Karmic Monk

A 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.


Alignment: A karmic monk must be true neutral or of any lawful alignment. This alters the monk’s alignment requirement.

Class Skills

The karmic monk gains Diplomacy (Cha) as a class skill instead of Intimidate. This alters the monk’s class skills.

Karmic Strike (Su)

At 1st level, a karmic monk gains bonuses against creatures that attack him first. If a creature the karmic monk has not attacked within the past 24 hours makes an attack roll against the karmic monk or casts an offensive spell that affects the karmic monk, the karmic monk receives a +2 bonus on attack rolls and damage rolls against that creature. If the karmic monk hits such a target, this bonus lasts until the end of the karmic monk’s turn (or until the beginning of the karmic monk’s next turn, if it isn’t his turn). Otherwise, the bonus against a particular creature lasts for 1 minute after the creature’s last attack against the karmic monk.

This ability replaces stunning fist.

Balanced Mind (Su)

At 3rd level, a karmic monk receives a +2 bonus on saving throws against effects with the chaos, evil, good, or law subtype. He also receives this bonus against the abilities and effects of creatures of the listed subtypes.

This ability replaces still mind.

Ki Pool (Su)

At 7th level, when a karmic monk makes unarmed strikes, they’re treated as chaotic, evil, good, and lawful.

This ability replaces the 7th- and 10th-level ki pool abilities.

Harmony (Su)

At 9th level, as an immediate action, a karmic monk can shift his alignment by one step for the purpose of all effects dependent on alignment until the beginning of his next turn. This does not actually alter the karmic monk’s alignment.

This ability replaces improved evasion.

Karmic Disruption (Su)

At 16th level, a karmic monk can spend 1 point from his ki pool as a swift action to add 1d6 points of damage to his unarmed strikes against creatures of either chaotic, evil, good, or lawful alignment for 1 round. This stacks with other abilities that deal damage based on alignment. He cannot alter his alignment choice until the next time he uses this ability.

Creatures that are of the appropriate alignment and are struck by this attack must succeed at a Will save (DC = 10 + 1/2 the karmic monk’s class level + the karmic monk’s Wisdom modifier) or lose any damage reduction based on alignment for a number of rounds equal to the karmic monk’s Wisdom modifier (minimum 1 round). A creature that succeeds at this save is immune to having its damage reduction disrupted by that karmic monk for 24 hours. This attack disrupts only alignment components of damage reduction, not any other components; for example, DR/cold iron and good becomes DR/cold iron.

This ability replaces slow fall 80 feet, and alters slow fall at 19th level to become slow fall 80 feet.

Harmonic Self

At 20th level, a karmic monk is truly in tune with the harmonic balance of the universe. He gains the abilities of perfect self, except that instead of DR 10/chaotic, he gains DR 10 that is overcome only by attacks that do not count as chaotic, evil, good, or lawful.

This ability alters perfect self.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Occult Adventures © 2015, Paizo Inc.; Authors: John Bennett, Logan Bonner, Robert Brookes, Jason Bulmahn, Ross Byers, John Compton, Adam Daigle, Jim Groves, Thurston Hillman, Eric Hindley, Brandon Hodge, Ben McFarland, Erik Mona, Jason Nelson, Tom Phillips, Stephen Radney-MacFarland, Thomas M. Reid, Alex Riggs, Robert Schwalb, Mark Seifter, Russ Taylor, and Steve Townshend.

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