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<section begin=summary/>{{Translation|'''Isobu'''|磯撫|Isobu}}, more commonly known as the {{translation|'''Three-Tails'''|三尾|Sanbi}}, is a tailed beast that was formerly sealed in [[Yagura]] of [[Kirigakure]]. It has been captured by [[Deidara]] and [[Tobi]], then sealed by [[Akatsuki]]. It was later resealed into a [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]] Yagura during the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 565, page 1</ref><section end=summary/>
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{{Translation|'''Isobu'''|磯撫|Isobu}}, more commonly known as the {{translation|'''Three-Tails'''|三尾|Sanbi}}, is one of the nine [[tailed beasts]]. It was last sealed within [[Yagura]] of [[Kirigakure]].
   
 
== Background ==
 
== Background ==
[[File:Kid-bijuus.png|thumb|left|The young tailed beasts with the Sage of the Six Paths.]]
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[[File:Young Bijuu and Hagoromo.png|thumb|left|The young tailed beasts with Hagoromo.]]
Isobu first came into being in the waning days of the [[Sage of the Six Paths]], who used his [[Creation of All Things]] ability to separate the [[Ten-Tails]]' chakra from its body and divide it into nine separate constructs in order to ensure that it would never resurface after his death.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 467, pages 15-16</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 510, pages 11-12</ref> Some time after being created, the Sage sat down with all the young [[tailed beasts]] and told them that they would always be together even when separated, and that one day they would become one entity again with different names as well as forms than they did then when the time came for them to understand what true power is.<ref name="ch572">''Naruto'' chapter 572, pages 10-11</ref>
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Isobu and the tailed beasts first came into being in the waning days of [[Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki]], who used his [[Creation of All Things]] ability to divide the [[Ten-Tails]]' chakra into nine separate bodies and giving each a name. Some time after being created, the Sage explained to the young tailed beasts that a link existed between them despite their separation. He also foretold of a day when they would be brought together again - though not as they were - and that at that time someone would emerge to show them what true power is.<ref>Chapter 467, pages 15-16</ref><ref name="ch572">Chapter 572, pages 10-11</ref> After Hagoromo's death, the tailed beasts drifted apart, apparently due to [[Kurama]]'s belief that their number of tails was an indication of their strength.<ref name="ch567">Chapter 567, page 10</ref>
   
At some point in the past, Isobu fell into the possession of [[Kirigakure]] and was sealed within [[Yagura]], the Fourth [[Mizukage]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 507, page 15</ref> However when Akatsuki went after it, the turtle was in the wild; the story behind how it came to be like this is still unknown. It was also stated by [[Tsunade]] in the anime that Isobu disappeared after a great war.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 102</ref>
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[[File:Rin and Isobu.png|thumb|Rin as Isobu's jinchūriki.]]
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At some point in the past, Isobu, who was in the possession of Kirigakure, was sealed within the body of a kidnapped [[Rin Nohara]] of [[Konohagakure]]. They plotted for Rin to be taken back to her village as a [[Wikipedia:Trojan Horse|Trojan horse]], releasing the tailed beast to wreak havoc in Konoha. This failed, however, as Rin was fully aware of their schemes and opted to [[Lightning Cutter|kill]] herself at hands of her friend and fellow team-mate, [[Kakashi Hatake]] before their objectives could come to fruition.<ref name="ch629">Chapter 629, pages 14-16</ref> Eventually, Isobu was revived and sealed within its next jinchūriki — [[Yagura]], the Fourth [[Mizukage]], who managed to gain [[Tailed Beast Control|complete control]] and harmony with it.<ref>Chapter 507, page 15</ref> However, when Akatsuki went after it, the beast was in the wild; the story behind how it came to be like this is still unknown.
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In the anime, [[Tsunade]] states that Isobu disappeared after the [[Third Shinobi World War]].<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 100</ref>
   
 
== Personality ==
 
== Personality ==
Isobu speaks in a shy manner, referring to itself as {{translation|'boku'|ボク}} which is usually used by young boys.
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Isobu speaks in a timid manner, referring to itself as {{translation|"boku"|ボク}} which is usually used by young boys.
   
