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I'm new to D&D and am interested in playing a monk character. From what limited research I have done, it appears to me that the monk is a mobile character who tries to avoid being hit and flits in and out of the range of their opponent, which brings with it the major concern of opportunity attacks.

There are two solutions to this issue that I am aware of: spending a ki point to Disengage as a bonus action, or taking the Mobile feat. However, both have issues.

Especially at lower levels, ki points are scarce and spending one on Disengaging as opposed to using Flurry of Blows would seriously hinder damage output. Furthermore, it can only be done a very limited amount of times, weakening the monk's mobility.

Taking the Mobile feat carries its own issues. Ability scores are very important to a monk since it relies on three different abilities (Dex, Wis, and Con), so taking the Mobile feat at 4th level will hurt the monk in the long run.

In short, is it better to take the Mobile feat or use ki to Disengage?
Furthermore, if it is better to take the Mobile feat, should it be taken with the variant human's free feat at 1st level, or at 4th level?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Remember that your third option is to just take the opportunity attack and rely on your wisdom-buffed AC. (Patient defense isn't an option because dodge is strictly inferior to disengage for the specific purpose of avoiding opportunity attacks.) \$\endgroup\$ – Ryan C. Thompson Feb 11 at 4:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ Who else is in your party, in terms of PCs? \$\endgroup\$ – KorvinStarmast Feb 11 at 4:32
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    \$\begingroup\$ Welcome to RPG.SE! Take the tour if you haven't already, and check out the help center for more guidance. What level is the character starting at? Also, what subclass are you planning on choosing at level 3? \$\endgroup\$ – V2Blast Feb 11 at 5:17
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    \$\begingroup\$ What you want to know is-from the position of someone with more experience with the system-which option is superior. Correct? You've compared them in a vacuum, from a purely mechanical stand point, and did not get an answer. So, you want others who have experience to weigh in. That would be fine, except 5e is the system you're asking about. Having played 5e myself, the best answer to your question would be a series of questions about the specific game the character will be in, then an answer. Beyond that, it's entirely opinion-based. \$\endgroup\$ – Zach Feb 11 at 5:37
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    \$\begingroup\$ There's an answer about the benefits of Mobile for monks here: rpg.stackexchange.com/a/134653/22403 As for taking the feat at first level, there are several factors you need to consider: What feat would you choose as alternative? Do you start at 1st level where you don't even have access to ki points? Would you take the feat instead of an ASI later anyways or not? \$\endgroup\$ – fabian Feb 11 at 6:42

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