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Yes all characters of all classes are proficient with unarmed strikes. "You are proficient with your unarmed strikes." This is stated on the last line of the Melee Attacks section on page 195 of the 5th edition players handbook. For clarification in the 5th edition it does not say this on under simple weapons like the others who have posted stated. ...


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You're asking for more specific rules about how Tongue of the Sun and Moon works, but you've already quoted all of the relevant text. There are no more relevant rules. This is pretty much entirely in the realm of "Ask your DM". 5th Edition is a lot less precisely specced than 4th, or even 3rd, and this kind of question about what happens in situations ...


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Reading through the PHB I would argue that you would have to touch the person a.k.a. touch the ki of someone before understanding and communicating with him. Every other attack or bonus manipulating someone's ki in the book does need you to "touch/hit" him as well. PHB pg.76: The Magic of Ki Monks make careful study of a magical energy that most ...


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This seems to me to be a reference to esoteric concepts like the Akashic record, whereby an enlightened being can access the collective consciousness of all sapient beings. You're not contacting the ki of any one being, but the ki of all beings who have ever existed. Using this interpretation, you'd hear the actual phonemes and understand their essential ...


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The general rule on languages (PHB p. 17): Languages By virtue of your race, your character can speak, read, and write certain languages. This is the specific rule that the specific monk ability is augmenting - I don't think that there is a lot here for us but given that in D&D 5e, specific beats general, it is always good to go back to the ...


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[Ki] is an element of the magic that suffuses the multiverse—specifically, the element that flows through living bodies. (PHB 76) In the context of the above statement, we should understand the term "spoken" in the Tongue of the Sun and Moon ability description to mean "sound created by a living being". This is reinforced by the claim that the ...


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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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First off, monks are not underpowered, just as rogues, they rely on skills and situational abilities, and those are underrated by the community. Now, monks shine when you apply archetypes to it, the vanilla (core rulebook's) monk looks underpowered when compared to classes that came after the CRB and have more feats and new spells. The Qinggong Monk ...


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Have you looked into the Unchained Monk class update by chance? It's on the d20pfsrd site. The whole "unchained" book is about variant rules and classes to address issues with power levels and balance. The Monk, Summoner, Rogue and Barbarian all got the treatment. I've only really looked at the Monk and Rogue classes, and both looked like they got more ...


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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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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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Perhaps a role playing argument might fall on deaf ears, but the monk's introduction in the player's handbook (p76)- literally the first sentence- "Her fists a blur as they deflect an incoming hail of arrows..." Now this seems to cast the Deflect Missiles (emphasis on the plural) feature as a more "always on" defense. Considering how the Monk's ...


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You could always take a level in barbarian to change your ac from 10+dex+wis to 10+dex+wis+con



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