- Kensaku Ijuin: “I know Micro-Oxygen does not have that kind of power.”
- JSDF General: “What does, then?”
- Kensaku Ijuin: “The Oxygen Destroyer. It has the power to destroy everything in its path. Destoroyah.”
- ― Dr. Kensaku Ijuin reacts to Destoroyah's Juvenile Forms converging into its Aggregate Form and obliterating the JSDF's forces (Godzilla vs. Destoroyah)
Godzilla's final opponent in the Heisei series, Destoroyah is the incarnation of the Oxygen Destroyer, the chemical weapon used to kill the original Godzilla in 1954. When the weapon was detonated at the bottom of Tokyo Bay, it revived a colony of Precambrian crustaceans trapped in the strata, and the resulting anaerobic conditions caused the creatures to undergo an abnormal path of mutation and evolution until they finally came to the surface in 1996. Able to grow and evolve by combining with each other, the creatures took on numerous different forms before finally converging into a single gigantic demonic monster. Destoroyah fought Godzilla at the peak of his power and nearly defeated him, but was finally destroyed by a combination of the JSDF's ULT cryolasers and the extreme heat given off by the near-meltdown Godzilla.
Name[edit | edit source]
Both Destoroyah's Japanese and English names are derived from "destroyer," which in turn comes from the Oxygen Destroyer weapon that spawned him. A possible reason that the name "Destroyer" isn't the monster's trademarked English name is because the word itself could not be trademarked by Toho. He is referred to as Destroyer in Omni Productions' international English dub for Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, as well as in the English subtitles on Sony's 2014 Blu-ray release of the film, while "Destoroyah" is Toho's official trademarked English name for the character. Destoroyah's subtitle is Perfect Lifeform (完全生命体. Kanzen Seimei-tai)
Destoroyah's forms are denoted as Micro Form (微小体, Crawl Form Bishō-tai) (クロール体, Juvenile Form Kurōru-tai) (幼体, Aggregate Form Yō-tai) (集合体 or Intermediate Form Shūgō-tai) (中間体, Flying Form Chūkan-tai) (飛行体, and Perfect Form Hikō-tai) (完全体. Kanzen-tai)
Destoroyah receives his name in the film when Dr. Ijuin witnesses the monster's juvenile forms merge together into their aggregate form. He remarks that Micro-Oxygen does not have that kind of power, and that these creatures have become a living Oxygen Destroyer, giving it the name "Destoroyah." In the novel GODZILLA: Project Mechagodzilla, Destoroyah is never referred to by name, only given the designation J-MO7 and speculatively called a subspecies of Ganimes (ガニメの亜種. Ganime no Ashu)
Development[edit | edit source]
When Toho was planning the final film of the Heisei series, it initially considered having Godzilla's final enemy be the restless spirit of the original 1954 Godzilla, under the name Ghost Godzilla. According to Takao Okawara, this idea was discarded because Godzilla's last two enemies, Mechagodzilla and SpaceGodzilla, were also doppelgangers of him.
A later enemy considered was called Barubaroi, a continuously-evolving creature tied to the Oxygen Destroyer that was used to kill the first Godzilla in the original film. Barubaroi would have been much larger than Godzilla and would have defeated an Anguirus Hound and taken on its form. However, Toho worried that the name "Barubaroi" sounded too similar to "Berber," and that it could be considered insensitive.
Concept art of Barubaroi taking the form of the Anguirus Hound
Another route for the concept was taken, and it was decided to change the creature's design to being crustacean-like in appearance, with its name changed to "Destoroyah." Concept artist Minoru Yoshida was the main driving force behind designing Destoroyah, having introduced the crustacean theme during the later stages of Barubaroi and creating the Juvenile, Aggregate, and Flying Forms. However, the design for Destoroyah's Perfect Form is credited to Hideo Okamoto. While the suit more closely resembles some of Yoshida's concepts, the original decided design for the Perfect Form still appears on the illustrated poster by Noriyoshi Ohrai. Devilman, the titular character from Go Nagai's manga series Devilman, was an influence on Destoroyah's design aesthetic. This influence was initially introduced in Minoru Yoshida's crustacean-themed concepts for Barubaroi before being carried over later on into Destoroyah's final designs.
Destoroyah was modeled by Shinichi Wakasa's company MONSTERS. Due to the lengthy design process, the filmmakers had only a short period of 40 days to construct the Aggregate Form suit, the Flying Form prop, and Perfect Form suit. As such a staff of 22 individuals was collected for modeling Destoroyah. The Juvenile and Aggregate Destoroyah suits were built based on the same clay prototype. The various claws and appendages of the Juvenile and Aggregate forms were manipulated either remotely or with wires. In addition to the Juvenile and Aggregate suits, animatronics with built-in mechanisms and an animatronic head were also created. The full animatronics were self-propelled with a wheel system built in under the body. For distant shots of the Juvenile Forms, Bandai vinyl figures were utilized. For the scene where Godzilla is swarmed by numerous Aggregate Forms, only a single model was used and was composited into the shot numerous times to create the illusion that there were several Aggregates.
