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Nico using Necromancy

Necromancy is the ability to summon and control the dead.


The power the ability involving the dead, life-force and/or souls The user's magical abilities revolve around manipulating the dead, death, the death-force and/or souls for good (i.e., resurrecting the dead), evil (in various ways) or neither. Users can also use communicate with the deceased – either by summoning their spirit as an apparition or raising them bodily – for the purpose of divination, imparting the means to foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge. The user can reanimate skeletons, call forth endless waves of the dead to fight for them (with Hades even threatening to unleash a massive zombie apocalypse in The Lightning Thief and Percy Jackson's Greek Gods), destroy Skeleton Warriors, and put them to sleep. He can also silence dead souls with a gesture, and physically take hold of ghosts. Users can even sense when a person is dying and when their soul is being judged in the Underworld and also sense people's life auras. Users can kill mortals, demigods, and legacies by turning them into ghosts, and forcing them into the Underworld for eternity. Nico has only ever done this to Bryce Lawrence. However, this takes away a lot of his strength and may cause him to fatigue as he did after he killed Bryce Lawrence. It seems to be an ability possessed by the children of Hades, and his Roman counterpart, Pluto. This ability can also be possessed by powerful children of Orcus, (but in a lower level than Hades/Pluto's children) limited to those who have broken oaths.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

The Titan's Curse

Bianca di Angelo uses this ability to destroy a skeleton warrior.

The Battle of the Labyrinth

Nico di Angelo uses this ability to summon Theseus and his deceased sister. He later uses it again to release Daedalus into the after life.

The Last Olympian

Hades summons deceased warriors to fight Percy Jackson.

The Heroes of Olympus

The Son of Neptune

Shades of fallen legionnaires fight for Alcyoneus at the Camp Jupiter replica in Alaska.

The House of Hades

Nico summons the dead to help him subdue Cupid. He later summons dead legionnaires at the Necromanteion.

The Blood of Olympus

Nico uses the scepter to summon souls to fight off the souls of Pompeii. Later, Bryce Lawrence uses necromancy to summon British soldiers in Buford, though Nico ends up killing Bryce by turning the latter into a ghost, in a particularly powerful and fearsome display of necromancy powers.


  • Summon and banish the dead.
  • Destroy Skeleton Warriors.
  • Communicate telepathically with ghosts.
  • Release souls.
  • Turn people into ghosts.
  • Sense death.
  • Physically touch ghosts.
  • Osteokinesis: Summon and control the skeletal remains of the deceased.
  • Resurrection: As the Lords of the Underworld, Hades and Persephone have the power to resurrect the dead.

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 | Illusions | Light | Locks | Love | Luck | Machines | Magic | Memories | Metals | Objects | Peace | Portals | Plants | Poison | Sleep | Sound | Temperature | Time | War | Water | Wealth | Weapons | Youth
Egyptian Magic: Animal Charming | Binding Magic | Combat Magic | Death Magic | Divine Words | Duat Travel | Duat Usage | Divination | Elemental Magic | Healing Magic | Necromancy | Path of the Gods | Statuary Magic | Storm Magic | Surveillance Magic | Sympathetic Magic
Other Abilities: Alf Seidr | Charmspeak | Curse of Achilles | Death Trance | Empathy Link | Immunity | Mist Control | Monster Sense | Prophecy | Rune Magic | Seasons Alteration | Shadow Travel | Shapeshifting | Teleportation | Vocal Mimicry | Zoolingualism
Skills: Alf Sign Language | Archery | Axemanship | Greek Training | Horsemanship | Knifemanship | Legion Training | Morse Code | Multilingualism | Musical Aptitude | Old Norse | Polearmsmanship | Swordsmanship | Weaving