Kaouse wrote:If there IS a 1 spell/round clause, can I begin the process of casting somatic components for another spell after releasing a Still SLA on my turn?
There's not, but it's implied by the explanation above. For SLAs, you still need to target and activate, so that's a move and a partial action. To get two off in a round, you'd need access to 3 partial actions in addition to you move action, and most caster's don't ever get that. That said, if you somehow did, go nuts. Or if you wanted to get a head start on next round's spell, with the knowledge that paints a target on your back.
Also note that, if you have enough partial actions, you could, say, activate a SLA and also make a weapon attack in the same round.
Umm... are you sure about that? From what I gather from Chapter 7's explanation on action economy, targeting and activating a spell is basically the same partial action, not two separate partial actions.
Spellcasting in CombatCasting a spell or channeling energy generally involves several steps, each of which requires an action:
- Retrieving material components and/or presenting a focus component generally requires a partial action, although this time can be reduced to a swift action or even a free action through the use of the Sleight of Hand skill (Chapter 4), and can be eliminated altogether with the Eschew Materials feat (Chapter 5).
- Performing the somatic components of a spell requires a move action.
- Speaking the verbal components and targeting the spell can be completed together as a partial action.
Therefore, a 1st level wizard with no skill in Sleight of Hand, casting a spell with verbal, somatic, and material components, spends his or her partial action retrieving the components and the move action performing the somatic gestures. On the next round, as a partial action, he or she can finally speak the verbal component and target the spell.
A 12th level sorcerer (BAB +6) with the Eschew Materials feat spends his or her bonus move action performing the somatic gestures, and a partial action to speak the verbal components and direct the spell; that leaves another partial action available to take a 5-foot step, make a single attack, or whatever.
There are 3 main partial actions associated with spellcasting - material components, somatic components, and a combination of verbal componets + targeting/releasing the spell.
Material components can be erased with Eschew Materials or cheated through Sleight of Hand (or the Somatic Weapon feat). This erases 1 of 3 actions.
Somatic components can be erased with Still Spell, eliminating a second of 3 actions.
Verbal components can be erased, but the action requirement to target/release the spell doesn't change...unless certain conditions are met.
The Still Spell metamagic feat (Chapter 8) eliminates the need to perform somatic components. The Silent Spell feat removes the need to speak the verbal components, but the spell must still be directed, requiring a partial action unless one of the following applies:
- If the spell is Silenced and affects only you (i.e., has a range of “Personal” and a target of “You”), this step can be completed as a swift action instead.
- If the Quicken Spell feat (reducing the time to a swift action) is applied. Casting a Silent, Stilled, Quickened spell with no material components or requires one swift action.
So, with no material and somatic components, shouldn't there only be 1 partial action left, allowing a 6 BAB caster the ability to cast two Still SLAs in a round?
Doing it the way you suggest, would probably require changing the action economy on spellcasting from 3 actions at base to 4 actions.