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Giratina(JP) is a species of Pokémon in the series of the same name. It is a dual-type Ghost/Dragon legendary Pokémon that made its first appearance in the fourth generation games Diamond and Pearl. It is the third member of the creation trio along with Dialga and Palkia. It can also change formes if it is holding the Griseous Orb.

Physiology and Behaviour

Giratina is a large, gray, draconic Pokémon with three gold half-rings on each side of its long neck. Its head has a gold crown-like object surrounding it with two large horns pointing sideways. A thick black stripe runs vertically along its front with five red horizontal stripes. In its Altered Forme, it has two large black ghostly wings with three red tips on each that can resemble claws. These wings can change shape as if made of a liquid or gas. Its six legs are thick and have golden claws. Two golden half-circles similar to those on its neck are on each side of each leg, resembling shackles. It has a tail. Giratina remains in Altered Forme when outside of its home dimension.

In its Origin Forme, it takes on a serpentine look. Its legs are reduced to golden-tipped spikes, and four additional golden spikes appear near the edge of its tail. While in Origin Forme, the six gold half-rings can grip objects. The back points of each half-ring have a black ghostly tendril with red a spike at its tip. The horns on its head are now facing the back. The sides of the golden "crown" cover its mouth and separate vertically like an insect's mandible when it opens its mouth. The black vertical stripe is broken into pieces and runs all the way down its body. Giratina can only be in its Origin Forme when in its home, the Distortion World, or when holding a Griseous Orb.

Giratina is able to travel through and control dimensions besides those of time and space. Unlike Dialga and Palkia, it embodies antimatter. When in its Origin Forme, it is able to pass through dimensions at will, however, it will turn back to its Altered Forme due to the gravity change from the Distortion World. Giratina is a highly aggressive and territorial Pokémon that is protective of its home. Legends claim that Giratina appears in cemeteries and that it supposedly lives in a world on the reverse side. Giratina has also been reported to appear in ancient cemeteries. Giratina was said to be banished for its supposedly violent behavior, though in the anime it is shown to possess a gentle side as well. Giratina is said to have observed the real world silently while in its own home dimension.

Appearances

Main Pokémon games

Normally in Diamond and Pearl, you will find him in the Turnback Cave, but in Pokémon Platinum, Giratina is found in the Distortion World after the Spear Pillar event. After defeating Cyrus, the player find the Giratina in its Origin Form which is more offensive than the other Form. In HeartGold & SoulSilver, Arceus can create a Giratina at the Sinjoh Ruins along with the rest of its trio.

Other Pokémon games

Super Smash Bros. series

It was introduced as a Pokéball Pokémon in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U.

/ Wii U where it gets rarely summoned like other legendaries. Giratina uses Dragon Breath which is a multihit attack that can take opponents offscreen unless they shuffle out of it.

Trophy descriptions

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U

"This Ghost/Dragon-type Pokémon is a resident of the Distortion World. When it is given a Griseous Orb, it'll change into its Origin Forme. Its Dragon Breath attack can catch fighters in a powerful damaging tornado. If you're on the receiving end, be careful it doesn't carry you right off the stage."

In the anime

Giratina was the lead Pokémon in the eleventh Pokémon movie, Giratina and the Sky Warrior, alongside Shaymin. It also appeared in Arceus and the Jewel of Life and Hoopa and the Clash of Ages alongside with its fellow Creation trio members.

Origin and inspiration

Giratina may be based on the biblical figure of the fallen angel, celestial beings that rebelled against God and were excommunicated to Hell. This is analogous to Giratina, due to being a Pokémon created by Arceus (Pokémon World's God) and excommunicated to another dimension due to its belligerent nature. Nonetheless, it might have drawn inspiration by Samael, who is the ruler of the 5th Heaven and has grim and destructive duties whilst being a member of a heavenly host; both traits allude to Giratina being the ruler of another dimension (Reverse World) and its threatening visage. Furthermore, both of Giratina's Forms resemble the Beasts of Revelation, with its Altered Form standing for the "Earth Beast", and its Origin Form standing for the "Sea Beast".

