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Unearthed Arcana is an accessory for the 3.5th-edition of Dungeons & Dragons® ruleset.

A new guide to variant rules for the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game.

This all-new sourcebook provides D&D players and Dungeon Masters with a wide choice of variant rules for alternate roleplaying in a D&D campaign. Designed to expand the options available for customizing gameplay, these variant rules are modular and can be imported into any campaign in any amount desired. Examples of variant rules include playing core classes as prestige classes and alternate damage systems. Brand-new rules include a new system of metamagic feats and a new spell system.


  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Races
  • Chapter 2: Classes
  • Chapter 3: Building Characters
  • Chapter 4: Adventuring
  • Chapter 5: Magic
  • Chapter 6: Campaigns
  • Afterword: When Worlds Collide
  • Variant Checklist


Unearthed Arcana was designed for experienced players and DMs looking for something new, encouraging them to customize the game's rules. Unearthed Arcana was aimed at providing an extensive list of variant rules and options to change the standard game itself.



  • Designer: Andy Collins, Jesse Decker, David Noonan, Rich Redman
  • Additional Design: Andrew Finch, Steve Kenson, Charles Ryan, Bill Slavicsek, Ed Stark, Jonathan Tweet, JD Wiker, James Wyatt
  • Editors: Michele Carter, Gwendolyn F.M. Kestrel, Charles Ryan
  • Managing Editor: Kim Mohan
  • Design Manager: Ed Stark
  • Director of RPG R&D: Bill Slavicsek
  • Image Technician: Jay Sakamoto
  • Production Manager: Josh Fischer
  • Art Director: Dawn Murin
  • Cover Artist: Matt Cavotta
  • Interior Artists: Steven Belledin, Ed Cox, Wayne England, Emily Fiegenschuh, David Hudnut, Jeremy Jarvis, Doug Kovacs, John and Laura Lakey, David Martin, Dennis Crabapple McClain, Mark Nelson, James Pavelec, Steve Prescott, David Roach, Richard Sardinha, Ron Spencer, Stephen Tappin, Joel Thomas, Ben Thompson
  • Graphic Designer: Dawn Murin
  • Graphic Production Specialist: Erin Dorries
  • Cartographer: Todd Gamble


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Supplemental Sourcebooks
3rd and 3.5 edition
Arms and Equipment Guide | Complete Adventurer | Complete Arcane | Complete Champion | Complete Divine | Complete Mage | Complete Psionic | Complete Warrior | Defenders of the Faith | Draconomicon: The Book of Dragons | Epic Level Handbook | Expanded Psionics Handbook | Manual of the Planes | Masters of the Wild | Oriental Adventures | Psionics Handbook | Savage Species | Spell Compendium‎ | Stormwrack | Unearthed Arcana