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Kamen Rider Kuuga

In all versions, Kamen Rider Kuuga (known simply as Kuuga, in the original series) is a fighter who fought the Gurongi assuming his form through the Arcle created for the Linto Tribe. However the "Kuuga" character was not invented by the Linto but is actually borrowed from an incomplete Gurongi character, tied to N-Daguva-Zeba (N-Gamio-Zeda in Kamen Rider Decade) who like Kuuga possesses an Amadam.

Kuuga's Forms

Kuuga is the Kamen Rider with the third most forms to date (when adding both the forms assumed by Godai and Onodera), 14 in total, one shy from Kamen Rider Double with 15 different forms, and 115 shy from Kamen Rider OOO with 129 different forms (if you exclude the Random Combos involving Medals from the Movies or anywhere outside the series). Aside from his first form, Growing Form, he had four base forms that he relied on and would upgrade throughout the series, and in Decade, even Ultimate Form also gained an upgrade which he can alternate in between, occasionally prefaced by saying "Cho Henshin!" (超変身!? Super Transformation). His armor and eyes would change color depending on the form. Like the Gurongi of the Go Group, Kuuga can alter any item he has into a weapon by temporary changing its atomic structure after unlocking his other forms.

Growing Form
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Growing Form

  • Rider height: 190cm (6ft 2in)
  • Rider weight: 90kg (198.4lbs)
  • Ability perimeters:
    • Punching power: 1 t.
    • Normal kicking power: 10 t.
    • Maximum jump height: 10 m. (49 ft., 2 in.)
    • Maximum running speed: 100 m. per 7.2 seconds (328 ft. per 7.2 seconds)

Growing Form (グローイングフォーム Gurōingu Fōmu?) is the weakest form of Kuuga and has white armor with small horns. In the first episode, Yusuke wears the belt to fight Zu-Gumun-Ba but is unable to fully utilize its power. Kuuga will turn white if he is seriously injured and will not be able to transform for 2 hours. In the first few episodes, he is labeled as "Unidentified Life Form #2" and thought to be a different being from his other form. Although his power is weak in this form, he can still use the finisher called "Growing Kick" (グローイングキック Gurōingu Kikku?), though it is only 1/3 as strong as the Mighty Kick.

Similar to his predecessor, Riku, Yusuke used these forms to fight the Gurongi Tribe.

Mighty Form
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Mighty Form

  • Rider height: 200 cm. (6 ft., 5 in.)
  • Rider weight: 99 kg. (218.2 lbs.)
  • Ability perimeters:
    • Punching power: 3 t.
    • Normal kicking power: 10 t.
    • Maximum jump height: 15 m. (49 ft., 2 in.)
    • Maximum running speed: 100 m. per 5.2 seconds (328 ft. per 5.2 sec)
    • Sense: x10
    • Finishing Attack Power: 30 t. (Mighty Kick)

Mighty Form (マイティフォーム Maiti Fōmu?) is Kuuga's default form and has red armor, originally referred to by the police as Unidentified Life Form #4. Yusuke was first able to transform into this form while fighting Zu-Gooma-Gu. In this form, Kuuga uses his "Mighty Kick" (マイティキック Maiti Kikku?) attack to kill the monsters.

Dragon Form
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Dragon Form

  • Rider height: 200 cm. (6 ft., 5 in.)
  • Rider weight: 90 kg. (198.4 lbs.)
  • Ability perimeters
    • Punching power: 1 t.
    • Normal kicking power: 3 t.
    • Maximum jump height: 30 m. (98 ft., 4 in.)
    • Maximum running speed: 100 m. per 2 seconds (328 ft. per 2 sec)
    • Sense: x10

Dragon Form (ドラゴンフォーム Doragon Fōmu?) is a azure form form that allows Kuuga to be more agile and quicker. Although his physical strength is lower than it is in Mighty Form, Dragon Form enables Kuuga to and jump quickly in order to pursue the enemy. However, it also gives Kuuga less protection, yet being better suited for quick movements and more jump power. To make up for the lack of strength, he uses the Dragon Rod (ドラゴンロッド Doragon Roddo?) staff as his weapon, which is summoned by using any pole or stick-like object to transfigure into it. His finishing move in this form is Splash Dragon (スプラッシュドラゴン Supurasshu Doragon?), an aerial thrust attack to the torso. This can be in the form of a simple thrust or tossing the Dragon Rod at the foe.

