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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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<section begin=summary/>{{translation|'''Shukaku'''|守鶴|Shukaku}}, more commonly known as the {{translation|'''One-Tail'''|一尾|Ichibi}}, is one of the nine <noinclude>[[</noinclude>tailed beasts<noinclude>]]</noinclude>.<section end=summary/> It was last sealed within [[Gaara]] of [[Sunagakure]], after being sealed in two other [[jinchūriki]] before him.<ref name="ch261">''Naruto'' 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 the Sage of the Six Paths.]]
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 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 that would come to be known as [[tailed beasts]] 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 and forms than they did. Then, when the time came, they would know what true power is.<ref name="ch572">''Naruto'' chapter 572, pages 10-11</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 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>''Naruto'' 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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One of Shukaku's first [[jinchūriki]] before Gaara 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>''Naruto'' 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>''Naruto'' chapter 268, page 10</ref> Shukaku was eventually removed from their bodies, resulting in their respective deaths.<ref>''Naruto'' 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|right|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 [[Sand Siblings|three children]], Gaara was the only one compatible with the tailed beast.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 97, pages 9-10</ref><ref>''Naruto'' 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>''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 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>''Naruto'' 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 Gaara.png|thumb|left|Shukaku's initial relationship with its jinchūriki 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. It uses {{translation|"ore"|オレ}} when referring to itself. In its first full appearance, [[Gamakichi]] describes it as "pretty funky". According to Gaara, prior to its introduction, 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 shown a strong desire to preserve its own life, to which it will grant 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]], in response to 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> Due to this, Shukaku will find any opportunity to surpass its arrogant rival. Along with that, Shukaku holds great pride and confidence in its own abilities, especially its absolute defence.<ref name="ch656">''Naruto'' chapter 656, page 7</ref><ref name="ch660">''Naruto'' chapter 660, page 15</ref> Its hatred towards humans led it to spark fear in Gaara, reminding him that if he goes into a deep sleep, the tanuki will possess his body and murder all humans. This resulted 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.
   
 
== 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|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:Drilling Air Bullet.jpg|thumb|left|Shukaku using Wind Release: Drilling Air Bullet.]]
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As a [[tailed beast]], Shukaku possesses a large quantity of [[chakra]] and can perform the [[Tailed Beast Ball]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 519, page 15</ref> It is also shown that Shukaku has the ability to control its jinchūriki whenever they sleep, which leads its host to develop [[wikipedia:insomnia|insomnia]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 135, page 9</ref>
   
=== Activity inside Gaara ===
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=== Sand Manipulation ===
{{Main|Gaara's Jinchūriki Forms}}
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Shukaku's most notable ability is its [[sand]] manipulation, through the use of [[Magnet Release]], 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. Its sand is also durable enough to block a [[senjutsu]]-enhanced [[Susanoo]] sword.
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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=== Nature Transformation ===
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Shukaku is able to use the [[Wind Release]] and the [[Magnet Release]] [[nature transformation]]s. Shukaku 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 in order to manipulate sand. It was also used in conjunction with the Rasengan to create [[Sage Art: Magnet Release Rasengan]].
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=== Fūinjutsu ===
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By using its natural [[Juinjutsu|cursed seal]] markings across its body and its own sand body as a medium, Shukaku is capable of performing [[fūinjutsu]], [[Desert Layered Imperial Funeral Seal|one of them]] strong enough to temporarily restrain and withstand very powerful techniques, like the [[Susanoo]]. When sealed within Naruto, Shukaku's cursed seals were then used to alter the Rasengan.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 674, pages 12-13</ref>
   
 
== Part I ==
 
== Part I ==
 
=== Invasion of Konoha Arc ===
 
=== Invasion of Konoha Arc ===
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 [[Invasion of Konoha]], Gaara transformed into his [[Tailed Beast Mode|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.
   
 
=== Ultimate Weapon Arc ===
 
=== 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.
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{{Main|Ultimate Weapon Arc}}
   
 
== Part II ==
 
== Part II ==
 
=== Kazekage Rescue Arc ===
 
=== Kazekage Rescue Arc ===
 
[[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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=== Ten-Tails Revival Arc ===
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[[File:Bijuu released.png|thumb|Shukaku is 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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=== Infinite Tsukuyomi Arc ===
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[[File:Sabaku Sōtaisō Fūin.png|thumb|left|Shukaku sealing 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:Gaara intercepts chain.png|thumb|Gaara momentarily stops Madara from sealing Shukaku.]]
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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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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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Ultimately, [[Kaguya Ōtsutsuki]] who has taken control of Madara is defeated by [[Naruto Uzumaki]] and [[Sasuke Uchiha]] 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]].
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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 shown giving its jinchūriki the characteristic red-chakra-shrouded [[Version 1]] or [[Version 2]] forms (this is presumably due to Shukaku appearing early in the story and Kishimoto having not defined the certain 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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* Gaara was stated to be the only child of the [[Fourth Kazekage]] to be compatible with Shukaku and became its jinchūriki prior to his birth, indicating that [[Magnet Release]] may have been a prerequisite for Sunagakure's sealing methods.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 547, page 3</ref>
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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>''Naruto'' chapter 629, page 5</ref> Later in the tankōbon version, it's been 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>''Naruto'' 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 ==
 
== 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")[3]
  • Shukaku of the Sand (砂の守鶴, Suna no Shukaku; English TV "Shukaku the Sand Spirit")[4]
  • Monster Tanuki (化け狸, Bakedanuki)
Debut
Manga Chapter #134
Anime Naruto Episode #78
Game Naruto: Ultimate Ninja
OVA Naruto x UT
Appears in Anime, Manga and Game
Voice Actors
Japanese
English
Personal
Species Tanuki
Kekkei Genkai
Classification
Jinchūriki
Affiliation
Family

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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.[5]

Background Edit

Young Biju

The young tailed beasts with the Sage of the Six Paths.

