Haven’t you previously said that unarmed strikes are NOT weapon attacks?

3 thoughts on “Haven’t you previously said that unarmed strikes are NOT weapon attacks?

  1. Jonathan R Bennison says:

    It’s unfortunate, to rule out so many Martial Arts sneak attacks.

    Monk is by no means the only Martial Arts Archetype to use unarmed strikes in addition to simple weapons.

    Our Special Forces all learn unarmed sneak attacks. They are certainly more Rogue or Ranger than Monk, and it speaks directly to the comment that a “Rogue does not classically sneak attack you with an unarmed strike”.

    Thank you for the clarity on your ruling though.
    We can always adjust at our private tables.

    • Jonathan R Bennison says:

      Interestingly enough, regarding Dungeons and Dragons Legacy from previous editions.


      An unarmed strike is always considered a light weapon. Therefore, you can use the Weapon Finesse feat to apply your Dexterity modifier instead of your Strength modifier to attack rolls with an unarmed strike. Unarmed strikes do not count as natural weapons (see Combat). The damage from an unarmed strike is considered weapon damage for the purposes of effects that give you a bonus on weapon damage rolls.

      A monk or any character with the Improved Unarmed Strike feat can deal lethal or nonlethal damage with unarmed strikes, at his discretion.

    • Studynot -Studynot says:

      A Monk can still sneak attack with their shortsword proficiency and also use their Monk bonus action to Flurry or punch once or whatever in the same round of actions.

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