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For a UA 2019 Battle Smith artificer, does the Iron Defender's attack bonus increase with the artificer's proficiency bonus?

Does the to-hit bonus of the Iron Defender's Bite increase when the proficiency of a Battle Smith Artificer (from the 2019 artificer UA) increases? The starting bonus is +4 (which I assume is the ...
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How many hit points does the Battle Smith Artificer's Iron Defender have?

The Iron Defender's stat block for the Battle Smith Artificer (from Unearthed Arcana: The Artificer Returns), under "hit points" says the following: equal to five times your level in this class + ...
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What’s the right calculation for the Homunculus’s hit points for the 2019 UA Alchemist Artificer?

In the 2019 version of the Unearthed Arcana Alchemist Artificer, the Homunculus's hit points are given as: Hit Points equal to five times your level in this class + your Intelligence modifier Is ...
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Can you use the Help action to give a 2019 UA Artillerist artificer's turret advantage?

I am playing in a campaign as a level 4 Artillerist artificer from the May 2019 UA. I am thinking of taking Magic Initiate (wizard) as my feat, and learning the find familiar spell with it. I am ...
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Does Dispel Magic destroy Artificer Turrets?

I'm playing a 10th-level artillerist artificer for a one-shot my friend is running, and while playtesting some with another friend (so I could actually learn my character sheet), she cast Dispel Magic ...
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Do all 2019 UA Artificer spells have a de facto material component?

The 2019 UA Artificer's Spellcasting feature contains this sentence: You must have a spellcasting focus—specifically thieves’ tools or some kind of artisan’s tool—in hand when you cast any spell ...
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If a 2019 UA artificer has the Repeating Shot infusion on two hand crossbows, can they use two-weapon fighting?

It's been established that an 2019 UA artificer infusing Repeating Shot on a hand crossbow does not need a free hand to reload it, as it produces its own ammunition (and the weapon itself is not two-...
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Can the 2019 UA Artificer's Returning Weapon and Radiant Weapon infusions stack on the same weapon?

Can the 2019 UA Artificer's Returning Weapon and Radiant Weapon infusions stack on the same weapon? Each infusion grants you a +1 to hit and damage rolls, so would you get a +2 with both infusions? ...
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Can a (2019 UA) artificer's alchemical homunculus take actions not listed in its description?

The 2019 UA artificer's alchemical homunculus is described with a list of actions it can perform, most of which require the artificer to use a bonus action to issue the order. The actions listed are ...
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Does the 2019 UA Artificer's Many-Handed Pouch infusion enable unlimited infinite-range cross-planar communication?

One of the available infusions available to the Unearthed Arcana Artificer (2019) is called the Many-Handed Pouch, which links up to 5 pouches to the same extra-dimensional space (emphasis added): ...
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Can you use two wands to cast one spell?

Basically, in the May 2019 Artificer UA (Unearthed Arcana: the Artificer Returns), the Artificer got two mutually-exclusive ways to enhance a non-magical wand to improve the spells it casts: the Wand ...
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What can the 2019 UA Artificer's Alchemical Homunculus do outside of combat?

In the 2019 version of the UA Artificer class, one of the specializations is Alchemist. The alchemist gets the ability to create an Alchemical Homunculus. The description has a section on actions in ...
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With the 2019 UA Revised Artificer, can you choose to end an infusion on an item?

With the 2019 UA Revised Artificer, can you choose to end an infusion on an item? It's not super clear on if they can or can't. It says if you try to infuse something past your maximum number of ...
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Does the 2019 UA Alchemist artificer's Alchemical Mastery feature let you add your Intelligence mod again to a healing spell that already includes it?

The 2019 Unearthed Arcana artificer's Alchemist archetype has a feature called Alchemical Mastery, that, among other things, allows you to add your intelligence modifier to the healing effect of a ...
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Does a Hand Crossbow with the Repeating Shot Infusion still require a Free Hand to use?

Normally speaking, a Hand Crossbow has the Ammunition and Loading properties. Respectively, these properties mean that A free hand is required to use the crossbow and load it with its ammunition, ...
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How does a Gnome Battle Smith artificer (UA) riding his iron defender control it?

