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Monk

From DDO Compendium

Class Information

Cost: 995 DDOPointsIcon.png
Alignment: Lawful Good, Lawful Neutral
Hit Dice: d6
Skills
Creation: (4 + Intelligence Modifier) x 4
Leveling: 4 + Intelligence Modifier

Balance
Jump
Swim
Concentration
Listen
Tumble
Diplomacy
Move Silently
Hide
Spot
Proficiencies
Simple Weapons
Martial Weapons (Handaxe)
Exotic Weapons (Handwraps, Kama, Shuriken )
Overview

Monks use an energy called ki to perform amazing techniques in battle. Fighting without weapons and armor, they can assist allies or destroy enemies but take longer to master than the other melee classes.

Monks can study different philisophpical paths to allow them to use a number of special moves in battle.

Through intense physical training and mental discipline, monks gain the ability to generate and control ki. They use this vital energy to launce powerful combination attacks and project amazing beneficial effects.

In order to use their special abilities, monks must be in a state of physical and mental balance called being centered. To remain centered, a monk cannot wear armor and must fight unarmed or with special monk weapons like staffs and kamas.

Past Lives
Icon Feat Description
Feat Past Life - Monk Icon.png Past Life: Monk You were a Monk in a past life. You occasionally find yourself contemplating the mysteries of life. Each time you acquire this feat you gain:
  • +1 to damage rolls
Feat Past Life - Monk Icon.png Past Life: Disciple of the Fist You recall more about your past life as a monk. By taking this feat you gain:
  • +2 to the Concentration skill
  • Increased Unarmed Damage (1 step higher)
  • Enter an evasive trance giving the Evasion feat for 20 seconds, once per rest
Advancement
Monk
LevelBase Attack BonusFort SaveReflex SaveWill SaveAutograntedUnarmed DamageAC BonusDodge BonusUnarmed Speed bonus
1 +0/+0 +2 +2 +2 Basic Forms, Armor Class Bonus, Flurry of Blows, Unarmed Strike, Martial Arts Feat Finishing Moves 1d6+02%+0%
2 +1/+1/+6 +3 +3 +3 Armor Class Bonus, Evasion, Meditation, Martial Arts Feat 1d6+34%+0%
3 +2/+2/+7 +3 +3 +3 Still Mind, Fast Movement, Choice of Philosophy 1d6+34%+5%
4 +3/+3/+8/+13 +4 +4 +4 Ki Strike (Magic), Slow Fall, Unarmed Strike 1.50[1d6]+36%+5%
5 +3/+3/+8/+13 +4 +4 +4 Armor Class Bonus, Purity of Body 1.50[1d6]+66%+5%
6 +4/+4/+9/+14 +5 +5 +5 Adept of Forms, Martial Arts Feat, Fast Movement, Slow Fall 1.50[1d6]+66%+10%
7 +5/+5/+10/+15 +5 +5 +5 Wholeness of Body 1.50[1d6]+66%+10%
8 +6/+6/+11/+16 +6 +6 +6 Slow Fall, Unarmed Strike 2.00[1d6]+66%+10%
9 +6/+6/+11/+16 +6 +6 +6 Improved Evasion, Fast Movement 2.00[1d6]+66%+15%
10 +7/+7/+12/+17 +7 +7 +7 Armor Class Bonus, Ki Strike (Lawful), Slow Fall 2.00[1d6]+96%+15%
11 +8/+8/+13/+18 +7 +7 +7 Diamond Body 2.00[1d6]+96%+15%
12 +9/+9/+14/+19 +8 +8 +8 Abundant Step, Fast Movement, Master of Forms, Slow Fall, Unarmed Strike 2.50[1d6]+96%+20%
13 +9/+9/+14/+19 +8 +8 +8 Diamond Soul 2.50[1d6]+96%+20%
14 +10/+10/+15/+20 +9 +9 +9 Slow Fall 2.50[1d6]+96%+20%
15 +11/+11/+16/+21 +9 +9 +9 Armor Class Bonus, Fast Movement, Quivering Palm 2.50[1d6]+126%+25%
16 +12/+12/+17/+22 +10 +10 +10 Ki Strike (Adamantine), Slow Fall, Unarmed Strike 3.00[1d6]+126%+25%
17 +12/+12/+17/+22 +10 +10 +10 Timeless Body 3.00[1d6]+126%+25%
18 +13/+13/+18/+23 +11 +11 +11 Fast Movement, Grandmaster of Forms, Slow Fall 3.00[1d6]+126%+30%
19 +14/+14/+19/+24 +11 +11 +11 Empty Body 3.00[1d6]+126%+30%
20 +15/+15/+20/+25 +12 +12 +12 Armor Class Bonus, Perfect Self, Perfect Slow Fall, Shining Star, Unarmed Strike 3.50[1d6]+156%+30%
Martial Arts Feats

