Godzilla Field Guide

In November 1954; a team of Japanese scientists visited remote Oda Island; located in the Bonin island chain located to the south of the main island of Honshu. Their mission was to investigate the destruction of the village by a large, bipedal reptile that was named Godzilla; after a seemingly-mythic beast that once terrorized the region. Within a matter of days, this creature was proved to be no myth, as it came out of the sea, entered Tokyo Harbor and immediately started destroying the city. While this creature was seemingly killed due to a scientific breakthrough by the now-deceased Dr. Daisuke Serizawa; a very similar creature was seen the following year in the Japanese city of Osaka and in the rural Northern island of Hokkaido.
By consulting the documentary footage (ok, watching the movies) of these attacks and by carefully reading the scientific papers by experts in the field (ok, reading godzilla.wikia.com and wikizilla.org); I have immersed myself in this creature and discovered that, contrary to popular opinion, there are actually 20 different species of “Godzilla” that have appeared over the past 54 years. I’ve collated my findings into this “Field Guide” that will outline the various species of “Godzilla” for you. I’ve also compiled the map below to let you know where each siting of this creature occurred.

Description of the Genus:

The genus is defined as a large, amphibious, reptilian biped that is at least 50 meters/164 Feet high. The head represents about 15% of the total height of the creature and its face is slightly taller than it is wide. It has two eyes, a small crocodilian nose and a wide mouth filled with sharp teeth. The head rests upon a serpentine neck that tends to represent another 9% of its overall height. The animal has two arms that are proportionately smaller than humans, each ending with clawed hands comprising of three fingers and one thumb. The torso represents, on average, 30% of the creature’s total height. The legs represent the remaining 46% of the creature’s height and end in two clawed feet. In it’s rear, a line of protruded ridges starts from the base of its skull and continue down its back unto the end of its tail.
In addition to its massive size and strength, the creature is covered in armored scales that makes it immune to conventional weaponry including small arms fire, explosives and missiles. In addition to its great strength, it also features an “atomic blast” of fire that emanates from within the “Godzilla’s” belly and which it can aim and use as a weapon.

1) Godzillicus Shodai

First Seen: 1954
Last Seen: 1954
Documentary Films: Godzilla
Locations seen: Odo (Bonin Islands) – 1954, Tokyo (Japan) – 1954
Height: 50 Meters/164 Feet
Head: 9.24 Meters/30.30 Feet (As Measured from Crown to Jawline)
Neck: 2.58 Meters/8.47 Feet (As Measured from Jawline to Shoulders)
Torso: 15.35 Meters/50.36 Feet (As Measured from Shoulders to Hips)
Legs: 22.83 Meters/74.87 Feet (As Measured from Hips to Feet)
Eye Ratio: .56 (As Measured by the distance from one side of the face to the other at the eyes compared to the distance between the middle of two eyes. As a reference point, the average human is between .4 and .5)
Notes: This is the first species of “Godzilla” to be found and sets the template for what later versions of this creature would be. This species was verified as killed by Dr. Serizawa’s Oxygen Destroyer which destroyed the flesh of the creature while it was resting in the ocean offshore of Tokyo. The original documentary film showed the skeletal system as also dissolving, but a subsequent 2002 film proved that the skeleton stayed intact (and was later used as the basis for a “Mechagodzilla” cyborg).

2) Godzillicus Gyakushu

First Seen: 1955
Last Seen: 1955
Documentary Films: Godzilla Raids Again
Locations: Osaka (Japan) – 1955, Remote Hokkaido (Japan) – 1955
Height: 50 Meters/164 Feet
Head: 8.59 Meters/28.18 Feet
Neck: 4.96 Meters/16.27 Feet
Torso: 15.38 Meters/50.46 Feet
Legs: 21.08 Meters/69.08 Feet
Eye Ratio: .57
Notes: Based upon the pictures captured via Film, Godzillicus Gyakushu had a slightly longer neck and a slightly smaller skull than the previously seen Godzillicus Shodai. The species also features teeth that protrude out of the mouth. Curiously enough, this species (as well as species 3-8 below), had only three toes on each foot, as opposed to the four that Shodai has. As opposed to the previous species which seemed to live only in the warmer waters of the Bonin Islands and Tokyo Harbor; this species seemed equally comfortable in the warmth of the Osaka area and in the snow-covered landscape of Northern Hokkaido. This version of Godzilla was stopped after it was trapped in an avalanche of ice.

