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Burgh
アーティ Arty
"Premier Insect Artist"
Black White Burgh.png
Artwork from Black and White
Gender Male
Eye color Green
Hair color Brown
Hometown Nacrene City
Region Unova
Trainer class Gym LeaderBWB2W2
Pokémon TrainerB2W2
Generation V
Games Black and White
Black 2 and White 2
Leader of Castelia Gym
Badge Insect Badge
Specializes in Bug types
Anime debut Sewaddle and Burgh in Pinwheel Forest!
English voice actor Billy Bob Thompson
Japanese voice actor Tōru Furuya

Burgh (Japanese: アーティ Arty) is the Gym Leader of Castelia City's Gym, known officially as the Castelia Gym. He specializes in Bug-type Pokémon. He gives the Insect Badge to Trainers who defeat him.

In the games

Role

Burgh appears in Pokémon Black and White as the Gym Leader of Castelia City's Gym, the third Gym to be challenged by the player. He is also an artist and apparently started his career in Nacrene City, which he often comes back to when he gets "artist's block." Trainers who defeat Burgh will receive the Insect Badge, along with TM76 (Struggle Bug).

He also reappears at N's Castle where he and the other Unova Gym Leaders hold off the Seven Sages.

In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, Burgh returns as a Gym Leader. The TM Burgh gives away remains the same. Before the Gym battle, he is seen in the Castelia Sewers after the player and Hugh defeat several Team Plasma Grunts. He comes out of the doorway leading to the Relic Passage, then returns to the Gym. He also appears in the Pokémon World Tournament.

Pokémon

Pokémon Black and White



Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Gym battle
Easy Mode/Normal Mode


Challenge Mode


Pokémon World Tournament

Burgh uses three of these Pokémon in Single Battles, four in Double and Rotation Battles, and all six in Triple Battles. He will always lead with his signature Pokémon, Leavanny.

Driftveil Tournament


Unova Leaders Tournament


Type Expert/World Leaders Tournament


Quotes

Pokémon Black and White

Nacrene City

"Good day, Lenora. Find any good Fossils lately?"
"Eh? Just looking for a change of pace. Seems hectic or something around here. What's up?"
"Uh-huh. You are...<player>, is it? Are you raring to round up our robbers?"

Pinwheel Forest

  • Outside Pinwheel Forest
"This leads to Pinwheel Forest. If they manage to scuttle off into the forest, we might have trouble."
  • Inside Pinwheel Forest
"Well, you see... There are two ways out of Pinwheel Forest--the road that goes straight and the path that winds through the woods. I will take the straight road after them! If they're not there, I'll block the exit. Would you please take the other way and check whether Team Plasma is hiding in there somewhere? You'll run into a lot of Trainers, but it's basically a single path, so I'm sure you won't get lost. Come on! Let's do this for Lenora's sake!"
"Mm-hmm? Team Plasma hasn't come in this direction... The forest's bug Pokémon are quiet, too."
"Oh, sweet! The bug Pokémon were getting all worked up, so here I come, and what do I spy with my little eye? This important looking guy! Are you here to help your friends, whom I defeated?"
"Hmmm... We got back the stolen skull and if we corner them, there's no telling what they might do. I think I'll be heading back Lenora... Well now. Well... I'll be waiting for your challenge at Castelia City's Pokémon Gym. Yes indeed. I'm certainly looking forward to it!"

