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Monk

For the truly exemplary, martial skill transcends the battlefield—it is a lifestyle, a doctrine, a state of mind. These warrior-artists search out methods of battle beyond swords and shields, finding weapons within themselves just as capable of crippling or killing as any blade. These monks (so called since they adhere to ancient philosophies and strict martial disciplines) elevate their bodies to become weapons of war, from battle-minded ascetics to self-taught brawlers. Monks tread the path of discipline, and those with the will to endure that path discover within themselves not what they are, but what they are meant to be.
Role: Monks excel at overcoming even the most daunting perils, striking where it’s least expected, and taking advantage of enemy vulnerabilities. Fleet of foot and skilled in combat, monks can navigate any battlefield with ease, aiding allies wherever they are needed most.
Alignment: Any Lawful
Hit Die: d10
Starting Wealth: 1d6 × 10 gil (average 35 gil.) In addition, each character begins play with an outfit worth 10 gil or less.
Class Skills
The monk’s class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are Acrobatics (Dex), Climb (Str), Craft (Int), Escape Artist (Dex), Intimidate (Cha), Knowledge (history) (Int), Knowledge (religion) (Int), Perception (Wis), Perform (Cha), Profession (Wis), Ride (Dex), Sense Motive (Wis), Stealth (Dex), and Swim (Str).
Skill Points Per Level: 2 + Int modifier

Table: Monk

LevelBase Attack BonusFort SaveRef SaveWill SaveSpecialAC BonusFast Movement
TypeFullGoodGoodBad
1st+1+2+2+0Martial Arts, Stunning Fist, Blitz Techniques, Flurry of Blows, Limit Breaks+0+0 ft.
2nd+2+3+3+0Evasion+0+0 ft.
3rd+3+3+3+1Fast Movement, Combo Finisher+0+10 ft.
4th+4+4+4+1Ki Pool (magic), Ki Strike (magic), Ki Power+1+10 ft.
5th+5+4+4+1Purity of Body, Combo Finisher+1+10 ft.
6th+6/+1+5+5+2Ki Power, Combo Substitute+1+20 ft.
7th+7+2+5+5+2Combo Finisher+2+20 ft.
8th+8/+3+6+6+2Ki Strike (cold iron/silver), Ki Power, Boost+2+20 ft.
9th+9/+4+6+6+3Improved Evasion, Combo Finisher+2+30 ft.
10th+10/+5+7+7+3Ki Power+2+30 ft.
11th+11/+6/+1+7+7+3Flurry of Blows (bonus attack), Counterattack, Combo Finisher+3+30 ft.
12th+12/+7/+2+8+8+4Ki Strike (lawful), Ki Power+3+40 ft.
13th+13/+8/+3+8+8+4Defensive Roll, Combo Finisher+3+40 ft.
14th+14/+9/+4+9+9+4Ki Power+3+40 ft.
15th+15/+10/+5+9+9+5Combo Finisher+4+50 ft.
16th+16/+11/+6/+1+10+10+5Ki Power, Ki Strike (adamantine)+4+50 ft.
17th+17/+12/+7/+2+10+10+5Timeless Body, Combo Finisher+4+50 ft.
18th+18/+13/+8/+3+11+11+6Ki Power+4+60 ft.
19th+19/+14/+9/+4+11+11+6Improved Counterattack, Combo Finisher+4+60 ft.
20th+20/+15/+10/+5+12+12+6Ki Power, Perfect Self+5+60 ft.

Class Features

All of the following are class features of the monk.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency

Monks are proficient with certain basic peasant weapons and some special weapons that are part of monk training. The weapons with which a monk is proficient are club, crossbow (light or heavy), dagger, handaxe, javelin, kama, nunchaku, quarterstaff, sai, shuriken, siangham, and sling. Monks are not proficient with any armor or shields—in fact, many of the monk’s special powers require unfettered movement. When wearing armor, using a shield, or carrying a medium or heavy load, a monk loses her AC bonus, as well as her fast movement and flurry of blows abilities.

Limit Breaks (Su)

At 1st level, the monk receives the Limit Break (Absolute Perfection and Ki Blast).

Absolute Perfection (Su): This Limit Break allows the monk to gain perfection in herself for a short period of time. For a duration of 1 round + 1 round per four monk levels after 1st, the monk gains a +1 competence bonus to attack and damage rolls, and a damage reduction of 2/-. For every four monk levels after 1st, he gains an additional +1 competence bonus to attack and damage rolls, and damage reduction of 2/-. This limit break requires only a swift action.

