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

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Do the AC Bonus (Ex) class abilities of monks and swordsages stack?

Monk and Swordsage both get the class feature AC Bonus (Ex). Monk: When unarmored and unencumbered, the monk adds her Wisdom bonus (if any) to her AC. In addition, a monk gains a +1 bonus to AC ...
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Can a Monk use/trigger Defensive Duelist while wielding a monk weapon (or unarmed)?

Defensive Duelist requires wielding a finesse weapon, yet one of Monks' abilities is to treat Monk weapons (including staves and unarmed strikes) as "having finesse" (in all but name: it allows monks ...
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Does a Monk/Druid multiclass characters Unarmored Movement add to their Wild Shape speed?

Does a Monk/Druid multiclass characters Unarmored Movement add to their Wild Shape speed? Starting at 2nd level Monk, they have +10 speed, but can they add this extra speed to their wild shape speed?
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Does a Qinggon monk fulfill the requirements to take craft magical arms and armor feat?

My group has just reached level 6 and we still do not have magic weapons, largely because we are well under WBL and considerable spending on side resources such as rations. I have been researching ...
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Monk flurry and deadly aim, class bab or flurry bab?

So last night it occurred to me that I might have been using deadly aim incorrectly for the last 2 levels. I just became a 6th level monk (zen archer) and as their bab is a 3/4 progression I just got ...
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Do Shadow Monks need to carry around a piece of fleece in order to use their Minor Illusion?

The 3rd-level Way of Shadow Monk ability, Shadow Arts, gives the monk access to certain spells. It reads as follows: Starting when you choose this tradition at 3rd level, you can use your ki to ...
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Do monks add their ability modifier to their additional attacks?

Starting at first level monks can use their Martial Arts ability to make an unarmed strike as a bonus action (and later they get more than one attack with Flurry of Blows). When you use the Attack ...
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Would pulling a wagon cause the creature to be encumbered?

I am playing a large zen archer monk. I was able to create the character using the race builder. In our last session something came up which made us question having me pull our wagon and if doing so ...
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Monk flurry and haste, which bab?

I am playing a monk and we have a spell caster in the group who casts haste. Haste When making a full attack action, a hasted creature may make one extra attack with one natural or manufactured ...
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Does a Monk's Martial Arts die replace all of a magic weapon's damage, or only the die portion of it?

I have a 5th-level Monk, whose martial arts die is a d6. I'm wielding a magic +1 dagger in my hand. If I use my martial arts die in place of "the weapon's normal damage", does the dagger then deal ...
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Aside from flavor, is there any benefit to a Monk striking multiple targets?

Monks don't hit very hard, but they hit a lot, which makes up for it. While you might fancy yourself a Batman-esque brawler, effortlessly shifting from target to target, you would only hit each ...
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Is there any way to see through Darkness without removing it?

Simply put, the Shadow Monk gains the ability to cast Darkness, but I'm struggling to see a use for it except as concealment during an escape. Way of the Shadow monk receives Darkness (among a few ...
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Is there any monk compatible light armor?

I'm searching for an armor that does not prevent monk from getting his bonuses. I do not care, if the armor would have 0 armor bonus, because I'm instrested only in enchantments. It should contain ...
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Can a Monk “two-hand” their Unarmed Attack for the sake of Power Attack and the like?

One of the players in my group wants to know if you can basically do a double palm attack as a single attack and get double damage while using Power Attack by way of wielding a weapon with two hands. ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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How does Mage Armor interact with Unarmored Defense?

If a character with the Unarmoured Defence class feature casts Mage Armour, what is their AC? Do they choose which 'base' AC they take, or do they stack somehow? Is there rules text that explains ...
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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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Can a Druid/Monk make unarmed strikes while Wild Shaped?

Can a Druid/Monk who is Wild Shaped perform Unarmed Strikes?
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Does Pathfinder significantly fix known problems with the Monk class?

As a somewhat follow up to this question re. unarmed strike, I'm wondering: Does Pathfinder significantly fix the monk class (this, and other potential well known class issues)? Specifically *: ...
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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 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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What Influence Did Sean K. Reynolds Have on Pathfinder's Monk?

As one of the designers, Sean K. Reynolds has a lot of influence on many aspects of the Pathfinder Role-Playing Game. With that said, I would like to learn more about his influence on the Monk's ...
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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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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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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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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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Is there any good reason to fight unarmed as a monk?

I'm planing to create an Aarakocra monk and looked for some information about that. I've read multiple times that you will want to use a weapon only until you reach a certain level (I believe it was ...
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Can I cast darkness on an object, then turn it off and on during a round of combat?

I'm playing as a shadow monk in my 5e game. I have the same question about darkness that I have seen. What is the usefulness? My struggle is that they have given darkness to a melee character. I ...
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How to decide which of my intended classes to start as when multiclassing in D&D 5e?

I'm putting together a Shadow Monk/Assassin Rogue character concept for a new game of D&D 5e but I have little experience with multi-classing. So, what should I consider when deciding which class ...
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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 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 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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Where can I find a list of Monk Prestige Classes?

I have been looking all over for a comprehensive list of prestige classes either specifically meant for the monks or ones that synergize extremely well with them. Does such a list exist or do I ...
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Can a monk's unarmed strikes be enchanted?

I see a lot of forums calling for Kensai and Amulet of Mighty Fists for a monk to enchant their unarmed strikes. I feel it is unnecessary since the SRD states: A monk’s unarmed strike is treated ...
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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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How can a monk control a battlefield?

My group has decided to switch from 4e (which had very mixed reactions) to Pathfinder, since we all seem to like 3.5 well enough. However, one of the few things everyone enjoyed in 4e was the ability ...
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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 ...