Dungeons and Dragons' Updated Player's Handbook Excludes Beloved Class

Dungeons and Dragons is set to receive a rules update in 2024, starting with the revised Player's Handbook. However, this new edition will not feature the Artificer class, a favorite among fans.

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In late 2024, a major rules update for Dungeons & Dragons will be released

Starting with the updated Player's Handbook. The Artificer, one of the most adored classes among players, will be noticeably absent from this revised edition.
Through a variety of previews, including daily videos on D&D's YouTube page and unique sneak peeks from content creators in the TTRPG community, details regarding the D&D 2024 modifications have been gradually unveiled. Updated species options, revised subclasses, and new character options—such as the Path of the World Tree Barbarian subclass and the familiar Sphinx of Wonder—have all been featured in these previews.

It has been revealed that the next edition of the Player's Handbook will only have the same 12 classes from the 2014 edition, despite the hype around the upgraded version. This implies that the Artificer, who debuted in Eberron: Rising from the Last War and Tasha's Cauldron of Everything in D&D 5e, will not be present. With its steampunk motif, The Artificer has grown to be a fan favourite, thus it is really disappointing that it is not included in the 2024 version. Backward compatibility will allow it to continue being playable, but its removal from the updated manual is noteworthy.

The Artificer class has been around since 1996 and has changed over the course of several D&D versions

The Artificer is closely related to the Eberron setting and has been converted to standard D&D fantasy, taking on jobs like clockwork engineer, magic item developer, and alchemist. The Artificer, with its distinct gameplay and customisable features, has always been able to blend in with the larger D&D universe.
The Artificer in D&D 5e provides a similar degree of customisation to the Warlock, using a system like the latter's calls. It is a flavorful and entertaining class that many players find enjoyable because to its integration with magic items, constructions, and weaponry mechanics. Nonetheless, it appears that D&D is headed towards fewer additional classes.

Since 2014, the Artificer has been the only non-PHB class published by WOTC

With other potential classes, like the Mystic, never progressing beyond playtesting. This trend contrasts with previous editions, which featured a plethora of new classes post-PHB release, driven by third-party demand. Lead designer Chris Perkins mentioned in an interview with GamesRadar that fewer core classes might be beneficial, suggesting that some existing classes could become subclasses due to their overlapping archetypes.

While simplifying and condensing classes has its merits, the demand for unique full classes remains strong. Although the Artificer will not receive a D&D 2024 revision, integrating the existing class with the new rules should be manageable for dungeon masters.

Since 2014, WOTC has only published the Artificer

As a non-PHB class; other proposed classes, such as the Mystic, have never advanced past playtesting. In contrast, earlier versions saw a large number of additional classes added in response to third-party demand after the publication of PHB. In an interview with GamesRadar, lead designer Chris Perkins suggested that having fewer core classes would be advantageous, speculating that certain current classes might split into subclasses as a result of sharing archetypes.
There is still a high need for distinctive full classes even though streamlining and compressing classes provides advantages. Dungeon masters should find it easy to integrate the current class with the new rules, even though the Artificer will not receive a D&D 2024 revision.

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