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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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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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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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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Is Drunken Master really as bad as everyone says?

So, when I see someone faulting the Drunken Master, it's typically because of what the character gets at level 1. Drink Like a Demon (Ex): A drunken master's body handles alcohol differently from ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Is there anyway 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 to help escaping. Way of the Shadow monk receives Darkness (among a few other spells) and ...
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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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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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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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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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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 many times can a monk use Deflect Missile in a round?

One of my players and I got into a debate. I contend that it is for one successful attack per round, while he maintains that it is more of a reaction and can be done as often as needed. Could ...
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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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Can monk move between his extra and bonus attacks?

There are clean rules for moving between actions and between attacks granted by those action (e.g. a fighter with four attacks can move between them freely). But the monk's Flurry of Blows feature is ...
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How can I make fighters and monks better in 3.5e D&D?

So I'm planning to DM a 3.5e D&D game for casual non-optimizing people in a setting I'm creating. In this setting, the base classes I've retained are Fighter, Monk, Wizard, Sorcerer, Cleric, ...
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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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Is Flurry of Blows limited to one target?

PHB pg 78: Immediately after you take the Attack action on your turn, you can spend 1 ki point to make two unarmed strikes as a bonus action. It seems that this means the bonus action has to ...
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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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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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Alternatives to Wisdom to AC

In an amusing (to me anyway) reversal of my previous question, I have a character who is taking a single level of monk for the purposes of bonus feats. This character has Wisdom 8 and wears (light) ...
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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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Does Mage Armor count as armor for the monk's class features?

Does Mage Armor counts as armor in the sense of Monk's Martial Arts or Unarmored Movement requirements? Both features require you to not be wearing armor. (I already know that Mage Armor and Unarmored ...
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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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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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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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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 I throw my hands to spite my enemies?

Here's an odd question a player brought up to me about D&D 4e. I was curious on your thoughts. Barbarians can take the feat Hurl Weapon: You can use any one-handed off-hand weapon as a heavy ...
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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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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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+1 AC or +20 HP--which is better for a nimble, frontline character?

I've planned a 1 Monk, 19 Draconic Sorcerer, and I have the option of setting Con to 14 and Wis to 12 (providing +1 HP at each level up), or Wis to 14 (+1 AC, given Monk Unarmored Defense) and Con to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 can Fist of Unbroken Air be used for?

I was wondering, what are the limits of Fist of Unbroken Air in D&D 5e? Like, does the 10ft push apply to all size categories? If I'm trapped in a cave-in or under an avalanche, can I use it to ...
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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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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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Does the elemental monk's Water Whip require a source of water?

The Way of the Four Elements monastic tradition includes the Water Whip discipline, which allows the monk to create a whip of water that shoves and pulls a creature to unbalance it. Does the monk ...