Powers and abilities
Lady Deathstrike was transformed into a cyborg by Spiral and the “Body Shop” using alien technology of Mojo’s dimension, with later modifications by Donald Pierce.[volume & issue needed] She has superhuman strength, speed, stamina, durability, and agility. Deathstrike’s skeleton has been artificially laced with molecules of adamantium, rendering her skeletal structure practically unbreakable. Later, in the pages of Uncanny X-Men, it was shown that Spiral used magic to infuse the metal into Deathstrike’s body.[volume & issue needed] Deathstrike’s fingers have been replaced by five 12-inch (300 mm) long adamantium claws replacing each finger of each hand. Aside from being as indestructible as her skeleton, these talons are capable of slicing through virtually any substance, other than adamantium itself and Captain America’s shield. She is capable of telescoping these claws to twice their usual length. She also had the ability to interface with computers, allowing direct data access to her brain’s memory centers. Although her normal form is visibly that of a cyborg, she uses disguises when necessary. She is a trained assassin and is skilled in a variety of Asian martial arts. Lady Deathstrike is especially skilled with swords, and while she prefers stealth and subtlety in her killings, she is emotionally disturbed and this interferes with her effectiveness. Deathstrike suffers from mental instability; she is an unbalanced fanatic, a condition worsened by her transformation into a cyborg.
Before she received her cybernetic enhancements, Deathstrike used a special five-foot steel katana that was electromagnetically tempered and sheathed in energy. The energy sheath enabled the sword to cut through most substances and made it as resilient as adamantium. She has also used shuriken, nunchakus, a high-powered long-range blaster which fires armor-piercing explosive bullets, and wrist-bands containing adamantium detectors. She also wore a modified traditional Japanese battle-armor which could withstand even superhuman blows. Her items were constructed by weapon-smiths of Lord Dark Wind’s organization.
Deathstrike later received an upgrade that provides her with a kind of “cybernetic healing factor” that functions similarly, although not as efficiently, to Wolverine’s.
Lady Deathstrike is fluent in both English and Japanese, and an accomplished pilot of various air and sea-craft.
The left side of Yuriko Oyama’s face was scarred in a ritual design by her father; this was apparently surgically repaired when she became a cyborg.
Lady Deathstrike’s original body was destroyed. She became a digital consciousness. She was downloaded into Ana Cortes, who became her host and the new Lady Deathstrike until Ana killed herself. Yuriko’s mind was placed into the body of her friend Reiko, who currently hosts her.