I’m a longtime and player, but I recently joined a 4e campaign and I am just hating 4th edition despite my best efforts to like it. I’m certain. The artificer appeared in Dragon magazine # (July ), in a 4th edition playtest article. I am stuck at work, and our network blocks most game related sites (Including Wizards. made it under the radar somehow). Until I can.
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This fictional class of characters first appeared in the 3. The artificer is a unique base class that reflects many of the core themes of Eberron. Artificers are heavily written into the Eberron world with their own Dragonmarked houseHouse Cannith. The common people in the metropolis of Sharn and other Eberron cities rely heavily on artificers to maintain the magical infrastructure. Artificers represent many of the high-magic elements of Eberron as a campaign setting.
Therein, the Artifice was a newly added specialty within the School of Thaumaturgy. Through a combination of infusions and item creation abilities artificers can add a great deal of flexibility to a party. No published race has artificer as a favored class, though being a warforged artificer gives the player the advantage of being able to use his infusions on himself.
The artificer’s abilities act primarily on items and constructs. The artificer uses Intelligence-based Infusions instead of typical magics and psionics. Infusions work similarly to spells but must be implanted in a specific object, giving it a temporary magic effect. Rather than casting bull’s strength directly on a character, an artificer might infuse a similar strength enhancing effect into a belt the intended recipient is wearing.
Artificers gain a wide variety of the tinkerer class features that are usually reserved for Rogues:. Adding an artificer to a party can offset the lack of trap-finding abilities and mechanical know-how when no rogue is present. However Stealth is not generally something they are very proficient with. An artificer can create magic items for which he or she does not have access to the prerequisite spells. In place of the missing spells, a series of Use Magic Device checks are made, which emulate each needed spell.
These checks can also be used as substitutes for race or alignment requirements. And, in addition, the artificer receives a bonus to caster level when attempting to create an item. Artificers receive every item creation feat as a bonus at or near the level where it becomes available to spellcasters.
At 5th level Artificers gain the ability to salvage XP from one magic item to use in another using a supernatural ability named Retain Essence.
Artificers receive a number of craft reserve points every level. These points can be used instead of XP in the creation of new magic items.
Thus Artificers are able to make use of item creation feats such as forge ring and craft wondrous item without the experience penalty that other spell casters must take. Constructs, mechanical beasts, and particularly Warforged fall under the Artificer’s area of influence.
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Specific infusions can be cast to Repair or inflict damage to any creature with a construct subtype. The feat ‘craft construct’ and the spell ‘construct lock’ are also good examples of this. At fourth level Artificers may craft a homunculus companion.
A homunculus is similar to a Wizard ‘s familiar but more intelligent and generally better equipped to a single task. Magic of Eberron Provided expanded options for homunculus companions. Warforged artificers can artifkcer choose to forge an intelligent weapon in place of a homunculus see Races of Eberron. Arfificer artificer appeared in Dragon magazine Julyin a 4th edition playtest article.
The class then appeared in the Eberron Player’s Guide July Artificers are arcane leaders, sharing a role with bardsclericsshamansand warlords. Artificers are proficient with cloth and leather armor and simple weapons. They can use rods, staves, and wands as implements.
Arcane Replenishment allows an artificer to recharge a magic item’s daily power, each day it can be used once plus one additional use per milestone reached, and cannot be used more than once per day on the same item.
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Components allows artificers to use mundane materials create the reagents and devices which some of their powers require, due to this feature, artificers are always assumed to have the necessary srtificer on hand when using their powers.
Healing Infusion adtificer artificers to use the two Healing Infusion powers two or three times per encounter depending on level. Curative Admixture is similar to the Cleric’s Healing Word power and the Warlord’s Inspiring Word power, allowing the artificer or an ally artififer range to regain hit points equal to his or her healing surge value as well as providing additional healing.
Resistive Formula allows the artificer or one ally within range to gain temporary hit points instead. Ritual Caster gives artificers Ritual Caster as a bonus feat and a free ritual book with bonus rituals related to item creation.
Artificers use arcane spells called infusions to imbue objects with magical power. One artificer build, the battlesmith artificeris presented in the Playtest: Artificer article in Dragon magazine Battlesmiths focus on buffinghealing artifider protecting allies.
Many of their powers relate to weapons or armor.
Battlesmiths’ attack powers generally use implements or ranged weapons. Battlesmith powers generally rely on intelligence for accuracy and damage, and many also gain additional benefits from high constitution.
DDO community manager Amanda Grove said she enjoyed playing the class in the game, although she said artificwr two hands to shoot rather than one was difficult.
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