Asian equities closed higher on the second day of 2015's final week, after the Japanese and South Korean markets erased morning losses and the Chinese market eventually closed higher, following a volatile trading session.
Down Under, the Australian market totted up a more than 1 percent gain.
The positive closes were a turnaround from earlier in the session, when analysts pointed to the overnight sell-off in oil and yesterday afternoon's drop in Chinese markets as weighing on sentiment in Asia markets Tuesday.
"Asian markets have looked past the wobble in oil prices and Chinese data yesterday to push tentatively into the green," said Angus Nicholson, a market analyst at spreadbetter IG.
"However, volumes are very low throughout the region, even lower than the pre-Christmas trade last week, so it is difficult to read too much into them. The major drag on markets today has come from the energy and materials sectors."
Oil prices got a slight reprieve in late Asian trading hours. U.S. crude futures for February delivery tacked a 0.46 percent gain to trade at $36.98 a barrel, following a 3.4 percent decline overnight. The internationally traded Brent futures gained 0.49 percent to trade at $36.80 a barrel.
Energy plays across Asia were mixed, with Australia's Oil Search closing down 0.6 percent and Japan's Inpex and Japan Petroleum closing up 0.85 and up 1.73 percent respectively. Woodside Petroleum finished up 0.8 percent. Chinese oil plays including PetroChina, and Sinopec traded own.
"Oil was yet another decisive bearish trigger; especially given that the pre-Christmas run-up above $38 was celebrated, the slide back towards mid-$36 hurt," Vishnu Varathan from Mizuho Bank said in a note.