Darkseid generally does not rely on physical combat, despite his great might and being a highly trained Apokoliptian warrior; he is a master schemer and strategist possessing a superhuman intellect.
In addition, Darkseid possesses superhuman strength, stamina, and durability equivalent to the corresponding traits of Superman. He also, despite his great size, possesses great speed, agility, and reflexes as he has been able to startle Superman with his speedand it has been stated he can react in microseconds. He sometimes possesses the ability to increase hi s size.
Darkseid possesses the powers of telepathy and telekinesis, and has also shown the ability to create psionic avatars. Darkseid is also, being a god, virtually immortal. He has lived for several hundred thousand years at the very least.
Darkseid’s goal was to eliminate all free will from the universe and reshape it into his own image. To this end, he sought to unravel the mysterious Anti-Life Equation, which gives its user complete control over the thoughts and emotions of all living beings in the universe. Darkseid had tried on several other occasions to achieve dominance of the universe through other methods. He had a special interest in Earth, as he believed humans possess collectively within their minds most, if not all, fragments of the Anti-Life Equation. Darkseid intended to probe the minds of every human in order to piece together the Equation.