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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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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 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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How can I increase my Monk's unarmed damage?

You need to read the book Your original post shows that you're new to the game (which is fine), but your issues with your class are due mostly to you not understanding the class's purpose and ...
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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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Are Monks proficient with unarmed strikes by default?

Everyone is proficient with their own unarmed strikes In the errata for the Player's Handbook, the Unarmed Strike entry was removed from the weapon table. However, the rules on Unarmed Strikes in the ...
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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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How many times can a monk use Deflect Missiles in a round?

Deflect Missiles is a reaction: Starting at 3rd level, you can use your reaction to deflect or catch the missile when you are hit by a ranged weapon attack. You can only use one reaction per round....
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Does ki count as magic for the purpose of an antimagic field, or is it only fluff?

"Magical Effects" and "multiverse" are keywords / themes to resolve this Short Answer: Ki creates magical effects that are subject to Antimagic Field's effects. Discussion In the boxed section ...
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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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Can Monks use Shortbows?

So, first up - anyone can use any weapon. Proficiency merely determines whether you can add your proficiency bonus to your attack rolls. Proficiency with a weapon allows you to add your ...
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Does using an Animated Shield count as 'wielding a shield' for Unarmored Defense?

The Animated Shield says that it protects you as if you were wielding it. This strongly implies that you aren't wielding it. The Monk's Unarmored Defense feature works while you are wearing no ...
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Would a monk with the Tavern Brawler feat have improvised weapons count as monk weapons?

No, a monk can't use their Martial Arts feature with improvised weapons. Monk weapons are: short swords and any simple melee weapons that don’t have the two-handed or heavy property. Unfortunately,...
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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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Would a monk with the Tavern Brawler feat have improvised weapons count as monk weapons?

In many cases, an improvised weapon is similar to an actual weapon and can be treated as such. For example, a table leg is akin to a club. At the DM’s option, a character proficient with a weapon can ...
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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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Has 5e fixed the balance problems of the monk at all?

In short, yes. There are a few things that make monk on par with the other melee fighting classes. I'll list a few of them here: Dex to attack and damage Monks can apply dex to attacks and damage ...
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Does using versatile weapons with 2 hands disqualify them as Monk weapons?

The answer to your question is No, using versatile weapons with two hands does not disqualify them as monk weapons. But not because of any reason that made you ask the question, because your whole ...
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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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With the Deflect Missiles monk feature, does the player know the damage of the attack before choosing to deflect?

You choose before you know the damage. Hitting and dealing damage are separate steps — if the ability was supposed to give the choice when damage was being resolved, it would say something like "&...
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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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What Influence Did Sean K. Reynolds Have on Pathfinder's Monk?

From Sean K Reynolds (After Emailing Him) Absolutely none. At the time the Pathfinder Alpha was being written, I wasn’t an employee at Paizo. I’m not even listed in the credits. The Beta ...
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How can I roleplay multiclassing to explain new class features?

You need not be your class(es) You are playing a character, who has a certain skill set. That character may self-identify as a rogue, and then may recognize a distinct switch from being a rogue to ...
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Does a Monk need to see an incoming attack to use the deflect missile ability?

No, the monk need not see the incoming missile. ...you can use your reaction to deflect or catch the missile when you are hit by a ranged attack. (PHB p.78, emphasis mine) As you say, nothing to ...
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How many attack rolls are made when attacking with Flurry of Blows?

You should have made a total of 3 attack rolls - 1 for the staff, and 1 for each unarmed strike in the Flurry of Blows. Every time you make an attack, you should make an attack roll. This is, ...
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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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How far can a 9th level monk move along a vertical surfaces and across liquids without falling?

The monk must end its movement for each turn on solid ground or fall. Unarmored Movement, PHB p. 78, emphasis mine: At 9th level, you gain the ability to move along vertical surfaces and across ...
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