary: Monk’s greatest debuffing skill. While the damage is not that great, the only and the sole reason of this skill is just to debuff your enemy so that you will deal more damage with other offensive skills for what, 15 seconds? That means you can perma-debuff your enemy! This skill also generates 1 spirit sphere. How great is that? Just leave this skill at level 1.

Ki Explosion (Buff)
Description: Increases your attack power by 6%/12%/18%/24%/30% for 30 seconds. Requires 3 Spirit Spheres.
Casting Time: Instant
Cooldown: 60s
Rate: ooooo
Commentary: This is also one of the greatest buff you can have as a Monk. It increases your attack power by 30% at level 5. It has 60s cooldown with 30s duration. If you want to get a slight increase on your DPS, you should max this skill, but it’s okay to just leave it at level 1 if you’re a pure tanker. You’ll need this buff in order to use Guillotine Fist.

Guillotine Fist (Offensive)
Description: Gather your mind, spirit and physical power to deal a tremendous strike. Inflict 82%/91%/101%/110%/120% of your attack power and stuns your enemy for 3 seconds. Only available in Ki Explosion state.
Casting Time: Instant
Cooldown: 60s
Rate: ooooo
Commentary: Your ultimate offensive skill. Although it has the highest damage modifier in RO2 when coupled by Ki Explosion, its cooldown is still quite long. Still, I recommend you to max this skill because the increase per level is high, not to mention this skill stuns your target for 3s which is great!

Protection Ki (Buff)
Description: Gather your spirit to emit a defensive aura that surrounds your body. Decreases any damage taken by 10%/20%/30%/40%/50% for 10 seconds.
Casting Time: Instant
Cooldown: 120s.
Rate: oooo
Commentary: Everything is just great except the duration and cooldown part. It only buff you for 10 seconds with a 120s cooldown. But, every seconds count, especially in raids. Believe me, you will not regret maxing this skill, if and only if you’re planning to be a tanker. Otherwise, you can choose to leave this at level 1 for Steel Body.

Stone Skin (Toggle Buff)
Description: Gather all of your spirit sphere to increase your HP by 7%/14%/21%/28%/35%, Defense by 40%/80%/120%/160%/200% and Threat Value by 60%/120%/180%/240%/300% but decreases attack power by 10% while this skill is active. Press this skill once again to deactivate the buff. Require all 5 spirit spheres. Does not require spirit sphere while Protection Ki is active.
Casting Time: 4s
Cooldown: 3s
Rate: ooooo
Commentary: Monk’s ultimate defensive skill, which means this skill is the ultimate tanking tool of the Monk’s tree. This skill generates a tremendous amount of threat. Use this with Lightning Crush to always keep aggro. Your HP will be increased by 35% and defense by 200% at level 5. I really really recommend you to max this skill.

VII. Skill Builds for Monk

The Monk has several skill builds, namely: Pure Tank build, DPS-Tank (Hybrid) build, and the pure DPS build. To be noted that you cannot add Acolyte skills anymore once you transcend into Monk. Disclaimer: The purpose of this section is to recommend you the builds that I’ve created. You can choose to follow this build or customize it the way you like. If you want some suggestions you can post it in this thread.

Pure Tank build (13 SP left)
This build is very good in raid runs and you’ll almost welcomed in any raid party because you have all tanking tools like Intimidation and Flee. But this build has low DPS capability, and you’re pretty much useful limited for tanking.

Hybrid build, DPS-Tank (7 SP left)
You will solo just fine with this build, it has all the offensive skills and defensive skills needed. You are also acceptable in raid parties as they also need your DPS. And you can PVP just fine with this build. Leftovers can be spent on either Lightning Walk (for PVP) or Intimidation.

Pure DPS build (7 SP left)
The only advantage you have when using this build is you will feel a drastic increase on your DPS. But this build is still not recommended, because the build does not have the versatility which is Monk’s main feature. You will have a hard time joining a party, you’ll lack of defensive skills which is needed in PVP which means you will die faster.

My build
The advanced version of hybrid build. You can solo/party leveling just fine with this build. You are also acceptable in raid runs and most importantly, you got all the advantages in PVP when using this build. Lightning Walk is maxed for mobility, Summon Spirit Sphere is also maxed to do the infamous 2 consecutive Guillotine Fists. That’s not all, you can also tank just fine with all maxed defensive skill. This build lacks Flee skill which in my opinion is useless.