I don't see any reason a gnome Battle Smith artificer (from the May 2019 UA) couldn't ride his iron defender RAW--it's got the appropriate anatomy and is one size larger. But how is it "Controlled"? ...
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Pros and cons of eldritch knight or arcane trickster for throwing-weapon battle smith multiclass

So I am interested in playing a character who uses thrown weapons with the returning infusion offered by the latest artificer, but I want to focus more on throwing than artificery. Towards that end, I ...
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How creative should the DM let an artificer be in terms of what they can build?

Just how creative should the DM let the Artificer be? One of my players is a guy who thinks way too hard on how to solve problems he's not meant to 'Solve' as a player. For example, I have a little ...
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What counts as a magically propelled attack for the 2019 UA Artificer's Arcane Armament feature?

The (May 2019 Unearthed Arcana) Artificer class gets a feature that works very much like the Extra Attack feature from several existing classes, but with some additional limitations (emphasis added): ...
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Do the 2019 UA Artificer's Alchemical Homunculus and Iron Defender companion creatures get death saving throws?

In the May 2019 Unearthed Arcana update, two of the four Artificer specialist options can summon constructs as companions: the Alchemist summons an "alchemical homunculus", and the Battle Smith ...
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What happens to a 2019 UA Artificer's Infused Bag of Holding when it de-infuses?

With the new 2019 UA Artificer, once per long rest you can 'create' a magical item if you know its infusion. This has a set limit based on level, but once you reach that limit any additional magic ...
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How powerful is the February 2019 UA Artificer?

Specifically, the 1st version of the UA playtest version of the full class, released start of this year: https://media.wizards.com/2019/dnd/downloads/UA-Artificer-2019.pdf One of my new players has ...
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Why is the Psionic Artificer considered to be better than all other tier 1 classes?

The tier list over on GitP considers the Psionic Artificer to be "tier 0" and lists a few reasons explaining why. The primary justifications given for this (as seen here and here, and debated here) ...
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How would crafting a Spell Scroll of Guiding Bolt work for a multiclassed (2019) UA Archivist artificer / Forge cleric?

I'm playing an Archivist Artificer (8) / Forge Cleric (2) in a short campaign. I was trying to figure out how or whether it is possible to create a spell scroll of guiding bolt (or any other spell ...
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Do the following modifications to the 2019 UA artificer make it unbalanced with other classes?

From what I could tell, the 2019 UA Artificer lacked the cool factor in various areas and it was rather limited when it came to crafting, so I made the following modifications. Am I missing anything ...
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How does the UA Artificer's Arcane Armament feature interact with the Artillerist subclass's Wand Prototype feature?

The revised Artificer in Unearthed Arcana gets extra attack from its Arcane Armament feature (pg 5): Starting at 5th level, you can attack twice, rather than once, whenever you take the Attack ...
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Why wouldn't a 2017 UA Gunsmith Artificer use Thunder Monger every time?

As part of the 2017 UA Artificer's Gunsmith subtree, you gain the Thunder Monger ability. Why would a player ever choose to not use this ability vs a normal attack with the Thunder Cannon? It always ...
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Can a multiclassed 2019 UA artificer/Pact of the Blade warlock use Thirsting Blade and Arcane Armament to make 3 attacks per Attack action?

I was reading up on the classes in D&D 5e. I saw that the 2019 UA artificer had a feature that allowed them to attack twice that wasn't the Extra Attack feature, called Arcane Armament. The ...
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If a UA Artificer infuses a weapon and uses it as a spellcasting focus, can it be used for the somatic component of a spell too? [duplicate]

The new Artificer class (from Unearthed Arcana) for 5e can infuse magic into weapons or shields, and use the infused item as a spell focus for material components. However, can you wave your focus for ...
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Is it possible to counterspell the revised Artificer?

February 2019's Unearthed Arcana gave us a revisited version of the Artificer class, a magic user whose magic is stored and accessed through items instead of invocations or eldritch power. In the ...
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Can a 2019 UA Artificer use a Mizzium Apparatus as a spellcasting focus?

In the 2019 Unearthed Arcana version of the Artificer, they are noted as using artisan's tools as the foci of their spells, rather than the more typical arcane or divine focuses, though the ...
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Is a dart a Tiny object for the purposes of the UA Artificer's Magical Tinkering feature?

I am making a character using the revised artificer from Unearthed Arcana that came out just 4 days ago. The 1st-level Magical Tinkering feature says you can enchant any Tiny non-magical object with ...
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Does the UA Artillerist Artificer's Wand Prototype feature increase cantrip damage once per damage roll, or per casting?

