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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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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 ...
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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, ...
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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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Can a monk catch and deflect a magic missile?

What I'm wondering is if I can use my ‘deflect’ ability that I get from being a monk to catch and use a magic missile shot at me?
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Are there any cool weapons that a monk can use while still being considered an unarmed attack?

So I’m a lvl 20 tiefling monk and I was wondering is there anything that can upgrade my unarmed strike damage. My DM gave me a "Monk" book, and when I rolled for the reward, I got a natural 20, which ...
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Does a multiclassed Kensei monk/fighter benefit from both the Martial Arts die and the Dueling fighting style using a longsword one-handed?

To be specific, I'm planning on taking the XGtE Kensei monk to level 17, then dipping Battle Master fighter level 3 for the Dueling fighting style and maneuvers. At monk level 17, my Martial Arts die ...
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What interactions apply to a Monk/Druid Multiclass when attacking in wildshape?

The Setup Moon Druid: 2nd Level Monk: 6th Level Wildshaped as: Brown Bear The wildshape rules state: You retain the benefit of any features from your class, race, or other source and can use ...
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Is this Way of The Iron Fist homebrew monk subclass too overpowered?

This homebrew subclass is something I came up with to compensate for the fact that my group has only three members, and I as a monk am the only one remotely capable of tanking. I call it the Way of ...
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Can a Way of the Open Hand monk's Open Hand Technique prevent Legendary Action reactions?

Tiamat can take a Legendary Actions at the end of each turn, and I believe these were listed as reactions. Could an Open Hand Monk's Open Hand Technique prevent these legendary actions entirely? Per ...
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How does Wolf Stance help with Trip?

Wolf Stance monk feat (CRB p159) : You enter the stance of a wolf, low to the ground with your hands held like fanged teeth. You can make wolf jaw unarmed attacks. These deal 1d8 piercing damage; ...
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Is the Way of the Four Elements monk subclass variant posted in this D&D Beyond article balanced?

In addition to a character builder and online rules source, D&D Beyond also has a blog, and that blog just posted Monk 101: Way of the Four Elements. This article notes Regrettably, the Way of ...
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Is this Way of Unwavering Discipline monk subclass balanced against the others?

I've been waiting a long time for Wizards to release a Monk subclass for 5e that relies on psionics rather than sneak, weapons, and/or energy attacks. So, I decided to take things into my own hands, ...
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By RAW, do monks include their ability modifier in the damage roll of their unarmed strikes?

By default, an unarmed strike deals 1 + Strength modifier damage. If a character has one or more levels in Monk, the class's Martial Arts ability gives them the following benefit (among others): ...
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Using the Four Elements monk's Water Whip elemental discipline to pull a restrained creature

Here's the situation: An ally is being restrained, and grappled by a NPC. The NPC is dragging the character. My Four Elements monk character, seeing this, decides to use the Water Whip on the ...
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Are a monk's fists considered weapons for the purpose of being targeted with weapon-empowering spells?

I've read that a monk's fists are considered monk weapons. Does that enable a paladin to cast Holy Weapon on a friendly monk? For clarification, I am not asking if an unarmed attack is a weapon ...
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How does Monks' Improved Unarmored Movement work out of combat?

At 9th level, Monks gain an improvement of their Unarmored Movement feature: At 9th level, you gain the ability to move along vertical surfaces and across liquids on your turn without falling ...
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Does the Way of Shadow monk's Shadow Step feature count as a magical ability?

The Way of Shadow monk's Shadow Step feature says (PHB, p. 80; emphasis mine): At 6th level, you gain the ability to step from one shadow into another. When you are in dim light or darkness, as a ...
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Can you cast Dispel Magic on a Shadow Monk's Silence?

Let's say a Wizard is outside the range of a 3rd Level Shadow Monk's Silence, cast using ki points. Can the Wizard dispel it? My gut inclination is that the Wizard can indeed dispel the Shadow ...
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Can the Warrior Born feat give more than one extra damage per hit?

For example, I made a monk of the Spiker race (Planar Handbook). A Spiker gets 1d8 extra damage added to all melee rolls for the spikes. Would Warrior Born (+1 racial damage to all weapon rolls) ...
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How does Flurry of Blows interact with the Multiple Attack Penalty?

As a monk, I can make a Flurry of Blows action that lets me make two unarmed strikes with one action. According to the Multiple Attack Penalty section, The second time you use an attack action ...
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Can you combine the feats Iron Palm Technique and Dragon Style?

A party member of my campaign wants to get both Iron Palm Technique and Dragon Style. However, it is unclear for us if it is possible to combine these two feats and what the result will be. Iron ...
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How do you calculate Power Attack with Dragon Ferocity with unchained monk?

