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As a monk, can I use Deflect Missiles to protect my ally?

Rules-As-Written, you can't catch an arrow that is aimed at another Your quoted text is pretty explicit about it, you have to be the target and you have to get hit in order to use the feature, that ...
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Can a 6th level monk choose to not deal magical damage with unarmed strikes?

Ki-Empowered Strikes aren't magical attacks to begin with! Ki-Empowered Strikes state this explicitly: your unarmed strikes count as magical for the purpose of overcoming resistance and immunity ...
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Do monks have an off hand and disadvantage attacking with it?

No. There is no handed-ness in D&D, so characters do not have a dominant and weak hand. (Unless the player narrates them as such) In addition, even when wielding two weapons, you don't have ...
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Can a rogue/Kensei monk use Sneak Attack with a Kensei weapon?

No, this is a converse error Your logic is something like this: Sneak Attack […] The attack must use a finesse […] weapon. (Player’s Handbook, pg. 96) Finesse. When making an attack with a finesse ...
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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?

Yes, because Slow Fall is just a figurative name As clarified in the Sage Advice Compendium, in response to a question about mage armor: Some spells and class features have figurative, not literal, ...
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Aside from flavor, is there any benefit to a Monk striking multiple targets?

If we only think about dealing damage, you are correct that killing one target is better than damaging many targets. Spreading your damage out between four attackers causes the party to take damage ...
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Can unarmed strike work with a rogue's sneak attack?

Strictly by Rules as Written and Intended, no. By RAW, no. What you ruled doesn't work. Let's look at the important passages from the skills involved. Martial Arts: You can use Dexterity instead of ...
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Can a Monk "turn off" the Tongue of the Sun and Moon feature?

Yes When you 'learn to do' something that doesn't mean that you are forced to do it. The ability makes it clear that you are merging your ki to translate the message, and just because you know how ...
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Does ki count as magic for the purpose of an antimagic field, or is it only fluff?

No, it is not magical Jeremy Crawford clarified this point on Twitter, using Sage Advice to support it. It is "background magic" similar to the breath weapon of a dragon. Grant Myers @...
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Do the Gloves of Missile Snaring work in conjunction with the Monk's Deflect Missiles ability?

According to the description of reactions (PHB 190): When you take a reaction, you can't take another one until the start of your next turn. Both use your reaction. As you only have 1 reaction ...
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Do gauntlets count as armor?

The Gauntlets aren't armor Every magic item has a category they belong to: Each magic item belongs to a category: armor, potions, rings, rods, scrolls, staffs, wands, weapons, or wondrous items. ...
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Does a monk decide to use their reaction on the Slow Fall feature after falling damage is rolled?

You must use your reaction as you fall. After taking damage, you are no longer falling. The trigger is specific: you can use your reaction when you fall You take falling damage when you hit the ...
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Can a monk-barbarian benefit from Reckless Attack & Rage damage if he chooses Dexterity for his attacks?

No, because the weapon isn't using Strength any more. Down in the Making An Attack section (PHB p193-194) we get this... Ability Modifier. The ability modifier used for a melee weapon attack is ...
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Does a monk decide to use their reaction on the Slow Fall feature after falling damage is rolled?

You use your reaction when you fall, before damage is rolled The trigger for Slow Fall's reaction is "when you fall". This trigger occurs as soon as you find out you are falling, not after ...
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How to play as a dual-wielding monk?

Have you considered visiting Flavor Town? What I mean is the base monk already does what you want mechanically, and just needs a little adjustment thematically. The monk already gets four attacks at ...
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What are the restrictions of an unarmed strike?

The monk's Martial Arts feature reads: When you use the Attack action with an unarmed strike or monk weapon on your turn, you can make one unarmed strike as a bonus action. On page 195 of the PHB, ...
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Can a monk make a bonus unarmed attack after using shocking grasp?

No. The Monk feature says that you can use the bonus action Unarmed strike after you use the Attack action with a Monk weapon or Unarmed strike. Shocking Grasp requires the Cast a Spell action, which ...
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When a monk mitigates all the damage due to the Slow Fall feature, does he/she still fall prone?

No You do not land prone when you reduce the damage to zero. You've basically answered your own question with this PHB quote (page 183, "Falling"): The creature lands prone, unless it avoids ...
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Can Monk Unarmored Movement walk/run through the rain?

You cannot move across the rain A definition for the English word "across" is: From one side to the other of (a place, area, etc.) To move across a liquid would thus require you to go from ...
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How can I make perpetually hovering not broken?

To have your player permanently hovering silently would be a significant advantage for that player and be very unbalanced, it would stop creatures with tremor sense detecting that character, ...
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Can Monks cast spells?

Characters can only cast spells if they have a feature that allows them to The base Monk class does not have a Spellcasting feature, so if you're able to cast spells as a Monk, it needs to have come ...
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Can Monk Unarmored Movement walk/run through the rain?

You'd need your monk to have a move speed of over 500'. Even if it did allow you to step on raindrops, you have to remember that in D&D falling happens instantly OR 500'/round depending on how ...
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How many unarmed strikes can a Monk make between Flurry of Blows and Martial Arts?

You can only either Flurry of Blows or take the unarmed strike from Martial Arts. Either the additional unarmed strike from Martial Arts or the two strikes granted by Flurry of Blows use a bonus ...
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Using Elemental Attunement to destroy a castle

Your monk is relying on physics while simultaneously ignoring physics. Your monk is attempting to use physics in a game with magic. If you're going to permit it, remember to apply all of the rules. ...
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Is this combination of Quivering Palm and Haste RAW?

Yes, a hasted Monk 17 / Fighter 2 could set up and trigger Quivering Palm twice in a round. Your reasoning all checks out: Use your hasted action to Attack with an unarmed strike and spend three ki ...
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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?

No You must use the same ability modifier for damage and attack. Basic Rules, Damage and Healing When attacking with a weapon, you add your ability modifier--the same modifier used for the ...
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Why are all monasteries human?

Monks could only be human prior to D&D 3rd edition. In the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st edition Players Handbook, the monk class was exclusive to humans. The other races—dwarves, elves, ...
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The Kensei's level 6 features seem lackluster compared to other ways of spending a ki point; what is its niche?

It gives you an extra opportunity to spend a ki point for one extra martial arts die's worth of damage (potentially ranged) per turn You seem to have two major concerns: 1d6 is rather little damage ...
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