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The Soulsword was a magical sword constructed of the life force of Illyana Rasputin forged in Limbo.


The Soulsword was created by Illyana Rasputina during the period in which she was trapped in a Limbo dimension ruled by Belasco. Illyana magically caused her own life force energy to manifest before her. Once this happened she cast her hand into the eldritch energy and drew from it the Soulsword. A simple looking blade upon its origin, it began to develop intricate designs and forms upon itself the more Illyana used it, becoming more powerful with each use.

Although usable as a physical weapon, its main use is to disrupt magical spells and beings, usually permanently. It was accompanied by armor covering Magik's left shoulder, chest, and arm. Control of the Soulsword seems to guarantee mastery over Limbo, as demonstrated when the sword was claimed by Darkoth,[5] but its full power could only be accessed by Magik. After a temporal variant of Darkoth slew Bedlam, the sword was left abandoned when Darkoth was taken over by a symbiote.[4] When Magik reverted to six years old, the sword transferred to her best friend Shadowcat.

At first the sword was stuck in a stone outside Excalibur's lighthouse, but after Doctor Doom tried to use it and Kitty to take over Limbo, it somehow incorporated itself within Shadowcat. Months later, the evil magician Darkmoor possessed Shadowcat and tried to make her turn over the sword. Eventually he possessed Nightcrawler, to attack Kitty from the outside, but he was defeated.

Amanda Sefton then convinced Kitty to give her the Soulsword, which she then turned over to her mother Margali Szardos. Margali, mad for power, used the sword to kill all of the magicians ahead of her on the Winding Way. She then gave herself a new body and joined the London Branch of the Hellfire Club. However, when Margali tried to tap into the demon under London, she was overwhelmed, and when Excalibur severed her from the interface, she and the Soulsword were captured by Belasco, Magik's mentor and ruler of Limbo.

Belasco also planned to use the Soulsword to gain power, but was eventually defeated by Margali, Amanda, and Nightcrawler. The Soulsword, which had been knocked off of Belasco's tower during the battle, broke through the surface of Limbo in an armor-coated hand, perhaps signifying Magik's return. Jimaine later revealed she had been given a vision of the sword by Margali years ago.

In Jimaine's hands, the Soulsword's shape changed a little, and the more experienced sorceress increased its functions to include drawing spells and stepping disks in the air. She secretly sent the Soulsword to Nightcrawler, integrating it with him, to keep it out of danger in Limbo. The sword's presence attracted all manner of supernatural entities to Kurt, placing him and his friends in grave danger until Jimaine finally revealed its presence to him. Later, Mephisto tried to bribe Kurt into keeping the Soulsword out of the impending War Between Good and Evil, but Kurt refused. The Sword remained bonded to Nightcrawler.

In the events of X-Infernus, the Sword returned to its creator, Magik. Under the thrall of the darkness in her soul due to a previous adventure in Limbo, Pixie stabbed Nightcrawler in the chest with her Souldagger. Upon withdrawing it, she found the Soulsword stuck to the tip of the dagger. However, Illyana promptly teleports from Limbo once she senses its return. She then combats and defeats the X-Men: Beast, Rockslide, Mercury, and Pixie (who wields the Soulsword to fight her). Reclaiming The Soulsword, she reverts back to her human form.

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Magik with the Soulsword after the Phoenix Five

After the Phoenix Force left Illyana her Soulsword also changed, now looking more like the Blade of the Phoenix and additionally now has the ability to be used as a powerful weapon that can harm and kill as well as deflect attacks.[6]


Kurt Wagner (Earth-616) and Soulsword from Nightcrawler Vol 3 11 0001

Nightcrawler with the Soulsword

  • Mystic Right: The Soulsword is a physical manifestation of Magik's magical powers as well as the limbo dimension she rules. As the Soulsword is the living embodiment of Illyana Rasputin, whomever owns the sword is considered to be the ruler of Limbo (Otherplace). Only the ruler of Limbo can wield the sword and only the wielder of the sword can rule Limbo.
  • Strike the Supernatural: The Soulsword has been shown to only harm magical creatures or objects -- it rarely injures non-magical beings or items.
  • Maim the Ethereal: Intangible and ethereal beings can also be struck, as Shadowcat painfully learned.
  • Counter/Break Spell: When Magik uses the Soulsword to strike a person who is possessed, enchanted, or otherwise magically controlled or transformed the sword will be able to counter or break the spell.
  • Stepping Disc Control: The Soulsword can be used to control Limbo's 'stepping discs.'
  • Spell Sword: Jimaine learned how to 'draw' spells with the sword using the arcane symbols.
  • Sword Summoning: Magik can store her Soulsword in nothingness and summon it whenever she desires.
  • Summon Armor: It can also be used to summon a promethium battle armor around the wearer.
  • Augment Magic: Any magic user who holds the Soulsword instantly has their mystic abilities augmented.

Alternate Reality Versions

Image Description Source
Soul Staff from What If? Magik Vol 1 1

Magik: Sorceress Supreme (Earth-18133)[]

On Earth-18133, Illyana trained under Doctor Strange to eventually become the Sorceress Supreme. Because of this, the weapon she created as an extension of her soul took the form of the Soul Staff instead.[7]
What If? Magik #1
(October, 2018)
Illyana Rasputin (Earth-TRN414) from The New Mutants (film) 005

Post-"Days of Future Past" X-Men films (Earth-TRN414)[]

On Earth-TRN414, Illyana's sword manifest at the same as the armor on her right arm.[8]
The New Mutants (film)
Moon Knight (Tabitha) (Earth-TRN590) from Spider-Man 2099 Vol 3 14 001

The Fist's 2099 A.D. (Earth-TRN590)[]

On Earth-TRN590, the Soulsword was wielded by Tabitha, the Moon Knight of 2099 A.D.. She used the sword to remove the demon within Strange's body and send it to the Moon.[9]
Spider-Man 2099 (Vol. 3) #14
(August, 2016)


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