Ask Wizards08/07/2007


Q: Dear Sage
A warlock's eldritch blast is treated like a spell in all regards, and is also a ray. Thus, could a warlock use the Split Ray metamagic feat to hit two opponents instead of one?

A: No.

First of all, a warlock’s eldritch blast isn’t “treated like a spell in all regards”—it’s a spell-like ability that also shares some special characteristics of a spell (for instance, being subject to arcane spell failure and requiring somatic components).

As Complete Arcane points out, the warlock can’t apply metamagic feats to his invocations; however, he can apply feats that emulate metamagic effects specifically for spell-like abilities, such as Empower Spell-Like Ability (CA p7). Thus, you can’t use Split Ray to affect an eldritch blast.

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