Like Godzilla and Anguirus, Rodan is a prehistoric beast, an enormous Pterodactyl revived from a long hibernation in the bowels of the earth. However, while Godzilla is a creature altered and granted new powers from his exposure to radiation, Rodan is merely a species of flying Reptile like Bird that once lived in the prehistoric past. There were originally 2 rodan's, male and female (Rodan 1956). Both apparently perished in the eruption of Mount Aso in southern Japan, But one apparently survived to fly and fight again in Ghidorah, the three headed monster. Rodan can obtain speeds of Mach 1.5 and his wing-generated winds can also be used to a considerable advantage against his foe's.