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Is it possible to increase the reach of a monk's unarmed strikes other than by increasing in size?

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There are a variety of feats and items that let you do this.

The Lunge feat lets you increase your reach for 5' during your turn only for a -2 to AC for a round. Monkey Lunge stacks on this to remove the AC penalty.

The Combat Patrol feat lets you increase your threatened area, which effectively gives you reach for AoOs.

Of course, there are some monk weapons that have reach - not your unarmed strike per se but can be used to deliver ki effects.

Magic item wise, Pliant Gloves give you 10 rounds of reach a day plus other benefits and are pretty inexpensive. Longarm Bracers are an even cheaper and more limited version.

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You can use the feat Lunge (Core Rulebook).

The only problem is that you need BAB 6 or higher, and it only applies during your turn.

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It's feat heavy, but if you happen to have snake style, then sword masters flair - blue scarf increases reach with piercing weapons.

Add kata master to monk build for panache pool and you can use this most encounters.

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Gloves of the Shortened Path are the best for this, if you purchase/make enough of them. They only get one use/day (that use lasts 10 rounds) but they give you the best range possible, unless free action teleportation prior to an attack counts as 'range'.

Admittedly they only double the spaces to which you have reach, but they increase the range at which you can attack and distance at which you can threaten squares considerably, so they are much more effective than a normal doubling of reach. They also stack with other reach increases so throw on some Longarm Bracers and whatever other reach-granting abilities you have and establish massive, undetectable, AoO kill-zones at extreme range.

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