The name "Gabumon" refers only to the Rookie form of this Digimon. Throughout the series, Gabumon gains the ability to digivolve into a number of more powerful forms, each with a different name and special attack. The Rookie level, however, is his preferred form and the one he spends most of his time in. It is also the name he is most commonly referred to.
Gabumon is partner to the DigiDestined Yamato "Matt" Ishida. Whereas Matt can be cool and conflicted, Gabumon is more emotional and steadfastly loyal. He gives his partner free reign to find himself but tries to reason with him anyway. Whenever Matt falls too far, however, Gabumon is the one who brings him back. They eventually reach the point where they can communicate without words, comfortable in the silence.
Gabumon is a maroon-eyed yellow-skinned lizard in a bluish-white pelt with navy blue markings. A yellow horn protrudes at the top of his head and his belly is blue with unusual pink markings.
Gabumon is at times shy and obedient, not willing to openly help unless those precious to him are harmed. He is utterly devoted to Matt, aiding him on his journey of self discovery, even if it brings him against the rest of the DigiDestined. He exemplifies friendship in the utter lengths he goes to help Matt but not let him go down the spiral of self destruction.
Gabumon is fiercely protective of his appearance without his pelt, not wanting to be seen without it, which causes Matt to speak up in his defense more than once.He does give up his pelt once, however, when Matt is unconscious and need of warmth.
- Blue Blaster (Petit Fire): Shoots a blast of blue fire from his mouth.
- Horn Attack (Little Horn): Stabs upward with his horn.
- Tsuno Kougeki (ツノ攻撃? lit. "Horn Attack"): Attacks with his horn.
Gabumon is created, along with the rest of the DigiDestined's Digimon, as part of a project to help control the balance between good and evil in the Digital World. When he is a Digi-Egg connected to Crest of Friendship, the Dark Masters attack the facility where he is housed, and Gennai flees with the eggs in hand. He is taken to File Island, where he hatches into Punimon who eventually digivolves into Tsunomon. During this time, he plays with the other Digimon as he holds the Digivice that belongs to Yamato "Matt" Ishida, waiting for his partner's arrival. One day, the Digivices suddenly vanish into the sky, heralding the coming of their partners.
Tsunomon discovers his partner, Matt, after he comes to the Digital World, and they meet up with the rest of the DigiDestined, who attend the same summer camp as Matt: Taichi "Tai" Kamiya and Koromon, Koushiro "Izzy" Izumi and Motimon, Sora Takenouchi and Yokomon, Mimi Tachikawa and Tanemon, Joe Kido and Bukamon, and Takeru "T.K." Takaishi and Tokomon. Unfortunately, a Kuwagamon who menaced Tai, Koromon, Izzy, and Motimon attacks them once more but Tsunomon, alongside the other Digimon, digivolves to his Rookie form to protect his partner and becomes Gabumon. Though strong, Kuwagamon is still stronger, and they are thrown off a cliff.
Gomamon rescues them from drowning and begins to travel across File Island. When the group takes a rest at an abandoned trolley, they decide to take watch. When Matt tries to sleep, he orders Gabumon to sleep next to his little brother T.K., and the two get into a little teasing argument. Matt has trouble sleeping though, and Gabumon wakes to Matt's hamonica. The two bond with the sound, until a Seadramon is unintentionally angered and attacks. Gabumon dives after Matt when he tries to return to the island Seadramon pushed out into the lake, and when Matt is being squeezed to death by Seadramon, Gabumon digivolves to Garurumon and drives him away.
Gabumon follows Matt as they traverse File Island. After the group gets separated by Devimon, Gabumon finds Matt shelter a cave when they become trapped in a snowstorm while he attempts to go search for T.K. Unfortunately, Matt is impatient and tries to look himself, but he passes out in the cold. Gabumon discovers him and returns him to the cave, where he gives up his pelt in order to provide Matt warmth. He gets a cold from the exchange, however.
