Q: Dear Sage,
Can you use a metamagic feat when creating items?
A: Yes; calculate the magic item’s price using the new spell level (as adjusted by the metamagic feat).
A wand of maximized cure light wounds, for example, would cost 21,000 gp (spell level 4 times caster level 7 times 750 gp). You couldn’t make a wand of maximized cure moderate wounds, because that’s a 5th-level spell, which is beyond the spell level limit of a wand.
If you’re not using the spell’s level to calculate the price, remember to estimate the price using the improved potency of the effect for comparison (rather than using the non-metamagic version of the spell).
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