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<section begin=summary/>{{translation|'''Shukaku'''|守鶴|Shukaku}}, more commonly known as the {{translation|'''One-Tail'''|一尾|Ichibi}}, is a [[tailed beast]] that was last sealed within [[Gaara]] of [[Sunagakure]]. It has been captured by [[Deidara]], then extracted and sealed by [[Akatsuki]].<section end=summary/>
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{{translation|'''Shukaku'''|守鶴|Shukaku}}, more commonly known as the {{translation|'''One-Tail'''|一尾|Ichibi}}, is one of the nine [[tailed beasts]]. It was last sealed within [[Gaara]] of [[Sunagakure]], after being sealed in two other [[jinchūriki]] before him.<ref name="ch261">Chapter 261, page 7</ref>
   
 
== 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 Biju.png|thumb|left|The young tailed beasts with Hagoromo.]]
Shukaku 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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Shukaku 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>
   
Citizens of Sunagakure came to believe that Shukaku was a {{translation|[[Wikipedia:Ikiryō|living ghost]]|生霊|ikiryō}} of a corrupted Suna priest, and was originally sealed inside a tea kettle.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 97, page 8</ref>
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Shukaku would eventually be captured and kept by Sunagakure, to which the [[First Kazekage]], who was invited along with other first Kage by [[Hashirama Senju]] into the first [[Five Kage Summit]], attempted to use his possession of the tanuki as leverage to gain wealth for his nation, as opposed to gaining another tailed beast.<ref>Chapter 648, page 10</ref>
   
Shukaku had two [[jinchūriki]] in the past,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 261, page 5</ref> one of which inspired the [[Third Kazekage]] to create the [[Iron Sand]] technique.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 268, page 10</ref> Shukaku was eventually removed from their bodies, resulting in their deaths.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 261, page 8</ref>
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{{ImgRight|Shukaku and Bunpuku.png|Shukaku sealed in Bunpuku.}}
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Shukaku's first [[jinchūriki]] was a Suna priest named [[Bunpuku]], who was locked away in a dungeon with the giant tea kettle, and was kept under constant guard. Over time, the citizens of Sunagakure came to believe that Shukaku itself was a {{translation|[[Wikipedia:Ikiryō|living ghost]]|生霊|ikiryō}} of a corrupted priest sealed inside a tea kettle.<ref name="c97p8" /> Despite the animosity the village showed for Shukaku and its host, the elderly priest held no ill-will towards the tanuki nor the villagers, viewing it as as an equal and was content as long as Shukaku hadn't forgotten his name. Shukaku eventually came to appreciate Bunpuku and would later remember the words he imparted to it: that someday someone would appear in the world to teach it about the heart and acceptance.<ref>Chapter 660, page 5-9</ref> Shukaku had another jinchūriki who inspired the [[Third Kazekage]] to create his [[Iron Sand]] [[fighting style]].<ref name="ch261" /><ref>Chapter 268, page 10</ref> Shukaku was eventually removed from their bodies, resulting in their respective deaths.<ref>Chapter 261, page 8</ref>
   
[[File:Gaara losses control.png|thumb|left|Shukaku goes on a rampage after Gaara loses control.]]
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[[File:Gaara lost control.png|thumb|left|Shukaku goes on a rampage after Gaara loses control.]]
When [[Karura]] became pregnant with Gaara, her husband, the [[Fourth Kazekage]], had [[Chiyo]] to seal Shukaku into Gaara while he was still in the womb,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 97, pages 9-10</ref> because of his three children, Gaara was the only compatible one with the beast.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 547, page 3</ref> Before Karura died from a premature childbirth, she passionately told her son that she would protect him and according to her husband, her love seeped into the sand.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 547, pages 16-17</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 548, pages 10-13</ref> However, Gaara couldn't properly [[Tailed Beast Control|control]] Shukaku's powers, killing or injuring several of Suna's shinobi and citizens. Deemed a failure, the Fourth Kazekage chose to test his son, ordering [[Yashamaru]] to assassinate him and also tell him that his mother never loved him, and that she was used as a human sacrifice for the sealing process. Gaara failed the test, fully releasing the rampaging Shukaku, to which the Fourth eventually used his [[Gold Dust]] to subdue the tanuki.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 547</ref>
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When [[Karura]] became pregnant with Gaara, her husband, the [[Fourth Kazekage]], had [[Chiyo]] seal Shukaku into Gaara while he was still in the womb because, out of his [[Three Sand Siblings|three children]], Gaara was the only one compatible with the tailed beast.<ref>Chapter 97, pages 9-10</ref><ref>Chapter 547, page 3</ref> Before Karura died after giving birth, she passionately told her son that she would protect him, and, according to her husband, her love seeped into the sand and was noted to form his automatic defence.<ref>Chapter 547, pages 16-17</ref><ref>Chapter 548, pages 10-13</ref> However, Gaara couldn't properly [[Tailed Beast Control|control]] Shukaku's powers, killing or injuring several of Suna's shinobi and citizens by accident. Shukaku would even cite its hatred toward humans, warning Gaara not to sleep too long if he didn't want to give Shukaku an opening. Deemed a failure, the Fourth Kazekage chose to test his son one last time, ordering [[Yashamaru]] to assassinate him and also tell him that his mother never loved him, and that she was used as a human sacrifice for the sealing process. Gaara failed the test, fully releasing the rampaging Shukaku, to which the Fourth eventually used his [[Gold Dust]] to subdue the tanuki.<ref>Chapter 546, page 10</ref>
   
