Bagan バガン [Video Games]


Bagan (Energy Body) - Bagan - Bagan (2nd Generation)
Bagan (Energy Body)
Bagan (Energy Body)

Height-
Mass-

Powers / Weapons

Flight; body spores; explosive hatch

Appearances

Super Godzilla (1993)

Series // Video Games

Sound

Description

After the defeat of Mecha-King Ghidorah at the hands of Godzilla, a calm settled on the waking city of Tokyo. Godzilla and his controllers, the Anti-Monster Defense Forces piloting the Super-X2, had arrived just in the nick of time to spare the capital city from any further destruction. With no more monsters running amok and the sun rising over the horizon, it seemed peace was finally at hand. But the tranquil moment was short-lived, as the alien invaders responsible for the monster attacks had one more ace up their sleeve.

Even before its presence was made known, the crew of the Super-X2 pick up the signal of one last monster, a creature even more powerful than the cybernetic king of terror. Shortly thereafter, a massive ball of flesh and blood descends from the skies. Hovering just above the ground and in plain sight of the Super-X2 crew and Godzilla, the aliens called the energy body their ultimate weapon, Bagan, and coldly proclaim that humanity would learn the hard way just how powerful it was. Immediately, the grotesque orb pulses a green aura, its core beating steadily like a deformed heart. As the energy body's movement increases, four spheres emerge from its sides. The miniature flesh-like spores, gyrating at a rapid pace, circle the circumference of the energy body several times before being launched high into the air, one after another. The Super-X2 crew can only watch in horror as the four body spores rapidly soar and plummet towards the distant city of Tokyo. Suddenly, all four projectiles touch down in unison and explode in a brilliant flash. And as the glaring light fades into a reddening bloody sky, the terrible fate of the city is revealed: the entirety of Tokyo has been instantly wiped out.

After the untimely obliteration of the capital of Japan, the aliens challenge Godzilla to fight Bagan, acknowledging their underestimation of his strength but proudly boasting that he still stands no chance against their ultimate weapon. The invaders then declare an assault upon the Anti-Monster Defense Force headquarters at the National Diet Building, with the energy body silently obliging, ascending itself up and away from the devastated Tokyo area. Giving chase, the crew of the Super-X2 and Godzilla make their way towards the rampaging energy body of Bagan, and the aliens once more express nonchalant surprise at Godzilla's continued tenacity. But the arrival of the king of the monsters appears to trigger something within the energy body, as the massive cocoon pulsates with power and erupts into rounds of radiant white light... revealing Bagan's final true form.


Powers / Weapons
Flight

FLIGHT

Bagan's energy body form is capable of flight. In all its encounters with Godzilla, it can be seen levitating off the ground, and whenever moving to a new area, it takes to the air of its own volition.

   
Body Spores

Body Spores

Miniature replicas of the energy body that are the form's only known offensive attack. Created from the energy body itself and fired in spurts of four, the body spores are projectiles with immense destructive power, capable of effortlessly wiping out an entire city. However, it is unknown how effective they are in combat against other enemy monsters.

   
Body Spores

Explosive Hatch

When Bagan's main form completes its metamorphosis, the Energy Body violently explodes in bursts of light, destroying any structures in the surrounding area. However, it doesn't appear to be harmful to other monsters.


Background and Trivia
  • Although Bagan is famous for being considered for several film roles, there is no indication that the "Energy Body" form was ever planned for any of these lost projects.



Bagan
Bagan

Height : 150 meters
Mass : 280,000 tons

Powers / Weapons

Body strikes; force field; outer shell; electric amplification; Slasher Claw; Plasma Beam; Diamond Storm; Wings of Light; extendable claws; movable head horns; whip-like tail

Appearances

Super Godzilla (1993)

Series // Video Games

Sound

Description

Born in ultra-ancient China and shrouded in myth, the monster Bagan was the ruler of earth, sea, and sky. The beast's legendary power was what brought it to the attention of a nefarious group of aliens plotting to conquer the Earth in the year 199X. Warping back in time, they retrieved the monster and enhanced its already great abilities to incalculable levels through the cellular fusion of both Godzilla's and King Ghidorah's cells - a process directly influenced by the stolen research of Professor Ogata, the foremost expert on Godzilla's cells and member of the Anti-Monster Defense Forces in the present day.

