Gravity Shifter, also known as Shifter, is someone who can manipulate and shift gravity in different directions, which is due to the company of an animal-shaped creature known as a Guardian. Only a member of the Eto royal lineage can be a gravity shifter.
Kat and Raven are the only known shifters in Gravity Rush. In Gravity Rush 2, The Other, also known as Mysterious Woman, is introduced as the third shifter, while Cai is the fourth and last. This shifter is a fused version of Kat and Raven, she looks identical to Kat but has black hair and the voice of Raven. Her costume is similar to Kat's Shifter 2.0 costume, but it is red and has different Golden rings around her arms. When shifting gravity she becomes green. Each one of them has their own animal, Kat's being a cat which she names Dusty, and Raven's being a crow which she names Xii. It is unknown if the Mysterious Woman has a guardian. These cosmic animals are referred to as Guardians. Only members of the Eto royal family can possess them. Cai is also revealed to have a guardian named Wolp, which resembles a deer with wings. This makes Cai the third shifter known.
Relationships with Ordinary PeopleEdit
At the outset of Gravity Rush, the citizens of Hekseville don't take very kindly to Gravity Shifters, viewing them as nothing but trouble. Syd tells Kat that Shifters make the authority figures feel "less powerful." As Kat begins to embrace her role as a hero, the people start becoming more and more accepting of her kind, to the point of being asked to help the Police Force. By the end of Gravity Rush 2, Raven herself is no longer feared by those around her, having taken over Kat's role as Hekseville's defender.
Shifter have natural abilities that are separate from their gravity powers and special attacks. The most common shifting ability is gravity shifting, which involves floating in the air and falling in any given direction, and it also allows the ability to perform a Gravity Kick and Gravity Slide. Gravity Slide is a quick traversal ability that allows a shifter to slide across surfaces, including on buildings and in water, by manipulating gravity.
Shifters are also immune to the gravitational pressures of Gravity Storms, entirely: entering, mid-way, and inside. They can stay inside gravity storms for extended periods of time and do not need grav-suits.
Shifters often tend to inherit their personalities from the animal which their Guardian is based on:
- Kat is curious by nature, independent, may flee from a fight if it gets too rough for her, and uses shape-shifted claws as her preferred finishing move. This characterization is derived from cats, which Dusty resembles. Kat is also more playful.
- With her guardian Xii being a crow, Raven is cunning and intelligent, but at the same time, sombre and aloof. She displays a more sinister vibe, which gradually fades away over the course of the series.
- It is not clear whether Cai inherits his personality from a stag or not, the animal which Wolp resembles.
- More observant players will notice that the aura radiated from a shifter typically matches their eye colour; Kat glows red, Raven glows blue, and Cai glows yellow. The only exception is The Other.