Does Gaara Get Shukaku Back

    Naruto is one of the most iconic anime out there and one of the most iconic concepts in Naruto is the concept of the Tailed Beasts.

    After the Fourth Great Ninja War, the audience has been wondering what happened to Gaara’s Tailed Beast Shukaku. Does Gaara Get Shukaku Back? Do both of them get along now? The answer surprise you.

    Gaara is the first Jinchuriki we see besides Naruto and is one of the most popular characters in Naruto.

    Does Gaara Get Shukaku Back

    His relationship with his Tailed Beast is like every other Jinchurki and their Tailed Beast and that is of hate.

    Both of them hate each other and don’t want to understand each other feelings.

    Does Gaara Get Shukaku Back?

    Gaara does get Shukaku back, not as his Tailed Beast partner to a Jinchuriki, but as a friend, who now lives outside the Hidden Sand Village.

    Among the Tailed Beasts, some are more popular than others. This includes Kurama the 9 tails, Gyuki the 8 tails, and Shukaku the 1 tail.

    All of them belong to the most prominent Jinchurikis in the Naruto world like Naruto, Killer B, and Gaara respectively. 

    We know what happened to Naruto’s Kurama and Killer B’s Gyuki.

    Kurama (9 Tails)
    Kurama (9 Tails)

    But what happened to the Tailed Beast who was the most prominent after these 2, which is the 1 Tailed Shukaku, the Tailed Beast of the Kazekage Gaara?

    The question is: Does Gaara Get Shukaku Back Completely?

    Let’s dive into the complete details to answer “How?”.

    Gaara and Shukaku’s Reunion

    Shukaku does return to Gaara after the war arc, but not as a Tailed Beast to a Jinchuriki like Naruto and Killer B; he returns as a friend.

    We see them having a very friendly relationship during the Boruto era.

    But this does not mean having this kind of friendly relationship from the start. They hated each other.

    Let’s take a look at their history together and see why does Gaara get Shukaku back?

    What Happened To Gaara and Shukaku?

    At the start of Naruto Shippuden the Akatsuki go after Gaara. The team of Deidara and Sasori attack the Hidden Sand Village to take Shukaku from Gaara.

    During the fight with Deidara while trying to protect the village Gaara gets captured by the Akatsuki and they successfully extract Shukaku from Gaara killing him in the process. 

    Gaara's Death
    Gaara’s Death

    It was up to Naruto and his team to save the Hidden Sand Village’s Kazekage and his friend.

    They failed to reach Gaara in time and he was already killed during the Tailed Beast extraction.

    Does Gaara Get Shukaku Back
    Does Gaara Get Shukaku Back

    But thanks to Lady Chiyo’s sacrifice and Naruto’s chakra Gaara was brought back to life. But he lost Shukaku. 

    Gaara Saves Shukaku From Obito

    During the 4th Great Ninja War all the Tailed Beasts were captured by Obito to create the 10 Tails, this included Shukaku as well.

    But Gaara gave everything he had to save Shukaku from being sacrificed to the Gedo Mazo.

    That was when Shukaku started having respect for Gaara and Naruto.

    Gaara and Shukaku’s Relation

    The Tailed Beasts have had very toxic relations with their Jinchurkis from the start, where some of the Jinchuriki don’t even address the Tailed Beasts by their names.

    This was true for Shukaku and Gaara as well. Especially when you realize Gaara was unable to sleep due to Shukaku.

    If he had slept then Shukaku would have overwhelmed his consciousness and would have taken over his body.

    That was the same for the previous Jinchuriki for Shukaku who eventually died but Shukaku did respect him. 

    Shukaku In The Boruto Era

    Shukaku is the most prominent Tailed Beast in the Boruto era after Kurama.

    We see him the most in Boruto and also in the friendly relationship between Gaara and Shukaku have developed.

    Shukaku now lives outside the Hidden Sand Village

    We saw Shukaku contacting Gaara immediately after his connection with the 8 Tails Gyuki, gets cut off.

    And warns Gaara that something is off since all the Tailed Beasts are like siblings to each other and he was probably worried about him.

    We see Shukaku has softened up and has warmed up to humans when he uses a sealing jutsu against Urashiki to save Gaara. 

    Not only that but he was very friendly and acted like a kid around Himawari when he was living in the Uzumaki household after the Urashiki household. 

    We even see all of them reacting to Kurama’s death. Since they were all siblings they must have felt really sad at Kurama’s death.

    The Urashiki Attack

    Urashiki was on a mission to capture the Tailed Beasts and Shukaku was the first one he went after.

    But luckily Sasuke and Gaara were there to protect Shukaku. In order to save Shukaku Boruto and Shinki have to escort Shukaku to the Hidden Leaf Village.

    During their journey, we get to witness Shukaku’s personality and how he operates as a mini Tailed beast.

    What Happened To The Other Tailed-Beasts?

    We only know about a few Tailed Beasts’ locations in Boruto (Spoilers Ahead).

    • The One Tail Shukaku lives outside the Hidden Sand Village under Gaara’s protection. 
    • The Eight-Tails Gyuki lives with Killer B. 
    • The Nine Tails Kurama used to live inside Naruto but died during the Isshiki fight. 
    • The Ten-Tails is in another dimension being used by Code to attack the Hidden Leaf Village.

    We have not seen any other Tailed Beasts besides the ones mentioned above in Boruto yet.

    Related: Who Was the Strongest Jinchuriki in the Naruto Series?


    In the end, Shukaku does return to Gaara not as a Tailed Beast but as a friend. Both of them have formed a bond similar to Naruto and Killer B with Kurama and Gyuki.

    But we can not forget about Naruto who played a big role in their relationship.

    If it wasn’t for him saving them from the hatred the Tailed Beats had accumulated for years against the humans. We might have not seen this new friendship.


    Q: Is Shukaku still in Gaara?

    A: No. Shukaku is not in Gaara. Shukaku returned to Gaara but he lives outside the Hidden Sand Village.

    Q: Is Gaara still powerful without Shukaku?

    A: Yes, Gaara is still powerful without Shukaku since he was able to defeat his Father the Third Kazekage during the Fourth Great Ninja War. He was also strong enough to fight off Urashiki.

    Q: Is Gaara a Jinchuriki in Boruto?

    A: No, Gaara is not a Jinchuriki in Boruto. But Shukaku and Gaara talk from time to time since Shukaku lives outside the Hidden Sand Village.

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    Ahmad Zubair
    Ahmad Zubair
    Ahmad is a seasoned member of the Naruto tribe who seamlessly shows his love for anime in his writings. He shares intriguing facts and worthwhile reads, all while having a cup of tea. So go on, experience his creations, and immerse yourself in the harmonious blend of storytelling and profound contemplation.

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