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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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Are Monks hindered by shields?

I did search for "shield" in the Monk chapter of the CRB, found nothing. The search for "armor" gave the result that only Incredible Movement does not work if you wear armor. In ...
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Can an Arcane Archer choose to activate arcane shot after it gets deflected?

Inspired by Can I use deflect missile if I get an ally to shoot me? and Can a monk catch and throw an Arcane Archer's active Arcane Shot back at them with Deflect Missiles?, can a (friendly) ...
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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. Goals and Requirements I would like this character to be good at dancing. Able to be a difficult to touch ...
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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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Monk casting Electric Arc from Wisdom

I have this character concept, an Archer Monk, that uses the the first action for Flurry of Blows then Electric Arc from the other two, because that does not care about MAP1. To make it work with Ki ...
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Which Ki spells care about Wisdom?

Came up about this question. Most monk Ki spells do not care about your Wisdom, being mainly buffs. I found only one where your Wisdom is important; Ki Blast (for the save DC). Are there any more?
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How many ki points does a Way of the Astral Self monk have to spend to use both the Arms of the Astral Self and Visage of the Astral Self features?

The wording of the Way of the Astral Self monk's features (TCoE, p. 50-51) seems vague. The description of the Arms of the Astral Self feature says, in part: Your mastery of your ki allows you to ...
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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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Can Monk Unarmored Movement walk/run through the rain?

At lvl 9 the Monk class gains this ability [...you gain the ability to move along vertical surfaces and across liquids on Your Turn without Falling during the move] Now my question is, if it can ...
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How would it unbalance gameplay to rule that Weapon Master allows for picking a fighting style?

Context For a new campaign I'm building a protector aasimar kensei. We're using the Point Buy system, so being an unarmored monk I managed to raise my default AC to 15 (17 with Agile Parry), at level ...
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How to fight a Balor as a melee character (reduce fire damage on hit?)

In my party we have a ranger, a sorcerer and a monk. We recently had a fight with a Balor and I had to keep introducing things in order for the monk to feel like he was contributing in any way. For ...
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Does a Monk gain benefits from taking a level in Fighter and choosing Unarmed Fighting from Tasha's?

The Unarmed Fighting style from Tasha's states: Your unarmed strikes can deal bludgeoning damage equal to 1d6 + your Strength modifier. If you strike with two free hands, the d6 becomes a d8. When ...
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Would a monk with the Tavern Brawler feat have improvised weapons count as monk weapons?

Would a monk with the Tavern Brawler feat have improvised weapons count as monk weapons? It states in the monk's Martial Arts feature (PHB, p. 78) that: At 1st level, your practice of martial arts ...
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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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Way of the Sun Soul, Radiant Bolt clarification

I'm struggling to interpret the way the rules are written for this monastic tradition, specifically this passage: When you take the Attack action on your turn and use this special attack as part of ...
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Can you stack the martial discipline “weretouched” in the living weapon monk subclass?

The living weapon monk subclass has the "Martial discipline" class feature, where you can choose a martial style. And one of them say as follow: Weretouched. Once per turn, when you hit a ...
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Does UA Step of the wind: wings unfurled stack with Aarakocra?

The aarakocra gains a base 50 flight. Step of the wind: wings unfurled states When you use your Step of the Wind, you can unfurl spectral draconic wings, gaining a flying speed equal to your walking ...
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Does using an Animated Shield count as 'wielding a shield' for Unarmored Defense?

Does using an Animated Shield count as 'wielding a shield' for Unarmored Defense? Specifically, would using it inhibit a monk's unarmored defense? And does the Animated Shield require proficiency ...
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Does a monk's Unarmored Movement speed increase apply to the fly speed gained from a Fly spell?

A monk's Unarmored Movement class feature increases the monks speed by 10 feet at level 2, and further at higher levels. According to this tweet by Jeremy Crawford, this stacks with an Aarakocra monk'...
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Would allowing Shillelagh to transform your staff into another weapon be unbalanced?

I am planning a (not explicitly optimised) Ranger/Monk character, that uses Druidic Warrior to cast Shillelagh: Druidic Warrior You learn two cantrips of your choice from the druid spell list. They ...
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Can a monk combine dragon stance with bloodline and ki strike?

I've got a question about a monk having the following abilities: Dragon stance Dragon sorcerer bloodline (dedication) with the dragons claws ability Ki strike from monk Now the question is can he ...
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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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How to increase monk's chance to land a Stunning Strike?

