It just doesn't fly. Maybe it should have!
— NewbieDM (@newbiedm) November 18, 2020
Artificers have access to the fly spell, and can infuse boots of flying, if you want your zoomy Iron Man. 🙂 Apologies, "winged boots." The artificer is appearing as a class, correct?
Yes, the artificer class originally appeared
in book ‘Eberron: Rising from the Last War”
Partly because the artificer class is such
a big part of that world’s story, but we realized
that enough people want to play the artificer
and there are enough artificers in other D&D
A fact we even point out in the Eberron book
We decided to include the class in its entirety,
in Tasha’s Cauldron, so that even people who
don’t have the Eberron book have access to
this class to use in any D&D setting
and in addition to taking the class and reprinting
it here, we’ve also included a whole new subclass
‘The Armorer’ and we’ve also included new
infusions so new things that the artificer
We’ve also changed some of the framing story
text in the class to make it so that it’s
not Eberron specific, although we include
very purposefully still some nods to Eberron,
because Eberron is very much a part of the
class’s identity for many people.
So it’s here for everyone’s convenience and
also in this book the artificer gets some
new spells, so I think overall the package
that artificers are getting in this book is
There is also new artificer art here.
I think only one of the artificer paintings
from the Eberron book reappears here and the
rest is all new art.
So you get to see an entirely different artillerist,
you know a totally different battlesmith with
a different kind of steel defender.
In this case rather than looking like the
mastiff that we had in the Eberron book this
time we show a bear steel defender, with a
little gnome battle smith whose steel defender
looks bigger than the artificer.
This time around we also have really delightful
art of different homunculus servants for the
artificer, probably the cutest art in the
We describe some of them in the original write
up of the artificer, but now you actually
get to see them.
Including one of the things we described previously
was this little winged cauldron and we of
course had to include that in a book called
Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything.
So now you actually get to see that in the
book, again, along with the armorer and the
So you are getting all the subclasses that
appeared in the Eberron book?
Exactly, you get the artillerist, the alchemist,
the battle smith and then those three are
joined by the armorer.
Okay, wow that’s huge.
This is a complete artificer package all in
How was the armorer received?
I can tell you by me playing it quite a bit
I’m a tough guy to take down.
People have really loved the armorer which
is why it made it into this book just like
when people saw the armorer in unearthed arcana
you get to choose if you have the guardian
model of the armor or the infiltrator model
and there is a cool piece of art to showing
armorers in each of those suits and it shows
them using the powers that those suits of
armor give them
and this subclass really fills a nice niche
that the other three artificer subclasses
don’t fill because this is really about the
artificer themself being amazingly resilient.
Whereas the other three have different emphasis,
you know with the battle smith with the metallic
companion, the alchemist being a bit of a
healer but also having a lot of other magical
capabilities and then of course the artillerist
who is all about blowing things up.
Here the armorer is about taking your inventiveness
as an artificer and creating essentially a
second skin for yourself, which you’ve gotten
to experience in play that can make you very
difficult to kill, can speed you up, you know
if you’re using the infiltrator option you’re
hurling lightning from it, you know you can
have a defensive field if you took the guardian
Some really fun things for anyone who wants
to delve into sort of a magic power armor
kind of fantasy for their artificer.
It has a lot of like, you know, obviously
the first thing that comes to mind for people
is Iron Man, but I also like I’m tempted very
much by more steampunky things like the Dishonored
series or you know like just that kinda…
Because the infiltrator mode is interesting.
It’s one that took me a little bit longer
to wrap my brain around but listen if you’re
about to like, still be very stealthy but
also still wear plate mail under your shirt
where no one can tell…that’s very tricky
– and you can shoot lightning!
That comparison to Iron Man is definitely
apt, but we also had definitely steampunk
aesthetics in mind and we also had other characters
from pop culture who wear different types
of power armor in mind, because to use another
Marvel example, remember Ant-man and also
They’re both also wearing power armor and
so we actually had a number of inspirations
that we could draw on, and it’s because of
the variations in our inspirations that we
wanted to make sure that there was variation
in the subclass itself.
We didn’t want to just have the sort of magical
steampunk version of Iron Man.
We know we wanted you to be able to take this
and use it to imagine a variety of different
people walking around in their suit of armor
powered by your own magic.
Because that’s the other cool thing about
it, is many characters in D&D if they get
a magic suit of armor, can be walking around
in magic armor.
The difference of course here is that you
made this as an artificer and it’s also not
something that can pass around.
This is almost like a part of you -yeah- you
are becoming almost a bit of a fantasy super
hero because of what you’ve done in your lab
to create this second skin.
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— Dan Dillon (@Dan_Dillon_1) November 18, 2020