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Questions tagged [monk]

In RPGs, a monk is often a fantasy martial artist that specializes in unarmed combat. The monk is often a playable character class.

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Which melee weapons have the Two-Handed property, but lack Heavy and Special?

For my Kensei monk I'm exploring potential additional kensei weapons. Kensei Weapons. Choose two types of weapons to be your kensei weapons: one melee weapon and one ranged weapon. Each of these ...
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Does the monk's Martial Arts feature replace the damage die type, the die number, or both?

I'll get more into the question's details, but the reason I ask this is the Kensei Monk. Kensei monks cannot use Heavy weapons, which results in them being unable to use all Two-Handed weapons, but ...
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Can a multiclassed Kensei monk/Swashbuckler rogue use an offhand finesse weapon to trigger Sneak Attack, without using a bonus action?

Context For a relatively new campaign I've built a kensei (monk). At level 7, 8 and 9 (we're level 4 now) I'm planning on taking three levels in swashbuckler (rogue). Now I'm exploring my options for ...
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Do Monks gain the 9th level Unarmored Movement benefit when wearing armor or using a shield?

Unarmored Movement, a monk feature, says... Starting at 2nd level, your speed increases by 10 feet while you are not wearing armor or wielding a shield. This bonus increases when you reach certain ...
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How would it unbalance gameplay to rule that Weapon Master allows for picking a fighting style?

Context For a new campaign I'm building a protector aasimar kensei. We're using the Point Buy system, so being an unarmored monk I managed to raise my default AC to 15 (17 with Agile Parry), at level ...
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Does a kensei monk gain the benefits of Martial Arts features for an improvised melee attack with a ranged kensei weapon?

Since the Kensei's Path of the Kensei weapon choices include ranged weapons, making them count as monk weapons for the purposes of applying Martial Arts features, do these features apply even when ...
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If a projectile attack at a monk misses, can the monk use Deflect Missiles to catch the projectiles and throw them back? [duplicate]

Say there are projectiles aimed at a monk that don’t quite beat the AC, leading to a missed attack, but the roll was close to hitting (only falling short by 3-5). Can monk use Deflect Missiles to ...
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If a dagger thrown at a monk splits into multiple daggers mid-air, each with their own attack and damage rolls, can Deflect Missiles deflect them all?

Situation: A dagger is thrown at a monk. On that attack, the dagger multiplies into 2 or 3 daggers in mid-air, each dagger with its own rolls for attack and damage. The daggers move one after another ...
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Interactions between Reposition and Trip Maneuvers when making both with a Flowing Monk's Reposition

This question about the Flowing Monk's Redirection already lightens the mechanic when one combat maneuver is used. However the order of the actions and their interactions remains ambiguous to me when, ...
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How do the qinggong monk's spell-like ability ki powers interact with the sensei's Mystic Wisdom feature?

The Sensei monk archetype allows, from 6th level onwards, a monk to use the ability Mystic Wisdom (Su) At 6th level, a sensei may use his advice ability when spending points from his ki pool to ...
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How do I determine if the rules for a long jump or high jump are applicable for Monks?

Inspired by this question: What is the longest distance a 13th-level monk can jump while attacking on the same turn? At 9th level, Monks get an improvement to the Unarmored Movement feature: At ...
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What is the longest distance a 13th-level monk can jump while attacking on the same turn?

Context During last session in a game that I GM, the party got ambushed by NPC monks leaping from the trees. They were hiding high up in very big Sawtooth Oak Trees, then jumped in a horizontal ...
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Can a monk deflect thrown melee weapons?

A monk's Deflect Missiles ability (PHB p. 78) triggers on the following circumstance: Starting at 3rd level, you can use your reaction to deflect or catch the missile when you are hit by a ranged ...
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Does a monk need to physically touch a creature before using Tongue of the Sun and Moon?

I'm homebrewing a high level monk NPC and stumbled on the intriguing feature Tongue of the Sun and Moon: Starting at 13th level, you learn to touch the ki of other minds so that you understand all ...
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Could a monk “deflect” (catch and throw) a net?

The rules on deflecting are as follows for 3rd level Monks (PHB, p. 78, bold added): You can use your reaction to deflect or catch the missile when you are hit by a ranged weapon attack. When you ...
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Does the ranger's Archery Fighting Style apply to the monk's Deflect Missiles feature, for a multiclassed monk/ranger?

