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Monk Archetypes

NameReplacesSummary
Black AspStunning Fist; Still MindThe black asps are a sinister order of monks who train as assassins and infiltrators with no need for weapons to achieve their goals.
Brazen DiscipleClass Skills; 1st, 6th-level Bonus Feats; Still Mind; Abundant Step; Perfect SelfBrazen disciples use deception in their fighting style, and many go a step further, incorporating fire and smoke both mundane and magical.
Disciple of WholenessKi Pool; Purity of Body; Diamond Body; Diamond SoulDisciples of wholeness train to bring themselves and others closer to physical and spiritual perfection.
Drunken MasterStill Mind; Purity of Body; Diamond Body; Diamond Soul; Empty BodyThe drunken master finds perfection through excess.
Elemental MonkAlignment; Stunning Fist; Bonus Feats; Evasion; Purity of Body; Diamond Body; Ki PoolElemental monks draw inspiration from genies to create their fighting style. Their adaptability and versatility make them capable of serving as emissaries of elemental balance.
Far Strike MonkWeapon/Armor Proficiencies; Flurry of Blows; Bonus Feats; Stunning Fist; Still Mind; Purity of Body; Diamond BodyFar strike monks are masters of thrown weapons, from shuriken to throwing axes to spears.
Flowing MonkStunning Fist; 2nd-level Bonus Feat; Fast Movement; Purity of Body; Diamond Body; Quivering PalmThe flowing monk is the wind and the river. He knows how the world flows, and forces his enemies to flow with it.
Gray DiscipleSlow Fall; Still Mind; High Jump; 6th-level Bonus Feat; Wholeness of Body; Abundant Step; Quivering Palm; Tongue of the Sun and Moon; Empty Body(Duergar Only) The gray disciple contemplates the inner voice of duergar magic and the silent eternity of stone, mastering these dual mysteries and combining them to deadly effect.
Hamatulatsu MasterBonus Feats; Stunning Fist; Ki Pool; Purity of BodyOnce part of the Sisterhood of Eiseth, the Sisterhood of the Golden Erinyes is an order of female monks dedicated to emulating the painful strikes of the barbed devil, leaving targets alive but permanently scarred and broken by pain—a method called hamatulatsu.
Harrow WardenWeapon/Armor Proficiencies; Stunning Fist; Improved Evasion; Diamond Body; Quivering PalmSome who study the mysteries of the harrow do so to restore lost knowledge and pride to the Varisian people. The harrow warden fulfills this role as she seeks to bring her mind and body into alignment, and she protects her people by invoking the folklore that has guided them for so long. In mastering her own place in fate, a harrow warden learns how to misalign the destinies of others.
HellcatAlignment; Class Skills; Weapon Proficiencies; Bonus Feats; Stunning Fist; Fast Movement; Evasion; Purity of Body; Improved Evasion; Slow Fall; Still Mind; Ki Pool; Wholeness of Body; Diamond BodyMonks of the hellcat sect follow the teachings of Asmodeus or another infernal power.
Hungry Ghost MonkStunning Fist; Purity of Body; Wholeness of Body; Diamond Body; Diamond SoulThe hungry ghost monk looks to spirits that prey upon the living as models of perfection.
Invested Regent1st-level Bonus FeatThe invested regent can harness a divine spark to perform superhuman stunts, influence others, and escape injury.
Ironskin MonkMonk’s AC; Bonus Feats; Evasion; Ki Speed Increase; High Jump; Fast Movement; Slow Fall; Improved Evasion; Tongue of the Sun and Moon; Perfect Self(Hobgoblin Only) Through discipline and training, an ironskin monk hardens his body to withstand punishing blows.
Karmic MonkAlignment; Class Skills; Stunning Fist; Still Mind; 7th and 10th-level Ki Pool Abilities; Improved Evasion; Slow Fall; Perfect SelfA karmic monk contemplates the myriad harmonies that guide existence. He learns to use the disharmony in others against them, and to alter his own inner harmonies to exploit weaknesses in his opponents’ defenses.
Kata MasterStunning Fist; Still Mind; Ki Pool; Wholeness of Body; Quivering PalmThe kata master takes the visual aspect of his martial art to its logical extreme, harnessing her flowing movements and skilled maneuvers as a psychological weapon against her enemies.
Ki MysticStill Mind; Purity of Body; Diamond Body; Diamond Soul; Empty BodyThe ki mystic believes that violence is sometimes necessary, but knowing and understanding is the true root of perfection.
Maneuver MasterFlurry of Blows; Still Mind; Slow Fall; Purity of Body; Diamond Body; Quivering PalmThe maneuver master specializes in more complicated moves than simple damage-dealing strikes.
