"You wouldn't believe how expensive these things are. Untraceable, alien metal, explosive."
"You hit Luke Cage with one of these. He's still alive. If it didn't work, what's the big deal?"
"Well, you don't need to kill God with one shot to sell a weapon. You just need to make him bleed."
Diamondback and Mariah Dillard[src]

The Judas Bullet is a special kind of prototype firearm ammunition developed by Hammer Industries using metal salvaged from the Chitauri Invasion. Later, a weaker type is produced for the New York City Police Department, dubbed Judas 2.0.



"Based on a prototype by Hammer. The rounds are a composite, invisible to metal detectors. And they incinerate forensic evidence, so they are untraceable."
"What kind of metal does that?"
"Nothing from this Earth."
"The Incident?"
Shades and Cottonmouth[src]

Hammer Industries salvaged some of the Chitauri metal used during the Battle of New York. The company used the alien metal to design weapons and ammunition. One of the designed items were the Judas bullets.[1]


"Nie martw się będziesz bezpieczny. To wszystko pracuje.[2]"

Originally designed by Hammer Industries, the Judas bullet was tested by Polish who shot a man with a prototype. The man, who was wearing a Kevlar vest at the time was initially relieved but suddenly exploded when the bullet detonated. The entire test was recorded on camera.[1]

Attempted Purchase

"How do I get them?"
"One of two ways, you pay for it, or you ask Diamondback to handle Carl Lucas for you."
"I don't need Diamondback dealing with my problems. How much for the damn thing?"
Cottonmouth and Shades[src]

With Luke Cage attacking Cottonmouth's criminal empire, the crime lord was beginning to get desperate for a way to stop him. Cottonmouth's associate Shades showed him a video where the Judas was used. Cottonmouth was extremely impressed by the demonstration and demanding how to purchase the weapon.

When Shades explained exactly how much the bullet would cost, Cottonmouth realized he was unable to afford it, and therefore his only option was to consider hiring Diamondback to kill Cage for him, with Shades noting that if that happened, Diamondback would take over Harlem. Refusing to allow this to happen, Cottonmouth decided that he would return the Hammer Industries guns back to Domingo Colon's people and sort out that situation so Diamondback would lend him the money he needed to get the Judas and finally kill Cage once and for all.[1]

Attack on Luke Cage

Diamondback Final Shot

Diamondback shoots Luke Cage.

"One Judas for another."
Diamondback to Luke Cage[src]

In an attempt on Luke Cage's life, Diamondback shot Luke twice with these bullets, which caused near-fatal injuries for him with a shot to the gut and shoulder. They can penetrate Cage's skin because of the unique properties of the Chitauri metal which could drill into him. It was only by heating up his body at a high temperature that Claire Temple and Noah Burstein were able to remove the shrapnel from Cage's body, saving his life just in time.[3]

Shooting at the Director

TP Judas Bullet

Jeffrey Mace is almost shot by Yuri Zaikin

"You killed a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, tried to kill the Director with exploding bullets. They don't sell those at Walmart yet."
Daisy Johnson to Yuri Zaikin[src]

Jeffrey Mace, the director of S.H.I.E.L.D., was targeted by a sniper, Yuri Zaikin, during a press conference. The bullet used struck his podium after he used it as a shield, then proceeded to spark and grind into it before blowing it up, characteristics of the first generation of the Judas bullet.[4]


"If you wanted to kill Jesus, that's the bullet you'd use. That's why they call it the Judas."
Shades to Cottonmouth[src]

The Judas Bullet has the ability to penetrate otherwise impervious materials. Upon contacting any surface, the bullet briefly drills through its opposing substance, and then explodes, causing shrapnel to fly everywhere. This is useful for eliminating and confusing the evidence. The metal used for the bullet is the same metal found from the Chitauri weapons recovered after the Battle of New York.


Appearances for Judas Bullets

In chronological order:


  • In the comics, Diamondback used a set of explosive knives to kill his adversaries.
  • Due to the Chitauri metal used in the bullet's creation, it is very expensive to purchase. When writing down the price, Shades lifted the pen five times, implying that it is a six digit number.



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