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Kuro Kabuto is a smaller, dark version of the original Kabuto.

Usage[edit | edit source]

It was developed by Usopp during the two year timeskip. It is first clearly seen and named when Usopp fights against the guards of Ryugu Palace.[1] Besides being more easily portable compared to the previous Kabuto (just slightly larger than his old slingshot, the Ginga Pachinko, in its default state), it retains the same design and functions, at least in its standard form. He uses it primarily in conjunction with his Pop Greens and other new attacks, but is also capable of using attacks from his old arsenal.[2]

The following events are Non-Canon and therefore not considered part of the Canon story.

Though it isn't seen canonically, in Heart of Gold, Usopp managed to use it skillfully in close combat against regular opponents, similar to a bo staff.[3]

Concludes non-canon section.

Forms[edit | edit source]

Grow Up Kuro Kabuto: Bakun So.

The Kuro Kabuto can turn into a stronger form called Grow Up Kuro Kabuto (成長グローアップ 黒カブト Gurōappu Kuro Kabuto?)[4] upon contact with water due to a Bakun So (バクン草 Bakun Sō?, literally meaning "Chomping Grass") living inside Kuro Kabuto. In this form, the slingshot extends and the actual sling, while getting bigger, also takes on the appearance of the aforementioned carnivorous plant life form,[5] allowing it to consume large amounts of rubble around it. In the process, it grows to a large size and can use the rubble as ammunition to attack its opponents.[citation needed]

Attacks[edit | edit source]

  • Grow Up (成長グローアップ Gurōappu?): After feeding Kuro Kabuto some water by connecting a pole filled with water to the base of the handle, Usopp gives it the command "Grow Up" to transform it into its "Grow Up" Kuro Kabuto form. This was first used against some attackers on Punk Hazard.[4] In the Viz manga, it is referred to as "Grown Up".
    • Totsugeki Ryuseigun (突撃流星群 Totsugeki Ryūseigun?, literally meaning "Charging Meteor Shower"): Used in Bakun So form, the slingshot begins to feed on nearby debris before Usopp fires it at his target, pummeling them with a barrage of rocks and rubble. It was first used to defeat Buffalo and capture Caesar Clown by including some seastone handcuffs in the attack.[5] In the Viz manga and FUNimation simulcast subs, this is called Meteor Swarm Assault.
  • Super Grow Up (大成長スーパーグローアップ Sūpā Gurōappu?): A larger version of "Grow Up", that causes Usopp's Kuro Kabuto to become Great Kuro Kabuto (グレート黒カブト Gurēto Kuro Kabuto?). It was first seen when Usopp sniped Sugar from the old royal plateau.[6]

Bagworm Star.

    • Bagworm (蓑虫星バグワーム Baguwāmu?, literally meaning "Bagworm Star"): An extremely long ranged technique designed to incapacitate an opponent. Usopp launched it with a 3-in-1 bullet: the first is a Kayaku Boshi, used as a booster to gain some height; the second is another booster to shoot the bullet in a different direction and/or make adjustments to compensate for outside influences and to set up the final booster which delivers the intended payload. When it was first used the bullet was developed with some help from Kanjuro's Devil Fruit, and was reminiscent of Usopp's Hissatsu Ganmen Bikkuri Bako. It was used to knock out Sugar.[6]

Pop Green[edit | edit source]

Further information: Pop Green

After two years of training with Heracles, Usopp has gained mastery of a new type of powerful weapon: the Pop Green. They are seeds of hostile plants that can grow at incredible speed. According to Heracles, these seeds have various uses, especially in combat. Usopp uses these seeds as ammunition for his new slingshot. However, not all these Pop Greens are used for battle purposes, and some can be used for utility functions.[citation needed]

In SBS Volume 68, it was revealed that Usopp has a garden on the Thousand Sunny, where he grows new Pop Greens, so they never run out.

The following is a list of techniques that utilize Pop Greens. So far, they have all been called Midori Boshi (緑星 Midori Boshi?, literally "Green Star"), Green Star in the FUNimation dub, followed by a specific name.

Devil ensnaring several Marine soldiers.

  • Midori Boshi: Devil (緑星・デビル Midori Boshi: Debiru?, literally meaning "Green Star: Devil"): Shooting a Pop Green, Usopp creates a large Venus Flytrap which attacks his enemies. In addition to being able to eat enemies with its large mouth, it can ensnare those nearby with its vines. This was first seen used against Demaro Black, Turco, Chocolat and Mounblutain for harassing the real Nami.[7] In the Viz Manga and FUNimation dub, this is called Green Star: Devil.
  • Midori Boshi: Sargasso (緑星・サルガッソ Midori Boshi: Sarugasso?, literally meaning "Green Star: Sargasso"): Usopp fires a Pop Green at his target, which then explodes into an array of resilient seaweed, strong enough to delay an avalanche of rock and earth. This was first used in order to protect the Thousand Sunny from an avalanche of rock and earth.[8] The name is similar to the Sargasso Sea, a region of the North Atlantic Ocean where ships often become tangled in weeds. In the FUNimation simulcast subs, this is called Green Star: Sargasso.

