Dinosaur King
Dinosaur King

It was originally classified as a tapejarid, but was later reclassified as thalassodrominid.

General Statistics[]


full-sized Tupuxuara

  • Name: Tupuxuara leonardii
  • Name Meaning: Familiar Spirit
  • Diet: Piscivore
  • Wingspan: 5-6 meters (16-20 feet)
  • Time Period: Early Cretaceous (112-92 MYA)
  • Classification: Pterosauria --> Pterodactyloidea --> Azhdarchoidea --> Thalassodromidae
  • Place Found: Brazil
  • Describer: Kellner, 1994

Dinosaur King Statistics[]

Arcade Stats[]

Tupuxuara Dive Card 1

Tupuxuara Dive arcade card

Anime Stats[]

Grass Move Card back

Green Impulse's anime card's front is never seen

Normal Move back

Tupuxuara Dive's anime card's front is never seen

  • Attribute: Grass/Normal
  • Owner (Grass): Foolscap (Space Pirates), Zoe (D-Team)
  • Owner (Normal): Zander (Alpha Gang)
  • Location: Ancient China, AD 636 (Grass); Renaissance Paris, 1615 (Normal)
  • Debut: Four Part Harmony (Grass), The Haunted Hunt (Normal)
  • Dinosaurs Defeated (Grass): Tuojiangosaurus (with Paris), Anhanguera
  • Dinosaurs Defeated (Normal): None
  • Defeated by (Grass): Chomp (through defeating Shantungosaurus)
  • Defeated by (Normal): None
  • Other: It's unclear where the Tupuxuara in the Tupuxuara Dive card came from; the Move is first debuted in Alpha Gang possession, but no source for a pterosaur was ever available to Dr. Z to make the card from, unless one was split off from Green Impulse, which itself usually only summoned one.

Assist Moves[]

Green Impulse (Grass)
Knock your opponent into the air with your tail, then 7 Tupuxuara fly in and fly up in a spinning ring, slicing your opponent and letting them crash to the ground! However, it was normally used to summon a single Tupuxuara to generically attack the opponent.
Tupuxuara Dive (Normal)
A Tupuxuara flies in and slices your opponent! This was used to save Zoe from falling after the bridge was cut down, then harass Foolscap.


Mesozoic Meltdown[]

Tupuxuara was first summoned by Foolscap's Shantungosaurus using Green Impulse in Ancient China during Four Part Harmony, fighting the Pteranodon trio from Metal Wing. After Paris was defeated and returned to a card along with the Pteranodon, it tried grabbing Sanzo Hoshi but was knocked away by Chomp. When Chomp defeated Shantungosaurus with Plasma Anchor, it returned to its card too, allowing Max to reclaim the Green Impulse card, which later made its way to Zoe, who later began using it as a substitute for Metal Wing on most occasions.

Tupuxuara was later summoned by Paris in Ancient Japan to help to defeat Foolscap's Tuojiangosaurus, also knocking Foolscap (its former boss) away a second later; either dinosaurs from cards simply obey their masters, or it just never liked him. In Desert Heat in Ancient Persia, it was summoned again by Paris to defeat Anhanguera from Anhanguera Dive, grabbing and dragging Anhanguera across the ground with its feet. Seven Tupuxuara were summoned by Green Impulse to help fight Gigas in The Wee Musketeers of Renaissance Paris, slicing into him midair after Ace's Sonic Blast lifted him, but the attack combo was insufficient to defeat him.

Another Tupuxuara was summoned later in Paris in The Haunted Hunt when Tank uses Tupuxuara Dive alongside Spiny's Anhanguera Dive to help save the D-Team after the bridge was cut down underneath them, Tupuxuara catching Zoe, as well as to help chase away Foolscap. (Dr. Z probably created this card, as no other dinosaur previously used Tupuxuara Dive, though how is unclear.)

When Seth explained the origin of the Cosmos Stones in Bad Deal, a Tupuxuara was seen among a crowd of dinosaurs looking up at the approaching meteor.

A Tupuxuara (it's unclear which) was seen among the dinosaurs in the Backlander's Mesozoic forest projection in Fate of the Cosmos after the Space Pirates' dinosaurs had all been rescued.