3) Godzillicus KingKongi

First Seen: 1962
Last Seen: 1962
Documentary Films: King Kong vs. Godzilla
Locations: Remote Hokkaido (Japan) – 1962, Atami (Japan) – 1962
Height: 50 Meters/164 Feet
Head: 6.98 Meters/22.88 Feet
Neck: 4.76 Meters/15.68 Feet
Torso: 16.41 Meters/53.82 Feet
Legs: 23.83 Meters/71.62 Feet
Eye Ratio: .48
Notes: Conspiracy theorists would tell you that this is the same Godzilla that was encased in ice in 1955 and was later awakened when an American helicopter was flying nearby; but the physical differences between this version (termed Godzillicus KingKongi) and the Gyakushu last seen in the same region points to the fault in this rationalization. The KingKongi species has a substantially smaller head and neck than the Gyakushu. The KingKongi also features spiked fingers on its hands and a stockier build. This species lacks the visible fangs and ears that were visible in the Shodai and Gyakushu species.

4) Godzillicus Mosu

First Seen: 1964
Last Seen: 1964
Documentary Films: Mothra vs Godzilla and Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster
Locations: Okinawa (Japan) – 1964, Nagoya (Japan) – 1964, Tokyo (Japan) – 1964, Iwa Island (South Pacific) – 1964
Height: 50 Meters/164 Feet
Head: 7.81 Meters/25.63 Feet
Neck: 2.85 Meters/9.38 Feet
Torso: 15.29 Meters/50.14 Feet
Legs: 24.05 Meters/78.88 Feet
Eye Ratio: .42
Notes: Much like Godzillicus KingKongi there is some confusion as to whether the species identified in 1964 is the same one that appeared in 1962. The KingKongi was last seen fighting underwater with the gigantic ape known as “King Kong” and while the ape surfaced after the fight, the Godzilla KingKongi did not. As with the previous case, there are enough physical differences between the versions found in 1964 with the one from two years earlier to cast doubt as to whether it’s the same creature. The Mosu species has a wider waist with a distinct breast bone and the fingers appeared to be able to move independently with sharper claws. The face also featured a more prominent brow and larger eyes; so, unless the KingKongi mutated underwater between 1962 and 1964, it’s safe to assume that the KingKongi version perished in the fight with giant ape and that the Mosu species that was seen fighting “Mothra” and “Ghidorah” represented a distinct species.

5) Godzillicus Daisenso

First Seen: 1965
Last Seen: 1966
Documentary Films: Invasion of Astro-Monster, Ebirah, Horror of the Deep
Locations: “Planet X” – 1965, Letchi Island (South Pacific) – 1966
Height: 50 Meters/164 Feet
Head: 8.08 Meters/26.51 Feet
Neck: 3.42 Meters/11.23 Feet
Torso: 15.94 Meters/52.27 Feet
Legs: 22.56 Meters/73.99 Feet
Eye Ratio: .42
Notes: This species of Godzilla was first seen by astronauts during a top secret international space flight during 1965 where a team of American and Japanese astronauts discovered this version of the species on so-called Planet X. Personally, I’d be willing to dismiss this version as a hoax, were it not for the fact that a version matching the exact description was found the following year on two different South Pacific islands. For mapping purposes, I’ve excluded the “Planet X” siting since its’ precise location is unknown (not to mention that it would through off the scale of the picture). Another peculiarity of this species is that it’s the first not to be seen in the Japanese archipelago.
The most prominent physical difference between this species of Godzilla and those discussed previously was the roundness of the head. While previous versions had a head height: head width ratio between .90 and .99; the Daisenso species’ ratio is a 1.20. Another prominent difference is that the fingers do not move independently of each other and they sport less prominent claws.
This species was last seen escaping from an explosion on Letchi Island. There are many who would claim that the Godzilla spotted next year is, in fact, the same as Daisenso; but again, a careful study of the evidence will show that they are actually of two separate species.

