I’ve been waiting a long time for Wizards to release a Monk subclass for 5e that relies on psionics rather than sneak, weapons, and/or energy attacks. So, I decided to take things into my own hands, sculpting a subclass that focuses on mind and body, rather than body and mind. The only question left is…is it balanced against the other subclasses? (I will provide notes throughout regarding my own concerns, feel free to voice your own)
Way of Unwavering Discipline
Monks who follow the Way of Unwavering Discipline focus on the power of their own mind, manifesting their Ki as a primal psionic power. Throughout years of study, they maintain an incredibly strict discipline through which they learn to manipulate themselves and others to their own ideals.
You must be of a lawful alignment to choose this Monastic Tradition.
Yeah, I put this in here just to prevent anyone from saying, “Hey! My CN Monk can totally contemplate law and order in the universe!”
As you gain experience, your mind finds more and more ways to reach out to others. When you choose this tradition at 3rd level, choose two cantrips from this list: Friends, Mage Hand, Message, Guidance, Resistance, Prestidigitation, Druidcraft, Vicious Mockery or Minor Illusion. You can now cast these cantrips as an action or bonus action, without expending any material components. You may select one additional cantrip from these options when you reach the 6th, 11th, and 17th levels in the Monk class, which you can cast in the same way.
I didn’t want to do the same spell structure of the Shadow Monk for this. If there is a cantrip that you think I should add or remove from the list, please tell me.
By 6th level, your Ki allows you unify your mind and body, allowing you to simply ignore all but the most grievous wounds. If you take damage in a single turn that is less than or equal to your Monk level, you may use your reaction to instead take no damage. Additionally, you have advantage on Wisdom saving throws.
Basically, you are so disciplined that you can ignore (very small) amounts of pain. This scales, so this is the one feature I really need insight on for balance.
Beginning at 11th level, you become intensely aware of your surroundings, and have come to have reflexes that border on precognition. You have advantage on Wisdom (Insight) and Wisdom (Perception) checks, and you gain a bonus to Dexterity saves and Initiative rolls equal to your Wisdom modifier.
Beginning at 17th level, your mastery of psionics allows you the benefit of uninterrupted flight. You gain a flight speed equal to your move speed, and the benefit of the Dash action can be applied to this speed. While you are flying in this way, you are hovering. Additionally, you can cast the Levitate spell at-will, without requiring concentration.
And that’s about it! I would love to see your views comparing this subclass to other Monk subclasses, and also suggestions on how to improve it. Thanks!