Midori Boshi Rafflesia

  • Midori Boshi: Rafflesia (緑星・ラフレシア Midori Boshi: Rafureshia?, literally meaning "Green Star: Rafflesia"): Usopp fires a Pop Green at his enemy, not aiming for them specifically but a place near them. The pop green reveals a rather large Rafflesia flower. The flower then excretes a foul smelling odor, disabling the enemy's senses with its stench. This was first used against Hody Jones and his men.[9] In the FUNimation simulcast subs, this is called Green Star: Rafflesia. In One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 it appears as Usopp's unique action, however in the game the flower poisons nearby enemies (likely used as a replacement for its foul odor) and produces a massive explosion if hit by any of Usopp's fire-based attacks such as Flaming Star or Fire Bird Star (basically serving the same function as his Pre-timeskip unique actions, Special Oil Star and Breath Dial as they also explode when hit with Usopp's fire-based attacks).
  • Midori Boshi: Take Jave-rin (緑星・竹ジャベ林 Midori Boshi: Take Jaberin?, literally meaning "Green Star: Bamboo Javelin-Grove"): Usopp shoots a Pop Green and stalks of bamboo shoots up from the ground, stabbing and impaling anyone it crosses paths with. The name is a pun and portmanteau of "javelin" and "rin" ( grove?). It was first used against some of the New Fishman Pirates.[10] This is called Green Star: Bamboo Javelin in the Viz manga and FUNimation sub.

Skull Exploding Grass blowing Daruma out of the ground.

  • Midori Boshi: Dokuro Bakuhatsu So (緑星・ドクロ爆発草 Midori Boshi: Dokuro Bakuhatsu Sō?, literally meaning "Green Star: Skull Exploding Grass"): Usopp shoots a Pop Green that explodes upon impact. It releases a large red explosion in the shape of a skull. It was first used to get Daruma out of the ground by literally blowing him out of the tunnel system he dug.[11] This is called Green Star: Skull Bombgrass in the Viz manga and FUNimation dub.
  • Midori Boshi: Humandrake (緑星・ヒューマンドレーク Midori Boshi: Hyūmandorēku?, literally meaning "Green Star: Humandrake"): Usopp shoots a Pop Green on the ground that only triggers to attack opponents once they step on it, with its living roots it leaps off to the opponent causing them to get off balance. It is first used against Daruma to lure him in the "Trampolia".[12] This is a pun to "human" and "mandrake".
  • Midori Boshi: Trampolia (緑星・トランポリア Midori Boshi: Toranporia?, literally meaning "Green Star: Trampolia"): Usopp shoots a Pop Green on the ground that launches anyone who gets close to it up into the air. It is shaped like a big flower with a bubble at the center. It was first used in conjunction with "Humandrake" against Daruma.[12] In the Viz Manga and Funimation subs, this is called Green Star: Trampolia.

Usopp uses Midori Boshi: Impact Wolf to finish off Daruma.

  • Midori Boshi: Impact Wolf (緑星・衝撃狼草インパクトウルフ Midori Boshi: Inpakuto Urufu?, literally meaning "Green Star: Impact Wolf Grass"): Usopp shoots a Pop Green into the air which then sprouts into grass that takes the shape of a wolf. The bulb where it came from that shaped like a wolf's nose can release a stunningly powerful shockwave that is three meters in diameter, which can shock an opponent. It is first used in coordination with the combination of "Humandrake" and "Trampolia" for an accurate hit against Daruma.[12]
  • Midori Boshi: Boaty Banana (緑星・ボーティーバナナ Midori Boshi: Bōtī Banana?, literally meaning "Green Star: Boaty Banana"): Usopp shoots a Pop Green on to the water that turns into a banana shaped like a boat. It was first used in Punk Hazard Island to cross the lake. The boat is shown to be quite durable, withstanding the boiling water of a lake found on Punk Hazard.[13] The name is possibly a pun on "Banana boat". In the Viz Manga and Funimation dub, this is called Green Star: Boaty Banana.
  • Midori Boshi: Uchiwa So (緑星・団扇草 Midori Boshi: Uchiwa Sō?, literally meaning "Green Star: Fan Grass"): Usopp shoots a Pop Green which sprouts tall grass that looks like uchiwa fans on one end of it. It was first seen in Punk Hazard Island to use as oars in conjunction with the "Boaty Banana" to cross the lake.[13] An "uchiwa" is a non-bending hand-held fan primarily used for cooling oneself in hot weather.
  • Midori Boshi: Platanus Shuriken (緑星・プラタナス手裏剣 Midori Boshi: Puratanasu Shuriken?, literally meaning "Green Star: Platanus Shuriken") Usopp fires a Pop Green that sprouts into several star shaped plants that cut at the opponent. This was first used against Trebol‎.[14] Platanus is a genus of trees that have jagged star-shaped leaves.
  • Midori Boshi: Nemuri So (緑星・眠り草 Midori Boshi: Nemuri Sō?, literally meaning "Green Star: Sleeping Grass"): Usopp fires a Pop Green that sprouts a flower, which then releases some sort of sleeping gas, putting those nearby into sleep. First used against some Beasts Pirates guards at Onigashima.[15] In the VIZ Manga, this is called Green Star: Sleep-Grass.

