Kayerloth wrote:But not every rod is useful for everyone. I.e. metamagic rods in the hands of non-casters.
per the CRB:
Rods are scepter-like devices that have unique magical powers and do not usually have charges. Anyone can use a rod.
Yeah but define 'use'
1) Barbarian waves his Metamagic Rod at the orcs while telling them in no uncertain terms he will 'turn them into a less than pleasant smelling dung heap if they don't do as he says RIGHT NOW! (and rolls for intimidate). Nice prop there AM SMASH the wizard pretender.
2) Nothing really says that a Metamagic Rod is of less sturdy construction than the norm (though I do tend to picture them with more baubles). Could still be used as a weapon by the fighter trying to take on a skeleton when he finds himself without a bludgeoning weapon.
I.e. less useful may indeed be a more accurate statement.