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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How to make a game enjoyable for a monk?

One of the players in my campaign decided to play monk. We are all pretty new, so I couldn't have alerted him to this, but from what I understand now, monks are weak. Very weak. This player in ...
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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 Free Action?
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Has 5e fixed the balance problems of the monk at all?

Many people believe that the monk has balance issues (and is underpowered) in 3.5e and Pathfinder. The goal of this question is not to debate that point but to see what changes the Monk has undergone ...
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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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Balancing a monk variant with full base attack bonus

I'm gearing up for a 2-person campaign (my wife and myself, with myself as DM). The party will be two characters, with occasional hirelings/NPCs. One of the characters will be a DMPC (we've run one ...
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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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How do monk attacks work?

I've skimmed through the books but I'm a little confused about powers. Unarmed monks for example get +3 Atk and 1d8 naturally. Is the +3 only added to rolls when you make a basic attack or does it get ...
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Can a monk increase his dodge bonus as a swift action out of his turn?

In Pathfinder, a monk has a power which lets him spend a point of his Ki Pool to increase his AC Dodge Bonus as a swift action. Can he do it even when it isn't his turn? a monk can spend 1 point ...
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Is a monk of the empty hand considered proficient with improvised weapons before level 6?

The monk of the empty hand is all about using improvised weapons. However, it can receive the feat "Improvised Weapon Mastery" as a bonus feat only at lvl6. The thing I'm not sure about is: is he ...
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Would magic 'weapons' make the monk more balanced?

The monk in D&D 3.5 (and, to a lesser extent, in Pathfinder) is generally considered underpowered. Would adding magic 'weapons' that could add enhancement bonuses and magic weapon effects to a ...
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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 (Swordmage-MoP)- Add extra damage to all ...
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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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Must you not use Monk Unarmed Strike, to take the bonus from Iron Parry?

NOTE: I recently posed this question to Wizards Customer Support, and thought I'd share with the community. This came up when the offline Character Builder appeared to be mishandling the AC bonus of ...
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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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Are Monks proficient with unarmed strikes by default?

I can't find anything in the PHB that actually says that Monks are proficient with unarmed strikes by default. Their Proficiencies list just says simple weapons and shortswords. Their Martial Arts ...
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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: 1d8 + Dexterity modifier damage, and ...
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Can a Monk use a Full Discipline move without the attack?

One of my players in my 4e game is playing a monk. He opted to use two move actions in one turn. He used the move action of one of his Full Discipline powers - such as the power Crane's Wings - twice ...
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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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Feat order for Master of Many Styles build?

With the release of Ultimate Combat, and myself a sort of fanboy of the always-underpowered monk, I decided to take a swing at some of the new stuff for monk with a new build. The build I came up ...
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Does a Monk's Belt add to Unarmored Speed?

I have seen several 1,2 places that state's the Monk's Belt increases Monk's Unarmored Speed Bonus. A Monk's Belt is: This simple rope belt, when wrapped around a character’s waist, confers ...
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Is there a feat to let monks multi-class as spellcasters without losing monk progression?

Feats like Ascetic Hunter or Ascetic Rogue allow a monk to multi-class with other martial classes. Is there a feat to allow a monk to freely multi-class with a spellcaster class? I'm looking ...
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Monk Dragon's tail vs. Duergar Stand Your Ground - Does SYG Apply?

The move element of Dragon's Tail is: Move : Swap places with target Duergar have Stand your Ground: Stand Your Ground: When an effect forces you to move — through a pull, a push, or a slide — ...
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What's the attack of opportunity for a monk

What if a monk is allowed to do an attack of opportunity on a spellcasting enemy, is the monk only allowed to one attack, or use full attack like +10 / +5 for a level 14 monk?
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What magic items and feats improve a Monk's attack bonus?

The Stone Fist Monk character in my group has a relatively low attack bonus because she didn't get a really high main ability score. I'm wondering what feats and magic items, other than magic ...
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How does the Soul Eater's Energy Drain touch work?

I've been doing some theory-crafting and attempting to build a high-level villain as a gestalt character, and I'm not sure the combo I was planning on using actually works. In the Book of Vile ...
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How does Monk's unarmed strike interact with powers requiring two weapons?

I was looking up Monk's Unarmed Strike for another answer and was wondering. If a power, such as Twin Strike requires you to be wielding two weapons, are you effectively wielding two unarmed strikes, ...
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How can a Monk be made effective against flying/ranged monsters?

