Following this question, I notified my player that I was thinking in changing the way that her combo would work. Before I could even say to her how that would work, she started digging the books again for some new, more “conventional” ways to raise her spellcasting limit.
She asked me if I would allow the Complete Mage from D&D 3.5, and I (stupid me) said yes.
Now she appeared with a new character sheet, with two feats that gave me chills – Storm Bolt and Heighten Spell.
Then I looked at her Character Sheet. She managed to bring her Int up to 24 (in a legal way), thus she have an extra 7th level spell slot.
I Immediatelly realized what she’s planning – she will put a Heightened Lightning Bolt (7th level) on that slot and use the reserve feat to use a 7d6 “at will” Lightning Bolt.
First, Heighten Spell Reads:
All effects dependent on spell level (such as saving throw DCs and ability to penetrate a lesser globe of invulnerability) are calculated according to the heightened level.
And them, Storm Bolt reads:
As long as you have an electricity spell of 3rd level or higher available to cast, you can fire a 20-foot line of electricity as a standard action. This bolt deals 1d6 points of electricity damage per level of the highest-level electricity spell you have available to cast. A successful Reflex save halves damage.
How the Reserve Feat will interact with this? I suppose it will use the effective spell level of the Heightened LB (7th), but there migth be nuances that I’m missing.
Im feeling a little uneasy about letting a wizard having an at-will 7d6 short lightning bolt, but again I don’t want to punish players by the creative use of the system.
These two feats interact the way she is thinking they do?