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A fantasy martial artist, specializing in unarmed combat. Often a playable character class.

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Can you make a non-monk weapon into a monk weapon?

Are there any feats, archetypes or similar in Pathfinder that allow you to treat a non-monk weapon as a monk weapon?
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How is movement calculated when running up walls as a monk?

Picture this circumstance. I am a 5 foot tall level 9 Wood Elf Monk with Mobile. I have 60 feet of speed per turn, via: 35 feet from Wood Elf feature 10 feet from the Mobile feat 15 feet from being ...
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Does a Sun Soul monk qualify for the Spell Sniper feat at level 4?

The Way of the Sun Soul monk (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 35) gets the Radiant Sun Bolt feature at 3rd level: You gain a new attack option that you can use with the Attack action. This ...
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Does the “Ki Strike” Power for a Monk cost Spell Points to use?

The Monks "Ki Strike" Class Feat gives you access to the Power "Ki Strike", and says the following: This power is a type of special spell you can cast by spending Spell Points The section on ...
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Can a monk substitute the Grappler feat for their Deflect Missiles feature and still maintain class balance?

A monk is characterized as being all about unarmed combat. While grappling in combat is generally viewed as something to avoid due to its convoluted rules, one of my players wishes to make her monk a ...
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Can a Monk with the Unhindering Shield feat use Heavy Shields effectively?

I had an idea to play a monk who uses a shield in his fighting. After a little searching, I came across the Unhindering Shield feat. The feat lists a benefit which is specific to bucklers. ...
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Can monks move between their Attack action and bonus-action unarmed strike?

Every question I have seen includes flurry of blows, or readied actions, or whatever. But I am talking about level 1 monk, using just an attack action, and just the martial arts feature. You can ...
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How do I build a Capoeira Dancer?

I started to play with the Pathfinder Bard. Now, I would like to build a Capoeira Dancer. An example of capoeira. Goals and Requirements I would like this character to be good at dancing. Able to ...
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Does a Monk's bonus-action unarmed strike qualify for the Kensei's Agile Parry feature?

For reference, part of the monk's Martial Arts feature states: When you use the Attack action with an unarmed strike or a monk weapon on your turn, you can make one unarmed strike as a bonus action....
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Can a monk, falling with an enemy they have grappled, use their slow fall ability to reduce their falling damage and not that of the enemy?

This came up as a controversial topic at my table with a player creating a Zangief playstyle. The player uses an aarakocra monk that flies up with a grappled enemy, then ends his movement to fall to ...
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Is a missile deflected by a Monk/Rogue's Deflect Missiles eligible for Sneak Attack?

Is the ranged attack resulting from a monk/rogue's Deflect Missiles eligible to add sneak attack damage? For example, if the creature who made the initial ranged attack is engaged in melee as per the ...
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Can a Scaled Fist Monk not use Draconic Fury until level 4?

A Scaled Fist gains the Draconic Fury class feature at level 3, however a Monk does not gain the Ki Pool class feature until level 4. Does this mean a Scaled Fist cannot use its Draconic Fury ability ...
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How can I make perpetually hovering not broken?

One my players who's a monk was interested in taking up a Home-brew Monastic Tradition called 'Way of Transcendence' which is based on the Overwatch Character Zenyatta. However, one of the abilities ...
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What are the monk's stat bonuses? [closed]

I can't seem to find what bonuses the monk gets. I play a genasi monk, and I know that I get a +1 on Wisdom because of my race. I also know that Dexterity and Constitution are important for a monk, ...
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Unchained Monk, Unarmed attacks, Natural attacks, and Flurry of Blows: Counting the Attacks

So, my question, and I haven't found a succinct, well laid out answer anywhere (if you have, please share), but how many attacks does an unchained monk with natural attacks get, and is it worth ...
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How much damage does a level 1 monk's unarmed strike do?

If a Monk fights only with their fists at level 1 and has only one attack during their Attack action, do they do 2d4 damage because they're using both hands? Or is it only one hand per attack? Meaning ...
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Can a shortsword-wielding monk/rogue use the Martial Arts damage die and still qualify for Sneak Attack?

