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God Metal
Related to Shards, Investiture
Universe Cosmere
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God Metals are the solid manifestation of a Shard of Adonalsium's Investiture.[1]

Characteristics & Attributes[edit]

The God Metals are metals formed directly from a Shard and can be made from any Shard.[2] Creating a God Metal without a Shard is extremely difficult, but possible.[3] They can be alloyed with the lesser metals to form sixteen different metals each, though few are known.[4] They can also be alloyed with each other.[5] Besides having an Allomantic, a Feruchemical, and a Hemalurgic property, each God Metal can also do something else.[6] The existence of God Metals is one reason why metal is so weird in the cosmere.[7]

A Mistborn could burn any God Metal,[8] though doing so may require a Connection to the metal's Shard.[9] Some God Metals can be used by anyone.[10]

When measured by a spectroscope while being heated, trellium appears to emit a full spectrum of light at the same intensity as if it is a pure white color, except in the red frequencies where the readings jump above the maximum.[11] Waxillium Ladrian notes that this is a physical impossibility and harmonium is the only other time he has seen anything similar, suggesting that it is an identifiable trait of God Metals.[11] It is unknown what determines the color where the reading will spike for an individual God Metal, and whether hybrid metals have one spike or several. This bears some resemblance to the impossible rainbows that form when the light given off by one of the Rosharan Lights is split by a prism.[12]

If a Shard is Splintered, God Metals that existed before will remain unaffected.[13] Change of Shard's Vessel may over time cause properties of its God Metal to change.[14] As name of the God Metal is usually derived by adding suffix "-ium" to the Vessel's name, people might start calling the metal by a new name to reflect the new Vessel.[15][16]

God metals have interactions of some kind with both fabrials and Aether spores, just like normal metals.[17]

Known God Metals[edit]

God Metal Shard
Lerasium Preservation
Atium Ruin
Harmonium Harmony
Tanavastium[18] Honor
Raysium Odium
Trellium Autonomy


Main article: Lerasium

Lerasium is the God Metal corresponding to the Shard Preservation. A normal person burning lerasium becomes a Mistborn of undiluted power. A Misting or Mistborn burning lerasium drastically increases their powers.[19] Feruchemists can use lerasium to store an unknown quality, and when used as a Hemalurgic spike, lerasium steals all abilities.[20]

Alloys of lerasium grant the user the powers of the associated metal, so that if an individual burned a lerasium tin alloy they would become a Tineye.[21] If alloyed with other God Metals, such as bavadinium, it is theoretically possible for the combined effect to grant abilities from the associated Invested Art.[22]


Main article: Atium

Atium is the God Metal corresponding to the Shard Ruin. An Allomancer burning atium is able to see a few seconds into the future. Feruchemists can use atium to store youth, and when used as a Hemalurgic spike, atium can steal the power to use any Invested Art.[20][23] [footnote 1]


Main article: Malatium

Malatium is an alloy of atium and gold.[24][25] An Allomancer burning malatium is able to see either who another person was in the past, or who they could have become if they had made different choices.[26]


Main article: Harmonium

Harmonium is the God Metal corresponding to the Shard Harmony. Called "ettmetal" in their native tongue, the Southern Scadrians use it to power their technology. Harmonium burns "with a pure whiteness"[27] when used in Southern Scadrian machinery, and explodes when it is exposed to water (similar to the alkali metals) making it dangerous if not impossible to ingest for Allomantic purposes. Unlike alkali metal reactions, this reaction does not yield a "harmonium oxide," but it will yield "something else relevant to the cosmere." Harmonium's atomic structure is that of a single element, rather than a compound or alloy.[28]


Main article: Raysium

Raysium is the God Metal of Odium. Raysium can naturally conduct Investiture.[29]


Main article: Trellium

Trellium, also known as bavadinium, is the God Metal of Autonomy.[30] It is a silvery metal with a red cast to it, and dark red spots similar to rust.[31][32] Its Allomantic and Feruchemical properties are unknown. It can be used Hemalurgically to steal some, if not all, Allomantic and/or Feruchemical abilities and grant them to Kandra.[32] It can also be used on humans to create Hemalurgic constructs.[31][33] Kandra and Hemalurgic constructs with a single spike of trellium will be hidden from Harmony.[34] Trellium naturally repels Investiture, including other God Metals.[35]

Shardblades and Shardplate[edit]

Shardblades and Shardplate are both made out of a mixture of the unnamed God Metals of Honor and Cultivation. The precise proportion of the two differs depending on the type of spren that forms the Blade, or the order to which the Plate belongs; as such, there are at least ten alloys.[36][5][37] Like all God Metals, they are Allomantically viable, and thus burnable by a Mistborn, although it's yet to be seen what the effects would be.[38] Presumably, they would also have Hemalurgic and Feruchemical effects.[6]


