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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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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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Way of the Sun Soul, Radiant Bolt clarification

I'm struggling to interpret the way the rules are written for this monastic tradition, specifically this passage: When you take the Attack action on your turn and use this special attack as part of ...
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Can you stack the martial discipline “weretouched” in the living weapon monk subclass?

The living weapon monk subclass has the "Martial discipline" class feature, where you can choose a martial style. And one of them say as follow: Weretouched. Once per turn, when you hit a ...
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Does UA Step of the wind: wings unfurled stack with Aarakocra?

The aarakocra gains a base 50 flight. Step of the wind: wings unfurled states When you use your Step of the Wind, you can unfurl spectral draconic wings, gaining a flying speed equal to your walking ...
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Can a monk combine dragon stance with bloodline and ki strike?

I've got a question about a monk having the following abilities: Dragon stance Dragon sorcerer bloodline (dedication) with the dragons claws ability Ki strike from monk Now the question is can he ...
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Would allowing Shillelagh to transform your staff into another weapon be unbalanced?

I am planning a (not explicitly optimised) Ranger/Monk character, that uses Druidic Warrior to cast Shillelagh: Druidic Warrior You learn two cantrips of your choice from the druid spell list. They ...
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Fangs of Fire Snake + Tavern Brawler?

If you use Fangs of the Fire Snake it increases your unarmed attack by 10 feet (presumably to 15ft) When you use the Attack action on your turn, you can spend 1 ki point to cause tendrils of flame to ...
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Can a Way of Mercy monk heal him/herself? [duplicate]

The subclass description states "Monks of the Way of Mercy learn to manipulate the life force of others to bring aid to those in need." But Hands of Healing states "At 3rd level, your ...
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Need help with balancing a homebrew monk subclass

I'm new here. So I will be running a campaign and one of my players gave me a homebrew monk subclass they would like to play. I don't have a lot of experience with balancing, so I'd like to hear some ...
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Monk Level Advancement Combat Competitive Advantage

Question Is there a fair way to give a character monk an advantage in the monk's combat to advance a level in AD&D 1st edition? What has worked for you? Definition A Fair Competitive Advantage ...
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A new ki idea for increasing monk damage

Is this idea for a Ki option for a monk starting at 2nd level balanced? Based on playing experience, are there any foreseeable problems with it? Iron Palm Immediately before you take the attack ...
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What's the furthest possible range that an unarmed strike could have?

From what I have seen, the furthest that I could get it was 20 feet, however, I'm sure it's possible to increase it further, so, how far can an unarmed strike truly reach?
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Can a monk with the Dwarven Fortitude feat attack twice and heal (using Patient Defense to Dodge as a bonus action) in the same turn?

In D&D 5e, a monk can use Martial Arts to attack twice. They can then spend a ki point to Dodge as a bonus action using the Patient Defense benefit of the Ki feature; if they have the Dwarven ...
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Can Sharpen the Blade feature from the Kensai monk be used on the magical sword Defender?

The Sharpen the Blade feature says: At 11th level, you gain the ability to augment your weapons further with your ki. As a bonus action, you can expend up to 3 ki points to grant one kensei weapon ...
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How is the Soul Knife Rogue's Bonus action attack affected by a multiclass with Monk?

The Soul Knife Rogue has a feature called Psychic Blades, which includes this ability: After you attack with the blade, you can make a melee or ranged weapon attack with a second psychic blade as a ...
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Can a Way of Astral Self Monk use wisdom related scores for jumping?

I have several questions on the interactions between the Arms of Astral Self and the Jumping mechanics. According to the 3rd level feature, Arms of the Astral Self: While the spectral arms are ...
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How much damage should a Rogue lvl5/Monk lvl6 be able to do with unarmed strike in 5e?

One of the PC's in my campaign is playing a 5th lvl rogue/6th lvl monk. He uses unarmed strikes but has two magic items to boost his damage a bit: a set of bracers that add 1d6 slashing and a ring ...
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What is the interaction between “Touch of Death” and “Undead Fortitude”

The "Way of the Long Death" monk has a feature called "Touch of Death": Touch of Death Starting when you choose this tradition at 3rd level, your study of death allows you to ...
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As a monk, if I throw a dart with my action, can I make an unarmed strike using my bonus action?

As a monk, after failing to hit someone with a dart throw, can I make an unarmed strike against an enemy close to me using my bonus action?
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Can a monk use the Stunning Strike feature on an opportunity attack?

The description of the monk's Stunning Strike class feature states: When you hit with a melee weapon attack, you can spend 1 ki point to make the target stunned until the end of your next turn if it ...
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Can an Arcane Archer choose to activate arcane shot after it gets deflected?

Inspired by Can I use deflect missile if I get an ally to shoot me? and Can a monk catch and throw an Arcane Archer's active Arcane Shot back at them with Deflect Missiles?, can a (friendly) ...
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If I get an ally to shoot me, can I use the Deflect Missiles monk feature to deflect the projectile at an enemy?

The description of the monk's Deflect Missiles feature says you can use your reaction to deflect or catch the missile when you are hit by a ranged weapon attack. For example, say there's a wall that ...
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Can the Way of Mercy monk's Flurry of Healing and Harm feature be used on one target multiple times in the same turn?

