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The Monk

Class Features

Monk

Level Proficiency Bonus Dragon's Claw Ki Points Mantras Mastered Unarmored Movement Features
1st +2 1d4 3 3 Martial Arts, Unarmored Defense, Ki, Flurry of Blows, Mantras, Monastic Tradition
2nd +2 1d4 6 3 +10 ft Unarmored Movement
3rd +2 1d4 9 4 +10 ft Deflect Missiles, Monastic Tradition Features
4th +2 1d4 12 4 +10 ft Ability Score Improvement, Slow Fall
5th +3 1d6 15 4 +10 ft Extra Attack, Meditation, Greater Mantras
6th +3 1d6 18 5 +15 ft Ki-Empowered Strikes, Monastic Tradition Features
7th +3 1d6 21 5 +15 ft Evasion, Inner Peace
8th +3 1d6 24 5 +15 ft Greater Ability Score Improvement
9th +4 1d8 27 5 +15 ft Sky Walk, Superior Mantras
10th +4 1d8 30 6 +20 ft Lightning Flurry, Greater Inner Peace, Monastic Tradition Features

Hit Points

  • Hit Dice: 1d8 per monk level.
  • Hit Points (1st-level): 8 + your Constitution modifier.
  • Hit Points (Higher Levels): 1d8 (or 5) + your Constitution modifier per monk level after 1st.

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 from Acrobatics, Athletics, History, Insight, Religion, and Stealth.

Equipment

Choose one of the following equipment options—preset or custom. You gain these items in addition to any other gear you might have (such as from your background):

A. Preset Equipment

  • (a) a shortsword or (b) any simple weapon.
  • (a) a dungeoneer's pack or (b) an explorer's pack.
  • 10 darts.

B. Custom Equipment

You gain 5d4 gold pieces (or 12 gp). You may spend some or all of this gold to purchase your own equipment.

Class Features

As a monk, you gain the following class features.

1Martial Arts

Your training in the martial arts gives you mastery of unarmed strikes and monk weapons. You gain the following benefits while you are (a) unarmed or wielding only monk weapons and (b) you aren't wearing armor or wielding a shield:

  • Scorpion Sting: You can use Dexterity instead of Strength for the attack and damage rolls of your unarmed strikes and monk weapons.
  • Dragon's Claw: You can roll 1d4 in place of the normal damage of your unarmed strike or monk weapon. This die changes as you gain levels, as shown in the Dragon's Claw column of the Class Features (Monk) table.
  • Tiger Swipe: When you (a) use the Attack action with an unarmed strike or a monk weapon or (b) spend any number of ki points as part of your action, you can make one unarmed strike as a bonus action.

Monk Weapons

You can choose a number of weapons to be your monk weapons equal to 5 + your Wisdom modifier (minimum of five weapons). The chosen weapons must each meet the following criteria:

  • The weapon must be a simple or martial weapon.
  • You must be proficient with the weapon.
  • The weapon must lack these properties: heavy, special, or two-handed.

1Unarmored Defense

While you are wearing no armor and not wielding a shield, your armor class equals 10 + your Dexterity modifier + your Wisdom modifier.

Unarmored Defense

Armor Class (AC): 10 + your Dexterity modifier + your Wisdom modifier

1Ki

You have a number of ki points as shown in the Ki Points column of the Class Features (Monk) table. You can spend ki to overcome danger with mantras—and you may learn other applications from your Monastic Tradition.

You recover all expended ki points when you finish a long rest.

1Flurry 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.

1Mantras

You master three mantras of your choice from your list of mantra options. To use a mastered mantra, you must spend one ki point.

Mastering New Mantras: You master additional mantras as you gain monk levels, as show in the Mantras Mastered column of the Class Features (Monk) table.

Replacing a Mantra: When you finish a long rest, you may choose one of your mastered mantras and replace it with a different option.

Saving Throws: Some of your mantras require your target to make a saving throw. The saving throw DC is calculated as follows:

Mantra Save DC

Mantra Save DC: 8 + your proficiency bonus + your Wisdom modifier

Crashing Thunder

Once per turn, when you hit a Large or smaller creature with a melee weapon attack, you can attempt to push the creature away from you. The creature must make a Strength saving throw. On a failed save, you push the creature back up to 10 ft.

Greater Crashing Thunder: (5th-level) You can use this mantra on Huge creatures.

Superior Crashing Thunder: (9th-level) You can use this mantra on Gargantuan creatures.

Fell the Forest

Once per turn, when you hit a Large or smaller creature with a weapon attack, you can spend a bonus action to attempt to knock the creature down. The creature must make a Strength saving throw. On a failed save, you knock the creature prone.

Greater Fell the Forest: (5th-level) You can use this mantra on Huge creatures.

