Does unarmed affect your chi casting abilities like killing hands at all? Or is that based on willpower alone? I started to invest in melee weapons only to discover my unarmed attacks had a higher hit percentage and were doing more damage despite not having invested a single point in unarmed. I would like to go melee weapons for chi focus/onslaught but not if I'm actually benefitting more by sticking with unarmed. Why use a weapon when my fists are just better in every way?
On that note, is strength even necessary? Or does all of your to-hit and damage come from willpower? The class info in-game recommends investing in strength with focus on either unarmed or melee, but what I'm seeing from actual gameplay suggests willpower is the only stat that affects your attacks so long as you're using your chi casting...
It makes sense to me that unarmed would contribute to attacks with killing hands and similar abilities seeing as how you're using your fists to attack, but that doesn't seem to be the case at all.
Also, if it weren't for chi onslaught I probably wouldn't invest in melee. Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe the damage surpasses unarmed since chi onslaught also increases critical chance.
There's a lot of points I'm wasting in Strength (since you need to increase strength in order to increase close combat in order to increase melee or unarmed...) so this is a HUGE concern of mine.