Barbarians are peak physical warriors. They are incredibly strong and resilient, and their hit dice reflect this.
Monks are peak physical warriors. They undergo rigorous physical training to master martial arts and reach peak performance…. and have a d8 hit dice?
Even mechanically, Barbarians and Monks get a lot of similar features- both get unarmored movement bonuses, unarmored defense, ways to increase their DPR with a secondary resource, and their expected damage output is even pretty close across all levels.
But despite this, Monk’s have the lowest hit dice of any Martial class.
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