Its metamorphosis finally complete, the energy body housing Bagan's essence erupts into rounds of radiant white light... its transformation alone leveling structures in the surrounding area, including the National Diet Building. The three-horned demon emerges from the light, towering over Godzilla and glaring intently as its alien captors revel in its awakening and explain the mighty beast's ancient origins. Even with a mild cellular fusion buff using King Ghidorah's cells, the crew of the Super-X2 realize that Godzilla is completely outclassed by the aliens'  trump card. And with their primary research lab destroyed, hope seems bleak... until Professor Ogata suggests the military's backup Super-X in Osaka be used to collect energy from resupply bases scattered across Japan. The plan is a timely one, but it remains the only option, and the backup Super-X is immediately dispatched.

BaganTheir speech complete, Bagan at last stirs, raining hell upon Godzilla. Despite his best efforts, the king of the monsters can barely scratch the surface of Bagan's thick armored hide. The three-horned monstrosity hardly flinches to any of Godzilla's physical attacks, as its weight alone makes it incredibly sturdy. Even Godzilla's signature Fire Breath Attack is rendered useless by Bagan's force field. Only when Godzilla taps into his inner power with a Hyper Breath Attack does Bagan's force field fall, but the damage is still negligible. The hybrid super-monster retaliates after each of Godzilla's attacks with devastating body strikes, quickly depleting Godzilla's energy and dropping his fighting spirit. The situation is made direr as Bagan unsheathes its electrically-powered Slasher Claw, and unleashes its energy-based Plasma Beam and Diamond Storm techniques - all of which do tremendous damage.

But just as victory is within reach for the invaders, the backup Super-X at last arrives! The metal fortress startles Bagan, sending the monster careening backwards, giving just enough time necessary for the Super-X to pump its collected energy reservoir into the battered Godzilla.

The effect is immediate: Godzilla begins to flash a deep purple, his size growing and shifting, spikes jutting from enlarged shoulders and glowing green patches of skin erupting from his chest and spines, until finally his body calms - and a near-unrecognizable new form stands in his place. The fusion between Godzilla and King Ghidorah's cells has been fully realized: Super Godzilla!

With this new transformation, Super Godzilla stands on equal footing with the devil beast Bagan. The two square off in a battle of epic proportions, neither holding back as they blast one another with supped-up techniques and land ground-quaking physical strikes. But in the end, humanity's savior in the form of Super Godzilla emerges triumphant. With a deafening roar, the mythical Bagan sinks into the earth as a beam of light engulfs him and the surrounding area. The red sky clears, and the tri-horned behemoth is no more. The aliens, distraught at these events, refuse to acknowledge defeat and begin to retreat. But the crew aboard the Super-X2 shoot the alien mothership down, bringing an end to their terror.

With the invaders defeated, Super Godzilla demorphs into his original form, and the operation box used to control him is destroyed after his violent battle. Instinctively, Godzilla heads back out to sea under the rising sun, and peace returns to the world. Bagan is never seen again.


Powers / Weapons
Body Strikes

Body Strikes

Bagan's swiftest technique. Using its super-weight, Bagan rushes into its foe multiple times in quick succession, leaving little room for a counterattack. While bodily trade-offs between monsters usually result in shared damage, Bagan takes no retaliatory damage when ramming into its opponent.

   
Force Field

Force Field

An invisible barrier used to block energy attacks, formed by Bagan's hands. The force field is strong enough to completely negate most energy attacks, such as Godzilla's Fire Breath Attack. However, more powerful techniques such as Godzilla's Hyper Breath Attack or Super Godzilla's Super Breath Attack can break Bagan's force field and do direct damage.

   
Slasher Claw

Outer Shell

Bagan's entire body is covered with an "outer shell" made of an extremely durable bone-like armor, making the monster highly resilient to physical attacks. Bagan will even fail to flinch when struck by weaker monsters, the body armor absorbing the blows and negating damage entirely. However, the outer shell is more susceptible to energy-based attacks.

