Willow heals herself with a wave of her hand.

Regeneration was the ability to be cured of a wound quicker than an average human, or to be reconstituted after amputation/destruction of a body part.

Examples[edit | edit source]

Slayers[edit | edit source]

Slayers could recover from severe injuries in short periods of time in comparison to average humans. Usually, Buffy Summers was completely healed within 24 hours of being injured,[citation needed] though more serious injuries took at least a few days. She suffered from a stab wound to the belly that required at least a few days to heal,[1] and, according to Vi, was heavily bruised for several days after her second encounter with a Turok-Han.[2] Slayers could receive scars, though, as Buffy had one left from the Master's bite on her neck.[3][4]

Vampires[edit | edit source]

Vampires healed rapidly, albeit in a similar way to human bodies. While Spike's broken spine healed, it took him several months.[5][6] Still, Spike gained a scar on his eyebrow after being cut by Xin Rong's sword.[1] Vampires were passive to having body parts amputated,[7] though they could be surgically reattached;[8] they wouldn't survive only if they had their head severed. The surgical extraction of the heart[9] or a magical object as the Gem of Amara[10] gave them the capacity to regenerate from being staked.

Demons[edit | edit source]

Some examples of demons' regeneration:

Kurth using Mohra demon blood to regenerate his severed third arm.

  • Even beheaded, members of the Brotherhood of Seven[11] and the Deathwok Clan[12] had the capacity to reattach their head. Nahdrah demons could use a human's head to replace their own.[13] Jenoff,[14] Strom demons,[15] and Voynok demon[16] were able to grow a new head on their own.
  • Norman Pfister was a hive of maggots capable of taking human form, giving him the capacity to regenerate at will.[17]
  • If gathered, the bodies parts of the Judge allowed him to reattach into his original form.[5]
  • Mok'tagar demons, like Kathy Newman, had their regenerative abilities exemplified by loose toenails still growing after being cut.[18]
  • The blood of a Mohra demon, known as the Blood of Eternity, had uncanny regenerative properties, making them virtually immortal. This blood could also heal other beings, being even capable of transforming a vampire back into a human. If severely injured, Mohras would regenerate and grow both in size and strength.[19] Following the destruction of the Seed of Wonder and hence the end of magic, Mohra's blood would trigger perpetual painful regeneration in those who used it, making human bodies resembling massive tumors.[20]
  • The mineralogy was also an effective factor for demons. Mohras required vast quantities of salt to live[19] and Ethros demon sought out primordial volcanic basalt to regenerate when wounded or weakened.[21]
  • The demon Tor could survive mutilation and reassemble himself.[22]
  • Strom demons' regenerative abilities made them also able to grow their faces back after having it blown off with a shotgun.[15]
  • Vengeance demons seemed to heal rapidly in few seconds. For example, Halfrek[23] and Anyanka[24] recovered minutes from apparent mortal wounds while they were pierced by a sword.
  • Groosalugg, a Half-demon, healed on a similar level of a vampire.[citation needed]

Witches[edit | edit source]

Some examples of witches' regeneration:

  • Willow Rosenberg, a human, survived and regenerated herself from an ax blow to her back from Warren Mears.[25]
  • Willow was able to heal the cuts and bruises on her face after a tense fight with Rupert Giles by waving her hand over her face, making the marks disappear.[26]
  • Willow had the power to regenerate the skin of her stomach after it was eaten by Gnarl. She did this by meditating, drawing power from the earth.[27]
  • Willow quickly healed herself after being lobotomized by a Warren, despite the fact that she was near death. Willow then used her powers to heal some of injured soldiers and Slayers, but couldn't heal all of them because she didn't have enough "healing."[28]

Other beings[edit | edit source]

Severin's magical absorption allows him to regenerate from a stake to the heart.

  • Ronald Meltzer could control his molecular structure at will, allowing him to remove his hands or eyes from his body to make them levitate.[29]
  • The demon Barney, who auctioned organs stemming from demons and super-human beings, had healing hands in his collection.[30]
  • Charles Gunn tried to contact Healers for to cure Winifred Burkle, dying because of Illyria. However, they refused to cooperate, fearing the Old One.[31]
  • Severin could heal his wounds by absorbing magical energy. With sufficient charge, he was able to survive and recover from a stake to the chest.[32]
  • The Medical Center of Arashmaharr had regeneration cream which could regrow lost limbs.[citation needed]
  • The bite wound that made Nina Ash a werewolf was completely healed within a day.[33]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

  • In the dubious canon comic issue Crown Prince Syndrome, Angel developed the ability to regenerate lost limbs, which he demonstrated after James ripped his hands and feet off. Illyria claimed that originally, vampires could regenerate limbs, but the ability was lost as the bloodlines expended and the Old Ones' legacy was diluted, so modern vampires are unable to do so.

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