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God Metal
Related to Shards, Investiture
Universe Cosmere

God Metals are the solid manifestation of a Shard of Adonalsium's Investiture.[1]

Characteristics & Attributes

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]

If a Shard is Splintered, God Metals that existed before will remain unaffected.[7] The Vessel of the Shard can slightly change the properties of its God Metal over time, but not the main functions of what it does.[8]

Known God Metals


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.[9] Feruchemists can use lerasium to store an unknown quality, and when used as a Hemalurgic spike, lerasium steals all abilities.[10]


Atium is the God Metal corresponding to the Shard Ruin. An Allomancer burning atium is able to see into the future by a few seconds. Feruchemists can use atium to store youthfulness, and when used as a Hemalurgic spike, atium steals any property or power.[10]


Malatium is an alloy of atium and gold.[11][12] 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.[13]


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"[14] 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.[15]


Raysium is the God Metal of Odium. Raysium can naturally conduct Investiture, drawing it in from any source.[16]


Trellium is from a Shard currently known in the cosmere but which particular Shard is unknown.[17][18] It is a silvery metal with a red cast to it, and dark red spots similar to rust.[19][20] 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.[20] It can also be used on humans to create Hemalurgic constructs.[19][17] Kandra and Hemalurgic constructs with a single spike of trellium will be hidden from Harmony.[21]

Shardblades and Shardplate

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.[22][5][23] 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.[24] Presumably, they would also have Hemalurgic and Feruchemical effects.[6]


Honorblades are made out of the unnamed God Metal of Honor.[25]

The Dor

The Dor is the remnant of Devotion and Dominion's combined powers after the Shards themselves were Splintered.[26][27] There is a God Metal that comes from the Dor.[28]


  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. Skyward Chicago signing
    Arcanum - 2018-11-16#
  8. Arcanum Unbounded Hoboken signing
    Arcanum - 2016-12-03#
  9. 17th Shard Interview
    Arcanum - 2010-10-03#
  10. a b Hemalurgy Table
  11. The Hero of Ages Ars Arcanum#
  12. Hero of Ages Q&A - Time Waster's Guide
    Arcanum - 2008-10-15#
  13. The Hero of Ages chapter 5#
  14. The Bands of Mourning chapter 22#
  15. Boskone 54
    Arcanum - 2017-02-19#
  16. Rhythm of War chapter 84#
  17. a b Shadows of Self release party
    Arcanum - 2015-10-05#
  18. Prague Signing
    Arcanum - 2019-10-26#
  19. a b Shadows of Self chapter 21#
  20. a b Shadows of Self epilogue#
  21. Shadows of Self Chicago signing
    Arcanum - 2015-10-12#
  22. Skyward Pre-Release AMA
    Arcanum - 2018-10-12#
  23. Arcanum Unbounded signing Hoboken
    Arcanum - 2016-12-03#
  24. Starsight Release Party
    Arcanum - 2019-11-26#
  25. San Diego [email protected] 2020
    Arcanum - 2020-07-23#
  26. General Signed Books 2012
    Arcanum - 2012-12-08#
  27. Arcanum Unbounded Chicago signing
    Arcanum - 2016-12-06#
  28. Starsight Release Party
    Arcanum - 2019-11-26#
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