Does Java have an exponential operator?

There is no operator, but there is a method.

Math.pow(2, 3) // 8.0

Math.pow(3, 2) // 9.0

FYI, a common mistake is to assume 2 ^ 3 is 2 to the 3rd power. It is not. The caret is a valid operator in Java (and similar languages), but it is binary xor.

There is the Math.pow(double a, double b) method. Note that it returns a double, you will have to cast it to an int like (int)Math.pow(double a, double b).

To do this with user input:

public static void getPow(){
    Scanner sc = new Scanner(;
    System.out.println("Enter first integer: ");    // 3
    int first = sc.nextInt();
    System.out.println("Enter second integer: ");    // 2
    int second = sc.nextInt();
    System.out.println(first + " to the power of " + second + " is " + 
        (int) Math.pow(first, second));    // outputs 9