  • Dr. Taylor's arcade comments:
    • Japanese: 後頭部に大きなとさかを持つ翼竜(よくりゅう)だ。とがったクチバシには歯がない。
    • English: A pterosaur with large crest on the back of its head. There is no tooth in its beak.
  • Tupuxuara was the only dinosaur in the anime to appear having more than one Attribute (Velociraptor was altered from a dinosaur card into a Multiple Move tri-card, but overall stayed within the "Normal" Element).
  • It is also the only anime pterosaur to appear from more than one Move Card, though Tapejara in the arcade and other media would share this distinction.
  • Tupuxuara is shown to be much more affective in combat by besting the Pteranodon trio in Four Part Harmony, a single Tupuxuara easily overpowering the trio and the increasing use of its card by Zoe after claiming it confirming that.
    • Tupuxuara became the replacement of the Pteranodon trio in Season 2, being more successful in battle by defeating Tuojiangosaurus (with Paris) and Anhanguera, and fighting Gigas.
    • Tupuxuara is additionally the only one of the three pterosaurs that appeared in the anime which was never directly defeated, as it only returned to its card when Chomp defeated Shantungosaurus (the Pteranodon trio were directly defeated by Terry in season 1 and Anhanguera was directly defeated by Tupuxuara).
  • It was never revealed where the new Tupuxuara that Tank summoned through Tupuxuara Dive came from. Since the Assist Move didn't come from the Space Pirates, the only other possibility is that it was created by Dr. Z, but to do that he would have had to capture a living Tupuxuara and turn it into the Move Card, which he had no visible opportunity to do. Alternately, it may have been an unused and unseen card-folio card from Dr. Ancient's collection in Season 1, or been split off from Green Impulse's squad (possibly explaining it having only 7 in the anime instead of the arcade's 8, despite usually only summoning one anyway).
  • Green Impulse's TCG card doesn't feature Tupuxuara, instead using an anime scene from during the Move when it isn't seen (likely because no frame shows both Paris and Tupuxuara at once).



p · e · t Move Card Dinosaurs
Normal: Anhanguera · Archaeopteryx · Cryolophosaurus · Dromiceiomimus · Gallimimus · Leaellynasaura · Microraptor · Pawpawsaurus · Piatnitzkysaurus · Quetzalcoatlus · Segnosaurus · Stegoceras · Struthiomimus · Tapejara · Troodon · Tupuxuara · Velociraptor
Grass: Minmi · Muraenosaurus · Oviraptor · Pteranodon · Seismosaurus · Supersaurus · Tupuxuara
Water: Futabasaurus · Ophthalmosaurus
p · e · t Grass Anime Dinosaurs
Season 1: Paris · Maiasaura · Pteranodon · Altirhinus · Seismosaurus · Supersaurus · Saurolophus · Iguanodon · Fukuisaurus
Season 2: Paris · Pteranodon · Paris/Armor · Shantungosaurus · Shantungosaurus/Armor · Tupuxuara · Lanzhousaurus · Lanzhousaurus/Armor
p · e · t Grass Dinosaurs
Normal: Altirhinus · Anatotitan · Brachylophosaurus · Camptosaurus · Charonosaurus · Corythosaurus · Edmontosaurus · Fukuisaurus · Iguanodon · Lambeosaurus/lambei · Lambeosaurus/magnicristatus · Lanzhousaurus · Leaellynasaura · Maiasaura · Muttaburrasaurus · Olorotitan · Ouranosaurus · Parasaurolophus · Prosaurolophus · Saurolophus · Shantungosaurus · Tsintaosaurus
Move Card: Minmi · Muraenosaurus · Oviraptor · Pteranodon · Seismosaurus · Supersaurus · Tupuxuara
Altered/Armored: Altirhinus/Super · Corythosaurus/Super · Iguanodon/Alpha · Iguanodon/Armor · Lambeosaurus/Alpha · Lanzhousaurus/Armor · Muttaburrasaurus/Super · Ouranosaurus/Alpha · Parasaurolophus/Armor · Parasaurolophus/Super · Paris/Armor · Paris/Super · Saurolophus/Black · Shantungosaurus/Armor · Shantungosaurus/Super · Tsintaosaurus/Super · Tsintaosaurus/Alpha
Main: Paris
Others: Tsintaosaurus/Animated ("Tsintao")