Hybrid Artificer

CLASS TRAITS

Role: Leader.
Power Source: Arcane.
Key Abilities: Intelligence, Constitution, Wisdom

Armor Proficiencies: Cloth, leather.
Weapon Proficiencies: Simple melee, simple ranged.
Implement: Rods, staffs, wands
Bonus to Defense: +1 Fortitude, +1 Will.

Hit Points at 1st Level: 6+ Constitution Score.
Hit Points per Level Gained: 2.5
Healing Surges per Day: 3

Class Skills: Arcana (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Dungeoneering (Wis), Heal (Wis), History (Int), Perception (Wis), Thievery (Dex).

Class features: Healing Infusion (Hybrid)
Hybrid Talent Options: Arcane Empowerment or Arcane Rejuvenation.

Whether student or tinkerer, you have learned many tricks for imbuing magic into objects and creatures. Your expertise is spotty, however, with many gaps that a true artificer might scoff at. Of course, you know plenty of tricks beyond the skill of that artificer.

Why does your knowledge have such gaps? Do you lack the discipline or talent to master some of the formulas and recipes of the artificer? Or have you recognized that technical skills must be supplemented with other abilities?

As a hybrid artificer, you retain some of the artificer’s healing ability, but you trade away magic item manipulation in exchange for another class’s abilities.

HYBRID ARTIFICER CLASS FEATURES


HEALING INFUSION (HYBRID)
This class feature functions as the artificer class feature, except that you can create only one healing infusion at the end of each extended rest.

Artificer Feature Healing Infusion: Curative Admixture

You use the magic of your infusion to heal the wounds of your target.

Encounter (Special)        Arcane, Healing
Minor Action      Close burst 5 (10 at 11th level, 15 at 21st level)

Target: You or one ally in the burst

Effect: The target regains hit points equal to its healing surge value + your Wisdom modifier, and you expend an infusion crafted with your Healing Infusion class feature.
Level 6: Healing surge value + your Wisdom modifier + 2.
Level 11: Healing surge value + your Wisdom modifier + 4.
Level 16: Healing surge value + your Wisdom modifier + 6.
Level 21: Healing surge value + your Wisdom modifier + 8.
Level 26: Healing surge value + your Wisdom modifier + 10.

Special: You can use two Healing Infusion powers per encounter, but only one per round. At 16th level, you can use three Healing Infusion powers per encounter, but only one per round.


Artificer Feature Healing Infusion: Resistive Formula

You channel the energy of your infusion into your target’s armor, providing lasting protection.

Encounter (Special)        Arcane
Minor Action      Close burst 5 (10 at 11th level, 15 at 21st level)

Target: You or one ally in the burst

Effect: The target gains a +1 power bonus to AC until the end of the encounter, and you expend an infusion crafted with your Healing Infusion class feature. The target can end the bonus as a free action to gain temporary hit points equal to its healing surge value + your Constitution modifier.
Level 11: Temporary hit points equal to the target’s healing surge value + twice your Constitution modifier.
Level 21: Temporary hit points equal to the target’s healing surge value + three times your Constitution modifier.

Special: You can use two Healing Infusion powers per encounter, but only one per round. At 16th level, you can use three Healing Infusion powers per encounter, but only one per round.


Artificer Feature Healing Infusion: Shielding Elixir

You carefully prepare a formula that inoculates your target’s body against damage of a certain type.

Encounter (Special)        Arcane
Minor Action      Close burst 5 (10 at 11th level, 15 at 21st level)

Target: You or one ally in the burst

Effect: The target gains resist 5 to one of the following damage types until the end of the encounter: cold, fire, force, lightning, necrotic, poison, radiant, or thunder. The target can end the bonus as a free action to become immune to that damage type until the end of his or her next turn.
Level 11: Resist 10.
Level 21: Resist 15.

Special: You can use two Healing Infusion powers per encounter, but only one per round. At 16th level, you can use three Healing Infusion powers per encounter, but only one per round.



Hybrid talent Options
If you take the Hybrid Talent feat, you can select one of the following options.

ARCANE EMPOWERMENT
Your study of magic has given you the ability to manipulate the arcane energy contained within items. You begin each day with the ability to empower a magic item, and you gain one additional arcane empowerment for each milestone you reach. You must spend a short rest with an item in order to empower it. You can empower an item in two ways.

Augment Energy
You infuse a weapon or an implement with a reservoir of energy that lasts until the end of your next extended rest or until it is expended. The wielder of the implement or the weapon can use a free action after making an attack roll to expend the reservoir of energy to gain a +2 bonus to that attack roll. An implement or a weapon can be augmented only once per day in this way.

Impart Energy
You recharge the daily power of a magic item. An item can be recharged only once per day in this way.

ARCANE REJUVENATION
Before combat, an artificer spends time infusing his or her allies’ magic items with curative energy. Whenever one of the artificer’s allies uses a magic item’s daily power, that ally absorbs the energy and gains temporary hit points equal to one-half your level + your Intelligence modifier.

Suggested Combinations

The artificer/wizard is a master of arcane secrets, using Intelligence to attack enemies and heal allies.

The artificer/swordmage might prefer melee powers. Choose Constitution as your secondary ability score to maximize synergy between the two classes.
    
The artificer/warlock can be an effective mix of leadership and damage-dealing, particularly if you set Intel-ligence and Constitution as your two highest ability scores.

Published in Player's Handbook 3, page(s) 139.