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Palkia, Giratina and Dialga at the Spear Pillar (art by Ken Sugimori
The creation trio is a fan term used to refer to three powerful Legendary Pokémon of the Sinnoh region: Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina. Other fan terms include deity trio and dragon trio. According to Sinnoh myths, they were created by Arceus simultaneously when the universe began.
In Diamond, Pearl and Platinum only, Dialga and Palkia were referenced as "mythical Pokémon" with a lowercase M, seemingly a subset of rather than a distinct group from Legendary; it should be noted that this was prior to the use of the term Mythical with a capital M from Generation V and onwards, and was a translation of 神話のポケモン mythical Pokémon rather than 幻のポケモン Illusory Pokémon, the latter of which is referenced by the currently-used English term Mythical.
Much like members of other Legendary trios, the three Pokémon have similar appearances. Each has Dragon as their secondary type, as well as a base stat total of 680, divided among the stats as 150-120-120-100-100-90, in different orders.
Each of the members of this trio, including its trio master Arceus, have control over their own dimensions. Dialga controls time and Palkia controls space, two aspects of the four-dimensional universe that the Pokémon world, like our own, is a part of. Giratina has control over antimatter and the Distortion World, where time does not flow and space is unstable, while Arceus has its own world where the Hall of Origin is located.
The three members of this trio share the Ability Pressure, as well as the Hidden Ability Telepathy—however, Giratina's Origin Forme has Levitate. Likewise, the three are the game mascots of the three Generation IV Sinnoh-based games, and have similar level-up learnsets.
The creation trio makes another appearance in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. An event involving Cynthia and Arceus at the Sinjoh Ruins will allow a single one of the three to be obtained at level 1.
Base stat comparison
In the games
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl
In Diamond and Pearl, either Dialga or Palkia appears atop the Spear Pillar, and after the defeat of the Elite Four, the player can find Giratina hidden at the end of a puzzle in Turnback Cave.
In Pokémon Platinum, both Dialga and Palkia appear in dimensional rifts atop the Spear Pillar after beating the Elite Four. Giratina appears in its Origin Forme in the Distortion World when first encountered, but if it is defeated or fled from, it will appear in Turnback Cave in its Altered Forme, after the Elite Four.
Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver
One of the three Pokémon can be obtained in HeartGold and SoulSilver if the player has a level 100, fateful encounter event Arceus by itself in his/her party. The player must go to the Sinjoh Ruins and speak with Cynthia, and, after some time, Arceus will create a member of the creation trio which will be at level 1 and have a basic moveset.
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, either Dialga or Palkia will appear in the Dimensional Rift near Dewford Town depending on the version when the player has Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf in his/her party when soaring in the sky. Giratina will appear in same Dimensional Rift if Dialga and Palkia are in the player's party.
In the anime
In the main series
Dialga and Palkia made their debut appearance in the movie The Rise of Darkrai. In this movie, their two worlds, the Temporal World and the Spatial World, collided, leading the two to mistakenly believe that they were intentionally invading each other's territory. As such, the two began to violently clash, causing large distortions between time and space in Alamos Town. However, Palkia sustained injury when one of the pearls on its arm was cracked. Palkia then took refuge in Alamos Town and also wound up transferring the town to the Spatial World. Dialga then appeared before it once Darkrai forced Palkia to reveal itself. The two then violently continued fighting in the town. Darkrai also intervened in their fight to protect the town, and Dialga and Palkia continued to fight with Darkrai involved, causing massive destruction around Alamos Town. However, Ash and Dawn soon activate the song Oracion on the Space-Time Tower, which becalms Dialga and Palkia, prompting them to end their fight. Palkia then restores Alamos Town to its original state, and Dialga leaves.
The same Dialga appears again in Giratina and the Sky Warrior, along with Giratina. In this movie, it is revealed that the fighting between Dialga and Palkia in the previous movie caused many toxic clouds to appear in Giratina's Reverse World. Giratina, furious at the two for defiling its home, sought revenge on Dialga, attacking it violently near a lake and drawing it into the Reverse World. As the two battled, Dialga attempted to escape, but Giratina constantly kept pulling it in. However, the vortex caused by Giratina abducting Dialga ended up pulling a fearful Shaymin into the Reverse World on accident, who, in fear of the situation, used Seed Flare which opened up a portal, and Dialga escaped by locking Giratina into a time loop.
Giratina, seeking to regain its ability to traverse between the Pokémon world and the Reverse World, sought after the particular Shaymin that enabled Dialga to escape. However, this Shaymin was under the impression that Giratina wanted to eat it and thus terrified of it. When Zero appeared, Shaymin forcibly opened up a portal using Seed Flare, in which Giratina regained the ability to traverse between the two worlds. Zero, in his goal to take control of the Reverse World, used a special machine to absorb Giratina's powers, which almost killed Giratina until Newton Graceland hacked the database. Giratina then struggled to stay alive until Shaymin then used Aromatherapy to restore Giratina to a healthy state. Giratina then helped along with Ash and Shaymin to defeat Zero, and when Shaymin opened a portal to help everyone escape, Giratina restrained Zero's ship and caused it to malfunction. It then helped Ash out of the Reverse World, but then flew away, to which Newton Graceland suspected must have meant that Dialga was nearby.
Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina all reappeared as well in Arceus and the Jewel of Life. When a harsh distortion appeared and almost got Pikachu and Piplup abducted into the vortex, Sheena appeared on the scene and used her mysterious power to summon Dialga, who arrived and saved Pikachu and Piplup, then destroyed the vortex with Roar of Time. However, its presence drew in Giratina, who, still enraged at Dialga, appeared from the lake and violently attacked Dialga. When Sheena tried to communicate with it, its rage ended up making it unable to commune. However, Ash appeared and called out to Giratina, and when it recognized Ash, it calmed down. Then, Sheena communicated with Giratina, telling it that it has misunderstood Dialga and to not battle it. Giratina then returned to the Reverse World in peace. However, another distortion appeared and Dialga ended up being trapped in the vortex. Luckily enough, Palkia appeared and used Spacial Rend to destroy this vortex, then bent space around Dialga to get it out of the vortex safely. Sheena then thanked Dialga and Palkia, and the two left in peace.
In this movie, it was revealed that the harsh distortions in time and space, and the subsequent conflict between the creation trio, was caused by the awakening of Arceus. When Arceus awoke and prepared to judge humanity as revenge for Damos' supposed betrayal eras ago, Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina all fought to protect humanity from Arceus, with Palkia bending space to restrain Arceus, and Dialga sending Ash, his friends, and Sheena back into time to alter the chain of events. After history was changed and Arceus had restored Michina Town, the creation trio parted ways with Ash and his friends, and returned to their respective dimensions.
Dialga and Palkia made an appearance in The Battle Finale of Legend!, where they are summoned by Cyrus by using the power of the lake guardians and the Adamant and Lustrous Orbs, and are controlled by the Red Chain to help Cyrus create his new universe. However, the lake guardians, along with their chosen three, Ash, Dawn, and Brock, help to free them of the Red Chain's control, and Dialga and Palkia then destroy Cyrus's universe and go into a fit of rage. However, the protagonists and the lake guardians combined help to quell their rage and the lake guardians send the two back to their dimensions. It is left ambiguous as to whether or not these are the same Dialga and Palkia that appeared in the movie canon.
Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina all made another major appearance in Hoopa and the Clash of Ages, where they are summoned by the entity of the Unbound Hoopa, along with Primal Kyogre, Primal Groudon, and Kyurem in order to terrorize Dessert City. They attacked the city under the control of the entity of Hoopa's Unbound form, fighting with Mega Latias, Mega Latios, and Mega Rayquaza in the process. Eventually, after they were freed from Hoopa's control, they helped in holding off a dimensional wall from consuming a large number of citizens in Dessert City. Afterwards, they left the scene and returned to their dimensions.
In Pokémon Generations
The creation trio appeared in The New World. Cyrus first summoned Dialga and Palkia and controlled them with the Red Chain. After doing so, Giratina suddenly appeared from the Distortion World. Cyrus had Dialga and Palkia attack Giratina, but Giratina destroyed the Red Chains that were controlling them by using Shadow Ball. This freed them from Cyrus's control. Giratina then took Cyrus with it to the Distortion World and Cyrus ultimately decided to stay with Giratina.
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
At the end of the Diamond & Pearl chapter, both Dialga and Palkia are summoned by Cyrus at the Spear Pillar so that they can be forced to fight each other to create a new world. After Cyrus's plans are thwarted, Giratina appears and drags Cyrus, Dialga, and Palkia into the Distortion World.
In the following chapter, Giratina serves as one of the main antagonists alongside Charon.
Chronologically, the first appearance of the trio was during the HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter, where they were revived by Arceus to wreak havoc on humanity. After Arceus was calmed by Gold, Giratina escaped to the Distortion World while Dialga and Palkia went to the Spear Pillar.
In the Pokémon Diamond & Pearl Adventure! manga
In this manga Dialga is more prominent than Palkia or Giratina. For Hareta, one of the goals of his journey is to meet Dialga. Dialga also is the one summoned by Cyrus at the Spear Pillar. After Hareta stopped him, Palkia appeared.
Later, Hareta battles with Giratina in the Distortion World.
- Of the three, Palkia is the only member of its trio to share its type combination with another Pokémon.
- Giratina (in Platinum), has its own unique battle music, is able to change forms (between Altered Forme and Origin Forme), and has two different menu sprites. Also, Giratina is the only member whose box art differs from its official art released with Diamond and Pearl.
- No two members of the trio have the same number of legs. Even when one considers Giratina Origin Forme this remains true, as Origin Forme Giratina has no legs, Palkia has two, Dialga has four, and Altered Forme Giratina has six.
- Also, no two members have the same number of immunities. Palkia has none, Dialga has one, Giratina Altered Forme has two, and Origin Forme Giratina has three because of Levitate.
- The primary types of each of the trio are the specialty types of three different Gyms of Sinnoh, the only region that has Gyms of those types all together.
- All members of the creation trio lose the ability to learn Heal Block by level up in HeartGold and SoulSilver.
- As of HeartGold and SoulSilver, the creation trio are the only Legendary Pokémon who do not learn any moves past level 50. Furthermore, they are the only Legendary trio in which all members can be legitimately obtained at level 1.
- The creation trio is the only Legendary trio composed of game mascots which all have the same base stat total—Rayquaza has 10 points total more than Groudon and Kyogre, while Kyurem has either 20 points total less or more than Reshiram and Zekrom, depending on its form.