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The Revised Artificer is Coming to D&D in Next Month’s Unearthed Arcana

January 14, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

– Wizards of the Coast is getting back into the Artificer game with next month’s Unearthed Arcana. The D&D publisher took to Twitter on Friday to announce that a revised version of the fan-favorite class will be the next release through their playtest series and will be released next month:

The Artificer began life as part of the Eberron setting in third edition. A core component of Eberron, the Artificer is a magical inventor class who uses their abilities to temporarily enchant items and create magical items. In Fifth Edition, the class was first brought to life as a Wizard archetype in the Eberron Unearthed Arcana, an option which worked but wasn’t entirely satisfying to some fans who felt that it stripped away some of what made the class unique. A second version was released as an Unearthed Arcana in January of 2017. This version was non-setting specific and served as its own distinct class with three archetypes: the alchemist, the engineer, and the gunsmith.

With Wizards taking the Fifth edition plunge into Eberron with the Wayfinder’s Guide to Eberron in July, many expected that a new version of the Artificer would be coming soon. In fact, Eberron creator Keith Baker — who co-wrote the Wayfinder’s Guide — has said that the guide will likely be updated with the Artificer when the class comes out of playtest. So it was not a shock that they would eventually get back around to the class.

The Unearthed Arcanas have generally released in the middle weeks of months for the last few editions, so we can expect to see the new Artificer relatively soon.

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