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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Is this revised homebrew Way of the Force monk subclass balanced compared to the official monk subclasses?

This is a monk to emulate be a force user, as from the Star Wars universe. There is a spoiler from The Last Jedi film. I thought that the ability to telekinetically affect your environment is too cool ...
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Pure Monk Grappler Build

I was thinking about making a pure monk grappler build and I hope that it is possible to do without being too weak for the table. What I want from the build: Pure monk build, so no multi-classing (I ...
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Does Monk Unarmored Movement work on snow?

Monk's Unarmored Movement says that at 9th level [...] you gain the ability to move along vertical surfaces and across liquids on Your Turn without Falling during the move. Is there anything in the ...
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Is there a comprehensive list of every monk bonus feat?

I know there aren't as many as fighter bonus feats, but I discovered there are more than the ones listed in the PHB (Stunning Fist/Improved Grapple, Combat Reflexes/Reflect Arrows, Improved Disarm/...
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Is the monk's Tongue of the Sun and Moon feature an active effect or a passive effect? [duplicate]

The Monk's Tongue of the Sun and Moon feature states: Starting at 13th level, you learn to touch the ki of other minds so that you understand all spoken languages. Moreover, any creature that can ...
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Master of Many Styles and feat prerequisites

Master of Many Styles At 1st level, 2nd level, and every four levels thereafter, a master of many styles may select a bonus style feat or the Elemental Fist feat. He does not need to meet the ...
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Is there a Monk or Fighter subclass similar to the Black Butler character? [closed]

The Black Butler anime series centers around a bodyguard / butler with, shall we say, a demonic flair. I would love to play a similar class in our upcoming Avernus campaign (say a subclass of fighter ...
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Can you apply Decisive Strike to martial maneuvers?

Most strikes in the Tome of Battle state As part of this maneuver, make a single melee attack... Does this mean that you can make that single attack a Decisive Strike by spending a full-round ...
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Can a Monk “turn off” the Tongue of the Sun and Moon feature?

The description of the monk's Tongue of the Sun and Moon feature states: Starting at 13th level, you learn to touch the ki of other minds so that you understand all spoken languages. Moreover, ...
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In 5E World of Warcraft, does the Monk's Superior Martial Arts allow one attack vs every enemy in the area of effect?

In the World of Warcraft 5e conversion (v3.3 by Djmove & Arrius Nideal), the Windwalker Monk's 'Superior Martial Arts' states: As an action, you may spend 2 Ki and deal your unarmed damage as ...
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What are the missing proficiencies per level for the Oriental Adventures monk and yakuza?

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 ...
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Does a monk's Step of the Wind ki feature affect High Jumps as well, or just Long Jumps?

At 2nd level, monks can spend a ki point to use the Step of the Wind option of the Ki feature (emphasis mine): You can spend 1 ki point to take the Disengage or Dash action as a bonus action on your ...
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How can I realize my gravity monkey concept? [closed]

I'm about to start a D&D 3.5 campaign with a generous DM. PCs will start somewhere between levels 5 and 8—the DM hasn't said exactly—with 100,000 gp. I've been working on a build that's like Sun ...
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Can you use a weapon with two hands and it still count as a monk weapon? [duplicate]

Martial arts is a monk skill where, if you are using a monk weapon, you can attack with that weapon and also make an unarmed strike as a bonus action. Monk weapons are shortswords and simple melee ...
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Can a monk abort a Flurry of Blows after the first bonus-action attack to avoid wasting a ki point?

Can a monk abort a Flurry of Blows after the first bonus-action attack to avoid wasting a ki point (e.g. if the enemy goes down after the first attack)? Or do you have to "declare" Flurry of Blows and ...
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monk with Tavern Brawler stack? [duplicate]

If my monk has the Tavern Brawler feat, does he have 2d4 for each attack? Jeremy Crawford tweeted: Alter self and Martial Arts can simultaneously benefit your unarmed strikes. My doubt is if the ...
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Would a Monk wearing Mage Armor still lose his Fast Movement, Flurry of Blows, and other abilities?

If I were playing a Monk wearing Mage Armor, would I still lose my Fast Movement, Flurry of Blows, and other abilities I normally lose when wearing normal armor?
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Can Monk's Unarmored Movement Improvement be used to run down a wall?

