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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Optimizing a D&D 3.5 Monk

I have complaints from someone in one of my groups that the 3.5 monk isn't good for anything offensive, only for defense and disarming (defenestration wasn't mentioned). My experience has only been ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do monks have an off hand and disadvantage attacking with it?

My DM told me when I hit a guy with 2 unarmed strikes (punches) that I have disadvantage on one of my hands. Is this true? Does a monk have a weaker off hand in D&D 5e?
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Are Monks proficient with unarmed strikes by default?

I can't find anything in the PHB that actually says that Monks are proficient with unarmed strikes by default. Their Proficiencies list just says simple weapons and shortswords. Their Martial Arts ...
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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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How do monks with Timeless Body die of old age?

5th Edition is deliberately vague about aging so as to avoid RAW pitfalls but in certain areas such as Timeless Body there seems to be an inherent contradiction: Monks cease to age and no longer ...
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How to make a game enjoyable for a monk?

One of the players in my campaign decided to play monk. We are all pretty new, so I couldn't have alerted him to this, but from what I understand now, monks are weak. Very weak. This player in ...
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Is there any way to see through the Darkness spell without removing it?

Simply put, the Shadow Monk gains the ability to cast the Darkness spell, but I'm struggling to see a use for it except as concealment during an escape. Way of the Shadow monk receives Darkness (among ...
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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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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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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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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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What is the difference between "No Action" and "Free Action"?

What is the difference between No Action, e.g. the Monk's Centered Flurry of Blows [ddi], and the more common Free Action?
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Can I cast darkness on an object, then turn it off and on during a round of combat?

I'm playing as a shadow monk in my 5e game. I have the same question about darkness that I have seen. What is the usefulness? My struggle is that they have given darkness to a melee character. I ...
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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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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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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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Can a monk catch and throw an Arcane Archer's active Arcane Shot back at them with Deflect Missiles?

Can a monk use their Deflect Missiles feature to catch an Arcane Archer fighter's Arcane Shot and then throw it back with the Arcane Shot magic still in use? I looked at Arcane Shot and it doesn't ...
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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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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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Does a monk decide to use their reaction on the Slow Fall feature after falling damage is rolled?

At 4th level, monks get the class feature Slow Fall: Beginning at 4th level, you can use your reaction when you fall to reduce any falling damage you take by an amount equal to five times your monk ...
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As a monk, can I use Deflect Missiles to protect my ally?

A follow-up question to As a monk, can I use Deflect Missiles to intentionally catch a projectile? Let's say I intentionally want to catch an enemy's projectile using the Deflect Missiles feature. ...
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Is there any good reason to fight unarmed as a monk?

I'm planing to create an Aarakocra monk and looked for some information about that. I've read multiple times that you will want to use a weapon only until you reach a certain level (I believe it was ...
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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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Can a Druid/Monk make unarmed strikes while Wild Shaped?

Can a Druid/Monk who is Wild Shaped perform Unarmed Strikes?
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Does a Monk's Martial Arts die replace all of a magic weapon's damage, or only the die portion of it?

I have a 5th-level Monk, whose martial arts die is a d6. I'm wielding a magic +1 dagger in my hand. If I use my martial arts die in place of "the weapon's normal damage", does the dagger then deal ...
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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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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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Can I use a full attack and natural attacks in the same round?

I'm playing a 7th level monk variant in D&D 3.5e and I'm a werewolf. The variant has a 1 for 1 BAB. (level 1 = BAB+1) If I'm in hybrid form, Can I make my 2 standard attacks followed by 2 claws ...
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Does a monk with Extra Attack trigger Martial Arts if only one attack is unarmed?

So, I've created a "sumo" monk who has the Grappler feat, and is now level 5 and has the Extra Attack class feature. Since I'd like to use one of these attacks to grapple the target, can I use my ...
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Can a Grappled Monk viably use Open Hand Technique to end the grapple?

If I'm a monk that is being grappled by a monster, can my Way of the Open Hand Flurry of Blows effect to push a creature 15ft away from me break that monster's grapple on me?
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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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Aside from flavor, is there any benefit to a Monk striking multiple targets?

Monks don't hit very hard, but they hit a lot, which makes up for it. While you might fancy yourself a Batman-esque brawler, effortlessly shifting from target to target, you would only hit each ...
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Can the monk's Stunning Strike feature be used with Martial Arts?

The monk's Stunning Strike feature reads as follows: Starting at 5th level, you can interfere with the flow of ki in an opponent’s body. When you hit another creature with a melee weapon attack,...
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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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How can I roleplay multiclassing to explain new class features?

A nice broad question to set the scene I'm fairly new to roleplaying and I'm struggling with a valid reasons for both why and how a character would multiclass into another class independently - that ...
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How does a shadow monk teleport into magical darkness if they don't have line of sight to a square inside of it?

There was a question similar to this question posted here, where the gist of the question was what use does a Shadow Monk have for casting Darkness if they can't see through it? My question is along ...
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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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If I get an ally to shoot me, can I use the Deflect Missiles monk feature to deflect the projectile at an enemy?

The description of the monk's Deflect Missiles feature says you can use your reaction to deflect or catch the missile when you are hit by a ranged weapon attack. For example, say there's a wall that ...
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Do Monks gain the 9th level Unarmored Movement benefit when wearing armor or using a shield?

Unarmored Movement, a monk feature, says... Starting at 2nd level, your speed increases by 10 feet while you are not wearing armor or wielding a shield. This bonus increases when you reach certain ...
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Is this combination of Quivering Palm and Haste RAW?

I’ve found a combination that seems rather broken to me, and I can’t find anything stating that the combination itself isn’t RAW, although it definitely seem like it isn’t RAI. However, the ...
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Is there a magic weapon that a monk could use for unarmed strikes?

I am co-DM'ing a campaign, and in our party we have a monk. Everybody has magical weapons that work with their class, but I feel the monk is a bit left out since he doesn't get any magic weapons since ...
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Can Monks use Shortbows?

Haven't played D&D since ABBA was hot, and I'm trying to retool on 5e, playing a Wood Elf Monk. I see that on p78 of the PHB it states in Martial Arts that monk weapons are "shortswords and any ...

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