Ruleset: Monk

Contents

Monk
- Health, Proficiencies, and Equipment
- Unarmored Defense
- Martial Arts
- Ki
- Unarmored Movement
- Monastic Tradition
- Deflect Missiles
- Ability Score Improvement
- Slow Fall
- Extra Attack
- Stunning Strike
- Ki-Empowered Strikes
- Evasion
- Stillness of Mind
- Purity of Body
- Tongue of the Sun
- Diamond Soul
- Timeless Body
- Empty Body
- Perfect Self
Exemplar
- Open Hand Technique
- Wholeness of Body
- Tranquility
- Quivering Palm
Elemental Fist
- Elemental Fist Spellcasting
- Elemental Strikes
- Elemental Flurry
- Ki Guardian
- Elemental Burst
Ninja
- Invisibility Specialist
- Precision Attack
- Unseen Strike
- Opportunistic
Kensei
- Path of the Kensei
- One with the Blade
- Sharpen the Blade
- Unerring Accuracy
Zen Master
- Healing Hands
- Emissary of Peace
- Douse the Flames of War
- Anger of a Gentle Soul

 

Monk


Level Martial Arts Ki Points Unarmored Movement Features
1 1d4 - - Unarmored Defense, Martial Arts
2 1d4 2 +10 ft. Ki, Unarmored Movement
3 1d4 3 +10 ft. Monastic Tradition, Deflect Missiles
4 1d4 4 +10 ft. Ability Score Improvement, Slow Fall
5 1d6 5 +10 ft. Extra Attack, Stunning Strike
6 1d6 6 +15 ft. Ki-Empowered Strikes, Monastic Tradition feature
7 1d6 7 +15 ft. Evasion, Stillness of Mind
8 1d6 8 +15 ft. Ability Score Improvement
9 1d6 9 +15 ft. Unarmored Movement Improvement
10 1d6 10 +20 ft. Purity of Body
11 1d8 11 +20 ft. Monastic Tradition feature
12 1d8 12 +20 ft. Ability Score Improvement
13 1d8 13 +20 ft. Tongue of the Sun and Moon
14 1d8 14 +25 ft. Diamond Soul
15 1d8 15 +25 ft. Timeless Body
16 1d8 16 +25 ft. Ability Score Improvement
17 1d10 17 +25 ft. Monastic Tradition feature
18 1d10 18 +30 ft. Empty Body
19 1d10 19 +30 ft. Ability Score Improvement
20 1d10 20 +30 ft. Perfect Self

 

Hit Points

Hit Points: 1d4 + CON per Monk Level
Barrier: 1d4 per Monk Level

Proficiencies

Armor: None
Weapons: Simple weapons, shortswords
Tools: Choose one type of artisan's tools or one musical instrument
Saving Throws: Strength, Dexterity
Skills: Choose two skills from Acrobatics, Athletics, History, Insight, Religion, and Stealth

Equipment

You start with the following equipment, in addition to the equipment granted by your background:
• (a) a shortsword or (b) any simple weapon
• (a) a dungeoneer's pack or (b) an explorer's pack
• 10 darts

Spellcasting

A Monk is a partial caster and adds one third its Monk level (rounded up) to his caster level in order to determine spells per day, cantrips known, and spells known. See the Caster Level section to learn more about caster level.

 

Unarmored Defense

Beginning at 1st level, while you are wearing no armor and not wielding a shield, your AC equals 10 + your Dexterity modifier + your Charisma modifier.

 

Martial Arts

At 1st level, your practice of martial arts gives you mastery of combat styles that use unarmed strikes and monk weapons, which are shortswords and any simple melee weapons that don’t have the two-handed or heavy property.

You gain the following benefits while you are unarmed or wielding only monk weapons and you aren’t wearing armor or wielding a shield:
• You can use Dexterity instead of Strength for the attack and damage rolls of your unarmed strikes and monk weapons.
• You can roll a d4 in place of the normal damage of your unarmed strike or monk weapon. This die changes as you gain monk levels, as shown in the Martial Arts column of the Monk table.
• When you use the Attack action with an unarmed strike or a monk weapon on your turn, you can make one unarmed strike as a bonus action. For example, if you take the Attack action and attack with a quarter- staff, you can also make an unarmed strike as a bonus action, assuming you haven't already taken a bonus action this turn.

Certain monasteries use specialized forms of the monk weapons. For example, you might use a club that is two lengths of w ood connected by a short chain (called a nunchaku) or a sickle with a shorter, straighter blade (called a kama). Whatever name you use for a monk weapon, you can use the game statistics provided for the weapon in chapter 5.

