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Bruno

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Bruno
シバ Siba
HeartGold SoulSilver Bruno.png
Art from HeartGold and SoulSilver
Gender Male
Eye color Black
Hair color Black
Hometown Unknown
Region Kanto or Johto
Trainer class Elite Four
Generation I, II, III, IV
Games Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, Crystal, FireRed, LeafGreen, HeartGold, SoulSilver, Stadium, Stadium 2
Elite Four of Indigo Plateau
Specializes in Fighting types
Anime debut To Master the Onix-Pected
English voice actor Adam Blaustein
Japanese voice actor Toshiyuki Morikawa

Bruno (Japanese: シバ Siba) is a Master Fighting-type Trainer and member of the Elite Four of Kanto and Johto.

In the games

Bruno is a member of the Elite Four. He raises Fighting-type Pokémon, living with them and training with them. He joined the Elite Four out of a desire to challenge the best Trainers. Although he trains Fighting Pokémon, he also uses Onix and its evolution and his strongest Pokémon is always his Machamp.

Bruno regularly visits the Sevii Islands. He and his Pokémon use the spa on Knot Island, and he visits Boon Island to buy RageCandyBars.

Brawly is a former training partner of Bruno's.

In Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver, Bruno continues to be a member of the Elite Four, having moved up in position one level.

Fame Checker

This is a list of the Fame Checker's information on Bruno in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.

Pokémon League - Bruno
  • What does this person do?
"I am Bruno of the Elite Four."
Pokémon League - Bruno
  • Favorite kind of Pokémon?
"I've lived and trained with my fighting Pokémon."
Saffron City - Pokémon Journal
  • What is this person like?
"Bruno apparently joined the Elite Four out of his burning ambition to
battle the best Trainers."
Ember Spa - Crusher
  • What is this person like?
"Bruno, who's a senior ahead of me, visits the Spa on occasion.
He comes to rehab injuries, both his own and his Pokémon's "
Two Island - Woman
  • There's a rumor...
"He's one of the Elite Four. His name is Bruno.
He went away disappointed when he found out that they were all sold out of Rage Candybars."
Tanoby Key - BlackBelt
  • Family and friends?
"Even Bruno, he trained with a fellow by the name of Brawly before."
Message from Bruno
  • From: Bruno
  • To: [Player]
"The super power of your Pokémon and you I've experienced myself.
Next time, maybe I should show you how to train yourself."

Pokémon

This listing is for Bruno's Pokémon in the video games in which he has appeared.

Pokémon Red, Blue, and Green



Pokémon Yellow



Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal



Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

First battle


Rematch


Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

First battle


Rematch


Pokémon Stadium

Round 1


Round 2


Pokémon Stadium 2

Round 1


Round 2


Quotes

Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow

  • Before battle
"I am Bruno of the Elite Four! Through rigorous training, people and Pokémon can become stronger! I've weight trained with my Pokémon! And that will never change! <player>! We will grind you down with our superior power! Hoo hah!"
  • Being defeated
"Why? How could I lose?"
  • After being defeated
"My job is done! Go face your next challenge!"

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

  • Before battle
"I am Bruno of the Elite Four. I always train to the extreme because I believe in our potential. That is how we became strong. Can you withstand our power? Hm? I see no fear in you. You look determined. Perfect for battle! Ready, <player>? You will bow down to our overwhelming power! Hoo hah!"
  • Being defeated
"Why? How could we lose?"
  • After being defeated
"Having lost, I have no right to say anything… Go face your next challenge!"

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

  • Before battle
"I am Bruno of the Elite Four! Through rigorous training, people and Pokémon can become stronger without limit. I've lived and trained with my fighting Pokémon! And that will never change! <player>! We will grind you down with our superior power! Hoo hah!"
  • Being defeated
"Why? How could I lose?"
  • After being defeated
"My job is done. Go face your next challenge."

