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The Phase Distorter

Phase Distorters

The regular and broken Phase Distorters in EarthBound, and its cameo appearance in Mother 3

The Phase Distorter (the Space Distorter in Mother 2) is a space- and time-traveling device in EarthBound, created by Dr. Andonuts in conjunction with the Mr. Saturn population and Apple Kid.

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The first Phase Distorter is stolen by Porky Minch before Ness and friends have a chance to use it. Andonuts and the Apple Kid have to construct another Phase Distorter, called the Phase Distorter, version 2. The second Phase Distorter takes on the appearance of a Mr. Saturn and requires Zexonyte to operate.

After Ness and his friends use the upgraded Phase Distorter to travel to an unreachable part of a cave (is titled The Cliff that Time Forgot) in the Lost Underworld, they find a Mr. Saturn who reveals that Porky escaped to the past. Dr. Andonuts, Apple Kid and another Mr. Saturn arrive in a third Phase Distorter, the Phase Distorter 3, and tells the children that using the Phase Distorter 3, they can travel to the past and pursue Porky, but that Ness and friends must have their souls transmitted into robotic bodies before using the invention, as time travel would likely destroy their human bodies. Once the Phase Distorter 3 is used and Ness and friends arrive at their destination, it can be used to repair the robot bodies and call Ness's father. Once they arrived in The Cave of Past, they can no longer go back in the present timeline.

Mother 3[]

The Phase Distorter later makes a cameo appearance in Mother 3. It is on display in the Empire Porky Building's Hall of Memories. However, it cannot be used, and is only seen by Lucas and co. as their boat drifts by its pedestal.

During Leder's story of how Tazmily Village came to be, he mentions that Porky used a "Time Distorter" to travel through time and space at will, and bring the Pigmasks - along with Dr. Andonuts and people from several other eras - to the Nowhere Islands. It is unknown if the Phase Distorter in the Hall of Memories is the specific machine in question, though it is highly probable given the nature of Leder's speech.

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