 
== Personality ==
 
== Personality ==
Shukaku is cunning, but also incoherent, giving it the demeanour of a madman. According to Gaara, because of its innate rage and blood-lust, Shukaku relishes the opportunity to kill anyone in sight, even more so during a full [[moon]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 91, page 19</ref> Like all tailed beasts, Shukaku has a strong desire to preserve its own life, and as such, will grant its jinchūriki the power to control sand as well as allow them to transform into it in a state of need and blood-lust. [[Gyūki]] mentioned that Shukaku hates [[Kurama]] for its beliefs that the tailed beasts' strength is measured by the number of tails and, as such, views Shukaku as the weakest.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 567, page 10</ref>
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[[File:Shukaku and young Gaara.png|thumb|Shukaku threatening a young Gaara.]]
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Shukaku is characterised as a wild and short-tempered individual, and often speaks in a bombastic and incoherent manner, giving it the demeanour of a drunken madman, to which [[Gamakichi]] describes it as "pretty funky". Shukaku also expresses pride as it uses {{translation|"ore-sama"|オレ様|lit meaning=my esteemed self}} when referring to itself, and holds great confidence in its own abilities, especially its absolute defence.<ref name="ch656">Chapter 656, page 7</ref><ref name="ch660">Chapter 660, page 15</ref> According to Gaara, prior to its introduction, Shukaku relishes the opportunity to kill anyone in sight, even more so during a full [[moon]].<ref>Chapter 91, page 19</ref> Like all tailed beasts, Shukaku has shown a strong desire to preserve its own life, granting its jinchūriki the power to control sand as well as allowing them to transform into it in a state of need and blood-lust.
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Shukaku harbours a bitter grudge towards [[Kurama]] due to the latter's beliefs that the tailed beasts' strength is measured by the number of tails and thus Kurama views Shukaku as the weakest.<ref name="ch567" /> Due to this, Shukaku will find any opportunity to surpass its arrogant rival. Its hatred towards humans led it to spark fear in Gaara, reminding him that if he goes into a deep sleep, the tanuki would possess his body and murder all humans, resulting in Gaara's developing insomnia. Shukaku had a similar attitude towards [[Bunpuku]], but its jinchūriki learned to live with it and eventually, Shukaku complimented him by comparing him to the Sage of the Six Paths. During the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], Shukaku eventually saw Gaara in a similar light, being reminded of Bunpuku.
   
 
== Appearance ==
 
== Appearance ==
Shukaku is a sandy-brown coloured [[Wikipedia:Tanuki|tanuki]], with black (dark blue in the anime) markings all over its face, body, and tail. It has a jagged, concave mouth and the sclerae of its eyes are black, with yellow irides<!-- "irides" is correct, irises is the plural for the flower --> and pupils that each takes the shape of a black four-pointed star with four black dots around it. During the last days of the Sage of the Six Paths, Shukaku in its youth looked the same as it does presently, only much smaller.<ref name="ch572"/>
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[[File:Young Shukaku.png|thumb|left|A young Shukaku.]]
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Shukaku is a sandy-brown coloured [[wikipedia:tanuki|tanuki]], with black (dark blue in the anime) [[cursed seal]] markings all over its face, body, and tail. It has a jagged, concave mouth and the sclerae of its eyes are black, with yellow irides<!-- "irides" is correct, irises is the plural for the flower --> and pupils that each takes the shape of a black four-pointed star with four black dots around it. During the last days of the Sage of the Six Paths, Shukaku in its youth looked the basically same as it does presently, only much smaller.<ref name="ch572" />
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== Abilities ==
 
== Abilities ==
[[File:Drilling Air Bullet.jpg|thumb|Shukaku using Wind Release: Drilling Air Bullet.]]
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{{See also|Jinchūriki Forms}}
Like all [[tailed beasts]], Shukaku foremost has an enormous supply of chakra. The tanuki is also able to use [[Wind Release]] [[nature transformation]], which it uses to perform powerful attacks such as the [[Wind Release: Drilling Air Bullet]] which can create giant craters upon impact. Most notable of the the beast's power is its ability to manipulate [[Sand (tool)|sand]], using it as an effective weapon; and can perform the [[Tailed Beast Ball]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 519</ref> At fully-released form, Shukaku's body is completely made of sand; as such he can ignore most damage that would otherwise be detrimental, as shown when he had one of his arms chopped off by [[Gamabunta]] and was still able to keep on fighting. Whenever Shukaku is sealed into its [[jinchūriki]], it has the ability to eat away its host's personality, and influence him or her with its bloodlust behaviour whenever he or she sleeps, which leads its host to develop [[Wikipedia:Insomnia|insomnia]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 135, page 9</ref>
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[[File:Sabaku Sotaisu Fuin.png|thumb|Shukaku enforcing a fūinjutsu with its curse seal markings.]]
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As a tailed beast, Shukaku possesses a large quantity of [[chakra]] and can perform the [[Tailed Beast Ball]].<ref>Chapter 519, page 15</ref> As a precaution to if its jinchūriki lost control and fully transformed into Shukaku inside of Suna, the villagers were to either evacuate beforehand or seek shelter due to the risk of mass casualty from its rampage.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 388</ref> Shukaku has the ability to control its jinchūriki whenever they sleep, which leads to its host to develop [[wikipedia:insomnia|insomnia]].<ref>Chapter 135, page 9</ref> Shukaku has great physical strength while using its tail, as seen when overlapping it with the other tailed beasts to shatter and even obliterate a [[senjutsu]]-enhanced complete [[Susanoo]].<ref>Chapter 658, pages 13-15</ref>
   
