Angry Bear Monk (3.5e Optimized Character Build)

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You are making me bear-y angry, you won't like me when I'm bear-y angry.
—Orig Paw-foot, Half-Orc Angry Bear Monk


Player's Handbook, Dragon Compendium, Complete Warrior, Complete Champion, Monster Manual V, Dungeon Master Guide,

Game Rule Components[edit]

Spells, Powers, Soulmelds, Stances, etc.[edit]


Anything that makes you a higher level monk is good.

Gauntlets of the Talon, monk level +5 Monk’s Belt, monk level +5 Monk’s Tattoo, monk level +4 Fanged Ring Necklace of Natural attacks


Starting Ability Scores (Before Racial Adjustments): Str:17 Dex:13 Con:14 Int:15 Wis:8 Chr:8

Race (Templates): Half-Orc

Starting Racial Traits:

ECL Class/HD/LA Base
Attack Bonus
Saving Throws Feats Class
Fort Ref Will
1st Half-Orc Paragon +1 +2 +0 +0 Improved Unarmed Strike Divided ancestry, Monstrous Mien
2nd Half-Orc Paragon +2 +3 +0 +0 Rage 1/day
3rd Fighter +3 +5 +0 +0 Combat Expertise, Improved Disarm
4th Fighter +4 +6 +0 +0 Deflect Arrows
5th Monk of the Enabled Hand +4 +8 +2 +2 Monk abilities(Ex), shim soo "mind over hand"(Su)
6th Monk of the Enabled Hand +5 +9 +3 +3 Power Attack Ki Strike(Su)
7th Monk of the Enabled Hand +6 +9 +3 +3 Kol Soo, "Reverse Hand"(Su)
8th Monk of the Enabled Hand +7 +10 +4 +4 Kong Soo, "Empy Hand"(Su)
9th Bear Warrior +8 +12 +4 +4 Great Fortitude Bear form (black)
10nd Bear Warrior +9 +13 +4 +4
11rd Bear Warrior +10 +13 +5 +5 Scent
12th Bear Warrior +11 +14 +5 +5 Extra Rage
13st Bear Warrior +12 +14 +5 +5 Bear form (brown)
14nd Monk of the Enabled Hand +12 +14 +5 +5 Lung Soo, "Dragon's Tail Slap"(Su)
15rd Fist of the Forest +13 +16 +7 +5 Improved Natural Attack AC Bonus, Feral trance 1/day, Fast movement, primal living
16th Fist of the Forest +14 +17 +8 +5 Uncanny Dodge, Untamed Strike
17st Fist of the Forest +15 +17 +8 +6 Feral trance 2/day, scent
18nd War Shaper +15 +19 +8 +6 Multiattack Morphic Immunities, Morphic Weapons
19rd War Shaper +16 +20 +8 +6 Morphic Body
20th War Shaper +17 +20 +8 +6 Morphic Reach

Other Components[edit]

<- anything not covered by the previous sections ->


The objective of this build is to become large, very strong, and bully people around. This is accomplished through Bear Warrior and Monk of the Enabled Hand. Initially, I was just trying to use MotEH to move people, and quickly realized I was going to have trouble with the opposed str checks. I fixed this by including rage, cleaving monk out completely. It was tricky because MotEH requires lawful, and you typically lose rage in that case. The rage granted from Half-Orc Paragon gets around this restriction.

My favorite part of the build(besides ignoring armor 1 per day + MotEH levels) is Lung Soo. This attack knocks an enemy back, and deals damage based on how far they move. At level 14 when you get this ability, you have 40+ str(+15), counted as huge +8(or gargantuan +12, if you have enlarge animal) and get a +4 from MotEH, With no magic, you get around +23, and move them 5 ft for every 5 points by which you beat them, and they take damage for every foot, + your unarmed damage. This movement provokes AoOs(assuming you didn't kill them with the attack). This attack deals about 12d8+47, and any damage the take sailing through threat ranges, not too shabby.

Munchkin-Size Me[edit]

<- Take it to the next level ->

Side Notes[edit]

<- overview of additional info about this build ->


This build works best in a party with a druid. He has (greater)Magic Fang, Enlarge Animal, and all sorts of goodies for you. That being said, It doesn't work bad without a druid around.

DM Counters[edit]

<- If needed, tricks for the DM (provided they allow this build) to keep the abuse to a minimum. ->


<- Any other side notes that don't fit in the above sections. ->

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