The Monk in D&D4e is very much a melee combatant, as most Monks tend to be. Generally, this is okay because he should have the support of a Controller or other ranged combatant in his party. ...
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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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Increasing reach of unarmed strikes

Is it possible to increase the reach of a monk unarmed strikes except by increasing in size?
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What prestige class combines monk abilities and sneak attack?

I thought I remembered there being a 3.5 prestige class that combines the abilities of monk (e.g. unarmed damage increase) and rogue (sneak attack). I can't seem to find it in the books, though. Can ...
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3.5 Monk Ki Strike and Damage Resistance

Does a Level 4 Monk deal full damage against a creature with DR 5/Slashing? From the D20 SRD regarding Damage Reduction: "The creature takes normal damage from energy attacks (even nonmagical ones), ...
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Is it possible to change the main stat used by Wizards/Monks in Pathfinder?

So I'm starting a gestalt character in Pathfinder, and REALLY want to play a wizard as my main path. Thing is, I also REALLY want to make it work with a monk, but the Intelligence focus vs. Wisdom ...
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Can Artificers powers that target “weapon or implement” affect a Monks hand/feet?

Can the various Artificer powers that target weapon or implement be used to affect a Monks hand/feet attacks, even though they are not a weapon like a Long Sword? UPDATE Thinking on it, I suppose ...
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How do you calculate the Monk's Attack bonus?

I'm having a lot of trouble figuring out how to calculate the Monk's attack bonus, for some reason it seems stupidly low. If an attack power has the keywords Full Discipline, Implement, Psionic. ...
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How does Violent Awakening work with Flurry of Blows and Furious Assault?

The feat Violent Awakening goes off when both Flurry of Blows and Furious Assault (the Half-orc Racial) are triggered. Both are triggered when I hit an enemy. This feat adds extra damage to my Flurry ...
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Can a Monk use a Holy Symbol as their Ki Focus

Can a Monk who has multi-classed with Cleric, via Initiate of the Faith, use a Holy Symbol as their Ki Focus? ... see the semi-related question at rpg My thinking here is: whilst maybe they can use a ...
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Why can you move with Cat & Mouse before Flurry of Blows, off the same triggering event?

The Cat & Mouse power lets me shift some squares and have total concealment. The trigger says: "You hit an enemy with a melee attack." The trigger of FoB says: "You hit with an attack during ...
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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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Risks and benefits from letting a monk use higher stats than the party

One of my players would like to eventually play a monk in a low-level campaign I'm planning. I wouldn't want to say no, as the monks are definitely high in flavour. But I'm aware of the huge ...
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Does a Monk use Dex on basic melee attacks

Does the monk's unarmed strike use Dexterity or Strength when making Opportunity Attacks? Our DM swears up and down that it goes off of Strength, but everything we read says that all of a monk's ...
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Resolving simultaneous triggers

I have a general concepts (see title) that I would like to run by the rules experts. I recently designed a Centered Breath Monk, lvl16 that, according to the current build, has two events that trigger ...
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D&D 4e monk Spider Technique

The monk's Spider Technique says: You climb your speed. During this movement, you can move across overhanging surfaces, such as ceilings, but you fall if you end your turn on such a surface. Is this ...
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How do Prestige class levels stack with base class levels?

About to prestige my monk in the Psionic Fist class. The only part that I am confused on is with how the "Monk Abilities" class feature stacks with my base Monk class. To my understanding it says ...
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How do 'no action' powers interact with the events that trigger them?

I'm not sure how to generalize this question, so I'll give the specific example my player is concerned with. Hope it's not too chatty. A monk, adjacent to a single enemy, lands an attack such as ...
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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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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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How many stun attacks can a monk do in one round?

A level 15 monk has 4 attacks when using bare-hands. Is it possible to do 4 stun attacks in one round, or is only 1 stun attack possible and 3 normal attacks?
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Help ensuring my monk will be useful in and out of combat

I have my first tabletop RPG game starting soon using pathfinder and I've decided to be a monk. Specifically a Suli Monk of the Four Winds with the alternate racial trait Energy Strike that buffs one ...
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Defensive Aid replacing Evasion. Optional?

The Nimble Guardian Racial Archetype (monk) for catfolk in Pathfinder replaces evasion with defensive aid at lvl2. Is this optional? DM's discretion? I kinda like evasion better.