 

Ki

Starting at 2nd level, your training allows you to harness the mystic energy of ki. Your access to this energy is represented by a number of ki points. Your monk level determines the number of points you have, as shown in the Ki Points column of the Monk table.

You can spend these points to fuel various ki features. You start knowing three such features: Flurry of Blows, Patient Defense, and Step of the Wind. You learn more ki features as you gain levels in this class.

When you spend a ki point, it is unavailable until you finish a short or long rest, at the end of which you draw all of your expended ki back into yourself. You must spend at least 30 minutes of the rest meditating to regain your ki points.

Some of your ki features require your target to make a saving throw to resist the feature’s effects. The saving throw DC is calculated as follows:

Ki save DC = 8 + your proficiency bonus + your Charisma modifier

Flurry of Blows
Immediately after you take the Attack action on your turn, you can spend 1 ki point to make two unarmed strikes as a bonus action.

Patient Defense
You can spend 1 ki point to take the Dodge action as a bonus action on your turn.

Step of the Wind
You can spend 1 ki point to take the Disengage or Dash action as a bonus action on your turn, and your jump distance is doubled for the turn.

 

Unarmored Movement

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 monk levels, as shown in the Monk table.

At 9th level, you gain the ability to move along vertical surfaces and across liquids on your turn without falling during the move.

 

Monastic Tradition

When you reach 3rd level, you commit yourself to a monastic tradition: the Way of the Open Hand, the Way of Shadow, or the Way of the Four Elements, all detailed at the end of the class description. Your tradition grants you features at 3rd level and again at 6th, 11th, and 17th level.

 

Deflect Missiles

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, the damage you take from the attack is reduced by 1d10 + your Dexterity modifier + your monk level.

If you reduce the damage to 0, you can catch the missile if it is small enough for you to hold in one hand and you have at least one hand free. If you catch a missile in this way, you can spend 1 ki point to make a ranged attack with the weapon or piece of ammunition you just caught, as part of the same reaction. You make this attack with proficiency, regardless of your weapon proficiencies, and the missile counts as a monk weapon for the attack.

 

Ability Score Improvement

When you reach 4th level, and again at 6th, 8th, 12th, 14th, 16th, and 19th level, you can increase one ability score of your choice by 2, or you can increase two ability scores of your choice by 1. As normal, you can’t increase an ability score above 20 using this 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 level.

 

Extra Attack

Beginning at 5th level, you can attack twice, instead of once, whenever you take the Attack action on your turn.

The number of attacks increases to three when you reach 11th level in this class and to four when you reach 20th level in this class.

 

Stunning Strike

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, you can spend 1 ki point to attempt a stunning strike. The target must succeed on a Constitution saving throw or be stunned until the end of your next turn.

 

Ki-Empowered Strikes

Starting at 6th level, your unarmed strikes count as magical for the purpose of overcoming resistance and immunity to nonmagical attacks and damage.

 

Evasion

At 7th level, your instinctive agility lets you dodge out of the way of certain area effects, such as a blue dragon’s lightning breath or a fireball spell. When you are subjected to an effect that allows you to make a Dexterity saving throw to take only half damage, you instead take no damage if you succeed on the saving throw, and only half damage if you fail.

 

Stillness of Mind

Starting at 7th level, you can use your action to end one effect on yourself that is causing you to be charmed or frightened.

 

Purity of Body

At 10th level, your mastery of the ki flowing through you makes you immune to disease and poison.

 

Tongue of the Sun and Moon

Starting at 13th level, you learn to touch the ki of other minds so that you understand all spoken languages. Moreover, any creature that can understand a language can understand what you say.

 

Diamond Soul

Beginning at 14th level, your mastery of ki grants you proficiency in all saving throws.

Additionally, whenever you make a saving throw and fail, you can spend 1 ki point to reroll it and take the second result.

 

Timeless Body

At 15th level, your ki sustains you so that you suffer none of the frailty of old age, and you can't be aged magically. You can still die of old age, however. In addition, you no longer need food or water.

 

Empty Body

Beginning at 18th level, you can use your action to spend 4 ki points to become invisible for 1 minute. During that time, you also have resistance to all damage but force damage.

Additionally, you can spend 8 ki points to cast the astralprojection spell, without needing material components. When you do so, you can’t take any other creatures with you.

 

Perfect Self

At 20th level, when you roll for initiative and have no ki points remaining, you regain 4 ki points.

