Strictly speaking, unarmed strikes are not finesse weapons and cannot be used for Sneak Attack. Instead of using a weapon to make a melee weapon attack, you can use an unarmed strike: a punch, kick, head‑butt, or similar forceful blow (none of which count as weapons).
Are monks fists finesse weapons 5e?
Looking at the Monk’s martial arts feature, the RAW unarmed strikes and monk weapons can use Dex for attack and damage, just like finesse, but aren’t finesse.
Are fists weapons in 5e?
The easiest way to think of it is this (I find): A punch is a weapon attack, but a fist is not a weapon. A kick is a weapon attack, but your foot is not a weapon. You can’t enchant your foot to deal more damage!
Do fists count as simple weapons 5e?
No, they are not melee weapons.
Do fists count as melee weapons 5e?
Unarmed strikes count as melee weapon attacks, but there is no way to make your fists into melee weapons for spells or the like.
Do monk fists count as weapons?
No, a monk’s fists are not considered weapons.
Instead of using a weapon to make a melee weapon attack, you can use an unarmed strike: a punch, kick, head-butt, or similar forceful blow (none of which count as weapons).
Do monk fists count as magic weapons?
If it is the former, don’t worry, Monk’s unarmed strikes count as magical weapons for overcoming resistance at Level 6 due to Ki Empowered Strikes.
Does unarmed strike work with rage?
@mikemearls Why does my barbarian not get rage damage or reckless attacks when he punches someone? Unarmed strikes can be used for any melee weapon attack, as long as it doesn’t specify that it uses a weapon.
Can you sneak attack with martial arts?
Martial Arts: You can use Dexterity instead of Strength for the attack and damage rolls of your unarmed strikes and monk weapons. Sneak Attack: The Attack must use a Finesse or a ranged weapon.
Can you smite with unarmed?
Short Answer: Yes. You can perform Smites with unarmed attacks and they count as melee weapon attacks, but unarmed strikes are not melee weapons.
Are unarmed strikes weapon attacks sage advice?
Examples from Sage Advice: Can a monk use Stunning Strike with an unarmed strike, even though unarmed strikes aren’t weapons? Yes. Stunning Strike works with melee weapon attacks, and an unarmed strike is a special type of melee weapon attack.
Do claws count as weapons?
In general, natural weapons, including claws and bites, are not unarmed strikes. This is confirmed by Jeremy Crawford here. However, in Volo’s Guide to Monsters, the Tabaxi and Lizardfolk races both have natural weapons that count as unarmed strikes, claws and a bite respectively.
Is unarmed strike a monk weapon?
Unarmed Strikes ≠ Monk Weapons. Ergo, using a Monk Weapon would disqualify you from making an unarmed strike outside of the one allowed by your bonus move.
Does unarmed count as a melee weapon attack?
Unarmed strikes are considered melee weapon attacks, BUT your hands aren’t considered melee weapons. So you can (for example) smite with your unarmed strike, but can’t cast elemental weapon and the likes on your fists.