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"The Fog of Lost Souls is a spirit prison for humans. I read about that in ancient text. The fog is actually a spirit that infects your mind and slowly drives you mad, imprisoning you in your own darkest memories."
Tenzin explains the nature of the fog to his siblings.[1]

The Fog of Lost Souls is a boundless prison for humans located within the Spirit World. It is inhabited by a sentient fog spirit that can infect the minds of individuals, effectively driving them insane by imprisoning them in their own darkest memories.[1]


Following the Siege of the North in 100 AG, La imprisoned Admiral Zhao in the Fog of Lost Souls as punishment for killing Tui. Eventually, Zhao was driven to insanity by his endless pursuit of Avatar Aang.

Jinora was brought to the Fog of Lost Souls after being captured by Unalaq in 171 AG. Her imprisonment in the fog caused her connection to the physical world to weaken and prompted Tenzin, Bumi, and Kya to journey into the Spirit World in order to retrieve her spirit.

Zhao in the Spirit World

Trapped in his own darkest memory, Zhao mistook Tenzin for an older version of Avatar Aang, whom he desperately wanted to capture.

The three siblings managed to find the fog by antagonizing a scorpion spider spirit, who brought them to the Fog of Lost Souls as a means of imprisoning them for eternity. After venturing into the fog, Tenzin recalled the legends of the prison and urged his siblings to remain focused in order to prevent the spirit from weakening their resolve. After Kya inquired as to how long an individual could remain trapped in the Fog of Lost Souls, the three siblings stumbled upon Zhao, who mistook Tenzin for Aang. Bumi and Kya managed to fend off Zhao, the latter using her waterbending to put some distance between them and the deluded admiral, before they hastily fled the scene. Soon after, however, they started to slowly find themselves weakening and succumbing to the fog's effects.

Tenzin finding spiritual enlightenment

Wandering aimlessly in the fog, Tenzin saw a vision of Aang transforming into himself, finally realizing he had to step out of his father's shadow.

Tenzin urged his siblings to remain focused, to no avail. Eventually, Bumi became paranoid that they were surrounded by cannibals and Kya refused to believe that she had any family, prompting the two to remove the cloth that fastened the three of them together and subsequently flee from Tenzin in opposite directions. Following this, Tenzin wandered aimlessly and recited he was the son of Aang over and over again in an attempt to remain calm, but found himself confronting his uncertainty of being able to live up to his father's name. Shortly after, a vision of Aang appeared, who urged Tenzin to stop emulating somebody else's life, in favor of shaping his own. Tenzin's moment of realization caused the fog to dissipate temporarily, allowing him enough time to gather Jinora, Kya, and Bumi and leave the Fog of Lost Souls before the spirit appeared again.[1]

Months later, Zaheer transported himself and Aiwei to this location and, holding the metalbender responsible for the Red Lotus' failure to kidnap Avatar Korra, threw him into the fog.[2]


Lost souls

When the fog dissipates, the lost souls can clearly be seen.

The Fog of Lost Souls is located deep in the Spirit World and settled in a canyon surrounded by sharp rock formations. It prevents a person's spirit from returning to their corporeal form, and humans that venture inside typically do not find their way out. The fog is impervious to bending, as it immediately recovered after Tenzin attempted to use airbending to clear the area. The only known way to exit the Fog of Lost Souls is to clear one's mind and accept one's own fears, which causes the fog to dissipate long enough to allow an individual to escape.[1]

Known prisoners


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Hamilton, Joshua (writer) & Heck, Colin (director). (November 22, 2013). "Darkness Falls". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 25. Nickelodeon.
  2. DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer) & Graham, Ian (director). (August 1, 2014). "The Stakeout". The Legend of Korra. Season 2. Episode 9.

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  • Fog of Lost Souls= Phantom Zone

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    • Not clear what the question is. Yes, the Fog of Lost Souls is the quintessential prison, and yes, it is designed to contain the people who h...
    • Danya02 wrote:Not clear what the question is. Yes, the Fog of Lost Souls is the quintessential prison, and yes, it is designed to contain ...
  • Is the fog of lost souls a fair prison?

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    • It is interesting since a person can be rescued from there... I wonder if Aiwei escaped and returned to his body.. I think this 'fog' is rea...
    • The fog of lost souls is the one place worse than prison. It's just like the phantom Zone--it's a place where the worst of the worst are banished.

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