Groudon (the Continent Pokémon) is a legendary Ground-type Pokémon whose exact location in the crust of the planet is currently unknown. Revered in legend as the living embodiment of the earth and the omega beast of the natural world, Groudon is truly a beast of legendary proportions whose very power is capable of incinerating the world in a beacon of Harsh Sunlight. You had best be careful not to confront this beast with any water-based Pokémon if you can, because once this creature starts to regain its full power, there will be little capable of undoing the climatic disaster its presence will ultimately bring!
In the beginning, the oceans and the earth are said to have battled constantly for dominance. At this time, the world overflowed with natural energy, and the forces of nature themselves were represented by two monstrous deities. Early humans came to call the beast of the waters Primal Kyogre, and the beast of the land Primal Groudon. These titans clashed frequently and caused mass devastation as they did so, with the oceans swelling and drowning everything while oppressive heat and light baked and incinerated everything in sight. The two have clashed since the beginning of their incredibly long lives, but with every clash the destruction becomes increasingly worse, and the life of the world is swallowed again and again by their rage. Several thousand years ago, however, when human civilization first began to flourish in the Hoenn region, the two met once again and their fight brought such destruction to the world that the humans of the region cried out for help, asking to help not only end the fight but to end the shower of meteoroids that had descended upon the world at the same time. Their pleas were answered by the legendary dragon of the sky, Rayquaza, who descended from the clouds above and calmed the two raging beasts, forcing them to sleep. A thousand years of peace followed, but again, disaster awoke when a large meteoroid fell to the Earth and punctured it, forming the massive crater now known as the Sootopolis Crater. This event released a massive upwelling of natural energy that awakened Primal Kyogre and Primal Groudon, leading them to the fiercest fight they had ever had with each other. For 20 days and 20 nights they raged, and eventually the balance of power was disrupted, forcing the natural energy of the world to spiral out of control. The descendants of the people who called upon Rayquaza did so once more, this time wishing with all of the might in the presence of the fallen meteoroid. Suddenly, the rainbow rock shined brightly, and Rayquaza descended from the clouds, as if attracted by the object. This object would later be known as a Key Stone, and it proved to be vital for, in its presence, Rayquaza shined a brilliant green light, and when the light died down, the people saw a Rayquaza unlike any other…a beast we know call Mega Rayquaza. The creature descended to the ground and, using the golden filaments hanging from its body, drained the Primal energy from the bodies of Kyogre and Groudon and returned it to the Earth from whence it came. The two beasts fell into a deep sleep, and Rayquaza returned to normal, leaving to the sky once again. The people of the Hoenn region built the Sky Pillar in reverence for their savior and embedded the massive Key Stone in it, hoping that one day they would be able to see their savior again. A thousand years of peace followed this event as well, but at this time, the people of the Hoenn region predicted that an even larger meteoroid would hit the Earth again, this time large enough to break the world forever. They thus created the Red and Blue Orbs to contain and control the powers of Kyogre and Groudon (and later the Jade Orb as a wholly symbolic sign of worship for Rayquaza) and entrusted their legend to those of their descendants, the Draconid people, leaving murals in the Sky Pillar to tell their tale to future generations. In addition, some of them turned their sights to the Johto region and constructed the Embedded Tower as a symbol of the power held by these three great deities, and it is said that those who demonstrate their worthiness may even encounter these creatures there, though the reason why is still uncertain.
While it may not have the exact power that it once had, Groudon is a beast unlike any other whose powers perfectly mimic that associated with the tectonic forces of the earth. This beast has the power to harness the raw energy of nature itself to create intense sunlight and can do so with such might that it effectively does not have to do anything; its mere presence in the word is enough magnify the heat of the sun wherever it chooses to roam when near the surface of the ground, where its power can reach the atmosphere above. This Ability, Drought, is not unique to Groudon but it can use it more effectively than any other wild Pokémon and is backed up by incredibly powerful special abilities, utilizing devastating attacks like Earthquake and Solar Beam to destroy anything that gets in its way. Its control over the land is so great that it can even utilize the earth around it to attack with a devastating move completely unique to it; this move, the Precipice Blades attack, involves Groudon summoning forth massive, jagged spires of rock and crystal from deep inside to the earth to impale opponents from below in a sweeping wave of devastation. This attack may be fairly inaccurate as a result of the time needed to prepare the attack, but it is among the most powerful of Ground-type attacks and is capable of attacking multiple opponents at the same time, making it a devastating move to use in the presence of multiple opponents. Unlike Kyogre, Groudon is a serious menace to all forms of life and despises it for it was created by the might of Kyogre and not it originally; as a result, this beast rarely ever shows itself to the world, keeping itself isolated deep in the crust where it can exist in peace away from the brethren of its hated rival.