I'm considering a multi-class of Monk and Ranger, and have been trying to decide which Fighting Style I'd like to pick. Two-Weapon Fighting and Defense are useless for a Monk, as they won't be ...
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Is it possible for a monk to practice/become proficient in more than one monastic tradition? [duplicate]

Reading p. 79 of the PHB, under the heading “Monastic Traditions”, it is somewhat unclear to me as to if it is possible for a monk to choose more than one tradition. Part of my confusion comes from ...
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Can a monk's single staff be considered dual wielded, as per the Dual Wielder feat?

If a monk uses a staff and has the Dual Wielder feat, can they use a 1d6 attack for one hand then 1d6 attack bonus for the other, plus gaining +1 to AC for holding a melee weapon in each hand? Seems ...
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How does the Monk's Crushing Blow feat work?

The Stunning Fist feat says: You must declare that you are using this feat before you make your attack roll (thus, a failed attack roll ruins the attempt). Stunning Fist forces a foe damaged by ...
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As a monk, can you make a melee attack roll using your Strength modifier, but roll damage with your Dexterity modifier?

I want to know if you can make an attack roll with one stat, but deal the damage with another. As a monk, can you make a melee attack roll using your Strength modifier, but roll damage with your ...
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Is this combination of Quivering Palm and Haste RAW?

I’ve found a combination that seems rather broken to me, and I can’t find anything stating that the combination itself isn’t RAW, although it definitely seem like it isn’t RAI. However, the ...
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How does the Open Hand monk's ability to prevent a target hit by Flurry of Blows from taking reactions work?

The Way of the Open Hand monk's Open Hand Technique states: Starting when you choose this tradition at 3rd level, you can manipulate your enemy’s ki when you harness your own. Whenever you hit a ...
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What type of bonus is a Monk's bonus to AC?

What type of bonus is a Monk's AC bonus in Pathfinder, Natural, Deflect, Or some other type? All I know is that it's a Wisdom bonus.
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What is the appropriate damage for landing on someone's head from a certain height [duplicate]

Is there guidance in any of the source books on damage taken when something falls on a creature? For my new Loxodon Monk (you may have read about him) I'm planning on Shadow Stepping to a ceiling (...
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Can a Way of Shadow Monk use Shadow Step to teleport to a dark ceiling and then body slam another creature?

The Way of Shadow monk's Shadow Step feature says you can teleport up to 60 feet to an empty space from one dimly lit or dark space to another. Does that include the ceiling of a dungeon? ...
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Can a monk use a shortsword for the bonus action attack of Martial Arts?

Could a mutli-class monk/arcane trickster using two short swords, use two weapon fighting for his bonus action instead of making an unarmed strike while also still using the dex modifier for the bonus ...
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If I'm invisible and use stealth, but the enemy has See Invisibility, what can I do without being detected?

I'm preparing for a large encounter in my campaign. Unfortunately, the DM likes to be a jerk to me when I try to do something spectacular, such as casting darkness over an area of enemies and then ...
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Can a monk with Empty Body break the invisibility while keeping the resistances?

Monks gain the Empty Body feature (PHB, page 79): Beginning at 18th level, you can use your action to spend 4 ki points to become invisible for 1 minute. During that time, you also have resistance ...
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Can a monk use Flurry of Blows without meeting the requirements of the Martial Arts feature? [duplicate]

The Martial Arts feature gives a monk the ability to use Dexterity instead of Strength with unarmed strikes and monk weapons. It also gives the monk the ability to make an additional unarmed strike as ...
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Unarmed strikes with Monk/Aarakocra [duplicate]

I am playing a Level 5 Monk/Aarakocra with the monk I get 1d6 + 5 (20 dex) but with Aarakocra’s talons I get 1d4 + 5. Does it become 1d6 + 1d4 + 5?
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Does the Iron Mountain Monk's Bastion Stance conflict with Pummeling Style?

The Monk of the Iron Mountain text makes no mention of the Bastion Stance being treated as a combat style feat. I am questioning it though because the Iron Limb Defense mentions complementing the ...
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Is this homebrew alternate Way of the Four Elements monk subclass balanced? [closed]

I've created a new version of the Way of the Four Elements monk. I don't have too many friends in the RPG community that could give me some good balance/playability feedback on such a thing, and was ...
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If a monk is dual-wielding a long sword and short sword, do they still get unarmed strike?

