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The Monk class is one of the weakest in the game. It has extremely few powerful or useful features, and those that are useful tend to have extremely tight limits on how often they can be used. The only major exceptions, namely their Unarmed Strikes, AC Bonus, Flurry of Blows, Evasion, and their bonus feats, all happen in the first two levels. There is almost ...


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Deflect Missiles is a reaction: Starting at 3rd level, you can use your reaction to deflect or catch the missile when you are hit by a ranged weapon attack. You can only use one reaction per round. From the PHB, page 190: When you take a reaction, you can't take another one until the start of your next turn. So he can do it once between each of ...


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You need to focus on the fact that no matter how much optimizing or tweaking you do, a Monk is simply not great at straight-up combat. Monks are good at doing crazy stuff. Monks should not be slugging it out rolling boring attacks, they should be looking for non-standard actions. A good monk will have lots of ranks in things like Jump and Tumble, and can ...


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There are conditions that prevent characters from taking actions altogether (stunned, unconscious, dying, etc). This prevents free actions, but a "No Action" power could still be used. Also note that most powers that enhance your initiative are No Action because you are using them before combat technically begins. For example, a Deva could use the Memory of ...


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Everyone is proficient with their own unarmed strikes. In the errata for the Player's Handbook, the Unarmed Strike entry was removed from the weapon table. However, the rules on Unarmed Strikes in the combat section now say that every character is proficient with unarmed strikes: “Instead of using a weapon to make a melee weapon attack, you can use ...


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Essentially, sixth level is the end of Monk as an independent class. Monk's biggest and most pervasive problem is that it can't play well with itself. More than any other class in the game, a Monk's features demand exclusivity of use, even to the point where you can't use other Monk features if you want to use certain ones. Looking at the SRD entry for Monk ...


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In short, yes. There are a few things that make monk on par with the other melee fighting classes. I'll list a few of them here: Dex to attack and damage Monks can apply dex to attacks and damage automatically at level one. Extra attacks Monks are the only class that gets 2 attacks per round at level 1, and they keep up with Fighter attacks per round ...


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You need not be your class(es) You are playing a character, who has a certain skill set. That character may self-identify as a rogue, and then may recognize a distinct switch from being a rogue to following the way of the monk. Those are options. They are not the only options. Consider Miko Miyazaki: Elan: So Miko, did you take levels in the old ...


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I see no more reason to consider this armor anymore as I would a set of Bracers of Armor or a casting of the Mage Armor spell. Just because it grants an Armor bonus to AC, doesn't make it Armor. Only things in the Equipment section under Armor are armor. This item doesn't mention anything about what Proficiency you need to wear it, it's called a "Wondrous ...


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So, first up - anyone can use any weapon. Proficiency merely determines whether you can add your proficiency bonus to your attack rolls. Proficiency with a weapon allows you to add your proficiency bonus to the attack roll for any attack you make with that weapon. If you make an attack roll using a weapon with which you lack proficiency, you do not ...


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The text you've quoted is the D&D 3.5 version of Produce Flame, not the D&D 5e version. In D&D 5e, produce flame does not grant a melee touch attack, but instead allows the caster to throw the flames as a ranged spell attack. Even if it did involve a melee attack it would be granting a new kind of attack option, not a bonus to damage of an ...


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The Real Problems Did Not Get Fixed But let's talk about these individually: Multiple Attribute Dependancy Also known as MAD, this has plagued the poor Monk for ages. Monks need Strength for accuracy and damage, Dexterity and Wisdom for their armor class and two saving throws, Constitution for hit points (to be fair, all characters want this) and their ...


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One: The Unarmed Strike is a Simple Weapon It’s listed in the table of simple weapons. The errata rules clarify that in the case of a contradiction between rules text and a table, the text should be taken as correct (“text trumps table”), but no text states that Unarmed Strikes are anything but a Simple Weapon. Ergo, that is what they are, ...


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Swift actions, like Free actions, take place during your turn, and cannot be taken outside your turn. Immediate actions take place outside your turn, and use up your next turn’s Swift action. So no, you must activate that bonus on your turn in order to have it for the round, you cannot try to activate it just when you need to.


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Yes. An unarmed strike is a one handed, simple, melee weapon, as such it counts as a weapon for TWF. So for both of your cases, it would be valid. It's even valid for a non-monk as that strike is available to anyone who is proficient in Simple Weapons. The key is that it's not available to someone wielding a shield, an item or a non-weapon implement in ...


