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ブオウ Buoh
Poké Ball
Debuts in Fussing and Fighting
Caught at Nuvema Town
Evolves in The Case of the Missing Pokémon
Museum Showdown
Gender Male
Ability Blaze
Current location With Black
Tepig Pignite Emboar
This Pokémon spent 19 rounds as Tepig and 18 rounds as Pignite.

Bo (Japanese: ブオウ Buoh) is the Pokémon given to Black by Professor Juniper in the Pokémon Adventures manga. Originally, as a Tepig, his nickname was Tep (Japanese: ポカ Poka) and as a Pignite, his nickname was Nite (Japanese: チャオ Chao).


As a Tepig

Bo first appeared as a Tepig as one of the Pokémon owned by Professor Juniper along with the other Unova Starters, Snivy and Oshawott. While he sloppily ate some Berries he roasted with his flames, Bo got into a fight with Snivy after getting juice on its tail. The two fought each other until they were broken up by Oshawott who had gotten angry and easily knocked them away. Later, they are delivered to an impatient Black so they can be the Pokémon of the new upcoming Trainers. After being sent out of his Poké Ball, Bo and Snivy get into a fight once more and is again stopped by an enraged Oshawott. Bo runs off and Black follows him, leaving Snivy to suffer the wrath of Oshawott. Eventually Black finds Bo stuck on a tree and rescues him from a wild Sewaddle and takes him as his own Pokémon. Later, Black goes to a library to look up the evolved form of Tepig so he can decide an appropriate nickname for Bo. Bo assumes that Black meant that he wasn't happy with his present form and runs away. Black follows him and after finding out the reason why Bo ran away, decides to give him the nickname "Tep" instead of a name based on his final form.

After some adventuring, Bo is introduced to the Tepig of White, Gigi and becomes friends with her. White, needing a male Tepig to go with her female Tepig in her media shootings, decides to employ Black and Bo after the former runs up a huge bill that he now needs to pay off. Bo and Gigi are then paired up in several shootings, such as movies or commercials. Bo is later used against N in Accumula Town where he is almost defeated by the young man's powerful Pokémon. With words of encouragement from Black, Bo manages to get back up and defeats his Tympole, allowing N to decide that the battle is over and leave.

As a Pignite

Bo, alongside Cheren's Snivy and Bianca's Oshawott, is used in the Striaton Gym against the Gym Leaders, Cilan, Chili, and Cress. Eventually, they manage to defeat Chili's Pansear, allowing them to win with three to one after the time limit runs out. After arriving in Castelia City, Bo and Black encounter a lost boy crying in one of its buildings. When Black leaves to find help to find out why the boy is crying, Bo is left to watch over him. The boy quickly reveals himself to be a Zorua in disguise and causes havoc for Bo all throughout the building. Eventually, Bo manages to attack the Pokémon, but Zorua escapes and one of his attacks hits Black instead.

Later, Bo begins his evolution process into his next stage. This causes White to freak out at the thought of losing her two Tepig duo between Bo and Gigi; she grabs Bo and shakes him violently to get him to stop evolving. In his Gym battle against Burgh, Black considers using Bo but decides against it when he remembers White's refusal against it. However when Brav and Tula are defeated during the 3-on-3 Gym battle, Black was forced to use Bo as his last resort against Burgh's final Pokémon Dwebble. After nearly getting defeated by Dwebble's Smack Down, Bo was able to evolve into Pignite and quickly beat it by redirecting Dwebble's attack back at it. Afterwards, Black gave it a new nickname "Nite" to account for its recent evolution.

In Black's Gym battle against Elesa, Bo is sent out to fight her Zebstrika. Due to Elesa's strategy of using Volt Switch to repeatedly switch out her team and attack, Bo struggles with hitting his opponents. Eventually, he manages to defeat Zebstrika as well as Elesa's Emolga, making Black the victor. In Black's Gym battle against Clay, Bo fights against Clay's Excadrill. After having trouble with Excadrill's hole-digging tactics, Bo counters by making his own holes in the ground, allowing him to find his elusive opponent. After a short time, the two Pokémon knock each other out.

Bo is used in Black's Gym battle against Skyla, where he faces against her Swoobat. Despite the type disadvantage, Bo comes out on top by crushing his opponent with a Heat Crash. Next, he faces Skyla's Swanna, but is quickly defeated. When the Shadow Triad attempt to steal the Dark Stone from the Nacrene City Museum, Bo is used to attack the Team Plasma Grunts inside to protect the stone. Later, when the Shadow Triad use the Forces of Nature to attack the Gym Leaders and Black, Bo attempts to protect his Trainer, but is easily stopped. He soon evolves into an Emboar and breaks free, but is still not strong enough to defeat the legendary Pokémon.