 
== Appearance ==
 
== Appearance ==
Isobu primarily resembles a large turtle, but with a crab-like shell, and three shrimp-like tails. Under its shell, it has red, muscle-like tissue. It has a pair of human-like arms and hands, but no hind-legs. Its lower jaw is rather big and has teeth-like horns, together with its big forehead, which also has horns, it somewhat resembles a mouth with big teeth, making it look like the rest of the face is inside the mouth. Its eyes are dark and have red pupils. In the anime, the eyes are red with green pupils. Its right eye is constantly closed, indicating some sort of injury, and because of this, it is particularly vulnerable to attacks directed at its right eye. During the last remaining days of the Sage of the Six Paths, Isobu was much smaller than it currently is but was still many times larger than the Sage.<ref name="ch572"/>
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[[File:Young Isobu.png|thumb|left|A young Isobu.]]
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Isobu primarily resembles a large turtle, but with a crab-like shell, spikes all over its body, and three shrimp-like tails. Under its shell, it has red, muscle-like tissue. It has a pair of human-like arms and hands, but no hind-legs. Its lower jaw is rather big and has teeth-like horns, together with its big forehead, which also has horns, it somewhat resembles a mouth with big teeth, making it look like the rest of the face is inside the mouth. Its eyes are red and have crimson pupils. In the anime, the eyes are red with yellow pupils. Its right eye is constantly closed, indicating some sort of injury, and because of this, it is particularly vulnerable to attacks directed at its right eye. During the last remaining days of the Sage of the Six Paths, Isobu was essentially much the same in appearance, albeit smaller in size with shorter spikes around its body, but was still many times larger than the Sage.<ref name="ch572" />
   
 
== Abilities ==
 
== Abilities ==
[[File:Three-Tails Rolling.png|thumb|left|Isobu rolled into a ball.]]
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{{See also|Jinchūriki Forms}}
Isobu has the ability to [[Coral Palm|create coral]], and swim at very high speeds. Like all tailed beasts, it has an enormous amount of chakra compared to most ninja and can form the tailed beasts' ultimate attack, the [[Tailed Beast Ball]]. Tobi suggested that [[Kisame]] would have been a better choice for capturing the beast, given its affinity for water. [[Deidara]] claimed that because Isobu lacked a host, it couldn't control its own strength. Isobu has also been shown to be able to roll into a ball and attack its opponents, making full use of its shell and its many protrusions in a manner similar to the Akimichi clan's [[Spiked Human Bullet Tank]]. It can also defend itself with its skin and shell, capable of withstanding nearly all kinds of damage.
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[[File:Isobu destroying Konoha.png|thumb|Isobu's destructive capability.]]
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As a [[tailed beast]], Isobu possesses an enormous amount of [[chakra]] that it can [[Chakra Transfer Technique|transfer]] to others and can create the [[Tailed Beast Ball]]. It also has the ability to [[Coral Palm|create coral]] and swim at very high speeds. In the anime, it could produce a [[Illusionary Mist|hallucinogenic mist]] that exploited the victim's insecurities and forced the victim to face them.
   
[[File:Bijuu dama.png|thumb|Isobu using the Tailed Beast Ball.]]
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=== Physical Prowess ===
In the anime, its abilities were greatly elaborated upon, many of which dealt with its size: it could roar to repel attacks; it could produce a large tidal wave that spread away from it in all directions; it could strike with any of its three spiked tails to break through most defences. Its skin was resistant to attack in a similar fashion. With these abilities, it overwhelmed [[Guren]]'s [[Crystal Release]] several times over the course of their battle.
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[[File:Shell Spear1.png|thumb|left|Isobu rolled into a ball.]]
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Isobu can [[Shadow Stroke|roll into a ball]] to [[Leaping Bullet Shell Tower|move about quickly]] and attack its opponents, making full use of the protrusions on its shell in a manner similar to the [[Akimichi Clan|Akimichi clan]]'s [[Spiked Human Bullet Tank]].<ref>Chapter 571, page 12</ref> Isobu's tough skin and shell also grant it additional defence, allowing it to withstand nearly all forms of attack. It can also use any of its three spiked tails to strike its opponents and break through most defences. In the anime, Isobu's only known physical weakness is its eye; as tough as its skin and shell are, it cannot harden its eyes and thus seems to keep one closed at all times.
   