Giratina may also be based on Seta, a giant centipede, from the Japanese fairy-tale, "My Lord Bag of Rice", which was said to prey on dragon hatchlings and be as large as a mountain.

In its Altered Forme, Giratina's wings may be based on a bat's, and its body has an insect-like, six-legged feature, but its posture is similar to a sauropod.

Its Origin Forme has a body similar to the Seraphim , an archangel commonly known for its six wings, and in some depictions, a serpentine body (due to saraph meaning snake or serpent in Islamic languages). Additionally, "Seraphim" alternatively translates to "[the] burning one", which could have been one of the inspirations for Giratina's destructive nature. The exact design of its six wings may be based on a scorpion's stinger or spider legs. This Forme also shares physical traits with the Amphiptere, a European dragon-like creature with wings but no legs.

In interviews Junichi Masuda and Takeshi Kawachimaru had with G4, they said that Giratina and the Distortion World were created to be personifications of antimatter. In HeartGold and SoulSilver, Cynthia also states this. Its Ghost-type may have been chosen to represent this, being the type of metaphysical and "otherworldly" substances and beings. Additionally, it parallels its counterparts' types; Dialga is part Steel-type, and Palkia is part Water-type - all three reference the three primary states of matter; solid, liquid, and gas.

In-game information

Pokédex entries

Title Entry
Fourth Pokémon generation
Pokémon Diamond A Pokémon that is said to live in a world on the reverse side of ours. It appears in an ancient cemetery.
Pokémon Pearl A Pokémon that is said to live in a world on the reverse side of ours. It appears in an ancient cemetery.
Pokémon Platinum It was banished for its violence. It silently gazed upon the old world from the Distortion World.
Pokémon HeartGold This Pokémon is said to live in a world on the reverse side of ours, where common knowledge is distorted and strange.
Pokémon SoulSilver This Pokémon is said to live in a world on the reverse side of ours, where common knowledge is distorted and strange.
Fifth Pokémon generation
Pokémon Black It was banished for its violence. It silently gazed upon the old world from the Distortion World.
Pokémon White It was banished for its violence. It silently gazed upon the old world from the Distortion World.
Pokémon Black 2 It was banished for its violence. It silently gazed upon the old world from the Distortion World.
Pokémon White 2 It was banished for its violence. It silently gazed upon the old world from the Distortion World.
Sixth Pokémon generation
Pokémon X This Pokémon is said to live in a world on the reverse side of ours, where common knowledge is distorted and strange.
Pokémon Y It was banished for its violence. It silently gazed upon the old world from the Distortion World.
Pokémon Omega Ruby This Pokémon is said to live in a world on the reverse side of ours, where common knowledge is distorted and strange.
Pokémon Alpha Sapphire It was banished for its violence. It silently gazed upon the old world from the Distortion World.


Game locations

Title Location(s)
Fourth Pokémon generation
Pokémon Diamond
Turnback Cave
Pokémon Pearl
Turnback Cave
Pokémon Platinum
Distortion World (first time)
Turnback Cave
Pokémon HeartGold
Sinjoh Ruins (requires event Arceus)
Pokémon SoulSilver
Sinjoh Ruins (requires event Arceus)
Fifth Pokémon generation
Pokémon Black
Trade
Pokémon Black 2
Transfer from Pokémon Dream Radar (requires Pokémon Platinum)
Pokémon White 2
Transfer from Pokémon Dream Radar (requires Pokémon Platinum)
Sixth Pokémon generation
Pokémon X
Trade
Pokémon Omega Ruby
Soaring (requires Dialga and Palkia in party)
Pokémon Alpha Sapphire
Soaring (requires Dialga and Palkia in party)


Base Stats

Altered

Base Stats
HP 150
Attack 110
Defense 120
Sp. Attack 100
Sp. Defense 120
Speed 90
Total 680

Origin

Base Stats
HP 150
Attack 120
Defense 100
Sp. Attack 120
Sp. Defense 100
Speed 90
Total 680


Moveset

Main article: Giratina/moveset

Gallery

Sprites

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