Gabumon returns to Primary Village in time to protect T.K. from Leomon as Garurumon. They subsequently defeat Devimon and are told by Gennai to head to the Server Continent. Along the way, the group finds the Tags to their Crests but are attacked by Etemon on the Continent itself. The DigiDestined manage to escape into a tunnel. The group travels across Server, avoiding Etemon's notice as well as getting training from Piximon, where Matt discovered his Crest of Friendship. When they discover Etemon's main base of operations and Datamon kidnaps Sora, Garurumon provides distraction for the rescue mission. Etemon fuses with his Dark Network, however, but MetalGreymon dispatches him. His massive energy causes a dimensional rift to open, which Tai and MetalGreymon are sucked into.
In an attempt to look for Tai and Agumon, the group fractures until only Matt, Gabumon, T.K., and Tokomon are left. Matt and Gabumon intend for a quick check across the lake. Digitamamon's diner for not having the right currency. Though Matt wishes to return to find T.K., the two stay because of veiled threats against Joe, though Matt's irritation with Joe continues to grow. The situation reaches its boiling point when Tai, Agumon, T.K., and Patamon come, and Matt finally breaks. When Joe tries to sacrifice himself to protect T.K., Matt understands the meaning of friendship. His knowledge allows Garurumon to digivolve to WereGarurumon, who defeats Digitamamon. Gabumon and Matt then go with T.K. and Patamon, managing to find Izzy and Tentomon when they escapeVademon.Unfortunately, they get lost and then discover Joe having been tricked into working at
By now, Myotismon has emerged as the next great threat, and he is in search of the eighth DigiDestined child. The DigiDestined pursue him to the Real World through Myotismon's special gate. While Matt and T.K. travel home, they meet up with Pumpkinmon and Gotsumon, who, though initially Myotismon's servants, befriend them and protect them from Myotismon. WereGarurumon attempts to avenge their punishment, though they only manage to drive Myotismon off. When Gatomon is captured and Myotismon stages an all out attack to round up all the children to force Gatomon to find her partner, discovered to be Tai's sister Kari Kamiya, Matt and Gabumon are woken by Matt's father Hiroaki Ishida and whisked into hiding, as he had an encounter withGizamon. Tai entrusts Kari's safety to Matt and Gabumon , who eventually meets up with Sora and Birdramon. Unfortunately, Phantomon follows Sora to their hidden location, and Garurumon desperately tries to protect Kari. Phantomon's forces have them at their mercy when Kari opts instead to give herself up to prevent their deaths.
After Myotismon is first defeated due to Wizardmon's sacrifice, Myotismon instead digivolves to VenomMyotismon. The DigiDestined believe that the key to defeating VenomMyotismon is to have Angemon and Angewomon shoot Tai and Matt with arrows of hope and light. Both of them agree, and Agumon and Gabumon warp digivolve into WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon, Mega Digimon who, with help, manage to defeat VenomMyotismon. Thinking that it is finally over, the group is shocked to see the Digital World appear in the sky. The DigiDestined and their partners decide to go back to protect both worlds they love. All of them open another warp and go back to the Digital World to restore the balance.
The Dark Masters emerge as the major enemy, and it is revealed that they were the ones who warped and rebuilt the Digital World. Upon their return, Gabumon is handily defeated even as MetalGarurumon, and it is only through the agency of Piximon, who tells the group that they must become strong, that they are able to escape the immediate situation. It is through his sacrifice that they are able to flee entirely. Shellmon, whom they previously needed to digivolve to beat. After Whamon sacrifices himself to protect the DigiDestined, WarGreymon is able to defeat the area's Dark Master, MetalSeadramon.Tai takes this to mean that they must become physically strong, and he orders the group to defeat a
In the Dark Master Puppetmon's forest, Gabumon is rendered nearly useless by Puppetmon's manipulations, but T.K. manages to free them from Puppetmon's control. Matt, however, feels alienated from the group and falls prey to Cherrymon's manipulations. Though Gabumon tries to convince Matt to return to the group and believe in them, he eventually quiets and decides to follow Matt in whatever decision he chooses, even if that means fighting the other DigiDestined. As MetalGarurumon, he saves the others the from attacking Garbagemon. MetalGarurumon demands a duel with WarGreymon, and the two clash in the skies as their partners do on the ground. Their battle ultimately causes a rift in the friends. Matt leaves to reevaluate his place in the group, while Mimi can't deal with the drama and the fighting and strikes off on her own, while Joe goes with her to make sure she is safe. After his defeat at the hands of the other DigiDestined, Puppetmon finds Matt and MetalGarurumon in the forest and thinks he can control them. MetalGarurumon proves otherwise, destroying the Dark Master once and for all before leaving.
