I tacked the question above at the end of this question, but realised that it's probably best to ask in a separate post altogether.
My current strategy for maxing Monk DPR is to take 3 levels of Ranger (grabbing Dueling, Hunter's Mark, and Horde Breaker), and wield a monk weapon (see details in the linked question). The other build I'm considering involves 3 levels of Fighter (Champion), for Dueling and Increased Crit Range (Action Surge is sweet, but only once per rest).
How do these compare, and are they the best options for increasing Monk DPR? If not, what's the best approach?
Two ideal, but not required, constraints:
- no more than 3 levels taken outside of Monk (due to 1d10 Martial Art die and Quivering Palm)
- increased DPR shouldn't be at the expense of AC/Wis (so, char should have 20 Wis/at least 18 AC by the end game, unless there's a reliable tactic to keep the character alive, given the decreased AC).
First level stats are 16 Dex/Wis (Wood Elf), 14 Con.