Darkseid's powers and abilities

The evil New God Darkseid is one of the most powerful beings in the DC Multiverse and has conquered entire universes through his immeasurable powers, iron will, cunning intellect and the military might of the entire realm of Apokolips that worships him as the God of Evil. While thought of as just like any other New God, Darkseid is in fact an entity as a result of the host bonding themselves with the Omega Effect. Uxas is the best known Darkseid however currently Lex Luthor is the New Darkseid. His true power can be measured with the likes of Trigon and the Anti-Monitor.

New God Physiology

The beings of Apokolips and New Genesis call themselves gods and live in a realm called the Fourth World which is outside normal space and time. Their strength is due to their relative proximity to the Source, a mysterious energy which fuels the divine powers of the beings in Apokolips and New Genesis, as well as other powerful beings in the DC Multiverse. The New Gods are singular through the Multiverse and exist in every universe as a manifestation of their true selves.

Superhuman Strength

Uxas is a very powerful being from the planet Apokolips. His strength easily exceeds 100 tons as he is one of the strongest characters in the DC universe. However, his strength varies on his incarnation. Despite his strength fluctuations, his strength alone is a force to be reckoned with. He can easily destroy colossal objects, overpower far stronger characters especially cosmic beings, has the capability to bend and break any man-made material, lift massive objects, and easily demolish immensely fortified infrastructures. His strength is so great that he can easily overpower heavyweights such as Superman and Wonder Woman in hand to hand combat or even overpower the entire Justice League, including their heavy hitters. He has also been shown destroying a Green Lantern Ring with his bare hands, and he once effortlessly punched Superman into the Source Wall. He has effortlessly taken down the likes of Superman and Superboy numerous times with nothing more than one or two punches or even fought against the immeasurably powerful Anti-Monitor in single combat, as well as Alan Scott powered by an entire Multiverse's worth of elemental forces.

Superhuman Speed

Due to Darkseid's New God Physiology, he can think, react, and move faster than a well rounded Olympic Athlete who engages in everyday exercise. Although not as fast as speedsters such as Flash and Superman, his speed is great enough to surprise and outreact them on some occasions and keep up with them in a fight. He can also react and think within microseconds.

Superhuman Stamina

Darkseid's tissues don't create fatigue toxins resulting in him having inexhaustible stamina. He can fight non stop for as long as it takes and can outlast any opponent.


Darkseid is extremely resistant to most forms of physical and mental harm. Darkseid's full durability capacity varies depending on the incarnation. Overall, because he is a high-tier cosmic being, humans couldn't even begin to harm him, bullets bounce off him, rockets, bombs and lasers won't even leave a mark on him, and high-voltage energy emissions can't penetrate through him. He is in fact so durable that Lobo couldn't hurt him at all and only ended up hurting his own fists by punching Darkseid. He is completely immune to all earthly diseases and viruses. His incredible durability has also rendered him completely immune to the power of a Green Lantern ring and a tremendously powerful master-blaster. He can also withstand direct strikes from Anti-Monitor and his Anti-Matter blasts, a point blank planetary explosion, multiple dimensions collapsing on him or even Alan Scott as the Multiversal embodiment of the Green and the other elemental representations. Despite his resistance, powerful beings like Superman or the Martian Manhunter can cause him great distress and pain, as well as divine indestructible weapons such as Aquaman's Trident and Wonder Woman's Sword, forged by the Olympian God Hephaestus. One of his manifestations has also been overpowered and badly hurt by Doomsday (although Doomsday surprised him after being killed by an Omega Blast). Also, materials forged from his home realm can hurt him as well. He, like all New Gods, is vulnerable to Radion. Darkseid is remarkably resistant if not immune to the effects of mental manipulation, matter manipulation, time manipulation and even reality warping.


Darkseid can heal from every wound, such as being stabbed through the eyes, remarkably fast like the time his eye was injured on Earth 2 during a fight with the heroes of that world, but was fine in the next fight, moments later, having regained use of his dreaded Omega Blasts. The Spectre once reduced Darkseid to ashes only to have the New God return to life.


As a New God, Darkseid is immortal and has an extended lifespan which allows him to exist indefinitely. He doesn't age, wither, or degrade. He has been reduced to nothing before by the Spectre but it has been shown that he reformed his body shortly thereafter.

Immunity to disease

Like all the New Gods, Darkseid's divine biology allows him to have an immunity to disease. Despotellis couldn't spread the New Gods with a disease due to their immunity.

Omega Effect

Darkseid is fueled by the Omega Effect which is a force of entropy from the destructive side of the Source. He can use the Omega Effect in a plethora of ways.