=== Activity inside Gaara ===
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=== Ninjutsu ===
{{Main|Gaara's Jinchūriki Forms}}
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==== Sand Manipulation ====
As Shukaku's jinchūriki, Gaara has the ability to move and levitate sand at will. Shukaku was at first believed to be the source of the automatic [[Shield of Sand]], however the Fourth Kazekage told Gaara that this was due to his mother's love and will being in the sand, thus using Shukaku's sand manipulation for her own purpose; protecting Gaara from all harm. When angry or in a state of blood-lust, Gaara can use the sand in his gourd to take on the form of a miniature Shukaku, or even create a giant copy of Shukaku's body.
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Shukaku's most notable ability is its [[sand]] manipulation, using it as an effective weapon and shield. Since its whole body is completely made of sand, the tanuki can ignore most damage that would otherwise be detrimental, as shown when it had one of its arms [[Toad Sword Beheading|chopped off]] by [[Gamabunta]] and was still able to keep on fighting. Taking pride in its motto of absolute defence, Shukaku's sand is durable enough to block a [[senjutsu]]-enhanced Susanoo sword with ease. It is capable of performing [[fūinjutsu]] by using its natural cursed seal markings across its own sand body, which gives off a magnetic field to bind its targets. One of its techniques, the [[Desert Layered Imperial Funeral Seal]], is strong enough to temporarily restrain and withstand powerful techniques, like the Susanoo.
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==== Nature Transformation ====
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[[File:Futon Sasandan.png|thumb|left|Shukaku using Wind Release: Sand Scattering Bullets.]]
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Shukaku can use the [[Wind Release]], [[Earth Release]], and [[Magnet Release]] [[nature transformation]]s.<ref name="d4" /> It could rapid fire [[Wind Release: Drilling Air Bullet]]s with such force to level entire forests. Likewise, it can combine its wind abilities with Gaara's sand in order to produce a [[Wind Release: Sand Scattering Bullets|mass of fast-moving sand bullets]]. Shukaku's Magnet Release is used through the markings of its [[Juinjutsu|cursed seals]] and could be infused into the [[Rasengan]] to create [[Sage Art: Magnet Release Rasengan]].
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== Part I ==
 
== Part I ==
=== Invasion of Konoha Arc ===
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=== Konoha Crush ===
During the [[Invasion of Konoha]], Gaara transformed into his [[Gaara's Jinchūriki Forms#Full Shukaku Form|full Shukaku form]] during his fight with [[Naruto Uzumaki]], who later summoned [[Gamabunta]]. When Gaara exposed himself on top of Shukaku's head and used the [[Feigning Sleep Technique]], Shukaku took full control of its body and battled them. Shukaku's power was too much for Gamabunta to handle, resulting in both him and Naruto using the [[Combination Transformation]] to take the form of a giant fox (Kurama in the anime). Gamabunta used the form's claws and teeth to grab and restrain Shukaku, in order for Naruto to wake Gaara up with a punch, which suppressed Shukaku's power.
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[[File:Bunta vs Shukaku.png|thumb|Shukaku clashes with Gamabunta.]]
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During the [[Konoha Crush]], Gaara partially transformed into Shukaku during his fight with [[Sasuke Uchiha]], lashing out with the tailed beast's arm after being injured for the first time and terrifying Sasuke with a glimpse of its eye. Gaara later transformed into his [[Tailed Beast Mode|full Shukaku form]] during his fight with [[Naruto Uzumaki]], who summoned [[Gamabunta]] to counteract it. When Gaara exposed himself on top of Shukaku's head and used the [[Feigning Sleep Technique]], Shukaku took full control of its body and battled them. Shukaku's power was too much for Gamabunta to handle, resulting in both him and Naruto using the [[Combination Transformation]] to take the form of a giant fox (Kurama in the anime). Gamabunta used the form's claws and teeth to grab and restrain Shukaku, in order for Naruto to wake Gaara up with a punch, which suppressed Shukaku's power.
=== Ultimate Weapon Arc ===
 
In the anime, the goal of [[Four Celestial Symbols Men]] was to steal Shukaku's chakra. Gaara was put under agony while [[Hōki (Takumi)|Hōki]] from the [[Takumi Village]] absorbed a large portion of his chakra as well as Shukaku's to revive [[Seimei]], which forced him to partially transform into Shukaku. However, when he thought about how Naruto would fight for his friends, Gaara himself managed to suppress Shukaku.
 
