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Shimo as seen in Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire
Alternate names Shimu (fan misspelling),[1]
Monster HGxK novel,
The HypotheticalGxK novel
Subtitle(s) Blizzard Lizard,[2] Ancestor Titan[3]
Sub Zero Destroyer[4]
Species Cryokinetic reptilian Titan[5][3]
Height 162.45 meters[3]
Controlled by Skar King (initially)
Allies Skar King (initially), Godzilla, King Kong, Suko, Great Apes
Enemies Godzilla (initially), King Kong (initially), Vertacines, Mothra, Skar King, King Ghidorah
Written by Terry Rossio, Simon Barrett,
Jeremy Slater, Adam Wingard
Designed by Jared Krichevsky[6]
First appearance Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire
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Trapped within their subterranean realm, the Skar King harnessed a terrible power: the ancient Titan, Shimo. He controls her with pain.

Ilene Andrews

Shimo (シーモ,   Shīmo) is a reptilian Titan[5][3] who appeared in the 2024 Legendary Pictures film Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, serving as the film's secondary antagonist after the Skar King. Her existence was first alluded to in the 2022 Call of Duty collaboration with Godzilla vs. Kong, depicted in a cave painting engaged in battle with Godzilla.[7]

An ancient and legendary Titan whose ability to control ice caused the Last Ice Age, Shimo was captured and enslaved by the Skar King to assist him in conquering the surface world, controlled with pain inflicted by a crystal shard attached to the Skar King's Whipslash. Kept chained within the Skar King's Hollow Earth kingdom, Shimo was forced into battle with Kong and Godzilla in a bid to conquer the surface. However, the young ape Suko destroyed the control shard, allowing Shimo to turn against her master. Now free, she returned to the Great Ape kingdom with Kong and Suko.


Shimo (霜) is a Japanese word meaning "frost" or "gray hair." Shimo also means "hole" or "abyss" in Swahili. Her name was first revealed on a Jada Toys Metalfigs figure at the 2023 Singapore Comic Con.[8]


Shimo was designed by Jared Krichevsky, who described the process as "very challenging".[6][9] Directed to create an "ice Godzilla," his initial designs were deemed to be too dragon-like.[10] Another version was based on the Gamera kaiju Barugon.[11] Ultimately, Krichevsky took inspiration from Komodo dragons and polar bears, with chameleons also factoring into the face design.[10] According to him, Shimo was also originally intended to be male.[12]


Shimo is a reptilian monster with some similarities to Godzilla's evolved form. A quadrupedal creature with white scales that have an iridescent sheen, she possesses Stegosaurus-like thagomizers on the tip of her tail and crystalline spines down her back, both of which are blue. The spines cover her entire back and thin into a line of spines going down the length of her tail. Shimo is also adorned with many crystals arranged in a crown-like formation protruding at a horizontal angle from the back of her head. A continuous row of sharp scutes located on her sides run from where the back of her head connects to her neck to the thagomizers on her tail. Despite her large size, Shimo's abdomen and legs are very slim. Her eyes appear to be blue with black pupils, though her pupils are obscured when she glows bright blue. While Shimo assumes a bear-like stance when quadrupedal, merchandise reveals a silhouette of the creature taking on a fully upright posture.[13]


While under the Skar King's control, Shimo was ruthless and aggressive, violently causing widespread destruction and attacking everyone around her. However, she appeared to do this unwillingly, as exemplified when she seemed to struggle against firing her beam at Kong during their first encounter. She became more docile when liberated from Skar King's influence, ultimately collaborating with Godzilla, Kong, and Suko to defeat him. She stared up in awe as Godzilla dispelled the clouds she had summoned with a blast of atomic breath following their fight. Afterwards, she was friendly towards Kong and Suko, allowing them to let them ride on her back and showing affection as Kong petted her head.


According to the Iwi, Shimo was responsible for causing the Last Ice Age. She was captured by the Skar King at some point in the past, who controlled her using a blue crystal that would cause her pain unless she did his bidding. With her and his army of Great Apes, Skar King attempted to conquer the surface world, but was stopped by Godzilla, who sealed them away in a fiery Hollow Earth realm.



Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire

Following a battle between the Skar King and Kong in a Hollow Earth cavern, the older ape revealed an icy crystal at the end of his Whipslash. At sight of this, several of Skar King's Great Apes began to heave vines, dropping two massive boulders over a river of lava on one side of Skar King's prison, revealing a large cave behind the lavafall. Skar King pointed the crystal at Kong again, and Shimo emerged from the freshly revealed cave, roaring as almost every ape in the vicinity fled. Kong stared at her and prepared for a fight, and Skar King waved the crystal at her again. Shimo roared in pain and slammed her head against the ground, before she finally took aim at Kong, firing her ice breath at him. Kong dodged her initial blast, and blocked the second with his axe. However, ice slowly encased his arm, forcing the ape to drop the weapon and escape.