Class Feats[edit]

Level 1[edit]

  • Basic Forms: The monk gains basic forms and stances as they start their path of understanding.
  • Armor Class Bonus: While unarmored and not equipping a shield, monks gain a passive bonus to Armor Class equal to their Wisdom modifier, if their Wisdom modifier is positive.
  • Flurry of Blows: When a monk is either unarmed or is wielding only monk weapons (Kama, Shuriken, Quarterstaff), the monk is treated as if they had a full Base Attack Bonus for all monk levels they possess rather than a 3/4 Base Attack Bonus.
  • Unarmed Strike: Monks are tremendously skilled at unarmed combat and inflict more damage with their bare hands. As they increase in levels, so will the damage they will inflict with their unarmed attacks at level 4, 8, 12, 16 and 20.
  • Martial Arts Feat: A monk may select a martial arts feat for free. All the prerequisites must be met.
  • Finishing Moves As your martial arts training continues, you will be able perform special finishing moves of great versatility and power. These finishing moves are unlocked by performing certain sequences of attack forms, and the finishing move icon will change (and a visible glow of Ki will appear about you) when you are ready to perform one.

Level 2[edit]

  • Armor Class Bonus: Gain a +3 bonus to Armor, and as you increase in power, you will receive +3 additional bonus to Armor Class at levels 5, 10, 15 and 20.
  • Evasion: When a monk makes a successful Reflex save to avoid damage, they suffer no damage instead of half damage. Evasion requires light or no armor.
  • Meditation: A two times per rest, a monk can meditate to slowly regain Ki. It stabilizes when it reaches over three times his Concentration score.
  • Martial Arts Feat: A monk may select a martial arts feat for free. All the prerequisites must be met.

Level 3[edit]

  • Still Mind: Training and meditation have improved the monk's resistance to mind-affecting attacks, granting you a +2 bonus on saving throws against enchantments.
  • Fast Movement: While centered (unarmored, unencumbered, and wielding monk weapons), a monk runs faster for every three monk levels he possesses.
  • Choice of Philosophy: You have advanced far enough that you must make a choice – whether to follow the Path of Harmonious Balance and seek to be at peace with the world, or to follow the Path of Inevitable Dominion and seek to dominate the world. This choice will affect enhancement choices open to you and will affect what finishing moves you receive.

Level 4[edit]

  • Ki Strike (Magic): All of a monk's unarmed melee attacks are empowered with Ki and are considered magical for damage reduction purposes.
  • Slow Fall: A monk's focus allows him to bend nature around him to reduce gravity's effect. This is an active feat, and can be turned off should you desire normal gravity to affect you. The Monk must be centered to use this ability, and its effectiveness increases as you continue to gain power, at every two level.
  • Unarmed Strike: While centered (unarmored, unencumbered, and wielding monk weapons), your fists and feet are lethal weapons.

Level 5[edit]

  • Armor Class Bonus: Your training improves your armor class, You gain +3 additional bonus to Armor Class.
  • Purity of Body: At this level, a monk has gained control over his body’s immune system and is now unaffected by all natural diseases.

Level 6[edit]

  • Adept of Forms: You continue on the path to enlightenment, improving your elemental stances and learning new elemental strikes.
  • Martial Arts Feat: A monk may select a martial arts feat for free. All the prerequisites must be met.
  • Fast Movement: While centered (unarmored, unencumbered, and wielding monk weapons), a monk runs faster for every three monk levels he possesses.
  • Slow Fall: A monk's focus allows him to bend nature around him to reduce gravity's effect. This is an active feat, and can be turned off should you desire normal gravity to affect you.

Level 7[edit]

  • Wholeness of Body: This feat allows monks expend 10 Ki to heal half their hit points over time. The formula for how many hit points is regained is (Monk level)/2 + Wisdom modifier every 2 seconds for 30 seconds. This feat cannot be used in combat, the monk must stand still and perform no action while he regenarates some of his hit points. There is a cool-down of 180 seconds. (Healing Amplification items and Improved Recovery enhancements may result in a full regeneration of HP.)

Level 8[edit]

  • Slow Fall: A monk's focus allows him to bend nature around him to reduce gravity's effect. This is an active feat, and can be turned off should you desire normal gravity to affect you.
  • Unarmed Strike: While centered (unarmored, unencumbered, and wielding monk weapons), your fists and feet are lethal weapons.

