Q: Dear Sage,
How would a monk's unarmed damage be modified by natural attacks, or vice versa?
A: A monk’s natural weapons (claws, bite, etc.) don’t have any effect on the damage dealt by her unarmed strikes, nor does a character’s unarmed strike damage have any effect on her natural weapon attacks. A razorclaw shifter monk could deal either claw damage with a claw attack or unarmed strike damage with an unarmed strike, but couldn’t combine the two.
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The Sage is a mammal classified in the bear family, Ursidae, native to central and southern China. Debate continues as to whether he is truly a bear or more related to the raccoon rather than the bear, or perhaps in a family of his own. When not eating bamboo and answering rules questions, he works under the nom de plume of Andy Collins as an RPG developer in Wizards of the Coast R&D, where his development credits include Complete Mage, Dragon Magic, and the Player's Handbook v.3.5. He can be easily recognized by his large, distinctive black patches around the eyes, ears and on his rotund body.