The Perfect Form suit was modeled primarily by Naruaki Ito of MONSTERS. Every time the suit was damaged to show Destoroyah sustaining injury, it was repaired afterward so the suit could be preserved. Perfect Destoroyah's jaws, fangs, and teeth were created from the same molds as SpaceGodzilla's. Destoroyah's Crawl Form was depicted entirely through CGI.
Design[edit | edit source]
Destoroyah goes through multiple forms over the course of Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, with each being distinct, though sporting the same core crustacean-like elements such as dark red armor plating or skin, multiple appendages, and spiky protrusions.
Destoroyah's first form, the Micro Form, is never actually seen in the film, though artwork of it gives it a trilobite-like appearance with prominent "horns" at the sides of its body. His second form is the Crawl Form, which is seen in the film and often confused with the Micro Form. It resembles a red miniature horseshoe crab, with two large spikes on its body, eight small legs, a pointed tail, and two prominent mandibles.
Starting with its third form, the Juvenile Form, Destoroyah ceases to be microscopic and its forms retain more common design elements. This form walks on a set of segmented crab-like legs, with a mound of spikes on each of its shoulders, a circular opening on its chest, and a frilled head with two orange eyes that glow yellow, and an extendable jaw inside its mouth. It also has a long tail tipped with a fork-like structure and reddish purple armor plating.
Destoroyah's Aggregate Form resembles a larger version of the Juvenile Form, with the addition of two crab-like claws on its chest and two long spear-like appendages sprouting from its back.
Destoroyah's Flying Form has the body of the juvenile and aggregate forms, but with two wing-like lobes on its sides that allow it to fly. The head of this form is unique, with a reptilian mouth rather than the crustacean-like mandibles of the other forms, along with a prominent orange horn on its forehead.
Destoroyah's Perfect Form is far larger and bulkier than any of its previous forms. It stands upright on two legs, with two large bat-like wings on its back and two smaller wings on its sides. Destoroyah's head in this form is similar to that of the Flying Form, only with much larger frills on its sides and its horn being lighter in color. In addition, it features two developed arms with three claws on its hands, and its tail ends in a pincer-like appendage.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Destoroyah is often considered one of Godzilla's most merciless, intelligent and evil foes, along with the Showa King Ghidorah and SpaceGodzilla. Unlike monsters that kill and destroy unintentionally and act only out of instinct or while under mind control, Destoroyah seems fully aware of the death and destruction he causes, and takes pleasure in causing it. His cruelty is most visible when he attacks Godzilla Junior, and later kills him while the latter is trying to reunite with his father. While Godzilla is grieving over his son, Destoroyah attacks him on two separate occasions, even appearing to laugh while he drags Godzilla by the neck. This makes Destoroyah only the second kaiju to attack Godzilla both emotionally and physically, after SpaceGodzilla. Destoroyah's strategies seem to revolve around causing as much pain to his opponents as possible, as his aggregate form is shown repeatedly stabbing Junior with his limbs and administering extremely painful doses of Micro-Oxygen into the wounds.
Non-film media also depict Destoroyah as incredibly evil and malevolent. According to Destoroyah's bio in the game Godzilla: Unleashed, Destoroyah "seeks nothing else than the total annihilation of all life-forms in existence." In the comic series Godzilla: Cataclysm, Destoroyah is described by one character as a "demon," and at one point splits apart into his juvenile forms and brutally massacres several villagers one by one. Destoroyah exhibits similar behavior in his appearances in other IDW comic series.
Origins[edit | edit source]
Destoroyah originated as a colony of Precambrian era microscopic crustaceans that had thrived living in anaerobic environments 2.5 billion years ago, and had survived into the 20th century trapped inside the strata under Tokyo Bay. When Dr. Serizawa detonated the Oxygen Destroyer in Tokyo Bay to kill the first Godzilla in 1954, the resulting anaerobic conditions and exposure to the chemical weapon revived and mutated the crustaceans, and they evolved abnormally over the course of 40 years, incorporating Micro-Oxygen into their biological processes. After being disturbed by the construction of the Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line, the organisms moved to the surface and began feeding on organic life, gradually combining with each other into larger and deadlier forms.
