How To Evolve Kubfu In Pokémon Sword And Shield

Can’t seem to figure out how to make your Kubfu evolve? We got you covered. In this guide, we’ll show you how to evolve your Kubfu into one of its two forms.


The Isle of Armor DLC introduced a lot of new Pokémon in Sword and Shield. Out of all these new Pokémon, the cream of the crop is the brand new legendary featured in the DLC’s storyline, Kubfu. This bear pokemon on its own is pretty powerful. It can learn a wide variety of fighting-type moves. However, getting it to evolve into its final form will unlock its true potential. This Pokémon evolves into Urshifu. 

How Do You Get Kubfu To Evolve?

Getting your Kubfu to evolve takes a little more than just getting it to a certain level. You need to raise its affection to a certain level and you need to undergo some challenges before it evolves. It’s worth it though, Urshifu is one of the most powerful Pokémon in the game. It has two forms: Single Strike Style and Rapid Strike Style. We’ll get into what each form brings to the table later. For now, let’s focus on getting your Kubfu to evolve.

Raise Friendship

The first thing you need to do is to raise your friendship with Kubfu. There’s a lot of ways to do this. You can feed it curry at your camp, you can use friendship raising items like a soothe bell, you can use certain berries like Tamato Berries or Grepa Berries, or you can simply just keep battling using your Kubfu without letting it faint.

There’s also another way to increase your friendship with Kubfu. This is to take it sightseeing all around the Isle of Armor. This is a special quest integrated into the DLC’s storyline so unfortunately, this method of raising friendship with your Pokémon is only available to Kubfu. Great views that your Kubfu will enjoy will be marked with an exclamation point on your map. If you go to these spots, you will be prompted by a member of the Master Dojo to enjoy the view with your Kubfu.

Once you’ve hit all the spots, your Kubfu should be sufficiently friendly. Speak with Mustard at the Master Dojo and he’ll tell you that you and your Kubfu are now best friends. 

Now, it’s time for the final challenge. You’ll need to clear one of the Tower of Two Fists. 

Tower of Two Fists

This is the final challenge you need to overcome to get your Kubfu to evolve into Urshifu. The Tower of Two Fists are the Tower of Waters and the Tower of Darkness. Selecting a tower will determine the form your Urshifu will take. By clearing the Tower of Darkness, your Kubfu will evolve into a Single Strike Urshifu, while clearing the Tower of Waters will make it evolve into a Rapid Strike Urshifu. 

Once you’ve decided which tower to enter, there’ll be no turning back so choose wisely. The challenge here is that you need to go through the tower’s five levels and face off against trainers using only Kubfu. You won’t be able to take your other Pokémon during this challenge. Make sure that your Kubfu is at least Level 70 so you wouldn’t have that hard of a time facing your opponents. At the fifth and final level, you’ll face off against Mustard who has his own Kubfu. After you’ve beat him, your Kubfu is finally ready to evolve. Depending on which tower you chose, you’ll either let your Kubfu see the Scroll of Waters or the Scroll of Darkness.

And you’re done!  Your Kubfu has now evolved into Urshifu.

Which Evolution Is Better?

left: Rapid Strike Urshifu, right: Single Strike Urshifu

Statwise, both evolutions are practically the same. Both forms have the Unseen Fist ability, which allows all physical contact moves to hit even if the opposing Pokémon protects itself. The only differences are their appearance, the types, and the signature moves.

Choosing Single Strike Urshifu will make it a Fighting/Dark-type and will allow it to learn the move Wicked Blows, which is a Dark-type move that will always inflict a critical hit unless the target has Battle Armor or Shell Armor.

Meanwhile, choosing Rapid Strike Urshifu will make it a Fighting/Water-type. There are only a handful of Pokémon that share this unique dual type. Its signature move is Surging Strikes, which consists of three separate strikes in rapid succession. Each strike will also result in a critical hit unless the target has Battle Armor or Shell Armor.

Ultimately, it all boils down to your preference. Whichever you choose won’t have that much of a significant impact in terms of casual gameplay. If you want to play competitively, it’s worth mentioning that Single Strike Urshifu is 4x weaker to Fairy-types because of its type. Rapid Strike Urshifu’s type, on the other hand, opens up weaknesses to both Grass and Electric-type Pokémon. Both Pokémon are pretty balanced anyway so there’ll only be little differences in terms of playstyle.

So there you have it! Here’s everything you need to know to evolve your Kubfu into an Urshifu. Gotta catch ‘em all, right? Have fun!