With the release of Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, the Way of Mercy monk has been slightly reworked from the playtest version (in UA 2020: Subclasses, Part 1). Now I have a question about the new ...
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How do the Ki-Fueled Attack Optional Feature and the Martial Arts Feature differ?

The Martial Arts feature allows for a bonus action unarmed strike after a main attack of an unarmed strike or a monk weapon attack. The Ki Fueled Attack feature allows for either an unarmed strike or ...
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Can a Kensei monk spend a bonus action to use the Kensei's Shot feature after they make an attack roll, and still do the extra damage on that attack?

The Way of the Kensei monk's Path of the Kensei feature grants several benefits, including Kensei's Shot. The wording of Kensei's Shot is as follows (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 34): You can ...
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Can a Way of the Astral Self monk grapple with its Arms of the Astral Self?

In the Unearthed Arcana version of the Way of the Astral Self, the monk's Astral Arms were treated as monk weapons. Under that wording, the monk probably couldn't grapple/shove with them because ...
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Can an 8th level Monk/Barbarian (Path of the beast) really make 5 attacks per turn?

In Tasha‘s Cauldron of Everything, WotC released a new Primal Path for the babarian, the "Path of the Beast" which has the following rage feature: Until the rage ends, you manifest a ...
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Pathfinder 2e - Monk Mountain Stance and Trip

The Monk's Mountain Stance has the following requirement: You are unarmored and touching the ground. The trait Stance says as follow: A stance is a general combat strategy that you enter by using ...
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Do Hunter's Mark and Radiant Sun Bolt interact?

Does the extra damage from Hunter's Mark trigger with the Radiant Sun Bolt from the Sun Soul Monk?
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Is Stumbling Feint a misprint?

Luce Bri is a human fighter, who decided to take the Martial Artist archetype dedication. This means Luce doesn't have access to Flurry of Blows, as it's only available if Luce instead takes the Monk ...
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Does a Tortle's Natural Armor interfere with the Monk's Unarmored Movement ability?

The Tortle's Natural Armor ability says: Due to your shell and the shape of your body, you are ill-suited to wearing armor. Your shell provides ample protection, however; it gives you a base AC of 17 ...
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Can a monk using empty body deal full damage to incorporal creatures?

Empty Body (Su): A monk with this ki power gains the ability to assume an ethereal state for 1 minute as though using the spell etherealness, using his monk level as his caster level. Using this ...
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Are monks only allowed to use non-unarmed weapons as off-hand when two-weapon fighting?

Do the special rules regarding monks' unarmed strikes prevent monks from using unarmed strikes as off-hand weapons when using two-weapon fighting? The monk class' unarmed strike section states: There ...
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Can a monk use a quarterstaff for the attacks from Flurry of Blows?

I have a Level 3 Air Genasi Monk with a quarterstaff. When I take Flurry of Blows, do I have to attack without a weapon, are there certain weapons I can use, or can I use any monk weapon as my Flurry ...
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Can a Monk use multiple Ki points to get more unarmed strikes from Flurry of Blows in a single turn?

In a recent session of 5e, our monk (4th level, Way of the Drunken Master) was using unarmed strikes, and the DM claimed that she could use any number of available Ki points to increase the amount of ...
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What exactly is a Flurry of Blows?

What part of attacks a monk makes during a full-attack routine constitutes a Flurry of Blows class-feature? I was recently pointed out, Flurry of Blows says: A monk must use a full attack action to ...
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Can produce flame do damage on unarmed strike? [duplicate]

So I have seen previous questions regarding this situation, but all of them appeared to be for fun and silly one shots. What’s different in this case is I’m trying to run a long and intense campaign. ...
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Can a Way of Shadow monk use Shadow Step to teleport to the Ethereal Plane if they can see into it?

I am currently playing a Way of Shadow monk, and my character now has a robe of eyes. (I am loving the Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage campaign.) The description of the robe of eyes says, in part (...
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Can a wereraven Way of Shadow monk cast Darkness while in raven form?

In my ongoing Curse of Strahd game, The question has arisen about what spells a wood elf Way of the Shadow Monk would have access to in the various wereraven forms. In the humanoid (wood elf) form, ...
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Does a monk get martial arts die damage on improvised thrown monk weapons?

The monk's martial arts ability states: Your practice of Martial Arts gives you mastery of Combat styles that use unarmed strikes and monk Weapons, which are shortswords and any simple Melee Weapons ...
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Which combat maneuvers from the Martial Adept feat best support a highly mobile monk?

I'm planning a Rogue/Monk character, and I'm planning on being a highly mobile Monk who moves around the battlefield a lot, trying to get as many attacks as possible. The Rogue subclass is going to be ...
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Does the monk's Step of the Wind ability allow them to double their jump distance without using Dash or Disengage as a bonus action?

I was playing a game of D&D 5e the other day and got into a disagreement with the DM. I have a monk character that made a long jump off a wall using Step of the Wind. The plan was to do Flurry of ...
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Would it be balanced to remove the level requirement on my homebrew Water Jet elemental discipline for the Wot4E monk?

I have homebrewed various additional elemental disciplines for the Way of the Four Elements monk subclass. Although many of those are just adding more spells (erupting earth, tidal wave, etc), and ...
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Can I use both flying kick and Dragon Style in the same round?

So I am a level 8 unchained monk with haste. That gives me 4 attacks. I've selected the Dragon style feat tree and Flying kick as style strike. Can I use both Dragon Ferocity and Flying Kick in the ...

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