6) Godzillicus Musuko

First Seen: 1967
Last Seen: 1967
Documentary Films: Son of Godzilla
Locations: Solgell Island (South Pacific) – 1967
Height: 50 Meters/164 Feet
Head: 6.33 Meters/20.75 Feet
Neck: 3.58 Meters/11.74 Feet
Torso: 14.92 Meters/48.93 Feet
Legs: 25.18 Meters/82.58 Feet
Eye Ratio: .54
Notes: While there are physical differences with this species of Godzilla from those previously discussed (this one features the largest legs, but the smallest head and torso) and has a more prominent snout; its biggest difference is the presence of, and the care for, a juvenile that accompanies it. This marks the first time that a member of the Godzillicus genus is seen with another member of its species and also the first time that it is seen caring for its (or any other creature’s) offspring.
This gives credence to famed paleontologist Dr. Kyohei Yamane’s belief that the Godzilla genus is either a dinosaur itself or is a direct descendent thereof; since reptiles are known for letting their young fend for themselves once they hatch while there have been numerous discoveries of dinosaurs caring for their young.

7) Godzillicus Soshingeki

First Seen: 1968
Last Seen: 1972
Documentary Films: Destroy All Monsters, All Monsters Attack, Godzilla vs. Hedorah, Godzilla vs. Gigan
Locations: New York City (United States) – 1968, Tokyo (Japan) – 1968, Mount Fuji (Japan) – 1968/1971, Monster Island (South Pacific) – 1969/1972
Height: 50 Meters/164 Feet
Head: 8.96 Meters/29.37 Feet
Neck: 5.47 Meters/17.95 Feet
Torso: 11.54 Meters/39.16 Feet
Legs: 23.63 Meters/77.51 Feet
Eye Ratio: .51
Notes: The Soshingeki species is the one that has been filmed the most, with 4 separate movies made about it. For the first time, we see a Godzillicus species outside of Japan or the South Pacific, with a 1969 sighting in New York City that corresponded with similar viewings of other Kaiju previously seen only in Japan or the South Pacific. Like the Musuko species, the Soshingeki was seen with its offspring (in 1968 and 1969). Physically, it can be identified by its less-prominent hips, which had a height/width ratio of 1.76 (as opposed to the 1.38 ration of the Mosuku and a species average of 1.51).

8) Godzillicus Megaro

First Seen: 1963
Last Seen: 1975
Documentary Films: Godzilla vs. Megalon, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, Terror of Mechagodzilla
Locations: Tokyo (Japan) – 1973/1974/1975, Okinawa (Japan) – 1974, Monster Island (South Pacific) – 1973
Height: 50 Meters/164 Feet
Head: 8.38 Meters/27.48 Feet
Neck: 4.92 Meters/16.13 Feet
Torso: 15.30 Meters/50.19 Feet
Legs: 21.40 Meters/70.20 Feet
Eye Ratio: .46
Notes: With three separate appearances, this is the second most prevalent documented species of the Godzilla. Like most of its predecessors, it was found only in the Japanese islands and the South Pacific and unlike the other two species identified before it (Mosuku and Soshingeki) it was never seen with any offspring. Visually, this species can best be differentiated by its larger, rounder eyes; a more pronounced prow and a more rounded muzzle. When walking, it had a more upright stance than its predecessors.

9) Godzillicus EightyFourus

First Seen: 1984
Last Seen: 1984
Documentary Films: The Return of Godzilla
Locations: Tokyo (Japan) – 1984, Mount Mihara (Japan) – 1984
Height: 80 Meters/262.4 Feet
Head: 14.89 Meters/48.84 Feet
Neck: 6.10 Meters/20.02 Feet
Torso: 23.40 Meters/76.75 Feet
Legs: 35.61 Meters/116.79 Feet
Eye Ratio: .44
Notes: The most obvious different between the EightyFourus species and the previously discussed species was its size. While the other 8 species had a height of approximately 50 meters, this version comes in at 80 meters height. Beyond its height, it physically resembles the Shodai version more than any other species. Like the Shodai, it has visible fangs and ears; sprouts proportionally larger dorsal fins and has four toes per foot. It was last seen on the volcanic island of Mt. Mihara where it disappeared in a manmade explosion that triggered a volcanic eruption.

