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Psychic powers, or PSI-Powers, are special abilities that can be used by psychics. Examples of psychic abilities are teleportation, mind reading, future vision, and levitation. Most psychic powers need to be taught for the psychic to be able to use them, but some can be present from birth, or self-learned. Psychic abilities can begin to manifest at any stage in a psychic's life. Dormant psychic powers can sometimes be awakened from contact with Psitanium or through periods of intense emotion. Psychic powers are drastically hampered when a psychic comes in proximity to Psilirium.
Most psychics have one or more "specialty" psychic powers they are most comfortable using. Some animals are capable of using psychic powers as well. Some psychics have the ability to enter a person's mind with help from either a psycho portal, a brain tumbler, or in rare cases, physically touching the brain itself. Raz can learn how to use many psychic abilities throughout the Psychonauts series. Most of his psychic abilities are learned with the acquisition of merit badges.
- 1 PSI-Punch
- 2 Astral Projection
- 3 Marksmanship
- 4 Telekinesis
- 5 Pyrokinesis
- 6 Hydrokinesis
- 7 Levitation
- 8 Clairvoyance
- 9 Zoolingualism
- 10 Shield
- 11 Invisibility
- 12 Time Bubble
- 13 Mind Reading
- 14 Mental Magnet
- 15 Telepathy
- 16 Teleportation
- 17 Curse (PSI-Power)
- 18 Herbaphony
- 19 Precognition
- 20 Necromancy
- 21 PSI Energy Transfer
- 22 Confusion
- 23 Mental Connection
- 24 Projection
- 25 Cryokinesis
- 26 Trivia
- 27 References/Notes
Main article: Psi-Punch
PSI-Punch is the psychic ability to generate a large fist of energy to punch or slap enemies.
Main article: Astral Projection
Astral Projection is the ability to take one's mental image and insert it into the mind of another to explore their Mental World. Novice psychics require the use of a Psycho-Portal or Brain Tumbler to achieve this, while skilled and powerful psychics can do it naturally.
NOTE: Mental self-images are not true astral projections, such as when Raz meets Coach Oleander, Milla, or Sasha in their respective mental realms.
Main article: Marksmanship
Marksmanship, also known as PSI-Blast, Deadly Triangle Beam, or Blastokinesis, is the ability to release a highly concentrated beam of energy from one's mind to blast away enemies. Most psychics have their own unique Marksmanship color, like green or pink. Marksmanship can be dangerous if uncontrolled.
Main article: Telekinesis
Telekinesis is the psychic ability to move objects with one's mind. Telekinesis can allow the psychic to lift much heavier objects than they normally could physically, but it does have limits. An example would be Raz can lift a large bomb, but not the entire airplane. Psychics can either manifest a hand conjured out of psychic energy to lift the object or simply lift the object with their mind without use of a psychic hand. Telekinesis can also be used to crush or break bones.
Main article: Pyrokinesis
Pyrokinesis is the psychic ability to set flammable things on fire with one's mind. It is recommended not to use this power near people who use hairspray. Like marksmanship, pyrokinesis can be especially dangerous if uncontrolled.
Main article: Hydrokinesis
Hydrokinesis is the psychic ability to control the movement of water with one's mind. It is a form of telekinesis. This power can allow the psychic to move puddles or oceans depending on their experience.
Main article: Levitation
Levitation is the psychic ability to levitate off the ground. Levitation may or may not require the use of a levitation ball. Most psychics have their own unique levitation ball color.
Main article: Clairvoyance
Clairvoyance is the psychic ability to see through the eyes of others. The person perceived through a target's eyes may appear different from their point of view. It can also be used to locate people.
Main article: Zoolingualism
Zoolingualism is the psychic ability to communicate with animals.
- Dogen Boole
- Compton Boole (specialty)
- Elton Fir (specialty)
- Razputin Aquato
- Lili Zanotto
- Morceau Oleander (specialty)
Main article: Shield
Shield is the psychic ability to generate a shield of energy around oneself or others for protection. Most psychics have their own unique shield color.
Main article: Invisibility
Invisibility is the ability to temporarily render oneself invisible. It does not work under infrared vision.
Main article: Time Bubble
Time Bubble is the psychic ability to temporarily slow down time for an object or a person.
- Dr. Caligosto Loboto (possibly)
- Razputin Aquato
Main article: Mind Reading
Mind reading is the ability to read someone's mind, with or without their consent. Many psychics are shown to naturally know this ability.
Main article: Mental Magnet
Mental Magnet allows the user to attract mental items, mental health, or energy inside a mental world.
- Razputin Aquato (if purchased from the camp store)
Main article: Telepathy
Telepathy is the psychic ability to speak to others using one's thoughts. Many psychics are shown to naturally know this ability.
Main article: Teleportation
Teleportation is the psychic ability to instantly move oneself or others through space to a specific destination.
Main article: Curse (PSI-Power)
Some psychics have the ability to "curse" others to bring misfortune on them and their descendants. Not much is known about this power other, or how curses can be broken. A notable curse is the Hand of Galochio, created by the Galochios to torture the Aquatos.
