Questions tagged [monk]

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 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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What is the formula for Unarmored Movement's bonus?

I'm trying to plug in an equation for a monk's unarmored movement in DiceCloud, so that I don't have to change the bonus value whenever it changes. I had a formula, but lost it. Does anyone know what ...
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DMG Chases and Bonus Dash

The DMG gives rules for chases starting on page 252, and includes "During the chase, a participant can freely use the Dash action a number of times equal to 3 + its Constitution modifier. Each ...
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How much damage is done by a monk's Deflect Missiles feature when deflecting a Crossbow Bolt?

Similar to this question about using Deflect Missiles against unusual projectiles, but way simpler. The monk's Deflect Missiles feature states: If you catch a missile in this way, you can spend 1 ki ...
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Deflect Missiles against unusual projectiles?

There are a number of monsters that make ranged weapon attacks with unusual qualities. For example the Spined Devil has a ranged attack that does 1d4 piercing and 1d6 fire damage, the Drider's longbow ...
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Is the “Way of the Astral Self” Monk's extra punch useless?

Martial arts for monks states that when you take the attack action you can make 1 unarmed strike as a bonus action. However UA 2019 Astral monks at third level says the same thing: “you can make 1 ...
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Is this revised homebrew Way of the Force monk subclass balanced compared to the official monk subclasses?

This is a monk to emulate be a force user, as from the Star Wars universe. There is a spoiler from The Last Jedi film. I thought that the ability to telekinetically affect your environment is too cool ...
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Pure Monk Grappler Build

I was thinking about making a pure monk grappler build and I hope that it is possible to do without being too weak for the table. What I want from the build: Pure monk build, so no multi-classing (I ...
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Does Monk Unarmored Movement work on snow?

Monk's Unarmored Movement says that at 9th level [...] you gain the ability to move along vertical surfaces and across liquids on Your Turn without Falling during the move. Is there anything in the ...
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Is there a comprehensive list of every monk bonus feat?

I know there aren't as many as fighter bonus feats, but I discovered there are more than the ones listed in the PHB (Stunning Fist/Improved Grapple, Combat Reflexes/Reflect Arrows, Improved Disarm/...
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Is the monk's Tongue of the Sun and Moon feature an active effect or a passive effect? [duplicate]

The Monk's Tongue of the Sun and Moon feature states: Starting at 13th level, you learn to touch the ki of other minds so that you understand all spoken languages. Moreover, any creature that can ...
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Master of Many Styles and feat prerequisites

Master of Many Styles At 1st level, 2nd level, and every four levels thereafter, a master of many styles may select a bonus style feat or the Elemental Fist feat. He does not need to meet the ...
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Is there a Monk or Fighter subclass similar to the Black Butler character? [closed]

The Black Butler anime series centers around a bodyguard / butler with, shall we say, a demonic flair. I would love to play a similar class in our upcoming Avernus campaign (say a subclass of fighter ...
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Can you apply Decisive Strike to martial maneuvers?

Most strikes in the Tome of Battle state As part of this maneuver, make a single melee attack... Does this mean that you can make that single attack a Decisive Strike by spending a full-round ...
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Can a Monk “turn off” the Tongue of the Sun and Moon feature?

The description of the monk's Tongue of the Sun and Moon feature states: Starting at 13th level, you learn to touch the ki of other minds so that you understand all spoken languages. Moreover, ...
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In 5E World of Warcraft, does the Monk's Superior Martial Arts allow one attack vs every enemy in the area of effect?

In the World of Warcraft 5e conversion (v3.3 by Djmove & Arrius Nideal), the Windwalker Monk's 'Superior Martial Arts' states: As an action, you may spend 2 Ki and deal your unarmed damage as ...
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What are the missing proficiencies per level for the Oriental Adventures monk and yakuza?

Oriental Adventures on the class monk says [T]he monk starts with proficiency in one style of unarmed combat and two of that style's special maneuvers. The monk also has five other proficiency ...
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Does a monk's Step of the Wind ki feature affect High Jumps as well, or just Long Jumps?

At 2nd level, monks can spend a ki point to use the Step of the Wind option of the Ki feature (emphasis mine): You can spend 1 ki point to take the Disengage or Dash action as a bonus action on your ...
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How can I realize my gravity monkey concept? [closed]

I'm about to start a D&D 3.5 campaign with a generous DM. PCs will start somewhere between levels 5 and 8—the DM hasn't said exactly—with 100,000 gp. I've been working on a build that's like Sun ...
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Can you use a weapon with two hands and it still count as a monk weapon? [duplicate]

Martial arts is a monk skill where, if you are using a monk weapon, you can attack with that weapon and also make an unarmed strike as a bonus action. Monk weapons are shortswords and simple melee ...
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Can a monk abort a Flurry of Blows after the first bonus-action attack to avoid wasting a ki point?

