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Nakoruru's "Capcom-style" artwork in Capcom vs. SNK 2.

Universe Samurai Shodown
Debut Samurai Shodown (1993)
Smash Bros. appearances Ultimate
Most recent non-Smash appearance Samurai Shodown (2019)
Console/platform of origin Neo Geo MVS
Species Human
Gender Female
Place of origin Kamui Kotan, Hokkaido, Japan
Created by Yasushi Adachi
Designed by Yūichi "Violetche Nakamoto" Nakatani
Keisen "Oshioki-Keisen" Yamaguchi
"The·Fool" (Nakoruru)
Erina Makino (Mamahaha)

Nakoruru (ナコルル, Nakoruru) is a major character in the fighting game series Samurai Shodown. A young woman from Japan, she fights with a sword alongside her hawk Mamahaha and somethimes with her wolf Shikuru.


Nakoruru fighting Earthquake in the 2019 reboot of Samurai Shodown.

Nakoruru is a teenage Ainu (an indigenous Japanese people from Hokkaido) woman, living as a nature-loving priestess in the woods. She first gets involved in the story timeline wise in Samurai Shodown 5 (known in Japan as Samurai Spirits Zero), helping to stop the vicious warlord Gaoh Hinowanokami. After his defeat, Nakoruru follows in her late father's footsteps, becoming a Kamui warrior. She continues to protect nature and defeat the various villains in the series, even after sacrificing her human form to become a spirit of nature. As a divine spirit, Nakoruru has traveled to The King of Fighters universe before in The King of Fighters XIV to defeat Verse. She also is one of the major female characters of SNK's creation, starring in her own drama CD, being a key member in SNK's image band and common mascot for SNK's social action programs for children and nature awareness campaigns along with Terry.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Nakoruru appeared in Terry's reveal trailer, where she ordered Mamahaha to catch the Smash invitation, but failed.

As a costume[edit]

Nakoruru's Mii Costume in Ultimate.

Nakoruru makes her Smash debut as one of Round 4's DLC Mii costumes. She appears as a Mii Swordfighter with using her prized sword, Chichi-ushi. Notably, this Mii Costume has flowing hair physics, and the sword is given a yellow trail near the tip.

As a spirit[edit]

No. Image Name Type Class Cost Ability Series
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★★ 1 Air Attack ↑ SAMURAI SHODOWN Series


  • Nakoruru is the only character that cameos in Terry's reveal trailer to not appear on King of Fighters Stadium.
    • Additionally, she's the only SNK character with a Mii costume that doesn't appear on the stage.
  • Nakoruru appears in the Mii Fighter Costumes #4 trailer along with a Fletchling and Wolf in reference to her hawk Mamahaha and her wolf Shikuru (which usually appears alongside her dark alter ego, Rera).
    • Falco also appears in the trailer as a stand-in for Mamahaha, when he uses his Fire Bird in a downward diagonal, similar to Nakoruru's Amube Yatoro move from her playable appearances. Conversely, he is an assist character for the Nakoruru spirit battle, with the same representation.
  • While Nakoruru's integration to The King of Fighters series has become canon as of XIV, she appeared previously in the Game Boy version of The King of Fighters '95 as a secret character.