Pegasus Form
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Pegasus Form

  • Rider height: 200 cm. (6ft., 5in.)
  • Rider weight: 99 kg. (218.2lbs.)
  • Ability perimeters
    • Punching power: 1 t.
    • Normal kicking power: 3 t.
    • Maximum jump height: 15 m. (164 ft.)
    • Maximum running speed: 100 m. per 5.2 seconds (328 ft. per 5.2 seconds)
    • Senses: x1,000

Pegasus Form (ペガサスフォーム Pegasasu Fōmu?) is a green shooting form where Kuuga's senses are heightened to extreme, superhuman levels, enabling him to see, hit and hear his opponents with deadly precision. It also allows Kuuga to detect the enemy's position, despite whatever ability they may have to avoid detection. The downside to this is that it can not be sustained for too long because of the enormous strain placed on the nervous system from over stimulation (only 50 seconds), and if Kuuga exceeds this limit, he shall be knocked back into Growing Form and become unable to transform for two hours. Kuuga uses the Pegasus Bowgun (ペガサスボウガン Pegasasu Bōgan?) crossbow/gun hybrid weapon that can be created out of any gun-like object, commonly Ichijo's hand gun. His finishing move with the bow gun is "Blast Pegasus" (ブラストペガサス Burasuto Pegasasu?), an arrow shot from the bowgun after pulling the hammer back to the fullest length.

Titan Form
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Titan Form

  • Rider height: 200 cm. (6 ft., 5 in.)
  • Rider weight: 111 kg. (242.5 lbs.)
  • Ability perimeters
    • Punching power: 7 t.
    • Normal kicking power: 10 t.
    • Maximum jump height: 10 m. (32 ft. and 8 in.)
    • Maximum running speed: 100m per 7.2 seconds (328 ft. per 7.2 seconds)
    • Sense: x10

Titan Form (タイタンフォーム Taitan Fōmu?) is a purple herculean form where his defense and punching power is greatly increased, allowing him to withstand most of his opponents' attacks long enough to get in close range, in due to this form sacrificing speed for strength. This form has much larger armor that is mainly silver with large purple trims. Although this armor provides superior protection, it still leaves parts of his body exposed, thus making him still suspectible to damage. He uses the Titan Sword (タイタンソード Taitan Sōdo?) that can be created out of pole or stick-like objects, normally the control handle of his bike. His finishing move is "Calamity Titan" (カラミティタイタン Karamiti Taitan?), a powerful sword thrust wherein Kuuga twists the blade as it is impaled.


By allowing himself to be the conduit for electricity to power the Amadam, Yusuke Godai obtained upgraded versions of his standard ones. Known as Kuuga's Golden Power for its additional gold trimmings and extensions and the mark of power (chikara written in ancient Linto writings) on the back of Kuuga's hands.

Rising Mighty
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Rising Mighty

  • Rider height: 200 cm. (6 ft., 5 in.)
  • Rider weight: 104 kg (229.2 lbs.)
  • Ability perimeters:
    • Punching power: 5 t. (Rising)
    • Normal kicking power: 20 t. (Rising)
    • Maximum jump height: 30 m. (98 ft., 5 in.)
    • Maximum running speed: 100 m. per 5.2 seconds (328 ft. per 5.2 sec)
    • Sense: x10
    • Finishing Attack Power: 100 t. (Rising Mighty Kick)

Mighty Form was enhanced by the golden power into Rising Mighty (ライジングマイティ Raijingu Maiti?), with golden trimmings. The Mighty Anklet (マイティアンクレット Maiti Ankuretto?) is equipped in the right leg, upgrading Kuuga's attack to "Rising Mighty Kick" (ライジングマイティキック Raijingu Maiti Kikku?), which causes the target to explode with the blast radius of a few city blocks.

