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    Question Best weapon for a 1-level-monk-splash character

    Short version: my char has one level of monk, two levels of ranger, and three levels of cleric. I have zen archery as my monk feat, and will be using bows more than melee, when nobody needs healed. All future levels will be cleric. Even though I plan on using bows when not healing, when the battle gets close, or when I'm going solo, what is my best option for a weapon? Handwraps? Kamas?

    The benefits I see are as follows:
    Handwraps
    -only have to buy one to get a "matching set"
    -don't need to buy extra bludgeon weapon for skeletons or oozes (I hate oozes with a passion)

    Kamas
    -you can get vorpal
    -because you buy two, you can have multiple weapon effects

    Quarterstaff
    -higher potential for casting-related benefits

    I know that the higher I go, the less my melee skills will come into play, but for now, which would be better? Will the answer change as I progress in levels?

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    Why do you care about using monk weapons with only one level of monk? Use Khopeshes if you can afford the feat, Scimis/Rapiers if you can't.

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    What combat feats are you planning on taking?
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    The characters that I build that have a monk splash normally(twf or not) use my +1 Shock/Frost(risa)/Pg Handwraps and I destroy things until around lvl 4-6 depending on Str and PA I start using Carnifex and dont put it down until the shroud.
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    @dkyle - trying to keep centered. I can get +2 wis or +2 str from stances if I remain centered. Either helps when I'm shooting, the wis helps when casting.

    @chette - combat feats are primarily ranged. point blank and weapon focus: ranged (for AA), rapid shot from 2nd ranger level, going for manyshot and precise shot later. Any free feats would focus on casting.

    @dkyle/jakarr - when you use other weapons, do you retain the monk armor bonus?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuKaSu View Post
    @dkyle - trying to keep centered. I can get +2 wis or +2 str from stances if I remain centered. Either helps when I'm shooting, the wis helps when casting.
    If you want viable melee DPS, using real weapons far outweighs a +2 STR. If you want to be casting, you'll want caster weapons (potency, lore, etc.) in your hands anyway. If you can get those in kama form, that would be nice.

    @chette - combat feats are primarily ranged. point blank and weapon focus: ranged (for AA), rapid shot from 2nd ranger level, going for manyshot and precise shot later. Any free feats would focus on casting.
    Sounds like you should melee with a two-hander. TWF alone, without ITWF and GTWF, is not worthwhile.

    @dkyle/jakarr - when you use other weapons, do you retain the monk armor bonus?
    Yes. The WIS bonus to armor does not require using monk weapons.

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