History[edit | edit source]
- Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995)
- Godzilla Island (TV 1997-1998) [34 episodes][note 2]
- Godzilla Final Wars (2004) [toy]
- Godziban (web 2019-) [episodes 34, 39, 41, and 57]
In 1954, when Daisuke Serizawa detonated the Oxygen Destroyer under Tokyo Bay to kill the original Godzilla, the chemical weapon awakened a colony of microscopic crustaceans that had survived in the strata under the bay since 542,000,000 BCE. The crustaceans, which had once thrived in anaerobic environments, had an unusual reaction to the weapon, causing them to begin an accelerated and abnormal path of evolution and begin incorporating Micro-Oxygen into their biological processes. In 1996, the construction of the Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line in the same spot where the Oxygen Destroyer was fired drew the attention of the creatures, who destroyed an elevator and then traveled to the surface. The creatures went to the Shinagawa Aquarium, where they used Micro-Oxygen to disintegrate and feed on the fish located there. Growing larger and stronger, the crustaceans began combining with each other, eventually evolving into larger human-sized forms. The creatures traveled further inland and infested the Tokyo Telecom Center. A SWAT team was sent in to exterminate the beasts, but were brutally attacked by the monsters, which proved immune to conventional weaponry. The SWAT team eventually discovered that explosives and flamethrowers were effective against the creatures, and were able to kill several of them. One of the creatures escaped the building and tried to kill reporter Yukari Yamane, but she was saved by Kensaku Ijuin and a SWAT team, who incinerated the beast with flamethrowers.
After further analyzing the creatures, Ijuin determined that extreme temperatures destroyed the Micro-Oxygen in their bodies, meaning they could theoretically be killed using the JSDF's arsenal of freezer weapons. A fleet of Type 90 Tanks, MBT-MB92s, MBAW-93s and CLT-95s, supported by a detachment of AH-64 Apache helicopters, confronted the remaining creatures in the outskirts of Tokyo. The Maser Cannons opened fire on the creatures with their ultra-low temperature (ULT) cryolasers, while the tanks bombarded them with cadmium shells. Several of the creatures were killed, but they then converged and merged together into a single Aggregate Form. The giant beast quickly turned the tables on the JSDF, eradicating their vehicles with a ray of concentrated Micro-Oxygen fired from its mouth. Dr. Ijuin remarked that Micro-Oxygen did not possess this kind of power, but the Oxygen Destroyer did. Ijuin then gave the monster the name "Destoroyah," as it had become a living Oxygen Destroyer. Destoroyah then transformed into a flying form and flew into downtown Tokyo to resume its rampage.
Meanwhile, Godzilla was about to undergo a catastrophic nuclear meltdown that would destroy the world, leaving G-Force with one desperate option: lure him to Tokyo so he would fight and hopefully be killed by Destoroyah. G-Force's psychics Miki Saegusa and Meru Ozawa used their telepathy to bring Godzilla's adopted son, Godzilla Junior, to Tokyo, knowing Godzilla would follow. When Destoroyah saw Junior, he immediately attacked the young monster, transforming into his Aggregate Form and pinning Junior to the ground. Destoroyah bit down into Junior's chest with his secondary jaw, injecting Micro-Oxygen directly into his bloodstream, causing Junior to foam at the mouth and suffocate. Junior then managed to recover and fired his atomic breath at Destoroyah, blasting off the claws on his back and forcing him to get off of Junior. Junior blasted Destoroyah again, sending him flying into a nearby refinery, which exploded. His enemy seemingly defeated, Junior reunited with his father outside of Haneda Airport.
But Destoroyah was not dead, and used DNA he had absorbed from Junior's blood to mutate further. Another explosion rocked the refinery, and from it emerged Destoroyah's demonic Perfect Form. With vengeance on his mind, Destoroyah flew to Haneda Airport, knocking Godzilla to the ground and grabbing Junior in his clutches. Destoroyah flew high into the sky and dropped Junior onto Ariake Coliseum from hundreds of feet in the air. Destoroyah then blasted Junior with his Micro-Oxygen ray, seemingly killing the young monster. Before Godzilla could grieve for his son, Destoroyah attacked him, dragging him by the neck into Tokyo Bay with his tail pincer, all while bellowing maniacally. Godzilla walked back onto land and engaged Destoroyah in combat near the airport. Destoroyah sliced through Godzilla's flesh with his laser horn, but Godzilla retaliated by firing his atomic breath directly into Destoroyah's chest, opening a gaping wound. Godzilla fired into the open wound, causing Destoroyah to vomit blood. Godzilla punched the wound, sending Destoroyah falling to the ground. Destoroyah vanished into a white mist upon striking the ground, leaving Godzilla apparently victorious. However, Godzilla was quickly swarmed by several of Destoroyah's smaller aggregate forms, which breathed Micro-Oxygen into Godzilla's face and dragged him to the ground. Godzilla got back to his feet and obliterated the creatures with his nuclear pulse, then walked to his fallen son, attempting to revive him.
As Godzilla tried and failed to breathe life back into Junior, Destoroyah returned in his Perfect Form, flying overhead and blasting Godzilla with his Micro-Oxygen ray, then dragging him into the outskirts of Tokyo with his tail. Godzilla rose back to his feet and prepared for one final confrontation with his son's killer. The two monsters exchanged blows, as Godzilla's temperature climbed to critical levels. Godzilla blasted off Destoroyah's shoulder and part of his head frill with his atomic breath, then began emitting powerful nuclear pulses, which set the surrounding area ablaze. Realizing he couldn't win the battle, Destoroyah took to the sky, attempting to retreat. The JSDF, unwilling to let the demon escape, fired their cryolasers at Destoroyah's wings, freezing them solid and sending Destoroyah plummeting to the ground below, which had been superheated by Godzilla's presence. Destoroyah impacted the ground and dissipated into a white mist, destroyed for good.
