|This article is about a/an source of power in the Power Rangers franchise.|
The universal Morphing Grid is an energy field which gives power to any Power Ranger, even if they are an alien, a child or an adult. It was first mentioned by Zordon, then assumed and proven that it gives power to every generation of Rangers and each team of Rangers has a specific link to the Grid. When Rangers morph they use their morphers to create an entryway through the Grid to gain their powers. Once a Ranger morphs the powers that came with the morpher are instantaneously entered into their cellular makeup.
In Season 2 of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers it was mentioned by Lord Zedd that the Grid is maintained by a balance between the major forces of good and evil (i.e. Zordon and Lord Zedd in that time period). The Morphing Grid is mentioned and plays a major role again in Power Rangers Dino Thunder and Power Rangers Operation Overdrive.
In Power Rangers RPM Doctor K explains that she discovered a Bio-Field of energy from which she was able to draw power for the RPM Ranger Series Operators and their subsequent weapons, morphers and Zords. Though it is never identified as such in the series it is implied and assumed by many fans that what she calls the Bio-Field is meant to be the Morphing Grid.
In the Boom! Studios comics, whose canonicity is disputed Doctor K mentions that Lord Drakkon's Dragon Cannons which were designed to disrupt a Ranger's connections to the Grid could disrupt the Ranger Operators' connections to the Bio-Field, indicating they are one and the same.
In Beyond the Grid it is revealed that the Morphing Grid exists in all universes. The Void is a universe disconnected from the Grid due to a planet made of Zeo Crystals existing there. The universe will atrophy into nonexistence unless reconnected.
The Grid's physical form was only shown once in the Dino Thunder wrap-up special leading into Power Rangers S.P.D. and was a large boulder with a gem on top. This form functions like an absorbing device allowing Rangers to add memories to the Grid; it also functions like a psychic's crystal ball allowing Rangers a small glimpse of future Rangers and battles. Once a Ranger's memories have been added it will go into a standby mode so only future Rangers themselves can insert memories. However, certain objects can suppress these memories such as the Rock of Time.
Beyond the Grid also introduced the Solarix, a golden Morphing Grid fragment that once existed in the Void. This supercharges a Ranger's powers allowing them to utilize the Grid's ability to create constructs such as Ranger suits and expands it to create energy construct duplicates of their respective Zords to use in battle. The fragment also allows them to morph in places Rangers normally cannot such as areas with no access to the Grid whatsoever.
In Power Rangers Beast Morphers the organization Grid Battleforce gave the Morphing Grid a physical state in the form of Morph X, which can be used as a clean energy source as well as to create another team of Power Rangers. However, this energy can be infected by computer viruses such as Evox who generated evil avatars of the Rangers. The original hosts' bodies will be rendered comatose until their twin avatar is destroyed completely.
Abilities and limitations
Morphing, Zords and life force connections
The Morphing Grid can only contain a single bearer each of a certain power, meaning that over one of the same Rangers cannot coexist very long and when two or more of the same color and power type exist one will have to go. This is shown when the Grid suffers an imbalance from the existence of Trent Fernandez-Mercer and his evil clone. This was also mentioned when Zordon forbade the use of the second Pink Pterodactyl Power Coin stating "Too much pink energy [was] dangerous". Oddly enough the Grid does not seem to fluctuate power erratically between users when Lauren Shiba is introduced as the true Red Samurai Ranger; this may have been due to Lauren's use of an older model of Samuraizer in comparison to the newer ones the rest of the Samurai Rangers, including her brother Jayden Shiba wielded. In Power Rangers Super Megaforce Gosei warns the Rangers that using the Legendary Ranger Keys for an extended period and in general would challenge their strengths and weaknesses each time they unlocked new powers and would be dangerous. Indeed, a well-placed shot during their first battle forces the team to return from their Mystic Force Ranger forms 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 would also mean the destruction of their powers as it happened with the Thunderzords. This is most likely true only for teams such as the original Power Rangers, however as many subsequent generations lost their Zords and their powers remained intact, although in some cases this was only temporary.
When Lord Zedd first attempted to destroy the Dinozords the Rangers did not lose their powers because Alpha 5 rescued whatever he could to recreate them as the Thunderzords (it is assumed what remained of the originals were used to create new Zords again and again since they are components of the Thunderzords).
With some Ranger teams the source of their powers may somehow be tied to their well-being through the Grid and if their energies are spread too far and thin the resulting consequences can be dangerous. Accordingly, when Kimberly Ann Hart had her Pink Ninja Crane Power Coin stolen and presumably replaced with a fake by Katherine Hillard she began to weaken and her life-force slowly faded away, especially when exerting herself in battle and during gymnastics training, the latter of which landed her in the hospital; this was possibly amplified by her energy being drained when she was captured by Katherine and a group of Tenga Warriors after being lured into a trap and both her Power Coin and the Ninja Falconzord's technology were already in use to simultaneously tap into Ninjor's own powers to energize the Blue Globbor monster.
