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Philippa Sontag 002


Arclight served with the American ground forces during the Vietnam War, and she is still haunted by memories of that place. She has redirected her rage into bodybuilding, which she uses to augment her mutant powers. Her mutant ability enables her to create shock waves through physical contact, usually combined with her super strength in form of punches and blows. During her appearances she has been shown to project a bright light upon impact of her hands. As a war veteran, she is well versed in battle, and is known as one of the most bloodthirsty members of the mutant massacring group, the Marauders. Her relationship with teammate Scalphunter has also made her second-in-command. During their first mission, Arclight kills dozens of underground-dwelling mutants known as Morlocks. She also took some time off to answer Superia's invitation to join her female group of villains, the Femizons. Though the details of her recruitment by Mr. Sinister to the Marauders remain unrevealed, she has participated in all of the group's major operations. Due to Sinister cloning the Marauders multiple times, it is hard to determine if the 'original' Arclight has been present in all of them. Following M-Day, Arclight became one of the so-called 198, one of the few remaining mutants retaining their powers, and a refugee at the X-Mansion. She later returns as a member of the New Marauders, alongside old members like Scalphunter and new ones like Sunfire and Lady Mastermind. During Messiah Complex in the final battle on Muir Isle, she is injured by Wolfsbane. Despite having been bitten in the neck, she seemingly survives as she is seen later being defeated by Rockslide.

Powers and Abilities


  • Shock Wave Generation: She can direct a wave of seismic energy by striking a victim with her hands or feet. This typically creates a massive shock wave damaging and/or disorientating all within line-of-fire, shatter objects, create shock waves, or cause earth tremors.
  • Superhuman Strength: allowing her to lift approximately 50 tons.
  • Superhuman Endurance
  • Resistance to Physical Injury

Known Abilities: Covert ops and above average hand-to-hand combat.

Strength level

Strength Class 50

Alternate Versions

Age of Apocalypse (Earth-295)

In the Age of Apocalypse, Arclight is a male member of the Brotherhood of Chaos, and is an Alpha-Class mutant.[1]


  • Dyed her hair purple. Has dyed it blue and pink as well.
  • Arclight's codename comes from the B-52 bombings during the Vietnam War, also called Operation Arc Light.
  • Arclight was at one point depicted as unusually tall, and with the physique of a bodybuilder, but in recent appearances she has gained a more conventional comic-book female appearance.
  • In Wolverine and the X-Men, she was depicted as a boy and part of the Marauders.
  1. He was on the list of mutants intended to be resurrected in the Alpha LabAge of Apocalypse #4

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