Artificer

A gnome sits hunched over a workbench,
carefully using needle and thread to wave runes
into a leather satchel. The bag shudders as she
completes her work, and a sudden, loud pop
echoes through the room as a portal to an extradimensional
space springs to being in the bag’s
interior. She beams with pride at her newly
crafted bag of holding.
A troll growls in hunger as it looms over a
dwarf, who slides a long, metal tube from a
holster at his belt. With a thunderous roar, a gout
of flame erupts from the tube, and the troll’s
growls turn into shrieks of panic as it turns to
flee.
An elf scrambles up the castle’s wall, Baron
von Hendriks’ men close behind her. As she
clambers over the battlements, she reaches into
her satchel, pulls out three vials, mixes their
contents into a small leather bag, and flings it at
her pursuers. The bag bursts at their feet,
trapping them in a thick, black glue as she makes
her escape.

Makers of magic-infused objects, artificers are
defined by their inventive nature. Like wizards,
they see magic as a complex system waiting to
be decoded and controlled through a
combination of thorough study and investigation.
Artificers, though, focus on creating marvelous
new magical objects. Spells are often too
ephemeral and temporary for their tastes.
Instead, they seek to craft durable, useful items.

Cunning Inventors
Every artificer is defined by a specific craft.
Artificers see mastering the basic methods of a
craft as the first step to true progress, the
invention of new methods and approaches. Some
artificers are engineers, students of invention
and warfare who craft deadly firearms that they
can augment with magic. Other artificers are
alchemists. Using their knowledge of magic and
various exotic ingredients, they create potions
and draughts to aid them on their adventures.
Alchemy and engineering are the two most
common areas of study for artificers, but others
do exist.
All artificers are united by their curiosity and
inventive nature. To an artificer, magic is an
evolving art with a leading edge of discovery and
mastery that pushes further ahead with each
passing year. Artificers value novelty and
discovery. This penchant pushes them to seek a
life of adventure. A hidden ruin might hold a
forgotten magic item or a beautifully crafted
mirror perfect for magical enhancement.
Artificers win respect and renown among their
kind by uncovering new lore or inventing new
methods of creation.

Intense Rivalries
The artificers’ drive to invent and expand their
knowledge creates an intense drive to uncover
new magic discoveries. An artificer who hears
news of a newly discovered magic item must act
fast to get it before any rivals do. Good-aligned
artificers recover items on adventures or offer
gold or wondrous items to those who possess
items they are keen to own. Evil ones have no
problem committing crimes to claim what they
want.
Almost every artificer has at least one rival,
someone whom they seek to outdo at every turn.
By the same token, artificers with similar
philosophies and theories band together into
loose guilds. They share their discoveries and
work together to verify their theories and keep
ahead of their rivals.

Creating an Artificer
When creating an artificer character, think about
your character’s background and drive for
adventure. Does the character have a rival? What
is the character’s relationship with the artisan or
artificer who taught the basics of the craft? Talk
to your DM about the role played by artificers in
the campaign, and what sort of organizations
and NPCs you might have ties to.

Quick Build
You can make an artificer quickly by following
these suggestions. First, put your highest ability
score in Intelligence, followed by Constitution or
Dexterity. Second, choose the guild artisan
background.

Class Features
As an artificer, you gain the following class
features.
Hit Points
Hit Dice: 1d8 per artificer level
Hit Points at 1st Level: 8 + your Constitution
modifier
Hit Points at Higher Levels: 1d8 (or 5) + your
Constitution modifier per artificer level after
1st

Proficiencies
Armor: Light and medium armor
Weapons: Simple weapons
Tools: Thieves’ tools, two other tools of your
choice
Saving Throws: Constitution, Intelligence
Skills: Choose three from Arcana, Deception,
History, Investigation, Medicine, Nature,
Religion, Sleight of Hand

Equipment
You start with the following equipment, in
addition to the equipment granted by your
background:
• (a) a handaxe and a light hammer or (b) any
two simple weapons
• a light crossbow and 20 bolts
• (a) scale mail or (b) studded leather armor
• thieves’ tools and a dungeoneer’s pack

Artificer Specialist
At 1st level, you choose the type of Artificer
Specialist you are: Alchemist, Armorer, Augmentor, Gunsmith, Mechanist. Soldier artificer, Tinkerer
of which are detailed at the end of the class
description. Your choice grants you features at
1st level and again at 3rd, 9th, 14th, and 17th
level.

