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

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Optimizing a D&D 3.5 Monk

I have complaints from someone in one of my groups that the 3.5 monk isn't good for anything offensive, only for defense and disarming (defenestration wasn't mentioned). My experience has only been ...
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Can I use a full attack and natural attacks in the same round?

I'm playing a 7th level monk variant in D&D 3.5e and I'm a werewolf. The variant has a 1 for 1 BAB. (level 1 = BAB+1) If I'm in hybrid form, Can I make my 2 standard attacks followed by 2 claws ...
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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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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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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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Is there an unarmed strike proficiency in D&D 3.5, and, if there is, do monks get it for free?

I'm trying to settle a coffee break argument - does a weapon proficiency for unarmed strike exist (either explicitly, or under some other more general weapon proficiency) under D&D 3.5 rules, and, ...
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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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Can a monk combine Martial Arts with Dual Wielding?

I want to get a clearer ruling of unarmed strike. The way I've read/imagined it is using any part of a humanoid creature's body to hit something else. Fists, kicks, elbows, knees, headbutts, whatever. ...
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How can I roleplay multiclassing to explain new class features?

A nice broad question to set the scene I'm fairly new to roleplaying and I'm struggling with a valid reasons for both why and how a character would multiclass into another class independently - that ...
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Does Flurry of Blows count as an attack?

This handbook suggests that Flurry of Blows is an attack when recommending the otherwise extremely underwhelming malec-keth janissary: Malec-Keth Janissary (...
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Can Monks gain the benefit of the Dual Wielder Feat with their Unarmed Strikes?

Simply put - can the Monk class use the Dual Wielder Feat with: A (monk) weapon and an unarmed strike? An unarmed strike "in each hand"? Admittedly this is a similar question to this post about ...
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Increasing reach of unarmed strikes

Is it possible to increase the reach of a monk's unarmed strikes other than by increasing in size?
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Does using versatile weapons with 2 hands disqualify them as Monk weapons?

When using either the quarterstaff or spear as a Monk weapon, do you still gain the unarmed bonus action from Martial Arts if using 2 hands(1d8)? On pg.78 of the PHB under Martial Arts it states ...
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Making monks better but not broken

I am about to run a campaign where 2 of the 3 PCs are monk-based classes. They will be starting at level 10 and I expect the campaign to run till 15 or 16. One is a Monk 2/ Sorcerer 4/ Enlightened ...
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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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Can a Monk utilize touch based cantrips with their Unarmed Attacks?

While preparing for my group's first 5e game I was looking at the different classes and stumbled on a question I couldn't answer. For this example I will use druid as the class that the monk multi-...
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Do Properties of magic weapons stack when using Two-Weapon Fighting?

Let's assume my monk has the Two-Weapon Fighting feat. 1.) When I use two daggers, one with Ki-Weapon and another magic dagger, do the magic features of the Ki-Weapon and the magic dagger stack? It ...
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What is the difference between “No Action” and “Free Action”?

What is the difference between No Action, e.g. the Monk's Centered Flurry of Blows [ddi], and the more common ...
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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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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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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 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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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 a monk's unarmed strike be considered as a touch attack?

I believe that the title is really explanatory for the question. But let me expand this a little. Can a monk deliver effects that require touch attacks with an unarmed strike? For example, would a ...
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Can the target of Drunken Monkey attack themself?

Can you make the target of a Drunken Monkey[DDI] attack themself ? The point is the "against one enemy of your choice" ... couldn't you pick the target ? Hit: ...
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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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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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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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Monk's Martial Arts and Polearm Master

I have a problem with an interpretation of outcome of monk with Polearm Master feat and with quarterstaff. You can take the Attack action and attack with quarterstaff using Dex instead of Str and ...
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While using Wild Shape, do I use Unarmored Defense or the creature's Armor Class?

I have a multi-classed Monk/Druid, and let's say I wild shape into a Giant Eagle. Will I have an AC of 13 (specified in creature statistics), or will I have an AC of 15 (10 + Dex (+3) + Wis (+2))? ...
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What are the effects of aging?

New to D&D. I did not find any official ruling concerning the effects of aging in the PHB. I know that in some systems aging can have adverse and/or beneficial effects on stats. I ask because I am ...
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Can a Monk who has multi-classed to Cleric use holy symbols?

Can a Monk who has multi-classed with Initiate of the Faith to Cleric use holy symbols as an implement?
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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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How much movement does a monk need to run up and stand on top of a 50-foot wall?

Whilst perusing the 5e PHB for the first time, I came across the Monk. And just like every other class, after I finished reading all of the Monk Features, I thought to myself WOW This class is Amazing,...
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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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Flurry of Blows calculation

Let's say, we have there 1st level Monk, and he has STR 17/+3. Now we are calculating base attack with his Flurry of Blows. For first level, we have "Flurry of Blows Attack Bonus" -1/-1, plus 1st ...
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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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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 ...