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Hellhawks in Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire
Two Hellhawks in Godzilla vs. Kong. This image has been brightened for clarity.
Alternate names Yoshuma,[1] Hell Hawk,
Hell-Hawk,[2] Hellhawk Yoshuma[3]
Accipiter Infernum[4]
Species Giant bat-like avian
Height ~9 feet[5]
Wingspan 226 feet / ~69 meters[4]
Average weight 14,000 metric tons (Northern),[4]
4,600 metric tons (Southern)[4]
Other stats Cranial density: 2.75 g/cm3[4]
Place(s) of emergence Hollow Earth
Enemies King Kong, humans, Warbats, Hollow Earth grubs
First appearance Latest appearance
Godzilla vs. Kong Godzilla x Kong:
The New Empire
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Hellhawks (ヘルホーク,   Heruhōku) are a species of large predatory bird monsters who first appeared in the 2021 Legendary Pictures film Godzilla vs. Kong.

Denizens of the Kongs' temple in the Hollow Earth, countless Hellhawks roosting on the ceiling attacked Kong and a Monarch-Apex Cybernetics expedition after tremors caused by Godzilla's atomic breath agitated them. In Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (2024), he came upon more colorful varieties of the species in the lower layer of the Hollow Earth.


During the production of Godzilla vs. Kong, the Hellhawks were called Yoshuma.[1][6] Their final name was revealed on the packaging of a Playmates mini-figure.[7]

According to the Japanese theater program for Godzilla vs. Kong, the Hellhawks are classified as Accipiter Infernum (アクシピターインファーナム),[4] a combination of the Latin words for "hawk" and "hell." Accipiter is also the name of a real genus containing most hawks.


The Hellhawks were inspired by the Pteranodon in the original 1933 King Kong film.[8] They were originally conceived as much larger monsters who would have destroyed the Ospreys Monarch sent to explore the Hollow Earth and given Kong a more serious fight.[1][5]


Hellhawks resemble a cross between a bat and various species of predatory birds. Their skin color is predominantly a dull sickly green or yellow. Hellhawks have a ridge of raised spines running down their back, avian heads with hooked beaks, and orange eyes.

The Hellhawks in Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, who occupy the lower layer of the Hollow Earth, appear to have dark blue skin with paler skin on their faces. Their backs, wings, and the rings around their eyes are either red, purple, or yellow.


Monarch classifies the Hellhawks' behavior as that of a "destroyer",[4] along with King Ghidorah, Rodan, Scylla, MUTO Prime, Camazotz, the Warbats, the Rockclaws, Mechagodzilla, and the Skullcrawlers. Hellhawks have been shown squabbling over food, and seem to not like sharing their kills. After Godzilla's atomic breath pierced into the temple of Kong's ancestors, the Hellhawks within fled. The Hellhawks in the lower layer of the Hollow Earth prey on giant grubs, and are themselves preyed on by Warbats.



Godzilla vs. Kong

When King Kong and a Monarch-Apex Cybernetics expedition entered a vast temple in the Hollow Earth dedicated to the great ape's kind, a flock of Hellhawks roosting in the ceiling took notice of them. After finding an axe that had belonged to his kind, Kong used the weapon to tap into a power source in the temple and charge it. Godzilla, arriving at Hong Kong, sensed this and fired his atomic ray into the ground towards the temple in an effort to breach the Hollow Earth. Agitated by the tremors, the Hellhawks became aggressive, then descended and attacked everything in sight. They merely irritated the massive Kong, but began to pick off Apex's guards. Two Hellhawks blocked Nathan Lind, Ilene Andrews, and Jia from reaching an HEAV to escape. One flew away with a guard, while the other turned its attention to the trio. Unarmed, Lind could only throw a rock at its head, angering it. The beast flew at him, talons raised, only to be knocked back as Godzilla's ray breached the temple. The rest of the Hellhawks fled.

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire

Exploring the lower layer of the Hollow Earth, Kong and Suko watched Hellhawks hunted by a flock of Warbats in the skies above them. As Suko led Kong towards a lake, a group of Hellhawks searching for and fighting over giant grubs scattered before them.



The Hellhawks are capable of flight at top speeds of 68 miles per hour, or roughly 109 kilometers per hour.[4]

Physical abilities

The Hellhawks use their beaks and talons to kill their prey. They can use them to perform two unique maneuvers, titled Berserker Beak (バーサーカービーク) and Talon Rush (タロンラッシュ).[4] The impact of the creatures' talons is 4,400 pounds per square inch, or roughly 30,340 kilopascals.[4] They can also use their talons to effortlessly carry humans.


According to the Godzilla vs. Kong theater program, the Hellhawks are capable of echolocation, and can perform a technique called Sonic Lullaby (ソニックララバイ). They can produce frequencies as high as 200,000 hertz.[4]

Video games

  • PUBG Mobile (2021) - Android and iOS[9]
  • Go Big! (2021) - iOS, Google Play, Android
  • Call of Duty: Warzone (2022) - Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S [cave painting]
  • Call of Duty: Vanguard (2022) - Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S [cave painting]
  • Pinball FX (2023) - PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Steam, Epic Games
  • Minecraft: Bedrock Edition (2011; added in 2024) - Windows 10, Windows 11, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, Fire OS/TV, Android, iOS, Windows Mobile, Samsung Gear VR




Main article: Hellhawk/Gallery.


The Hellhawks' screeches were reused for Airazor in Transformers: Rise of the Beasts.

Hellhawk roars in Godzilla vs. Kong
Hellhawk roars in Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire


This is a list of references for Hellhawk. 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]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Wingard, Adam (April 2021). "I'll try to dig that clip up soon haha..." Reddit.
  2. - Godzilla Vs Kong Monster Collection
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  3. Hellhawk Yoshuma.png
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 Godzilla vs. Kong theater program. 2 July 2021. p. 14.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Wallace, Daniel (21 May 2021). Godzilla vs. Kong: One Will Fall - The Art of the Ultimate Battle Royale. Insight Editions. p. 100-103. ISBN 1-64-722140-4.
  6. 193072475 2898381960401634 332396726198500251 n.jpg
  7. lawijki. "Unreleased Playmates Godzilla VS Kong mini monster 6cm Hellhawk figure moc rare". eBay. Archived from the original on 28 January 2021.
  8. Bryan Wynia (April 2021). "Bryan Wynia concepts arts". Instagram.
  9. PUBG MOBILE (25 May 2021). "PUBG MOBILE | Mechagodzilla Strikes Event Tutorial". YouTube.


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