Way of Shadow

Game: Baldur's Gate 3

ShadowMonk Subclass

You value the arts of stealth and subterfuge, bending the shadows to your will to strike without warning.

Primary Ability: Dexterity
Spellcasting Ability: Wisdom
HP: 8 + CON modifier base, 5 + CON modifier per level
Recommended Attributes (before Bonuses)
15 STR, 13 DEX, 14 CON
10 INT, 12 WIS, 8 CHA

A Way of Shadow Monk has access to the following spells, abilities, and features (in addition to their Monk features):

  • Level 3 – Minor Illusion (Cantrip)
  • Level 3 – Shadow Arts: Hide, Pass Without trace, Darkness, Darkvision, Silence (Action)
  • Level 5 – Cloak of Shadows (Action)
  • Level 6 – Shadow Step (Action)
  • Level 11 – Shadow Strike (Action)
  • Way of Shadow Monks are masters of stealth, and should use that to their advantage, combining their sneakiness with their mobility. Even in the middle of combat, they can often find a time to sneak off, and then flank around enemies, giving ample opportunity to devastate them.
  • The environment is your friend as a ninja. Use verticality to your advantage, and use your ability to flank enemies to push them into dangerous and deadly places.
  • In general, you should stay at the front of your party, if not split off from them entirely in order to scout. Not only will your Wisdom allow you to notice more traps and loot, but your high stealth will let you figure out what you’ll be up against.
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