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The Morphing Grid is a multiversal energy field for all Power Rangers even if they are aliens or humans. It was first mentioned by Zordon, then assumed and proven to give power to all Rangers and each team of Rangers has a specific link to the Grid. Rangers use their morphers to create entries into the Grid and the powers are instantaneously entered into their cellular makeup when finished morphing.
Billy mentioned a neutrino power grid molecular. Zordon mentioned Morphing Grid to locate Jason on the Viewing Globe. It was mentioned by Lord Zedd that the Grid is maintained by a balance between major forces of good and evil (i.e. Zordon and Zedd in that time period). The Grid is mentioned and plays a major role again in nearly every series.
Doctor K explained that she discovered a Bio-Field of electrical energy from which she draws power for the Ranger Operators and their gear and Zords. Though never identified as such it is implied and assumed the Bio-Field is meant to be the Morphing Grid. Doctor K also mentions that Lord Drakkon's Black Dragon Cannons which were designed to disrupt Grid connections could disrupt Bio-Field connections indicating they are one and the same.
The Grid actually exists in most universes; only the Void is disconnected due to a planet of Zeo Crystals called the Splintered Star and will atrophy unless reconnected. This place was also home to the Solarix, a Grid fragment that supercharges Ranger powers allowing them to utilize the Grid's ability to create constructs and letting them morph in places with no access whatsoever.
The Grid's physical form is shown as a boulder with a gem that functions like an absorption device allowing Rangers to add memories to the Grid; it also works like a psychic's crystal ball allowing Rangers a small glimpse of future Rangers and battles; the Grid is later shown to have electrical surges firing off inside.Rock of Time. Grid Battleforce gives the Grid a physical state in Morph X which can be used as a clean energy source as well as for creating more Rangers. However, this can be infected by viruses such as Evox.Once a Ranger's memories have been added it will go into a standby mode so only the future Rangers themselves can insert memories. However, certain objects can suppress them such as the
The Grid can only contain a single bearer each of a certain power meaning when two or more of the same color and power-type try coexisting one will have to go. This is shown when the Grid suffers an imbalance from Trent Fernandez-Mercer and his clone. This is also mentioned when Zordon forbids the use of the second Pterodactyl Power Coin stating "Too much pink energy is dangerous". Oddly enough the Grid does not fluctuate erratically when Lauren Shiba is introduced as the true Red Samurai Ranger; this may have been due to Lauren's use of an older Samuraizer in comparison to the newer one her brother Jayden Shiba wielded. In Power Rangers Super Megaforce, Gosei warns that using the Legendary Ranger Keys for an extended period and in general challenges their strengths and weaknesses each time they unlock new powers. Indeed, a well-placed shot during their first battle forces the team to return from the forms of the Mystic Rangers prompting them to do constant switches from then on.
Much of the Grid is unknown or not explained in the series. Zordon mentions twice that the destruction of the Rangers' Zords also means the loss of their powers as with the Thunderzords. This is most likely true only for teams such as the original Power Rangers as many subsequent generations lose their Zords and their powers remain intact though in some cases only temporarily. When Lord Zedd attempts to destroy the Dino Megazord the Rangers do not lose their powers because Alpha 5 rescues whatever he can to recreate them as the Thunderzords (it is assumed what remains are used to create new Zords again and again since they are components of the Thunderzords).
With some Rangers their powers and health are (un)willingly connected and if spread too far and thin the resulting consequences can be dangerous. Accordingly, when Kimberly Ann Hart has her Crane Power Coin stolen and presumably replaced with a fake by Katherine Hillard she begins to weaken and her lifeforce fades away, especially in battle and during gymnastics training which lands her in the hospital; this is possibly amplified by her energy already being drained when captured by Tenga Warriors and both her Power Coin and the Ninja Falconzord's technology were in use to simultaneously tap into Ninjor's powers to energize Blue Globbor; the Rangers learn they are unable to destroy the monster without harming one of their allies. Alpha 6 tells Adam Park in Power Rangers in Space that using a damaged morpher (also mentioning the destruction of the Power Coins but its assumed only the powers were gone) might kill him and Adam starts to lose his remaining powers after he morphs which takes a toll on his body. In Dino Thunder Tommy Oliver mentions that the only way to sever the Dino Gems' bonds with their hosts is to destroy said hosts. In Power Rangers Ninja Storm when the first five Ninja Storm Rangers face Madtropolis they are left weak and tired until Cameron Watanabe helps restore their powers ; when Motodrone siphons off Hunter Bradley's energy he is unable to move whatsoever although Cam reveals that only an imprint of Hunter's power was taken. When Lothor uses Cam's Samurai Amulet to steal their powers permanently only the Wind Rangers' civilian powers remain which they use to seal Lothor in the Abyss of Evil although their Power Disks only have enough energy left for one battle by the time he escapes.
In Super Megaforce it is unknown how Gosei links the Ranger Keys to the Grid allowing the Super Mega Rangers to transform into past Rangers. It is also unknown how Rangers who lose their powers regain them for the final battle against the Armada.
It was theorized by Jen Scotts that the Grid can manipulate the space-time continuum should something catastrophic happen as the linear timeline is separated into different universes following the death of Tommy at the hands of his alternate self Drakkon since he is important to the Rangers as a whole that the Grid literally separates eras to isolate Ranger teams so deaths of other previous members do not affect later ones.
