A sorcerer's metamagic option Empowered Spell states (emphasis mine):

When you roll damage for a spell, you can spend 1 sorcery point to reroll a number of the damage dice up to your Charisma modifier (minimum of one). You must use the new rolls.
You can use Empowered Spell even if you have already used a different Metamagic option during the casting of the spell.

Do I have to announce that I want to use this metamagic before I roll damage, or after I've seen my rolls? The latter would be preferable, obviously, but the phrasing isn't 100% clear (at least I don't think it is, but then again I'm not a native English speaker).

Note that this is not a duplicate of this question, which is about before/after the casting, while I'm asking about before/after rolling. Comments to its answer relate to this question, but don't solve it.


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You choose to do this after you have rolled the damage. Note that it says "you can spend 1 sorcery point to reroll a number of the damage dice ..." To be able to reroll dice, you must have already rolled them.

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    \$\begingroup\$ This. Logic of language dictates it, and Jeremy Crawford has basically said plain meaning of and logic of language should be followed when something isn't completely clear. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 3, 2018 at 21:03

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