VIII. Monk’s Stats Distribution

I’ve listed all types of the stat distribution for a Monk.

DPS focus
– STR: 40
– INT: 40
– Leftover to AGI/VIT

Semi DPS & Semi Tank
– STR: 30
– INT: 30
– AGI: 25
– VIT: 25
– STR: 35
– INT: 35
– Leftover to either VIT/AGI.

Pure Tanking
– INT: 30
– AGI: 30
– VIT: 30
– Leftover to STR or increase AGI/VIT.

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13 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    Your guide is not updated, i dont know then but now i srly recommend this:
    Core Stats:
    Str= 40 or MAX
    INT= 0 (only the one you get from the equip should do the trick, also try to get from cards that have subs on INT)

    AGI= Rest of it.

    VIT= 20
    AGI= 20

    ALCHEMIST, you can go chef for the early stage of acolite, but when you turn into MONK you lose the Heal, and it’s your doom…

    This, is all i learn by redoing the char 3 times till lvl 25, so i dunno if im not srly mistaken.

  2. Tibalt says:

    hello just to tell you the links to the builds are broken can u please fix that :( sry and ty so much :D!

  3. jinse says:

    alow untuk skill dps semi membangun yg perlu di naikan skill apa aja ?

  4. 15nse says:

    untuk skill monk yg perlu di naikan apa aja ?

  5. Exoitus says:

    Hey Guys,
    there is a certain sequence, how to distribute the stats at aco and monk?
    ‘m New to Ro2 and do not want to do anything wrong to Monk.

  6. Dracoflare says:

    Kazaki, Asura Strike Is the Guillotine Fist

  7. Kazaki says:

    Is there still an asura strike?

  8. Flash says:

    I really like this build, but I would like to know which profession is best for the monk.

  9. Lolskie says:

    Nice guide!

    Btw, I’m going for the end stat build (as of 50 max level cap)

    41 STR
    41 INT
    Rest are 1

    Why? Int and Str same the same effect – Parry. Parry halves the damage you receive making you to tank more damage. When equipment matters is of concern, make sure the equipment has Dodge and Parry to it. Same goes to accessories.

    You may think, but what about Vit? If you are going for 40-40 Str-Int, that would leave you with 8 Vit and rest 1 at lvl 50. Per 1 pt Vit you get 6HP, so that will give you a bonus of 42HP (deduct 1 from 8).

    For the Skills, keep the Stone Skin at perma ON. You dont have to worry about the 10% attack power reduction since you can compensate it with TSS (Throw Spirit Sphere). Just initiate with the TSS then pound it with Quad Palm. Targets will eventually die under 15 secs starting at Initiation.

    For BOSSES, just keep attacking them and hold their aggro to yourself:
    Skill rotation #1. TSS > spam QP until you obtain 3 Spirit Spheres > Iron Mt. Assault
    Skill rotation #2. TSS > QP for 3 SS > Ki Ex! > GF! > SSS! > GF!
    Skill rotation #3. Combination of #1 and #2 with some add-ins for Lightning Crush.
    Some BOSSES require a different approach to kill them. Sometimes you have to switch targets from BOSSES to summons.

  10. Araygan says:

    Hey! I love your guide! It really helps! I thought I would point out a khara requiring acolytes to Rez 10 times. It’s worth mentioning on the leveling section 1-25. With nearly an hour for cd, u have to start early if u want to complete the khara. Especially cause at lvl 25 you’re stuck with a khara u can’t ever beat.

  11. Ocnaig says:

    Great guide,
    Can you also do a leveling up guide, what skills to choose when you reach 25. Or what skills to go for between 25-50.

  12. WillyNilly says:

    Nice guide,

    Im planning to go

    STR 40
    INT 40
    VIT <– rest of my stat points

    Is this a viable stat distribution for a hybrid tank/dps ? Im planning to use the exact same hybrid build as yours.

    Also what are the best skill rotations for bosses in dungeons/monsters and PVP


  13. Tom says:

    What’s the most recomended job for monk?

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