[[File:Three-Tails Menacing Water Ball2.png|thumb|left|Isobu firing chakra-infused water balls.]]
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=== Ninjutsu ===
Of the beast's more specialised abilities, it could produce a hallucinogenic mist that exploited the victim's insecurities and forced the victim to face them. It could also shoot powerful chakra infused [[Three-Tails Water Ball|water balls]]. When it ate something, thousands of miniature versions of itself would attack what it had eaten within its stomach, presumably to speed up the digestion process.
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[[File:Three-Tails Menacing Water Ball2.png|thumb|Isobu firing water blasts.]]
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In the anime, Isobu's abilities were greatly elaborated upon. It could create [[Tailed Beast Shockwave|shockwaves]] to repel attacks and produce large tidal waves around it, enabling it to overwhelm [[Guren]]'s [[Crystal Release]] several times over the course of their battle. When Isobu ate something, thousands of [[Three-Tails Mini Clone|miniature versions of itself]] would attack what was eaten within its stomach, presumably to speed up the digestion process. It was also shown capable of materialising an entrance to a separate dimension in which it could hide its presence, until it was ready to return to wherever it chooses.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 108</ref>
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In the anime, it was revealed that its only known physical weakness it possessed was its eye, as hard as its skin and armoured shell are, it cannot harden its eyes and so seems to keep one closed at all times.
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==== Nature Transformation ====
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As a turtle, Isobu has an affinity for [[Water Release]].<ref>Chapter 317, pages 1-4</ref> In the anime, it has shown to fire powerful [[Water Release: Great Water Mass Bullet|water blasts]] that are capable of destroying an entire cliff side.
   
 
== Part II ==
 
== Part II ==
=== Three-Tails Arc ===
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=== Akatsuki Suppression Mission ===
{{Main|Three-Tails Arc}}
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In the manga, Tobi and Deidara confronted the beast around the same time [[Naruto Uzumaki]] had begun his [[Wind Release]] training, to which it responded by beginning to chase Tobi. With the Three-Tails distracted, Deidara moulded an explosive clay fish in an attempt to capture it. It was unclear if this marked the end of the battle, as the remainder of the battle went unseen. As the two towed the Three-Tails to the Akatsuki's lair after the battle, Tobi gloated at bringing the Three-Tails down with his special technique, but Deidara thought otherwise. It was later [[Sealing Technique: Phantom Dragons Nine Consuming Seals|sealed]] in the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path|sealing statue]].
[[File:The dimension's entrance.PNG|thumb|The entrance to the dimension where Isobu came from.]]
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In the anime, [[Orochimaru]] instructed [[Kabuto Yakushi]] and [[Team Guren]] to take a young boy named [[Yūkimaru]] to a lake. After they arrived, Kabuto forced Yūkimaru to release all of his chakra, which caused Isobu to begin to surface from the lake. With [[Guren]]'s help, the beast was completely revealed, and they attempted to capture it. Their attempts proved insufficient, however, and the beast created a large tidal wave to wash its attackers away.
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=== Three-Tails' Appearance ===
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{{Main|Three-Tails' Appearance}}
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[[File:The dimension's entrance.PNG|thumb|left|The entrance to the dimension where the Three-Tails came from.]]
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In the anime, [[Orochimaru]] instructed [[Kabuto Yakushi]] and [[Team Guren]] to take a young boy named [[Yūkimaru]] to a lake. After they arrived, Kabuto forced Yūkimaru to release all of his chakra, which caused the Three-Tails to begin to surface from the lake. With [[Guren]]'s help, the beast was completely revealed, and they attempted to capture it. Their attempts proved insufficient, however, and the beast created a large tidal wave to wash its attackers away.
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The tidal wave gained the attention of a nearby group of [[Konohagakure]] ninja, who tried to use [[Four-Corner Sealing Barrier]] to permanently trap the beast in its own dimension. Just as the sealing began to work, the Konoha ninja were interrupted by Guren, which prompted the beast to attack them all. Yūkimaru was able to calm the beast down temporarily, but, after he became tired, the Three-Tails turned its attention to him. Guren and [[Naruto Uzumaki]] came to his defence, but were swallowed in the process. With the help of their allies on the outside, they were able to escape, and the Konoha ninja tried once more to seal the beast.
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[[File:Isobu captured by Akatsuki.png|thumb|Akatsuki prepares to seal the Three-Tails.]]
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Just when the sealing was almost complete, Yūkimaru, angered by the apparent death of Guren, empowered the beast to break free of its restraints. The Three-Tails went on a rampage, attacking everyone nearby and crushing [[Nurari]], [[Kigiri]], and [[Kihō]]. Its attempts to attack Yūkimaru, however, had no effect. It was only through the use of the [[Wind Release: Toad Oil Flame Bullet]] that the beast was driven away. The sealing attempt was left to [[Anbu]] members, and the remaining Konoha ninja returned home. [[Deidara]] and [[Tobi]] of [[Akatsuki]] soon found these Anbu members and disposed of them.
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=== Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax ===
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[[File:Biju full transformation.png|thumb|left|The remaining jinchūriki transform into their tailed beasts.]]
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After [[Son Gokū]] was resealed into the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path, Tobi, who was intent on going all-out from that point on, forced Yagura to fully transform into the Three-Tails. The opposing tailed beasts prepared to attack the shinobi, but they were [[Tailed Beast Shockwave|rebuffed]] by a fully-transformed [[Naruto]]. Wasting no time in their attacks, the Three-Tails evaded Naruto and [[Kurama]]'s pile-drive attack by rolling out of the way to counter-attack after the [[Six-Tails]] had incapacitated them, but the turtle was stopped by the [[Eight-Tails]]. Freeing itself from the ox's grasp, the opposing beasts regrouped and prepared a collaborative Tailed Beast Ball, which was met by one from Naruto and Kurama.
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[[File:Seishin Sekai.png|thumb|Isobu, alongside the other jinchūriki and tailed beasts, encounters Naruto.]]
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As Naruto entered a deeper plane of the tailed beasts' consciousness, Isobu (who remembered [[Three-Tails' Appearance|meeting]] him in the anime) introduced itself to the young shinobi. Later, as Isobu was freed from the [[chakra receiver]], it affirmed Kurama's belief that Naruto was the person the [[Sage of the Six Paths]] had spoken about so long ago before being resealed into the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]].
   
