As a spellcaster's knowledge of magic grows, he or she can learn to cast spells in ways slightly different from how the spells were originally designed or learned. For example, a spellcaster can learn to cast a spell without certain components, cast a spell for greater effect, or even cast a spell with nothing but a moment's thought. Altering the casting and effect of a spell is accomplished using metamagic feats
cannot be used for all spells. See the specific feat descriptions
for the spells that a particular feat can't modify.
Table: Metamagic Spell Level Adjustments
Preparing and Casting Metamagic Spells
Some advanced classes
must prepare their spells in advance. During preparation, members of these classes decide which spells to prepare with metamagic feats
, remembering that any spell improved by a metamagic feat takes up a higher-level spell slot than normal.
Mystics cast spells at will from a limited list, as opposed to preparing them in advance. They can decide when they cast their spells whether to use metamagic feats
to improve them.
As with other spellcasters, the improved spell uses up a higher-level spell slot. Because the Mystic
has not prepared the spell in a metamagic form in advance, he must do so on the spot. The Mystic
, therefore, must take more time to cast a metamagic spell (one improved by a metamagic feat
) than a regular spell. If its normal casting time is an attack action
, casting a metamagic spell is a full-round action
for the Mystic
. For spells with a longer casting time, it takes an extra full-round action
to cast the spell.
Acolytes spontaneously casting cure
spells can cast metamagic versions of them. Casting an attack action
metamagic spell spontaneously is a full-round action
, and spells with longer casting times take an extra full-round action
Effects of Metamagic Feats
In all ways, a metamagic spell operates at its original spell level even though it is prepared and cast as a higher-level spell. Saving throw
modifications are not changed (unless stated otherwise in the feat description
). The modifications made by these feats
only apply to spells cast directly by the feat user. A spellcaster can't use a metamagic feat to alter a spell cast from a wand, scroll, or other device.
Maximize Spell and Quicken Spell Abilities
Some advanced classes
have special class abilities that work like metamagic feats
. For example, the Maximize Spell ability of the Mage
and the Quicken Spell ability of the Techno Mage
function as metamagic feats
with regard to how they interact with other metamagic feats
A character with the Brew Potion, Scribe Scroll, or Craft Wand class ability can store a metamagic spell in a potion, scroll, or wand, respectively. Level limits for potions
and wands apply to the spell's higher metamagic level. A character doesn't need the metamagic feat
to activate an item storing a metamagic spell.
Multiple Metamagic Feats on a Spell
A spellcaster can use multiple metamagic feats
on a single spell. Changes to its level are cumulative.
Counterspelling Metamagic Spells
A spell enhanced by a metamagic feat
does not affect its vulnerability to counterspelling or its ability to counterspell another spell.
Some spell-related feats
are equally applicable to psionics
. The following psionic feats
function as the named spell-related feats. Treat references to spells as powers within these descriptions, and references to caster level as manifester level.
that require the choice of a school of spells would for its psionic
equivalent require choosing an attribute (ability score
), to the same overall effect. In addition, metapsionic feats
function in much the same way as metamagic feats. However, they require the additional expenditure of power points (as opposed to increased spell levels) and as a result are presented here.
Metapsionic feats are to psionics as metamagic feats are to spells.
allow a psionic
character to enhance the manifestation of a regular power. Using a metapsionic feat
doesn't take any longer but does increase the total power point cost to manifest the power.
character can use multiple metapsionic feats
on a power, and the extra power point cost is cumulative, but a power altered by metapsionic feats
can never cost more power points than the manifester's level minus one (minimum 1).
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