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The Forces of Nature, in their Incarnate Forme
The Forces of Nature, in their Therian Forme
The Forces of Nature is a collective term to refer to the all-male trio of Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus. They are also known by fans as the kami trio, cloud trio, or legendary genies. They are based on kami in Japanese mythology: Fūjin, the kami of wind; Raijin, the kami of thunder; and Inari, the kami of fertility, respectively. Likewise, they may also be thought of as representing the different domains of world: Landorus represents the land, Tornadus the heavens, and Thundurus a transitional state between the two (lightning).
TornadusB or ThundurusW will start roaming around Unova after the player listens to the story of an old woman on Route 7. If the player possesses both in their party, he or she can encounter Landorus at Abundant Shrine on Route 14.
The Reveal Glass will switch them between their Incarnate and Therian Formes. In Therian Forme, they are accessible from the Pokémon Dream Radar and downloadable onto Black 2 and White 2.
Myth as portrayed in the anime
Upon visiting the Abundant Shrine, the player will cross a group of three children arguing just before the shrine. They collectively tell the folktale of how "Great Landorus" allegedly punished two other Legendary Pokémon (Tornadus and Thundurus) for wreaking massive destruction across the land with their ferocious gales and fierce thunderstorms. As such, the thankful inhabitants of the land—saved from the danger posed by the Cyclone and Bolt Strike Pokémon—constructed a shrine in honor of Landorus.
In Black 2 and White 2, it is revealed that the Forces of Nature were in their Therian Formes in the time period depicted in the myth. A man suggests that he is unsure whether the Therian Formes or Incarnate Formes are the true Formes of the trio.
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In the anime
- Main article: Forces of Nature (anime)
The Forces of Nature in the anime
The Forces of Nature first appeared in Stopping the Rage of Legends! Part 1 and Stopping the Rage of Legends! Part 2 in which it was described that they once fought on Milos Island. Tornadus and Thundurus each had a shrine sealing them from returning to the island, but due to Team Rocket destroying the shrines, they arrived and resumed their destructive rampage. As a result, Lewis enlisted Ash and his friends in a plan to use the Abundant Shrine on the island to call Landorus, who would stop the battle. Once Landorus finally appeared, the three fought viciously, eventually becoming tired out. At that point, Team Rocket attacked, with Dr. Zager using a weapon on his helicopter to trap the three in laser boxes so they could be taken away. When Ash and the others attacked the helicopter he was forced to release them, and they went back to fighting until Lewis's Revival Herb gave Landorus the strength to subdue Tornadus and Thundurus. The Forces of Nature then used their respective powers to heal Milos Island before leaving for good.
Tornadus, Thundurus and Landorus appeared again in Unova's Survival Crisis!, as the final goal of Team Rocket's Operation Tempest. In the episode, it is described that they together have the power to control nature, which can be harnessed by one who possesses both Meloetta and the Reveal Glass. Giovanni lead a massive charge of Team Rocket's forces in a bid to capture Meloetta, then took it to the Abyssal Ruins to acquire the Reveal Glass. Using the Reveal Glass, he summoned the Forces of Nature and transformed them into their Therian Formes, enslaving them to be his servants. A great battle ensued, pitting the Therian Forme Forces of Nature under Giovanni's control against Ash, his friends, Ridley and Cynthia. However, after absorbing a Thunder attack from Thundurus, Ash's Pikachu used a gigantic Electro Ball that destroyed the pedestal atop the ruins, freeing Meloetta and causing Giovanni to accidentally look directly into the Reveal Glass. As a result of losing Meloetta, who acted as a medium for the use of the trio's power, the power possessed Giovanni and bent him on destroying all of Unova. After Giovanni was saved and Team Rocket fled a short time later, the Forces of Nature were calmed by Meloetta's singing and transformed back into their Incarnate Formes when Ridley used the Reveal Glass himself. They were last seen disappearing into a portal in the sky as the Abyssal Ruins returned to the depths of the ocean.
In the manga
In the Be the Best! Pokémon B+W manga
Only Tornadus appeared in the Be the Best! Pokémon B+W manga.
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
In Pokémon Adventures, Thundurus was the first of the Forces of Nature to appear. He appeared at Nimbasa City just after Black won his Gym Battle with Elesa. Tornadus was next to appear; he clashed with Thundurus at an open field where a railway line passes through. Shauntal and White witnessed the clash while on the Battle Subway; they also witnessed Landorus arriving to stop them from fighting.
As Landorus drags Tornadus and Thundurus back into the skies, Giallo of the Seven Sages captures them with ease. They later are used by the Shadow Triad in their assault on the Nacrene City museum, and by Hood Man as part of Team Plasma's attack on the Pokémon League.
- The Forces of Nature is the only group of Legendary Pokémon related to each other which share a set gender.
- Despite being part of a trio, Landorus has a significantly different moveset from Tornadus and Thundurus. This is possibly to fit his role as the master of the Forces of Nature.
- Each member of the trio bears a different number of horns: Thundurus has one, Tornadus has two and Landorus has three.
- Each member of the trio bears features with strong resemblance to magatama. Some of the spots that cover their bodies are shaped like them, as are their tails: a bulbous head with a thinning offshoot, most prominent in Tornadus.
- The members of this trio are all weak to the Ice type, with Landorus having a double weakness to it.
- The Forces of Nature have their own battle transition. A small orange beam will shoot across the screen horizontally and then a flash will appear before the battle starts.
- The Therian Formes cannot be traded in Generation V.
- The concepts of Incarnate / Therian Formes and the Reveal Glass may be based on ancient Chinese Yaoguai, animals/plants cultivating the universal powers for thousands of years to become gods, but their true identities can still be revealed by the Demon-Detecting Mirror.
- Another reason behind the names for their formes might come from their usage in a historical, mythological and occult context. The word incarnate commonly refers to a god who appears in human form or in a human body. Therian refers to something with a spiritual or psychological association with an animal.