Castelia City

"Ah hah! You're the one who fought Team Plasma in Pinwheel Forest... If I remember, your name is... <player>! Come to challenge the Gym, I suppose? Aww. Sorry, but could you wait a bit? I was informed that Team Plasma has shown up! In fact... Come with me! I'm going to the dock at Prime Pier!"
  • At Prime Pier
"Come on! This way! Team Plasma... They took this young lady's Pokémon"
"Iris... You did everything you could"
"Agreed! No fear--we will get that Pokémon back. Right, <player>? Having said that, finding a person or Pokémon here in Castelia City will be like finding a needle in a haystack."
"<Player>, let's go! Iris! You stay by that young lady's side."
  • On the main street
"That way! M'hm. There, heading toward the Gym?!"
  • On Gym Street
"This is definitely the place. Looks like our only option is to battle them and go in."
"Oh please! <Player>, I'll leave that one to you!"
"Team Plasma is inside. The stolen Pokémon may be there as well. Okay, I'm going in!
  • In Team Plasma's hideout
"So, what would you say is the guiding principle of Team Plasma, anyway? "Take what you want from people"?
"Here in Castelia, we have a lot of different kinds of people. Everyone's ways of thinking and lifestyles are very different. Honestly, there's something about what you're saying I don't quite understand."
"One thing we all have in common is that we all care a lot about Pokémon. Even meeting for the first time people can talk about Pokémon. Talk or battle or trade... Remember your speech at Accumula Town? You were responsible for leading me to rethink my relationship with Pokémon. For that, I thank you. At that time, I made a promise... I swore to myself that I would dedicate myself to Pokémon even more strongly! What you guys are doing... Aren't you going to strengthen the bond between people and Pokémon even more?"
"Gah! What do we do if anything's happened to the other stolen Pokémon?"
"What is everyone planning to do now?"
"Uh-hm. That's great! Iris is a dazzling Pokémon Trainer, but maybe not at home in the big city yet? So, a little give-and-take, hm! People and Pokémon need help to each other out."
"Well, then, <player>. I'll be waiting in the Gym."

Castelia Gym

  • Before battle
"Thanks again for your help. My bug Pokémon are scurrying with excitement about getting to battle you. Let's get straight to it!"
  • During battle (the first non-KO HP loss)
"Snick! My switch was turned on!"
  • After sending out last Pokémon
"Could it be time to bug out of here? No, no, I refuse to be squashed!"
  • Being defeated
"Is it over? Has my muse abandoned me?"
  • After being defeated
"Aww... I lost. Whatever! Losing to you doesn't bug me because you are a-MAZ-ingly strong! This is the Gym Badge! You beat me, so it's yours!"
"It's the Insect Badge! It's insectible--I mean, incredible! If you have three Badges, Pokémon up to Lv. 40 will obey you, including traded Pokémon. Because I'm a generous guy, I'll also give you this."
"Struggle Bug also lowers the Sp. Atk of the target that was damaged. I'm the best guy to tell you, it's the little things that count!"
"How many discoveries have you made since you started your adventure? When I was a kid, my innocent heart was captured by the beauty of bug Pokémon. I drew with them and battled with them, and after all this time, I continue to discover new things. A world shared with Pokémon is a world swarming with mysteries."
  • Post game:
"Heya! This is what I do. I keep raising Pokémon and drawing pictures inspired by the Pokémon I raise. It's what I love to do. My life hums with energy. What could be better?"

N's Castle

"Bianca asked us to come, too."
"Your Pokémon, they are doing their best for you, right? Why would you want to be separated from them like that?"

Badge Case

Umm... That's right. You! Use Bug-type Pokémon!

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Castelia Gym

  • Before battle
"Good work back there in the sewers. My Bug-type Pokémon have been scurrying with excitement about getting to battle you. I'd say my Bug-type Pokémon are pretty great! C'mon, let me brag a little! Dwebble's round little eyes are cute! It's resilient and reliable! My ace is Leavanny! It's really the best! I think it's so sweet how it makes clothes for other Pokémon out of leaves. Of course, I'm really proud of all of my Pokémon! Well now… Let's get right to it!"
  • During battle (the first non-KO HP loss)
"Lights, please! Time to show you what Bug-type Pokémon are made of!"
  • After sending out last Pokémon
"Mmm… I've got a bad feeling about this! Could I be in trouble?"
  • Being defeated
"Hmm… It's over! You're incredible!"
  • After being defeated
"Oh hoo… You are very strong indeed! I guess it's no surprise I lost. Here! Take this Insect Badge! I think it'll suit you!"
"Ooh! The Insect Badge suits you even better than I thought it would! If you have three Badges, Pokémon up to Lv. 40 will obey you, including traded Pokémon. And, huh, you know what, I'll also give you this."
"Struggle Bug also lowers the Sp. Atk of the target that was damaged. I'm the best guy to tell you this. It's the little things that count!"

