|This article is about a/an source of all power in the Power Rangers franchise.|
The universal Morphin Grid is an energy field which gives the power to any Ranger, little kid to adult. It was first mentioned by Zordon. It was assumed and then proven in "Once A Ranger" that it gives the Power to every generation of Power Rangers. And each team of Rangers has a specific link to the Morphin Grid. When a Ranger morphs, they use their morphers to create an entryway, and pass through the Morphin Grid to gain their powers. Once a ranger morphs, the powers that came with it are instantaneously entered into his/her cellular make-up.
In Season 2 of MMPR, it was mentioned by Lord Zedd that the Grid is maintained by a balance between the major forces of Good and the major forces of Evil, i.e. in that time period, Zordon and Lord Zedd.
In RPM, Doctor K explains that she discovered a "Bio Field" of energy from which she was able to draw power for the Ranger Operators and their subsequent weapons. 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 Morphin Grid.
The grid's physical form was only shown once in the Power Rangers Dino Thunder wrap-up special leading up to Power Rangers SPD. The grid's physical form is a large boulder with a large gem on top. This form functions like an absorbing device allowing Rangers to add their Ranger memories to the Morphin Grid. In this form it also functions like a crystal ball, allowing Rangers a small glimpse of future Rangers and their battles. Once a Ranger's memories have been added to the grid, it will go to a stand-by mode so only future Rangers can insert their memories. However, certain magical objects can suppress memories, such as the Rock of Time in Rangers Back in Time.
Abilities and limitations
The Morphin Grid can only contain one of each certain power, meaning two of the same rangers cannot coexist very long. When two rangers of the same color and power exist, one of them will have to go.
This is shown in the Dino Thunder episode Strange Relations where the grid suffers an imbalance from the existence of both Trent Fernandez and the White Ranger Clone. This was also mentioned back in "Wild West Rangers" when Zordon forbade the use of the second Pink Pterodactyl Coin stating "Too much pink energy is dangerous." In Super Megaforce, Gosei warns the Rangers that using the Legendary Ranger Keys for an extended period of time is dangerous. Indeed, a well placed shot during their first battle forces the team to return back from their Mystic Force forms, prompting the team to do constant switches from then on.
The Grid also has the power to manipulate matter, both organic and non-organic; in The Wedding Alpha tapped into the Grid to produce some flowers outside the Command Center and clothes for Bulk and Skull when evil Alpha teleported them into the Australian Outback. In Alpha's Magical Christmas, Alpha again taps into the Grid, this time to create some Christmas decorations.
Much of the grid is unknown or not explained in the series. Zordon has mentioned twice that the destruction of the Rangers's Zords would destroy their powers as happened with the Thunderzords. This is most likely true only for the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, however, as many subsequent generations have lost their zords, and their powers remained intact.
When Lord Zedd first attempted to destroy the Zords in "The Mutiny" the Rangers did not lose their powers due to the lost Dinozords because Alpha 5 rescued what he could to create the Thunderzords (it is assumed that what remained of the original Dinozords was used to create new Dinozords since they are components of the Thunderzords).
It should also be noted that Alpha 6 tells Adam Park in his appearance on "In Space" that his use of a damaged Morpher (also mentions the Power Coins were destroyed but it is assumed only the power, not the coins themselves since Adam still had his) might kill him and during the episode Adam starts to lose his powers after he morphs which takes a physical toll on his body.
In Super Megaforce, it is currently unknown how Gosei managed to link the Legendary Ranger Keys to the Morphin Grid to allow the Mega Rangers to transform into past Power Rangers. It is also unknown how past Rangers who lost their powers or had them destroyed were able to regain them for the Legendary Battle.
In Dino Thunder, it was revealed that Tommy Oliver found the Grid's physical form and used it to create the Ranger Archives with information of every generation of Power Rangers leading up to that point in time.
In the Operation Overdrive team-up "Once A Ranger", the Morphin Grid was damaged by the combined powers of Thrax, Flurious, Moltor, Miratrix, Kamdor, Mig, and Benglo. The grid was shown to have massive electric surges firing off inside. When the Sentinel Knight restored the Retro Rangers' powers, it was shown that the only part of the grid that had been damaged was the section that connected to the Overdrive Rangers. Andrew Hartford managed to reinforce the Grid to prevent further damage, but it had to be repaired from the inside, which Alpha 6 did.