Main article: Honorblade

Honorblades are made out of the God Metal of Honor.[18]

The Dor[edit]

The Dor is the remnant of Devotion and Dominion's combined powers after the Shards themselves were Splintered.[39][40] There is a God Metal that comes from the Dor.[41]

Anti-God Metals[edit]

Physical matter is known to have a counterpart called antimatter - matter composed of antiparticles that share many properties with the particles of ordinary matter, but manifest some of them in an opposite way (e.g. a proton and an antiproton have the same mass, but opposite electric charges and magnetic moments). Raboniel describes this in terms of axi with opposite polarities.[42] A similar relationship exists between Investiture and anti-Investiture in the cosmere.

An Allomancer ingesting anti-God Metals will die.[43]


  • Striking a chime or bell made of a God Metal would not necessarily produce a similar note to that God Metal's corresponding Tone.[44]
  • Brandon has indicated that the atium present in Mistborn Era 1 is actually an alloy of atium and electrum.[45]
  • Where God Metals fit on the Periodic Table is planned to be covered in Mistborn Era 3.[46]


  1. Note that the Allomantic and Feruchemical effects of atium are the effects of the atium-electrum alloy produced in the Pits of Hathsin, not the true, pure God Metal. Pure atium, when burned, shows a vision of the Spiritual Realm. Its Feruchemical property is unknown. The Hemalurgic property of stealing any ability belongs to pure atium, and not to the Electrum alloy, whose Hemalurgic property is unknown.
  1. The Bands of Mourning Ars Arcanum#
  2. Arcanum Unbounded Hoboken signing
    Arcanum - 2016-12-03#
  3. General Reddit 2020
    Arcanum - 2020-09-04#
  4. Calamity Philadelphia signing
    Arcanum - 2016-02-20#
  5. a b Skyward Denver signing
    Arcanum - 2018-11-15#
  6. a b Hero of Ages Q&A - Time Waster's Guide
    Arcanum - 2008-10-15#
  7. Mini-Con 2021
    Arcanum - 2021-10-23#
  8. YouTube Livestream 32
    Arcanum - 2021-06-03#
  9. General Twitter 2013
    Arcanum - 2013-10-24#
  10. Mini-Con 2021
    Arcanum - 2021-11-22#
  11. a b The Lost Metal chapter 13#
  12. Rhythm of War chapter 65#
  13. Skyward Chicago signing
    Arcanum - 2018-11-16#
  14. C2E2 2024
    Arcanum - 2024-04-26#
  15. Arcanum Unbounded Hoboken signing
    Arcanum - 2016-12-03#
  16. JordanCon 2021
    Arcanum - 2021-07-16#
  17. Dragonsteel 2023
    Arcanum - 2023-11-21#
  18. a b San Diego Comic-Con@Home 2020
    Arcanum - 2020-07-23#
  19. 17th Shard Interview
    Arcanum - 2010-10-03#
  20. a b Hemalurgy Table
  21. Bands of Mourning release party
    Arcanum - 2016-01-25#
  22. FanX 2018
    Arcanum - 2018-09-06#
  23. JordanCon 2021
    Arcanum - 2021-07-16#
  24. The Hero of Ages Ars Arcanum#
  25. Hero of Ages Q&A - Time Waster's Guide
    Arcanum - 2008-10-15#
  26. The Hero of Ages chapter 5#
  27. The Bands of Mourning chapter 22#
  28. Boskone 54
    Arcanum - 2017-02-19#
  29. Rhythm of War chapter 84#
  30. The Lost Metal epilogue 4#
  31. a b Shadows of Self chapter 21#
  32. a b Shadows of Self epilogue#
  33. Shadows of Self release party
    Arcanum - 2015-10-05#
  34. Shadows of Self Chicago signing
    Arcanum - 2015-10-12#
  35. The Lost Metal chapter 15#
  36. Skyward Pre-Release AMA
    Arcanum - 2018-10-12#
  37. Arcanum Unbounded signing Hoboken
    Arcanum - 2016-12-03#
  38. Starsight Release Party
    Arcanum - 2019-11-26#
  39. General Signed Books 2012
    Arcanum - 2012-12-08#
  40. Arcanum Unbounded Chicago signing
    Arcanum - 2016-12-06#
  41. Starsight Release Party
    Arcanum - 2019-11-26#
  42. Rhythm of War chapter 97#
  43. Dragonsteel 2023
    Arcanum - 2023-11-21#
  44. YouTube Spoiler Stream 3
    Arcanum - 2021-12-16#
  45. YouTube Spoiler Stream 3
    Arcanum - 2021-12-16#
  46. General Reddit 2019
    Arcanum - 2019-11-18#
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