Urshifu (ウーラオス Uuraosu) is a dual-type Legendary Pokémon introduced in Generation VIII, whose primary type is the Fighting type.

It has two forms that the secondary type depends on: Single Strike Style Urshifu, whose secondary type is Dark type, and Rapid Strike Style Urshifu, whose secondary type is Water type.

It is the evolved form of Kubfu.

Biology

Physiology

Urshifu is a grey bear biped Pokemon with pastel yellow fingers, toes and mouth. It has 2 eyes with black pupils with fur extending from its kneecaps and running from its feet.

It wears a black and white headband with 2 loose strips which are flying upwards (Single Strike Style)/downwards (Rapid Strike Style). It also wears a black and white leotard.

When Gigantamaxing, they turn white completely and their leotard changes to either red or blue depending on the form. Their eyes' pupils have disappeared and have an extra slash mark on top.

Behavior

Urshifu's style and personality is determined by how it trained as a Kubfu.

Single Strike Style Urshifu prefers to battle without holding back its power. If enraged, it will attack the foe with full force with straight line directed fists.

Rapid Strike Style Urshifu prefers calmly observing the opponent and their strength while evading hits. It uses flowing movements to dodge an opponent's attack before overwhelming them with rapid strikes, like Mienshao.

Gigantamax Single Strike Style Urshifu has been called "the very embodiment of rage" and "a divine emissary that banishes evil spirits with its fury."

Rapid Strike Style Urshifu maintains a stance in a calm manner while in Gigantamax form. Opponents who face it may either feel greatly agitated or experience a sense of relief, as if freed from evil spirits.

Natural abilities

Their ability, Unseen Fist, allows them to bypass moves like Protect, allowing them to always strike their foe. Wicked Blow and Surging Strikes, their signature moves, have high crit ratios and ignore stat changes of the target.

When they Gigantamax, their G-Max Moves, G-Max One Blow, and G-Max Rapid Flow, can bypass Max Guard and other protection moves.

Evolution

Urshifu evolves from Kubfu by finishing 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.

Game Info

Locations

Locations
Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Sword and Shield Evolve Kubfu One


Pokédex Entries

  • Sword

    Single Strike Style: This form of Urshifu is a strong believer in the one-hit KO. Its strategy is to leap in close to foes and land a devastating blow with a hardened fist.
    Rapid Strike Style: It's believed that this Pokémon modeled its fighting style on the flow of a river---sometimes rapid, sometimes calm.
    Gigantamax Single Strike Style: People call it the embodiment of rage. It's said that this Pokémon's terrifying expression and shout will rid the world of malevolence.
    Gigantamax Rapid Strike Style: As it waits for the right moment to unleash its Gigantamax power, this Pokémon maintains a perfect one-legged stance. It won't even twitch.

  • Shield

    Single Strike Style: Inhabiting the mountains of a distant region, this Pokémon races across sheer cliffs, training its legs and refining its moves.
    Rapid Strike Style: This form of Urshifu is a strong believer in defeating foes by raining many blows down on them. Its strikes are nonstop, flowing like a river.
    Gigantamax Single Strike Style: The energy released by this Pokémon's fists forms shock waves that can blow away Dynamax Pokémon in just one hit.
    Gigantamax Rapid Strike Style: All it takes is a glare from this Pokémon to take the lives of those with evil in their hearts — or so they say.


Stats

Single Strike Style

Urshifu's Stats
HP
100
Attack
130
Defense
100
Sp. Atk
63
Sp. Def
60
Speed
97
Total
550

Rapid Strike Style

Urshifu's Stats
HP
100
Attack
130
Defense
100
Sp. Atk
63
Sp. Def
60
Speed
97
Total
550

Learnset

Leveling

Single Strike Style
LevelingGeneration VIII
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Evo Wicked Blow 80 100% 5 Dark Physical
1 Wicked Blow 80 100% 5 Dark Physical
1 Sucker Punch 70 100% 5 Dark Physical
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.
Rapid Strike Style
LevelingGeneration VIII
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Evo Surging Strikes 25 100% 5 Water Physical
1 Surging Strikes 25 100% 5 Water Physical
1 Aqua Jet 40 100% 20 Water Physical
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

Single Strike Style
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
TM09 Giga Impact Type Normal.gif Physical 150 90% 5
TM15 Dig Type Ground.gif Physical 80 100% 10
TM21 Rest Type Psychic.gif Status —% 10
TM22 Rock Slide Type Rock.gif Physical 75 90% 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
TM37 Beat Up Type Dark.gif Physical 100% 10
TM39 Facade Type Normal.gif Physical 70 100% 20
TM40 Swift Type Normal.gif Special 60 —% 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
TM48 Rock Tomb Type Rock.gif Physical 60 95% 15
TM56 U-turn Type Bug.gif Physical 70 100% 20
TM57 Payback Type Dark.gif Physical 50 100% 10
TM58 Assurance Type Dark.gif Physical 60 100% 10
TM59 Fling Type Dark.gif Physical 100% 10
TM63 Drain Punch Type Fighting.gif Physical 75 100% 10
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
TM85 Snarl Type Dark.gif Special 55 95% 15
TM94 False Swipe Type Normal.gif Physical 40 100% 40
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.


