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If I brew a potion of lightning bolt, what happens when someone drinks it?

  • Lightning bolt strikes them?
  • They can cast a lightning bolt?
  • They emit lightning that strikes where they point?
  • Nothing happens?

Same thing with vampiric touch: Would the consumer covert their hit points to temporary hit points? Would that mean that drinking a healing potion after the potion of vampiric touch gives the character full hp + temporary hp without touching anyone?

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By my reading of the rules, a potion of Lightning Bolt would not be a legal potion. The rules on potions state:

The drinker of a potion is both the effective target and the caster of the effect

This wording, and the content of the list of potions given makes me believe that only spells with a Target can be put into potions. Lightning Bolt doesn't have a Target, only a Range and Area.

If you allow potions of Lightning Bolt anyway, the most likely way that they would work would be to hit the imbiber with a lightning bolt. Whether or not it hits any other targets would be pure DM fiat.

Bonus 1: An unconscious person drinking any potion has teh same effect as a conscious person drinking that potion.

Vampiric Touch is a much more practical spell to put into a potion, since it has a Target. It works just as you say; you drink the potion, take damage, gain temporary HP, and then can heal yourself back up to full with the extra temporary HP.

Bonus 2: There isn't anything specific on this that I can find, but it's likely that you can put metamagic feats on potions, as long as the total spell level is less than 3. For example, you could Empower a first level spell, since the total spell level is 3. Quicken definitely wouldn't work, however: you're not casting a spell, you're drinking a potion. The spell's casting time is totally ignored, and replaced with the standard action to drink a potion.

Bonus 3: By RAW, no. It is a standard action to drink a potion, and there's no RAW way to dump a bunch of potions in one tub to drink more quickly. Houserules on this are common, but it basically comes down to what your DM agrees to.

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