|Pokémon series character|
|First game||Pokémon Diamond and Pearl|
|Designed by||Ken Sugimori|
Giratina (ギラティナ), is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise. Created by Ken Sugimori, Giratina first appeared in the video games Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, but gained prominence in the re-release, Pokémon Platinum, which it was made the mascot of. It later appeared in various merchandise, spinoff titles and animated and printed adaptations of the franchise. Giratina is featured prominently in the film Pokémon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior, and later appears in the film Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life.
Known as the Renegade Pokémon, Giratina is one of a trio of legendary Pokémon, alongside Dialga and Palkia, that represents Pokémon Platinum and appears on its cover art. While Dialga and Palkia represent time and space, Girantina represents antimatter. In Platinum, it was given a unique design called the Origin Forme, which depicts it as a floating creature that writers have described as being similar to a snake or larva. Since it appeared in the Pokémon series, Giratina has received generally positive reception. It has been featured in several forms of merchandise, including figurines, plush toys, and the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
Concept and creation
Giratina, known as the Renegade Pokémon, is one of a trio of legendary Pokémon, alongside Dialga and Palkia. Giratina has a long, platinum-colored, segmented body with six legs, and has ghostly wings with red spikes. Six rib-like yellow rings encircle its neck, and the yellow ornament on its head resembles a human collarbone. While in its own realm, the Distortion World, it takes on its "Origin Forme" (オリジンフォルム Orijin Forumu ), which differs from the "Altered Forme" ("Another Forme" (アナザーフォルム Anazā Forumu ) in Japanese) it takes in the real world (in the video games it also takes on its Origin Forme when holding the Griseous Orb). It has a slightly different head with a beak like mouth, long "streamers" with spikes instead of wings, and spikes in place of legs, becoming more serpentine.
It was created along with Dialga and Palkia by Arceus, though as it was banished for its violence (by Arceus) to the dimension called the Distortion World., it has been forgotten from the legends as "one whose name was never to be spoken." While Dialga and Palkia represent time and space, Girantina represents the Spatial and Temporal Dimensions and desolate void that exists between these planes, and the antimatter that suffuses it. Though residing within the Distortion World, it can also visit a cemetery-like ruin known as Turnback Cave, a place where the dimensional boundaries are said to be distorted, and dead Pokémon are able to enter the physical world. Giratina is capable of inter-dimensional travel, which causes it to change forms unless holding a "Griseous Orb"(Only in game). It is able to see into the normal world through mirrors and reflective objects, because they can bring to mind other dimensions.
The designers of Pokémon Platinum designed Giratina's Origin Forme to be "opposite" of Dialga and Palkia as well as to make its existence "more fun, more interesting, cooler". They paid "meticulous attention" to the Origin Forme's details; the designer "redrew Giratina's image again and again" in order to make it "significantly different" and change its shape. The designers eventually decided to feature the Origin Forme on the cover of Platinum. Designer Junichi Masuda envisioned concepts of "reversed world", "matter and anti-matter", and "E = mc2" in designing it. Its location, the Distortion World, was designed by Takeshi Kawachimaru around Giratina, with the concept as "how Giratina fits in the world". When designing its theme, Masuda "thought of the front/back, life/death" to make it cover "bipolar, opposite ideas".
In the video games
In the video games Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, Giratina can be found after the player defeats the Elite Four. In the remake of Diamond and Pearl titled Pokémon Platinum, Giratina serves as the mascot and appears on its cover. It features a design unique to it called the Origin Forme. It also appears in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver as part of a special event. Outside of the main titles, Giratina appears in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness and Pokémon Rumble.
In other media
Giratina is featured prominently in the film Pokémon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior. Giratina also appears in the film Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life. Giratina also appears in the manga based on the two films. In the Pokémon Adventures manga, the Rocket Executives use Arceus' power to create replications of Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina, but they are destroyed before they can materialize.
Since appearing in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, Giratina has received generally positive reception. It has been featured in a Pokémon Platinum-themed deck of playing cards as the Joker. As a bonus for pre-ordering Platinum, select pre-orderers would receive a 2.75" sculpted figurine of Giratina's Origin Forme. This was a part of a promotion called "Search for Giratina", which also encompassed a number of other promotional items. In Europe, Nintendo made available a limited edition DS Lite featuring Giratina's Origin Forme through their "Stars Catalogue" which could be purchased with coins that are earned by buying Nintendo games and registering them.
GamesRadar's Darryl Vassar described Giratina as a "giant pharaoh caterpillar" that was a "force to be reckoned with" due to its type combination. Fellow GamesRadar editor Carolyn Gudmundson agreed that it was powerful, describing it as "fearsome". PALGN's "Toastfarmer" similarly described it as "scary". GameSpot's Shiva Stella described Giratina as "famed". IGN described it as a "fan favorite". In discussing the growth in strength of legendary Pokémon since Pokémon Red and Blue, G4TV described Giratina as "ridiculously powerful". Official Nintendo Magazine's Tom East bemoaned the lack of villains in the Super Smash Bros. series, suggesting that Giratina would be a good choice for a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He described it as the "biggest badboy of them all" and cited its impressive statistics and wide variety of abilities as reason for it to appear. Freelance writer Nancy Davis Kho felt that the scene in Pokémon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior wherein Giratina becomes the protagonists' ally would be good discussion material for families about similar real world issues that their children may have experienced.
1UP.com's Justin Haywald described Giratina's new form as one of Platinum's "biggest draws". Official Nintendo Magazine's Chris Scullion described its Origin Forme as a "snake". Joystiq's JC Fletcher felt that the Origin Forme was "some kind of larval stage" for Giratina. Gamer Tell's Jenni Lada wrote that the Origin Forme resembled a "giant larval ghost" more so than a "dragon/ghost" Pokémon. IGN also described its Origin Forme as a "winged hovering monster". In a poll conducted by IGN, it was voted as the thirty-ninth top Pokémon, where the staff commented that it is "kind of terrible to look at".
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