Rapid Strike Style
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
TM09 Giga Impact Type Normal.gif Physical 150 90% 5
TM15 Dig Type Ground.gif Physical 80 100% 10
TM21 Rest Type Psychic.gif Status —% 10
TM22 Rock Slide Type Rock.gif Physical 75 90% 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
TM33 Rain Dance Type Water.gif Status —% 5
TM36 Whirlpool Type Water.gif Special 35 85% 15
TM39 Facade Type Normal.gif Physical 70 100% 20
TM40 Swift Type Normal.gif Special 60 —% 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
TM45 Dive Type Water.gif Special 65 100% 10
TM48 Rock Tomb Type Rock.gif Physical 60 95% 15
TM55 Brine Type Water.gif Special 65 100% 10
TM56 U-turn Type Bug.gif Physical 70 100% 20
TM63 Drain Punch Type Fighting.gif Physical 75 100% 10
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
TM94 False Swipe Type Normal.gif Physical 40 100% 40
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

Single Strike Style
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
TR32 Crunch Type Dark.gif Physical 80 100% 15
TR37 Taunt Type Dark.gif Status 100% 20
TR39 Superpower Type Fighting.gif Physical 120 100% 5
TR46 Iron Defense Type Steel.gif Status —% 15
TR48 Bulk Up Type Fighting.gif Status —% 20
TR53 Close Combat Type Fighting.gif Physical 120 100% 5
TR56 Aura Sphere Type Fighting.gif Special 80 —% 20
TR57 Poison Jab Type Poison.gif Physical 80 100% 20
TR58 Dark Pulse Type Dark.gif Special 80 100% 15
TR64 Focus Blast Type Fighting.gif Special 120 70% 5
TR69 Zen Headbutt Type Psychic.gif Physical 80 90% 15
TR74 Iron Head Type Steel.gif Physical 80 100% 15
TR75 Stone Edge Type Rock.gif Physical 100 80% 5
TR81 Foul Play Type Dark.gif Physical 95 100% 15
TR85 Work Up Type Normal.gif Status —% 30
TR93 Darkest Lariat Type Dark.gif Physical 85 100% 10
TR95 Throat Chop Type Dark.gif Physical 80 100% 15
TR99 Body Press Type Fighting.gif 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.


Rapid Strike Style
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
TR16 Waterfall Type Water.gif Physical 80 100% 15
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
TR37 Taunt Type Dark.gif Status 100% 20
TR39 Superpower Type Fighting.gif Physical 120 100% 5
TR46 Iron Defense Type Steel.gif Status —% 15
TR48 Bulk Up Type Fighting.gif Status —% 20
TR53 Close Combat Type Fighting.gif Physical 120 100% 5
TR56 Aura Sphere Type Fighting.gif Special 80 —% 20
TR57 Poison Jab Type Poison.gif Physical 80 100% 20
TR64 Focus Blast Type Fighting.gif Special 120 70% 5
TR69 Zen Headbutt Type Psychic.gif Physical 80 90% 15
TR74 Iron Head Type Steel.gif Physical 80 100% 15
TR75 Stone Edge Type Rock.gif Physical 100 80% 5
TR84 Scald Type Water.gif Special 80 100% 15
TR85 Work Up Type Normal.gif Status —% 30
TR98 Liquidation Type Water.gif Physical 85 100% 10
TR99 Body Press Type Fighting.gif 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.


Breeding

Single Strike Style
Urshifu learns no moves via breeding.


Rapid Strike Style
Urshifu learns no moves via breeding.


Tutoring

Single Strike Style
Generation VIII
Games Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
SWSH Coaching Type Fighting.gif Status —% 10
SWSH Lash Out Type Dark.gif Physical 75 100% 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.


