If you aren=E2=80=99t familiar with the Alterna=te Monk, it is my attempt to fix a few of the issues with the monk as prese=nted in the *Player=E2=80=99s Handbook*:
Early Reliance on Weapons.=strong> I=E2=80=99ve always thought it was weird that in order to play opti=mally you need to use a quarterstaff at low levels. Now you don=E2=80=99t n=eed to do that with the adjustments to Martial Arts and Flurry of Blows.
Extremely Narrow Flavor. A lo=t of the PHB monk=E2=80=99s abilities are really cool, but they box you int=o a pretty small thematic area for characters. By moving abilities like Slo=w Fall, Deflect Movement, Tongue of Sun & Moon, and Empty Body into Tec=hniques, you can now customize your Monk to be (almost) whatever style of u=narmed warrior you want!
Misc // Art & Formatting update=s
Flurry of Blows // Can only be used when y=ou take the attack action and make unarmed strikes. 11th level improvement =changed.
Monastic Traditions // added Signat=ure Techniques for each Tradition
Slow Fall =& Deflect Missiles // Now Techniques
Enl=ightened Fist // Now only unarmed strikes are magical (make way for the Wux=ia)!
Stillness of Mind // Merged with Spirit= of Tranquility
Way of the Drunken Fist // N=EW Tradition based on the Way of the Drunken Master.
Open Hand // 3rd level features completely reworked. Ebb and Flow==E2=80=99s speed reduction given a duration. Empowered Strike renamed to Op=en Hand Strike
Radiance // Spirit of Light h=as been removed. Luminous Burst now explicitly lets you cast radiant fireba=ll. Grand Master grants immunity to radiant damage and blinding.
Reaper // Armor of the Grave costs 1 additional Ki eac=h time you use it
Shadow Arts // Cloak of Sh=adow allows you to remain invisible if opportunity attacks miss. Grand Mast=er of Shadows buffs all subclass features.
W=ay of the Wuxia // NEW Tradition based on the Way of the Kensei
Techniques // All Strike Techniques can only be used wi=th melee attacks. Empowered Strike can knock back UP TO 5x your WIS mod fee=t. Patient Defense can be used for free at 11th level. Deflect Missiles can= spend Ki to deflect spells at 11th level. Armor of the Ascetic happens at =the end of every rest
Alternate Monk=: Expanded document!
Make sure to c=heck out the Alternate Monk: Expanded for 14 additional Techniques, 2 Feats=, and eight Monastic Traditions! Ways of the Boulder, Brawler, Ferocity, Fl=owing River, Hurricane, Sacred Ink, Vigilante, and the Void!