Can a sorcerer use metamagic when casting a spell via a spell scroll?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Related: Can you cast a quickened spell into a ring of spell storing?. \$\endgroup\$ – Slagmoth Nov 15 '18 at 16:44
  • \$\begingroup\$ If you have a follow-up question, we require that it be posted as a separate question. I've removed the added question about metamagic and wizards. \$\endgroup\$ – SevenSidedDie Nov 15 '18 at 18:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ But it pertains directly to this question. Its essentially a sub question. Providing additional content for people to draw their responses from. \$\endgroup\$ – Josiah Riggan Nov 15 '18 at 18:59
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    \$\begingroup\$ @JosiahRiggan It's a bit late for that, as it was clearly not necessary to get the original question answered. Please ask it as a new question. \$\endgroup\$ – SevenSidedDie Nov 15 '18 at 21:29


From scrolls:

If the spell is on your class’s spell list, you can read the scroll and cast its spell without providing any material Components. Casting the spell by reading the scroll requires the spell’s normal Casting Time. If the spell is on your class’s spell list but of a higher level than you can normally cast, you must make an ability check using your Spellcasting ability to determine whether you cast it successfully.

So, clearly, you are casting the spell from its scroll.

Reading Metamagic options, you have only 2 conditions:

Almost all options: When you cast a spell ...

Empowered Spell: When you roll damage for a spell...

So yes, you can use your MetaMagic features when casting a spell from a scroll.

JC also backs this up with this tweet (thanks to Slagmoth for finding it):

If a magic item's description says you cast a spell from it, you can use Metamagic on the spell.

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    \$\begingroup\$ So a Sorcerer 5/ druid 1 could purchase a scroll of awaken and cast it on two creatures or plants? \$\endgroup\$ – Josiah Riggan Nov 15 '18 at 18:58
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    \$\begingroup\$ @JosiahRiggan I'm not sure what scroll that is, but if Twinned Spell is available, Awakening matches its criteria, and belongs to either Sorcerer or Druid classes, then yes \$\endgroup\$ – BlueMoon93 Nov 15 '18 at 19:44

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