My first character died last night (stupid black dragon) and I am torn between a Monk and a Psion, specifically a telepathic based one, for my next roll.
I am rather unfamiler with the game and have no idea what the 'tier list' is so to speak. To be honest I am more concerned with the RP aspects of the classes but I am curious as to how they stack up later in the game.
Any thoughts or advice would be welcome.
Thanks for your time
Fort a telepathy flavour, the Psion is what you want. The MOnk is much more flavoured toward the ki-based martial-artist.
Oh I know the flavors, what I am curious about is just how good the classes stack up against the other.
They have completely different roles. They're both effective at what they do, but what they do is different. One is a multitarget melee striker, the other is a ranged controller.
perfect, so long as they are not totally gimped lol. Thanks for the info.
Telepath's are kinda easy to build, so that much is boring, but they're full of flavor and effective. Monks have more options, so depending on what you choose it can be underwhelming, but built right they're just as effective as other classes, and plenty flavorful to boot.
Can't go wrong with either. Just pick based on the range you want to be from your enemies and run with it.
Monks are more fun in my experience, probably more fun than any other striker. But they tend to be one of the most complex classes in 4e to actually play, especially for a striker and they get noticably more complex at higher levels. I played a low paragon desert wind monk and it seemed like a whole lot more stuff to keep track of than the other paragon tier characters I have played, which includes warlords, shamans, clerics, and wizards. It had a ton of shifting and conditional damage modifiers and things like that. Compared to the barbarians, warlock, and avenger I have played the 2 monks I have played were both more complicated.
Psions can get very repetetive. They are one of the simplest controllers and I have only played one once when the person who had that PC missed a session. I got bored with it, but it worked well.
Monks have incredible variety and do a wide number of things. They have a broad range of options, and can basically do anything and end up anywhere in combat.
Psions have one of the most narrow option fields of any class in D&D, but ridiculous power contained in those limited options. They're literally so limited though that you can run into problems (some of your best spells are bursts, and you really don't have encounter powers to fill in slightly odd niches, you just have to do what you do but BETTER).
i must admit I am really tempted by the monk. Just taking a look at the powers and movements included in the books look awsume beynd belief.
I tried the battlemind and hated it.
The Augment system was far more trouble than fun.
To me, the Monk should have been a wis-based divine melee character.
I just started playing a monk in another system and I'm pretty hooked. Part of the reason is because I played a druid in 4e and then one in Warhammer to get a better feel. So monk still can have the neutral alignment without being tempted to go to extremes. But the awesome attacks and RPG aspects are so rich in content.
Perhaps you can pick one then kill 'em off if it doesn't pan out and go for the other. Let me know if you choose monk. I'd love to see what your character turns out to be.
There's a general opinion that the power-point classes in 4E suffer from higher-level augmented powers being either too weak, or too expensive, or both, compared to lower-level augmented powers. That, with rare exceptions, you're better off spending 4 points to augment a lower-level power 4 times than you would be by spending the same 4 points to augment a higher-level power once and then use unaugmented powers 3 times.
With the result that the most effective characters in these classes mostly spam their level-1 powers.
Between those two I would definately go for the monk. I've seen it in action and it's sweet while the psion might not be bad, but I've never had a feeling it would be interesting building and playing one. Thri-kreen monk FTW xD
Monk is one of my favorite classes ever. It's so darned versatile, both in terms of hybriding/MCing into other classes and having so many options on the battlefield. The ki focus feature is the icing on the cake.
Psions are just kind of boring compared to monks IMHO.
I've always loved monks and honestly, if you take the time to really build it and really consider what your doing.. you become a god in very short order. High defenses, massives aoe's, or very very hard hitting. Basically you take your pick. I'll copy mine down (keep in mind I'm running in an epic campaign right now) but it'll give you an idea of what the monk is capable of. I also have a psion as a secondary character.. he's more of a funny type of character.. I call him a Jedi Robo.. (Psion Warforged). He has a tendency to pick people up with his mind and throw them against the wall.
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Note: I'm not actually sure if Forceful weapons (My ki feature) and the rushing cleats stack. If they do on most of my forced movement attacks I gain an extra two places. So I'm moving enemies all over the field. If anyone knows the let me know. Its not labeled as a "feat/item/communist/easter bunny/walmart slash and save/ hot vanilla chai tea latte (god that sounds good right now) bonuses so I think by default they stack. Also given the items I'm wearing I minimum do 3 damage per dice.
If correct my most dramatic ability is loud fist strike
Primary target takes 3d10+15 (min/max dmg -> 24/45) then push the target a total of 7 squares and knock him prone.
Area Burst 2 (hitting all enemies cept original target) centered on primary target.
2d10+15 (min/max damage -> 21/35) and all targets are pushed 5 squares from the guy on his butt
I know I'm talking a lot but monks are great fun if you just like going "BOOSH! How ya like THAT?!" and the martial arts flavor makes it easy to do all sorts of fun stuff
Sparrow is a Cheerful treasure hunter who was adopted by her Razorclaw Father (he's another character of mine) but unlike him she's very outgoing and far from reserved. She loves the thrill of combat and the excitment of adventure verses the wonder of ancient history. Just so much fun to play
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