5E Monk

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Oct 24th, 2017. Added paths from Xanathar's Guide to Everything.
Dec 13th, 2016. Added to paths from Unearthed Arcana.
June 21st, 2016. Removed 'Heavy' property from banned Monk weapons and removed subclass - replaced with link to our article.




Armor: None
Weapon Groups: Monks gain proficiency in Simple weapons from their proficient groups, however, they gain proficiency with the Martial weapons of 2 of these groups (which should reflect their unique fighting style). Choose any 5 weapon groups. All chosen weapons are considered monk weapons unless they have any of these two properties: two-handed, unbalancing.
Tools, Items, Vehicles, etc: Select any 1 that reflects your major study (typically artisan tools or musical instrument group)

Saving Throws: Strength, Dexterity
Skills: Choose 2 from Acrobatics, Athletics, Endurance, History, Insight, Performance, Religion, Stealth, Swim.

SUBCLASSES (Monastic Traditions)

  1. Way of the Arcane Fist. (EN5ider, Speaking with Fists, Josh Gentry).
  2. Way of the Drunken Master. (Xanathar's Guide to Everything p33, Wizards of the Coast)
  3. Drunken Master. (ENWorld database, jamesmanhattan).
  4. Way of the Four Elements. (PHB p80).
  5. Way of the Kensai. (Xanathar's Guide to Everything p34, Wizards of the Coast).
  6. Way of the Long Death. (Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide p130, Wizards of the Coast).
  7. Way of the Open Hand. (PHB p79).
  8. Way of the Reckless Dance. (House - DMGuild).
  9. Way of the Seven Temples. (ENWorld database, jace).
  10. Way of Shadow. (PHB p80).
  11. Way of the Shifting Flow. (En5sider The Art of Peace).
  12. Way of Steel. (ENWorld database, Khaalis).
  13. Way of the Sun Soul. (Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide p131 & Xanathar's Guide to Everything p35, Wizards of the Coast).
  14. Way of Tranquility. (Unearthed Arcana, Wizards of the Coast).
  15. Way of the Watchful Gate. (En5sider The Art of Peace).

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