Say I am a high level cleric. I have Flame Strike prepared with Empower metamagic, increasing it's spell slot by 2, resulting in an Empowered Flame Strike sitting in a level 7 spell slot.

I also have a normal metamagic rod of Intensify which affects spells of level 6 and lower.

Can I use my metamagic rod when I cast my Empowered Flame Strike? On one hand the level of the spell is still <6, but on the other the slot it uses is >6.


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Other than Heighten Spell, no metamagic feat changes a spell’s level, only the slot it requires. Thus, empowered flame strike is still a 5th-level spell for the purposes of save DC, passing through globe of invulnerability (well, both a 5th-level and 7th-level spell are equally-good at that, but if you had an empowered fireball it would not bypass lesser globe of invulnerability), and being affected by an intensify metamagic rod.

  • \$\begingroup\$ So if I used Heighten Spell to increase it to 7th level, then it WOULDN'T be usable with the rod. ok. \$\endgroup\$
    – GreySage
    Sep 10, 2015 at 21:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ I am very glad to see this answer as I feared it would be the other way around. \$\endgroup\$
    – Fering
    Sep 16, 2016 at 18:57

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