Magic Item Analysis
Starting at 1st level, your understanding of
magic items allows you to analyze and
understand their secrets. You know the artificer
spells detect magic and identify, and you can cast
them as rituals. You don’t need to provide a
material component when casting identify with
this class feature.

The Artificer
—Spell Slots per Spell Level—
Level Proficiency Bonus Features Spells
Known 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
1st +2 Artificer Specialist, Magic Item Analysis – – – – –
2nd +2 Tool Expertise, Wondrous Invention – – – – –
3rd +2 Masterwork Feature, Spellcasting 3 2 – – –
4th +2 Ability Score Improvement, Infuse Magic 4 3 – – –
5th +3 Superior Attunement, Wondrous Invention 4 3 – – –
6th +3 Mechanical Servant 4 3 – – –
7th +3 — 5 4 2 – –
8th +3 Ability Score Improvement 6 4 2 – –
9th +4 Masterwork Feature 6 4 2 – –
10th +4 Wondrous Invention 7 4 3 – –
11th +4 — 8 4 3 – –
12th +4 Ability Score Improvement 8 4 3 – –
13th +5 — 9 4 3 2 –
14th +5 Masterwork Feature 10 4 3 2 –
15th +5 Superior Attunement, Wondrous Invention 10 4 3 2 –
16th +5 Ability Score Improvement 11 4 3 3 –
17th +6 Masterwork Feature 11 4 3 3 –
18th +6 Ability Score Improvement 11 4 3 3 –
19th +6 — 12 4 3 3 1
20th +6 Soul of Artifice, Wondrous Invention 13 4 3 3 1

Tool Expertise
Starting at 2nd level, your proficiency bonus is
doubled for any ability check you make that uses
any of the tool proficiencies you gain from this
class.

Wondrous Invention
At 2nd level, you gain the use of a magic item
that you have crafted. Choose the item from the
list of 2nd-level items below.
Crafting an item is a difficult task. When you
gain a magic item from this feature, it reflects
long hours of study, tinkering, and
experimentation that allowed you to finally
complete the item. You are assumed to work on
this item in your leisure time and to finish it
when you level up.
You complete another item of your choice
when you reach certain levels in this class: 5th,
10th, 15th, and 20th level. The item you choose
must be on the list for your current artificer level
or a lower level.
These magic items are detailed in the Dungeon
Master’s Guide.
2nd Level: bag of holding, cap of water breathing,
driftglobe, goggles of night, sending stones
5th Level: alchemy jug, helm of comprehending
languages, lantern of revealing, ring of
swimming, robe of useful items, rope of climbing,
wand of magic detection, wand of secrets
10th Level: bag of beans, chime of opening,
decanter of endless water, eyes of minute seeing,
folding boat, Heward’s handy haversack
15th Level: boots of striding and springing,
bracers of archery, brooch of shielding, broom
of flying, hat of disguise, slippers of spider
climbing
20th Level: eyes of the eagle, gem of brightness,
gloves of missile snaring, gloves of swimming
and climbing, ring of jumping, ring of mind
shielding, wings of flying

Spellcasting
As part of your study of magic, you gain the
ability to cast spells at 3rd level. The spells you
learn are limited in scope, primarily concerned
with modifying creatures and objects or creating
items. For which spells you can cast see: Artificer class spellist

Spell Slots
The Artificer table shows how many spell slots
you have to cast your spells of 1st level and
higher. To cast one of these spells, you must
expend a slot of the spell’s level or higher. You
regain all expended spell slots when you finish a
long rest.

