The Psionic Monk (3.5e Optimized Character Build)

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Introduction[edit]

This is an optimized build to show that the Monk class, is best when combined with Psionics, and taken sparingly.

References[edit]

This build uses only 3.5 WoTC Sourcebooks and the SRD. Sources used: Eberron Campaign Setting, Faiths of Eberron, Magic of Faerun, Complete Psionic, System Reference Document, Dungeon Masters Guide, Miniatures Handbook

Game Rule Components[edit]

This build requires a Lawful alignment, and is best when used with a race that gives a bonus to mental attributes. I use a 28 point buy, though it looks quite similar using pretty much any point buy as you only need to focus on your mental attributes. This build attempts to abuse Metamorphosis and size adjustments as much as possible.

Progression[edit]

Starting Ability Scores (Before Racial Adjustments): Strength: 8; Dexterity: 8; Constitution: 10; Intelligence 16; Wisdom 18; Charisma 8

Race: Jungle Kobold: (-4 Strength, +2 Dexterity, -2 Intelligence) Venerable Age: ( +3 Intelligence, +3 Wisdom, +3 Charisma )

Starting Racial Traits:

  • Small size: +1 bonus to Armor Class, +1 bonus on attack rolls, +4 bonus on Hide checks, -4 penalty on grapple checks, lifting and carrying limits ¾ those of Medium characters.
  • A kobold’s base land speed is 30 feet.
  • Darkvision out to 60 feet.
  • Racial Skills: A kobold character has a +2 racial bonus on Craft (trapmaking), Profession (miner), and Search checks.
  • Racial Feats: A kobold character gains feats according to its character class.
  • +1 natural armor bonus.
  • Special Qualities (see above): Light sensitivity.


ECL Class/HD/LA Base
Attack Bonus
Saving Throws Feats Class
Features
Special
Fort Ref Will
1st Ardent 1 +0 +0 +0 +2 Iron Will, Track, Dragonwrought, Weapon Focus (Unarmed Strike) Assume Psionic Mantle (Freedom, Conflict) (2 Flaws), Prescience, Offense; Dimension Hop
2nd Ardent 1 / Monk 1 +0 +2 +2 +4 Monastic Training (Slayer), Improved Unarmed Strike Flurry of Blows, Monk AC, Monk Speed
3rd Ardent 1 / Monk 2 +1 +3 +3 +5 Combat Reflexes, Tap Mantle (Energy) Evasion
4th Ardent 2 / Monk 2 +2 +3 +3 +6 Assume Psionic Mantle (Magic) +1 Wisdom Energy Ray
5th Ardent 3 / Monk 2 +3 +4 +4 +6 Hustle
6th Ardent 4 / Monk 2 +4 +4 +4 +7 Tap Mantle (Natural World) Chameleon
7th Ardent 4 / Monk 2 / Slayer 1 +5 +4 +4 +9 Favored Enemy +2, enemy sense
8th Ardent 4 / Monk 2 / Slayer 2 +6/+1 +4 +4 +10 Brain nausea +1 Wisdom, Primary Mantle (Energy), Energy Bolt
9th Ardent 4 / Monk 2 / Slayer 3 +7/+2 +5 +5 +10 Tashalatora Lucid buffer Dimension Slide
10th Ardent 4 / Monk 2 / Slayer 4 +8/+3 +5 +5 +11 Favored Enemy +4 Dispel Psionics
11th Ardent 4 / Monk 2 / Slayer 5 +9/+4 +5 +5 +11 Metamorphosis
12th Ardent 4 / Monk 2 / Slayer 6 +10/+5 +6 +6 +12 Practiced Manifester (Ardent) Cerebral blind +1 Wisdom, Energy Wall
13th Ardent 4 /Monk 2 / Slayer 7 +11/+6/+1 +6 +6 +12 Favored Enemy +6 Teleport, Psionic
14th Ardent 4 / Monk 2 / Slayer 8 +12/+7/+2 +6 +6 +13 Breach Power Resistance Freedom of Movement
15th Ardent 4 / Monk 2 / Slayer 9 +13/+8/+3 +7 +7 +13 Expanded Knowledge (Expansion) Cerebral Immunity Metaphysical Claw
16th Ardent 4 / Monk 2 / Slayer 10 +14/+9/+4 +7 +7 +14 Favored Enemy +8 +1 Wisdom, Energy Wave
17th Ardent 4 / Monk 2 / Slayer 10 /
Sanctified Mind 1
+15/+10/+5 +9 +7 +16 Partition Mind
18th Ardent 4 / Monk 2 / Slayer 10 /
Sanctified Mind 2
+16/+11/+6/+1 +10 +7 +17 Improved Natural Attack (Unarmed Strike) Cleansing Strike Protection from Spells, Psionic
19th Ardent 4 / Monk 2 / Slayer 10 /
Sanctified Mind 3
+17/+12/+7/+2 +10 +8 +17 Disrupting Blow 1/day Teleport, Psionic Greater
20th Ardent 4 / Monk 2 / Slayer 10 /
Sanctified Mind 4
+18/+13/+8/+3 +11 +8 +18 Hard to Hold +1 Wisdom, Earthquake, Psionic

Items[edit]

Belt of Magnificence 200,000 GP
Monks Tattoo 80,000 GP
Mighty Arms Graft 1,000 GP
Battlefists +1 2600 GP
Ectoplasmic Fist Shard 4,000 GP
Bracers of Armor +8 64,000 GP
Amulet of Natural Armor +5 50,000 GP
Ring of Protection +5 50,000 GP
Tome of Understanding +5 137,500 GP

Highlights[edit]

This build uses Metamorphosis and Expansion to shift into a Colossal sized Mountain Troll and the monks Flurry of Blows to unleash a devastating barrage of attacks. It has utility powers to move around the battlefield, and direct damage powers when smacking things just isn't good enough. Slayer levels eventually allow him to become immune to any Mind Affecting spells, and his High Wisdom gives him a very high AC. Full ranks in Use Magic Device allows the build to use pretty much anything that it might need.


Side Notes[edit]

Limitations[edit]

Has a limited number of psionic powers, and they have very specific uses. Without the psionic powers this build is neutered.

DM Counters[edit]

Disallowing some of the items is a good way to start. Using dispel magic, or psionics to remove buffs will help combat the power.

Miscellaneous[edit]

Size Increases for Natural Weapons: Battlefists (+1) Ectoplasmic Fist Shard (+1) Expansion (+2) Metamorphosis (Huge Sized Troll)

Ending Fist Size: Colossal ++


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