PS0235 – Alchemist (Class)

Incoming! Tina brings the science and the experience in this episode, joining Ryan to talk about Pathfinder’s resident pseudoscientist, the alchemist.

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PS 235 – Alchemist

Book: APG

Concept: Science in a world of magic. (Damiel Morgethai)


  • Alchemists in literature:
    • Dr Jeckyl (specifically, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Dr Jeckyl);
    • Macgyver;
    • Hank Pym;
    • Wheeljack, Doc and Dr. Mindbender;
  • The Batman Test
  • Our Alchemists: Dura Cela and Alca Lynn.


  • 6-level “caster”, Int-based;
  • ¾ BAB / D8 HD;
  • 4 + Int skill points, Appraise, Craft (any), Disable Device, Fly, Heal, Knowledge (arcana), Knowledge (nature), Perception, Profession, Sleight of Hand, Spellcraft, Survival, Use Magic Device.
  • Good Fort, Good Ref, poor Will;
  • Proficient with simple weapons and bombs, light armor, but not with shields;
  • Class features:

1st Level

    • Alchemy: The alchemist extracts magic from his aura to create extracts, powerful potions that only the creator can use.
      • Gains a competence bonus equal to his class level on the Craft (alchemy) checks;
      • Can use Craft (alchemy) to identify potions as if using detect magic.
      • Can utilize spell-trigger items if the spell appears on his formulae list, but not spell-completion items.
    • Bomb: An alchemist can use a number of bombs each day equal to his class level + his Intelligence modifier. On a direct hit, an alchemist’s bomb inflicts 1d6 points of fire damage + additional damage equal to the alchemist’s Intelligence modifier, plus 1d6 every other level. They splash the minimum damage the bomb could inflict.
      • Drawing the components of, creating, and throwing a bomb is a single standard action that provokes.
      • Thrown bombs have a range of 20 feet and use the Throw Splash Weapon special attack.
      • Bombsare considered weapons and can be selected using feats such as Point-Blank Shot and Weapon Focus.
    • Bonus feats: Brew Potion (Extra Bombs in PFS), Throw Anything (add Int mod to splash weapons damage);
    • Mutagen: +2 natural armor bonus, +4 alchemical bonus to select ability score, –2 for tied ability, for 10 minutes per alchemist level.

2nd Level

    • Discoveries: The alchemist’s most versatile class feature, allowing you do modify your bombs, your extracts, your mutagen, or other science-related craziness. New discovery gained every even level. Discoveries;
    • Poison Use/Resistance: Don’t poison yourself when poisoning, Resistance to other poisons;

3rd Level

    • Swift Alchemy: Make alchemical items in half the time, apply poison as a swift action;

6th Level

    • Swift Poisoning: Apply poison as a swift action;

14th Level

    • Persistent Mutagen: Mutagen lasts 1 hour/level;

18th Level

    • Instant Alchemy: Create alchemical item as a full-round action, apply poison as an immediate action;

20th Level

    • Grand Discovery: Learn two new discoveries and a third, awesome discovery.

Ability Scores: Intelligence, then based on your build.

Best Race: Elf, half-elf, half-orc, human. Tiefling

Roles: Skill-monkey, combat support, sort of caster.


Roleplaying Keywords: Addict, arrogant, brilliant, cold, determined, eccentric. Pyromanic



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Jefferson Thacker

Before Perram joined Know Direction as the show’s first full time co-host, the podcast could have best been describe as a bunch of Pathfinder RPG stuff. Perram brings a knowledge of and love for Golarion to Know Direction, something any Pathfinder podcast is lacking without. On top of being a man on the pulse of the Pathfinder campaign setting, Perram is the founder of the superlative site for Pathfinder spellcasters, Perram’s Spellbook, a free web application that creates customized spell cards.

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