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The Resurrection Protocols were the rules, restrictions, and guidelines governing mutant resurrection on Krakoa.



As part of the creation of the mutant nation of Krakoa, the Five were gathered to resurrect fallen and deceased mutants. Using Egg' golden eggs, Proteus manipulates reality to make the eggs viable and Elixir can then use his biokinesis to grow a husk body and Tempus can manipulate time within the egg to grow the husk to its desired age. Additionally, Hope Summers allows for coordination between the other members of the Five and ensure resurrection is successful. Finally, when the husk emerges from the egg, Professor X (or a substitute telepath) telepathically imprints the mutants mind into the husk. This processes usually takes between approximately 48-54 hours.[3] However, in extraordinary circumstances, this process can be completed in as little as one hour.[4] Mutants are resurrected at their "peak physical form", but the Five may also be unconsciously correcting minor imperfections as well. For example, one week after his resurrection, Synch demonstrated a 4% increase to his previously established natural abilities.[5]

Strict protocols were established early one to guide the terms of resurrection. These Resurrection Protocols offered structure and priority governing the process of resurrection.[4] For example, as the governing body of Krakoa, members of the Quiet Council receive priority in the resurrection queue.[6]

Shortly after some of the earliest resurrections, a change was made to the Resurrection Protocols. For the mental wellness of those being resurrected, mutants are now being resurrected in established social groups clusters. For example, Synch seemed to be experiencing difficulties adjusting after his resurrection, so Skin's resurrection was moved ahead of schedule so they could act as companions for one another.[5]

The Crucible

Aero facing • --|A|-- • in the Crucible

With resurrection made possible there were concerns about depowered mutants commiting suicide to be resurrected with their powers intact. Through several debates, the Quiet Council decided that for those who lost their powers on M-Day or were depowered by other means, resurrection with their powers fully restored could be made possible through The Crucible. When a depowered mutant was chosen for the Crucible, they must face • --|A|-- • in single combat and fight to the death. Only through valiantly fighting could the gift of resurrection be administered.[7]

The Quiet Council decides that clones (like Madelyne Pryor) will not be resurrected


Following the death of the Goblin Queen during the Hellions, the Quiet Council and the Five agreed that clones cannot be resurrected. Due to the similarities to their progenitor, they are not considered their own unique beings.[8][2] This restriction does not appear to apply to cloned mutants that were genetically altered or modified from their genetic progenitors (i.e. Laura Kinney, Gabby, the Stepford Cuckoos, etc.). In addition to clones, alternate universe versions of living mutants are not resurrected.[2]

The Five unable to resurrect Kate Pryde

Resurrecting Kate Pryde

When Kate Pryde's lifeless body was discovered, her resurrection was made a priority of the Five.[9] The Five tried multiple times to resurrect Kate, but none of her husks appeared viable as none stirred or broke out of their eggs.[10] After 18 attempts, the Five were about to pause Kate’s resurrection to move on to others. However, through the supplication of both Nightcrawler and Emma Frost, Professor X agreed to one more attempt. With aid from Emma, Kate's husk phased through the egg instead of bursting forth, and Kate was finally reborn.[11]

X-Factor Investigation

The Five requesting the formation of X-Factor Investigations to help with the resurrection protocols

Becoming overwhelmed with requests and due to the complexities of establishing proof of death, the Five endorsed the formation of X-Factor. X-Factor Investigations was then tasked with solving cases of missing and/or potentially dead mutants and providing proof of death to the Five to trigger adding someone to the resurrection queue.[1]