In the meantime, Matt and Gabumon wander. Matt is seduced by the Digital World's darkness and falls into depression as he names his faults. Gabumon won't stand for this, however, resorting to even biting Matt in order to snap him out of it. Gabumon argues that Matt does matter, and their friendship saves Matt. They promise to be friends forever. They save Sora from a similar situation and return to where Tai has been holding the line against Piedmon. MagnaAngemon, Patamon's Ultimate form, saves them, and they manage to defeat Piedmon, only for Apocalymon to appear.Unfortunately, Piedmon proves to be too strong and captures him, WarGreymon, and their partners by turning them into keychains.
Apocalymon turns out to be a formidable foe, destroying their Crests and managing to turn them into free-floating data. Gabumon declares that he'll fight and bonds silently with Matt about their friendship. Matt discovers that the Crest of Friendship lies within him, and uses that power to digivolve Gabumon to MetalGarurumon and return to normal.All together, the group defeats Apocalymon, with MetalGarurumon launching a Giga Missile directly into his main body.
Unfortunately, the solar eclipse marks the rebirth of the Digital World. In the English version, it is thought that the gate would never reopen, stranding the DigiDestined in the Digital World, while the Japanese version has the reasoning that the Digital World might see them as foreign elements as it tries to recover and might delete them. Either way, the DigiDestined must leave their partners. Gabumon asks Matt to play the harmonica for him, and with the music as their backdrop, they sit without words.
At that point, Gabumon, along with the other partner Digimon, wave goodbye to their partners as they take a trolley back home.
During the December after their adventures, the DigiDestined and their partners are captured by Millenniummon and held hostage. Gabumon is freed along with Gatomon, Gomamon, and their partners when Ryo Akiyama defeats Myotismon. Gabumon aids Ryo in his journey to defeat Millenniummon.
A mysterious Digimon attacks on the internet, and Gabumon joins the rest of the Digimon when Gennai contacts the DigiDestined about it. Gabumon is only ready to go when Matt, who is in Shimane visiting relatives, manages to find an internet connection. He manages to digivolve to MetalGarurumon, but at this point, Infermon digivolves to Diaboromon and lays waste to the partners. Diaboromon escapes to wreak more havoc and is multiplying to mask his original body, but MetalGarurumon and WarGreymon follow despite being in pain. The emails from around the world still slow MetalGarurumon, and Matt, feeling for his partner's broken state, somehow manages to transport himself into the Internet along with Tai. Between their power and the strength of the world's children, MetalGarurumon and WarGreymon DNA digivolve into Omnimon, and, with the aid of the very same emails which slowed his Digimon, manage to defeat Diaboromon in time to stop the nuclear missile from detonating.
Shortly after Tag Tamers, Ryo is recalled to the Digital World to participate in the D-1 Tournament. Matt is the master of Grade 2, and Gabumon as WereGarurumon stands alongside him as well as an Angemon and a Leomon.
After these events, Gennai calls the DigiDestined to the Digital World in order to give up their Crest power to fully revitalize the Digital World with a protective barrier. As a result, Gabumon loses the ability to become WereGarurumon and MetalGarurumon.
