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Pokémon series character
First gamePokémon Red and Blue
Designed byKen Sugimori

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Cubone, known in Japan as Karakara (カラカラ), is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise. Designed by Ken Sugimori and first introduced in Pokémon Red and Blue, it is referred to as the "Lonely Pokémon ", as it is a Pokémon that used its mother's skull as a helmet after her death. In Pokémon Origins, Cubone is a child of a dead Marowak that died while defending from Team Rocket.

Concept and creation[edit]

Cubone is a Ground-Type Pokémon introduced in Generation I, being designed by Ken Sugimori.[1] Cubone is known as the Ground Pokémon. According to Pokemon Yellow, Cubone wears the skull of its dead mother as a helmet and called the Lonely Pokémon, because of its tendency to keep to itself and avoid social situations, due to the trauma caused by the death of its mother.[2] On the night of a full moon, the cries are said to be especially terrible. Cubone seems to recognize its mother in the full moon, and so it howls with a particular sadness. Its cries attract Mandibuzz, a natural predator. The stains on the skull the Pokémon wears are made by the tears it sheds.[3] Marowak is the evolved form of Cubone, once it overcomes its sadness with its mother's death.[4] It was also stated that Marowak was Cubone's mother being killed by the Team Rocket.[5] An early concept shows that Guardia is a big Cubone, which the design was later rejected.[6]


Cubone first appeared at Pokémon Red and Blue.[7] It later appeared in Pokémon Yellow and Pokémon Stadium.[8] It also appeared on several Pokémon games later, such as Pokémon Gold, Pokémon Silver, Pokémon Crystal, Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, Pokémon Emerald, Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, Pokémon Platinum, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Pokémon Black and White, Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, Pokémon X and Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire and Pokémon Sun and Moon and still never remove its helmet.[9] It also appeared in Pokémon Snap and Pokkén Tournament DX.[10] Outside of Pokémon games, it appeared in Super Smash Bros. series, such as appearing in Pokémon Stadium 2 stage in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a spirit.[11]

In the anime[edit]

Cubone appears in the anime Pokémon: Indigo League. It first appeared in "The School of Hard Knocks" under the ownership of a snobby Pokémon Academy student named Giselle, who battled her Cubone against Ash Ketchum's Pikachu.[12] During Pikachu's Vacation. A Cubone was seen helping Team Rocket's Meowth prepare his party in Pichu Bros. in Party Panic.[9]


Cassidee Moser of Shacknews included Cubone as one of the most disturbing Pokémon, stating that Cubone brings tears to their eyes.[13] The scene between Cubone and its dead mother Marowak in Pokémon Let's Go was one of the most memorable parts of the game according to Screen Rant writer Riley Little.[14] In Detective Pikachu, where Jack jokes about Tim that cubone would fit on him being pokemon, Gamespot described the scene was a lot of baggage, But It gets even more intense.[3] Comic Book Resources also claimed that Cubone joke highlights the Pokemon's most depressing facts.[15] Before the confirmation, Fans made a theory about Cubone and Kangaskhan being related. Couple of days, an opening credits of the latest Pokémon movie, it appears that Cubone and Kangaskhan were related.[16] James Whitbrook of Gizmodo stated Cubone on Detective Pikachu as an adorable Pokémon that fans know has an incredibly heartbreaking backstory.[17] On Pokémon Sun and Moon, Ian Higton of Eurogamer described the theory surrounding Cubone and Kangaskhan as creepy connection.[18] Vincent Pasquill of Comic Book Resources stated Cubone as the most enduring pokemon.[19] David Lozada of Game Revolution included him as the scariest Pokemon of all time, and stating the skull it wears on its head is actually the remains of its dead mother.[20] IGN ranked Cubone as 98th pokemon in their list, and stated that the dinosaur appeal made it awesome.[7] During the interview inside of Pokemon's house of cards, Mitsuhiro Arita talks about Cubone card as well just kind of standing there, and further stated that you can get a sense of his background, and his story, and it's not just the framework of the card.[21] Ben Davis of Destructoid said that his favorite Pokemon Cubone gets its own storyline in Pokemon Red and Blue at the lavender town, and express sympathy about his mother's death.[22] Shane Redding Terri Schwartz and Kallie Plaggie of IGN listed Cubone as the 8th Scariest Pokemon.[23] Rafael Motamayor of Syfy ranked Cubone as one of the 10 saddest moments in Pokemon history, and stated that seeing them getting killed is devasting.[5] Multiple journalist such as on GamesRadar, Screen Rant, Mashable, GameZone, Complex and Digital Spy all claimed that Cubone being a mutated baby of Kangaskhan is the weirdest and biggest theories about the Pokemon universe.[24][16][25][26][27][28] Lucas Sullivan and Brett Elston of GamesRadar claimed Cubone as the most disturbing pokemon of all time by stating that Cubone apparently delights in collecting his parents' bones. We wonder if Cubone donned his mother's severed head before it had fully decomposed; bleached bone is all that remains after the passing years of his grotesque ornamentation.[29] David Roberts of GamesRadar listed Cubone in the 10 unintentionally creepy characters in perfectly normal games.[30] Jef Rouner of Houston Press listed Cubone as 10 of the creepiest Pokemon.[31] O'Dell Harmon of GameInformer listed Cubone on the last as top 50 Pokemon of all time.[32] Katie Seville of GameInformer also listed Cubone as ninth of the creepiest masks in video games.[33] The Skull Crawlers on Kong: Skull Island was inspired and used the Cubone references by the look of Pokemon.[34]