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From Sean K Reynolds (After Emailing Him) Absolutely none. At the time the Pathfinder Alpha was being written, I wasn’t an employee at Paizo. I’m not even listed in the credits. The Beta went to print about a month before I started working at Paizo. I’m not listed in the credits for that book, either. When they were working on the final, ...


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You choose before you know the damage. Hitting and dealing damage are separate steps — if the ability was supposed to give the choice when damage was being resolved, it would say something like "… when you are damaged by a ranged weapon attack." Instead, it says "when you are hit". So when you're hit, but before damage is rolled (or revealed), ...


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Unarmored movement says ... your speed increases by 10 feet while not wearing armor Martial Arts says ... you gain the following benifits while you are unarmored ... Mage Armor says ... a protective magical force surrounds it until the spell ends ... ends if the target dons armor or ... This spell does not give you armor—it gives you a ...


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No. The Attack action is a specific action that you take in combat, which can include multiple attacks. From page 71 of the Player's Basic Rules: Attack The most common action to take in combat is the Attack action, whether you are swinging a sword, firing an arrow from a bow, or brawling with your fists. With this action, you make one melee ...


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No, a monk can't use their Martial Arts feature with improvised weapons. Monk weapons are: short swords and any simple melee weapons that don’t have the two-handed or heavy property. Unfortunately, simple melee weapons are weapons that are in the "Simple Melee Weapons" category on the weapons table, and improvised weapons aren't present there. ...


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Necessary but insufficient It would help. It would more than help; I have a hard time imagining them being functional without it. The necklace of natural attacks or scorpion kama are generally necessary for Monks. That said, the necklace of natural attacks does exist (as do similar items in Pathfinder), and it’s not nearly enough to make the Monks ...


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Your PC can invent a new technique on his own Taken from wikipedia's entry on the Southern Praying Mantis kung fu style: Praying Mantis The association of the term "Praying Mantis" with the style is also controversial. Each branch of the style offers a different explanation. The traditions of the Chow Gar and Kwong Sai Jook Lum branches ...


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Monk Multiclassing If your group actually enforces the Monk multiclassing restriction, and you want to go back to Monk for some reason, Monastic Training from Eberron Campaign Setting allows you to multiclass Monk with any one other class. The only good use of this feat is Tashalatora (see Psionics below), since it’s very rare for anyone to leave Monk ...


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Immediate and Obvious Steps Full Base Attack Bonus Between their low HD, weak weapons, the penalties that Flurry of Blows applies, and so on, the less-than-full BAB of the Monk is just insulting. Switching Monks to full BAB is probably absolutely necessary. Magic Unarmed Strikes Allow Monks to upgrade their Unarmed Strike as a magical weapon. Charge 300 ...


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Because people on the Internet are frequently wrong. As you note, the Monk's Belt says specifically what it changes, and speed isn't one of them, though if someone wanted to house-rule that it did it wouldn't exactly break the game.


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Delivering a spell as part of an unarmed strike In answer to your question, yes a monk can deliver a touch attack spell through his normal attack. However you have to hit against their normal AC to do so, not their touch AC. If you miss their AC, you fail to do damage and the spell does not fire (even if you miss their AC, but hit their touch AC). If you ...


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Unarmored Defenses and Draconic Resilience are both AC calculations and thus do not stack. Only one of the two will apply, unless there was something else you wanted a dip into monk for that is suboptimal. You might also consider the tough feat if your table is allowing feat use as it provides +2 hp per level of survivability over +1 to hp or AC from a ...


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It's the Mental Damage Drink Like a Demon has two problems. The first is that it's an uneven trade; you're losing 4 points of ability score and only getting 2 back. This does a few things to your Drunken Master that are bad: Lowers AC Lowers vital Wisdom-based skills (such as Perception) Lowers your Will saves Lowers your save DCs for your special ...


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In many cases, an improvised weapon is similar to an actual weapon and can be treated as such. For example, a table leg is akin to a club. At the DM’s option, a character proficient with a weapon can use a similar object as if it were that weapon ... This is the crux of the matter, If the weapon can be treated as a qualifying simple weapon, then the DM ...


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I have played monks with Dex-to-damage as well as Wis-to-damage (and Wis-to-attack, for that matter). These things help, undoubtedly, but they are not really sufficient to solve the problems. The big advantage here is that they allow a certain amount of reduced Multiple Ability Dependency. This helps some of the monk’s serious “number” problems – their HP, ...



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