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Palkia (パルキア, Palkia) is a fictional creature from the Pokémon series.
Palkia is a Water/Dragon-type Legendary Pokémon and the version mascot of Pokémon Pearl. Palkia is categorized within the Pokédex at #484 as the "Spatial Pokémon". It has the ability to control and distort space, and it is treated as a deity in Sinnoh's lore. In Pokémon Pearl, Team Galactic attempts to use its power to recreate the universe with Cyrus as a ruler. After defeating Cyrus at Spear Pillar, the player has a chance to battle and catch Palkia.
Spacial Rend is a special Dragon-type move with 100 base power, 95% accuracy and an increased chance of dealing a critical hit. Spacial Rend is Palkia's signature move, and thus Palkia is the only Pokémon able to learn it naturally.
As a stage element
Palkia is one of three Legendary Pokémon that can appear and cause battle effects on the Spear Pillar stage, alongside Dialga and Cresselia. When the stage has a pink tint, Palkia is the Pokémon for the match. Palkia can cause several different effects on the battle:
A Spatial Pokémon. In the Sinnoh region, this Pokémon has been revered for many generations, much like Dialga. Dialga warps time, but Palkia has control over space. It lives between parallel dimensions and is known for its power, rumored to be able to warp space. It can use Spatial Rend to rip through the very space an enemy resides in, damaging the foe at the same time.
Palkia can appear from Poké Balls and Master Balls. When summoned, Palkia uses its signature move Spacial Rend, temporarily turning the camera upside down. It disappears after a short time, returning the camera to normal. Opponents who touch Palkia take 10% damage and low knockback.
As a stage element
Palkia reprises its role as a stage hazard on the returning Spear Pillar stage. Spear Pillar now allows for any of the three Legendary Pokémon to appear each time, rather than being set for the whole match.
As a Poké Ball Pokémon
Palkia returns as a Poké Ball and Master Ball Pokémon, with the same behavior as Smash 4.
Palkia cannot be summoned on 3D Land, Arena Ferox, Balloon Fight, Brinstar, Dream Land GB, Golden Plains, Green Hill Zone, Jungle Japes, Mushroomy Kingdom, Mute City SNES, Paper Mario, PictoChat 2, Prism Tower, Reset Bomb Forest, Spear Pillar (for obvious reasons), Suzaku Castle, Tomodachi Life, Tortimer Island, WarioWare Inc., or Yoshi's Island.
Palkia's Spacial Rend will not be able to flip the stage upside down if a fighter is equipped with a spirit with Screen-Flip Immunity, though it will still remain on stage to damage any opponents who touch it.