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I know this exists in a book somewhere but I can't find it no matter how much I look and Google has failed me. How do prestige classes that offer + effective spellcaster level affect an articifer and his infusions?

Do they grant you the next level of infusions like with spellcaster and spells? Or is there some other interaction? I'm almost certain there's some kind of interaction I just can't remember what.

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Strictly speaking, everything you really need to know is contained in one line on page 31 of Eberron Campaign Setting:

[Infusions] function just like spells and follow all the rules for spells.

That effectively means they’re just a third type of spell along with arcane spells and divine spells, despite the initial “An artificer is not a spellcaster” statement at the beginning of that section. Since infusions follow all the rules for spells, that includes things like when a prestige class says it advances your spells per day or spells known: since those affects spells, they affect infusions, and those prestige classes can advance artificer.

But to have it truly spelled out for you (or a doubting DM), look to Magic of Eberron page 53, on which you’ll find a sidebar

Artificers and Prestige Classes

Artificers benefit in a specific way from prestige classes that have “+1 level of existing spellcasting class” as a level advancement benefit. [...]

This sidebar covers both how artificers qualify for prestige classes, and how they benefit from prestige classes, but the long and short of it is that you treat infusions just like they were spells, even though they technically aren’t. The one caveat is that they are neither arcane nor divine, so that does limit you somewhat.

Also keep in mind that the artificer does get pretty potent non-infusion features, including fresh craft reserve each level. When leveling in a prestige class, you give those up.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Awesome, thanks. I knew it was in one of the books. Looks like it was Magic of Eberron. \$\endgroup\$ Commented May 17, 2018 at 9:07

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