On its own, Groudon is an incredibly powerful creature, but as spoken in legend, there was in fact a time when it was much, much more powerful…a time when there was so much natural energy available to the beast that it was overwhelmed and took on a devastating form whose powers are still beyond anything else we can fathom today. This form is referred to as Primal Groudon and is the true form of this creature as it was at the beginning of time and up to only a few thousand years ago. Groudon is normally unable to access this full power as a result of the seal placed on it by the mighty Mega Rayquaza, but ironically enough, the Red Orb that was created to quell the power of Kyogre is also the key to restoring its power. The Red Orb is infused with a part of the massive Key Stone that enabled Rayquaza to Mega Evolve (though it possesses the attributes of both Key Stones and Mega Stones and is thus self-activating), and as a result, can act as a reservoir of natural energy. While it was intentionally designed in this fashion as a way of heavily restricting the power of Kyogre, it conversely energizes Groudon and enables it to absorb energy straight from nature to power itself up and restore its true form, a process called Primal Reversion; the effects are very similar to Mega Evolution but are classified as something different as the ultimate source of activation are the powers of the natural world and not humans. As long as Groudon is holding the Red Orb, it can freely transform from its current state into its true form of Primal Groudon and will gain a tremendous boost in power as a result. For one thing, the intense heat of its Primal form effectively cause some of Primal Groudon’s outer skin and muscle tissue to melt into a magma like substance that superheats its body so much that it amplifies its Fire-type moves, in turn making it best classified as a Ground/Fire-type Pokémon. In terms of stats, this transformation has the effect of moderately increasing Groudon’s base Defense stat, considerably increasing its base Attack stat and astronomically increasing its base Special Attack stat; in turn, it gains the highest base Attack and Special Attack stats and base stat total out of all Ground-type Pokémon and the highest base Attack, Defense and Special Attack (tied with Reshiram) stats and base stat total out of all Fire-type Pokémon. In the process, its Drought Ability is upgraded to the cataclysmic Desolate Land Ability, which causes Harsh Sunlight to shine on the battlefield that has all of the effects of regular intense sunlight but effectively evaporates all Water-type moves, making them completely unusable and preventing any other Pokémon from manually changing the weather as long as Primal Groudon is present. Thankfully, this raw power is unlikely to be seen by most people in person, but the sheer might Primal Groudon possesses more than demonstrates why this creature was once and still is feared as the bringer of a baked apocalypse if its power went out of control again.
Although Groudon may not be observed very often in the wild, it has come to public importance in recent times thanks to the events of the Magma and Aqua Incident. Team Magma was a group of environmentalists looking to reset the damage humans had done to the land of the word and create new terrestrial habitats for the Pokémon of the world. The plans of their Leader, Maxie, ultimately led the organization to search for and awaken the might of Primal Groudon, but they did so for some time before realizing that their predicted effects on the global climate were a great underestimation of what the beast was actually capable of. As such, Maxie managed to eventually awaken the mighty beast with the Red Orb, but its power sent the world spiraling out of control as it and the effects brought on by Primal Kyogre (awakened by Team Aqua) started to send the planet’s climate into an apocalyptic spin. Thankfully, a young trainer was able to beat both organizations and use the power of the orbs to calm the raging beasts, who then reverted to their normal states and entered isolated stasis in the open world once again. Since then, Groudon has not been spotted much as a result of its preference for isolation, but a failed Groudon clone has appeared in recent times. During the Millennium Comet Incident, a scientist who formally worked for Team Magma tried to create a Groudon clone using a fossilized section of its hide and the power of another legendary Pokémon, Jirachi. Unfortunately, the experiment did not go as expected and instead of a true Groudon being created, a demonic mockery was formed; this manifestation of pure evil attempted to suck the energy out of every living thing in its path and there seemed to be nothing capable of stopping it. However, thanks to the heroic actions of a young trainer, the Jirachi involved was given enough time to power up and launch its Doom Desire attack, destroying the fake Pokémon completely and restoring peace once more.
It is likely that we may never have to worry about Groudon destroying the world as long as Rayquaza is around, but for the sake of land-dwellers such as ourselves, this is probably a good thing. With the highest base Attack stat and base stat total out of all Ground-type Pokémon and a devastating Ability capable of literally scorching the planet dry, it goes without saying that Groudon is an impressive deity unrivaled in and within the land. Whether or not this titan will ever openly show itself to the world again is anybody's guess, but one thing is for certain: If it does, you can bet that a few jugs of water aren't going to save you at all from this beast's earth-shattering might!