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

  • Before battle
"I am Bruno of the Elite Four. I always train to the extreme because I believe in our potential. That is how we became strong. Can you withstand our power? Hm? I see no fear in you. You look determined. Perfect for battle! Ready, <player>? You will bow down to our overwhelming power! Hoo hah!"
  • After sending out last Pokémon
"Fight as hard as you can 'til you faint!"
  • Last Pokémon at critical health
"We're standing firm!"
  • Being defeated
"Why?! …How could we lose?"
  • After being defeated
"Having lost, I have no right to say anything… Go face your next challenge!"

Pokémon Puzzle Challenge

050Diglett.png This article is incomplete.
Please feel free to edit this article to add missing information and complete it.
Reason: Quotes seem to vary, perhaps depending on how well the player did..

  • Normal
"Do you think you can match us? We've trained to the limits! I see nothing to fear from your face, so let us battle! Feel my incredible power! Wah-hah!"
"What happened? To think we could lose...?!? Say nothing to me! Continue on!"
  • Hard
"Do you think you can match us? We've trained to the limits! I see nothing to fear from your face, so let us battle! Feel my incredible power! Wah-hah!"
"What happened? To think we could lose...?!? Say nothing to me! Continue on!"
  • Super Hard
"Do you think you can match us? We've trained to the limits! I see nothing to fear from your face, so let us battle! Feel my incredible power! Let's go!"
"What happened? To think we could lose...?!? Say nothing to me! Continue on!"
  • Intense
"Do you think you can match us? We've trained to the limits! I see nothing to fear from your face, so let us battle! Feel my incredible power!"
"What's this? To think we could lose...?!? Say nothing to me! Continue on!"

Artwork

FireRed LeafGreen Bruno.png
Official artwork from
Generation III

Sprites

Spr RG Bruno.png Spr Y Bruno.png Spr GS Bruno.png Spr FRLG Bruno.png Spr HGSS Bruno.png VSBruno.png
Sprite from
Red and Blue
Sprite from
Yellow
Sprite from
Generation II
Sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
VS sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Bruno I OD.png Bruno II OD.png Bruno III OD.png Bruno OD.png S2 Elite Four Bruno.png
Overworld sprite from
Generation I
Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Overworld sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Portrait from
Stadium and
Stadium 2

In the anime

In the main series

Bruno in the anime

Bruno's only appearance has been in To Master the Onixpected!. While Ash was preparing for the Pokémon League in Kanto, he found out that Bruno was training in the mountains near Pallet Town. Brock was enthusiastic about meeting Bruno, so they took Misty and headed towards the mountains. In the local mountains, it was known that Onix grew much larger than usual.

After Bruno saved them from one of the giant Onix, Ash and Brock begged for Bruno to take them on as students. Bruno agreed, as long as Ash and Brock would do anything he said. Bruno had them chop wood, carry water, and carve chopsticks—among other chores. Misty began to suspect that Bruno was a phony.

Brock decided to prove how amazing Bruno was by surprising him with a sneak attack. He assumed that Bruno's reflexes would be so amazing, he'd stop Brock with ease. Brock nearly ended up knocking Bruno unconscious. Bruno admitted that he didn't know any secret techniques on how to train Pokémon and just wanted to have someone to do chores for him.

Later, the kids were again chased by a giant Onix. The giant Pokémon was upset because a Sandslash was stuck between two of its boulders. Bruno removed Sandslash, calmed Onix, and it decided to join his team. Bruno then said that the only true secret behind Pokémon training is that Trainers and their Pokémon should care for each other.

Bruno has amazing physical power and agility in the anime, and appears capable of using them with almost superhuman expertise.

Pokémon

This listing is of Bruno's Pokémon in the Pokémon anime:

Bruno's Hitmonchan
Hitmonchan
Not much is known about Bruno's Hitmonchan, as he has only been seen briefly in a video watched by Brock and Ash.

Hitmonchan's only known move is Thunder Punch*.

Debut To Master the Onixpected!
Voice actors
Japanese
English Michael Haigney
Bruno's Onix
Onix
Main article: Bruno's Onix

Bruno went to Mt. Hideaway in order to find and capture this giant Onix. At Mt. Hideaway Onix grew much bigger and stronger than elsewhere. This certain Onix was rampaging around the mountain in agony. Ash and friends tried to stop it, but didn't succeed. Bruno then appeared and was ready to catch Onix. When Ash and the others asked what Pokémon he was going to use, Bruno shocked them by telling that he wasn't going to use any Pokémon. Bruno soon found the reason for Onix's agony: a Sandslash had been stuck inside of it. After Sandslash was removed, Onix became very thankful for Bruno and accepted to come with him, so Bruno threw his Poké Ball at Onix and captured it.

