Ask Wizards05/04/2007


Q: Dear Sage,
Do metamagic effects apply to creatures summoned by summoning spell? For example, does a monster summoned by a maximized summon monster spell have maximum hit points?

A: No.

The metamagic effect only applies to the specific rules of the spell itself—the spell’s range, its casting time, the variable number of creatures summoned, and so forth—not to the monsters it brings.

For example, an extended summon monster I would double the duration that the monsters remain, but wouldn’t have any effect on the durations of the monsters’ special powers.

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