To be quick, this is a giant list of stats and feats for the new Godzilla I put together for all to comment on our new Big G, because I'm a gigantic nerd that has all the free time in the world. Enjoy!
*MASSIVE SPOILER WARNING*
Era: Legendary Series (2014 - Present)
Height: 108.2 meters (355 feet)
Length: 167.7 meters (550 feet) - [Tail Length]
Weight: 90,000 tons
Millions of years ago, the Earth was ten times more radioactive than it is today and creatures built to thrive in these conditions roamed, until a massive meteorite landed on the Earth and extinguished most life on Earth, and the creatures that remained had to adapt to the planet’s changing climate. Some buried themselves deep within the crust of the Earth, others made home in the deep depths of the ocean to feed off the radiation from the core of the planet. One of these creatures was a massive 355 foot tall beast that remained alive for millions of years and only came out of his ocean-deep home to hunt down prey and maintain nature’s status quo. The locals called this giant lizard “Gojira” (conjunction of the words “whale” and “gorilla”), translated Godzilla, a large beast that would chase and seek to kill other beasts like him who threaten his alpha predator status, and at the same time, humanity’s very existence.
Awakened once again, in 1954, the government attempted to slaughter Godzilla with nuclear weapons only to cover up these attempts as “tests”. None succeeded, and at best, humanity only convinced Godzilla to stay in the ocean. But when another threat arises, Godzilla will rise again as the power that will restore balance to nature. To many he is merely a monster that needs to be taken care of, to others he is a god, a protector of Earth that is beyond our comprehension and our power; both are not that far off. He is nature incarnate, he is the wrath of God, he is the King of the Monsters, he is Godzilla.
Even for his size Godzilla has always been supreme in the strength department and this Godzilla is no different. Unlike most versions of Godzilla, however, this Godzilla’s strength feat is displayed more than just Godzilla throwing monsters around, it shows in the environment.
Godzilla swimming to Hawaii, at full speed, managed to create a tsunami around 12 meters in height that carried for miles all the way to the airport and he effected the entire Golden Gate Bridge’s movement by merely tugging on the cables with one hand. Combined with his thick hide this Godzilla moved through buildings with ease, like a human being walking through snow; easily breaking the Golden Gate Bridge by walking through it and taking buildings more than twice his size down with a single tail whip.
Godzilla is also much stronger than either Muto, easily pushing the gigantic female Muto despite her struggle using all of her arms and strength, and being able to kill the male with a single tail swipe.
Had the military’s plan to kill all three monsters with a megaton nuke actually worked, they would be very disappointed to find Godzilla still standing. The whole “megatons not kilotons” statement made in the film is massively incorrect in all the right ways.
Most, if not all, the military tests in the Pacific back in the 1950s-1960s had powerful amounts of megatons in yield behind them but the most infamous one that is the most worthy to point out for Godzilla’s durability is the Castle Bravo Hydrogen bomb. This bomb is the most powerful nuke ever activated by the U.S., around the Bikini Atoll islands and was measured near 15 megatons in yield, it was the bomb shown in the opening of the film that set off in 1954.
Not one nuke, but several were launched at Godzilla in attempts to kill him and not only have none of them been successful in the slightest but Godzilla shows no visible scars from taking that many repeated acts of impact and force; which could possibly hint at his healing factor as well. In addition to surviving nukes, any emotion Godzilla displays when being pelted by missiles and projectiles is that of sheer annoyance and nothing more. It’s also important to point out how, in the Awakening graphic novel, Godzilla managed to survive and adapt to the massive asteroid that changed Earth’s climate to what it is today.
The only real force in this film that manages to hurt him are the Mutos, creatures assumed to have similar strength and durability to Godzilla himself. And even after taking, assumingly life-threatening injuries, Godzilla fell lifeless only to retain his breath after a few hours (a possible feat for his healing factor). In conclusion, it’s safe to say that after swimming 24/7 in hunt for the Mutos, partaking in an hour long battle with the male Muto, being hit critically by both Mutos constantly for more than a minute, having a building twice his size land on him, and still having the energy to finish off the female Muto only to awaken a few hours later, that this Godzilla is one of the toughest ones yet.