X of Swords

The resurrection of Rictor and Rockslide

After creating the External Gate to connect Krakoa and Otherworld, • --|A|-- • sent Summoner with Banshee and Unus the Untouchable to herald his arrival.[12] When Summoner reemerged with a wounded and dying Banshee, he pleaded for help. To rescue Unus and assess the threat, • --|A|-- • led a small team of volunteers through the External Gate were almost immediately ambushed by the First Horsemen. During the attack, Rockslide was killed and both • --|A|-- • and Rictor were wounded.[13] Rictor died in the Healing Gardens after being brought back to Krakoa. As a casualty of war, his resurrection was fast tracked. Unfortunately, because Rockslide died in Otherworld, his resurrection did not go as planned even temporarily glitching all five Cerebros and left the Five and Xavier unconscious. As Otherworld is a nexus connected to the entirety of the Multiverse, when mutants die in Otherworld they cannot be properly resurrected. Instead, this resurrection will be a random amalgamation of their multiversal counterparts and their original Cerebro backup will be corrupted and lost forever.[4] Gorgon also died in Otherworld and was later resurrected, but is also reportedly acting "strangely".[14][15] Conversely to the Otherworld resurrections, individuals who died on Amenth were resurrected as more honed versions of themselves. Additionally, their actual Cerebro back-up were reduced in size resembling defragmentation of computer software. Both Wild Child and Nanny were resurrect as keener, sharper versions of themselves, but still certainly themselves.[14] The Five have chosen not to make this information widely available.[15]

Rules of Resurrection

Currently revealed Resurrection Protocols

Currently revealed Resurrection Protocols

  • Article I. No resurrection will be initiated without proof of death.[1]
  • Article II. -- Resurrection queue --
    • (a) --
    • (b) --
      • 1) --
      • 2) -- [Augury_Incident]
    • (c) --
  • Article III. In the event of forced protocol -- Ref: [Resr/Five...[001]_01]_05].
  • Article IV. --
    • (a) --
      • 1) --
      • 2) --
  • Article V. Requests for proof of death, -- , -- , and missing mutants cases shall hereby be made to X-Factor Investigations.
    • (a) Missing mutants cases are generated automatically under the following circumstances:
      • 1) Cerebro has been unable to pull a back-up from a person for no less than a month;
      • 2) Upon which a report is automatically generated for Sage for identification and categorization. If Sage is then unable to detect this mutant;
      • 3) The mutant is then categorized as officially "missing" and a report is automatically generated for X-Factor's investigations queue.
    • (b) --
  • Article VI. If -- Jane/John Doe.
    • 1) -- Addendum 6.1 --
  • Article VII. -- does not wish to be resurrected, --
  • Article VIII. --
    • (a) --
    • (b) --
      • 1) --
  • Article IX. --
    • (a) --
    • (b) --
    • (c) --
  • Article X. --
    • (a) --
      • 1) --
      • 2) --
      • 3) --
      • 4) --

Confirmed Krakoan Resurrections

Likely (Unconfirmed) Krakoan Resurrections

Probable Off-Panel Krakoan Resurrections


  • Currently there has been no experimentation with placing a mutant mind in a husk that is not their own.[3] Additionally, there has not been any open experimentations with combining the DNA of multiple mutants.[53][7]
    • However, several individuals have written wills requesting they be resurrected in a husk of Magneto with his powers.[7]
  • Synch was one of the earliest mutant resurrected as it was believed that his powers would allow him to act as a substitute for one of the Five, if needed.[5] Though it was never tested, both Synch and Mimic are considered to be possible stand-ins for the Five.[3]
    • A more extreme version of this process has occurred with Amenthi resurrections. Wild Child and Nanny were both killed on Amenth, and upon their resurrection, both subjects appeared as as keener, sharper (or honed) versions of themselves, but still certainly themselves. Additionally, their actual Cerebro back-up were rewritten during the resurrection process to reduced in size resembling defragmentation of computer software.
  • As a member of the Quiet Council, the White Queen has used her sway to prioritize culturally important mutants, like Jumbo Carnation.[54]
  • Because of Moira's need for secrecy, no precognitive mutants are allowed on Krakoa and will therefore not be resurrected.[55][56]

See Also

Links and References


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 X of Swords Handbook #1
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 House of X #5
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 X-Factor Vol 4 #4
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 X-Men Vol 5 #5
  6. Excalibur Vol 4 #6
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 X-Men Vol 5 #7
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  24. Marauders #4
  25. X-Force Vol 6 #8-9
  26. X-Factor Vol 4 #1-2
  27. Empyre: X-Men #4
  28. X-Force Vol 6 #11
  29. Hellions #2
  30. Hellions #5
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  38. New X-Men #150
  39. X-Men: Black - Emma Frost #1
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