The Gotengo (轟天号?) is a flying, multipurpose warship that first appeared in the Gōtengō1963 film Atragon, and later appeared in two other films, Godzilla: Final Wars and Super Fleet Sazer-X the Movie: Fight! Star Soldiers. A similar ship also appeared in The War in Space called the Gohten.
The Gotengo was constructed to defend Japan, with powers of flight, tunneling and going underwater. Captain Shinguji used it to fly to the area were Mu submarines were stationed, and destroyed them. It then went underwater and was attacked by Manda. Manda tried to squeeze the Gotengo, but it released an electrical charge through the hull, knocking Manda off. Manda tried to escape, but the Gotengo froze it with its Zero Cannon. It then dug into the Mu City's generators, causing the city to explode.
- Main article: Gohten.
In this film to commemorate Godzilla's 50th anniversary, the Gotengo appears in both its classic form and a new, more futuristic design.
At some point in the 20th Century, Godzilla had travelled to Antarctica after wiping out cities in Japan and other countries along the East Asian coastline. The Gotengo pursued him, and engaged them in battle on an Ice Sheet along with a battalion of Maser Cannons. Godzilla fought viciously, but fell into a crevasse after the Gotengo blasted the ice sheet with its own cannons.
Much later on, the Gotengo has been heavily refurbished, and is now piloted by Douglas Gordon. It is also accompanied by three sister ships, the Eclair, the Karyu and the Rumbling. After the Xiliens unleash their monsters, the three ships head out to battle them, but they are overwhelmed by Kamacuras, Anguirus and Rodan and hordes of Xilien Fighters. Gordon then pilots the Gotengo to Antarctica, where he and his crew use the upgraded ship's weapons to break Godzilla out of Area G. Gigan is then released by the Xiliens, so the Gotengo assists Godzilla in defeating them. However, Godzilla had a grudge on the Humans for imprisoning him in the ice, and began to follow the Gotengo with the intention of destroying it, in an operation dubbed Operation: Final War. The humans then hatched a plan to have Godzilla travel to all the alien monsters and defeat them by luring him across the Earth with the Gotengo. After many long and hard battles, and the defeat of Rodan, Anguirus and King Caesar, the Gotengo then departs for the Xilien Mothership, destroying the aerial fleets of Xilien Fighters and the Xilien UFOs α, ß and γ. The Gotengo deploys a Dogfighter to disable the Mothership's forcefield, and then drills into the Mothership to allow Douglas and his crew to fight the Aliens hand to hand. After X is defeated by Gordon, he triggers the Mothership to self-destruct, but the humans escape.
During the climactic battle against Gigan and Monster X (who later becomes Keizer Ghidorah), The Gotengo burrows underground to take Gigan by surprise. It doesn't work, and the ship has to retreat to allow Mothra to take over the fight.
As Godzilla is being beaten down by Keizer Ghidorah, Shinichi Ozaki decides to give Godzilla his Kaiser energy from aboard the Gotengo, fully revitalising the nuclear kaiju and letting him defeat Ghidorah with a blast of his Hyper Spiral Ray.
However, even after Godzilla defeats Ghidorah, he is still enraged at the humans despite them helping him in the final battle. He blasts it with his Atomic Breath, causing it to lose altitude and skid along the ground to a halt. As Godzilla prepares to annihilate all of the people on board, Minilla comes to their aid, and urges Godzilla to relent.Akira Ifukube's theme whenever it appears. As of 2014, this is the most recent appearance of the Gotengo in media produced by Toho.
- Flight at mach 2.
- Equipped with the Zero Cannon that freezes to absolute zero.
- Bow drill that allows ship to burrow.
- Equipped with a deck cannon.
- Can launch five missiles from either side of the ship.
- Equipped with four Electronic Particle cannons.
- Can move at 80 knots on the water's surface.
- Has two giant rotating blades above and below the ship.
- Can discharge electricity that will shock anything that touches the ship.
- Can submerge to very deep waters and move at 80 knots.
- Equipped with a Crystal Cannon, which is a highly powerful laser fueled by Power Surge Crystals (Godzilla: Unleashed only).
- Godzilla: Monster of Monsters
- Godzilla: Monster War
- Godzilla Trading Battle
- Godzilla: Unleashed (Wii and PlayStation 2)
- Godzilla Unleashed: Double Smash
- CR Godzilla: Descent of the Destruction God
- Godzilla: The Game
In Godzilla: Monster of Monsters for the NES, one of the hyperspace areas that can be encountered is a battle against a giant alien spaceship that resembles the Gotengo. Smaller versions of the Gotengo can also be encountered as stage enemies. They fly at the top of the screen, but attack slowly by dropping bombs onto the player, like the Moonlight SY-3. They are near-impossible to defeat, because they are usually positioned out of the player's reach.
The Gotengo reappears in Godzilla: Unleashed known as Atragon. The Gotengo was first shown in a pre-release trailer for the game, battling Godzilla. It was later shown to be a boss. In this game, the Gotengo was piloted by Admiral Gyozen. The Gotengo appears three times in the game. First in London as an obstacle, then in New York as a boss, here the player must get the Gotengo down to half health. The battleship appears one last time in Osaka near the end of the game. After the fight Gyozen is killed. The Gotengo fights by shooting missiles, freezing missiles, using the drill nose, and the new crystal cannon. In the PS2 Version, the Gotengo doesn't use its drill nose or crystal cannon, but still uses the freezing and regular missiles.
The Gotengo appears in the Godzilla: The Game as a military vehicle that can be summoned against Godzilla. It is modeled after its 2004 appearance. It appears on stage 8 as an automatic boss. It attacks by ramming Godzilla with its drill, then flying away and firing on Godzilla with its Maser Beams or Zero Cannon. It is seen in the final cutscene as part of the force that freezes Burning Godzilla so he can be transported back to the ocean.
In the PlayStation 4 version, the Gotengo retains all the traits as it does in the PS3 version, but it will also appear with Kiryu if the player takes the hard route in invade mode.
The Gotengo makes a small cameo in Godzilla: Rulers of Earth issue #1 as a model on Chavez's desk.