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Kartana (カミツルギ Kamitsurugi) (codenamed UB-04 Blade) is a Grass/Steel-type Pokémon introduced in Generation VII. It is one of the two UB-04, the other being Celesteela.

Biology

Physiology

Apperance wise, it seems to be an origami folded humanoid. The paper used is orange on one side and white on the other. It head is tucked into its body with a 4 pointer star(presumably its face). It appears to have either two yellow horns/antennae that become wider when moving upwards. Its arms resemble drawn katanas with yellow/white sheaths. It has creased legs.

Natural abilities

While Kartana may be regarded as tiny and not powerful, it is highly dangerous due to the fact that it could cut anything due to being infinitely sharp and thin. This has been displayed in an incident in which a Kartana cut down a steel tower with one stroke, possibly without effort.

Evolution

Kartana doesn't evolve.

Game info

Game locations

Locations
Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Sun and Moon Route 17, Malie Garden Four
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Ultra Forest (Ultra Sun only) Once per visit

Pokédex entries

  • Sun

    This Ultra Beast came from the Ultra Wormhole. It seems not to attack enemies on its own, but its sharp body is a dangerous weapon in itself.

  • Moon

    One of the Ultra Beast life-forms, it was observed cutting down a gigantic steel tower with one stroke of its blade.

  • Ultra Sun

    This Ultra Beast's body, which is as thin as paper, is like a sharpened sword.

  • Ultra Moon

    Although it's alien to this world and a danger here, it's apparently a common organism in the world where it normally lives.


Stats

Standard form

Kartana's Stats
HP
59
Attack
181
Defense
131
Sp. Atk
59
Sp. Def
31
Speed
109
Total
570

Learnset

Leveling

LevelingGeneration VII
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Sacred Sword 90 100% 15 Fighting Physical
1 Defog —% 15 Flying Status
1 Vacuum Wave 40 100% 30 Fighting Special
1 Air Cutter 60 95% 25 Flying Special
1 Fury Cutter 40 95% 20 Bug Physical
1 Cut 50 95% 30 Normal Physical
7 False Swipe 40 100% 40 Normal Physical
13 Razor Leaf 55 95% 25 Grass Physical
19 Synthesis —% 5 Grass Status
23 Aerial Ace 60 —% 20 Flying Physical
29 Laser Focus —% 30 Normal Status
31 Night Slash 70 100% 15 Dark Physical
37 Swords Dance —% 20 Normal Status
43 Leaf Blade 90 100% 15 Grass Physical
47 X-Scissor 80 100% 15 Bug Physical
53 Detect —% 5 Fighting Status
59 Air Slash 75 95% 15 Flying Special
67 Psycho Cut 70 100% 20 Psychic Physical
73 Guillotine —% 5 Normal Physical
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TM

TMs and HMs Generation VII
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat.
TM04 Calm Mind —% 20 Psychic Status
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status
TM10 Hidden Power 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM31 Brick Break 75 100% 15 Fighting Physical
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
TM40 Aerial Ace 60 —% 20 Flying Physical
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM54 False Swipe 40 100% 40 Normal Physical
TM67 Smart Strike 70 100% 10 Steel Physical
TM68 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical
TM75 Swords Dance —% 20 Normal Status
TM81 X-Scissor 80 100% 15 Bug Physical
TM87 Swagger 85% 15 Normal Status
TM88 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status
TM100 Confide —% 20 Normal Status
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Egg Moves

Kartana learns no moves via breeding.


Tutoring

Tutoring Generation VII
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Defog USUM —% 15 Flying Status
Giga Drain USUM 75 100% 10 Grass Special
Iron Defense USUM —% 15 Steel Status
Knock Off USUM 65 100% 20 Dark Physical
Laser Focus USUM —% 30 Normal Status
Last Resort USUM 140 100% 5 Normal Physical
Snore USUM 50 100% 15 Normal Special
Synthesis USUM —% 5 Grass Status
Tailwind USUM —% 15 Flying Status
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Sprites

Anime

Main article: Kartana (anime)

Kartana was the last known Ultra Beast to appear the anime. It was seen slicing up things around Melemele Island, and was very hard to catch by the Ultra Guardians. It eventually saved Alola by slicing up a meteor Rayquaza and Deoxys accidentally sent towards it. It is capable of speaking human language albeit it is in reverse.

Trivia

  • Kartana shares its typing with Ferroseed and Ferrothorn. It and the latter also have the highest base defense of all Grass-types (which is weird considering its thin body shape).
  • Its Attack is the highest of both of its types, as well as non-Legendaries and those who are not transformed.
  • It has the lowest base Special Defense of all Steel-types.
  • Kartana is the smallest & lightest of the Ultra Beasts.
  • Just as how certain other Ultra Beasts resemble human characters in the game, Kartana bears some resemblance to Gladion, with yellow growths on its body similar to Gladion's square cuts of hair, as well as its poses and its body resembling his jacket.
  • Kartana is the only Pokémon to learn Cut by leveling up in the Alola games.
  • Due to its catch rate being 255 in Sun and Moon and Beast Balls multiplying that by 5, it is impossible to fail its capture with Beast Balls.
  • It can’t learn Slash although it's Japanese codename is UB: Slash.
  • Wicke once said its body allows it evade attacks more easily but makes it vulnerable to heat and moisture. Ironically enough, Kartana’s type combination resists the Water-type (though it is weak to the Fire-type).

Origin

Kartana appears to be based on an origami sculpture, a craft usually made by folding paper into different shapes. Many of it's features resemble paper-made objects with it's face resembling an origami fortune-teller, it's body resembling a chopstick wrapper, it's legs resembling the wings of an origami crane, and it's frills and arms resembling closed paper fans. Its Grass type could be based on the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi (meaning "grass-cutting sword"), a sword that is one of the Three Sacred Treasures of Japan or the fact that paper is often made of trees. It is also based off of samurai katana blades, known for their sharpness. It may also be based on a praying mantis. With the theory that the original seven Ultra Beasts are based on the Seven Deadly Sins, Kartana may be based on the sin of wrath, as it usually cuts objects fiercely, sometimes without reason. This is even stated in it's Pokédex entry in Pokémon Moon where it is shown to cut down a steel tower.

Considering that it is an origami figure, it is either a noshi (good luck charm/ceremonial congratulations) or shikigami (a figure imbued with spiritual power that is used to ward off evil spirits). It’s also a visual pun on the term "paper cut."

Etymology

Kartana may be a portmanteau of 刀 (katana, Japanese for "sword", but more often refers to Japanese-style single edge swords), charta (Latin for paper), art, and possibly カルタ (karuta, traditional Japanese playing cards and/or games played with said cards). Kartana also happens to be the Sanskrit word for "cutting."

Kamitsurugi likely comes from 紙 (kami, paper) or 神 (kami, god, as Ultra Beasts have been compared to the god-like Legendary Pokémon) and 剣 (tsurugi, two-edged sword).

Gallery

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