The King Ghidorah (キングギドラ,   Kingu Gidora?) of the Rebirth of Mothra continuity is a three-headed dragon kaiju created by Toho that appeared during the events of the 1998 film, Rebirth of Mothra III.


King Ghidorah's name is composed of "King" (キング,   Kingu?) and "Ghidorah." The "Ghidorah" part of King Ghidorah's name comes from the Japanese word for "hydra" (ヒドラ,   Hidora?), which is spelled very similarly to the Japanese katakana for Ghidorah.

The creature's younger form is known as Cretaceous King Ghidorah (白亜紀キングギドラHaku Aki Kingu Gidora?), while its more mature form is known as Modern Type King Ghidorah (現代型キングギドラ,   Gendai-Gata Kingu Gidora?).



King Ghidorah's appearance during the events of Rebirth of Mothra III remains very similar to other incarnations of the Ghidorah character, , but features a more muscular build. The horn arrangement on the left and right heads have straight antlers, while the central head possesses forked ones. It also features somewhat shorter and thicker necks than previous incarnations, as well as more detailed wings. Cretaceous King Ghidorah features a much more saurian appearance, while being a duller beige-gold in color, in comparison to Ghidorah's primary form.


During the events of Rebirth of Mothra III, King Ghidorah caused the extinction of the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period instead of other theories, then returned to Earth in the modern day to feed on humanity. This displays a malevolent nature for the creature.


In Rebirth of Mothra III, King Ghidorah, a more powerful relative of Desghidorah, arrived on the Earth millions of years ago and caused the Cretaceous extinction. He returned to Earth in the present in order to feed off of humans, especially children.


Rebirth of Mothra III

Cretaceous King Ghidorah

Cretaceous King Ghidorah in Rebirth of Mothra III

King Ghidorah's younger form, Cretaceous King Ghidorah (白亜紀キングギドラHaku Aki Kingu Gidora?), first arrived and attacked the Earth 130 million years ago in the Cretaceous period. Cretaceous King Ghidorah quickly caused the KT extinction event, exterminating the dinosaurs and almost every other life form on the planet and feeding on their life forces. Cretaceous King Ghidorah then encased himself within a meteor and left the Earth, using the life-essence of the creatures he had destroyed to live as he traveled through space. However, Mothra Leo managed to transform into Light Speed Mothra and travel back to the Cretaceous period and attack Cretaceous King Ghidorah while he was still on Earth. King Ghidorah's younger form was still more than a match for Leo, shredding both of his wings and mortally wounding Leo before being dropped into a volcano and seemingly killed. Unbeknownst to Leo, one of King Ghidorah's tails was severed in their battle, and burrowed underground to hide and regenerate.

Modern Type King Ghidorah

King Ghidorah in Rebirth of Mothra III

130 million years later, Cretaceous King Ghidorah arose again as Modern Type King Ghidorah (現代型キングギドラ,   Gendai-Gata Kingu Gidora?). King Ghidorah came to Japan in a meteor to feed on humans, mainly children, but he soon started to eat adults. King Ghidorah built a dome in the Mount Fuji area where he kept his victims and absorbed their life forces. Rainbow Mothra heard of this monster, and he quickly took action to defeat it. Even with all of Rainbow Mothra's power, King Ghidorah quickly defeated him. Rainbow Mothra touched down nearby, but was healed and transformed into Light Speed Mothra by his priestess Moll and traveled back to the Cretaceous period to defeat King Ghidorah's younger form. When Leo returned to the present day, King Ghidorah had vanished and it appeared he had been victorious. However, King Ghidorah reappeared in the sky and resumed his reign of terror, having regenerated from the tail Leo had left behind millions of years ago. Leo was reborn as Armor Mothra and engaged King Ghidorah in battle again, this time proving to be the more powerful combatant. Armor Mothra sliced off King Ghidorah's wing with his own razor-sharp wing then completely destroyed him with a powerful laser beam.



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In Rebirth of Mothra III, King Ghidorah's scales can manipulate the light from projectiles to form a protective barrier.


King Ghidorah and his dome in Rebirth of Mothra III

In Rebirth of Mothra III, King Ghidorah is able to create a dome that allows objects to pass through, yet has a corrosive effect when they try to leave. The dome's exterior is laced with tentacles that pull outside victims inside. Living creatures inside the dome slowly have their life-force drained and transferred to King Ghidorah.


In Rebirth of Mothra III his mature form cannot be damaged at all by Mothra Leo's attacks until the latter transforms into Armor Mothra.

Electric Bolts

King Ghidorah fires electric bolts from his wings in Rebirth of Mothra III

In Rebirth of Mothra III, King Ghidorah can shoot six bolts of electricity from each of his wings.


King Ghidorah is able to fly up to speeds of mach 3 in the Earth's atmosphere. He exceeds this speed while flying through space. In Rebirth of Mothra III, King Ghidorah can encase himself within a meteorite while traveling from planet to planet. King Ghidorah is also able to fly even with the loss of one of his wings using a zero gravity field.

Gravity Beams

Grand King Ghidorah unleashing devastation

King Ghidorah retains his most famous ability: the golden lightning bolt-like gravity beams he launches from his three mouths. These beams capable of causing large-scale explosions when fired. Individually, these beams can cause serious damage, but combined into a single beam when fired together, they can cause devastating attacks to other monsters. Additionally, King Ghidorah's younger form from Rebirth of Mothra III, Cretaceous King Ghidorah, can launch highly explosive blasts of fire from his mouths instead of gravity beams.

Hurricane Winds

King Ghidorah can produce hurricane-force winds by flapping his wings, which are capable of blowing away buildings and knocking other kaiju off their feet.

Mind Control

In Rebirth of Mothra III, King Ghidorah can install a weak mind control on other beings susceptible to it.


In Rebirth of Mothra III, King Ghidorah is shown to have regenerated his entire body from a severed tail that was cut off by Rainbow Mothra in the past.


In Rebirth of Mothra III, King Ghidorah can teleport smaller beings inside his dome.


Cretaceous Form

King Ghidorah's younger form, Cretaceous King Ghidorah, is considerably weaker than his mature form, allowing Mothra Leo to eventually defeat him by throwing him into an active volcano.

Armor Mothra

King Ghidorah's mature form is susceptible to Armor Mothra's attacks, which severed one of his wings and eventually caused him to completely explode.


  • Hakuaki Ghidorah's affinity to fire corresponds with Zmey Gorynych (1956), an inspiration source of King Ghidorah.
  • King Ghidorah arrived on Earth before Desghidorah.
  • The suit that was used for this King Ghidorah appears in a single shot in Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, where it is substituted for the SokogekiGhido when the Satsuma uses thermal imaging.
  • In the 2014 Godzilla video game, King Ghidorah was originally meant to be portrayed as the Rebirth of Mothra version, but time constraints due to the complexity of his attacks caused the developers to include his 1991 incarnation instead.

List of appearances


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