Eternatus (ムゲンダイナ Mugendaina) is a Poison/Dragon-type Legendary Pokémon introduced in Generation VIII. It has an Eternamax form known as Eternamax Eternatus.

Biology

Physiology

Eternatus is a long dragon-like Pokémon. Its body is bright translucent red, and covered in dark black spiked armor resembling an exoskeletal spine. Its hands are also long, thin three-pronged claws made of the same material, and similarly, its feet are almost identical, despite a difference in size, and the end of its tail has wing-like appendages on its back. Its internal body can be seen as a long snake from its head to the tip of its tail. The spiked spine also extends at the middle of its body, inside of which is a glowing white sphere known as the "core".

In its Eternamax form, Eternatus body resembles a long winding snake with a hand-like feature at its face consisting of five long clawing spikes of the same appearance that its original form is coated with. A large amount of Eternamax Eternatus' body is far above the ground shrouded by dark clouds which, 20,000 years prior to the events of Pokémon Sword and Shield, covered the Galar region entirely, causing its attack which is named the Darkest Day nowadays. These clouds are similar to the ring of clouds that appear at the apex point of a Dynamax or Gigantamax Pokémon.

Game info

Game locations

Locations
Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Sword and Shield Energy Plant Tower Summit One


Pokédex entries

  • Sword

    The core on its chest absorbs energy emanating from the lands of the Galar region. This energy is what allows Eternatus to stay active.
    Eternamax: As a result of Rose's meddling, Eternatus absorbed all the energy in the Galar region. It's now in a state of power overload.

  • Shield

    It was inside a meteorite that fell 20,000 years ago. There seems to be a connection between this Pokémon and the Dynamax phenomenon.
    Eternamax: Infinite amounts of energy pour from this Pokémon's enlarged core, warping the surrounding space-time.


Stats

Base Stats
HP
140
Atk
85
Def
95
Sp. Atk
145
Sp. Def
95
Speed
130
Total
690


Learnset

By leveling up

Generation VIII
Level Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
1 Poison Tail Type Poison.gif Physical 50 100% 25
1 Confuse Ray Type Ghost.gif Status 100% 10
1 Dragon Tail Type Dragon.gif Physical 60 90% 10
1 Agility Type Psychic.gif Status 100% 30
8 Toxic Type Poison.gif Status 90% 10
16 Venoshock Type Poison.gif Special 65 100% 10
24 Dragon Dance Type Dragon.gif Status 100% 20
32 Cross Poison Type Poison.gif Physical 70 100% 20
40 Dragon Pulse Type Dragon.gif Special 85 100% 10
48 Flamethrower Type Fire.gif Special 90 100% 15
56 Dynamax Cannon Type Dragon.gif Special 100 100% 5
64 Cosmic Power Type Psychic.gif Status 100% 20
72 Recover Type Normal.gif Status 100% 10
80 Hyper Beam Type Normal.gif Special 150 90% 5
88 Eternabeam Type Dragon.gif Special 160 90% 5
Bold indicates that this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates that an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


By TM

Generation VIII
Machine Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
TM06 Fly Type Flying.gif Physical 90 95% 15
TM08 Hyper Beam Type Normal.gif Special 150 90% 5
TM09 Giga Impact Type Normal.gif Physical 150 90% 5
TM11 Solar Beam Type Grass.gif Special 120 100% 10
TM16 Screech Type Normal.gif Status 85% 40
TM17 Light Screen Type Psychic.gif Status 100% 30
TM18 Reflect Type Psychic.gif Status 100% 20
TM21 Rest Type Psychic.gif Status 100% 10
TM24 Snore Type Normal.gif Special 50 100% 15
TM25 Protect Type Normal.gif Status 100% 10
TM26 Scary Face Type Normal.gif Status 100% 10
TM39 Facade Type Normal.gif Physical 70 100% 20
TM57 Payback Type Dark.gif Physical 50 100% 10
TM58 Assurance Type Dark.gif Physical 60 100% 10
TM73 Cross Poison Type Poison.gif Physical 70 100% 20
TM74 Venoshock Type Poison.gif Special 65 100% 10
TM76 Round Type Normal.gif Special 60 100% 15
TM92 Mystical Fire Type Fire.gif Special 75 100% 10
TM97 Brutal Swing Type Dark.gif Physical 60 100% 20
Bold indicates that this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates that an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


By TR

Generation VIII
Machine Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
TR02 Flamethrower Type Fire.gif Special 90 100% 15
TR12 Agility Type Psychic.gif Status 100% 30
TR20 Substitute Type Normal.gif Status 100% 10
TR22 Sludge Bomb Type Poison.gif Special 90 100% 10
TR26 Endure Type Normal.gif Status 100% 10
TR27 Sleep Talk Type Normal.gif Status 100% 10
TR33 Shadow Ball Type Ghost.gif Special 80 100% 15
TR44 Cosmic Power Type Psychic.gif Status 100% 20
TR51 Dragon Dance Type Dragon.gif Status 100% 20
TR54 Toxic Spikes Type Poison.gif Status 100% 20
TR57 Poison Jab Type Poison.gif Physical 80 100% 20
TR62 Dragon Pulse Type Dragon.gif Special 85 100% 10
TR70 Flash Cannon Type Steel.gif Special 80 100% 10
TR78 Sludge Wave Type Poison.gif Special 95 100% 10
TR91 Venom Drench Type Poison.gif Status 100% 20
Bold indicates that this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates that an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


By breeding

Eternatus learns no moves via breeding.


