The arcane power source represents the magical energy that permeates the cosmos, and can be used for a variety of effects, from fireballs to flight to invisibility. Each class that relies on this power source is the representative of a different tradition of arcane study. Arcane abilities are called spells.[1]

Arcane classesEdit

Classes that draw power from the arcane power source are:

Arcane classes and powers were introduced in the Player's Handbook.

The other power sources are Divine, Martial, Primal, Psionic and Shadow.


  1. James Wyatt, Andy Collins, Rob Heinsoo, Jeremy Crawford (November 16, 2010). Rules Compendium. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 111. ISBN 978-0786956210.