The Arcanist class of Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous combines the best of Wizard and Sorcerer. This makes it easier for novices to enjoy the benefits of both classes as well as removing any disadvantages. This class is very interesting, with many cool skills and interesting Archetypes. These are the things you need to know about building your Commander if this class interests you.

Arcanist Class Building Guide – Pathfinder – Wrath of the Righteous

The Arcanist’s most important stat, regardless of Archetype, should be Intelligence. This means that you must consider:

  • Elf
  • Aasimar (Peri-Blooded)
  • Tiefling (Daemon-Spawn)
  • Tiefling (Rakshasha-Spawn)
  • Human

Since Charisma might be the second best stat, the Aasimar is probably the best choice for this build.

After a bit of tweaking, your stats should look something like this:

  • STR = 7
  • DEX = 14
  • CON = 14
  • INT = 18 (22)
  • WIS = 9 (10 at level 20)
  • CHA = 18

These stats will allow you to fully utilize your Arcanist.

These Archetypes are quite interesting. Here are some details and a ranking from F to S.

Brown-Fur Transmuter (A)

  • Stronger Transmutation Spells when buffing Ability Scores (Level 3)
  • Transmutation Spells that only target self can be cast on others (Level 9)
  • Longer Duration for all Transmutation Spells (Level 20)
  • Less Arcane Exploits (-2)
  • No Magical Supremacy at Level 20
  • Eldritch Font (A+)
    • Eldritch Surge can buff Spell DC or Arcane Exploit (Level 3)
    • Eldritch Surge can roll two dice when casting a Spell that targets Armor, taking the higher value (Level 7)
    • Eldritch Surge can reroll the Saving Throw of a character against your Spell DC, taking the lower of the two rolls (Level 13)
    • Can replenish their Spells and Arcane Reservoir once per day (Level 20)
    • Less Arcane Exploits (-3)
    • No Magical Supremacy at Level 20
  • Nature Mage (B)
    • Can cast Spells from the Druid Spell List
    • Can’t cast Spells on the Arcanist Spell List (unless they are also on the Druid Spell List)
  • Phantasmal Mage (A-)
    • Can apply Extended, Reach, or Selective to any Arcanist Illusion Spell for 1 Arcane Reservoir Point (Level 5)
    • Can apply Persistent or Empowered to any Arcanist Illusion Spell for 2 Arcane Reservoir Points (Level 11)
    • Can apply Maximized for 3 Arcane Reservoir Points, or Quickened for 4 Arcane Reservoir Points to any Arcanist Illusion Spell (Level 17)
    • Can apply these effects for 1 less Arcane Reservoir Point than listed (Level 20)
    • Must be a Gnome
    • Less Arcane Exploits (-3)
    • Can’t increase the level of their Spells using their Arcane Reservoir
    • No Magical Supremacy at Level 20
  • Unlettered Arcanist (B-)
    • Gains a Familiar
    • Has a smaller Spell List
  • White Mage (A-)
    • Can Consume Spells to cast Cure Spells
    • Can revive fallen party members (Level 10)
    • Can AoE heal over time (Level 11)
    • No Arcane Exploit selection during Character Creation
    • Less Arcane Exploits (-2)

Once you know which Archetype you want, or if you want the normal Arcanist, it’s time to see which Feats are a must:

  • Point Blank Shot
  • Precise Shot
  • Toughness
  • Improved Initiative
  • Spell Penetration

As for the Exploits, you should choose the ones that fit your playstyle the most and make sure to only choose Major Exploits once they are available.

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