Monk 5e – Level 1 – Optimization

Hit Die: d8
Saving Throw Proficiencies: DEX, STR
Weapon Proficiencies: Simple, shortsword
Armor Proficiencies: None

Optimal Standard Array: 12-15-14-10-13-8

Optimal Race:

  • Aarakocra (DEX +2, WIS +1) Not AL Legal
  • Wood Elf (DEX +2, WIS +1)
  • Kenku (DEX +2, WIS +1) Preview
  • Variant Human (Durable, WIS +1, DEX +1)
  • Ghostwise Halfling  (DEX +2, WIS +1)
  • Firbolg (WIS +2)
  • Water Genasi  (CON +2, WIS +1)
  • Lizardfolk (CON +2, WIS +1)

Optimal Background:

  • Urchin (Sleight of hand and Stealth proficiency)
  • Criminal (Deception and Stealth proficiency)
  • Far Traveler (Perception and Insight proficiency)
  • Faction Agent (Insight proficiency)

Optimal Weapons

  • Spear
  • Quarterstaff
  • Handaxe

Optimal Armor

  • Unarmored