(Also, considering the original concept of the discovery of Godzilla involved finding him in an iceberg and Godzilla must absorb radiation from the Earth’s core beneath the ocean - where heat is at horrifyingly high rates – it appears this version of the king has little-to-no problem with extreme temperatures)
If this Godzilla was real he’d be one of the most intelligent creatures on the planet. This Godzilla thinks and strategizes in mid-combat with massive payoff. He is able to calculate the exact position of the male Muto’s location to get him with a direct final blow tail strike, and uses some fighting techniques created by human beings (knee striking, pinning down the female Muto with his foot, etc). Godzilla is also able to express massive amounts of emotion which very few animals are able to do: he can appear exhausted, angry, determined, etc. Finally, Godzilla managed to adapt massively to our nowadays ecosystem almost immediately after the destruction and massive climate change of the world he called normal. This Godzilla thinks and behaves like some of the most intelligent creatures in real life, as if his size and power weren’t enough now the guy is an animal Einstein.
Legendary’s Godzilla is no man in a suit, this Godzilla moves as fluently and fast as you would hope he would. Faster in movement and fighting than any other version, allows this Godzilla to quickly react and maneuver to scary levels. However, Godzilla’s walking speed is nothing compared to that of his swimming skills. This Godzilla is capable of outrunning a fleet of battleships and can travel almost 2400 miles from Hawaii to San Francisco in less than 36 hours. A speed demon? No. A fast Godzilla? You bet.
Don’t expect any tail slides or body slams from this Godzilla, but boy can he fight. This Godzilla is not afraid to get brutal, using his mouth for most of his attacks this Godzilla is a savage one. Gareth has described how Komodo dragons and bears were studied to understand how real animals fight, and this Godzilla definitely shows resemblance in that regard, but has far more technique and purpose behind his attack intentions. Godzilla uses his fingers/hands for grabbing, slashing, pushing, and of course, opening Mutos jaws. And unlike most of Toho’s variations of Godzilla, this one has no hesitation or pauses in battle unless he’s thinking of a new battle strategy.
A more specific fighting skill feat that comes to mind is the fact that Godzilla was never bested by the super-sized female Muto in any 1v1 battle. Only when the male cut in did the female Muto ever get a chance to take a slap at Godzilla and even then it had to be when the male Muto was distracting him. As for the male Muto, he definitely gets an advantage with his flying, consantly moving around Godzilla and escaping but never showed superior skill in combat. Godzilla is easily the best fighter out of the 3 monsters in the film.
Like previously mentioned, this Godzilla uses much of his own intelligence in combat: being fully aware his atomic breath would destroy the female Muto’s vital insides, using his legs to knee strike and pin the female Muto down with his feet, and tossing the male Muto with his mouth etc.
Additionally the new Godzilla, like some of the most dangerous versions of Godzilla in the past, also utilizes his atomic breath in mixture with his combat. Mixing his intelligence with his raw power and animal instinct, Legendary’s Godzilla’s fighting style is dangerous and unpredictable with no punches pulled for fear of collateral damage; the worst kind you want on a 355ft tall monster. This Godzilla was born to fight.
These abilities deserve their own category because Godzilla’s senses and aging are absolutely phenomenal on their own. Even though the Nautilus nuclear submarine awoke Godzilla in 1954 for the setting we know as our 2014 film, according to the Awakening graphic novel, he’s been wandering around the Earth for millions of years ever since the asteroid that changed the Earth’s climate, popping up on land every few centuries or so; paintings, scrolls, etc. that dated as far back as 30,000 B.C. all contain imagery of Godzilla. It appears that, as long as Godzilla is healthy on his radiation intake, he is essentially immortal.
As for his senses, it is very unclear as to which senses of Godzilla are the most powerful but assumingly all of his senses are powerful. Strong eyesight to see clearly in the pitch black world of the deep sea, great detection of sound considering he could hear the mating calls of the Muto from the deep depths (a possible way he tracks them down), and probably the most interesting sense that we’re not sure about – his radiation sense. It appears this is the sense that allows Godzilla to find any and all locations of radiation, the sense he uses to either find the Mutos and/or detect the best location in the ocean to receive radiation input. Regardless of how he does it, the sense is omni-directional in that he can essentially detect radiation all over the planet or in just enough wide mileage to detect it; either way it’s impressive.