The tidal wave gained the attention of a nearby group of [[Konohagakure]] ninja, who tried to use [[Four-Corner Sealing Barrier]] to permanently trap the beast in its own dimension. Just as the sealing began to work, the Konoha ninja were interrupted by Guren, which prompted the beast to attack them all. Yūkimaru was able to calm the beast down temporarily, but, after he became tired, Isobu turned its attention to him. Guren and [[Naruto Uzumaki]] came to his defence, but were swallowed in the process. With the help of their allies on the outside, they were able to escape, and the Konoha ninja tried once more to seal the beast.
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=== Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki ===
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[[File:Biju released.png|thumb|left|The tailed beasts being freed from Obito.]]
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Isobu appeared alongside the other tailed beasts with the exception of Gyūki and [[Shukaku]] when the [[Ten-Tails]] looked down at Naruto. The image of the tailed beasts, along with a silhouette of the Sage of the Six Paths, drove the Ten-Tails to a fit as it evolved further. Due to the combined teamwork of the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]], Isobu, alongside the other imprisoned tailed beasts, was later pulled out of Obito and thus freed.
   
Just when the sealing was almost complete, Yūkimaru, angered by the apparent death of Guren, empowered the beast to break free of its restraints. Isobu went on a rampage, attacking everyone nearby and crushing [[Nurari]], [[Kigiri]], and [[Kihō]]. Its attempts to attack Yūkimaru, however, had no effect. It was only through the use of the [[Wind Release: Toad Oil Flame Bullet]] that the beast was driven away. The sealing attempt was left to [[ANBU]] members, and the remaining Konoha ninja returned home. [[Deidara]] and [[Tobi]] of [[Akatsuki]] soon found these ANBU members and disposed of them.
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[[File:Tailed Beasts vs Madara.png|thumb|The tailed beasts working together to attack Madara.]]
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When Madara ran towards the tailed beasts, both Shukaku and [[Gaara]] conjured [[Wind Release: Sand Scattering Bullets|numerous sand bullets]] and were able to restrain the Uchiha's movements. Using the opportunity to attack, the tailed beasts each took a swing at their opponent, giving sand-manipulating duo an opening to use their [[Desert Layered Imperial Funeral Seal]], but Madara managed to escape the sand pyramid with his Susanoo. As Naruto in [[Tailed Beast Mode]] pinned Madara down with a tail, Isobu and the other tailed beasts joined in and did the same to increase the damage, but the Uchiha survived their attacks and retreated to a safe distance. After he received his own right Rinnegan eye from a White Zetsu clone, Madara quickly summoned the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path from Obito's body, and used the Rinnegan to [[Limbo: Border Jail|repel]] the tailed beasts. With the tailed beasts stunned, Madara then [[Demonic Statue Chains|chained]] them up and sealed them back into the Demonic Statue.
   
