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ZATANNA: Powers and Abilities

The daughter of John Zatara, Zatanna is a powerful magician who casts spells by speaking backwards and works as both a stage performer and a member of the Justice League of America (presently Justice League Dark).

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Powers and Abilities

Sorcery: Zatanna is a homo magi, a human born with the affinity to manipulate magic. Her unique genetic structure allows her to use the magic she was born with as well as learned magic. As a tribute to her father, and as a focus for her spells, she casts spells by speaking backwards. For example, saying "pots" would cause the target of the spell to stop in their tracks.

Elemental Sorcery: With her magic Zatanna has shown a great affinity to manipulate the elements of the Earth.

Pyrokinesis: Generation and Control of fire

Thermokinesis: She has used this ability a few times to stay warm in frigid environments.

Aerokinesis: Generation and Control of Air

Geokinesis: Control of Earth/Rock

Chlorokinesis: Control over plants

Hydrokinesis: Generation and Control of Water

Cryokinesis: Generation and Control of Ice

Atmokinesis Control of Weather

Telepathy: Zatanna can use her magic to manipulate the minds of others. She has displayed the following abilities.

Read Minds

Memory Manipulation: She is able to wipe minds completely and/or remove specific memories.

Mental Domination: She has shown the ability to override a person's will completely, forcing them to do as she wishes.

Superhuman Strength

Superhuman Durability


Force Field

Teleportation: Able to teleport herself and/or others to anywhere she desires.

Dimensional Travel

Probability Manipulation

Magical Awareness: supernatural sensitivity to occult activities and mystic phenomena.

Dispel: Able to remove illusions and holographic images that her opponents have set up.


Elemental Conversion

Molecular Conversion

Regeneration: Able to heal herself and others

Size Alteration: She can increase or decrease her overall volume to nearly any size she chooses. The limits of this ability are subject only to the degree of power available to her at any one time. She has been seen using this ability to get down to the size of the Atom (about 6 inches tall at the time) to talk to him face-to-face. She has also been shown capable of altering the size of others with the spell 'knirhs.'

Spectral Sight: She can see spiritual entities and travelers invisible to normal sight; she can perceive magical events at a great distance.

Elemental Transmutation: Zatanna has the ability to rearrange atoms and molecules in both inorganic and organic matter. She can change an object’s or creature's shape. In addition from one chemical into another.

Magical Manipulation: Zatanna is also capable of using all personal and universal magic

Extraction and Transportation of Souls: Able to extract and move souls from organic/inorganic structures to another organic/inorganic structure. In addition, she can attack her opponents by thrusting a soul at them. She only does this ability in dire situations. She has also displayed the ability to obliterate a soul by turning a person into a soul-less object.

Mystical Invulnerability: After casting this specific spell, she is safe from any offensive magic that comes her way or others.

Cure Lycanthropy: She has been shown able to strip others of lycanthropy permanently by uttering the phrase 'nrut ot snamuh yltnenamrep.'


Prestidigitation: Zatanna is skilled in stage magic, performing simple tricks and elaborate illusions.

Hand-to-Hand Combat (Basic): She has also been taught conventional fighting skills by the Justice League, but favors using magic in place of them.

Occultism: as Chronicler of Magic she possesses an extensive understanding of Occult lore due to her Mystic Background


Improvisation: She prepares specific spells (a couple of hundred) but improvises a good bit for the unpredictable situations she encounters.

Multi-lingual: Able to speak English, Spanish, and "Backwards Speech". As noted throughout the comics, she doesn't show any difficulty in speaking backwards when performing spells. It seems she can speak backward speech without hesitation and with clarity. Backwards Speech is most commonly known as Mnemonic Incantations.


Mnemonic Incantation: Zatanna casts her spells by saying the words of her incantations backwards. Zatanna must concentrate on her magic to make sure she is using the proper spell. It is at this point where she is most vulnerable. Mnemonic incantation is the most complicated of the mystic arts. It appears that this is well known to her enemies. On one occasion, the assassin Deathstroke delivered a direct blow to her liver, initiating a regurgitation reaction. On a separate occasion, The Joker (disguised as the stage magician Loxias) shot Zatanna in the neck, rendering her magic useless. She must be able to speak or read backwards in order for her to focus her spells.

Higher-Level Magics: If the magic power-level of her opponent is higher than hers, then it would be extremely difficult for her to win a battle. In addition, it is difficult to impossible to affect a spell that was set in motion with higher-level magics.Powerful enchantments against beings of magic, like gods, are able to restrict her as well, preventing her from accessing enchanted places or dispel the adverse charm.

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