By tutoring

Eternatus learns no moves via tutoring.


Sprites


Appearances

Anime

Main article: Eternatus (anime)

Eternatus made a brief appearance in Flash of the Titans!, where it flew through the clouds next to the plane Ash Ketchum and Goh use to travel to Galar while passing by it. Similar to Zekrom, it attracts the high-level energy signature of Ash's Pikachu. It will return playing a major role as one of the antagonists in a Pokémon Journeys saga based on the primary Sword and Shield storyline.

Trivia

  • Eternatus is currently the only Pokémon with a 690 base stat total number.
  • Eternatus' Base Form currently holds the record of largest normal form Pokémon at 65'07", beating out Wailord's 47'07". It is also the heaviest of both of this types.
  • After being caught, Eternatus cannot enter its Eternamax or Dynamax form, making it one of the only Pokémon in Sword and Shield to not be able to Dynamax (the others being Zacian and Zamazenta).
  • Eternatus is currently the only Poison-type Legendary Pokémon, Silvally with the poison memory excluded.
  • Without their armor, Eternatus has type advantage over Zacian and Zamazenta. Zacian, a Fairy type, is weak to Eternatus' Poison type, which also resists Zamazenta's Fighting type. However, when the two put on their armor, they both gain a secondary Steel type, making both of them immune to the Poison type. In addition, Zacian was already immune to Eternatus' Dragon type, and Zamazenta now resists it.
  • Eternatus' Eternamax form has the following characteristics:
    • It ties with Blissey for the highest base HP (255).
    • It has the highest Defense and Special Defense stats.
    • It has the highest base stat of all Pokémon, with a base total of 1,125, beating the initial 780 of Mega Rayquaza.
    • It holds the record for largest Pokémon height (328'01").
  • Eternatus is one of few Legendaries to not have a name that is a globally shared.
  • Eternatus is one of the only Pokémon to have multiple signature moves (Eternabeam and Dynamax Cannon), the other being Necrozma (Photon Geyser and Prismatic Laser).
  • A Poké Ball is automatically given to the player if there aren't any Poké Balls in the bag during the battle with Eternatus, making it impossible to fail Eternatus' capture.
  • It is somewhat similar to Necrozma. Both are the main antagonists of their games’ stories, both power the game's battle mechanic, and both have alternate forms, which can be accessed via using a certain mechanic, along with 2 signature moves.
  • Eternatus has an unused theme song.
  • Despite being similar, Eternamax Eternatus is neither a Dynamax Pokémon nor a Gigantamax Pokémon. This also means Behemoth Blade and Behemoth Bash do not double in power.

Origin

Eternatus is based on various depictions of dragons, most likely the ones depicted in the United Kingdom (the region Galar is based on). It is most likely based on depictions of venomous dragons in folklore such as the one St. George had killed. It also resembles an ancient dinosaur skeleton. According to its etymology, it may be based on Thanatos, the god of death. Strangely, its bones resemble the armor of Necrozma, another extraterrestrial death-themed Pokémon who provided its generation's region with the energy needed for that generation's signature combat mechanic (Z-Moves in Necrozma's case, Dynamax in Eternatus's). Its multiple blank white eyes resemble those of Crocomire, a boss from the game Super Metroid.

In terms of genre analysis or "meta", or "fourth wall genre awareness", Eternatus likely draws upon classical fantasy motifs of slaying primordial and chthonic forces that threaten humanity, as to the Lernaden Hydra, Yamata no Orochi, and the Dragon slain by St. George, and to RPGs, to embody the form of a more traditional endboss that threatens the world and all who live in it. Finally, its Eternamax form harkens to the European art motif of the Hand of God, used to display God's intervention and His will to depict Him without displaying a tangible form, which was considered blasphemous in the Middle Ages. It may also be based on the biblical Seven Headed Dragon that throws one-third of all stars down to Earth and is then banished, which leads to the end of all time. This may have inspired the Wishing Stars (the stars that fall down to Earth), the banishment (the player only being able to catch Eternatus and being unable to let it retreat), and the Darkest Day (the end of all time). In turn with Eternatus' RPG Endboss theming, this may also be a throwback to the 1990s and early 2000s JRPG era, significantly to such series and installments such as Lunar, Grandia II, Final Fantasy X, Xenosaga, and Tales of the Abyss, which came to challenge religious fatalism and eschatological/end times zealotry.

Etymology

Eternatus comes from the words "eternal", "aeternatus" (immortalized in Latin), and "Thanatus" (Thanatos in Latin).

Its Japanese name, Mugendaina, comes from the words "mugendai" (infinity), "dynamic", "die" (as it's a Poison type), and "Daimax" (Dynamax).

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