This article is about a/an rider in Kamen Rider Kuuga.
For the first user and his A. R. World version, see Riku and Yusuke Onodera.
For his Bujin counterpart, see Kamen Rider Bujin Kuuga.

"I don't want to see people crying anymore. I want everyone to smile! So have a good look... at my... transformation!"
―Yusuke's words to Kaoru Ichijo before transforming into Mighty Form for the first time[src]

"Thank you. I think it was a good thing, because it let me meet Mr Ichijo."
"Now, please have a good look at my transformation.
―Yusuke to Ichijo before transforming into Ultimate Form for the first time[src]

Yusuke Godai (五代 雄介 Godai Yūsuke), born in Hokkaidō on March 18, 1975, with a blood type of O is a happy-go-lucky and honest person that fights to protect everyone's smile as Kamen Rider Kuuga (仮面ライダークウガ Kamen Raidā Kūga).The police called him the Unidentified Life Form #4 (未確認生命体第4号 Mikakunin Seimeitai Dai Yongō). He and his younger sister, Minori, lost their mother while they were both young and their father at Afghanistan when they were older, living with their father's friend Tamasaburo Kazari.


On the day he returns from Indonesia to Japan at the airport, Yusuke's life changed the day that he visits Sakurako Sawatari (with a mask for her), who was helping in Professor Natsume's archaeological finding of the Linto Tribe and a mummified corpse, whose disruption marked the unsealing of a strange monster that attacks the archaeologists. Receiving a distress call from them, Yusuke makes his way to the excavation site, seeing the light that marks the rebirth of the Gurongi Tribe. By the time he arrived at the scene at daybreak, he finds the police investigating the area and meets detective Kaoru Ichijo, finding a strange belt tied to the visions he's been seeing. He later meet Ichijo and he and Sakurako are brought to the police station to learn the archeologists were all slaughtered by the mysterious monster, later referred to as "Unidentified Lifeform 0", before being given the Arcle to translate the markings on it.

However, as they leave, the two encounter the Gurongi Zu-Gumun-Ba attacking the station upon being revived, Yusuke puts on the Arcle to fight him, resulting with the belt fusing onto him as he assumes Kuuga's Growing Form and saves Ichijo from the Gurongi, the detective recognizing Yusuke. After 11 hours of rest, Sakurako suggests they return to Tokyo as they are visited by Ichijo who tells him not to meddle in police affairs and go to Tokyo to see Shuichi Tsubaki. Later that night, Yusuke goes against Ichijo's wishes to help fight Zu-Gooma-Gu, only to be beaten by the stronger monster and later gets chewed up by Ichijo.

But after seeing the daughter of the late Professor Natsume cry over her father's death, Yusuke's resolve to fight for the sake of keeping people from suffering led him to assume Mighty Form, taking the name of "Kuuga" as he saves Ichijo from Gooma and destroys Gumun. Starting with inspector Kaoru Ichijo, Yusuke eventually gains the trust of the police department by receiving the TryChaser 2000 from Ichijo. While brought to Doctor Shuichi Tsubaki for a confidential check-up, Yusuke learns that the Arcle's fusion onto him is more complex as it had spread vein-like connections into his muscular and nervous systems.

During his first battle with Zu-Badzū-Ba, Kuuga assumes Dragon Form and eventually masters it with Sakurako's aid to kill Badzū. Then while fighting Me-Bajisu-Ba, Kuuga assumes Pegasus Form but was overwhelmed by his enhanced senses as Bajisu escapes, vowing revenge on Kuuga. Unable to change, Yusuke decides to help Ichijo by finding Mika Natsume, who is on the verge of being suicidal when her father's murderer not yet caught. After talking Mika into letting things resolve themselves over time, Bajisu attacks and Yusuke is able to effectively use Pegasus Form's power to kill the Grongi sniper.

While dealing with Me-Giiga-Gi, and Minori's apprehensive feelings for being Kuuga, Yusuke is able to become Titan Form to defeat Giiga after convincing Minori that it all be right. Yusuke later meets Junichi Chono, a young man who lost his faith in humanity and thought to be able to relate more the Unidentified Lifeforms. However, his encounter with Me-Biran-Gi said otherwise when Kuuga saves the boy before killing the Gurongi. During the fight however, Yusuke felt the reawakening of the Gouram as it was excavated and whirled to life to make its way towards him, providing its power for him to counter Me-Gyarido-Gi.

Later, when poisoned by Me-Ginoga-De, Yusuke manages to survive the near death experience due to the Amadam countering the poison when induced with shock therapy, allowing him to arrive to the police's aid to destroy Ginoga and later his clone. But since then, Yusuke begins to feel a numbing pain during his next few battles as Kuuga against stronger Gurongi. He learns that it may be tied to a greater power that maybe needed as he believes that stronger Gurongi will eventually appear. After training to bring out the "golden power" with Enokida's help, Yusuke's battle against the promoted Go-Garima-Ba leads to an upgraded version of Kuuga's Titan Form, Rising Titan. The next two fights allow Yusuke to become Rising Pegasus and Rising Dragon while learning that the Arcle had fused further into his body.

A dark foreshadowing

Kuuga's Ultimate Form in his subconscious

After healing from being wounded by Go-Gamego-Re, Yusuke meets Chono as he took up being an artist since their last encounter before he finds the Gurongi and kills him once achieving Rising Mighty, accidentally causing mass devastation. Because of the incident, the BeatChaser 2000 would not to be given to Kuuga as the Go-Badā-Ba finally begins to play, saving Kuuga as his final victim. While Ichijo convinces his fellow officers, Yusuke is aided by Sugita in tracking down Badā until Ichijo arrives with the Beat Chaser which allows Kuuga to destroy Badā. However, the incident with the sadistic Go-Jaraji-Da, influences Yusuke's behavior for the worse, causing him to subconsciously assume Kuuga's Ultimate Form while killing the Gurongi in a brutal rage.

