Im in the process of building a new character using magus, so Ive been looking at combat feats with a magic character. I happened to take a look at Cleave and noticed that it doesnt state it can only be used with melee weapons (which I must have always assumed or remembered from a past edition).
As a standard action, you can make a single attack at your full base attack bonus against a foe within reach. If you hit, you deal damage normally and can make an additional attack (using your full base attack bonus) against a foe that is adjacent to the first and also within reach. You can only make one additional attack per round with this feat. When you use this feat, you take a –2 penalty to your Armor Class until your next turn.
So the first thing to take from this is that it requires a standard action, so you must do it with a held touch spell or one thats been cast as a swift/move action. At first it looked limiting but with held spells and quicken its not bad.
Now the second thing is that you deal damage normally and can make an additional attack against someone else. Since most spells are single hit discharge, this either means the spell is gone so something else must be used (provided it can reach) or the spell is allowed to be discharged again (not likely).
Someone else also pointed out to me about the word
reach. The glossary doesnt contain it. There is a definition for the weapon property, but that doesnt apply in this case. Many spell effects talk about reaching the target but that could be more favorable than anything.
Situation A1. Magus is holding a shocking grasp and a rapier and is adjacent to two also adjacent enemies. The Magus makes his standard attack (using shocking grasp, no spell strike) and hits and deals damage, and is allowed to cleave? From here he swings at the second. Can he swing with the shocking grasp, or is he forced to swing with his rapier?
Situation A2. Same as A1 except the attack is made using spell strike.
Situation B. The Magus is holding a metamagic rod of quickening lesser and casts Ray of Frost(because its a single ray) at two adjacent enemies 20 feet away. They are within range/reach of the spell. Are you somehow able to get the ray of frost to hit a second time due to cleave? I was going to use this one but then I remembered the restriction, the swift action includes the attack. I dont know of anyway to hold onto a non-touch spell for this. Situation C. Basically B except this time using Scorching Ray so there are multiple rays, all hit the first target. Do one or more get to make an attack at the second? Striked for the same reason as B.
Situation D. Using an actual ranged weapon like a bow. The Magus pulls out his bow and fires on the same pair from B. The attack hits! Can he make another attack, and if so does it require a new arrow or does the original one somehow hit both?