→Powers and abilities
Archangels possess the powers and abilities that are inherent in other angels, which are detailed in "[[Angel Lore]]," but have additional strengths commensurate with their rank. Their telekinesis, for example, appears to have a wider range than that of the average angel. [[Gabriel]] snaps his fingers and flames appear on two candles.<ref name="five19" /> [[Raphael]] can manipulate electricity.<ref name="five03">[[5.03 Free to Be You and Me]]</ref> Lucifer can alter temperature.<ref name="five22" />
Perhaps the greatest measure of the archangels' strength is their ability to overpower other supernatural beings. [[Lucifer]], unarmed, kills a number of [[:Category:Deities|pagan gods]] with ease using his bare hands and telekinesis (or molecular combustion).<ref name="five19" /> Lesser angel have also been defeated by archangels. Gabriel banishes [[Castiel]] to another location with a snap of his fingers.<ref name="five08">[[5.08 Changing Channels]]</ref> [[Michael]] does the same to a young [[Uriel]].<ref name="five13">[[5.13 The Song Remains the Same]]</ref> They may resort to more violent methods to make a point. Raphael beats Castiel, and leaves him bloody in his favorite corner of Heaven when Castiel refuses to give him his allegiance.<ref name="six20">[[6.20 The Man Who Would Be King]]</ref> They fight again at [[Balthazar]]'s house, and once again Raphael easily overpowers Castiel, throwing him down Balthazar's staircase.<ref name="six03">[[6.03 The Third Man]]</ref> When they choose, archangels can kill without fighting. Michael incinerates [[Anna Milton]] with a simple touch when she threatens his plans.<ref name="five13" /> On separate occasions, Lucifer and Raphael both cause Castiel to explode.<ref name="five03" /><ref name="five22" /> Following his return, Lucifer commonly uses this power to kill angels and demons.<ref name="eleven11" /><ref name="eleven18" /><ref name="twelve15">[[12.15 Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell]]</ref><ref name="thirteen02">[[13.02 The Rising Son]]</ref> Archangels can also block the powers of their lower ranking brothers; Raphael prevents Castiel from using his powers on [[Crowley]].<ref name="six22">[[6.22 The Man Who Knew Too Much]]</ref> When attacked by a lesser angel, Lucifer casually causes him to explode without even paying attention to the angel.<ref name="eleven11">[[11.11 Into the Mystic]]</ref> During a fight in close quarters with Sam, Dean, and Castiel, Lucifer is able to casually beat all three even though Castiel is armed and he is not. Notably, none of the blows any of the three land cause any harm to the archangel.<ref name="eleven10">[[11.10 The Devil in the Details]]</ref> During a confrontation with [[Asmodeus]], the last of the [[Princes of Hell]], Gabriel effortlessly deflects an energy blast from the powerful demon and incinerates him with just a gesture despite Asmodeus' high level of power, boosted by regular injections of Gabriel's [[grace]] and the fact that Gabriel himself is in a weakened state.<ref name="thirteen18">[[13.18 Bring 'em Back Alive]]</ref> However, Gabriel later admits that it took much of the power he had at the time to kill Asmodeus, leaving him more vulnerable to attacks.<ref name="thirteen20" /> Michael effortlessly obliterated [[Lilith]] despite her incredible power as the first demon and later overpowered and strangled Castiel even while restrained by the [[Angel Cuffs]] which bound much of Michael's power.<ref name="fifteen08" />
Archangels can resurrect humans at will, even when out of contact with Heaven. Michael heals Sam completely after he was impaled with a pipe, and bled out.<ref name="five13" /> Gabriel, while posing as the Trickster, kills and resurrects Dean dozens of times in a time loop.<ref name="three11">[[3.11 Mystery Spot]]</ref> Lucifer tells Sam that if he killed himself he would resurrect him,<ref name="five03" /> and Castiel states that if Anna killed Sam that Lucifer would only resurrect him.<ref name="five13" /> After Sam was killed when a [[vampire]] ripped out his throat, Lucifer was able to resurrect him with apparent ease, having recharged his [[grace]] by feeding on the grace of several other angels.<ref name="thirteen21">[[13.21 Beat the Devil]]</ref>
Like all angels, archangels are able to give up control to their vessels if they so choose without ever leaving their bodies. Lucifer was able to surrender control to Castiel briefly to convince the other angels to help against [[the Darkness]]<ref name="eleven22" /> while the alternate Michael was able to allow Dean to retain control and use his powers to defeat Lucifer for a brief period of time.<ref name="thirteen23" /> Michael could openly share control with his vessel Adam Milligan whose interactions with the world around him when Adam was in control suggests that Adam is able to remain aware of everything happening around him even when Michael is in control, aiding a seamless transition between the two.<ref name="fifteen08" />
Very few things in existence are capable of harming, let alone killing an archangel. [[God]], as the Creator, was stated to be the one being capable of stopping [[Lucifer]] and the Apocalypse if He so chose to.<ref name="five02">[[5.02 Good God, Y'All]]</ref> While trying to keep Lucifer under control, God proved capable of negating Lucifer's powers without Lucifer even noticing until he tried using them on Sam and Dean Winchester.<ref name="eleven22" /> [[Amara]] was shown easily overpowering Lucifer and causing him incredible pain and damage.<ref name="eleven18">[[11.18 Hell's Angel]]</ref><ref name="eleven21">[[11.21 All in the Family]]</ref> Amara is also capable of effortlessly pulling an archangel from their vessel.<ref name="eleven22">[[11.22 We Happy Few]]</ref> A [[Hand of God]], a colloquial term for any object that has come into contact with God and taken on a portion of His power, can possibly kill or at the very least injure an archangel, as an indirect blast from the [[Rod of Aaron]] caused Lucifer to bleed.