Superior Fell the Forest: (9th-level) You can use this mantra on Gargantuan creatures.

Hawk Slash

When you would miss with an attack roll against a creature, you can roll 1d6 and add it to your attack roll.

Greater Hawk Slash: (5th-level) You can roll 1d8 and add it to your attack roll.

Superior Hawk Slash: (9th-level) You can roll 1d10 and add it to your attack roll.

Leaping Dragon

When you hit a creature with a melee weapon attack, you can leap up to 10 ft in a direction of your choice. This movement doesn't provoke opportunity attacks from the creature you hit. You must have enough speed to leap this distance.

Greater Leaping Dragon: (5th-level) The distance you can leap increases from 10 ft to 15 ft.

Superior Leaping Dragon: (9th-level) The distance you can leap increases from 15 ft to 20 ft.

Move the Mountain

Once per turn, when you hit a Large or smaller creature with a melee weapon attack, you can attempt to move the creature. The creature must make a Strength saving throw. On a failed save, you can move the target up to 5 ft in a direction of your choice. In addition, you may move up to 5 ft in a direction of your choice. Neither movement triggers an attack of opportunity.

Greater Move the Mountain: (5th-level) You can use this mantra on Huge creatures.

Superior Move the Mountain: (9th-level) You can use this mantra on Gargantuan creatures.

Tempest Spear

During your turn, you can extend the reach of one unarmed attack you make before the end of your turn. The reach is increased by +5 ft.

Greater Tempest Spear: (5th-level) You can extend the reach of two unarmed attacks you make before the end of your turn.

Superior Tempest Spear: (9th-level) You can extend the reach of three unarmed attacks you make before the end of your turn.

1Monastic Tradition

Choose a Monastic Tradition. You gain features from your Monastic Tradition at 1st, 3rd, 6th, and 10th-level.

Monastic Mantras

You gain access to four unique mantras from your Monastic Tradition. Add these to your list of mantra options.

2Unarmored Movement

Your speed increases by 10 feet while you are both (a) not wearing armor and (b) not wielding a shield. This bonus increases when you reach certain monk levels, as shown in the Class Features (Monk) table.

In addition, while you are not wearing armor and not wielding a shield, you can use the Patient Turtle and Step of the Wind abilities.

Patient Turtle

You can spend one ki point to take the Dodge action as a bonus action.

Step of the Wind

You can spend one ki point to take the Disengage or Dash action as a bonus action. In addition, your jump distance is doubled until the end of your turn.

3Deflect Missiles

When you are hit by a ranged weapon attack, you can spend your reaction to deflect the missile. When you do so, the damage you take from the attack is reduced by 1d10 + your Dexterity modifier + your monk level.

Catching Butterflies: If you reduce the damage to 0 when deflecting a missile, you can catch it. The missile must be small enough for you to hold in one hand and you must have at least one hand free.

Spitting Wasp: When you catch a missile in this way, you can spend 1 ki point to (as part of the same reaction) make a ranged attack with the weapon or piece of ammunition you just caught.

You make this attack with proficiency, regardless of your weapon proficiencies. For the attack, the missile counts as a monk weapon with a normal range of 20 feet and a long range of 60 feet.

4Ability Score Improvement

You can increase one ability score of your choice by +2, or two ability scores of your choice by +1. You can't increase an ability score above 20 using this feature.

Greater Ability Score Improvement: At 8th-level, you gain another ability score improvement.

4Slow Fall

When you fall, you can spend your reaction to reduce any falling damage you take by an amount equal to five times your monk level.

5Extra Attack

You can attack twice, instead of once, whenever you take the Attack action on your turn.

5Meditation

When you finish a short rest, you can meditate to regain 1d6 expended ki points. You can use this feature once, and you regain expended uses when you finish a long rest.

Greater Meditation: Starting at 9th-level, the amount of ki you regain increases from 1d6 to 2d6.

6Ki-Empowered Strikes

Your unarmed strikes count as magical for the purpose of overcoming resistance and immunity to nonmagical attacks and damage.

7Evasion

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.

7Inner Peace

You can spend an action to end one effect on yourself that is causing you to be charmed or frightened.

Greater Inner Peace: Starting at 10th-level, you are immune to disease and poison.

9Sky Walk

While you are (a) not wearing armor and (b) not wielding a shield, you can move along vertical surfaces and across liquids on your turn without falling during the move.

10Lightning Flurry

During your turn, you can flare your ki to activate a burst of focused power. For the next minute, you can use your Flurry of Blows feature without needing to spend a ki point. Your lightning flurry ends early if you are knocked unconscious or you choose to end it as a free action.

You can use this feature once, and you regain expended uses when you finish a long rest.

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