The artificer is a playable character class in the Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) fantasy role-playing game. This fictional class of characters first appeared in the In Eberron, magic is almost technology. Spellcasters specialize in ceertain forms of that technology, while artificers tinker with its fundamental workings. Artificers. pretty soon i may be joining in a long running epic level campaign, and i was considering trying out the artificer class. the idea of a.

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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 other T1 class are vulnerable to being caught without their preparations ready and being destroyed or failing to contribute to an encounter as a result.

Other T1 classes – like wizards, clerics, and archivists – avoid this difficulty through access to powerful divinations and useful 35. skills that help them prep for an encounter before it artiricer. To the same effect, how can I play an artificer predictively? Character creation and levelup.

What options can I take that will address common problems? What tools are the bread-and-butter of the artificer’s capabilities? How can I detect and prep for an encounter if I don’t have enough downtime to craft a solution to it wholecloth?

Get one of these and carry it around in a cart, or later a portable hole or something, and it can build stuff for xrtificer as you adventure. For divinations and knowledge Well, you’re an Artificer. At level 6, you get Craft Wand as a bonus feat, letting you begin to make eternal wands, which are amazing for this.

An eternal wand of Augury costs 5,gp, if I did the math right, so you can make it for 2, gp and 5 sp in a little under six days. Note that since you don’t actually cast arcane spells, you will need to roll Use Magic Device each time you want to use one.

[] Can someone explain to me the artificer?

However, because these are mostly out of combat things, you should probably be fine unless you roll a 1. If you want to take 10 on that, there’s a feat in City of Stormreach Hardened Criminal, iirc that lets you pick a skill to always be able to take 10 on. The Oracle domain gets Divination as a 3rd-level spell, so you can make one of those as well base artjficer 12, so you’re spending 6,gp on it.


You now have about the same amount of divinations as an equal-leveled Cleric or Wizard who’s spending slots on it. For knowledge, make an eternal wand or two of Guidance of the Avatar for 2,gp each. For detecting and preparing for an encounter, note that a lot of things are useful to have in general, even if you’re not sure if you’ll artidicer into stuff. Scrolls of general-purpose answers like Banishment or Dismissal are good if you think you might end up fighting outsiders and once you reach the level you could make them, that’s a good bet for the near future outside of themed campaigns.

Summons are also very useful. Make scrolls of Lesser Planar Ally for artificsr each, and then pay another gp or so to whatever you call for some sort of useful SLAs. Summon Nature’s Ally IV can nab you a unicorn for the same price as a scroll of, say, Neutralize Poison, and it can also heal and temporarily turn off mind control effects.

There are a lot of really good, open-ended spells to make scrolls or wands or eternal wands out of. You have access to all of the spell lists, and you can make stuff very fast with your Dedicated Wright.

The biggest issue I see is that, as you said, at later levels, the DM might not give you downtime. Having a Dedicated Wright is all fine and dandy, but it still takes time to make stuff.

Artificer (3.5e Class)

One solution to this might not fly in every game, but if you’re trying to build a tier 1 artificer, you’re probably already in a high-op campaign. Find or make, once you’re level 15 and can craft a scroll of Genesis yourself a fast-time demiplane, and do your crafting there.

Alternatively, if you’re in Eberron, plane shift to Dol Quor and set up a base of operations there. It’s got a If you’re not able or willing to plane-hop for more time, there’s always an even cheesier method: Costs 76,gp and 6, exp to make, and triggering it will give you as many rounds of effective time as you like, because Time Stop doesn’t actually stop time, it just speeds you up.

Nested Time Stops would just stack each one inside the first round of the previous, allowing you to get lots of time to craft at super-speed, then rest up and be ready for whatever you’re doing. Heck, you could even go get new raw materials by robbing a bank or wizards’ tower or something while sped up.

This method is exceptionally silly, though, and really falls into the realm of Theoretical Optimization, so I suggest against it. Also, it occurs to me that I didn’t address your first question. My suggestion for that would be to first figure out what sort of artificer you’re going to be.


Suddenly everyone is a hydra, or something. If you’re being a blasty artificer with Metamagic Spell Trigger, then your feats would be focused on that, etc. I have not actually played an artificer in a game, so I’m a bit unqualified to give advice on the actual build stuff. This is an extremely thorough guide to understanding and utilizing the potential power of the articifer.

It discusses everything you might want to know and so much more, including a step by step and simple guide to item creation. For those wanting to optimize their artificer, it is definitely the place to go.

One example I can think of off the top of my head as to the kinds of tips it gives is that it recommends that you do not take the feat which shortens the length of time to create items. Because, the longer it takes to create the item, the more chances you have to succeed on your Use Magic Device roll to create the item.

The guide is filled with these sorts of simple but not-so-obvious optimizations. It’s definitely a little long, though, so feel free to skip the parts you feel don’t apply to you. By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

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How can I play an Artificer predictively? Some specific desires for this include: How can I secure the downtime needed to artiifcer items if the DM does not guarantee it? Forrestfire 7, 2 34 Brian Ballsun-Stanton 91k 19 Being aware of the risk of failing from making items faster is probably wise, but an artificer really should be having quite high UMD checks and at little risk of failing in the first place.

Starting when they can just take 10, it should be little issue anymore. May 1 ’17 at 7: Sign up or log in Sign up using Google.

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