 

Exemplar


Monks who become Exemplars are the ultimate masters of martial arts combat, whether armed or unarmed. They learn techniques to push and trip their opponents, manipulate ki to heal damage to their bodies, and practice advanced meditation that can protect them from harm.

 

Open Hand Technique

Starting when you choose this tradition at 3rd level, you can manipulate your enemy’s ki when you harness your own. Whenever you hit a creature with one of the attacks granted by your Flurry of Blows, you can impose one of the following effects on that target:
• It must succeed on a Dexterity saving throw or be knocked prone.
• It must make a Strength saving throw. If it fails, you can push it up to 15 feet away from you.
• It can’t take reactions until the end of your next turn.

 

Wholeness of Body

At 6th level, you gain the ability to heal yourself. As an action, you can regain hit points equal to three times your monk level. You must finish a long rest before you can use this feature again.

 

Tranquility

Beginning at 11th level, you can enter a special meditation that surrounds you with an aura of peace. At the end of a long rest, you gain the effect of a sanctuary spell that lasts until the start of your next long rest (the spell can end early as normal). The saving throw DC for the spell equals 8 + your Charisma modifier + your proficiency bonus.

 

Quivering Palm

At 17th level, you gain the ability to set up lethal vibrations in someone’s body. When you hit a creature with an unarmed strike, you can spend 3 ki points to start these imperceptible vibrations, which last for a number of days equal to your monk level. The vibrations are harmless unless you use your action to end them. To do so, you and the target must be on the same plane of existence. When you use this action, the creature must make a Constitution saving throw. If it fails, it is reduced to 0 hit points. If it succeeds, it takes 10d10 necrotic damage.

You can have only one creature under the effect of this feature at a time. You can choose to end the vibrations harmlessly without using an action.

 

Elemental Fist


All monks have a strong connection to their own ki, able to shift it in ways no other magic user can possibly utilize. But some monks prefer to utilize their techniques in more traditional ways, manifesting their elemental properties into their own attacks.

 

Elemental Fist Spellcasting

An Elemental Fist becomes a martial caster and now adds half its monk level (rounded up) to his caster level in order to determine spells per day, cantrips known, and spells known. This ability replaces the spellcasting ability of the Monk. See the Caster Level section to learn more about caster level.

 

Elemental Flurry

Starting when you choose this tradition at 3rd level, you can manipulate your ki such that your strikes rage with an element you control. When making a flurry of blows you have the option to make the additional attacks aspected to one element you have affinity to when attacking barriers.

 

Elemental Strikes

Beginning at 6th level, your punches flair with greater power. Before taking an attack action you can spend 2 ki points to attune your fists to an element you have affinity towards, dealing an additional 1d6 damage with each attack.

 

Ki Guardian

Beginning at 11th level, when you spend a ki point to use patient defence opponents that target you will soon regret it. A creature within melee range that attempts to attack you suffers 1d6 damage on each attack against you. This damage is typed to your primary elemental affinity.

 

Elemental Burst

At 17th level, an elemental fist can spend 4 ki points while making a flurry of blows to cast a spell with a casting time of one action.

 

Ninja


Some monks expand their training towards subterfuge and stealth. These monks are called ninjas who are masters of infiltration, sabotage, and assassination, using a wide variety of weapons, practiced skills, and mystical powers to achieve their goals.

 

Invisibility Specialist

Beginning at 3rd level, a ninja becomes an expert in spells that cause them to vanish. A ninja that casts a spell from the Invisibility family of spells on themselves no longer loses invisibility when taking damaged and can make one melee attack before invisibility fades.

In addition, a ninja can spend 2 ki points per spell slot level to cast a spell from the Invisibility family of spells.

 

Precision Attack

Beginning at 6th level, you learn exactly where you need to strike a target in order to cause them the most harm. Whenever you have advantage on an attack you successfully hit with you deal an extra 2d6 damage. This additional damage can only be applied to one attack once per round.

The additional damage increases when you reach certain levels in this class, increasing to 2d10 at 10th level, and 2d12 at 15th level.

 

Unseen Strike

Beginning at 11th level, your mastery of invisibility allows you to maintain your illusion even when striking foes. When making the attack action while under the effects of invisibility you no longer immediately lose invisibility and instead lose it at the end of the attack action.

 

Opportunistic

At 17th level, you can exploit a creature's momentary distraction when it is hit by an attack. Whenever a creature within 5 feet of you is hit by an attack made by a creature other than you, you can use your reaction to make a melee attack against that creature.

