Binomen N/A
Body type Gorilla-like
Average height 267ft (81.3m)
Average weight 2,900 tons
Sapience Non-Sapient
Aggressivity Extreme
Place of origin Anteverse
Locomotion Knuckle walking
Status Deceased
Behind the Scenes
Universe Pacific Rim

A Leatherback is a gorilla-type kaiju that appears in the 2013 film, Pacific Rim.


It is naturally a hostile creature whose appearance is akin to that of a gorilla; however, if injured, Leatherback uses hit and run tactics to defeat foes. It will retreat from proactive battle and hide until the enemy is distracted. Pouncing on enemies from behind, Leatherback uses the weight of its opponent against them. The Leatherback is not as intelligent nor cunning as the Otachi, But its strength lies behind its rage, particularly when challenged in an attack. Its most deadly trait is a large, four-lobed organ on its back that can naturally charge and generate an electromagnetic pulse which disables all electronics in a wide surrounding area, including jaegers.

The creature appears in the film, during the attack on Hong Kong, along with the Otachi, where it fights and destroys Cherno Alpha. But soon, was defeated by Gypsy Danger.


  • The kaiju's features are quite similar to the Sammael, a creature from Del Toro's other film, Hellboy.