All that being said, I think this is something that has never been written consistently; we've seen him swim before, in the 'Claws' miniseries he did fine, yet the above image shows it scares him. And I believe he had an underwater swimming fight with TigerS hark, although Rogue pulls him from the water pretty quickly. With Greg Ruck writing for him, I believe he swam the Rio Grande, as well, in Coyote Crossing.
Any experienced swimmer / SEAL / Lifeguard can tell you that it's quite possible to swim carrying an extra hundred pounds, even if it is tiring. His body weight, while an impressive 325 pounds, should be no match for superhuman levels of strength and stamina.
His body produces limited fatigue toxins and those are processed immediately allowing him the ability to swim nearly indefinitely. Eventually, trapped at sea, even he would drown through exhaustion.
He would have to work a bit harder, swim a bit stronger, and his core buoyancy would be affected, but he would be using his raw muscular strength to overcome that. We have human SEAL team members who have been trained to swim with 100 pounds of unbalanced and cumbersome equipment.
Bones and tissues regenerate from nearly every injury, as fast as he can be harmed, within reason. A body with bone claws, superior physical senses, combat awareness sharpened by decades of training.
Berserk rages allowing his body under duress to be even more powerful, more deadly, so even when he is overwhelmed by enemies he can KEEP FIGHTING! Swimming, and more importantly drowning, are directly opposed to his natural tendencies.
Now imagine being a man whose body is designed to fight against any threat and win, surrounded by the only enemy he can never defeat, no matter how undying he might be, this would be an enemy he would be psychologically unhappy to confront, no matter how little or much swimming he would have to do. Wolverine hates the water because it can kill him, again and again, until he is rescued or until the trauma of drowning, one of the most traumatic ways to die, drives him insane.
He does so with trepidation because it is one of the few ways he can be killed, again and again and is completely dependent on someone else to save him. As the perfect warrior, his psyche has trouble processing this, and he is, and it makes sense for him to be, water averse.
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Yes, but he will probably be exhausted really faster, and will then sink has there is no way he could float. You could see Wolverine swim on page 6 of X-Men Vol 1 #101, the first issue of the well-known Phoenix Saga.
You could see the shuttle shrank and, in the middle panel of the bottom row, Wolverine is part of the swimming group. Add lungs full of air which is lighter than water and staying afloat is natural to most people, no matter how much they weigh.
Wolverine is 300 pounds, but 105 of it is Adamantine, meaning roughly 30%. So for Wolverine only a little over 50% of his body weight is water and the other half is dragging.
And depending on the density of Adamantine it could be dragging him down a lot. He'd have to apply constant thrust and would sink as soon as he tried to rest.
Thanks to his super strength and endurance, I reckon he can swim but would be at great disadvantage since he'd have to constantly use all his arms and legs just to keep from going down like a stone. Wolverine cannot float in water like other humans because of his Adamantine, but he could swim if he had the strength.
After jumping from a plane he had to swim appreciable distance to reach the island where the antagonist Stryker resided. Bearing in mind that Wolverine weighs 300 pounds at all times, not just in water, and can run, jump, climb etc.
Just as well as most other heroes, he obviously has the muscles to carry that weight around with no great problem, and this would be true in water, on land or anywhere else. And much like a normal human that resistance is limited by the size and shape of his hands/feet/legs moving through the water.
And for normal humans as it is our strength already exceeds the amount of resistance we create in the water. At the end of the day, maximizing his form would be the real key to his swimming ability.
The reputation requirement helps protect this question from spam and non-answer activity. Given the range of skills, James “Logan” Hewlett (code named, Wolverine) has learned over his long life-span, swimming is something he would have learned how to do and used during his time as a member of the military during World War I, World War II and certainly as a covert operative for the CIA and eventually the Weapon X program.
Let’s forget all the pictures of him we see swimming, like when Jean Grey was believed killed, and he was forced to tread water until they could be rescued. Or any of the other times we know he has had to swim for combat operations when he was first transformed into Weapon X. Wolverinecanswim, no matter what uninformed writers and editors at Marvel Comics may choose to believe.
