Shadowmonk (3.5e Class)
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Shadowmonks can leap through shadow and reappear nearby, attack with powerful shadow-imbued fists, use certain shadow magics and command shadows to fight. They have a mix of magical and physical abilities, themed around the darkness. They deal quite a bit of damage with just their melee attacks, but can heal and buff themselves while attacking and debuffing enemies with magic.
 Making a Shadowmonk
Shadowmonks are good at many things, but their magic mostly helps themselves or hurts their enemy. Because of their spread abilities, they are not masters at any one power but make up for it if they use their abilities together. In addition, they are strongest in the darkness, and very weak in complete light. They are more fragile than most but can heal and deal more.
Abilities: Shadowmonks need just about every ability score, as each one adds to their abilities. Wisdom adds defensive magic, Intelligence offensive, Strength for extra damage, Dexterity for extra armor class and some bonuses, and Constitution for some more draining abilities. Charisma is not incredibly useful, though it has it's uses for manipulating people.
Races: Just about any race has its shadowmonks. However, races leaning towards evil and chaos generally have more.
Alignment: All evil, All chaotic, neutral.
Starting Gold: 3d6×10 gp (105 gp).
Starting Age: Complex.
|Saving Throws||Special|| Flurry of Blows
|1st||+0||+2||+2||+2||Bonus Feat, Flurry of Blows, Unarmed Strike, [[#Shadow Strike|Shadow Strike 1d6]||–2/–2||1d6||+0||+0 ft.|
|2nd||+1||+3||+3||+3||#Shadow Stepping, Evasion||–1/–1||1d6||+0||+0 ft.|
|4th||+3||+4||+4||+4||Shadow Spell 1||+1/+1||1d8||+0||+10 ft.|
|5th||+3||+4||+4||+4||Shadow Jump Shadow Initiate||+2/+2||1d8||+1||+10 ft.|
|6th||+4||+5||+5||+5||Shadow Strike 2d6, Shadow Strike bonus||+3/+3||1d8||+1||+20 ft.|
|8th||+6/+1||+6||+6||+6||Shadow Spell 2||+5/+5/+0||1d10||+1||+20 ft.|
|9th||+6/+1||+6||+6||+6||Improved Evasion||+6/+6/+1||1d10||+1||+30 ft.|
|10th||+7/+2||+7||+7||+7||Shadow Body, Shadow Strike 3d6, Shadow Strike bonus 50 ft.||+7/+7/+2||1d10||+2||+30 ft.|
|11th||+8/+3||+7||+7||+7||Greater Flurry||+8/+8/+8/+3||1d10||+2||+30 ft.|
|12th||+9/+4||+8||+8||+8||Shadow Spell 3||+9/+9/+9/+4||2d6||+2||+40 ft.|
|14th||+10/+5||+9||+9||+9||Shadow Strike +4d6, Shadow Strike bonus||+10/+10/+10/+5||2d6||+2||+40 ft.|
|15th||+11/+6/+1||+9||+9||+9||Shadow Master||+11/+11/+11/+6/+1||2d6||+3||+50 ft.|
|16th||+12/+7/+2||+10||+10||+10||Shadow Spell 4||+12/+12/+12/+7/+2||2d8||+3||+50 ft.|
|17th||+12/+7/+2||+10||+10||+10||Tongue of the Shadows||+12/+12/+12/+7/+2||2d8||+3||+50 ft.|
|18th||+13/+8/+3||+11||+11||+11||Shadow Strike 5d6, Shadow Strike Bonus||+13/+13/+13/+8/+3||2d8||+3||+60 ft.|
|20th||+15/+10/+5||+12||+12||+12||Shadow Spell 5||+15/+15/+15/+10/+5||2d10||+4||+60 ft.|
Class Skills (4 + Int modifier per level, ×4 at 1st level)
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Flurry of Blows (Ex): When unarmored, a monk may strike with a flurry of blows at the expense of accuracy. When doing so, she may make one extra attack in a round at her highest base attack bonus, but this attack takes a –2 penalty, as does each other attack made that round. The resulting modified base attack bonuses are shown in the Flurry of Blows Attack Bonus column on Table: The Monk. This penalty applies for 1 round, so it also affects attacks of opportunity the monk might make before her next action. When a monk reaches 5th level, the penalty lessens to –1, and at 9th level it disappears. A monk must use a full attack action to strike with a flurry of blows.
When using flurry of blows, a monk may attack only with unarmed strikes.
When a shadowmonk reaches 11th level, her flurry of blows ability improves. In addition to the standard single extra attack she gets from flurry of blows, she gets a second extra attack at her full base attack bonus.
Unarmed Strike: At 1st level, a monk gains Improved Unarmed Strike as a bonus feat. 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.
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, as shown on Table: The Monk. The unarmed damage on Table: The Monk is for Medium monks. A Small monk deals less damage than the amount given there with her unarmed attacks, while a Large monk deals more damage; see Table: Monk Unarmed Damage by Size.
Shadow Strike: A shadowmonk can trade either their own life or number of strikes for extra damage and various abilities. A shadow monk gets a number of shadow strikes equal to his shadow monk level per day for free. After that, he must either sacrifice an extra attack that round or take damage equal to half the damage dealt. You can choose an additional effect each time you gain another die of damage: Fear: Enemies hit must make an opposed check: your Shadowmonk level/4 vrs their will. On a success, the opponent becomes Frightened. Drain: You heal the extra damage dealt. Compulsion: The enemy is affected by the equivalent of the Suggestion spell, CL(Shadow monk level). More Damage: Double the extra die. Ignore Defenses: Make the attack a touch attack, and ignore damage reduction. Stun: As the effects of Stunning Blow. Blast: The attack deals it's extra damage in a burst 5ft centered around the target, which does not hit you. Push: The opponent is pushed 5ft per extra die.
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