Rising Dragon
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Rising Dragon

  • Rider height: 200 cm. (6 ft., 5 in.)
  • Rider weight: 92 kg (202.8 lbs) (Rising)
  • Ability perimeters
    • Punching power: 2 t. (Rising)
    • Normal kicking power: 5 t. (Rising)
    • Maximum jump height: 50 m. (164 ft.) (Rising)
    • Maximum running speed: 100 m. per 2 seconds (328 ft. per 2 sec)
    • Sense: x10

Dragon Form was later upgraded by the golden power into Rising Dragon (ライジングドラゴン Raijingu Doragon?), gaining a golden trim with his weapon enhanced into the Rising Dragon Rod (ライジングドラゴンロッド Raijingu Doragon Roddo?) voulge and his finishing move has improved into the Rising Splash Dragon (ライジングスプラッシュドラゴン Raijingu Supurasshu Doragon?).

Rising Pegasus
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Rising Pegasus

  • Rider height: 200 cm. (6ft., 5in.)
  • Rider weight: 99.9 kg. (220.2 lbs.)
  • Ability perimeters
    • Punching power: 1 t.
    • Normal kicking power: 3 t.
    • Maximum jump height: 15 m. (164 ft.)
    • Maximum running speed: 100 m. per 5.2 seconds (328 ft. per 5.2 seconds)
    • Senses: x1,000

Once upgraded to Rising Pegasus (ライジングペガサス Raijingu Pegasasu Fōmu?), Kuuga can hold the form for 30 seconds more for a total of 1 minute and 20 seconds, and uses the Rising Pegasus Bowgun (ライジングペガサスボウガン Raijingu Pegasasu Bōgan?) for his "Rising Blast Pegasus" (ライジングブラストペガサス Raijingu Burasuto Pegasasu?). This attack may use up to three arrows.

Rising Titan
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Rising Titan

  • Rider height: 200 cm. (6 ft., 5 in.)
  • Rider weight: 122 kg. (268.9 lbs.)
  • Ability perimeters
    • Punching power: 7 t.
    • Normal kicking power: 10 t.
    • Maximum jump height: 10 m. (32 ft. and 8 in.)
    • Maximum running speed: 100m per 7.2 seconds (328 ft. per 7.2 seconds)
    • Sense: x10

This was the first of Kuuga's forms to be upgraded by the golden power, becoming Rising Titan (ライジングタイタン Raijingu Taitan?). As a result, Kuuga uses the Rising Titan Sword (ライジングタイタンソード Raijingu Taitan Sōdo?) for "Rising Calamity Titan" (ライジングカラミティタイタン Raijingu Karamiti Taitan?). But Kuuga can create a second Rising Titan Sword to use in the stronger "Double Rising Calamity Titan" (ダブルライジングカラミティタイタン Daburu Raijingu Karamiti Taitan?) attack.


Amazing Mighty
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Amazing Mighty

  • Rider height: 200 cm. (6 ft., 5 in.)
  • Rider weight: 125 kg. [275.5 lbs.]
  • Ability perimeters:
    • Punching power: 35 t.
    • Normal kicking power: 50 t.
    • Maximum jump height: 60m (196 ft., 10 in.)
    • Maximum running speed: 100 m. per 5.2 seconds (328 ft. per 5.2 sec)
    • Sense: x10
    • Finishing Attack Power: 75 t. (Amazing Mighty Kick)

By episode 46, Kuuga's Mighty Form was advanced into the black-armored Amazing Mighty (アメージングマイティ Amējingu Maiti?), with the Mighty Anklet equipped on both legs for use of the "Amazing Mighty Kick" (アメージングマイティキック Amējingu Maiti Kikku?) dropkick attack.