   
 
== Part II ==
 
== Part II ==
=== Kazekage Rescue Arc ===
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=== Kazekage Rescue Mission ===
 
[[File:Akatsuki extracting Shukaku.png|thumb|left|Shukaku being extracted from Gaara.]]
 
[[File:Akatsuki extracting Shukaku.png|thumb|left|Shukaku being extracted from Gaara.]]
During Gaara's time as the Fifth Kazekage, [[Deidara]] and [[Sasori]] from the [[Akatsuki]] were assigned to capture Shukaku. After Deidara defeated Gaara in combat and took him to Akatsuki's lair in the [[Land of Rivers]], Shukaku was forcefully [[Sealing Technique: Phantom Dragons Nine Consuming Seals|extracted]] from Gaara and placed within the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]]. Though the extraction killed him, Gaara was resurrected through [[Chiyo]]'s [[One's Own Life Reincarnation]] technique and has still retained the ability to control sand.
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During Gaara's time as the Fifth Kazekage, [[Deidara]] and [[Sasori]] from the [[Akatsuki]] were assigned to capture Shukaku. During the battle between Gaara and Deidara, Gaara manifested Shukaku's arms several times to attack the Akatsuki member. After Deidara defeated Gaara in combat and took him to Akatsuki's lair in the [[Land of Rivers]], Shukaku was forcefully [[Sealing Technique: Phantom Dragons Nine Consuming Seals|extracted]] from Gaara and placed within the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]]. Though the extraction killed him, Gaara was resurrected through [[Chiyo]]'s [[One's Own Life Reincarnation]] technique and has still retained the ability to control sand.
 
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=== Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki ===
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[[File:Biju released.png|thumb|Shukaku released alongside the other tailed beasts.]]
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Shukaku was the only tailed beast sealed within the Demonic Statue to have not been resealed into [[Obito Uchiha]]'s [[Six Paths of Pain]] and as such, did not meet Naruto during his encounter with the other tailed beasts. When Naruto proceeded in his plan to pull all the beasts from Obito's body in order to halt the tree form of the Ten-Tails' flower from blooming and completing the [[Eye of the Moon Plan]], its chakra rejected Naruto as he contained none of the tanuki's chakra. Gaara, having been bonded with Shukaku, instead took hold and began pulling the chakra himself. Through the efforts of the Kazekage, Shukaku was freed from its captivity alongside the other tailed beasts. Upon being freed, Shukaku started to recognise Naruto. Despite showing reluctance to Gaara's request for its help in sealing [[Madara Uchiha]], Shukaku decided to do so only for the opportunity to surpass Kurama.
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[[File:Tailed Beasts vs Madara.png|thumb|left|Shukaku and the other tailed beasts attack Madara.]]
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When Madara ran towards them and the other tailed beasts, both Shukaku and Gaara conjured [[Wind Release: Sand Scattering Bullets|numerous sand bullets]] and were able to restrain the Uchiha's movements. Despite them forming the Desert Layered Imperial Funeral Seal, Madara managed to escape the sand pyramid with his Susanoo. As Naruto in [[Tailed Beast Mode]] pinned Madara down with a tail, Shukaku 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.
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[[File:Shukaku defending Gaara.png|thumb|Shukaku protecting Gaara from Madara's attack.]]
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With the tailed beasts stunned, Madara then proceeded to [[Demonic Statue Chains|chain]] them up and prepared to seal them back into the statue. As Madara began the process on Shukaku, Gaara [[Desert: Hand|intervened]], declaring his refusal to let Madara get his former tailed beast. Shocked at how determined Gaara was to protect Shukaku despite their negative past, the tanuki remembered [[Bunpuku]]'s words of wisdom. From that, it also recalled Gaara explaining that he'd been grateful to Shukaku as it was thanks to the tanuki that Gaara had met his first friend, Naruto. As Madara launched an attack on Gaara, Shukaku quickly blocked the attack for its former jinchūriki. Despite their new-found team-work, Madara still rebuffed their efforts. Ultimately, Shukaku, along with the other tailed beasts, are all resealed within the Demonic Statue.
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[[File:671 bijuu reunion.png|thumb|left|The tailed beasts reunite with Hagoromo and Naruto.]]
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Later, after Madara succeeded in becoming the Ten-Tails' jinchuriki, a reformed Obito managed to steal some of Shukaku's chakra along with some of Gyūki's. Then Obito sealed the [[Yin]] half of Kurama into a dying Naruto to save his life, Obito also sealed Shukaku and Gyūki chakra portion into Naruto. Inside Naruto's subconscious, Shukaku, Gyūki and Yin Kurama found the Konoha-nin talking with the spirit of [[Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki]]. They voiced their unanimous belief to the Sage that Naruto is the child of prophecy. The other six tailed beasts chakra then manifested to join in the meeting. As Naruto fought Madara, Shukaku aided him by lending its Magnet Release chakra, allowing Naruto to use a fūinjutsu technique against Madara.
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=== Kaguya Ōtsutsuki Strikes ===
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Ultimately, [[Kaguya Ōtsutsuki]] who has taken control of Madara is defeated by Naruto and Sasuke and sealed using the [[Six Paths — Chibaku Tensei]] technique. The beasts are all ejected from the statue and then they are all summoned back to the real world by Hagoromo and the previous Kage. After the past Kage return to the after life, the tailed beasts begin discussing their plans for the future now that they are finally free. Sasuke however makes his plans known. Desiring to kill the current Kage and seize control of the tailed beasts for his plans of revolution in the shinobi world, he quickly accomplishes the latter with his Rinnegan. With the tailed beasts subdued by his genjutsu, Sasuke then seals them away within his [[Chibaku Tensei]]. After the battle when Sasuke declared Naruto the victor, the two dispelled the Infinite Tsukuyomi and Sasuke released Shukaku along with the other tailed beasts from their prisons.
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== In Other Media ==
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=== Video Games ===
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Shukaku appears as a boss in ''[[Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm]]'' and ''[[Naruto: Rise of a Ninja]]'', and a [[Tailed Beast Replication|false replication]] of it is a boss in ''[[Naruto Shippūden: Kizuna Drive]]''. Shukaku itself is playable as its full form in ''[[Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3]]'' and as an awakening for Gaara in ''[[Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution]]'', and Gaara takes on its miniature form in ''[[Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3]]'', ''[[Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 4|4]]'', and ''[[Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 5|5]]''.
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
 
