What are all the types and sub-types of bending shown in the Avatar: The Last Airbender & The Legend of Korra universe? Here are the ones I can recall. Am I missing any?


    a. Sandbending (Toph)

    b. Metalbending (Toph/Lin/Suyin)

    c. Lavabending (Ghazan/Bolin)

    d. Seismic Sense -"Seeing" via Earth vibrations (Toph/Lin)


    a. Unaided Flight (Zaheer)

    b. Spiritual Projection - "Ghost" Teleportation in the Physical World (Jinora)


    a. Bloodbending (Hama/Katara/Amon/Tarrlok)

    b. Spiritbending (Unalaq/Korra)

    c. Healing (Katara)

    d. Plantbending (Swamp Dwellers)


    a. Lightning Bending (Ozai/Iroh/Azula/Mako)

    b. Combustion Bending (Combustion Man/P'Li)

  5. ENERGYBENDING (Aang/Korra/Lion Turtles)

  • 12
    Maybe spoon bending?
    – Adamant
    Sep 22, 2016 at 0:59
  • 12
    Leg bending, arm bending, really anywhere with a movable joint.
    – Broklynite
    Sep 22, 2016 at 2:18
  • 6
    I'd just like to say that "Seeing" and "Ghost Teleportation" are officially called Seismic Sense and Spiritual Projection, respectively. There's also Redirection, an advanced Fire-Bending technique inspired by Water-Benders, invented by Iroh and taught to Zuko, who then taught it to Aang. It's similar to, but not quite the same as, Lightning Bending. Other than that, you have all the different styles and even a few of the advanced techniques of bending. Sep 22, 2016 at 8:59
  • 4
    This question sounds like the start of a new hit YouTube series, "Will It Bend?". Sep 25, 2016 at 13:12
  • 2
    Amon was not capable of energy bending. While he did block a persons energy through blood bending, he can't actually "bend" energy. Dec 2, 2016 at 9:30

1 Answer 1


Other than your list, we did see fire sages performing some sort of healing or diagnostics on Korra.

Also, Aman was not an energy bender. Only avatars have that ability.

  • Aman certainly was an energy bender. Who took away Be Fong's bending abilities (and others)? Hint: Amon. And took Korra's water, earth, and fire bending abilities? Hint: Amon.
    – iMerchant
    Oct 4, 2016 at 2:33
  • 10
    He did that through blood bending. Oct 4, 2016 at 9:05
  • 5
    @iMerchant It's explained near the end of the first season that he does so through Water bending (Blood). Dec 2, 2016 at 9:28
  • 1
    Amon was not an energy bender. Only Avatars have that ability. It is explained in Season 1 that Amon is using blood bending.
    – John
    May 29, 2017 at 14:56
  • 2
    @John What does that comment add to the answer and the already extant comments describing the same thing?
    – TylerH
    May 29, 2017 at 15:20

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.