Zordon travelled into the Grid to speak with the Morphing Masters through the Emissaries Three; little else is known aside from the fact they are powerful. However, his attempt to gain an audience with them meant he sacrificed his future in the Grid saying at minimum he would've joined it upon death (similar to Star Wars when Force-users become "one with the Force" upon mortal death). It is unknown if all beings become one with the Grid or Zordon would be a special case.
The Grid also has the power to manipulate matter; Alpha taps into the Grid to produce flowers outside the Command Center and clothes for Bulk and Skull when the reprogrammed Alpha teleports them to the Australian outback. Alpha again taps into the Grid to create Christmas decorations and presents. It can also be inferred that with the same applications the Grid can turn things such as the Galactabeasts, Animal Spirits and Wildzords into actual Zords.
Combining Morph X with Evox's power can be used to turn objects into monsters, create avatars of individuals and power machines; when avatars are first created the original's mind and body are rendered comatose until the avatars are destroyed. Other malevolent entities can tap into the Grid's power or collect its data for their own purposes; many have done this to create or become evil Rangers, take control of Zords and Megazords, provide energy sources for or create weapons, monsters and other things, provide countermeasures against the Rangers and block out or cut off access to the Grid entirely.
In Dino Thunder it was revealed Tommy found the Grid's physical form and used it to create the Ranger Archives with information on every generation of Rangers leading up to that point in time.
In S.P.D. Kat Manx and a group of human scientists experimented with the Grid to create the morpher technology used by SPD Rangers though this had the side-effect of mutating the humans' genetics and DNA causing their children to be born with unusual superhuman abilities. Kat later mentions overhauling the Grid to review previous Ranger battles.
In Operation Overdrive the Grid is damaged by Thrax, Flurious' forces, Moltor's forces, Kamdor's forces and the Fearcats. When Sentinel Knight restores the Retro Rangers' powers it is shown the only damaged part of the Grid is the section connected to the Overdrive Rangers. Andrew Hartford reinforces the Grid to prevent further damage but it has to be repaired from the inside which a reactivated Alpha 6 does.
Groups and individuals such as Lightspeed, Time Force, the Animarian Warriors, the Wind and Thunder Ninja Academies, Space Patrol Delta, Hartford, Robert James, the Ancient Samurai Rangers and Gosei are shown to have established access to the Grid to form Ranger teams but how they found the Grid itself is given little to no explanation at all.
In Beast Morphers it is revealed Grid Battleforce discovered a substance originating from the Grid created by Nate Silva called Morph X; through its connections to the Grid they learn of other Rangers and their battles against evil forces such as Rita Repulsa, Sledge and Galvanax. The idea of using the Grid as a power source disturbs Mayor Adam Daniels who worries another evil will rise in light of this like all Ranger enemies which is later confirmed through the emergence of Evox (later confirmed to be Venjix) who wishes to take over the Grid itself. Luckily the Grid Battleforce, having foreseen this formed the Beast Morphers Rangers.
The Morphin Grid is also capable of changing a highly powerful meteor into a Power Coin as well as summoning the user of said coin in an instant.
Links to the Morphing Grid
- Power Coins
- Power Eggs
- Sword of Darkness
- Powerdraining Candle
- Sword of Power
- Sword of Light
- Zeo Crystal
- Golden Power Staff
- The Power Ruby
- Quasar Sabers
- Galaxy Book
- Lights of Orion
- Power of the Knight
- Trizyrium Crystals
- Power Animal Crystals
- Power Disks
- Dino Gems
- Mystic Force Spells
- Book of Prophecy
- Corona Aurora
- Eye of the Sea
- Octavian Chalice
- Animal Spirits
- Engine Cells
- Symbol Power
- Power Cards
- Wild Sword
- Legendary Ranger Keys
- Ninja Nexus Prism
- Morph X
- Data Chips
- Fury Cells
- People like Andrew Hartford (founder and benefactor of the Overdrive Rangers) and RJ (mentor and fellow member of the Jungle Fury Rangers) have been shown to have access to the Grid through connections. Andrew likely had an information network to find ex-Rangers to help him make a connection to the Grid for his team, while RJ had his acquaintance make four Morphers. Both of them made the Ranger arsenal from scratch with real world material and not Grid energy constructs.
- Throughout the fight scenes of Power Rangers, sparks fly off Ranger suits when they get hit; in the YouTube series DeathBattle! it was speculated to actually be the energy of the Grid taking hits for the Rangers.
- This makes sense as the Rangers suffer blasts and strikes that would normally seriously harm a person.
- The Grid has no further mention of the Legendary New Powers.
- The Grid can also give enhanced basic abilities.
- In the Boom! comics, Jason and Trini are shown lifting boulders the size of small houses. And running at incredible speeds.
- Billy and Kimberly initially had no combat training. But once morphed, they became great fighters, showing the Grid can give martial arts skills.
- In the Power Rangers Samurai episode Unexpected Arrival, when Antonio Garcia fights some Nighlocks, he ends up accidentally chopping down some trees due to the sharpness of his Barracuda Blade; despite collapsing on him in his morphed state, he walks away unscathed, showing the grid can enhance the Rangers' durability.
- In 2017 film, this served as the plot point where the new bearers of Power Coins are shown breaking things they touch until getting used with their enhanced strength and Billy finds himself bewildered to see his long time bully failed to break his arm and later, knocks himself out cold in the attempt to headbutt him thanks to Morphin Grid enhanced his durability. Although, other beings with sufficient power such as Rita, the former Green Ranger, can still hurt them.