Anime Only Techniques[edit | edit source]

  • Midori Boshi: Sea Devil: Similar to Midori Boshi: Devil, this plant floats on the sea, and is capable of swallowing the opponent along with boats. This was used against the Silver Pirate Alliance, who attacked using Battle Boats.[16]
  • Yabusame Devil (ヤブサメデビル Yabusame Debiru?, literally meaning "Shark-Arrow Devil"): Similar to Midori Boshi: Devil, the Pop Greens are fired off more rapidly, and the plants in question have a sleeker look in comparison to the normal Devil. Usopp used this move against the Long Long Pirates.[17] In the FUNimation dub, this is called Shark-Arrow Devils.
  • Midori Boshi: Hebi Hanabi ( Midori Boshi: Hebi Hanabi?, literally meaning "Green Star: Snake Fireworks"): Usopp plants several Pop Greens on a target which stays as seeds until it receives a powerful impact. The seeds will then quickly grow into several thick, powerful green vines which wraps itself around a target with enough strength to cleanly snap of Busoshoku Haki enhanced machinery. It was used against Douglas Bullet to destroy his transformed ship and was activated by Luffy in One Piece: Stampede.

Other Ammunition[edit | edit source]

  • Bakusui Boshi (爆睡星 Bakusui Boshi?, literally meaning "Burst Sleep Star"): Usopp shoots a pellet which releases a powerful sleeping gas. It was first used to sedate the berserk children on Punk Hazard.[18] However, its effectiveness weakens when it is used repeatedly on the target.[citation needed] In the Viz manga and FUNimation simulast subs it is called Sleep Star.
  • Fire Bird Star (火の鳥星ファイアバードスター Faia Bādo Sutā?): Usopp can still use his Fire Bird Star even with his Kuro Kabuto. The color of the fire bird seems to be changed. Despite not being dressed as Sogeking, Usopp said the name of the attack in English when using Kuro Kabuto to perform it. After the timeskip this was first seen being used against Caesar Clown in a failed attempt to ignite the man's gases.[2]
  • Seastone Handcuffs: Used against opponents with Devil Fruit abilities, the handcuffs both neutralize the opponents power, as well as strangle them with the chain. Usopp found these handcuffs after searching Caesar's lab on Punk Hazard. It was first used against Caesar when he tried to run away from them.[5]

The following events are Non-Canon and therefore not considered part of the Canon story.

  • Atlas Suisei (アトラス彗星 Atlas Suisei?, literally meaning "Atlas Comet"): Usopp can still use the Atlas Comet even with his Kuro Kabuto. He shoots four high speed Kayaku Boshi with smoke tails which converge together and hit a target. This attack was used in the anime against Orochi's forces.[19]

Concludes non-canon section.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 62 Chapter 613 and Episode 532, Usopp using the Kuro Kabuto against the guards of Ryugu Kingdom.
  2. 2.0 2.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 68 Chapter 674 and Episode 600, Usopp uses Kuro Kabuto to perform his Fire Bird Star technique against Caesar.
  3. One Piece AnimeHeart of Gold, Usopp uses Kuro Kabuto as a bo staff.
  4. 4.0 4.1 One Piece Manga — Vol. 70 Chapter 692, Grow Up Kuro Kabuto is shown for the first time.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 70 Chapter 695 and Episode 621, Usopp uses Grow Up Kuro Kabuto against Baby 5, Buffalo and Caesar.
  6. 6.0 6.1 One Piece Manga — Vol. 76 Chapter 758.
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 61 Chapter 598 and Episode 517, Usopp attacks the Impostor Straw Hat Pirates.
  8. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 62 Chapter 607 and Episode 526, Usopp uses Sargasso to hold back an avalanche.
  9. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 63 Chapter 617 and Episode 536, Usopp uses Rafflesia against Hody Jones and his men.
  10. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 64 Chapter 636 and Episode 557, Usopp uses Take Jave-rin against some of the New Fishman Pirates.
  11. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 65 Chapter 640 and Episode 561, Usopp uses Dokuro Bakuhatsu So against Daruma.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 65 Chapter 646 and Episode 566, Usopp uses Humandrake, Trampolia and Impact Wolf to finish off Daruma.
  13. 13.0 13.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 67 Chapter 659 (p. 6-7) and Episode 583, Usopp uses Boaty Banana and Uchiwa So to cross a lake in Punk Hazard.
  14. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 74 Chapter 741 (p. 13) and Episode 674.
  15. One Piece Manga — Vol. 97 Chapter 978 (p. 6).
  16. One Piece Anime — Episode 747.
  17. One Piece Movie 13.
  18. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 67 Chapter 665 (p. 13) and Episode 591, Usopp uses Bakusui Boshi to put the aggressive children to sleep.
  19. One Piece Anime — Episode 942, Usopp using Atlas Comet.

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