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Questions tagged [monk]

A fantasy martial artist, specializing in unarmed combat. Often a playable character class.

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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 ...
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Does the Way of the Long Death monk's Mastery of Death feature protect against the Disintegrate spell?

Some damaging spells, like disintegrate, have some additional effects when they reduce you to 0 hit points (in this case, reducing the target to a pile of dust). The Way of the Long Death monk's 11th-...
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Can a cantrip be used in conjuction with a melee attack when you have two attacks? [duplicate]

I am currently playing in a campaign using a half elf variant (high elf). I took the cantrip fire bolt and when I reached level 5 I got the Extra Attack feature. In one session, I had intended to ...
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Is a Monk attack considered a finesse weapon attack? [duplicate]

Since the Monk Martial Arts feature grants the ability to choose either Str or Dex as the modifier would the unarmed and flurry of blows be considered as finesse? the mechanics are essentially the ...
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Does the Brute fighter's extra damage die get added to the monk's Martial Arts and Flurry of Blows attacks?

I am considering a build that would start with monk, then multiclass to fighter up to level 3 to get the Brute archetype (from Unearthed Arcana: Three Subclasses). Would the extra damage die from the ...
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Does a Monk have any reason to take the Mobile feat?

I am currently playing the Curse of Strahd adventure and we just leveled to 8. I was thinking about taking the Blade Mastery feat (from Unearthed Arcana: Feats) or the Healer feat (PHB, p. 167). A ...
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Can a gifted aetherborn monk use Drain Life with Flurry of Blows?

Plane Shift: Kaladesh has the Aetherborn race. At the DM's option, they can gain access to ability called Drain Life, a natural attack that deals 1d6 necrotic damage and heals the an amount of HP ...
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Can a Level 6 Kensei Monk make an improvised weapon magical?

I've been scratching my head for a while in order to somehow manage to make an improvised weapon magical (to overcome resistance/immunity to nonmagical attacks). I believe I've found a way, but I want ...
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Does staggered also mean hindered?

Does staggered constitute as hindered for triggering to the Medusa's Wrath feat? So I am playing a pathfinder game with some buds, and I made a monk (Core, not unchained). Under scorpion style there ...
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Buffing Unarmed Attacks [duplicate]

In D&D 5e after the errata it was clarified that monks unarmed attacks are not weapons. But in saying that, they are melee weapon attacks which is a form of a weapon attack. My question is for ...
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Do feats that have the “Prerequisite: Able to cast at least one spell” work on a Way of the Four Elements monk?

One of my friends is playing a Way of the Four Elements monk with the Elemental Attunement and Fists of Unbroken Air elemental disciplines and is trying to boost his elemental prowess with Elemental ...
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What makes a good Prestige Class for a Monk? [closed]

As it says in the title, I'm asking for advice on which Prestige Class works best with the Monk. What I'm asking for, more specifically: What Prestige Class has the best synergy? That doesn't require ...
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Optimizing a Monk/Druid for healing, close combat, and casting (in order) [closed]

Ability scores: 18, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8 Race: Human Variant Feats: 2 bonus Level: 8 Background: Sailor or hermit Magic Items: 1 of what could be 1500 gp in value. Due to my inability to have any ...
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Can you make a non-monk weapon into a monk weapon?

Are there any feats, archetypes or similar in Pathfinder that allow you to treat a non-monk weapon as a monk weapon?
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How is movement calculated when running up walls as a monk?

Picture this circumstance. I am a 5 foot tall level 9 Wood Elf Monk with Mobile. I have 60 feet of speed per turn, via: 35 feet from Wood Elf feature 10 feet from the Mobile feat 15 feet from being ...
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Does a Sun Soul monk qualify for the Spell Sniper feat at level 4?

The Way of the Sun Soul monk (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 35) gets the Radiant Sun Bolt feature at 3rd level: You gain a new attack option that you can use with the Attack action. This ...
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Does the “Ki Strike” Power for a Monk cost Spell Points to use?