* {{translation|'Shukaku'|守鶴}} literally means 'protector crane'.
 
* {{translation|'Shukaku'|守鶴}} literally means 'protector crane'.
* A {{translation|[[Wikipedia:Tanuki|tanuki]]|狸|raccoon dog}} is a popular figure in Japanese folklore and is famous for its mischievous nature and abilities to shape-shift. Tanuki are also said be rivals to the [[Wikipedia:Kitsune|kitsune]], which created an old Japanese proverb: {{translation|"A fox and a tanuki matching their cleverness"|狐と狸の化かし合い|kitsune to tanuki no bakashi ai}}, meaning as much as two sly characters trying to outsmart one another. Shukaku being sealed inside a [[Wikipedia:Kama (Japanese tea ceremony)|tea kettle]] is a reference to one Japanese tale called ''[[Wikipedia:Bunbuku Chagama|Bunbuku Chagama]]''. In addition, Shukaku being claimed to be a corrupted Suna priest earlier in the series, has ties to a legend in the [[Wikipedia:Kenchō-ji|Kenchō-ji]] temple of a tanuki disguised as the shrine's priest.
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* A {{translation|[[wikipedia:Tanuki|tanuki]]|狸|raccoon dog}} is a popular figure in Japanese folklore and is famous for its mischievous nature and abilities to shape-shift. Tanuki are also said be rivals to the [[wikipedia:kitsune|kitsune]], which created an old Japanese proverb: {{translation|"A fox and a tanuki matching their cleverness"|狐と狸の化かし合い|kitsune to tanuki no bakashi ai}}, meaning two sly characters trying to outsmart one another. Shukaku being sealed inside a [[wikipedia:Kama (Japanese tea ceremony)|tea kettle]] is a reference to one Japanese tale called ''[[wikipedia:Bunbuku Chagama|Bunbuku Chagama]]''. In addition, Shukaku being claimed to be a corrupted Suna priest earlier in the series, has ties to a legend in the [[wikipedia:Kenchō-ji|Kenchō-ji]] temple of a tanuki disguised as the shrine's priest.
* Shukaku is the first tailed beast to have its name revealed in the series, and the only one that has not been resealed into its former host during the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], or have the characteristic red-chakra-shrouded ''Version 1'' or ''Version 2'' forms.
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* Shukaku is the first tailed beast to have its name revealed in the series. In addition, Shukaku is the only tailed beast that hasn't been shown giving its jinchūriki the characteristic red chakra-shrouds ([[Version 1]] or [[Version 2]] forms). This is presumably because Shukaku appeared early in the story when Kishimoto have not yet defined the specific abilities that all the tailed beasts share.
** Despite [[Son Gokū]] claiming that [[jinchūriki]] did not care to learn their tailed beasts' name, Shukaku was known by its name.
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* When chapter 629 was first released, Shukaku's image was seen among the tailed beasts, despite not having the chance to give Naruto its chakra like the others, suggesting an error.<ref>Chapter 629, page 5</ref> In the tankōbon version, it was removed.
   
 
== Quotes ==
 
== Quotes ==
* (To [[Naruto]] and [[Gamabunta]] while laughing) "''I'm finally out!! And here's someone that I want to kill right now!!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 135, page 10</ref>
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* (To [[Naruto]] and [[Gamabunta]]) "''I'm finally out!! And here's someone that I want to kill right now!!''"<ref>Chapter 135, page 10</ref>
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* (To [[Gaara]]) {{translation|"''If a fox can transform seven times, a tanuki can do it eight times!''"|「狐七化け狸八化けってな」|"Kitsune nana hake tanuki hachi hake tte na!"}}<ref name="ch656" />
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* "''My motto is absolute defence… That is what I, Shukaku, pride myself on!''"<ref name="ch660" />
   
 
== References ==
 
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Shukaku
(守鶴, Shukaku)

  • One-Tail (一尾, Ichibi)
  • One-Tailed Shukaku (一尾の守鶴, Ichibi no Shukaku)
  • The Incarnation of Sand (砂の化身, Suna no Keshin, English TV: The Manifestation of the Sand)[4]
  • Shukaku of the Sand (砂の守鶴, Suna no Shukaku, English TV: Shukaku the Sand Spirit)[5]
  • Monster Tanuki (化け狸, Bakedanuki)
Debut
Manga Chapter #134
Anime Naruto Episode #78
Movie The Last: Naruto the Movie
Game Naruto: Ultimate Ninja
OVA Naruto x UT
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Species Tanuki
Kekkei Genkai
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Jinchūriki
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Shukaku (守鶴, Shukaku), more commonly known as the One-Tail (一尾, Ichibi), is one of the nine tailed beasts. It was last sealed within Gaara of Sunagakure, after being sealed in two other jinchūriki before him.[6]

Background Edit

Young Biju

The young tailed beasts with Hagoromo.

