Way of the 6 Hidden Ki Barriers (5e Subclass)

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Way of the Six Hidden Ki Barriers

Monk Subclass

While the force of ki is powerful, few monks truly tap into it's power. Where most simply glaze the surface, those who follow the Way of the Six Hidden Ki Barriers dig deeper. By breaking these "barriers", they achieve even higher levels of power.

Breaking Barriers

Your training has enabled you capable of breaking ki barriers. Starting at 3rd level when you choose this monastic tradition, you can use a bonus action to break one or more ki barriers. For every ki barrier you have broken, you gain the following benefits

  • Your movement speed increases by 5 feet.
  • Your unarmed attacks deal extra damage equal to half your Proficiency bonus, rounded down.
  • At the end of your turn, you take necrotic damage equal to your Proficiency bonus. This cannot be negated by any means.

You can have an amount of barriers broken equal to your Proficiency bonus, can "unbreak" one or more as an action, and all barriers immediately unbreak when you fall unconcious.

Full Power

Hitting your limits brings you even higher power. Starting at 6th level, whenever you have broken as many ki barriers as possible, at the start of your turn, you regain 1 ki point.

Ease of Use

Thanks to the sheer amount of time you've spent in these forms, you can use them much easier. Starting at 11th level, the self damage dealt at the end of your turn is halved while you have two or less broken barriers.

Final Barrier

The deepest secret of the tradition, it's seventh barrier. Starting at 17th level, while you have 6 barriers broken, you can use an action to break the seventh. For the next minute, you gain the following benefits.

  • You gain a flying speed equal to your walking speed.
  • Barriers no longer cause self damage.

After this ends, you immediately gain 2 levels of exhaustion and fall unconscious.


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