It certainly couldn’t make it any easier, even if it’s perfectly balanced and added directly to his bone structure. His body weight, while an impressive 325 pounds, should be no match for his superhuman levels of strength and stamina.
His body produces limited fatigue toxins and those are processed immediately allowing him the ability to swim nearly indefinitely. Eventually, if he were trapped out at sea, even he would drown through exhaustion and depending on what ocean and time of year, possibly hypothermia.
We have human SEAL team members who have been trained to swim with a hundred pounds of unbalanced and cumbersome equipment. A body with bone claws, superior physical senses, combat awareness sharpened by decades of training.
Berserk rages allowing his body under duress to be even more powerful, more deadly, so even when he is overwhelmed by enemies he can KEEP FIGHTING! If he has had to face the ocean more than once, his experiences could leave him simply unwilling to deal with swimming whenever possible.
Wolverine hates the water because it can kill him, again and again, until he is rescued or until the trauma of drowning, one of the most traumatic ways to die, drives him insane. The mechanics of that are frankly, mind-boggling, but this might mean, he might recover, awaken, sink to the lowest point in the ocean, try to swim, drown again, reawaken, rinse and repeat; until he can reach the surface.
Imagine dealing with the horror of a shark based feeding frenzy and having the power to survive physical assault after assault, regenerating in salt water with limited food and the renewed threat of attack. A feeding frenzy isn’t likely to kill him but given his biological capabilities, it may make him very, very unhappy for a long time.
As the perfect warrior, his psyche has trouble processing this and if he has already survived a less than pleasant period awaiting rescue at sea, it makes sense for him to be at the very least, water-averse. I'm watching X-Men : Origins Wolverine right now, and he jumps out of the Weapon X facility into the lake below.
There was an issue a few months ago, might have been a one shot where he talks about how he doesn't like being in the water because it's so hard for him to swim The healing factor would be like taking steroids and human growth hormone every single day, his body would have adapted to the extra weight of the adamantine bonding in a few hours probably.
@LT1085 said: the healing factor would be like taking steroids and human growth hormone every single day, his body would have adapted to the extra weight of the adamantine bonding in a few hours probably. I'm watching X-Men : Origins Wolverine right now, and he jumps out of the Weapon X facility into the lake below.
Doesn't one's ability to swim depend on their density relative to their body size though? So even if he is only that weight, it would be a LOT harder to swim than a 300 lb fat kid.
His healing factor would not let lactic acid build up in his muscles, so even though it may be harder for him to swim, he can keep going and going for hours, maybe days before he starts feeling tired. I have thought of the Adamantine, lightly covers his bones, He is 5 foot, if it were like wearing a suit of armor he'd really get tired, and worn out.
His rapid healing ability and indestructible adamantine metal claws capable of slicing through almost any substance known to man make him a fearsome combatant. Only with the help of the team wolverine hope to protect the world from its own bleak future and continue Xavier's mission of peace.
He made friends with Hank McCoy although it's hard to win his trust. When he realized that Emma Frost saved Africa from the fearsome Shadow King, he became friendly with her.
He usually wears a gray T-shirt, with a dog tag necklace, jeans and a belt. On missions, he wears a gold and blue sleeveless uniform with a mask covering most of his face.
The program covered his bones in adamantine and gave him razor sharp claws. He performed several missions, one was to kill a man called Maverick.
Once Wolverine learned the man had a child he could not do it, so Sabre tooth was brought in to finish the job. At one point Logan was in love with a beautiful girl named Mario Rashida.
But her father wanted her to marry a man named Hard because he was of Japanese nobility and a member of the Yakuza Crime Circle. When Logan first appeared with the X-Men Jean Grey felt intrigued by him, to the anger of her boyfriend Scott Summers.
He said goodbye to Shadow cat, Nightcrawler, and Colossus by capturing them with the Danger Room. He walked back to the mansion intending to say farewell to Xavier and Promo Monroe.
Sometime later, Logan would be called by Department H to investigate damage and murder done by some sort of creature along the border of Candace, supposedly from America. Logan trekked across the forest, discovering the damages caused by the creature, and eventually stumbled upon a man dazed and weeping by a stream.
