Variant Dials

If you want to adjust the monk class to better suit your own campaign and playstyle, then consider these variant dials.


If your campaign supports multiclassing, then apply these modifiers when taking the monk as a multiclass option:

  • Minimum Requirement: Dexterity 13 and Wisdom 13.
  • Proficiencies: Simple weapons, shortswords.
  • Ki: You can't spend ki until you are 3rd-level.

Restricted Retraining

If you want to make retraining a little more significant or costly for the monk, try using these options.


To change your mantras, you must be in a safe sanctuary—such as a village, town, or city—where you are able to concentrate on your training.


To change your mantras, you must have access to appropriate facilities—monasteries, practice weapons, sparring partners and mentors, etc.

Short Rest Recovery

This supplement emphasizes taking long rests as a primary recovery mechanic. To put a focus on taking short rests for the monk, however, use this alternative class table.

Class Features

Monk (Short Rest Recovery)

Level Ki Points
1st 2
2nd 3
3rd 4
4th 5
5th 6
6th 7
7th 8
8th 9
9th 10
10th 11

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