The sorcerer gains 2 sorcery points at 2nd level. However aside from trading those 2 points for another spell slot they seem to have no purpose as no skill that spend points is available until 3rd level.

Did I miss something or is it just effectively an extra spell slot?


You are basically correct

There are two things you can do with sorcery points at level 2.

First, as you noted, you can take your 2 given points and make a level 1 spell slot, totaling 4 for the day.

Second, you can turn your level 1 spell slots into 1 sorcery point each. This seems to be pointless, as the only thing you could do from there is to turn another one into a point, then convert them back to level 1 slots for a total loss of one spell. Unfortunately, the wording

You can never have more sorcery points than shown on the table for your level.

prevents you from creating a higher level slot than you have at this level (though the math does work out for levels 6, 7, and 8). Overall, I don't see a point to this, but it may be open to cheese somehow.

There's another potential bonus here. As a Wild Magic sorcerer, it's possible for a Surge to roll 99-00 and grant you your expended points back. With extraordinary luck, this could mean multiple additional slots in a day.

  • \$\begingroup\$ @markovchain Thanks for the correction; fixed. \$\endgroup\$ – Joel Harmon Jun 22 '17 at 22:29
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    \$\begingroup\$ I would like to point out: gaining an additional 1st level spell slot here is about as powerful as the Arcane Recovery feature of Wizards at this level. This is faster, as the Wizard feature requires a short rest, but Wizards can do their thing at 1st level. \$\endgroup\$ – Javelin Jun 23 '17 at 1:33
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Javelin While you're correct, I'm not sure it's helpful as the question only mentions Sorcerers. \$\endgroup\$ – Joel Harmon Jun 23 '17 at 1:42
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    \$\begingroup\$ I feel like there is something gained in comparing one class feature to another class's feature to help reinforce its value. But it is your answer, so I will leave it to you to decide if it is relevant enough. \$\endgroup\$ – Javelin Jun 23 '17 at 3:49

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