What materials can Kitty Pryde not phase through? Could she phase through adamantium? Please provide citations to back up your answer to each question.

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    When her power is explained at all, she is "moving through the space between the atoms". In a Marvel/DC crossover (The Uncanny X-Men and the New Teen Titans V 1 #1 maybe?), Darkseid captured the X-Men including Kitty, and fixed them to the wall spread-eagled (as villains usually do). Kitty was startled to discover that she couldn't phase through her manacles; Darkseid explained that in her manacles there was no space between the atoms. A hard-sci-fi interpretation would be that he made restraints just for her, out of material taken from a white dwarf star.
    – Beta
    Jun 17, 2014 at 4:06
  • Based on my updated answer, you may wish to reconsider your acceptance. Evidently she has issues with Vibranium, at least in the Spider-Man TV series....
    – Valorum
    Apr 9, 2015 at 20:15
  • have we at least established that she can phase through Toad Slime?
    – KutuluMike
    Apr 9, 2015 at 23:53

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Marvel Universe explains Kitty's powers:

Kitty Pryde is a mutant with the ability to “phase” through solid matter by shifting her atoms through the spaces between the atoms of the object through which she is moving. Kitty can phase her clothing along with herself, and through practice has learned to phase other objects and people without harm to them. For all intents and purposes, Kitty is intangible whilst phasing, however she is still vulnerable to psionic or mystical attacks. Certain forms of energy can also disrupt her phased state.

And continues regarding the limitations of her abilities:

Kitty passes through objects at the same rate of speed at which she is moving before phasing. Since she is unable to breathe while phasing, she can only continuously phase through solid objects - as when she travels underground - as long as she can hold her breath. Kitty can keep her phased form at rest in relation to the rotation of the Earth upon its axis, thus allowing her to assume a ground speed of the length of a football field and a half every second. Kitty can also walk on air whilst phasing.

Marvel Wiki expands on this:

Phasing Limitations: Since she was unable to breathe while "inside" an object, she could only continuously phase through solid objects (as when she traveled underground) as long as she could hold her breath. Denser materials were more difficult for Kitty to phase through, sometimes causing her pain. Solidifying while in an object could cause serious injury if not death. As it is an active ability, if she can't see an attack coming, she can't phase through it, a fact that the mercenary known as Deadpool once exploited when he knocked her out (taking her by suprise) in order to provoke Wolverine into fighting him for his amusement.

The closest limitation to her power that would prevent her from phasing through adamantium mentioned might be the density of adamantium, but as discussed here, adamantium is not particularly dense.

The density of the material is the only known factor preventing her phasing ability. There is no evidence that Kitty Pryde would not be able to phase through adamantium.

In fact, during the Enemy of the State storyline, she successfully phased as Wolverine lunged, resulting in Northstar being stabbed.

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    I seem to recall in one of Mark Millar's run on Wolverine (I think it was the Agent of Hydra storyline) where Wolvie attacked the mansion and Kitty did have to phase when he lunged at her with his claws. In my head I can even picture him diving through her with his claws half in half out of her torso.
    – Monty129
    Jun 16, 2014 at 16:23
  • @Monty129 Thanks, I've found some scans from that fight, but not the panel in question. I'll have to do some more digging tonight.
    – phantom42
    Jun 16, 2014 at 16:44
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    Specifically, it was the panel where he stabbed Northstar. Wolvie lunged at Kitty and she phased, so his fist/claws went right through her and into Northstar (who was right behind Kitty). sorry, no way to hide spoilers in a comment.
    – Omegacron
    Jun 16, 2014 at 17:08
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    @Omegacron That's a bingo! That got me to the panel in question. Thanks!
    – phantom42
    Jun 16, 2014 at 17:10
  • Well, not the panel @Monty129 mentioned. Richard found that one, though.
    – phantom42
    Jun 16, 2014 at 17:15


In the TV show Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends episode "The X-Men Adventure", Kitty Pryde is placed in a cell made out of Vibranium, a substance that is evidently able to block her phasing powers.

Kitty/Sprite : Hey, what's the big idea? (Bumps into the wall nose-first) Ow! What's this place made of?

Cyberiad : Vibranium, my dear Sprite. A metal that can vibrate to block your atomic structure. In other words, I've grown accustomed to your phase. (laughs maniacally)

Kitty/Sprite: What have you done? (hammers on the wall with her fists)


In Kitty Pryde and Wolverine #6, we see Wolverine stab straight through Kitty Pryde who is temporarily phased.

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As to what materials Kitty Pryde can pass through, Kitty is described by the Marvel database as having more difficulty phasing through denser materials.

Since Osmium is considered to be the densest element, since Colossus is described as having skin comprised of an "ionic form of osmium" and since Kitty can phase through him with relative ease, it follows that she can phase through any non-magical/non-force-field-based substances with the exception of Vibranium.

  • I will reanalyze my choice. But to me both answers share some of the same points and therefore the best answer is hard to decide. I have to read them again fully, though, and now is not a good time, as I am on a phone :) Thanks for the update though, your answer is quite impressive!
    – Pobrecita
    Apr 9, 2015 at 23:13

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