The shadow power source represents the power of the Shadowfell. Few creatures embrace shadow energy without a compelling reason and a measure of desperation. To claim and wield the power of shadow, one must pledge a shard of his or her soul to the Shadowfell. This soul fragment is replaced with a dark reflection of one's true self, which becomes the source of shadow powers. Shadow abilities are called hexes.[1]

Shadow classesEdit

Classes that draw power from the shadow power source are:

Shadow classes and powers were introduced in the Dragon Magazines.

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


  1. James Wyatt, Andy Collins, Rob Heinsoo, Jeremy Crawford (November 16, 2010). Rules Compendium. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 112. ISBN 978-0786956210.