Does the UA Artillerist Artificer's Wand Prototype feature increase the damage of a cantrip like fire bolt by an amount equal to their Intelligence modifier once per damage roll, or once per casting? ...
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If the UA artificer casts an attack cantrip from a wand, is that considered an “Attack action made with a magic weapon”?

So I'm looking at the Artificer Revisited Unearthed Arcana (PDF direct link). The 5th-level Arcane Armament feature says if you make an Attack action using a magic weapon, you can attack twice in ...
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What creature do these Alchemical Homunculus actions target?

In the new version of the Artificer UA (found in Unearthed Arcana: Artificer Revisited), there is an alchemical homunculus creature. The homunculus has certain actions it can take including: ...
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How do I prevent a homebrew Grappling Hook feature from trivializing Tomb of Annihilation?

I am currently running Tomb of Annihilation and letting one of my players play a Revised Artificer homebrew. One of the features under the Gadgetsmith subclass is a Grappling Hook, with this ...
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What do you roll for the Artificer's Alchemical Fire?

I've been playing artificer with the Alchemist subtype, and my group is unsure of how aiming/hitting targets with items out of the satchel works. As seen in the artificer class: Alchemical Fire. ...
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Is there a way for a Rock Gnome Artificer to have double proficiency with Tinker's Tools?

Background I want to make a Rock Gnome Artificer (from Unearthed Arcana) but there is something I'm not happy about with the character I'm planning. Rock Gnomes (PHB, p. 37) get proficiency with ...
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Is the artificer gamebreaking?

I was thinking of having my next PC take levels in the third-party standard class artificer. My friend said that the class is gamebreaking: it's too good at what it does because it gets too many ...
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Do constructs need air to survive?

I'm playing an artificer (from Unearthed Arcana) and he just reached level 6, unlocking the Mechanical Servant feature. I was looking around for some CR 2 large beasts and I found the Plesiosaurus. It ...
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Can an artificer stay invisible when using Alchemical Fire/Acid?

Let's say a UA Artificer (Alchemist subclass) casts invisibility on himself. The description of invisibility says: A creature you touch and everything it wears or carries becomes invisible. If the ...
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Can a Gunsmith artificer put more barrels on his Thunder Cannon and use them in the same turn?

I am playing an Artificer with the Gunsmith specialization. I am curious if I can add more barrels to my Thunder Cannon, and use them at once with the Thunder Monger class feature, which states the ...
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Is this homebrew archetype for Artificer balanced? [closed]

Here's the homebrew Artificer archetype I have created. It is a subclass for the artificer class from Unearthed Arcana: Artificer. Note: The link contains the most recent iteration. The archetype ...
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When the artificer's Mechanical Servant uses its reaction to make a melee attack, does it interrupt the triggering attack against the artificer?

The artificer (from Unearthed Arcana: Artificer) gets the Mechanical Servant feature at 6th level, part of which states: If you are the target of a melee attack and the servant is within 5 feet of ...
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Can an Artificer make their 1st-level item for someone else?

This is concerning specifically the Alchemist's Satchel, the Thunder Cannon (and Arcane Magazine), and any other homebrew subclasses made to work with the Unearthed Arcana version of the Artificer ...
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How much does the Portable Forge used by the 5e artificer weigh? [closed]

The description does not make clear if the Portable Forge is a separate object as it was in 3.5e, or if it works as a proficiency with a set of tools, as with thieves tools, used to forge items.
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Can the mechanical servant from the UA class artificer be upgraded?

Is it possible to upgrade the UA Artificer's mechanical servant (page 4 in the linked document)? The description of the servant doesn't mention this possibility in its description. For convenience ...
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Would changing the Artificer spell list affect balance?

The Artificer class released as Unearthed Arcana has the same spellcasting progression (meaning number of spell slots at certain levels) as Eldritch Knights (PHB pg. 75) and Arcane Tricksters (PHB pg. ...
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Is this “Rabbit Reload” system broken? [closed]

One of my players is playing a Forest Gnome Artificer and is intending on being a bit of an inventor, comes up with crazy solutions on the fly, kind of character. But he just came up with an idea that ...
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What are possible forms for the Artificer's Mechanical Servant?

The Artificer class from Unearthed Arcana gains a so-called Mechanical Servant at level 6. It adopts the stats of a beast of CR 2 or lower and makes a few changes (such as changing the type to ...