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The False Focus feat says:

By using a divine focus as part of casting, you can cast any spell with a material component costing the value of that divine focus (maximum 100 gp) or less without needing that component.

So, by the very literal reading spells that use focuses instead of material components turns out to be worse for character with his feat. On the other hand, regular Divine Focus replaces both Material and Focus on spells - and that got me wondering, maybe False Focus also replaces Focus? This is the situation I wish I'm wrong, so I prefer to ask in case I'm limiting my own options needlessly.

I'm interested in focuses generally, but costly ones have higher impact on the game balance, so these are my primary concern.

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It does not

As the feat says, it only works on material components, not any other kind of components:

By using a divine focus as part of casting, you can cast any spell with a material component costing the value of that divine focus (maximum 100 gp) or less without needing that component.

Foci are not components:

Focus (F)

A focus component is a prop of some sort. Unlike a material component, a focus is not consumed when the spell is cast and can be reused. As with material components, the cost for a focus is negligible unless a price is given. Assume that focus components of negligible cost are in your spell component pouch.

Material (M)

A material component consists of one or more physical substances or objects that are annihilated by the spell energies in the casting process. Unless a cost is given for a material component, the cost is negligible. Don’t bother to keep track of material components with negligible cost. Assume you have all you need as long as you have your spell component pouch.

Allowing False Focus to work on focus components would open a precedent for Eschew Materials, which has a very similar wording, to also work on focus components. But of course, there are very few foci with a cost of under 1gp.

Feats like Create Reliquary could be used to easily obtain a very expensive Divine Focus that would allow you to ignore many Focus and Material components in the game. Instead of paying for the foci of your spells individually, you would build a single (very expensive) divine focus and be done with it. It is a pretty strong feat as it is already.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Too bad. Looks like my initial interpretation is true. \$\endgroup\$ – Mołot Mar 7 at 14:57
  • \$\begingroup\$ Sorry but I don't see how Reliquary would help. It looks like it only replaces holy symbol and all of the feat rules still apply. What part of it makes me wrong? \$\endgroup\$ – Mołot Mar 7 at 16:20
  • \$\begingroup\$ It helps when the added cost is enough to put you on the False Focus limit (100 gp) without any drawbacks. It was merely an example, the Holy Symbol Tattoo is usually taken instead (which also costs 100 gp). And Im not saying the Create Reliquary helps as it is, I said that it would make it stronger if it worked on Foci as well. \$\endgroup\$ – ShadowKras Mar 7 at 16:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ Oh, ok. Now I get it \$\endgroup\$ – Mołot Mar 7 at 16:36

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