The Monks "Ki Strike" Class Feat gives you access to the Power "Ki Strike", and says the following: This power is a type of special spell you can cast by spending Spell Points The section on ...
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Can a monk substitute the Grappler feat for their Deflect Missiles feature and still maintain class balance?

A monk is characterized as being all about unarmed combat. While grappling in combat is generally viewed as something to avoid due to its convoluted rules, one of my players wishes to make her monk a ...
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Can a Monk with the Unhindering Shield feat use Heavy Shields effectively?

I had an idea to play a monk who uses a shield in his fighting. After a little searching, I came across the Unhindering Shield feat. The feat lists a benefit which is specific to bucklers. ...
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Can monks move between their Attack action and bonus-action unarmed strike?

Every question I have seen includes flurry of blows, or readied actions, or whatever. But I am talking about level 1 monk, using just an attack action, and just the martial arts feature. You can ...
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How do I build a Capoeira Dancer?

I started to play with the Pathfinder Bard. Now, I would like to build a Capoeira Dancer. An example of capoeira. Goals and Requirements I would like this character to be good at dancing. Able to ...
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Does a Monk's bonus-action unarmed strike qualify for the Kensei's Agile Parry feature?

For reference, part of the monk's Martial Arts feature states: 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....
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Can a monk, falling with an enemy they have grappled, use their slow fall ability to reduce their falling damage and not that of the enemy?

This came up as a controversial topic at my table with a player creating a Zangief playstyle. The player uses an aarakocra monk that flies up with a grappled enemy, then ends his movement to fall to ...
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Is a missile deflected by a Monk/Rogue's Deflect Missiles eligible for Sneak Attack?

Is the ranged attack resulting from a monk/rogue's Deflect Missiles eligible to add sneak attack damage? For example, if the creature who made the initial ranged attack is engaged in melee as per the ...
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Can a Scaled Fist Monk not use Draconic Fury until level 4?

A Scaled Fist gains the Draconic Fury class feature at level 3, however a Monk does not gain the Ki Pool class feature until level 4. Does this mean a Scaled Fist cannot use its Draconic Fury ability ...
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How can I make perpetually hovering not broken?

One my players who's a monk was interested in taking up a Home-brew Monastic Tradition called 'Way of Transcendence' which is based on the Overwatch Character Zenyatta. However, one of the abilities ...
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What are the monk's stat bonuses? [closed]

I can't seem to find what bonuses the monk gets. I play a genasi monk, and I know that I get a +1 on Wisdom because of my race. I also know that Dexterity and Constitution are important for a monk, ...
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Unchained Monk, Unarmed attacks, Natural attacks, and Flurry of Blows: Counting the Attacks

So, my question, and I haven't found a succinct, well laid out answer anywhere (if you have, please share), but how many attacks does an unchained monk with natural attacks get, and is it worth ...
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How much damage does a level 1 monk's unarmed strike do?

If a Monk fights only with their fists at level 1 and has only one attack during their Attack action, do they do 2d4 damage because they're using both hands? Or is it only one hand per attack? Meaning ...
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Can a shortsword-wielding monk/rogue use the Martial Arts damage die and still qualify for Sneak Attack?

I am playing a shortsword-wielding monk/rogue. I know unarmed strikes do not qualify for Sneak Attack. My question is: At later levels, can I sub in my monk damage die from Martial Arts (which will ...
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What counts as “during the move” for the monk's Unarmored Movement?

Unarmored Movement states: At 9th level, you gain the ability to move along vertical surfaces and across liquids on your turn without falling during the move. But it's unclear to me what is "...
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Can a 9th-level multiclassed monk move along vertical surfaces while wearing armor?

I have design for a character, that is multiclassed into monk. I'm interesting the "wall running" ability that a monk has. However, I'm uncertain about what this means. If I'm wearing armor, do I ...
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Statistics for a dragon that has become a monk [closed]

I want to create an NPC Silver Dragon that has learned the monk class (17 levels) while morphed into a human, how should I go about creating it's ability scores and all of it's other statistics, and ...
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Are Way of the Four Elements monks able to generate the specific element for the sensory effect of Elemental Attunement?