In this series, Destoroyah is under the control of Zagres. He is frequently deployed to defend or assist the other monsters utilized by the alien.
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Abilities[edit | edit source]
Division and recombination[edit | edit source]
Like Hedorah, Destoroyah is a composite lifeform formed from trillions of near-microscopic organisms, and as such he possesses vast capacities to adapt and regenerate. The base organism resembles a miniature horseshoe crab barely larger than a speck of sand. Trillions of these creatures would later combine to form Destoroyah's Juvenile Forms, which manifested as several man-sized crustacean monsters. When threatened by the JSDF, the creatures merged again into a single, massive Aggregate Form, which evolved further into a winged Flying Form. At this point in Destoroyah's evolution, Destoroyah can switch between his Flying and Aggregate Form at will, and used both forms to fight Godzilla Junior. After being temporarily defeated by Junior, Destoroyah regenerated into its demonic Perfect Form and would later temporarily separate into multiple copies of its Aggregate Form in an attempt to overwhelm Godzilla during their battle. It appears that when the individual Destoroyah organisms fuse, they all die if the resulting creature is killed before it can split up into its smaller forms and reform. This is shown when Godzilla nearly kills Destoroyah by blasting the exposed floral pattern on his chest and Destoroyah responds by breaking into a group of Aggregate Forms.
By contrast, when the Super X3 and the military use their ULT lasers to freeze the monster's body at a microscopic level, Destoroyah cannot separate, causing all of the organisms making up the Perfect Form to perish upon colliding with the superheated ground.
Durability[edit | edit source]
Destoroyah could survive multiple hits from Godzilla's red spiral atomic ray (although he was shown vomiting large amounts of blood and losing part of his head crest to the beam), an attack which crippled and destroyed both Super Mechagodzilla and SpaceGodzilla after a few hits. While Destoroyah himself was shown to be vulnerable to extreme temperatures, the fact that Destoroyah was able to fight the overheating Godzilla many times (and actually win a majority of the encounters) is a testament to his immense strength and durability.
Physical strength[edit | edit source]
Destoroyah battled Godzilla at the peak of his power, to the point where he was on the verge of melting down from the sheer intensity of his own overloading nuclear power. Destoroyah is also one of only two monsters (the other being SpaceGodzilla) who have attacked Godzilla emotionally, using the death of Godzilla Junior against him. Destoroyah easily lifted Godzilla Junior high into the air and fatally wounded him by dropping him onto Ariake Coliseum. Destoroyah was able to effortlessly drag Godzilla around by wrapping his tail around his neck, and in one instance was able to drag Godzilla all the way into Tokyo Bay.
Micro-Oxygen Beam / Oxygen Destroyer Ray[edit | edit source]
In all of his forms, Destoroyah's primary offensive weapon is his ability to expel Micro-Oxygen from his mouth. Destoroyah's Juvenile Forms spewed a whitish blast of Micro-Oxygen from their mouths that could penetrate metal and disintegrate organic matter, shown when it passed through the bodies of humans after they were hit by it.
Once he reached his Aggregate Form, Destoroyah gained a more powerful variation of this ability called either the Micro-Oxygen Beam (Ｍ－Ｏ光線 Maikuro Okishijen Kōsen) or Oxygen Destroyer Ray (オキシジェン・デストロイヤー・レイ. This attack takes the form of a purple helix-shaped beam which possessed incredible destructive potential. Destoroyah's Aggregate Form used this attack to obliterate the Okishijen Desutoroiyā Rei)JSDF units attacking it, while the Flying Form was able to level entire city blocks and even knock down Godzilla Junior with it. In his Perfect Form, this beam is even more powerful, visibly injuring Godzilla and finishing off Godzilla Junior after he was dropped onto Ariake Coliseum.
Energy draining[edit | edit source]
Destoroyah's Juvenile and Aggregate Forms are equipped with a secondary set of jaws inside of their mouths, from which he can fire his Micro-Oxygen beam. Destoroyah can also use these secondary jaws to directly inject Micro-Oxygen into a victim's bloodstream or drain their energy. Destoroyah's Perfect Form is able to drain a victim's energy through his tail, and utilized this ability against Godzilla when Destoroyah wrapped his tail around his neck.
DNA absorption[edit | edit source]
According to the 1996 book Godzilla vs. Destoroyah Super Complete Works and Destoroyah's bio in Godzilla Movie Studio Tour, Destoroyah can absorb the DNA of creatures he attacks by dissolving their cells with Micro-Oxygen. Destoroyah used this ability to absorb Godzilla Junior's DNA when he bit into him, allowing him to further mutate into a bipedal form with an endoskeleton rather than an exoskeleton.
