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"Humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost. That is Alchemy's First Law of Equivalent Exchange."
1. Table of Content, Rating System, Links, and Sources
1. Table of Content, Ratings System, Links, and Sources 2. Introduction, Roles, and Mythic Options 3. Abilities, Races, and Traits 4. Class Abilities, Skills, and Discoveries 5. Feats 6. Extracts 7. Archetypes, Prestige Classes, and Multiclassing 8. Mundane Items 9. Magical Items and Sample Builds
Black: This option for one reason or another cannot be rated. Red: This option is to be avoided unless you want a challenge. Orange: This is an okay option, but you can do better. Green: This is a good option, and worth considering. Blue: This is a solid option, itís hard to do much better. Purple: A class defining option, this should not be ignored.
2. Introduction, Roles, and Mythic Options "A lot of people got a lot of expectations when you start throwing around chemicals, think you're some kinda mad man. But don't let 'em get to you, the path you're on is one that leads to many places. And hopefully one of them will be a pile of gold." -Auric Navlis, professional thief, adventurer, and enemy of the state
"Some walk the path of steel, dedicating their life to simple pieces of sharpened metal, others bowing their head to a god in worship, giving their fealty and agency to another. Some skulk in the shadows, hiding from that which would hunt them, but not you. You are one who transmutes the elements themselves with mystic schemas, concocting impossible libations of unspeakable power, twisting even your own form into that of one of pure brutal carnage. While some would call what you do abominable, the act of hubris which spits in the face of the gods themselves, you respond with a grin knowing them to be fools. You know the true source of power, your mind thrumming with formulas and equations that would rip their poor psyches into pieces. Let those who would fear you, as you wield the almighty power that is the science of change incarnate, Alchemy.
Alchemy is a very powerful and unique science, one of which can both create and destroy and skewed towards those whom have a creative mind which thirst for knowledge. Through twisted shrapnel and transmuted muscles, you strive to advance your knowledge at any cost. Your path is as wide as it is long, many options standing before you. But do not be intimidated, when all is said and done it will be you who stands victorious. Knowledge is your power, and it is not to be underestimated; it is the key to unlocking everything." -Albedo Gaignun, Former Pathfinder
A primer for the nuances of Extracts
In this review, I make sure to always make sure to separate extracts and spells in my terminology. There's a good reason for that, as the two work very differently. One of the biggest and most immediate differences is that extracts only affect the Alchemist themselves. While there is a discovery to change that (Infusion), this is a specific feature of the class, and the designers stated that this was intentional to make them a "selfish buffer."
Extracts are still inherently magical, and can be dispelled like any other magical effect. There are some odd issues with extracts, as they lose all magical ability when out of your grasp (unless they're an Infusion.) Something to note is that infusions stay active once used, so try and make sure that you don't get them stolen, or you could be out of a slot for good! This is also notable because it allows you to leave an infusion with a party member until they need it, so you don't have to continue to reprepare one.
One of the best things about extracts though is how quickly they can be prepared; it only takes 1 minute to prepare an extract, which means while you won't be swapping them out in combat, this does give you a high level of versatility. For this reason, you should avoid preparing all your extract at the beginning of the day. Make sure you only prepare the ones you know you'll be using (such as Enlarge Person for Hyde), since one of your biggest advantages is your formulae book.
Speaking of your formulae book, you have the same ease as a Wizard to add extracts to your list. While they have to be on your class list, this is a good way of buffing your own extract knowledge, and each one directly adds to your versatility.
And on another note, the rules are quite irritating about Communal extracts though. From the rules on Communal Extracts
A Note on Alchemists: Dispensing communal formulae to creatures requires that the alchemist have the infusion discovery. Without it, the alchemist cannot use communal spells as formulae.
So all Communal Extracts will be rated under the assumption you have the Infusion Discovery.
The only thing I could find relating to how to share them would be the Elixir of Shadewalking, which states the additional recipients must be touching you at the time of consumption. Most communal extracts aren't single round per level spells, so this shouldn't be an issue though.
The Alchemist in and of itself has a few basic roles it can fit very well, using its natural talents to excel at a variety of different task. There are of course three main roles of which can be filled, and this guide will focus primarily on those. While you can attempt to do other things with this class (and I encourage you to experiment with different combinations), the following are the ones that the class is most tailored to complete, and will thus be quite capable of performing to the best of their abilities.
The options given will be reviewed in the following fashion Generalist Alchemist (MB/MH)
Pros: The job of a generalist Alchemist is to be able to do everything the class has to offer; from laying down covering fire with your Bombs to being able to down a Mutagen and mix things up in melee as well as anyone else. Flexibility is the name of the game for this role, and because of it you should be ready to handle any situation that comes your way. Adding Extracts to your list of abilities only widens the scope of which you can handle, making you one of the most versatile characters in the game.
Cons: For everything it can do, it can't do anything perfectly. Specializing is almost always better in 3.P, and lacking that specialization you might feel a bit overshadowed in some parts.
Pros: Alchemist are given many different ways to enhance their bombs, and this gives them a wide range of battlefield control. From Frost Bombs staggering to Grease Bombs setting up difficult terrain, your ability to hinder and debuff are hard to beat. You are also very capable of putting out large amounts of burst damage, especially after level 8 (Fast Bombs), ending encounters in a hail of shrapnel and chemicals that leave the battlefield tailored to your choosing.
Cons: Bombs are a finite resource, and once you're out, you've lost a lot of versatility. In the 15 min adventuring day, this isn't that awful. But in the early levels as well as later levels if you build around nova bombing, you can easily run out in only a few rounds. And the mutagen is a bit less useful for you, seeing as it only gives a buff to your touch attacks or HP/Fort Save.
Suggested Archetypes: Grenadier, Mind Chemist
The two sides of Hyde
Mr. Hyde has a bit of duality to their play style (Big shock, I know), and so rather than lumping them both in together, I think it's better to explore them separately. Any ratings are given for the better of the two, although the actual review will most likely mention whom it's meant to help. Note that playing a Hyde that doesn't incorporate either of these styles is still possible, it's simply that these two variants take a bit more consideration to build into, especially with archetypes.
Brutal Hyde Pros: This version of Hyde is synonymous with the Vivisectionist archetype (although you can play this without it), trading out bombs for sneak attack. Throwing on Feral Mutagen, and you've got 3 attacks as early as 2nd level dishing out sneak damage. With mutagens and extracts, you'll be buffing that attack roll as well as getting yourself into situations where you can land sneak more easily (Invisibility, and Greater). This is very much so a strong replacement for the Rogue, as your natural attacks are all swinging at full BAB too. Picking up an Amulet of Mighty Fist (Agile) lets you take Strength out of the equation entirely as well. Forgoing Vivisectionist is possible (and for lower optimization games advised), as keeping bombs an option is very solid, as you can still play a very powerful character without sneak attack, instead using your bombs to set up opponents to be torn to shreds after you've debuffed them.
Cons :You can really only do one thing in combat, and that's engage in melee (and to a lesser degree, buff). While that's not really a terrible thing, losing out on the versatility that bombs offer can be a hard hit. Your ranged attack options drop to just a crossbow (racial weapons notwithstanding), and that's not a good place to be. And if you're going the Amulet of Might Fist (Agile) route, you'll have to wait until you can pick up an 8k magic item, which can be brutal if you're not starting at higher levels, meaning you'll still need some investment in strength until you get there. Deciding not to go Vivisectionist is fine as well, but it's a decision of the versatility of bombs vs. the damage of sneak attack, which is far easier for you to set up than a Rogue.
Suggested Archetypes: Vivisectionist, Beastmorph
Controlling Hyde Pros: You have a character who has very easy access to Enlarge Person, as well as proficiency with a reach weapon (longspear) which gives you a 20 foot radius of death. With Mutagens as well as other buffs, you'll be outpacing equal level melee without fail, being able to lock down the field like none other. Even with just ten feet of range, you'll be deadly if you don't want to use a reach weapon (or are relying on a racial weapon proficiency), but picking up a martial or exotic reach weapon (possibly with Trip) will make sure you become a bulwark of defense.
Cons: This build while solid will probably lack the damage of Brutal Hyde. That's not exactly a problem, but you won't be at peak damage, your moderate BAB will slow your iterative progression, and you'll be investing more into yourself (instead of your party) with your buffs, making you more of a one man team.
Suggested Archetypes: Beastmorph, Psychonaut
While not primary focuses, these are more minor specializations that you can take a look at while playing your alchemist
Rogue Substitute Pros: Aside from Trapfinding (which certain archetypes give), you can make a perfectly viable Rogue with a few traits. You basically have as many skill points as a Rogue, can pick up Sneak Attack if you want, and your Extracts and Mutagens make most of the traditional Rogue jobs (Scouting, Sneaking, Ect,) much easier for you. This is also probably the least intensive Sub Role you can have, making it easy to focus on a second without much effort. And for added fun, here's the Rogue's only niche it had left in a trait.
Cons: This basically requires you to burn your traits on skill traits to tailor yourself to whatever type of Rogue you want to emulate. There's a good chance you'll need to take Additional Traits as well, and this will eat into some of the skill points you need to do your job as an Alchemist. Please don't do this role with a Rogue in your party, it will make them feel bad.
Suggested Archetype: Trap Breaker
Poisoner Pros: You are the undisputed master of poison, and can use them better than anyone else. From your massive boost to Craft: Alchemy to create them as well as tons of discoveries to augment your poisoning abilities (Poison Conversion and Celestial Poison) and eventual immunity to your weapon of choice, you are THE authority on poisoning foes.
Cons: Just because you're the best doesn't make this good. Considering a lot of things are immune to poison, having a separate cost, as well as it targeting fort saves (most creature's good saves), you've chosen a difficult specialty to embark upon.
Recommended Archetype: None
Buffer Pros: Probably the biggest advantage you have in buffing is the ability to buff without using your own actions. Being able to hand out your buffs (literally) allows you to use your own actions to others can give you a much better chance to get more off. You have a pretty decent list of buffs as well, so make sure to share them.
Cons: You have two major issues: Unable to multitarget buff and your one advantage, having your party buff itself. Some extracts lack value, being only single target instead of effecting the full number they normally would. And every buff you give your party is one you're not using for yourself, which makes you individually weaker.
Suggested Archetype: Chirurgeon
Scary Hyde Pros: It's not hard at all for you to get scary fast, especially considering all the things you get to boost it. This is especially good for B. Hyde, whom with Shatter Defenses can get Sneak Attack off on a shaken opponent. Even C. Hyde can enjoy it, although he gets less intrinsic value from it.
Cons: Immunity to fear isn't incredibly uncommon, nor are save bonuses against it. Shaken itself isn't the best debuff you can stick on someone, and this style tends to use its swift actions more readily than others.
Suggested Archetype: Beastmorph
Debuff Bomber Pros: A specialty of bombers (especially Grenadiers) this route mostly entails using other alchemical items to add to your bombs, as well as using different discoveries to augment your hindering capabilities. There's a few items that work wonders for this, and investing a little coin in some alchemical items could make a huge difference in battles. These can also help keep you useful even once you run out of bombs, perfect for people who are reckless with their explosives.
Cons: As stated, you'll be burning through consumables much quicker than a standard Alchemist, which could really burn a hole in your pocket. Moderation is key here, just like with your bombs, in making sure that you don't run out of resources too quickly.
Suggested Archetype: Grenadier
While not every game will involve mythic rules, the ones that do will greatly benefit from knowledge of which path to take. With that in mind, the Trickster Path is the only one that specifically gives you abilities as an Alchemist. While you can take other paths, this is the one that gives the most to you as an Alchemist, so think long and hard before taking a different one. Most of the things here won't help Hyde a lot, but even they have things they can enjoy in this path.
Something to note is that a pretty large amount of mythic powers require swift actions, so make sure to reevaluate your design choices for your character with that in mind.
The following items have not been reviewed in actual play, so they're being reviewed on a first viewing. Hopefully I'll get some actual playtesting in with the mythic rules soon enough.
Trickster Attacks Deadly Throw (MB/MH) While this is a nice boost in accuracy, it's not something that really screams Mythic. Fleet Charge (MB/MH) An extra attack as well as increase in mobility will never be a bad thing, and this is an optimal choice for whatever you want to do. Surprise Strike (MB/MH) Only B. Hyde gets a lot of value out of this, and as I'm reading it, only the Surprise Strike gets flat footed. I'd stick with Fleet Charge, myself.
1st-Tier Additional Trick (MB/MH) One trick is good enough, the additional options aren't up to par. Assured Drinker (MB/MH) This is basically Quicken Extract, and especially for a self buffer, this is a strong call. Assure Skill (MB/MH) Not a huge skill person myself, this feels like a weak use of mythic power. You can really do better here. Astounding Disable (MB/MH) I've never had trap disable speed ever matter in a game, and even if it did, this is too situational. Combat Trickery (MB/MH) Even with a dump stat, it's not hard at all to pump your bluff check to crazy heights as well as increasing faster than your BAB. Allowing it to affect everyone around you makes it even better. It doesn't even use mythic power or an action! Control the Mindless (MB/MH) Another mythless power, this is based off of your best stat and is easily made into a class skill. A bit lower when the undead are thinking, but it gives you an option that you didn't have before that can be quite useful. Crime Spree (MB/MH) The out of combat bonus is the big one, and it is a class skill, but stealing isn't too helpful. Still, it's flavorful and fun. Deadly Dodge (MB/MH) This is a solid defensive ability, but it really matters just how good your AC is. I want to like this more, but it gets better if you're using other defensive buffs like Displacement. Defensive Move (MB/MH) While a nice defensive ability, it's still rather low in the realm of mythic abilities. Enhance Magic Items (MB/MH) With how much you use potions as well as Use Magic Device, you'll probably end up benefiting pretty often. Improbable Prestidigitation (MB/MH) While I really like this in style, it's basically a non magical Glove of Storing. So only pick this up if you have a full glove slot.
Master of Escape Path Dabbling (MB/MH) There's bound to be at least one other path ability that you want from someone else. The only downfall to this is that you can't take it multiple times, so use it well. Persuasive Countenance (MB/MH) For any social game, this is gold. And again, boosting your diplomacy check isn't hard so go out and be one smooth S.O.B. Ranged Disable (MB/MH) While trap disabling isn't a big thing, anything that gives you more options to do it safely is appreciated Ricochet (MB/MH) Not sure how most GMs will rule this with glass vials, but it does help keep your ranged attacks viable despite terrain. Shadow Stealth (MB/MH) A solid ability to keep you fast in the shadows, but the teleportation effect is what really sells this ability. Supreme Stealth (MB/MH) This would be good if we didn't already have a feat that did this and better. Only foiling one really makes this a rather weak option. This Just Might Work (MB/MH) This is a little too subjective to rule on, since it really depends on GM adjudication more than I'm comfortable with giving a rating. Titan's Bane (MB/MH) This is really specifically for B. Hyde, since getting your opponent flat footed can end encounters before they begin. Transfer Magic (MB/MH) While it's nice to steal buffs, it does cost a mythic. It'd be nicer if you got to take whatever effect you wanted (and knew what effects were on it), but debuffing an opponent while buffing yourself is a huge swing in combat all with a touch attack. Trap Taker (MB/MH) Probably my favorite trap ability so far, this allows you to set traps for your opponents, and with Pragmatic Activator, you should be easily disabling traps.
3rd-Tier Combat Saboteur (MB/MH) You don't have the CMB to be breaking gear like this sadly, as it's a pretty decent debuff. But the further you get, the less things will have gear. Fickle Attack (MB/MH) This is a pretty solid buff to your damage, although I probably wouldn't take it more than once. Mirror Dodge (MB/MH) An immediate teleport while negating an attack? Bombers use this to reassert distance, and Hyde can use this to position himself for a flank. Just amazing... Vanishing Move (MB/MH) Invisibility is always nice, and so is burning a mythic to get Greater Invisibility.
6th-Tier Class Mimic (MB/MH) Stealing class abilities can be fun, and it gives you a way bigger tool chest to play with. Enduring Elixir (MB/MH) Take this ASAP, having an extract or potion all day is too good to pass up. I'd suggest taking it again at 9th tier just for the extension on 1/min per level potions as well (Giant Shape I and Monstrous Physique IV come to mind.) Precision Critical (MB/MH) While you're not great at landing crits, the chance to double your sneak attack damage is worth it (especially with keening daggers, possibly with the B. Hyde build listed.) Slayer's Cyclone (MB/MH) Hyde should have a good way to make opponents flatfooted, and B. Hyde could tear someone to shreds with this kind of maneuverability. Steal Power (MB/MH) While it's nice, the opposed rolls as well as the randomness of it all make this hard to recommend.
1st-Tier Commune with Power (MB/MH) For as early as you can get this, it's a very strong power. Unless you're going Psychonaut, this is really one of the only divination abilities you can pick up. Display of Stat (MB/MH) For the things you can do with mythic powers, these all seem underwhelming. Maybe Strength and Intelligence, but nothing aside from that is woth checking out here. Extra Mythic Power (MB/MH) More of an early game power, if you find yourself burning through your powers too fast, this will keep you in business a little longer at least. Legendary Item (MB/MH) Thematically this is very cool, and gives you a lot of options. The things you can do with it are somewhat limited, so I'd probably only take it twice to have your own minor artifact. Just barely not a shade higher for what it can do though. Mythic Craft (MB/MH) You're almost a crafter by definition, but unless you have an SLA, you can't take anymore crafter feats, so unless you really want to speed up potion/poison/alchemical item speed, you can leave this one alone. Mythic Spellcasting (MB/MH) A huge boost to your versatility, this should probably be your second mystic power. Mythic spellcasting is a huge boon for you, although taking it later gives you more high level mythic extracts. Mythic Sustenance (MB/MH) Lacking the need to breathe is pretty okay, but there's archetypes that give this.
3rd-Tier Divine Source (MB/MH) While this doesn't really help you at all, it's also incredibly cool. If you have an empty slot, consider becoming a godling. Enhanced Ability (MB/MH) Another rather weak call for a mythic power, this is really just a filler ability. Fearless, Pure Body/Destiny/Senses, Unchanging (MB/MH) These are useful immunities, especially senses, but none of them scream mythic. Sleepless (MB/MH) This really should have been wrapped into Mythic Sustenance, but this gives you more time to craft. I actually like it a lot, since sleep kind of kills a lot of time. Ultimate Versatility (MB/MH) I like this as a way to test out combos that you've read about (possibly from this guide), as well as always giving you something new to do in combat. Just barely not higher, this is a considerably fun ability.
6th-Tier Farwalker (MB/MH) Another ability you don't normally have access to, being able to provide your own transport can be very useful, especially if you're cut off from others. Mythic Presence (MB/MH) While cool in concept, this lacks any practical application and works off of a dump stat. Only consider this for B. Hyde who's working to scare people. Mythic Sight (MB/MH) Blindsense is pretty powerful, and so is True Sight. I'd suggest taking it twice just for the True Sight boon, although it kind of sucks that it won't work on mythic opponents, who are probably whom you're facing at this level.
Tumor Familiars: A scientific primer
Ah, the Tumor Familiar discovery. You may ask yourself why I've taken time to specifically call this discovery out. It's because it's amazing. Although it does require a few things to really bring it up to full swing, most of which require a less intensive build or a higher level character to pull off. But first, the basics.
You will NEED the Infusion discovery
To do anything fun with this, you cannot miss this discovery, it is the lynch pin in making everything else work. This is very annoying, but it's the truth. It's what allows you to start playing God with the action Economy. Taking this is also what will allow your familiar to drink one of your extracts to 'hold a charge' for you which you can have it fire off into you whenever you want (provided you didn't drink another extract prior to releasing the charge), which is just heavenly.
You will probably need either a monkey Tumor Familiar or an Improved Familiar, as well as the alternative feat for familiars Extra Item Slot
What we need here are hands, and due to rulings, monkeys are considered to have hands. If monkey isn't your thing or you don't feel like 'edging the rules', pick up an improved familiar (stated to work here and here) so that you can pop on a pair of Poisoners Gloves onto your little buddy. With these, he can dose you up with 2 extracts at once (not hard to hit your touch AC since it's low and it gets your BAB), making the action economy weep.
This just gives you so much as a crafter that it's hard to think of a reason why not to take it. Speeding up your crafting or crafting while you're asleep is going to leave you with way more consumables than you'd normally have, and making magic items with it (as is possible due to the SLA ruling) is even quicker. If you have a familiar, you'll be taking this archetype for it.
3. Abilities, Races, and Traits "Every race has their own way of doing things. The half elves nearly turn into trees, the ratfolk just get everyone sick, and the damn goblins burn everything in sight. Still haven't found that one crazy gnome kid yet though, maybe he really did disappear..." Thark Greybeard, senior professor of alchemical research at Tarth Moorda
Strength (MB/MH) For a bomber, this is basically a dump stat unless you plan on using a longbow. But for Hyde, this is probably your primary stat. Itíll affect your attack roles as well as damage and buffing it even higher isnít hard with everything you can do. Dexterity (MB/MH) This is important for both types, seeing as it affects your bomberís accuracy and both characterís AC as well as initiative. Kind of hard to neglect something so important. Constitution (MB/MH) Less important for the bombers, especially seeing as you'll be at a range, as well as have a good fort save. Hyde needs it more since he'll be in melee, so take care to not let this dip too low. Intelligence (MB/MH) A stat that affects your bombís damage and saves as well as adding to your extracts is very important, although since most of your extracts wonít have a save, Hyde can go a little lower on this one. It's still good to keep it high for skills and such though, and it's basically what defines you as an Alchemist stat wise. Wisdom (MB/MH) Neither of these two need Wisdom, and if you had a better will save, this would be red. It doesn't really factor into most of your skills, so try to keep it around 10 or so. Charisma (MB/MH) This is your big dump stat, it adds to nothing that you care about, and anything that does use it can be replaced with traits, so dump this as hard as you can.
Dwarf (MB/MH) Nothing that a dwarf provides really helps you, and aside from Hardy just being a great trait, thereís nothing here that youíre looking for as either type of alchemist. Elf (MB/MH) The racials are perfect for the bomber, and decent for Hyde. One of the best things about this package for either though is the weapons, which Iíll go into detail with later. But itís a very solid choice for either type. Gnomes (MB/MH) Gnomes have some pretty bomber friendly alternative racials like Pyromaniac, as well as 1/2 bomb per level as a favorite class bonus if you're afraid of running out. For a melee character, being small is rarely ever good though, so Hyde can take a pass. Halfling (MB/MH) Better stats for your bomber and a few useful racial features make this a solid bomb slinger, but again nothing here is going to help you wreck things up in melee. Half Elves (MB/MH) Flexible stats help sell this, and most of the racials can be traded out to something more useful which helps sell this as a choice. Half Orc (MB/MH) Thereís not a huge variance between this and Half Elf, but again the abilities you can trade out help this out, and medium size is rarely bad. Human (MB/MH) Humans are amazing for anything, no matter what it is. The feat can be used to start up your ranged attack abilities, pick up extra bombs, or for anything else. The skill points are helpful too, although not vital, so feel free to trade it out.
