Sker Buffalo

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Sker Buffalo
A Sker Buffalo in Kong: Skull Island
Species Skerry Bubalis[1]
Height 38-45 feet[1]
Length 13 meters[2][3]
Weight 22 metric tons[2]
Horn length 19 meters[2][3][note 1]
Allies King Kong
Enemies Skullcrawler
First appearance Kong: Skull Island
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The Sker Buffalo is a giant water buffalo creature that appears in the 2017 Legendary Pictures film, Kong: Skull Island.

Name[edit | edit source]

The 'Sker' part of Sker Buffalo's name may have been chosen as a homophone of "scare." The creatures' species is officially Skerry Bubalis, while concept art called them Megabubalis skerryfer; the 'skerry' part of either taxon is similar to "scary." Sker Buffalo's name is transliterated into Japanese as Sukeru Baffarō (スケル・バッファロー), while it is called Gūjiāo Niúmó (孤礁牛魔, lit. Isolated Rock Cow Demon) in Chinese.

Design[edit | edit source]

The Sker Buffalo superficially resembles an abnormally large water buffalo, but has some distinct traits. It possesses incredibly large horns, which appear to fork into at least three branches. The Sker Buffalo has what appears to be algae covering a large portion of its body, most likely due to its habit of spending long amounts of time underwater. Its back is shaped like coral so as to allow it to blend in perfectly with its surroundings while underwater.[2]

Personality[edit | edit source]

Sker Buffaloes appear to be docile creatures, and never threaten the human characters in any way, unlike most of the other creatures on Skull Island. Even Kong appears to get along well with these creatures, as he is seen rescuing one that is pinned underneath a fallen helicopter, and appears visibly enraged upon seeing one killed by a Skullcrawler.

Origins[edit | edit source]

According to the Monarch superspecies report about the Sker Buffalo, it shares common ancestry with the Asian water buffalo. The Sker Buffalo has evolved many unusual traits, including the ability to remain submerged completely underwater for long periods of time. Its most unique adaptation is its florafaunal biology: the Sker Buffalo has incorporated plant life into its anatomy, and two chambers of its heart actually pump chlorophyll into the foliage growing from its back.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

MonsterVerse[edit | edit source]

Kong: Skull Island[edit | edit source]

While wandering through the wilderness of Skull Island, some of the survivors of the Monarch expedition to the island witnessed a Sker Buffalo emerging from a lake. The creature approached the group, but James Conrad insisted they remain calm and not open fire on the animal. The Sker Buffalo stared at the humans for a few moments before turning around and walking away. Meanwhile, Kong came upon the corpse of a Sker Buffalo, which had just recently been killed by a Skullcrawler, which Kong promptly fought and killed along with another Skullcrawler that attacked him from behind.

After hearing a strange noise, Mason Weaver wandered out of the Iwi village and found a Sker Buffalo pinned underneath a fallen helicopter. She tried to free the Buffalo from the wreckage, but could not lift the wreckage. Suddenly, the entire helicopter was pulled off the Buffalo, and Weaver stared up in shock to see Kong had rescued the smaller creature.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Amphibiousness[edit | edit source]

The Sker Buffalo is an amphibious creature, and can remain completely submerged underwater for several days at a time.[2]

Camouflage[edit | edit source]

The coral-shaped surface of the Sker Buffalo's back allows it to blend in seamlessly with its surroundings.[2]

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Kingdom Kong[edit | edit source]

With Houston Brooks watching from a helicopter, Kong spotted a Sker Buffalo trapped under a fallen tree and lifted the tree off of it. A swarm of Psychovultures then descended upon Kong. He successfully repelled them, but the Sker Buffalo was killed in the battle, and he regarded it sadly.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Main article: Sker Buffalo/Gallery.

Roar[edit | edit source]

Sker Buffalo roars

In other languages[edit | edit source]

Language Name Meaning
Flagicon Japan.png Japanese スケル・バッファロー Sukeru Baffarō Transliteration of English name
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin Chinese 孤礁牛魔 Gūjiāo Niúmó Isolated Rock Cow Demon

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The trade paperback version of Skull Island: The Birth of Kong includes a Sker Buffalo profile that is absent from the individual issues. While nearly identical to the profile used in the viral marketing for Kong: Skull Island, this version has a note added by Monarch researchers which point out that the creatures' horns are as wide as the wingspan of a Grumman OV-1 Mohawk, making them a potentially desirable trophy for poachers.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. In a video posted by the official Kong: Skull Island Facebook page, a note is visible which states the Sker Buffalo's horns are as wide as the wingspan of a Grumman OV-1 Mohawk.[4] The OV-1 Mohawk's standard wingspan is 48 feet, or roughly 14.63 meters.

References[edit | edit source]

This is a list of references for Sker Buffalo. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 KSI MYTHOLOGY SKER BUFFALO V2.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 @warnerjp (15 March 2017). "【髑髏島の巨獣 No.4】..." Twitter.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "About The Movie - Monster". Retrieved 27 December 2021.
  4. Kong: Skull Island (12 June 2017). "The Sker Buffalo. #KongSkullIsland". Facebook.


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