Martial ArtistStill Mind; Slow Fall; Ki Pool; Purity of Body; Diamond Body; Perfect Self; Wholeness of Body; Timeless Body; Tongue of Sun and Moon; Abundant Step; Diamond Soul; Empty BodyThe martial artist pursues a mastery of pure martial arts without the monastic traditions. He is a master of form, but lacks the ability to harness his ki.
Master of Many StylesBonus Feats; Flurry of Blows; Perfect SelfThe master of many styles is a collector. For every move, he seeks a counter. For every style, he has a riposte.
Menhir GuardianAlignment; Weapon/Armor Proficiencies; Unarmed Strike; Ki Pool; Flurry of Blows; Stunning Fist; High Jump; Quivering PalmMenhir guardians are ascetic protectors of sacred druidic sites, less concerned with structure and maintaining internal order than they are with preserving the natural balance of the world.
Monk of the Empty HandMonk Weapon Proficiencies; Still Mind; Purity of Body; Diamond BodyThe monk of the empty hand eschews normal weapons in favor of whatever is lying around—rocks, chair legs, flagons of ale, even a simple quill pen all become deadly weapons in the hands of such a monk.
Monk of the Four WindsStunning Fist; Abundant Step; Timeless Body; Perfect SelfThe monk of the four winds is connected to the natural world in a way few other creatures—even other monks—can hope to match.
Monk of the Healing HandWholeness of Body; Diamond Body; Quivering Palm; Perfect SelfMonks of the healing hand seek perfection through helping others.
Monk of the LotusStunning Fist; Abundant Step; Quivering Palm; Tongue of the Sun and the MoonWhile a monk of the lotus realizes that combat cannot always be avoided—and is more than capable in a fight—he understands that all creatures are connected, and to harm another is to harm the self.
Monk of the Mantis2nd, 6th, 10th, 14th, and 18th-level Bonus Feats; Wholeness of Body; Diamond Body; Diamond Soul; Quivering PalmA body contains many points where the flesh, mind, and spirit coincide. A monk of the mantis is skilled at manipulating these points.
Monk of the Sacred MountainEvasion; Slow Fall; High Jump; Improved Evasion; Tongue of the Sun and the MoonThe monk of the sacred mountain finds strength and power in the earth beneath his feet.
Monk of the Seven FormsBonus Feats; Stunning Fist; Maneuver Training; Abundant Step; Quivering PalmIn their place, the monks of the isolated sanctuary now teach a style featuring lightning-fast strikes that mimic both dervish dances and the searing winds of the arid desert, favoring mobility and endurance.
Nimble GuardianEvasion; Still Mind; Purity of Body; Wholeness of Body; Improved Evasion(Catfolk Only) Some catfolk monks dedicate their graceful prowess to the defense of others, especially those dedicated to a similar ethos or who prove themselves as stalwart allies of the monk’s cause.
NornkithKey Ability Score; Stunning Fist; 1st, 10th-level Bonus Feat; Diamond Soul; Quivering Palm; Empty Body; Perfect SelfNornkith hone their bodies and minds to follow the branching threefold paths of fate.
OuatGreed, Hatred, Defensive Training, Stonecunning, Weapon Familiarity (Dwarven Racial Traits); Stunning Fist; Wholeness of Body(Dwarf Only) The ascetic, desert-dwelling dwarves known as the Ouat have eschewed dwarven traditions, whose unchanging rigidity, they believe, shackles their people to the past and inhibits self-improvement.
Perfect ScholarClass Skills; Still Mind; Slow Fall; Tongue of the Sun and Moon; Perfect SelfPerfect scholars, often worshipers of Irori, hone their minds and bodies through the accumulation of knowledge
Qinggong MonkSlow Fall; High Jump; Wholeness of Body; Diamond Body; Abundant Step; Diamond Soul; Quivering Palm; Timeless Body; Tongue of the Sun and Moon; Empty Body; Perfect SelfThe qinggong monk is a master of her ki, using it to perform superhuman stunts or even blast opponents with supernatural energy.
Sage CouncilerClass Skills; 1st, 2nd, 6th, 10th-level Bonus Feat; Ki Pool abilitiesSage counselors are ascetics and mystics who leave the confines of the monastery walls to advise secular people about spiritual truths and to seek knowledge of the outside world.
Scaled FistBonus Feats; Still Mind; Maneuver Training; Quivering Palm Scaled fists eschew passive introspection in favor of unshakable confidence. Steeped in traditions that trace their origins to the warrior-monks who trained under the tutelage of draconic masters in Tian Xia, scaled fists eschew passive introspection in favor of unshakable confidence. Scaled fists learn to combine brutal intimidation with the brazen ferocity of an ancient wyrm to devastate their foes.
