Sunday, December 15, 2013

4 Theories on Godzilla's Atomic Breath

How does Godzilla's atomic breath work
Godzilla's atomic breath is the theme of this post! We start with 4 Reddit users answering the question, "How does Godzilla's atomic ray work?" Then Gareth Edwards, the director of the new Godzilla 2014 reboot, and finish with an awesome video compilation of Godzilla blasting his atomic breath!! Enjoy!

1) Atomic Organ
Godzilla possesses an organ with radioactive elements in high concentrations at different points. When Godzilla wishes to unleash nuclear blasts the organ first draws in a smallish quantity of its stomach fluid or other contents and then contracts. The proximity of the nucleary reactive nodes builds a critical mass which explodes from the monsters mouth. Far more interesting is Godzilla'a ultra resilient flesh which can withstand these forces, and consequently our most powerful weapons.
Reddit User: AntiVote

2) Ambient Radiation
It absorbs ambient radiation from the environment as either radioactive or charged particles (possibly both) in a specialized organ somewhere in its chest or neck. When agitated Godzilla can excite all of the particles at once in a chain reaction, generating a coherent beam similar to a chemical laser. Hence the "radioactive laser breath".

Apparently this process is extremely efficient. It can reach full capacity by absorbing background radiation over the course of several days, and the process is catalyzed by the presence of radioactive isotopes like plutonium and uranium.

Obviously this is all speculation. Nobody has been able to dissect Godzilla.
Reddit User: Thomar

3) Just Born That Way
well i work on the UN so i know a thing or two
Godzilla is a walking nuclear monster which allows him to use the atomic radiation inside him to blast atomic breath and the blast wary from big explosions to precise attacks there is no explanation just how he does it
it can also be powered by other means. After Mechagodzilla destroyed Godzillas second brain, Rodan revived Godzilla by transferring his own energy to Godzilla after that the Breath was more powerful spiraled and colored red, sadly it was powerful enough to destroy G-Forces Mechagodzilla (crew survived thank god)
Reddit User: Dyybe

4) Exothermic Reaction
The Radioluminous properties of the Godzilla Kaiju is a remarkable subject of study.
Observations of dorsal illumination prior to emission leads us to believe this is an exothermic reaction occurring either in the lungs or a similar bladder connected to the trachea, which the creature seems to have some control over. The expenditure of this energy does not seem to fatigue the creature, though it is often used sparingly.

Contrary to belief, the emitted beam does seem to eject with a considerable force. The creature has been observed to use this 'Atomic Breath' to launch its sizable weight a great distance into the sky.
Conflicting witness reports tell us of an ability to discharge the atomic load in a 'Pulse' around itself from seemingly all directions, or using the energy to repel metallic objects similar to a sudden shift in magnetic polarity, however further investigation is required.
Reddit User: Zane411

In an interview with ShockTillYouDrop Gareth Edwards promises that Godzilla's atomic breath will be in the Godzilla 2014 reboot. Read his comment on the atomic breath below.

Shock:  The film is said to be more grounded and “real” so how to you plausibly handle his creation, his atomic breath and other elements?

Edwards:  It was important to me to make it as believable as possible and with all of those elements you’ve mentioned, they’re in the film but I tried to put them in the film where they’re not so fantastical that you don’t believe it.  Hopefully, the only big buy the audience has to make – and I believe there can only be one buy – is that giant creatures can exist.  Beyond that, we try to make it as realistic as possible.  Throughout the franchise, there’s consistently been these elements related to Godzilla and they’re in this film, but it was about making it feel natural in our film.  I can’t go into much more details.  There is a nuclear element in the movie.

Watch this excellent compilation below of Godzilla using his atomic breath.


  1. "the only big buy the audience has to make – and I believe there can only be one buy – is that giant creatures can exist." This means not atomic breath people that would be a second buy...

  2. Godzilla is a product of man's foolishness with nuclear testing and waste. Godzilla uses nuclear energy from all over the earth and it's oceans to revitalize his strength and stores it in his back fins. This is what he uses for energy, food, and a seriously frightening weapon. If you watch the older films you will always see his back light up before he aims the atomic breath at his enemies.

  3. I have an idea on how he does this, it is little bit more involved than what I have read.( They are all very good.) Will post very soon.

  4. I think his dorsal spines are responsible for igniting the beam and acting as heat sinks so it doesn't fry his internal organs. My theory for Godzilla is while he has a tough exterior, his interior is very delicate and requires a certain balance to avoid his viscera exploding.

    I think a node on or in his stomach fills up with gasses until his gullet reaches a critical pressure. Then his spines generate a spark somewhere in his throat to ignite the gas and all he has to do is let it escape. The node full of gas just refills and keeps pumping the gas out until Godzilla decides he's done firing the ray. Meanwhile, his dorsal spines act like heat sinks as I said above. The ray is almost like controlled vomiting. Not quite a belch ;)

    In the case of GMK, it's shown the ray can actually hurt Godzilla if you punch a hole in his esophagus. Remember how it came out of his shoulder? Ouch!

    I believe Godzilla can eat regular meat if he wanted to, but it might make firing the ray more unpleasant because anything in his stomach might end up going out with it. Imagine getting blasted by half-vaporized fish or whale guts. Eeeew!

  5. Is He powered by fission or fusion? If Fission then it would have an upper limit in the thousands, If powered by fusion fuel would be abundant especially in the water and the upper limits of his heat would be in the millions of degrees, The breath beam may be a simple lazer using atomic energy as a light source too

  6. This is the reason why brushing after a few beers doesn't get rid of the bad taste or breath. This is the same reasoning for smelly foods like garlic and onions.chronic bad breath


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