Gabumon is captured while attempting to liberate the Digimon of Santa Geria. He is subject to RedVegiemon's 100 lashes, which he only barely survives. He passes out in front of a TV, which sends an SOS that calls Matt. There, they and the new DigiDestined concoct a plan to liberate the town but are captured along the way. When Veemon baits RedVegiemon into attacking the Control Spire, it gets broken enough that Gabumon can digivolve into Garurumon, and they free the rest. They find out that the Control Spires are what ultimately expand the Digimon Emperor's control, by both prohibiting normal Digivolution and powering the Dark Rings in the same area. By taking out these Control Spires, the DigiDestined's Digimon are allowed to digivolve normally once more, and Garurumon retains his Garurumon form to take out threats.
Unfortunately, the Digimon Emperor, now revealed as the genius kid Ken Ichijouji, takes interest in Greymon when it is revealed that his Dark Rings cannot fully control Ultimate Digimon. He captures Greymon with a Dark Ring and tries to force him to digivolve with his Dark D-3, first getting SkullGreymon and eventually succeeding with a viral MetalGreymon. The DigiDestined work hard to stop him and end up confronting him in front of the Digi-Egg of Friendship, with Matt and Garurumon among the group. Most of the DigiDestined resolve to do what they must to save Agumon, even hurt him if it comes down to it, but Davis can't understand it. It takes seeing the pain the rest of the DigiDestined are in, as well as his partner Veemon, to realize that friendship sometimes means hurting another to help them. Activating the Digi-Egg of Friendship, they manage to destroy the Dark Spiral and free Agumon from the Emperor's grasp.
The DigiDestined eventually defeat the Digimon Emperor and return him to being just Ken Ichijouji, who regrets his actions and tries to atone. Gabumon is among the cleanup effort that springs up in the aftermath, until Arukenimon and Mummymon complicate matters by first creating artificial Digimon from Control Spires and then launching a full-scale invasion of the Real World by causing Control Spires to appear all around the world. Through the Harmonious One Azulongmon's DigiCore, Gabumon, along with the rest of the DigiDestined's Digimon, are given the power to reach their higher forms once more. Gabumon and Matt, along with Ken and Wormmon, go to Mexico, only for the Digimon to escape them and end up in Palenque. They manage to lure the stray Digimon out of a Mayan pyramid and return them safely to the Digital World.
The Daemon Corps then make their stand in the Real World. SkullSatamon manages to neutralize most of the Digimon by freezing their data, but Gabumon, along with the rest of the other Digimon, give up the power boosts that Azulongmon gave them to allow Imperialdramon Dragon Mode to overcome this and digivolve to his Fighter Mode.
Gabumon appears again during the final stand against MaloMyotismon, representing the will to stand against his darkness.
When Diaboromon makes his reappearance, Matt and Gabumon, along with Tai and Agumon, return to the internet to fight him once more as Omnimon. Though they manage to defeat him with the aid of T.K., Angemon, Kari, and Angewomon, Diaboromon manages to escape into the Real World as a swarm of Kuramon, who reform into Armageddemon. Omnimon is defeated by this new Digimon, along with Imperialdramon Fighter Mode, but he gives his strength up to allow Imperialdramon to digivolve to his Paladin Mode and defeat Armageddemon.
As Entry No. 2 riding the Yamato 2000GT, a classic car, Gabumon takes part in the Digimon Grandprix to obtain the title of "King of Digimon". He has a comfortable lead from the start, until Agumon accidentally shoots ahead and sabotages him. Agumon is so out of control, however, that his vehicle picks up Gabumon along with most of the other contestants. They all cross the finish line and share the title of "King of Digimon," except immediately after the missile goes out of control, sending them off into space.
- In Digimon Tamers: Brave Tamer, Ryo has the choice to save either Matt and Gabumon, Ken and Wormmon, or Henry Wong and Terriermon. If Ryo saves Matt from Digitamamon, he recruits Gabumon for his battle party.
- Gabumon appears as a playable fighter partnered to Matt in the fighting games Digimon Battle Spirit, Digimon Tamers: Battle Spirit Ver. 1.5, and Digimon Rumble Arena. Omnimon is his Digivolution in the first two, while it is MetalGarurumon in the last one.
