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Hades, god of the Underworld

Umbrakinesis, or Sciakinesis, is the ability to mentally generate and manipulate darkness, the absence of light. One with this ability can even deactivate and repulse or travel through shadows (see Shadow Travel).

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

The Battle of the Labyrinth

After the battle, Nico walks into the woods and Percy follows him. Nico tells Percy he has to investigate his past. As Nico walks away, Percy states that the shadows of the forest were reaching out to Nico as if they were embracing him.

The Last Olympian

Nico shows that he is able to Shadow Travel, the ability to travel through darkness. Most Underworld creatures are also able to do this, as shown by Mrs. O'Leary's ability to do the same.

The Heroes of Olympus

The House of Hades

Eris, Geras, and other children of Nyx make the area darker to prove they are the darkest child of Nyx.


  • They can surround enemies in pitch-black clouds of dark space.
  • They can use darkness to create portals to travel from one place to the next (Shadow Travel).
  • They can use shadows to cover oneself in darkness to become invisible.
  • They can possibly see through darkness while your enemies cannot.
  • They are able to use black energy to create virtually impenetrable barriers. Hades was even able to block Zeus' Master Bolt.
  • They can control and manipulate the beings that exist there.
  • They can create and dispel shields of areas of total darkness and create and construct weapons.
  • They can heal themselves or others by using darkness (Minor injuries).
  • They can absorb and dissipate shadows. 
  • They can become stronger at night or in dark places (e.g. Underworld). 
  • They can transform into (living) darkness or shadows. 
Nico di Angelo

Nico, an Umbrakinetic

Known Users

Demigod Abilities: ADHD | Ancient Greek | Aphrodite's Blessing | Ares' Blessing | Artemis' Blessing | Clear Sight | Dreams | Dyslexia | Latin
Object Manipulation: Air | Anatomy | Atmosphere | Bones | Darkness | Dead | Earth | Electricity | Fears | Fire | Healing | Ice | Light | Love | Luck | Machines | Magic | Metals | Plants | Poison | Sleep | Sound | Temperature | Time | War | Water | Weapons | Youth
Other Skills: Archery | Charmspeak | Curse of Achilles | Empathy Link | Mist Control | Prophecy | Seasons Alteration | Shadow Travel | Shapeshifting | Vocal Mimicry | Weaving | Zoolingualism