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Shukaku (Naruto)

Full Name
Tailed Beast
Powers / Skills
High power, High Chakra, can possess Gaara
Causing destruction, possessing Gaara
Fully take over Gaara, and destroy all life
Type of Villain
Possessor, Giant Demon

I'm finally out!! And here's someone that I want to kill right now!!
~ Shukaku

Shukaku also known as the One-Tail, is a Tanuki-like sand demon who is one of the nine Tailed Beasts. Sealed inside Gaara, Shukaku is in essence the true villain in Invasion of Konoha Story Arc.




Shukaku with the other young tailed beasts and the Sage

Shukaku was born towards the end of the Sage of the Six Paths, who used his power to take the Ten-Tails’ Chakra from its body and divide it into the nine tailed beasts to ensure that when he was gone, it could not ramapge. However, with his origins unknown to the public and believed to be a reincarnation of an evil spirit, Shukaku was captured by the ninja of the Village Hidden in Sand.

4th Kazekage watching Shukaku

An out of control Gaara on a rampage, using the power of Shukaku

Shukaku had two Jinchūriki, the first being the inspiration for Third Kazekage's Iron Sand style. The second was Gaara, the son of the Fourth Kazekage and his future successor to the Kazekage title. The day of his birth, seeing him to be the most compatible of his children, the Fourth Kazekage forced Chiyo to seal the tailed Beast inside Gaara while he was inside the womb of his mother Kurura who died during the premature birth. However, Gaara couldn't control Shukake would often rampage, destroying everything in sight and ausing thousands of death. the 4th Kazekage hired his brother in law Yashamaru to assassinate his son, which he failed but lied to him that his mother never loved him and that she was nothing more than a human sacrifice. Angered and enraged, Gaara released the full power of Shukaku and went on a rampage. His father eventually used the Gold Dust to subdue Shukaku's power.


Half Shukaku half Gaara

Shukaku beginning to possess Gaara

90% Shukaku 10% Gaara

Shukaku in a mini-Shukaku form

During the invasion of Konoha, Shukaku manifests through Gaara accessing the Tailed Beast's power before completing transforming and allowing Shukaku to obtain total contol. However, Naruto manages to force Gaara to wake up so Shukaku would be trapped with his Jinchuriki's mind again.

Shukaku extracted

Shukaku being extracted by Gaara

Two and half years later, having become the Fifth Kazekage, Gaara is captured by Deidara as he and Sasori take him to an Akatsuki lair where they and the other Akatsuki members spent three days extracting the One-Tail from his Jinchuriki and sealing him within the Demonic Staute of the Outer Path. Though Gaara was saved from death by Chiyo's sacrifice to redeem herself for the life he was forced into, Shukaku remained in the Akatsuki's possession as he was used to recreate the Ten Tails.


Like all the Tailed Beasts, Shukaku is an extremely powerful beast with immensely high Charkra. He has the ability to manipluate sand like his Jinchūriki Gaara.
Shukaku's Drilling Air Bullet

Shukaku's Drilling Air Bullet

Shukaku also has the ability to manipluate wind out of his mouth and turn it into a technique known as the Drilling Air Bullet. He also can possess Gaara when he's in a weaken state, or in his sleep.


  • Despite Shukaku being a powerful demon, he is considered to be the weakest out of all the Tailed-Beasts, since he only has one tail
  • Shukaku is the final boss in Naruto RPG (Naruto:Path of the ninja in the US)

    Shukaku as he appears in Naruto:Path of the ninja

    • Shukaku also appeares as a boss in the games US sequel Naruto:Path of the ninja 2 (Not to be confused with Naruto RPG 2,which was never released outside of Japan)
  • Shukaku is very similar to Funikura from Queen's Blade. Both are known to possess their host & turn them into psychopaths.

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