Later, Yusuke goes to Enokida when she wanted to investigate the reason on how he can turn everyday objects into weapons like the Go Gurongi before going after Go-Zazaru-Ba when she went up against an evolving Gooma, worried that two Grongi fighting each other was a very bad omen. This is made worse when Yusuke learns the "Kuuga" character is not of Linto origin, but is actually an incomplete Gurongi character and may be tied to Number 0, later revealed as the Gurongi lord N-Daguva-Zeba when he arrived to slaughter Gooma before making his way to Tokyo for end-game. Yusuke's fears of their relation were confirmed as Sakurako fully translated the Linto text and the Gurongi characters on it, revealing his mental wellbeing during the incident with Jaraji while understanding that he'll be alright as long as he doesn't fight out of hate.

After learning from Enokida that the Gurongi may also share Kuuga's ability to change form, Yusuke leaves when Go-Jāza-Gi makes her move. During a flawed attempt to get her, Kuuga senses Daguva and got wounded while his guard was down before he finally kills Jāza in the next confrontation. After a post-discussion of the recent Gurongi/Kuuga connections after the death of Go-Baberu-Da, Yusuke makes his way to the 12 Arikawa Group Flute Competition, having brush in with Daguva before arriving to the Arikawa Group building after a hostage situation is resolved with Mika traumatized by the incident. As he escorts Mika to her train for home, Yusuke tells her not to run away even if things get scary.

During the battle with the last of the Go Gurongi, Go-Gadoru-Ba, Kuuga is overwhelmed by the Gurongi's ability to assume forms similar to his own. Severely wounded as a result, Yusuke is brought to the hospital where after a question of ethics, Tsubaki agrees to induce an electro-therapy charge after his heart gave out. By the time he leaves the hospital, Yusuke arrives to the stadium where Gadoru is fighting Ra-Dorudo-Gu. However in the ensuing rematch, Kuuga assumes the dark-armored Kuuga Amazing Mighty to kill Gadoru. With all the Gurongi warriors dead, Daguva finally reveals himself, overpowering Kuuga's Amazing Mighty and cracking the Amadam while killing numerous people before taking his leave, sparing Kuuga so he can get even stronger.

Knowing that he has no choice but to break his word and assume that form, Yusuke visits to his friends one-by-one, knowing that he may not come back, with Sakurako realizing his intentions as Daguva finally makes his move, telling Yusuke to meet him at Mount Kuro. With Ichijo joining him, Yusuke tells him to shoot him in the Arcle should he go berserk and becoming the entity that bring ultimate darkness, though the officer is reluctant to do that. Once assuming Ultimate Form, powered by his gentle nature rather than hatred, Kuuga battles Daguva to the point of exhaustion and nearly getting himself killed. As Yusuke narrowly defeats Daguva while getting his Arcle damaged, he is taunted by Daguva who hopes that Yusuke becomes as big a monster as Daguva himself. Three months after the final battle, Yusuke has begun a new adventure to travel the world, starting at a Cuban beach where he helps some kids before walking off. It was shown that the Arcle was repairing itself after the battle, proving that Yusuke will regain his powers at some point. In later sequels, Yusuke does indeed transform into Kuuga as well as gained full control without worry over Ultimate Form as well as it's upgraded form Rising Ultimate.


As mentioned above, Yusuke is a happy-go-lucky and honest person that fights to protect everyone's smile. Yusuke constantly seeks to better himself and as a result, gained 2000 skills because of it. While serious about keeping his vows, Yusuke will break some if he considers it absolutely necessary. His cheerfulness sometimes also could encourage the others, particularly at dark times. Despite being in a hard situation, Yusuke never lets go of his smile and always tries being optimistic most of the time. This charity is what made Yusuke could easily befriend the others and also give them hopes. As long as it's for other people's sake, Yusuke will never hesitant to do anything, particularly after becoming Kuuga. Despite his sorrowful childhood and his own crisis as Kuuga at some point, Yusuke's smile never falters.

However, despite being an overall good person, it doesn't mean that Yusuke never shows anger. The most crucial part was at Jaraji's incident which had driven Yusuke to hate the Gurongi. After realizing that the Gurongi kill people for their own satisfaction and want to kill more innocent people, Yusuke couldn't help but feel anger. The result was he got a mental vision of Ultimate Form after killing Jaraji brutally; which was a warning of what would happen to him if he continued this path. Yusuke's hatred becomes more severe by times, especially if he is being taunted by his enemies. The revelation between Kuuga and Daguva also only worsens him.

Despite his growing hatred toward Gurongi, Yusuke assured to his friends that he will be alright as long as he doesn't fight out of hatred. He always holds back his anger with his facade smile, trying not to worry the others. He also holds back whenever he used too much force in battles. Seeing a clear self is the key to control Ultmate Form, Yusuke tried to bury his hatred as deep as possible while also raising his own mentality. His friends also always support as best as they can, giving him much more power to not let himself falls to the darkness. He even tried his best not to use Ultimate Form until the last fight. With a strong will like this, he not only obtained, but also successfully gained full control over Ultimate Form and it's upgraded form Rising Ultimate, proving Daguva wrong and showing himself worthy as Kuuga.