The beast's capture took place much earlier in the manga (at the start of the [[Hidan and Kakuzu Arc]]), but played out in much the same way as in the anime. Tobi and Deidara confronted the beast, to which it responded by beginning to chase Tobi. With Isobu distracted, Deidara moulded an explosive clay fish in an attempt to capture it. It was unclear if this marked the end of the battle, as the remainder of the battle went unseen. As the two towed Isobu to the Akatsuki's lair after the battle, Tobi gloated at bringing Isobu down with his special technique, but Deidara thought otherwise. It was later [[Sealing Technique: Phantom Dragons Nine Consuming Seals|sealed]] in the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path|sealing statue]].
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[[File:Tailed Beast Reunion.png|thumb|left|The tailed beasts reunite with Hagoromo and Naruto.]]
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Later, the chakra Isobu transferred to Naruto earlier, manifested within Naruto's subconscious along with the other tailed beasts to speak with the young jinchūriki and the spirit of [[Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki]]. There, they all voiced their shared belief that Naruto was the child of prophecy.
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=== Shinobi World War Arc ===
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=== Kaguya Ōtsutsuki Strikes ===
[[File:Six,two,five,three-tails full transformation.png|thumb|left|The remaining jinchūriki transform into their tailed beasts.]]
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[[File:Ten-Tails sealing.png|thumb|The tailed beasts being freed from the Ten-Tails.]]
After [[Son Gokū]] is resealed into the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path, Tobi, who is intent on going all-out from this point on, forces Yagura to fully transform into Isobu.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 570, pages 8-9</ref>
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After Madara's ambitions were cut short by [[Black Zetsu]], who revealed to be the silent manipulator of shinobi history since it was first created by [[Kaguya Ōtsutsuki]], the black entity used Madara's body as a medium to resurrect its creator. During the battle against the tyrannical princess, Isobu and the other tailed beasts continued to support Naruto by giving him [[Sage Art: Super Tailed Beast Rasenshuriken|their combined power]] to overwhelm her. Ultimately, Kaguya was defeated by Naruto and [[Sasuke]], who used the [[Six Paths — Chibaku Tensei]] to eject all the tailed beasts from her and seal her away inside a newly-created [[moon]] within her own [[Kaguya's Dimensions|dimension]].
   
Preparing to attack the shinobi, Isobu along with the other four beasts create [[Tailed Beast Ball]]s. These attacks however, are deflected by [[Naruto]] and they are [[Tailed Beast Shockwave|rebuffed]] by a now fully-transformed Naruto. Wasting no time in their attacks, Isobu evades Kurama's attack and then, rolling into a ball, attempts to attack the beast while [[Saiken]] had incapacitated it. It is however stopped by [[Gyūki]]. Freeing itself from the beast's grasp, it and the other opposing beasts prepare a collaborative Tailed Beast Ball which is met by one from Naruto and Kurama.
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After the spirits of Hagoromo and the past Kage summoned both the tailed beasts and [[Team 7]] back to the real world, the tailed beasts began to discuss their plans for the future since they were finally free. Sasuke, however, made his own intentions known: removing as many people as possible who could get in the way of his plans of leading the world through a revolution to do away with current shinobi systems, including killing all the current Kage and tailed beasts. Just as Sasuke swiftly [[Genjutsu: Rinnegan|subdued]] the tailed beasts with his Rinnegan and sealed them within his [[Chibaku Tensei]], Naruto reassured the tailed beasts that he would save them once again. After Naruto was able to defeat and reform Sasuke, the two dispelled the Infinite Tsukuyomi and Sasuke released Isobu, along with the other tailed beasts, from their prisons.
   
[[File:Naruto meets bijuus.png|thumb|Isobu, alongside the other jinchūriki and tailed beasts, encounters Naruto.]]
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== In Other Media ==
As Naruto enters a deeper plain of the tailed beasts' consciousness, Isobu introduces itself to the young man. Later, as the beast is freed from the [[chakra receiver]] it affirms [[Kurama]]'s belief that Naruto was the person the [[Sage of the Six Paths]] had spoken about so long ago before being resealed into the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]].
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=== Video Games ===
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Although Isobu itself is not playable, Yagura takes on its form as his awakening in ''[[Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3]]'' and ''[[Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution]]''. Isobu also appears as a boss in ''[[Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Destiny 3]]''.
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
* {{Translation|'Isobu'|磯撫|}} literally means 'beach stroker', and is also an adaptation of the name of the {{translation|[[Wikipedia:Isonade|Isonade]]|磯撫で}}.
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* {{Translation|'Isobu'|磯撫|}} literally means 'beach stroker', and is also an adaptation of the name of the sea [[wikipedia:Yōkai|yōkai]] {{translation|[[wikipedia:Isonade|Isonade]]|磯撫で}}. The Isonade had a hooked tail, similar to Yagura's staff.
* Turtles are often used as the base design for sea monsters in Japanese folklore. Isobu's design in particular was conceived as a result of the series creator, [[Masashi Kishimoto]]'s, interest in monsters, [[Wikipedia:Yōkai|yōkai]], and [[Wikipedia:Kaiju|kaijū]], mixing together various elements of those types of creatures to create a monster with a turtle's body and a shrimp's tail with a crab-looking figure.
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* Since Rin died without having Isobu extracted, Isobu is the first known tailed beast to have "died" and revived.
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* In the [[Three-Tails' Appearance]], Isobu's capture took place much later than in the manga, but played out in much the same way.
   