My player is asking me if he could use this ability to run his full movement speed down a vertical surface, and then have gravity kick in. So his fall damage if he were running down a cliff wouldn't ...
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Can a 6th level monk choose to not deal magical damage with unarmed strikes?

In my campaign we have a 6th level monk. She has: Ki-Empowered Strikes Starting at 6th level, your unarmed strikes count as magical for the purpose of overcoming resistance and immunity to nonmagical ...
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Can a Sacred Fist/Master of Many Styles multiclass keep Flurry of Blows with Fuse Style?

I'm currently looking at building a Sacred Fist, with the two level dip into Monk that seems fairly common. I was thinking of using the Master of Many Styles archetype. Fuse Style mentions that it ...
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How many times can a Lvl 17 Astral Self Monk attack, including bonus action

I believed this was straight forward, but I had a discussion with one of my players who didn't see it the same way as I did. According to the Way of the Astral Self's subclass features, at 3rd ...
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Is this Way of the Kensei monk build and usage correct?

Level: 6 Race: Wood Elf Class: Monk, Way of the Kensei Monk Kensei Weapons: Longsword, Longbow Str: 8 Dex: 18 (14 point buy, 2 wood elf, 2 ASI) Con: 14 Int: 10 Wis: 16 (15 point buy, 1 wood elf) Cha: ...
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Can you get “Flurry of Blows” (or “Decisive Strike”) from a source other than Monk?

Closely related to this question; I want both Flurry of Blows and Decisive Strike on the same character. Decisive Strike as the main combat strategy for the build, and Flurry of Blows because it's a ...
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Is there a way to get Decisive Strike with a non-Monk weapon? [duplicate]

I'm working on a Darth Vader build for a competition. To represent the light saber, I would really like to use mind blade (from the 3.0 Soulknife prestige class, which is actually pretty cool, ...
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What are the ways to add new weapon allowances to Decisive Strike/Flurry of Blows?

For thematic reasons, I am wanting to make a Zatoichi-style character based on using Quick Draw and Decisive Strike monk alternate feature from the PHB2. The only catch is that Decisive Strike says: ...
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When did Monks make their first appearance in D&D, and how do they differ between editions?

My curiosity continues after asking When did Rangers make their first appearance in D&D, and how do they differ between editions? Also, see about Druids and Artificers. This series of question is ...
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Is this Way of the Unmastered Monk Subclass overpowered? If so, by how much?

My DM is usually very opposed to homebrew, and I can understand why, seeing as a lot of homebrews are ridiculous, but from a flavor and mechanics standpoint, this is exactly what I'm looking for. I've ...
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Is this Monk Archetype, Way of the Defender, balanced?

This archetype is kind of the counterpart to the Kensei. While the Kensei focuses on offense through weapons, the Defender focuses on defense through shields. I'll try to explain the reasoning behind ...
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Can a Drunken Master monk spend a ki point to use Flurry of Blows, but use the Disengage benefit to move before attacking a different target with it?

Can a Drunken Master Monk spend a ki point to use flurry of blows, but use the disengage part from the Drunken Technique feature to move to a different target before attacking with the flurry of blows?...
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Monk Slow Fall and Antimagic Field [duplicate]

Is a monk's Slow Fall ability considered magical? That is if a monk were to enter an antimagic field whilst falling, would their slow fall ability be negated by the antimagic field, the same way some ...
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Can Crane Style be used while in wild shape?

I got asked this question recently, and RAW nothing seems to be in conflict. Although I have some doubts about the other feats in the chain (Crane Wing & Crane Riposte). So, can Crane Style be ...
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D&D 5e - Monks' Unarmed Strike [duplicate]

I've been trying to find out whether I add the proficiency bonus to my monk's unarmed strike attack, ie 1d4 + DEX + PROFICIENCY vs 1d4 + DEX. I've found some sources that say yes but most only seem to ...
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Looking for Support Skills for a Tattooed Monk in an L5R Game

Our group recently started up a campaign in L5R 3rd edition. I decided to go with a Dragon Clan monk. After a few play sessions, I'm starting to run into issues finding a role for the character. We ...
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How to increase monk's chance to land a Stunning Strike?

