Prerequisite: Alchemist 8
Benefit: The alchemist learns to create an alchemical assistant to aid him on routine tasks of alchemy and medicine. Creating a bottled assistant takes 10 minutes, and the alchemist can only have one bottled assistant created or in use at a time. At any point as a standard action, he may pour out the contents of the bottle into an open space to grow his bottled assistant nearly instantly; this functions as a phantom caretaker spell, using the alchemist’s level as his caster level. In addition to its normal abilities, the assistant has a Craft (alchemy) skill bonus equal to the alchemist’s skill bonus. It can identify the properties of a magical potion using Craft (alchemy) the same way the alchemist can, and can create alchemical items using its skills (though it must be given materials). It is treated as having both the Brew Potion and Cooperative Crafting feats in order to help the alchemist create potions, but it cannot make use of the Brew Potion feat on its own to make potions (only to help the alchemist via the Cooperative Crafting feat).