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Alchemist Class

As smoke clears from a candle-lit laboratory, a gnome wipes the soot from his goggles. In front of him lies a glowing mixture that fumes offensively after the sudden, but anticipated, reaction. His excitement overcomes a curse the concoction seems to be casting on his senses, as he rushes to seal the now shaking flask with cork. Holding the vibrating flask in-hand, he smiles as he drips a layer of resin over the cork, proudly preparing his bottle of bad day for the trip ahead.

Often found cooped-up with their experiments or scavenging the wilds for ingredients, the alchemist is a student of the metaphysical essence of things, and is as curious as they are resourceful. They may be dedicated to the research of medicinal applications, demolitionists fascinated with the kinetic potential of violent reactions, or researchers of the hidden weakness of monsters that plague the land.

Nonmagical Alchemist Class Description

Alchemy and Magic

The chemical creations of an alchemist can often blur the line between the natural and supernatural. Considering spells often draw on power through material components, it's entirely reasonable to believe an alchemist exists somewhere in this blur, but unless the creation specifically makes mention of a spell, the item and its effects are not themselves magical. Alchemists are a great fit for low-magic campaigns, where spellcasting may be extremely rare for the standard adventurer.

Playing an Alchemist

This class grants you features intended for a particular playstyle. The alchemist is a low defense, high damage and utility martial blaster. It's highly recommended that, in combat, you stay a safe distance away from the enemies to use your alchemical items on them, but as far back as is safe.

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"I can tell you it's incredibly thorough as a non-magical alchemist that doesn't ignore existing 5e mechanics. There is a learning curve with this one, but it's worth it. I look forward to playing this class, but I'll have a difficult time choosing a subclass since they're all so thematic, evocative, and mechanically interesting."

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Bruce K July 29, 2022 6:43 am UTC
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After looking at the Volatile Potency Feature And The Mix Feature, and given Volatile Potency states "When a damage or healing roll is made with an alchemical item or potion you created, you can roll one additional die of the same size and add it to the damage or healing of the item. If the item uses multiple damage dice sizes, the die you roll an additional time is the largest size used." if you use an item with multiple damage types is the damage of the additional dice supposed to be left up to the player and DM to decide? Or would it be an an additional die per damage type as you would be rolling seperate dice which I feel is not the intended interpretation. I am trying to see if I understand Volatile Potency correctly.

Also would it be possible to perform the Annointing Ritual using a mixed oil given that the Mix feature states "When the new combined item is used, both effects occur simultaneously. The combined item loses its potency if it is not used within 10 minutes". the...See more
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Taron P July 29, 2022 9:26 am UTC
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Thanks for the questions!

To the first; it was playtested with the idea that an alchemist determines which of the damage types is increased. As of right now, Mix is not intended to add two additional dice by virtue of being a combined item.

The Anointing Ritual does not allow for mixed oils, as the mixed item only lasts for 10 minutes, the ritual takes 1 hour to perform, and the feature does not allow a coated oil to count as one being absorbed into the weapon.
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Ethan W July 01, 2022 1:43 pm UTC
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I've had a quick read-through and I'm wondering if, outside of the Eureka feature, the alchemist can craft more expensive or higher rarity items any faster than a character with proficiency in alchemist supplies? Not that's really an issue I'm just confused by the downtime rules. Love the class though. It's my favorite interpretation of an alchemist I've seen by far!
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Flutes L July 12, 2022 5:39 am UTC
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As I understand it, the only lasting craft that the Alchemist gets is Experimentalist Adept which applies only to alchemical items as designated in the PDF. The portion of the PDF that is devoted to crafting is a summary of the rules in the DMG and Xanathar's. The potion crafting table can be misleading because it illustrates how consumable magic items are crafted at half the cost of a normal magic item. The table can make it seem like the Alchemist crafts those potions faster since it's an Alchemist PDF, but really anyone can do that part. I don't know if I'm answering your question at this point, but I figured I'd try to overexplain since crafting rules are wild in 5e.
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Taron P July 12, 2022 6:50 am UTC
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Flutes got it right. Eureka allows you to create a potion via Catalyze, but that means the potion's quick creation causes it to lose potency if not used quickly.
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Anthony M July 01, 2022 12:49 pm UTC
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The robustness of this classes features are worth the cost for any DM looking to add new options to their table. Even if you are not interested in the class, the large amount of alchemical items Taron took the time to convert over to 5e will ease the strain on any DM who is just looking for minor magic items to populate the cache of a traveling merchant or magic shop.
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Flutes L July 01, 2022 3:42 am UTC
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I watched Taron's streams during the creation process for this class and I can tell you it's incredibly thorough as a non-magical alchemist that doesn't ignore existing 5e mechanics. There is a learning curve with this one, but it's worth it. I look forward to playing this class, but I'll have a difficult time choosing a subclass since they're all so thematic, evocative, and mechanically interesting.
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Stan F July 01, 2022 2:34 am UTC
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Oh hell yes. I've been watching your build videos on YouTube and telling my d&d group about this.
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