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Arcane is a spell type, a subtype seen exclusively on instants and sorceries. It is like a creature type in that it does not affect the casting of the spell, but there are several cards that interact with Arcane cards, most notably the cards with splice and Spiritcraft. The Arcane spell type was introduced in Kamigawa block and marks spells cast by the numerous spirits of that plane. [1] [2] In this sense, Arcane was a precursor to tribal spells. [3]

Since Arcane spells represent the magic woven by kami, the art typically depict mortals getting enlightened or influenced by the spirits. [4]

In other languages[edit]

Language or script Title Romanization
French
25
Arcane
German
25
Arkan
Italian
25
Arcano
Portuguese
25 25
Arcana
Spanish
25
Arcano
Japanese
25
秘儀 Higi
(Hepburn)
Simplified Chinese
25
古咒 Gǔzhòu
(Pinyin)

References[edit]

  1. Mark Rosewater. (September 6, 2004.) "Arcane and Able", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Aaron Forsythe. (June 17, 2005.) "The Cost of Arcane", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Devin Low. (October 12, 2007.) "Surprising Subtypes", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Magic Arcana. (April 13, 2005.) "Arcane Sketches", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
Card types
Groups Supertypes Card types Subtypes
Spell
(non-permanent)
Instant FUT Instant symbol.png Trap Arcane
Sorcery FUT Sorcery symbol.png
Permanent Basic,
Elite,
Legendary,
Snow,
World
Artifact FUT Artifact symbol.png Equipment, Fortification, Contraption
Creature FUT Creature symbol.png (…)
Enchantment FUT Enchantment symbol.png Aura, Curse, Shrine
Land FUT Land symbol.png (…)
Planeswalker FUT Planeswalker symbol.png (…)
Miscellaneous Tribal (…)
Plane (…)
Phenomenon
Ongoing Scheme
Vanguard
Conspiracy
Obsolete Mono,
Poly,
Continuous
Interrupt,
Mana Source,
Summon