Omega Beams

Darkseid's most destructive use of the Omega Effect. He focuses this power as a form of concussion that fires from his eyes. He has complete control over it that he can change its path or its intended purpose at will allowing for teleportation, transmutation, instant disintegration or erasion. He can make it travel in a straight line, curve, bend, or twist around corners. When it hits a target, it quickly reduces the target into nothing. His Omega Beams are proven ineffective against Wonder Woman's bracelets, as they were created from the Olympian Aegis. Nothing has been said to survive the full Omega Effect (even Doomsday died by the blast, before near instantly coming back to life). Darkseid has tore the armor of Anti-Monitor during Crisis on Infinite Earths as well as Imperiex Prime during Our Worlds at War. Darkseid once nearly killed a weakened Anti Monitor with the Omega Beams and again pierced Anti-Monitor's shell and brought him to his knees during the Darkseid war.


Darkseid can easily read minds of others anywhere in the Universe. He can also attack them telepathically and invade their thoughts.


Darkseid revealed he is an avatar of his true omnipotent self, when he was talking to Anarky. This is due to the fact that the New Gods are unique and don't have alternative versions through the Multiverse, but only one "true" New God exists for an infinite number of universes. These avatars are frequently used in place of Darkseid venturing outside the Fourth World but are still a projection of his mind, will and power only less powerful in comparison to his true form.

Mind Control

Darkseid can control the actions and perception of multiple individuals at once.


Darkseid can mentally influence the movement of other objects to move with the use of his mind. He has been able to cause windstorms with his telekinesis or even move entire planets across the universe.

Flight / Levitation

Darkseid can fly at incredible speeds or levitate effortlessly.

Matter Manipulation

With the use of the Omega Effect, Darkseid can dissipate and disperse molecules from an object or organism. He can create life or erase them out of existence. He could also use it to control the internal reactions of an organism such as to de-evolve it.

Energy Manipulation

Darkseid can manipulate energy for various purposes, such as separating Firestorm or creating blasts that can take down the entire Justice League instantly. Darkseid is so powerful that he completely destroyed the colossal planet of the Old Gods in one single move during his first fight with Highfather.

Energy Enhanced Strike

Darkseid can charge his strikes with energy, increasing their effectiveness to a devastating degree, being able to smash planets and take down entire teams of incredibly powerful heroes.

Energy Shield / Force Field

Darkseid can create energy shields and barriers, powerful enough to withstand the universe affecting blasts of Orion's Astroforce and other powerful cosmic attacks.

Dimensional Manipulation

Darkseid can open portals and travel through different dimensions and universes. He can also project his will anywhere in the multiverse.


Darkseid has been known to raise the dead back to life on multiple occasions.

Soul Manipulation

Darkseid can manipulate and corrupt the souls of individuals when he sees fit


Darkseid can teleport himself and other beings anywhere in the universe.

Size Alteration

He can easily manipulate his size, density and mass.

Astral Projection

Darkseid can project himself in the astral plane, like the time he fought against Highfather.

Cosmic Sense

As a powerful cosmic being, Darkseid can sense important events and changes throughout the Multiverse in space and time. He is powerful enough to make other powerhouses such as Monarch and Superman Prime into pawns on a chessboard.

Power Distribution

Darkseid can grant individuals a fraction of his Omega Force or create new powerful minions such as Omega Superman who could match Dr Fate, Stayne who could match Takion and even Eclipso who could match Spectre.

Omega Sanction

Probably one of the most disastrous effects the Omega Effect can give. It can be described as a living hell for it traps the organism in a series of alternate realities, each one worse than the previous.

The Anti-Life Equation

Like all Dark Gods, Darkseid long sought the means to rule everything in creation. He realized that despite his vast power, his enemy was choice. It was free will that kept Scott Free strong despite the years of punishment. It was free will that quelled Orion's fiery heart, who chose to protect the ways of New Genesis and focused his rage on Darkseid. Yes, free will, choice, is an enemy. When Darkseid discovered that there was an Anti-Life Equation, a formula that would stamp out free will and allow him to mold and rule the universe at his whims as he ruled and molded despair ridden Apokolips, he essentially dedicated his life to uncovering this equation. He eventually found it during his trip through the Multiverse and used it to start the Final Crisis story arc.


Darkseid is a brutal and merciless overlord who can bend even the strongest and purest of hearts to his evil will. Noted as one of the most feared beings throughout the universe, he will stop at nothing to achieve his goal of total existential supremacy and has a plethora of numerous tools at his disposal be they material, physical and most especially mental in capacity.


Darkseid is one of the most intelligent, experienced and cunning beings in existence, and has on multiple occasions created schemes on a cosmic level and outsmarted his opponents.


Darkseid is the military leader of an entire realm created for war and conquest, and has successfully conquered entire universes.


Even without the Anti-life Equation Darksied has proven more than once he can not only command the utmost fear and respect amongst his underlings and peers but is a shrewd conniver capable of moving hundreds of not thousands of beings towards his own agenda's.