Todd Talks - Official Artificer Release - With Jim Davis (WebDM)

  • Published: 20 November 2019
  • Todd Kenreck talks with Jim Davis from WebDM about the new official Artificer in Eberron: Rising from the Last War.

    The Artificer is the first official new class to be added to Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition since its release and has seen numerous changes since its earlier Unearthed Arcana iteration. Todd and Jim break it all down and answer your questions.

    The Artificer can be found in Eberron: Rising from the Last War:

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Comments • 233

  • D&D Beyond
    D&D Beyond   2 months back

    What are your thoughts on the Artificer? Do you have any ideas for characters using this new class?

    0:13 Eberron Setting
    7:10 Artificer
    48:15 Questions from Chat

    • DeltaSpace Laboratories
      DeltaSpace Laboratories  2 weeks back

      Lately I was thrown into it and it feels fricking nice to play! But as a min maxer, I was wondering if we can boost the canon using spells, such as Heat Metal to repair a canon made in metal, or enlarging it to make more damage. More like on it then the straight damage! Or other funky spells to buff it to have fun with it XD

    • Estevan Rodriguez
      Estevan Rodriguez  1 months back

      I think it is pretty balanced as a DM, but a few dms I know dont like the class, because they want to be the one in control of what magic items the party gets.

      But the thing is the artificer is a half caster, so they dont get ridiculous high level spells for a while, and even then the highest level they can cast is 5th, and they dont get that many other ridiculous abilities in the mean time, not until late game where they get more attunement slots, and their 20th level ability.

      I think it's a fun class with the ability to make magic items being their unique quirk like the paladin smite, rogue sneak attack, and druid wildshape which I see a bunch of people claim is unbalanced. But that what makes those classes work, it's their bread and butter, it's what makes them fun, and what gives them utility to fight monsters and roleplay the game.

      I mean the game is about the player's story, a good dm knows that, and while you have a control over a lot of where the story goes, as a dm it should not be feeling the need to take away player options so the game seems "balanced".

      Overall the class seems pretty interesting and fun and with my experience with one of my players playing the artificer, it gives the party many amazing utilities that were not available to them before and I'm looking forward to see what they can come up with next.

    • Carlos Luna
      Carlos Luna  2 months back

      They didn't have to remove Arcane Weapon, they could have just made it like Divine Favor but with force damage instead of radiant.

    • Talon Greenlee
      Talon Greenlee  2 months back

      For the alchemical potions, I think you can take a long rest to make one or spend a spell slot for it. I would say that if you take a whole rest taking the time to make sure you get the right thing you choose from the list, but if you expend a spell slot in the heat of battle it might be a little less stable and you’d determine the effect randomly.

      Edit: looking at the official wording on the rules, I got this backwards. You only roll if it’s one of the ones you get for free at the end of a long rest. If you expend a spell slot, you get to choose its effect

    • plot hole detective
      plot hole detective  2 months back

      Now I can play as Captain

  • digunder14
    digunder14  2 weeks back

    machine god? *immediately thinks of Primus*

    • dratheart
      dratheart  1 months back

      I love the Eberron book, it's huge and beautiful and a great value. All that said, I'm very dissatisfied with the Mark of Scribing, and many of the other marks that they under-powered. But for Scribing, ZERO bonus languages? NO tool proficiency with either Calligrapher's Tools or Forgery Kits? Would even ONE of of either of those over-powered the mark and broke the game? Not in my opinion. Also, I miss the Amanuensis cantrip/spell, and there's just no excuse for a setting with magical newspapers not having it brought here as a cantrip or spell. The book should have added at least a couple pages of new spells - it's sad that there are none.

      • Paul Jaycox
        Paul Jaycox  2 months back

        I was thinking a Phineas & Ferb artificer team would be fun. Sure Jimmy Neutron, but those two would be a blast. Even a Doofenshmirtz NPC...

        • Squidiot Stories
          Squidiot Stories  2 months back

          Is it only official in Eberron, or can you use the artificer in any campaign?

          • Big Rod
            Big Rod  2 months back

            It's official in Dnd. However, I believe the artificer is a milestone in technology that is set many hundreds of years into the timeline of Toril.

        • Dalton Davidson
          Dalton Davidson  2 months back

          I can honestly see a party of only artificers working because of how versatile this character is with only three subclasses. I'm excited to finally gift this a shot with official 5E rules

          • Mathias Ferrari
            Mathias Ferrari  2 months back

            I love the immage of the artificer weilding the hammer with the dog on the background: Where could I find it? Thank you

            • Riley Rogers
              Riley Rogers  2 months back

              So what’s this about a ranger with smites? I can’t wait to find out more

              • Jon Doe
                Jon Doe  2 months back

                Awesome try, but people to take what you guys say to heart. Your words carry weight in peoples hearts. I do love the work you guys do!

