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Palkia's official artwork from Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.
Games Brawl
Move Spacial Rend
Article on Bulbapedia Palkia (Pokémon)

Palkia (パルキア, Palkia) is a creature from the Pokémon series.


Palkia is a Water/Dragon-type Legendary Pokémon and the version mascot of Pokémon Pearl and its remake Pokémon Shining 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. Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Palkia can transform into its Origin Form using the Lustrous Globe.

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.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

As a stage element[edit]

Palkia on Spear Pillar in Brawl.

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:

  • Causing an earthquake, breaking either the left, right or middle third of the upper ground.
  • Firing a vertical pink Hyper Beam covering a third of the stage, either the left, right or middle.
  • Firing a horizontal pink Hyper Beam through the cave area.
  • Halving gravity and weight for all fighters.
  • Mirroring the screen, such that pressing right causes a character to appear to move to the left.
  • Rotating the screen at a 180-degree angle, causing it to appear upside-down.


Screenshot by Dany36
Palkia's trophy in Brawl
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 Spacial Rend to rip through the very space an enemy resides in, damaging the foe at the same time.
Nintendo DS: Pokémon Diamond/Pearl

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

As a Poké Ball Pokémon[edit]

Palkia using Spacial Rend.
Town and City under the effect of Palkia
A screen turned upside down.

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.


Palkia's trophy can be obtained in both versions. In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U it is part of the Legend of Pokémon Diamond & Pokémon Pearl Trophy Box.

Palkia's trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
NTSC Stories surround this Legendary Water/Dragon-type Pokémon, saying that it has control over all of space. Its Spacial Rend attack will tear space and flip the screen upside down. When this happens, the directional controls of all the fighters will become flipped as well.
Nintendo DS: Pokémon Diamond & Pokémon Pearl (04/2007)
Nintendo DS: Pokémon HeartGold & Pokémon SoulSilver (03/2010)
PAL Stories of this Legendary Pokémon say that Palkia is a god that controls all of space. When it uses its Spacial Rend attack in Super Smash Bros., it causes the screen to flip upside down. If that wasn't confusing enough, the controls in all four directions end up reversed, too!
Nintendo DS: Pokémon Diamond/Pearl (07/2007)
Nintendo DS: Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver (03/2010)

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

As a stage element[edit]

Palkia on Spear Pillar in Ultimate.

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[edit]

Palkia using Spacial Rend in Ultimate.

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 (as it already appears there), Suzaku Castle, Tomodachi Life, Tortimer Island, WarioWare Inc., or Yoshi's Island.

Palkia's Spacial Rend will not be able to flip the screen 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.


No. Image Name Type Class Slots Base Power Max Power Base Attack Max Attack Base Defense Max Defense Ability Series
SSBU spirit Palkia.png
★★★ 3 2795 8407 1663 5002 1132 3405 No Effect Pokémon Series


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name
Japan Japanese パルキア, Palkia
UK English Palkia
France French Palkia
Germany German Palkia
Spain Spanish Palkia
Italy Italian Palkia
China Chinese (Simplified) 帕路奇亚
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) 帕路奇亞
South Korea Korean 펄기아, Palkia
Netherlands Dutch Palkia
Russia Russian Палкия


  • Palkia is one of four Pokémon to be both a Poké Ball summon and a stage element in the same installment, as it returns as both in Ultimate. Chansey was the first with this distinction, appearing in Super Smash Bros., while Electrode and Scizor also return as both in Ultimate.
    • Palkia is also the only Legendary Pokémon with this distinction.
    • Because of this, Palkia cannot be summoned at Spear Pillar in Ultimate.
  • When a player gets Screen KO'd while Spacial Rend is active, they will technically fall upwards instead of downwards.
  • Palkia's roars in Brawl are a combination of sound effects of the Varactyl from the Star Wars film franchise and Godzilla roars from the Godzilla film franchise. A similar case occurs with Lunala in Ultimate, who uses the cry of Mothra from the Godzilla franchise.
    • Its roars as a Poké Ball Pokémon replace the Godzilla roars with roars of King Ghidorah, who is also from the same franchise.
    • Palkia's roar is not heard in the game's Sound Test outside of Brawl.
  • During Spacial Rend in Smash 4, the magnifying glass will not properly show the character's vertical position, showing characters going towards the lower blast line (which is now at the top of the screen) as going towards the upper blast line and vice versa. The vertical position is accurate to if the screen was not rotated. This does not occur for the horizontal position, which is properly reflected, unless the upper or lower camera bounds are crossed, in which case the horizontal position is flipped and is accurate as if the screen wasn't rotated. This results in confusing scenarios where a character who is launched towards the upper-right (bottom-left in the rotated view) will have the magnifying glass appear towards the bottom-right (upper-left), unless they pass the upper (bottom) camera bound in which case the magnifying glass will appear to the bottom-left (upper-right).