Near ascension occurs when a Human is evolving to the point of Ascension, but has not yet shed his or her physical form to become pure energy. A normal human brain performs at 10% maximum capacity at any one time, but they require at least 92% to ascend. Pre-ascension is when brain activity is over average but the user is not yet Ascended. This usually gives them special abilities due to the heightened brain activity. The abilities become stronger and more diverse as the brain activity increases. Shortly after leaving the Alteran Home Galaxy, the Ancients began to develop these abilities, and eventually ascended, but some of the technology they left behind has allowed others to follow the same path. The Ori also ascended (but later than the Ancients,) and without the assistance of technology.


  • Healing; Near-ascended humans have the power to heal themselves rapidly and also the ability to heal others with minor to major wounds, even those caused by a direct Staff weapon hit. They can also cure the Ancient contagion. Priors have shown the ability to cure the Ori plague, though it is unknown if this is through technology or their near-ascended power. (SG1: "Frozen", "Lost City, Part 2", "Flesh and Blood") (SGA: "Tao of Rodney", "Epiphany")
  • Enhanced biology; Near-ascension also grants super-hearing and sight when the human brain reaches activity of 60%. (SG1: "Prototype") (SGA: "Tao of Rodney")
  • Precognition; Near-ascension allows the user to see visions of the future and share them with others. These visions have always come true, although the user cannot tell when or where what he sees will happen, or under what context. (SGA: "The Seer")

Daniel Jackson strikes an Ori Army with a lightning strike.

  • Lightning; This ability allows the user to summon strikes of lightning, out of the sky or local planet's atmosphere, to vanquish groups of soldiers. (SG1: "The Quest, Part 2")
  • Telekinesis (also known as Psychokinesis); This is powerful enough to hold doors shut and throw people back. This ability allows the bearer to move things they cannot see with the power of their mind. (SG1: "Counterstrike", "The Quest, Part 2", "Dominion", "Prototype") (SGA: "Tao of Rodney")
  • Biokinesis (the ability to manipulate the processes of a body); By manipulating a body's processes, a near ascended being is capable of stopping people from speaking all together. (SG1: "The Quest, Part 2")
  • Technopathy (the ability to manipulate machinery): Some near ascended beings have displayed the ability to control various forms of technology. Priors in particular have displayed the ability to control Ori warships with just their mind alone while Adria could also sort through a DHD's memory and determine the last address dialed. While possessing the mind and abilities of Merlin as well as a Prior, Doctor Daniel Jackson was able to take control of the systems of the Odyssey with his mind, fly an Ori warship and dial the Supergate. (SG1: "Counterstrike", "The Quest, Part 2", "The Shroud")
  • Telepathy; This is the ability that allows a being to read the mind of another being or communicating with them by putting thoughts in their heads. (SG1: "Prototype") (SGA: "Tao of Rodney")
  • Pyrokinesis; Is a mental ability that involves the manipulation of fire. Adria has demonstrated that she possesses pyrokinesis, as have Priors. (SG1: "Origin", "Flesh and Blood")

Daniel Jackson shields SG-1 from Adria's energy attack.


Daniel Jackson overpowers Adria's shield and stuns her

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Trivia Edit

The statement that the brain operates at 10% maximum capacity is based on a popular urban legend and myth that humans only use 10% of their brain at any one time cognitively.