Short, but nonetheless important, Godzilla’s instinctual patterns are similar and different to that of other animals. Godzilla leaves the comfort of his ocean to actively hunt down the Mutos, but not for the purpose of food, but to keep his status as an “alpha predator” in check. Godzilla only seems to leave the comfort of the ocean to hunt down enemies, unlike other versions of Godzilla this one won’t seem to actively seek to destroy cities or exterminate mankind. It is unclear if Godzilla is a form of species or is the only one in his species, but it’s clear if there was more than one Godzilla they would surely survive the same as him; considering only Godzilla responded to the Mutos it’s easy to assume Godzilla is alone. With that knowledge in mind it’s easy to assume Godzilla won’t have any need for a mating call or desire for sexual reproduction; poor guy. His roar, if anything, is a warning call to natural enemies. This is the most realistic, animal-like Godzilla to date.
As if an indestructible hide, massive intellect, and raw power are bad enough Godzilla has another secret weapon that makes every other attack weak in comparison – his iconic atomic breath. This version of Godzilla charges atomic breath similar to that of a Tesla coil slowly charging up with his blue light getting higher up his tail all the way to his neck until he fires (as opposed to classic Godzilla films where all his spikes light up at once). The breath resembles more of a flame-like appearance while the classic Godzilla representations have a more beam-like atomic breath.
As for the power and use of the breath itself, Godzilla uses it mostly mid-range distance and also in mid-combat. Whether or not Godzilla can use it in long-range is unknown but according to descriptions on the merchandising Godzilla gets his breath by focusing his stored radiation into a beam-like ray, so using it could weaken Godzilla to a certain degree while it also means having more radiation storage could give a more powerful beam; so it’s debatable if the atomic breath at the end of the film was a weaker version than what his breath is capable of from days of hunting the Mutos and fighting without any radiation absorption in between.
What is known about the power of the breath, however, is it was devastating enough to cripple the female Muto temporarily with two concentrated blasts (around 4-6 seconds each), and completely tear her neck and insides apart when he focused it inside her mouth. Although the effects of the breath are unknown on creatures other than the Muto or even the environment (like buildings or landscape), it is horrific and catastrophic enough to be worthy of the title of Godzilla’s signature move.
LEGENDARY GODZILLA POWER/ABILITY CHART
(In Comparison to other versions of Godzilla)
- Armor: 9/10 (Only other monsters have proven to cause harm)
- Durability: 8/10 (Takes a licking, keeps on ticking…see what I did there? Heh? Okay…)
- Strength: 9/10 (Godzilla says to the Female Muto: “Get back bitch!”)
- Intelligence: 9/10 (This Godzilla will do your Calculus for you before destroying your school)
- Speed: 8/10 (One of the fastest Godzillas yet)
- Fighting Skills: 7/10 (Great fighter, but not on par with some of the classic Godzilla's over-the-top fights)
- Atomic Breath: 6/10 (Debatable, but still devastatingly powerful)
Summary: "The King is Back!" And not only is he here to stay, but he kicks major ass too!
*Information retrieved from the Godzilla (2014) film, Godzilla: Awakening graphic novel, the Art of Destruction book, Godzilla.wikia.com, and various Google searches*
1) Godzilla is 335ft tall; it's been stated by Gareth and Legendary alike.
2) This Godzilla is massive enough to make it look like he's bigger than that height. He is much more wider and massive than other Godzilla versions; height isn't everything. All the scenes where he's passing under the battleships and next to humans shows how massive he is, but has nothing to do with his height. Long story short, he is that height but he's massive enough to appear much bigger.
3) It's Godzilla, the tsunami has mostly to do with his strength and speed working together to build momentum and height in the waves, once again, having nothing to do with his height.
TL;DR version: Height isn't everything.
