Wave of Light is a Secondary Monk skill unlocked at Level 12. The Monk focuses a beam of light into the shape of a large bell, which damages enemies in a line.
This skill is best known for the fact that the Monk summons a large mystical bell, which he then strikes with his fist. The bell, charged with holy energy, smashes into and through enemies in a straight line.
 Skill Rune Effects
The following is a very quick summary. See the Wave of Light rune effects page for a more thorough description of rune effects, or any of the individual rune pages for numbers, screenshots, blue quotes, and much more.
|| Wave of Light
|| Cost: 75 Spirit|
Focuses a wave of light that crushes enemies for 390% weapon damage as Holy, followed by an additional 45% weapon damage as Holy to all enemies in a line.
|| Pillar of the Ancients
|| Summon an ancient pillar that deals 280% weapon damage followed by an additional 280% weapon damage after 2 seconds.
 Skill Design
This skill first appeared at BlizzCon 2010, though it was too high of a level to have been tested out by players yet.
The following Monk passives provide a benefit to Wave of Light, runed or not:
|| Damage you deal reduces enemy damage by 20% for 2.5 seconds.
This skill was first shown at BlizzCon 2010, although due to the level required to purchase the skill, it was not playable in the demo. Wyatt Cheng spoke briefly about it:
Wave of Light. He summons a mystical bell that he shoots out at range. It's kind of a combination of a melee and ranged attack. One of the things that I really like about this skill is that we need to differentiate the Barbarian from the Monk, they are both melee classes and in his case he's about combining mystic arts with martial arts and I like the evocative imagery that happens here. The concept of a mystical bell that he fires off, it's very vivid.
The bell itself threw some players off at first, but bells are a mainstay throughout temples in history. It is an easy association to make with a monk. What is curious, however, is that the skill description from BlizzCon 2010 for Wave of Light does not mention the bell at all; as of Beta Patch 15, it still doesn't.
Skill tiers were removed shortly before the beta started in September 2011, and Wave of Light became a level 29 skill. The skill system was once again overhauled for the Beta Patch 13 in February 2012, and Wave of Light was classified as a Secondary skill and moved to level 20. For Beta Patch 14, it was moved down to level 12.
Wave of Light can be seen in action on video here:
You can find pictures in the Diablo III screenshot and picture gallery:
The bell in Wave of Light.
The skill deals holy damage.
- ↑ Diablo 3 Gameplay Panel Transcript — Incgamers 23rd Oct 2010