El Gusano エル・グサノ

El Gusano
El Gusano

Length : 400 meters
Mass : 200 tons

Powers / Weapons

Burrowing ability; clubbed tail; chemical mutation

Weaknesses

High temperatures

Appearances

Godzilla: The Series Episode 4 - D.O.A. (1998); Godzilla: The Series Episode 15, Episode 16, Episode 17

Series // GODZILLA: THE SERIES

Sound Effect

Description

In Costa Rojo, reports of a monstrous worm terrorizing the land began to spread. H.E.A.T. quickly arrived to investigate and discovered the reports to be true. Possibly mutated by the same bombs that created the first Godzilla, this monstrous worm was feeding on everything in its path and devastating countless amounts of farmland. When it turned its attention on H.E.A.T., the group of scientists were saved by the unexpected arrival of Godzilla. The nuclear lizard battled the monolithic worm. However, as the giants battled, an unexpected third party entered the fray: the Costa Rojoan Army. While their puny tanks mattered little to the warring beasts, the forces were armed with a chemical agent.

The chemical warhead was fired, exposing both Godzilla and El Gusano. While the monster king was severely weakened and nearly killed by the chemical, El Gusano’s response was completely opposite. Absorbing the chemical that was derived from its primary food source, the worm began to mutate and shift into a new form.

Growing claws and larger horns, El Gusano roared to the world as Godzilla fled to the sea after being exposed to the chemical agent. The worm then dove underground, ready to start its feeding frenzy once again. Starting an investigation into exactly what the chemical agent used against them was, the H.E.A.T. team made the startling discovery that it was based on a flower the worm fed on in massive numbers. They planned to destroy the flowers blooming in its huge craters and synthesized an antidote to give to Godzilla.

When attacked again, they tried using flamethrowers against it but the plan only worked for so long. The worm soon cornered the group on a cliff. As it loomed over them, the familiar roar of Godzilla sounded. Round two instantly commenced and the giants waged their war against each other. Once again arriving, the Costa Rojoan forces planned to utilize another chemical strike against the monsters. However, thanks to Randy, the weapon was misfired and detonated in the air far away from the fight, denying El Gusano its desired food.

Taking his opportunity, Godzilla let loose with his atomic fire. Bathing the worm in a green inferno, the monster king burned its body. Shrieking in agony, El Gusano began to rapidly shrink until it was but the size of a man. Shrunken down and severely weakened, El Gusano was helpless and at Godzilla’s mercy. Before the monster king could deliver a killing strike, the worm dove into the ground and vanished. However, the worm wouldn’t remain this size for very long and would eventually mutate back into its largest, most powerful form. When this happened, it was targeted by the Leviathan aliens and enslaved. Once the invaders had an entire army of mutations at their disposal, the beasts were let loose upon the Earth.

El Gusano made its way to Moscow and began to obliterate the Russian city. Tanks and heavy gunfire were no use as it leveled building after building and cleared entire city blocks in order to ready the city for the arrival of the alien forces. However, H.E.A.T., on Site Omega, managed to destroy their control device and free the mutations of control. Once this was done, El Gusano turned on its masters. Lunging out at the warships, the mammoth worm was quickly ended by several powerful laser blasts, ending its life once and for all.


Powers / Weapons
Burrowing ability

Burrowing ability

Like normal worms, El Gusano is capable of burrowing. However, this mutant’s burrowing is extremely fast, as it can not only burrow through the ground at extremely high speeds, but also literally dive into the dirt as if it were water.

   
Clubbed tail

Clubbed tail

El Gusano's tail ends in a club-like shape with multiple protruding spikes.

   
Chemical mutation

Chemical mutation

When exposed to certain chemicals derived from a species of flower it feeds on, El Gusano will mutate into bigger and stronger forms. While no further mutations of El Gusano were shown, it is theorized that further exposure to the flower’s chemicals could cause even further mutative effects to the giant worm.


Weaknesses
High temperatures

High temperatures

Should El Gusano be exposed to high temperature levels of heat or fire, such as Godzilla’s atomic breath, it will rapidly shrink. It's possible it may also die if exposed to these elements for too long.


Background and Trivia
  • Its full name is "El Gusano Gigante," which is Spanish for "the giant worm."
  • Appears as a boss monster in the 2000 Game Boy Color game, Godzilla: The Series - Monster Wars.
  • The height, length and mass stats came from the Godzilla.com domain for their Godzilla: The Series coverage while it was still up. On the Godzilla.com domain from around 1998, the monster was classified under the "Anomalies" category.