We really don't know how powerful Godzilla's atomic breath is because we never saw him use it against things that we comprehend. For example: if we could have seen Godzilla wipe out an entire block with one burst of energy, then we could conclude that his atomic breath is pretty awesome, however if a burst of energy only caused a building to smolder, then we would know that his atomic breath had limitations. But we never got a scene that showed the strength of Godzilla's atomic breath against anything human-made. Gareth Edwards didn't think to do it, or the studios didn't want to pay the extra two million dollars to show it. Either way, it was a mistake (upon many mistakes) which leaves us no choice but to speculate.
RATEDREX - You raise an interesting point. Indeed, we did not see Godzilla's breath in action against anything we can readily quantify. That being said, let's consider that against which we did see it utilized. The Female Muto too two heavy blasts of atomic breath - which resulted in her being knocked back and scorched considerably. Now, of course, we can't necessarily say that the MUTO represents a measureable quantityas she is a fictitious being. However, we can use her as an analogue.
Let's say Godzilla used his breath on a herd of parade of elephants. How many would he destroy? Let's say the female MUTO weighs a little less than Godzilla - say 80,000 tons. The average elephant weighs roughly 5 tons (more or less). Let's say godzilla's breath inflicted roughly 5% (out of 100%) body mass damage upon the Female MUTO. That equivalates out to 4,000 tons of physical destruction. That's roughly 800 elephants all at once (80,000 x 0.05 = 4,000; 4,000 ÷ 5 = 800)! That is an incredible feat of destruction! Of course, this is all speculation supported by hypothesis; Godzilla's breath might be much less effective than what I've described. Take what I've posited here with a grain od salt. :)
Ugh! I can't believe how badly I butchered the above post! Blast it all - I can't edit my posts! Oh, well. Please, everyone, forgive my poor typing in the aforementioned post - I should have paid more attention to what I was doing. :)
Very good... but I think you made some mistakes with many of his stats:
Armor: Being immune to nuclear weapons and only being harmed by other monsters is pretty standard for Godzilla. Unless he really did survive being directly hit by the meteor that caused the Permian extinction (the comic isn't completely clear about that, and it's not known if it's canon or not anyways), I don't think he should have as high as a 9.
Durability: Really, an 8!? One would think that the only Godzilla ever to collapse from exhaustion would have a much lower rating.
Strength: He should definitely have a high rating here, since he is the biggest movie Godzilla yet, but I would give him an 8 rather than a 9, since some other Godzillas pretty much have super-strength even for a creature of their size.
Intelligence: I know others have pointed this out, but he's not really that intelligent for a Godzilla. Sure, he would be one of the most intelligent creatures on Earth, but you said that he is being rated against previous incarnations, not real animals, and since at least one previous incarnation was actually sentient, this one deserves a 7 at best.
Speed: The fastest Godzilla yet? He may put the lumbering Heisei incarnation to shame, but some of the others flip around and do karate moves in battle, or jump thousands of feet in the air, or even have actual super-speed (Showa Godzilla in an episode of Zone Fighter)! Legendary Godzilla seems pretty slow in comparison to those.
@LINKZILLA Good points, allow me to reply with my own points:
1) Comparable to other Godzillas, and the fact this is a realistic Godzilla in mind, this Godzilla still has some fantastic feats that show how tough his hide is. Surviving multiple megaton nukes is a fantastic Godzilla feat on his own, but the fact he also survived the meteor that destroyed most life on Earth is even more impressive!
Is it like othere Godzillas armor? Yes, but some Godzillas have been harmed by some manmade weapons while this one thwarts all that have been launched at him so far and seeing how the most well-armored versions of Godzilla can survive nukes and meteors, this one is no exception.
2) Like stated in the Durability section, this Godzilla had a lot of crap to deal with in this film. He is a monster that thrives on radiation but he doesn't intake any in his entire 24/7 hunt with the Mutos while they were eating nuclear weapons left and right. Without his radiation intake he needs to survive this Godzilla still battled the male Muto in Hawaii, traveled thousands of miles to California, fought the male Muto for a whole hour, took several massive critical blows from both Mutos for more than a Muto, had a building twice his size land on him, and still had the energy to finish the job; and even then, it took only hours for him to regain concoiusness.
If what I just described isn't a durable Godzilla I don't know what is. Also consider that plenty of versions of Godzilla have been beaten to the point of exhaustion/defeat, some are just more resilient than others and this Godzilla is up there with the best. Only beaten by Godzillas like Final Wars who can take a lot more crap and still keep fighting. Lets also not forget this Godzilla survived not one, not two but several nuclear strikes with no visible scars.