The monk's Way of the Four Elements monastic tradition (from the PHB) has an elemental discipline titled Elemental Attunement. One of its possible uses is to use your action to: Create a harmless, ...
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What feats and class features can grant a half-orc monk natural attacks?

I want to play a half-orc monk who specializes in combining unarmed strikes with natural attacks. By monk, I mean I'd at least like the character to be enough of a monk so that he benefits from the ...
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How to increase survivability in Wild Shape? [closed]

My Moon Druid already has multiclassed with Monk gaining Unarmored Defense for AC improvement and Touch of Death from Way of the Long Death for the temp HP. This is still not enough to keep the beast ...
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Can I cast Blade Ward and then make my monk unarmed strike with a bonus action? [duplicate]

If my Monk uses an action to cast Blade Ward, can I use my bonus action to make an unarmed strike?
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Can I double up on bonuses from distracting weapons?

I had a concept for a very support style monk who used feint to help their allies strike the enemy, can I dual wield war fans and get a +4 bonus on a feint? Or is just a static +2? I can't really ...
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Is shadow blend as powerful as it seems?

The level 7 Dark Moon Disciple monk substitution level grants the monk—in exchange for the supernatural ability wholeness of body—the supernatural ability shadow blend that says In any conditions ...
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Does Mental Arsenal improve Reflex defense?

The Iron Soul Monastic Tradition in Psionic Power includes Mental Arsenal: Mental Arsenal: While wielding a weapon other than one in the unarmed weapon group, you gain a +1 shield bonus to AC. ...
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When a feat refers to dealing your unarmed strike damage, does that include modifiers?

Multiple style feats, such as; Djinni spin, Efreeti touch, Marid coldsnap, and Shaitan earthblast, all say to deal 'unarmed strike damage' as part of their effect. Does that include modifiers to your ...
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Making the Ancient One from Dr. Strange [closed]

After seeing her in action in the movie, it looked like a fun character to try and make. Though, despite being called the sorcerer supreme, she feels like a variant of monk (with the magister template ...
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Maximum effective enhancement bonus to Unarmed Attack

Supposing, as a monk, I come into vast amounts of money and, heh, lack the wisdom to spend it otherwise... If I have both a Body-Wrap of Mighty Fists and an Amulet of Mighty Fists, both enchanted to ...
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Does Monk's Robe affect a Monk of the Silver Fist's gauntlet damage?

The monk's robe grants: If the wearer has levels in monk, her AC and unarmed damage is treated as a monk of five levels higher. The Monk of the Silver Fist archetype from Dreamscarred Press ...
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Does Kensei's Shot affect Spell attacks?

I'm designing a monk/warlock character and am wondering how the Kensei's Shot ability interacts with spell attacks: Kensei’s Shot. You can use a bonus action on your turn to make your ranged ...
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Can Drunkard's Luck let someone gain advantage if he has advantage and disadvantage?

If I am a Drunken Master Monk and I have one source each of both advantage and disadvantage, can I still use Drunkard's Luck to remove the disadvantage as per the class feature: When you make an ...
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Can a Monk remain invisible with Cloak of the Shadows while dealing damage with Witch Bolt?

I'm designing a monk/warlock character and have noticed a potential synergy. Cloak of the Shadows says: When you are in an area of dim light or darkness, you can use your action to become ...
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Interaction of Master of Intrigue and Tongue of Sun and Moon re: NPC perceptions

First of all, our group assumes that Tongue of the Sun and Moon is similar to Tongues, and that both abilities produce an audible effect that mimics the function of language but does not replicate it. ...
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If a monk reduces damage to 0 using Deflect Missiles, does the attack still hit?

If a monk catches an arrow, does the attack still hit? The monk's feature Deflect Missiles says: you can use your reaction to deflect or catch the missile when you are hit by a ranged weapon ...