Ultimate Form
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Ultimate Form (Red Eyes)

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Ultimate Form (Black Eyes)

  • Rider height: 202 cm. (6 ft., 5 in.)
  • Rider weight: 150 kg. (330.6 lbs.)
  • Ability perimeters
    • Punching power: 80 t.
    • Normal kicking power: 100 t.
    • Maximum jump height: 50 m. (164 ft.)
    • Maximum running speed: 100 m. per 2 seconds (328 ft per 2 seconds)
    • Sense: x10,000

His second most dangerous form, Ultimate Form (アルティメットフォーム Arutimetto Fōmu?) combines all the powers of the other forms. Ultmate Form has a much different design colored black with gold (and a little silver) trims all over his body, as well as having five horns on the head-crest, a black belt core and spiky-looking armor. Originally a risk is that the user would lose control and become like Daguva, a monster bent on killing everything in its way. However, due to Godai's gentle nature, he retains his will as he uses the new form against Daguva, retaining the red eye color of Mighty Form as opposed to the original black eyed color. When in battle, Ultimate Kuuga is able to see a monster's human form, every single attack from Kuuga Ultimate causes his opponent to bleed, despite the enemy's powerful armor. This form has roughly the same amount of power as Daguva himself.

This form can also utilize the same powers as Daguva including Pyrokinesis, along with the ability to utilize the Dragon Rod, Pegasus Bowgun, and Titan Sword, all in Rising form. However this ability was never shown along with the Ultimate Form's most powerful attack, the "Ultimate Kick" (アルティメットキック Arutimetto Kikku?), which is the second strongest version of his Rider Kick, said to be easily capable of destroying the entire world. In Kamen Rider Decade, Ultimate Kuuga is also capable of the Ultimate Punch (アルティメットパンチ Arutimetto Panchi?) finisher, a punch coated with hot flames. This form was also called the Supreme Warrior (最高戦士 Saikō Senshi?).

Rising Ultimate
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Rising Ultimate

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Rising Ultimate Form (Black & Red Eyes)

  • Rider height: 200 cm. (6 ft., 5 in.)
  • Rider weight: 150 kg. (330.6 lbs.)
  • Ability perimeters
    • Punching power: 100 t
    • Normal kicking power: 120 t.
    • Maximum jump height: 110 m. (360.8 ft.)
    • Maximum running speed: 100 m. per 1 seconds (328 ft per 1 seconds)

Once unique to Kamen Rider Decade is Kuuga's Rising Ultimate (ライジングアルティメット Raijingu Arutimetto?). Rising Ultimate is Kuuga`s strongest form as well as having the same risks as Ultimate Form. Much like Kuuga's other forms that were given a "Rising" upgrade within the original Kuuga, Rising Ultimate is the true and evolved form of Kuuga's Ultimate Form. In this form, Kuuga's finisher is the Rising Ultimate Kick (ライジングアルティメットキック Raijingu Arutimetto Kikku?). He also has a flaming attack called Rising Ultimate Punch (ライジングアルティメットキック Raijingu Arutimetto Panchi?) He also presumably has all of Ultimate form's standard powers (which may be enhanced) as well. In this form, Yusuke Godai surpasses all the Gurongi and most of the Heisei Riders in power.

Rising Ultimate Kuuga is first accessed in Kamen Rider Decade: All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker by his Decade counterpart until he uses it in Wizard's last episode Neverending Story. Differently from his counterpart's version of the form, Godai's Rising Ultimate produced electricity sparks when it charged up its attack, like with the previous Rising Forms, while Onodera's red eyes Rising Ultimate was shown with flames around its special attacks.


