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If a Lore Mastery wizard uses the Spell Secrets ability to change the damage type of a spell, does it change the way the spell looks and acts?

Examples:

  • If I were to cast burning hands but change the damage to cold damage would it become a cone of ice and snow?
  • Or if I cast ice knife as fire damage would the knife be made of flames?
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Yes

If ya go and look a little bit further down the Unearthed Arcana that is the source of the Lore Mastery Wizard, you'll get this little tidbit.

While the Spell Secrets feature offers increased versatility, at the table its effects can be difficult to spot by the other players. If you’re playing a savant, take a moment to describe how you alter your spells. Think of a signature change your character is particularly proud of. Be inventive, and make the game more fun for everyone by playing up the sudden, unexpected tricks your character can employ.

For example, a fireball transformed to require a Strength save might become a sphere of burning rock that shatters and slams into its target. A charm person that requires a Constitution save might take the form of a vaporous narcotic that alters the target’s mood.

It doesn't specifically address changing damage types, but it encourages you to be creative with the descriptions, and emphasize the differences you have wrought in your spells through this feature.

Additionally, from a 'common sense' approach...a Fireball that does Ice damage should look like an ice blast, not a fire blast.

Spell Secrets should absolutely change the appearance of spells.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Disclaimer: Lore Mastery wizard is OP as heck. :D \$\endgroup\$ – guildsbounty May 11 '18 at 16:59

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