3) As for intelligence, this Godzilla is sentient considering he is the first Godzilla to express and percieve emotion. Which I know is unfair to point out since past Godzilla versions are men in suits, I know, but the classic films want you to believe it's really Godzilla on screen and with that in mind this Godzilla is the only one so far to really show off emotions.
In comparison to other Godzillas, this one also clearly strategizes and plans out more while most incarnations either stare or do whatever attacks it sees fit. This Godzilla blew it's atomic breath into the female Muto knowing full well the function of her insides and knowing taking them out would kill her; that's battle strategy and knowledge of anatomy.
This Godzilla is a smart cookie, I stick to the score I gave him. Also comparing any Godzilla to Showa is unfair, he's the most cartoony of Godzillas and even talked at one point for pete's sake.
4) Again it's not fair to compare any versions of Godzilla to Showa since he is the most cartoony of the Godzillas. With that in mind, it's clear this Godzilla is faster than Showa in swimming so that alone is a pretty great feat. Comparable to Heisei, Millenium, and even the original Godzilla though he is fast in movement.
This is the fastest Godzilla, and I hold to that statement.
I appreciate your critiques! It's what this discussion is here for, and it's fun to discuss like this. So keep em' coming guys!
Wow! That was a phenomenal thread!!! One of the best yet IMO. One thing, I think you should add a section that mentions the weaknesses of this new Godzilla incarnation. Such as the gills. Just telling you to improve your amazing thread =)
This is an awesome formus. I love all the information on this. I hope someone sets this up on a wiki site, or updates this with new info from the sequels.
@G-FAN2000 I was going to put a section for weakness but besides the obvious weaknesses like "Mutos clawing the crap out of him" there's not really much there. A weakness section is for obvious stuff like "weak against electricity, or kryptonite", this Godzilla doesn't really have much of that; even the gills aren't really considered a weakness.
@G-RAA That's the plan! When the sequel (or hopefully other forms of media) comes out I'll update this thread.
INSTINCTIVEGIGAN - Are you going to rate Legendary's Godzilla against other monsters (i.e. Ghidorah, Gigan, or King Caesar)? This seems like a prime starting point to do so. :)
It's pretty late at night, so I'm going to make this short:
1) Like I said, tanking nukes is not impressive for a Godzilla; even Godzilla '54, who many consider to be the weakest incarnation, is stated in the film and in interviews with the creators to be impervious to all human weapons, including the H-bomb. Of course, if the whole meteor thing is canon, then he should have a 10 in this category, but for now, I kind of doubt that it is, since the Awakening comic contradicts the movie at a few points.
2) All I can say about this is, none of the classic incarnations of Godzilla ever showed any signs of tiring at all from what I can remember, and some of them have gone through more than Legendary Godzilla did. And you keep saying that the fact that he goes through all this without feeding on radiation excuses the fainting... but, the mere fact that he needs to consume radiation to keep on ticking while previous incarnations don't just shows that he doesn't have very good stamina compared to other versions.
3) No offense, but I think you must not remember many of the classic movies if you think this is the first one to express emotions. Off the top of my head, I can remember at least Showa, Heisei, GMK and Final Wars Godzilla expressing emotions at some point, and the Heisei and GMK suits even had facial expressions due to animatronics in the heads. Even if you ignore the Showa incarnation (and I don't get why you keep saying it's "unfair" to compare to him), the GMK and Final Wars Godzillas at least both came up with much more complex strategies than tail slamming a monster into a building or firing Atomic Breath down a monster's throat.
4) Once again, I'm going say that you must not remember either the classic films or the new one very well if you really think he is the fastest. Again, ignoring the Showa incarnation, there was Final Wars Godzilla fighting with speed and agility and swimming all over the world over the course of a day or two, vs. Megaguirus Godzilla jumping high in the air and quickly ducking as Megaguirus was charging at him, and Marvel Godzilla dodging a chunk of rock thrown at him at him at high speeds without even being aware of it until it had almost reached him: and that's just what I can remember off the top of my head. Legendary Godzilla may not be a slowpoke, but he moves and fights a lot like a bear, whereas several previous incarnations fight like a martial artist.
