Artificer (Apath)

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A artificer is a kingpin focused on the Craft skill and the creation of exceptional items. Artificers develop supreme skills that allow them to create a multitude of magic items even though they possess no spell ability. They can guide their allies in the use of these magic items, even if their allies have no such aptitude. Artificers are often mistaken for spellcasters.

Class Information

Alignment: Any

Hit Die: d8

Starting Wealth: 4d6 x 10 gp (average 140 gp.) In addition, each character begins play with an outfit worth 10 gp or less.

Class Skills

A artificer’s class skills are: Appraise (Int), Bluff (Cha), Climb (Str), Craft (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Disable Device (Dex), Handle Animal (Cha), Heal (Wis), Intimidate (Cha), Knowledge (Arcana) (Int), Knowledge (Dungeoneering) (Int), Knowledge (Engineering) (Int), Knowledge (Geography) (Int), Knowledge (History) (Int), Knowledge (Local) (Int), Knowledge (Nature) (Int), Linguistics (Int), Profession (Wis), Sense Motive (Wis), Spellcraft (Int), Survival (Wis), Use Magic Device (Cha). This modifies the kingpins' class skill list.

Skill Ranks per Level: 8+ Int per level

Class Features

The artificer has all the kingpin's class features, except as noted.


The following deeds replace some of the kingpins' deeds.

Craft Under Stress (Ex)

From 1st level the artificer can guide his gang to be adept at crafts and using magical items. This is the same as the confidence under stress deed, except that it only applies to the Craft and Use Magic Device skills and costs no cunning to impart to allies. This deed replaces gang alertness.

Power Wand or Scroll (Su)

At 3rd level when the artificer activates a wand or scroll with Use Magic Device, he can spend a point of cunning instead of destroying a scroll or expending a charge from a wand. If his class level equals or exceeds the item's caster level, success is automatic. If the caster level is higher than his class level, he must succeed on a Use Magic Device check with a DC of 20 + 2 * the item's caster level. If this check fails, a scroll is destroyed and a wand expends a charge normally. This replaces the teamwork deed.

Craft Skill Supremacy (Ex)

Gained at 7th level, this deed functions like the kingpins' skill supremacy deed, with the exception that the artificer gains it at level 7, that it only applies to the Craft and Use Magic Device skills, and that it only costs a single point of cunning to use. This deed replaces uncanny alertness.

Greater Artificer’s Inspiration (Ex)

From 11th level and on the artificer can grant his gang the ability to take 20 on Craft and Use Magic Device checks. Using this ability costs the artificer a point of cunning and lasts for one round. This deed replaces uncanny coordination.

Power Staff (Su)

Gained at 11th level, this deed works like the power wand or scroll deed above, except that it applies to staves and costs 2 cunning per charge. An artificer with this deed can use it to recharge one charge of a staff once per day, often doing so before retiring for the night if he has the cunning to spare. It replaces the coax action deed.

Item Creation Feats (Ex)

A artificer is greatly versed in the art of creation, to the point that his ability competes with true spellcasters. The artificer gains a caster level equal to his class level, but only for the purpose of creating magic items. At 1st level, a artificer receives a item creation feat as a bonus feat. He must meet the prerequisites for this feat. The artificer receives another bonus item creation feat at level 5 and 13.

He may use any magic item creation feat to create magic items even though he is not a spell caster. The DC to create an item still increases for any spell requirement he or his allies do not fulfill. He can create a potion, spell trigger item, or spell completion item without knowing the spell in question, but the DC increases by an additional 5. This ability replaces teamwork feats.

Note that an artificer does not have Spellcraft as a class skill, and usually uses a Craft skill instead. Any time an artificer spends creating an item with the Craft skill also counts as time spent making the item magical.

Bonus Feats (Ex)

At 2nd, 9th, and 17th level, the artificer receives a bonus feat. This can be any feat he fulfills the prerequisites for. As a special bonus, if the artificer selects a item creation feat as a bonus feat, he also learns an additional skill trick. This is a modification to the kingpin's bonus feats class feature.

Supreme Artificer (Ex)

At 20th level, the artificer masters the Appraise, Craft (all variants) and Use Magic Device skills. The artificer may always use these skills with the skill supremacy deed, without costing him any cunning. In addition, the artificer is treated as having all spells required for the creation of an item prepared, and he no longer increases the DC for creating spell-trigger and spell-activation items. This replaces supreme mastery.

Table: Artificer

Level Base
Special Gang Radius
1st +0 +0 +2 +2 Kingpins' cunning, deeds (craft under stress, gang, plots within plots), item creation feat 20 ft.
2nd +1 +0 +3 +3 Bonus feat, skill trick 20 ft.
3rd +2 +1 +3 +3 Deeds (exemplar of skills, mob flanking, power wand or scroll) 30 ft.
4th +3 +1 +4 +4 Skill trick 30 ft.
5th +3 +1 +4 +4 Item creation feat 30 ft.
6th +4 +2 +5 +5 Skill trick 30 ft.
7th +5 +2 +5 +5 Deeds (coax self, confidence under stress, craft skill supremacy) 40 ft.
8th +6/+1 +2 +6 +6 Skill trick 40 ft.
9th +6/+1 +3 +6 +6 Bonus feat 40 ft.
10th +7/+2 +3 +7 +7 Skill trick 40 ft.
11th +8/+3 +3 +7 +7 Deeds (greater artificer's inspiration, hands-on leadership, power staff) 50 ft.
12th +9/+4 +4 +8 +8 Skill trick 50 ft.
13th +9/+4 +4 +8 +8 Item creation feat 50 ft.
14th +10/+5 +4 +9 +9 Skill trick 50 ft.
15th +11/+6/+1 +5 +9 +9 Deeds (coordinate skill tricks, getaway, skill supremacy) 60 ft.
16th +12/+7/+2 +5 +10 +10 Skill trick 60 ft.
17th +12/+7/+2 +5 +10 +10 Bonus feat 60 ft.
18th +13/+8/+3 +6 +11 +11 Skill trick 60 ft.
19th +14/+9/+4 +6 +11 +11 Deeds (coax the gang, inspire skill supremacy, team spirit) 70 ft.
20th +15/+10/+5 +6 +12 +12 Skill trick, supreme artificer 70 ft.
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