Prismatic Energy Spell (3.5e Feat)

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Prismatic Energy Spell [Metamagic]

You can change spells of one element type into any other element type.

Prerequisite

Any other metamagic feat, Knowledge (Arcana) 8 ranks

Benefit

When you learn this feat, select one energy type (acid, cold, electricity, fire, or sonic). Any spell causing damage of this type can be changed into doing damage of any of the other types instead. Spell effects other than elemental damage will not change. A prismatic energy spell uses a spell slot of the spell’s normal level, modified by any other metamagic feats.

Example

Atzlaca is a 6th level wizard who knows learns this feat with a focus in acid. She can opt to prepare her melf's acid arrow spell normally, or she can apply this feat as she prepares her spell, and change the damage type from acid to any of the other types of energy. The spell will now ignore acid resistance, but be subject to resistance against its new energy type instead. It will still cause damage over two rounds.

Comments

Although in the SRD the Energy Substitution feat can be used with spells to cause Sonic damage, newer publications have updated this feat to no longer allow this, presumably as very few creatures have resistance to Sonic damage compared to the other energy types. As such the DM may similarly restrict this feat, or alternatively may allow spells to produce sonic damage but with the damage reduced by one die-size. For example, using this feat on Fireball would allow you to do 1d4 Sonic damage per level (maximum 10d4) rather than 1d6 Fire damage per level (maximum 10d6).

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Author: Carl Cramér © Carl Cramér 2002   This feat is from the NBoF, please see NBoF Credits.
Revised by the Netbook of Feats Review Board
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