D&D 5e: Tiefling Artificer Guide

D&D 5e: Tiefling Artificer Guide

Is your next D&D homebrew campaign set in a cyberpunk setting? Or do you want your character to come from an advancing steampunk-themed city? Are you simply interested in creating a Tiefling that can shoot enchanted guns or magic cannons?

Well, you came to the right place. In our quick guide below, we’ll show you how to create and play as a Tiefling Artificer.

The Tiefling Race can be found in the Player’s Handbook. Click here to pick up your own copy of The Player’s Handbook!

The Artificer class can be found in either Eberron: Rising from the Last War OR Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything. Click here to pick up your copy of Eberron: Rising from the Last War OR click here to pick up your own copy of Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything!

How to Make a Tiefling Artificer

The first thing you should do when you roll an Artificer is to set your highest die roll under Intelligence. INT will be your spellcasting ability modifier and a defining trait. Next, you can make either Constitution or Strength your next-highest ability score. 

Next, consider which Artificer Specialist you want to be when you reach the third level. The different Artificer subclasses are:

  • Alchemist
  • Armorer
  • Artillerist
  • Battle Smith

Each one has its own special skills and some spells. For example, if you want to be more durable than the typical Artificer, choose the Armorer. If you want to focus on supporting your allies, be an Alchemist.

If you ever thought of having a robot accomplice, then you may enjoy the Battle Smith subclass. If you want to create 

How to Play a Tiefling Artificer

There is no best way to play your Artificer in combat. Since there are various subclasses, there are also different ways to perform during combat. In general, you’d want to make sure to keep a few combat spells handy to help you and your party beat foes.

Here are a handful of the best Artificer cantrips and spells you should keep in your repertoire:

  • Acid Splash
  • Mage Hand
  • Thorn Whip
  • Absorb Elements
  • Cure Wounds
  • Faerie Fire
  • Aid
  • Heat Metal
  • Dispel Magic
  • Haste
  • Stone Shape
  • Wall of Stone
  • Bigby’s Hand

Don’t forget to use your unique Artificer specialist skills during battle, as well. For example, Battle Smiths can command their Steel Defenders to take the brunt of an incoming attack to protect a weaker ally or themselves. If you’re an Artillerist, make good use of your Eldritch Cannon and Arcane Firearm.

Alchemists gain access to certain spells like Flaming Sphere, Cloudkill, and Ray of Sickness. The spells that Armorers gain include Magic Missile, Shatter, and Fire Shield.

How to Roleplay as a Tiefling Artificer

You know what to do during combat, but how do you play your Tiefling Artificer out of combat? Roleplaying is playing pretend. You’re pretending that you are your character, so try acting the way you pictured him or her to act.

Enter your character’s mindset by adapting his/her accent, ticks, and personality. It also helps if you keep in mind your character’s background and goals. Remembering your character’s backstory can improve your roleplaying skills, too.

For example:
Bella, the ever-curious child of a fishmonger, loves creating new traps and inventions to help her father catch more fish. When a traveling noble saw this, he offered her an education. She took it. Now, she is traveling herself, sharing her inventions with other simple folk trying to make a living.

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