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カブ Kabu
"The ever-burning man of fire!"
Sword Shield Kabu.png
Artwork from Sword and Shield by take[1]
Gender Male
Eye color Black
Hair color Salt and pepper
Hometown Motostoke
Region Galar (originally Hoenn)
Trainer class Gym Leader
Generation VIII
Games Sword and Shield
Leader of Motostoke Stadium
Badge Fire Badge
Specializes in Fire types
Game animation debut Assistant
English voice actor N/A
Japanese voice actor N/A

Kabu (Japanese: カブ Kabu) is the Gym Leader of Motostoke's Gym, known officially as Motostoke Stadium. He specializes in Fire-type Pokémon. He gives the Fire Badge to Trainers who defeat him.

In the core series games

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Kabu is designated the third Gym Leader Galar Trainers face in their Gym Challenge. However, Kabu is also known to be the first real challenge in the Gym Challenge. Often, Trainers give up due to being unable to defeat him. Kabu was originally a Trainer from Hoenn who was invited to the Galar League. He is the current Leader of the Motostoke Gym. He lost the Gym position at one point but regained back several years later in glorious fashion.[2] He made several attempts to becoming Champion but could never reach it. He attempted a no-holds-barred approach to winning his fights but was not satisfied with the results. He even dropped to the minor division of Galar League. However, after facing off against Leon, he regained faith in his potential. He also developed a more unrelentingly positive outlook on life as a result, battling to win with every intention with his Fire-type Pokémon.

After Kabu's initial defeat, the player is awarded with the Fire Badge, TM38 (Will-O-Wisp), and the Fire Uniform.

League Cards

This is a transcript of the back of Kabu's League Cards in Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Normal League Card
"Kabu is a Pokémon Trainer who was invited from the Hoenn region. There were a few times where he was very close to becoming Champion, but victory always seemed to elude him at the last moment. Because of this, he adopted a no-holds-barred approach to battling for a time, but even that did not bring the results he wanted. He even dropped to the minor division at one point, but after a fantastic battle with Leon, he regained faith in his own potential. His motto is to keep learning and training as long as he is alive."
Rare League Card
"Interview with Challenger Kabu
Q: How do you see your own battle style?
Kabu: "Just, straightforward, direct. I'm still young, so I try to keep things simple. Just burn as hot as I can, you know? Still, I've hit a bit of a losing streak, so I've tried incorporating Will-O-Wisp into my Pokémon's move set. That's one thing I want to tell everyone—experiment with every possibility of your Pokémon. Moves, Abilities, items... Try everything, and there's sure to be a path forward!"


Kabu keeps his Pokémon in Ultra Balls.

Pokémon Sword and Shield

Gym battle

Max Raid Battle partner

Kabu teams up with the player, Hop, and Piers to face a Dynamax Torkoal in a Max Raid Battle.

Champion tournament

Galarian Star Tournament



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Concept art from Sword and Shield


GST Kabu icon.png
Icon from the
Galarian Star Tournament menu

League Cards

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Kabu's League Card in
Sword and Shield
Kabu's rare League Card in
Sword and Shield


Main article: Kabu/Quotes

In the anime

Pokémon: Twilight Wings

In Assistant, Kabu was jogging at Wyndon Stadium.

In Sky, he gave his thoughts about Leon in an interview while working out in a gym.

In The Gathering of Stars, he was seen jogging with his Centiskorch at Motostoke after receiving an invitation letter for the Galarian Star Tournament. He was later seen at Wyndon Stadium, walking out onto the field for the tournament's opening ceremony.


Kabu's Centiskorch
Centiskorch is Kabu's only known Pokémon. It was seen jogging with its Trainer.

None of Centiskorch's moves are known.

Debut The Gathering of Stars


Kabu briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.

In the manga

Kabu in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Kabu debuted in Chomp!! Defeat Drednaw. He, along with various other Gym Leaders, was first seen reacting to the news that Leon had endorsed two Trainers for the Gym Challenge.

In Blazing!! Bede's Feelings, Kabu was revealed to have faced Marnie in a Gym battle, but lost. He later faced Bede, Henry, Casey, and Hop in Gym battles, which he also lost. After Hop's victory, Kabu, Milo, and Nessa personally congratulated him and Casey for completing the first three Galar Gyms.

In PASS25, the Galar Gym Leaders gathered at Rose Tower to find out if Rose intended on bringing harm to the region. While Oleana kept the Gym Leaders busy, Henry, Casey, Bede, Hop, and Marnie went up to meet Rose, only find he was elsewhere. On a video screen, Rose announced his intention to restart the Darkest Day and ensure the safety of Galar's future. Power Spot lights began appearing all over the region, causing Pokémon to start Dynamaxing at random. While some traveled to confront Rose at the Hammerlocke Energy Plant, Kabu went back to Motostoke to help deal with the rampaging Dynamax Pokémon.

In PASS29, Macro Cosmos employees were dispatched to deal with the Dynamax Pokémon, allowing Kabu's group to provide backup for the others against Eternatus. By the time they arrived, Kabu's group found Eternatus had fled, leaving those who battled it unconscious and covered in poison. The injured were taken to a hospital to recover.


Kabu's Centiskorch

Kabu's Centiskorch
Centiskorch ↔ Gigantamax Centiskorch
Centiskorch is Kabu's only known Pokémon. It was first seen being defeated by Marnie's Morpeko in a Gym battle. It was later seen facing Casey's Kilo in its Gigantamaxed form, but was defeated as well. It later fought Oleana's Milotic at Rose Tower.

None of Centiskorch's moves are known.

Debut Blazing!! Bede's Feelings

Kabu has at least two other Pokémon, as he participated in a three-on-three Gym battle against Henry.

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Kabu or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Kabu's Pokémon
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
CentiskorchV Fire Lost Origin TGV TG14/TG30 VMAX Climax CSR 218/184
CentiskorchVMAX Fire Lost Origin TGV TG15/TG30 VMAX Climax CSR 219/184
Other related cards
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Kabu Su Darkness Ablaze Uncommon 163/189 Explosive Walker U 067/070
Darkness Ablaze Rare Ultra 186/189 Explosive Walker SR 077/070
Champion's Path Uncommon 055/073      
Champion's Path Rare Rainbow 077/073 Explosive Walker HR 082/070
Lost Origin TGU TG26/TG30 VMAX Climax SR 257/184


  • Kabu was designed by take.[3]
  • Kabu's uniform number is "187", which can be read in Japanese as goroawase for 火花 hibana, meaning "sparks".
  • Kabu's sponsor is Huo Guo Hotpot, whose logo can be seen on his shorts.
  • Kabu is the only Gym Leader in Galar to:
    • Originally be from another region.
    • Have their English name the same as their Japanese name.


Language Name Origin
Japanese カブ Kabu From 蕪 kabu (turnip), 兜 kabuto (a type of helmet), and 火 ka (fire)
English, German,
French, Italian,
Brazilian Portuguese
Kabu From his Japanese name
Spanish Naboru From nabo (turnip)
Korean 순무 Sunmu From 순무 sunmu (turnip)
Chinese (Mandarin) 卡蕪 / 卡芜 Kǎwú From the transcription of his Japanese name and 蕪菁 / 芜菁 wújīng / mòuhjīng
Chinese (Cantonese) 卡蕪 Kāmòuh


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