Sunday, May 17, 2009

A bunch of feats for the Monk playtest

The playtest article for the Player's Handbook 3 Monk class came out this week, and it's as good as you could expect. I'll post a detailed review soon (the short review is: I love it, but find it slightly weak) for those who haven't read it yet. Today's article, however, is for those who have.

The Monk Playtest, like all previous playtests, has the frustrating limitation of lacking feats. I guess you can call it an improvement, though, as it features a brand new feat, which happens to be a mix of Weapon and Implement Expertise. Since that's hardly enough for me, I've made a bunch of my own, which you can see below. Most of them are basic, almost obvious ideas that I wouldn't be surprised to find in PHB 3. A few (like Unarmored Mobility) include mechanics that I'd like to see in the base class. Enjoy!

Monastic training (Monk Multiclass)
Requisites: Dex 13, Wis 13
Benefit: You gain training in one skill from the monk's class skill list.
Choose one monastic tradition. Once per encounter, you can use the flurry of blows power associated with that tradition as an encounter power.
In addition, you gain the Unarmed Combatant class feature.

Monastic defense (Monk Multiclass)
Requisites: Dex 13
Benefit: You gain training in one skill from the monk's class skill list.
You gain the Unarmored Defense class feature.

Unarmored mobility
Requisites: Monk, Unarmored Defense class feature
Benefit: While you are wearing cloth armor or no armor and aren't using a shield, you gain a +1 bonus to AC against opportunity attacks, and have resist against those attacks equal to your Wisdom modifier.

Improved Flurry of blows
Requisites: Monk, Flurry of Blows class feature
Benefit: When you use a Flurry of Blows power, you deal 1 extra damage. Increase this extra damage to +2 at 11th level, and +3 at 21st level.

Improved Unarmored Defense
Requisites: Monk, Unarmored Defense class feature
Benefit: Increase the bonus to AC from your Unarmored Defense by 1.

Centered Breath mastery
Requisites: Monk, Centered Breath tradition
Benefit: When you slide an enemy with your Centered Flurry of Blows power, increase the distance of the slide by 2. You can't move the target into squares not adjacent to you this way.

Fierce Unarmed Strike
Requisites: Monk, Unarmed Combatant class feature
Benefit: You become proficient with the Fierce Unarmed Strike, which is a weapon with the attributes shown below. You must have both hands free to use your Fierce Unarmed Strike.
Special: Each time you make an unarmed attack, choose one type of Unarmed Strike that you can use.
Special: Any enhancenment bonus or magic ability affecting your Monk Unarmed Strike also applies to your Fierce Unarmed Strike.

Fierce Unarmed Strike+21d12---Unarmed-

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