Changing Spell Damage Type

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Players piloting spellcasters often want to swap out damage types for thematic or mechanical reasons. For example, they might think that a fireball is cooler as an ice explosion. Or, they might want to swap a lightning bolt to fire to keep a troll from regenerating.

In past editions, a spellcaster could accomplish this with Energy Substitution metamagic. Unfortunately, the Transmutation metamagic doesn’t cover every damage type. Also, until recently with the Metamagic Adept feat published in Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything, metamagic was locked into the sorcerer class, unavailable to other spellcasters.

Metamagic Adept

Prerequisite: Spellcasting or Pact Magic feature

You’ve learned how to exert your will on your spells to alter how they function:

    You learn two Metamagic options of your choice from the sorcerer class. You can use only one Metamagic option on a spell when you cast it, unless the option says otherwise. Whenever you reach a level that grants the Ability Score Improvement feature, you can replace one of these Metamagic options with another one from the sorcerer class.
    You gain 2 sorcery points to spend on Metamagic (these points are added to any sorcery points you have from another source but can be used only on Metamagic). You regain all spent sorcery points when you finish a long rest.

So, it makes sense to dream up a system where characters can swap out damage type. Preferably outside the context of the restrictive metamagic system.

Damage Class

Of course, there are balance considerations. So, instead of making it so that every spell can swap for every damage type (leaving us with a bland slate of forceball, burning force…

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