Kuuga Gouram
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Kuuga Gouram

"Final Form Ride: K-K-Kuuga!"
―Transformation announcement[src]

Decade's Final Form Ride Card allows Kuuga to transform into the Kuuga Gouram (クウガゴウラム Kūga Gōramu?), giving him the ability to fly. This form is used again in the World of Den-O to assist Decade and Den-O and allowing Momotaros to execute the Decade Liner (ディケイドライナー Dikeido Rainā?) Final Attack Ride. The Kuuga Gouram rushes toward Decade with the target stuck in his pincers while Decade performs the Mighty Kick-like Decade Assault (ディケイドアサルト Dikeido Asaruto?)[1][2] flying kick towards the target. After the card is used, Kuuga can change into this form at will before Decade uses the Kuuga Final Attack Ride Card.[3]

In Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider W & Decade: Movie War 2010, Kamen Rider Kuuga shows the ability to transform into the Kuuga Gouram without Kamen Rider Decade using the Final Form Ride Card.

Ultimate Kuuga Gouram
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Ultimate Kuuga Gouram

In Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider W & Decade: Movie War 2010, Kamen Rider Kuuga Ultimate Form transforms into the Ultimate Kuuga Gouram (アルティメットクウガゴウラム Arutimetto Kūga Gōramu?), a more powerful version of the Kuuga Gouram, to fight Kamen Rider Decade Violent Emotion. However, he is soon defeated and becomes a Kamen Ride card for Decade but appears again when Decade uses the All Rider Final Form Ride Card to fight the Super Crisis Fortress. The Ultimate Kuuga Gouram can execute the Ultimate Assault (アルティメットアサルト Arutimetto Asaruto?), by crushing the enemy in its pincers and rushing towards a hard surface. The Ultimate Kuuga Gouram is similar to the Kuuga Gouram, though it has the color scheme and the head crest of Ultimate Form and has Black Eyes.

Decade Dodge

Kuuga Ball

In Kamen Rider Battle: Ganbaride Decade uses the Kuuga Ball (クウガボール Kūga Bōru?) card to change Kuuga into a dodgeball-like form to perform the Decade Dodge (ディケイドドッジ Dikeido Dojji?) attack.


Rider Cards

Several Rider Cards allow Kamen Rider Decade to access the power of Kuuga.

Kamen Ride Kuuga

Kamen Ride: Kuuga

Kamen Ride: Kuuga (カメンライドクウガ Kamen Raido: Kūga?): Regained when Tsukasa gains Yusuke's trust.Transcendence Decade uses this Kamen Ride Card to assume Kuuga's Mighty Form.


Form Ride Cards allow Decade to assume any of the alternate forms the Heisei Riders have. Accessing these forms grants Decade the use of any weapon exclusive to that form. Generally, Decade changes forms within one Rider forms. However, Decade does not have to be a particular Rider to transform into one of that Rider alternate forms. When using Kuuga's Form Ride Cards, Decade gains Kuuga's ability to turn normal items or weapons into their respective weaponry.

Form Ride Kuuga Dragon

Form Ride: Kuuga Dragon

Form Ride: Kuuga Dragon (フォームライドクウガドラゴン Fōmu Raido: Kūga Doragon?): Decade transforms into Kamen Rider Kuuga Dragon Form, wielding the Dragon Rod. Used once in the World of Kiva to fight Kamen Rider Kiva Garulu form. Second Movement ♬ Prince Kiva

Form Ride Kuuga Pegasus

Form Ride: Kuuga Pegasus

Form Ride: Kuuga Pegasus (フォームライドクウガペガサス Fōmu Raido: Kūga Pegasasu?): Decade assumes Kuuga's Pegasus Form, wielding the Pegasus Bowgun. Used once in the World of Kabuto to fight the Geophilid Worm. Since Decade was only in this form for a few seconds, it's unknown if he experiences the same sensory overload as in the original series. Warning: Kabuto Running Amok