Can a monk abort a Flurry of Blows after the first bonus-action attack to avoid wasting a ki point (e.g. if the enemy goes down after the first attack)? Or do you have to "declare" Flurry of Blows and ...
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monk with Tavern Brawler stack? [duplicate]

If my monk has the Tavern Brawler feat, does he have 2d4 for each attack? Jeremy Crawford tweeted: Alter self and Martial Arts can simultaneously benefit your unarmed strikes. My doubt is if the ...
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Would a Monk wearing Mage Armor still lose his Fast Movement, Flurry of Blows, and other abilities?

If I were playing a Monk wearing Mage Armor, would I still lose my Fast Movement, Flurry of Blows, and other abilities I normally lose when wearing normal armor?
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Can Monk's Unarmored Movement Improvement be used to run down a wall?

My player is asking me if he could use this ability to run his full movement speed down a vertical surface, and then have gravity kick in. So his fall damage if he were running down a cliff wouldn't ...
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Can a 6th level monk choose to not deal magical damage with unarmed strikes?

In my campaign we have a 6th level monk. She has: Ki-Empowered Strikes Starting at 6th level, your unarmed strikes count as magical for the purpose of overcoming resistance and immunity to nonmagical ...
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Can a Sacred Fist/Master of Many Styles multiclass keep Flurry of Blows with Fuse Style?

I'm currently looking at building a Sacred Fist, with the two level dip into Monk that seems fairly common. I was thinking of using the Master of Many Styles archetype. Fuse Style mentions that it ...
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How many times can a Lvl 17 Astral Self Monk attack, including bonus action

I believed this was straight forward, but I had a discussion with one of my players who didn't see it the same way as I did. According to the Way of the Astral Self's subclass features, at 3rd ...
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Is this Way of the Kensei monk build and usage correct?

Level: 6 Race: Wood Elf Class: Monk, Way of the Kensei Monk Kensei Weapons: Longsword, Longbow Str: 8 Dex: 18 (14 point buy, 2 wood elf, 2 ASI) Con: 14 Int: 10 Wis: 16 (15 point buy, 1 wood elf) Cha: ...
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Can you get “Flurry of Blows” (or “Decisive Strike”) from a source other than Monk?

Closely related to this question; I want both Flurry of Blows and Decisive Strike on the same character. Decisive Strike as the main combat strategy for the build, and Flurry of Blows because it's a ...
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Is there a way to get Decisive Strike with a non-Monk weapon? [duplicate]

I'm working on a Darth Vader build for a competition. To represent the light saber, I would really like to use mind blade (from the 3.0 Soulknife prestige class, which is actually pretty cool, ...
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What are the ways to add new weapon allowances to Decisive Strike/Flurry of Blows?

For thematic reasons, I am wanting to make a Zatoichi-style character based on using Quick Draw and Decisive Strike monk alternate feature from the PHB2. The only catch is that Decisive Strike says: ...
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When did Monks make their first appearance in D&D, and how do they differ between editions?

My curiosity continues after asking When did Rangers make their first appearance in D&D, and how do they differ between editions? Also, see about Druids and Artificers. This series of question is ...
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Is this Way of the Unmastered Monk Subclass overpowered? If so, by how much?

My DM is usually very opposed to homebrew, and I can understand why, seeing as a lot of homebrews are ridiculous, but from a flavor and mechanics standpoint, this is exactly what I'm looking for. I've ...
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Is this Monk Archetype, Way of the Defender, balanced?

This archetype is kind of the counterpart to the Kensei. While the Kensei focuses on offense through weapons, the Defender focuses on defense through shields. I'll try to explain the reasoning behind ...
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Can a Drunken Master monk spend a ki point to use Flurry of Blows, but use the Disengage benefit to move before attacking a different target with it?

Can a Drunken Master Monk spend a ki point to use flurry of blows, but use the disengage part from the Drunken Technique feature to move to a different target before attacking with the flurry of blows?...
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Monk Slow Fall and Antimagic Field [duplicate]

Is a monk's Slow Fall ability considered magical? That is if a monk were to enter an antimagic field whilst falling, would their slow fall ability be negated by the antimagic field, the same way some ...
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Can Crane Style be used while in wild shape?

I got asked this question recently, and RAW nothing seems to be in conflict. Although I have some doubts about the other feats in the chain (Crane Wing & Crane Riposte). So, can Crane Style be ...

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