- The Galochios
Main article: Herbaphony
Herbaphony is the psychic ability to talk to plants. Herbaphony users can also encourage plants to grow.
- Lili Zanotto (specialty)
- Bob Zanotto (specialty)
- Elton Fir (specialty)
Main article: Precognition
Precognition is the psychic ability to see the future. The power seems to be extremely rare, as the only characters implied to have it are Elka Doom and the Galochios.
Main article: Necromancy
Necromancy is the psychic ability to communicate to and raise the dead. It is considered taboo by most psychics.
PSI Energy Transfer
Main article: PSI Energy Transfer
PSI energy transfer is the psychic ability to fully or partially transfer one's psychic energy to another.
Main article: Confusion
Confusion is the psychic ability to temporarily stun or confuse others. It has similar effects to intoxication or nausea, and can incapacitate psychics as well as non-psychics.
Main article: Mental Connection
Mental Connection is the psychic power to connect disparate ideas in people's minds and allows Raz to pull himself towards floating platforms and enemies. It appears as a grappling hook-like beam. It can have massive negative psychological effects if used incorrectly. Raz learns this ability in Hollis' mind in Psychonauts 2.
- Razputin Aquato
- Hollis Forsythe
Main Article: Projection
Projection is the psychic power to create a 2D archetype of one's self. This ability allows Raz to access areas he otherwise wouldn't be able to, either to pull levers, unlock doors, and/or get otherwise unobtainable items.
- Razputin Aquato
- Cassie O'pia
Main article: Cryokinesis
Cryokinesis is the ability to create ice or freeze objects.
- Brain trauma to a psychic can cause a temporary or permanent loss of some or all psychic abilities.
- Psychic powers can still be used even if the brain is separated from the body.
- Psychic powers can be amplified with technology or psitanium. However, the increased activity in the brain can cause psychics with past emotional trauma to become unstable.
- Some animals throughout Whispering Rock Psychic Summer Camp have developed psychic abilities from coming in contact with Psitanium.
- Milla's psychic powers first began to show while she watched her children burn.
- Raz is able to enter Coach Oleander's mind by touching his brain in Psychonauts.
- The campers require a Psycho-Portal to enter their teachers' minds, and Raz uses the portal he took from Sasha's lab on his mission. However, both Ford Cruller and Augustus Aquato have shown the ability to enter Raz's mind naturally, albeit with some difficulty.
- Dogen Boole has stated he's accidentally made heads explode using Blastokinesis.
- Mikhail says he can break people's bones using telekinesis.
- Shown in a Double Fine video showing off an unreleased mobile game. https://youtu.be/_ke_S2DnrMM?t=2554
- Shown in a Double Fine video showing off an unreleased mobile game. https://youtu.be/_ke_S2DnrMM?t=2658
- Shown in a Double Fine video showing off an unreleased mobile game. https://youtu.be/_ke_S2DnrMM?t=2772
- Shown in a Double Fine video showing off an unreleased mobile game. https://youtu.be/_ke_S2DnrMM?t=2455
- Phoebe Love has trouble controlling her Pyrokinesis and it's implied that she has accidentally set people on fire in the past.
- Raz is subconsciously creating the Hand of Galochio out of his fear of water. The hand is entirely a manifestation created by Raz.
- Boyd is able to use (and teach) this ability while his mind.
- Dogen can communicate with the squirrels around Whispering Rock.
- Elton Fir can communicate with the fish at Lake Oblangata.
- Raz can communicate with Lili's pet rat.
- Lili can communicate with her pet rat.
- Oleander is described as able to speak to Mr. Bun in the Li-Po Backstory Document
- Raz learns how to use the shield ability from Linda, who indirectly learned it from Coach Oleander.
- The G-men in the Milkman Conspiracy remark that they can still see Raz using infrared vision.
- Two of Loboto's mental figures, Crackers and First Mate Loboto, are able to use this ability in Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin.
- This ability is found inside Helmut's mind.
- Linda's mouth never moves when she talks, and her voice has an echo-feel to it, similar to other telepathic voices.
- While Raz is in the field, Ford can teleport Raz back to the sanctuary, then return him to the place he teleported in from.
- Razputin is not a skilled teleporter. He appears to be able to reflexively teleport out of danger and back to a place of safety. In game, this is what happens when Raz's mental health drops to zero and he loses an Astral Projection Layer.
- At least in his own mind, Compton can be observed teleporting around to escape danger or to provide Raz with advice.
- Explicitly mentioned in the Li-Po Backstory Document.
- It is stated in the Li-Po Document one of the specialties of the Galochios is foreseeing the future.
- One of Edgar's mental figures, Dingo Inflagrante, is able to use and teach this ability.
- Kitty lists confusion as her psychic specialty on her Campster page.
- Raz and Hollis have both caused accidental negative effects on minds while using Mental Connection.
- When away from his brain-stabilizing psitanium deposit, the mind-shattered Ford loses most or all of his psychic powers, or at least the wherewithal to know he has them.
- Caligosto Loboto lost his psychic abilities after being lobotomized.
- Raz is able to move his exposed brain using telekinesis after being de-brained.
- The primary weapon of the Brain Tank is the PSI-blast from the enclosed brain.