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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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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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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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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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Does the Blistering Flourish bonus apply to both hits and effects?

The reason why this question came up was due to the Blistering Flourish power of the Desert Wind monk. It gives the following bonus: Until the end of your next turn, your melee attacks deal extra ...
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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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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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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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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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What's the mechanism for magically understood speech from the monk's Tongue of the Sun and Moon feature?

The rules for the monk ability Tongue of the Sun and Moon state: Starting at 13th level, you learn to touch the ki of other minds so that you understand all spoken languages. Moreover, any creature ...
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Can I exclude characters from understanding my magically understandable speech from the monk's Tongue of the Sun and Moon feature?

The rules for the monk ability Tongue of the Sun and Moon state: Starting at 13th level, you learn to touch the ki of other minds so that you understand all spoken languages. Moreover, any creature ...
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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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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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Can a Way of the Four Elements Monk cast spells in Wild Shape?

A Monk following the Way of the Four Elements can use Elemental Disciplines. Some of them are actually spells: Some elemental disciplines allow you to cast spells (PHB 80) However they are not ...
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Can my 5th-level monk use Flurry of Blows on both attacks?

My level 5 monk attacks with 1-hand spear 1d6+DEX/Prof 2×/round. Flurry of Blows (FoB) description states: "Immediately after you take the Attack action..." If there are two Attacks, are there ...
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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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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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Assigning Monk Attribute Values

If the way we roll characters means that we can roll the six numbers and assign them to whatever attribute we want then there is usually a preferred attribute for the highest value: a Magic User ...
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Is Drunken Master really as bad as everyone says?

So, when I see someone faulting the Drunken Master, it's typically because of what the character gets at level 1: Drink Like a Demon (Ex): A drunken master's body handles alcohol differently from ...
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Can the target of Drunken Monkey attack themself?

Can you make the target of a Drunken Monkey attack themself ? The point is the "against one enemy of your choice" ... couldn't you pick the target ? Hit: 1d8 + Dexterity modifier damage, and you ...
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With the Deflect Missiles monk feature, does the player know the damage of the attack before choosing to deflect?

The monk's Deflect Missiles feature description says (PHB, pg. 78): Starting at 3rd level, you can use your reaction to deflect or catch the missile when you are hit by a ranged weapon attack. I ...
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Do a Krynn Minotaur Monk's Horns Count as Magical?

At 6th level all of a monk's unarmed strikes count as magical. Does this benefit also apply to a Krynn Minotaur's horns? To clarify, I'm referring specifically to these Krynn Minotaurs.
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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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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 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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Must a monk's Flurry of Blows attacks occur after the initial (and extra) attack from the Attack action?

Looking at the wording of Flurry of Blows, I may be overthinking it, but the description of the feature (PHB, p. 78) says: Immediately after you take the Attack action on your turn, you can spend 1 ...
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Can monk move between his extra and bonus attacks?

There are clean rules for moving between actions and between attacks granted by those action (e.g. a fighter with four attacks can move between them freely). But the monk's Flurry of Blows feature is ...
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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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Does using versatile weapons with 2 hands disqualify them as Monk weapons?

When using either the quarterstaff or spear as a Monk weapon, do you still gain the unarmed bonus action from Martial Arts if using 2 hands(1d8)? On pg.78 of the PHB under Martial Arts it states ...
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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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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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Can a multiclassed barbarian/Sun Soul monk make the ranged spell attack from the Radiant Sun Bolt feature while raging?

While raging, a Barbarian cannot cast spells. The Way of the Sun Soul monk's level 3 feature, Radiant Sun Bolt (Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide, p. 131), enables to make ranged spell attacks. Can a ...
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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 unarmed strike work with a rogue's sneak attack?

So a situation came up last night where a player with a monk/rogue was flanking (I use the optional flanking rules to grant advantage) an enemy. He was armed with a shortsword, but even with advantage,...
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What is the maximum size of missile a monk can deflect?

What is the maximum size of missile a monk can deflect? Not catch, just deflect. e.g. A boulder from a trebuchet.
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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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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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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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Does the Iron Monk's Bastion Stance conflict with Pummeling Style?

The Monk of the Sacred 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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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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How do I make a tanky Monk?

I do have some experience with D&D 3/4, but 5 is pretty much new territory for me. Now, from what I can remember, monks used to be kind of an inbetween pick - not the worst, but not really shining ...
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What tier is Pathfinder Unchained Monk?

I am currently looking for a play-by-chat Pathfinder game and am choosing a class. I am choosing between the Oracle and the Monk, both options sound cool. However, the Monk has a reputation of being ...
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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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Has 5e fixed the balance problems of the monk at all?

Many people believe that the monk has balance issues (and is underpowered) in 3.5e and Pathfinder. The goal of this question is not to debate that point but to see what changes the Monk has undergone ...

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