- Gabumon is playable in the following chapters of Digimon Tamers: Digimon Medley with Matt as his partner: "Adrift? The Island of Adventure!", "Devimon, the Emissary of Darkness!", "Vamdemon, the Castle of Darkness", the Gomamon card version of "Revival! The Demon Lord VenomVamdemon", the sections "The Dangerous Game! Pinochimon" and "Piemon, the Clown from Hell" of the "The Four Divine Generals of the Devil's Mountain! The Dark Masters" chapter, "A New World", and the Mexico path of the "Love and Borscht, The Fierce Fight!" section of the "Everyone, Move Out! Imperialdramon" chapter.
- MetalGarurumon is Matt's partner a Legendary General in Digimon Xros Wars: Super Digica Taisen.
Punimon's Digi-Egg Punimon's Digi-Egg is held by the Agents alongside Matt's Digivice and Tag, the Crest of Friendship, and the other Digi-Eggs, Digivices, Tags, and Crests. When Piedmon attacks their base and steals the Tags and Crests, Gennai takes the Digi-Eggs and Digivices and escapes in a Mekanorimon. He deposits the Digi-Eggs on File Island, where it eventually hatches into Punimon.
Punimon After his Digi-Egg is rescued from the Dark Masters before the start of Digimon Adventure, Gabumon hatches into Punimon on File Island. He eventually digivolves to Tsunomon while waiting for his partner to come.
Punimon is Gabumon's Fresh Digivolution in Digimon Tamers: Brave Tamer, dedigivolving to him when his YP depletes. His default technique is "San no Awa".
He is a bodyless white head with orange fur, red eyes, and a gray horn.
While waiting for his partner before the start of Digimon Adventure, Punimon digivolvesto this form on File Island. With the rest of the DigiDestined's Digimon, he plays with the Digivices until they disappear one day, heralding the arrival of their partners. Tsunomon finally meets his partner Yamato "Matt" Ishida, and they meet up with the rest of the DigiDestined. He digivolves to his main form Gabumon whenKuwagamon corners him on the cliff face.
From then on, Tsunomon only appears when Gabumon uses too much energy by digivolving to his Ultimate or Mega forms, such as after defeating Digitamamon asWereGarurumon , and warp digivolving to MetalGarurumon to beat VenomMyotismon.
Tsunomon is Gabumon's In-Training Digivolution in Digimon Tamers: Brave Tamer, digivolving to him as he recovers from depleting his YP. His default technique is "San no Awa".
Gabumon first digivolves to Garurumon to protect Matt from a rampagingSeadramon. Garurumon then becomes, for the most part, Gabumon's default battle form as it provides a significant amount of strength without delving too deeply into his energy reserves. He uses it to take on Devimon and all threats up until Digitamamon, where he digivolves toWereGarurumon. Garurumon still comes into use when they can't afford to spend too much energy, like while infiltrating Myotismon's castle to reach the gate.
Gabumon once again assumes his Garurumon form in the sequel while liberatingSanta Geria. They discover it is the Control Spires which allow the Digimon Emperor's influence to spread, and so Garurumon stays behind to defend the freed areas. Garurumon is among the Digimon who take part in Agumon's rescue mission. Garurumon saves Patamon from a Dark Spiral then teams with Raidramon to destroy the one on MetalGreymon.
Garurumon is Gabumon's Champion Digivolution in Digimon Tamers: Brave Tamer, digivolving to him when he is level 11. His default technique is "Fox Fire". Garurumon is also Gabumon's Champion Digivolution in Digimon Tamers: Digimon Medley. He appears in the following chapters: "Adrift? The Island of Adventure!" and "Devimon, the Emissary of Darkness!".
Garurumon first digivolves to WereGarurumon to battle Digitamamon, when Matt learns the true meaning of friendship in sacrifice and trust. WereGarurumon defeats Digitamamon and scares off his Vegiemon workers. WereGarurumon then becomes the form that Gabumon takes whenever they need to fight strong or quickly, such as against Dokugumon andMyotismon himself , up until he attains his Mega form,MetalGarurumon.