 
== References ==
 
== References ==
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Isobu
(磯撫, Isobu)

  • Three-Tails (三尾, Sanbi)
  • Giant Turtle (巨大亀, Kyodaigame)
Debut
Manga Chapter #317
Anime Naruto Shippūden Episode #92
Movie The Last: Naruto the Movie
Game Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Destiny 3
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game, Movie
Voice Actors
Japanese
Personal
Species Turtle
Classification
Jinchūriki
Affiliation
Family
Nature Type
Unique Traits
Jutsu

Isobu (磯撫, Isobu), more commonly known as the Three-Tails (三尾, Sanbi), is one of the nine tailed beasts. It was last sealed within Yagura of Kirigakure.

Background Edit

Young Bijuu and Hagoromo

The young tailed beasts with Hagoromo.

Isobu and the tailed beasts first came into being in the waning days of Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki, who used his Creation of All Things ability to divide the Ten-Tails' chakra into nine separate bodies and giving each a name. Some time after being created, the Sage explained to the young tailed beasts that a link existed between them despite their separation. He also foretold of a day when they would be brought together again - though not as they were - and that at that time someone would emerge to show them what true power is.[3][4] After Hagoromo's death, the tailed beasts drifted apart, apparently due to Kurama's belief that their number of tails was an indication of their strength.[5]

Rin and Isobu

Rin as Isobu's jinchūriki.

At some point in the past, Isobu, who was in the possession of Kirigakure, was sealed within the body of a kidnapped Rin Nohara of Konohagakure. They plotted for Rin to be taken back to her village as a Trojan horse, releasing the tailed beast to wreak havoc in Konoha. This failed, however, as Rin was fully aware of their schemes and opted to kill herself at hands of her friend and fellow team-mate, Kakashi Hatake before their objectives could come to fruition.[6] Eventually, Isobu was revived and sealed within its next jinchūriki — Yagura, the Fourth Mizukage, who managed to gain complete control and harmony with it.[7] However, when Akatsuki went after it, the beast was in the wild; the story behind how it came to be like this is still unknown.

In the anime, Tsunade states that Isobu disappeared after the Third Shinobi World War.[8]

Personality Edit

Isobu speaks in a timid manner, referring to itself as "boku" (ボク) which is usually used by young boys.

Appearance Edit

Young Isobu

A young Isobu.

Isobu primarily resembles a large turtle, but with a crab-like shell, spikes all over its body, and three shrimp-like tails. Under its shell, it has red, muscle-like tissue. It has a pair of human-like arms and hands, but no hind-legs. Its lower jaw is rather big and has teeth-like horns, together with its big forehead, which also has horns, it somewhat resembles a mouth with big teeth, making it look like the rest of the face is inside the mouth. Its eyes are red and have crimson pupils. In the anime, the eyes are red with yellow pupils. Its right eye is constantly closed, indicating some sort of injury, and because of this, it is particularly vulnerable to attacks directed at its right eye. During the last remaining days of the Sage of the Six Paths, Isobu was essentially much the same in appearance, albeit smaller in size with shorter spikes around its body, but was still many times larger than the Sage.[4]

Abilities Edit

See also: Jinchūriki Forms

Isobu destroying Konoha

Isobu's destructive capability.

As a tailed beast, Isobu possesses an enormous amount of chakra that it can transfer to others and can create the Tailed Beast Ball. It also has the ability to create coral and swim at very high speeds. In the anime, it could produce a hallucinogenic mist that exploited the victim's insecurities and forced the victim to face them.