Aasimar (MB/MH) Your base stat adjustments aren't great for anything, but seeing as you can vary them, itís not all bad. Thereís basically nothing here that you need, but thereís a lot of neat things, and you can at least pull a strength bonus here for Hyde which is surprising rare for most of these races. Catfolk (MB/MH) Decent stat adjustments, but unless youíre here for some nice claws and eventual pounce (assuming youíre not getting it somewhere else), this is barely above average. Dhampir (MB/MH) Aside from dexterity, youíre not getting anything you want, and the negative energy affinity basically says that you canít heal yourself. The stat adjustments of the Jiang-Shi are at least passable though, but the new skill bonuses are kind of strange for you. Drow (MB/MH) The dexterity bonus is helpful, and the spell resistance isn't awful since it does not apply to your extracts. Add on some decent weapon familiarities, poison use (so you can trade it away), a good SLA, and a perception bonus, and you have a solid alchemist. Fetchling (MB/MH) I really want to like these more, but aside from another dex/cha race (Why are there so many?) nothing really adds into your class unless you're in the dark a lot. Goblin (MB/MH) Youíre not taking a goblin into melee, but it seems as though god intended these little monsters to huck fire. They have their own archetypes, their own discoveries, and tons of other things that make them custom suited as alchemist. Hobgoblins (MB/MH) I wish these guys were the inverse of goblins alchemy wise, but unless youíre looking to make a sneaky brawler, theyíre just a bit above average with no negative stats. Ifrit (MB/MH) Fire resistance is actually pretty nice, and trading away for the ability to enlarge yourself once a day is useful for melee, but nothing here is massively useful. Kobold (MB/MH) This race wasn't balanced to do anything, and without 3.5 kobold tricks, this is a bad race for most things. Orc (MB/MH) The hit to intelligence hurts, but a +4 to strength is terrifyingly good. Falchion and Greataxe are two great weapons, and Ferocity could keep you up on you feet long enough to finish off your opponent, or trade it away for scent to be hard to sneak up on. Oread (MB/MH) Not a bomber, but a strength bonus is nice. Trading away some features for Crystalline Form and Treacherous Earth can give you a bit more utility for a melee build. Ratfolk (MB/MH) No melee, but a gold mine for a bomber. Perfect stat adjustments, very relevant skill bonuses, small size, a VERY good favored class bonus, and a half decent racial archetype earmark this as a great bomber. Skinwalker (MB/MH) There's going to be at least one flavor of Skinwalker you enjoy, from the +Int/Dex Bloodmarked to the +Str/Int Scaleheart, and of course the possible 6 natural attack capable Ragebred. There's so much variety and versatility, and they all come with great traits as well as an arcane SLA to power Arcane Strike. Just terrifying... Slyph (MB/MH) Aside from great stat adjustments, youíre not getting anything thatís helping you bomb anyone. Tengu (MB/MH) A dex bonus is nice, but the real treat here is the bite attack and sword trained. Swapping out S. Trained for the claws though lets you ignore needing feral mutagen, which is another discovery you can use to buff your other offensive styles. Swap out Glide for Linguistics and youíre solid. Tiefling (MB/MH) Base stat adjustments are gold for a bomber, the resistances are great, and trading away Fiendish Sorcery for a Prehensile Tail gives you the ability to set up your bombs. With the Favored Class bonus to add to damage, itís hard to get a better bomber. And on the flip side, Oni Spawn makes a great brawler. Undine (MB/MH) Most of the elemental races are garbage excluding stats. Try going somewhere else for an alchemist.
Uncommon and Other Races
Note: Some of these races come from rather odd sources, so ask your GM before playing any of these.
Android (MB/MH) Now this is a complex beast; perfect stat placement for anyone but Hyde (and not bad for them either) a bunch of resistances and immunities, and great senses. As long as you're avoiding morale bonuses (check your extracts to be sure), you can take your mech and wreck up things as Alphonse. Duergar (MB/MH) This race gives some nice SLAs, but lacking good stat adjustments makes this a lamentable choice. Grippli (MB/MH) Just barely passable for a bomber, being a frog monster should be more fun than this. Listed simply to tell you that having a racial archetype doesn't make you a worthwhile race. Lashunta (MB/MH) We're going male here, as this is the only +2 strength/intelligence race around. A decent buff to the knowledge skill too, this race has a slightly worse form of telepathy out to 30 feet, which is something no other race does. That in and of itself makes this a strong choice, and the best Hyde you could possibly want. Lizardfolk (MB/MH) Incredible physical racial adjustments (with no penalties) paired with a large natural AC bonus was good on its own, but pairing it with claws and bite opens up a discovery for natural attacker Hyde. Oh, and they can swim too. Merfolk (MB/MH) Assuming you went Strongtail, these aren't horrible as they get some AC and a dexterity bonus. Plus it's funny, play one for that reason alone. Monkey Goblin (MB/MH) Another odd race, it has a crazy +4 to dexterity and a tail, along with a climb speed and being small. Again not a great Hyde, but few things are. Svirfneblin (MB/MH) While their stat adjustments aren't perfect, their racial traits are crazy good. What they get is almost too good for a PC race (not Drow Noble bad however), so get permission before playing this one. It would be higher, but it's much like the Aasmir in the fact that few of these myriad bonuses actually help you be a better Alchemist, it's just a very nice chassis. Vanara (MB/MH) Son Goku is here simply because of that tail, as a prehensile tail as amazingly useful in just about every situation. Plus its stats aren't hurting anything you really care about, and Tree Stranger helps out Mind Chemist a lot due to its inclusion of knowledges. Strix (MB/MH) A fly speed to start with (and a pretty good one at that) is a huge bonus to start off with, and their racials don't conflict with anything you want. Wayangs (MB/MH) Another set of near perfect racials with perception and stealth bonuses and arcane SLAs mark this as a very worthwhile Alchemist. Darkvision seals the deal, making them solid scouts, but being small hurts their chances of being a Hyde candidate. Wyvaran (MB/MH) The only dragon race of the bunch, this is another flying race with slightly better stat adjustments in place of worse speed and maneuverability. Sadly the tail can't be used to grab items or else this would be purple, but it can make AOOs at full strength bonus, which is often a pretty solid amount.
There are a ton of traits you can use to customize your Alchemist, and a great deal of them are to add class skills. Rather than go over all of them, I'd rather work on the ones that are more relevant to the class, but I'm also providing the following guide to help you find the best traits to use to add anything in the game to your class skills
Accelerated Drinker (MB/MH) Drinking a potion as a move action is helping your action economy (Maybe use your standard action to down your Mutagen or throw a bomb). If your GM rules that you can use extracts with this (which I would, since they're basically the same thing) this becomes PURPLE. Anatomist (MB/MH) None of your weapons have a great crit range, so a +1 to confirm will probably be forgotten soon enough, even if it's very flavorful for B. Hyde. Armor Expert (MB/MH) For a Substitute Rogue losing some ACP is a good use of your time, but it won't effect really any of your skills aside from that. It also lets you wear a mithril breastplate with no ACP. Axe to Grind (MB/MH) This is almost specifically for B. Hyde, although C. Hyde can use it as well with his massive reach. Damage bonuses in traits that have easy requirements are perfect. Bloodthirsty (MB/MH) And on the other side of the scale, we see a more situation damage boost that only works on one attack. This is what we stay away from, children. Dirty Fighter (MB/MH) B. Hyde should be flanking pretty often to get off his sneak attack, so adding extra damage to that is something you want, as well as being great flavor for a Dirty Trick user. Firebug (MB/MH) While you don't need a lot of help hitting with bombs, any little bit helps. Killer (MB/MH) For such a cool name, this falls short of the mark. Either you're using a good threat range 2x crit and doing 2 extra damage on a crit, or a 3x crit and probably killing whatever you crit regardless of 3 extra damage. Reactionary (MB/MH) Initiative bonuses will always be worth your time, so be aware that anything that boost your initiative as an Alchemist is your friend. Resilient (MB/MH) It's a good save for you, but your constitution might not be incredible, so this is a worthwhile trait.
Fate's Favored (MB/MH) Luck bonuses aren't incredibly common (custom magic item maybe?) but with a Luck Stone or half-orc alternative racial trait, this becomes ugly good. Indomitable Faith (MB/MH) This is a bad save for you and bases off a weak stat for you; do whatever you can to boost your will save. Inspired (MB/MH) It's a reroll for a skill check, which could be important (disable device, perception), so don't be afraid to get a little insurance on passing a check when it matters. Omen (MB/MH) This is a zenith for the intimidate build if you have decent Charisma; +1/+4 (for being trained) is good enough, but a once per day swift action demoralize is icing on the cake. If you're a scary monster, THIS is how you make others quake in fear. Wendifa Apprentice (MB/MH) Found here, this is only here in case you don't have a scaling SLA to power Arcane Strike and your item creation feats. Zealous Striker (MB/MH) Dependent on the number of divine casters you're fighting, but this one is a lot better since you could be stacking a lot of free damage onto opponents.
Air, Earth, Fire, Storm-Touched (MB/MH) I can't imagine running into these opponents enough to validate this decision. Alchemical Adept (MB/MH) While the +2 to craft is nice, the chance not to ruin your stuff is why you take this. Alchemical Intuition (MB/MH) Once a day? Uses your charisma? Trait bonus (so it won't stack with other traits?) Later, skater. Enduring Mutagen (MB/MH) One extra minute a level isn't great, but Hyde wants to stay hulked as long as they can. Focused Burn (MB/MH) Extra damage is always good, and while it sucks that it has to be fire, this is a trait giving your bombs more damage, although the rate in which it increases is rather slow. Hedge Magician (MB/MH) This gets better in a low gold game, or if you're a penny pincher since potions can be expensive. Meticulous Concoction (MB/MH) I like this for a bomber more, as giving a +2 to the DC of a bomb's save is a great way to make it stick, especially if it's affecting more than one person. It's a bit of a Hail Mary though. Pragmatic Activator (MB/MH) This takes the best skill in the game, and this trait bases it off of your best stat. I can't think of a reason not to want this trait, and it could easily be worth taking Additional Traits to get it. Precise Treatment (MB/MH) Another swap stat for intelligence, but this is a far less useful skill. Still not bad if you're going the medic route. Unscathed (MB/MH) Any extra defense is nice, but this is really meant for Tieflings and Aasimars. Unstable Mutagen (MB/MH) This is such a cool idea, but the downsides outweigh the upsides. Honestly if you're paying a trait to have this, it should have more benefits than penalties, so unless you want to test your luck, you can do without this.
Adopted (MB/MH) This trait is as good as the trait you take with it, so at max it's great, but it can be worse. If your GM rules that this takes up your trait and requires you to burn a trait on the race trait instead of just changing it into a race trait however, it's a big RED. Avid Reader (MB/MH) Being able to take ten on a knowledge skill can be pretty powerful, and this will keep you from botching it big. Bruising Intellect (MB/MH) The biggest problem with Intimidate is it ran off charisma. Now you base it off Intelligence; now it's perfect. This is even better than Omen if you tanked your charisma like most Alchemist do, except for the lacking swift action demoralize. Charming (MB/MH) I've had entire games derailed with this by the player who took it asking "Do they find me sexy?" Skip it now. Clever Wordplay (MB/MH) This negates your need for charisma entirely, although there's other traits that do more unless you need a specific charisma based skill. Rich Parents (MB/MH) Gold is fleeting, but bonuses are forever. Even if 900 is a nice sum, by 3rd level you'll have forgotten about it, and be out a great trait. Student of Philosophy (MB/MH) If you want to be a social Alchemist, this is the way to remove charisma from the picture entirely. Perfect for a social Substitute Rogue, and good in case you need a spokesperson.
Dwarf Glory of Old (MB/MH) Boosting your natural Dwarven racial bonuses again is totally worth a trait, especially with Steel Soul. Grounded (MB/MH) A reflex bonus is nice, but a slight acrobatics check also helps make this a worthwhile investment. Elf Forlorn (MB/MH) Another +1 to fort, probably better since you're an Elf to even out the constitution hit. Warrior of Old (MB/MH) And just in case you needed it, another +2 to initiative so you can take a combat trait. Gnome Businessman (MB/MH) Never a bad thing to keep pumping that craft: alchemy check. Rapscallion (MB/MH) A +1 to Escape Artist is not worth the +1 to initiative you're losing. Half Elf Elven Reflexes (MB/MH) Again, not hard to find an initiative bonus, especially if you're at least part elf. Failed Apprentice (MB/MH) Arcane spells are more likely than divine, so this stacks up a bit better as a poor man's Hardy. Halfling Helpful (MB/MH) If this works with Swift Aid, this is amazing, bringing your aid another action up to very potent levels. Well Informed (MB/MH) Diplomacy is a great skill to have once again, and knowledge local can be decent for your Substitute Rogue. Half Orc Legacy of Sand (MB/MH) A nice and racial way to get a bonus to will saves. Tusked (MB/MH) A bite attack is a very nice addition, and a great target for the Adopted trait. It's a perfect fit for races that only have claw attacks, completing the set, and the damage is quite appreciable too. Human Carefully Hidden (MB/MH) Even better than most other +1 will traits, you get a bonus against divination spells too, which while rare, is still a free bonus. Spirits in the Stone (MB/MH) Another +2 to initiative, but with a +1 to saves against traps and hazards too. Aasimar Snake Hater (MB/MH) Not an incredibly common knowledge, but getting dungeoneering trained with a +2 bonus is solid if you're investing in it. Toxophilite (MB/MH) Half of a feat for bows isn't terrible, especially once you pick up your Braces of Falcon's Aim. Tiefling Shadow Stabber (MB/MH) B. Hyde is getting the most out of this, as he should be striking from the shadows, and +2 is a nice buff to damage. Suicidal (MB/MH) You're not tough enough to use this a lot, but some of the sturdier Hydes can use this to save a friend's life. Skinwalker Tiger's Claw (MB/MH) Once you're pouncing, this is a straight damage bonus to your best form of attack. Terrifying Lunge (MB/MH) Another way to make yourself scary, and with the chance of a swift action intimidate to start off the fight. Bloodline Blood of Dragons (MB/MH) You take this for low light vision, period. Deathtouched (MB/MH) Either choice is solid here, but I'd stick with the +1 to fort saves.
Desert Child, Tundra Child (MB/MH) In no game have I ever had to make a fortitude save against weather. If you do, I guess this is okay. River Rat (MB/MH) Neither bonus by itself is that special, but combine bonus damage with a dagger with a Swim bonus and making it a class skill, and it's a good deal. Sea Souled (MB/MH) Always being able to take 10 on Swim checks makes you a great little fish.
Second Chance (MB/MH) A once a day reroll on any save? There's feats that give less than this, so find you a god and start worshipping for this! Cheat Death (MB/MH) A second chance at life is always worth a trait, although dropping from a save that does damage isn't super common. Defensive Strategist (MB/MH) Uncanny Dodge in a trait, need I say more? Purity of Faith (MB/MH) Another bonus to your will save, with the added bonus of possibly getting more if you're up against evil outsiders. They're probably going to be your enemies, so all hail Iomedae! Undead Slayer (MB/MH) Undead are a fairly common opponent, and this is a conditionless +1 to damage against them. Raise this up a bit in an undead campaign, but still weak for a religion trait.
Heirloom Weapon (Mad Bomber/Mr. Hyde) If this is the unerrata'd version, this is a solid blue since it's a +1 to attack forever and a free martial/exotic weapon proficiency. If it's the errata'd version, it drops hard (although you can still pick up a martial weapon prof without burning a feat, so it's not terrible.) But you will need the spell Masterwork Transformation in order to keep using it after a point.
Fashionable (MB/MH) Found here, this swaps intimidate for sense motive in relation to Extremely Fashionable. Honestly I think it's a good trade, but it depends on if you need to be scary. Great with Student of Philosphy. Hunter's Eye (MB/MH) Found here, bows are the best ranged weapon you can get, and this gives you proficiency as well as twice the effective range, so you WANT this.
Finding Haleen (MB/MH) Toughness? HA! If your GM lets you take this trait, you take it. This is crazy good in every way, and there's no reason why not to take it unless you're banned from it. Serpent Runner (MB/MH) Either of the first two benefits is awesome, so you're sure to find someway to use this trait. Subject of Study (MB/MH) Once you know the kind of opponents you'll be facing, this is permanent extra damage, and even better, it's untyped. Sword Scion (MB/MH) While starting with a free weapon is nice, the permanent +1 to attack rolls makes this nice. Even better for an elf or half elf if you pick Aldori Dueling Sword as your Ancestral Arms. Teacher's Pet (MB/MH) Barely better than Secret Knowledge both for being able to start off with it, and not taking up your (very powerful) religion trait. Touched by Divinity (MB/MHFound here, a free 1st level spell from any domain is pretty nice, as some domains have some nice 1st level spells, and it's a scaling CL so it powers Arcane Strike. Trap Finder (MB/MH) So, you want to be a Rogue? Here's the keys to the driver's seat, try not to hit its corpse on the way out.
4. Class Abilities, Skills, and Discoveries "Every page, every note, every scrap of information crafts my skills into a new weapon against those who would impose their will on the weak." -Beow Hassen, professional adventurer, housewife, and proprietor of the 'Griffon's Nest' general store
While rating class abilities normally wouldnít be a great idea, considering that you can trade them out with archetypes means that you should have a rating for them.
Alchemy (MB/MH) While you canít get rid of this for something else, I want to highlight this, as it makes you a factory for alchemic items. At lower levels, this is a lot more helpful (since your DCs for items donít scale) but there are a few stand outs Iíll bring up later. And remember that poisons and potions can both be made with this. Considering you have a lot of features that involve poison (although youíll probably trade them away), having a cheaper way of obtaining it is pretty nice, and potion creation is another thing that rarely gets old, even if they are a bit too expensive. Extracts (MB/MH) The Alchemist has a limited number of Extracts of which provide a huge amount of solutions to your adventuring conundrums. It's true that you don't have the best spell list, but you do have quite a few gems on your list which come from both the arcane and divine list. And the ability to steal spells off of a wizardís spellbook is golden. You don't get a lot of extracts per level, and the lack of sharing (without taking the ďInfusion" discovery) hurts a bit, but this is still a rather large part of the class which helps make it attractive. Also, nothing trades out for it, so youíre stuck with great modified casting, poor you. Bomb (MB/Mr.Hyde) This is the centerpiece of the bomber due to all the different discoveries and such, and even C. Hyde should take one or two discoveries to add to his arsenal. Your bomb damage starts off pretty nice, but the more you invest in it (Fast Bombs, Sticky Bombs), the more it pays off. Bombs can also carry very nice debuffing abilities, making them quite adaptable to whatever situation you're in. And for Hyde, there's a few archetypes where he can weaken his bombs (or lose them entirely) for some very nice benefits. Brew potion (MB/MH) This is less valuable for a bomber since they donít need to be buffed as much. Potions are the most expensive and restrictive type of consumable magic item, you do have exclusive access to some potions that aren't normally possible. Honestly Iíd only go as high as 1st level potions, but the options are there so that you can stretch your buffing talent. Hopefully your GM will let you take this if you trade it away for something, as you are the virtuoso of potions and elixirs. Mutagen (MB/MH) Your bomber won't get nearly the value out of this that Hyde will, but it's still a very solid addition to his ability roster. A +4 to Strength and +2 to AC is very useful for a melee combatant, especially having only light armor to rely on. The duration on this is also very nice, allowing it to last through multiple encounters quite easily. Thereís also quite a few discoveries to modify this too, and few archetypes actually trade this away. Throw Anything (MB/MH) The second biggest source of damage for bombers, the fact that it works with any thrown item is incredible. Even once you run out of bombs, you can continue to throw alchemist fire and acid. It mainly works at lower levels, but itís always a solid secondary option. Poison Resistance +2, +4, +6 (MB/MH) Youíre not going to use this, basically every archetype replaces these bonuses, look for the best one to get rid of it. Discoveries (MB/MH) One of the best ways to customize your character, these are the most versatile way (even beyond feats) to define your character. Never be afraid to burn a feat on Extra Discovery, as it will almost always be worth it. Swift Alchemy (MB/MH) The ability to make alchemical items faster is pretty nice, as is poisoning a weapon as a move action. But neither of these is an incredible thing, so donít feel bad to remove it for something else. Honestly the biggest problem is that poison isn't great unless you MAKE it great. Swift Poisoning (MB/MH) This is only slightly more useful for Hyde, as you canít poison a bomb. But again, this isnít really that useful at all, and doesn't speed up your item/poison production, so give it a pass if you can. Poison Immunity (MB/MH) A blanket immunity is never a bad thing, but poison isn't a very common problem for most characters. If it is, bump this up, but for most of us, itís prime trade bait. Persistent Mutagen (MB/MH) An hour per level is pretty amazing, it means that youíll be in mutagen all day. You get this very late, so itís not incredible, but it guarantees that youíll be hulked up as long as possible, especially if you take discoveries to buff your mutagen. Instant Alchemy (MB/MH) This is pretty awesome, but youíre at a point where alchemical items donít hold a lot of value. If you can find some that stay valuable, itís great, but thatís a pretty tall order when youíre hunting pit fiends. Grand Discovery (MB/MH) Itís cool, and if you get here, itís great. But donít plan around this, it almost definitely wonít be a factor.
Appraise I donít really think this comes up a lot in most games, but itís an Int based skill, which is something thatís worth giving it a look. Craft: Alchemy You get a HUGE bonus to this, itís an Int based skill, and you can make a ton of great stuff. This is your skill, and your trademark as an Alchemist. Disable Device Having access to this is very nice, gives you some rogue like versatility, and is a Dex based skill so you should be decent at it. Fly Itís not too hard for you to get a fly speed, so itís good for you to at least have a few ranks in it. Heal A Wis skill while you have healing ability is pretty meh. This doesn't need a huge investment, and even one rank in it would be enough. Knowledge: Arcana This is a pretty common knowledge and an Int skill, so itís good to keep this maxxed. Knowledge: Nature I like this, itís thematic and pretty nice to have. Itís especially useful if no one else has it, and it amuses me for this skill to be green. Perception You were blessed with this as a class skill, and while you might not have the Wis to make it incredible, there is NO reason why not to max this as hard as you can. Profession YeahÖno. I donít even think with the new downtime rules this is useful, so skip it unless you really want to know how to run a bakery. Sleight of Hand Another skill that lets you substitute for a Rogue, this is only moderately useful for most situations. Spellcraft: Since youíll need this to copy spells out of other peopleís books, and itís an Int based skill, itís pretty important to you. Survival You have magic, you donít need survival. Survival is for classes that canít warp reality. Use Magic Device This is the best, most versatile skill in the game, and taking it should be obvious if you have any level of magic in your game.
Non Class Skills
Social Skills (Diplomacy, Bluff, Sense Motive) Out of these, Diplomacy is the only one Iíd put any investment in, and even then youíre bound to have a terrible Cha, so unless no one else is willing to be the spokesperson for the group, stay away from these. Intimidate Somehow not a class skill, you're pretty good at intimidating people. There's tons of traits to pick this up, so you have options if you want to go Scary Hyde. Knowledges Most of these aren't as good as the ones you get, although planes and religion are most likely the ones you'll be wanting to snipe. Sense Motive Another strong social skill, I wish there was some way to make this intelligence based. Stealth For a dex based class, this is hard to pass up, especially for a small Mad Bomber. You have other options that help boost your stealth, so taking a trait for this is a meaningful investment.
Note: All discoveries with a * cannot be combined, and all Alchemist Discovers are either EX or SU. The level requirement for each discovery will be listed before it, and discoveries out of alphabetical order are listed after their prerequisites, if any.
