Yamata no Orochi

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Yamata no Orochi in Yamato Takeru
Yamata no Orochi in The Three Treasures
Yamata no Orochi
Alternate names Orochi, Eight-Headed Dragon
Subtitle(s) Showa: Mythical Monster
(神話怪獣,   Shinwa Kaijū)[1]
Heisei: Incarnation of Evil
(邪悪の化身,   Jāku no Kenshi)[2]
Evil Spirit (邪神,   Jashin) (Tsukuyomi)[3]
Species Eight-headed serpent
Length Showa: 300 meters[4]
Heisei: 66 meters[3]
Weight Showa: 10,000 metric tons[4]
Heisei: 50,000 metric tons[3]
Forms Tsukuyomi, Sukinowa
Place(s) of emergence Izumo,BoJ[3] MoonYT[3]
Enemies Susano, Utsuno Ikusagami, Amano Shiratori, GodzillaTGCRA, G:RAT
Portrayed by Puppets, Kenpachiro SatsumaYT,
Hiroshi Abe (Tsukuyomi)
First appearance Latest appearance
The Three Treasures Yamato Takeru

Yamata no Orochi (八岐大蛇 (ヤマタノオロチ),   Yamata no Orochi, lit. Giant Eight Branched Snake) is an eight-headed serpent from Japanese mythology. It made appearances in the Toho films The Three Treasures and Yamato Takeru.


Yamata no Orochi's name literally translates from Japanese as "Giant Eight Branched Snake," though by convention the English translation is typically given as "Big Snake of Eight Branches." While the creature's name is typically spelled in kanji characters, in Yamato Takeru it includes a furigana katakana spelling above the kanji, as is the case for most of the characters in the film. While the most common kanji spelling for the creature's name is 八岐大蛇, which is the spelling used in both The Three Treasures and Yamato Takeru, it is also sometimes spelled as 八俣遠呂智 or 八俣遠呂知, both of which are also read Yamata no Orochi. The creature is often referred to as just Orochi (大蛇,   Orochi) for short, an archaic reading of the two kanji which together mean "giant snake" and are typically otherwise read as daija.

In the English dub and subtitles for Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, Yamata no Orochi's name is translated as the "Eight-Headed Dragon."


In The Three Treasures, Orochi looks like a giant snake with eight heads, with eight small tails extending from the main one. Its scales are gray in color. In Yamato Takeru, Orochi is now red with horns on its heads, legs, and a single large tail, with small spikes sticking out from the sides.


Showa Series

The Three Treasures

Orochi in the Showa era shares the same story as the Orochi from mythology, with his role in the movie being a description of that event. Every year he would arise from a lake to consume a child of the earthian deities. After consuming eight vats of sake set out for him, Susano was able to trap Orochi's heads in a tree, forcing the serpent to attack with his tails. After Susanoo stabbed his sword into Orochi's tail twice the monster died, allowing the storm god to retrieve the sword Murakumo.

Heisei Series

Yamato Takeru

Orochi was the god Tsukuyomi, lord of the underworld and God of the Moon, who transformed into this monstrous form ten thousand years ago and used it to attack the Earth. All of this was done in jealousy of his sister Amaterasu, goddess of heaven and the sun. He destroyed cities and mountains until he was stopped by his brother Susano, god of storms and the sea, his father then banished from Earth in a prison of ice. Thousands of years later, Tsukuyomi returned to Earth and was revived thanks to his servant, a trasnformed sentient broken fang who died soon after. After breaking free on the moon, he raised his castle but was bested by Yamato Takeru and Oto, who held the 'spirits' of his two siblings. Angered, Tsukuyomi transformed into Orochi to kill the Yamato Takeru and Oto, but they were saved by Amano Shiratori, the servant of the Sun goddess. However Orochi threw the two into space via a blast, but Takery fused with Oto and two sacred treasure to become Utsuno Ikusagami. Utsuno Ikusagami fought Orochi, and won. Tsukuyomi was trapped on the moon and sealed into Takeru's pendant and cast into space on the orders of Susano who said that upon his return Tsukuyomi would be reformed.



  • Orochi can spray fire from his mouths.
  • Orochi can fire lasers from his eyes in the Heisei series.
  • Orochi can withstand a great deal of punishment and the severing of most of his heads. Despite being overpowered, Orochi lasted a fairly long time.



Tsukuyomi is a god and presumably has various supernatural abilities stemmed to that fact. Before he was only defeated by his brother, a fellow god and by Takeru, who was given a power to counter his.


As a god, Tsukuyomi is immune to the withering effects of time. He also survived trapped in ice for millenia and both of his defeats.

Calm Spirit

The counterforce to Takeru's 'Wild Spirit', it manifests as beams from his eyes. It's power is unknown but Susanno said it was impossible to defeat him without the Wild Spirit to defeat his calm Spirit. Presumably only his siblings could match his power and only his father and older gods surpassed his.


Tsukuyomi manifested his armor and raised a castle of complex architecture from the Earth through nothing but his will. These creations were not illusion and real to the point they could survive his absence.


Tsukuyomi teleported from the Moon to Earth, he also teleported out of his armor when he transformed into Orochi.


Tsukuyomi can shapeshift, he used this power to become Orochi and given that his servants powers stemmed from him, he can presumably take on the appearance of others.



The Godzilla Comic Raids Again

In this comic by a series of illustrators including Hurricane Ryu Hariken, Orochi appears as an opponent of Godzilla.

Godzilla: Rage Across Time

To be added.


Main article: Orochi/Gallery.



This is a list of references for Yamata no Orochi. 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. Godzilla Toho Giant Monster Pictorial Book. Shogakukan. p. 116. 1 April 2005. ISBN: 4-09-280052-5.
  2. Definitive Edition of Toho Monster Movies!! Godzilla Special Effects Complete Works. Natsumesha. 21 December 1994. ISBN: 978-4816317750.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Toho Special Effects All Monster Encyclopedia. Shogakukan. pp. 21, 89. 23 July 2014. ISBN: 4-096-82090-3.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Godzilla Giant Monsters Super Encyclopedia (4th edition). Kodansha. p. 52. 15 March 1994. ISBN: 978-4063042702.


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14 days ago
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I always wonder what might happen if Orochi meet King Ghidorah


4 months ago
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Imagine if in GMK, King Ghidorah had 8 heads?


6 months ago
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What do you suppose would happen if Orochi faced a hydra? Survival of the most heads?


17 months ago
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Welp, Orochi isn't tallest anymore.

God's Godzilla

17 months ago
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Who's taller?


17 months ago
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Orochi was never technically 'tallest,' but rather 'longest.'

But regardless, if we're counting length as height, then Godzilla Earth has the Showa Orochi tied.

God's Godzilla

17 months ago
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Rivaled by Manda too...


25 months ago
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Yamata no Orochi, perhaps one of Japan's best known mythological creatures. It's great that he got several chances to shine in Toho's films, and I hope he returns in another film someday.


25 months ago
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I will always love this guy


25 months ago
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Wait, he's a serpent!?!


25 months ago
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Wait, you don't who Yamato no Orochi is?


4 days ago
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To be exact his appearance is more like that of a 8 headed dragon.


31 months ago
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Orochi is really cool. I wish they would do an arc somewhere where Ghidorah starts out with 3 heads and then ends up transforming into a winged Orochi. That would be cool.


20 months ago
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Since in GMK, Ghidorah was an underdeveloped Orochi, I would also be very happy if we saw something like that.
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