Physical Prowess Edit

Shell Spear1

Isobu rolled into a ball.

Isobu can roll into a ball to move about quickly and attack its opponents, making full use of the protrusions on its shell in a manner similar to the Akimichi clan's Spiked Human Bullet Tank.[9] Isobu's tough skin and shell also grant it additional defence, allowing it to withstand nearly all forms of attack. It can also use any of its three spiked tails to strike its opponents and break through most defences. In the anime, Isobu's only known physical weakness is its eye; as tough as its skin and shell are, it cannot harden its eyes and thus seems to keep one closed at all times.

Ninjutsu Edit

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Isobu firing water blasts.

In the anime, Isobu's abilities were greatly elaborated upon. It could create shockwaves to repel attacks and produce large tidal waves around it, enabling it to overwhelm Guren's Crystal Release several times over the course of their battle. When Isobu ate something, thousands of miniature versions of itself would attack what was eaten within its stomach, presumably to speed up the digestion process. It was also shown capable of materialising an entrance to a separate dimension in which it could hide its presence, until it was ready to return to wherever it chooses.[10]

Nature Transformation Edit

As a turtle, Isobu has an affinity for Water Release.[11] In the anime, it has shown to fire powerful water blasts that are capable of destroying an entire cliff side.

Part II Edit

Akatsuki Suppression Mission Edit

In the manga, Tobi and Deidara confronted the beast around the same time Naruto Uzumaki had begun his Wind Release training, to which it responded by beginning to chase Tobi. With the Three-Tails distracted, Deidara moulded an explosive clay fish in an attempt to capture it. It was unclear if this marked the end of the battle, as the remainder of the battle went unseen. As the two towed the Three-Tails to the Akatsuki's lair after the battle, Tobi gloated at bringing the Three-Tails down with his special technique, but Deidara thought otherwise. It was later sealed in the sealing statue.

Three-Tails' Appearance Edit

Main article: Three-Tails' Appearance

The dimension&#039;s entrance

The entrance to the dimension where the Three-Tails came from.

In the anime, Orochimaru instructed Kabuto Yakushi and Team Guren to take a young boy named Yūkimaru to a lake. After they arrived, Kabuto forced Yūkimaru to release all of his chakra, which caused the Three-Tails to begin to surface from the lake. With Guren's help, the beast was completely revealed, and they attempted to capture it. Their attempts proved insufficient, however, and the beast created a large tidal wave to wash its attackers away.

The tidal wave gained the attention of a nearby group of Konohagakure ninja, who tried to use Four-Corner Sealing Barrier to permanently trap the beast in its own dimension. Just as the sealing began to work, the Konoha ninja were interrupted by Guren, which prompted the beast to attack them all. Yūkimaru was able to calm the beast down temporarily, but, after he became tired, the Three-Tails turned its attention to him. Guren and Naruto Uzumaki came to his defence, but were swallowed in the process. With the help of their allies on the outside, they were able to escape, and the Konoha ninja tried once more to seal the beast.

Isobu captured by Akatsuki

Akatsuki prepares to seal the Three-Tails.

Just when the sealing was almost complete, Yūkimaru, angered by the apparent death of Guren, empowered the beast to break free of its restraints. The Three-Tails went on a rampage, attacking everyone nearby and crushing Nurari, Kigiri, and Kihō. Its attempts to attack Yūkimaru, however, had no effect. It was only through the use of the Wind Release: Toad Oil Flame Bullet that the beast was driven away. The sealing attempt was left to Anbu members, and the remaining Konoha ninja returned home. Deidara and Tobi of Akatsuki soon found these Anbu members and disposed of them.

Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax Edit

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The remaining jinchūriki transform into their tailed beasts.

After Son Gokū was resealed into the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path, Tobi, who was intent on going all-out from that point on, forced Yagura to fully transform into the Three-Tails. The opposing tailed beasts prepared to attack the shinobi, but they were rebuffed by a fully-transformed Naruto. Wasting no time in their attacks, the Three-Tails evaded Naruto and Kurama's pile-drive attack by rolling out of the way to counter-attack after the Six-Tails had incapacitated them, but the turtle was stopped by the Eight-Tails. Freeing itself from the ox's grasp, the opposing beasts regrouped and prepared a collaborative Tailed Beast Ball, which was met by one from Naruto and Kurama.

Seishin Sekai

Isobu, alongside the other jinchūriki and tailed beasts, encounters Naruto.