2ndAcid Bomb*(MB/MH) The only thing good about this is the damage type, as acid isn't rarely resisted, but it has a very lame rider effect, so only take it if you want variety in your damage types. 8thAlchemical Simulacrum (MB/MH) There's honestly a lot of fun things you can do with a simulacrum. While it's kind of expensive, getting a half level copy of yourself could help increase your damage for a day as well as serving as prerequisite for... 10thDoppelganger Simulacrum (MB/MH) While you're going to be at half strength, this is an incredible scouting ability. It's kind of hard to say no something this useful; never underestimate being more than one person. It'd be perfect if it didn't cost 1k, but by level 10, this won't be a huge issue. 14thGreater Alchemical Simulacrum (MB/MH) A simulacrum for 1/5th the cost? This is amazing. Simulacrum is already a great spell, this isn't limited to Simulacrums of yourself, and even if it was, this would still be fantastic. 8thAlchemical Zombie (MB/MH) Undead are the worst controllable minion you can get, and zombies especially. Still they can be used for anything a normal meat shield can as well as have bombs implanted inside of them with other abilities, which makes them at least passable. 8thBlinding Bomb*(MB/MH) Blind is a very brutal condition to inflict on someone, and even C. Hyde would love to start the battle blinding someone. 10thSunlight Bomb*(MB/MH) Unless you're in an undead (or underground?) campaign, the extra damage isn't going to come into play enough to use a discovery to buff it. But if you're in a graveyard, show them the sun! 6thBottle Ooze (MB/MH) Being unable to control this and making it cost an extract is terrible. Sadly by the time you get this, the ooze will never be relevant to combat. You wanna summon, go Preservationist. 6thBreath Weapon Bomb*(MB/MH) While a 15 feet cone isn't great, nor is being in melee range, the chance to hit more than one person with a direct hit is decent. But lacking the ability to stack other types onto this kind of kills it for anyone other than C. Hyde playing crowd control. 8thCelestial Poisons (MB/MH) I really want to like this more, but the best way to make poisons work (stacking inhaled doses) won't work on undead, and fiends are prone to having high fort saves. If you're willing to put a significant GP investment into this or are a poison specialist, this is your discovery. Also as far as I know, there's no way for an undead to heal ability damage... 2ndChameleon (MB/MH This doesn't really give you anything that special, barely more than a Skill Focus, so don't bother with it. 12thChange Alignment (MB/MH) Unless you can trick someone else into drinking this, it's basically worthless. Flavorful, but also not worth a discovery. 2nd, 12th, 16thCognatogen, Greater, Grand (MB/MH) The main thing this does is add +2 damage per bomb and to the save DC which I suppose a dedicated bomber could enjoy. The ability damage is a bit rough though (Only strength is fine, but the higher levels start to hit your other physical stats as well), meaning this is really only a once a day sort of thing unless you want to spend extracts healing your ability damage. 8thCombine Extracts (MB/MH) This is hard to recommend, as most third level extracts will be better than two first level ones. That, and you can buy this Discovery, making it even harder to validate taking this. 2nd Concentrate Poison (MB/MH) This is basically the only way to stack poisons aside from ingested or inhaled. The time limit on this one is a huge stumbling block though, since you have an hour to use it or it goes bad. If you're nuts about poisoning though, this is another one for you. 6thConcussive Bomb*(MB/MH) A better damage type than fire with a somewhat useful debuff, but a drop in damage dice. Unless deafening someone is very important in your games, this fall short of the mark. 8thConfusion Bomb*(MB/MH) As of its errata/FAQ, it now gives a save and it's too complicated in its rules for how it responds to the attack to be reliable from table to table. Really a sad loss for such a decent ability. 8thDeadly Excretion (MB/MH) Both no and ew. Racial poisons are lame, once a day racial poisons are lamer, and taking discoveries to buff either one of them is apex lame. Buy your own poison, ya hobo. 2ndDefoliant Bomb (MB/MH) A: It's a poison effect so tons of things get bonuses or are immune to it B: Plants are probably the most rare type of enemy you face C: It does less damage to anything that's not a plant D: Your bombs ARE FIRE, FIRE KILLS PLANTS JUST LIKE ANYTHING ELSE! 8thDelayed Bomb (MB/MH) I almost feel bad grading this one, as it feels like something that you could really be creative with. It's the prerequisite for some fun things, although by itself it doesn't really do a lot. 8thDemolition Charge*(MB/MH) I really want to like this, but it's just...it doesn't do anything worth doing. If it bypassed hardness, it would be okay, but an extra two dice of damage against unattended objects isn't enough. 12thDilution (MB/MH) Once per day, you may get a potion or elixir for 1/4th the cost. And you thought you were a potion factory before, just look at you now! Sadly potions are still the most expensive consumable, but you're getting a far better return on your investments. 6thDispelling Bomb (MB/MH) Dispelling is a pretty useful effect, enough so to validate losing damage. An interesting note about this bomb is it can be used with others, so combining this with a Frost or T. Foot bomb still nets you both effects, which allows you to debuff while you debuff. 16thElixir of Life (MB/MH) The only reason this isn't higher is the price. Yeah, it's a (True) Resurrection in a bottle, or a bonus life, but as a bonus life it works only as regular Resurrection, and has an expiration date. While still very solid, you wouldn't be crazy to pass this up, especially with how close you are to getting a Philosopher's Stone... 2ndEnhance Potion (MB/MH) It's never bad to get a potion at a higher caster level, so this is okay. If you make a lot of potions, this gets better though. 2ndExplosive Bomb*(MB/MH) A bigger boom and lighting someone on fire is nice, but it's mainly for minion control, as being on fire does not give a penalty on rolls, which is crazy when you think about it. 12thSiege Bomb*(MB/MH) This is almost the definition of "situational", and while it shines in its situation, unless you have a siege weapon around pretty often as well as a target who validates firing it, leave this to the big war campaigns. 4thExplosive Missile (MB/MH) This removes range as a problem, as well as adding some damage. The problem being that you lose it as a touch attack, as well as losing out on iteratives. If you have a decent ranged weapon (Longbow) and decent dex though, this will let you fire off some nasty debuffs and damage from a lot further away. 2ndExtend Potion (MB/MH) In and of itself, this is underwhelming. But you're not taking this for this, you're taking it so you can later take... 16thEternal Potion (MB/MH) A potion that last forever is beautiful. This will always be useful, so have fun picking out whatever spell you want to always have effecting you. 8thFast Bombs (MB/MH) This is your bomb nova option, and probably incredible if you don't have much combat per day. The more fights you have per day, the worse this is. But the thought of throwing out 4 different kind of debuff bombs in the same round eventually is beyond cool. 2ndFeral Mutagen (MB/MH) The BACKBONE of B. Hyde, this gives you 3 attacks at full BAB starting at second level. No one else gets this level of offensive presence so soon. 2ndFire Brand (MB/MH) Nothing that you do is made better by wasting a bomb for a +1 to your weapon. A goblin shouldn't be doing anything but throwing bombs. 8thForce Bomb*(MB/MH) Force is the best type of damage you can do, and it's worth the decrease in damage to make sure everything takes damage. It's decent for C. Hyde too, as knocking down an opponent (reflex negates) is a great start to mauling them. 2ndFrost Bomb*(MB/MH) This should be your first bomb, and if you care about bombs at all, you should have this by level 4 at the latest. Cold damage is nice, but a staggering effect at 2nd level is a game ender for most opponents, and is even worth it being a fort save (Most opponent's best save.) This bomb ages well too, and makes a decent hail mary against bigger creatures, as staggering destroys most melee brutes offensive momentum. 6thGrease Bomb*(MB/MH) A very nice area denial effect, leaving the ground around your opponent dangerous territory. With Precise Bomb and this, you can custom tailor the splash radius of this too. Too bad it can't be an Explosive Bomb as well. 8thHoly Bomb*(MB/MH) Just in case you ever wanted to use the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch in a game, here you go. This is almost a "smart" frost bomb, and since most enemies you'll be fighting are evil, you'll get off the stagger shot pretty often. The secondary effects of not hitting good at full power depend on your party, but it's a sneaky way to try and force them to be good. "I don't know, Jace. That bomb wouldn't have hurt if you'd have fed those orphans." 3rdImmolation Bomb*(MB/MH) While this is such a cool visual, and over time it does do more damage to an opponent, the further along you play, the less likely that residual damage will come into play. C. Hyde especially doesn't want to give his opponent a flame bomb effect to stand next to and continue to take fire damage. 2ndInfuse Mutagen (MB/MH) This cost 1k to do, does intelligence damage to you, and really only gives you a back up in case you don't have an hour to make another one. One of those would be bad enough, but both are awful. Hyde likes having a mutagen ready for whatever though, so it's slightly more useful on his side of things. 2ndInfusion (MB/MH) This really is a discovery tax, which I don't care for at all. Your bomber needs it more, since they want to pass out their buffs, while Hyde wants them all to themselves, so he can live without it. Sad since the bomber needs his discoveries way more than Hyde. This goes PURPLE if you plan on abusing a familiar/Poisoner's Gloves. 4thLingering Spirit (MB/MH) Unless you're willing to take Endurance and Diehard to make this worth a discovery slot, leave it to die. 12thMadness Bomb (MB/MH) Now this is a team player bomb, help to set your mage friends up for a SOL spell. This is also a great bomb to spam, as even one wisdom damage per shot will hurt if you're throwing 4 a round. While it reduces your damage dice by two, the best thing about this bomb is that it CAN be used with other bomb types, so you can lower your damage to add a pretty nice debuff. 10thMalignant Poison (MB/MH) If you had any other way to raise your poison DC, this would be great, since it removes the onset time from poisons that would rock your opponent hard. It's probably one of the best poison discoveries, and with Celestial Poison, could make it up to GREEN. 2nd, 12th, 16thMutagen, Greater, Grand (MB/MH) Hyde thrives on mutagen, and making it better is making them better. Everyone but the bomber enjoys better physical stats, so continue following along with this discovery chain if your game goes this high. 12thNauseating Flesh (MB/MH) How often are you bitten or eaten in a game? Does this happen often to you? Are you prone to smelling like food? If so, here you go Mr. or Mrs. Worst Character Ever! 6thPoison Conversion (MB/MH) Most of this guide I bashed poison, but here's where it pays off. There's only one type of poison worth using, and that's inhaled. Why's that? Because multiple doses of it add a +2 to the DC the opponent has to make. So just take your favorite low cost poison (Drow poison, if you please), make a metric ton of it, convert it to inhaled, put it all in a glass bottle, and huck it at someone to watch them make a stupidly high DC. Make sure to follow the suggestions in the Poison Primer I included, as there's a lot of other poison types that are very cheap that can damage different stats as well. 2nd Precise Bombs (MB/MH) This also feels like another discovery tax, since your bomber will be throwing bombs all the time. It's a required discovery so your party doesn't hate you, and should be taken by level 4 at the latest. 2ndPreserve Organs (MB/MH) Light fortification that doesn't stack with similar effects isn't great, especially since you can buy fortification, but you're probably taking this so that you can take... 10thMummification (MB/MH) Although it has some weird fluff qualifications, and you're a living mummy, you're immune to cold, non lethal damage, paralysis, and sleep. That's a nice group of immunities for only 2 discoveries, even if you are a freaking monster. 2ndRag Doll Mutagen (MB/MH) Nothing here is good until level 10, and by that level, you should be flying or setting things on fire while on solid ground. 6th Psychoactive Bomb (MB/MH) Some slight penalties on a few random effects aren't saving this discovery, although at least it doesn't have a save. Not worth the level or the reduction in damage. 4thRanged Baptism (MB/MH) First of all, Ranged Baptism is something I never thought I'd have to type. Secondly, adding utility to Holy Water is never a bad thing, as is Consecrating an undead for X/Rounds, it's just hard to validate against other discoveries. 6thRocket Bomb (MB/MH) I don't really understand why this is goblin only, and while the extra splash range makes it a better mook killer, lacking a solid target removes SO many debuff options. The best thing this does is expand cloud range, so smokers may find more value in this. 2ndScrap Bomb (MB/MH) Another goblin only, and it's not great since bleed can't stack. It's nice to stick it on something early in the encounter though if you know the bleed will eventually wear it down a bit. But I'd stick with Sticky Bomb for extra damage. 2ndShock Bomb*(MB/MH) The Acid Bomb at least did extra damage, but this DAZZLES them for 1d4 rounds. Dazzled is the lamest debuff in the game, you can do better than this. 2ndSmoke Bomb*(MB/MH) This is such a love/hate discovery for me; on the one hand it leads to some other VERY good discoveries, but on the other hand it also obscures your partners and your own aim. For the review of anything else that involves Smoke Bombs, I'm going to assume you have some way to see through it (such as Fogcutting Lenses.) If not, I would try to avoid smoking out people. 16thInferno Bomb*(MB/MH) Another mook killer, this would probably wipe out an army pretty quickly. Since it moves though, it won't really hurt someone more than once after they get out of it, but for crowd control it's an admirable discovery but overshadowed by another cloud (PUN!) 8thPlague Bomb*(MB/MH) Disease isn't a great debuff unless you're an NPC and you can wait the days for it to actually matter. This'll just cause some minor ability damage (if it does that), and not much else. 8thLingering Disease (MB/MH) If you REALLY want to make someone sick, this is the way to do it, but disease is really a bad way to go about it. 16thPlague Bomb, Greater*(MB/MH) Same stat damage, just harder to get rid of it. This is such an NPC ability, but it's good for that. 12thPoison Bomb*(MB/MH) This is probably a better mook killer than Inferno Bomb as well as a lower level. Neither are great, but this is again another great crowd control bomb against small waves of weaklings. 2ndStink Bomb*(MB/MH) Nauseated ends encounters, and since it only last one round, as long as you don't gas your party, you can use this with impunity. But only lasting one round isn't great either, since it only forces one save. Yet it's a save that could take them out of the fight for 1d4+1 rounds. 2nd, 6thSpontaneous Healing, Healing Touch (MB/MH) The real selling point of this discovery is that it activates upon going unconscious, although the healing isn't impressive. While Healing Touch isn't great either, boosting the amount of curing it delivers is why you're taking it, especially since it has such needless restrictions. 10thSticky Bomb (MB/MH) While most people are going to get maybe 8+ damage out of this max, your fast bomber will be getting 2-4 times that much damage on a target one round after, making this a nice way to add some damage, especially if you had to pay some for Confusion or Madness Bombs 6thSticky Poison (MB/MH) If you're going to poison weapons, you need this. Getting 3-5 times your money worth on a poison is worth a discovery. If only poisoning was a better tactic... 2ndStrafe Bomb (MB/MH) While it's good to have variety in how your bombs go off, a straight line will rarely be the best way to detonate them. However this discovery does work quite well with Smoke Bombs on breaking lines of sight, as well as in tight corridors. 2ndTanglefoot Bomb*(MB/MH) While not an auto entangle like a regular tanglefoot bag, this also can entangle anyone in the splash radius, making it a weapon that can debuff A LOT of opponents at once. 2ndTentacle (MB/MH) Basically you're getting a hands free grapple with this, which is servicable, but nothing crazy good. 2ndVestigial Arm (MB/MH) Thanks to the new errata/FAQ, picking up more than one of theses is worthless, so unless you need fine manipulation (in which case just use your tentacle and one hand to hold things and your regular hand for the other), this is completely outstripped by tentacle. 2nd Parasitic Twin (MB/MH) Not only is this weird as hell, it doesn't provide nearly the benefit that 3 discoveries should. Getting to possibly pass off a bad effect isn't incredible, maybe if you didn't have to roll the save again it could be good, but it's once a day and that's pretty restrictive for the cost. 2ndTumor Familiar (MB/MH) Thanks to the ability to use extracts with Share Spells as well as Deliver Touch Spells, which if you pick a monkey would give you a quickened extract per turn. Getting the skill bonuses of the familiar (Greensting Scorpion for +4 Initiative) and Alertness as well as an extra pair of eyes that you can absorb back into your body is even better. I'd say this familiar is better than a normal one, aside from possibly not being eligible for Improved Familiar. 2ndUnderwater Demolition (MB/MH) Quick question: Do you spend time underwater? If the answer to that is yes, then you probably already took this. And if it's no, you probably didn't know that this existed in the first place. 6thWings (MB/MH) There's enough ways to fly on your extract list that you should feel ashamed for being this lazy. Wings that you get at level 6 should be all day flight wings, not minutes per level. This does get better if your GM allows retraining.
20thAwakened Intellect (MB/MH) While reliable, this is also one hell of a boring capstone. If you can't think of something else, this works, but it feels lame to end your career like this. 20thChange Alignment, Greater (MB/MH) By the time you have this, Wish and Miracle aren't out of the picture, so unless you feel like running around spiking drinks into making people good forever, I'd skip over this. 20thEternal Youth (MB/MH) This feels like a story reward, not a class feature. Stay away from this unless your game takes aging considerations into play AND you're not an elf. 20thFast Healing (MB/MH) Another boring capstone, but never needing long term healing isn't bad. It just feels like there should be something...cooler here... 20thPhilosopher's Stone (MB/MH) Hm, infinite free money and potions of True Resurrection? Now THIS is a capstone. I'm sure you could use it to grow back an arm and a leg if you had to as well. 20thPoison Touch (MB/MH) Your capstone is being uncomfortable to touch? At a level where most things are immune to poison? Are you REALLY proud of yourself? 20thTrue Mutagen (MB/MH) This is what Hyde's been waiting for since he first started mixing test tubes. Hell, even your bomber can enjoy tons of extra HP, AC, initiative bonuses, and being super strong (If he has the prereqs).
5.Feats "Most people, they get caught up da the explosions and rush of chemicals that go with da job, but that's when ya get tripped up. You gotta remember the basics, or ya ain't goin' nowhere!" Jack T.R., bandit leader of the Crimson Curse
Skill Feats (MB/MH) (Acrobatic, Alertness, Athletic, Skill Focus: Any) A while back I heard a statement that I still agree with, "Never take a feat that doesn't let you do something new, or at least that you couldn't before." No skill feat meets that prerequisite, and so unless you have a specific backstory in mind that demands it, it's required for a better feat, or are getting it as a bonus feat (Half Elves and certain Humans), leave these feats alone. Unless there is another benefit to a feat like this, I won't be including skill boosting feats. Agile Maneuvers (MB/MH) Honestly only Hyde cares about CMB, and they should have a decent dexterity anyways, especially Agile B. Hyde. Arcane Strike (MB/MH) Now before you say Alchemist aren't casters, thanks to the recent FAQ ruling where SLAs qualify you for feats this is totally viable if you take a race that has an arcane SLA. What makes this crazy is that the bonus to damage applies to EVERY one of your weapons, which for B. Hyde could mean anywhere between 3 and 6 (tentacle+4 claws+bite) getting a damage bonus for a swift action a round. And considering this adds to your bomb and splash damage too, bombers love it as well! This alone makes any race with an arcane SLA that much better. Armor Proficiency, Medium and Heavy (MB/MH) Considering you can get a mithril breastplate at 0 ACP with the Armor Expert trait, medium is a dead feat. Which also makes heavy a dead feat, especially if you pick up Mithril Hellknight Plate with the Sargavan Guard trait in addition to the first one (or the cost of taking Additional Traits for both.) Combat Expertise (MB/Mr. Hyde) While you're never going to likely use this feat, it's the prereq to a bunch of other good feats. I hate needing it though. Improved, Greater Combat Maneuver (MB/MH) There are only two combat maneuvers you want to do, and that's trip and dirty trick. If it's not those, it's not worth taking. Improved, Greater Trip (MB/MH) Extra attacks are good, getting an opponent on the ground is good, bonuses for attacking a prone opponent are good. Combat Reflexes (MB/MH) If you spend time with a reach weapon, large, or both like C. Hyde should, this is how you own the field. B. Hyde can live without it though. Critical Feats (MB/MH) You get these too late to matter, the only decent crit range weapon you get is a dagger, and you're just not the person to use these feats to their fullest. Deadly Aim (MB/MH) There's a good chance you have a crossbow (or hopefully a long bow) as a back up weapon, and if you're a bomber, you probably took a few feats to improved your ranged combat, so this isn't a bad one to keep improving it, despite it not working with bombs. Defensive Combat Training (MB/MH) While you don't want to be in a situation where it matters, having some extra defense against being grappled/tripped/ect is preferable to none. Dodge (MB/MH) Dodge breaks the "Does something new rule" I set out earlier, but it's also a prereq for a lot of feats, including Crane Style, so we have to just take it. Who knows, maybe we'll Crane Block with a vestigial hand. Mobility, Spring Attack, Whirlwind Attack, Shot on the Run (MB/MH) This feat will lead us nowhere good, let us ignore it and pray it never returns. Endurance, Diehard (MB/MH) The only reason to take this is for Diehard, and that's just to combo with Lingering Spirit and have a much larger amount of time before you die. It's a decent combo, but I don't think it's worth 2 feats. Exotic, Martial Weapon Proficiency (MB/MH) If only to pick up a long bow, it's barely worth it. But for Hyde, getting a decent exotic weapon with good threat range or reach could really increase your combat prowess. Great Fortitude, Improved (MB/MH) Fort is an important save, but it's a good save, so you could go without this easily. Improved Familiar (MB/MH) You don't need a guide to see what makes a familiar that could hold wands or do other things to see why this is amazing. Improved Initiative (MB/MH) Going first is good, especially for bombers who can hit clustered together groups. Going first means buffing first too, so Hyde cares about this just as much. Improved Unarmed Strike (MB/MH) Another prereq feat, slowly making our way to Crane Style. It's not a bad feat to always be armed, but I'd skip it if you're not going Crane. Deflect, Snatch Arrow (MB/MH) Bombers won't have IUS because they don't want Crane, and Hyde is going to be in melee, so there's less of a chance of him getting shot. Neither side wants this. Intimidating Prowess (MB/MH) Hyde can at least intimidate like a big tough guy, although unless you're willing to invest in being scary, I'd stay away. Iron Will, Improved (MB/MH) This is your bad save with a bad stat, you need all the help you can get, especially considering how badly failing a will save can mess you up. Leadership (MB/MH) No rating. If you're allowed to take it, do it. If not, leave it alone. Lightning Reflexes, Improved (MB/MH) This is a good save for you, and you should have a decent to good dex, so don't waste a feat here. Lunge (MB/MH) Add this onto large size with a reach weapon and you're at about 25 feet of range. Not bad for a battle field controller. Mounted Feats (MB/MH) Nothing you do is done better from the back of a horse...or dog...or whatever you want to ride, I won't judge you. Nimble Moves (MB/MH) Always being able to take a five foot step is a decent way to keep yourself mobile...unless you're just in one spot hucking bombs. Point Blank Shot (MB/MH) It adds to your attack and damage, which makes it perfect at the range you'll be throwing them. Far Shot (MB/MH) Any stringed weapon will have good enough range, and splash weapons get a better version of this in Splash Weapon Mastery. Precise Shot, Improved (MB/MH) Not taking a -4 for throwing into melee is pretty nice. Combo this with Precise Bombs and you are party friendly in your bomb chucking. And the improved version of this will make sure nothing stops your attacks from going through. Rapid Shot (MB/MH) Even with just a crossbow, this is a solid feat. And with Fast Bombs, it's harbinger of the end times. Manyshot (MB/MH) If you have a Bow, you take it. If you do not, you don't. Simple as that. Power Attack (MB/MH) Hyde wants this at 3rd level, no questions asked. Controller or Brutal, Hyde wants this. Cleave (MB/MH) If you're not going the natural weapon progression, then this is a solid feat since you won't get a second attack until level 8. But if you're B. Hyde, this is a pass. Great Cleave (MB/MH) The investment is too great, just stick with Cleave. Quick Draw (MB/MH) If you've got a bow or a weapon, getting it out faster will help. Natural attackers and bombers can ignore this though. Rapid Reload (MB/MH) If you're using a gun, eventually you'll need this. Although honestly, you're better using this feat to pick up Martial Weapon Proficiency: Longbow instead of taking this for your crossbow unless you're going with a launcher crossbow. Shield Feats (MB/MH) A masterwork buckler has no ACP. You don't need shield feats, you don't shield bash, just leave these to the Fighters. Step Up (MB/MH) Keeping people from getting outside of your melee range is a great thing, make sure to stay nice and close to them. Toughness (MB/MH) Another feat that breaks my rule, but some people like it. Personally, I think there's better things you can do with your feats than gaining HP, but if you're worried about your total, here's a pretty big buffer (Don't forget Diehard/Lingering Spirit either) Two Weapon Fighting, Improved, Greater (MB/MH) It feels weird not recommending this for Hyde, but he's either using one big weapon, or natural attacks unless you're growing extra arms. This WILL increase your bomb output as soon as you hit level 8 though, which can end encounters before they begin if you're fast enough. Two Weapon Fighting Feats (MB/MH) None of these help you, and they barely help a regular TWFer. Vital Strike, Improved, Greater (MB/MH) Since bombs don't qualify, you're getting nothing here, just like everyone else. Weapon Focus (MB/MH) Another prereq feat, but if you have to waste a feat on something that isn't new, offense is always better than defense. Dazzling Display (MB/MH) A full round action to scare everyone isn't great, but a debuff is a debuff, and a decent way to start combat. Although if you can go non core, Cornugon Smash is a much better way of doing this. But the other reason we're taking this is for... Shatter Defenses (MB/MH) For a Vivisectionist, this is why you came here. Anything you can do to help you sneak attack is worth doing with that build. Weapon Finesse (MB/MH) You're going to have decent to good dexterity, so might as well put it to work. B. Hyde could use this until he picks up his Amulet of Mighty Fist (Agile), which becomes a better call if your GM allows retraining.
