Way of the Four Elements Revisited

Last month we released our first attempt at tweaking the content of the Player’s Handbook with our Sorcerer Revisited followed up two weeks ago with a handful of possible revisions to the Path of the Berserker. Today we take a look at another piece of content in the Player’s Handbook that’s often thought of as lower tier in terms of balance and style than the book as a whole – the Way of the Four Elements archetype for the Monk class.

The biggest complaint you see about this archetype is that while other monk archetypes get features which are additive (strictly adding to the capability of the monk without a cost) the Way of the Four Elements’ features are alternative (they provide alternative ways of spending the monk’s limited ki resource). In this week’s Way of the Four Elements Revisited we imagine the archetype as a third-caster in the same vein as the Eldritch Knight and the Arcane Trickster. Since I got bored and wanted to write more, there are also four new spells!

the Way of the Four Elements Revisited

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3 thoughts on “Way of the Four Elements Revisited

  1. I like the the idea but I think the 6th level ability is kinda bad considering you can already so some of that stuff with the cantrips they get access to

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  2. I agree with Brenden. I think the Elemental Discipline should be given at 3rd level (since it’s just a ribbon, it won’t unbalance things), and the 6th level feature should be more beneficial. Remember that at this level an Open Hand monk gets a potent self-heal, and a Shadow monk gets to TELEPORT. Also, with the nature of Elemental Discipline, it makes more sense to get it right as you take the archetype.
    That being said, I don’t have any ideas for what you might get at 6th level instead, I’ll leave that up to you.

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