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Alice took the Inventor feat. Their PC is currently level 10 and have months of downtime. Can they use this downtime to invent the formula to any common item including one that is of a level higher than 10?

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The Inventor feat "works just like the Craft activity", and the Craft activity strictly limits crafted items to the level of the crafter or lower:

To Craft an item, you must meet the following requirements: The item is your level or lower. An item that doesn't list a level is level 0. If the item is 9th level or higher, you must be a master in Crafting, and if it's 16th or higher, you must be legendary.

I would therefore rule that a character cannot use the Inventor feat to invent formulae of a higher level than their character level.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ What about the next requirement "You have the formula for the item"? Wouldn't that mean you need the formula for the formula before inventing it? \$\endgroup\$ Dec 9, 2023 at 17:46
  • \$\begingroup\$ @AnneAunyme the Inventor feat explicitly provides a way around that requirement - but not the level cap. \$\endgroup\$ Dec 9, 2023 at 23:30
  • \$\begingroup\$ I initially upvoted, but after reading the Inventor feat, I have to disagree. It doesn't say it "works just like the Craft activity", it says "works just like the Craft activity" then articulates exactly what that means. It doesn't mention a level cap. \$\endgroup\$ Dec 9, 2023 at 23:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ @LessPop_MoreFizz it doesn't explicitly provide a way around the requirement of knowing the formula for the formula (only the formula for the item). By Acacia's reading it would be fair to assume one needs a formula for a specific formula before inventing it (which I agree is silly, but to me that only makes this reading shady) \$\endgroup\$ Dec 10, 2023 at 2:46
  • \$\begingroup\$ @AnneAunyme It's worth noting that formulae are unnecessary for Craft in the remaster, just reducing the amount of setup time from 2 days to 1 day. \$\endgroup\$
    – brandon
    Dec 11, 2023 at 16:53

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