Later appearances in Kamen Rider/Super Sentai live action productions

Kamen Rider Decade

  • In the version of Kamen Rider Decade episode 31 shown in reruns, an unidentified Ultimate Kuuga, with black eyes, appears as one of Wataru Kurenai's companions, who antagonize Decade after he failed in his mission of saving the worlds. When more Riders appear and the Rider War starts, Kuuga seemingly reverts to Mighty Form and boards the TryChaser 2000, although he's knocked out during the conflict. In the original version of the episode, the Ultimate Kuuga in the final battle was a brainwashed Yusuke Onodera, but all references to his identity are removed in the rerun version, which just makes him appear as another member of Wataru's group. Tv-Asahi site also lists this Kuuga as a separate character.

OOO, Den-O, All Riders: Let's Go Kamen Riders

Kamen Rider Kuuga

Kuuga in OOO, Den-O, All Riders: Let's Go Kamen Riders

Kamen Rider Kuuga, in Mighty Form, appears in OOO, Den-O, All Riders: Let's Go Kamen Riders. He reappears alongside the other Heisei era Riders, fighting against Gurongi that allied themselves with Shocker and other Kamen Rider villains from the 40 years of the franchise. Kuuga defeats N-Gamio-Zeda who had become one of Shocker's executives and stops the Gurongi's offensive. Afterwards, he joins up with every other Rider for a final battle against the Great Leader of Shocker.

When all the Riders board their vehicles for a combined attack against the Great Leader, Kuuga goes with the Rising BeatGouram.

Although Kuuga's human form isn't shown in the movie itself, he has no lines and isn't listed in the credits, Kuuga is confirmed to be Yusuke Godai by the movie's official website. [1]

Kamen Rider Fourze

  • The previous Riders, Kuuga among them, are remembered as urban legends. In episode 2, there's brief new video footage of four past Riders, including Kuuga. Kuuga's video footage shows him in Mighty Form facing three Gurongi who look similar to Zu-Gooma-Gu in Ultimate Form, Zu-Zain-Da and Me-Badjisu-Ba.

Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Super Hero Taisen

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Kuuga, Shinken Blue, X

Kuuga is blown up into the air with Shinken Blue and X as the Kamen Riders and Super SentaiIcon-crosswiki are attacked by a giant Warz GillIcon-crosswiki and Akudos GillIcon-crosswiki.

Kuuga, among the majority of the Kamen Riders, was caught up in the "Super Hero Taisen" incident which resulted in the Kamen Riders and Super Sentai joining forces to defeat both Dai-Shocker and Dai-Zangyack. Kuuga is being shown when he is team-worked with Tsukasa at first (as Decade in 1 form) while riding his TryChaser 2000.

Kamen Rider × Super Sentai × Space Sheriff: Super Hero Taisen Z

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Faiz, Ryuki, and Kuuga as seen in Super Hero Taisen Z.

Kuuga was part of a force of Rider and Sentai reinforcements led by Kamen Rider 1 and AkarengerIcon-crosswiki that came to assist the Riders and Sentai of recent years who were overwhelmed by the revived monster army of the Space Crime Syndicate MadouIcon-crosswiki. The combined forces of superheroes were able to turn the tide against the Madou army. They lined up and used their various finisher attacks to destroy the revived monsters.

After Demon King PsychoIcon-crosswiki was destroyed and the battle was finally over, Kuuga appeared standing on a cliff with all the other heroes who appeared to help, to say goodbye to the heroes of recent years before taking their leave. Kamen Rider × Super Sentai × Space Sheriff: Super Hero Taisen Z

Kamen Rider Wizard

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Kuuga with Decade, Faiz, Ryuki and Agito in their Final Forms.

When a young boy and a young girl attempt to escape from the World within the Magic Stone, they use the Kamen Rider Rings to summon many Riders to help them, and among them there's Kuuga. Using the Mighty form, Kuuga takes on the Armadillo Orphnoch, Beetle Fangire and Same Yummy at the same time. However, the powerful Beetle Fangire counter attacks, stunning both Kuuga and Blade at the same time. Surrounded by the monster army alongside Agito, the three Riders are hit by many energy blasts and are temporarily expelled. The Kamen Rider Rings

Amadum, recovers the Rider Rings and summons all Riders from Kuuga to OOO, besides Decade, attaching them to a giant magic stone that absorbs their energy. Later, Amadum summons again all of the Riders from Kuuga to Fourze, and orders them to take on Kamen Rider Wizard. However, the Riders reveal they aren't just puppets and turn against Amadum. Kuuga fights against the Mole Imagin,Tortoise Undead and Bakeneko. Afterwards, Kuuga uses his Mighty Kick to finish off both the Hound Zodiarts and Rat Fangire at once. When the battleground changes to the air, Kuuga and Agito are left behind on the ground, but Decade uses his Final formride ability to change them into Kuuga Gouram and Agito Tornador. Kuuga is surprised by Decade's ability, while Agito tells him to ask before doing that the next time. Flying through the air, Kuuga destroys many Hydragoons.

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Kuuga and the Young Boy

Facing Amadum himself, all Riders fall before him one by one, including Kuuga. Amadum attempts to open the way to Earth, but a New Rider is called to that world, Gaim. Amadum is unable to absorb Gaim's powers and loses the powers that he had absorbed before. Most Riders go to their ultimate forms while others transform into other powerful forms, with Yusuke Godai showing on screen for the first time his Rising Ultimate Kuuga form. Flying through Amadum's blasts, Rising Ultimate Kuuga and Shining Agito hit Amadum with a Rider Double Kick which knocks him down, and they're soon followed by all other Riders present, destroying Amadum. After the battle, the boy wakes up next to the chest with the Rider Rings, and Kuuga gives him a thumbs up, telling him that everything will be fine. Afterwards, he leaves that world alongside most other Riders, and the Rider Rings disappear. Neverending Story

Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider: Kamen Rider Taisen feat. Super Sentai

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Kuuga and ZO shaking hands after the Riders settle their differences.