Debut To Master the Onixpected!
Voice actors
Japanese Unshō Ishizuka
English Unshō Ishizuka

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 森川智之 Toshiyuki Morikawa
English Adam Blaustein
Polish Robert Ostolski
Brazilian Portuguese Mauro Eduardo
Spanish Latin America Carlos Hugo Hidalgo
Spain Miguel Ángel Montero

In Pokémon Origins

Bruno in Pokémon Origins

Bruno appeared briefly in the Pokémon Origins episode File 4 - Charizard. He was seen being challenged and defeated by Red, allowing Red move on to challenge Agatha.

Pokémon

Bruno's Onix
Onix
Main article: Bruno's Onix

Onix is Bruno's only known Pokémon. It was seen battling against Red's Scyther, eventually getting defeated off-screen.

Debut File 4 - Charizard

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Bruno and his Pokémon

Bruno was primarily a villain. He challenged Red to a Pokémon battle in a remote area and fought him evenly, defeating Poli and injuring his Pikachu and Gyarados. Afterwards, his comrades Agatha and Lorelei then offered a position on the Elite Four to Red for his battling prowess, but Red refused so Lorelei froze him using her expanding ice cuffs. Many of his Machop were seen to decoy Pewter City and keep Brock at bay before stealing his Badge.

Later, the Elite Four were at Cerise Island unleashing the final part of their plan: to destroy humanity. Bill and Lt. Surge encountered Bruno near an acidic river, with his two Onix acting as bridges. The battle took place with Bruno standing on one Onix, and his opponents standing on the other. When Yellow and Blaine came along it was also revealed that he put up a barrier to stop any intruders from entering so a fair battle could be fought. Bill and Lt. Surge eventually gained the upper hand by combining Exeggcute's Egg Bomb with Electrode's Explosion to make the Onix collapse and make them all fall except Lt. Surge had his Magneton create a Barrier to keep them elevated. It later was revealed that Bruno really used his Hitmonlee's legs to keep him hanging on, and Agatha's mind-controlling armbands then forced him to try and drag Surge down to the acid, only to be saved by a stranger with a Venusaur riding a bike. Red then came, revealed himself, and defeated Bruno using Vee with new found control of its evolutions.

It was later revealed that Bruno was an unwilling member, and only strived to be the best fighter there is. Agatha used the mind controlling abilities of her Ghost-type Pokémon to force Bruno to join. Due to this he was suffering memory loss and questions why he was in the Elite Four, so he couldn't even realize that he was being controlled.

Without any place to go, Bruno allied with three other ex-members of criminal organizations: Will, Karen, and Koga. Bruno apparently saved Koga when Cerise was about to collapse, and they both met Will and Karen in Ilex Forest at the end of the Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter. The new Elite Four, as they would later be known as, were not seen in action until much later, in the HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter.

Bruno attaches his Poké Balls to the ends of a nunchuck. The force of him using the weapon causes his Pokémon to be released at high speeds, giving him the advantage in battles. He also has a unique Hitmonlee with arms as flexible as its legs, something previously thought to be impossible. It has also been mentioned, similarly to the Generation III main games, that Bruno used to train with Brawly, now a Gym Leader in Hoenn.

Pokémon

This listing is for Bruno's Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga.

Bruno's Hitmonlee
Hitmonlee
Hitmonlee is Bruno's main Pokémon that specializes in kicking. He was known to have very strong legs as he was able to destroy Bill's house in one single kick and in other violent activities. He was used in a battle against Red on Mt. Moon. During their battle, Hitmonlee was able to land hefty damage on Red's Pika, who was aiming for its knee but soon found that its elastic, spring-like legs made the feat virtually impossible. Soon afterwards, after Lorelei and Agatha joined the fray (and the latter activated the mind-controlling wristbands that she had Bruno wear), it was used alongside the former's Jynx and the latter's Gastly to defeat Poli, Saur, and Gyara. Hitmonlee was later used in the HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter, where it fought with Koga's Ekans against Lance's Dragonite, but to no avail.

