Kubfu (ダクマ Dakuma) is a fighting-type Legendary Pokémon introduced in Generation VIII. This Pokémon isn’t normally found in the Galar region. Rather, the Kubfu the player meets comes from a faraway land and will train alongside them.

Biology

Physiology

Kubfu is a small bear-like Pokémon. It has a dark-gray body. The feet have two toes shaped like triangles. It has three claws on each hand. On the chest is a white bow mark. The head has two spikes of hair on both sides with two more on the top of the head. The front of the head has a white streak with two spikes of hair and two black eyebrows. It has white eyes with black sclera and small brown spots. Two white hairs shaped like ribbons are located behind the head. It has a yellow mouth with a black round nose, and two little black marks.

Behavior

Kubfu works hard to train both body and mind, even if it suffers defeat. It has a unique organ that allows it to create "fighting energy" through special deep breathing and intense focusing. It is known to live in mountains far away from Galar though it lived in the region at one point. According to historical texts, it helps people on their travels.

Natural abilities

This Pokémon is hardworking and strives to train both its body and mind. It uses each defeat as motivation, training itself with even more vigor after a loss in order to grow stronger. It has an organ that produces “fighting energy” in its lower abdomen, and before heading into battle, it will increase this energy through unique breathing techniques and intense focus.

Habitat

Wild Kubfu live in mountainous areas far away from the Galar region today, but it was once a species that called Galar its home. It’s noted in historical texts that this species used to head to uncharted lands with people as they set out to trade or explore. Records suggest that the Kubfu living in faraway mountains today may have descended from Kubfu that became naturaliszd to the distant lands they visited in their journeys.

Obtaining

Locations
Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Sword and Shield Trade None
SWSH
The Isle of Armor
Gift from Mustard at Master Dojo One


Evolution

Kubfu evolves into Urshifu by finish the trial at either one of Tower of Two Fists: Tower of Darkness or Tower of Waters.

Kubfu evolves into Single Strike Style Urshifu by finishing the trial at Tower of Darkness and being shown the Scroll of Darkness, and evolves into Rapid Strike Style Urshifu by finishing the trial at Tower of Waters and being shown the Scroll of Waters.

Pokédex Entry

  • Sword

    Kubfu trains hard to perfect its moves. The moves it masters will determine which form it takes when it evolves.

  • Shield

    If Kubfu pulls the long white hair on its head, its fighting spirit heightens and power wells up from the depths of its belly.


Stats

Kubfu's Stats
HP
60
Attack
90
Defense
60
Sp. Atk
53
Sp. Def
50
Speed
72
Total
385

Learnset

Leveling

LevelingGeneration VIII
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Rock Smash 40 100% 15 Fighting Physical
1 Leer 100% 30 Normal Status
4 Endure —% 10 Normal Status
8 Focus Energy —% 30 Normal Status
12 Aerial Ace 60 —% 20 Flying Physical
16 Scary Face 100% 10 Normal Status
20 Headbutt 70 100% 15 Normal Physical
24 Brick Break 75 100% 15 Fighting Physical
28 Detect —% 5 Fighting Status
32 Bulk Up —% 20 Fighting Status
36 Iron Head 80 100% 15 Steel Physical
40 Dynamic Punch 100 50% 5 Fighting Physical
44 Counter 100% 20 Fighting Physical
48 Close Combat 120 100% 5 Fighting Physical
52 Focus Punch 150 100% 20 Fighting 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

Generation VIII
Machine Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
TM00 Mega Punch Type Normal.gif Physical 80 85% 20
TM01 Mega Kick Type Normal.gif Physical 120 75% 5
TM03 Fire Punch Type Fire.gif Physical 75 100% 15
TM04 Ice Punch Type Ice.gif Physical 75 100% 15
TM05 Thunder Punch Type Electric.gif Physical 75 100% 15
TM15 Dig Type Ground.gif Physical 80 100% 10
TM21 Rest Type Psychic.gif Status —% 10
TM24 Snore Type Normal.gif Special 50 100% 15
TM25 Protect Type Normal.gif Status 100% 10
TM26 Scary Face Type Normal.gif Status 100% 10
TM31 Attract Type Normal.gif Status 100% 15
TM39 Facade Type Normal.gif Physical 70 100% 20
TM41 Helping Hand Type Normal.gif Status —% 20
TM42 Revenge Type Fighting.gif Physical 60 100% 10
TM43 Brick Break Type Fighting.gif Physical 75 100% 15
TM56 U-turn Type Bug.gif Physical 70 100% 20
TM75 Low Sweep Type Fighting.gif Physical 65 100% 20
TM76 Round Type Normal.gif Special 60 100% 15
TM78 Acrobatics Type Flying.gif Physical 55 100% 15
TM79 Retaliate Type Normal.gif Physical 70 100% 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.


TR

Generation VIII
Machine Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
TR01 Body Slam Type Normal.gif Physical 85 100% 15
TR07 Low Kick Type Fighting.gif Physical 100% 10
TR13 Focus Energy Type Normal.gif Status —% 30
TR20 Substitute Type Normal.gif Status —% 10
TR21 Reversal Type Fighting.gif Physical 100% 15
TR26 Endure Type Normal.gif Status —% 10
TR27 Sleep Talk Type Normal.gif Status —% 10
TR39 Superpower Type Fighting.gif Physical 120 100% 5
TR48 Bulk Up Type Fighting.gif Status —% 20
TR53 Close Combat Type Fighting.gif Physical 120 100% 5
TR69 Zen Headbutt Type Psychic.gif Physical 80 90% 15
TR74 Iron Head Type Steel.gif Physical 80 100% 15
TR85 Work Up Type Normal.gif Status —% 30
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.


Breeding

Kubfu learns no moves via breeding.


Tutoring

Generation VIII
Games Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
SWSH Coaching Type Fighting.gif Status —% 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.


Sprites

Trivia

  • Kubfu is the third legendary Pokémon to be the base form of an evolution line, the other two are Cosmog and Type: Null.
  • Kubfu and its evolved form, Urshifu are the first legendary Pokémon to have a confirmed gender since the Forces of Nature. Its gender ratio is similar to Starter Pokémon.

Origin

  • Kubfu may be inspired by Akira Yuki. It is worth noting that James’ Japanese voice actor Shin-ichiro Miki also voices said Sega fighting game character since Virtua Fighter 2.Another Akira Yuki reference is that Kubfu’s evolution line debuted in the year 2020, befitting Akira’s alternate famous victory catchphrase instead of the usual “ten years” catchphrase, which is ”You are twenty years too early!!” from a Dengeki Bunko and Sega crossover fighting game Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax (Ignition).
  • Alternatively, Kubfu is also based off a bear cub.

Etymology

Kubfu is a portmanteau of "cub" (a juvenile bear) and "kung fu" (Chinese martial arts).

Dakuma is a portmanteau of 打 (da, strike), 熊 (kuma, bear), 琢磨 (takuma, cultivation of skills), and possibly 悪魔 (akuma, demon, possibly in reference to its fast and powerful fighting style, foreshadowing to Single Strike Urshifu's Dark-type, and possibly in reference to the hidden character from Capcom's Street Fighter series, Akuma (Gouki in Japan)).

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