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Metamagic Feats


Can I use a metamagic rod to alter a spell-like ability?

No. Metamagic rods allow you to apply a metamagic feat to a spell, and metamagic feats do not work on spell-like abilities.


At what spell level does a spell modified by a metamagic feat count for purposes of concentration DCs, magus spell recall, or a pearl of power?

The spell counts as the level of the spell slot necessary to cast it.

For example, an empowered burning hands uses a 3rd-level spell slot, counts as a 3rd-level spell for making concentration checks, counts as a 3rd-level spell for a magus's spell recall or a pearl of power.

In general, use the (normal, lower) spell level or the (higher) spell slot level, whichever is more of a disadvantage for the caster. The advantages of the metamagic feat are spelled out in the Benefits section of the feat, and the increased spell slot level is a disadvantage.

Heighten Spell is really the only metamagic feat that makes using a higher-level spell slot an advantage instead of a disadvantage.


As a spellcaster's knowledge of magic grows, he can learn to cast spells in ways slightly different from the norm. Preparing and casting a spell in such a way is harder than normal but, thanks to metamagic feats, is at least possible. Spells modified by a metamagic feat use a spell slot higher than normal. This does not change the level of the spell, so the DC for saving throws against it does not go up. Metamagic feats do not affect spell-like abilities.

Wizards and Divine Spellcasters: Wizards and divine spellcasters must prepare their spells in advance. During preparation, the character chooses which spells to prepare with metamagic feats (and thus which ones take up higher-level spell slots than normal).

Sorcerers and Bards: Sorcerers and bards choose spells as they cast them. They can choose when they cast their spells whether to apply their metamagic feats to improve them. As with other spellcasters, the improved spell uses up a higher-level spell slot. Because the sorcerer or bard has not prepared the spell in a metamagic form in advance, he must apply the metamagic feat on the spot. Therefore, such a character must also take more time to cast a metamagic spell (one enhanced by a metamagic feat) than he does to cast a regular spell. If the spell's normal casting time is a standard action, casting a metamagic version is a full-round action for a sorcerer or bard. (This isn't the same as a 1-round casting time.) The only exception is for spells modified by the Quicken Spell metamagic feat, which can be cast as normal using the feat.

For a spell with a longer casting time, it takes an extra full-round action to cast the spell.

Spontaneous Casting and Metamagic Feats: A cleric spontaneously casting a cure or inflict spell, or a druid spontaneously casting a summon nature's ally spell, can cast a metamagic version of it instead. Extra time is also required in this case. Casting a standard action metamagic spell spontaneously is a full-round action, and a spell with a longer casting time takes an extra full-round action to cast. The only exception is for spells modified by the Quicken Spell feat, which can be cast as a swift action.

Effects of Metamagic Feats on a Spell: In all ways, a metamagic spell operates at its original spell level, even though it is prepared and cast using a higher-level spell slot. 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 being cast from a wand, scroll, or other device.

Metamagic feats that eliminate components of a spell don't eliminate the attack of opportunity provoked by casting a spell while threatened. Casting a spell modified by Quicken Spell does not provoke an attack of opportunity.

Metamagic feats cannot be used with all spells. See the specific feat descriptions for the spells that a particular feat can't modify.

Multiple Metamagic Feats on a Spell: A spellcaster can apply multiple metamagic feats to a single spell. Changes to its level are cumulative. You can't apply the same metamagic feat more than once to a single spell.

Magic Items and Metamagic Spells: With the right item creation feat, you can store a metamagic version of a spell in a scroll, potion, or wand. Level limits for potions and wands apply to the spell's higher spell level (after the application of the metamagic feat). A character doesn't need the metamagic feat to activate an item storing a metamagic version of a spell.

Counterspelling Metamagic Spells: Whether or not a spell has been enhanced by a metamagic feat does not affect its vulnerability to counterspelling or its ability to counterspell another spell (see Magic).

Feat Descriptions

Metamagic Feats are summarized on the table below. Note that the prerequisites and benefits of the feats on this table are abbreviated for ease of reference. See the feats description for full details.

The following format is used for all feat descriptions.

Feat Name: The feat's name also indicates what subcategory, if any, the feat belongs to, and is followed by a basic description of what the feat does.

