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Guide to alchemical items


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I've been having fun playing an alchemist for a while now. I like both the sheer power and the Crazy Prepared shenanigans you can get into. But there's a LOT of good alchemical items out there, and scattered over lots of books. So for my own sanity and benefit, and that of others, I've written a guide.

LINK

It's not complete yet, but so far it covers CRB, APG, ACG, UE, Alchemy Manual, Adventurer's Armory, Seekers of Secrets and PFS Field Guide. With the exception of SoS (which is disappointing in this particular aspect), those are the books I consider essential for alchemists. If there's anything I missed, or anything noteworthy in another book, I would welcome tips and additions. Likewise, if you disagree with my evaluation, please tell me :)

Grand Lodge

Oh! Awesome! We've need a guide like this for a long time. Thanks for taking the time to put it together.

You know what would make it even more awesome, though? Prices. Or a list of recommended items in categories ranging from dirt cheap to outrageously expensive.

Hmm

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I was inspired by the topic about "what to have at level X" in PFS, that seems now to be locked somehow.

This is partly a research project to find out which items are worth the bother. For example there are quite a few items that work against nausea; which is the best one?

The next step is to turn it into a roadmap of what to buy when. I want a standard buying list for new characters that I can just fill in on the sheet; "this will cost X gold and weigh Y, and contains all the things I normally rely on".

Sczarni

Cool!

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber, Modules, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Awesome!

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Made some layout changes.

As for pricing information: most of these things are in the same pricing ballpark. The vast majority costs around 25-50gp. So having some with you Just In Case is pretty doable.


While they are best paired with an Eversmoking Bottle a Goz Mask wearer or Firesight Ifrit can see through a smokestick's smoke

As you mentioned some GM leway on vomit pills already, a handful could be useful for things with swallow whole

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deuxhero wrote:

While they are best paired with an Eversmoking Bottle a Goz Mask wearer or Firesight Ifrit can see through a smokestick's smoke

I suppose the nice thing about a smokestick is that the smoke cloud is actually quite small. Which is good if you don't want to blind the rest of the party (who may be strangers playing PFS with you).

You could still stand in a corner, drop a smokestick and then start firing arrows at peoples' flat-footed AC.

deuxhero wrote:


As you mentioned some GM leway on vomit pills already, a handful could be useful for things with swallow whole

That's an interesting idea actually. PF is a bit weird with dosage; the same dosage would work for a pixie or a t-rex. But if you're gonna sell this to your GM you'd probably do well to shell out for the family pack.

Nice idea!

Dark Archive

I love smoke sticks, for the low price of 20 gold (or 6.67 gold if you self-craft) you gain immunity to precision damage (because you have concealment) for 1 minute - - barring a breeze.

Dark Archive

Great guide, I have my own smaller guide for personal use. You are right about the awesome use for Woad Painting Kit, combine it with the Destined For Greatness trait from the Dungeoneer's handbook. It requires you be from Absalom and seeking divinity, but it let's you auto-refresh the kit whenever you enter a large settlement with no time and no money. It's basically a trait for 5 stilled spells/day in PFS(if it's legal, I don't know)

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Helcack wrote:
Great guide, I have my own smaller guide for personal use. You are right about the awesome use for Woad Painting Kit, combine it with the Destined For Greatness trait from the Dungeoneer's handbook. It requires you be from Absalom and seeking divinity, but it let's you auto-refresh the kit whenever you enter a large settlement with no time and no money. It's basically a trait for 5 stilled spells/day in PFS(if it's legal, I don't know)

The trait looks to be legal. Cute.

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