Advanced Players Guide
Additional Traits (MB/MH) Traits are amazing, and this feat is amazing because of it. If you have room in your build, you'll never regret having two extra traits. Arcane Talent (MB/MH) The only reason to pick this up is for a someone who needs an arcane SLA to get Arcane Strike, that's it. There should be some kind of racial you can trade out to do that anyways. Combat Patrol(MB/MH) C. Hyde could possibly use this, but it isn't good enough to take Mobility as a prereq. Crossbow Mastery(MB/MH) The only reason to take this is to get your full attacks with a launching crossbow, although if you're going for straight damage, this is probably the best way to do it. Dastardly Finish(MB/MH) No one but (Vivisectionist) B. Hyde can take this, and I'm not sure if he has a reliable way to set up either of these conditions. If so though, it does get much better. Dazing Assault(MB/MH) While Daze is a decent debuff, taking -5 on your attacks to force a low save against most monster's best save is not worth a feat, especially one this late. Deepsight (MB/MH) Darkvision is pretty useful. Doubling it isn't a terrible use of a feat. Eldritch Claws (MB/MH) Either Arcane Strike or a potion of Great Magic Fang should be doing this, although Silver isn't a bad material to bypass. Elven Accuracy (MB/MH) If you're an elf, being able to reroll against miss chance isn't awful. Thankfully it's not once a day, which is why this isn't lower. Enforcer (MB/MH) The duration of the demoralization is what makes this a solid seller, and it's a free action so you can still do whatever else you have planned that round. Good for a scary hulk. Extra Bombs (MB/MH) I'm hesitant to really recommend this, since it's only two more bombs. That's not a lot for a feat, but if you're tearing through them (like any good Mad Bomber should), feel free to pick up a few extra. Extra Discovery (MB/MH) Discoveries are for the most part better than feats. This is especially true for your bombers, who needs as many different bombs as they can get their hands on to keep people off guard. Fight On (MB/MH) Staying on your feet is generally good, and with this Orcs and Half Orcs have even more staying power. Focused Shot (MB/MH) This is better for a bomber, since again they probably invested in ranged combat a bit more, so giving your arrows a bit more sting when you're trying to preserve bombs (or are out) isn't terrible, especially since you don't get a second attack for much longer than a full BAB class. Following Step (MB/MH) This isn't great, since if something's not moving 5 feet away from you, it's not going to stop at ten. The only thing that makes this good is... Step up and Strike (MB/MH) The golden rule for Hyde is to get as many attacks as you can. And if you trip them, you stop their movement AND debuff them, which is a very solid strategy. Furious Focus (MB/MH) Your power attack penalty should never be big enough to the point where you care to reduce it for the cost of a feat. Although for scary Hyde, it does lead into... Dreadful Carnage (MB/MH) Another free action demoralize, but by this point you already have better ways to do this. It's not a terrible option as it is a free action, so if you're built around scaring, you could do worse. Gang Up, Team Up (MB/MH) Since by rules this doesn't let you get a ranged flank, this is worthless, as is its follow up. You shouldn't be aiding others when you could be controlling the field. Gnome Trickster (MB/MH) These are some of my fave level 0 spells, so I have a bit of a soft spot for them. It's a decent feat, but nothing incredible here. Heroic Defiance (MB/MH) Holding off a game ending condition for one round can turn the tide of combat. While having to take Endurance and Diehard is pretty painful, this is a pretty solid reward for it. Heroic Recovery (MB/MH) ...and then there's this. A standard action, only fort saves, and doesn't work against instantaneous effects. Just be thankful this wasn't a prereq for Heroic Defiance and let's move on. Improved, Greater Dirty Trick (MB/MH) And yet another reason to take Combat Expertise. Dirty tricks are great, versatile, and a solid standard action after a move for when you need to position yourself. As an alchemist, you have great flavor for all the ways you could pull them off too. Improved Stonecutting (MB/MH) This is a hard RED by itself, but it serves as the prereq to the much better... Stone Sense (MB/MH) Tremorsense is very nice. Blindsense/sight would be better, but this is incredible for staying aware of everything around you. Ironguts, Ironhide (MB/MH) Remember the rule, although Iron Hide is at least less terrible. Keen Scent (MB/MH) Again, scent is very powerful, and you're better when you're in the loop on what's going around you. Light Step (MB/MH) The prereqs kind of kill this, but it's a decent ability if you went through the feat chain. Low Profile (MB/MH) Barely better for your bomber, the main benefit is not providing cover for opponents. Lucky Halfling (MB/MH) Being able to roll a fort save for your Wizard or reflex save for your Cleric can be very helpful, even if it's just once a day. Master Alchemist (MB/MH) It feels weird to rank this so low, but the benefit here is the increased crafting speed. A skill bonus with this is pretty nice, but hard to validate a feat on. Pushing Assault (MB/MH) For a two handed Hyde, this is nice, especially if you're large. It's good for controlling your opponent's movement, and even better if you have a reach weapon. Racial Heritage (MB/MH) I feel like this is open to abuse, but nothing springs to mind. If anyone can think of anything, let me know. Razortusk (MB/MH) If you're not willing to give up Ferocity, or gave it up for something else, this is a okay call. But considering you get a better bite from Feral Mutagen, this isn't a great feat. Rending Claws (MB/MH) It's a situational 1d6 of damage, that's not great. If you have 4 claws instead, it gets a little better, but nothing that you can't live without. Shadow Strike (MB/MH) For your Vivisectionist, this might become an issue eventually, so seeing as it somehow lacks any prereqs, feel free to take it if people start blurring against you. Shield of Swings (MB/MH) Half your damage for a +4 shield bonus to AC? Ha! Stabbing Shot (MB/MH) This is a nifty feat that does allow you to manipulate the board a bit more. I want to like this more, but most archers won't be great at landing melee attacks. Still, if you find yourself making longbow attacks that are getting interrupted, this is a good way to make distance. Steel Soul (MB/MH) Most important saves you'll be making will be against magic, so this is a +2 to a lot of important saves. Being a Dwarf Alchemist is hard, but with this feat, I may bump them up to GREEN. Swift Aid (MB/MH) If you're not using your swift action for anything else *COUGH*ARCANE STRIKE*COUGH*, this isn't a terrible use of it, although it's only a +1 instead of a +2. Taunt (MB/MH) You don't have the charisma to pull this off, and bluff isn't a class skill. But Bluff is overall a better skill than Intimidate, which also isn't a class skill. Picking up a trait to make it a class skill would probably make this GREEN, although Hyde doesn't want to be small. Well Prepared (MB/MH) A once a day "Get out of Jail Free" card for mundane items is pretty amazing. While it doesn't age perfectly, Sleight of Hand is a class skill and you're mostly a dex based class. This gets better the more clever you are, and if you're an alchemist you probably know how to be clever. This is lower for Hyde since they're far less likely to be a Halfling.
Antagonize (MB/MH) Pre errata, this was broke. Post errata, this is insane for your more tank like Alchemist. While it can't affect dumber creatures, forcing someone into melee to attack you (especially if you're a range monster) is a huge boost. The check isn't too hard to make either, so try not to tank Charisma too much. Die for your Master (MB/MH) If you didn't have to pay for another one, this would be purple. Saving yourself from death is worth it though, and is the main reason to take a Tumor Familiar. Eldritch Heritage, Improved, Greater (MB/MH) There's so many options here, you're sure to find one that you can use (Abyssal comes to mind for Hyde.) While Skill Focus is a crappy prereq, for a Half Elf this is golden if you can somehow meet the 13 cha prerequisite. Implant Bomb (MB/MH) This is another discovery that can be brutal the more creative you are. While you can't land a direct hit with this, combo this with Explosive Bomb and you can have a stealth bomber enter a location and detonate it for maximum impact. Learn Ranger Trap, Trapper's Set Up (MB/MH) Another creative feat, but less useful overall. It seems more like a bomber thing to trap someone, but Hyde would be too busy destroying lives to bother with things like that. Planar Preservationist (MB/MH) For a Preservationist, you're getting way better creatures here. This is a great way to increase your versatility, and is really the main thing that makes the archetype worth taking. Remote Bomb (MB/MH) Another cool ability, being able to leave a few bombs around your opponent to set up for an attack could make for an enjoyable encounter (especially with bombs that hamper terrain like Grease Bomb.) Ricochet Splash Weapon (MB/MH) I'm assuming you still get the effects of a direct hit. The only thing keeping this lower is the randomness of where the missed weapon could land. But for your bomber, any chance to score a direct hit is worth taking.
Adder Strike (MB/MH) Poisoning things is not good form, and you have this as a class feature (which you probably traded away for something decent), so leave this serpent alone. Cleaving Finish, Greater (MB/MH) For a range monster like C. Hyde, this can be a very strong strategy, especially with Lunge adding 5 more feat to that death radius of yours. Close Quarters Thrower (MB/MH) The prereqs are awful, but preventing damage is a worthwhile end goal. Clustered Shots (MB/MH) For the more archery minded Alchemist, if you're busy using Manyshot/Rapidshot, this is a way to keep DR from making you obsolete. Death From Above (MB/MH) Finding ways to fly isn't hard for you, and for B. Hyde, starting off with a +5 to all attacks landing sneak will probably kill most level appropriate encounters. Death or Glory (MB/MH) And here we get a standard action attack (not good) that only works against larger opponents (hint: you should be the large one) that gives +4 to attack and damage (decent) and gives them an immediate action to attack you back with THE SAME BONUSES (NO!) I get that this was made to help Vital Strike suck less, but there's no situation this will be good unless you're facing large wizards who are also stupid. Deceptive Exchange (MB/MH) This specifically calls an alchemist out for Delay Bomb, and it's a very flavorful ability. While you could us this to force a bomb into your opponent's hand and throw another, you could also just Fast Bomb. But this comes up first, so it gets a slight pass as the first way to get more than one bomb a round, but it's rife for a retrain. Distance Thrower (MB/MH) 20 feet isn't a lot, so adding some distance to that might save your life. Exotic Weapon Proficiency: Firearm (MB/MH) This is separate from others, as I wanted to talk about it a bit. Guns really keep up with your touch attack theme, have about the same range, and can be used with all your fun ranged feats. If you're not picking up a bow, consider picking up a gun instead. Felling Smash (MB/MH) Assuming you're not using your swift action to Arcane Strike, a free trip attempt per round is pretty amazing for C. Hyde. Flanking Foil (MB/MH) The big seller here is stopping sneak attack, which if that's an issue, gets better. A little campaign specific, but even causing someone a -2 on rolls from not flanking can be decent. Hammer the Gap (MB/MH) All those fast bombs are getting extra to hit and damage, and if your Hyde managed to snake out any extra natural attacks, they'll also be hitting harder and more often. While not great for C. Hyde, everyone else who manages to load on attacks will love this (archers included.) Landing Roll (MB/MH) While it uses Mobility, if you're getting tripped and you know you can get out of the threatened range of your opponent, this has its uses. Hopefully you're not getting tripped enough for it to matter though. Moonlight Stalker, Feign, Master (MB/MH) If you take a trait to get Bluff as a class skill and have a decent way to gain concealment (Tiefling Darkness SLA), the feigning and damage will become a lot more deadly, especially for B. Hyde. Opening Volley (MB/MH) For C. Hyde, starting off with a bomb of choice and then leading in with a big attack is a very solid strategy, add a charge into the mix to make sure you land that first melee attack. Quick Dirty Trick (MB/MH) Dirty Trick is amazing, and being able to make your first attack BLINDING your opponent makes B. Hyde's sneak attack guaranteed to hit. If you went the Dirty Trick Route, this is when you're getting a return on that investment. Snap Shot, Improved, Greater (MB/MH) While you can't do this with bombs (Maybe Delay Bombs?), for some of you, this is a solid choice, especially if you're already taking an archery/gun path. Stalwart, Improved (MB/MH) Yet another Diehard feat, this one is actually pretty solid. DR/- is valuable, and for C. Hyde who already took Combat Expertise to start tripping, this is your first way to actually start using it. DR 10/- is worth a feat if you're in the middle of the fray.
Style Feats: Only two sets of style feats will be reviewed, since most of them don't matter or are generally unhelpful to the build. Crane Style, Wing, Riposte (MB/MH) With the recent errata to Crane Wing (GARBAGE), this is no longer a viable option, and a complete waste of time. Kirin Style, Strike, Path (MB/MH) The amount of actions this takes to get going is way too much of an investment, you'd be better off using your rounds to do something more immediately advantageous.
Ability Focus (MB/MH) If you're allowed to, this is a very nice ability to pick for your bombs, as raising the saves of your most potent abilities is going to end a lot more battles. Cornugon Smash (MB/MH) That's right, a FREE action demoralize PER hit. This is how you scare people, Mr. Hyde. Dampen Presence (MB/MH) These were two abilities you had no defense against before, and now you do. You have ways to deal with scent as well as tremorsense, so enjoy your viable stealth character now, especially with Hellcat Stealth Extra Feature (MB/MH) The benefits of an extra feature from shifting as a Skinwalker are hard to pass up with how varied and powerful they are. Hellcat Stealth (MB/MH) It's incredibly easy for you to get your stealth check up, so the -10 isn't going to break this for you, and it's Hide in Plain Sight for a feat. Splash Weapon Mastery (MB/MH) More an issue for bombers, this will lessen your penalties for throwing at a distance as well as give you a bit more control of where your misses go.
6. Extracts "Sure the gods blessed me with this devil's blood, but why should I stop there? By the time I'm done, my body will be a work of art, and everyone will be my spectator!" Drake Exle, graduate of the Arcanium and part time assassin
Abjuring Step (MB/MH) While your baseliner can use this time to hand out buffs, the more proactive Alchemist aren't going to waste a turn not destroying something. Ant Haul (MB/MH) This is an extract that would get better with time, if eventually you weren't picking up a Handy Haversack. Anticipate Peril (MB/MH) While the duration isn't great, if you know you're going into a situation where you're going to need to act first, a +5 to initiative is going to make sure you do. Blend (MB/MH) This is a poor man's Vanish, and it's Elf only. Good for a Substitute Rogue however, as the duration is pretty nice. Bomber's Eye (MB/MH) A standard action to do JUST this? You don't need an attack bonus, so save this for when you're combing extracts. Comprehend Languages (MB/MH) While not an extract you take at first level, this ages well. Having it in your formula book is a good idea for one of your empty slots to make sure you can pop this out when it counts. Crafter's Fortune (MB/MH) This is basically an off day extract, something you use when you're not adventuring to get a craft check buff. Cure Light Wounds (MB/MH) Prepare one just in case of incombat emergencies, and if you have any empty slots left at the end of the day, dump them out with this. Detect Secret Doors (MB/MH) This is such a lame extract, and it has a lame duration. If it were hours per level, at least you could do something with it. Detect Undead (MB/MH) This should not be a hard thing to do without magic, and most things that would try to disguise it are using magic to trick you. Disguise Self (MB/MH) Decent duration, and a good Substitute Rogue extract, throw it on if you think you'll need it. Endure Elements (MB/MH) When you need it, this is fantastic. The only problem is that if you need it, probably everyone else does too, so as you level up leave some open slots for this. Enlarge Person (MB/MH) There is no reason Hyde doesn't want to be large. Increased damage, reach, and strength are all within his grasp. Consider making this permanent later in your career. Expeditious Retreat (MB/MH) A short duration speed boost isn't great, although a regular Alchemist can get a bit more value out of it. Illusion of Calm (MB/MH) Seeing as this can only break on a hit from an opponent, you can get some mileage out of this. A lot of stuff you do can provoke, so this is basically Mobility on steroids. Identify (MB/MH) A good buff if you HAVE to know if something is cursed, but another off day extract if I ever saw one. Jump (MB/MH) As much as I think I shouldn't like this, I do. Maybe it's just the visual of lifting off and hucking a bomb from orbit. It tops out at a +30 too, which for a first level extract is some nice staying power. Keen Senses (MB/MH) The duration of this one kills it, it doesn't last long enough to even be a decent scouting extract. Longshot (MB/MH) Less specific than Bomber's Eye but with no attack bonus, this still doesn't justify a standard action. Negate Aroma (MB/MH) One of the best ways to ruin a stealth character's day is by scent. This removes that option, and for an hour a level. For a Substitute Rogue, this is what you've been hoping for and more. Polypurpose Panacea (MB/MH) Just barely enough utility to sneak away from being horrible, most of these are okay at best. Reduce Person (MB/MH) The bomber's inverse to Enlarge Person, this isn't as vital to them. An AC bonus, a stealth bonus, and an attack bonus from one extract, although Alchemist who were already small lose their 5 foot reach, so this is a bomber priority. See Alignment (MB/MH) With a duration that's hard to find useful, this is really just to snake out of someone's a jerk. Shield (MB/MH) A +4 AC for minutes a level isn't terrible, but it's a better combined extract. Shock Shield (MB/MH) For when Shield is just too helpful, here's another that's dangerous to use with a lower AC bonus. Stone Fist (MB/MH) You should always have a weapon ready to you, so using a standard action to make one is just depressing. Targeted Bomb Admixture (MB/MH) A great extract to make your bombs last longer, especially against a boss since it lacks splash damage. Doubling your intelligence mod won't cause a huge amount extra damage at first, but it is a flat damage bonus that didn't require using another bomb. Touch of the Sea (MB/MH) Another extract where you either really need it, or it'll never matter. True Strike (MB/MH) I'll admit I'm overrating this a bit, but it's a guaranteed hit, which can be use for C. Hyde going for a trip, or your bomber using a Targeted Bomb Admixture. Much better as a combined extract. Vocal Alteration (MB/MH) While a nice combo with Disguise Self, it would be better if it had the same duration too. Still, it's another great extract for your Substitute Rogue. Youthful Appearance (MB/MH) The only thing that's great about this extract is its duration. It's another disguising extract, although less good unless you started off ancient since you still look like you.
Ablative Barrier (MB/MH) The duration of this is enough so that you can put it on at the beginning of the day and forget about it, and the damage conversion keeps multiple blows from killing you, leaving you unconscious instead. Also amusingly, there's no limit to the damage that can be negated if it's non lethal, so go get in a fist fight for the hell of it. Acute Senses (MB/MH) While the duration could be better, +10 to the best stat in the game is a scout's dream, and it continues to age well up to 16th level giving you a +30. Aid (MB/MH) For me the main selling point of this extract is the temp hit points, although the attack bonus is nice. Still, anything that puts a barrier between you and death is worth some consideration. Alchemical Allocation (MB/MH) Look at this extract, it will one day become the ONLY level two extract you prepare. Because of this extract, it's worth it to invest in high caster level potions and elixirs. It trades a second level extract for any potion or elixir in the game. Did someone say potion of Greater Magic Fang at CL 20? Alter Self (MB/MH) This is mostly to snag a useful ability like scent or darkvision 60 ft, but gives you a minor stat buff too to either dexterity or strength, and lets you change how you look. Decent amount of utility in this extract, but the duration is a little short for my taste. Animal Aspect (MB/MH) This is good for a short duration climb or swim speed, but not a lot else. Ant Haul, Communal (MB/MH) How does this even work being an extract? Whatever it doesn't matter, this still isn't worth it. Barkskin (MB/MH) While you probably don't want to take this right away, this is a moderate length buff that should raise your ability to survive (and looking at Mutagen, it should stack) by a large amount. Bear's Endurance (MB/MH) Constitution is probably the least valuable of your physical stats, but throwing 2+ HP per level onto Hyde will help give him some staying power. Bestow Weapon Proficiency (MB/MH) No. This is horrible, it might be okay as a first level extract, but minute per level sealed the door shut on this extract. Blood Transcription (MB/MH) This is just a bit too situation (and creepy). It'd be better if you didn't have to pay for scribing, but if you face a decent amount of arcane (and some divine, you do steal from them a bit), this goes up. Blistering Invective (MB/MH) Hyde was probably going to scare people anyways, so getting to do so in a 30 foot burst as well as do fire damage is both very useful and thematically awesome. Blur (MB/MH) Being up in melee, you need all the miss chances you can get. 20% isn't game breaking, but that's a fifth of attacks not hitting you. Bullet Shield (MB/MH) Thankfully, it's not just bullets but all ranged attacks. I personally like Shield more, but this is situationally better...just not enough to validate taking it. Bull's Strength (MB/MH) Any Hyde would love a buff to damage and attack, but bombers can give this a pass. Cat's Grace (MB/MH) Adding to your AC, reflex, and ranged attacks is nice, but unless you're going AOMF (Agile), it won't be adding to your damage, which is something you want to keep doing as much as you can. Certain Grip (MB/MH) A very boring list of bonuses lead to a lackluster extract. Cure Moderate Wounds (MB/MH) You're quickly being outpaced by dedicated healers, so extract slots should be kept away from theses. Keep pumping out lower level ones and you'll be fine. Darkvision (MB/MH) If you don't have Darkvision, TAKE THIS. It's an hour a level, which is the correct duration for this to be useful. Don't scout without it. Deathwine (MB/MH) You don't cast spells, and even if you did, this is a hell of a cost for a CL boost. Defensive Shock (MB/MH) Rather than using extracts to do something after getting hit, why don't we use them to avoid getting hit instead? Delay Poison (MB/MH) If you can get it to someone fast enough, keeping them from making saves could save their life, even if it is a bit situational. Detect Thoughts (MB/MH) Another solid scouting ability, letting you see if there's anyone behind a door (as long as it's not too thick) can serve as an early detection method. Eagle's Splendor (MB/MH) The least vital stat in the game, this will rarely ever be valuable. Elemental Touch (MB/MH) The rather nice suite of debuffs make this a solid choice for B. Hyde, but most others probably don't want to be in range to use it. False Life (MB/MH) The duration of this is what makes it worth taking, as you can basically down it at the beginning of the day and forget about it. Fire Breath (MB/MH) You already do AOE in a better and safer spread, live out your dragon fantasies some other way. Fire Sneeze (MB/MH) Limiting your actions to do weak fire damage? Not likely. Fox's Cunning (MB/MH) This extract is basically +2 to damage and save DC for you bombs, take some time and enjoy that fact. Ghostly Disguise (MB/MH) This extract is actually great if you're trying to scare a group of kids and their talking dog away from your haunted amusement park. Invisibility (MB/MH) You don't need a guide to know this is good, it's invisibility. That's literally all you need to know about this extract. Kinetic Reverberation (MB/MH) Short duration and unable to affect natural weapons take this a step down, or else it would be too good. Levitate (MB/MH) If you can't wait to fly, here's a weaker substitute. The attack penalties for moving are rather annoying though, but for bombers it'll be less of an issue. Owl's Wisdom (MB/MH) This doesn't help your offenses, nor anyone else's. Remember, you could be casting Bull's Strength instead of this. Perceive Clues (MB/MH) Didn't we get a more powerful (but shorter duration) extract than this earlier that scaled with level? We did? Oh good, then forget this. Protection from Arrows (MB/MH) Most ranged attacks you'll be facing at this level won't be magical, so this is some nice DR. Resist Energy (MB/MH) This is a really great way to resist elemental damage, as well as basically make yourself or others immune to your splash damage. Lesser Restoration (MB/MH) Healing ability damage ASAP is nice to keep the party in full functioning order, specially if you're prone to it (say by abusing cognatogens...) See Invisibility (MB/MH) This is always an extract you'll feel safer about having in your back pocket, unless you're playing in a ninja campaign, in which point prepare it everyday. Shadow Bomb Admixture (MB/MH) I'm not sure I'm reading this right, but I'm giving my opponent's concealment...to get concealment from them? That's...that's weird and bad. Skinsend (MB/MH) First, ew. Second of all, this is a surprisingly long duration scouting extract, but also VERY dangerous to use. You either need to be very brave or methodical to use this to its fullest, and I really feel like there's better non horrible ways to scout than sending your skin off into the world. Spider Climb (MB/MH) Solid extract to enhance your mobility, this could prove useful in scouting or combat. Tattoo Potion (MB/MH) Costly and uses your chest slot? That's a combination you want to avoid, so give this bad ink a rest. Touch Injection (MB/MH) Being able to apply an extract for the cost of a touch attack can really help your action economy. Some of the best uses of this however are on opponents, as you can do some serious damage with a no save Skinsend. Transmute Potion to Poison (MB/MH) The saves the the poison are insultingly low, you're wasting a potion, and probably a decent amount of money. Who would do that? Undetectable Alignment (MB/MH) This does just what it says it does, and for 24 hours too. It's not a great effect, but the duration really sells it for making sure no one can see your cards. Water of Madness (MB/MH) While I'm not a huge fan of the cost, it guarantees sickening for 1d4 rounds, which is nice. Failing the save does some dexterity and intelligence damage too, which depending on what you're fighting (an animal) could take it out of the fight. You can save these as well, which makes them more useful, but still costly. Vomit Swarm (MB/MH) Forcing two saves (one for poison, one for distraction) for a few rounds is decent enough even if both saves are low, but this extract scales to keep it semi relevant.