10) Godzillicus Bio

First Seen: 1989
Last Seen: 1991
Documentary Films: Godzilla vs. Biollante, Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah
Locations: Mount Mihara (Japan) – 1989, Lake Ashi (Japan) – 1989, Osaka (Japan) – 1989, Hokkaido (Japan) – 1991, Tokyo (Japan) – 1991, Lagos (South Pacific) 1991
Height: 80 Meters/262.4 Feet
Head: 10.84 Meters/35.57 Feet
Neck: 7.57 Meters/24.83 Feet
Torso: 21.07 Meters/69.12 Feet
Legs: 40.51 Meters/132.88 Feet
Eye Ratio: .56
Notes: The Bio species is just as tall as the EightyFourus species, but it can be differentiated by the smaller size of its head, longer neck and more muscular body. From a territory standpoint, it has the most diverse viewings within Japan of any other species.

11) Godzillicus Bato

First Seen: 1992
Last Seen: 1992
Documentary Films: Godzilla vs. Mothra
Locations: Mt. Fuji (Japan) – 1992, Yokohama (Japan) – 1992, Sea outside of Manilla (Philippines) – 1992
Height: 100 Meters/328 Feet
Head: 11.34 Meters/37.19 Feet
Neck: 8.18 Meters/26.83 Feet
Torso: 34.20 Meters/112.18 Feet
Legs: 46.28 Meters/151.81 Feet
Eye Ratio: .44
Notes: This is the first discovered species of Godzilla that reached 100 meters. Aside from its massive size, this species can be identified by its smaller face. Whereas previously discovered versions of the head represented between 13% (Gyakushu) and 19% (EightyFourus), this Bato’s head only represents 11% of the creature’s total height. Likewise, the neck is a smaller than in previous versions. It’s only .6 meters longer than the Bio version despite it being 20 meters taller. The Bato species also has a more oval-shaped head than its immediate predecessors (a Height/Width ratio of only .92; as compared to the 1.08 of the Bio and the 1.35 of EightyFourus). Its shoulders were also narrower than other species (with a torso height: width ratio of 2.09, as composed to an average of 1.37 for the previously discovered species.

12) Godzillicus Rado

First Seen: 1993
Last Seen: 1993
Documentary Films: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II
Locations: Tokyo (Japan) – 1993, Kyoto (Japan) – 1993
Height: 100 Meters/328 Feet
Head: 13.16 Meters/43.16 Feet
Neck: 7.02 Meters/23.02 Feet
Torso: 35.96 Meters/117.96 Feet
Legs: 43.86 Meters/143.86 Feet
Eye Ratio: .56
Notes: Like the Bato species discovered the previous year, the Rado reaches a height of 100 meters. Its head is slightly larger than the Bato (while the Bato’s head represents 11% of its total height, the Rado’s head is 13% of its overall size) and a bit more oval (The Bato has a facial height/weight ratio of .92 while the Rado has a 1.15). The Rado is also a bit “bulkier” than the Bato, while the Bato’s torso (as measured from the distance between the torso and waist versus the distance between the two shoulders) has a height/width ration of 2.09; the Rado’s is only 1.95. Likewise, the hips are further apart in the Rado (which had a leg height/width ratio of 1.52 as compared the leaner Bato’s at 1.72).

13) Godzillicus Moge

First Seen: 1994
Last Seen: 1995
Documentary Films: Godzilla vs SpaceGodzilla, Godzilla vs. Destroyah
Locations: Tokyo (Japan) – 1994/1995, Fukuoka (Japan) – 1994, Hong Kong (China) – 1995, Birth Island (South Pacific) – 1995
Height: 100 Meters/328 Feet
Head: 11.87 Meters/38.94 Feet
Neck: 6.47 Meters/21.24 Feet
Torso: 30.58 Meters/100.29 Feet
Legs: 51.08 Meters/167.54 Feet
Eye Ratio: .59
Notes: Like the Bato and Rado species found before it, the Moge species reaches approximately 100 meters in height. It can be differentiated by these two-other species primarily by the thickness of its torso (h/w ratio of 1.29 as compared to the 2.09 and 1.95) and legs (h/w ratio of 1.35 as compared to 1.72 and 1.52). This version of Godzillicus also has proportionally taller legs, which represent 51% of its total height, as compared to the 46% and 44% of the other species. It also has a wider natural habitat, with confirmed sightings in both Southeastern China (Hong Kong) and the South Pacific (Birther Island) as compared to the Bato and Rado which have been seen only in and around Japan.

