Posted by: peanutmaster | May 4, 2009

Pokemon Of The Week – Giratina


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Giratina (Japanese: ギラティナ Giratina) is a dual-type Ghost/Dragon legendary Pokémon.

While it is similar to other legendary Pokémon in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, including its post-National Dex appearance and lack of relation to the games’ overall plot, it was revealed in early February, 2008 to have an alternate form known as the Origin Forme, in addition to the form it takes in Diamond and Pearl, the Altered Forme. It is in this new form that Giratina took its place as version mascot of Pokémon Platinum, the third version of Generation IV. It is not known to evolve to or from any other Pokémon.

As first revealed by Japan’s CoroCoro Magazine, Giratina has two forms. The first (Altered Forme) is the form that appeared in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. In this form, Giratina is has a large, gray, centipede-like body with six short legs. Its legs have gold claws and gold bands on them. It has a tail and a thick black stripe running vertically along the front of its body. There is a series of red horizontal stripes running across the large black one. Three gold half-rings circle the back half of Giratina’s neck at the same points that three of the red stripes are at on its front, resembling a ribcage. On its back are two large, black wings that are decorated with red, conical objects that also could be claws. The wings seem oddly out of place, due to the fact that Giratina seems far too heavy to fly effectively. The wings also seem to be ghostly, as they can change shape as if they were made of a liquid.

Giratina’s head and eyes resemble those of Dialga and Palkia, causing many to theorize that it is related to the two. This assumption is confirmed in Pokémon Platinum. Giratina’s shiny form is nearly opposite in color compared to the original. The colors of the shiny Origin Forme is the same as the Altered Forme’s except for the wings which appear to be a dark shade of brown.

The second is a new Origin Forme which made its debut in Giratina and the Sky Warrior; it uses this form when traveling through dimensions other than ours, such as the Distortion World. The form-altering is triggered by a change of gravity. This form is more serpentine than Giratina’s Altered Forme. The Origin Forme of Giratina has six black streamers on its back that each have a red spike at the end. Its mouth is hidden by the head plates, which swing open sideways when the mouth is opening. Giratina’s legs have been reduced to spike-like protrusions. There are four more golden spikes near the edge of the tail. This version of Giratina also appears in Pokémon Platinum, and can be activated outside of the Distortion World if it is holding a Griseous Orb.

As to be expected with other Ghost-type Pokémon, Giratina is capable of using Ghost, Dark, Psychic and Electrical attacks. Unlike other Dragon Pokémon, Giratina lacks the ability to wield Ice- and Fire-type attacks (save for Will-O-Wisp, which most Ghost-types learn anyway). Giratina is one out of seven Pokémon that is capable of using Aura Sphere. Since Giratina is a “true” Dragon Pokémon, it is also capable of using Draco Meteor.

In Platinum, Giratina can transform to its Origin Forme by equipping the Griseous Orb. If the orb is unequipped in battle, it goes back to Altered Forme. The Origin Forme has higher offensive stats while the Altered Forme has higher defenses. Since Giratina’s Origin Forme (and the Griseous Orb, for that matter) is exclusive to Platinum, when it is traded to Diamond or Pearl it will revert back to its Altered Forme, and the Griseous Orb it was holding goes back into the player’s bag.

Giratina is able to control dimensions besides those of time and space.

Giratina is the only known Pokémon that learns Shadow Force.

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 Reverse World. It does so by emitting a whirlwind from its mouth which creates a portal. It also seems to have a connection to reflective objects, such as mirrors and pools of water.

Judging by the events in Pokémon Platinum and Giratina and the Sky Warrior, its portrayal in ancient folklore, and its Platinum Pokédex entry, it’s assumed that Giratina is a highly aggressive Pokémon protective of its home. It should be noted that despite the legends depicting it in a more evil light than the others in its trio, Giratina arrived at Spear Pillar to save the world from Cyrus’ attempted apotheosis; though it may have arrived to protect its own world from destruction.

Like Dialga and Palkia, Giratina is a one-of-a-kind Pokémon due to its “legendary” status. Legends claim that Giratina appears in cemeteries and that this Pokémon supposedly lives in the spirit world, on the reverse side of this one.

In the anime, Giratina made its anime debut in Giratina and the Sky Warrior. In the movie, Giratina ambushes and drags Dialga into the Reverse World in order to exact revenge against the Temporal Pokémon for causing damage to it during its fight with Palkia some time before. Zero also attempts to copy Giratina’s powers in order to take control over the Reverse World. Throughout the movie, Giratina takes on its Origin Forme whenever it is in the Reverse World, and its Altered Forme whenever it is in the real world.

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It will make another appearance in the twelfth movie alongside Dialga, Palkia, and Arceus.

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