I am playing a shortsword-wielding monk/rogue. I know unarmed strikes do not qualify for Sneak Attack. My question is: At later levels, can I sub in my monk damage die from Martial Arts (which will ...
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What counts as “during the move” for the monk's Unarmored Movement?

Unarmored Movement states: At 9th level, you gain the ability to move along vertical surfaces and across liquids on your turn without falling during the move. But it's unclear to me what is "...
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Can a 9th-level multiclassed monk move along vertical surfaces while wearing armor?

I have design for a character, that is multiclassed into monk. I'm interesting the "wall running" ability that a monk has. However, I'm uncertain about what this means. If I'm wearing armor, do I ...
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Statistics for a dragon that has become a monk [closed]

I want to create an NPC Silver Dragon that has learned the monk class (17 levels) while morphed into a human, how should I go about creating it's ability scores and all of it's other statistics, and ...
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Are Way of the Four Elements monks able to generate the specific element for the sensory effect of Elemental Attunement?

The monk's Way of the Four Elements monastic tradition (from the PHB) has an elemental discipline titled Elemental Attunement. One of its possible uses is to use your action to: Create a harmless, ...
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What feats and class features can grant a half-orc monk natural attacks?

I want to play a half-orc monk who specializes in combining unarmed strikes with natural attacks. By monk, I mean I'd at least like the character to be enough of a monk so that he benefits from the ...
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How to increase survivability in Wild Shape? [closed]

My Moon Druid already has multiclassed with Monk gaining Unarmored Defense for AC improvement and Touch of Death from Way of the Long Death for the temp HP. This is still not enough to keep the beast ...
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Can I cast Blade Ward and then make my monk unarmed strike with a bonus action? [duplicate]

If my Monk uses an action to cast Blade Ward, can I use my bonus action to make an unarmed strike?
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Can I double up on bonuses from distracting weapons?

I had a concept for a very support style monk who used feint to help their allies strike the enemy, can I dual wield war fans and get a +4 bonus on a feint? Or is just a static +2? I can't really ...
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Is shadow blend as powerful as it seems?

The level 7 Dark Moon Disciple monk substitution level grants the monk—in exchange for the supernatural ability wholeness of body—the supernatural ability shadow blend that says In any conditions ...
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Does Mental Arsenal improve Reflex defense?

The Iron Soul Monastic Tradition in Psionic Power includes Mental Arsenal: Mental Arsenal: While wielding a weapon other than one in the unarmed weapon group, you gain a +1 shield bonus to AC. ...
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When a feat refers to dealing your unarmed strike damage, does that include modifiers?

Multiple style feats, such as; Djinni spin, Efreeti touch, Marid coldsnap, and Shaitan earthblast, all say to deal 'unarmed strike damage' as part of their effect. Does that include modifiers to your ...
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Making the Ancient One from Dr. Strange [closed]

After seeing her in action in the movie, it looked like a fun character to try and make. Though, despite being called the sorcerer supreme, she feels like a variant of monk (with the magister template ...
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Maximum effective enhancement bonus to Unarmed Attack

Supposing, as a monk, I come into vast amounts of money and, heh, lack the wisdom to spend it otherwise... If I have both a Body-Wrap of Mighty Fists and an Amulet of Mighty Fists, both enchanted to ...
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Does Monk's Robe affect a Monk of the Silver Fist's gauntlet damage?

The monk's robe grants: If the wearer has levels in monk, her AC and unarmed damage is treated as a monk of five levels higher. The Monk of the Silver Fist archetype from Dreamscarred Press ...
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Does Kensei's Shot affect Spell attacks?

I'm designing a monk/warlock character and am wondering how the Kensei's Shot ability interacts with spell attacks: Kensei’s Shot. You can use a bonus action on your turn to make your ranged ...
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Can Drunkard's Luck let someone gain advantage if he has advantage and disadvantage?

If I am a Drunken Master Monk and I have one source each of both advantage and disadvantage, can I still use Drunkard's Luck to remove the disadvantage as per the class feature: When you make an ...
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Can a Monk remain invisible with Cloak of the Shadows while dealing damage with Witch Bolt?

