So lately I've been hearing a lot of people complaining about how monks are at such a disadvantage in colo. One of those people in the past has been me, but after much practice I think I've finally got colo down to an decent level for grinding BP. Using the techniques in this guide, I can regularly get round 4/5 with a monk, though yes, I still have yet to make champion.
1. Kill mobs like crazy; don't depend on killing people. You lack instant stuns and ranged attacks just aren't your thing. If someone close to you is dying and perhaps stunned, or you go for the occassional archer, or perhaps there just isn't any chance of making it to the next round without a kill, then fine, go for it. But Mobs are your main source of points. While players run away, especially when low on HP, mobs love you as a tank, take advantage of this. Use intimidate when necessary to keep them near you. Also, kill-stealing is sadly not your best option for getting lots of points, so don't only attack mobs that are low on HP; on the contrary, mobs that are full HP are generally the ones no-one's paying attention to, and you can have all to yourself. After you're done with one mob, go for another. Don't let up on it, you'll need quite a few to ensure your place. Use G-fist at the right time and you won't have to worry about an archer stealing your kill.
Another thing to note here is to not be afraid to go after the tougher mobs; with Ki Explosion, you will be able to wear them down quicker than you think, and once again that well-timed G-fist will get you a nice batch of points most people seem too distracted to go after for some reason.
2. Use Guillotine Fist at the right moment. I hear people complain a lot about how every other player has a chance to hit the target while G-fist is processing. To this I say, you have to time it properly. A bunch of it is luck, but with practice you can improve your chances greatly. Usually G-fist hits about 2k; if you're fighting a mob/player alone then you should use G-fist when they're at about this much hp, preferably a little less to make sure you don't accidentally hit them to 100 hp, and someone else just ends up kill stealing. On mobs usually 2k is always safe; if there are a lot of people on the mob anyways, it's probably better to just keep hitting it with regular attacks and hoping you get that last attack in. If you're attacking a player, judge carefully. If you really think that you have them alone, then wait for that 2k. However, if others are attacking, try starting your G-fist when they're at around 4k HP, or more or less depending on how quickly their health is going down. Don't forget you get 2 G-fists at the beginning of the round and every 2 minutes if you have the right build.
3. Protection Ki and Master Red Potions. Expensive though it may be, if you really want the blood points, be ready to use Master Red Potions. Combine this with Protection Ki when you're in a pinch, and the fact that most people don't attack tanks like you unless you're at low HP, and you'll hardly die in rounds 1-4. If you're not lvl 50 yet, don't use any other red pots, they won't be enough to make a difference. Not dying is important because dying will make you lose points, and therefore lose rank. Not dying is one of the biggest strengths for a tank in colo; the precious points you can get you can keep.
4. Lightning Walk, Wind Elixir, and Guardian. Lightning walk itself doesn't work too well for catching up to players who are running all around, but it does help get around quickly from mob to mob. If you really want to catch up to a player, then use wind elixir or your guardian. Even so, things will be difficult, make sure you really want/think you can take down the player before you go to such measures.
5. Practice. It takes a WHILE, but you will get good at it. You need to learn to go from mob to mob to player to mob as the situation dictates. You can't sit for 15 seconds judging which player you want to go after, or if you should go for a mob. You need to act; once one target it down, whether or not you got the kill you need to look for the next target immediately. Practice practice practice, you'll get faster and get more points eventually.
6. Calm down and have fun. Sure, it's kinda hard to do this as a Monk in Colo, but it's necessary. This goes with what I just said about practice as well, you need to calm down if you don't want to make mistakes. And have fun! If you just sit and sulk about not being able to get to the next round all the time, inevitably you're just going to end up giving up on it/not improving because you feel it's the game's fault for being so unbalanced.
Well, that's what I've learned from being a Monk in Colo. This is all off the top of my head, so comments and criticism is much appreciated! Hope this helps!
Edited by 2534130520102140553, 22 July 2013 - 12:03 PM.