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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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Can a Dragonborn monk with Way of the Ascendant Dragon and extra attack use more than one breath weapon per turn?

The Dragonborn breath weapons for the variant Dragonborns from Fizban's Treasury of Dragons vary a little between the subraces, but they all begin with the same section: When you take the Attack ...
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How to play as a dual-wielding monk?

I have read quite a few questions that have skirted around the idea I was considering, such as tri-wielding, unarmed dual-wielding, and dual wielding with single staff, but none that really spoke to ...
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What are all the ways a monk can benefit from Ki-Fueled Attacks?

The Ki-Fueled Attack optional class feature for monks states (TCoE, p. 48): If you spend 1 ki point or more as part of your action on your turn, you can make one attack with an unarmed strike or a ...
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The GOD SLAP - Balancing for 5th edition

Question about balancing for 5th edition combat. I have this idea for a new attack. I call it the God Slap. A technique unique to monks that must be learned from studying at the feet of a master. The ...
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Can a monk use Stunning Strike on a creature that has already failed a save against their Stunning Strike in the previous round?

If a monk hits a creature and stuns it with Stunning Strike—thus stunning it until the end of the monk's next turn—can the monk then use another Stunning Strike on the same creature the next turn, ...
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When are the monk's Slow Fall feature and similar features applied if I use the optional rule for falling onto another creature? [duplicate]

The monk's Slow Fall feature description states: 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 level....
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Can Monks Use Dex to grapple and shove under the One D&D Character Origins UA?

The Character Origins UA makes Grapple and Shove an Unarmed Strike, which makes sense: UNARMED STRIKE An Unarmed Strike is a melee attack that involves you using your body to damage,...
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How can I find magic items intended for a specific class on D&D Beyond?

I'm trying to use the Item list on D&D beyond to find appropriate magic items for an unarmed Monk. Note that I haven't played any tabletop D&D 5e before, so I'm unfamiliar whether such items ...
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How do on-hit pushback effects interact with multiattacks?

Do "on-hit" effects which allow you to push a creature backwards get decided immediately when you roll the hit? Or after all attack rolls are made for multiattacks? If you have to decide ...
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Can a Gloom Stalker ranger continuously use Dread Ambusher if they knock-out or eliminate enemy after enemy, as long as it happens in one turn?

In D&D 5e, if a gloom stalker (ranger) is infiltrating somewhere while in stealth. Would it be possible for them to attack one enemy, potentially eliminate them, re-enter stealth and proceed to do ...
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Can monk archetypes that change bonus feat selection take feats that say they can be taken as monk bonus feats?

Certain Monk archetypes replace the selection of bonus feats a monk can choose from. These archetypes are Flowing Monk, Zen Archer, Brazen Disciple, Hellcat, and Master of Many Styles. Certain feats, ...
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Kensei Shot when the weapon has multiple damage types?

I was allowed the Storm Boomerang (Princes of the Apocalypse) on my Kensei Monk character and decided to make it my Kensei ranged weapon. But I am unsure if the Kensei Shot ability would add 1d4 for ...
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Does a Shove or a Grapple count as an "unarmed strike" for purposes of a Monk using a bonus action for a martial arts attack?

The Monk's Martial Arts ability says: 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. The Grapple and Shove ...
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If I use the monk's ability to use dexterity instead of strength for melee, can I choose not to use the monks martial art die?

I’m trying to make a a Kensei Monk / Samurai Fighter multi-class, making it DEX based and using the longsword as my kensei weapon. Can I use my DEX instead of STR without having to use the monk's ...
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How does Arms of the Astral Self work with Strength ability checks and Saving Throws?

Way of the Astral Self Monk has a feature called Arms of the Astral Self. My question is about a specific section of it. You can use your Wisdom modifier in place of your Strength modifier when ...
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Can a monk knock down an enemy with a bonus action (without Open Hand Technique)?

Can a monk knock down an enemy with a bonus action (without Open Hand Technique) instead of the 2nd unarmed strike? Or it needs a special archetype, or a warrior class?
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Can monks use a Sun Blade as monk weapon?

Rules as written, can monks use a Sun Blade as a monk weapon? Sun Blade Weapon (longsword), rare (requires attunement) Properties: Versatile, Finesse
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Can a monk push a banshee?