Ki Blast (Su): This Limit Break allows the monk to shoot a blast of force in a line up to 60 feet. It deals 1d6 points of non-elemental damage per monk level, a Reflex save (DC 10 + half of the monk’s level + her Wisdom modifier) for half damage.

Martial Arts (Ex)

At 1st level, a monk gains Improved Unarmed Strike as a bonus feat. Monks are highly trained in fighting unarmed, giving them considerable advantages when doing so. A monk’s attacks may be with either fist interchangeably or even from elbows, knees, and feet. This means that a monk may even make unarmed strikes with her hands full. There is no such thing as an off-hand attack for a monk striking unarmed. A monk may thus apply her full Strength bonus on damage rolls for all her unarmed strikes. A monk does not benefit from Improved Critical feat. Usually a monk’s unarmed strikes deal lethal damage, but she can choose to deal nonlethal damage instead with no penalty on her attack roll. She has the same choice to deal lethal or nonlethal damage while grappling. A monk also deals more damage with her unarmed strikes than a normal person would (see table below).

Table: Monk Unarmed Damage Table

LevelDamage (Small)Damage (Medium)Damage (Large)Critical Hit Threat Range
1st - 4th1d31d41d620
5th - 9th2d32d42d619-20
10th - 14th3d33d43d618-20
15th - 19th4d34d44d617-20
20th5d35d45d616-20

Blitz Techniques (Ex)

Also at 1st level, a monk can utilize these techniques to enable combo finishers (see below). Blitz techniques are special martial art attacks which can be used in place of a normal attack that start a combo.

  • Elbow Smash (Ex): A monk who uses this blitz technique suffers a –2 penalty to this Attack roll but deals normal martial art damage – 2 and has a chance to stagger a foe hit with this for 1 round unless they make a Fortitude save (DC 10 + half of the monk’s level + her Wisdom modifier).
  • Fierce Punch (Ex): A monk who uses this blitz technique deals normal martial damage.
  • Knee Thrust (Ex): A monk who uses this blitz technique suffers a –2 penalty to this Attack roll but deals normal martial art damage – 2 and has a chance to sickened a foe hit with this for 1 round unless they make a Fortitude save (DC 10 + half of the monk’s level + her Wisdom modifier).
  • Rising Uppercut (Ex): A monk who uses this blitz technique suffers a –2 penalty to this Attack roll but deals normal martial art damage + 2 and has a chance to knock a foe prone. The monk can attempt to trip its opponent as a free action without provoking an attack of opportunity if it hits with this blitz technique. If the attempt fails, the monk is not tripped in return.
  • Roundhouse Kick (Ex): A monk who uses this blitz technique suffers a –2 penalty to this Attack roll but deals normal martial art damage + 2 and has a chance to knock a foe prone. The monk can attempt to trip its opponent as a free action without provoking an attack of opportunity if it hits with this blitz technique. If the attempt fails, the monk is not tripped in return.
  • Strong Kick (Ex): A monk who uses this blitz technique deals normal martial damage.

AC Bonus (Ex)

A monk is highly trained at dodging blows, and she has a sixth sense that lets her avoid even unanticipated attacks. When unarmored and unencumbered, the monk adds her Wisdom bonus (if any) to her AC and her CMD. In addition, a monk gains a +1 bonus to AC and CMD at 4th level. This bonus increases by 1 for every four monk levels thereafter, up to a maximum of +5 at 20th level. These bonuses to AC apply even against touch attacks or when the monk is flat-footed. She loses these bonuses when she is immobilized or helpless, when she wears any armor, when she carries a shield, or when she carries a medium or heavy load.

Flurry of Blows (Ex)

At 1st level, a monk can make a flurry of blows as a full-attack action. When making a flurry of blows, the monk can make one additional attack at her highest base attack bonus. This additional attack stacks with the bonus attacks from haste and other similar effects. When using this ability, the monk can make these attacks with any combination of her unarmed strikes and weapons that have the monk special weapon quality. She takes no penalty for using multiple weapons when making a flurry of blows, but she does not gain any additional attacks beyond what’s already granted by the flurry for doing so. (She can still gain additional attacks from a high base attack bonus, from this ability, and from haste and similar effects).

At 11th level, a monk can make an additional attack at her highest base attack bonus whenever she makes a flurry of blows. This stacks with the first attack from this ability and additional attacks from haste and similar effects.

