It says what is says.Does Bard's Expertise apply to tools as well or just to skills? I cannot find a clarification anywhere.
Artificers get tool expertise with all tools at level 6.Unfortunately, as a general rule, you can't get expertise with a tool proficiency. Rogues have a special carve-out for it, and it only applies to Thieves' tools.
It's pretty clear at this point that if they wanted expertise with tools to be a thing, there would be a way to do it. To the best of my knowledge, there isn't one (other than the aforementioned Rogue exception.) That doesn't mean you can't do it, but it's definitely something they're keeping tightly controlled.
True. Although if there's no Rogue in the party, then there's no worry. Or if the game is one involving lots of traps-- like a dungeoncrawl-- and the expectation is the group might be split up for whatever reason... having a second PC skilled in Thieves' Tools would not necessarily be a bad thing.I might object to Thieves Tools, only because it steps on the Rogue. Otherwise, I completely agree.
Mike Mearls said it was likely an oversight and agreed it wouldn't break anything to allow expertise in a tool proficiency.Does Bard's Expertise apply to tools as well or just to skills? I cannot find a clarification anywhere.
Normally, it'd just be your Expertise bonus with advantage. Personally, I wouldn't be against allowing Expertise bonus + advantage, take 10 minimum (as if you had the Reliable Talent).Say, something I've wondered; as of Xanathar's, if you have an appropriate Tool and a Skill that would apply to a task, you gain advantage on certain checks. What would happen if you have Expertise in both Tool and Skill?