Absorb Toxicity (MB/MH) I feel like the main draw of this is the poison and disease for a moderate duration. Both poison and disease aren't great to pass on though, so just use this for the immunities, especially if you traded them away. Absorbing Touch (MB/MH) Being unable to use this on magical items hurts, but the duration is golden. This is another extract that gets better the more clever you are. Age Resistance, Lesser (MB/MH) Unless you decided to start off middle age, this is worthless. The duration is great, but if you really want this ability, just take it as an Aasimar racial feature. Amplify Elixir (MB/MH) For a potion junkie like you, this holds value for a long time. Animal Aspect, Greater (MB/MH) One of these wasn't worth an extract, two isn't enough for an upgrade. Arcane Sight (MB/MH) The duration makes this a bit less useful, but this is the kind of thing you should just get made permanent. Beast Shape I (MB/MH) This extract has a lot of versatility to it, but little of it is in combat. Wait till next level for that. Bloodhound (MB/MH) Scent is getting less and less useful, but the duration keeps this one viable. Burrow (MB/MH) Another great scouting extract with short duration, the lack of being able to breathe down there knocks this down a notch (this problem could be solved with Air Crystals.) Burst of Speed (MB/MH) While I'm not sure if there's a "swift drink" or if it's still a standard (I'd rule it a swift action to make this not worthless) a speed boost isn't incredible. But the AOO avoidance is pretty nice for positioning yourself, as well as getting out of your opponent's melee range if you're a bomber. Countless Eyes (MB/MH) A great duration on this as well as all around vision aren't bad, even if it is kind of gross. Cure Serious Wounds (MB/MH) Nothing here is worth it, keep on belting out lower level cure extracts. Darkvision, Delay Poison, Endure Elements, Protection From Arrows,Resist Energy, Spider Climb Communal (MB/MH) These are extractss that your party will probably need as a group, so you can splurge a level higher to avoid using multiple lower level extracts. Displacement (MB/MH) A 50% miss chance is amazing, although the duration makes this an incombat buff only. Still, for your tanks this is a crazy good defense. Draconic Reservoir (MB/MH) Nothing here makes it better than Protection from Energy, and most things that do a damage type also resist (or are immune to) it, so the secondary benefit won't really apply that often. Elemental Aura (MB/MH) While the duration limits this to an incombat buff, targeting reflex helps this out a lot. The damage is okay, but the possible debuff is what makes this a viable combat extract. Eruptive Pustules (MB/MH) I'm not a fan of extractss that require you to take damage to work, and there's better ways to sicken an opponent. Fly (MB/MH) You wanna fly? Like a bird? BAM! Gaseous Form (MB/MH) This is a great getaway extract, basically just an emergency extract. Haste (MB/MH) For anyone else, this would be PURPLE, but as it's only a single target ability for you, it's not. An extra attack, AC bonus, and speed bonus is still worth a lot though. Heroism (MB/MH) B. Hyde likes this a bit more, since he's swinging so much. The save bonus is what sells it for me, as well as the considerable duration. Lightning Lash Bomb Admixture (MB/MH) Extra damage for when an opponent moves? Nothing is worth modifying your bomb here. Marionette Possession (MB/MH) See that line where they have to be willing? That removes most use from this extract. Monstrous Physique I (MB/MH) Again, the duration isn't great, but there's some pretty optimal forms (gargoyle) that give you lots of options for combat. Nondetection (MB/MH) This is literally an extract that does what it advertises, and how useful it is just happens to be based on your game. It has a material component, but 50 GP is chump change at this level. Orchid's Drop (MB/MH) I would really like this if it didn't have a price tag, but the cost isn't worth it. Protection from Energy (MB/MH) This is generally better than Resist Energy if you expect to be overwhelmed by an energy type. I generally like the former, but if you need to be flat out immune to a damage type, this is a far better extract for it. Rage (MB/MH) Basically any buffing extract will be better than this. Remove Blindness/Deafness, Curse, Disease (MB/MH) These are both very situational debuffs, so save the space in your formulae book for something more versatile. Resinous Skin (MB/MH) Piercing isn't as common as slashing or bludgeoning, so this is a pretty long duration defensive buff. Although the other benefit isn't as useful. Seek Thoughts (MB/MH) This is a decent upgrade to Detect Thoughts, another solid infiltration ability. Thorn Body (MB/MH) The damage this causes is actually appreciable, as well as giving B. Hyde a nice damage boost for his natural weapons. This is probably the only extract I like that requires an opponent to hit you, although the poor duration hurts. Tongues (MB/MH) I like this as a rainy day extract for when it really matters, but it won't matter enough to take it. Undead Anatomy (MB/MH) I don't really care for this in response to Monstrous Physique I, although giving claws and and a bite is pretty good. The duration isn't long enough to want to use an extract on it though. Water Breathing (MB/MH) This would be lower, but a great duration as well as built in communal really pushes this into a good place extract wise.
Age Resistance (MB/MH) Still terrible, not worth it. Air Walk Communal (MB/MH) Oddly, you get this and Air Walk at the same level, so just take this instead since it's more versatile. It's basically a longer duration yet more restrictive fly extract. Arcane Eye (MB/MH) The next stage of scouting, Substitute Rogues continue to get such wonderful toys. Beast Shape II (MB/MH) Hey, here's pounce. Pounce is great. This is a strong package for B. Hyde, and versatile in forms you can take for everything else. Cure Critical Wounds (MB/MH) Still not worth it, leave it alone. Darkvision, Greater (MB/MH) The increased range isn't worth the increased level of extract. Death Ward (MB/MH) While this is a solid defensive ability, a short duration means you'll be throwing this on before you head out to fight level drainers. Detonate (MB/MH) Material components for an extract that hurts you? No. Discern Lies (MB/MH) This is very short duration, and Seek Thoughts seems like it could do a better job of playing mind spy. Dragon's Breath (MB/MH) Everyone but B. Hyde can already do good elemental damage, this is superfluous. Echolocation (MB/MH) Wow, Blindsight is amazing. This is a decent duration on it too, making it a perfect scouting extract, as well as impossible to sneak up on in melee since it's a 40 foot range. Elemental Body I (MB/MH) It's versatile, but you're not getting anything you didn't already have. False Life, Greater (MB/MH) I'd rather just prepare the lesser version twice. Fire Shield (MB/MH) The duration for this is terrible, and and you have better extracts that punish attackers. Fluid Form (MB/MH) A reach increase of 10 feet? C. Hyde NEEDS this. He can basically attack everyone in any fight. Freedom of Movement (MB/MH) Getting out of almost any jam is worth an extract. Invisibility, Greater (MB/MH) Any Hyde would love always striking at a flat footed foe, especially B. Hyde. Monstrous Physique II (MB/MH) While I can't find any with pounce yet (Although by this time, your beastmorph will have it naturally), there are some very powerful forms here that Hyde can use to destroy opponents. Mutagenic Touch (MB/MH) Don't use this on a friend, the real joy of this is transfering it (without a save) to an opponent to inflict a very long duration confusion on them as well as crippling a mental stat of your choice (most likely intelligence, although dropping someone's wisdom by 4 or more could set them up for a nasty will save.) Neutralize Poison (MB/MH) This doesn't age well at all, and by the time you get it, it's pretty outdated. Restoration (MB/MH) This is a good bandage to have, as level loss and ability drain can really cripple a party member. Spell Immunity (MB/MH) The definition of situational, this is either invaluable or worthless, depending on how much you know about your opponent. Although it's good if you know your enemy has Spell Perfection on a certain level 4 or lower spell. Stoneskin (MB/MH) A lot of people harp on the cost here, but by this level it's not too much as long as you don't go throwing it around. Touch of Slime (MB/MH) If it wasn't so easy to remove, this would be higher, as constitution damage shuts things down hard. But even then, it's not a lot of constitution damage, so leave it alone. Tongues, Communal (MB/MH) This was never what you wanted, leave tongues out of your formulae book. Universal Formula (MB/MH) A material component and having it be one that you know limits its usefulness. It's a lifesaver if you have a large formulae book, but since you only need a minute to prepare an empty slot, leave this alone. Vermin Shape I (MB/MH) Other different effects are giving you better bonuses than this, so it's really hard to tell you to turn into a bee. Viper Bomb Admixture (MB/MH) This is the first good one we've gotten in a while. Extra damage plus poisoning isn't bad, but again lots of things are getting immune to it by now, and you can't use Celestial Poisons on this. Vitriolic Mist (MB/MH) Fire Shield that works on a more rare damage type? Awesome, maybe we can get one for sonic damage next!
Age Resistance, Greater (MB/MH) Finally, the last one. Be gone with ye, and never return! Ancestral Memory (MB/MH) There's better divination effects, but I'm used to GMs who hate having divinations sprung on them. If you have a more generous DM, this goes up a bit. Beast Shape III (MB/MH) Huge creatures are nice, and magical beast have a decent range of abilities you can exploit. Contact Other Plane (MB/MH) I like this a lot more as a divination extract, even with the risk it entails. Delayed Consumption (MB/MH) Days per level mean that this probably won't even cut into your extracts per day, and an immediate action extract use is undeniably useful, even with the fourth level cap on it. Dream (MB/MH) You have better ways to communicate with people, and while they're awake too. Dust Form (MB/MH) The short duration removes this from being too useful, but your magic attacks still do full damage, and you've got nice mobility. Elemental Body II (MB/MH) You have better things to transform into, elemental forms just aren't as good. Elude Time (MB/MH) I feel like there's something I'm missing that makes this good, but I can't think of it. If anyone knows of a good use for this extract, let me know. Languid Bomb Admixture (MB/MH) Fatigued? Really? As a fifth level extract? Magic Jar (MB/MH) This is a great spell for Wizards, and being able to pass it to party members makes it even better. Monstrous Physique III (MB/MH) The number of huge and diminutive monstrous humanoids is pretty small, so just stick with the second form of this extract unless there was an ability not on the list for it. Nightmare (MB/MH) Stop bothering people in their sleep! This only really works if you have a spellcaster enemy you can mess with, and even then, if they're important they'll probably have some defense against this as well as a high will save. Overland Flight (MB/MH) Walking is for mundanes, you are a king of the sky! Planar Adaptation (MB/MH) You're getting to a point where this might be an issue, and always having air as well as keeping cool on the Plane of Fire is worth a slot if you know it's coming up. Plant Shape I (MB/MH) Have you ever wanted to be a plant?...really? You must have had a dull childhood there, kid. Polymorph (MB/MH) You have everything you'd want to emulate with this extract, and you can pass off those buffs to teammates. Resurgent Transformation (MB/MH) While this seems like a cool idea, most of the stat bonuses will probably not apply if you've been keeping up with your magic items, the healing isn't enough, and it has one hell of a side effect, especially if used twice per day. It'd be okay if the bonuses weren't enhancement though, though the duration is nice. Sending (MB/MH) Now this is how you communicate over long distances, and since I don't think it takes you 10 mins to drink, should be a very fast way to let someone know how you're doing. Spell Resistance (MB/MH) Way too much of a double edged sword, although not as bad as normal spell resistance since it doesn't last too long. Stoneskin, Communal (MB/MH) The cost is negligible at this point, and the duration probably wasn't limiting it at all, so feel free to turn your friends into The Thing too. Undead Anatomy II (MB/MH) Are there undead with pounce? Zombie lions? Blood Drain is a nice inclusion, but other forms are making you huge now, stick with those. Vermin Shape II (MB/MH) Tremorsense is nice, but vermin aren't a widely enjoyed creature type.
Analyze Dweomer (MB/MH) Feels kinda sad to end off your career with something so tame, but getting a magnifying glass on all magic items could save you time and other complications. Situation, but useful. Beast Form IV (MB/MH) Large magical beast are sweet, and you basically get everything they do. Find something you used to fight, and become it. Caging Bomb Admixture (MB/MH) Start strong, end strong. This is basically 3.5 Force Cage, but with a far shorter duration. But there's NO saving throw to it that I can find, so this auto locks a non teleporting opponent for minimum 16 rounds. That's...I love this. Elemental Body III (MB/MH) This looks reeeeally boring next to some of the other stuff we're getting. Eyebite (MB/MH) At this level, it's a swift action to attempt to sicken someone. No one is proud of you, Eyebite. Form of the Dragon I (MB/MH) No bombs (much like other forms) medium size, and a subpar breath weapon all lead this to a terrible place. It seems like it'd be cool to transform into a dragon, but we have another classic monster who's going to pop up soon... Giant Form I (MB/MH) You don't lose your gear, you get regeneration as well as rend, and you're large sized. Long live the troll! Heal (MB/MH) The best way to heal in combat, this is also able to remove a ton of debuffs. This is the apex of the curing arts, be thankful that you have it in your grasp. Mislead (MB/MH) This would be lower, but it's really the only illusion you get, so take it if that's your sort of thing. Monstrous Physique IV (MB/MH) This topped out last level, just stick with II or III. Plant Shape II (MB/MH) Fool your friends into thinking you're a plant for the low investment of 16 levels in Alchemist! Shadow Walk (MB/MH) This is your poor man's teleport, and one of your few mass transit extracts. Statue (MB/MH) I feel like this has some use, but at base it's just so dumb. Skip pretending to be a statue, it's not a good use of being awesome. Transformation (MB/MH) While it's this low, it's a bonus attack and a +4 to hit, as well as some moderate enhancement bonuses (which you probably already have sadly), but doesn't stop you from doing anything. Feel free to bump this up if the extra attack and bonus to hit is something you need. True Sight (MB/MH) Negating most illusions is basically the best way to hit more, since most of those miss chances your opponents have are based on screwing with your perception. Twin Form (MB/MH) Doubling your HP as well as your tactical prescience is amazing, and by now you should be a master of making copies of yourself. Undead Anatomy (MB/MH) This isn't actually horrible, just horrible compared to your other options. Walk Through Space (MB/MH) This is a good way to avoid hindering terrain. So is flying, and that has a much better duration. A cool visual, but incredibly short duration makes this a lame in combat extract to use. Wind Walk (MB/MH) Your other mass transit extract this level, this is the safer although slower way to traverse the world. Both are useful in their own ways, so take the one you feel better meets your travel requirements...or just take both, and always be ready
7. Archetypes, Prestige Classes, and Multiclassing "One throws bombs, another turns into a damn monster, and the last one came at me with an army of skeletons! You mean to tell me all those bastards came from the same school?!" -Penance Nox, former cultist of Asmodeus
Unlike some of the other classes, the Alchemist has a bit of an issue with archetypes, in that some have effects that don't come into play right away. The issue with this is that they still lose something (Bomb damage, progression, etc) before giving you anything in return. So if an archetype would remove something before giving you a benefit (such as the Level Requirement of Clone Master which is 7th) it will have a Level Requirement in which you are first compensated for this loss. If your game isn't starting at that level or soon to reach it, you may wish to avoid that archetype.
Each feature of the archetype will be reviewed against the archetype as a whole as well as what is given up in response as to better inform you of what works together and what doesn't. The level that each exchange will also be shown in to better help you decide which archetype is for you and your starting level, in case you don't want to be stuck waiting for something fun to do. This will only list the level that you receive the ability, not any increases it may receive at later levels. I may also include a list of stackable archetypes later, possibly with different ratings, but they won't be given full reviews like each archetype will be given separately.
Non Racial Archetypes Beastmorph (MB/MH) 3rdBeastmorph Mutagen (MB/MH) Scent, Darkvision 60, and Swim 30 are the real prices out of this swap. 6thImproved Beastmorph Mutagen (MB/MH) You've got flight now at a far longer duration (but a little worse maneuverability and speed) than the spell without using another resource. 10thGreater Beastmorph Mutagen (MB/MH) Pounce is what you want, and now you have it! Hell, throw a few other things onto this like Trip and Scent, you're basically the apex predator. 14thGrand Beastmorph Mutagen (MB/MH) While losing Persistent Mutagen hurts hard, I'm sure Blindsense 30 feet, Ferocity, and everything else will make you feel better.
Blazing Torchbearer (MB/MH) 1stEverburning Flame (MB/MH) You lost Brew Potion for this? Wow, nice 75 gold item you got there. 2ndIntense Light (MB/MH) And it's brighter too! Gee Willikers! I never thought I'd say this, but I miss Poison Use. 4thExplosive Torch (MB/MH) HAAHAHHAHAAHAHHAA! YOU CAN SET YOURSELF ON FIRE IF YOU DON'T USE IT IN 1D4 ROUNDS?! AND IT TAKES A STANDARD ACTION TO USE?! FOR 2D6 EXTRA DAMAGE?! YOU LOST A DISCOVERY TO DO IT TOO! HAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
Chirurgeon (MB/MH) 2ndInfused Curative (MB/MH) Getting your cure extracts as auto infusions is nice, but if you like helping the party, you probably already took Infusion. 5thAnesthetic (MB/MH) A free meh feat and some small ability aren't anything to write home about. 10thPower Over Death (MB/MH) A great extract to have in your book, in battle life saving is rarely a waste of time.
Clone Master (MB/MH) Level Requirement: 7th 1stBomb (MB/MH) This is a decent hit to your bomber's damage, and it's best to be avoided for that playstyle. 7thLesser Simulacrum (MB/MH) Just as useful as a discovery and a level earlier. Being an extract does make this better though, since it gives you a discovery to play around with. 8thRebirth (MB/MH) Not having any other way to come back from the dead this early, it's a wise investment to make a clone just in case. 13thSimulacrum (MB/MH) While it's far more expensive than the discovery version, it's a level ahead and an extract, making it overall superior. 16thClone (MB/MH) Couldn't you do this 8 levels ago? Or was that a one time thing?
Crypt Breaker (MB/MH) 1stAlkahest Bombs (MB/MH) Unless you're facing lots of these specific foes, this is an unneeded hit to your bomb's damage. At least pre errata, it did force damage. 1stCrypt Breaker's Draught (MB/MH) You have enough extracts that give you these abilities, you don't need to lose your Mutagen for something this lame. 1stTrapfinding (MB/MH) This is not worth losing Brew Potion for, not even close. 2ndDiscoveries (MB/MH) Taking Rogue talents is beneath you. 14thEnhanced Alkahest (MB/MH) The bonus damage only applies to the same targets. This was not worth 14 levels.
Grenadier (MB/MH) 1stMartial Weapon Proficiency (MB/MH) Giving your Alchemist a longbow or horse chopper is very nice, although losing Brew Potion hurts (more so if your GM rules that you can't take it as a feat.) Goes down a bit if you have any of these as a racial weapon though. 2ndAlchemical Weapon (MB/MH) This starts off as great (and helps your action economy) and it gets amazing as soon as its a swift action. Especially once you can reliably make checks with your Hybridization Funnel, the items you modify your weapons with can really hamper foes, and there's a few that stay good during the entire game (I'll cover them in Items) 2ndPrecise Bombs (MB/MH) You were probably going to take this anyways, so this just freed up a discovery slot for you in exchange for Poison Use. 6thDirected Blast (MB/MH) C. Hyde loves detonating bombs right next to him, while your bomber enjoys the versatility of another blast shape, all for the low price of losing Swift Poisoning. 10thStaggering Blast (MB/MH) Bombs don't crit often, even upping their range, so this probably won't factor in unless you're throwing out a ton.
Internal Alchemist (MB/MH) 1stBreath Mastery (MB/MH) This was not worth losing your amazing version of Throw Anything, and basically discounts this from a bomb build. These are all pretty situation excluding faking dead. 2ndBonus Feats (MB/MH) None of these feats are worth a discovery. 3rdDisease Resistance (MB/MH) About as useful as being immune to poison, although it'll probably come up less. 6thUncanny Dodge (MB/MH) It's hard to find a reason not to like this, but it doesn't save the archetype. Even lower if you can take the Defensive Strategist religion trait.
Mindchemist (MB/MH) 1stCognatogen (MB/MH) A decent buff to your bomber's damage and DCs, but the stat damage really brings this one down. But for a dedicated bomber you should take every chance you get to stack bomb damage. 2ndPerfect Recall (MB/MH) It's not bad considering what you're losing, but you'll probably want to burn some traits on extra knowledge skills if you plan on really making this worthwhile. It basically gives a pseudo trained bonus on all knowledges (although you'll need at least one rank in them still to make most checks.) 2ndBonus Feats (MB/MH) You're not taking these, even Rogues have better options than this, and they're your lesser. 2ndLanguages (MB/MH) This can't be red enough, you will NEVER need languages more than Discoveries. Cry for the developer who thought this was a good idea.
Preservationist (MB/MH) 2ndBottled Ally I (MB/MH) As an aside, you're taking Planar Preservationist, and this review is being made under the assumption that you did, as Summon Monster has a far better list. But this changes up your character to a summoner as well, although your curve is a bit choppier. 5thBottled Ally II (MB/MH) While your standard action release of monsters is nice, this is behind where other summoners are. 8thBottled Ally III (MB/MH) This is where you catch up again, and you're still not losing anything important. 10thBottled Ally IV (MB/MH) Behind the curve again, but you're still not out anything incredible. 14thBottle Ally V (MB/MH) Losing Persistent Mutagen hurts Hyde a bit, but you're back on track. 18thBottled Ally VI (MB/MH) I don't like losing a Discovery, but this is a very nice level for summons, so have fun with it.
Psychonaut (MB/MH) Level Requirement: 5th 1stBomb (MB/MH) This plus the reduction of bomb damage on two levels destroys this as an option for your bombers. 5thPrecognition (MB/MH) A pretty useful Divination extract, although still nothing to justify the hit to your bombs. 8thPsychic Senses (MB/MH) Scrying takes center stage here, no longer needing a focus. Some nice spells, and you're not giving up anything too valuable. 10thRemote Consciousness (MB/MH) Another nice set of spells, lower level Sending with Telepathic Bond and Plane Shift really give the Alchemist things he wasn't capable of before. 15thGreater Precognition (MB/MH) While this is a lifesaver, your bomber can't afford to keep losing bomb damage like this. 17thMaster Precognition (MB/MH) I feel like this spell should have a longer duration which bothers me about it, as is the somewhat vague wording. Another Bomb damage drop removes this from contention for your bomber though.
Ragechemist (MB/MH) 2ndRage Mutagen (MB/MH) This is stupidly dangerous, and will is not a good save for you. The additional +2 does not validate making yourself a target. Still there's a good chance you'd have to fail 6-8 saves to go comatosed, so that's pretty unlikely. Just not worth the +1 to attack and damage rolls. 6thSturdy Rage (MB/MH) We're getting to a point where a DC 15 will save isn't nearly as hard to make. But failing one basically guarantees that you'll fail the others, so this still isn't a good choice. 10thLumbering Rage (MB/MH) Still too much risk for too little reward, just stay calm when you mutate. If you have to Rage, do it the right way and multiclass into Barbarian.
