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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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? ...