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Magical Lineage

Benefit: Pick one spell when you choose this trait. When you apply metamagic feats to this spell that add at least 1 level to the spell, treat its actual level as 1 lower for determining the spell's final adjusted level.

Ok, so if a metamagic feat adds one lvl, Magical Lineage will reduce one lvl.
So Shocking Grasp will still be a 1st lvl spell if using Metamagic +1lvl.

But I still don't understand why this is so great. Can anyone explain why this will benefit my magus?

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It's not really that great. When it first came out it was excellent because, unlike other metamagic level reduction sources, it didn't prevent you from reducing the level of a spell below it's starting point. For example with Metamagic Master (the best thing for a solo-spell metamagic build ever) or any other level lowering ability and Intensify Spell you could make Intensified Burning Hands a 0 level spell with Magical Lineage, which is pretty awesome.

Unfortunately Magical Lineage got errataed via the FAQ and this no longer works, so it's only useful in conjunction with other abilities that do allow this (like Metamagic Master), which makes it very limited in utility.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ So from what I'm reading (it's probably old comments) it's not as good as ppl would want it to be in regards of Shocking Grasp. So for me who is multi-class, Magic Knack would be a better choice. \$\endgroup\$
    – Steven
    Apr 5 '15 at 1:46
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Magical Lineage is good for magus for one reason, intensified shocking grasp. Its your bread and butter spell and suddenly it goes from being capped at 5 dice to 10. This is significant damage for a now first level spell.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ How does it go up to 10? \$\endgroup\$
    – Steven
    Apr 5 '15 at 19:13
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Steven: d20pfsrd.com/feats/metamagic-feats/intensified-spell-metamagic \$\endgroup\$
    – user22209
    Apr 5 '15 at 21:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ Sorry if I'm a bit slow, but what has Intensified Spell metamagic feat got to do with Magical Lineage? I can get Int. spell and get the same result without ML right? \$\endgroup\$
    – Steven
    Apr 5 '15 at 21:54
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Steven But with Intensify Spell and Magical Lineage, the spell shocking grasp remains a 1st-level spell instead of 2nd-level spell, allowing the magus a greater number of castings per day and a higher damage output. \$\endgroup\$ Apr 6 '15 at 10:30
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Steven It's a matter of frequency not power. The feat Intensify Spell makes the damage output higher, but it's the feat Magical Lineage that makes the spell usable more often, potentially turning all of the magus's 1st-level spells into intensified shocking grasps. \$\endgroup\$ Apr 6 '15 at 10:55
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It minimizes the spell slot change.

Say you cast Extended Aid. Aid is a level 2 spell, and Extended increases the spell level by 1. Now it occupies a level 3 slot.

However, if you have Magical Lineage:Aid, then when you cast Extend (that adds at least 1 level to the spell), Aid counts as a level 1 (1-1) spell, resulting in a final spell slot of 2.

Basically, it means that metamagics that aren't Tenebrous or Merciful (since they have an adjustment of 0) cost 1 less slot level.

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