Way of the Dark

Subclass of: Monk

The Way of the Dark offers a unique discipline for monks who embrace the absence of light as their domain, transcending the need for sight to engage with the world around them. These monks, often found in the deepest shadows of the world like The Dark Below, relinquish their vision to sharpen their other senses, achieving a heightened state of awareness that makes them formidable opponents in any environment. Whether through a philosophical pursuit of enlightenment or practical necessity due to the ever-present darkness of their surroundings, Way of the Dark monks hone their abilities to detect the slightest disturbances in the air, hear the faintest noises, and sense the presence of others with uncanny precision. This path is not for the faint of heart, as it demands a profound commitment to live beyond the realm of sight, relying instead on an acute awareness that few can imagine. Through rigorous training, these monks become masters of their environment, capable of sensing threats from all directions and responding with swift, precise strikes that leave adversaries bewildered and defeated. The Way of the Dark is a testament to the adaptability and resilience of the monk, proving that even in the deepest shadow, one can find the way. 

Monks of the Way of the Dark forgo sight to focus on their other senses, tuning their bodies and minds to respond to the world around them without vision. Some Way of the Dark monks believe this practice draws them closer to enlightenment, while others choose the path as they live their lives in places of total darkness, or where darkness is so prevalent sight is simply a luxury. Way of the Dark monks have superb senses, and are always on the alert, it is almost impossible to sneak up on such a monk or surprise them. Way of the Dark monks are most common in The Dark Below, the pitch black tunnels holding few surprises they are not ready for.

Blind Brawler

3rd-level Way of the Dark feature

When selecting this subclass at the 3rd level, you sacrifice your sight and instead rely on your other senses.

You are granted blindsight to perceive creatures and the environment around you. You gain blindsight out to 60 feet and your blindsight range increases by 10 feet when you reach 5th level (70 feet), 11th level (80 feet), and 17th level (90 feet). You gain immunity to the blinded condition but you are blind (and considered blinded) beyond the radius of your blindsight. In addition, if you are deafened, you are considered blinded.

Superb Senses

3rd-level Way of the Dark feature

Your reliance on your senses other than sight grants you advantage with Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on any sense other than sight.

Blind Brawler, 5th Level

Your Blindsense increases to 70 feet.

Readied Response

6th-level Way of the Dark feature

Your enhanced senses ensure you are always aware of threats around you.

Each round you have a number of reactions equal to half your proficiency bonus rounded up.

These additional reactions may only be used to make opportunity attacks. In addition, after you hit a creature with an opportunity attack you can spend 4 ki points to reduce the creature's speed to 0 for the rest of its turn.

Blind Brawler, 11th Level

Your Blindsense increases to 80 feet.


11th-level Way of the Dark feature

Your heightened senses grant you the following benefits:

Blind Brawler, 17th Level

Your Blindsense increases to 90 feet.

Meticulous Master

17th-level Way of the Dark feature

At the 17th level you can use ki points to enhance your senses: