Desghidorah

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Desghidorah
Desghidorah in Rebirth of Mothra
Alternate names Death Ghidorah, DeathGhidorah, Desgidorah
Subtitle(s) Super Space Demon Beast
(宇宙超魔獣,   Uchū Chō Majū)[1]
Space Monster
(宇宙怪獣,   Uchū Kaijū)[2]
Super Darkness Monster
(暗黒超怪獣,   Ankoku Chō Kaijū)G:TB
Species Demonic extraterrestrial
three-headed dragon
Height 50 meters[1]
Length 100 meters[3]
Wingspan 80 meters[3]
Weight 75,000 metric tons[1]
Running speed 180 kilometers per hour[3]
Flight speed Mach 23 (Earth),[3][note 1]
Near-light speed (space)[3]
Forms Land Form, Final Form[3]
Place(s) of emergence Space[2]
Relations King Ghidorah (relative)
Enemies Mothra, Mothra Leo
Designed by Minoru Yoshida
Modeled by Shinichi Wakasa, Shigeaki Ito,
Fumihiko Yagi, Hiroshi Sagae,
Hidenori Yamaoka, Tsutomu Watanabe,
Nobuhiro Ekubo, Rikiya So
Played by Mizuho Yoshida
First appearance Rebirth of Mothra
Roar(s)
More roars

Desghidorah (デスギドラ,   Desugidora) is a demonic three-headed dragon kaiju that first appeared in the 1996 Toho film, Rebirth of Mothra.

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.

Name

Desghidorah's name comes from desu (デス), the Japanese transliteration of "death," and "Ghidorah" (ギドラ,   Gidora), the immediate name of 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.

History

Heisei era

Rebirth of Mothra

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.

Abilities

Speed and flight

Desghidorah can run at speeds of up to 180 kilometers per hour. Desghidorah's wings enable flight at Mach 23 when in the atmosphere, namely that of earth, and near-light speed in space.[3]

Thermal beams

Desghidorah breathes fire in Rebirth of Mothra

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,   Kasairyū Gekidan). This ability can be used in both Desghidorah's land and final forms, however it becomes over five times as powerful in the latter.[3] 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)[3] or just Triple Vortex Attack (三重渦撃,   Mie Uzu Geki).[2] An even more powerful form of the Pyroclastic Shot, known as the Flaming Dragon Whirlwind Attack Wave (炎龍旋風撃波,   Honō Ryū Senpūgeki-ha) can be achieved if the speed and rotation of the Triple Vortex Attack is increased.[3]

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,   Hi Ryū Jū Dan Nami). This attack is potent enough to instantly set the environment around it ablaze, annihilating any plants or animals in the vicinity.[3]

Strong Violent Advancing Thunder Quake

In a technique dubbed the Strong Violent Advancing Thunder Quake (剛烈駆雷震,   Tsuyoshi Retsu Ka Kaminari Furue), 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.[3]

Sky Anger Bomb Thrust

Desghidorah, after accumulating internal magma energy, can perform a powerful technique called the Raging Sky Burst (天怒爆突,   Tennu Bakutotsu), which entails drawing an enemy close before blowing it back with an explosion.[3]

Electrical Surge

Desghidorah is able to send surges of electricity through its enemies upon biting them.

Hurricane Winds

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).[3]

Video games

Gallery

Main article: Desghidorah/Gallery.

Roar

Desghidorah's roars were adapted from stock elephant trumpeting performed by Frank Welker.[citation needed] The roars were later reused for the Ultraman Tiga monster Gatanozoa. Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack also briefly sampled Desghidorah's roar for Godzilla after he obliterated Baragon.

Desghidorah's roars

Trivia

Notes

  1. While virtually all sources give Desghidorah an in-atmosphere flying speed of Mach 23, the 2012 publication Toho Special Effects Movie Complete Works (p. 254) erroneously lists a speed of merely Mach 3.

References

This is a list of references for Desghidorah. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

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SKuLL cRaWLer

2 months ago
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Why does desgidorah get a copyright icon but maguma doesn't?
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Doomzilla

2 months ago
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Even though he's officially called desghidorah, I prefer to call him death ghidorah cause it's just sounds badass!
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Mahayana-60

2 months ago
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As do i. After all, his name "Desu" is English based Japanese Katakana for Death. I always thought that the trademark was a mistranslation of sorts, but who knows why they opted for "Des" instead of Death.
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XXZombiezilla172FansXx

2 months ago
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Also I edited Desghidorah’s flight speed stats to March 3 since if he could fly up to March 23 even in earth’s atmosphere, he would be faster than he was in the movie.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