Stunning Fist (Ex)

At 1st level, the monk gains Stunning Fist as a bonus feat, even if she does not meet the prerequisites.

At 4th level, and every 4 levels thereafter, the monk gains the ability to apply a new condition to the target of her Stunning Fist. This condition replaces stunning the target for 1 round, and a successful saving throw still negates the effect.

At 4th level, she can choose to make the target fatigued.

At 8th level, she can make the target sickened for 1 minute.

At 12th level, she can make the target staggered for 1d6+1 rounds.

At 16th level, she can permanently blind or deafen the target.

At 20th level, she can paralyze the target for 1d6+1 rounds.

The monk must choose which condition will apply before the attack roll is made. These effects do not stack with themselves (a creature sickened by Stunning Fist cannot become nauseated if hit by Stunning Fist again), but additional hits do increase the duration.

Evasion (Ex)

At 2nd level or higher, a monk can avoid damage from many area-effect attacks. If a monk makes a successful Reflex saving throw against an attack that normally deals half damage on a successful save, she instead takes no damage. Evasion can be used only if a monk is wearing no armor. A helpless monk does not gain the benefit of evasion.

Combo Finishers (Ex)

At 3rd level and every odd level thereafter, a monk gains a combo finisher that allows her to put the blitz techniques into good use by starting and finishing combos. Each combo finisher requires a certain amount of blitz techniques used in order and must be completed before the end of his next turn or the monk must start over. In addition, once the monk is able to use a combo finisher, he must activate it before the end of his next turn or its lost. All combo finishers are swift actions, unless indicated on the ability. At 6th level, a monk can substitute, as a free action, any blitz technique by spending 1 ki point per technique substituted.

  • A complete list of monk combo finishers can be found here: Combo Finishers

Fast Movement (Ex)

At 3rd level, a monk gains an enhancement bonus to her land speed, as shown on the table above. A monk in armor or carrying a medium or heavy load loses this extra speed.

Martial Arts Master (Ex)

At 4th level, a monk may use her monk level to qualify for feats with a fighter level prerequisite when those feats are applied to unarmed strikes.

Ki Pool (Su)

At 4th level, a monk gains a pool of ki points, supernatural energy she can use to accomplish amazing feats. The number of points in a monk’s ki pool is equal to half her monk level + her Wisdom modifier. As long as she has at least 1 point in her ki pool, she can make a ki strike. At 4th level, ki strike allows her unarmed attacks to be treated as magic weapons for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction. At 7th level, her unarmed attacks are also treated as cold iron and silver for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction. At 10th level, her unarmed attacks are also treated as lawful weapons for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction. At 16th level, her unarmed attacks are treated as adamantine weapons for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction and bypassing hardness.

By spending 1 point from her ki pool as a swift action, a monk can make one additional unarmed strike at her highest attack bonus when making a flurry of blows attack. This bonus attack stacks with all bonus attacks gained from flurry of blows, as well as those from haste and similar effects. A monk gains additional powers that consume points from her ki pool as she gains levels.

The ki pool is replenished each morning after 8 hours of rest or meditation; these hours do not need to be consecutive.

Ki Powers (Su)

At 4th level and every two levels thereafter, a monk can select one ki power. These powers allow the monk to perform amazing feats of mystical power and acrobatic prowess by expending points from her ki pool. Once a ki power is selected, it cannot be changed. Some ki powers require the monk to be of a specific level or higher before they can be chosen. Unless otherwise noted, a monk cannot select an individual ki power more than once.

  • A complete list of monk ki powers can be found here: Ki Powers

Purity of Body (Ex)

At 5th level, a monk gains immunity to all diseases, including supernatural and magical diseases.

Boost (Ex)

At 8th level, a monk learns to harness the power of her strikes for the short duration. As a swift action, she can increase the damage of her attacks equal to half her monk level for the round. The monk can use this ability a number of times per day equal to 3 + her Wisdom modifier.

Improved Evasion (Ex)

At 9th level, a monk’s evasion ability improves. She still takes no damage on a successful Reflex saving throw against attacks such as a dragon’s breath weapon, but henceforth she takes only half damage on a failed save. A helpless monk (such as one who is unconscious or paralyzed) does not gain the benefit of improved evasion.

Counterattack (Ex)

At 11th level, a monk gains the ability to counter blows when attacked. During her action, she designates an opponent and once per round, if that opponent attacks her, she can immediately make an attack of opportunity. She can select a new opponent on any action. A helpless monk (such as one who is unconscious or paralyzed) does not gain the benefit of this ability, nor can she use this ability when flat-footed.