Reanimator (MB/MH) Level Requirement: 7th 1stBomb (MB/MH) Another needless hit to Bomb damage die. So rarely is this ever validated by the class features. 7th Simple Reanimation (MB/MH) Undead are really low tier on the servant chain, especially considering you can make Simulacrums. Also way to kill bomb damage again. 13thCreate Undead (MB/MH) The only benefit to either of these abilities is that you don't need to find a way to control them, but even that's not enough to bring this up from ANOTHER hit to Bomb damage. 15thCreate Greater Undead (MB/MH) While there's some cool undead here, I'll stick with my Simulacrums that didn't destroy my Bomb progression.
Trap Breaker (MB/MH) 2ndTrapfinding (MB/MH) This isn't a bad ability for what you lose, and unlike Crypt Breaker, this is leading somewhere decent. 5thExplosive Disarm (MB/MH) While it's cool that this gives a Bomb a non combat option, your bomber can't waste a single one if it's not hitting someone. Other Alchemist can be a bit less stingy though. 6thLand Mine (MB/MH) This is a really cool ability, but the text doesn't state if a land mine that's been set for longer than one day still counts against your limit. Assuming it does, as well as the relatively low DC to find and disarm it and it requiring two uses of your Bombs, it's not game breaking. Still, it's quite a fun thing to do if you have bombs to spare, and it can be set up quickly, making it a great getaway plan, especially with a Grease Bomb or other hindering effects. 10thMine Engineer (MB/MH) Giving your bombs even more use by not using all of them so fast, this is a very enjoyable archetype for C. Hydes who often find themselves with Bombs left over everyday.
Visionary Researcher (MB/MH) 1stExperimental Mutagen (MB/MH) There's no reason to make your Mutagen suck just to share it. Any second level spell is better than this, and even giving up Poison Use locks you out of a lot of far better archetypes. It's not terrible though, just nothing special. 3rdAcid Resistance (MB/MH) That's it? That's the whole archetype? This is orange for the same reason the last thing is; it bars you from taking better archetypes, which basically makes you break even if you weren't going to take an archetype. But honestly, you really should take one, as there's bound to be at least one that helps your concept out immensely.
Vivisectionist (MB/MH) 1stSneak Attack (MB/MH) This is going unrated for your normal Alchemist and bombers because this doesn't apply to them. When you take this archetype, you lock yourself into either an odd C. Hyde build, or unlocking the true power of the B. Hyde role. This is what makes B. Hyde so brutal, as he has many different ways to get a flat footed opponent or set up flanks. This archetype is generally meant for natural attackers, and with Feral Mutagen at your clawed fingertips, we both know which one you'll be going with. Combining this with races that get natural weapons normally (Especially a Ragebred Skinwalker) allows you even more chances to land sneak attack per round. Many forms you can take with Beast Form or Monstrous Physique also augment your number of physical attacks, and stacking them is how you shred anything in your path into a bloody stain on the walls of your laboratory. 2ndTorturer's Eye (MB/MH) This is more just for flavor, the image of you scouting the battlefield to see whom to hunt next. 2ndBleeding Attack (MB/MH) While you won't take this, the option is nice, and it's also thematic. 3rdCruel Anatomist (MB/MH) Removing a wisdom based skill with an intelligence based one, and letting it do double duty? This should give you a reason to make Heal checks. 7thTorturous Transformation (MB/MH) More flavorful stuff, but this has more of a purpose with how you're able to modify animals. Creativity is the name of the game when playing God, so let loose. 10thCrippling Strike (MB/MH) This on the other hand is a talent worth taking, as the number of swings you should be making should leave most opponents nearly crippled in a round or two.
Racial Archetypes GippliBogborn Alchemist (MB/MH) 1stAmphibious Mutagen (MB/MH) Getting the ability to swim which you could from other sources is not worth losing your version of Throw Anything. 2ndDiscovery Options (MB/MH) This is a terrible discovery for anyone to take.
Half ElfBramble Brewer (MB/MH) 1stDendrite Mutagen (MB/MH) A more defensive Mutagen, what I really like about this is the fast healing that comes along with. That right there could be saving your life if you spend any amount of time in sunlight. 2ndBriar Bombs (MB/MH) Causing no damage as well as holding you back from picking up Feral Mutagen aren't great things for you to do, but it is a sold control ability aside from that. 20thGrand Discovery (MB/MH) About as useful as True Mutagen, but your healing is less specific, which makes it even more useful.
SvirfneblinDeep Bomber (MB/MH) 2ndSilent Bomb (MB/MH) This is a very nice stealth tool, and what you're losing is negligible. 3rdTargeting Bomb (MB/MH) Since this can be combined with other bombs, being able to remove opponent's ability to hide is rather choice, especially in the dark environments this Bomb is meant to work in. 6thStoneskin (MB/MH) Tree shape isn't the main draw here, that'd be Meld With Stone. And it's easily worth giving up Swift Poisoning.
GoblinFire Bomber (MB/MH) 1stWeapon and Armor Proficiency (MB/MH) It's not a great weapon, but it's free. 1stFire Bombardier (MB/MH) Your bombers really like this, but the lack of variety this adds to your damage types makes you a predictable opponent. 2ndBonus Feats (MB/MH) None of these are worth a discovery. 4thFiery Cocktail (MB/MH) Basically a way to try and stretch your versatility, although it really doesn't do a great job, especially with the loss of DC for your bombs. 8thFire Body (MB/MH) You're a bit ahead of the curve on Elemental Body spells, but seeing as it's limited to fire, this is pretty much. 10thImproved Fire Body (MB/MH) You're still faster on the Elemental Body extracts, but with the same problem as before. 14thGreater Fire Body (MB/MH) Another buff to your Elemental Body, but this isn't worth losing Persistent Mutagen.
RatfolkPlague Bringer (MB/MH) 1stPlague Vial (MB/MH) Disease is far too slow to be effective in battle, and removing your mutagen is not a fair price for this ability. 2ndDisease Resistance (MB/MH) I would honestly expect this to come up less than poison, and it bars you from taking any archetype that also replaces these abilities.
GnomeSaboteur (MB/MH) 1stClass Skills (MB/MH) Either of these skills is as situational as the other, so no huge change here. 1stChameleon Mutagen (MB/MH) Skill bonuses aren't worth a Mutagen, and even the climb speed doesn't validate a strength penalty. 2ndSaboteur Discoveries (MB/MH) For the sake of completion, I'm going to review each by itself, but as a whole these are not impressive. Bore Bomb (MB/MH) How often does this come up in games? If it does, it's decent, but it's better for Hyde who can use his bombs for utility issues. Complex Bomb (MB/MH) Since this doesn't specifically call out that it gives both secondary effects, just splitting damage is a lackluster effect. Greater, Grand Chameleon Mutagen (MB/MH) This works for a Substitute Rogue, but really for no one else. Still, your bomber could always be more invisible. 20thGrand Discovery (MB/MH) Considering you need the discovery chain to get this far, this is not worth it, especially with how many things have True Sight by now.
Before I continue, note that not a lot of archetypes actually combine, as most give up similar things. The most versatile of them all for this purpose is the Vivisectionist. It can combine with Beastmorph, Chirurgeon, Grenadier, Internal Alchemist, Mindchemist, Preservationist, Ragechemist. Of these, only one is truly of note.
Beastmorph/Vivisectionist (MB/MH) The Zenith of B. Hyde, this combination eventually leads you to possessing pounce, which is the last piece of the puzzle of which you've needed. If you have any urge to play the best possible B. Hyde you can, this is how you accomplish it.
A rather depressing note here is that there is only ONE prestige class that by rules continues your extract progression, as it specifically calls it out. It's the same one that progresses your bombs. I may look over some more later, but most prestige classes offer you little with this information, and the one that actually does...well, let me explain:
Master Chymist (MB/MH) This prestige class is at best a three level dip for Hyde, anyone else can skip over this. I'll be showing what you get for each of these levels so you can decide when you're done with this class. 1stBomb-Thrower (MB/MH) While it doesn't explicitly stack with the Vivisectionist's Sneak Attack, any rational GM should allow them to stack. It's nice to actually have something continue your bomb progression. 1stNo Extract Progression (MB/MH) This is the only level of the three that doesn't have extract progression. 4th is the next level that loses it, which is the reason why this is only a three level dip. 1stMutagenic Form (MB/MH) I can't really rate this, as it's straight flavor. Take this as you will. 1stMutate 2/day (MB/MH) This is the reason you're taking the class. This is what Infuse Mutagen wishes it could be. This guarantees that you'll always have your Mutagen ready for combat. 2nd Advanced Mutagen (MB/MH) There is only two of these that I can suggest, and those are Growth Mutagen and Furious Mutagen. Growth Mutagen has a requirement of an effective Alchemist level of 16th for the same boost as Enlarge person, which simply saves you some time buffing before battles, while Furious increases your claw/bite damage a bit, but will stack with enlarging, which makes it a salvageable way to increase damage. 3rdBrutality +2 (MB/MH) I'd suggest having at least four natural attacks to make this a viable tactic, but even with three this isn't that shabby.
Multiclassing is a very difficult thing for an Alchemist do, as lacking advancement for bombs and extracts really detracts from what you do. While it's a little easier for Hyde since he enjoys having his melee ability boosted, the toys you get from staying true to your Alchemist roots are hard to ignore. I'll be skipping over classes that have nothing to offer you, unless there's a need to warn you to stay away.
Core Barbarian (MB/MH) This is a two level dip at best. What you're getting is weapon proficiencies, a slight speed boost, and (thankfully a free action to activate) Rage. If you stick in it for another level, you can pick up uncanny dodge and a rage power, but most of those aren't great. Lesser Fiend Totem can give you an extra natural attack for B. Hyde, and Intimidating Glare gives you a move action Intimidate check, but most good rage powers really aren't what you want here. No real archetypes to swap out for here, but unless you REALLY need the (short) buff Rage will give, skip this. Cleric (MB/MH) Clerics are a one level dip to pick up some light spellcasting, weak healing, fort and will bonuses, and mostly domains (the medium armor proficiency isn't bad either.) Some domains have some very nice things (Luck and Liberation spring to mind), but Hyde doesn't want to halt his progression for this. No real archetypes for this, so just grab some domains and minor casting and bolt. Fighter (MB/MH) Probably the most dip friendly class in the game, this is where you get your heavy armor, all martial weapons, and all that good stuff. But two archetypes I want to point out specifically are: Unbreakable, who trades away their first level feat for BOTH Endurance and Diehard. You know how much those feats got mentioned in the guide, and for you to get them both this easily is chocolate. The other is a new one, Trench Fighter. While you'll have to burn a feat on gun proficiency (I'm almost certain this archetype is meant for a game where guns are a martial weapon) you get dex to damage on your firearm at level three. That's 2 levels earlier than the Gunslinger, basically making that class obsolete for dipping in anything but a Guns Everywhere campaign. Monk (MB/MH) Much like the fighter, you're here for two levels of feats. The difference being instead of armor and weapons, you're grabbing Improved Unarmed Strike, a +3 to all your saves, and a few other goodies. Probably the best package here (if your GM doesn't hate archetype stacking) is Sohei/Master of Many Styles. For two levels, this gives you 2 style feats that you don't have to meet prerequisites for (Snake Style, Wing), always acting in the surprise round and a +1 to initiative. That's one hell of a dip if you're a melee intensive character. Ranger (MB/MH) This is a lesser dip than the Fighter but there's still a few unique things you get. If you're going to dip, do it for two levels and go the natural attack style to pick up Aspect of the Beast, which has a nice suite of abilities that you can take. And I'd go Freebooter to get Freebooter's Bane, which is way less situational than Favored Enemy. Since it's a move action to use and never runs out, you can spend the first round buffing while you give a Bard like boost against a single enemy, as well as never having to worry about running out. Also it's not worth staying here to get Endurance, as the opportunity cost is too high. Rogue (MB/MH) The best use of this is to add a bunch of things to your skill list (which you could do with traits) since Sneak Attack doesn't directly stack. You could use this to pick up Trapfinding (If you didn't pick it up with your own archetype), get a few decent weapon proficiencies, but this is so similar to your base class while being worse, you probably won't find much to enjoy here. If you take it, take it for two levels so you can at least get a Rogue Talent (which will probably be a feat.) Wizard (MB/MH) Slightly better than the Sorcerer for a few reasons, including intelligence synergy. Your familiar won't level up, but the bonuses it gives you (+4 to initiative) are always great, which can be added to a divination specialist wizard to allow you to always act in the surprise round. If the familiar bonus doesn't matter to you, you could go Arcane Bomber to get a more flexible bomb damage type, although losing Cantrips with that hurts. Still, it stacks for bomb damage, so you're at least not losing any progression which is nice, even if you can't specialize.
Non Core Gunslinger (MB/MH) Thanks to the Trench Fighter, the Gunslinger lost its only niche in dex to damage with firearms. This does however become BLUE if the campaign is being played with the Guns Everywhere rules, as they pick up Gun Training at first level instead of fifth. Magus (MB/MH) You're here to pick up Spellstrike, that's it. The casting is nice, this version of Arcane Strike is pretty nice, and Shocking Grasp is pretty decent (Might want to pick up Magical Knack to let it and your other spells increase in damage a bit.) I'd probably consider this the best caster dip for your melee character, and gives you a little more variety in your attacks. Summoner (MB/MH) Jumping straight into the Synthesis, this gives you pounce at level 1 with three natural attacks. You never stop having pounce, as well as a slight buffer of HP to play with. The summons are never great for you, and the spells aren't either, but both are useful enough. Also pounce at first level. I'm not sure how this works when you transform using extracts, but I'm pretty sure you lose out on what your original form had, so that's a bit sad. But just keep your original pouncing form and go to town.
8. Mundane Items Kids these days think everything needs to be magical. Most of their problems could be solved by a little ingenuity and elbow grease. Also fire. Lots of fire." -Kallen Telos, owner and number one patron of the 'Gunpowder Dragon' alchemy emporium
Simple Club (MB/MH) This item is free, so why the hell not? Cestus (MB/MH) A better crit range as well as having open fingers make this a pretty solid weapon. The -2 on precision roles hurts though, and this becomes worse if throwing bombs and making extracts is considered to require precision. Crossbow, Light (MB/MH) This is what you do when you don't want to use a class feature, although the reload time on this is horrible. Still, it's not as bad as its heavy counterpart. Bolts, Acid, Drow Poison, Fire (MB/MH) The cost of specialty bolts really isn't worth it, which is sad because it means we need to wait for arrows to get good utility weapons. Dagger (MB/MH) This is just a good weapon to always have on hand, as it's easily concealed,thrown, drawn, and usable in a grapple. A dagger is always a solid backup weapon for just in case scenarios. Gauntlets, Spiked (MB/MH) Without open slots for claw attacks, this is good for bombers so that you always have a weapon on hand. Longspear (MB/MH) C. Hyde's default weapon of choice, and really the only reach weapon you get. Morningstar (MB/MH) The king of one handed simple weapons, you could do worse. Sling (MB/MH) This gets a little better for Hyde, as they're able to add strength into this, which should be a rather high stat for them. The range isn't bad either, but it's no crossbow. Bullets, Groaning, Smoke (MB/MH) Again, the ammo here isn't worth it, wait for a better weapon.
Martial Falchion (MB/MH) Half Orcs and Orcs only, but this is the preferred weapon for two handers. The crit range is beautiful and free proficiency sells this. Horsechopper (MB/MH) Grenadier only, this is a very good trip weapon with high damage and reach. C. Hyde can't do much better than this without going exotic. Longbow (MB/MH) Elf or Grenadier preferred, although this is worth a feat. Being able to add strength to damage makes this a good call for Hyde, and the range is amazing on this thing. But one of the biggest selling points is the variety of arrows you can employ. Arrow, Angel Quill (MB/MH) Found here, they're a little expensive, but softening up an opponent for someone who can't get by their DR is really being a team player. Probably not worth it for adamantine though, as those things are stupid expensive. Arrow, Blunt (MB/MH) Switching up your damage type is rarely a bad thing, and adds to your repertoire. Arrow, Flight (MB/MH) 20 feet is nice, but dropping your damage isn't nice. This is a good call if you're into long ranged warfare. Arrow, Pheromone (MB/MH) For one hit, you can get what equates to Rage against a single target as long as you have Scent, which for you isn't a difficult thing to pull off. Arrow, Raining (MB/MH) Lower in PFS, this should logically let you use an arrow as a delivery system for any alchemic liquid (or powder if you have a permissive GM.) If you factor that Holy Water is 25 GP that into the price of these arrows, it means that a basic Raining Arrow should only cost 5 GP, which is very affordable even at early levels. Just make sure to watch out for that -2 to hit penalty that they take. Arrow, Slow Burn (MB/MH) Only listed to tell you to avoid it, this is far too expensive to be of value. Arrow, Smoke (MB/MH) Another decent utility arrow, it's also decently cheap. Arrow, Tanglefoot (MB/MH) This still carries the same auto entangle and speed reduction, but being unable to cause damage hurts. Thankfully, it's a touch attack so it holds the same utility, if a bit worse at its job. The loss of range is kind of weak, but even at half range you're still great, and it's a touch attack. Spear, Syringe (MB/MH) Half Elf only, this is a very thematic weapon for you, although it's up to you if it's worth a feat to become proficient with it.
Exotic Battle Ladder (MB/MH) This isn't optimal, advised, or an option you should even consider unless you want to fight with a LADDER! Crossbow, Launching (MB/MH) Half Elf preferred, This weapon is a huge feat sink in order to be getting it to work at max potential. You'll need proficiency, Rapid Reload, and Crossbow Mastery to be attacking at full speed. But for this, you get a weapon you can enchant to add damage to your bombs, so it's up to you to decide how much you're willing to invest in it. Falcata (MB/MH) Half Elf only, I'm just a large fan of this weapon, and since it can be used two handed, it's not a bad weapon to go for if you don't care about reach. Flask Thrower (MB/MH) Half Elf preferred, this weapon is more to turn your alchemical items into ammunition to throw on enhancement bonuses to them, and doubles your range, which is solid enough. It won't increase the range of your bombs though, which are already at 20 feet. Fauchard (MB/MH) Half Elf preferred, this is the best reach weapon I can think of to use. It has the best crit range a weapon can have (arguments about the Falcata aside), and it's a tripping weapon. If C. Hyde is going to use a feat for a weapon, it's to take this. Kusarigama (MB/MH) As written, this is a reach and adjacent weapon (at least if you read the description, as well as the basic logic of the weapon), which is the only one I know of so far. It has pretty low damage dice, but it's an excellent control weapon with Trip as well, making it amazing for C. Hyde. Net, Snag (MB/MH) Nets are pretty great weapons when used properly, and a snag net is even better. It's an auto entangle with a possible mobility limiting effect, and Hyde's high strength could make this a pretty easy trip attempt, and the slightly higher concentration check for spellcasters doesn't hurt either. Sure you're taking a -4 non proficiency penalty, but it's a touch attack so that's not really a huge deal. The only problem is the 10 foot MAX range increment, so try to stay close if you plan on making use of this. Firearms (MB/MH) Guns are fun, and they follow a lot of the same rules as your bombs, but they have a number of things working against them. First of all, they require Rapid Reload to function after a point, which comes a lot sooner if you took Rapid Shot. They also don't improve your range from what you can manage with bombs, and unlike bombs, they become worse than crossbows outside of their first range increment. They're also very costly both in cost and for their ammunition, and require you to have gunsmithing to fix them up in case of misfire. All in all, you can find a better use of a feat than becoming proficient with these.
Light Haramaki This is your armor of choice for a dexterity based character. It's cheap, light, and has no max dex bonus, so if you have a crazy high dexterity bonus. Chain Shirt This is your default armor, as it's the best light armor you can get. Mitrhiling it will get you another +2 to your max dex bonus, so feel free to splurge a little bit if you need it.
Medium Mithril Breastplate For a single trait (Armor Expert), you can get this down to a 0 ACP, meaning that's all you'll need to wear it comfortably. If you have a trait and some gold to burn, this is a great way to do it.
Heavy Mithril Hellknight Plate To wear this, you'll need Armor Expert and Sargarvan Guard to get the ACP down to 0, but it's easier than taking both Medium and Heavy Armor Proficiency. It's hard to get better protected than this, although the max dex bonus isn't great, so I'd mostly consider it for Hyde.
Shield Buckler Once you get a darkwood or mithril shield, you have no reason why not to strap it to your forearm and wreck some faces. With a 0 ACP, it's not a hindrance at all, adds to your flat footed AC, and lets you throw other bonuses on it for the fun of it. Pick up a buckler, and love it.
Alchemical Items are a lot of fun, and enhance the class a lot, especially with their ease of use and your ability to craft them without fail. But sadly, really none of them have a DC that scales well to your other abilities, so by about level five or so, they start to drop off in usefulness.
Offensive 10 GPAcid At early levels, this does the exact same thing as your bomb but with a better damage type, and it's still getting your Throw Anything bonus damage. It's also cheap enough that you can craft a few to extend your bombs at low levels, so enjoy it while it's relevant. 20 GPAlchemist Fire At twice the cost, here's old reliable. It comes with an additional 1d6 of damage the round after, but that isn't modified by anything, so it's not as good as your initial burst. Still, it's extra damage that you don't spend an action to use, so think about it. 15 GPAlkali Flask A greater cost for acid to do an extra 1d6 against oozes. They aren't that common, so save yourself some change unless you're underground. 40 GPBottled Lightning Sadly this isn't a splash weapon, so no bonus to damage here. It's 1d8 damage, but that isn't making up for losing your intelligence bonus. 35 GPBurst Jar This is a splash weapon that does sonic damage (which gets your Throw Anything bonus), as well as automatically deafens the target one round later for 1d4 rounds, then does splash damage, and has a very minor chance to stun them for a round. This is an item that really ages well since it always debuffs no matter what. 50 GPFlash Powder It's a blinding effect for one round with a low DC. This would be lower if blinding wasn't such a good debuff. But since it has no effect if they save, it's hard to recommend this. 100 GPFuse, Pellet Grenade The problem with this weapon is it's not a splash weapon and more importantly the variable timer it has to activate. This would be a great item if it worked when thrown, but not knowing how many rounds it'll take to activate makes this too random for serious encounters. 50 GPGhast Retch Flask When this hits, it auto sickens the target for 3 rounds with no save, and a minor chance of nausea. The only thing holding this back is that it's a poison effect, so some things may be immune to it, but I think a willing GM would let you make these with Celestial Poison to keep them relevant. 25 GPHoly Water This is situationally better than acid, but when it's better, it's great. It's also one of the few ways a low level party can actually hurt a ghost (and gets your Throw Anything bonus), so even though it's a teeny bit on the expensive side early on, you'll be glad to have a few vials to huck at the undead. 60 GPItching, Sneezing Powder This is a terrible save DC for a weak effect and horribly overpriced as well. Sneezing powder is a bit better, but comes with the same horrible DC. 40 GPLiquid Blade This comes with a lot of utility, doesn't get old nearly as fast as some other items, and gives you a nice stealth weapon for dangerous situations. 40 GPLiquid Ice The slight bit of utility these give don't validate the price increase, but they're a decent way to mix up your early game damage types. 25 GPShard Gel I'm rather unsure if this is stopped by damage reduction, as it's a lot weaker if it is. If not, it's a far better item. Also unsure if you get your intelligence bonus to the caltrop damage, which would help make this a way better tool. 150 GPTangleburn Bag Though this is expensive, it's one hell of a bargain for getting both at once (and the splash damage.) The burn duration is even greater as well, as well as being waterproof. The gold of this is the tanglefoot bag effect though, as we're about to talk about. 50 GPTanglefoot Bag This is an auto entangle on a hit, and the reflex save stays relevant against most melee brutes. Simple and elegant, this is a great item although loses value on larger targets. 30 GPThunderstone There's better items that basically do the same thing without a save, but you'll have to wait a round for them to activate. So it's speed over reliability with this. 50 GPUnstable Accelerant This NEVER goes out of style, as extra damage for your bombs (sadly only fire) will always be useful.