Can an Open Hand Monk push/shove a Banshee using Flurry of Blows, in spite of all of the banshee's condition immunities and features (i.e.: grappled, prone, hover, incorporeal, etc.)?
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Is my 'Vigilante' Homebrew monk subclass balanced?

I built this subclass because I felt monks had no truly S tier subclass combat options or many options that did not require burning all the already limited ki resources available. Is this subclass, ...
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Can an Elven Monk use Shadow Step in dim light? [duplicate]

The monk's Shadow Step ability allows him to 'step' into "an unoccupied space you can see that is also in dim light" (PHB p.80). However, with Darkvision, an elf can see normally in dim ...
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"Elemental Burst's" action type?

Okay, here's the entry for the Unchained Monk's level 18 Ki power: 18th level required: Elemental Burst (Su): A monk with this ability can spend 4 ki points to unleash a gout of energy in a 30-foot ...
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Is there any subclass of monk related to fire?

My DM has started a new campaign based around a volcano, and I want to play a monk that believes fire is God. Is there any sort of subclass or archetype of monk (not way of four elements) related to ...
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Does the Dragon Hide feat count as Armor for the purposes of Monk’s unarmed movement?

The second bullet of the Dragon Hide feat (XGtE, p. 74) gives a way to calculate AC: While you aren’t wearing armor, you can calculate your AC as 13 + your Dexterity modifier. Does this feature ...
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Do special abilities and wonderous items with similar effects cumulate?

Our monk's build contains various abilities and items that, in part, give him the same bonus, I am not sure if all of them would accumulate or not. Item: Monk's Belt (DMG 248) This simple rope belt, ...
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Is the damage of a higher-level Monk's unarmed strike reduced by the Heavy Armor Master feat?

At 6th level, Monks get the Ki-Empowered Strikes feature which states (emphasis mine): Starting at 6th level, your unarmed strikes count as magical for the purpose of overcoming resistance and ...
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Is Wisdom modifier added to the damage roll of Astral Self Monk's AoE attack?

I'm specifically referring to this ability: When you do so, each creature of your choice that you can see within 10 feet of you must succeed on a Dexterity saving throw or take force damage equal to ...
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Is this change to Stunning Strike balanced?

Does this change to stunning strike make monks too powerful, or is it reasonable? Stunning Strike Starting at 5th Level, you can interfere with the flow of ki in an opponent's body. When you hit ...
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Can a monk with claws use claw attacks as secondary weapons via Feral Combat Training to get four attacks at level three? [duplicate]

I'm making a catfolk unchained monk, and I just realized, RaW, that I might have four attacks at level 3. Similar questions have been asked and answered before, but most answers seem to be referencing ...
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Does Awakened Astral Self trigger the 2 martial dice damage of Arms of Astral Self?

Me and my DM are trying to figure this out for an upcoming one-shot. I'm playing a level 17 Astral Self Monk and I think that Awakened Astral Self will trigger this ability from Arms of the Astral ...
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Can a Mithral Great Sword be used as a Kensei Monk's Kensei Weapon?

Can a Mithral Great Sword be used as a Kensei Monk's Kensei Weapon? If Mithral is a light weight material for armor....can it work with weapons? Meaning would a mithral great sword negate the heavy ...
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Is this Homebrew AC increasing magic item for monk balanced?

I have made a Rare item based off advice from a previous post and the Defensive Duelist feat. Is this item balanced as a Rare, and if not how can it be balanced? Cloak of Swirling water This cloak is ...
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Do the Bugbear's Long-Limbed trait and the Way of the Astral Self's astral arms stack for reach?

The Bugbear has a trait called Long-Limbed that states: When you make a melee attack on your turn, your reach for it is 5 feet greater than normal. The Way of the Astral Self monk has a feature ...
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Is there a difference between "damage equal to one roll of your Martial Arts die" and "damage equal to your Martial Arts die"?