Prerequisite: A minimum ability score, another feat or feats, a minimum base attack bonus, a minimum number of ranks in one or more skills, or anything else required in order to take the feat. This entry is absent if a feat has no prerequisite. A feat may have more than one prerequisite.

Benefit: What the feat enables the character (“you” in the feat description) to do. If a character has the same feat more than once, its benefits do not stack unless indicated otherwise in the description.

Normal: What a character who does not have this feat is limited to or restricted from doing. If not having the feat causes no particular drawback, this entry is absent.

Special: Additional unusual facts about the feat.

Feat Name Category/Type Level Increase Prerequisites Benefit Source
Aquatic Spell Metamagic +1 An aquatic spell functions normally when underwater and requires no caster level check to cast, even if it possesses the [fire] descriptor. In addition, the spell can be cast from the surface into water and still be effective. PPC:MTT
Bouncing Spell Metamagic +1 You can direct a failed spell against a different target. PRG:APG
Burning Spell Metamagic +2 Spell with the [acid] or [fire] descriptor deals extra damage the next round. PRG:UM
Coaxing Spell Metamagic +2 Spell Focus (enchantment), Knowledge (dungeoneering) 6 ranks. A mind-affecting spell modified by this feat affects mindless oozes and vermin as if they weren't mindless. PPC:DHB
Concussive Spell Metamagic +2 Spell with the [sonic] descriptor gains a debilitating concussive effect. PRG:UM
Consecrate Spell Metamagic +2 Spell is maximized against evil creatures and creatures with the evil subtype. PPC:BoA
Dazing Spell Metamagic +3 You can daze creatures with the power of your spells. PRG:APG
Disruptive Spell Metamagic +1 Your magical energies cling to enemies, interfering with their spellcasting. PRG:APG
Echoing Spell Metamagic +3 Cast a spell a second time. PRG:UM
Ectoplasmic Spell Metamagic +1 Your spells breach the gulf between dimensions, sending ghostly emanations into the ether. PRG:APG
Elemental Spell Metamagic +1 You can manipulate the elemental nature of your spells. PRG:APG
Empower Spell Metamagic +2 Increase spell variables by 50% PRG:CRB
Enlarge Spell Metamagic +1 Double spell range PRG:CRB
Extend Spell Metamagic +1 Double spell duration PRG:CRB
Fearsome Spell Metamagic +2 Spell damage causes the shaken condition PRG:OA
Flaring Spell Metamagic +1 Spell with the [fire], [light], or [electricity] descriptor dazzles creatures it affects. PRG:UM
Focused Spell Metamagic +1 When you cast a spell that affects more than one creature, one opponent finds it more difficult to resist. PRG:APG
Furious Spell Metamagic +1 Spell deals more damage and can be cast while in a rage PRG:OA
Heighten Spell Metamagic Special Treat spell as a higher level PRG:CRB
Intensified Spell Metamagic +1 Increase maximum damage dice by 5 levels PRG:APG
Intuitive Spell Metamagic +1 Cast spell without thought components PRG:OA
Jinxed Spell Metamagic +1 Any two metamagic feats, Halfling Jinx trait. A creature that fails its saving throw against a jinxed spell also suffers the effects of your jinx. PPC:Halflings
Lingering Spell Metamagic +1 Instantaneous area effect spell lasts for 1 round PRG:APG
Logical Spell Metamagic +1 Cast spell without emotion components PRG:OA
Maximize Spell Metamagic +3 Maximize spell variables PRG:CRB
Merciful Spell Metamagic +0 Spell inflicts nonlethal damage instead of lethal PRG:APG
Persistent Spell Metamagic +2 Creatures who saved against a spell must save again PRG:APG
Piercing Spell Metamagic +1 Affected spell treats creatures with SR as having an SR of 5 lower. PRG:UM
Quicken Spell Metamagic +4 Cast spell as a swift action PRG:CRB
Reach Spell Metamagic Special Increase spell range to higher range category PRG:APG
Rime Spell Metamagic +1 Spell with the [cold] descriptor also entangles creatures if the spell damages them. PRG:UM
Scarring Spell Metamagic +1 Emotion or fear spell gives penalties against further such spells PPC:MTT
Scouting Summons Metamagic +2 Spell Focus (conjuration), ability to cast magic jar When casting a conjuration (summoning) spell that summons a single creature, you can possess the creature as per magic jar (but with no receptacle necessary). PPC:MSH
