An evil three-headed space monster, Desghidorah reduced Mars to an uninhabitable wasteland millions of years ago before turning his attention to the neighboring planet Earth. The planet's natural guardians, a race of giant moths known as Mothra which defended the Elias civilization, managed to defeat Desghidorah and seal him away. However, in the present day a company accidentally awakened Desghidorah from his tomb while clearing a forest. The space monster resumed its reign of terror, attempting to wipe out all life on the planet, but was confronted by the last remaining Mothra. The two ancient enemies battled, but the elderly Mothra was outmatched. However, her newborn son Mothra Leo hatched prematurely and joined his mother in the battle. Mothra used the last of her strength to carry Leo to safety after Desghidorah destroyed a dam, then subsequently drowned. In order to avenge his mother, Leo matured into his imago stage and confronted Desghidorah once more, finally managing to defeat him and seal him back into his tomb. While Desghidorah was stopped, Mothra Leo would be confronted by another, more powerful member of the Ghidorah species two years later: the dreaded King Ghidorah.
Desghidorah's name comes from desu (デス), the Japanese transliteration of "death," and "Ghidorah" (ギドラ, the immediate name of Gidora)King Ghidorah's species. While the creature's name would normally be translated to English as Death Ghidorah, Toho opted to trademark the romanization "Desghidorah" instead.
Millions of years ago, Desghidorah first appeared on the planet Mars, destroying it and turning it into a wasteland. It then flew to planet Earth with more intent to destroy it. It began attacking the planet, but it was met with a revolt. A race called the Elias, small human-like beings, sent Mothra to defeat him. The battle was fought for a very long time, and the Elias' civilization was nearly destroyed. Desghidorah was defeated and locked away in a chamber so no one could ever release him.
In the year 1997, a company is clearing out a forest when a worker stumbled across a buried structure with ancient writing on it. The worker took a small pendant from the stone, and gave it to his daughter as a gift. Not long after, the Girl was visited by Belvera, one of the last surviving members of the Elias. The other survivors, Moll and Laura, came to try and take the pendant, which was called "The seal of Elias." The seal would awaken and release Desghidorah, and Belvera would try to control it.
Belvera went to the Desghidorah's tomb, and caused it to rise from the ground. She managed to break it open, and Desghidorah was released. Desghidorah rose from the tomb and began to absorb energy from the forest around him.
Moll and Laura sent Mothra to defeat him, but she was quickly overpowered. Her egg hatched prematurely, into Mothra Leo, and he came to save his mother. Even the combined efforts of Mothra and Leo, they couldn't defeat it. Mothra flew off with her child and died over the ocean.
Leo wanted revenge, and he formed a cocoon and turned into his Imago form. Desghidorah harvested all the energy he could, then regrew his wings. Mothra Leo flew after the monster, and fought him with all his might. After a long battle, Leo sealed Desghidorah back in its tomb, then returned to his island.
Speed and flight
Desghidorah is able to spit a concentrated 'pyro-beam' of magma energy from each of its three heads, called the Pyroclastic Shot (火砕流撃弾. This ability can be used in both Desghidorah's land and final forms, however it becomes over five times as powerful in the latter. Kasairyū Gekidan) If all three of Desghidorah's heads fire the Pyroclastic Shot beams in unison, the attack is instead referred to as either the Triple Vortex Attack Cannon (三重渦撃砲 Mie Uzu Gekihō) or just Triple Vortex Attack (三重渦撃. Mie Uzu Geki) An even more powerful form of the Pyroclastic Shot, known as the Flaming Dragon Whirlwind Attack Wave (炎龍旋風撃波 can be achieved if the speed and rotation of the Triple Vortex Attack is increased. Honō Ryū Senpūgeki-ha)
Desghidorah can also spit a powerful red hot flame from its mouth(s), known as the Fire Dragon Heavy Attack Wave (火龍重撃波. This attack is potent enough to instantly set the environment around it ablaze, annihilating any plants or animals in the vicinity. Hi Ryū Jū Dan Nami)
Strong Violent Advancing Thunder Quake
In a technique dubbed the Strong Violent Advancing Thunder Quake (剛烈駆雷震, Desghidorah can create fissures in the earth which gush magma while firing the Fire Dragon Heavy Attack Wave, resulting in the pulverization of its opponents. Desghidorah has the ability to manipulate the magma which erupts from these fissures. Tsuyoshi Retsu Ka Kaminari Furue)
Sky Anger Bomb Thrust
Desghidorah, after accumulating internal magma energy, can perform a powerful technique called the Raging Sky Burst (天怒爆突, which entails drawing an enemy close before blowing it back with an explosion. Tennu Bakutotsu)
Desghidorah is able to send surges of electricity through its enemies upon biting them.
Desghidorah can create hurricane-strength winds from its wings.
Thunder Cannon Flash
Desghidorah can protect itself in a barrier of thermal energy, called the Thunder Cannon Flash (轟砲一閃. Gōhō Issen)
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Desghidorah's card in Godzilla: Trading Battle
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Desghidorah's roars were adapted from stock elephant trumpeting. The roars were later reused for the Ultraman Tiga monster Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack also briefly sampled Desghidorah's roar for Godzilla after he obliterated Baragon..
- Desghidorah is the first Ghidorah to be a quadruped, followed by Keizer Ghidorah in Godzilla: Final Wars. Both kaiju are also wingless in their first form.
- He is also the first Ghidorah to appear in a film without Godzilla as a co-star.
- Desghidorah is the only villain kaiju in the Rebirth of Mothra trilogy to not be killed by Mothra Leo. Instead, he is sealed away.
- Desghidorah is one of two Toho film kaiju to breathe real fire on set as opposed to a spray or optical ray, along with Yamata no Orochi in Orochi, the Eight-Headed Dragon.
- One piece of concept art for Desghidorah's heads heavily resembles Bagan's head.
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