Scarred MonkKi Pool; High Jump; Wholeness of Body; Abundant Step, Empty BodyFor monks who seek the truth hidden in pain, the practice of mortifications of the flesh helps to achieve enlightenment and acquire disturbing powers.
SenseiFlurry of Blows; Fast Movement; Improved Evasion; Evasion; 2nd, 6th, 12th, 18th-level Bonus FeatsThe sensei is a revered teacher who imparts lessons on the oneness of mind, body, and spirit, along with occasional correction that is subtle and swift.
Serpent-Fire AdeptClass Skills; Stunning Fist; 1st, 2nd, 6th, 10th, 14th, and 18th-level Bonus Feats; Slow Fall; High Jump; Wholeness of BodyA serpent-fire adept embraces the secrets of her chakras and mastery of their energetic flow.
Sin MonkKi Pool; High Jump; Wholeness of Body; Abundant Step; Empty Body; Perfect Self {Ex-monk archetype) Martial experts who have allowed such passions to lead them astray may find themselves gaining powers drawn from their newly embraced sins.
SoheiWeapon/Armor Proficiency; Stunning Fist; Fast Movement; Increased Unarmed Damage; Slow Fall; Abundant Step; Purity of Body; Diamond Body; Quivering Palm; Timeless Body; Tongue of Sun and MoonThe sohei are masters of the horse and the hunt.
Spirit MasterStill Mind; Maneuver Training; Purity of Body; Wholeness of Body; Quivering Palm; Empty Body; Perfect SelfSpirit masters are monks who specialize in combating the undead, laying their corpses to rest, and sending their souls to final judgment.
Student of StoneEvasion; Fast Movement; Bonus Feat; High Jump; Improved Evasion; Abundant Step(Oread Only) By following the path of the stone, students of stone give up much of monks’ mobility in favor of sheer resilience.
Terra-Cotta MonkClass Skills; Evasion; High Jump; Improved Evasion; Abundant Step; Quivering Palm; Empty BodyPossessing a natural affinity for all things earthen, terracotta monks are experts at turning the stone around them against their enemies.
TetoriBonus Feats; Flurry of Blows; Slow Fall; High Jump; Abundant Step; Improved Evasion; Timeless Body; Tongue of Sun and Moon; Diamond Soul; Empty BodyThe style of the tetori is that of the majestic wrestler—a warrior with a dizzying array of grabs, holds, and locks with which to bewilder and incapacitate his foes.
Treetop MonkStill Mind; Purity of Body; Abundant Step(Vanara Only) While many vanaras follow traditional monastic training and traditions, others learn to blend exotic combat and the mysterious forces of ki with the natural world, allowing them to move through trees and overgrowth to deliver devastating attacks.
Underfoot Adept1st-level Bonus Feat; Stunning Fist; High Jump(Halfling Only) An underfoot adept turns his diminutive stature and unorthodox footwork into a powerful weapon.
WandererClass Skills; 1st-level Bonus Feat; Still Mind; Slow Fall; High Jump; Wholeness of Body; Abundant Step; Diamond Soul(Human Only) Some monks wander the world in humility to learn and to share wisdom and philosophy from their teachers with those they meet, often aiding those who are in need.
Wasteland MeditantStunning Fist; Evasion; Slow Fall; Improved Evasion; Quivering PalmSome monks journey to remote and isolated corners of the world to find serenity and a heightened sense of awareness.
Water DancerFlurry of Blows; Stunning Fist; Quivering Palm; 1st, 2nd, 6th, 10th, 14th, and 18th-level Bonus Feats; Unarmed Strike; Evasion; Slow Fall; Improved Evasion; Abundant StepWater dancers derive their martial training from ancient nereid traditions jealously guarded by these enigmatic fey.
Weapon AdeptStunning Fist; Evasion; Improved Evasion; Timeless Body; Perfect SelfWhile all monks train in both unarmed combat and with weapons, the weapon adept seeks to become one with his weapons, transforming them into perfect extensions of his own body.
WildcatStill Mind; Ki Pool; High Jump; Slow Fall; Improved Evasion; Abundant Step; Diamond Soul; Empty BodyA wildcat is a student of the school of hard knocks, who dedicates himself to learning how to take down foes by any means necessary.
Windstep MasterStunning Fist; Slow Fall; Ki PoolMost monks are agile and fleet of foot, but few can rival a windstep master’s lightness of step.
Zen ArcherStunning Fist; Evasion; Maneuver Training; Still Mind; Purity of Body; Improved Evasion; Diamond Body; Tongue of the Sun and the MoonThe zen archer takes a weapon most other monks eschew and seeks perfection in the pull of a taut bowstring, the flex of a bow’s limbs, and the flight of an arrow fired true.