The Way of Mercy Monk's Hand of Harm feature says: When you hit a creature with an unarmed strike, you can spend 1 ki point to deal extra necrotic damage equal to one roll of your Martial Arts die + ...
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What is monk off-hand str damage bonus when using unarmed two-weapon fighting

With regard to this question, assuming it is decided that a monk can use unarmed attacks "off-hand" in two-weapon fighting, does a monk using the standard rules for two-weapon fighting with &...
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Can an Astral Self Monk/Stars Druid apply the dragon starry form to grapples? [duplicate]

Arms of the Astral Self While the spectral arms are present, you gain the following benefits: You can use your Wisdom modifier in place of your Strength modifier when making Strength checks and ...
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How does a Monk benefit from the Power Attack feat when flurrying with a quarterstaff?

A Character with the Power Attack feat can decide to use a quarterstaff as a two-handed weapon and apply 1.5 × Strength bonus to the damage roll, plus double the number he decided to subtract from the ...
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Does the monk's Diamond Soul feature apply to death saving throws?

The description of the monk's class feature Diamond Soul says the following: Beginning at 14th level, your mastery of ki grants you proficiency in all saving throws. Additionally, whenever you make a ...
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Can Fuse Stance be applied to Wild Winds Stance and e.g. Gorilla Stance?

The Wild Winds Stance focus spell grants a character a stance, which is entered by spending a focus point. Does the level 20 Fuse Stance feat allow this stance to be used alongside another stance ...
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Can an Astral Self monk suppress the verbal components of any spells they can cast?

Can an Astral Self monk using their Word of the Spirit ability cause the Verbal component of any spells they may be able to cast to be audible only to themselves?
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Can Fist of Unbroken Air target unseen creatures? [duplicate]

Way of the Four Elements has two similar attacks in its list of Disiplines: Fist of Unbroken Air: You can create a blast of compressed air that strikes like a mighty fist. As an action, you can spend ...
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Are Way of the Four Elements monks' Elemental Disciplines magical? [duplicate]

Are Way of the Four Elements monks' Elemental Disciplines magical? Specifically, Water Whip deals 3d10 bludgeoning damage (+1d10 per additional ki point spent) on a failed Dex save. Is this damage ...
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I've created a monk subclass based on the brewmaster monk from WoW. Though it needs some playtesting I would like to know you guys' thoughts [closed]

Monk: Way of the Brewmaster Though on the surface a monk following the way of the brewmaster might look like a simple alcoholic, they hide a mastery in combat behind their drunk facade. They use their ...
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Is this sword-catching feat for monks balanced against other feats?

I'm a big fan of the Monk class, as a lover of martial arts, martial arts films, and the spectacular stunts the class seems to enable. Still, however, I see too often the class be played like a quick-...
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Are Monks hindered by shields?

I did search for "shield" in the Monk chapter of the CRB, found nothing. The search for "armor" gave the result that only Incredible Movement does not work if you wear armor. In ...
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Which Ki spells care about Wisdom?

Came up about this question. Most monk Ki spells do not care about your Wisdom, being mainly buffs. I found only one where your Wisdom is important; Ki Blast (for the save DC). Are there any more?
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Monk casting Electric Arc from Wisdom

I have this character concept, an Archer Monk, that uses the the first action for Flurry of Blows then Electric Arc from the other two, because that does not care about MAP1. To make it work with Ki ...
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How many ki points does a Way of the Astral Self monk have to spend to use both the Arms of the Astral Self and Visage of the Astral Self features?

The wording of the Way of the Astral Self monk's features (TCoE, p. 50-51) seems vague. The description of the Arms of the Astral Self feature says, in part: Your mastery of your ki allows you to ...
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Can Monk Unarmored Movement walk/run through the rain?

At lvl 9 the Monk class gains this ability [...you gain the ability to move along vertical surfaces and across liquids on Your Turn without Falling during the move] Now my question is, if it can ...
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How to fight a Balor as a melee character (reduce fire damage on hit?)

In my party we have a ranger, a sorcerer and a monk. We recently had a fight with a Balor and I had to keep introducing things in order for the monk to feel like he was contributing in any way. For ...
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Does a Monk gain benefits from taking a level in Fighter and choosing Unarmed Fighting from Tasha's?

The Unarmed Fighting style from Tasha's states: Your unarmed strikes can deal bludgeoning damage equal to 1d6 + your Strength modifier. If you strike with two free hands, the d6 becomes a d8. When ...

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