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Arcane magic

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Arcane magic is often a field of intense study and practice.

Arcane magic is one of three types, or traditions, of magic, along with divine and psychic magic, that manifests in the form of spells and spell-like effects.[1] Arcane spells are known to create more dramatic and destructive effects than divine spells.[2][3]

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Arcanists, bards, bloodragers, magi, skalds, sorcerers, summoners, witches, and wizards can all cast arcane spells, as can others who study the arts of spellcraft or have an innate talent for spellcasting.[1]


Unlike divine magic, many arcane magic spells require physical components, almost always in the form of either a reusable focus or consumable material component.[4]

Written spells

Arcane spells can be described using an intricate, universal form of notation. Each spell scribe has a unique form that renders written spells incomprehensible to other arcane spellcasters until they decipher its contents.[2] Wizards scribe spells into spellbooks for reference and preparation, and all arcane spellcasters can read scrolls depicting arcane spells.[5]


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