2 months ago
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You don't get to make up numbers because you don't like the official ones.
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VaderRaptor

2 months ago
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@XXZombiezilla172FansXx: This wiki is one where we only do official sources for stats. Not whatever people want, otherwise this wiki would be full of chaos.
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RexGoji

2 months ago
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It is likely to be a mistype, but it is official, so it belongs.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

2 months ago
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I don't know about "likely"... most of the ROM kaiju have ridiculous flight speeds.
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VaderRaptor

2 months ago
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How is it official.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

2 months ago
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What? It's from a Rebirth of Mothra tie-in book.
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XXZombiezilla172FansXx

2 months ago
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Oh okay I only did it because I thought March 23 was actually a typo since if that was his exact flight speed, he would be faster than he was in the movie I’m just pointing this out
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XXZombiezilla172FansXx

2 months ago
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And I’m sorry I just didn’t know
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Astounding Beyond Belief

2 months ago
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Most kaiju credited with supersonic flight aren't actually shown breaking the sound barrier in their films
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XXZombiezilla172FansXx

2 months ago
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Yeah that’s actually true
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Les

2 months ago
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It isn't just that book, either - virtually every book we have access to that profiles Desghidorah gives him the Mach 23 stat. It's possible the Super Complete Works was the one to start it, but I'd be interested in looking at other contemporaneous sources. Here are a few of the books that mention it:

As the page mentions, the only other stat I've seen is Mach 3 from Toho Special Effects Movie Complete Works which was clearly a typo of 23.
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XXZombiezilla172FansXx

2 months ago
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I mean I’m not very sure about that and just because other sources states the same thing too, doesn’t mean it’s true. You see, I find March 3 more realistic especially when comparing his flight speed to other’s but ehh I’m leaving how it is.
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XXZombiezilla172FansXx

2 months ago
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I guess your right even though it looks like he flies slower than March 23 in the film.
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Obi-X

one month ago
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yeah we don’t do that here
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XXZombiezilla172FansXx

2 months ago
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Is Desghidorah actually immortal since even none of Mothra Leo’s attacks could kill it?
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RexGoji

2 months ago
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No.
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XXZombiezilla172FansXx

2 months ago
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Okay
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AngiraBlu

2 months ago
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Considering how powerful Ghidorahs are and how powerful Leo was, at the time, I doubt immortality's likely. Cuz if Leo was in Rainbow or Eternal Armor form, he'd would've probably killed Desghidorah, immediately.
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XXZombiezilla172FansXx

2 months ago
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Yeah
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AngiraBlu

8 months ago
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In theory, could "Firedrake" work in place of "Flaming Dragon" and "Fire Dragon?"
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JurassicKaiju14

8 months ago
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Red/Black OC Ghidorah
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King GodDoraDanOnRa

9 months ago
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I sometimes call him Destoryah Ghidorah cus he looks like Destoryah but is in a Ghidorah Form
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LegoGoji

one month ago
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you do know that destoroyah is all a redish-pinkish color, right?
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Theamazingdemo

15 months ago
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Edgy Ghidorah
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Keizer Zilla

16 months ago
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Since the release of Godzilla: Defense Force, and with the inclusion of Death Ghidorah. Can we say Death Ghidorah is a Godzilla kaiju now?!
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Astounding Beyond Belief

16 months ago
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If appearing in a Godzilla game is the only criterion, he's been a Godzilla kaiju since 1998.
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LegoGoji

one month ago
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uhh... no?
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The Famous Yongary

16 months ago
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Definitely my favourite Ghidorah. Oh maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.
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KingGhidorahsucksGodzillarules3417

16 months ago
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I would make it WAY more ferocious...
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KingGhidorahsucksGodzillarules3417

17 months ago
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Why does he sound like an elephant?
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Les

17 months ago
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Because his roar was adapted from stock elephant SFX
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JohnGojira

17 months ago
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Definitely desghidorah is awesome!
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Koopa

43 months ago
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Desghidorah's design is pretty awesome, and it's also cool that he's a different species of Ghidorah.
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BigRandomKaiju

43 months ago
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He's kinda edgy, but still kool
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Aggression25

46 months ago
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The fact that he was sealed away and not killed must stem from the possibility that even Mothra Leo, despite being strong enough to face him in his imago form, wasn't strong enough to kill him and would never be strong enough to do so.
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VaderRaptor

19 months ago
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Even all of Leo Mothra’s species wasn’t enough to kill Desghidorah.
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JohnGojira

17 months ago
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Pretty sure Godzilla would be able to though
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