Kuuga was defeated by unknown means and sent to Helheim, alongside other Riders, from where they planned a surprise attack against the Badan Empire. In the beginning of the final battle against Badan, Kuuga can be seen briefly facing the Ika-Jaguar Yummy, which is shown to not have been defeated in a later scene. Afterwards, Kuuga faces Destron Combatmen and Chaps alongside the Ganikomoru. Kuuga is shown one last time during the battle taking on Badan's Combatroids when the ToQgerIcon-crosswiki arrive to help.

During the battle between the Heisei and Showa Riders to prove the strength of the Heisei Riders, Kuuga initially faces Kamen Rider ZO, but he takes on Kamen Rider J when the battleground changes to the coast. Kuuga's Mighty Kick and J's J-Kick match each other during the battle. Both Riders are still fighting when the battle is interrupted. Afterwards, Kuuga and ZO are seen shaking hands when both groups stand together. Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider: Kamen Rider Taisen feat. Super Sentai

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Due to the timeline alteration caused by Shocker, Yusuke became one of the brainwashed Riders in that timeline, donning the name of Shocker Rider Kuuga.

Following the Rider Grand Prix in which Drive emerged victorious over Kamen Rider 3, who was promptly integrated into the Great Leader of Shocker's Rider Robo form, Kuuga was among the Riders who appeared to attack Zeronos Zero Form and Denebick Buster only to be fought off by the turncoat BOARD Riders: Chalice, Leangle, Blade and Garren. Ultimately, the Double Riders 1 and 2 made their appearance having survived their apparent demise from within the Rider Robo, and broke Shocker's brainwashing on the fallen Riders, enabling all Riders to unite in a final battle against Shocker.

Unfortunately, Kuuga was among the Riders whose existence was erased by the Rider Robo. This fate, however, was rendered moot when the Rider Robo was finally destroyed by Shurikenjin TridoronIcon-crosswiki, restoring Kuuga's place in history.

Kamen Rider Ghost: Legendary! Riders' Souls!


Despite not appearing in the web-exclusive series, Ghost can use the power of 16 Heisei Riders, including Kuuga, with the Heisei Rider Damashii in the final episode.

Chou Super Hero Taisen


Team Legend Hero

Kuuga appeared as part of Team Legend Hero, an unofficial Game World team that did not participate in the Chou Super Hero Taisen tournament, exclusively featuring in a promotional conference for the film. Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Chou Super Hero Taisen

Kamen Rider Ex-Aid "Tricks": Kamen Rider Genm


Despite not appearing in the web-exclusive series, Kuuga and 13 Heisei Riders were the projections of the Ganbarizing Critical Strike.

Kamen Rider Kuuga

In all versions, Kamen Rider Kuuga (known simply as Kuuga, in the original series) is a fighter who battled the Gurongi, assuming his Rider form through the Arcle, which was created by the Linto Tribe.

However the symbol for "Kuuga" is not a native character that came from the Linto but is actually an incomplete Gurongi character, tied to N-Daguva-Zeba who, like Kuuga, possesses an Amadam.

So in theory, Kuuga's form may actually be based off Daguva himself and the Arcle was created to mimic his abilities.

Appearances in other media

Video Game appearances

Kamen Rider Kuuga video game

Yusuke appears as Kuuga in the Kamen Rider Kuuga video game. The player may play as Kuuga in his Mighty, Dragon, Pegasus, Titan, Growing, and Ultimate Forms.

Kamen Rider Agito & Kuuga Wild Battle

Kuuga appears with Agito in Kamen Rider Agito & Kuuga Wild Battle. He is playable in all forms except Growing Form.

This was the first Kamen Rider video game to feature Kuuga Amazing Mighty as a playable character and also feature Kuuga's Rising Forms as fully playable. Rising Forms and Ultimate Form can only be selectable during battle by pressing Down (Rising Forms must select pre-existing forms first; for example Mighty Form can select Rising Mighty etc.) Amazing Mighty is only playable in Survival Mode on normal difficulty (replaces Mighty Form automatically after Mighty Form's life is lower than 30%).

Kamen Rider: The Bike Race

Kuuga appears riding the Beat Chaser 2000 in Kamen Rider: The Bike Race, a racing game featuring the majority of Kamen Riders and Rider Machines up to Kamen Rider Agito.

Kamen Rider: Battride War

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Kuuga (Battride War).

Kamen Rider Kuuga appears as a Main Rider in the video game Kamen Rider: Battride War, which unites the riders of the Heisei era from Kuuga to Wizard.

Kuuga's Rising Forms (with Amazing Mighty as Rising Mighty's special finisher) can accessable via normal string charge attack.

Kamen Rider: Battride War II

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Kamen Rider Kuuga in Ultimate Form in Kamen Rider: Battride War II.

Kamen Rider Kuuga reappeared in Kamen Rider: Battride War II.

Kamen Rider: Battride War Genesis


Kamen Rider Kuuga in Battride War Genesis.

Kamen Rider Kuuga reappeared in Kamen Rider: Battride War Genesis

Stage Shows

Timeranger Stage Show at Double Hero Korakuen Yuenchi

In a stage show where the TimerangersIcon-crosswiki are seen fighting their usual foes, a Gurongi shows up and winds up defeating them. Kuuga in Mighty Form arrives to assist the Timerangers.

