Oriental Adventures on the class monk says

[T]he monk starts with proficiency in one style of unarmed combat and two of that style's special maneuvers. The monk also has five other proficiency slots. Of these, one must be used for religion and another calligraphy. The remaining slots can be filled as the player sees fit within the restrictions of the class." "All monks have the martial arts special maneuver Missile Deflection in addition to the other special maneuvers thay may have or gain. This is not considered part of any martial style and so does not use one of the special maneuver slots for the monk's chosen martial art. (18)

And on the yakuza it says

Yakuza begin play with three proficiency slots available. In addition, they automatically have the gaming proficiency. (26)

Table 56 (Oriental Adventures 51) shows the proficiencies character classes gain when they advance levels except that the table omits the monk and the yakuza (51). What are these missing values?

For comparison

The Player's Handbook Weapon Proficiency Table and Unearthed Arcana show the following monk proficiences:

Class of Character Initial # of Prof Add Proficiency per Level Non-proficiency Weapon Penalty
Monk 1 1/2 levels -3

The Dungeoneer's Survival Guide on Table 10 (23) and Wilderness Survival Guide on Table 1 (12) have the same proficiency entries for the monk:

Class of Character Initial # of Proficiencies Weapon/Nonweapon Add Proficiency per Level Weapon/Nonweapon
Monk 1/1 1/1 per 2 levels

However, using Oriental Adventures, it seems like for the monk and yakuza this information is as follows:

Class of Character Initial # of Prof Add Proficiency per Level Non-proficiency Weapon Penalty
Monk 5 missing (possibly 1/1 per 2 levels?) -3 from PHB and UA
Yakuza 3 missing missing

…And I'd like to fill in the missing information.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I thought that the OA monk was pretty much a different class from the PH monk, and that the DSG and the WSG reference the PH monk. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but if that's accurate how is the information from the DSG and WSG relevant? (Have patience with me if, in fact, this is totally obvious; it's been a while since I OAed.) \$\endgroup\$ May 24, 2020 at 14:57
  • \$\begingroup\$ The DSG page 23 refers to non-weapon proficiencies from OA. My intent is to find some way to derive the missing non-weapon proficiency slots from DSG or WSG or at least provide the existing data as a conversation starter. Maybe there is a better way to derive non-weapon proficiencies. \$\endgroup\$ May 24, 2020 at 15:05
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    \$\begingroup\$ I edited this a little to make clearer what I thought was the goal. Feel free to edit further or rollback, especially if I've misunderstood something or gotten it wrong. \$\endgroup\$ May 24, 2020 at 16:59

1 Answer 1


From Sage Advice column in Dragon Magazine #151

How many proficiencies do monks and yakuza get?

The following additions/changes apply to table 56 (page 51):

Class Initial #
of prof.
Add prof.
per level
Monk 5 1/2 -3
Yakuza 3 1/3 -3

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