Variable Slicer[edit | edit source]
The horn protruding from Destoroyah's forehead in his Perfect Form has the ability to generate a blade of energy powerful enough to cut through Godzilla's flesh, an ability named the Variable Slicer (ヴァリアヴル・スライサー, also known as the Horn Katana or Laser Horn. Variavuru Suraisā)
Spikes and pincers[edit | edit source]
Destoroyah's Aggregate Form is equipped with spiked claws similar to those of a praying mantis, while his Flying and Perfect forms possess a tail tipped with a grappling pincer that was strong enough to even hold Godzilla and pull him along. His tail also has the ability to drain energy and release an energy discharge.
Stomach Beam[edit | edit source]
Destoroyah was originally planned to have another attack: a beam fired from the floral pattern on his chest known simply as the Stomach Beam (腹ビーム. This was cut from the film, but is present in the manga adaptation, where it is shown to be powerful enough to cut off part of Godzilla's tail and break off one of his dorsal fins. Deleted scenes from the film show Destoroyah using the beam (which is not animated and represented only by light and sparks), which easily knocks Godzilla off his feet. Hara Bīmu)
Oxygen Mine[edit | edit source]
In the Pipeworks series of video games, Destoroyah can shoot out oxygen mines. These balls of energy will hover towards their target, pulling nearby enemies in before exploding and knocking them down.
Oxygen Destroyer[edit | edit source]
Another ability featured in the Pipeworks video games, this move involves Destoroyah shooting a ball of energy into the air which then shortly crashes down like a meteor on the target. This deals a lot of damage and knocks the opponent off their feet. In each game, this move is treated as Destoroyah's most powerful ability.
Weaknesses[edit | edit source]
Extreme temperatures can destroy the Micro-Oxygen in Destoroyah's body and seriously injure him. Destoroyah's juvenile forms were successfully killed using flamethrowers and cadmium shells, and Godzilla's red spiral ray severely injured Destoroyah's final form, forcing him to retreat twice; once Godzilla's meltdown granted him access to the Infinite Heat Ray, Godzilla's attacks became powerful enough to seriously damage even the most resistant sections of Destoroyah's armored body, including his head frill, and the plating and spikes on his shoulders. The combined extreme temperatures of G-Force's ULT weapons and Godzilla's meltdown are what ultimately killed Destoroyah.
In Godzilla: Legends #1, Colonel Matsumiya dropped a Freon tank on Destoroyah via helicopter, partially freezing him and leaving him open to a rolling attack from Anguirus, which forced him to retreat. In Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #12, Jet Jaguar froze Destoroyah using Kiryu's Absolute Zero Cannon, then grew to giant size to shatter him, either killing him or leaving him severely diminished.
The floral pattern on Destoroyah's chest may be a weak point, shown when Godzilla blasts it repeatedly with his atomic breath, causing it to bleed and causing Destoroyah to cough up large amounts of yellow blood. When Godzilla blasts this area with his atomic breath in a deleted scene, it penetrates completely through Destoroyah's body and explodes out of his back.
Destoroyah's Juvenile Forms are killed by cadmium shells and ULT cryolasers.
Destoroyah coughs up blood after sustaining a direct hit to his stomach from Burning Godzilla's atomic breath.
Video games[edit | edit source]
- Godzilla: Archipelago Shock (1995) - Sega Saturn
- Jumbo Godzilla (1995) - arcade
- Godzilla Movie Studio Tour (1998) - PC and Mac
- Godzilla: Trading Battle (1998) - Sony PlayStation
- Godzilla Generations (1998) - Sega Dreamcast
- Collect Godzilla: Giant Monster Assembly (1998) - Sega Dreamcast VMU
- Godzilla Generations: Maximum Impact (1999) - Sega Dreamcast
- Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee (2002) - Nintendo GameCube and Microsoft Xbox
- Godzilla: Save the Earth (2004) - Sony PlayStation 2 and Microsoft Xbox
- CR Godzilla 3S-T Battle (2006) - pachinko
- Godzilla: Unleashed (2007) - Nintendo Wii and Sony PlayStation 2
- Godzilla Unleashed: Double Smash (2007) - Nintendo DS
- Monster Strike (2013) - Android and iOS
- Godzilla (2014) - Sony PlayStation 3 and 4
- Godzilla Kaiju Collection (2015) - Android and iOS
- CR True King of the Monsters Godzilla (2018) - pachinko
- Godzilla Defense Force (2019) - Android and iOS
- Godzilla Destruction (2021) - Android and iOS [game files only; never implemented]
- Godzilla Battle Line (2021) - Android and iOS
- Pachinko True King of the Monsters Godzilla 2 (2022) - pachinko
- GigaBash (2022) - Microsoft Windows, Sony PlayStation 4 and 5
Destoroyah appears in Godzilla: Save the Earth, where his rage attack is the Oxygen Destroyer: a purple blast of energy into the air that rains down on his opponent, inflicting a large amount of damage. An unused model of Destoroyah's Flying Form also exists in the game's files.
