A fantasy martial artist, specializing in unarmed combat. Often a playable character class.

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Wizard/ Monk Shocking Grasp

I'm playing a 5e Wizard/ Monk build. My DM and I are questioning the viability of the cantrip Shocking Grasp. As a monk I can do another unarmed strike as a bonus action after I attack with a melee ...
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For Vow of Poverty, how many items does a quiver of arrows count as?

Is a quiver of arrows a single item or 21 separate items under RAW? I'm making a zen archer monk and am wondering if the "Vow of Poverty" is unobtainable with that build.
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Does Stunning Strike work against creatures immune to physical damage?

Stunning Strike states that: When you hit another creature with a melee weapon attack, you can spend 1 ki point to attempt a stunning strike. However, some creatures are immune to the types of ...
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Can a 4 Elements Monk cast spells in Wild Shape?

A Monk following the Way of the Four Elements can use Elemental Disciplines. Some of them are actually spells: Some elemental disciplines allow you to cast spells (PHB 80) However they are not ...
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How do I effectively use monk weapons in Pathfinder?

I'm playing a monk for the first time and I'm curious as to why anyone would even use monk weapons when unarmed damage is so much better? I'd like to use sai's for flavour but I only ever get 1d4 with ...
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Does using an Animated Shield count as 'wielding a shield' for Unarmored Defense?

Specifically, would using it inhibit a monk's unarmored defense? And does it require proficiency with shields to use? I would say that logically a floating independent shield does neither, and that ...
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Does ki leech and ki focus bow require a swift action to activate, or are they like ki strike?

I am playing a Qinggong/Zen Archer Monk and I have a question about the ki abilities that they can gain. The ones in question are ki leech and ki focus bow. I asked because both have similar wording ...
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Monk Proficiency with Spears/Javelins

I have some questions about monks in DnD 5e. I want to make a monk that uses dual spears/javelins, one in each hand so he can have the option to throw them when necessary. Because Spears/Javelins are ...
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Would the AC from a Sorcerer's Draconic Resistance combine with a Monk's Unarmoured Defence?

Reading from the Player's Handbook. If you pick a Sorcerer with the Draconic Bloodline you get a base AC of 13 (as long as you wear no armour, page 102). If you multi-class that with a Monk you get ...
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Can you use the two unarmed strikes from flurry of blows to use a throwing weapon?

When using the flurry of blows, can you use the two unarmed strikes you get from flurry of blows to throw monk weapons? The Martial arts features gives the option of using the attack action for an ...
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Can a Way Of The Sun Soul monk use Radiant Sun Bolt as the bonus attack for Martial Arts?

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 ...
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Does ki count as magic for the purpose of an antimagic field, or is it only fluff?

I was verifying whether my fighter's Sun Blade would in fact be a useless hilt in an antimagic field (AMF) and came across this question on a few other sites, and it piqued my interest. My first ...
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Will holding anything that isn't a monk weapon cause a monk to not benefit from Martial Arts?

Say a monk is holding a pint of ale in one hand. Given how Martial Arts is written: You gain the following benefits while you are unarmed or wielding only monk weapons and you aren’t wearing armor ...
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Suggest character name for a Monk [duplicate]

I'm going to play a Monk character soon and I'm stuck a little bit with choosing a proper name for him. The character is calm, considered, has a buddhist type personality. I'm looking for a (probably ...
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Can any attack action trigger Flurry of Blows?

Reading over the Monk I saw that 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. This ...
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How to maximize Monk DPR?

I tacked the question above at the end of this question, but realised that it's probably best to ask in a separate post altogether. My current strategy for maxing Monk DPR is to take 3 levels of ...
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How does Monk damage combine with other sources?

Are the following damage calculations correct for a L17 Monk/3 Ranger (20 Dex) with Dueling, Horde Breaker, and wielding a monk weapon: Standard attack: 3d10 + 4 (from dueling) + 15 (Dex mod) + [to ...
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Does evasion from multiple sources via multiclassing stack?

I'm making a rogue/monk ninja character for a campaign a friend is running and at latter levels I will have taken evasion from both the rogue and the monk. Would evasion take effect twice on a failed ...
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How can I increase my Monk's unarmed damage?

I'm pretty new to D&D, and I just started an Evil campaign. I am a wood elf, Chaotic Neutral aligned, 3rd level Monk(Open Hand). Our party has a couple of barbarians, a few rogues, and a ...
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How would Water Whip interact with Wall of Water?

Let’s say a Way of the Four Elements monk wants to use his Water Whip elemental discipline spell to grab an horrible sorcerer standing behind a Wall of Water (from the spell found in the Elemental ...
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Can a monk “wear” Mage Armor without losing their wisdom bonus to AC?

Can a monk use mage armor without losing their wisdom bonus to AC (in 3.5e)? More generally, can a divine caster wearing a monk's belt use greater luminous armor without losing their wisdom bonus to ...
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Monks, natural and unarmed attacks, and Feral Combat Training

Need help about some interaction between monk/natural attacks and Feral Combat Training during full round attack , not FoB! Monk unarmed strike A monk’s unarmed strike is treated both as a ...
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How many attack rolls are made when attacking with Flurry of Blows?

While playing 5e with my playgroup, I made a staff strike, along with Flurry of Blows with my monk going for the extra 2 unarmed strikes. For this, my DM made me take a total of 2 attack rolls, one ...
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UnBEARable trap monk

While I was playing with different possible NPC bosses in Pathfinder, I came across the Monk and his humble "Throw Anything". So I am wondering, if a Monk has "Craft Trap" and makes a butt-load of ...
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Flurry of blows with heavy weapon [duplicate]

Can a monk use a flurry of blows after committing the attack with heavy/two-handed weapons? Immediately after you take the Attack action on your turn, you can spend 1 ki point to make two ...
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Are using unarmed strikes and monk weapons the same thing? [closed]

Okay, so I'm having an issue with my DM which I can't resolve. The passage in the PHB (p. 78) on Martial Arts for Monks reads as such: At 1st level, your practice of martial arts gives you mastery ...
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Does a Monk need to see an incoming attack to use the deflect missile ability?

