Natarl Mother Ship ナタール司令母艦

Natarl Mother Ship
Natarl Mother Ship

Length :
Height :
Mass :

Powers / Weapons

Flight; space travel; giant absolute zero ray; laser; radio wave impulses; Meteor Torpedoes

Appearances

Battle in Outer Space (1959)

Series // SHOWA

Sound Effect

Description

When the crews of the SPIPs landed on the moon in search of the Natarl base, it was eventually found beyond a cave. The base seemed immobile and unfinished: open to attack. Quick to mobilize, the SPIP crews fired their Heat Ray Guns at the base. However, the Natarl were far from helpless, as they launched a counter strike as laser fire struck the mountain. These efforts by the aliens were ultimately futile, though. The base was ultimately damaged by small explosions and had to be fixed before the Natarl's plans could go any farther. The moon landing mission was a success by the SPIPs.

Deception, though, showed when the base itself rose from the moon's surface. The base was in fact a large space craft, and the trump card in the Natarl's arsenal. The battle in outer space would be brought to Earth.

Luckily humanity bought itself just enough time to build FFE Space Fighter bases to counter the Natarl attack fleet when it came. Soon a radio signal was picked up, which was the Natarl attack fleet coming towards Earth. The FFE battle rockets were launched. After a large battle above Earth, the Natarl were able to break through thanks to launching Meteor Torpedoes. These not only distracted Earth's fighters, but landed on Earth causing massive destruction to two cities in the United States: New York and San Francisco.

Taking advantage of the opening, the Natarl Mother Ship proceeded to enter the atmosphere and move into Tokyo. A large, blue light charged up under the mother ship and began to fire an absolute zero waves onto the city below. The beam picked everything up, throwing it everywhere and trashing the city. The mother ship then attempted to move into the Tokyo Space Center with the last of the Natarl UFO. However, both were eventually destroyed by the Giant Heat Rays, putting an end to the alien threat for good.


Powers / Weapons
Flight

Flight

During the Natarl's all-out attack, the Mother Ship was used as the central offensive weapon. After utilizing Meteor Torpedoes to scatter the FFE Space Fighters, the giant craft entered Earth's atmosphere and proved capable of flight to further the alien race's destructive directive.

   
Space Travel

Space Travel

The central alien ship was able to travel through outer space. It used this ability to venture from the moon to Earth in order to lead the attack on the planet.

   
Giant absolute Zero Ray

Giant absolute Zero Ray

The mammoth Natarl Mother Ship was able to release a huge absolute zero ray from the base of the craft.

This ray reduces the temperature of an object to absolute zero, which removes the gravity and causes the object to levitate in the air.

   
Laser

Laser

The Natarl home base could fire off lasers in a variety of directions.

Given the type of lasers and that they fire from openings, it's possible that the docked Natarl UFOs are instrumental in firing off these beams. That said, there are scenes where the lasers appear to be firing from above the UFOs rather than directly from them.

   
Laser

Radio Wave Impulses

The alien race was capable of transmitting radio wave impulses. This was used in combination with the mind control implants that the Natarl UFOs could deploy to control other beings. It could also be used to convey messages over long distances, as it was utilized to try and threaten the crew of the SPIPs to leave as they approached the moon.

When the Natarl Mother Ship was damaged during the conflict on the moon, the aliens lost the ability to use radio wave impulses, freeing Iwomura who they had previously been controlling.

   
Meteor Torpedoes

Meteor Torpedoes

The primary Natarl ship could launch Meteor Torpedoes, which could fly on their own after launch.

These missiles were strong enough to break through the FFE Space Fighters when they came in contact. When hit with a Heat Ray Gun, though, they would violently detonate. Two of these Meteor Torpedoes were launched from space at Earth. After entering the Earth's atmosphere, they became encased in fire before striking their targets: New York City and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.


Background and Trivia
  • The 2005 publication Godzilla: Toho Monster Picture Book (ISBN: 4092800525) lists an English name of "Natarl Mother Ship" for the craft. This is with a space between "Mother" and "Ship", rather than the more common spelling of "Mothership" as one word.
  • The weaponry of the aliens are actually given their own bio in the 2005 publication Godzilla: Toho Monster Picture Book (ISBN: 4092800525). It also lists an English name of "Meteor Torpedoes".
  • The ship's missiles are called "Space Torpedoes" in the English, dubbed version created for the US market by Columbia Pictures.