The Avatar state is the most powerful weapon of Avatar. In this state, the Avatar can tap into the cosmic energies. The Avatar State can be used by the Avatar at will only after the Avatar has mastered all the elements. And has also achieved a very high spiritual connection. All the passing Avatars pass their strengths and knowledge to the next Avatar through this state. And therefore, we can say that the Avatar state of Korra is theoretically the strongest.
But the strength of the Avatar state also depends upon the will and spirituality of the person using it. In this article, we will look at what Avatar state is and how successful Korra was able to use this state. And how powerful was Korra in Avatar state?
In the words of Avatar Roku, “The Avatar State is a defense mechanism, designed to empower you with the skills and knowledge of all the past Avatars. The glow combines all your past lives, focusing their energy through your body. In the Avatar State, you are at your most powerful, but you are also at your most vulnerable. If you are killed in the Avatar State, the reincarnation cycle will be broken, and the Avatar will cease to exist.”
Roku said this to Aang, and according to this, the Avatar state might be the most powerful state. But it is also the most vulnerable state because the Avatar can be killed in this state. We even got to witness when Azula’s lightning struck avatar Aang, he nearly died. But was resurrected when Katara used the holy water from the spirit oasis to heal his wound.
Avatar State allows the Avatar to perform exceptional bending feats using all four elements. When in Avatar state, the Avatar might be able to do things that he had not yet mastered. This is because the Avatar state provides the Avatar with the power of all previous Avatars.
As stated by Roku, the Avatar state is a defensive mechanism, which means that even if the Avatar has not mastered this state. The Avatar State can still be subconsciously triggered when the Avatar is in danger. We got to see this defensive mechanism when Avatar Aang and Appa nearly died in the storm. And Avatar state took control of his body and formed a bubble around him and Appa to protect him. He lay dormant in that state for about 100 years till Katara and Sokka discovered him.
Traits of Avatar State
While in Avatar state, the eyes of the Avatar state glow and in the case of Avatar Aang, his symbolic arrows would also glow white. The reason for this glow is that while in the Avatar state, the Avatar can use the cosmic energy of the spirit of Raava. The spirit of Raava is also known as the spirit of light in the Avatar Universe. And the subsequent glow in the Avatar is the light of Raava.
Avatar State of Korra
The Avatar state can be controlled by the Avatar only when he has mastered all of the elements and has achieved a certain level of discipline and spirituality. As seen in Avatar: The Last Airbender, Aang was only able to control this state after Guru Pathik taught him to unlock his Chakras.
Similarly, Korra could only unlock her Avatar state when she had lost her bending ability, and the spirit of Aang taught her to Energybend and restore her energy. She then used her Avatar state to restore the bending ability of Lin Beifong and some other victims of Amon.
Korra is technically the most powerful Avatar as she also has the experience of Aang in her Avatar state. But there has been a criticism on Korra that she has extensively used her Avatar state while Aang used this state only when in dire need. But in her defense, Aang only had to face Firelord Max Ozai and Azula to some extent.
Whereas Korra faced an array of villains that were just pure evil and ruthless. Amon for example developed the ability to take a person’s bending away which only Avatar Aang could do. And in the second season, she faced the Dark Avatar that was formed by the combination of Vaatu and Unalaq. Zaheer was as evil as they come and even poisoned Korra. And if it weren’t for her Avatar state she would never have been able to defeat her. And there was just no way that Korra was going to defeat the giant Mecha suit of Kuvira. The suit was also fitted with an energy cannon making it a force to reckon with.
The raw power that Korra had in her Avatar state is evident from the fact that she was able to create a new portal to the spirit world alone. The only aspect that we can say Korra might be weaker as compared to Aang in the Avatar state was her spirituality. Because Korra was just too headstrong and did not think twice before making a move.
Whereas Aang was calmer than her even when he was just 10 years old. We never got to see Aang in his prime. But from the flashbacks in The Legend of Korra, it was evident that he was very strong in his Avatar state as well. He was able to defeat Yakone against his Bloodbending in his Avatar state.
So we conclude that the Avatar state of Korra is no doubt the strongest among all Avatars in theory. But it was the ability of Aang to control himself in his Avatar state that might make him the more powerful one. But if Korra can ever manage to match Aang in spirituality and self-control, then she would have the most powerful Avatar state among all Avatars.
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