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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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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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Do gauntlets count as armor?

Do gauntlets count as armor? Specifically, would wearing Gauntlets of Ogre Power negate the AC bonus that barbarians and monks get because they are technically armor? I feel like they wouldn't.
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Does the Monk forgo damage when using Stunning Strike?

In the 5e Player's Handbook the following about the Monk's Stunning Strike is written: "When you hit another creature with a melee weapon attack, you can spend 1 ki point to attempt a stunning ...
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What Influence Did Sean K. Reynolds Have on Pathfinder's Monk?

As one of the designers, Sean K. Reynolds has a lot of influence on many aspects of the Pathfinder Role-Playing Game. With that said, I would like to learn more about his influence on the Monk's ...
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How does a monk's Martial Arts feature modify damage done by magical monk weapons?

I'm curious about how exactly the Martial Arts class feature modifies damage done with magic weapons that add extra damage. Here's the relevant bullet point of the class feature (which is on page 78 ...
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Can the monk's Deflect Missiles feature deflect bullets?

Some games do use firearms rules, so this question comes up. Provided the character is aware they are being shot at, can this ability bat aside a bullet?
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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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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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Does Pathfinder significantly fix known problems with the Monk class?

As a somewhat follow up to this question re. unarmed strike, I'm wondering: Does Pathfinder significantly fix the monk class (this, and other potential well known class issues)? Specifically *: ...
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Would the Four Elements monk be balanced with more disciplines and cantrips?

So I've just started watching the Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series (it's quite a few years old now, but I've never watched it before), and immediately I am reminded of the Way of the Four ...
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Is there an unarmed strike proficiency in D&D 3.5, and, if there is, do monks get it for free?

I'm trying to settle a coffee break argument - does a weapon proficiency for unarmed strike exist (either explicitly, or under some other more general weapon proficiency) under D&D 3.5 rules, and, ...
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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 deflecting missiles work against multiple missiles at once?

I am playing a monk and am reading the rules. In regards to Deflect Missiles, are you able to deflect one or many? I would assume it is one because the rules say "you can use your reaction to deflect ...
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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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How many Ki points can a monk spend per turn?

Flurry of Blows, Patient Defense, and Step of the Wind each cost 1 Ki point to use and use a bonus action. Does that mean I can only use 1 per turn, since I can only take 1 bonus action per turn? At ...
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Does a Monk need to see an incoming attack to use the deflect missile ability?

I play in a 5e game, and a monk was getting shot in the back of the head. One of the monk's abilities is Deflect Missiles: "Starting at 3rd level you can use your reaction to deflect or catch the ...
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What are the restrictions of an unarmed strike?

What are the global restrictions of making an unarmed strike? As it is considered a weapon, I suppose one must have a "hand free" to "punch". However, there are some gray areas I can't find any ...
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Does the Jump spell stack with the monk's Step of the Wind ki ability?

Inspired by this question, I wonder about the Monk feature (PHB p. 78): Step of the Wind ... Your jump distance is doubled for the turn And the jump spell (PHB p.254): Jump ... the creature's jump ...
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Does the monk's Step of the Wind feature activate the benefit of the Mobile feat?

The Mobile feat (PHB, p. 168) says: When you use the Dash action, difficult terrain doesn't cost you extra movement on that turn The monk's Step of the Wind feature says: You can spend 1 ki ...
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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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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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Does a Monk/Druid multiclass character's Unarmored Movement add to their speed while in Wild Shape?

Does a Monk/Druid multiclass character's Unarmored Movement feature add to their speed while in Wild Shape? Starting at 2nd level Monk, they have +10 speed, but does this bonus apply when they are in ...
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Can a monk make a bonus unarmed attack after using shocking grasp?

I'm playing a 5e Wizard/ Monk build. My DM and I are questioning the viability of the cantrip Shocking Grasp. As a monk I can do another unarmed strike as a bonus action after I attack with a melee ...
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How many attack rolls are made when attacking with Flurry of Blows?

While playing 5e with my playgroup, I made a staff strike, along with Flurry of Blows with my monk going for the extra 2 unarmed strikes. For this, my DM made me take a total of 2 attack rolls, one ...
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Can Monks cast spells?

