" The Vortex elevates you to a cosmic entity. But there is no accounting for what it does to your heart."
― Gara (Marvel Comics)
"This is essentially an empty slot, and what this tells us is that our mind, our entire DNA in fact, is destined to be upgraded."
― Aldrich Killian (Iron Man 3)

The power to upgrade properties and abilities. Sub-power of Augmentation, Variable Manipulation, Evolution and Remaking/Customization. Opposite to Downgrading.

Also Called

  • Refinement/Refining
  • Updating


The user is able to upgrade both entities and objects by significantly increasing their traits and capabilities in a permanent way, be it their physical, mental or spiritual properties, their supernatural abilities both in raw power and mastery, any skill they may already possess, or all of the above either immediately via the unlocking of superior forms or gradually through the enhancement of their latent potential.




  • May be limited to specific fields and/or require associated resources.
  • User may experience physical and/or mental side effects.
  • Users cannot directly update themselves

Known Users

  • Galvanic Mechamorphs (Ben 10 series)
    • Upgrade/Ship/Bootleg
  • Nicolai Technus (Danny Phantom)
  • Galactus (Marvel Comics)
  • The Machines (The Matrix series)
  • D (So I'm a Spider, So What?)
  • Rimuru Tempest (That Time I Be Reincarnated as a Slime)

Known Items/Forces/Processes/Locations

  • Black Vortex (Marvel Comics)
  • Light Capsules (Mega Man X series)
  • Refinement (s-CRY-ed)
  • The Light/Other Side (s-CRY-ed)
  • The Armor of Unicron (Transformers: Cybertron)
  • The Forge of Solis Prime (Transformers: Prime)
  • Gems of Cyttorak (X-Men: Evolution)


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