The Metamagic Adept feat (TCoE, p. 80) lets you "learn two Metamagic options" and gives you "two sorcery points to spend on Metamagic".

The 2nd-level sorcerer feature Font of Magic gives them 2 sorcery points and allows them to convert between sorcery points and spell slots, but they don't learn any Metamagic options until they reach 3rd level.

If a character with 2 levels in sorcerer had also taken the Metamagic Adept feat, could they use all 4 of their sorcery points for the Metamagic options they learn from the feat?

(I understand that few 2nd-level sorcerers would have a feat, or have invested it in Metamagic Adept. This is mostly for high-level multiclass characters that can't spare a 3rd level for a sorcerer dip but want more Metamagic than the feat alone can give, along with the ability to convert spell slots into more sorcery points – like a Wizard 18/Sorcerer 2 build I am considering for a one-shot.)

  • \$\begingroup\$ Is there any particular reason why you think that they might not be able to use the metamagic with their sorcerer's sorcery points? Just wondering if you had something in mind or you're just checking. \$\endgroup\$
    – user73918
    Feb 16, 2022 at 6:08
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Non-humanPerson Just that usually sorcerers cannot use metamagic until third level.(I'm just checking; the biggest thing I had in mind is that it would give the ability to convert spell slots into sorcery points for a two-level sorcerer dip.) \$\endgroup\$
    – piano_man
    Feb 16, 2022 at 16:55

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Sorcery Points may be used for Metamagic you know, no matter your level.

Consider my favorite Metamagic, Quickened Spell:

When you cast a spell that has a casting time of 1 action, you can spend 2 sorcery points to change the casting time to 1 bonus action for this casting.

Observe that Quickened Spell does not care where the sorcery points came from. If you know the Metamagic, then you can use your sorcery points on it, because the Metamagic does not discriminate.

In contrast, other sorcerer features do discriminate, because of what is written in the feat:

You gain 2 sorcery points to spend on Metamagic (these points are added to any sorcery points you have from another source but can be used only on Metamagic).

The points from the feat can only be used for Metamagic. The points from the class have no such restriction. Sure, sorcerers usually do not have access to Metamagic until 3rd level, but 5th Edition has a specific-beats-general rule:

Remember this: If a specific rule contradicts a general rule, the specific rule wins.

Generally, sorcerers don’t have any Metamagic until 3rd level, but the class description doesn’t say they can’t use Metamagic before then, the only barrier is that they don’t know any. Metamagic Adept overcomes this barrier by teaching you the Metamagic, providing a specific rule allowing you to use Metamagic, overriding the general rule that 2nd level sorcerers don’t know any Metamagic.

Another helpful way to think about this is:

Why would being a sorcerer put limitations on the Metamagic Adept feat when other classes would have no such limitations?

A Variant Human warlock could take Metamagic Adept at 1st level and immediately have access to the sorcery points and metamagics gained through the feat, so we should not expect that being a sorcerer would prevent that availability, even at 1st level.


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