However, the man grew angry and transformed into a giant green behemoth named the Hulk, revealing himself to be the creature and began to attack. Wolverine and Hulk became immersed in a brutal and intense battle throughout the forest.
Logan used his agility to heavily stab the Hulk on his back and in other parts of his body, but the latter's brute rage and strength began to overpower him. Hulk began to repeatedly smash Logan's face into the rocky ground and believed him dead.
However, Logan picked himself up and began to attack Hulk again, succeeding in slicing him across the chest. Suddenly, both Wolverine and the monster were shot repeatedly with tranquilizer bullets by Logan's former Weapon X companions.
As the others left to continue the cloning experiments, Deadpool stayed to mockingly talk to Logan and explained to him that Death strike tried to kill him while he was passed out. Logan passed out soon after and awoke to find Death strike clawing at a capsule he was now preserved in.
She confirmed Deadpool's remarks on her hatred towards him and her desire to kill him, while the Professor stated in the background they needed him alive or the cloning experiments could never work. Heatstroke broke Logan's capsule and jabbed her nails into his back; Sabre tooth picked him up and held him, so he couldn't move.
Death strike, however, rushing into killing him, stabbed Logan straight through his torso, which as well went through Sabre tooth and let Wolverine go free. Wolverine fought and sliced off Death strike's now robotic arms, then went through to easily defeat the dozens of troops in the hallway.
The rest of the team returned to continue their scuffle with Logan, and he fought back. Deadpool attempted to kill Hulk by throwing a grenade in his mouth, but it only made him angrier.
He caught up with them eventually and sent Wolverine flying out of the building, simultaneously destroying it at the same time. After the explosion, Logan fell asleep under a tree and dreamed of the past roughly a year ago.
Another RV driver, Carl recognized Logan as being wanted by the MID and used his phone to turn him in. Randy was disgusted with the thought that the man who saved his daughter would be turned in as a criminal.
Randy and his wife took Logan in Chris' and Gillian's RV and returned to their home. Logan was put in Erica's room where he once again dreamed of the events of the mansion's explosion.
Logan grabbed his Wolverine uniform and left the house before MID agents broke in looking for him. He searched through the ruins and found an elevator shaft leading into the secret tunnels beneath.
Beast was also unable to find any trace of anything linking the explosion to any person or group. The two head there to find Colonel Moss having tortured Randy and threatening to do the same to Erica.
Wolverine tells him to leave the family alone and turns on the machine, so Moss would not forget. The group return to the mansion and Logan takes Randy and his family to a small cabin in the woods where they can hide out for a few weeks until the MID forgets them.
Logan heads back to the mansion and finds all the formerly captured mutants gone and on their own. Beast informs him that the MID will just keep capturing mutants, so Logan proposes that they reform the X-Men.
Together they cleared part of the ruins so that they had a base of operations and can use the stolen MID helicopter to travel around. They found that the Brotherhood of Mutants threatened Senator Robert Kelly, so the two went there to protect him.
Kelly unveiled a robot to defend against mutant attacks called the Sentinel Prowler. Beast grabbed the two and Wolverine jumped on the Prowler's back and started clawing at it.
Kitty Pride has disappeared, Peter Rasputin refuses to leave his family again, and Bobby Drake's parents would let him talk to the X-Men. Getting fed up Logan busted into the house and got Bobby to follow, after angrily telling the parents to deal with the fact their son being a mutant.
Bobby then told them that Kitty was on a boat to Kenosha, a nation under the rule of Magneto where mutants are openly welcome. The team suited up and headed towards a Manufacturing Plant owned by Worthington Industries to help Kelly.
When they near the location Rogue tells them that things are already starting, so Wolverine has Shadow cat phase the helicopter into the building. The X-Men, except for Beast, drop to protect Kelly while the MID started shooting at them.
During the melee Domino shot the helicopter causing it to go down, and Warren III witnessed Rogue fleeing. A Television Camera caught the X-Men attacking the MID guards sending the image out to the world.
Later, they all watched a broadcast of Kelly telling the world that the Mutant Registration Act will pass with the president's help. Wolverine went outside to see Warren III who informs him that Rogue was not captured by the MID.