Memory Link - Different Bones and Dreams

(to Lenora) "Hmm... Bones, perhaps..."
"Maybe... Or maybe not... Many Bug-type Pokémon have hard coverings, right? Their so-called exoskeletons. So I don't quite understand bones. Not at all, actually."
"Mmm... Well, for starters, what do bones mean to you?"
"Oohhh... I kind of understand. I'm also fascinated by the functional, efficient designs of Bug-type Pokémon, such as the shape of their legs."
(to Clay) "What brings you here?"
"Clay. What do bones mean to you?"
(to Lenora) "What do you mean?"
"Thank you, Lenora. I guess it's OK that I have my own perspective on what bones mean to me, right?"
"I know. I'll thank this Fossil by using it as a motif for one of my works. See you, Lenora.

Pokémon World Tournament

  • Before battle (first round)
"Thanks again for your help. My Bug-type Pokémon are scurrying with excitement about getting to battle you. Let's get straight to it!"
  • Before battle (second round)
"If the battle brings out the beauty in Bug-type Pokémon, it will be a scene that makes my heart flutter, win or lose. My bug Pokémon are abuzz with anticipation. Let's get straight to it!"
  • Before battle (final round)
"M'hm... If I win this battle, I feel like I can draw a picture unlike any before it. OK! I can hear my battle muse loud and clear. Let's get straight to it!"
  • Being defeated
"Is it over? Has my muse abandoned me?"
  • If the player is defeated
"Wow... It's beautiful somehow, isn't it..."
  • After being defeated
"Aww... I lost. Whatever! Losing to you doesn't bug me, because you are a-MAZ-ingly strong!"
  • After winning
"Sometimes I hear people say something was an ugly win, but I think if you're trying your best, any win is beautiful."
  • In the lobby, after the tournament
"Ummm... That's right. Bug-type Pokémon are cool, aren't they? Win or lose, they're always beautiful."

National Gymquirer

Pokémon Black and White

Jingle: "Woo hoo! All right! It's 'The National Gymquirer'!"
Page: "That's right! We collect the hottest gossip about Gym Leaders seen around town! Here is today's letter. From someone going by the name Compoundeyes Wrestler! Thank yooou! 'When I went to meet Burgh. It was like he had been licking the honeycomb walls! That guy likes to eat!' Now that is a surprise... But, I wonder if he was just admiring his own face reflected on those walls... That's also weird though... 'The National Gymquirer'! We eagerly await your letters!"

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Jingle: "Woo hoo! All right! It's 'The National Gymquirer'!"
Page: "That's right! We collect the hottest gossip about Gym Leaders seen around town! Here is today's letter. From someone going by the name Molt! Thank yooou! 'When I went to meet Burgh, he was shooting cocoon silk from his hands and decorating his walls with it! Could he actually be a Pokémon?!' Now that is a surprise... But, I wonder if he was just carrying that silk in his hands? We are talking about Burgh, though... 'The National Gymquirer'! We eagerly await your letters!"

Sprites

Spr BW Burgh.png Spr B2W2 Burgh.png Burgh OD.png VSBurgh.png
Sprite from
Black and White
Sprite from
Black 2
and White 2
Overworld sprite from
Generation V
VS sprite from
Generation V

In the anime

Burgh in the anime

Burgh debuted in Sewaddle and Burgh in Pinwheel Forest!. He first appears in Pinwheel Forest when Ash and Iris climb the tallest tree in the forest, and they were surprised to find Burgh in a cocoon-like cloak, hanging from the tree. He introduces himself to the gang and shows them his sketches of the forest. Suddenly a Sewaddle, who has taken a liking to Burgh, jumps up on his shoulder. He tells the trio that the Sewaddle had been accompanying him through the forest, even though it is not his Pokémon.