Utility 50 GPAir Crystals Who needs to be an Internal Alchemist when you can buy air? This isn't a long term solution, but in a pinch it'll keep you from drowning. 5 GPAlchemical Cement It may take quite some time to dry, but having a decent amount of cement at your command can be quite the useful item. 20 GP, 25 GPAlchemical Glue, Accelerant While you don't need both, they're cheap enough where you can use both to very quickly seal off entryways and set traps for others. 20 GPAlchemical Solvent This won't come up as often, but it's good to have it as a one of in case of less powerful adhesives. 300 GPAlchemy Lab, Portable This isn't a first level, but eventually this is a rather handy piece of equipment. Even with the penalty to magic item creation, it's giving you extra crafting time to make everything else on the list. 50 GPAntiplague, Antitoxin Since you probably traded away anything to do with poison, this is a decent way to keep yourself from getting sick. 25 GPBloodblock, Bodybalm You have extracts, you don't need mundane heal checks. 10 GPBomb Launcher Even with this is cheap, you'll rarely need the extra distance. Maybe pick up a few just in case. 5,000 GPBlightburn Paste Yes that's the right price, and this is one hell of an investment, but it can be used to make a mage think twice before teleporting all over the place. And since you're making it, it won't be nearly as expensive. 10 GPBuoyancy Balloon This is better for your bomber since they're more likely to be small, as it gives you a chance to go to the skies from early levels. Also a great tool underwater to surface fast. 30 GPDeodorizing Agent While you already have an extract that does this, it's still a very handy ability to have at a moment's notice, especially if you have a Rogue who still wants to scout. 25 GPFoam, Impact By about level six this is obsolete, but for a sudden fall this can save your life. It doesn't say if you can stack these, but if you can, it gets better. 75 GPFungal Stun Vial Despite this item have a save, it also is a rather high save (DC 20) as well as being a will save, and either stuns or confuses depending on the lighting. It's a tad expensive, but you can use this one for a while before it gets stale. 150 GPGel, Fire/Frost Ward A cheaper Protection From Energy, it's good if you're not taking tons of damage per turn, such as if you know someone does 1d6 elemental damage per round. 45 GPGel, Phosphorus Think of this as buying Delay Bomb, but with a longer waiting period. If you can apply this to something, just wait an hour and wait for it to go boom. It's hard to hide the effects since it emits light and heat as a candle, but doing 3d6 for that little cost for something you can apply and forget is completely worth it. 2 GP, 10 GP, 25 GP, 75 GPInk, Invisible This is more of a plot item than a genuinely useful item, but the lower levels of it are pretty cost efficient if you know this won't be magically deciphered (not sure what spell you'd use to do that though, since this is still mundane.) 50 GPOil, Cardice I have a soft spot for this one because I honestly think it's seriously cool. It's a way to make a temporary bridge in water, or even a crappy makeshift boat. 50 GPPaste, Blackfingers You probably traded away Poison Use, so this is a good way to make sure you're still immune to poisons. 75 GPPaste, Bone This is a way to break down organic matter, which could work on certain forms of armor or wooden hafted weapons. How useful that is would be debatable. 35 GPPaste, Shrieking This is a decent mundane alarm system, although unless someone's there to hear it, it has no value. 5 GPPlaster, Casting Even though it doesn't specifically say it, you should be able to use this to copy keys, which is a pretty nice use of this. 1 CPPowder This is crazy cheap, and anyone with a bit of creativity should find a use for this. 60 GPPowder, Rusting Another thing that makes you a solid Substitute Rogue, although the risk of setting off the trap is decent if you're not careful. 25 GPSmelling Salts This is a poor substitute for a cure, but being able to wake up a dying party member is worth 25 gold. 20 GPSmokestick An old standby and still solid, it's another neat trick to escape danger. 40 GPSmoke Pellet, Smog Being able to pinpoint an invisible opponent at low levels is invaluable, so pack a few of these. 2 GPSunrod This is very cheap, but hopefully you won't need it since it's not too hard for your senses to grow sharper. 1 GPTindertwig A gold piece is worth being able to start a fire, and has decent utility value. 100 GPTroll Styptic The biggest value of this is a curing item that doesn't require magic, as well as being usable by anyone. A little expensive, but for how much you're crafting it for, it's still a bargain. 25 GPWater Purification Sponge A great survival item, decent to pick up one before magic solves your food issues. 5 GP, 20 GP, 100 GPWeapon Blanche (Silver, Cold Iron, Ghost Salt, Adamantine) Everything below Adamantine is actually really helpful here, but I'd suggest it for ammunition only. Considering 1 blanche can cover 10 pieces of ammunition, you're getting a way better value there. My favorite out of these is ghost salt, as hitting incorporeals for full damage is actually kind of amazing. 50 GPUnguent of Revivification A cheaper alternative to Gentle Repose, this helps with time sensitive issues involving corpses.
5 SPBandolier They look cool, and they give you easy access to all your gear, and they're cheap. Pick up two, but make sure to use iron vials for anything you fear getting smashed. 2 GPBear Trap This is crazy cheap for how much damage it does, and can also hold the target in place. I love setting these up in front of my door before I sleep at an inn, especially connecting bells to them so it's nice and loud. 5 GPGlass Cutter A very iconic rogue item, you should have the skills needed to use this quite easily. 5 GPHollowed Pommel Another cheap and sneaky place for you to hide things, your extracts and potions should be an Easter Egg hunt on your person to find them all. 1 SPIron Vials "Oh, your stuff is going to get broken!" Not anymore with these very cheap and sturdy vials keeping your dangerous chemical safe. 50 GPLoaded Dice, superior Maybe it's just me, but I love having an ace in the hole, especially with sleight of hand as a class skill. 50 GPMasterwork Tool This is too varied to explain, but just 50 gold for a +2 to any skill is something worth having. 8 GPPocketed Scarf Most of your fun toys can be stored in this easily, giving you another place to hide your bombs and such. 25 GPPoison pill ring While it says poison, there's no limit to what could be in there, and this is a rather stealth way of being able to transport liquids. 50 GPPoisoning SheathFound here, this is a quick and easy way to poison things, as well as helping others poison them without your help. 2 GPPotion Sponge The main draw of these is being able to use them underwater, but they're also not made of glass, which is always a plus. And besides, who's gonna confiscate your sponges when you walk into a building? 5 GPSpring Loaded Wrist Sheathe Another thing not on the PFSRD but can be found here, being able to shoot out basically any alchemical item as a swift action is beyond good, as well as light weapons or other such things. Not to mention it's also incredibly cool. 1 SPWeapon Cords With the recent errata of these, making them a move action to use considerably reduces their usefulness. Still decent, but not nearly as much so as a swift action.
A primer for aspiring poisoners
Poisons are a rather odd type of item. While Alchemist are easily the masters of poison, that doesn't make them a great item.
The problem with poisons is that it's quite hard to increase their DCs without raising their price to a point where they lose value. As an alchemist, you have a few options which increase their power in your discoveries.
But one rarely used rule is that you can add additional doses of a poison if it's manner of delivery is either ingested or inhaled. While ingested isn't a big deal, inhaled is what we're looking at here. The best way to make an inhaled poison is to take a non inhaled poison, and change it with the Poison Conversion discovery. Without that, you'll generally outgrow poisoning by about level 6 or so. If you're going to go down the conversion route, your poisons need to follow a few simple rules.
Low cost: The cheaper you can get this poison, the better since you'll be paying for it a lot.
No onset time: If you're planning on using this in combat, you can't wait for it to take effect.
Solid Initial/Secondary Effect: Some poisons will have a great initial effect, but you only get that once, and then the secondary effect, which might be a lot more lackluster. Make sure your poison is always doing something good before picking it up.
Per Round Frequency: Most of the time you'll be using these in combat, and especially with inhaled poisons, your target is going to know they were poisoned by something around them. You can't have 1/min effects on them, because that's just too slow.
Beyond that, any poison is fair game (a favorite of mine is Drow Poison for how cheap it is, and its effects of knocking out people instantly) although some are better suited to be changed.
Let me give a few of my favorite examples below. Note the cost of these is being viewed at Level 6, the point in which you can take Poison Conversion, which is what makes these poisons relevant.
Black Adder Venom 120 GP, DC 11, 1/round for 6 rounds, 1d2 Con damage
This is the most cost efficient constitution damage you can buy, with the step up to 1d3 increasing by nearly 4x the cost. Stacking doses of this is the best way to kill a low con creature in no time flat.
Bloodroot 100 GP, DC 12, 1/round for 4 rounds, 1 Con and 1 Wis damage
A surefire Cleric killer, stacking this up will make up for the lacking duration as well as making the target vulnerable for both fortitude and will save failure. This is also the fastest mental stat damaging poison, as the rest are all 1/min frequency, which really is a shame. Sadly it does have a one round delay, but one round isn't terrible for something this nasty.
Drow Poison 75 GP, DC 13, 1/minute for 2 minutes, Unconscious for 1 minute/Unconscious for 2d4 hours
And the knock out blow. No onset, instant sleep, and the chance to put them out for hours is just too good. This is probably the bread and butter of your poisoning set, making it easy to knock out anything that breathes.
Medium Spider Venom 150 GP, DC 14, 1/round for 4 rounds, 1d2 Str damage
The cheapest strength damage we can get, this loves the duration stacking from adding multiple doses, and has a good chance of knocking out brutes if you can get it early and stay away from them.
While you can go more expensive to get more ability damage at once, the cost ratio really begins to eat into your effectiveness. For most of these, a hit and run style of play is recommended as to force your opponent to suffer through these effects for as long as possible. Only Drow Poison gives you an immediate benefit, so make sure to play your poisoner smart and evasively.
Poisons like this are worthless against opponents who don't breath, so undead and such (assuming you took Celestial Poisons) are immune to them. Also be aware of spells that can block air flow, like Wind Wall and Fickle Winds. For opponents like that, your best bet is Sticky Poisons, since it'll help spread your poison budget. It's not great since you don't get a lot of attacks with the same weapon (so you'll be waiting longer to deliver multiple doses, as well as being in melee), but undead often have lower fort saves, which makes up for the lack of inhaled abuse.
You are still capable of making poisons a viable tool using this advice, but realize that it'll be a straight drain on your gold for a consumable bonus, so make sure you're aware of everything that goes into using this tactic, and happy poisoning.
Hybridization Funnel and You: A Primer
With alchemical items being your style, this item is an incredible way to increase your versatility and damage. The rules of this state that you have to make a DC 25 Craft: Alchemy check to use it (with a +5 to the check for Half Elves), but for you that won't be that hard a thing. By about level 4-5, you should be able to make this while taking 10, so that's about the point this will become a viable tool for you. It's also VERY cheap, retailing at 200 GP, which you could pick up before you're out of 1st level.
The item itself states that you have to use splash weapons as well as liquids, which discludes Tanglefoot Bags (one of my favorite items). But it doesn't exclude Tangleburn Bags, which are technically still splash items as well as liquids (thick liquids such as tar and resin are still liquids, although some GMs may argue this.) You can also not double up on an item, meaning two Alchemist Fires will not give you double the burn for your buck.
I don't feel these need new ratings, as they maintain the same function that they did before, so this is more of a rundown of what you're able to use with this rather enjoyable magical item. With that in mind, the following items can be used with the Hybridization Funnel:
Acid This is basically the salt of the hybridization funnel, it's never a bad thing to add to another alchemical item. Alchemist Fire The biggest boon of this is the additional damage afterwards, although fire is pretty often resisted. Alkali Flask The best use of this is more acid damage, since you can't double up on acid flask. Aside from that, it's just a more expensive source of acid damage. Burst Jar I like this as sort of a secondary effect, more of a surprise than anything else. Ghast Retch Flask: This will never be bad unless you can't sicken your opponent, Liquid Ice Save this for opponents that are both weak to ice and not smart enough to resist it. Shard Gel This provides some decent non typed damage for a decently cheap cost, and gives you some area denial. Tangleburn Bag I really love adding this to things, as it's such a good debuff with damage that it's hard to find something more worthwhile. Unstable Accelerant This item is a lot worse here, since you're not using it for its most valuable purpose. It's far too expensive to be of value, so stick with something else unless you're facing fire vulnerable opponents.
9. Magical Items and Sample Builds Some people call magical items a crutch when it comes to adventuring. Well I'd rather use a figurative crutch than come home needing a literal one. -Trepe Esttse, former(?) adventurer and owner and operator of "Esttse Arms and Accessories"
Rather than the normal way of rating items, this section will rate items by which type of attack they are; [M]elee, [R]anged, or [N]atural (intended for use with Amulet of Mighty Fist.) Enchantments that do not apply to certain weapon types will be left unrated.
Note: Your Amulet of Mighty Fist can only go up to a +5 at most, but does not require a +1 before placing other enhancements for it.
Priced Bonuses 1000 GPAdaptive (M/R/N) This allows you to use your Mutagen to buff your ranged damage for Longbows, which is helping out your bottom line. 3000 GPImpervious (M/R/N) It's cheap, but how often are your weapons sundered? 4000 GPGlamered (M/R/N) This is a nice piece of tech for stealth operations, and it's not too expensive, so consider it if you find yourself taking weapons into restricted locations. 10,000 GPTransformative (M/R/N) This is far too restrictive to be of use to you, as your normal weapon should be good enough for most situations. 14,000 GPDueling (M/R/N)
The best use of this is throwing it on a gauntlet for a permanent +4 to initiative, but that won't be for a while. Aside from that, the bonuses aren't worth this cost.
+1 Bonuses Numbered Bonuses (+1/+2/+3/+4/+5) (M/R/N) Only ranged weapons are getting enough attacks per round to really abuse these, and while it does help with DR, your natural attacks should be treated with Greater Magic Fang. Agile (M/R/N) Helping to make B. Hyde more SAD is a worthwhile investment, as well as buffing your AC and initiative. This is basically its own playstyle for Hyde. Bane (M/R/N) This is situation to the extreme, but amazing if you're playing in a themed game. Called (M/R/N) This is really only great if you're very paranoid, and not worth the space on your amulet. Conductive (M/R/N) Literally cutting the number of bombs you have in half, being able to only use it once per round keeps you from burning out too fast. Honestly this is a lot better than Explosive Missile, as it lets you keep up your normal attack routine without forcing a standard action to do this, which keeps you relevant for longer, as well as only activating when you want it to (like on a hit.) Elemental (Fire, Cold, Electric, Acid) (M/R/N) As you can see, acid is normally the best call unless you know it's not going to work. Your archer should be getting enough shots to make this deadly though. Guided (M/R/N) Another possible different build for B. Hyde, this is something else you have to plan around. It's not as solid for melee weapons though. Vicious (M/R/N) You don't have the HP to be taking damage like this, at least until you're pouncing.
+2 Bonuses Aligned (Anachronistic, Axiomatic, Holy, Unholy) (M/R/N) At its best, this will play in pretty often to what you're fighting. Change the colors based on what kind of game you're playing (most high level opponents are connected to an alignment somhow.) Defiant (M/R/N) You need to take some of the listed feats to make it work, but more uses of Heroic Defiance as well as some insurance against being taken out of the fight can be pretty useful. Designating, Lesser (M/R/N) By rules, you are your own ally, so this is in effect granting everyone a +2 morale bonus to melee attack and damage for your entire party. Elemental Burst (M/R/N) No, this isn't better. Not even a little. Endless Ammunition (M/R/N) Ammo for a bow or crossbow isn't expensive, don't take abilities that don't help you out in a real way.
+3 Bonuses Speed (M/R/N) This is listed just to tell you not to take it, as you can get Haste effects far cheaper than this.
+4 Bonuses Brilliant Energy (M/R/N) This will rarely be worthwhile, as by this point, your opponents won't be wearing armor. Dancing (M/R/N) Lacking AOOs removes this from C. Hyde, although this with natural attacks would be pretty funny. Designating, Greater (M/R/N) The upgrade is amazing, now doing a +4 to attack and +6 to damage. If you have 2 or more people in melee, you WANT this.
+5 Bonuses Vorpal (M/R/N) Nope, not worth it. Not even then. Never take this. Ever.
Since you probably have a buckler, armor reviews will be placed to separate out if something applies to your [A]rmor or [s]hield, as being able to place bonuses on either can expand your array of magical items.
Priced Bonuses 2700 GPGlammer (A/Shields)This is actually pretty nice for armor since you should be always wearing it, so disguising it is often a good move. The cost isn't bad either, a decent mid level investment. 3750 GPShadow (A/S For a sneaky Alchemist, this is perfect. Skip the improved version though, the cost is too great for too little a benefit. 5000 GPCreeping (A/S)This on the other hand is not worth your money, as most armor you have should have no ACP by the time you can afford this, as well as the bonus it give being too small to matter. 10,000 GPDelving (A/S) This is not a bad price for a (slow) burrow speed, and gives you another way to travel if you so choose. You'll need to find another way to breathe though. 18,000 GPEnergy Resistance (A/S) You've got extracts that'll let you do this for far cheaper, this nor its improved form is your enchantment. 27,000 GPRighteous, Unbound, Unrighteous, Vigilant (A/S) While better for Hyde, once a day with a standard action activation is kind of bluh. the bonuses are nice though, so this makes a decent standby to Enlarge Person with some DR to boot. 30,000 GPDetermination (A/S) For the cost of that Elixir of Life, you can have a free life once per day. The fact that you can stick this on your shield as well gives you two chances per day to stay alive. Hopefully it won't be ruled that they activate at the same time. though. It won't work against death effects, but you've got Death Ward for that.
+1 Bonuses Numbered Bonuses (+1 +2 +3 +4 +5) (A/S) Probably the best way to do things is to stack different bonuses on either one. Remember that there will probably be times you're using your buckler arm, but your armor will always apply. Bolstering (A/S) Most things you'll be needing to save against will be opponents, so getting some extra bonuses to saves should come in handy. Fortification, Light (A/S I like this slightly more on a shield, but this is a pretty decent cost for a chance of avoiding crits. Spell Storing (A/S)I think the description means "Immediate Action" or else this armor doesn't do anything, but an extra layer of defense is solid considering some of the spells you can transfer through it if you have a friendly mage.
+2 Bonuses Animated (A/S) The merits of this are obvious, the move action isn't great for its activation though. But for Hyde, this is the go to for what you'll be using as a shield. Spell Resistance 13 (A/S) This wasn't worth it as a spell, and this is insanely overcosted. This and the others are not worth it at all.
+3 Bonuses Fortification, Moderate (A/S) Another strong ability, this is mostly for crits instead of sneak attack. I think it tops off here, as the highest form feels rather overcosted. Ghost Touch (A/S)Just bite the bullet and take the hit to AC unless you face a lot of ghost or something.
Nothing here stands out, and I've already warned you against the worst of this.
+5 Bonuses Fortification, Heavy (A/S) Another high cost, I feel like this is less worthwhile. Probably better for your shield though. Reflecting (A/S) For once a day, you can do better than this. Even straight bonuses are better than this.
2,000 GPRing of Protection (MB/MH) An old standby, you can't get this one all day with a potion, so it's worth having. 2,500 GPRing of Sustenance (MB/MH) This is a godsend for a crafter, as it gives you much more time to make your alchemical toys and such. For a price this cheap, it's hard to give up, although it'll need to be a primary ring since it takes a week to work. 3,000 GPRing of Ferocious Actions (MB/MH) Are you ever staggered more than five times a day? This basically removes staggering you as an option. 12,000 GPDecoy Ring (MB/MH) While not always helpful, this is one hell of a trick to be able to pull off. If you've got the coin, be sure to pick up one of these. 12,700 GPRing of Chameleon Power (MB/MH) Both the stealth bonus and the Disguise Self are what put this into solid purchase territory. 45,000 GPRing of Delayed Doom (MB/MH) Being able to negate a fatal condition for any amount of time is worth the gold.
Slotted Wondrous Items
Belts 4,000 GPBelt of Physical Stat (MB/MH) At least one of these will be vital to your character, and I won't be reviewing the improved options as they hold the same value and worth as the lesser ones. Improving your stats is always beneficial, so keep your stat bonuses up to date with your level and wealth if at all possible. 5,000 GPBlinkback (MB/MH) This is the item you need if you plan on being a knife thrower, although non ranged builds can pass this up. 10,000 GPThunderous Charge (MB/MH) A slightly less strength bonus, but once you get pounce the extra damage could be handy. Just a toss up between which you value more.
Body 48,000 GPSmuggler's Collapsible Robe (MB/MH) One of the few robes worth owning, this is a late game purchase but gives you a decent stealth option. Definitely not a primary item however. 64,000 GPOtherworldly Kimono (MB/MH) The resistance bonus is very nice here if you have your shoulder slot filled. Sadly the caster bonus doesn't really help a lot, but a once a day Maze is solid if you need rounds to buff and you're facing a rather dull witted opponent.
Chest 5,000 GPSipping Jacket (MB/MH) This is amazing for the level of potions you can use in a day. Only loses points for not comboing with Alchemical Allocation, but great for first level throw away potions and amazing for your action economy. 20,000 GPVest of Stable Mutation (MB/MH) This is way too expensive for what it does, considering at most it's a -2 to all your mental stats (when only wisdom and intelligence matter) when you could be enjoying a nice cool Sipper's Jacket. Give this one a hard pass.
Eyes 2,500 GPEyes of the Eagle (MB/MH) +5 to Perception is one heck of a bonus, especially at this price. An early purchase that grows old very gracefully. 2,500 GPGoggles of Minute Seeing (MB/MH) For the aspiring Substitute Rogue, not as universally useful as the previous item, this is great for trap disablers. And it's cheap enough so you could pick up both comfortably. 6,400 GPTreasure Hunter's Goggles (MB/MH) A bunch of neat minor bonuses for a pretty reasonable price make this nice, as well as if your GM really enjoys secret doors. 7,500 GPKinsight Goggles (MB/MH) Scouting just got a lot more viable with these bad boys. An early detection system lets your scout actually convey without speaking what they see, and in no uncertain terms. The range isn't amazing, but your scout should never be too far away to help out in a pinch.
Feet 10,000 GPTremor Boots (MB/MH) A little pricey, but adding another way to detect others that's always on can save your life. 12,000 GPBoots of Speed (MB/MH) An old standby, and just as good whenever you get multiple attacks. The free action to activate is what makes this worth picking up though.
Hands 2,000 GPGloves of Reconnaissance (MB/MH) More cheap scouting gloves, these are better to slip on and off as needed. 2,000 GPApprentice's Cheating Gloves (MB/MH) Two of my favorite cantrips all day for only 2k? This is a great item for creative players. 5,000 GPPoisoner's Gloves (MB/MH) You're using these to pop off some extracts, that's the goal here. It speeds up your consumption of them quite a lot for either you or party members, so make sure to pick up a pair ASAP.
Head 2,000 GPBuffering Cap (MB/MH) Once a day isn't great, but this turns a killing blow into just a knock out, which is enough to save your life in most situations. 5,000 GPJingasa of the Fortunate Solider (MB/MH) ...or for 1 and a half more the price, you can just negate it, which is far better. 8,500 GPHelm of the Mammoth Lord (MB/MH) While the other stuff is nice, the gore attack is why you're picking this up, as it's another primary weapon to stack onto everything else. 10,000 GPMask of a Thousand Tomes (MB/MH) For what it should be used for, this is a decent buff, applies to all knowledge skills, and well costed enough not to be insane. 12,000 GPGreater Hat of Disguise (MB/MH) Permanent Alter Self is worth your head slot, and it gives you a few nice senses to play with as well.
Headband 4,000 GPHeadband of Mental Stat (MB/MH) Another no brainer, you take this for your intelligence, and maybe wisdom if you fear your will save. Note that this lowers the value of basically all other headbands (and belts) because they have to battle for these slots. 4,500 GPShifter's Headband/Headband of Aerial Agility (MB/MH) Although these items could give it a run for its money, as they're basically the same, but with a few added benefits. It's up to you to decide how much they're worth though, although Aerial Agility spikes as soon as it hits a +4.