Shukaku 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.[7][8] 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.[9]

Shukaku would eventually be captured and kept by Sunagakure, to which the First Kazekage, who was invited along with other first Kage by Hashirama Senju into the first Five Kage Summit, attempted to use his possession of the tanuki as leverage to gain wealth for his nation, as opposed to gaining another tailed beast.[10]

Shukaku and Bunpuku

Shukaku sealed in Bunpuku.

Shukaku's first jinchūriki was a Suna priest named Bunpuku, who was locked away in a dungeon with the giant tea kettle, and was kept under constant guard. Over time, the citizens of Sunagakure came to believe that Shukaku itself was a living ghost (生霊, ikiryō) of a corrupted priest sealed inside a tea kettle.[4] Despite the animosity the village showed for Shukaku and its host, the elderly priest held no ill-will towards the tanuki nor the villagers, viewing it as as an equal and was content as long as Shukaku hadn't forgotten his name. Shukaku eventually came to appreciate Bunpuku and would later remember the words he imparted to it: that someday someone would appear in the world to teach it about the heart and acceptance.[11] Shukaku had another jinchūriki who inspired the Third Kazekage to create his Iron Sand fighting style.[6][12] Shukaku was eventually removed from their bodies, resulting in their respective deaths.[13]

Gaara lost control

Shukaku goes on a rampage after Gaara loses control.

When Karura became pregnant with Gaara, her husband, the Fourth Kazekage, had Chiyo seal Shukaku into Gaara while he was still in the womb because, out of his three children, Gaara was the only one compatible with the tailed beast.[14][15] Before Karura died after giving birth, she passionately told her son that she would protect him, and, according to her husband, her love seeped into the sand and was noted to form his automatic defence.[16][17] However, Gaara couldn't properly control Shukaku's powers, killing or injuring several of Suna's shinobi and citizens by accident. Shukaku would even cite its hatred toward humans, warning Gaara not to sleep too long if he didn't want to give Shukaku an opening. Deemed a failure, the Fourth Kazekage chose to test his son one last time, ordering Yashamaru to assassinate him and also tell him that his mother never loved him, and that she was used as a human sacrifice for the sealing process. Gaara failed the test, fully releasing the rampaging Shukaku, to which the Fourth eventually used his Gold Dust to subdue the tanuki.[18]

Personality Edit

Shukaku and young Gaara

Shukaku threatening a young Gaara.

Shukaku is characterised as a wild and short-tempered individual, and often speaks in a bombastic and incoherent manner, giving it the demeanour of a drunken madman, to which Gamakichi describes it as "pretty funky". Shukaku also expresses pride as it uses "ore-sama" (オレ様, Literally meaning: my esteemed self) when referring to itself, and holds great confidence in its own abilities, especially its absolute defence.[19][20] According to Gaara, prior to its introduction, Shukaku relishes the opportunity to kill anyone in sight, even more so during a full moon.[21] Like all tailed beasts, Shukaku has shown a strong desire to preserve its own life, granting its jinchūriki the power to control sand as well as allowing them to transform into it in a state of need and blood-lust.

Shukaku harbours a bitter grudge towards Kurama due to the latter's beliefs that the tailed beasts' strength is measured by the number of tails and thus Kurama views Shukaku as the weakest.[9] Due to this, Shukaku will find any opportunity to surpass its arrogant rival. Its hatred towards humans led it to spark fear in Gaara, reminding him that if he goes into a deep sleep, the tanuki would possess his body and murder all humans, resulting in Gaara's developing insomnia. Shukaku had a similar attitude towards Bunpuku, but its jinchūriki learned to live with it and eventually, Shukaku complimented him by comparing him to the Sage of the Six Paths. During the Fourth Shinobi World War, Shukaku eventually saw Gaara in a similar light, being reminded of Bunpuku.

Appearance Edit

Young Shukaku

A young Shukaku.

Shukaku is a sandy-brown coloured tanuki, with black (dark blue in the anime) cursed seal markings all over its face, body, and tail. It has a jagged, concave mouth and the sclerae of its eyes are black, with yellow irides and pupils that each takes the shape of a black four-pointed star with four black dots around it. During the last days of the Sage of the Six Paths, Shukaku in its youth looked the basically same as it does presently, only much smaller.[8]

Abilities Edit

See also: Jinchūriki Forms

Sabaku Sotaisu Fuin

Shukaku enforcing a fūinjutsu with its curse seal markings.

