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Job Base: Acolyte
Job Type: 2-2
Changes At: St.Capitolina Abby
Number of Skills: 15
Total Skill Points: 82
Total Quest Skills: 2
Job Bonuses
+8 +7 +6 +2 +4 +3



Monks are a versatile class that can deal damage in several ways unique to themselves. They are most known for the powerful Guillotine Fist skill, which has uses in MVP, PVP and WoE scenarios. Most builds are damage-dealers, focusing on maximizing damage via skills such as Occult Impaction and their Combo abilities. Specialized Monk builds can be very efficient for MVP and WoE purposes.

Jobchange Guide

See Monk Job Change Guide for detailed information.

Changing into a Monk from an Acolyte requires the player to complete a number of tasks:

  • Item Collection Test
  • Memory Test
  • Mushroom Collecting or Marathon Running
  • Maze Test

After completing these tests, the player will be transformed into a Monk. All of this takes place at the Monk Abbey (prt_monk).



  • STR: 100-120
  • AGI: 1
  • VIT: 40-50 (stun resist, higher health, more potion efficiency)
  • INT: 20-30
  • DEX: 80-100 (skills can be interrupted easily during WoE - Guillotine Fist must be fast)
  • LUK: 1

Weapons: Carded Mace

A made to survive Monk build suitable for WoE under precasts and Dazzler spams. With slightly lower DEX and INT (SP Issues replaced by high ranking gears) this build generally gets the job done better, and lets the user live longer overall in WoE.

Generally this build type is best supported with nicer, very expensive gears to make up for the SP shortcomings and further add to your lifespan. Because Guillotine Fist's damage is reduced in WoE, players need high STR and sometimes a bit of INT to ensure their Guillotine Fist will kill people in one shot. With this VIT, as a Monk you can use your snap skill amazingly in WoE through and past precasts. Great for Advanced WoE addicted players.


Weapons: Carded Mace

Common Monk bread and butter build. This is also usable in WoE, but there is an another build that can be used in WoE that is made to kill those Ghostring Armor wearing players, but that's another story.

This stat build is the most flexible and dubbed superior over the other since this combination will further more exploit the flexibility of the Monk class. You won't rely on Guillotine Fist alone, because of the DEX amount, you can do fast cast Throw Spirit Sphere also or Occult Impaction. Disabling other Monk class is also possible due to the reduced cast time of Spiritual Sphere Absorption.

  • Due to limitation of 49 Skill points to be allocated, maxing of Guillotine Fist, Throw Spirit Sphere and Occult Impaction might be compromised.


Weapons: Carded Mace

There is a high preference for 120 STR in this type of build as well as a high INT score in order to deal massive amounts of damage with the Guillotine Fist skill.

High INT allows for a long-lasting supply of SP while leveling, allowing the Monk to make up slower leveling speed due to lower DEX with the benefit of having to sit and regen SP far less than other monks (and may not even need the benefit of a Priest). High INT builds will also find the have an easier time using Guillotine Fist continuously in Bio Labs.

MVP Monk is often overlooked, because a raw damage is better suited to Champion, a Transcendental class; it has the increased SP of +25% akin to all Transcendental classes, which affects Guillotine Fist's damage greatly.

STR / AGI Combo

Weapons: Knuckles

Mostly made for solo leveling fun, this build's aim is not the Guillotine Fist damage, but the ASPD and massive combo skill damages.

AGI and STR is prioritized for higher damage per second, INT is almost for SP regen and count while DEX is for Hit or even Guillotine Fist cast time if one plans to have it.

Regardless of its PvM approach, this stat combination could also compete with the other builds and thus Full Combo-Asura builds are born which fuses the most damaging combo skills and Guillotine Fist.

Full Combo-Asura builds are flashy due to their ability to chain almost all combos to Guillotine Fist. Specifically, Raging Trifecta Blow => Raging Quadruple Blow => Raging Thrust => Guillotine Fist.


Weapons: Knuckles and Carded Mace

Combines both the best of both the Spirit and Combo build into one. This build aims to balance the stats so that it is more stable when situations demands a certain task. With the potential to unleash a Deadly Guillotine Fist and still maintain Combos and Spirit Skills, a Hybrid Monk is ready to adapt to a crisis in a matter of seconds.

Due to the fact that the status points are allocated into every Stat (with the exeption of luk). This opens the skill tree to a whole other level. Snap can be used effectivly with this build with the assumption of maxing Occult Impaction as the Mastered Skill. Other skill builds such as maxing Buffs, Heal, and Spirit Skills but ignoring Combos is also an option.


Important Monk skills for PvP/WoE:

PvM Combo Monk skills: All PvP & Woe skills plus the combo skills if player has the skills.

These are some tricks that can aid players in battle or make the player enjoy being a monk more. The first 3 tricks are seen / heard in-game.

