[RPG] Do metamagic feats increase a spell’s casting time in Pathfinder


In D&D 3.5, there was a rule that a spontaneous spellcaster had to spend extra time casting a spell if they chose to apply a metamagic feat. Is this also true in Pathfinder, or was this limitation removed?

I noticed that the Quicken Spell metamagic feat specifically notes that this rule doesn't apply; but, I couldn't find the actual rule anywhere. If the rule still exists, please provide an exact reference in the Pathfinder RAW.

Best Answer

Yes. Here's the reference.

Because the sorcerer or bard has not prepared the spell in a metamagic form in advance, he must apply the metamagic feat on the spot. Therefore, such a character must also take more time to cast a metamagic spell (one enhanced by a metamagic feat) than he does to cast a regular spell. If the spell's normal casting time is a standard action, casting a metamagic version is a full-round action for a sorcerer or bard. (This isn't the same as a 1-round casting time.) The only exception is for spells modified by the Quicken Spell metamagic feat, which can be cast as normal using the feat.