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Nth metal (also called ninth metal) is a special metal with gravity negating effects..


Nth metal (also called ninth metal) is a special metal with gravity negating effects..

It is native to Thanagar, the home planet of Katar Hol and Shayera Thal. Among the unusual properties of Nth metal is the ability to negate gravity, allowing a person wearing an object, such as a belt, made of Nth Metal to fly. In addition, Nth metal also protects the wearer from the elements and speeds the healing of wounds, increases their strength, and protects them from extremes in temperature.

It has many other properties that have yet to be revealed in full. It has been implied that the apparently magical abilities of the Thanagarian super-villain, Onimar Synn, all stem from his unique mastery of the properties of the Nth metal. These powers are augmented to a god-like level in the Rann-Thanagar war when he builds himself an artificial body made of the substance. It is also used as shielding around the engines of all Thanagarian Warbird ships.

In ancient Egypt a Thanagarian spaceship made of Nth metal crash-landed, to be discovered by Prince Khufu and his betrothed, Chay-ara. Exposure to Nth metal forced Khufu and Chay-Ara into a cycle of reincarnation. In the Twentieth Century, they were incarnated as Carter Hall and Shiera Saunders, the original Hawkman and Hawkgirl. As Hawkman and Hawkgirl, they wore Nth metal belts, made with the help of Thanagarian Paran Katar, father of Katar Hol, when he was visiting Earth.

Many years later, Carter and Shiera's son, Hector Hall made a suit of armor made of Nth metal and took the name Silver Scarab as a founding member of Infinity, Inc. The suit provided him with protection from attacks, allowed him to fly and to project solar energy blasts, and let him lift great weights.

Members of the Legion of Super-Heroes wear flight rings made of an alloy of Nth metal called Valorium.

After the Source Wall was near destroyed when the Justice League used it to stave off invasion by the Dark God Barbatos and his twisted Acolytes. All Nth Metal forms throughout reality have become super active due to various energy forces flooding in from the Multiverse, the surviving denizens of Thanagar using the Absorbascon device through the Martian Keep to recreate their broken world and restore it to glory.[1]

Powers and Abilities

The Nth Metal grants the wearer/wielder unique abilities

  • Gravity Negation: Grants the ability to fly and allows the wearer to carry objects 20 times heavier than what they normally could.[2]
  • Heat Generation: The metal generates a heat aura, sufficient to keep a man alive under Arctic conditions.[3]
  • Symbiosis: The metal bonds to and vastly augments the physical dexterity of the host wearer, even restoring lost physical attributes which recede over time.[4]
    • Metamorphosis: Pure Nth Metal bonded to a host can shape and form into weapons or armor with adaptive features at their command. It will even move to protect the wearer from oncoming assaults against their person.[5]
    • Regeneration: Its restorative powers are such that Nth Metal allows its user to regrow missing body parts.[4]
    • Resurrection: The metal can also restore the host after total biophysical desiccation, restoring life to a dead body,[6] or even physically reintegrate its user at a bio-molecular level.[7]
  • Magic Negation: In recent continuity users can physically interact with as well as disrupt the presence of ghostly entities, magic creatures, and even break enchantments.[7][8]
  • Energy Transference: Nth metal has the power to absorb and store vast quantities of energy for later redistribution.[9]
  • Power Augmentation: The metal has the effect of greatly enhancing a user's powers, Despero having used it to augment his already considerable physical and mental capabilities beyond the norm. [10]
  • Adaptation: The symbiotic metal has the capacity to adjust and augment itself in order to better aid its wearer with new abilities.
    • Healing Nullification: Can weaken the recovery abilities of its user's foes, allowing the user to deliver killing blows.[11]


  • In Pre-Crisis continuity, Ninth Metal existed in the Earth-Two universe, where it had no known extraterrestrial background. Nth Metal existed on Earth-One, and was used primarily by Thanagarians.
  • Post Rebirth Nth Metal is revealed to've originated within the Dark Multiverse, being an incomplete facsimile of the purer 10th Metal sent back to the dawn of time by Barbatos.


  • Nth Metal is a non-conducting metal.[16]
  • In the DC Animated Universe, Nth Metal's atomic number is 676.[17] However this is likely an error, Nth metal is identified as Transuranic Iron ore so its atomic number in order to be Iron would have to be 26 and its atomic mass would be 676.

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