 

Kensei


Some monks train relentlessly with their weapons, to the point that the weapon becomes like an extension of the body. A kensei sees a weapon in much the same way a painter regards a brush or a writer sees parchment, ink, and quill. A sword or bow is a tool used to express the beauty and elegance of the martial arts. That such mastery makes a kensei a peerless warrior is but a side effect of intense devotion, practice, and study.

 

Path of the Kensei

When you choose this tradition at 3rd level, your special martial arts training leads you to master the use of certain weapons.
You gain the following benefits:
• Choose two types of weapons to be your kensei weapons: one melee weapon and one ranged weapon. Each of these weapons can be any simple or martial weapon that lacks the heavy and special properties. The longbow is also a valid choice. You gain proficiency with these weapons if you don’t already have it. Weapons of the chosen types are monk weapons for you. Many of this tradition’s features work only with your kensei weapons. When you reach 6th, 11th, and 17th level in this class, you can choose another type of weapon—melee or ranged—to be a kensei weapon for you, following the criteria above.
• If you make an unarmed strike as part of the Attack action on your turn and are holding a kensei weapon, you can use it to defend yourself if it is a melee weapon. You gain a +2 bonus to AC until the start of your next turn, while the weapon is in your hand and you aren’t incapacitated.
• You can use a bonus action on your turn to make your ranged attacks with a kensei weapon more deadly. When you do so, any target you hit with a ranged attack using a kensei weapon takes an extra 1d4 damage of the weapon’s type. You retain this benefit until the end of the current turn.

 

One with the Blade

At 6th level, you extend your ki into your kensei weapons, granting you the following benefits.
Magic Kensei Weapons. Your attacks with your kensei weapons count as magical for the purpose of overcoming resistance and immunity to nonmagical attacks and damage.
Precise Strike. When you hit a target with a kensei weapon, you can spend 1 ki point to cause the weapon to deal extra damage to the target equal to your Martial Arts die. You can use this feature only once on each of your turns.

 

Sharpen the Blade

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 you touch a bonus to attack and damage rolls when you attack with it. The bonus equals the number of ki points you spent. This bonus lasts for 1 minute or until you use this feature again.

 

Unerring Accuracy

At 17th level, your mastery of weapons grants you extraordinary accuracy. If you make an attack roll with a monk weapon and miss, you can reroll it. You can use this feature only once on each of your turns.

 

Zen Master


Zen Masters see violence as a last resort. They use diplomacy, mercy, and understanding to resolve conflicts. If pushed, though, they are capable warriors who can bring an end to the unjust or cruel folk who refuse to listen to reason. When adventuring, these monks make excellent diplomats. They are also skilled in the healing arts, and can preserve their allies in the face of daunting foes.

 

Healing Hands

Your touch can heal wounds. Starting at 3rd level, if you can use the elements of Wood, Fire, or Water, you have a pool of magical healing power that replenishes when you take a long rest. With that pool, you can restore a total number of hit points equal to your monk level × 10.

As an action, you can touch a creature and draw power from the pool to restore a number of hit points to that creature, up to the maximum amount remaining in the pool.

Instead of healing the creature, you can expend 5 hit points from your pool of healing to cure the target of one disease or neutralize one poison affecting it. You can cure multiple diseases and neutralize multiple poisons with a single use of Healing Hands, expending hit points separately for each one.

When you use your Flurry of Blows, you can replace one of the unarmed strikes with a use of this feature.

 

Emissary of Peace

At 6th level, you gain the ability to diffuse violent situations. Whenever you make a Charisma check to calm violent emotions or to counsel peace, you have advantage on the roll. You must make this entreaty in good faith; it doesn’t apply if proficiency in the Deception or Intimidation skill applies to your check.

You also gain proficiency in the Performance or Persuasion skill (choose one).

 

Douse the Flames of War

At 11th level, you gain the ability to temporarily extinguish a creature’s violent impulses. As an action, you can touch a creature, and it must make a Wisdom saving throw with a DC equal to 8 + your proficiency bonus + your Charisma modifier. The target automatically succeeds if it’s missing any of its hit points. If the target fails the save, it can’t attack for 1 minute. During that time, it also can’t cast spells that deal damage or that force someone to make a saving throw.

This effect ends if the target is attacked, takes damage, or is forced to make a saving throw or if the target witnesses any of those things happening to its allies.

 

Anger of a Gentle Soul

At 17th level, you gain the ability to visit vengeance on someone who fells others. If you see a creature reduce another creature to 0 hit points, you can use your reaction to grant yourself a bonus to all damage rolls against the aggressor until the end of your next turn. The bonus equals your monk level.

Once you use this ability, you can’t use it again until you finish a short or long rest.

Ruleset: Monk

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