                • String Bean
                  String Bean  2 months back

                  Would an Artificer be able to make a robot he/she could ride inside of and use as a fighting suit, like power armor from fallout. i am still very new to d&d and this is just an idea i had

                  • Chris Marshall
                    Chris Marshall  2 months back

                    I've always explained Eberron as tabletop Final Fantasy. Especially for 6, 7, 9, 11, and 14 fans.

                    • NurturingTalents
                      NurturingTalents  2 months back

                      Unfortunately Jeffrey Epstein didn’t kill himself, he’s still alive, and that means that he gets to enjoy playing the official Artificer class now.

                      • Wolfie Mac
                        Wolfie Mac  2 months back

                        What the hell happened to Jim's face?

                        Its naked!

                        • Chuck Allerston
                          Chuck Allerston  2 months back


                          • Doug Coughler
                            Doug Coughler  2 months back

                            Are Todd Talks available in Podcast form?

                            • semore butts
                              semore butts  2 months back

                              Jim shaved. I don't know how I feel about this.

                              • Talon Greenlee
                                Talon Greenlee  2 months back

                                I think that one of the best characters I’ve ever made was a goblin beast master ranger/barbarian multiclass that had a warg-like mount companion and used a battle axe and a shield and wore hide armor. I love that image and managed to pull it off without being evil by being very compassionate and having a very good dynamic with my animal companion. I also made a kobold sorcerer/rogue character named Shrike who was also awesome.

                                • AKraftyBasterd
                                  AKraftyBasterd  2 months back


                                  • Victor Eichhorn
                                    Victor Eichhorn  2 months back

                                    Portable Alchemy Lab is in Acquisitions Inc.

                                    • Chris Bruschinsky
                                      Chris Bruschinsky  2 months back

                                      I'm interested, what exactly powers an Artificer? Shards or whatnot? I'm wondering if Artificer can be used outside Eberron

                                      • Chris Marshall
                                        Chris Marshall  2 months back

                                        Rising from the Last War includes suggestions for inclusion in Forgotten Realms, Dragonlance, and Mystara.

                                    • Polack Talks
                                      Polack Talks  2 months back

                                      Just throw a cloak of flying (batwing model)(rare item) on an artificer and youve got Batman

                                      • Jason S
                                        Jason S  2 months back

                                        Where in the hell did Jim's beard go???

                                        • Fibonochos
                                          Fibonochos  2 months back

                                          Ok so Warforged Battle Smith with the solder background. And you steel defender is a warforged you was deployed with you that died, but you weren't able to accept their death so you "repaired" them. Oh and your homunculus is the head of another fallen Warforged comrade that you "repaired"

                                          • Garrett Curtis
                                            Garrett Curtis  2 months back

                                            I just built an artilerist artificer with a prosthetic limb. His eldritch cannon is the same prosthetic. When he makes the walking turret version all that is left is a metal skeletal bare functioning limb.

                                            • digunder14
                                              digunder14  2 months back

                                              bet the likes of eberron could be done in the forgotten realms had karsus not fucked up and the magical batteries of mythlrs had remained a thing

                                              • trexdrew
                                                trexdrew  2 months back

                                                The best way I’ve ever heard Eberron summed up, and I think it was Keith Baker himself who said it on a podcast, is that Eberron isn’t Steampunk it’s Magic Punk. I can’t wait to dive in eventually for a campaign I have planned. This book is so good with so much stuff and I love it.

                                                • ooga booga
                                                  ooga booga  2 months back

                                                  I'm looking forward to seeing the Battlesmith Artificer Eldritch Knight Fighter builds

                                                  • KevinMack82
                                                    KevinMack82  2 months back

                                                    Answer for the Fire Shield, if it only casts a halfling artificer, Goliath barbarian wields you like a club and you cast fire shield on yourself while you swing a sword. Might not work for long, but would be epic in the process :)

                                                    • Neil NJK
                                                      Neil NJK  2 months back

                                                      Can somebody link the actual start?

                                                      • Cameron Starkel
                                                        Cameron Starkel  2 months back

                                                        I like the homunculus being an optional infusion instead of tacked on to the Alchemist because it doesn't make the Artificer class as a whole feel like a pet class, which was kind of the feeling I got from the UAs.

                                                        • Reiksis the Meta Goblin
                                                          Reiksis the Meta Goblin  2 months back

                                                          Seeing Jim on this show? Very cool.