Neck 2,000 GPNecklace of Natural A (MB/MH) It's okay, but considering you can just use Barkskin for this and recycle your potion, you don't have a huge use for this. 4,000 GPAmulet of Mighty Fist (MB/MH) The FIRST item B. Hyde will pick up, and as fast as possible. This is the centerpiece of their build, and why any other amulet is instantly RED for them. 9,000 GPNecklace of Adaptation (MB/MH) An old favorite, this still holds value as it protects you from a lot of different situations.
Shoulders 1,000 GPCloak of Resistance (MB/MH) This is THE shoulder slot item because saves are so important. Something would have to be amazing to bump this from your shoulder slot (unless you have another item that gives you a resistance bonus to saves), so don't expect to take this off anytime soon unless you can get a... 1,500 GPCape of Free Will (MB/MH) This is the only item that beats it, since it's an additional +1 to your will save, and a neat little effect for mythic characters. 24,000 GPMinor Cloak of Displacement (MB/MH) By late game, miss chances are the way you'll avoid damage, so this is a helpful one. But it still has to compete with your other cloak for a slot.
Wrist 4,000 GPBracers of Falcon's Aim (MB/MH) For this price, you get some amazing bonuses, especially your expanded crit range. Any character with a crossbow or longbow NEEDS this.
Unslotted Wondrous Items
50 GPUniversal Solvent For the price, this is almost always useful. 200 GPFormula Alembic A nice cheap way to expand your formulae book. 200 GPHybridization Funnel This is amazing, being able to double up on alchemic goodness can't be beat, and helps keep your items relevant longer. By level 5, you should be able to make this check without fail. Really an item that rewards creativity at its finest. 500 GPWayfinder This really comes into its own for the boost it gives to Ioun stones, as well as not needing them to float around your head. Shining, Tireless, and Vanishing are probably the best upgraded ones, and it's probably better if you flavor it as a silver pocket watch. 1,000 GPBookplate of Recall (MB/MH) For those of you paranoid about losing your formulae book, here you go! 1,000 GPBoro Bead Basically Pearls of Power for Extracts, I'd probably say the best one for this would be second level, since it's basically 4k for whatever potion you want. 1,000 GPPreserving Flask Another variety of Boro Bead, I like this slightly less since it's less flexible, but doesn't require an action to use. 1,800 GPEfficient Quiver Some of the best Alchemist are also archers, so anything that helps them out does double duty. 2,000 GPHandy Haversack Probably the best and most versatile storage you can buy, the ease of use is just amazing on this, and there's no reason to not pick up one of these as soon as you can. 2,200 GPVolatile Vaporizer While it doesn't allow you to use Alchemical Allocation, this is a nice boon if you have a potion that everyone needs to imbibe. 2,500 GPBag of Holding I don't like this as much as a Haversack, but the additional storage space will probably become vital at some point. 4,000 GPBountiful Bottle This is a cheap for what amounts to a free potion whenever you want once per day. As it reads, you can use this as much as you want with no downside, and this has a nice mythic bonus. I'd get a few for several different long duration potions. 4,000 GPCracked Pale Green Prism Ioun Stone This is inexpensive for either benefit, so feel free to pick up two for both. 4,000 GPMarvelous Pigments Another favorite item of mine, this screams for creativity. While you need Craft: Painting, it's a valid use of skill points if you plan on using this wonderful item. 5,000 GPAdmixture Vial This is okay since it basically gives you a free discovery, but the issue with having it work just like Combine Extract limits its use. 12,500 GPBlessed Book While it says Wizard, any reasonable GM will let you use this as a formulae book. And it has enough space that you'd never need another formulae book again. 16,000 GPScabbard of Keen Edges Much better than actually putting Keen onto a weapon, if you have one that'll fit into a scabbard, this is how you make it nice and sharp. 17,000 GPBroom of Flying If you really need to fly a lot, this is a pretty cheap way of doing it that has some nice utility to it as well. 20,000 GPPortable Hole It's almost hard not to find a use for this quality Acme brand product. 26,000 GPIron Bands of Binding Best use of these is against a weaker yet powerful opponent, as it's a very solid binding effect. 27,500 GPManual/Tome of Physical/Mental stat My best advice is hold off on these until you can pick up the +5 version, as the bonuses don't stack and you don't get a discount for already having a lower bonus. But yeah, these and their evolutions are of prime concern to pick up ASAP once you can get a +5 version.
Potions and Elixirs
Potions And Elixirs
Potions are one of the things you do best, so you need to be smart about how you purchase and use them. I'll be listing the best minimum caster level for each potion, although going higher isn't a bad thing if you can afford it. Below are some guidelines for potions if you care to make your own.
CL matters: For you at least, caster level of potions is a large issue. This is because you'll be reusing them a lot with Alchemical Allocation, meaning the one time investment becomes just that, an investment.
Duration matters: This syncs into the last one, as you can actually use round per level potions in combat if you make them at a high enough CL. Still, this is better suited to longer duration potions. Minutes per level can last ten or more. 10 minute potions can last an hour or two, and 1 hour potions can last all day, just for the slight investment in a slightly better quality of potion.
Potions of Note
Cleric CL 1+Endure Elements (MB/MH) Nice, cheap and keeps you from burning an extract, even at first level it last all day. CL 18+Shield of Faith (MB/MH) 18 minutes of a +5 deflection bonus is very hard to beat, and pretty cheap as well.
Druid CL 12+Barkskin (MB/MH) Two hours at a +5 will last a good chunk of your adventuring day, and you can get it even higher if you want some added duration. CL 20Magic Fang, Greater (MB/MH) Another all day spell, you might need to allocate this a few times depending on how many natural weapons, unless you're okay with just a +1 to all of them at once. CL 10+Protection from Energy (MB/MH) This hits the barrier a lot earlier than most spells, and the duration sets it up for a big encounter. You might want to pick up more than one for each energy type you expect to face in a day.
Ranger CL 7+Strong Jaw (MB/MH) This is as good at level one as it is at level twenty, so duration is the only concern for this potion.
Summoner CL 7+Dimension Door (MB/MH) Seeing as you don't have a lot of teleportation options, this one is very powerful for you. CL 7+Invisibility, Greater (MB/MH) While you can get this yourself, this is lower and probably better for sharing. CL 15+Stoneskin (MB/MH) Considering you only have to pay for the material component once, this makes the spell even better.
Elixirs 1,400 GPElixir of Dragon Breath (MB/MH) The value in this is the variety of damage that you can do with it, as well as the rather cheap cost. It drops off after a while, but in the early game this can be a decent investment. 3,500 GPElixir of Shadewalking (MB/MH) This is solid for the price, and has a very sizable duration.
Female Tiefling Grenadier 5
CN Medium Outsider (Native) Init +5; Senses Perception +10, Darkvision 60 ft
AC 20, touch 13, flat-footed 17 (+5 armor, +3 Dex, +1 Shield, +1 Natural) HP 27 (5d8+5) Fort +6, Ref +8, Will +5
Speed 30 ft. M Mwk Morningstar +6 (1d8+3) or bite +6 (1d4+5) or bite +6 (1d4+3) and 2 claws +6 (1d4+3) R +1 Adaptive Longbow +5/+5 (1d8+6) or Bomb +8 (3d6+7) or Explosive Missile +7 (1d8+6 plus 3d6+7) Special Attacks Bomb 9/day (3d6), mutagen (+4 Str, Ė2 Int, +2 natural armor, 50 minutes), Explosive Missile, Alchemical Weapon Alchemist Extracts Prepared (CL 5nd) 1st-Targeted Bomb Admixture x2, Cure Light Wounds, True Strike, Anticipate Peril 2nd-Alter Self, Bull's Strength/Cat's Grace
Str 14, Dex 16, Con 12, Int 19, Wis 12, Cha 5 Base Atk +3; CMB +5; CMD 19 Feats Point Blank Shot, Throw Anything(B), MWP: Longbow(B), Rapid Shot, Deadly Aim Traits Second Chance, Pragmatic Activator, Reactionary Drawback Headstrong Alternative Racial Traits Prehensile Tail, Scaled Skin (Fire) Favored Class Bonus Bombs Skills Craft (Alchemy) +17, Disable Device +11, Knowledge (Arcana) +12, Perception +9, Sleight of Hand +11, Spellcraft +10, Stealth +10, Use Magic Device +12 Discoveries Frost bomb, Precise Bomb (B), Explosive Missile Gear +1 Mithril Chain Shirt, Darkwood Buckler, +1 Adaptive Longbow, Mwk Morningstar, +1 Cape of Free Will, Hybridization Funnel, Handy Haversack, Raining Arrows x10, 800 GP
Kallen here is designed to put up as much damage as possible, and if I were inclined to, I would have listed her entire suite of alchemical items. But that's where they Hybrid Funnel comes into play. Adding an alchemical item to your explosive arrows is only going to increase you damage even further, or a combined one to add some debuff danger to your abilities. Alter Self is here to give you the chance to mix things up in melee taking the form of a Lizardfolk, which after your mutagen is at a decent enough bonus to hit.
At max potential, Kallen here can do a Raining Arrow filled with Holy Water, or if you're allowed to fill it yourself, with a hybridized Acid/Alchemist Fire (1d8+6 plus 2d4/6+5 plus 1d6 fire damage next round), using Alchemical Weapon to combine it with a Hybrid Acid+Alchemist Fire (2d6+5 plus 1d6 fire damage next round), and an unstable accelerant Bomb Explosive Missile (4d6+7). Knowing that, you're basically working into honing your ranged abilities. The Adaptive Bow is mostly so you can continue pumping your strength and add damage to your attacks, and the added strength will help you out with your claws and fangs.
Rita "Gasbag" Thumper
Female Goblin Mindchemist 5
NG Medium Humanoid (Goblinoid) Init +11; Senses Perception +12, Darkvision 60 ft
AC 23, touch 16, flat-footed 18 (+1 Size, +5 Armor, +2 Shield, +5 Dex) HP 32 (5d8+10) Fort +6, Ref +10, Will +3
Str 6, Dex 20, Con 12, Int 20, Wis 11, Cha 5 Base Atk +3; CMB +0; CMD 16 Feats Improved Initiative, Throw Anything(B), Point Blank Shot, Precise Shot Traits Reactionary, Highlander, Teacher's Pet (Local) Drawback Doubt Alternative Racial Traits Over-Sized Ears, Cave Crawler Favored Class Bonus HP Skills Craft (Alchemy) +18, Disable Device +13, Knowledge (Arcana) +18, Knowledge (Local) +20, Knowledge (Nature) +18, Perception +12, Sleight of Hand +13, Spellcraft +13, Stealth +18 Discoveries Smoke Bomb, Stink Bomb Gear +1 Mithril Chainshirt, +1 Darkwood Buckler, +1 Cape of Clear Thoughts, +2 Headband of Vast Intellect (Disable Device) 800 GP
Rita is very much a one trick pony at this point, but her trick is VERY good. Stink Bombs are crazy powerful, and with her initiative she'll be going close and maybe shutting down encounters before they begin. One of the most important things to notice about Rita is her very competitive AC, which gets even better post cognotogen. The build itself is meant to sweep up opponents, and the damage this build is capable post Fast Bombs is just ugly.
But out of combat, this is also a very knowledgeable build, and if you do this build, feel free to take more skill traits to get more knowledge skills. Not only that, but this character is almost invisible at this point, with a massive stealth check as well. This is a very specialized build though, so if you're not comfortable with this many dump stats, you could easily lower the dex and int on this build, but it takes away what makes it an insane, weak, ugly goblin.
Male Ragebred (Skinwalker) Beastmorph/Vivisectionist 5
NE Medium humanoid (Shapeshifter) Init +2; Senses Perception +10
AC 16, touch 12, flat-footed 14 (+4 armor, +2 Dex) HP 42 (5d8+20) Fort +9, Ref +8, Will +6
Speed 30 ft. M Gore +6 (1d6+8) or Gore +6 (1d6+6), Bite +6 (1d8+6), 2 Claws +6 (1d6+6) 2 Hooves +1 (1d4+3) Special Attacks Sneak Attack +3d6, mutagen (+4 Str, Ė2 Int, +2 natural armor, 50 minutes) Alchemist Extracts Prepared (CL 5nd) 1st-Enlarge Person x2, Cure Light Wounds, True Strike, Anticipate Peril 2nd-Invisibility, Bull's Strength
Str 18, Dex 14, Con 16, Int 14, Wis 12, Cha 5 Base Atk +3; CMB +7; CMD 19 Feats Extra Feature, Power Attack, Arcane Strike Traits Armor Expert, Tiger's Charge, Sargarvan Guard Drawback Xenophobic Favored Class Bonus HP Skills Craft (Alchemy) +15, Disable Device +10, Knowledge (Arcana) +10, Knowledge (Nature) +10, Perception +10, Spellcraft +10 Discoveries Feral Mutagen, Infusion Gear Mwk Chain Shirt, Belt of Giant's Strength +2 , Cloak of Resistance +2, Hybridization Funnel, Mwk Light Crossbow 600 GP
Harrison here is rocking 4 primary physical attacks and 2 secondary, which is just ugly. The guy lacks any flaws, and even comes with an SLA to power his Arcane Strike, which is using a swift action you don't need elsewhere. The level of hurt this character can put down is supernatural, although thanks to his stellar natural attack routine, he's unable to get much out of transformation based extracts.
With all of these attacks putting out so much damage, picking up an AOMF is basically the next thing on your shopping list as you're doing 4(1d4+6 +3d6) without even getting lucky with the hooves if you can get them all to land, which is a blender. Consider Hammer the Gap when you qualify to make sure all your other natural attacks hit as well. I doubt I'd use this build in an actual game, but once it gets pounce...game over.
Genderfluid Half Elf Preservationist 5
LG Large Humanoid (Human, Elf) Init +1; Senses Perception +9, Low Light vision
AC 15, touch 10, flat-footed 14 (+5 armor, +1 Dex, -1 Size) HP 37 (5d8+15) Fort +7, Ref +6, Will +4
Speed 30 ft. M +1 Meteor Hammer +7 (2d6+8) R Mwk Light Crossbow +4 (1d8) or Bomb +4 (3d6+4) Space 10 ft.; Reach 10 ft. Special Attacks Bomb 8/day (3d6), mutagen (+4 Str, Ė2 Int, +2 natural armor, 50 minutes), Alchemist Extracts Prepared (CL 5nd) 1st-Summon Monster I x2, Cure Light Wounds, True Strike, Anticipate Peril 2nd-Summon Monster II, Bull's Strength
Str 18, Dex 12, Con 14, Int 16, Wis 12, Cha 7 Base Atk +3; CMB +8; CMD 21 Feats EWP: Meteor Hammer (R), Planar Preservationist, Power Attack, Combat Reflexes Traits Second Chance, Pragmatic Activator, Axe to Grind Drawback Doubt Alternative Racial Traits Ancestral Arms Favored Class Bonus HP Skills Craft (Alchemy) +16, Disable Device +11, Knowledge (Arcana) +11, Knowledge (Nature) +11, Perception +9, Spellcraft +11, Use Magic Device +11 Discoveries Infusion, Spontaneous Healing Gear Permanent Enlarge Person, +1 Weapon, +1 Mithril Chainshirt, +1 Cloak of Resistance, Mwk Light Crossbow, Hybridization Funnel, 650 GP
Now with Auric, I figured making them large from the start would be the best way to go about things. This is probably the least powerful build of the group, but with Preservationist, you can make your own flanking buddies and hand them off to your party to use as well. At the range you'll be battling at, you can easily go for trips without provoking either. The Meteor Hammer is specifically for its ability to work either at close or far range.
While there could be issues with actually hitting CMBs, being large gives you a way bigger range of trip targets as well as Dirty Trick victims. Eventually you'll be taking Lunge to really master the battle field, and holding down people nice and solidly. Sadly this is the least defensive build, which is why Spontaneous Healing was thrown on, since your size and poor AC is going to cause you to take A LOT of hits. So feel free to buff your defenses as you level up, or just take the beating like a champ.
I think it makes sense to separate them out. There are 2 very different play styles, after all.
- Within the Hyde playstyle, you might consider further dividing them into dex-based (focusing on the vivisectionist archetype and two-weapon fighting) and strength-based (half-orcs with falchions, beastmorph types).
- One trait of note is Quick Drinker (accelerated drinker?), which makes drinking a potion a move action. A tiefling bomber could therefore draw a potion with his tail as a swift action, drink it as a move action, and throw a bomb as his standard action. Or, if you were already holding a potion, then a non-tiefling alchemist could do the same. Probably would be a DM call if this trait worked with infusions or extracts as well.
- The alchemists that I have played with (both bombers) were surprisingly easy to kill, since favored class hit points go to bombs and the class needs a decent dex and charisma already. So feats like Toughness can make a difference if there is room.
- The alchemists that I have played with (both bombers) were surprisingly easy to kill, since favored class hit points go to bombs and the class needs a decent dex and charisma already. So feats like Toughness can make a difference if there is room.
This is why my alchemists tend to leave behind a scattered network of extra clones and doppelganger simulacrums. plus its an easy way to be just about everywhere at once without teleporting all the time, or needing to ask the wizard.
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Discoveries are up! Next is going to be feats, since I'm excited to start work on that.
@Akal Saris: I'd love to further separate styles, but even Bomber and Hyde is a decent amount of extra work. Noticing how much goes into poisoning, I almost want to make a category for that as well. Maybe I will eventually, but the Hyde style is based on melee, whether that be from high strength and two handing to natural weapons and AOMF (Agile), a personal fave of mine. And yeah, Accelerated Drinker is pretty nice, I honestly think it should apply to extracts, but it's solid enough with just potions.
@GrokMyJive: Honestly, it's because of writing this guide that I'm seeing the value of Simulacrums and such. There's a lot of things I didn't realized worked together at first, but I'm enjoying seeing the synergy between everything.
Player's Handbook and Advanced Player's Guide feats are up
@GrokMyJive: I have seen that, which was part of the reason I split the guide into thirds. I'm starting to think that I should expand the titles for Master Bomber and Mr. Hyde in the rankings, as the first ranking is probably the least important to the guide. I could probably make like 3 different guides for this class (with Hyde being split into two, which seems thematically appropriate), but for now I'm going to keep the format I have going. Maybe later I'll expand upon it (I'd also like to give the poisoner some more time to shine.)
@avr: Eh, I feel like that other guide was a bit too generous. I'm seeing more red in feats than I'd like to, but I'm just being honest with my assessments on things, and a lot of these feats aren't great for Alchemist. I'd rather have a lot of red than promote something that isn't optimal.
@Crasical: Well Berlin Balloons, you're right! Changed that straight away!
Feats, Traits, and 1st/2nd level extracts done.
I actually didn't know there was another Alchemy guide going around, I was wondering why mine wasn't getting that much discussion. I'd love to work together with them though, since soloing a guide doesn't feel like the best solution.
And still looking for image suggestions, unless the only suggestion is to make every image from Full Metal Alchemist, which would be totally okay.
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@NamelessNPC: By itself it doesn't, although I wasn't sure if adding something to it allowed it to, such as claws from the Feral Mutagen. I should ask about that on the boards before making sure. Thanks for the reminder though, I need to make sure everything here is legal before suggesting it.
Non Racial Archetypes are up, now just have to do the racial ones before that part of the guide is done.
Still need more input, and if no one suggest pictures, they're basically all going to be from Fullmetal Alchemist, as that's what I watch while making this guide.
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You really ought to have a detailed discussion of in what ways extracts count as spells and in what ways they don't, since this is one of the least clear aspects of the class. It would also be interesting to know how Communal spells are supposed to get around the basic restrictions of the Extract rules.
Lord Raziere herd I like Blasphemy, so Urpriest Exalted as a Malefactor
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That's a good idea, I might read into that more later to be able to give a discussion of Extracts and such.
I myself always assumed you just tapped people on the shoulder or whatever to make Communal spells work, but I'll ask at the Paizo boards too to see if anyone else has a different rationale for how it works.
Racial Archetypes are up, I think I'll be putting up a few particularly useful archetype combinations.
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I just have to say that I am very excited about the alchemical items section. I have seen lots of people trying to optimize the alchemist in its different forms but to be able to look at the rarely used alchemical items would be alot of fun, especially with alchemists fire adding your int bonus
May all praise the oh so glorious, oh so benevolent oh so androgynous Sam!
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Oy... this is a lot to try and comment on...
Just a general suggestion, sorry I didn't request it before you spent all the time typing things out, but... This is a guide for optimizing. You really don't need to list every single feat, every single multiclass choice, all the traits, etc... and have a giant swath of red text. No one cares about the horrible side options, it's just a waste of space to include it all. If a feat or multiclass option is possibly useful, list it and note why. If something is in particular associated with the Alchemist class but is a horrible, horrible trap, then by all means list it as such as a warning. But you don't need to mention all the things not to take. Leaving it out of the guide does that for you and is far less work.
Stuff actually tied to the class itself like archetypes, extracts, and discoveries, yeah. Those you need to all cover.
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@Sam: I really like Alchemical Items, and honestly I wish they were more valuable past about 6th level (there are some exceptions).
@Stream: I appreciate the concern, but a lot of those options were done just for a sense of completion. I've actually learned a lot about the Alchemist from doing all those Red reviews. I also know a lot of people who would want to know everything, even if it was sub optimal to get a better handle on the class. I'm still looking forward to seeing your guide come together, maybe I can learn a bit about making a guide from it.
The Vivimorph is up, as is a primer about extracts, although if I've left something out, please let me know. Also I have an opening image and quote, since FMA has been a huge part of this guide. I doubt this guide will be too picture intensive, so I can't imagine using a lot more.
I'll probably be doing Alchemical Items next, although I will be taking more of a minimalistic viewpoint on weapons and armor.
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I'd like to defend the Mindchemist. I feel it is much better than you rated it, at least for the Mad Bomber. It's pretty bad for Mr. Hyde.
Cognagen - You lose Mutagen but the only difference between the two is the ability damage (which can be offset with lesser restoration, or just by waiting it out) and it helps your intelligence. It's essentially a free discovery if you like having better saving throw DCs and damage for your bombs. Hyde won't like it at all, but a Mad Bomber will enjoy the benefits.
Perfect Recall - Knowledge checks to identify a creature can mean the difference between not knowing that basilisk blood restores petrified creatures to flesh or having your teammates become new statues for the BBEG. Adding your Intelligence twice is a fairly sizable bonus to that. You only lose Poison Use, for me I'd much rather have the knowledge checks, but I like knowing things.
As for the other things, you don't have to lose a discovery, Mindchemist just gives you more options. Yeah, it's not a good choice to lose a discovery for languages or a terrible feat; however, you don't actually lose anything from this feature, so it should not be rated red. After all compared to what you lose you're no worse off from having the option than you would be without it. After all there are bad discoveries already, having a couple more doesn't change much.
In short, I think Mindchemist should rate as green and for Mad Bombers blue. You just don't lose much for a pretty nifty ability.
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@Alexander: I do like this feat, it makes Ricochet Splash Weapon a bit better. Both effects are what would make it good, and I might put in a separate section for misc feats if anyone has anymore to offer.
@3WhiteFox3: I can't see raising this for anyone but the Mad Bomber. The biggest reason for that would be Cognatogen not enhancing your baseline Alchemist. It increases their intelligence, which increase bomb damage and DCs, but it doesn't make the character more versatile. To me, this is not worth increasing their rating, since your regular Mutagen gives melee as a possible option.
Perfect Recall is being measured against what else you could be trading for this, or else most things that get rid of Poison Use would be green. If the Alchemist had more knowledge skills, this would probably be rated higher as I mentioned.
The extra options are there and which demands they be rated, and while you didn't give anything to get those options, bad options should still be listed as such. I did raise its rating for Mad Bombers, but the baseline Alchemist still isn't getting enough to take the archetype to increase its rating.
Alchemical Items are up, probably going to do a short blurb on weapons, might throw Armor into that, and then finally get to the point that I'm least looking forward to doing, Magical Items.