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Iconic Monk

Thinking of playing a Monk? Here is an excellent article regarding the pros and cons of playing a Monk: Monks with Class By Skip Williams.

Here is the information for playing an iconic Monk character. Start with my post on Iconic Characters, then add this specific information.

Hit Die: d8

Class Skills: Balance, Climb, Jump, Tumble

Class Knowledge: Religion

Special abilities:

The following are the special abilities available to Monks. The abilities are listed under the level that they are acquired. Where an ability is described as (ref PHB), you should refer to that ability’s description in the players handbook.

1st Level
Blind-Fight: In melee, every time you miss because of concealment, you can reroll your miss chance percentile roll one time to see if you actually hit. An invisible attacker gets no advantages related to hitting you in melee. That is, you don’t lose your Dexterity bonus to Armor Class, and the attacker doesn’t get the usual +2 bonus for being invisible. The invisible attacker’s bonuses do still apply for ranged attacks, however.  You take only half the usual penalty to speed for being unable to see. Darkness and poor visibility in general reduces your speed to three-quarters normal, instead of one-half.
Improved Grapple: You also gain a +4 bonus on all grapple checks.
Improved Unarmed Strike: You are considered to be armed even when unarmed —that is, you are not required to attempt a heroic action to attack an armed opponent when you attack them while unarmed.
AC Bonus: When unarmored and unencumbered, add your Wisdom bonus (if any) to your AC
Flurry of Blows: When unarmored, a monk may strike with a flurry of blows at the expense of accuracy. (ref PHB)
2nd Level
Combat Reflexes: Add +2 to your dexterity bonus when attempting heroic actions.
Evasion:  Take no damage on a successful Ref saving throw against an attack that normally deals half damage on a save.
3rd Level
Acrobatic: You get a +2 bonus on all Balance checks and Escape Artist checks.
Fast Movement: When not wearing armor, your speed is increased (refer to table for speed).
Still Mind: +2 bonus on saving throws against spells and effects from the school of enchantment.
4th Level
Ability Score Adjustment: Add 1 to any ability score.
Ki Strike: Unarmed attacks are treated as magic weapons for the purpose of dealing damage to creatures with damage reduction.
Slow Fall: When within arm’s reach of a wall you can use it to slow your descent. Take damage as if the fall were 20 feet shorter than it actually is.
5th Level
AC Bonus: you gain +1 bonus to your AC
Purity of Body: You gain immunity to all diseases except for supernatural and magical.
6th Level
Improved Trip: You gain a +4 bonus on your Strength check when attempting a heroic action to trip your opponent. If you trip an opponent in melee combat, you immediately get a melee attack against that opponent as if you hadn’t used your attack for the trip attempt.
Lightning Reflexes: You get a +2 bonus on all Reflex saving throws.
Slow Fall: Like slow fall above, but you now take damage as if the fall were 30 feet shorter.
7th Level
Wholeness of Body: Can heal a number of hit points of damage equal to twice your current level each day, and can spread this healing out among several uses.
8th Level
Ability Score Adjustment: Add 1 to any ability score.
Slow Fall: Like slow fall above, but you now take damage as if the fall were 40 feet shorter.
9th Level
Deflect Arrows: You must have at least one hand free (holding nothing) to use this ability. Once per round when you would normally be hit with a ranged weapon, you may deflect it so that you take no damage from it. You must be aware of the attack and not flat-footed. Attempting to deflect a ranged weapon doesn’t count as an action. Unusually massive ranged weapons and ranged attacks generated by spell effects can’t be deflected.
Improved Evasion: Like evasion above, but now you take only half damage on a failed save.
10th Level
AC Bonus: Your AC bonus is increased by 1 (becoming +2 now).
Ki Strike: Unarmed attacks are treated as lawful weapons for the purpose of dealing damage to creatures with damage reduction.
Slow Fall: Like slow fall above, but you now take damage as if the fall were 50 feet shorter
11th Level
Diamond Body: Gain immunity to poisons of all kinds.
Flurry of Blows: Like Flurry of Blows above, but now you get a second extra attack at your full base attack bonus.
12th Level
Ability Score Adjustment: Add 1 to any ability score.
Snatch Arrows: When using the Deflect Arrows ability you may catch the weapon instead of just deflecting it. Thrown weapons can immediately be thrown back at the original attacker (even though it isn’t your turn) or kept for later use. You must have at least one hand free (holding nothing) to use this ability.
Slow Fall: Like slow fall above, but you now take damage as if the fall were 60 feet shorter
Abundant Step: Can slip magically between spaces, as if using the spell dimension door, once per day. Your caster level for this effect is one-half your monk level (rounded down).
13th Level
Diamond Soul: Spell resistance equal to your current monk level + 10.
14th Level
Slow Fall: Like slow fall above, but you now take damage as if the fall were 70 feet shorter
15th Level
Stunning Fist: You must declare that you are using this ability before you make your attack roll (thus, a failed attack roll ruins the attempt). Stunning Fist forces a foe damaged by your unarmed attack to make a Fortitude saving throw (DC 10 + ½ your character level + your Wis modifier), in addition to dealing damage normally. A defender who fails this saving throw is stunned for 1 round (until just before your next action). A stunned creature drops everything held, can’t take actions, takes a -2 penalty to AC, and loses his Dexterity bonus to AC. You may attempt a stunning attack once per day for every four levels you have attained (but see Special), and no more than once per round. Constructs, oozes, plants, undead, incorporeal creatures, and creatures immune to critical hits cannot be stunned.
AC Bonus: your AC bonus is increased by 1 (+3 now)
Quivering Palm: Can set up vibrations within the body of another creature that can thereafter be fatal if you so desire, once a week. (ref PHB)
16th Level
Ability Score Adjustment: Add 1 to any ability score.
Ki Strike: Unarmed attacks are treated as adamantine weapons for the purpose of dealing damage to creatures with damage reduction and bypassing hardness.
Slow Fall: Like slow fall above, but you now take damage as if the fall were 80 feet shorter
17th Level
Timeless Body: No penalties to ability scores for aging and cannot be magically aged.
Tongue of the Sun and Moon: Can speak with any living creature.
18th Level
Iron Will: You get a +2 bonus on all Will saving throws.
Slow Fall: Like slow fall above, but you now take damage as if the fall were 90 feet shorter
19th Level
Empty Body: Can assume an ethereal state for 1 round per monk level per day, as though using the spell etherealness.
20th Level
Ability Score Adjustment: Add 1 to any ability score.
AC Bonus: AC bonus is increased by 1 (+4 now)
Slow Fall: Like slow fall above, but you now can fall any distance without harm as long as you are within arms reach of a wall.
Perfect Self: Treated as an outsider rather than as a humanoid for the purpose of spells and magical effects. (ref PHB)
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