After Skar King learned the location of the Iwi's barrier, which concealed exits from Hollow Earth, the ape had her released from her shackles. Now brandishing Kong's axe, Skar King rode Shimo towards the wall, accompanied by five other apes. The young ape Suko spotted the party as they were nearing the wall, and he traveled back to warn Kong. Fitted with the B.E.A.S.T. Glove to heal his frostbite and give him a power boost, Kong departed to recruit Godzilla on the surface. At the same time, Shimo and Skar King broke down the wall and entered the Iwi's domain with the apes. Skar King, having noticed the Iwi's attempts to seal the entrances, used the crystal yet again, pointing it at a pair of quartz pyramids, and Shimo shot another ice beam which froze the pyramids in place. The seven Titans advanced, but were ambushed by a swarm of Vertacines lead by Trapper Beasley, who was piloting a HEAV mimicking the creatures' skin patterns. The creatures swarmed the invaders, distracting the apes with their electricity. Skar King repeatedly jabbed the crystal at the bio-electric fliers, forcing Shimo to freeze them all. In the midst of the chaos, Kong and Godzilla arrived from Egypt, crashing down into Hollow Earth like a meteor. The two duos rushed at one another right as the ice holding off the pyramids gave way, completely negating the gravity in the area. Shimo crashed into Godzilla in the air, but Godzilla pushed her down and attacked her again as she briefly pursued Kong. Shimo froze Godzilla with her beam, only to cease fire after being attacked by Mothra, allowing Godzilla to free himself and tackle Shimo. Soon, the gravity restored itself, and the four warring Titans fell into a portal to the surface. In Rio de Janeiro, waves in the sea turned to ice, then were shattered as Skar King and Shimo both flew out onto land. After taking a moment to admire the sun, Skar King used the crystal to force Shimo to fire her beam into the sky, covering the sun with a large cloud, before having her fire into the city. Kong and Godzilla then arrived and resumed the battle. Skar King tried to get Shimo to attack Kong, but she was pushed into a building by Godzilla as the two saurians resumed their duel. When Skar King was knocked to the ground by Kong, the evil ape used the crystal once more, and Shimo's tail smacked Kong across the city. Shimo then fired on Kong with her ice breath, which he blocked with the B.E.A.S.T. Glove.

With Shimo and Kong locked in a stalemate, Godzilla broke the Whipslash, detaching the crystal from the end. Godzilla then fired on Shimo with his atomic breath, and tackled her away from Kong, freeing the ape to resume fighting Skar King. The apes both went berserk, fighting tooth and nail over the crystal. However, before either could get a solid grasp on the crystal, Suko arrived with Kong's axe and shattered it, freeing Shimo from Skar King's control. While Godzilla and Kong tag-teamed Skar King, Shimo watched intently, prominent curiosity on her face, as Skar King angrily pointed at her and Kong, trying to make her attack him. Godzilla then cued her to take her revenge, and she froze Skar King with her beam. Kong grabbed Skar King's frozen body, staring him in the face, before smashing him into pieces upon the ground, finally ending his reign of pain.

Some time later, Kong and Suko returned to Skar King's old prison, triumphantly riding upon Shimo's back. They hopped off of her, and Kong offered her a few head pets, before all three of them roared in victory before Kong's new tribe.


The packaging for Shimo's individual Playmates toy summarizes her as a "legendary ice Titan with unstoppable, world-ending powers."[5]

Frost Bite Blast/Breath

Shimo firing an ice beam at Kong

Shimo is capable of releasing an ice beam from her mouth. This ability is referred to as a Frost Bite Blast and Frost Bite Breath on the packaging for Playmates' individual Shimo figure and Godzilla vs. Shimo figure set, respectively.[5][14] Shimo is shown using the beam to freeze over Kong's axe and arm, and to cause a massive ice storm by firing it into the sky. During the former, the beam creates large ice chunks upon contact. The beam was powerful enough to give Kong frostbite and completely freeze the Skar King's body once free of his control. When using the attack, Shimo's eyes, back spikes, and thagomizers glow a bright blue. It was stated in the Iwi's ancient temple tablets that Shimo’s ice breath was responsible for triggering the last Ice Age thousands of years ago.

Freezing temperatures

Along with her Frost Bite Blast’s capabilities, Shimo’s mere presence is capable of freezing her surroundings, first shown when the ground in the Skar King’s prison iced over. The forests in the Hollow Earth froze as she walked through them alongside Skar King and his army as they approached the Iwi civilization, and the waters off the coast of Rio de Janeiro even froze when she emerged on the surface.