A Cubone related merchandise such as stickers,[35] figurine,[36] and T-shirts has been made.[37]


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  2. "10 Disturbing Pokemon, As Told By the Pokedex". Shacknews.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Detective Pikachu Makes A Gag Out Of The Saddest Piece Of Pokemon Lore".
  4. "Cubone's Animated Pokedex Entry Will Make You Cry". CINEMABLEND. February 28, 2015.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Motamayor, Rafael (May 9, 2019). "The 10 saddest moments in Pokémon history, ranked". SYFY WIRE.
  6. Frank, Allegra (February 18, 2019). "More early (and bizarre) Pokémon designs unearthed". Polygon.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Cubone - #98 Top Pokémon". IGN.
  8. "Cubone - Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow Wiki Guide - IGN" – via www.ign.com.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Dwyer, Theo (November 3, 2020). "Everything Pokémon GO Players Need To Know About Cubone". Bleeding Cool News And Rumors.
  10. "The 100 Best Pokémon". pastemagazine.com. February 27, 2017.
  11. New, Daniel (February 3, 2019). "The Complete List of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Spirits".
  12. "10 Terrible Pokémon Trainers Who Are Carried By Their Teams". CBR. April 11, 2021.
  13. Moser, Cassidee (November 24, 2016). "10 Disturbing Pokemon, As Told By the Pokedex". Shack News. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  14. Little, Riley (December 5, 2018). "Pokemon Let's Go: How to Get Past the Pokemon Tower Ghost". Screen Rant. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  15. "Detective Pikachu's Cubone Joke Highlights Pokemon's Most Depressing Fact". Anime.
  16. 16.0 16.1 "15 Crazy Pokémon Fan Theories (That Were Actually Confirmed)". ScreenRant. June 4, 2018.
  17. "The Pokémon of Detective Pikachu, Ranked By Their Horrifying Cuteness". Gizmodo.
  18. Higton, Ian (December 7, 2016). "Watch: Do Pokémon Sun and Moon prove a 20-year-old Pokéfan theory once and for all?".
  19. "Pokemon: The 10 Best And Worst from Generation One". CBR. November 21, 2018.
  20. "Scariest Pokemon Ever - Most Creepy Pokemon of All Time". GameRevolution. October 22, 2018.
  21. Tapsell, Chris (July 6, 2018). "Inside Pokémon's house of cards".
  22. "Experience Points .28: Pokemon Red/Blue". December 12, 2015.
  23. "Top 10 Scariest Pokemon - IGN" – via www.ign.com.
  24. October 2017, Ashley Reed 13. "The weirdest theories about the Pokemon universe". gamesradar.
  25. Roncero-Menendez, Sara. "The 10 Most Bizarre Pokémon Fan Theories". Mashable.
  26. Knauer, Steve (February 29, 2016). "Top 5 Pokemon Theories". GameZone.
  27. Loveridge, Sam (July 2, 2016). "12 biggest Pokemon fan theories". Digital Spy.
  28. "25 WTF Moments In Pokemon". Complex.
  29. Sullivan, Lucas; September 2016, Brett Elston 21. "The most disturbing Pokemon of all time". gamesradar.
  30. July 2014, David Roberts 31. "10 unintentionally creepy characters in perfectly normal games". gamesradar.
  31. Rouner, Jef (December 14, 2012). "Top 10 Creepiest Pokemon". Houston Press.
  32. Harmon, O'Dell. "Top 50 Pokémon Of All Time". Game Informer.
  33. Seville, Katie. "Top 10 Creepiest Masks In Video Games". Game Informer.
  34. "Those Terrifying Skull Crawlers in 'Kong' Were Inspired by … Pokémon's Cubone" – via www.wired.com.
  35. "'Pokemon' Throwback Merchandise Highlights Non-Localized Names". Anime.
  36. Shea, Brian. "A Look At The Second Wave Of Pokémon Gallery Figures". Game Informer.
  37. "Official Pokémon Dress Shirts Come in Styles for All 151 Original Pokémon". IGN Africa. January 26, 2019.

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