My monk is a multi-class character (Monk 9/Paladin 8) in a homebrew 5e campaign and clearly does not have too many ki points as level 17 character. I also find it inconsiderate and boring when burning ...
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How do the Drunken Master monk's Drunkard's Luck feature and the Great Old One warlock's Entropic Ward feature interact?

The Way of the Drunken Master Monk gets the Drunkard's Luck feature, which states: When you make an ability check, an attack roll, or a saving throw and have disadvantage, you can spend 2 ki points ...
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Would a monk using Shocking Grasp cause double damage?

I think this might be answered here, but I'm not quite sure I understand this spell's wording. I have a monk who focuses on making her actions the most effective, be it dealing the most damage, ...
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What spell level is “Thunderwave” when cast with the Fist of Four Thunders discipline as a Way of the Four Elements monk?

Fist of Four Thunders only says: You can spend 2 ki points to cast Thunderwave. Is it always cast as a 1st level spell?
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Assigning Monk Attribute Values

If the way we roll characters means that we can roll the six numbers and assign them to whatever attribute we want then there is usually a preferred attribute for the highest value: a Magic User ...
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Does a monk decide to use their reaction on the Slow Fall feature after falling damage is rolled?

At 4th level, monks get the class feature Slow Fall: Beginning at 4th level, you can use your reaction when you fall to reduce any falling damage you take by an amount equal to five times your monk ...
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Deadhand Style Feat Stacking Fear Effect

As written, this feat has some undefined qualities and I'm interested in knowing more specific details. As of right now, I am unaware of any errata or comments from the devs' that clarify. Deadhand ...
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Deadhand Style Feat Duration

As written, this feat has some undefined qualities and I'm interested in knowing more specific details. As of right now, I am unaware of any errata or comments from the devs' that clarify. Deadhand ...
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When substituting one ability for another on a skill check which kind of check does it qualify as?

The Unearthed Arcana Monk tradition Way of the Astral Self has the following ability (page 2 of the PDF): Arms of the Astral Self You can use your Wisdom modifier in place of your Strength modifier ...
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When a monk mitigates all the damage due to the Slow Fall feature, does he/she still fall prone?

So let's say I deliberately fall let's say 20 feet, I will take 2d6 points of damage. As a monk at 4th level I get slow fall which will let me nullify fall damage 5× monk level. So at 4th level, I get ...
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Is this homebrew Way of the Force monk subclass balanced compared to the official monk subclasses?

This is a monk to effectively be a force user, as from the Star Wars universe. I wanted to make this to try and emulate some of the powers and features from the Star Wars of universe. There is a ...
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Is this a valid use of Deflect Missiles according to RAW?

Say a level 3 monk is wielding a dagger in each hand, without the Two-Weapon Fighting fighting style or Dual Wielder feat. He makes a melee attack, then, as a bonus action, makes a ranged attack by ...
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Can a Tabaxi's Feline Agility be used with the Haste spell's doubled speed?

A friend of mine played a one-shot and they were all told to make 20th-level characters. He made an 18th level monk tabaxi with 2 levels in Rogue. He tried to make his character as fast as possible. ...
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Kensei using Deflect Missile through Sentinel

I've got a blindsense defensive Kensei monk who specializes in thrown weapons, and he has deflect missiles and the Sentinel feat. If someone is firing a ranged weapon at his teammates, can he strike ...
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Does the Blood Hunter's Crimson Rite work with the Monk's unarmed strikes?

I want to make a level 2 monk that multi-classed into blood hunter for 1 level. If I did that, would I be able to use crimson rite on my body, and have my unarmed strikes be 2d4 + my dex modifier? ...
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Is there a way to use Flurry of Blows while armored?

Just like the title says. Monks can't use Flurry of Blows unless unarmored. Is there a way around this? Feat, some other class that can use Flurry of Blows but isn't subject to the same restriction?
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How unbalanced would it be to allow all natural weapons to be considered monk weapons?

Inspired by this recent question What would be the balance implications of allowing all natural weapons to count as monk weapons (for the purposes of enabling the martial arts feature)? I am aware ...

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