[RPG] Can a sorcerer use the Quickened Spell metamagic option to cast cantrips


Considering that in higher levels, cantrips deal more damage than L2 spells (especially if you dip 2 levels of Warlock, with EB + Hex + Agonizing Blast), I'm wondering whether it's more efficient for an (MC) Sorcerer to use L2 Slots to power Quickened (EB) cantrips.

The Quickened Spell metamagic option says:

When you cast a spell that has a casting time of 1 action, you can spend 2 sorcery points to change the casting time to 1 bonus action for this casting.

The idea would be to Quicken EB a few times (or in a big fight, until you run out of SP), and at the end of the fight (or during, if needed), convert L2 slots to more SP. Since you keep these until a long rest, you can basically stock up in SP in between fights.

Can a sorcerer use the Quickened Spell metamagic option to cast cantrips?

Best Answer

Yes, as long as the cantrip has a casting time of 1 Action

Most cantrips require an action to cast. As such, you can certainly quicken them. So any 1 Action casting time cantrip will be usable, such as Eldritch Blast in this question.

However, PHB p. 202 states:

A spell cast with a bonus action is especially swift. You must use a bonus action on your turn to cast the spell, provided that you haven't already taken a bonus action this turn. You can't cast another spell during the same turn, except for a cantrip with a casting time of 1 action.

Thankfully, if you are planning on casting two cantrips per turn, you are more than able to do this effectively, as they are not restricted by the same restriction as regular spells.