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The first Lazarus Pit was accidentally discovered by Ra's al Ghul while digging a pit. There he discovered the restorative chemical pools while searching for a cure for a dying prince. Although the Lazarus Pit saved the prince's life, it also drove him mad and caused him

The Lazarus Pit is a supernatural phenomenon of restorative pools, capable of instantly healing injuries, resurrecting the dead, and even granting immortality to those who bathe in it. They are most commonly used by Ra's al Ghul, who has utilized them to expand his lifespan for centuries.


New Earth


The first Lazarus Pit was accidentally discovered by Ra's al Ghul while digging a pit. There he discovered the restorative chemical pools while searching for a cure for a dying prince. Although the Lazarus Pit saved the prince's life, it also drove him mad and caused him to kill Ra's al Ghul's wife, Sora. This incident led to a series of cruel circumstances for Ra's al Ghul, eventually turning him into the feared "Demon's Head". For several centuries, the Lazarus Pits were used by Ra's al Ghul to prolong his life.[1]

The substance that fills each pit is a chemical blend of unknown composition, seemingly originating from somewhere within the Earth's crust. For an unknown reason, it bubbles to the surface only at certain key points around the globe, typically at the junction of ley lines. The chemicals can rejuvenate the sick and the dying (and even the technically deceased as long as they have not yet truly died), but will typically kill a healthy user. In addition, it appears to act as a youth restorative sometimes, decreasing the age of a user depending how long they were in the pit, and in many cases, resurrect the dead.

For maximum efficiency, however, someone must be placed in the Lazarus Pit within a relatively short period of time following their death. Although older bodies may be resurrected, there is no guarantee that they will return in perfect condition. On one occasion, Ra's exhumed the bodies of Thomas and Martha Wayne, threatening to immerse them in the pit, thus transforming them into undead zombies.[2]

When used to heal or to bring someone back to life, that person is also rendered temporarily insane — although in one instance when it was used for the Joker, the reverse effect occurred (i.e., it temporarily rendered him sane).[3]

There are various Lazarus Pits located in the snowy mountains of Switzerland, where Ra's has several secret headquarters. The waters of these Lazarus Pits are green. By the time Ra's met Batman, his life force was almost depleted and he eventually died. Ra's and his men had traveled to Switzerland in order to use one of Ra's Lazarus Pits in his secret hideout on the snowy mountains.

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Batman tried to capture Ra's and bring him to justice, but Talia convinced Batman that Ra's was dead and after Batman was gone, she activated the machine that was constructed over the Lazarus Pit with a mechanism that placed Ra's in the pool for a few minutes before bringing him back to the surface.[4] This secret base of operations was destroyed after Batman's encounter with Ra's and the Lazarus Pit was destroyed as well. However, the chemicals from the pit mixed with the explosion that destroyed the place and affected Ra's loyal servant, Ubu, who became a crazed zombie after his exposure to the chemicals.[5]

Ra's had another pit located in the Alps, which he often used as it was the safest place for him to start the process of restoration.[6]

The second known Lazarus Pit used by Ra's al Ghul was located on Infinity Island. This Pit is different from others as it is connected to the volcanic system of the island, which makes the chemicals more powerful than the regular Lazarus Pit, but it also makes it more deadly.

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"Red Revival"

On his quest for world domination, Ra's came across this Lazarus Pit around the 17th Century and as he enslaved the island people and used the Island's resources for his mad crusade, Ra's started using the pit located near the core of the two volcanoes in the island to restore his life. Using the properties of the pit, Ra's also prolonged Talia's lifespan, although he never allowed her to go into the pit. Ra's was eventually forced to use the pit in order to heal Talia from a certain death, but her sudden defection after such sacrifice caused Ra's to lose his temper and attack Batman, who was partially responsible for Talia's betrayal. During the fight between Ra's and Batman, the former fell into the pit, which caused his body to become engulfed in flames and his mind was brought to the edge of madness. When Ra's fell into the pit a second time, the unusual activity caused the volcanoes to activate and erupt, destroying the entire island and apparently killing Ra's. Needless to say, this Lazarus Pit was also destroyed.[7]

Ra's al Ghul also had a secret pit a few miles away from Gotham City, hidden underneath the earth. This location was eventually found by Batman and during his final confrontation with Ra's, the Demon's Head fell into the pit as the whole place collapsed. The pit was destroyed and Ra's was presumed dead.[8]

The Lazarus Pits have been later used by multiple people across the globe, including Ra's al Ghul's daughter, Nyssa, Black Canary[9], the Riddler,[10] Lady Shiva, Cassandra Cain and Kate Kane. Bruce Wayne was accidentally submerged in a Lazarus Pit during a fight with Ra's al Ghul. [11]

Ra's's daughter, Talia used the Lazarus Pit to heal Jason Todd's mind and body after his unexpected resurrection.[12]

The fanatical terrorist known as Kobra also had his own hidden network of Lazarus Pits after having analyzed and duplicated the chemical compositions of the Pits. Furthermore, Kobra's analysis of the Lazarus Pits' chemicals allowed him to control those he resurrected as mindless slaves.