Timeranger Stage Show at Super Hero Nagoya Dome

In a stage show where the Timerangers are seen fighting their usual foes, a Gurongi shows up and defeats them. Kamen Riders 1, 2, V3 & Kuuga, AkaIcon-crosswiki & AoRangerIcon-crosswiki & Robocon arrive to assist the Timerangers.

Gaoranger Stage Show at Super Hero Osaka Dome

In a stage show where the Gaorangers are seen fighting their usual foes, Black Cross FührerIcon-crosswiki, A Lord, and a Gurongi show up and wind up defeating them. The GorengersIcon-crosswiki & Kamen Riders Kuuga, Agito, G3-X, Exceed Gills & 1 arrive to assist the Gaorangers.

Kamen Rider Super Live: Cho Henshin Battle

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  • Kuuga returns in the Stageshow of Faiz. He was turned into stone statue by Bio Roid Dark, and is controlled to fight against Faiz, 1, 2 and V3.

Fighting skills

From the beginning of the series, Yusuke was already skilled at various things which presumably included some forms of fighting. After becoming Kuuga and gaining experience from fighting the Gurongi, Yusuke becomes even stronger and becomes able control Ultimate Form which he uses against their leader. He not only fought equally against Daguva as Kuuga Ultimate Form, but also defeated him in their human forms while both were equally exhausted showing how much skill, will and stamina Yusuke has. It was shown that after defeating Daguva and getting his Arcle repaired, Yusuke managed to unlock and master Rising Ultimate showing how much potential he has as Kuuga.

Kuuga was also one of the last primary Riders to have notable bike battle skills. Using his Try and Beat Chaser cycles, he was able to competently combat Gurongi by swinging the wheels and skidding them over. Combined with the Gouram, Yuusuke did very well on or off his bikes.


Aside from his first form, Growing Form, Kuuga 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 by saying "Cho Henshin!" (超変身! Super Transformation). His armor and eyes would change color depending on the form. Like the Go-Gurongi, Kuuga can alter any item he has into a weapon by temporary changing its atomic structure.

Growing Form

Growing Form

Rider Statistics

  • Height: 190cm (6 ft. 7 in.)
  • Weight: 90kg (198.4 lbs)

Ability Parameters:

  • Punching Power: 1t
  • Kicking Power: 10t
  • Maximum Jump Height: 10m (49 ft. 2 in.)
  • Maximum Running Speed: 100m 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" (未確認生命体第2号 Mikakuninseimeitai Dainigō) 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.

As none of Kuuga's forms is called in the series by its actual name, the Growing Form is mainly called White Kuuga (白のクウガ Shiro no Kuuga) or by its Unidentified Lifeform number. In one episode Ichijou tells the other policemen that the Number 2 is the same being as the Number 4.

Appearances: Kuuga Episodes 1, 2, 8, 18, 19, 26, 30, 41, 45

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

Mighty Form

Mighty Form

Rider Statistics

  • Height: 200cm (6 ft. 7 in.)
  • Weight: 99kg (218.3 lbs.)

Ability Parameters:

  • Punching Power: 3t
  • Kicking Power: 10t
  • Maximum Jump Height: 15m (49 ft. 2 in.)
  • Maximum Running Speed: 100m per 5.2 seconds (328 ft. per 5.2 seconds)
  • Senses: x10
  • Finishing Attack Power: 30t (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" (未確認生命体第4号 Mikakuninseimeitai Daiyongō). Yusuke was first able to transform into this form while fighting Zu-Gooma-Gu. Mighty Form is the most balanced of Kuuga's basic forms, so it is the one that Yusuke uses the most. Unlike Dragon, Pegasus, and Titan, Mighty Form isn't granted a weapon, so Kuuga's specialty is hand-to hand combat while fighting with it.

In this form, Kuuga uses his Mighty Kick (マイティキック Maiti Kikku) attack to kill the monsters.

As none of Kuuga's forms is called in the series by its actual name, the Mighty Form is called Red Kuuga (赤のクウガ Aka no Kuuga) or by its Unidentified Lifeform number.

Appearances: Kuuga Episodes 2-5, 7, 9-18, 20-23, 26-42, 44, 45, All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker, Let's Go Kamen Riders, Super Hero TaisenIcon-crosswiki, Super Hero Taisen ZIcon-crosswiki, Wizard Episodes 52-53, Kamen Rider Taisen, Super Hero Taisen GPIcon-crosswiki, Legendary! Riders' Souls! Last Chapter: 1 & Heisei, "Tricks": Kamen Rider Genm Part. III: Final Legend Stage, Be The One

Dragon Form

Dragon Form

Rider Statistics

  • Height: 200cm (6 ft. 7 in.)
  • Weight: 90kg (198.4 lbs.)

Ability Parameters:

  • Punching Power: 1t
  • Kicking Power: 3t
  • Maximum Jump Height: 30m (98 ft. 4 in.)
  • Maximum Running Speed: 100m per 2 seconds (328 ft. per 2 sec)
  • Senses: x10

Dragon Form (ドラゴンフォーム Doragon Fōmu) is an azure form that allows Kuuga to be more agile and quicker, although his physical strength is lower than 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, Kuuga uses the Dragon Rod (ドラゴンロッド Doragon Roddo) staff as his weapon, transmorgified by using any pole or stick-like object to manifest it.

Kuuga's 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.

As none of Kuuga's forms is called in the series by its actual name, the Dragon Form is called Blue Kuuga (青のクウガ Ao no Kuuga).