The next day, Burgh and the kids discover an ill Patrat, and he is able to heal it with some medicine. Suddenly Sewaddle is attached to a Deerling and falls into a raging river along with Ash. Burgh sends out his Leavanny, which uses String Shot to save them. Sewaddle's leaf on its head is damaged, but Leavanny fashions it a new one. Later, Burgh says his goodbyes to the group.

Burgh appears once more in A Venipede Stampede!. He and the group investigate mysterious sounds coming from the sewer system in Castelia City. They discover and injured Venipede that Ash rescues from a pipe. Burgh quickly treats is wounds but wonders why it is in the sewer in the first place when Venipede live in the wasteland outside of the city. When the group returns to the surface, they find that a swarm of Venipede is reeking havoc on the city.

Burgh becomes somewhat angry to find out that the mayor plans to get rid of the Venipede using force and protests the idea. The mayor eventually decides to let him handle it. His idea was to find the leader of the Venipede and have Nurse Joy's Audino use Heal Pulse on it. He, Ash, and Iris eventually locate the leader only to see it be attacked by Trip and his Lampent. Burgh orders him to stop and tells him that he is only making things worse.

Once Nurse Joy's Audino uses Heal Pulse on the leader, Burgh plays his Bug Flute and leads the Venipede out of the City. He sees Ash and his friends off at the end of the episode when they decided to go with Professor Juniper to investigate the Desert Resort.

Ash battled him in Battling For The Love of Bug-Types!. Ash won the battle, earning him the Insect Badge.

Burgh appeared in flashbacks in Climbing the Tower of Success!, Battling the Leaf Thieves! and Curtain Up, Unova League!. He also makes a cameo appearance in the credits of Genesect and the Legend Awakened.

Pokémon

This listing is of Burgh's known Pokémon in the anime:

Burgh's Leavanny
Leavanny
Leavanny debuted in Sewaddle and Burgh in Pinwheel Forest!, when Sewaddle is accidentally attached to a Deerling and then thrown into a raging river. When Ash jumps in after it, Burgh sends Leavanny out and tells it to use String Shot, which saves them from falling over a waterfall. It later fashioned leaves to place on the head of Sewaddle after its last head-cover had been ruined by the Deerling and the river.

In Battling For The Love of Bug-Types!, it battled Ash's Swadloon and won easily. It later disabled Pikachu with String Shot and dominated the battle until Pikachu used Leavanny's Leaf Storm to cut free from the threads and bombarded it with all of his attacks.

Leavanny was seen in a flashback in Battling the Leaf Thieves!, when Ash's Swadloon evolved into a Leavanny and started making similar head-covers as Burgh's Leavanny.

It also reappeared in a flashback in Certain Up, Unova League!.

Leavanny's known moves are String Shot, Protect, Leaf Storm, and Hyper Beam.

Debut Sewaddle and Burgh in Pinwheel Forest!
Voice actors
Japanese Chiaki Takahashi
English Erica Schroeder
Burgh's Dwebble
Dwebble
Dwebble was the first Pokémon that Burgh chose to battle Ash in Battling For The Love of Bug-Types!. It defeated Ash's Tepig easily, but was knocked out by Ash's Sewaddle. Burgh says that its shell is much lighter than a normal Dwebble's, making it more agile.

Dwebble's known moves are Dig, Protect, X-Scissor, and Rock Wrecker.

Debut Battling For The Love of Bug-Types!
Voice actors
Japanese Kiyomi Asai
English Tom Wayland
Burgh's Whirlipede
Whirlipede
Whirlipede was the second Pokémon that Burgh chose to battle Ash in Battling For The Love of Bug-Types!. It put up a hard fight against Sewaddle, and its SolarBeam caused him to evolve. Despite the type advantage, Whirlipede was defeated by Ash's newly evolved Swadloon.