Physical capabilities

Shimo tail-swiping Kong in order to defend the Skar King

Shimo was shown to be able to utilize her tail when she smacked Kong with it, sending him hurtling through the air and into a building. She also used her limbs and jaws numerous times during her duels with Godzilla, even managing to send him flying hundreds of meters away with one forelimb.


Shimo is shown to be incredibly durable, being able take heavy onslaughts from her opponents. During the battle in Rio de Janeiro, she was able to endure being wrestled about by Godzilla, and notably withstood a prolonged, direct blast from his atomic breath without any visible injury.


The Skar King commanded Shimo using a slender blue crystal of unknown origin, which caused her pain if she did not obey his directives. She was able to temporarily resist the crystal's power, shown most prominently when Skar King first ordered her to fire on Kong, but was never shown refusing an order entirely until after its destruction.

Video games

  • Call of Duty: Warzone (2020; added in 2022) - Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S [cave painting]
  • Call of Duty: Vanguard (2021; added in 2022) - Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S [cave painting]
  • Lords Mobile (2016; added in 2024) - Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, iPadOS, Fire OS [photo]


Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire - The Official Movie Novelization

To be added.


Godzilla x Kong: The Hunted

Kong looking at cave paintings in Godzilla x Kong: The Hunted

As Kong investigated a bone-filled cave in the Hollow Earth, he uncovered several massive cave paintings depicting different monsters. The last displayed a battle between Godzilla and Shimo.


Main article: Shimo/Gallery.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin Chinese 雪魔 Xuěmó Transliteration of English name, lit. "snow demon"


  • The cave painting of Shimo seen in Godzilla x Kong: The Hunted first appeared in the Godzilla vs. Kong/Call of Duty crossover event close to two years prior.
  • At 162.45 meters, Shimo is currently the tallest of any known Titans in the Monsterverse, surpassing the previous record holder King Ghidorah in height by 3.65 meters. However, she is not the largest overall, as she is surpassed by the ~258-meter-long Tiamat and ~274-meter-long Na Kika.
  • Shimo bears some similarities to Ghidorah, as both are Titans capable of manipulating the weather to such degrees that it can threaten the globe. However, Shimo's natural disposition is docile and friendly, while Ghidorah is ruthless and violent.
    • Likewise, she is also similar to the Frost Vark, as both are quadrupedal Titan antagonists with ice powers. Like with Ghidorah, though, they have contrasting personalities.
  • Shimo is the second confirmed-female monster to be a primary antagonist in a Monsterverse film, after the female MUTO in Godzilla.
  • Shimo is the first primary Monsterverse film antagonist to not be killed by Godzilla or Kong.
    • Shimo is also the first Monsterverse film antagonist who later became a protagonist, as well as the first not to be inherently evil or intentionally destructive in nature, as her violent actions were a result of being controlled and commanded by the Skar King.


This is a list of references for Shimo. 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. @Shokal1 (14 January 2024). "Were they called Shimu at one point?". X.
    2. Krichevsky, Jared (14 January 2024). "He was never called that when I worked on him. My guess is probably a mistranslation or something". X.
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  2. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 电影哥斯拉大战金刚2 (14 March 2024). "地心一声巨响,雪魔闪亮登场!#哥斯拉大战金刚2 #哥斯拉大战金刚2雪魔亮相". Douyin.
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    1. RetroBolt (11 January 2024). "Did you design Shimo?". X.
    2. Krichevsky, Jared (11 January 2024). "Yep, my art is on the toy boxes". X.
  6. Krichevsky, Jared (29 December 2023). "❄️🥶❄️". X.
  7. @HLSy56947413 (9 December 2023). "beyond that". X.
    1. @GoldenScalez (April 2, 2024). "I'm curious to know what was your inspiration for evolved Godzilla? I really like him actually! Also if you also made shimo what was the process of creating her like? P.S. Your work is amazing, keep going man". X.
    2. Krichevsky, Jared (April 2, 2024). "Millenium Godzilla as main inspiration. Shimo was very challenging to get right and took a lot longer.
      Ps. Thank you my man!"
      . X.
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  8. 10.0 10.1 Krichevsky, Jared (2 April 2024). "Shimo is a Komodo Dragon / Polar Bear with some Chameleon in the face. She was going to be an ice godzilla but there wasn't much information beyond that. My initial designs were too "dragony" and it took a lot of exploration. She was tought to get right". X.
  9. Krichevsky, Jared (2 April 2024). "i did try a version that was based on this one yes, it wasn't selected but it did lead to the final version of Shimo". X.[dead link]
  10. Krichevsky, Jared (14 February 2024). "Originally Shimo was male. Personally, it doesn't matter to me. I think it's a good and interesting change". X.
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