Appearances: Kuuga Episodes 5-7, 14, 16, 25, 28-30, 32, 34-37, 39, 41, 43, 45

Pegasus Form

Pegasus Form

Rider Statistics

  • Height: 200cm (6ft. 7 in.)
  • Weight: 99kg (218.3 lbs.)

Ability Parameters:

  • Punching Power: 1t
  • Kicking Power: 3t
  • Maximum Jump Height: 15m (164 ft.)
  • Maximum Running Speed: 100m 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.

Kuuga's 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.

As none of Kuuga's forms is called in the series by its actual name, the Pegasus Form is called Green Kuuga (緑のクウガ Midori no Kuuga).

Appearances: Kuuga Episodes 7, 8, 22, 25, 26, 33, 39, 43-45

Titan Form

Titan Form

Rider Statistics

  • Height: 200cm (6 ft. 7 in.)
  • Weight: 110kg (242.5 lbs.)

Ability Parameters:

  • Punching Power: 7t
  • Kicking Power: 10t
  • Maximum Jump Height: 10m (32 ft. 8 in.)
  • Maximum Running Speed: 100m per 7.2 seconds (328 ft. per 7.2 seconds)
  • Senses: x10

Titan Form (タイタンフォーム Taitan Fōmu) is a purple herculean form where his defense is greatly increased, allowing him to withstand most of his opponents' attacks long enough to get in close range, despite sacrificing speed. 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.

Kuuga 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.

Kuuga's 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.

As none of Kuuga's forms is called in the series by its actual name, the Titan Form is called Purple Kuuga (紫のクウガ Murasaki no Kuuga).

Appearances: Kuuga Episodes 10, 14, 23, 24, 29, 30, 35, 39, 42, 45

By allowing himself to be the conduit for electricity to power the Amadam, Yusuke Godai obtained upgraded versions of his standard ones. The power that causes this is 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. Initially, Kuuga only have 30 seconds of access to the rising forms before reverting back to the respective base forms or even Growing from if taken too much damage. The time limit is left after the second elctrotherapy which permanently upgrading Kuuga's base forms to their respective rising forms.

Rising Mighty

Rising Mighty

Rider Statistics

  • Height: 200cm (6 ft. 7 in.)
  • Weight: 104kg (229.3 lbs.)

Ability Parameters:

  • Punching Power: 5t
  • Kicking Power: 20t
  • Maximum Jump Height: 30m (98 ft. 5 in.)
  • Maximum Running Speed: 100m per 5.2 seconds (328 ft. per 5.2 seconds)
  • Senses: x10
  • Finishing Attack Power: 100t (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. Compared to the normal Mighty form, Kuuga's punching power slightly increases while his kicking power and jumping height double.

The Mighty Anklet (マイティアンクレット Maiti Ankuretto) is equipped in the right leg, empowering it and upgrading Kuuga's Mighty Kick to the Rising Mighty Kick (ライジングマイティキック Raijingu Maiti Kikku). Its power is more than triple that of the normal Mighty Kick and causes the target to explode with the blast radius of a few city blocks.

Appearances: Kuuga Episodes 30, 33, 42, 45, 46

Rising Dragon

Rising Dragon

Rider Statistics

  • Height: 200cm (6 ft. 7 in.)
  • Weight: 92kg (202.8 lbs)

Ability Parameters:

  • Punching Power: 2t
  • Kicking Power: 5t
  • Maximum Jump Height: 50m (164 ft.)
  • Maximum Running Speed: 100m per 2 seconds (328 ft. per 2 seconds)
  • Senses: x10

Dragon Form was later upgraded by the golden power into Rising Dragon (ライジングドラゴン Raijingu Doragon), giving it golden trimmings. Compared to the normal Dragon form, Kuuga's punching power, kicking power, and jumping height are all increased.

The Dragon Rod is upgraded to the Rising Dragon Rod (ライジングドラゴンロッド Raijingu Doragon Roddo), turning it into a double-sided spear.

This form's finisher is the Rising Splash Dragon (ライジングスプラッシュドラゴン Raijingu Supurasshu Doragon), in which Kuuga lunges forward and stabs the enemy with the Rising Dragon Rod.

Appearances: Kuuga Episodes 28, 41

Rising Pegasus

Rising Pegasus

Rider Statistics

  • Height: 200cm (6ft. 7 in.)
  • Weight: 99.9kg (220.2 lbs.)

Ability Parameters

  • Punching Power: 1t
  • Kicking Power: 3t
  • Maximum Jump Height: 15m (164 ft.)
  • Maximum Running Speed: 100m 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), Kuuga's abilities do not change but he can hold the form for 30 seconds more for a total of 1 minute and 20 seconds.

The Pegasus Bowgun is upgrade to the Rising Pegasus Bowgun (ライジングペガサスボウガン Raijingu Pegasasu Bōgan), lengthening it and enabling it to fire more often.

This form's finisher is the Rising Blast Pegasus (ライジングブラストペガサス Raijingu Burasuto Pegasasu), in which Kuuga fires a large volley of shots in quick succession at the enemy

Appearances: Kuuga Episodes 25, 26, 33, 39-41

Rising Titan

Rising Titan

Rider Statistics

  • Height: 200cm (6 ft. 7 in.)
  • Weight: 122kg (269.0 lbs.)

