The signature move of the latest pseudo-legendary Pokemon is an undeniable nod to one of Godzilla’s strangest abilities. Pokemon Scarlet and Violet introduce Frigibax and its evolutions Arctibax and Baxcalibur. All three Pokemon are dinosaur-like Pokemon with a very distinct axe-like point on their backs. Baxcalibur’s crest appears almost identical to the dorsal tip that adorns Godzilla’s back. Baxcalibur’s signature move Glaive Rush is another apparent reference to the King of the Monsters. The Pokemon rushes towards its opponent to ram its spike into its opponent, looking like an inverted version of Godzilla’s unique way of flying from the groundbreaking Godzilla vs. Hedorah. You can watch the animation of Baxcalibur’s attack below, followed by Godzilla’s radioactive breath-powered flight.
This isn’t the first time Godzilla has gotten a nod in the Pokemon franchise. Tyranitar bears more than an uncanny resemblance to Godzilla, with its mega evolution likely inspired by the Godzilla seen in the 1993 video game Super Godzilla. Meanwhile, Hydreigon was probably inspired by King Ghidorah. Volcanion lore has some ties to Mothra, with the Pokemon being worshiped as a god by an earlier civilization. A number of Legendary Pokemon use different Toho monster cries in the pokemon animated movies, thanks to Toho distributing the Pokemon movies in Japan.
Baxcalibur continues a trend of “psuedo-legendary” Pokemon, a group of three-stage evolution Pokemon whose final evolution has a base stat totaling 600. These Pokemon tend to be among the most powerful in the games, with Dragonite, Tyranitar, Salamence, Goodra, Hydreigon, Garchomp and Dragapult all appear in the new games.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are now available on Nintendo Switch. You can follow our full coverage here.