How to Do it:
While doing occult impaction, clicking on any unoccupied cell (preferably next to you or the enemy) right before casting ends. (With good dex, clicking right after the cast begins usually makes it work)
Purpose: Bypass the after-skill delay. so you can do other things quicker (ex/ another occult). May require some practice.
How to Do it:
Use snap on the cell the player is standing on. Then hotkey /doridori and /bangbang (or /bingbing) and press them alternately.
None other than the player's sprite will do awkward actions while spinning.
  • Fight Cancel
How to do it:
While fighting just use Summon Spirit Sphere, and player will stop attacking (normal Melee attack) immediately.
When attacking a monster, it is sometimes hard to stop the attack. Especially if player accidentally KS a monster.
How to do it:
Cast Fury than Mental Strength.
While MvPing as a tank, when Mental Strength timed out, player can use Snap immediately without any spheres. Rinse and repeat and go back to the MvP. This trick negates the need for Fly wings or the teleport skill anymore because this trick is way more efficient than to teleport and find the MvP to tank it again.
How to do it:
Cast Pneuma on Guillotine Fist target's cell (directly on the target).
Disable target's ability to cast Safety Wall on himself.

Using the skill Summon Spirit Sphere, a monk can summon a number of spirit spheres. At most one can have 5 spirits. Each of them can be used for various skils. They will also prevent it's owner's attacks from missing, as each adds 3 damage that won't miss.

The following skills utilize (consume) spirit spheres:

Remember to replenish spirit spheres when they expire. Spheres will remain even after death; however, reloging or disconnects will rob a character of their spheres, so it is needed to summon them again.

Using the quest-gained skill Spiritual Bestowment, a monk can transfer his spirit spheres to another character of the same party (with the exception for Gunslinger class, who can't receive Spheres since they have "Coins" as their Spheres). The spheres will have the same effect on any job apart from Gunslinger who can't receive them. Spheres can also be obtained through the Greatest General card.


Monks are known for their combo skills; a row of attacks that occur in a sequence.

The general pattern of combos as a Monk is the following: Raging Trifecta Blow -> Raging Quadruple Blow -> Raging Thrust -> Guillotine Fist

After each combo skill, there is a delay period. During this period, the user can trigger the next skill in the sequence. Use the following calculations to find out the delay period: 1.3 - [(AGI*0.004) - (DEX*0.002)] seconds. Make sure the right hotkey is hit at the right time, and the next combo will trigger. For Raging Quadruple Blow and Raging Thrust, as they can't be triggered in any other method aside from a combo (or Root), the user can simply spam the hotkey once the previous skill triggers.

If a monk would like to use Guillotine Fist at the end of a combo, he must be in a Fury condition and have 5 spirit spheres, before starting the combo sequence. While Guillotine usually needs 5 spirits, through the combo it is possible to use even with the 4 left after Raging Thrust. In this style, Guillotine Fist is used without a cast period, removing that weakness of the skill. However, since a small amount of SP is used to trigger the combo skills as well, the damage will be lower than a direct cast.

Tip: when chaining Guillotine Fist in a combo, it is only necessary press the hotkey once. Since it is usually a single-target skill, if it is pressed multiple times, the Guillotine will cancel and nothing will happen. For this reason, it is needed to concentrate and it cannot be spammed like with Raging Quadruple Blow and Raging Thrust. Remember, the delay starts after the Raging Thrust animation is complete. Try pressing the hotkey immediately after seeing the damage from Raging Thrust appear.

Later, as a Champion, there will be many more possible combo sequences.


  • Main Task: Guillotine Fist any opponent who is making trouble for your guild.
  • Class Priority: Sages and other Monks are capable of rendering a monk useless, via Spiritual Sphere Absorption, Dispell and Spell Breaker. For this reason, usually they are the first to deal with (or make sure an ally is dealing with them). Assassins, Rogues, or anyone who can Hide can evade your Guillotine Fist, so make sure Ruwach is applied. Wizards, Priests, and Sages are capable of Safety Wall, which can be prevented with Pneuma. For classes who usually use normal attacks (like some Assassins), Root can be used to catch them. High DEF targets can also be dealt with using Occult Impaction.
  • Offense: Due to the one-shot nature of Guillotine Fist, generally during an offensive attack, the main task of a Monk is to help take down any major threat on the way in. Most defending enemies can be handled by other classes, so a Monk will usually stand back until something difficult to kill (for example Lord Knights) appear. A swift Guillotine can destroy them, but it is crucial to refill SP by items or finding a Scholar. If a Monk falls under attack, Pneuma can be used for defense, or Snap to run for cover. It is also possible to use Mental Strength to draw and survive enemy fire as a diversion. However, since Monks reserve their attacks for primary targets only, many other classes will not make Monks a priority to kill.
  • Defense: During a defensive effort, Monks are generally limited into standing by for high-priority targets. Guillotine Fist is used to take out anything dangerous. Pneuma and Ruwach help protect from long-ranged and hiding characters.