Between Digimon Adventure and its sequel, Gennai calls the DigiDestined to the Digital World in order to give up their Crest power to fully revitalize the Digital World with a protective barrier. As a result, Gabumon loses the ability to become WereGarurumon.
Matt fights with WereGarurumon in Digimon Adventure 02: D-1 Tamers.
In Digimon Adventure 02, Arukenimon and Mummymon begin their invasion of the Real World, Gabumon gains the ability to digivolve to WereGarurumon once more with the power of the Harmonious One Azulongmon's DigiCore. WereGarurumon helps Stingmon and Monochromon deal with the Digimon in Palenque, Mexico. WereGarurumon appears one more time against SkullSatamon of the Daemon Corps, but he gives up his power to allow Imperialdramon Dragon Mode to digivolve to his Fighter Mode.
WereGarurumon is Gabumon's Ultimate Digivolution in Digimon Tamers: Brave Tamer, digivolving to him when he is level 21. His default technique is "Kaiser Nail", which deals damage to one enemy. WereGarurumon is also Gabumon's Ultimate Digivolution in Digimon Tamers: Digimon Medley. He appears in the following chapters: "Vamdemon, the Castle of Darkness" and the Mexico path of the "Love and Borscht, The Fierce Fight!" section of the "Everyone, Move Out! Imperialdramon" chapter.
MetalGarurumon is the result of a prophecy leading to VenomMyotismon's defeat. When Matt and Tai are pierced with arrows of hope and light, Gabumon and Agumon attain their Mega forms. Together with the rest of the DigiDestined and their Digimon, they manage to defeat VenomMyotismon.
MetalGarurumon clashes with WarGreymon when Matt questions his place on the team Puppetmon when he is driven off by the other DigiDestined. MetalGarurumon joins WarGreymon against Piedmon until Matt arrives , but he is turned into a keychain early in the full fight and requiresMagnaAngemon to fully recover in time to defeat the jester. In the final charge againstApocalymon, MetalGarurumon, with WarGreymon, attacks Apocalymon's main body.and ultimately defeats the Dark Master
Gabumon digivolves to MetalGarurumon to fight Diaboromon, but he is beaten when the emails from around the world slow him down. Despite this, MetalGarurumon attempts to fight once more, and combined with the power from the hopes of everyone, DNA digivolves with WarGreymon to Omnimon.
Between Digimon Adventure and its sequel, Gennai calls the DigiDestined to the Digital World in order to give up their Crest power to fully revitalize the Digital World with a protective barrier. As a result, Gabumon loses the ability to become MetalGarurumon.
MetalGarurumon is Gabumon's Mega Digivolution in Digimon Tamers: Brave Tamer, digivolving to him when he is level 31. His default technique is "Cocytus Breath", which deals damage to one enemy. MetalGarurumon is also Gabumon's Mega digivolution in Digimon Tamers: Digimon Medley. He appears in the following chapters: the Gomamon card version of "Revival! The Demon Lord VenomVamdemon", the sections "The Dangerous Game! Pinochimon" and "Piemon, the Clown from Hell" of the "The Four Divine Generals of the Devil's Mountain! The Dark Masters" chapter, and "A New World". MetalGarurumon is also a playable Digimon, whether standalone or through digivolution, in Digimon Rumble Arena. This section of the article is a stub. You can help by expanding it. Attacks
- ↑ This attack is named "Blue Blaster" in Digimon Adventure, "WereGarurumon's Diner"  and Digimon Adventure 02, "Storm Of Friendship" .
- ↑ This attack is named "Mega Claw" in Digimon Adventure, "WereGarurumon's Diner" 
- ↑ This attack is named "Ice Wolf Claw" in Digimon Adventure, "Enter The Dark Masters"  and "Trash Day" .
- ↑ This attack is named "G Cross Freezer" in Digimon Rumble Arena and "Ice Wolf Bite" in Digimon: The Movie.
- ↑ This attack in named "Metal Wolf Claw" in Digimon Adventure, "The Battle for Earth" .
- ↑ This attack is named "Garuru Tomahawk" in Digimon Adventure, "A New World" .