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How can I play an adventuring alchemist in D&D 5e?

I play an alchemist myself. Here's how I did it: Choose the Guild Artisan background. Select Alchemist as your Guild Business. Select Alchemist Tools as your tool proficiency. Play a wizard, and ...
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How can I play an adventuring alchemist in D&D 5e?

There is an Alchemist in Unearthed Arcana Since this question was asked, there has been an Unearthed Arcana released that contains the Artificer class, with an alchemist subtype: Artificers pursue a ...
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Can you throw back a bomb thrown by an alchemist with Snatch Arrows?

You can catch them, but you cannot use them. Alchemist's bombs cannot be used or carried by anyone else other than the alchemist who created them: An alchemist’s bomb, like an extract, becomes ...
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Can I drink more than one potion in one round?

There is no such rule that I can find, and I tend to think that I would have heard of it if it existed. It certainly isn’t to be found anywhere in the potion rules, which is where such a rule should ...
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Alchemist using splash weapon feat to attack square and redirect to invisible creature

they were in an area of magical darkness and were blind. This is correct; the vision rules state that being inside darkness without a way to see through it is equivalent to being blind. we ruled ...
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Can Vestigial arms grant Natural attacks

The Official Pathfinder FAQ explicitly has covered this discovery (and the use you are suggesting) and has stated that: At no time can you make a left hand weapon attack, a right hand weapon attack, ...
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Can an Alchemist really get shut down by a shatter spell?

You've misunderstood how Shatter works. You only have one of two options when casting the spell: 1) Area of Effect: Used as an area attack, shatter destroys non-magical objects of crystal, glass, ...
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What, if any, bonuses to AC can my allies temporarily 'turn off' so I can hit them with an Alchemist's Healing Bomb?

I've seen this question before and wondered if a good house rule would be to treat the target as helpless. A helpless character is not defending, and in the case of a willing ally, in a similar ...
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For Pathfinder, how do I go about creating mutagens and extracts as an alchemist?

It seems to me that your question is two fold. I may be wrong but you seem to be looking not only for a technical point of view but also from a role-play point of you. The technical aspect is quite ...
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Closest non-Homebrew class to Potions Master / Salve-Maker?

Artificer: Alchemist from Unearthed Arcana... ... is probably the closest you're going to get that resembles an "official" class of character. You can create a handful of concoctions out of your ...
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Can I just make tons of mutagens by handing them off to other people?

This would mostly be up to your DM and how he wants to interpret the rules and if one supersedes the other. Personally I would say the rule stating a mutagen "becomes inert when another is made" ...
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Alchemist copying spells from a wizard's spellbook

If I learn a spell, do I add it the number of spells I know, or do I replace a spell I already know with it? You add it to the formulae you “know,” but alchemists don’t really “know” formulae (and ...
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What’s the right calculation for the Homunculus’s hit points for the 2019 UA Alchemist Artificer?

(5 × level) + INT mod Because no parentheses or other mathematical indicators are given in the Hit Points section of the Homunculus stat block, Hit Points equal to five times your level in this class ...
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Is there anything preventing a first-level alchemist from buying a sixth-level alchemical formula?

You might be able to buy the formula, but can't craft it with Advanced Alchemy or Quick Alchemy The class features "Advanced Alchemy" and "Quick Alchemy" both allow you to craft an ...
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Is Alchemical Alacrity a mistake?

It really is (mostly) that situational Speaking with another player in my high-level campaign, whose character is an Alchemist, he can think of no other use for that ability than Quickened Bomber ...
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How long does it take to use an alchemist's extract?

quoted from here(d20pfsrd, same page as you link to), quoting this(pathfinder FAQ): What kind of action is it to use an extract, mutagen, or throw a bomb? It is a standard action to use an extract, ...
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Confusion Bomb Will DC

An Alchemist throwing a Confusion Bomb is not the same as a spellcaster actually casting confusion on a target. It's just that the effect is the same. Instead, like every Alchemist Discovery, a ...
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How to make Alchemist able to create homunculus, as RAW as feasible, in Pathfinder?

Any alchemist can take the Promethean Disciple discovery at level 6. It gives you the Craft construct feat for free and the ability to use your ranks in Craft (alchemy) skill to meet the caster level ...
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What can the 2019 UA Artificer's Alchemical Homunculus do outside of combat?

This answer is based more on interpretation, than rules as written. The first thing to note is this: The homunculus is friendly to you and your companions, and it obeys your commands. The second ...
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What, if any, bonuses to AC can my allies temporarily 'turn off' so I can hit them with an Alchemist's Healing Bomb?

I don't think I ever saw a rule about this, and I'd be happy of being proven wrong. If there's really no rule, it's all in the GM's hands, and this is how I'd rule it: Some of those bonuses - ...
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Does sniper's eye allow sneak attack damage with splash damage?

No, splash weapons are explicitly denied precision damage. Splash weapons cannot deal precision-based damage (such as sneak attack). The rogue talent Sniper's Eye only removes the prohibition ...
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Can Vivisectionist retrain Throw Anything feat?

Unfortunately, there's no other feat to retrain the Throw Anything feat to At level 1 the vivisectionist alchemist gets the class feature throw anything that grants the alchemist the bonus feat Throw ...
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Can an alchemist create extracts with metamagic feats?

RAW: No In short - extracts are not spells. An alchemist does not have "spells", despite the many similarities extracts have to spells. The RAW answer is a no. Note that the alchemist's extracts ...
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Can a Tumor Familiar have an Archetype?

It's unclear You could argue that it counts as a familiar, but if that quote was enough, we wouldnt have a FAQ item saying that Tumor Familiars cannot be Improved Familiars: tumor familiars, as ...
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Can you throw back a bomb thrown by an alchemist with Snatch Arrows?

Yes The "ranged weapon" denomination in Deflect Arrows covers thrown weapons (that's not clear but considering that Snatch Arrow have a special section for thrown weapons it seems intended). It's not ...
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Can I brew some True Strike?

That rule as written conflict with the example of the Iconic Alchemist. Without clarification from Paizo, a DM has to rule based on what makes the most sense to them. As written...there are odd ...
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Can an Alchemist's familiar throw a bomb or fire an explosive missile?

No, not with just this feat. From the Explosive Missile feat: As a standard action, the alchemist can infuse a single arrow, crossbow bolt, or one-handed firearm bullet with the power of his bomb, ...
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Closest non-Homebrew class to Potions Master / Salve-Maker?

Artificer is an official class as of 2019. With the release of Eberron: Rising from the Last War, Artificer was canonized as a complete class available to players. In terms of mechanics and concept, ...
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Would an Alchemist Artificer apply their Alchemist Savant feature once or twice in a given scenario?

Alchemical Savant applies once per eligible spell Each time you cast a spell that satisfies the requirements of Alchemical Savant, you get to add the damage bonus. In your example, the transmuted ...
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Alchemist's Fire and Burn it! Critical damage

Splash damage doesn't crit; increasing it doesn't change this Gaining a bonus to splash damage does not change the basic rules for it; the bonus is an increase to the splash damage, so it doesn't ...
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