It should also be noted that Alpha 6 tells Adam Park in his guest appearance on Power Rangers in Space that his use of a damaged morpher (also mentioning the destruction of the Power Coins but its assumed only the powers, not the actual Coins were gone since Adam still had his) might kill him and Adam starts to lose his powers after he morphs which takes a toll on his body. In Dino Thunder veteran Power Ranger 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 Ninja Storm Rangers faced Madtropolis, who drained their Wind Morphers and Thunder Morphers dry they were left feeling weak and tired without their ninja energies until Cameron Watanabe helped restore them ; when Motodrone seemingly siphoned off Hunter Bradley's Crimson Ranger energy he was unable to move whatsoever, although Cam revealed that only an imprint of Hunter's powers had been drained. When Lothor used Cam's Samurai Amulet to steal their powers permanently only the Wind Ninja Rangers' inner ninja civilian powers remained which they subsequently used to seal Lothor away in the Abyss of Evil although their Power Disks only had enough energy left for one last battle by the time Lothor escaped.
In Super Megaforce it is unknown how Gosei managed to link the Legendary Ranger Keys to the Grid to allow the Mega Rangers to transform into past Rangers. It is also unknown how Rangers who lost their powers or had them destroyed were able to regain them for the final battle against the Armada.
In Shattered Grid it is theorized by Jen Scotts that the Grid can also manipulate the space-time continuum should something catastrophic happen as she reveals that the former linear timeline is now separated into different universes as the death of Tommy at the hands of his alternate self Drakkon caused such heavy damage since he is important to the Rangers as a whole that the Grid literally separated each era to isolate the Ranger teams so deaths of previous teams' members would not affect later ones.
In the 2018 Free Comic Book Day special Zordon travels into the Grid to speak with mysterious beings called the Morphing Masters. Little else is known about them aside from the fact that they are powerful. However, Zordon's attempt to gain an audience with them meant he sacrificed his future in the Morphing Grid, saying that Zordon at minimum would have otherwise joined the Grid upon death (similar to what happened in Star Wars episodes four, six and eight when Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, Anakin Skywalker and Luke Skywalker became "one with the Force" upon their mortal deaths). It is unknown if all beings become one with the Grid when they die or if Zordon would have been a special case.
The Grid also has the power to manipulate both organic and non-organic matter; Alpha tapped into the Grid to produce flowers outside the Command Center and clothes for Bulk and Skull when the reprogrammed Alpha teleported them into the Australian outback to torture them. Alpha again taps into the Grid, this time to create some Christmas decorations, toys and gifts. Scrozzle has shown that combining Morph X with Evox can be used to turn objects into monsters. It can also be inferred that with the same applications the Grid can turn Animal Spirits projected by the Jungle Fury Rangers and the Wildzords into their Zord forms.
In Dino Thunder it was revealed that Tommy found the Grid's physical form and used it to create the Ranger Archives with information of every generation of Rangers leading up to that point in time.
In the Operation Overdrive team-up episode Once A Ranger the Grid was damaged by the combined powers of Thrax, Flurious, Moltor, Miratrix, Kamdor, Mig and Benglo. The Grid itself was shown to have massive electrical surges firing off inside. When Sentinel Knight restored the Retro Rangers' powers it was shown that the only part of the Grid that had been damaged was the section connected to the Overdrive Rangers. Andrew Hartford reinforced the Grid to prevent further damage but it had to be repaired from the inside which a reactivated Alpha 6 did.
Groups and individuals such as Lightspeed, the Time Force Rangers, the Animarian Warriors, the Wind and Thunder Ninja Academies, Hartford and the Ancient Samurai Rangers are shown to have established access to the Grid to form their own Ranger teams over the course of the series but how they found the Grid itself was given little to no explanation at all.
Robert James was able to get a friend to tap into the Grid to get the Jungle Fury Rangers their Solar Morphers and powers.
During the events of Power Rangers Beast Morphers the Grid Battleforce discovered a substance originating from the Grid known as Morph X; through the same discovery they learned the histories of past Rangers and their battles against evil forces including Rita Repulsa, Sledge and Galvanax. The idea of using the Grid as a clean power source disturbed Mayor Adam Daniels, who worried another evil would rise in the light of this and exploit it for evil purposes just like past Ranger enemies which was later confirmed through the emergence of a sentient virus named Evox that wished to take over the Grid itself. Luckily the Grid Battleforce, who had foreseen this formed the Beast Morphers Rangers to combat the virus and his followers.
Artifacts and Other Items Linked to the Morphing Grid
The following are artifacts and other items confirmed or implied to be linked with the Morphing Grid itself.
- Power Coins
- Sword of Light
- Zeo Crystal
- Golden Power Staff
- The Power Ruby
- Astro Morphers
- Quasar Sabers
- Lights of Orion
- Rescue Morphers
- Titanium Morpher
- Chrono Morphers
- Quantum Morpher
- Power of the Knight
- Power Animal Crystals
- Power Disks
- Dino Gems
- Delta Morphers
- Patrol Morpher
- Omega Morpher
- Magna Morpher
- Kat Morpher
- Nova Morpher
- Mystic Morphers
- Snow Staff
- Solar Cell Morpher
- Wolf Morpher (Mystic Force)
- Overdrive Trackers
- Mercury Morpher
- Animal Spirits
- Engine Cells
- Power Cards
- Wild Sword
- Legendary Ranger Keys
- Ninja Nexus Prism
- HyperForce Morphers
- Morph X