Emma Frost comes to Logan with a proposal, she gets to join the X-Men, and she will find Xavier. After a brief run through of the new Danger Room features Logan puts Forge back on Cerebra.
Logan believes Magneto caused the explosion and kidnapped Xavier, even though Beast denies since there is no proof to that theory. Beast wanted to wait but Forge was brought along to make sure the jet stayed airborne.
The Blackbird arrived at Kenosha seemingly unnoticed under the constant repair of Beast and Forge. They sneak into Magneto's Palace and notice the entire place is covered in iron.
Magneto entered and revealed that he had been throwing around Wolverine's adamantine skeleton. Iceman did succeed in taking off his helmet and Emma almost stopped him psychically, but Magneto defeated them all.
Magneto realized that Wolverine was overreacting and released the entire team and lead them to Xavier. Xavier had been found a week earlier on the coastline in a coma and his former friend had been caring for him.
Still angry, Wolverine thought Magneto was just keeping an eye on someone he was afraid of. Magneto allowed this since the X-Men are his children, then made an offer to make Kenosha their home.
It is a desolate place where the cities lie in ruin and large humanoid robots roam around searching for mutants. This future is apparently caused because the X-Men broke up and Xavier charged Logan with leading the team.
After the vision disappeared Wolverine told the team the world needed them. From the future Xavier contacts Logan again and warned him that the entire African continent has been destroyed by Storm.
Emma telepathically entered Storm's mind and defeated the Shadow King. The X-Men began using Inhibitor Collars, built by Forge, for mutants who could not quite control their powers, and Kelly learns of this and wanted some.
Gambit stole a collar, and it was up to Wolverine to get it back, so the MID would not abuse it. Gambit attacked Wolverine in Dr. Sybil Zane's laboratory where he admitted he did it for the cast.
Wolverine had his own tricks and got the collar back making the technology safe. The X-Men heard that Nightcrawler was aboard the Avalon heading towards Kenosha and were attacked by a pirate ship full of Readers.
Nightcrawler was excited to find the team back together but finishes his journey to Kenosha before returning to the mansion. Wolverine was to track down Hulk and Fury would not release the identities of the X-Men to the MID.
The two battled until Wolverine managed to subdue Hulk and calm him down turning back into Bruce Banner. Before Wolverine leaves Fury he punched Banner causing him to turn into the Hulk.
Wolverine did not like this idea but knew it was the best way to keep Nitro and everyone around him safe. Wolverine found information on something called Master Mold and asked Xavier if he knows anything, but is cut off.
Logan was contacted by Nightcrawler who learned about prisons beneath Kenosha where Magneto keeps mutants. Haunted by the memory of a burning ban and a young girl who saw him standing over the lifeless body of her father, Logan decided to return to that place to rekindle some recollection of the events.
In the wilderness he was unknowingly identified as Weapon X. Wolverine found the cabin when the girl, who is named Kristie Word and is grown up, sees him and is furious. When Cyclops thought that Mister Sinister was keeping Jean, Arc light sent him into a trap.
Rogue returned to the X-Men after discovering that Quicksilver is Magneto's son and the Brotherhood were working for him. Logan received a mysterious call from Mystique warning that Maverick's daughter Kristie was in trouble.
Wolverine determined not to let Weapon X ruin another life, as Maverick wakes up with all his memories. Wolverine was kidnapped by Mojo who brainwashed and pitted him against Nightcrawler and Wanda Maxim off in his underwater dome.
Magneto did not want the other two to leave for fear they would talk about his prisons, but Wanda insisted and the two left. Before it was complete MID guards spotted them, captured Wolverine, and arrested Forge.
He was spread out like a specimen while Bolivar Track ran tests on him, marveled at his skeleton and healing factor. Logan is later informed by Xavier of the future that the tests lead to Wolverine -like Sentinels with claws that could heal.
Logan left for a bit and returned to find Rogue tied to a chair and the rest of the X-Men kidnapped. Logan and Rogue found Mario at the Japanese Embassy where she told him where the X-Men were just to stop the fighting.
As the two rescue the X-Men Hard and his clan took Rogue and challenged Logan to a fight the next day. Forge reported that the stolen Sentinel data reports that Master Mold is an AI computer that operates all the city's Sentinels, and seems to be the same that Xavier is battling in the future.