Defensive Roll (Ex)

At 13th level, a monk may use the defensive roll advanced thief talent once per day, plus once per three levels beyond 13th (to a maximum of 3 times a day at 19th level).

Timeless Body (Ex)

At 17th level, a monk no longer takes penalties to her ability scores for aging and cannot be magically aged. Any such penalties that she has already taken, however, remain in place. Age bonuses still accrue, and the monk still dies of old age when her time is up.

Improved Counterattack (Ex)

At 19th, the monk’s ability to counter blows when attacked improves. Anytime an opponent attacks the monk, she can make an attack of opportunity. She may make a number of additional attacks of opportunity equal to her Dexterity bonus. She cannot counterattack the same opponent twice. A helpless monk (such as one who is unconscious or paralyzed) does not gain the benefit of this ability, but can use this ability while flat-footed. This ability does not stack with Combat Reflexes.

Perfect Self (Ex)

At 20th level, a monk becomes a magical creature. She is forevermore treated as an outsider rather than a humanoid (or whatever her original creature type was) for the purpose of spells and magical effects. Additionally, the monk gains damage reduction 10/chaotic, which allows her to ignore the first 10 points of damage from any attack made by a non-chaotic weapon. Unlike other outsiders, the monk can still be brought back from the dead as if she were a member of her previous creature type. Finally, the monk gains the ability to enter a state of perfect calm. During this time, the monk can take no actions, but she does regain ki at the rate of 1 point per 10 minutes spent at calm. She cannot use this ability to gain an amount of ki in excess of her maximum.

Ex-Monks

A monk who becomes non-lawful cannot gain new levels as a monk but retains all monk abilities.

Favored Class Bonuses

Instead of receiving an additional skill rank or hit point whenever they gain a level in a favored class, some races have the option of choosing from a number of other bonuses, depending upon their favored classes. The following options are available to the listed race who have monk as their favored class, and unless otherwise stated, the bonus applies each time you select the listed favored class reward.

  • Aegyl: Add +1/4 point to the monk’s ki pool.
  • Au Ra: Add +1/3 to the monk’s AC bonus class ability.
  • Bangaa: Add +1/3 to the monk’s AC bonus class ability.
  • Burmecian: Add +1 feet to the speed the monk can move while making a Stealth check without taking a penalty. This has no effect unless the monk has selected this reward five times (or another increment of five). This does not allow the monk to use Stealth while running or charging.
  • Dwarf: Reduce the Hardness of any object made of clay, stone, or metal by 1 whenever the object is struck by the monk’s unarmed strike (minimum of 0).
  • Elvaan: Add +1 to the monk’s CMD when resisting a grapple and +1/2 to the number of stunning fists he can attempt per day.
  • Galka: Add +1 to the monk’s CMD when resisting a grapple and +1/2 to the number of stunning attacks he can attempt per day.
  • Garif: Add +1/4 point to the monk’s ki pool.
  • Gria: Add +1/3 to the monk’s CMD.
  • Hume: Add +1/4 point to the monk’s ki pool.
  • Mithra: Add +5 feet to the distance by which fall damage is reduced when the monk uses the slow fall ability. This bonus cannot improve the total amount of the monk’s slow fall distance reduction by more than 1.5 times its normal granted distance (ex. 30 feet maximum reduced at 4th level, up to 135 feet maximum at 18th level).
  • Moogle: Add +1 to the monk’s Acrobatics check bonus gained by spending a point from his ki pool. A monk must be at least 5th level to select this benefit.
  • Tarutaru: Add +1 to the monk’s CMD when resisting a grapple and +1/2 to the number of stunning fists he can attempt per day.
  • Tonkin: Add +1 to the monk’s CMD when resisting a grapple and +1/2 to the number of stunning attacks he can attempt per day.
  • Varg: Add +1 to the monk’s base speed. In combat this option has no effect unless the monk has selected it in an increment of five. This bonus stacks with the monk’s fast movement class feature and applies under the same conditions as that feature.
  • Viera: Add +1 to the monk’s base speed. In combat this option has no effect unless the monk has selected it five times (or another increment of five). This bonus stacks with the monk’s fast movement class feature and applies under the same conditions as that feature.
  • Yagudo: Reduce the Hardness of any object made of clay, stone, or metal by 1 whenever the object is struck by the monk’s unarmed strike (minimum of 0).

Archetypes