Why does the feat master craftsman allow skills other than craft (bows, weapons, armor)? Even if it was for the wondrous item aspect, it still does not make sense to me. Specifically to state that it allows profession checks.

Even the crafting skill says

A Craft skill is specifically focused on creating something.

Which is the purpose of crafting magical items. So why allow profession? Why not spell out the different crafting skills which are practical to the task at hand, like it does in the crafting skill?


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Because there are some magic items that allow profession checks to create them.

Scrolls allow for profession (Scribe), Staves allow for profession (woodcutter), Runes allow for an applicable profession check, Wands allow for profession (woodcutter), Wondrous Items allow for applicable profession checks.

I know that you can't use master craftsman to create spell activation/trigger items, I'm just listing all of the different items for completion sake.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Still feel that it should specifically state what should be used for what and help prevent shenanigans from taking place from its vague wording \$\endgroup\$
    – Fering
    Jun 28, 2016 at 18:14
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    \$\begingroup\$ Yeah, they're mostly using that so that they can add more things and still have the feat make sense without errata. like they just added a new type of magic armor. And listing out each individual rune/wondrous item's craft/profession would take a long time to backlog and more room in future books, so they leave it vague there as well. \$\endgroup\$
    – Gnomejon
    Jun 28, 2016 at 18:16

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