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Questions tagged [artificer]

For questions about the artificer, a spellcasting class in several editions of D&D that focuses on the creation, maintenance, and enhancement of magic items.

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Artificer melting everything with acid!

So I'm playing a homebrew 5e campaign, and I have one player playing as an Artificer. Who apparently, has infinite acid. This artificer has taken to melting any obstacle with acid, locked doors, bars ...
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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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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 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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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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How can I play an Artificer predictively?

Of the various classes held to be Tier One, the Artificer is perhaps the absolute trickiest to play. Though their potential power - especially with access to downtime - is immense, they more than any ...
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Can I use “Target: One Ally” powers on myself?

I am building an Artificer, and I'm looking at some of his powers that give bonuses to allies. For example, Dancing Shield. Minor action, ranged 5, Target: One Ally. You conjure a shield ...
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Why does the artificer's Healing Draught require two actions to take effect?

As written, the Artificer's Healing Draught requires a total of two actions to take effect: Healing Draught. As an action, you can reach into your Alchemist’s Satchel and pull out a vial of healing ...
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Can a Wizard/Artificer teach spells to himself?

So I have this Wizard1/Artificer3 multiclass character. Can I craft, say, a scroll of Cure Light Wounds taken from the Bard's spell list and then, as it is an arcane scroll, adding it to my spellbook? ...
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Are there any limits to the Hit Dice an artificer can apply to Homonculi

I am playing an artificer who is built around improving his homunculi rather than combat and as such I stared looking into ways to improve them, the most obvious being their Hit Dice. i was wondering ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Can an artificer ride a giant octopus Mechanical Servant?

Is there any problem with using a construct of a giant octopus as a mount? I know the anatomy isn’t perfect but I’m thinking with it being made by the artificer, that could be part of the design. It ...
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What is a Killswitch?

I know it's a Warlord|Artificer Hybrid, but when I try to look it up, I just get broken links. What does it do and how do I build one?
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Do summoned creatures get any bonuses to attack from the summoner?

Do summoned creatures get any bonuses from their summoner? I'm wondering if they use the summoner's item enhancement bonuses or get any other bonus to attack and damage rolls. Our artificer has ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Does Punishing Eye count as an attack?

The last time I played my Artificer I used Punishing Eye and Spike Wire on a boss and waited for my ally's attack. First, my ally's attack got my Wis modifier for an attack, then the Eye triggered ...
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Can attacks be adjusted to fit the Artificer's mechanical servant's form?

I am planning to DM a game and I have a person wanting to be an artificer. I was curious if the player could adjust attacks to fit the form of their mechanical servant? The following is stated in 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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In a campaign without action points, how should the DM change the artificer?

The artificer base class receives at level 1 the special ability infusions, the description of which says, in part, that Many infusions have long casting times, often 1 minute or more. An artificer ...
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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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Does the Alchemist feat apply to the UA Artificer healing draught?

The Artificer gets a healing draught that he can hold out for an hour before it loses its healing properties. He technically gets an infinite amount of them, but a person can only drink 1/ long rest. ...
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Can Artificers powers that target “weapon or implement” affect a Monks hand/feet?

Can the various Artificer powers that target weapon or implement be used to affect a Monks hand/feet attacks, even though they are not a weapon like a ...
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What is an “artificer spell” for Infuse Magic?

The Infused Magic feature from Unearthed Arcana: Artificer says: Starting at 4th level, you gain the ability to channel your artificer spells into objects for later use. When you cast an ...
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Does Crossbow Expert apply to firearms?

Crossbow Expert states You Ignore the loading property of Crossbows with which you are proficient. Could this also apply to firearms, such as the Artificer's Thunder Cannon, or would this be ...
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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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Do an Artificer's infused items use her own concentration?

The Artificer class, introduced in Unearthed Arcana, has a feature she gains at fourth level titled Infuse Magic. This feature allows the Artificer to implant a spell into an item for later use by ...
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Can artificers design new infusions?

Artificers in 3.5 cast infusions, this is neither arcane nor divine. Yet they create magical effects. Artificers gain infusions just like a spell caster, and cast infusions in a manner just like ...
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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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What is the difference between an Artificer and an Enchanter?

I'm working on a homebrew tabletop RPG, based off of D&D since that's what I'm familiar with, and I am having trouble seeing the difference between an Enchanter and an Artificer. So here's my ...
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How does an Artificer's Retain Essence feature interact with evil or cursed magic?

I can't find anything that even addresses an Artificer using his Retain Essence ability: Retain Essence (Su): At 5th level, an artificer gains the ability to salvage the XP from a magic item and ...
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Is it possible to infuse Artificer bullets with other types of damage?

I'm currently playing as an artificer in a 5e campaign and I was wondering if it was possible for an artificer to use various liquids and such to infuse their bullets with different elements besides ...
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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 ...
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Repair Spells/Infusions and “Constructs”

I've been having a bit of an argument with another DM lately over whether the Artificer's Repair infusions can effect inanimate objects. From my understanding, RAW the repair spells are only meant to ...
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Can an artificer make a staff for epic spells?

Would an artificer be able to create a staff that was meant to cast an epic spell using use magic item skill assuming the epic spell was developed beforehand?
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What kind of action is using Artificer items?

I was looking over the spell lists in the artificer class and realized that there are spells like haste that allow you to take a "use an object" action twice. Does using the artificer's alchemical ...
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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 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 there a way for Artificer to cast epic spells?

I asked a question beforehand asking whether if there was a way for an artificer to make an item that can cast epic spells and after learning the answer was no i decided to look for other ways an ...
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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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Does anyone know where I can find a list of wonderous items by caster level?

I'm starting a new game as a fifth level artificer (and fifth level wizard so I had WBL for a level 10) and was trying to figure out what magic items I might want to spend my WBL on. However since ...
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Help with Artificer/Wizard

I'm having isues understanding the item creation process and usage for an Artificer with a Wizard dip. As far I understand the process, a straight Artificer needs to make a Use Magic Device check to ...