Destoroyah is a mutant in Godzilla: Unleashed. In all of these games Destoroyah is a "bruiser" character, being able to take a lot of damage while also dishing it, but is also slow. Unlike in the film, he can't fly, but he can jump very high. He gains a new ability to create energy mines that pull his enemies and then send them flying, leaving them very vulnerable. His signature attack in the games is using the Horn Katana sword generated from his horn. The attack is strong, and can't be blocked, the only weakness to it is that uses up energy whenever used. A favored tactic used by the CPU is to repeatedly strike the enemy with the laser blade when they're knocked down, during which the opponent is helpless until either Destoroyah runs out of energy or if another monster attacks Destoroyah. The CPU also favors Destoroyah's use of the Micro-Oxygen ray, and will use it repeatedly to suck in enemies towards Destoroyah, damaging them and preventing them from attacking until he runs out of Energy. In the Wii version of Godzilla: Unleashed, the Horn Katana no longer uses up energy, causing some fans to view Destoroyah as unbalanced in the game (one of his grapple attacks is to impale an opponent with his laser horn and throws his opponent with his tail). However, in the PS2 version, his Horn Katana uses the same amount of energy as in Godzilla: Save the Earth, making the attack more balanced. In Godzilla: Unleashed, Destoroyah can release an orb of Micro-Oxygen energy that will suck in nearby kaiju and then detonate, which has a chance of flinging opponents across the stage. Because of Destoroyah's lack of flight in this game, he can't pull opponents with his tail, but he can strike them with it by jumping and using a special attack in midair.
"Destoroyah is death incarnate. Born from anaerobic environments deadly to all other life, Destoroyah seeks nothing else than the total annihilation of all life-forms in existence. Although his massive clawed hands, long crescent-tipped tail, and taloned feet can tear monsters apart in a heartbeat, Destoroyah tends to use ranged attacks in compensation for his sluggish land movement. He can breathe choking clouds of micro-oxygen, emit explosive spheres of micro-oxygen, and create oxygen destroyer comets of pure annihilation. His most fearsome attack, however, is the piercing Laser Horn, which extends from his central horn. This focused energy can slice through even the strongest monster flesh and reduces buildings to rubble."
Destoroyah appears as a boss in the game Godzilla for PlayStation 3 and 4. He has a chance of appearing in Area 10 of Stage 4. He attacks by flying at Godzilla, then hitting him with his tail. He also uses the Micro-Oxygen ray and the laser from his horn. If Burning Godzilla is selected in God of Destruction Mode and reaches 100 meters tall, then Destoroyah will appear on the final stage, which is a reference to their battle in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah. In the PlayStation 4 version of the game, Destoroyah is playable in the "Invade" variant of God of Destruction Mode, as well as in King of Kaiju Mode.
Moveset[edit | edit source]
- Tap: Upper Variable Slicer
- Two Taps: Lower Variable Slicer
- Three Taps: Rush Variable Slicer
- Tap: Tail Whip
- Forward + Tap: Tail Thrust
- Tap: Flying Tackle
- Tap: Oxygen Destroyer Ray
- Forward + Tap: Clean Sweep Oxygen Destroyer Ray
- Roar + Tap: Ultra Oxygen Destroyer Ray
- Tap: Omnidirectional Slicer
Kaiju Guide[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Godzilla (2014 video game)/Kaiju Guide#Destoroyah.
Destoroyah was added to Passion Republic Games' brawler GigaBash through a DLC pack on December 6, 2022. He primarily fights in his Perfect Form, though his Ultimate ability has him split apart into several Aggregate Forms.
Moveset[edit | edit source]
All button prompts correspond to the PlayStation 4 and 5 version of the game.
- Light Attack (tap Square): Cleaves forward twice in a wide arc with its horn. Has extended range on the final attack.
- Heavy Attack (hold Square): Empowers its horn and slashes downward. Can be charged for more damage.
- Special Attack (tap Triangle): Latches its pincer tail onto the enemy and drags them across the battlefield. Press again to release the victim.
- Charged Special (hold Triangle): Melts through its prey with its Micro-Oxygen beam. Hold down the button to extend the duration of the attack.
- Air Attack (tap X > tap Square): Flaps its massive wings to send a powerful shockwave downward.
- Air Grab (tap X > tap Circle): Grabs hold of its prey and dives downward, briefly dragging them across the ground.
- Air Charged Special (tap X > hold Triangle): Fires its Micro-Oxygen beam downward. Hold down the button to extend the duration of the attack and can move.
- Block Attack (hold L1 + tap Square): Pierces its pincer tail through the enemy to drain its energy and lifeforce. This attack cannot be blocked.
- Block Special (hold L1 + tap Triangle): Knocks everything around it into the air and follows up with a Micro-Oxygen beam attack.
