2 Handed weapons will have higher end damage, making skills like Seven Sided Strike do significantly more damage per cast, but also have the negative side effect of not being able to generate spirit as fast due to the slower attack speed.
Dual Wielding will make spanning skills like Lashing Tail Kick a lot easier due to higher spirit generation over all but each time you cast it will cause less damage then a 2 Handed weapon. Another bonus is being able to have weapons in each hand with significantly different affixes and all the amazing things that that entails.
- For people who don't know, you alternate between weapons when attacking or using a skill whilst Dual Wielding. Example being if you have a fist weapon in your right hand that deals fire damage and a fist weapon in your left hand that deals ice damage, the first cast of a spirit generator will hit with your right hand weapon, dealing fire damage, the next click will deal ice damage.
- AFd3 (Post #10) Brings up a good point about The Guardian's Path passive effects being multiplicative so the higher your dodge is the lower the effect of the passive is, making it less and less effective the more you stack dodge.
- Armada Gaming has recently put up video's explaining some intricacies of dual wielding and are definitely worth a watch no matter what weapon set up you plan on using, subscribe to his channel as he puts up lots of informative and entertaining video's.
1 Handed Weapon and Shield has the bonus of significantly increasing your armour and in turn your ability to survive engagements. It will lack the diversity of having two weapons and most likely some offensive stats and affixes, but in turn gaining access to more defensive affixes, like resistances.
- Example of how much armour a shield will give you. The highest armour I found on the official website for any piece of armour accesible to the Monk at any level is a chest piece from the Monk set Inna's Majesty http://us.battle.net...em/innas-refuge (High end armour of 457)
The highest armour I found on the shields is from Stormshield http://us.battle.net...tem/stormshield (High end armour of 1,059)
- Also with the inclusion of a more defensive item over an offensive item, it's possible it will have such a great affect as to free up a defensive skill slot or rune for a more offensive one.
I will keep the main post updated with the facts and opinions of the posters so people can come in and look at the first post or two and be caught up and not have to sift through pages and pages of posts if they don't want to.
*Obviously everything in this thread is speculative as items and skills aren't final. This is purely to discuss your opinion and why you think one weapon type is more advantageous to your play style and skill set over another. Nobody is wrong so please try to defend your opinion as such, best case scenario is you make somebody question their choice and open their eyes to alternative play styles that they otherwise wouldn't have noticed.
Edited by Rorance, 29 February 2012 - 08:51 PM.