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Run! Omnitrix! That's it!

– Upgrade's final words before rebooting the Omnitrix.[1]


Upgrade was the Omnitrix's DNA sample of a Galvanic Mechamorph from Galvan Prime's moon, Galvan B.

Appearance

Upgrade had a predominantly plum-coloured exterior with a violet torso and thighs. He had purple stripes that extend from his body, resembling circuitry; the circle on the front of his head being his eye.

As a toddler, Upgrade still looks the same but in smaller size, as well as having a younger voice.

Upgrade wore the Omnitrix symbol on his chest.

Powers and Abilities

  • Technological Possession/Enhancement
  • Technokinesis
  • Technological Destruction
  • Self-Liquefaction
  • Elasticity
  • Enhanced Strength (via Technological Enhancement)
  • Enhanced Jumping

Upgrade was not completely solid, as he could alternate between the forms of a liquid and a gelatinous being. Due to this, he can reshape himself to let projectiles or blows pass through him by creating a hole in his body at will.

Upgrade could use his internal nanotechnology to merge with and possess any technology by encasing himself over it. The size of the device is not significant and he controls it as naturally as he would his own body. When he merged he upgraded the technology, making the technology he possessed far more advanced and futuristic and causing new features to form on it.

Possessing technology allowed him to transform it with seemingly no limit, such as merging with the Rustbucket and turning it into a space ship, while the moment he un-merged with it, it returned to normal.

Upgrade was capable of making certain technology he possessed explode. Due to being made of living metal, he was able to regenerate himself.[2]

Upgrade could make his head or face appear anywhere on the machines he possessed.

Upgrade is capable of jumping exceptionally high.

Upgrade possesses enhanced reflexes and flexibility allowing him to dodge attacks with a little effort.

When merged with machinery, Upgrade's strength is increased, strong enough to overpower and toss opponents.

Upgrade was able to upgrade the Omnitrix to permanently enhance his other aliens.[1]

Upgrade could launch a powerful purple energy blast from his eye.[3]

Being inorganic, Upgrade was able to survive in the vacuum of space, as demonstrated by Bootleg.[4]

Weaknesses

  • Stretching Limit
  • Vulnerability to Electricity
  • Incomplete Technological Possession (via toddler; formerly)

Being living metal, Upgrade was vulnerable to electricity,[5] such as that generated by a Fulmini, as demonstrated by Bootleg.[6] Furthermore, He was also vulnerable to fire.

Upgrade was sensitive to electromagnetic pulse/fields and magnetic fields.

As a toddler, Upgrade could not completely merge with technology but could if he was stretched long enough.[7]

Upgrade could still sustain damage from attacks on whatever object or technology he is merged with, this has also been demonstrated by Bootleg.[8]

History

Ben 10

Appearances

Season 1

Season 2

Video Games

Ben 10

Upgrade is a playable alien character in the game.

Upgrade is initially unavailable but is unlocked towards the middle part of The Scrapyard level.

Upgrade is able to stretch his arms to inhuman lengths, turn into a puddle of slime and shoot a purple energy beam from his eye.

Upgrade's Ultimate Ability consists of him unleashing a devastating eye beam at enemies.

Upgrade is not required to be used at all in order to complete the game.

Naming and Translations

Language Name Origin
Portuguese (Br) Ultra T From ultra, high and from T, abbreviation of technology
Russian Плазма From плазма (plazma), plasma
Spanish (HA) Ultra T From ultra, ultra- and T, abbreviation of technology.
Turkish güncelleme from upgrade

Trivia

  • Upgrade still appeared in the opening for the first 20 episodes of season 2, up until Half-Sies, despite being removed from the active playlist by this point and Shock Rock having been introduced.
  • Unlike his classic continuity counterpart, Upgrade spoke with a voice that is different from Ben's.
  • The crew tried a lot of combos when deciding Upgrade's color scheme, before settling on purple.[DR 1]
    • In one of the comics, Upgrade had a color scheme similar to his original series counterpart, but with purple lighting.[9]

See Also

References

Crew Statements

Duncan Rouleau

Transformations
Introduced in Season 1 CannonboltDiamondheadFour ArmsGaxGrey MatterHeatblastOverflowStinkflyUpgradeWildvineXLR8
Introduced in Season 2 RathShock Rock
Introduced in Season 3 HumungousaurSlapback
Introduced in Season 4 GoopJetrayWay Big
Introduced in Season 5 TBA
Omni-Enhanced Aliens CannonboltDiamondheadFour ArmsGrey MatterHeatblastOverflowStinkflyWildvineXLR8
Omni-Kix Aliens CannonboltDiamondheadFour ArmsHeatblastHumungousaurJetrayRathShock RockSlapbackXLR8
Omni-Naut Aliens HeatblastJetrayHumungousaurShock Rock
Fusion Aliens Amalgam AlienAmalgam BenGrey ArmsXLRArmBlastDiamondHeat
Non-Canon Aliens Banana AlienBlack Hat AlienHotdawgMole-Stache
Non-Canon Fusion Aliens Omnitrix Glitch FusionRath ArmsShock Blast
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