Eventually all of the Lazarus Pits were apparently destroyed by Bane and Batman, except for one. Because each Lazarus Pit can reportedly only be used one time,[citation needed] Ra's had to accept the fact that eventually he would die (a notion that is subject to debate, as there is evidence of him existing in the 31st century). His daughter Nyssa, however, had discovered a way to make the Lazarus Pits last indefinitely, but rather than let her father use it, she stabbed him to death. Although supposedly only one pit remains, its location has appeared vague — at one point it appears to be in an island compound Ra's assaulted. Later it appeared to be in a completely different location, and another "last" pit was constructed inside the Batcave. This may in fact indicate that there is more than one pit remaining, or that Nyssa was able to create additional pits.

Prime Earth


During the 500th Century BC, the Earth suffered a worldwide meteor storm, where a young Vandal Savage encountered a fragment of a meteorite. The radiation from the meteorite enhanced Savage's mind and body to a superhuman degree and made him immortal. Fragments of the meteor landed across the world, granting others similar abilities. Savage sensed that it was magic in nature, but speculated that it could be from an alien world or from a possible future. The meteorite was partially made up of the chemical compound Dionesium, which has the supernatural ability to revive dead tissue. This substance would eventually become the source for what became the Lazarus Pit, as the Pits also contain Dionesium.[13]

During the 16th Century BCE, Li Jing, a powerful Chinese Warlord was distraught by the loss of his son Nezha, who'd fallen in battle. Li Jing preserved his body and scoured the globe in a way to revive his late son, lowering his fortunes to naught. He eventually reduced to servitude, scrubbing the floors of reputed magician, in a faint hope the man could help him. After years had passed, the magician finally showed mercy and rewarded Li Jing with knowledge that allowed him to create an "elixir of eternal life", using his literal blood and tears, and a number of unknown ingredients. He then entered Nezha's tomb and administered the liquid, successfully resurrecting him.[14][15] This elixir was later refined to create the Lazarus Pits.[16]

Well of Sins

The so-called Well of Sins, the very first and purest of all Lazarus Pits, is much more potent than the other Pits; upon bathing in it, Ra's al Ghul gained true immortality (as opposed to the mere longevity afforded by the other Pits) and potent supernatural powers. However, this power proved too much for him to control.

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In this continuity, Ra's determined a new method of using the Pits by 1979, when he was confronted by the now-elderly Bruce Wayne; if two souls entered the pit at the same time, the force of their lives would be melded together, so one would perish and the other become permanently immortal. With the alternatives of certain death at the hands of Ra's' forces or a fifty-fifty chance of death in the Pits, Wayne accepted the risk, and survived the procedure instead of Ra's. As a result, Wayne was restored to the prime of his physical life and in peak health, with his aging retarded so that he was now aging at least a year for every century; by 2919 he appeared basically the same apart from greying temples[17].

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An Gigantic Larizus Pit was used to revive the massive Skull Devil and made it even larger than before. [18][19]


The Lazarus Pit's main function is to heal the injuries and even resurrect its user. The pit can revive someone from the dead if they have just died, as it will be ineffective on anyone who has been dead for too long though there are some exceptions. As a side effect of exposure to the pit, the user temporarily endures a "Lazarus Fever". This causes them to break out into uncontrollable rage, temporarily enhancing their physical attributes. Prolonged use of the pit can grant a user an immortal lifespan, as long as they have unrestricted access to the pit. In certain instances, the Lazarus Pits can corrupt a person's soul over time, due to extended use of the pit.[20]


  • The Lazarus Pit is named after Lazarus, the biblical figure whom Christ resurrected from the dead.[23]
  • The Church of Blood possesses a device that functions similarly to that of a Lazarus Pit. Raven once used one of these pits to resurrect her former college classmate, Jericho.[24]
  • Aside from the al Ghuls, an incomplete list of people healed by the Lazarus Pit includes: Dinah Lance,[25] Edmund Dorrance,[26] Cassandra Cain,[27] Bruce Wayne,[28] and Kate Kane[29]
  • Vandal Savage discovered that the Lazarus Resin doesn't originate from Earth, but was actually brought to Earth by the meteorite that turned Savage immortal.[13] The meteorite was partially made up of the chemical compound Dionesium, which has the supernatural ability to revive dead tissue, bringing those who encounter it back to life. This compound is prominent in Ra's al Ghul's Lazarus Pits.

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