As Naruto entered a deeper plane of the tailed beasts' consciousness, Isobu (who remembered meeting him in the anime) introduced itself to the young shinobi. Later, as Isobu was freed from the chakra receiver, it affirmed Kurama's belief that Naruto was the person the Sage of the Six Paths had spoken about so long ago before being resealed into the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path.

Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki Edit

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The tailed beasts being freed from Obito.

Isobu appeared alongside the other tailed beasts with the exception of Gyūki and Shukaku when the Ten-Tails looked down at Naruto. The image of the tailed beasts, along with a silhouette of the Sage of the Six Paths, drove the Ten-Tails to a fit as it evolved further. Due to the combined teamwork of the Allied Shinobi Forces, Isobu, alongside the other imprisoned tailed beasts, was later pulled out of Obito and thus freed.

Tailed Beasts vs Madara

The tailed beasts working together to attack Madara.

When Madara ran towards the tailed beasts, both Shukaku and Gaara conjured numerous sand bullets and were able to restrain the Uchiha's movements. Using the opportunity to attack, the tailed beasts each took a swing at their opponent, giving sand-manipulating duo an opening to use their Desert Layered Imperial Funeral Seal, but Madara managed to escape the sand pyramid with his Susanoo. As Naruto in Tailed Beast Mode pinned Madara down with a tail, Isobu and the other tailed beasts joined in and did the same to increase the damage, but the Uchiha survived their attacks and retreated to a safe distance. After he received his own right Rinnegan eye from a White Zetsu clone, Madara quickly summoned the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path from Obito's body, and used the Rinnegan to repel the tailed beasts. With the tailed beasts stunned, Madara then chained them up and sealed them back into the Demonic Statue.

Tailed Beast Reunion

The tailed beasts reunite with Hagoromo and Naruto.

Later, the chakra Isobu transferred to Naruto earlier, manifested within Naruto's subconscious along with the other tailed beasts to speak with the young jinchūriki and the spirit of Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki. There, they all voiced their shared belief that Naruto was the child of prophecy.

Kaguya Ōtsutsuki Strikes Edit

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The tailed beasts being freed from the Ten-Tails.

After Madara's ambitions were cut short by Black Zetsu, who revealed to be the silent manipulator of shinobi history since it was first created by Kaguya Ōtsutsuki, the black entity used Madara's body as a medium to resurrect its creator. During the battle against the tyrannical princess, Isobu and the other tailed beasts continued to support Naruto by giving him their combined power to overwhelm her. Ultimately, Kaguya was defeated by Naruto and Sasuke, who used the Six Paths — Chibaku Tensei to eject all the tailed beasts from her and seal her away inside a newly-created moon within her own dimension.

After the spirits of Hagoromo and the past Kage summoned both the tailed beasts and Team 7 back to the real world, the tailed beasts began to discuss their plans for the future since they were finally free. Sasuke, however, made his own intentions known: removing as many people as possible who could get in the way of his plans of leading the world through a revolution to do away with current shinobi systems, including killing all the current Kage and tailed beasts. Just as Sasuke swiftly subdued the tailed beasts with his Rinnegan and sealed them within his Chibaku Tensei, Naruto reassured the tailed beasts that he would save them once again. After Naruto was able to defeat and reform Sasuke, the two dispelled the Infinite Tsukuyomi and Sasuke released Isobu, along with the other tailed beasts, from their prisons.

In Other Media Edit

Video Games Edit

Although Isobu itself is not playable, Yagura takes on its form as his awakening in Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 and Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution. Isobu also appears as a boss in Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Destiny 3.

Trivia Edit

  • 'Isobu' (磯撫) literally means 'beach stroker', and is also an adaptation of the name of the sea yōkai Isonade (磯撫で). The Isonade had a hooked tail, similar to Yagura's staff.
  • Since Rin died without having Isobu extracted, Isobu is the first known tailed beast to have "died" and revived.
  • In the Three-Tails' Appearance, Isobu's capture took place much later than in the manga, but played out in much the same way.

References Edit

  1. Third Databook, pages 198-199
  2. Fourth Databook, pages 148-151
  3. Chapter 467, pages 15-16
  4. 4.0 4.1 Chapter 572, pages 10-11
  5. Chapter 567, page 10
  6. Chapter 629, pages 14-16
  7. Chapter 507, page 15
  8. Naruto: Shippūden episode 100
  9. Chapter 571, page 12
  10. Naruto: Shippūden episode 108
  11. Chapter 317, pages 1-4
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