   
Slasher Claw

Electric Amplification

Bagan uses electricity to amplify the power of its attacks. Small electric bolts surge over its body while this occurs. The electricity can course between the head horns, down its arms to its claws, or over nearly the entirety of its body.

   
Slasher Claw

Slasher Claw

A physical attack using Bagan's claws, made more powerful with electricity. Streaks of electric energy surge through Bagan's arms as it raises its claws and slashes its foe with a giant X-shaped swipe.

   
Plasma Beam

Plasma Beam

A blast of intense energy fired from Bagan's maw. Electricity coursing from the three horns on its head, Bagan's Plasma Beam is powered further as it shoots the blue ray from its gaping mouth. While not its signature move, it is the most powerful attack in Bagan's arsenal.

   
Diamond Storm

Diamond Storm

Bagan's signature attack. Electricity courses over Bagan's entire torso as three flashing balls of light float from its back and into the sky. The surging lights then morph into giant energy diamonds that target a foe and plunge down on top of them, dealing tremendous damage.

   
Diamond Storm

Wings of Light / Extendable Claws / Movable Head Horns / Whip-like Tail

While never featured in combat, Bagan has a number of hidden special abilities, including: Wings of Light, massive wings of pure energy that sprout from the shoulder protrusions and grant Bagan flight; the ability to double the length of its hand claws instantaneously, minus the thumb claw; adjustable head horns, the nasal horn being able to move upwards and downwards and the two other horns able to adjust in various directions; and a tail capable of bending and cracking like a massive whip.


Background and Trivia
  • Was considered for a number of film projects, both existing and unmade, including: The Resurrection of Godzilla in 1980, although under a slightly different name and a vastly different form; Mothra vs. Bagan in 1990 before appearing in Super Godzilla; the briefly considered Godzilla vs. Bagan in 1995 to act as Godzilla’s final foe; the Rebirth of Mothra trilogy in the mid- to late-1990s; and finally Yamato Takeru II in 1997.
  • Bagan Concept DesignsDespite their visual differences, Bagan's video game incarnation and the black-and-red concept artwork design (right image, left design) are regarded as being the same entity, which is why the latter always appears in Super Godzilla-related material in place of the former. Both versions are also nearly identical in terms of abilities to the unused white-and-green concept artwork design (right image, right design) slated for Mothra vs. Bagan (1990), whom had a body illustration made for it noting its various techniques and anatomical quirks.
  • Was created by Minoru Yoshida, one of Toho's chief designers responsible for several Heisei-era monsters such as SpaceGodzilla, Super Godzilla, and all of Destoroyah's forms. Many of the monsters he worked on share very similar design aspects and themes.
  • One of Bagan's concept designs was later reworked into the Ultraman monster, Kilazee.



Bagan (2nd Generation)
Bagan (2nd Generation)

Height : 150 meters
Mass : 280,000 tons

Powers / Weapons

N/A

Appearances

Godzilla Movie Studio Tour (1996)

Series // Video Games

No Sound

Description

Appearing in two of the many in-game terminals, Bagan is featured alongside Godzilla and Dogolas in the Publicity Dep. where players can create mock movie posters, utilizing given titles and a variety of different poses and angle shots of the monsters. Two titles include "Bagan's Revenge" and "Godzilla VS. Bagan" for the aforementioned kaiju. Once completed, the custom poster can then be printed.

Bagan also appears in the Kid's Shop terminal as a part of a printable sumo wrestling mini-game set, with Godzilla being the opponent. Bagan's wrestler portrait can be printed, cut out, folded, and played on a miniature ring provided in the in-game shop.


Powers / Weapons
N/A

N/A

There is no hint in the game about any of Bagan's powers, so anything related to this is unconfirmed. It's likely that it had some, though, as the one from Super Godzilla boasted many while the one from Mothra vs. Bagan was going to at least sport a beam weapon.


Background and Trivia
  • Nearly all pictures of Bagan in the game are gif-like images saved with less than 128 colors. The full gallery of turnaround images can be viewed here.
  • No sound effect for Bagan appears in the CD-Rom title.
  • The model for Bagan that appears in the game was a figure created by toy company Kaiyodo Co., Ltd., who is also responsible for such toy lines as Revoltech. However, this figure was never released for consumers.