14) Godzillicus Americanus

First Seen: 1998
Last Seen: 1998
Documentary Films: GODZILLA
Locations: Waters of South Pacific – 1995, Panama Canal (Panama) – 1995, Jamaica – 1995, New York City (United States) – 1998
Height: 70 Meters/229 Feet
Head: 11.76 Meters/38.56 Feet
Neck: 14.43 Meters/47.32 Feet
Torso: 23.20 Meters/69.52 Feet
Legs: 22.62 Meters/74.20 Feet
Eye Ratio: .70
Notes: This species is so strikingly different from all other known Godzilicus species that there is much speculation as to whether or not it should actually be categorized as a Godzilla. Without a specimen to study to study up close, I am content to include it in this field guide; albeit with a heavy caveat. This species more closely resembles the members of the Therapoda suborder, such as Tyrannosaurus Rex. Its eyes are much further apart than any other species of Godzillicus, with a ratio of .70 as compared to a species average of .50 and the next closest value of .59 by the Moge. Its face is also much more oval/less round than any other species (with a facial height/width ratio of 1.5, the average being 1.04 with the next closest being a 1.35 of the EightyFourus). It also features a much longer neck than any other species (it represents nearly 21% of its total height and is longer in pure meters than other species that are 30-40 meters taller than it). The other major difference is the shape of its dorsal fins, which more closely resemble a reverse shark fin than it does the “W” shape of the other species.

15) Godzillicus Mire

First Seen: 1999
Last Seen: 2000
Documentary Films: Godzilla 2000: Millennium, Godzilla vs. Megaguirus
Locations: Nemuro (Japan) – 1999, Tokai (Japan) – 1999, Tokyo (Japan) – 1999/2000
Height: 55 Meters/180 Feet
Head: 7.98 Meters/26.17 Feet
Neck: 5.79 Meters/19.01 Feet
Torso: 15.96 Meters/52.34 Feet
Legs: 25.27 Meters/82.88 Feet
Eye Ratio: .40
Notes: While the previous Japan-based species of Godzilla had gotten progressively larger over time, the Mire is closer in size to the first 8 species discovered (Shodai to Megaro above), albeit slightly taller. As far as facial/body measurements, it’s head height/width ratio of .91 is like the KingKongi and Mosu species (.90 and .92 respectively). It has a relatively lean torso (ratio of 1.17, which is similar to the Gyakushu and Musuko which had a 1.14 and 1.21), but broader legs (1.60 ratio) than similarly sized Godzillicus specimens. This species also features fangs that had been absent on other newly-discovered species as well as large dorsal fins with a purplish hue. The other distinctive feature of the Mire is that it’s color is greener/less grey than most of the other discovered species.

16) Godzillicus Sokogeki

First Seen: 2001
Last Seen: 2001
Documentary Films: Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack
Locations: Yokohama (Japan) – 2001, Bonin Islands (Japan) – 2001, Mount Fuji (Japan) – 2001
Height: 60 Meters/196.80 Feet
Head: 9.30 Meters/30.50 Feet
Neck: 6.20 Meters/20.33 Feet
Torso: 15.28 Meters/50.11 Feet
Legs: 29.23 Meters/95.86 Feet
Eye Ratio: .43
Notes: The Sokogeki is slightly larger than the previously discovered and discussed Mire. It is a more muscular than any of its predecessors, with a Torso height/weight ratio of .96 (with the next “bulkiest” being the 1Mire’s 1.17 and the Mosuko’s 1.21). It can also be distinguished from the Mire by its darker color and white dorsal fins.

