Ask Wizards06/18/2007


Q: Dear Sage
Does the damp power psionic power (Complete Psionic, 82) trump an effect that empowers or maximizes a spell or power?

A: Yes and no.

An empowered fireball affected by damp power would deal 1 point of damage per die, plus 50%. A 6th-level sorcerer’s empowered fireball would thus deal 9 points of damage.

A maximized fireball, however, no longer has variable, numeric effects (because they’ve been maximized), so damp power would have no effect on its damage.

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