If a monk PC has a short sword in one hand and a long sword in the other with two-weapon fighting, do they still get Martial Arts?
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How does a lizardfolk monk's Bite attack work? [duplicate]

I got an idea to build a lizardfolk sun soul monk for some cool RP with praise the sun, sunrays from reptile jaws and stuff. But then I see bite can be used as unarmed attack. From this point I have ...
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Can a monk make Martial Arts attacks while grappling and wielding a weapon? [duplicate]

I'm planning on playing a grapple-oriented monk in my group's next 5e campaign, and was wondering about Martial Arts unarmed attacks while grappling. Can a monk grapple a single target, attack them ...
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Can a lizardfolk monk use their bonus action to make an unarmed strike using their Bite trait?

I'm gonna be playing my very first D&D game pretty soon and I'm really excited. I'm playing a Lizardfolk monk, and I just finished my character sheet, but I was confused about something. We're ...
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If I multiclass my unarmed monk into rogue, which archetype is best suited for unarmed combat?

Goal: Battlefield controller able to zip around stunning casters and offering help to Assassin/fighter and Barbarian/fighter melee. The strategy I plan on using is having my Monk run to the back and ...
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Can a Way of Shadow monk use Shadow Step to teleport from a cape's shadow?

For quick context, in a story about a group with special powers, there is a human with shadow-based magic, including teleporting between shadows. He uses this in the following escape-trick: He swirls ...
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Would a monk be able to withstand a sentient item’s charm automatically?

As I understand it with sentient items there is the possibility of personality conflicts in which case the item has the opportunity to make demands and if those demands aren't met it can try to charm ...
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Can a Drunken Master monk use the Redirect Attack feature when the Mirror Image spell causes them to not be hit?

If you have mirror image active and a creature targets you with an attack and doesn't hit you due to your mirror image spell, does that allow you to use the Drunken Master monk's Redirect Attack ...
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Is it possible for a multiclassed monk/rogue to use Stunning Strike and Sneak Attack on the same attack, before making an extra attack?

I've made a character that is going to eventually put 17 levels into Monk's Way of the Shadow and 3 levels into Rogue's Assassin. I was looking at some of the abilities I get for attacking, such as ...
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Does a monk get cumulative bonuses to proficiency and unarmed movement each level?

As a monk levels up, the monk table says they get the following: \begin{array}{|c|c|} \hline \textbf{Level} & \textbf{Proficiency Bonus} & \textbf{Martial Arts} & \textbf{Unarmored ...
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Are 3 wolves too much of a challenge for a single level 8 monk?

I've never DMed before, and would like to ask any experienced DMs if they think 3 (regular) wolves are too much for a level 8 monk. It's a solo "party" with one Way of the Four Elements monk. He has ...
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How high can my monk jump?

My monk has a movement of 50ft and a +4 strength bonus (18 STR). My computation for my maximum jump is start of 10 ft. I arrive at a high jump of 14 ft + remaining movement which is rounded down ...
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As a Kensei monk, can I use the Martial Arts feature to change the 1d4 extra damage from Kensei's Shot to my Martial Arts die?

Do a Way of the Kensei monk's kensei weapons count as monk weapons? If they do, since the weapon's regular damage can be replaced by a monk weapon die, can the extra damage from Kensei Shot also be ...
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How does a monk jump as far as they want?

In the Order of the Stick webcomic, This was back when OOTS still occasionally made jabs at the D&D 3.5 rules. Roy describes her behavior in strip #406 page 2 panel 10 like this: It's like ...
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Would it be balanced to houserule that 9th-level monks can use Unarmored Movement to stay on vertical surfaces or on liquids without falling?

So right I've seen some discussion on here about the monk's Unarmored Movement feature and how it should be interpreted, and there are a lot of different ways. The main thing I've seen is that the ...
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Can you kill a Tarrasque with the Open Hand monk's Quivering Palm feature?

I see the Tarrasque has Legendary Resistance so it can pass failed saving throws. It has a list of Legendary Actions 3 times a day. I keep seeing people say to keep making it do saves to get rid of ...
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Does a monk's Unarmed Strikes deal 2d4 damage if they have the Tavern Brawler feat?

If a monk gets the tavern brawler feat, does his martial arts damage stack with the 1d4 damage given with tavern brawler? For example: could a 1st level monk deal 2d4 damage with his unarmed strikes ...
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Unarmed Strikes for Monks as a Bonus Action Following an Attack? [closed]

My DM is arguing that I need to roll a hit as my bonus action to take an unarmed strike following an attack action (as per Martial Arts or Flurry of Blows). Is this true? I was under the impression ...