Atom Kaiju File #17: Pachydon

17-pachydon

Date Discovered: June 14th, 1954

Place of Origin: Typhon Island

Notable Stomping Grounds: Typhon Island

Height: 100 feet (110 with horn)

Length: 200 feet

Biology: While definitely a member of the retrosaur family, Pachydon’s exact placement is hard to determine.  It definitely belongs to the Bipedal Goliath clade, but has features of both the Duck-Billed Goliath clade (flattened bill-like jaws, hollow cranial horn) and the Helmeted Goliath clade (a heavily armored skull reinforced by a thick and muscular neck).  It is speculated that Pachydon’s species predates the split between the two sub-clades of Bipedal Goliath, making it something of a missing link.

Pachydon proves one long held theory about Duck-Billed Goliaths – namely that their horns were used for vocalizations.  The herbivorous kaiju can create wide range of bizarre trumpeting noises with its horn, and often supplements them more traditional honks and roars from its vocal chords.

As a kaiju, Pachydon sports the standard power set:

  • Super strength
  • An enhanced healing factor
  • Immunity to radiation

Personality: “Flighty” is a good word to describe Pachydon.  While the duck-billed kaiju is far from helpless, it is downright terrified of most other kaiju and one of the few monsters who prioritizes “flight” ahead of “fight.”  The herbivore is riddled with anxiety and easily spooked – an attribute that, ironically, makes it more dangerous to humans, as the creature will run through civilized areas in a panic without a second thought.

Pachydon is a little justified in its endless panic.  Though the armor plates on its back are thick, the rest of the reptile’s skin is soft compared to its peers.  Its thumb spikes and battering ram-like head are excellent weapons, but Pachydon’s large webbed feet and general clumsiness make them hard to utilize.  At best, Pachydon is an awkward and inefficient fighter, while at worst it’s downright self destructive.  As a result, it really is better off running from most fights.

That said, Pachydon does excel in one area of its life: it is an exceptional swimmer, finding a good balance between speed and maneuverability.  Its long and paddle-like tail is particularly deadly underwater, and the feet that make it ungainly on land make for marvelously fast propulsion in the water.  Pachydon is faintly aware of its underwater advantage, and is noticeably more confident in the water than it is on land.

As a herd animal without a herd, Pachydon likes to stick by any kaiju it feels “safe” around.  It can be downright needy, sometimes following kaiju it barely knows for days at a time just because they didn’t attack it on sight.  The monster’s paranoia remains through these encounters, however, and Pachydon will quickly flee at even the faintest sign that its companion could possibly turn against it.

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