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Type Square
Spell Circles Minor Mental, Minor Spiritual
Prime Requisites Agility, Strength
Mana Statistics Wisdom, Logic
Physical Skills
Skill Cost Ranks
Two Weapon Combat 2/2 2
Armor Use 10/0 2
Shield Use 8/0 2
Combat Maneuvers 5/3 2
Edged Weapons 2/1 2
Blunt Weapons 3/1 2
Two-Handed Weapons 5/2 2
Ranged Weapons 4/1 2
Thrown Weapons 2/1 2
Polearm Weapons 6/2 2
Brawling 2/1 2
Ambush 3/2 2
Multi Opponent Combat 5/2 2
Physical Fitness 2/0 3
Dodging 1/1 3
Magical Skills
Skill Cost Ranks
Arcane Symbols 0/6 1
Magic Item Use 0/7 1
Spell Aiming 5/20 1
Harness Power 0/6 1
Elemental Mana Control 0/15 1
Mental Mana Control 0/8 1
Spirit Mana Control 0/8 1
Spell Research 0/38 1
Elemental Lore 0/40 1
Spiritual Lore 0/12 1
Sorcerous Lore 0/35 1
Mental Lore 0/12 1
General Skills
Skill Cost Ranks
Survival 2/2 2
Disarming Traps 3/4 2
Picking Locks 3/3 2
Stalking and Hiding 3/2 2
Perception 0/2 2
Climbing 1/0 2
Swimming 2/0 2
First Aid 1/2 2
Trading 0/3 2
Pickpocketing 2/2 2

The Monk is the newest professions to be added to GemStone IV. Monks are a square profession, with access to the Minor Mental and Minor Spiritual spell circles. Monks have access to Iron Skin (1202) which obviates the need for armor. Monk training point costs favor their use of the Unarmed combat system.

Combat Maneuvers List

Monks have inherent knowledge of Unarmed Specialist. Monks also have the ability to train in the following:

Monk-only Maneuvers

Martial Stances

Other Available Maneuvers

Note: All monks are inherently unarmed specialists and are granted this ability at no cost.

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Statistic Growth Rates

For more information see the article on statistic growth rates.

Monk Statistic Growth Rates
Monk 25 25 20 30 25 15 20 20 15 10

Note: The table above is the baseline statistic growth rates. These values are actually modified for every race in GemStone IV, including humans.

Training Recommendations

TWC. One rank or 0.5x for defensive boost. The per rank benefit is trivial but there are significant DS boosts at these training amounts. Start out at 0.5x and drop back to 1 rank at high level if short of training points. Armor Use. Physical armor is required at cap, but otherwise this should not be trained. Combat Manoevers. 1-2x. Start at 2x. Slack off whenever there isn't a pressing need for CM points. Brawling. 2x Ambush. Sufficient for reliable aiming. Train 5 ranks when you want to start aiming around level 20, and add one each time you miss an opening on the short of aimed attack you want to be reliable in. The actual number of ranks needed will vary a lot depending on hunting style and race height. MOC. 0.5x for Force on Force defense. 0.5x is what is required for FoF offset for the typical bandit ambush size. PF. 2x for general robustness, Sunfisters may well want 3x. 1x probably works fine too, but its so cheap that there's little to be saved by it. Dodge. 3x. High DS is one of the monk's key attributes. You can get away with 2x a lot of the time, but it takes a lot of dodge to keep dodging while disabled as well as while status free, and 3x is how you get it.

AS and MIU. Pick them up when you have spare points. Outside spells are critical for TD reasons and this is one way you access them. Get 25 in each as soon as you can, but you probably won't manage much before level 40.


On July 8th 2012, the long awaited Monk profession was released in Platinum along with the revised of the Order of Voln.

See Also


Monk Profession - edit
Spell Circles: Minor Spiritual Spells | Minor Mental Spells
Professional Highlights: Unarmed combat | Combat Maneuvers

Profession - edit
Squares: Rogue | Warrior | Monk
Semis: Bard | Paladin | Ranger
Pures: Cleric | Empath | Sorcerer | Wizard