Palkia

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

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

Origin[edit]

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.

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.

Trophy[edit]

Palkia's trophy in Brawl.
Palkia

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.

Nintendo DS: Pokémon Diamond/Pearl

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

As a Poké Ball Pokémon[edit]

Palkia using Spacial Rend.
A stage 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.

Trophy[edit]

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.

3DS trophy.
Wii U trophy.
Palkia
North America 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 fighters will become flipped as well.
Europe 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, it also flips the left and right controls!
Nintendo DS: Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl (04/2007)
Nintendo DS: Pokémon HeartGold and Pokémon 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 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, Wario Ware Inc., or Yoshi's Island.

Palkia's Spacial Rand 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 touching opponents.

As a Spirit[edit]

Palkia appears as a Spirit in Ultimate. It is an Ace rank Primary Spirit of the Shield type.

Palkia's Spirit battle involves defeating Mewtwo on Spear Pillar. The battle conditions are:

  • Left and right controls will suddenly reverse after a little while

For this battle, Palkia is the only one of Spear Pillar's three Pokémon that will appear on the stage.

Spirit[edit]

No. Image Name Type Class Slot Ability Series
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Palkia
Shield
★★★ 3 No Effect Pokémon Series

Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Palkia is one of three 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 also returns 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 is 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 same franchise.