Spells Known of 1st Level andHigher
You know three 1st-level spells of your choice
from the artificer spell list (which appears at the
end of this document).
The Spells Known column of the Artificer table
shows when you learn more artificer spells of
your choice from this feature. Each of these
spells must be of a level for which you have spell
slots on the Artificer table.
Additionally, when you gain a level in this class,
you can choose one of the artificer spells you
know from this feature and replace it with
another spell from the artificer spell list. The
new spell must also be of a level for which you
have spell slots on the Artificer table.

Spellcasting Ability
Intelligence is your spellcasting ability for your
artificer spells; your understanding of the theory
behind magic allows you to wield these spells
with superior skill. You use your Intelligence
whenever an artificer spell refers to your
spellcasting ability. In addition, you use your
Intelligence modifier when setting the saving
throw DC for an artificer spell you cast and when
making an attack roll with one.
Spell save DC = 8 + your proficiency bonus + your
Intelligence modifier
Spell attack modifier = your proficiency bonus + your
Intelligence modifier

Spellcasting Focus
You can use an arcane focus as a spellcasting
focus for your artificer spells. See chapter 5,
“Equipment,” in the Player’s Handbook for
various arcane focus options.

Infuse Magic
Starting at 4th level, you gain the ability to
channel your artificer spells into objects for later
use. When you cast an artificer spell with a
casting time of 1 action, you can increase its
casting time to 1 minute. If you do so and hold a
nonmagical item throughout the casting, you
expend a spell slot, but none of the spell’s effects
occur. Instead, the spell transfers into that item
for later use if the item doesn’t already contain a
spell from this feature.
Any creature holding the item thereafter can
use an action to activate the spell if the creature
has an Intelligence score of at least 6. The spell is
cast using your spellcasting ability, targeting the
creature that activates the item. If the spell
targets more than one creature, the creature that
activates the item selects the additional targets.
If the spell has an area of effect, it is centered on
the item. If the spell’s range is self, it targets the
creature that activates the item.
When you infuse a spell in this way, it must be
used within 8 hours. After that time, its magic
fades and is wasted.
You can have a limited number of infused
spells at the same time. The number equals your
Intelligence modifier.

Ability Score Improvement
When you reach 4th, 8th, 12th, 16th, and 18th
level, you can increase one ability score of your
choice by 2, or you can increase two ability
scores of your choice by 1. As normal, you can’t
increase an ability score above 20 using this
feature.

Superior Attunement
At 5th level, your superior understanding of
magic items allows you to master their use. You
can now attune to up to four, rather than three,
magic items at a time.
At 15th level, this limit increases to five magic
items.

Mechanical Servant
At 6th level, your research and mastery of your
craft allow you to produce a mechanical servant.
The servant is a construct that obeys your
commands without hesitation and functions in
combat to protect you. Though magic fuels its
creation, the servant is not magical itself. You are
assumed to have been working on the servant
for quite some time, finally finishing it during a
short or long rest after you reach 6th level.
Select a Large beast with a challenge rating of
2 or less. The servant uses that beast’s game
statistics, but it can look however you like, as
long as its form is appropriate for its statistics. It
has the following modifications:
• It is a construct instead of a beast.
• It can’t be charmed.
• It is immune to poison damage and the
poisoned condition.
• It gains darkvision with a range of 60 feet if it
doesn’t have it already.
• It understands the languages you can speak
when you create it, but it can’t speak.
• If you are the target of a melee attack and the
servant is within 5 feet of the attacker, you can
use your reaction to command the servant to
respond, using its reaction to make a melee
attack against the attacker.
The servant obeys your orders to the best of its
ability. In combat, it rolls its own initiative and
acts on its own.
If the servant is killed, it can be returned to life
via normal means, such as with the revivify spell.
In addition, over the course of a long rest, you
can repair a slain servant if you have access to its
body. It returns to life with 1 hit point at the end
of the rest. If the servant is beyond recovery, you
can build a new one with one week of work
(eight hours each day) and 1,000 gp of raw
materials.

Soul of Artifice
At 20th level, your understanding of magic items
is unmatched, allowing you to mingle your soul
with items linked to you. You can attune to up to
six magic items at once. In addition, you gain a
+1 bonus to all saving throws per magic item you
are currently attuned to.
Classes

Artificer

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