                                                          Not seeing Jim's beard? Less cool.

                                                          • Pharoah Neteru
                                                            Pharoah Neteru  2 months back

                                                            Spiderman and ironman in comics and in game, are artificers.

                                                            • Daniel Betts
                                                              Daniel Betts  2 months back

                                                              RIP the OG neckbeard.

                                                              • Daniel Dosso
                                                                Daniel Dosso  2 months back

                                                                Rip the Neckbeard

                                                                • Joe Mazzola
                                                                  Joe Mazzola  2 months back

                                                                  Was super bummed they didn't include arcane weapon spell, I've been having a lot of fun using it and flavoring it as my buffed up crossbow being my second child right below my beloved mecha-puppy.

                                                                  • Mickey Flint
                                                                    Mickey Flint  2 months back

                                                                    The Artificer never gets sore above 5th level. So sorry boys but there will not be magic wish granting lamps in your games

                                                                    • sammy clark
                                                                      sammy clark  2 months back

                                                                      Where can I get the pdf?

                                                                      • agirlnameddirt
                                                                        agirlnameddirt  2 months back

                                                                        I really want to make an alchemist-necromancer

                                                                        • Big Rod
                                                                          Big Rod  2 months back

                                                                          I just wrote up an npc that is a necromancer attempting to dabble in alchemy. He can't really do this according to the rules, but his zombies make really good brew now.

                                                                        • Jędrzej Potwór Umiński
                                                                          Jędrzej Potwór Umiński  2 months back

                                                                          It doesn't make thematical sense for most Artificers to use necromancy. Maybe except Alchemist, but they already specialize in healing magic... on the other hand Frankenstein's Monster. I might homebrew own subclass that plays with body parts and makes undead cyborgs

                                                                        • chris nelson
                                                                          chris nelson  2 months back

                                                                          agirlnameddirt we can rebuild him, we have the technology.

                                                                      • Andrew C
                                                                        Andrew C  2 months back

                                                                        Should release as a podcast a few days later it’s only talking heads

                                                                        • Jarret Dupree
                                                                          Jarret Dupree  2 months back

                                                                          I’m an artificer, tools are my religion.

                                                                          • John Snow
                                                                            John Snow  2 months back

                                                                            Jim shaved! He looks 35.

                                                                            • DracoFlyer
                                                                              DracoFlyer  2 months back

                                                                              Man, beardless Jim is weird. I don't like it

                                                                              • Carlos Luna
                                                                                Carlos Luna  2 months back

                                                                                No archivist, no Many handed pouch, no Arcane Weapon, massive nerf on some races... they just ruined it for me... I will stick with those options from UA and ignore the ones from this book.

                                                                                • draco argentum
                                                                                  draco argentum  2 months back

                                                                                  Forgotten Realms is D&D produced Pre-Neuromancer, Eberron is D&D developed within a Neuromancer inspired world.

                                                                                  I like Eberron, and most specifically Artificers, because they represent the advance of magical technology. It has always struck me as misaligned that all these Tolkienesque worlds have been around for ages, thousands of years, and No one has developed the technology of magic.
                                                                                  It harkens back to the old articles by Ed Greenwood about how castles really would work in worlds with dragons; Eberron looks at the world and asks "what would the world be like if you could rely on magic? If spells could heal the wounded, fix the broken, or feed the hungry?"

                                                                                  • Kurt Holtzer
                                                                                    Kurt Holtzer  2 months back

                                                                                    So if an infusion can be used as a spellcasting focus, can i use a prosthetic arm as a spellcasting focus?

                                                                                  • TheScandinavien
                                                                                    TheScandinavien  2 months back

                                                                                    Where is the beard??? The Beard???

                                                                                    • José A. Ruiz Quiñones
                                                                                      José A. Ruiz Quiñones  2 months back

                                                                                      I made a guild master/ mob boss whos a Living Identify Spell. He infused his ability into membership cards to give others free access to Identify, but he would know about whatever was identified.

                                                                                      Antimagic field erased him... RIP

                                                                                      • Techpriest
                                                                                        Techpriest  2 months back

                                                                                        What about "Philosophers stone" concept for an alchemist? Alchemists strived to invent that in real life.

                                                                                        • Techpriest
                                                                                          Techpriest  2 months back

                                                                                          @Weirdy Fish Philosophers stone has other properties (or it was meant to have). Namely youth and immortality. Cure illnesess, make and colour glass etc. etc.

                                                                                        • Weirdy Fish
                                                                                          Weirdy Fish  2 months back

                                                                                          As cool as that would be. Transmuter wizards basically have a philosopher stone at lvl 14