- Grab Special (tap Circle > tap Triangle): Lifts its target high into the sky and drops them down at terminal velocity. Deals more damage if the victim is dropped onto a building.
- Dash Attack (tap R1 > tap Square): Briefly flies forward with its horn powered up. Can slightly steer its trajectory while in flight.
- Ultimate (tap R1 > tap Square): Splits apart into multiple aggregates to overwhelm all enemies in a large area around it. It regains some lifeforce at the end of the attack.
- Double jump (tap X > tap X): Briefly flaps its wing in the air to perform a double jump.
Profile[edit | edit source]
- As Seen In: Godzilla vs Destoroyah
- Japan Release: 1995.12.9
"When the Oxygen Destroyer was successfully deployed against Godzilla in Tokyo Bay back in 1954, an unexpected side effect of the area's sudden oxygen depletion was the re-activation of microcellular organisms that had been buried in the bay since Precambrian times. Decades later, these dormant cells are exposed to the atmosphere during the construction of an undersea tunnel. As a result, they quickly grow, combine and further mutate. In this way, they gradually evolve, growing larger and more destructive in each stage until they reformed into a single creature resembling a terrible perfection. In this perfect form, its weapons include the Oxygen Destroyer Ray and the Variable Slicer. After Destoroyah inflicted heavy injuries on Babygodzilla, Godzilla furiously unleashed a series of destructive attacks. That along with the Self-Defense Force's barrage of gunfire were finally able to take down Destoroyah."
Destoroyah in Godzilla Generations: Maximum Impact
Destoroyah in Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee
Destoroyah in Godzilla: Save the Earth
Destoroyah in CR Godzilla 3S-T Battle
Destoroyah in Godzilla
Flying Destoroyah in Godzilla Kaiju Collection
Aggregate Destoroyah in Godzilla Kaiju Collection
Aggregate Destoroyah in Godzilla Battle Line
Books[edit | edit source]
Destoroyah, designated "J-MO7," was a microorganism strain being studied by Dr. Ijuin as part of a scientific research project to develop a chemical weapon capable of destroying Godzilla in the abandoned former Hedorah Research Laboratory in North America. J-MO7 was discovered on the floor of Tokyo Bay, and was believed to be connected to the Oxygen Destroyer, a chemical weapon invented by Dr. Serizawa according to an urban legend. While the scientists were studying J-MO7, the microbes evolved and combined into a single red crab-like aggregate form, leading scientists to assume it may have been a subspecies of Ganimes. The aggregate creature proceeded to kill all of the researchers except Kane Hilter, who locked himself into a shelter. Hilter quickly sent an email to Akira Sakaki to inform him of what happened to the project, and afterward could only watch helplessly as the aggregate J-MO7 melted the iron door to the shelter. Because North America had been lost by humanity, no further investigation of the incident could be carried out and further details about J-MO7 are unknown.
Comics[edit | edit source]
- Godzilla: Legends #1, 3 (2011-2012)
- Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #2-4, 11-12 (2013-2014)
- Godzilla: Cataclysm #4-5 (2014)
- Godzilla in Hell #4 (2015)
- Godzilla Rivals: Biollante Vs. Destoroyah (2023)
Destoroyah's first appearance in an IDW comic was in Godzilla Legends: The Underdog. In that universe, Destoroyah is the second most powerful monster next to Godzilla. He first appears attacking Sydney, Australia when a signal that was initially used to summon Godzilla instead summons Anguirus, a monster who has lived in the shadow of the Monster King. Although Destoroyah has the upper hand over Anguirus, the tide turns to Anguirus' favor when a duo who survived the more powerful kaiju's attack on a military base offer him aid and use a cryogenic material to make Destoroyah vulnerable and allowing Anguirus to slam into him, sending Destoroyah into a full-on retreat.
Juvenile Destoroyah's leg first appears fallen off of Zilla in issue #2. In issue #3, the Juvenile Destoroyahs make a full appearance and attack San Diego, but retreat to the sea after Steven Woods and his soldiers discover that a weapon named the "ice-box" is very effective against them. In issue #4, the final form of Destoroyah rises from the sea and fights Godzilla. Before Destoroyah can kill Godzilla, Mothra and her twin larvae arrive to help Godzilla. After seriously wounding Mothra, Destoroyah is seemingly killed after he is webbed up by the larvae and incinerated by Godzilla's atomic breath. Destoroyah returns in issue #11, where he fights Godzilla alongside Manda, Gezora, and Titanosaurus. After retreating from the battle with Godzilla, Destoroyah attacks a naval fleet assembled in the area. In issue #12, Destoroyah is finally defeated by the combined might of Kiryu and Jet Jaguar, and dies after Jet Jaguar fires Kiryu's Absolute Zero cannon at him, resulting in Destoroyah freezing to death.