As a tailed beast, Shukaku possesses a large quantity of chakra and can perform the Tailed Beast Ball.[22] As a precaution to if its jinchūriki lost control and fully transformed into Shukaku inside of Suna, the villagers were to either evacuate beforehand or seek shelter due to the risk of mass casualty from its rampage.[23] Shukaku has the ability to control its jinchūriki whenever they sleep, which leads to its host to develop insomnia.[24] Shukaku has great physical strength while using its tail, as seen when overlapping it with the other tailed beasts to shatter and even obliterate a senjutsu-enhanced complete Susanoo.[25]

Ninjutsu Edit

Sand Manipulation Edit

Shukaku's most notable ability is its sand manipulation, using it as an effective weapon and shield. Since its whole body is completely made of sand, the tanuki can ignore most damage that would otherwise be detrimental, as shown when it had one of its arms chopped off by Gamabunta and was still able to keep on fighting. Taking pride in its motto of absolute defence, Shukaku's sand is durable enough to block a senjutsu-enhanced Susanoo sword with ease. It is capable of performing fūinjutsu by using its natural cursed seal markings across its own sand body, which gives off a magnetic field to bind its targets. One of its techniques, the Desert Layered Imperial Funeral Seal, is strong enough to temporarily restrain and withstand powerful techniques, like the Susanoo.

Nature Transformation Edit

Futon Sasandan

Shukaku using Wind Release: Sand Scattering Bullets.

Shukaku can use the Wind Release, Earth Release, and Magnet Release nature transformations.[3] It could rapid fire Wind Release: Drilling Air Bullets with such force to level entire forests. Likewise, it can combine its wind abilities with Gaara's sand in order to produce a mass of fast-moving sand bullets. Shukaku's Magnet Release is used through the markings of its cursed seals and could be infused into the Rasengan to create Sage Art: Magnet Release Rasengan.

Part I Edit

Konoha Crush Edit

Bunta vs Shukaku

Shukaku clashes with Gamabunta.

During the Konoha Crush, Gaara partially transformed into Shukaku during his fight with Sasuke Uchiha, lashing out with the tailed beast's arm after being injured for the first time and terrifying Sasuke with a glimpse of its eye. Gaara later transformed into his full Shukaku form during his fight with Naruto Uzumaki, who summoned Gamabunta to counteract it. When Gaara exposed himself on top of Shukaku's head and used the Feigning Sleep Technique, Shukaku took full control of its body and battled them. Shukaku's power was too much for Gamabunta to handle, resulting in both him and Naruto using the Combination Transformation to take the form of a giant fox (Kurama in the anime). Gamabunta used the form's claws and teeth to grab and restrain Shukaku, in order for Naruto to wake Gaara up with a punch, which suppressed Shukaku's power.

Part II Edit

Kazekage Rescue Mission Edit

Akatsuki extracting Shukaku

Shukaku being extracted from Gaara.

During Gaara's time as the Fifth Kazekage, Deidara and Sasori from the Akatsuki were assigned to capture Shukaku. During the battle between Gaara and Deidara, Gaara manifested Shukaku's arms several times to attack the Akatsuki member. After Deidara defeated Gaara in combat and took him to Akatsuki's lair in the Land of Rivers, Shukaku was forcefully extracted from Gaara and placed within the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path. Though the extraction killed him, Gaara was resurrected through Chiyo's One's Own Life Reincarnation technique and has still retained the ability to control sand.

Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki Edit

Biju released

Shukaku released alongside the other tailed beasts.

Shukaku was the only tailed beast sealed within the Demonic Statue to have not been resealed into Obito Uchiha's Six Paths of Pain and as such, did not meet Naruto during his encounter with the other tailed beasts. When Naruto proceeded in his plan to pull all the beasts from Obito's body in order to halt the tree form of the Ten-Tails' flower from blooming and completing the Eye of the Moon Plan, its chakra rejected Naruto as he contained none of the tanuki's chakra. Gaara, having been bonded with Shukaku, instead took hold and began pulling the chakra himself. Through the efforts of the Kazekage, Shukaku was freed from its captivity alongside the other tailed beasts. Upon being freed, Shukaku started to recognise Naruto. Despite showing reluctance to Gaara's request for its help in sealing Madara Uchiha, Shukaku decided to do so only for the opportunity to surpass Kurama.

Tailed Beasts vs Madara

Shukaku and the other tailed beasts attack Madara.

When Madara ran towards them and the other tailed beasts, both Shukaku and Gaara conjured numerous sand bullets and were able to restrain the Uchiha's movements. Despite them forming the Desert Layered Imperial Funeral Seal, Madara managed to escape the sand pyramid with his Susanoo. As Naruto in Tailed Beast Mode pinned Madara down with a tail, Shukaku 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.

Shukaku defending Gaara

Shukaku protecting Gaara from Madara's attack.

With the tailed beasts stunned, Madara then proceeded to chain them up and prepared to seal them back into the statue. As Madara began the process on Shukaku, Gaara intervened, declaring his refusal to let Madara get his former tailed beast. Shocked at how determined Gaara was to protect Shukaku despite their negative past, the tanuki remembered Bunpuku's words of wisdom. From that, it also recalled Gaara explaining that he'd been grateful to Shukaku as it was thanks to the tanuki that Gaara had met his first friend, Naruto. As Madara launched an attack on Gaara, Shukaku quickly blocked the attack for its former jinchūriki. Despite their new-found team-work, Madara still rebuffed their efforts. Ultimately, Shukaku, along with the other tailed beasts, are all resealed within the Demonic Statue.