Rapid Strike Style
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

  • Urshifu is one of the few final evolved Pokémon to have multiple variant forms.
  • It is the only Pokemon with 1 Gigantamax form for each variant form. Strangely, Toxtricity and Alcremie, who have variants as well, do not have this trait.
  • Urshifu and its Pre-evolved form, Kubfu, are the first legendary Pokémon to have a confirmed gender since the Forces of Nature.
    • In addition, they are also the first legendary Pokémon since Heatran to be either male or female, but the only legendary Pokémon to have an 87.5x12.5 gender ratio.
  • Urshifu’s leotards resemble the Armour of Zamazenta.
  • Urshifu’s two forms are somewhat similar to the protagonists of Beyblade Burst Super King (Hyuga and Hikaru Asashi). One of the pair is red and hasty, while the other is blue and calmer. Furthermore, its fighting style is also similar to the Beyblades used (Single Strike is similar to Super Hyperion, an Attack type Beyblade, while King Helios corresponds to Rapid Strike, which parries opponents with attacks). a third similarity is that the Beyblade’s avatars and Urshifu’s forms are exact copies of each other, albeit with differences.
  • Urshifu's Japanese name, ウーラオス (Ūraosu), is similar to the Japanese name of the Ancient Ulyaoth from the survival horror/action-adventure game Eternal Darkness (ウーリアス(Ūriasu)). Oddly though, the two have almost nothing similar save for the fact that both are godlike beings, both are from franchises partially owned by Nintendo, and both Ulyaoth and Rapid Strike Urshifu are associated with the color blue and water.
  • A Single Strike Style Urshifu is heavily inspired by Akira Yuki from Sega's Virtua Fighter, just like its pre-evolved form Kubfu. Speaking of Akira Yuki, James' Japanese voice actor Shin-ichiro Miki also voices the said Sega fighting game character since Virtua Fighter 2. Another Akira Yuki reference is that Urshifu’s evolution line debuted in a 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). Perhaps another parallel can be made to the Tekken series characters Kuma and Panda, who are literally fighting bears, and to the Fist of the North Star series, in where the protagonist Kenshiro, utilizing a fluid rapid striking and heavily technical martial art, ultimately faces off against Raoh, the antagonist who uses a powerful, deadly, and strength based version of Kenshiro's martial arts.

Origin

Urshifu draws upon the the idea of tamed bears, specifically bears who were taken as cubs to be trained and raised in human society. Being a Fighting type and a "martial artist" draws upon a lot of lore of bears and the martial arts; high ranked martial artists sometimes fight bears as a means to test their skill in extreme situations, while the term kuma taiji, or "bear conquest", is sometimes used to also refer to demonic exorcism; this may explain Single Strike Style's Dark typing.

Within astronomy and astrology, the Big Dipper in the west is sometimes referred to as Ursa Major, as imagery sees the constellation as a great bear, while in the east, the Big Dipper was traditionally known as the celestial palace of the heavens, with its handle end star, Alkaid, known as Hagunsei, or the Military Breaking Star, or The Sword, as it was believed the armies of heaven and the gods of death quartered there, and was ominous for warriors to face the northwestern direction because of this. Into the Meiji Era, when western and eastern thought met in 19th Century Japan, the Big Dipper saw another interpretation by its English adopted wordplay, being a "dark corner" akin to a bear's den.

Each Urshifu’s style forms represents Yin and Yang, and into martial arts, the philosophy's application into the division of "hard styles" and "soft styles", as represented with Single Strike and Rapid Strike. Hard styles are said to focus on external focuses, that of raw strength and power, explosive speed, head on intercepting countering blows, and direct confrontation, while Soft styles are said to focus on internal focuses, including the control of the natural flow of the body with the mind, accuracy, mental acuity, concepts like using a foe's own movement and energy against them, and drawing out weaknesses; in short, as Rapid Strike Style Urshifu represents, the way of martial artist philosophy: "be like water". To Japanese martial arts philosophy, the concepts of satsujinken ("sword/fist that kills") and katsujinken ("sword/fist that gives life") also tie into these philosophies as well, respectively; satsujinken focuses on controlling a bout's tension to escalate to where a single blow is all that is needed for victory, while katsujinken focuses on cancelling out tension by meshing with a foe's energy and using it against them upon finding a weak point to disarm them. This would also presumably perhaps explain their dual typing; Dark coming from the intent to "kill" or instantaneously annihilate all opposition, Water also capable of "giving life" as much as it is able to overwhelm and overpower with many forms and rhythms.

Their Gigantamax forms may be based on Ungyou and Agyou, 2 Japanese deities/Nio who stand watch over temples. 1 always has its mouth open, the other closed. They may also be based on the trope Red Oni and Blue Oni where the red one is more agressive, whilst the blue one is more calm.

Etymology

Urshifu is a combination of 'ursa', Latin for 'bear', and 'shifu' (Onyomi Japanese/Chinese adapted Japanese term for "master").

Ūraosu is a portmanteau of wushu (Japanese has no native "wu" sound so "ū" is typically used), 老師 / 老师 (lǎoshī, Chinese for teacher), "ursa", "oorah", and 押忍 (osu, interjection used in Japanese martial arts).

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