Guillotine Fist


PvP & WoE

1823.png Valorous Battle Fist
1824.png Brave Battle Fist
1542.png Valorous Battlefield Morning Star
1543.png Brave Battlefield Morning Star


1520.png Chain [3]
1505.png Mace [4]
4140.png Abysmal Knight Card
4126.png Minorous Card


5081.png Crown of Mistress
4288.png Carat Card
4269.png Incubus Card
5126.png Morpheus's Hood


4100.png Sohee Card
4378.png Gold Acidus Card
4107.png Verit Card
4160.png Firelock Soldier Card
2418.png Vidar's Boots


4014.png Roda Frog Card
4008.png Picky Card
4337.png Porcellio Card
4218.png Succubus Card
4332.png Waste Stove Card

(Waste Stove may or may not be implemented into your version of RO yet. It grants +10% to Guillotine Fist damage when equipped with a certain set of cards.)

  • Compounded on +3 Str/Int enchanted Armor


4402.png Aliot Card
2518.png Morpheus's Shawl


2621.png Ring 1
4079.png Mantis Card
2624.png Glove 1
4064.png Zerom Card
2644.png The Sign
2649.png Morpheus's Bracelet
2648.png Morpheus's Ring


  • Almost the same with the above but gears providing +AGI and +STR are preferred.

Class Data


See Acolyte Skills for first class skills.

Skill Description Levels Type
Flee (Skill).png Flee (Skill)
Adds 1~15 Flee. 10 Passive
Fury.png Fury
Increases critical rate of attacks by 10~20, also enables use of Guillotine Fist. 5 Supportive
Guillotine Fist.png Guillotine Fist
Deals a single attack consuming all of the caster's SP to deal massive damage. 5 Offensive
Iron Fists.png Iron Fists
Increases damage done with knuckle class weapons by 3~30. 10 Passive
Mental Strength.png Mental Strength
For 30~150 seconds, increases the user's defense and magical defense to 90. 5 Supportive
Occult Impaction.png Occult Impaction
Consumes a single spirit sphere to attack a single target (ATK×3.5~9.5), damage is higher based on the target's DEF. 5 Offensive
Raging Quadruple Blow.png Raging Quadruple Blow
Deals 4 hits in rapid succession to a single target at ATK×2~4, this kill is only usable in the delay after Raging Trifecta Blow. 5 Offensive
Raging Thrust.png Raging Thrust
Deals up to 3~5.4× damage to a single target, but is only usable in the delay after Raging Quadruple Blow. 5 Offensive
Raging Trifecta Blow.png Raging Trifecta Blow
Enables regular melee attacks to hit a target three times at ATK×1.2~3.0 instead of once by 29~20% chance. 10 Passive
Root.png Root
Catch an enemy's sword mid-attack in 0.5~1.3 seconds, locking the Monk and the attacker in place for 20~60 seconds. 5 Active
Snap.png Snap
Instantly transports the Monk to a targeted cell as long as a direct path to that cell exists. 1 Active
Spiritual Cadence.png Spiritual Cadence
Enables the Monk to regenerate HP and SP at anytime by sitting even if over 50% weight. 5 Passive
Spiritual Sphere Absorption.png Spiritual Sphere Absorption
Allows the Monk to recover SP by absorbing previously summoned spirit spheres. 1 Supportive
Summon Spirit Sphere.png Summon Spirit Sphere
Allows the Monk to summon 1~5 spirit spheres which enable many powerful attacks. 5 Supportive
Throw Spirit Sphere.png Throw Spirit Sphere
Throws numerous spirit spheres at a single target to deal up to 5 hits of 1.5~3.5× damage each, depending on number of spirit spheres on the character. 5 Offensive

Quest Skills

Skill Description Levels Type Job Level
Spiritual Bestowment.png Spiritual Bestowment
Transfers one of the Monk's spirit spheres to another party member. 1 Supportive None Spiritual Bestowment Quest
Excruciating Palm.png Excruciating Palm
Hit a single target for 300% damage, all nearby targets are knocked back and may be stunned. 1 Offensive None Excruciating Palm Quest

Soul Link

See Monk Spirit.

Job Bonuses

The Levels in which you receive a certain bonus

Stat\Amount +1 +2 +3 +4 +5 +6 +7 +8
STR 1 2 12 13 26 27 49 50
AGI 5 10 18 23 35 44
VIT 7 20 25 33 41 46
INT 16 38
DEX 4 22 30 43
LUK 15 32 40


External Links

Monk & Champion
2nd Class
Excruciating Palm • Flee (Skill) • Fury • Guillotine Fist • Iron Fists • Mental Strength • Occult Impaction • Raging Quadruple Blow • Raging Thrust • Raging Trifecta Blow • Root • Snap • Spiritual Bestowment • Spiritual Cadence • Spiritual Sphere Absorption • Summon Spirit Sphere (Spirit Sphere) • Throw Spirit Sphere
Chain Crush Combo • Glacier Fist • Raging Palm Strike • Zen
Quests Monk Job Change Guide • Monk Skill Quest • Rebirth Walkthrough
Weapons Mace • Knuckle
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