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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
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.MTT
Bouncing Spell Metamagic +1 You can direct a failed spell against a different target. APG
Burning Spell Metamagic +2 Spell with the acid or fire descriptor deals extra damage the next round. 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. DHB
Concussive Spell Metamagic +2 Spell with the sonic descriptor gains a debilitating concussive effect. UM
Consecrate Spell Metamagic +2 Spell is maximized against evil creatures and creatures with the evil subtype. BoA
Dazing Spell Metamagic +3 You can daze creatures with the power of your spells. APG
Disruptive Spell Metamagic +1 Your magical energies cling to enemies, interfering with their spellcasting. APG
Echoing Spell Metamagic +3 Cast a spell a second time. UM
Ectoplasmic Spell Metamagic +1 Your spells breach the gulf between dimensions, sending ghostly emanations into the ether. APG
Elemental Spell Metamagic +1 You can manipulate the elemental nature of your spells. APG
Empower Spell Metamagic +2 Increase spell variables by 50% CRB
Enlarge Spell Metamagic +1 Double spell range CRB
Extend Spell Metamagic +1 Double spell duration CRB
Flaring Spell Metamagic +1 Spell with the fire, light, or electricity descriptor dazzles creatures it affects. UM
Focused Spell Metamagic +1 When you cast a spell that affects more than one creature, one opponent finds it more difficult to resist. APG
Heighten Spell Metamagic Special Treat spell as a higher level CRB
Intensified Spell Metamagic +1 Increase maximum damage dice by 5 levels APG
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. HoG
Lingering Spell Metamagic +1 Instantaneous area effect spell lasts for 1 round APG
Maximize Spell Metamagic +3 Maximize spell variables CRB
Merciful Spell Metamagic +0 Spell inflicts nonlethal damage instead of lethal APG
Persistent Spell Metamagic +2 Creatures who saved against a spell must save again APG
Piercing Spell Metamagic +1 Affected spell treats creatures with SR as having an SR of 5 lower. UM
Quicken Spell Metamagic +4 Cast spell as a swift action CRB
Reach Spell Metamagic Special Increase spell range to higher range category APG
Rime Spell Metamagic +1 Spell with the cold descriptor also entangles creatures if the spell damages them. UM
Seeking Spell
Metamagic +2
A seeking spell's range can bend around obstacles to reach the intended target. RTT
Selective Spell Metamagic +1 Spellcraft 10 ranks Exclude targets from an area effect spell APG
Shadow Grasp Metamagic +1 Tenebrous Spell, Umbral Spell Entangle creatures with spells you cast that have the darkness descriptor. ISM
Sickening Spell Metamagic +2 Sicken creature with spell damage APG
Silent Spell Metamagic +1 Cast spell without verbal components CRB
Still Spell Metamagic +1 Cast spell without somatic components CRB
Thanatopic Spell Metamagic +2 Knowledge (religion) 6 ranks, Spell Focus (necromancy) Affected spell’s death effects, energy drain, and negative levels affect undead UM
Tenebrous Spell Metamagic +0 Spells you cast in dim light or darkness are harder to resist or dispel. ISM
Threatening Illusion Metamagic +1 Spell Focus (illusion), gnome Cause a target to believe your illusion is a threat. GoG
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. UM
Thundering Spell Metamagic +2 Deafen creature with spell damage APG
Toppling Spell Metamagic +1 Spell with the force descriptor knocks targets prone. UM
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. ISM
Widen Spell Metamagic +3 Double spell area CRB
Yai-Mimic Spell Metamagic +3 Int 15, Still Spell Shoot ray spells from your head requiring no somatic components and gain regeneration. GHH
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