Whirlipede's known moves are Poison Sting, Steamroller, Iron Defense, and Solar Beam.

Debut Battling For The Love of Bug-Types!
Voice actors
Japanese Kiyotaka Furushima
English Marc Thompson

At Castelia Gym

Burgh's Sewaddle
Sewaddle
Burgh has a Sewaddle that lives in the Castelia Gym; it is unknown if he uses it in Gym battles. It first appeared where Burgh was shown feeding it before greeting Ash, Iris and Cilan.

None of Sewaddle's moves are known.

Debut Battling For The Love of Bug-Types!
Voice actors
Japanese
English Kayzie Rogers

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 古谷徹 Tōru Furuya
English Billy Bob Thompson
Mandarin Chinese 吳東原 Wú Dōngyuán
Croatian Alen Šalinović
Czech Vojtěch Hájek
Danish Peter Zhelder
German Manou Lubowski
Brazilian Portuguese Ricardo Sawaya
Russian Aleksey Kostrichkin
Spanish Latin America Daniel Lacy
Spain Pablo Tribaldos

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Burgh in Pokémon Adventures

Burgh first appears in Nacrene City where he bumps into Black while he was chasing after the stolen Dragon-type Skeleton. Having come there looking for inspiration to cure his artists block, Burgh joins Black in his search for the Fossil. Together, they find the culprits, Team Plasma, and defeat them in battle to retrieve the Dragon-type Skeleton back for the Nacrene City museum. Having gotten his inspiration back, the two say their goodbyes and Burgh hopes that they will meet again in Castelia City.

In Castelia City, Burgh is seen talking to Iris about his upcoming Gym Battle and becomes disheartened when she criticizes his most recent piece of art as not being as good as his previous ones. Later, he and Black have their Gym Battle at the Castelia Gym with Black emerging as the victor. Iris soon arrives with an unconscious girl named Bianca who had her Pokémon kidnapped. Together, with Black, White, and Iris, Burgh manages to find the kidnappers, Team Plasma, and force them to retreat.

Later, Burgh, along with his fellow Gym Leaders, appears at the Celestial Tower to discuss what to do about Team Plasma. Later, he and the other Gym Leaders battle the Shadow Triad in Nacrene City to protect the Dark Stone from being stolen. Despite their teamwork, Burgh and the other Gym Leaders are defeated by the Shadow Triad's trump card, the Forces of Nature. Burgh, along with the other Gym Leaders, are kidnapped and taken to a dark room, where they had their memories of the kidnapping erased. When Caitlin used her psychic abilities to communicate with the Gym Leaders, she had them relay a message to Black.

During Team Plasma's attack on the Pokémon League, Burgh is hoisted up on a crucifix along with the other Gym Leaders so that they and the League can be mocked. Soon after, he is freed by Shōko's Patrat and assists in the battle against Team Plasma.

Pokémon

Burgh's Venipede
Venipede
Venipede is the first Pokémon that is Burgh is known to possess. It is commonly seen on sitting on Burgh's shoulder.

None of Venipede's moves are known.

Debut The Mystery of the Missing Fossil
Burgh's Whirlipede
Whirlipede
Whirlipede was the second Pokémon that Burgh is seen to own. It was used to battle Gorm of Team Plasma to retrieve the stolen Dragon Skeleton. Later it was used in the Gym Battle against Black's Brav but was easily defeated by an Air Slash. At Nacrene City, it was used to combat the Shadow Triad, but was defeated.

Whirlipede's only known move is Pursuit, and its Ability is Poison Point.

