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Cufant (ゾウドウ Zoudou) is a steel-type introduced in Generation VIII.

Biology

Physiology

Cufant resembles a baby elephant with a round, orange body and a light orange underbelly. It has dark green markings covering its head, legs, backside, and shovel-like trunk. In addition, it has a green bump on its head.

Behavior

Cufant uses its shovel-like trunk to dig the ground. It is also strong enough to carry over five tons without worry. It's copper body tarnishes into a green color when under the rain, hence the markings.

Evolution

It evolves into Copperajah at level 34.

Game info

Game locations

Locations
Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Sword and Shield Bridge Field Rare


Pokédex entries

  • Sword

    It digs up the ground with its trunk. It's also very strong, being able to carry loads of over five tons without any problem at all.

  • Shield

    If a job requires serious strength, this Pokémon will excel at it. Its copper body tarnishes in the rain, turning a vibrant green color.


Stats

Base Stats
HP
72
Atk
80
Def
49
Sp. Atk
40
Sp. Def
49
Speed
40
Total
330


Learnset

By leveling up

Generation VIII
Level Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
1 Tackle Type Normal Physical 40 100% 35
1 Growl Type Normal Status 100% 40
5 Rollout Type Rock Physical 30 90% 20
10 Rock Smash Type Fighting Physical 40 100% 15
15 Bulldoze Type Ground Physical 60 100% 20
20 Stomp Type Normal Physical 65 100% 20
25 Iron Defense Type Steel Status 100% 15
30 Dig Type Ground Physical 80 100% 10
35 Strength Type Normal Physical 80 100% 15
40 Iron Head Type Steel Physical 80 100% 15
45 Play Rough Type Fairy Physical 90 90% 10
50 High Horsepower Type Ground Physical 95 95% 10
55 Superpower Type Fighting Physical 120 100% 5
Bold indicates that this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates that an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


By TM

Generation VIII
Machine Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
TM01 Mega Kick Type Normal Physical 120 75% 5
TM15 Dig Type Ground Physical 80 100% 10
TM16 Screech Type Normal Status 85% 40
TM21 Rest Type Psychic Status 100% 10
TM22 Rock Slide Type Rock Physical 75 90% 10
TM24 Snore Type Normal Special 50 100% 15
TM25 Protect Type Normal Status 100% 10
TM31 Attract Type Normal Status 100% 15
TM39 Facade Type Normal Physical 70 100% 20
TM43 Brick Break Type Fighting Physical 75 100% 15
TM48 Rock Tomb Type Rock Physical 60 95% 15
TM53 Mud Shot Type Ground Special 55 95% 15
TM54 Rock Blast Type Rock Physical 25 90% 10
TM59 Fling Type Dark Physical ? 100% 10
TM76 Round Type Normal Special 60 100% 15
TM81 Bulldoze Type Ground Physical 60 100% 20
TM97 Brutal Swing Type Dark Physical 60 100% 20
TM98 Stomping Tantrum Type Ground Physical 75 100% 10
Bold indicates that this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates that an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


By TR

Generation VIII
Machine Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
TR01 Body Slam Type Normal Physical 85 100% 15
TR20 Substitute Type Normal Status 100% 10
TR26 Endure Type Normal Status 100% 10
TR27 Sleep Talk Type Normal Status 100% 10
TR39 Superpower Type Fighting Physical 120 100% 5
TR46 Iron Defense Type Steel Status 100% 15
TR67 Earth Power Type Ground Special 90 100% 10
TR69 Zen Headbutt Type Psychic Physical 80 90% 15
TR72 Power Whip Type Grass Physical 120 85% 10
TR74 Iron Head Type Steel Physical 80 100% 15
TR76 Stealth Rock Type Rock Status 100% 20
TR85 Work Up Type Normal Status 100% 30
TR90 Play Rough Type Fairy Physical 90 90% 10
TR94 High Horsepower Type Ground Physical 95 95% 10
TR99 Body Press Type Fighting Physical 80 100% 10
Bold indicates that this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates that an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


By breeding

Generation VIII
Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
Double-Edge Type Normal Physical 120 100% 15
Parent Candidates:
Belch Type Poison Special 120 90% 10
Parent Candidates:
Curse Type Ghost Status —% 10
Parent Candidates:
Slam Type Normal Physical 80 75% 20
Parent Candidates:
Fissure Type Ground Physical 30% 5
Parent Candidates:
Swagger Type Normal Status 85% 15
Parent Candidates:
Whirlwind Type Normal Status —% 20
Parent Candidates:
Defense Curl Type Normal Status —% 40
Parent Candidates:
Bold indicates that this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates that an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
* indicates this move requires chain breeding.
◊ indicates the father must learn this move in a previous generation.
♈ indicates the father must learn this move via TM.


By tutoring

Generation VIII
Games Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
SWSH Steel Beam Type Steel Special 140 95% 5
Bold indicates that this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates that an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


Sprites

Trivia

  • Cufant's first official appearance was in the trailer Gigantamaxing Changes the Game in Sword and Shield!, where it appears for a split second after being released from Chairman Rose's Poké Ball before Alcremie is introduced.
  • Prior to Cufant and Copperajah's introduction, Raichu and Gastly's Pokédex entries mention the Indian elephant, the animal they are based on. This is one of the cases of real-world animals being explicitly mentioned within the Pokémon universe, before its Pokémon equivalents were created.

Origin

The design for Cufant is based on an Indian elephant calf and copper. Its trunk seems to resemble some kind of holding or digging device, possibly a shovel. It may also be based on common depictions of elephants in Indian art. Significant to its Indian based origin design, copperware is known to be historically prominent in India as both a mallable and accessible material for craft goods, to help store food and water safely as its properties help kill off bacteria, and valued in medicinal ayurveda tradition. The Indian influence in its design despite being from the Britain-based Galar is due to British colonial influence in India. Its species, Copperderm, is a reference to the term pachyderm, an obsolete classification of mammals that included elephants, rhinoceroses, hippopotami, and tapirs. The term is still sometimes used today to refer to a mammal with thick skin, but it's used as merely a description of the animal rather than as a proper biological classification.

Etymology

Cufant comes from the words cute, Cu (The periodic table symbol for copper) and elephant or infant.

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