Level 9[edit]

  • Improved Evasion: When a monk fails to make a successful Reflex save to avoid damage, he or she suffers only half damage.
  • Fast Movement: While centered (unarmored, unencumbered, and wielding monk weapons), a monk runs faster for every three monk levels he possesses.

Level 10[edit]

  • Armor Class Bonus: Your training improves your armor class, You gain +3 additional bonus to Armor Class.
  • Ki Strike (Lawful): All of a monk's unarmed melee attacks are empowered with Ki and are considered Lawful and Magic weapons for damage reduction purposes.
  • Slow Fall: A monk's focus allows him to bend nature around him to reduce gravity's effect. This is an active feat, and can be turned off should you desire normal gravity to affect you.

Level 11[edit]

Level 12[edit]

  • Abundant Step: At the cost of 10 Ki, a monk can use this ability to make horizontal leaps, closing to targets, traversing chasms, or zipping past enemies with less chance of being detected. There is a cooldown of three seconds on this feat and can only be used on yourself.
  • Fast Movement: While centered (unarmored, unencumbered, and wielding monk weapons), a monk runs faster for every three monk levels he possesses.
  • Master of Forms: You continue on the path to enlightenment, further improving your elemental stances and learning new elemental strikes. These stance improvements replace those granted by Adept of Forms.
  • Slow Fall: A monk's focus allows him to bend nature around him to reduce gravity's effect. This is an active feat, and can be turned off should you desire normal gravity to affect you.
  • Unarmed Strike: While centered (unarmored, unencumbered, and wielding monk weapons), your fists and feet are lethal weapons.

Level 13[edit]

  • Diamond Soul: The Monk gains Spell Resistance equal to Monk Level +10

Level 14[edit]

  • Slow Fall: A monk's focus allows him to bend nature around him to reduce gravity's effect. This is an active feat, and can be turned off should you desire normal gravity to affect you.

Level 15[edit]

  • Armor Class Bonus: Your training improves your armor class, You gain +3 additional bonus to Armor Class.
  • Fast Movement: While centered (unarmored, unencumbered, and wielding monk weapons), a monk runs faster for every three monk levels he possesses.
  • Quivering Palm: A monk can set up fatal vibrations within the body of a living creature. Constructs, oozes, plants, undead, incorporeal creatures such as wraiths, and creatures immune to critical hits cannot be affected, but other creatures must make a Fortitude DC: 10 + Half Monk Level + Wisdom Modifier Save after being struck by the Quivering Palm or die instantly.

Level 16[edit]

  • Ki Strike (Adamantine): All of a monk's unarmed melee attacks are empowered with Ki and are now considered Adamantine, Lawful, and Magic weapons for damage reduction purposes.
  • Slow Fall: A monk's focus allows him to bend nature around him to reduce gravity's effect. This is an active feat, and can be turned off should you desire normal gravity to affect you.
  • Unarmed Strike: While centered (unarmored, unencumbered, and wielding monk weapons), your fists and feet are lethal weapons.

Level 17[edit]

  • Timeless Body: Your soul is balanced. No corrupt influences can possess your body after death - you are immune to the spawn effect of most undead.

Level 18[edit]

  • Fast Movement: While centered (unarmored, unencumbered, and wielding monk weapons), a monk runs faster for every three monk levels he possesses.
  • Grandmaster of Forms: You continue on the path to enlightenment, further improving your elemental stances and learning new elemental strikes. These stance improvements replace those granted by Master of Forms.
  • Slow Fall: A monk's focus allows him to bend nature around him to reduce gravity's effect. This is an active feat, and can be turned off should you desire normal gravity to affect you.

Level 19[edit]

  • Empty Body: You are able to focus your ki and walk the edge of the Plane of Shadow, mimicing the effects of a Shadow Walk spell. While this effect is active, you move much faster than normal and your outline appears faint and you are harder to hit. Attacking another creature or otherwise interacting with objects shunts you back to the Material Plane.

Level 20[edit]

  • Armor Class Bonus: Your training improves your armor class, You gain +3 additional bonus to Armor Class.
  • Perfect Self: You have transcended your former race, and are now considered a Lawful Outsider. You have gained damage reduction 10 / epic. Warforged retain most living construct traits.
  • Perfect Slow Fall: You have perfected the ability to recover from a fall unharmed. You never take damage from falling no matter how far you fall.
  • Shining Star: You use the combined power of Earth, Wind, and Fire to set up harmonic vibrations within your enemy that force them to dance. A successful Will DC: 10 + Monk Level + Wisdom Modifier + Stunning Bonus save negates this effect.
  • Unarmed Strike: While centered (unarmored, unencumbered, and wielding monk weapons), your fists and feet are lethal weapons.