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Kryptonian Powers refers to the powers and abilities held by Kryptonians beyond those of normal humans. Most of these powers are gained from exposure to a Yellow or Blue Star through a process known as the Photonucleic Effect, in which the cells of a Kryptonian creature are altered by certain types of electromagnetic radiation.

Though all versions of Kryptonians are much more powerful than a mere human, their power level has fluctuated over the decades. When first introduced, Kryptonians couldn't even fly but only leap and didn't have many powers besides superhuman physicality. This changed towards the end of the Golden Age and by the Silver Age, Kryptonians were virtually unbeatable, being living Gods in our solar system. By 1986, Kryptonians were still a force to be reckoned with but they were much weaker in terms of power.

However, in certain versions, Kryptonian powers are explained as being gained due to Earth's lighter gravity, or centuries of evolution and genetic alterations on Krypton.

This article also pertains to Daxamites' powers, as they share the same abilities as Kryptonians.

Known Kryptonian Powers

Solar Battery

Reverse Photosynthesis

Heat Vision

Solar Flare

Super Strength

Super Speed


Super Senses

Super Vision

X-Ray Vision

Kryptonian’s are able to see through solid objects, as if they were peeling away layers with their eyes. The only object they can’t see through is lead.

Telescopic Vision

They can use this ability to see vast distances away.

Microscopic Vision

This ability can be used to magnify their eyesight like a microscope to see as far down as the subatomic level.

Thermal/Infrared Vision

Kryptonians can use this ability to detect heat signatures from humans and objects.

Radio-wave Vision

While tapping into the electromagnetic spectrum, Superman can see radio waves. This has allowed him to hunt down many villains by following the radio frequency of their technology.

Low Light Vision

With this ability they are able to see perfectly clear in absolute darkness. This allows Superman to not only work effectively at night but also helps him while traveling in space, underground, or underwater.

Ultraviolet Vision

During an episode of Smallville (TV), that version of Clark was able to tap into the ultraviolet part of the electromagnetic spectrum to see an invisible foe.

Microwave Vision
Gamma Vision
Soul Vision
Dimensional Vision
Emotional Spectrum Vision
Radiation Detection

Super Hearing

Super Olfactory Sense

Super Breath

Wind Breath

Arctic Breath

Vacuum Breath

Super Intelligence

Super Shout\Sonic Scream

Super Ventriloquism\Vocal Projection\Vocal Mimicry

Silver Age/One Time Powers

Hypnosis/Mind Control

Time Travel

Memory Erasing Kiss

Telekenetic Vision

Shooting Mini Supermen


Kinetic Punch

Aura Projection


Energy Beams

Throwing S Shield