The X-Men then found Master Mold's location and headed out to stop the future's war. The teams did not fare well against their enemy, who were sharing their data with Master Mold to modify their techniques.
However, Mister Sinister offered to give him his wings back and while Warren III refused he could not forget about it. The X-Men knew they needed to stop him, so they met him at Warren II's Sentinel facilities.
Xavier told Wolverine that a mutant spy hired by Kelly would steal Magneto's helmet, and that it may have been the flash point of the war. They are too late as Gambit, with the aid of with the help of Polaris, have stolen the helmet and the island are engulfed in explosions.
Magneto arrived in Kelly's office, but both men were taken by Rogue and Shadow cat and taken to the mansion. Wolverine has Xavier reveal the grim future where machines rule and the revelation causes the Senator to halt the Sentinel program.
The team crashes Sinister's lab and take the captured Jean and Scott back to the mansion. Wolverine was dealing with the abduction of Jean when news broke out that Kelly decided to launch Sentinels at Kenosha.
So he locked her up and had the rest of the team focus on stopping Kelly's Sentinels from reaching Kenosha as Magneto was sure to retaliate. The X-Men arrived too late at the Track factory and the Blackbird went down in the mass exodus of Sentinels.
Unbeknownst to him, Mystique was impersonating Kelly and ordering the attack, and that Scott and freed Emma who returned to the Inner Circle's mansion. Wanting to use Scott to subdue Jean Emma found the unconscious X-Men outside the Sentinel factory.
Wolverine sent the X-Men to try to stop Magneto's Sentinels, while he followed Emma and Scott. Scott and Jean locked up Emma and left after the Cuckoos who were going to attack the Sentinels and the X-Men.
After they left Wolverine arrived and released Emma on the promise that she would stop the Phoenix. Scarlet Witch and Mystique arrived to help the X-Men after learning of Magneto's plan of war.
Regenerative Healing Factor: Wolverine's primary mutant power is his accelerated healing process that enabled him to regenerate damaged or destroyed tissue with far greater efficiency than an ordinary human. He has been shown to fully heal from numerous gunshot wounds, severe burns covering most of his body, and regenerate missing eyes within a matter of seconds.
Among the more extreme depictions of his accelerated healing factor involves him having his skin, muscles, and internal organs incinerated from his skeleton only to fully regenerate the tissue within minutes. Adamantine played a crucial role in the speed of Wolverine's healing as well because it produced a poison that his immune system fought off regularly.
This power even amends psychological wounds inflicted as a result of traumatic experiences; however, Wolverine's healing powers forces his mind to suppress the memories, sometimes resulting in amnesia. Wolverine's healing also provides him with an extended lifespan by slowing the effects of the aging process.
Telepathic Resistance: Due to a combination of his healing factor and psi-shields implanted by Professor Charles Xavier, Wolverine's mind is highly resistant to telepathic assault and probing Superhuman Strength: Wolverine's natural strength is augmented by the demand placed on his musculature due to the presence of over 50 kg/100 pounds of Adamantine bonded to his skeleton, which also removes the natural limitations of the human skeletal structure by allowing him to lift weights that would damage a human skeleton.
Wolverine has been depicted with sufficient strength to break steel chains, easily lifting the weight of a dozen men over his head with just one arm, and lifting the 955-pound Ursa Major over his head before tossing him across a room. Superhuman Durability: Wolverine's bones and muscles are harder and denser than that of an ordinary human.
Due to his healing factor and Adamantine skeleton, he can virtually heal from any injuries that result in massive tissue damage or loss such as multiple gunshots wounds, slashes, puncture wounds, blunt force trauma, etc. Superhuman Stamina: Wolverine's healing factor grants him superhuman stamina and is partially immune to fatigue toxins generated by physical exertion and thus has greater endurance than actual humans.
He is able to physically exert himself at peak capacity for several days before fatigue toxins in his blood begin to impair him. His lung capacity is at the superhuman level enabling him to hold his breath for extended periods of time underwater and on multiple occasions he was able to fight against the Hulk underwater for long periods of time.