I am new to D&D. As the title says, I want to know if Monks can cast spells along with using Ki. I see when you choose a Monastic Tradition, you can sometimes use related spells (ex: Way of Shadow ...
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How far can a 9th level monk move along a vertical surfaces and across liquids without falling?

The monk class feature Unarmored Movement says: At 9th level, you gain the ability to move along vertical surfaces and across liquids on your turn without falling during the move. I am looking for ...
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As a monk, can I use Deflect Missiles to intentionally catch a projectile?

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. If the attacker misses with ...
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Can a monk deflect thrown melee weapons?

A monk's Deflect Missiles ability (PHB p. 78) triggers on the following circumstance: Starting at 3rd level, you can use your reaction to deflect or catch the missile when you are hit by a ranged ...
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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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Can a Way of Shadow Monk use Shadow Step to teleport to a dark ceiling and then body slam another creature?

The Way of Shadow monk's Shadow Step feature says you can teleport up to 60 feet to an empty space from one dimly lit or dark space to another. Does that include the ceiling of a dungeon? ...
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Can a 9th-level multiclassed monk move along vertical surfaces while wearing armor?

I have design for a character, that is multiclassed into monk. I'm interesting the "wall running" ability that a monk has. However, I'm uncertain about what this means. If I'm wearing armor, do I ...
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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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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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Using Elemental Attunement to destroy a castle

The party ran across an inconvenient stone castle, complete with large moat. But we had a Monk with Way of the Four Elements: Elemental Attunement You can use your action to briefly control ...
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As a monk, can you make a melee attack roll using your Strength modifier, but roll damage with your Dexterity modifier?

I want to know if you can make an attack roll with one stat, but deal the damage with another. As a monk, can you make a melee attack roll using your Strength modifier, but roll damage with your ...
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Is it unbalanced to allow a monk with the Tavern Brawler feat to use improvised weapons as monk weapons?

A friend of mine wants to play a variant human monk with the Tavern Brawler feat. He asked me if he could use improvised Weapons as monk weapons. I personally haven't played a monk, or a character ...
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Can a monk deflect a magical missile?

There are several types of spells that say use the word "missile", most of then made of Force. Can a monk dodge or deflect such missiles? I could understand that it could be difficult to grab ...
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How does a Tabaxi or Tortle Monk's claws affect monk unarmed attack damage?

Do the claws of Tabaxi and Tortles change the unarmed attacks of monk to slashing damage, or is the damage separate? Does the unarmed slashing damage increase with the monk's level, as described on ...
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Can a Monk stack Quivering Palms on the same target, then activate them one by one?

The Way of the Open Hand monk subclass contains the Quivering Palm feature, which has this rule: You can have only one creature under the effect of this feature at a time. However, it doesn't ...
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Monk's Martial Arts and Polearm Master

I have a problem with an interpretation of the outcome of a monk with the Polearm Master feat, wielding a quarterstaff. You can take the Attack action and attack with a quarterstaff using Dex instead ...
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Balancing a monk variant with full base attack bonus

I'm gearing up for a 2-person campaign (my wife and myself, with myself as DM). The party will be two characters, with occasional hirelings/NPCs. One of the characters will be a DMPC (we've run one ...
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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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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 Monk's Slow Fall Be Used to Carry/Catch Someone?

The description for Slow Fall is bare boned: 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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Does having natural weapons prevent a multiclassed druid/monk from using Martial Arts while in Wild Shape?

The monk's Martial Arts feature's benefits all require a monk to be "unarmed or only wielding monk weapons". Even if you're a Way of the Kensei monk, that only lets you add a couple of new ...
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Can the Four Elements monk's Shape the Flowing River elemental discipline create stairs by expending a single ki point?

I have a Way of the Four Elements monk PC who likes to use the Shape the Flowing River elemental discipline to make all manner of shapes out of ice by expending a single ki point, such as creating a ...
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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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Does the monk's Diamond Soul feature apply to death saving throws?

The description of the monk's class feature Diamond Soul says the following: Beginning at 14th level, your mastery of ki grants you proficiency in all saving throws. Additionally, whenever you make a ...
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Do the Gloves of Missile Snaring work in conjunction with the Monk's Deflect Missiles ability?

The monk's Deflect Missiles feature description says: Starting at 3rd level, you can use your reaction to deflect or catch the missile when you are hit by a ranged weapon attack. When you do so,...
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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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