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 that would come to be known as tailed beasts in order to ensure that it would never resurface after his death.[6][7] 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 and forms than they did. Then, when the time came, they would know what true power is.[8]

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 summit, attempted to use his possession of the tanuki as leverage to gain wealth for his nation, as opposed to gaining another tailed beast.[9]

One of Shukaku's first jinchūriki before Gaara 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.[3] 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.[10] Shukaku had another jinchūriki who inspired the Third Kazekage to create his Iron Sand fighting style.[5][11] Shukaku was eventually removed from their bodies, resulting in their respective deaths.[12]

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.[13][14] 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.[15][16] 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.[17]

Personality Edit

Shukaku and Gaara

Shukaku's initial relationship with its jinchūriki 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. It uses "ore" (オレ) when referring to itself. In its first full appearance, Gamakichi describes it as "pretty funky". According to Gaara, prior to its introduction, Shukaku relishes the opportunity to kill anyone in sight, even more so during a full moon.[18] Like all tailed beasts, Shukaku has shown a strong desire to preserve its own life, to which it will grant 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, in response to its beliefs that the tailed beasts' strength is measured by the number of tails and, as such, views Shukaku as the weakest.[19] Due to this, Shukaku will find any opportunity to surpass its arrogant rival. Along with that, Shukaku holds great pride and confidence in its own abilities, especially its absolute defence.[20][21] Its hatred towards humans led it to spark fear in Gaara, reminding him that if he goes into a deep sleep, the tanuki will possess his body and murder all humans. This resulted 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.

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

Drilling Air Bullet

Shukaku using Wind Release: Drilling Air Bullet.

As a tailed beast, Shukaku possesses a large quantity of chakra and can perform the Tailed Beast Ball.[22] It is also shown that Shukaku has the ability to control its jinchūriki whenever they sleep, which leads its host to develop insomnia.[23]

Sand Manipulation Edit

Shukaku's most notable ability is its sand manipulation, through the use of Magnet Release, 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. Its sand is also durable enough to block a senjutsu-enhanced Susanoo sword.

Nature Transformation Edit

Shukaku is able to use the Wind Release and the Magnet Release nature transformations. Shukaku 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 in order to manipulate sand. It was also used in conjunction with the Rasengan to create Sage Art: Magnet Release Rasengan.

Fūinjutsu Edit

By using its natural cursed seal markings across its body and its own sand body as a medium, Shukaku is capable of performing fūinjutsu, one of them strong enough to temporarily restrain and withstand very powerful techniques, like the Susanoo. When sealed within Naruto, Shukaku's cursed seals were then used to alter the Rasengan.[24]

Part I Edit

Invasion of Konoha Arc Edit

Bunta vs Shukaku

Shukaku clashes with Gamabunta.

During the Invasion of Konoha, Gaara transformed into his 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.

Ultimate Weapon Arc Edit

Main article: Ultimate Weapon Arc

Part II Edit

Kazekage Rescue Arc 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.

Ten-Tails Revival Arc Edit

Bijuu released

Shukaku is 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.

Infinite Tsukuyomi Arc Edit

Sabaku Sōtaisō Fūin

Shukaku sealing 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.

Gaara intercepts chain

Gaara momentarily stops Madara from sealing Shukaku.

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.

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.

Ultimately, Kaguya Ōtsutsuki who has taken control of Madara is defeated by Naruto Uzumaki and Sasuke Uchiha 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.

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 (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 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 shown giving its jinchūriki the characteristic red-chakra-shrouded Version 1 or Version 2 forms (this is presumably due to Shukaku appearing early in the story and Kishimoto having not defined the certain abilities that all the tailed beasts share).
  • Gaara was stated to be the only child of the Fourth Kazekage to be compatible with Shukaku and became its jinchūriki prior to his birth, indicating that Magnet Release may have been a prerequisite for Sunagakure's sealing methods.[25]
  • 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] Later in the tankōbon version, it's been 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!")[20]
  • "My motto is absolute defence… That is what I, Shukaku, pride myself on!"[21]

References Edit

  1. Second Databook, page 91
  2. Third Databook, pages 198-199
  3. 3.0 3.1 Naruto chapter 97, page 8
  4. Naruto chapter 134, page 16
  5. 5.0 5.1 Naruto chapter 261, page 7
  6. Naruto chapter 467, pages 15-16
  7. Naruto chapter 510, pages 11-12
  8. 8.0 8.1 Naruto chapter 572, pages 10-11
  9. Naruto chapter 648, page 10
  10. Naruto chapter 660, page 5-9
  11. Naruto chapter 268, page 10
  12. Naruto chapter 261, page 8
  13. Naruto chapter 97, pages 9-10
  14. Naruto chapter 547, page 3
  15. Naruto chapter 547, pages 16-17
  16. Naruto chapter 548, pages 10-13
  17. Naruto chapter 546, page 10
  18. Naruto chapter 91, page 19
  19. Naruto chapter 567, page 10
  20. 20.0 20.1 Naruto chapter 656, page 7
  21. 21.0 21.1 Naruto chapter 660, page 15
  22. Naruto chapter 519, page 15
  23. Naruto chapter 135, page 9
  24. Naruto chapter 674, pages 12-13
  25. Naruto chapter 547, page 3
  26. Naruto chapter 629, page 5
  27. Naruto chapter 135, page 10

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