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Questions tagged [monk]

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

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Can a monk use a shortsword for the bonus action attack of Martial Arts?

Could a mutli-class monk/arcane trickster using two short swords, use two weapon fighting for his bonus action instead of making an unarmed strike while also still using the dex modifier for the bonus ...
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If I'm invisible and use stealth, but the enemy has See Invisibility, what can I do without being detected?

I'm preparing for a large encounter in my campaign. Unfortunately, the DM likes to be a jerk to me when I try to do something spectacular, such as casting darkness over an area of enemies and then ...
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Can a monk with Empty Body break the invisibility while keeping the resistances?

Monks gain the Empty Body feature (PHB, page 79): Beginning at 18th level, you can use your action to spend 4 ki points to become invisible for 1 minute. During that time, you also have resistance ...
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Can a monk use Flurry of Blows without meeting the requirements of the Martial Arts feature? [duplicate]

The Martial Arts feature gives a monk the ability to use Dexterity instead of Strength with unarmed strikes and monk weapons. It also gives the monk the ability to make an additional unarmed strike as ...
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Unarmed strikes with Monk/Aarakocra [duplicate]

I am playing a Level 5 Monk/Aarakocra with the monk I get 1d6 + 5 (20 dex) but with Aarakocra’s talons I get 1d4 + 5. Does it become 1d6 + 1d4 + 5?
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Does the Iron Mountain Monk's Bastion Stance conflict with Pummeling Style?

The Monk of the Iron Mountain text makes no mention of the Bastion Stance being treated as a combat style feat. I am questioning it though because the Iron Limb Defense mentions complementing the ...
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Is this homebrew alternate Way of the Four Elements monk subclass balanced? [closed]

I've created a new version of the Way of the Four Elements monk. I don't have too many friends in the RPG community that could give me some good balance/playability feedback on such a thing, and was ...
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If a monk is dual-wielding a long sword and short sword, do they still get unarmed strike?

If a monk PC has a short sword in one hand and a long sword in the other with two-weapon fighting, do they still get Martial Arts?
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How does a lizardfolk monk's Bite attack work? [duplicate]

I got an idea to build a lizardfolk sun soul monk for some cool RP with praise the sun, sunrays from reptile jaws and stuff. But then I see bite can be used as unarmed attack. From this point I have ...
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Can a monk make Martial Arts attacks while grappling and wielding a weapon? [duplicate]

I'm planning on playing a grapple-oriented monk in my group's next 5e campaign, and was wondering about Martial Arts unarmed attacks while grappling. Can a monk grapple a single target, attack them ...
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Can a lizardfolk monk use their bonus action to make an unarmed strike using their Bite trait?

I'm gonna be playing my very first D&D game pretty soon and I'm really excited. I'm playing a Lizardfolk monk, and I just finished my character sheet, but I was confused about something. We're ...
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If I multiclass my unarmed monk into rogue, which archetype is best suited for unarmed combat?

Goal: Battlefield controller able to zip around stunning casters and offering help to Assassin/fighter and Barbarian/fighter melee. The strategy I plan on using is having my Monk run to the back and ...
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Can a Way of Shadow monk use Shadow Step to teleport from a cape's shadow?

For quick context, in a story about a group with special powers, there is a human with shadow-based magic, including teleporting between shadows. He uses this in the following escape-trick: He swirls ...
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Would a monk be able to withstand a sentient item’s charm automatically?

As I understand it with sentient items there is the possibility of personality conflicts in which case the item has the opportunity to make demands and if those demands aren't met it can try to charm ...
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Can a Drunken Master monk use the Redirect Attack feature when the Mirror Image spell causes them to not be hit?

If you have mirror image active and a creature targets you with an attack and doesn't hit you due to your mirror image spell, does that allow you to use the Drunken Master monk's Redirect Attack ...
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Is it possible for a multiclassed monk/rogue to use Stunning Strike and Sneak Attack on the same attack, before making an extra attack?

I've made a character that is going to eventually put 17 levels into Monk's Way of the Shadow and 3 levels into Rogue's Assassin. I was looking at some of the abilities I get for attacking, such as ...
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Does a monk get cumulative bonuses to proficiency and unarmed movement each level?

As a monk levels up, the monk table says they get the following: \begin{array}{|c|c|} \hline \textbf{Level} & \textbf{Proficiency Bonus} & \textbf{Martial Arts} & \textbf{Unarmored ...
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Are 3 wolves too much of a challenge for a single level 8 monk?

I've never DMed before, and would like to ask any experienced DMs if they think 3 (regular) wolves are too much for a level 8 monk. It's a solo "party" with one Way of the Four Elements monk. He has ...
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How high can my monk jump?

My monk has a movement of 50ft and a +4 strength bonus (18 STR). My computation for my maximum jump is start of 10 ft. I arrive at a high jump of 14 ft + remaining movement which is rounded down ...
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As a Kensei monk, can I use the Martial Arts feature to change the 1d4 extra damage from Kensei's Shot to my Martial Arts die?

Do a Way of the Kensei monk's kensei weapons count as monk weapons? If they do, since the weapon's regular damage can be replaced by a monk weapon die, can the extra damage from Kensei Shot also be ...
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How does a monk jump as far as they want?

In the Order of the Stick webcomic, This was back when OOTS still occasionally made jabs at the D&D 3.5 rules. Roy describes her behavior in strip #406 page 2 panel 10 like this: It's like ...
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Would it be balanced to houserule that 9th-level monks can use Unarmored Movement to stay on vertical surfaces or on liquids without falling?

So right I've seen some discussion on here about the monk's Unarmored Movement feature and how it should be interpreted, and there are a lot of different ways. The main thing I've seen is that the ...
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Can you kill a Tarrasque with the Open Hand monk's Quivering Palm feature?

I see the Tarrasque has Legendary Resistance so it can pass failed saving throws. It has a list of Legendary Actions 3 times a day. I keep seeing people say to keep making it do saves to get rid of ...
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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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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, ...