In the First and Third Editions of (Advanced
) Dungeons and Dragons
, the Monk is a class reliant almost entirely on martial arts
for combat purposes. As they progress in experience
, they gain mystical powers, eventually becoming able to run like the wind, resist blows, and leap tallish buildings at a single bound.
In the first edition, this class made its first appearance in the Player's Handbook
, but was revised in Oriental Adventures
, and was considered by some to be broken
. In second edition, it was entirely absent, although the Complete Cleric's Handbook
had a fighting monk
. In the new Third Edition, the Monk is a core class, and appears in the Player's Handbook
, although Sword and Fist
and the new Oriental Adventures
open up more options for them.
's Rules Cyclopedia
featured a suspiciously similar Mystic
class. Presumably 'monk', along with 'priest', 'god', and 'evil', was a Word Not To Be Said in the old game. I am informed (by sabby
) that the mystic originally appeared in the Master Rules Boxed Set.