Creating an effective character in 4th edition Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) isn’t just about combining a good mix of attributes, powers, feats, race, class, and skills. A truly effective character also needs the right selection of magic items to synergize with the character’s build. Inefficient or useless magic items can make a character surprisingly weak, while powerful and efficient magic items can greatly increase the effectiveness of a character. Presented are some of the best magic items for making an effective 4th edition Dungeons & Dragons artificer.
Ankhmon’s Bracers – Just about every single arcane character should take advantage of these powerful bracers. This magic item both allows an artificer to deal extra damage and to heal hit points, in order to conserve the limited healing surges of the artificer.
Clockwork Cowl – As a leader, artificer’s have a lot of powers that are not attacks. This head piece will allow an artificer to quickly use these powers.
Circlet of Second Chances – This great magic item only really has one flaw. It has a daily power. An artificer’s ability to gain extra hit points when using daily magic item and to recharge a daily magic item makes this a great choice.
Circlet of Rapid Casting – Like most leaders, artificers have great utility powers that benefit the entire party. This circlet will let the artificer use a power even when actions are limited.
Salve of Power – Artificers have daily attack powers that last for an entire encounter and do not require an attack roll. These are simply some of the best powers available and should be re-used whenever possible. The salve of power allows for this re-use.
Ring of Wizardry – Leader utility powers are some of the strongest utility powers in the game and this ring allows a bard to recover one once per day.
Healer’s Brooch – Artificer healing is reasonably low compared to other leaders. Improving the benefit of artificer healing is especially effective because the healing does not require a healing surge to be used.
Rod of Deadly Casting – Artificers have a lot of powers that attack in an area burst around an ally. This rod lets the artificer take advantage of the increased chance of a critical hit from multiple attacks.
Rod of Repair – The power of this rod allows an artificer to gain slight amounts of free healing while aiding allies. Even more importantly, it is an at-will power and thus can potentially be used every single round.
Proper selection of magic items is all about choosing magic items that work best with the strengths of the characters. Artificers specialize in combining moderate control with attack, defense, and damage bonuses for allies. This short list of magic items will give your artificer a powerful advantage in fulfilling his or her combat role.