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The Allomantic symbol for tin

Tin is the Internal Physical Pulling metal. An Allomancer burning tin has greatly enhanced senses. Feruchemists can use tin to store enhanced senses, and when used as a Hemalurgic spike, tin steals senses.

Allomantic Use[edit]

A tin Misting is known as a Tineye. Burning tin grants an Allomancer increased sensitivity in all five senses.[1] Furthermore, they are able to see through the mists that cover Scadrial.[2] An Allomancer can flare tin, causing a huge burst of sensory input, to clear his head from pain or exhaustion.[3] Tin will allow the allomancer to see in areas of low light, but does not allow the user to see in total darkness.[4] If someone were able to burn the amount of Tin needed to become an Allomantic savant with the metal, any light would become too bright for them. However, their other senses would become so attuned that they can feel and hear well enough to make up for the lack of vision. Burning tin for long periods puts lots of strain on the body and mind.[5][6][7]

Feruchemical Use[edit]

The Feruchemical symbol for tin

A tin Ferring is known as a Windwhisperer. Tin is used to store sensitivity of senses. One sense may be stored each in a tinmind.[1] Unlike an Allomancer burning tin, it does not allow a Feruchemist to see things that would be otherwise unobservable; instead, it compounds the potency of their senses currently available.[8] While storing senses, those senses become weaker. For example, Sazed wore glasses while storing eyesight.[9]

Tapping sight causes the edge of the Feruchemist's vision to blur, and sacrifices immediate field of vision in favor of a more distant, binocular view. Tapping too much sight can induce nausea. [10]

Storing sense of smell dilutes a Feruchemist's sense of taste. [11]

It is possible for a Feruchemist to store more than the five traditional senses in a tinmind.[12] An example of this would be the the ability to feel pain.[13] It is also possible to store Allomantically granted senses like bronze sense.[14]

Creatures with other senses can create tinminds for those senses as well as the standard five. For instance, a platypus feruchemist could create an electricfieldsensemind.[15]

Hemalurgic Use[edit]

When used as a Hemalurgic spike, tin steals human senses.[16] The kandra Blessing of Awareness[16] gave the mistwraiths sentience, with the added benefit of heightened senses.


Brandon originally planned on giving the Allomantic powers of tin to silver, falsely assuming that pewter had a high quantity of silver.[17] After changing it, he was concerned that Vin's earring might be confusing, so it became 'silver coated'.[18]


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