Debut The Mystery of the Missing Fossil
Burgh's Dwebble
Dwebble
Dwebble was the third Pokémon that Burgh is seen to own. It was used in the Gym battle against Black's Brav and easily defeated him. Later, it was switched out when Black sent out his Tula for Leavanny. After Leavanny was defeated, Dwebble faced Black's Tep in battle and was defeated once the Tepig evolved into a Pignite and redirected its attack back at it.

Dwebble's only known move is Smack Down, and its Ability is Sturdy.

Debut Big City Battles
Burgh's Leavanny
Leavanny
Leavanny was the fourth Pokémon that Burgh is seen to own. It was used in the Gym Battle against Black's where it was seen being switched in to battle Black's Tula and tied with it.

Leavanny's known moves are String Shot, Leaf Blade, and Struggle Bug, and its Ability is Chlorophyll.

Debut Big City Battles

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters BW manga

Burgh in the Pocket Monsters manga

Burgh makes an appearance in PMBW09 of the Pocket Monsters BW manga as the third Gym Leader Red encounters.

Trivia

  • His Japanese Leader title is モスト インセクト アーティスト.
  • Burgh is the only returning Gym Leader in Black 2 and White 2 that does not use a pre-Generation V Pokémon in their initial Gym battle.
    • He is also the only Gym Leader to completely replace one of his initial three Pokémon in Challenge Mode, replacing his Swadloon with a Shelmet.
  • Burgh uses an illegal Accelgor in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, during the Unova Leaders Tournament. This Accelgor knows both the moves Spikes and Guard Split, both of which it is able to learn by breeding. However, it should be unable to learn them simultaneously, as it can receive Guard Split only from Shuckle while it must get Spikes from the Pineco family.

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese アーティ Arty From artichoke. Also from artist or artisan.
English Burgh From Bug. May also be from burg, another word for city, referring to where he lives.
French Artie From his Japanese name.
German Artie From his Japanese name.
Italian Artemisio From arte, art.
Spanish Camus From Camus de Bretagne, an artichoke.
Korean 아티 Arty From his Japanese name.
Chinese (Mandarin) 亞堤 Yǎtí Transliteration of his Japanese name.


Gym Leaders of the Unova region
Striaton Gym Trio Badge
Cilan OD.png Chili OD.png Cress OD.png
Cilan Chili Cress
Nacrene Gym Basic Badge
Lenora OD.png
Lenora
Castelia Gym Insect Badge
Burgh OD.png
Burgh
Nimbasa Gym Bolt Badge
Elesa OD.png
Elesa
Driftveil Gym Quake Badge
Clay OD.png
Clay
Mistralton Gym Jet Badge
Skyla OD.png
Skyla
Icirrus Gym Freeze Badge
Brycen OD.png
Brycen
Opelucid Gym Legend Badge
Drayden OD.png Iris BW OD.png
Drayden Iris
Aspertia Gym Basic Badge
Cheren OD.png
Cheren
Virbank Gym Toxic Badge
Roxie OD.png
Roxie
Humilau Gym Wave Badge
Marlon OD.png
Marlon

RedClefairyPikachuTogepiTyrogueConkeldurr
PM GreenBlueYellowGoldSilver
Professor OakBill
BrockMistyLt. SurgeErikaSabrinaKogaBlaineGiovanniLoreleiBrunoAgathaLance
Professor ElmEarlClefairy RangersKurtDJ MaryChairmanKiyo
FalknerBugsyWhitneyMortyJasmineChuckPryceClairWillKaren
PMRS RubySapphireRedBlue
Professor BirchMr. StoneMr. BrineyMaxieTetsuyaRydelRydel's rival
Dr. TakedaScott
NormanRoxanneBrawlyWattson
PMDP DiaKazuki
Professor RowanMarsLookerCharon
Dai FugōOkane Daisukī
RoarkAaron
PMBW BlackBiancaCheren
Professor JuniperNCedric JuniperGhetsis
CilanChiliCressLenoraBurghElesaClaySkylaShauntalMarshalGrimsleyCaitlinAlder
PMXY ShaunaProfessor Sycamore


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