671 bijuu reunion

The tailed beasts reunite with Hagoromo and Naruto.

Later, after Madara succeeded in becoming the Ten-Tails' jinchuriki, a reformed Obito managed to steal some of Shukaku's chakra along with some of Gyūki's. Then Obito sealed the Yin half of Kurama into a dying Naruto to save his life, Obito also sealed Shukaku and Gyūki chakra portion into Naruto. Inside Naruto's subconscious, Shukaku, Gyūki and Yin Kurama found the Konoha-nin talking with the spirit of Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki. They voiced their unanimous belief to the Sage that Naruto is the child of prophecy. The other six tailed beasts chakra then manifested to join in the meeting. As Naruto fought Madara, Shukaku aided him by lending its Magnet Release chakra, allowing Naruto to use a fūinjutsu technique against Madara.

Kaguya Ōtsutsuki Strikes Edit

Ultimately, Kaguya Ōtsutsuki who has taken control of Madara is defeated by Naruto and Sasuke and sealed using the Six Paths — Chibaku Tensei technique. The beasts are all ejected from the statue and then they are all summoned back to the real world by Hagoromo and the previous Kage. After the past Kage return to the after life, the tailed beasts begin discussing their plans for the future now that they are finally free. Sasuke however makes his plans known. Desiring to kill the current Kage and seize control of the tailed beasts for his plans of revolution in the shinobi world, he quickly accomplishes the latter with his Rinnegan. With the tailed beasts subdued by his genjutsu, Sasuke then seals them away within his Chibaku Tensei. After the battle when Sasuke declared Naruto the victor, the two dispelled the Infinite Tsukuyomi and Sasuke released Shukaku along with the other tailed beasts from their prisons.

In Other Media Edit

Video Games Edit

Shukaku appears as a boss in Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm and Naruto: Rise of a Ninja, and a false replication of it is a boss in Naruto Shippūden: Kizuna Drive. Shukaku itself is playable as its full form in Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3 and as an awakening for Gaara in Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution, and Gaara takes on its miniature form in Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3, 4, and 5.

Trivia Edit

  • 'Shukaku' (守鶴) literally means 'protector crane'.
  • A tanuki (, raccoon dog) is a popular figure in Japanese folklore and is famous for its mischievous nature and abilities to shape-shift. Tanuki are also said be rivals to the kitsune, which created an old Japanese proverb: "A fox and a tanuki matching their cleverness" (狐と狸の化かし合い, kitsune to tanuki no bakashi ai), meaning two sly characters trying to outsmart one another. Shukaku being sealed inside a tea kettle is a reference to one Japanese tale called Bunbuku Chagama. In addition, Shukaku being claimed to be a corrupted Suna priest earlier in the series, has ties to a legend in the Kenchō-ji temple of a tanuki disguised as the shrine's priest.
  • Shukaku is the first tailed beast to have its name revealed in the series. In addition, Shukaku is the only tailed beast that hasn't been shown giving its jinchūriki the characteristic red chakra-shrouds (Version 1 or Version 2 forms). This is presumably because Shukaku appeared early in the story when Kishimoto have not yet defined the specific abilities that all the tailed beasts share.
  • When chapter 629 was first released, Shukaku's image was seen among the tailed beasts, despite not having the chance to give Naruto its chakra like the others, suggesting an error.[26] In the tankōbon version, it was removed.

Quotes Edit

  • (To Naruto and Gamabunta) "I'm finally out!! And here's someone that I want to kill right now!!"[27]
  • (To Gaara) "If a fox can transform seven times, a tanuki can do it eight times!" (「狐七化け狸八化けってな」, "Kitsune nana hake tanuki hachi hake tte na!")[19]
  • "My motto is absolute defence… That is what I, Shukaku, pride myself on!"[20]

References Edit

  1. Second Databook, page 91
  2. Third Databook, pages 198-199
  3. 3.0 3.1 Fourth Databook, pages 148-151
  4. 4.0 4.1 Chapter 97, page 8
  5. Chapter 134, page 16
  6. 6.0 6.1 Chapter 261, page 7
  7. Chapter 467, pages 15-16
  8. 8.0 8.1 Chapter 572, pages 10-11
  9. 9.0 9.1 Chapter 567, page 10
  10. Chapter 648, page 10
  11. Chapter 660, page 5-9
  12. Chapter 268, page 10
  13. Chapter 261, page 8
  14. Chapter 97, pages 9-10
  15. Chapter 547, page 3
  16. Chapter 547, pages 16-17
  17. Chapter 548, pages 10-13
  18. Chapter 546, page 10
  19. 19.0 19.1 Chapter 656, page 7
  20. 20.0 20.1 Chapter 660, page 15
  21. Chapter 91, page 19
  22. Chapter 519, page 15
  23. Naruto: Shippūden episode 388
  24. Chapter 135, page 9
  25. Chapter 658, pages 13-15
  26. Chapter 629, page 5
  27. Chapter 135, page 10
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