• Justin Handlin

Class Analysis: Monk



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Crit Academy breaks down the features of the Monk in the Dungeon and Dragons Player Handbook. We touch on the mechanics and how they function, as well how we would reflavor them to give them a fresh and unique feel.


The monk is an absolute blast to play. The unarmed strike form of combat is intoxicating to those who love to get creative with their combat descriptions. Most players when running a monk focus on the punches and kicks that they can do. But, its "unarmed" combat, not fists and kicks. This opens up the combat flavor to a whole new level. Playing a Tiefling? Slap the enemy around with a spinning tail swipe, or bash their heads in with yours, I've even seen a halfling run full force jump into the air and do a street fighter Blanca style spinning ball smash, the creativity is endless.


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Character Concept:

The Oblivious Observant

The adventurers are walking through the dreaded Tomb of Horrors. They slowly make

their way from room to room being careful not to fall victim to one of its legendary deathtraps. While the rest of the party is investigating a big, green, demonic face carved into the wall, the bard decides to take a breather by leaning up against a wall. Suddenly, the wall swivels open and leads to a new passageway! A few moments later, a trap is triggered and poison darts start firing from the walls themselves. The bard, however, doesn’t notice because he just bent down to wipe a scuff mark off of his shoe, and the darts harmlessly fly overhead.


The Oblivious Observant is a character who, despite his stats indicating that he may be very

good at Perception, Investigation, History or so on, is completely oblivious and often notices

clues or solves problems through sheer dumb luck. When you succeed on a roll (be it a skill

check, saving throw, attack roll, whatever) you can reflavor the result so that instead of doing

something on purpose, you do it because you were distracted by something you saw. voiding a fireball might involve you tripping over a rock as the fire passes over you, or maybe you found out how to deactivate a trap because you were picking your nose and wiped it off on the switch that controlled the hall of spinning blades.


If your character has a high stat modifier on your character sheet, that doesn’t mean they

have to be skilled in-game. A success on a roll is a success, so work with your DM to find fun

ways to play out those successes. You might even want to hide some details of your character from the rest of the players. Imagine if, halfway through a year-long campaign, you find out that it was all planned out by the player ahead of time!


Monster Variant:

The Crowd Pleaser

Gladiatorial combat is one of the most common forms of entertainment around. For some, it’s not all about the blood and gore. For some, it’s about the performance, the cheer of the crowd, the chant of the fans, and the glory that comes with success.


Origin: Gladiator

New Feature:

Showboat. When the crowd pleaser hits with a melee attack, it can forgo an attack to make a DC 15 Charisma (Performance) check, on a success, the crowd pleaser can spend a number of hit dice up to a maximum of its CR to regain hit points.