My monk is a multi-class character (Monk 9/Paladin 8) in a homebrew 5e campaign and clearly does not have too many ki points as level 17 character. I also find it inconsiderate and boring when burning ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Monk Level Advancement Combat Competitive Advantage

Question Is there a fair way to give a character monk an advantage in the monk's combat to advance a level in AD&D 1st edition? What has worked for you? Definition A Fair Competitive Advantage ...
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Fangs of Fire Snake + Tavern Brawler?

If you use Fangs of the Fire Snake it increases your unarmed attack by 10 feet (presumably to 15ft) When you use the Attack action on your turn, you can spend 1 ki point to cause tendrils of flame to ...
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Can a Way of Mercy monk heal him/herself? [duplicate]

The subclass description states "Monks of the Way of Mercy learn to manipulate the life force of others to bring aid to those in need." But Hands of Healing states "At 3rd level, your ...
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Need help with balancing a homebrew monk subclass

I'm new here. So I will be running a campaign and one of my players gave me a homebrew monk subclass they would like to play. I don't have a lot of experience with balancing, so I'd like to hear some ...
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How many times can a monk use Deflect Missiles in a round?

Monks get the Deflect Missiles feature at 5th level. How many times can a monk use Deflect Missiles in a round? One of my players and I got into a debate. I contend that it is for one successful ...
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Monk ACFs, substitutions, or variants that trade in the default AC bonus?

In an amusing (to me anyway) reversal of my previous question, I have a character who is taking a single level of monk for the purposes of bonus feats. This character has Wisdom 8 and wears (light) ...
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Can a monk's unarmed strikes be enchanted?

I see a lot of forums calling for Kensai and Amulet of Mighty Fists for a monk to enchant their unarmed strikes. I feel it is unnecessary since the SRD states: A monk’s unarmed strike is treated ...
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3.5 Monk Ki Strike and Damage Resistance

Does a Level 4 Monk deal full damage against a creature with DR 5/Slashing? From the D20 SRD regarding Damage Reduction: "The creature takes normal damage from energy attacks (even nonmagical ones), ...
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A new ki idea for increasing monk damage

Is this idea for a Ki option for a monk starting at 2nd level balanced? Based on playing experience, are there any foreseeable problems with it? Iron Palm Immediately before you take the attack ...
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How can I increase my Monk's unarmed damage?

I'm pretty new to D&D, and I just started an Evil campaign. I am a wood elf, Chaotic Neutral aligned, 3rd level Monk(Open Hand). Our party has a couple of barbarians, a few rogues, and a ...
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Does a monk with Unarmored movement still have to make strength checks to “run”/“climb” a wall?

If a Level 9 (or higher) monk, with the Unarmored Movement feature, wanted to climb a 1000-ft sheer cliff, would they have to make strength checks every turn to see if they continue climbing, fall, or ...
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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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Adding Incarnum-like capability to my Level 1 Human Vow of Poverty Monk

I wanted to try Vow of Poverty and a monk because I liked the idea of an ascetic melee fighter, but the limitations of vow of poverty about using magic items is tough. I do not want to slow down the ...
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How does Mage Armor interact with Unarmored Defense?

If a character with the Unarmoured Defence class feature casts Mage Armour, what is their AC? Do they choose which 'base' AC they take, or do they stack somehow? Is there rules text that explains ...
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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 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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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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Does ki count as magic for the purpose of an antimagic field, or is it only fluff?

I was verifying whether my fighter's Sun Blade would in fact be a useless hilt in an antimagic field (AMF) and came across this question on a few other sites, and it piqued my interest. My first ...
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What's the furthest possible range that an unarmed strike could have?

From what I have seen, the furthest that I could get it was 20 feet, however, I'm sure it's possible to increase it further, so, how far can an unarmed strike truly reach?
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Can a monk with the Dwarven Fortitude feat attack twice and heal (using Patient Defense to Dodge as a bonus action) in the same turn?

In D&D 5e, a monk can use Martial Arts to attack twice. They can then spend a ki point to Dodge as a bonus action using the Patient Defense benefit of the Ki feature; if they have the Dwarven ...
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Do monks know when they are charmed?

A Monk with the Stillness of Mind feature can use their action to end one effect on themselves which is causing them to be charmed or frightened. By virtue of having this ability, does the Monk know ...
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Can Sharpen the Blade feature from the Kensai monk be used on the magical sword Defender?

The Sharpen the Blade feature says: At 11th level, you gain the ability to augment your weapons further with your ki. As a bonus action, you can expend up to 3 ki points to grant one kensei weapon ...

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