|“||Life... arise... Be born, a new existence.||”|
—Giorno Giovanna, Chapter 442
Gold Experience is a humanoid Stand of slender build and average height, like Giorno. The top of its head is similar to that of a typical helmet of a soldier, with curved markings similar to the letter J coming down from the eyes on both sides. There are stylized wings on its shoulders and large ladybugsW all over its body, which seem to parallel the ladybug emblems present on Giorno's design.
Its design is based on the scarab beetle, as a symbol of creation in ancient Egypt, and on ladybugs, symbolizing regeneration, with its angel wings as a symbol of peace.
It wears slings, similar to the suspenders on DIO's pants.
Befitting its name, Gold Experience is portrayed in most media featuring it in a shade of yellow, but changing colors for some of its details, most notably its ladybugs ornaments.
Gold Experience doesn't have any personality to speak of and follows its user's commands without manifesting any will. Its Stand Cry (seemingly communicated by itself or by Giorno, alternately) is "Muda Muda Muda~!", like DIO and his Stand, The World.
Gold Experience is a close-range Stand, with a range of 2 meters from its user. Relative to other similar Stands such as Star Platinum or Crazy Diamond, Gold Experience isn't very strong. Despite this, it is rather fast and capable of easily destroying vehicles such as cars and motorcycles. It also does the occassional kick, similar to The World. Gold Experience does, however, possess a very versatile power.
Gold Experience can generate a seemingly endless amount of life energy and endow that life energy into anything its fists touch. This ability translates into a variety of different effects.
By infusing life energy in an inorganic object, Gold Experience can transform said object into a living organism of Giorno’s choosing, be it an animal or a plant. For instance, it can transform a piece of luggage into a frog, or a lighter into a rose. The lifeforms can persist for a long time and even at a significant distance away from Giorno. It can also freely cancel this effect and return an object to its original inorganic state.
The speed of the transformation varies wildly, depending on the desired form: an object morphing into a plant is always shown to be fast, but animals generally take a little more time. Thus, transforming parts of a helicopter into a tree is nearly instantaneous and violent enough that the branches can burst through metal, but transforming a rubber lifesaver into a fish takes a moment or so. Giorno has also instantaneously transformed drops of his blood into a swarm of ants, suggesting that the transformation time is proportional to the size and complexity of the life form he creates.
When Giorno uses this power to create an animal, he has no control over the creature, as it has its own life and autonomy. Thus, when he creates an animal, he has to guess what the animal is likely to do based on his own zoological knowledge in order to take advantage of it. Since the animals do not always act the way he predicts, like when a snake accidentally burns itself on a lighter, using them can prove detrimental. Notably, however, life forms created from parts of a whole, such as someone’s tooth or debris from a statue, will have the natural instinct to make their way back to whatever it came from, such as when Giorno transformed Narancia's shoe into a fly so that he could be tracked.
If the environment is absolutely unsuitable for life, such as when White Album decreased the temperature of the environment to around -100 °C, then Giorno cannot transform objects into lifeforms. Alternatively, if an animal is created inside of a deadly substance, such as Purple Hazes flesh eating virus, then the substance would be a part of the animals natural habitat, and the animal would have natural adaptations, giving it a natural resistance.
When any of the created life forms are attacked, the damage is reflected back at the attacker, including Stand abilities. For instance, when Luca tried to smash a frog with his shovel, the frog was left unharmed and his own head was bashed instead. The transformation was also originally portrayed similarly to a fetus growing into an organism, but was eventually finalized as an object molding into Giorno's desired life form.
Gold Experience's can also infuse life energy into an already living target. In this case, the influx of life energy causes their thought processes to greatly accelerate. When Bruno Bucciarati was hit by one of Gold Experience's punches, his consciousness accelerated to such a point that he perceived everything else to move slowly. However, his body could not keep up the sudden surge of mental speed and could hardly move, and Bucciarati had an out-of-body experience.
While it heightens the senses of its victims as well, it also means that the then-defenseless body will feel a much more acute and intense pain, and over a much longer period of time when injury is taken; a punch to the face from Gold Experience that lasted a brief instant was perceived by Bucciarati as lasting much longer, even long enough for him to think full sentences and internally describe the sensation of pain as he's being punched. It is implied that this ability is ineffective on Stands, as Black Sabbath and Baby Face are unaffected. This is only shown in detail during his fights with Bucciarati and Black Sabbath, though it can be presumed that Cioccolata experienced it too.
Though only shown once, Gold Experience can also channel life energy into a living target in order to accelerate personal metabolism, greatly speeding up the aging process. Thus, he caused a tree to wither and rot immediately as a result of a greatly shortened lifespan.
Also shown once is its ability to even clone organisms. During Bruno's fight against Diavolo, Giorno recreates Coco Jumbo from afar, using its Stand ability to temporarily trap Diavolo inside the turtle. However, he cannot clone humans.
Flesh and Organ Creation
Inspired by Baby Face's ability to transform body parts into inert cubes, Giorno discovered that he could do the reverse and create singular body parts and organs out of inorganic matter and assimilate them into place into the body of an injured individual. Thus he is able to heal gruesome wounds through various means, though Giorno noted that this ability isn’t actually healing, just replacing what has been damaged.
In one instance, he transforms bullets into the very flesh that they pierced and grew back one of his hands out of a brooch. The process of replacing lost organs and flesh with created ones is noted to be painful, although neither Giorno nor Narancia react when this ability is used on them, with only Mista feeling any sort of pain from the process when Giorno heals him.
Thanks to Gold Experience's mastery over life, Giorno can sense life itself. Giorno himself claims that life energy to him exists in "clusters". When he touches someone or something, he can sense other lifeforms from within, allowing him to check if someone is alive or even determine how many souls there may be inside a given vessel.
He also planned to track Diavolo by planting a brooch he infused life into on the latter to sense it from afar and stalk the Boss. Giorno also applied this ability by touching the plane that Team Bucciarati planned on flying to Sardinia in, making sure that nobody was inside before any of them boarded.
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- Taking into account Stands up to Vento Aureo, Araki lists Gold Experience as his favorite in terms of design. Along with the ladybug motif, he decided against pupils in order to make it seem more mysterious.
- According to JOJO A-GO!GO!, Gold Experience's final barrage on Cioccolata was the first time in shōnen manga history that a "seven-page beatdown" was featured.
- Gold Experience's stats received a slight boost in the anime adaptation, with its E in Range being upgraded to a C.