After the defeat, Black is taken to the Tubeline Bridge for training under Brycen. Black is tasked with training Bo in fighting against Brycen's Cryogonal. Initially, they have trouble due to Bo's stubbornness, but they manage to defeat Cryogonal and break the ice chain it had around Black's ankle. During the training, Black gave it the nickname "Bo" now that it reached its final form. During Black's Gym battle against Brycen, Bo was used against Brycen's Cryogonal. Using the training it had before, Bo easily defeated Cryogonal, only to fall to Brycen's Vanillish next.

After Musha left Black's team and Black fell unconscious for several days, he awoke to find the League had already started. Feeling dejected that he didn't obtain all eight Badges, Black decides to go back home to Nuvema Town. When he sees how sad his team is that they won't be able to join the League, Black decides to change his mind and challenge Drayden to a last-minute Gym battle for his final Badge. At the League, Bo is used to battle against Cheren in the finals. He fights against Cheren's Gigalith, but is nearly defeated due to a type-disadvantage. Eventually Bo is switched for Brav, who defeats Cheren's Unfezant and wins the battle for Black.

During Team Plasma's attack on the League, Bo, Tula, Musha, and Costa are sent out to help Black's allies fight against the Team Plasma Grunts causing havoc below. Once they finish, Bo and the rest of Black's team return to their Trainer after he had defeated N. The reunion is cut short when Ghetsis attacks Black in order to prevent the public from learning about N's defeat. With a team specifically designed to counter Black's, Ghetsis has the immediate advantage. With Musha's help, Black defeats Ghetsis by defeating his secret weapon, a Volcarona, and then unleashing powerful attacks on Ghetsis's team.

Personality and characteristics

Bo and Gigi

Bo shares a love of Pokémon battles with Black and a love for food, as seen in Fussing and Fighting. Bo has a big heart and wants to be appreciated for who he is now, as opposed to what he can become—as seen in A Nickname for Tepig where he was determined to show Black that he was great the way he was, thus his nickname reflecting his current stage as opposed to the evolved stage like the rest of Black's party. Bo is a bit of a romantic, almost instantly sparking a relationship with Gigi. He is also very clever; he used Pansage's leaves to heal himself, Oshawott, and Snivy, winning the battle at the Striaton Gym.

Moves used

Tep Flame Charge.png
Using Flame Charge as a Tepig
Bo Flamethrower.png
Using Flamethrower
Move First Used In
Ember Fussing and Fighting
Flame Charge Black's First Trainer Battle
Rock Smash Battle at the Dreamyard
Bulldoze Battle on a Roller Coaster
Fire Pledge Fight in a Cold Climate
Heat Crash Up in the Air
Flamethrower Decisions, Decisions
Hammer Arm Decisions, Decisions
Head Smash The Cold Hard Truth
Brick Break True Friends
Flare Blitz The Power of Dreams
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.


Bo, as an actor, has starred in several films and television series. Black mentioned one in Their First Gym Battle.

Films and Television titles

  • Days of our Pokémon (Japanese: マチ子の町 Machiko's Town)


  • Bo is currently the only one of Black's Pokémon to be given a name based on its base form rather than its final form. However, his nickname was changed once he evolved into a Pignite and later into a Emboar.
  • If Natee's name change currently only present in Chuang Yi's translation isn't counted, then Bo's evolution marks the first and currently only time where a Pokémon belonging to a Pokédex holder has its name changed.
  • The series Bo acted in, Days of our Pokémon, is likely based on the soap opera, Days of our Lives.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ポカ Poka
チャオ Chao
ブオウ Buoh
From ポカブ Pokabu, Tepig
From チャオブー Chaoboo, Pignite
From エンブオー Enbuoh, Emboar
English Tep
From Tepig
From Pignite
From Emboar
French Grui
From Gruikui, Tepig
From Grotichon, Pignite
From Roitiflam, Emboar
German Floflo
From Floink , Tepig
From Ferkokel, Pignite
From Flambirex, Emboar
Korean 뚜꾸Ttukku
차오 Chao
무왕 Muwang
From 뚜꾸리 Ttukkuri, Tepig
From 차오꿀 Chaokkul, Pignite
From 염무왕 Yeommuwang, Emboar
Chinese (Mandarin) 暖暖 Nuǎnnuǎn From 暖暖豬 Nuǎnnuǎnzhū, Tepig
Chinese (Cantonese) 暖暖 Nyúhnnyúhn From 暖暖豬 Nyúhnnyúhnzyū, Tepig
Brazilian Portuguese Tep
From Tepig
From Pignite
From Emboar

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Tepig, Pignite, and Emboar.

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