Ability Parameters

  • Punching Power: 7t
  • Kicking Power: 10t
  • Maximum Jump Height: 10m (32 ft. and 8 in.)
  • Maximum Running Speed: 100m per 7.2 seconds (328 ft. per 7.2 seconds)
  • Senses: 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). Kuuga's stats do not change, but the Titan Sword is upgraded into the Rising Titan Sword (ライジングタイタンソード Raijingu Taitan Sōdo), making it longer. Kuuga gains the ability to create a second Rising Titan Sword in order to dual wield them.

With a single sword, this forms finisher is the Rising Calamity Titan (ライジングカラミティタイタン Raijingu Karamiti Taitan), a stonger version of the Calamity Titan With both swords, Kuuga can execute the 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.

Appearances: Kuuga Episodes 24, 30, 35, 41

Amazing Mighty

Amazing Mighty

Amazing Mighty Kuuga Rider Kick

Amazing Mighty Kick

Rider Statistics

  • Height: 200cm (6 ft. 7 in.)
  • Weight: 125kg (275.6 lbs.)

Ability Parameters:

  • Punching Power: 35t
  • Kicking Power: 50t
  • Maximum Jump Height: 60m (196 ft. 10 in.)
  • Maximum Running Speed: 100m per 5.2 seconds (328 ft. per 5.2 sec)
  • Senses: x10
  • Finishing Attack Power: 75t (Amazing Mighty Kick)

Amazing Mighty (アメージングマイティ Amējingu Maiti) is the evolved form of Rising Mighty appeared in episode 46, with Kuuga's armor becoming black. This form is stronger than any of the forms that came before it, and, being another upgrade of Mighty Form, is well-balanced.

Kuuga now has a Mighty Anklet equipped on both legs, allowing him to execute the Amazing Mighty Kick (アメージングマイティキック Amējingu Maiti Kikku), a dropkick covered with electricity.

As none of Kuuga's forms is called in the series by its actual name, the Amazing Mighty Form is called Black Kuuga (黒のクウガ Kuro no Kuuga) being the only one power-uped form to have its own color name.

Appearances: Kuuga Episodes 46, 47

Ultimate Form


Ultimate Form


Ultimate Form (Dark Eye)[2]

Rider Statistics

  • Height: 200cm (6 ft. 7 in.)
  • Weight: 150kg (330.7 lbs.)

Ability Parameters

  • Punching Power: 80t
  • Kicking Power: 100t
  • Maximum Jump Height: 50m (164 ft.)
  • Maximum Running Speed: 100m per 2 seconds (328 ft per 2 seconds)
  • Senses: x10,000

Kuuga's second most powerful form in the series, Ultimate Form (アルティメットフォーム Arutimetto Fōmu) combines all the powers of the other (Rising) forms, Ultimate Kuuga 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 headcrest, a black belt core and spiky-looking armor. Originally, this form had the risk of the user losing control and becoming like Daguva, a monster bent on killing everything in its way. However, due to Godai's gentle nature, he manages to 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 Grongi's human form and 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 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.

This form was also called the Supreme Kuuga (最高クーガ Saikō Kūga) or Fearsome Kuuga (荒まじきクーガ Susamajiki Kūga). It is the only Kuuga's non-power-up-form that has no color indication.

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.

Kuuga Ultimate Concept Art

Early design

Appearances: Kuuga Episodes 35 (Vision), 47 (Vision), 48

Rising Ultimate

Rising Ultimate


Rising Ultimate (Red Eye & Dark Eye[3])

Rider Statistics

  • Height: 200cm (6 ft. 7 in.)
  • Weight: 150kg (330.7 lbs.)

Ability Parameters:

  • Punching Power: 100t
  • Kicking Power: 120t
  • Maximum Jump Height: 110m (360.8 ft.)
  • Maximum Running Speed: 100m per 1 second (328 ft per 1 second)

Once unique to Kamen Rider Decade is Kuuga 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 Kamen Rider Kuuga, Rising Ultimate is the final, evolved, and true form of Kuuga's Ultimate Form. In this form, Kuuga has two attacks: the Rising Ultimate Kick (ライジングアルティメットマイティキック Raijingu Arutimetto Kikku) and the Rising Ultimate Punch (ライジングアルティメットマイティパンチ 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 of the Gurongi and most of the Heisei Riders in power.

Kuuga Rising Ultimate 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.

This form is exclusive to Kamen Rider Wizard Episode 53.

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

Kuuga Gouram

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.[4]

This form is exclusive to Kamen Rider Wizard Episode 53.



  • Arcle - Transformation belt.
  • Amadam - Power source of the Arcle belt.


  • Gouram - A mysterious, stag beetle-shaped entity that assists Kuuga.
  • TryChaser 2000 - Kuuga's Rider Machine. The bike can combine with the Gouram to become TryGouram.
  • BeatChaser 2000 - Kuuga's secondary Rider Machine after TryChaser 2000 was destroyed. Like the TryChaser 2000, the bike also able to combine with Gouram to become BeatGouram. The BeatGouram can be powered up with Kuuga's Rising powers to become Rising BeatGouram.


  • Mighty Anklet - Used in Kuuga Rising Mighty and Amazing Mighty.
  • Dragon Rod - Used in Kuuga Dragon Form.
    • Rising Dragon Rod - Used in Kuuga Rising Dragon.
  • Pegasus Bowgun - Used in Kuuga Pegasus Form.
    • Rising Pegasus Bowgun - Used in Kuuga Rising Pegasus.
  • Titan Sword - Used in Kuuga Titan Form.
    • Rising Titan Sword - Used in Kuuga Rising Titan.