Form Ride Kuuga Titan

Form Ride: Kuuga Titan

Form Ride: Kuuga Titan (フォームライドクウガタイタン Fōmu Raido: Kūga Taitan?): Decade transforms into Kamen Rider Kuuga Titan Form, wielding the Titan Sword. Used once in the World of Kiva to fight Kamen Rider Kiva Dogga and Garulu form. Second Movement ♬ Prince Kiva


Final Form Ride Kuuga Gouram

Final Form Ride: Kuuga Gouram

Final Form Ride: Kuuga Gouram (ファイナルフォームライドクウガゴウラム Fainaru Fōmu Raido Kūga Gōramu?): This card transforms Kuuga into a creature similar to the Gouram, giving him the ability to fly.[4]

In Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider W & Decade: Movie War 2010, Kuuga gains a new stronger Final Form Ride form called the Ultimate Kuuga Gouram (アルティメットクウガゴウラム Arutimetto Kūga Gōramu?), which he assumed on his own while in Ultimate Form. Later, via the use of the All Rider Final Form Ride Card, Decade had Yusuke assume this form in battle against the Super Crisis Fortress.

In the novel Kamen Rider Decade: The World of Tsukasa Kadoya ~The Garden Inside the Lens~ which is the reimagination of the TV series, Decade uses it on Godai while becoming Kuuga into an alternate version of Gouram where it is a rhinoceros beetle despite it traditionally being a stag beetle, which is also the same insect Kuuga is based on.

In Kamen Rider Battle: Ganbaride, Decade uses the Kuuga Ball card to change Kuuga into a dodgeball-like form to perform the Decade Dodge attack.

Final Attack Ride Kuuga

Final Attack Ride: Kuuga

Final Attack Ride: Kuuga (ファイナルアタックライドクウガ Fainaru Atakku Raido: Kūga?): The Kuuga Gouram rushes toward Decade with the target stuck in his pincers while Decade performs the Mighty Kick-like Decade Assault (ディケイドアサルト Dikeido Asaruto?) flying kick towards the target. Used to destroy N-Gamio-Zeda in the World of Kuuga. Transcendence

When Kamen Rider Decade is in his Complete Form, he uses the K-Touch to summon the Final Forms of the Nine Heisei Riders. After he presses the Rider's symbol, a card of that Rider's Final Form appears in a set of nine on Kamen Rider Decade's chest and shoulders and the summoned Rider copies Decade's motions. When activating the K-Touch's functions in Complete Form, any of the Nine Heisei Riders present will be transfomed into their most powerful form.

Final Kamen Ride Kuuga Ultimate

Final Kamen Ride: Kuuga Ultimate

Final Kamen Ride: Kuuga Ultimate (ファイナルカメンライドクウガアルティメット Fainaru Kamen Raido: Kūga Arutimetto?): Summons Kamen Rider Kuuga Ultimate Form. This K-Touch option is not used in the television series, but is shown in Kamen Rider: Battride War where he can channel flames from his hand.

Final Kamen Ride Kuuga Rising Ultimate

Final Kamen Ride: Kuuga Rising Ultimate

Final Kamen Ride: Kuuga Rising Ultimate (ファイナルカメンライドクウガライジングアルティメット Fainaru Kamen Raido: Kūga Raijingu Arutimetto?): In Kamen Rider Decade: The Last Story, Kuuga's option is changed to Rising Ultimate, including the cards on Decade Complete Form's chest armor. As Kuuga is present, it transforms him into Rising Ultimate Form.

References

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  2. Televi-Kun, February 2009
  3. "TV Asahi's page for Kuuga Gouram". http://www.tv-asahi.co.jp/decade/rider/kuugagouram.html. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  4. "TV Asahi's page on the Kuuga Gouram". http://www.tv-asahi.co.jp/decade/rider/kuugagouram.html. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 

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