Flurry Of Blows

Monk Class Ability (Extraordinary, 1st Level)

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 or with special monk weapons (kama, nunchaku, quarterstaff, sai, shuriken, and siangham). She may attack with unarmed strikes and special monk weapons interchangeably as desired. When using weapons as part of a flurry of blows, a monk applies her Strength bonus (not Str bonus × 1-1/2 or ×1/2) to her damage rolls for all successful attacks, whether she wields a weapon in one or both hands. The monk can’t use any weapon other than a special monk weapon as part of a flurry of blows.

In the case of the quarterstaff, each end counts as a separate weapon for the purpose of using the flurry of blows ability. Even though the quarterstaff requires two hands to use, a monk may still intersperse unarmed strikes with quarterstaff strikes, assuming that she has enough attacks in her flurry of blows routine to do so.

When a monk 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.

Monk Level Flurry of Blows Bonus Unarmed Damage
1st 2/–2 1d6
2nd –1/–1 1d6
3rd +0/+0 1d6
4th +1/+1 1d8
5th +2/+2 1d8
6th +3/+3 1d8
7th +4/+4 1d8
8th +5/+5/+0 1d10
9th +6/+6/+1 1d10
10th +7/+7/+2 1d10
11th +8/+8/+8/+3 1d10
12th +9/+9/+9/+4 2d6
13th +9/+9/+9/+4 2d6
14th +10/+10/+10/+5 2d6
15th +11/+11/+11/+6/+1 2d6
16th +12/+12/+12/+7/+2 2d8
17th +12/+12/+12/+7/+2 2d8
18th +13/+13/+13/+8/+3 2d8
19th +14/+14/+14/+9/+4 2d8
20th +15/+15/+15/+10/+5 2d10
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