Crusty Old Meatwad (he/him)
How would a monk be too powerful in a no-feats game if they had access to better weapons and their monk damage could apply to weapons as well as unarmed strike? Even if you did that they would still be badly underpowered relative to the Paladin.You speak as if everything is set in stone. So maybe it is not the monk that is unbalanced, but the feats? Maybe they get an overhaul. So is weapon mastery?
You can't just buff the monk, because paladin has better feats. Because then in a no-feats game, the monk is too powerful. Which right now he is not. But maybe you get what I mean.