- Voice actor: Jimmy Zoppi (both English and Japanese)
Cubone is a small Pokémon that stands up on two legs. Its golden-brown hide covers its arms, legs, tail, and most of its body, including both dorsal spikes. Cubone’s belly is a very light brown. Two small claws, one on each hand, serve as thumbs for Cubone, and two large nails make up its toes. On its head, Cubone wears the skull of its dead mother, so much of its actual face has never actually been seen. The skull is worn like a helmet in such a way that the only visible part of Cubone’s face is its eyes and a small area surrounding them. Cubone's eyes are triangular and white with black irises. The skull has two rounded horns on the top of its head, and under the skull, Cubone has a brown snout, with two fangs protruding from its mouth. Its height is 1'04" and weight is 14.3 lbs.
The exceedingly small Cubone survives only through the immense skill it possesses in wielding the bone it carries as a weapon. Though a naturally simple Pokémon, Cubone can be taught Ice- and Fire attacks through the technology of Technical Machines. Cubone is a Ground Pokémon, however the only Ground-type attacks Cubone learns by leveling up are Bone Club, Bonemerang, and Bone Rush, the first two of which are exclusive to Cubone and its evolution Marowak.
It is called the Lonely Pokémon because of its tendency to keep to itself and avoid sociality. It was apparently traumatized by the death of its mother, and has now entirely removed itself from society. Cubone will often weep at night in mourning of its mother. When Cubone cries, the skull that it wears on its head vibrates and emits “a plaintive and mournful sound.” On the night of a full moon, the cries are said to be especially terrible. Cubone seems to recognize its mother in the moon, and so it howls with a particular sadness.
Cubone live in rocky areas, usually on mountains or in caves. They also once inhabited the Grave Tower in Lavender Town where the deceased were buried and mourned. It is known for seclusion and clandestine activity, so sightings are obviously very rare, limiting information about Cubone and its preferred habitat. It is known that Cubone is predominantly a Kanto-native Pokémon, but sightings in Sinnoh have been reported as well.
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A Cubone was helping Meowth prepare his party in Pichu Bros. in Party Panic. This Cubone played drums in Meowth's band and got easily sad and gloomy when Meowth chewed it out, but it was also easily consolable.
A Cubone also appeared in Pokémon Fashion Flash.
Cubone also appeared in A Chansey Operation as an injured Pokémon.
A Cubone appeared competing in a tournament in Princess vs. Princess.
A Cubone made an appearance in The Breeding Center Secret.
A Cubone belonging to the Nursing School, appeared in a flashback in Ignorance is Blissey.
A Cubone was part of a Pokémon street festival in Doin' What Comes Natu-rally.
A Cubone appeared in Showdown at Linoone.
A Cubone appeared in a flashback in Dealing With a Fierce Double Ditto Drama!.
Multiple Cubone also appeared in The Power of One.
Cubone, Lonely Pokémon. This Ground-type Pokémon has earned its classification from its usual attitude of caring only for itself.