17) Godzillicus Kiryu

First Seen: 2002
Last Seen: 2003
Documentary Films: Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla, Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.
Locations : Tateyama (Japan) – 2002, Tokyo (Japan) – 2002/2003
Height: 55 Meters/180.40 Feet
Head: 6.57 Meters/21.53 Feet
Neck: 5.95 Meters/19.50 Feet
Torso: 16.48 Meters/54.04 Feet
Legs: 26.01 Meters/85.32 Feet
Eye Ratio: .49
Notes: While similar in size the Sokogeki and Mire, the Kiryu species sports a much smaller head, with it representing only 12% of the creatures’ total height (as compared to 15% for the other two). Its face is also wider than it is tall, with a ratio of .74, which is the smallest of any Godzillicus species. Additional differences include smaller dorsal fins that Mire and Sokogeki as well as a darker color.

18) Godzillicus Finali

First Seen: 2004
Last Seen: 2004
Documentary Films: Godzilla: Final Wars
Locations: Tokyo (Japan) – 2004, Antarctica – 2004
Height: 100 Meters/328 Feet
Head: 15.43 Meters/50.60 Feet
Neck: 10.11 Meters/33.15 Feet
Torso: 25.53 Meters/83.74 Feet
Legs: 48.94 Meters/160.51 Feet
Eye Ratio: .39
Notes: Fifty years after the first sighting of the Godzillicus genus, the Godzillicus Finali species was first discovered. It is the first of its genus to be found in Antarctica (although other species like the Gyakushu were seen thriving in frozen environments). Physically, it’s taller than the more recently discovered species; with a height of approximately 100 meters (matching the tallest species seen at that time). It can be differentiated by its narrower torso (a height/width ratio of 1.5) and legs (a ratio of 2.09 – the narrowest hips by far of any species – the SoshingekiGoji is the next closest with a 1.76). It also features more noticeable ears and proportionally smaller dorsal plates than the Sokogeki or the Kiryu.

19) Godzillicus Legendari

First Seen: 2014
Last Seen: 2014
Documentary Films: Godzilla (Legendary Monster-verse)
Locations: Bikini Atoll (South Pacific) – 2014, San Francisco (United States) – 2014
Height: 108 Meters/354.24 Feet
Head: 15.43 Meters/50.60 Feet
Neck: 9.87 Meters/32.99 Feet
Torso: 28.70 Meters/94.13 Feet
Legs: 54.00 Meters/177.12 Feet
Eye Ratio: .56
Notes: The Legendari was the first species to be seen in a decade and at 108 meters, it was the tallest seen to date. From a proportional standpoint, it’s head is more oval than most species with a height/width ratio of .83 (as compared to an average of 1.04) and it has a wider torso (a ratio of 1.18 versus an average of 1.40) and narrower legs (1.62 versus an average of 1.51) of the other species. Other researchers have noted that it has more sunken eye sockets, a broader muzzle and more “reptilian” muzzle than previous species as well as webbed, alligatorish claws and a longer, more-whip like tail.

20) Godzillicus Shin

First Seen: 2016
Last Seen: 2016
Documentary Films: Shin-Godzilla
Locations: Tokyo (Japan) – 2016, Kamakura (Japan) – 2016, Yokohama – Japan (2016)
Height: 118.5 Meters/388.68 Feet
Head: 15.07 Meters/49.44 Feet
Neck: 12.14 Meters/39.83 Feet
Torso: 41.87 Meters/137.34 Feet
Legs: 49.41 Meters/162.06 Feet
Eye Ratio: .53
Notes: This is the most recent, and largest, species of Godzillicus found, topping in at nearly 120 meters. Other than its sheer size, the body ratios of Godzillicus Shin is well within the normal range for the genus. Researchers have noted that it has sunken eyes, a more pronounced nose and rows of shark-like teeth in its mouth. It has visible red muscles located between gaps in its scales. Unlike other species of Godzillicus, the Shin species has five toes on each foot and features a vestigial claw. It also features larger spines along its back that appear to be made out of bone.

NOTE: As I write this, there are rumors of new documentary film being gathered involving Doctors Russell, Serizawa and Graham from the Monarch Institute. At the present time, there are few details about where the Godzillicus has been located and whether or not it is a new species of the genus. Once I have confirmed facts from this film or from scholarly journals, I shall update this field guide accordingly.

Written by David Curewitz