Destoroyah serves as the final antagonist of the comic. Destoroyah emerges from Tokyo Bay at the end of Godzilla: Cataclysm #4. Hiroshi is terrified by the monster's appearance and identifies Destoroyah only as "his demon." Destoroyah splits apart into its aggregate forms and hunts down and brutally kills the villagers one-by-one, either by disintegrating them with his micro-oxygen rays or tearing them apart with his claws. Hiroshi falls on his knees and prays to Godzilla to arrive and vanquish the demon, but is impaled in the chest by an aggregate Destoroyah's claw, leaving him dying of blood loss and Biollante's core on the ground. Godzilla does arrive, and the Destoroyahs quickly merge together into a flying form. Destoroyah drags Godzilla into Tokyo with its tail, then flies by Godzilla and slices him with his laser horn katana and blasts him with micro-oxygen. Mothra, despite having been seriously wounded by Godzilla earlier, arrives to help battle Destoroyah. Destoroyah reforms into his final form, and blasts Mothra with his micro-oxygen beam, causing her to be disintegrated and burst in a flash of fiery light. Godzilla blasts Destoroyah in the back of the head with his atomic breath knocking the evil creature to the ground. Before Destoroyah can stand back up, he is restrained by Biollante's vines that suddenly erupt from the ground. With Destoroyah helpless, Godzilla blasts his head off with a blast of his spiral red heat beam, killing Destoroyah.
Destoroyah appears in the fourth issue of Godzilla in Hell. In this issue, Destoroyah and King Ghidorah battled Godzilla in a recreation of Tokyo in Hell, surrounded by a wall of flesh. Any time any of the three monsters were killed or mortally wounded, they instantly recovered and continued their assault. Godzilla eventually tricked Destoroyah and King Ghidorah into aiding him in escape by ducking when they both fired their energy weapons and combining his beam with them, creating a blast powerful enough to destroy the wall. As Godzilla marched onward, Destoroyah, King Ghidorah, and everything else on the battlefield besides Godzilla disappeared into nothingness.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Destoroyah/Gallery.
Sightings[edit | edit source]
- In the Mecha anime Godannar, Milla almost lost her life to defeat a monster that resembles Destoroyah's Aggregate Form. The battle reappears many times throughout the anime, meaning the Destoroyah-like kaiju has multiple cameos.
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Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Godzilla's meltdown, he rises again as opposed to dissolving. With his wings torn up from the ULT lasers, he could no longer escape Godzilla's fury, thus was forced to fight Godzilla as the monster king began to meltdown. Godzilla quickly overpowered Destoroyah, grabbing him by his horn and pummeling him repeatedly. As Godzilla melts down, the JSDF rain their ULT weapons upon him, as well as Destoroyah. Unable to stand against the immense heat of Godzilla's meltdown and the freezing cold of the ULT lasers, Destoroyah falls and evaporates. However, it was thought that having Godzilla fight Destoroyah while he melted down took away the focus from Godzilla's death, which was to be the main point of the movie. So the scene was re-edited to have Destoroyah die after the JSDF shoots him down, and allow Godzilla to have center stage as he finally dies.
- While the ending was changed for the movie, one manga adaptation still has Destoroyah die as Godzilla melts down while holding him.
- Destoroyah is the only kaiju in the Godzilla series to have been mutated by a source other than radiation, instead being mutated by the chemical reactions given off by the Oxygen Destroyer.
- Unlike the majority of his enemies from the Heisei series, Destoroyah was not directly defeated by Godzilla. Rather, he is brought down by the combined efforts of Godzilla and the JSDF.
- Because Destoroyah originated as a colony of crustaceans from the Precambrian era, he is the oldest known monster to appear in the Godzilla series, being 2.5 billion years old. In reality however, crustaceans did not evolve until the Cambrian.
- Destoroyah is Godzilla's only opponent in the Heisei series who does not engage in a rematch with Godzilla, excluding Rodan, who first fights Godzilla, then later returns as an ally. Destoroyah is only fought by Godzilla once, whereas all his other opponents reappeared for a final battle after their first encounter with Godzilla, often in different forms.
- Destoroyah shares many similarities with Hedorah. Both are composed of countless microorganisms sharing a single body; both possess multiple forms including microscopic, flying, and gigantic bipedal perfect forms; both are extremely difficult opponents for Godzilla, and both are incredibly deadly to organic life. The monster Shinomura from the comic Godzilla: Awakening also shares some of these traits.
- Destoroyah possesses the most unique forms of any transforming kaiju in the Godzilla series, at a total of 6. Though, according to the theater program for Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, Destoroyah's evolution may not have ended with his Perfect Form.
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Notes[edit | edit source]
- While the vast majority of books state that Destoroyah's Perfect Form weighs 80,000 metric tons, the 1995 Godzilla Giant Monster Diagram Encyclopedia says that Perfect Destoroyah weighs 150,000 metric tons (p. 20).
- Episodes 29-30, 57, 66, 72, 85, 87-93, 106-107, 111, 115-118, 127-128, 153-155, 166-167, 222-223, and 229-233.
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