"Kuuga" in Japanese comes from the readings of "clear-self" (空我 Kūga). This possibly relates to how the user of the Arcle must have a "drive" to fully use the power of the belt. "Godai" is a homophonic of "ancient" (古代 Kodai) and is translates to "five generations" and is also one of the names for the five elements in Japanese philosophy. These relates to Kuuga's identity was an Ancient Linto Warrior and Kuuga's forms have relations to the five elements. The other basis of Kuuga's name is Japanese word for stag beetle - "kuwagatamushi" (鍬形虫), which is Kuuga's motif.

Behind the scenes


Yusuke Godai was portrayed by Joe Odagiri (オダギリ ジョー Odagiri Jō). In Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Super Hero TaisenIcon-crosswiki, Kuuga was voiced by Naoki Imamura (今村 直樹 Imamura Naoki). In the newly released Kamen Rider Battride War, he was voiced by Nobunaga Shimazaki, who also voices his A.R. counterpart.

As Kamen Rider Kuuga, his suit actor was Kenji Tominaga (富永 研司 Tominaga Kenji), his motorcycle action suit actor was Takumi Narita (成田 匠 Narita Takumi). Kenji Tominaga returned to do suit work for the A.R. World Kuuga in episodes 25 and 26 of Kamen Rider Decade and in Kamen Rider Decade: All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker. He once again served as suit actor for Kamen Rider Kuuga in Super Hero Taisen.

Rider No.

15th Kamen Rider newspaper (Kuuga)

A 1999 newspaper introducing the "15th" Rider.

As the leading Rider protagonist of Kamen Rider Kuuga, Yusuke Godai (Kamen Rider Kuuga) is labeled Kamen Rider #16 (仮面ライダー16号 Kamen Raidā Jūrokugō) and Heisei Rider #1 (平成ライダー1号 Heisei Raidā Ichigō). Quiz! Decade Countdown!! Before this definition in this Decade net movie, Kuuga was originally labeled The 15th Kamen Rider (第15代目の仮面ライダー Dai Juugo Daime no Kamen Raidā), as Kamen Rider Black RX was initially seen as a form change for Kamen Rider Black rather than as a separate Rider.

In Popular Culture

In the Haiyore! Nyaruko-san OVA "How to Defeat a Kind Enemy", Nyarko paraphrases Godai's famous speech from episode 2 of Kuuga: "For the sake of protecting everyone's smiles, I will become a magical girl! So please watch!" She then performs Godai's transformation pose to change into her magical girl identity. Additionally, in episodes 1 and 6 of the 2012 anime, Nyarko performs the Mighty Kick against her opponents, complete with Godai's trademark shout "Oriyaa!".


  • Not only is Kuuga the first Kamen Rider of the Heisei Era, he is also the first Kamen Rider to have a stag beetle motif, followed quickly by G3, Garren, Gatack, and OOO in the Gatakiriba Combo.
  • Godai is the only Heisei Primary Rider to have no secondary nor extra Riders to aid his battle, though this may have been due to the fact that Ishinomori had worked on Kuuga before his death, and the staff of the series left him to fight the Gurongi alone Rider-wise as a tribute to Ishinomori.
  • Kuuga's Ultimate form is the only Heisei Kamen Rider's final form with the shortest number of appearances in their respective series to date, with its only appearances only as a silhouette in some episodes and its proper debut in one episode before the finale. It also doubles as the longest Final Form to debut in the franchise.
    • However, as mentioned as above, Kuuga's Ultimate Form was already foreshadowed in some episodes. It was particularly first appeared at episode 35, which is also in the range of the time where Final Forms should debut. Knowing this fact, it made the above note somewhat null.
  • Since it's Yusuke Onodera who became Kuuga in the All Riders vs. Dai Shocker movie. it can be assumed that Yusuke Godai is the only original Heisei Rider who didn't participate in the battle against Dai Shocker, given that (aside from Kamen Rider Black) the other riders like Agito, Ryuki, etc. are the original Kamen Riders themselves, rather than their AR counterparts.
  • Unlike Yusuke Onodera who initially lost control when he became Rising Ultimate, Yusuke Godai easily managed to control said form on his first on screen transformation.
  • Kuuga Ultimate form is the only Final form that was never summoned and/or used by Kamen Rider Decade Complete Form in the series, not counting the time when he did summon him together with the other Heisei Kamen Riders in their respective final forms in Kamen Rider Decade: Protect! The World of Televikun and the game, Kamen Rider: Battride War.
  • Ultimate Kuuga's weapons were referred to in the official data, but never seen in the series proper. However, the weapons were included with the Souchaku Henshin action figure, where they were depicted as identical to the Rising weapons, with the blue/green/purple parts recolored to black.
    • There were early designs that depicted Ultimate Kuuga possessing his own unique weapon: an arm-mounted unit with part of it designed similar to the Arcle.
  • If Kuuga's series is indeed connected to Agito's series, perhaps the reason Yusuke didn't fight the Lords was because his Arcle wasn't completely repaired at the time.
  • Yusuke's words of giving hope to everyone and his thumb up signature is similar to Shin AsukaIcon-crosswiki/Ultraman DynaIcon-crosswiki, the protagonist from the series with the same nameIcon-crosswiki.
  • Masaya Matsukaze who played Shun Namiki (MegaBlue) in Denji Sentai MegarangerIcon-crosswiki, auditioned for the role of Yusuke, but was unsuccessful.
  • Kuuga's expansion of alternate main forms from Black RX also include the main types used by most riders: Upgrade forms (Rising), Super forms (Amazing Mighty), and Final forms (Ultimate)
    • This series also included forms that a few riders have used such as Base forms (Growing) and Fusion forms (Ultimate)


Main article: Yusuke Godai/Appearances