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In the finale of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Aang

learns to energy-bend, and removes the Fire Emperor's ability to firebend.

What are the limits of this power? Could Aang give Toph sight? Could he give non-benders the ability to bend? Could he give a bender the ability to bend more than one element?

  • This is usually referred to as Energybending. – Origami Robot Feb 4 '12 at 2:37
  • Toph has sight beneath her Feet, Aang has Combination of Elements and Human emotions He have to Learn to be Blind by avoiding bending attacks if he can feel Metal Beneath his feet he already did that is why he Failed and yes this is consider Energy this is Base on Movement, Other four elements is Compose of their own Energies am I Correct. !!! – user73097 Oct 19 '16 at 16:37
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This is an incredibly difficult bending style to master, and in fact very dangerous.

The capabilities of Energybending are not well understood; what is known is that bending a person's life energy can impart them with knowledge instantly or remove one's bending completely.

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Aang energybending the Firebending powers out of Lord Ozai


The danger of this technique is shown when:

At first Aang's spirit [is] nearly enveloped by Ozai's, but at the last moment, his spirit took over and covered Ozai, removing his Firebending.

In which case:

If the bender's spirit is even slightly weak, bendable, they will then be infected by the spirit of the one they are bending. As a result, the bender can be corrupted and even killed.

If Aang had a weaker spirit, which was nearly the case, he would have been overwhelmed by Ozai's and corrupted/killed by his power.


As such, Aang could not have given Toph her sight, but he could have taken her ability to see via earthbending. He could even share her unique knowledge of earthbending to others. I don't see anything in cannon to say whether or not her could give non-benders bending powers, or give someone a different power. However given the Lion Turtle gives Aang the power of Energy bending, when he had no knowledge of this technique before, it possible the same could apply to the other mundane forms of bending.

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    Aang, as the Avatar, is able to learn all forms of bending. I don't think the Lion Turtle gives him any power, he just teach him how to use it. – DavRob60 Feb 4 '12 at 14:15
  • @DavRob60 but energy bending predates all bending forms. As well as this, as far as I know all you need is the knowledge in the bending to perform it, thought I'm not 100% which is why I say I don't see anything in cannon that would allow it, but it might work. – AncientSwordRage Feb 4 '12 at 14:34
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    Now in the Legend of Korra, it seems that anyone can do this type of bending – Blue May 15 '12 at 17:45
  • All the difficult things in The last Airbender like metal bending, shooting lightening are all widespread in Korra. – Bernard the Bear May 27 '18 at 12:42
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There is no concrete answer to this question be it positive or negative thus leaving room for speculation.

So far as we know there are three abilities. Knowledge transfer as seen when he kion turtle tought avatar aang and when avatar aang tought avatar kora whike restoring her own bending and giving her knowledge on how to gain acces to the spirit world. And bending revoction as seen with Avatar Aang and Fire Lord Ozai and yakone, respectively. And bending restoration as seen with Avatat Aang amd avatar Korra and with korra, chief beifog, mako etc, respectively. Energybending predates the mordern four arts and sub diciplines, as well as the instilation of the Avatar system itself. So anyone, so long as they've been tought by an energybender, can energybend. It is unknown weather or not bending is genetic. Orinally it was speculated that it was. His this is proven in the case of any bendwr that has a child that can bend as well. I.e., Toph and Lin Beifong, Avatar Aang/katara and their eldest son Tenzin and their yougest Daughter Kya. It was also originally speculated that anyone child born to an air nomad would be an airbender, as in the case with Tenzin, his NON bending wife and all three of their bending children. However, this claim is refuted by Bumi, avatar aangs midddle child who is a non bender. So since there is no concrete law that governs what person can or can not be a bender it isn't so far of a stretch to say that a person who posses the ability to engerybend can teach another person not only how to energy bend, but also how to bend nan element. There are only to concrete laws to bending. One, only the avatar can master all four elements. And two, no one person besides the avatar can bend more than one element in a single life time. If an energy bender can give knowledge, why wouldn't they be able to give the knowledge of how to bend? As with any skill, bending has ro be learned. So, unless the creators say otherwise, why wouldn't and energybender be able to give someone he knowledge of bending? As with tophs blindness, energy bending is the bending of the energy within oneself. From e rules of the avatar world our spirit energy, aka chi or qi, runs through every inch in our body. So since ty lee could stop this flow of energy, render the victim paralyzed and or takig their bending for a certain period of time and or imoblizing a certain limb.... why wouldn't an actual energy bender be able correct the lack of energy flow to tophs eyes? Just a thought

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The Lions used energy bending to grant and deduct bending, at one point Aang is told how to take away someone's bending. He then uses it for the rest of his life. People searched for the lion turtles after this but, they were all gone. Although it is possible to use energy bending to grant power Aang was never taught or any human for that fact.

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    But what are the limits? Are there any? – phantom42 May 26 '15 at 16:03
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No, the avatar can learn all bending arts. When Aang learns it is simply knowledge transfer, and the same with Korra. It is possible to open the ability to bend to those who can bend but lost their ability, therefore Amon's stealing bending from benders. Korra can give it back but a non-bender can't learn because bending is in the blood, not the spirit.

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