Dialga is a dual type Steel and Dragon Legendary Pokemon introduced in Generation IV. It is not known to evolve into or from any other Pokemon. Dialga is the game mascot of Pokemon Diamond, appearing on the boxart. Along with Palkia and Giratina, it is a member of the creation trio of Sinnoh, representing time. Take a look below for 28 interesting and fun facts about Dialga.
1. Dialga is a dark blue sauropod-like Pokemon with some gray metallic portions, such as its chestplate, which has a diamond in the center.
2. It also has various light blue stripes.
3. It has a fin-like structure on its back and a crest on its head, resembling a dinosaur.
4. Dialga also has two horns on top of its head, two fang-like horns around its mouth, and three spines on the back of its neck.
5. It has three claws on each foot of the same metallic looks as its chestplate.
6. Faint cracks exist across its body.
7. The wing-like structure on its back can be used to focus the flow of time, as seen in Explorers of Time, Darkness, and Sky.
8. Dialga can warp time by either speeding it up, slowing it down, or stopping it altogether.
9. As Dialga primarily resides in a different dimension, its behavior is nearly impossible to study.
10. It has been shown to be very protective of its home.
11. It also tends to have violent conflicts with its counterpart, Palkia.
12. Dialga is the only known Pokémon that can learn Roar of Time.
13. In games prior to Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Dialga has a catch rate of 30.
14. Dialga has the highest Special Attack base stat of all Steel-type Pokémon.
15. The spikes on Dialga’s back, at a certain point of view, look similar to a Time Gear. In the anime, when Dialga uses Roar of Time, the spine extends and the five spikes become thinner and more pronounced.
16. Although Dialga is genderless in the core series games, it is referred to as a male in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness.
17. Dialga is the only Legendary Pokémon to have a role in four different movies.
18. According to Junichi Masuda’s blog, the Spanish translation team suggested changing the name Dialga because of its similarity to the word alga, seaweed.
19. Dialga, along with Palkia, may be based on the Shinto legend of Izanami and Izanagi, who are said to have created one island with a spear, erected a pillar on it, and from there created the islands of Japan. Appearance-wise, Dialga seems to be based on short-necked sauropod dinosaurs such as Camarasaurus or Brachytrachelopan. Its type is Steel possibly due to the hardness of diamonds, the fact that metal is known to last long periods of time, or the fact that most parts of a clock are made of metal, such as the gears.
20. It may also be because diamonds are compressed carbon, and steel is an alloy from iron and carbon. Its turquoise pattern on its body is vaguely reminiscent to clock hands, where the ends of the “clock hands” are diamond-shaped.
21. Dialga is derived from diamond. Ga may be a corruption of gon from dragon. It may also involve día (Spanish for day, referring to a unit of time) or dial (as in sundial, an instrument used to tell time using shadows on a clock face).
22. Dialga made its physical debut in The Rise of Darkrai, where it fought with Palkia and Darkrai in a battle that nearly destroyed Alamos Town. It then briefly reappeared in Giratina and the Sky Warrior. During its trip back to its own dimension, Dialga ended up in the Reverse World and got attacked by Giratina, who had been angered by Dialga and Palkia’s fight in the previous movie.
23. Dialga’s final movie appearance was in Arceus and the Jewel of Life, where it was shown for the first time with both the other members of its trio. After being called by Sheena to stop a spatial distortion, it briefly fought with Giratina once more. Later, it returned to help Palkia and Giratina fight Arceus. After being injured, it sent Sheena, Ash, and his friends back in time to fix Arceus’s betrayal.
24. Primal Dialga made two brief appearances in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky – Beyond Time & Darkness as the protector of the Time Gears.
25. Dialga appeared in The Battle Finale of Legend!, where it and Palkia were summoned by Cyrus on the Spear Pillar. They were put under his control through the use of the Red Chain and were tasked by him to open a portal to another dimension, wanting a world of his own. After the Red Chain’s destruction and Cyrus’s exit, Dialga and Palkia rampaged, creating a danger for Sinnoh. However, the two were calmed down and sent away with the help of the lake guardians.
26. Dialga appeared in Hoopa and the Clash of Ages as one of six Legendary Pokémon summoned and hypnotized by the shadow Hoopa Unbound as its reinforcements. It and its teammates engaged in a battle against the Latios, Latias, and Shiny Rayquaza summoned to protect the real Hoopa in Dahara City. Eventually, after the shadow Hoopa was sealed in a Prison Bottle, the hypnosis on Dialga and the other Legendary Pokémon was lifted, and Dialga departed for its home.
27. Dialga debuted in A Secret Sphere of Influence! in a fantasy.
28. Dialga appeared in a fantasy in Double Team Turnover!.