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Can you use Radiant Sun Bolt as your bonus attack for Martial Arts?

"When you use the Attack action with an unarmed strike or a monk weapon on your turn, you can make one unarmed strike as a bonus action."

For example, can I hit the guy then shoot a bolt at someone else?

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No. By the rules, the Radiant Sun Bolt attack is a ranged spell attack, not an unarmed strike or monk weapon. You also can't replace one of your ki-fueled bolts with an unarmed attack.

That said, I don't see a big issue with letting it be used as if it was a monk weapon if your GM wants to house-rule it that way.

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As you've already quoted, Martial Arts lets you make an unarmed strike as a bonus action. Radiant Sun Bolt is not an unarmed strike.

Furthermore, Radiant Sun Bolt is a ranged spell attack that can be used with the Attack action, not bonus action, and you can only use it as a bonus action if you're attacking with Radiant Sun Bolt and spend ki points.

You gain a ranged spell attack that you can use with the Attack action. [...] When you use the Attack action on your turn to use this special attack, you can spend 1 ki point to make two additional attacks with it as a bonus action. (SCAG, pg.131)

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Thank you for your assistnace – Trevor Dangberg Mar 4 at 22:32

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