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Energybending
Energybending
Fighting Style

Source

Bender's Spirit

Learned from

Unknown, Aang learned from the last living lion turtle

Type

Bending arts

Energybending is the ability to bend another person's life energy. It predates the four main bending arts, as well as the arrival of the Avatar and the formation of the four nations. Before the arrival of the Avatar into the world and the separation of the four elements, people bent the energy within themselves. At some point, they discovered the other four bending arts, and, over time, the knowledge to perform energybending was almost completely lost. The last known keeper of the art was the ancient lion turtle, who later passed it down to Avatar Aang, who used the ability to remove Fire Lord Ozai's firebending forever, and then, twenty-eight years later, used it to remove Yakone's ability to waterbend. After Amon removed Korra's bending, the spirit of Avatar Aang used it once again to restore Korra's ability to bend water, earth, and fire, and grant her the ability to use energybending herself as well. Later, Korra used it to return Lin Beifong's ability to earthbend. The art of energybending has been imbued in past Avatars, though extremely uncommon. 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, remove one's bending completely, or restore one's bending. This bending art is dissimilar to the others because it is so perilous to the user, which is why so few have ever used it. In addition, unlike how the four bending arts are a complete necessity for the Avatar to learn, energybending is optional.

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