So I have a human unchained monk at level 8 doing Flurry of blows with 18(+4) in STR. Just so there is no confusion: Unarmed strike A monk’s unarmed strike is treated as both a manufactured ...
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Are the astral arms of the UA Way of the Astral Self monk considered unarmed strikes?

Unearthed Arcana: Barbarian and Monk includes a new monk subclass: the Way of the Astral Self. The Arms of the Astral Self feature says your astral arms are monk weapons: The arms are monk ...
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Stances vs Flurry of Blows

I'm making a Goblin Monk with the background of being a poor farmhand at the sides of the monk. My level 1 build would be to use Tiger Stance to deal 1d8+2 + potential 1d4 bleed. When comparing to ...
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Can you apply the Monk's Martial Arts feature only to your attack roll but not your damage roll?

The Monk's Martial Arts feature states: You can use Dexterity instead of Strength for the attack and damage rolls of your unarmed strikes and monk weapons... Originally I thought this meant you ...
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Does the Monk need to be aware of a charm effect to use the Stillness of Mind feature to end it? [duplicate]

I've done some research on the site and nothing is really concrete on the subject. Monks' Stillness of Mind feature states: Starting at 7th level, you can use your action to end one effect on ...
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What are the benefits of pouring all of your Ki into Water Whip, as a Way of the Four Elements monk?

What benefit(s) does pouring all of your Ki points into Water Whip provide, as a Way of the Four Elements monk? This question is a follow up to some efforts to improve the Way of the Four Elements ...
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Does the ki cost of Way of the Four Elements monk spells scale for higher level spells?

Background As I mentioned in this question, I have recently started watching the Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series and am inspired to improve the otherwise underwhelming Way of the Four ...
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How far can a half-orc monk with 18 STR throw a pig?

In 3/3.5e D&D, how far can a half-orc monk with 18 strength throw a pig? We shall assume the pig is a domestic pig weighing 200 pounds who looks like Wilbur from Charlotte's Web. The pig will ...
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Would the Four Elements monk be balanced with more disciplines and cantrips?

So I've just started watching the Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series (it's quite a few years old now, but I've never watched it before), and immediately I am reminded of the Way of the Four ...
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What is the range of a Drunken Monk's Redirect attack?

One thing that came up in a session I was playing was when our Drunken Monk was fighting three enemies, one in front and two behind. The one in front missed and the Monk used redirect to hit an enemy ...
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Does an Open Hand monk's Wholeness of Body close a Horned Devil's infernal wound?

Basically the exact same question as this one, but for 5e (since the other question is about Pathfinder). A Horned Devil can inflict an "infernal wound" with its tail attack , which essentially ...
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Does a Drunken Master monk have to attack twice to activate Drunken Technique and its Disengage benefit?

Does a Drunken Master Monk have to attack with one of their flurry of blows attacks to activate the disengage benefit?
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Are my homebrew alcohol rules and Way of the Drunken Gods homebrew monk subclass balanced?

I am DMing for an in-person group. One of my players wants to play a drunk monk, with inspiration from the famous Jackie Chan movie Drunken Master. I've been reading about a few homebrew classes but ...
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Do gauntlets count as armor?

Do gauntlets count as armor? Specifically, would wearing Gauntlets of Ogre Power negate the AC bonus that barbarians and monks get because they are technically armor? I feel like they wouldn't.
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PCGen not allowing improved trip at level 1 monk

I am trying to create a monk pc using PCGen version 6.08 however it is telling me I do not meet the requirements for Improved Trip. It says "MonkBonusFeatLVL at least 6". I am taking the Maneuver ...
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Do the cool-downs of the Invisible Fist monk alternate class features start when the ability begins, or when it ends?

Invisible Fist (Exemplars of Evil, p. 21) is a fantastic pair of monk alternate class features, and a pretty good justification for taking 9 levels of monk in a ninja-like character. The 2nd level ...
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Does it matter what monk weapon a monk wields?

One of my players is running a one-shot for 20th level characters. It looks like I'm going to be playing a 20th level monk. I am looking at the Way of the Kensei. Whether it's a Kensei or some ...
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Is it unbalanced to allow a monk with the Tavern Brawler feat to use improvised weapons as monk weapons?

A friend of mine wants to play a variant human monk with the Tavern Brawler feat. He asked me if he could use improvised Weapons as monk weapons. I personally haven't played a monk, or a character ...
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Can the Four Elements monk's Shape the Flowing River elemental discipline create stairs by expending a single ki point?

I have a Way of the Four Elements monk PC who likes to use the Shape the Flowing River elemental discipline to make all manner of shapes out of ice by expending a single ki point, such as creating a ...
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How does the ki point bonus advancement work for monk vows?

I would like to use the optional rule for taking vows as a monk, from the Ultimate Magic rulebook. My player took the vow of poverty which grants 1 ki point for every monk level. Crystal clear. But ...