February 12, 2018

Way of the Howling Gale

Monastic Tradition
Comments from the Knuckle: "From the great Avatar, Aang: 'When we hit our lowest point, we are open to the greatest change.' I dunno what that has to do with this subclass, but I couldn't find any really fun Aang quotes other than the immortal cry of 'PENGUINS!!!'"

Way of the Howling Gale

Hidden within the clouds atop mountain peaks are secret monasteries, who practice the bending of Elemental Air to their will. Their fighting style utilizes the four winds as an extension of their bodies, weaving a furious display of martial arts that balances chaos and self-control. Their mastery over the winds as well as their own ki makes them formidable warriors, often sought out by students of war. The monks who practice the Way of the Howling Gale are by no means pacifists but they are reluctant to train individuals in their secret arts if those individuals seek to use their knowledge for violence.

Whirlwind Stance
Starting when you choose this tradition at 3rd level, you begin to interweave your martial arts techniques with the power of Elemental Air.
     You gain a new attack option that you can use with the Attack action. This special attack is a ranged spell attack with a range of 30 feet. You are proficient with it, and you add your Dexterity modifier to its attack and damage rolls. Its damage is slashing, and its damage die is a d4. This die changes as you gain monk levels, as shown in the Martial Arts column of the Monk Table. The damage of this attack counts as magical for the purposes of overcoming resistance and immunity to nonmagical slashing damage. When you take the Attack action on your turn and use this special attack as part of it, you can spend 1 ki point to make the special attack twice as a bonus action.

Step of the Gentle Breeze
Also at 3rd level, your jump distance is doubled. Additionally, when you calculate your jump distance, you use your Dexterity score instead of your Strength score.

Ki of the Rushing Wind
Starting at 6th level, your practice of this monastic tradition allows you greater mastery over Elemental Air. As an action you can spend 2 ki points to cast the spell gust of wind or levitate.
     Additionally, when you hit a creature with the special attack granted by your whirlwind stance, you can use your Stunning Strike feature. On a failed saving throw, the creature is also pushed back 10 feet.

Wherever the Wind Blows
Starting at 11th level, your ki bends the will of the four winds, causing them to carry you wherever you wish. Whenever you are not underground or indoors, you gain a fly speed equal to your walking speed.

Fury of the Gale
Starting at 17th level, you learn the most closely guarded secret of the Howling Gale, the ability to unleash ferocious winds by transforming your inner ki into the destructive power of a whirlwind. You can spend 7 ki points to cast the spell whirlwind.
     Once you use this feature, you can't use it again until you finish a short or long rest.


  1. Looks great, guys, but has some typos (some are not in the PDF, some are).

    Ki of the Rushing Wind on the website version says Stunning Sstrike.

    Wherever the Wind Blows says "you can a flying speed equal to your walking speed".

    Finally, Fury of the Gale says "unable to unleash ferocious winds."

    1. That’s what I get for copying over my final draft at 3-something-in-the-Morning. I’ll have those fixed ASAP.

  2. Will their be one for each of the elements id love to see it

    1. I feel like eventually, I will get around to writing all four elements as an individual monk tradition. And maybe branch off into other elements like ice, or do something with plants.

    2. You know we already did a firebender monk, right? It wasn't even that long ago...

    3. The first step in my master plan :)

    4. You also had the lightning rider.

      Anyway, the Way of the Four Elements sucks, so I'm all for it. But how about you do the Way of the Five Elements (Wu Xing elements)?

    5. Ice,water,earth,plants could be cool

  3. Last sentence of Whirlwind Stance starts with a 'when' missing the 'h'.