His reflexes are comparable to that of Captain America due to his super humanly acute senses. Wolverine was able to dodge from multiple gunmen at close-range, though he relied mostly on his healing factor.
Wolverine's agility is sufficient to allow him to dodge multiple bullets. Insulated Weather Adaptation: Wolverine's body is highly resistant to certain elemental extremes, freezing, to the extent that he could sleep nude in subarctic conditions with no apparent injury.
He can see at far greater distances, with perfect clarity, than an ordinary human. For example while inside a building, he was able to hear the sound of Audio's fighting kick against the Silver Samurai's steel armor on a rooftop nearby.
Wolverine can also use his keen sense of smell to detect lies due to chemical changes within a person's scent. According to the Xavier protocols, after Logan lost his adamantine's skeleton both his healing factor and his senses increased to incredible levels which means these senses may stem from, at least partially, his constant cellular regeneration.
His enhanced senses being an extension of his healing factor was also mentioned by Logan during the Brood Saga. Wolverine could, at will, release these slightly curved claws through his skin between the knuckles on each hand.
The skin between the knuckles tears and bleeds, but the blood loss is quickly halted by his healing factor. When unsheathed, the claws are entirely within his forearms, allowing him to bend his wrists when they are extended.
Like his son Taken, the bone claws are sharp and dense enough to slice through substances as durable as metals, wood, and stone. Wolverine's bone claws are strong enough to easily slice through a sword.
Master Tactician : Though seemingly brutish, Wolverine is highly intelligent. When Forge monitored Wolverine's vitals during a Danger Room training session, he reported Logan's physical and mental state as “equivalent to an Olympic-level gymnast performing a Gold-medal-winning routine whilst simultaneously beating four chess computers in his head”, which gives something of an idea of the level of sophistication and tactical processing Logan was capable of utilizing while in combat.
He has mastered virtually every fighting style on Earth, and learned other 15 forms of martial arts, including Israeli Special Forces Training. Master Swordsman: Logan is proficient in Japanese sword fighting, having studied under Gun and the Silver Samurai.
On another occasion the Brood Queen threw Colossus towards Wolverine, thanks to his acrobatic skills Logan managed to use Colossus' flying body in mid-air as a springboard in order to leap towards the Queen. Master Advanced Covert Ops: Due to his experience traveling the world and working for various government agencies, Wolverine is also a trained expert in multiple types of weapons, vehicles, computer systems, explosives, and assassination techniques.
Multilingual: A polyglot; Wolverine is fluent in many languages including English, Arabic, Japanese, Russian, Chinese, Cheyenne, Lakota, and Spanish; he had some knowledge of French, German, Thai, Vietnamese, Farsi and Portuguese. With his increased lifespan and journeys across the globe, he has been able to amass an intimate knowledge of many foreign customs and cultures.
Logan first met Christy when she was 6, she witnessed him 'killing' her father which made her vow for revenge. Wolverine always doubts his plans and doesn't accept his invitation to stay on Kenosha.
When Promo was feeling down for the loss of Angel, Logan comforts her by promising her to bring Warren back soon. The two were partners a long time, but Logan betrayed him when he attacked him to save Mystique.
Wolverine's life began in Alberta, Canada, during the late 19th century (1801-1900). However, in his adulthood James came to resemble the appearance of the groundskeeper, Thomas Logan, much more closely than his legal father.
He spent most of his early years on the estate grounds and had two playmates that lived on the Hewlett estate with him: Rose O'Hara, a red-headed Irish girl who was brought in from town to be a companion to young James, and a boy nicknamed “Dog”, the grounds-keeper's son. The children were close friends but as they reached young adulthood, the abuse inflicted upon Dog warped his mind.
Dog made unwanted advances toward Rose, which James reported to his father. He is voiced by Steven Blum who also does the voice of Red Skull from The Avengers: Earth's mightiest heroes (Whom are in the same universe as the X-men are) He was once an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D In this series, Wolverine wore his modern Astonishing X-Men costume that he was wearing at the time in the comics while he wore his original costume in Hulk vs. Wolverine that he originally wore in the comics and the classic tiger stripe attire that he also originally wore in the comics in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.