Seeking Spell Metamagic +2 A seeking spell's range can bend around obstacles to reach the intended target. PPC:RTT
Selective Spell Metamagic +1 Spellcraft 10 ranks Exclude targets from an area effect spell PRG:APG
Shadow Grasp Metamagic +1 Tenebrous Spell, Umbral Spell Entangle creatures with spells you cast that have the [darkness] descriptor. PCS:ISM
Sickening Spell Metamagic +2 Sicken creature with spell damage PRG:APG
Silent Spell Metamagic +1 Cast spell without verbal components PRG:CRB
Solar Spell Metamagic +1 Spells you cast with the [light] descriptor are fortified with the cleansing energies of the sun. PPC:C&C
Solid Shadows Metamagic +1 Spell Focus (illusion) When casting greater shadow conjuration, greater shadow evocation, shadow conjuration, or shadow evocation (and, at the GM's discretion, any similar spell with the [shadow] descriptor that mimics a spell of another school), that spell is 20% more real then normal. PPC:MSH
Still Spell Metamagic +1 Cast spell without somatic components PRG:CRB
Thanatopic Spell Metamagic +2 Knowledge (religion) 6 ranks, Spell Focus (necromancy) Affected spell’s death effects, energy drain, and negative levels affect undead PRG:UM
Tenebrous Spell Metamagic +0 Spells you cast in dim light or darkness are harder to resist or dispel. PCS:ISM
Threatening Illusion Metamagic +1 Spell Focus (illusion), gnome Cause a target to believe your illusion is a threat. PPC:Gnomes
Threnodic Spell Metamagic +2 Knowledge (religion) 6 ranks, Spell Focus (necromancy) Change a mind-affecting spell so it can affect undead, but not living creatures. PRG:UM
Thundering Spell Metamagic +2 Deafen creature with spell damage PRG:APG
Toppling Spell Metamagic +1 Spell with the [force] descriptor knocks targets prone. PRG:UM
Toxic Spell Metamagic +1 Craft (poison) 5 ranks, ability to cast 2nd-level spells, poison use class feature You can use 1 dose of contact, ingested, inhaled, or injury poison as an additional material component for a spell you cast. This spell gains the poison descriptor. Select a single creature affected by the spell. If that creature fails its saving throw against the spell, it must also attempt a saving throw against the poison used as a material component. If the target fails the save against the poison, the poison takes effect immediately, ignoring any onset time. The poison uses its save DC (rather than the save DC of the spell), but is modified by any effects that increase the spell's DC (such as Spell Focus). This feat works only with spells whose effects can be negated by a successful Fortitude save. PPC:DTT
Traumatic Spell Metamagic +2 Emotion or fear spell causes nightmares PRG:OA
Trick Spell Metamagic +1 Ability to cast 1st-level spells, chaotic neutral alignment, worshiper of a deity of trickery, lust, and revenge Only enchantment spells that affect a single target and can be negated with a successful Will save can be trick spells. If the target fails its Will save against a trick spell, in addition to the spell's normal effects, the target also clumsily hinders itself. Immediately attempt a special combat maneuver check (1d20 + your caster level + your Charisma bonus) to perform a dirty trick combat maneuver against the target. Any feats you have that apply to dirty trick maneuvers (such as Greater Dirty Trick) also apply to this check. PPC:DTT
Umbral Spell Metamagic +2 Tenebrous Spell Spell gains the [darkness] descriptor and target of the spell radiates darkness in 10-foot radius while the spell is in effect. PCS:ISM
Verdant Spell Metamagic +2 Spell Focus (enchantment), Knowledge (nature) 6 ranks A mind-affecting spell affects plant creatures (even mindless plant creatures) as if they weren't immune to mind-affecting effects, but has no effect on other types of creatures. PPC:HotW
Widen Spell Metamagic +3 You double the affected spells area of effect PRG:CRB
Yai-Mimic Spell Metamagic +3 Int 15, Still Spell You can shoot ray spells from your head, you require no somatic components when doing so, and you gain regeneration. PPC:GHH
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