I play in a 5e game, and a monk was getting shot in the back of the head. One of the monk's abilities is Deflect Missiles: "Starting at 3rd level you can use your reaction to deflect or catch the ...
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How does Fangs of the Fire Snake work?

I'm confused by the wording of this elemental discipline. Specifically, how long the reach bonus lasts for, and how many times the extra fire damage is applied. Here is an example scenario, with how ...
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Can you use Shadow Step while tied up?

Can you use the Monk skill Shadow Step while tied up or with your hands bound to a wall? At 6th level, you gain the ability to step from one shadow into another. When you are in dim light ...
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What is the range of Deflect Missiles?

When a monk uses Deflect Missiles and reduces the damage to 0 he/she can spend a Ki point to throw it back. But what is the range he can throw the missile/weapon back at? Is it the range of the weapon ...
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Should a monk be allowed to use acrobatics to “shove”?

One of my players wished to "trip" an opponent with his quarterstaff attack, so at the time I allowed to play out as a "shove" but using dexterity instead of strength, as that was how he was attacking ...
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Do any fighting styles affect an unarmed strike?

If I multiclass from a monk into a fighter, do any of the Fighting styles apply to my unarmed strike?
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Can a Monk's martial arts attack be used on a second opponent?

I killed my 1st goblin outright with my 2Handed quarterstaff roll. Can I use my bonus action to attack the remaining goblin? it seems this would be a little too much power for one person in a RP ...
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How does a shadow monk teleport into magical darkness if they don't have line of sight to a square inside of it?

There was a question similar to this question posted here. Where the jist of the question was asked what use does a Shadow Monk have for casting Darkness if they can't see through it. My question is ...
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Can Monks use Shortbows?

Haven't played D&D since ABBA was hot, and I'm trying to retool on 5e, playing a Wood Elf Monk. I see that on p78 of the PHB it states in Martial Arts that monk weapons are "shortswords and any ...
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For the purposes of the Monk's AC bonus class feature, does the Gunman's Duster count as armor?

I'm currently playing a Gunslinger with a dip in Monk and I'll be taking an unarmored approach to make full use of Wisdom synergy. The Gunman's Duster is a wondrous item worn in the body slot which ...
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What damage die does a deflected missile do?

In the case of bolts and arrows, is it a fixed damage die or does it depend on the weapon used to fire the bolt or arrow?
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How large a deflected missile can I catch in one hand?

When using deflect missiles, how big must a weapon be to not be able to catch it in one hand? Javelins, for example, are thrown with one hand, so maybe can be caught with one hand.
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When does a monk have proficiency with deflected missiles?

Does the monk have proficiency when throwing whatever missile he catches only when throwing it back, or can he be considered to have proficiency with (for example) throwing arrows any time besides ...
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What's the mechanism for magically understood speech?

The rules for the monk ability Tongue of the Sun and Moon state: Starting at 13th level, you learn to touch the ki of other minds so that you understand all spoken languages. Moreover, any ...
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Can I exclude characters from understanding my magically understandable speech?

The rules for the monk ability Tongue of the Sun and Moon state: Starting at 13th level, you learn to touch the ki of other minds so that you understand all spoken languages. Moreover, any ...
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Dex-to-damage houserule to make monk more viable?

I recently started running a Pathfinder campaign with some friends. Two of the players are pretty experienced, two are brand new, and this is my first time DM'ing. One of the new players is playing a ...
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Would a monk with the tavern brawler feat have improvised weapons count as monk weapons?

Would a monk with the tavern brawler feat have improvised weapons count as monk weapons? It states in the monk martial arts feature that: At 1st level, your practice of martial arts gives you ...
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5e D&D Monk/Warlock Build Help [closed]

So I will be playing a 5e D&D campaign soonish for the first time, and have very little experience with D&D so I would like some help with my character build. I am really liking the idea of a ...
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Do Unchained Monks have weapon proficiency with all monk weapons?

Monk Unchained says the following about weapon proficiencies: Monks are proficient with the club, crossbow (light or heavy), dagger, handaxe, javelin, kama, nunchaku, quarterstaff, sai, short ...
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Making a tanky Monk in D&D 5e?

I do have some experience with D&D 3/4, but 5 is pretty much new territory for me. Now, from what I can remember, monks used to be kind of an inbetween pick - not the worst, but not really shining ...
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Helping monks overcome non-synergy class abilities [closed]

So most people agree that in Pathfinder the monk suffers in many ways, most commonly MAD and abilities that dont exactly work together, such as their fast movement and flurry of blows. To help the ...
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How many effects can a monk impose with open hand technique using flurry of blows

Concerning the Open Hand Technique, if I have a level 6 Monk and I flurry of blows on a single target and I hit with all attacks, can I apply a Str save to all attacks to possibly push a mob back a ...
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Can a Monk throw 2 Daggers (1 in each hand) and gain martial arts bonus?

Monks can use daggers as monk weapons, that part makes sense and is clear. Also, a character can dual wield daggers and thrown them both if they use action + bonus action. But as daggers benefits ...
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Does a monk's ki strike require a swift action?

I was working on a Monk in Pathfinder and carefully reading the entries when this occurred to me. It states that as long as you have one or more ki points in your ki pool you can make a ki strike. ...