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Yes. Regular monks weren't given proficiency with monk weapons. That FAQ applies to them. It isn't about the Unchained monks. As you note, it's old, and Unchained monks didn't even exist at that point. Unchained monks are given a weapon proficiency with any monk weapon, hence the bit you bolded.


That FAQ predates Unchained. Presumably, this is exactly the reason they decided to rewrite the monk weapon proficiencies (prior to Unchained, monks did not say they were proficient with all monk weapons), so that you could do exactly what your player would like to do. Certainly, the monk can be safely allowed to use such weapons.


Yes, you can make unarmed strikes while Wild Shaped. From the errata for the PHB: Melee Attacks (p. 195). The rule on unarmed strikes should read as follows: “Instead of using a weapon to make a melee weapon attack, you can use an unarmed strike: a punch, kick, head-butt, or similar forceful blow (none of which count as weapons). On a hit, an ...


For Flurry of Blows it would seem that most beast attacks are listed as 'Melee Weapon Attacks' which of course, wouldn't count as either unarmed or 'monk weapons'. That would seem to indicate no. I'd say a fair compromise would be to have some way of selecting a single animal form that can have access to monks abilities. This thematically would reflect the ...


Monks can be tanky, but it requires both high wisdom and high dexterity. With a 18 in each stat, you'll have an AC of 18. They are not the best tanks though, and generally shine at taking down many weaker enemies, rather than soaking up damage themselves. (Especially at earlier levels) However, if the DM allows you to choose the goliath race from the ...


Updated Answer: This is straight from Jeremy Crawford ‏on Twitter: @JeremyECrawford 22h22 hours ago Jeremy Crawford retweeted Lino Ciaralli The Martial Arts feature doesn't give monk weapons and unarmed strikes the finesse property.

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