I'm designing a monk/warlock character and have noticed a potential synergy. Cloak of the Shadows says: When you are in an area of dim light or darkness, you can use your action to become ...
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Interaction of Master of Intrigue and Tongue of Sun and Moon re: NPC perceptions

First of all, our group assumes that Tongue of the Sun and Moon is similar to Tongues, and that both abilities produce an audible effect that mimics the function of language but does not replicate it. ...
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If a monk reduces damage to 0 using Deflect Missiles, does the attack still hit?

If a monk catches an arrow, does the attack still hit? The monk's feature Deflect Missiles says: you can use your reaction to deflect or catch the missile when you are hit by a ranged weapon ...
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Can a Monk catch and throw an Arcane Archer's active Arcane Shot back at them?

Can a monk use their deflect missile ability to catch an arcane shot and then throw it back with the arcane shot magic still in use? I looked at Arcane Shot and it doesn't say anything (from what I ...
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What effect would the feat Dual Wielder have on a Monk primarily using unarmed strikes? [duplicate]

I'm trying to decide what to take as a feat for my unarmed monk build. I came across the Dual Wielder feat which says You master fighting with two weapons, gaining the following benefits: • ...
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Does a monk with Extra Attack trigger Martial Arts if only one attack is unarmed?

So, I've created a "sumo" monk who has the Grappler feat, and is now level 5 and has the Extra Attack class feature. Since I'd like to use one of these attacks to grapple the target, can I use my ...
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Can monk use Attack action and deflect missile in one round?

Does Deflect Missiles need to be readied, or can you Attack and then if someone hits you with a missile you can choose to deflect it?
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Can a Warlock/Monk Hexblade use their Hex Warrior class ability on their Martial Arts unarmed strike?

Can a Warlock/Monk Hexblade use their Hex Warrior class ability on their Martial Arts unarmed strike? How about the Pact of the Blade feature to make their unarmed strikes magical?
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What monk features are disabled whilst wearing armor?

A monk is typically unarmored. Some of their features are based around this. Specifically, Unarmored Defense, Unarmored Movement and Martial Arts explicitly state this. From Unarmored Defense, PHB ...
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Where can I find a bigger unarmed attack scaling table?

I'm playing an Unchained Monk, and I eventually plan on acquiring Monk's Robes, Stonefist Gloves/Strong Jaw item of some kind, and Enlarge Person perma-cast on myself. So with all of those stacked ...
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Constitution vs. Damage for Long Death Monk [closed]

I'm working on making a monk character for a new 5e campaign. I'm pretty much done with the build, just have a question about a tweak I want to make. Right now I feel like the monk lacks in damage and ...
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Homebrew monk class and subclass with magic armor

I'm making my own Monk class and subclasses for fun with the following mechanical modifications: Unarmored Defense (10 + Dex + Wis) will be replaced with Armored Defense with a magically bonded light ...
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Does a monk with Unarmored movement still have to make strength checks to “run”/“climb” a wall?

If a Level 9 (or higher) monk, with the Unarmored Movement feature, wanted to climb a 1000-ft sheer cliff, would they have to make strength checks every turn to see if they continue climbing, fall, or ...
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Does a Monk's Unarmed Movement Improvement allow vertically running on surfaces?

A monk's Unarmored Movement improvement states that the monk can now run along vertical surfaces on their turn. Is such a "wall run" restricted to horizontal movement, or can the monk also run ...
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Can a Sun Soul Barbarian make his ranged spell attack while raging?

While raging, a Barbarian cannot cast spells. The Sun Soul Monk's level 3 ability, Radiant Sun Bolt (Sword Coast Adventure Guide), enables to make ranged spell attacks. Is such an ability considered ...
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Homebrewed Character Evaluation: Blind Monk [closed]

I have a player that wants to play a blind elven monk. I have constructed the character below. Anything not specifically mentioned is identical to the normal class/race. Does this character seem ...
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Calculating AC for a monk/enlightened paladin

Monks get an AC bonus from WIS. The paladin archetype “Enlightened Paladin” from the Inner Sea Combat Guide gains an AC Bonus based off of CHA? Can those stack?