I guess that turned out to not be short after all... crap.
@Linkzilla Well, for the whole Awakening prequel comic thing, a similar thing happened with the official novelization of Pacific Rim. Whatever happened in the novel is completely canon, even if parts of the movie contradict it. Therefore, something similar can be applied here I'd assume.
i am glad that they made godzilla much more massive, his weight is passed that of spacegodzilla and even though he is just a bit taller he is still taller than ever. :)
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1) It’s natural for a prequel to contradict the film, but the Awakening comic does explain how Godzilla has survived millions of years and wakes up every so often to look for Mutos. But regardless if he survived the meteor near point-blank range (which by the comic drawing it looks like he did), his armor is still impressive. But because it’s debatable, a 9/10 it shall remain.
2) The other Godzillas don’t show tiring cuz their suits can’t show much emotion but from what I recall, there have been a few instances where Godzilla shows tiredness. It’s debatable since we have no idea how strong the Mutos are, what if they can do the exact same amount of damage to other Godzillas and this one was just the unlucky one to face them? And the fact that this is supposed to be a realistic Godzilla and he still carries some of the same feats as Toho’s Godzilla is impressive in itself. Compared to other Godzillas, surviving a meteor and adapting to a new environment, taking several nukes, and taking down both Mutos even after a massive beating and an hour of pure fighting this Godzilla is durable. His durability still deserves an 8/10, only beaten by Godzillas that have taken even bigger beatings and stayed conscious and the fact that he does need radiation intake.
3) True, but when you compare the best Godzillas, you find they all have relatively the same impressive intelligence feats and I rate this Godzilla as such. I can best explain it in my scoring system: The higher the number, the higher this Godzilla is to compare to the more impressive Godzilla feats. If it’s in the 7-9 range of a score it means this Godzilla is comparable to the more impressive Godzillas like GMK or Final Wars. If it’s a 10, that means this particular Godzilla is the best in this department of all the Godzillas, if it’s lower than a 7 than he’s comparable to the weaker incarnations of Godzillas.
Is this the smartest Godzilla? No, I can’t argue with that, but he’s definitely in the top 3 or 5 and for that he deserves a 9/10. If this Godzilla showed one instance of just staring off into space than it would probably be an 8 or 7 out of 10 but he’s always on the move. So you have fantastic points, but this Godzilla definitely deserves a 9/10 in intelligence; only beaten by the points you made about certain Godzillas showing more impressive moves.
4) I can’t argue with those points, I’ll change his speed to a 8/10 and change the description. So my friend, you’ve won ¼ of the battle. Haha
Overall, I feel when the sequels finally come around, we’ll have a lot more info to add to this thread; and there’s no doubt the scores will change. So thanks for your contributions!
I really enjoyed reading this post and the discussion it generated. Discussion of Godzilla's stats always interests me, and I did a lot of thinking about this Godzilla after I saw the movie. I fully agree with the analysis. This Godzilla is fully on par with the best of the Japanese series.
Yeah.....no. There were no instances where his height was shown to be that high. He may look larger than a 355 foot height might suggest, but that just shows how much bigger he is in comparison to previous Godzilla iterations overall.
300m would make him larger than any building in San Fransisco by a long shot.
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FROZEN LEGEND - In my opinion, 984.3 ft seems a bit large even for Godzilla! :)
Godzilla's weight is 81,500 tons. It says so in the Tohokingdom bio For him. Also they have MUTO bios too. Here is the link to both.
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good find there gojira2k, glad to know they finally have the bio on legendary's godzilla. :)
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Thanks. I was glad too.
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GOJIRA2K - Thank you so much for bringing that information to us! I was curious about the actual stats! :)
Actually in the original draft of Godzilla he was supposed to eat the M.U.T.O.'s but they scrapped it yet we got to see kong eat the mire squid in Kong skull island my guess is that it was because the M.U.T.O.'s had enough character that it wouldn't have been pleasant to have the be eaten on screen but who knows maybe when Godzilla went back into the water he might have taken the female M.U.T.O.'s body to with him to eat later.
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