The DC Universe boasts of some of the most powerful beings, and perhaps none are more prominent than Doomsday and Darkseid. Both are popular Superman antagonists who have repeatedly gone up against The Man of Steel. Very few beings can battle Superman and stand a chance, but these two would arguably give Supes a run for his money. While Doomsday and Darkseid differ, one wonders who would win in a fight between them.
Even though Doomsday has the upper hand when it comes to the physical aspects, Darkseid would win in a fight due to being a more skilled and refined combatant, being more intelligent, and having more powerful weapons at his disposal. In the comics, Doomsday managed to secure a victory in a fight against the Avatar of Darkseid, a significantly less powerful version of Darkseid, but he wouldn’t stand a chance against the real deal.
This article will pit both of these characters’ powers and abilities against each other to see who would be the likely victor in a fight between them. So stay tuned for all this!
Doomsday is one of the characters in the DC Universe who possesses unlimited strength. The exact magnitude of his strength remains unclear, but he is significantly stronger than Kryptonians. He has an extremely high muscular density that allows him to perform extraordinary feats of strength.
For example, he nearly punched Supergirl’s face off, broke Wonder Woman’s arm with a single blow, punched Superman into a coma, and broke out of the Phantom Zone using brute force. He’s strong enough to go up against and defeat entire teams of super beings like the Justice League and Green Lantern Corps.
Thanks to his New God physiology, Darkseid is no pushover when it comes to strength, though he rarely resorts to brute force. His strength level can rival that of a Kryptonian, which is saying something. While we rarely see his strength on display, he has performed incredible feats of strength on several occasions.
These include easily destroying Green Lantern constructs, preventing open portals from closing using his bare hands, defeating multiple super-beings at once, and going toe-to-toe with Superman.
While Darkseid is strong in his own right, he in no way compares to Doomsday, whose forte is brute force.
Doomsday 1:0 Darkseid
For his stocky figure, Doomsday has incredible speed that, alongside his brute force, grants him an advantage in combat. He can move, react and respond at incredible superhuman speeds. It’s stated that he could traverse the solar system in a matter of seconds.
Doomsday was able to tag the Flash out of a race, keep up with Superman’s pace, who can move faster than light, dodge blows from Maxima, and keep up with the entire Justice League with one arm behind his back.
Like his strength, Darkseid doesn’t rely as much on his super speed. But he is capable of moving at speeds far greater than human comprehension. Even when not fully powered, he was able to keep up with Zeus’ combat speed. Wonder Woman claimed she hadn’t ever witnessed anyone battling at the speeds the two were fighting at. While he isn’t as fast as Superman or the Flash, he can still hold his own in a fight against such speedsters.
Both Doomsday and Darkseid are able to move extremely fast while in combat, and due to that, both get the point.
Doomsday 2:1 Darkseid
Doomsday can be described as a mindless killing machine wired for nothing more than carnage. He was created to kill anything that crosses his path, and this is usually evident thanks to his reliance on brute strength.
A Genius-Level intellect is perhaps Darkseid’s greatest asset. Even before embarking on a mission to fight Doomsday, he’d use his intelligence to ensure he was the victor. Even the greatest minds in the DC Universe wouldn’t stand a chance against his intellect. He can create highly advanced tech to give him an advantage if need be.
He can also perceive all cause-and-effect relations, allowing him to plan and execute his actions efficiently. To be able to rule over a whole army and a planet like Apokolips means Darkseid possesses a vast intellect.
Darkseid easily wins this round. It’s safe to say his intelligence would go a long way in helping him defeat Doomsday.
Doomsday 2:2 Darkseid
There is perhaps none as invulnerable to physical harm in the DC Universe as Doomsday. After centuries of evolution on the planet Krypton, Doomsday became incredibly resistant to any harm. Military weapons like bullets, bombs, missiles, rockets, and laser beams are useless against him.
Moreover, thanks to his reactive adaptation, he cannot be killed by the same means twice. When something kills him, he can regenerate and return immune to what had previously killed him. For example, when Superman punched him to death, he returned immune to Supes’ blows.
Darkseid is incredibly invulnerable in his own right. He can withstand extreme bodily harm, and things like bullets, missiles, lasers, and other weapons cannot harm him. While he can be harmed, it’s extremely difficult to do so. He has survived the destruction of a planet, withstood blows from heavy hitters like Superman, and remained unfazed by the combined onslaught of the Justice League.
If killed, both Darkseid and Doomsday can eventually return to life due to their vast powers, but regeneration is where Doomsday excels as it is his trademark ability, and due to this, the point goes to him.
Doomsday 3:2 Darkseid
Doomsday isn’t much of a combat expert, as he is most well known for relying on his incredible strength to defeat his opponents. While his lack of combat knowledge may be a disadvantage, he makes up for it by brawling with his opponents, and this usually works most of the time.
Darkseid rarely resorts to physical combat. But this doesn’t mean he isn’t a deadly fighter, highly skilled in the art of combat. Far from it! As the leader of an entire army, he has fought entire planets and decimated entire armies. He’s defeated Zeus and Asmodel, two of DC’s greatest combatants, and even gone toe-to-toe against Superman and Wonder Woman.
Darkseid wins this round as he’s the better combatant.
Doomsday 3:3 Darkseid
Doomsday vs. Darkseid: Who wins?
Doomsday and Darkseid faced in the comics before, but it wasn’t actually Darkseid that he fought. It was a scaled-down Avatar of Darkseid, so it’s natural that Doomsday took the win; however, when it comes to the current version of Darkseid, he would easily take the win against Doomsday for several reasons.
First, even though Doomsday has the upper hand when it comes to some physical attributes, the fact remains that he is a mindless brute force type of fighter, Darkseid is a genius and one of the most intelligent beings in the entire universe, and he would figure out how to exploit Doomsday’s weakness and his behavior against him.
Second, Darkseid fights with finesse and is a vastly more powerful combatant, besides he has notably destructive abilities that might compensate for his lack of physical strength and durability when compared to Doomsday.
And third, Darkseid is not beyond employing powerful weapons to take care of Doomsday, once again he is not only a powerhouse, he is a master strategist, and he has defeated characters far more powerful than Doomsday, as well as gone up against superheroes far more capable than Doomsday. All of this is why Darkseid is expected to win the fight.
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