Way Of The Four Elements

Initiate of the Way

When you choose this tradition at 3rd level, you learn how to manipulate the four elements in subtle ways. You learn two of the following cantrips: elemental attunement, gust, mold earth, control flames, or shape water. You learn one additional cantrip from this list at 6th, 11th, and 17th level.

Disciple of the Elements

At 3rd level, you learn magical disciplines that harness the power of the four elements. Some disciplines require you to spend ki points when you use it.

You learn two elemental disciplines of your choice, which are detailed in the “Elemental Disciplines” section below. You learn two additional elemental disciplines of your choice at 6th, 11th, and 17th level. Each elemental discipline has a minimum monk level that you must meet in order to use it.

Whenever you learn a new elemental discipline, you can also replace one elemental discipline that you already know with a different discipline. You cannot replace cantrips for elemental disciplines.

Casting Elemental Spells. Some elemental disciplines allow you to cast spells. To cast one of these spells, you use its casting time and other rules, but you don’t need to provide material components for it.

Adept of the Way

Once you reach the 5th level in this class, you can spend additional ki points to increase the level of an elemental discipline spell that you cast, provided that the spell has an enhanced effect at a higher level, as burning hands does. The spell’s level increases by 1 for each additional ki point you spend. For example, if you are a 5th-level monk and use Sweeping Cinder Strike to cast burning hands, you can spend 2 ki points to cast it as a 2nd-level spell (the discipline’s base cost of 1 ki point plus 1).

The maximum number of ki points you can spend to cast a spell in this way (including its base ki point cost and any additional ki points you spend to increase its level) is determined by your monk level, as shown in the table below

Monk Levels Maximum Ki Points for a Spell
5th-8th 3
9th-12th 4
13th-16th 5
17th-20th 8

Elemental Discipline List

3rd level

6th level

11th level

17th level

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