Hitmonlee's known moves are Hi Jump Kick, Rolling Kick and Mega Kick.

Debut Ponyta Tale
Bruno's Onix
Onix
Main article: Bruno's Onix

Onix was used to battle Red during their battle on Mt. Moon. Despite a type disadvantage against Red's Gyarados, it was able to hold its own and deftly avoid super-effective hits from its Water-type attacks. Afterwards, it used its Bind to keep the Gyarados from attacking at all, only to take damage from the latter's Bite. It then dug underground to launch a surprise attack, and this time faced off against Saur. However, before that fight could conclude, it was interrupted by a pack of Diglett crossing, and later Bruno's Elite Four comrades Lorelei and Agatha. A while later, it fought Bill and Lt. Surge on Cerise Island. He uses it this time to battle Red again. Onix was used to carry Red and the others off of Cerise Islands as it was collapsing.

Debut Punching Poliwrath
Bruno's Hitmonchan
Hitmonchan
Hitmonchan was first seen in Bruno's flashback. In the flashback, Hitmonchan was seen battling with Red's Poli, whom he defeated by cloaking his ThunderPunch moves in the guise of using Fire Punch and taking damage from the Poliwrath's DoubleSlap. Hitmonchan specializes in punching, mostly in his elemental punch moves.

Hitmonchan's known moves are Fire Punch, ThunderPunch, Ice Punch and Comet Punch.

Debut Punching Poliwrath
Bruno's Machamp
Machamp
Machamp, specialized in chopping, was known for keeping the belt of Machoke, which stored the excess power that normal Machoke do not keep upon evolution. Those powers came in handy when it was able to defeat Poli with them before being subdued by Vee's Pin Missile. In the HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter, he used Machamp in the Pokéathlon, being able to break two sets of ten blocks really quickly without losing stamina in the Block Smash portion. However, he was soon overtaken when Gold's team consistently aimed for the blocks' weak spots.

None of Machamp's moves are known.

Debut Make Way For Magikarp
Bruno's Machop
Machop (multiple)
Bruno gave orders to these Machop to attack Kanto. As they were doing it and when they reached Pewter City, Brock tries to stop them by using his Geodude.

None of Machop's moves are known.

Debut Playing Horsea
Bruno's Tyrogue
Tyrogue
Tyrogue was used in the GSC saga. Bruno used him to smash open rocks leading to Ilex forest.

Tyrogue's known moves are Rock Smash and Double Team.

Debut The Last Battle X

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

Bruno in Pokémon Pocket Monsters
Bruno as a Johto Elite Four member

Bruno first appears in Clefairy's Under Training!!. When Red, Clefairy and Pikachu were out in a garden, they notice Bruno training with his Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan. Bruno invites them over and the first thing he has them do was go under a waterfall. After the waterfall training, he has them break some bricks. Afterwards, Bruno has them meditate. During meditation, Clefairy, for some odd reason, decides to disrupt the training, much to everyone's ire. This is when Bruno reveals himself as one of the Elite Four. Clefairy then starts to mess up his hair which resulted in Clefairy getting booted out of the dojo.

Bruno called out his Machamp and two Onix to handle Clefairy after forcing Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan to fight each other. However, they almost managed to defeat Clefairy if Pikachu didn't help him out in escaping.

Bruno reappears in A Challenge to the Elite Four where it was revealed that he is part of the Johto Elite Four. He, along with Koga and Will fell from the Elite Four Tower, seemly defeated by Karen. Red ask them what happened, but Koga ask him to ask Karen herself. It is later revealed that after being exhausted from training, Karen decided to tell them a joke, and they fell down the building after hearing her dumb joke.

Pokémon

Bruno's Hitmonlee
Hitmonlee
Hitmonlee was first seen training with Hitmonchan. He was involved in training under the waterfall, breaking the bricks and meditating. When Clefairy started to become disruptive, he forced Hitmonlee to fight Hitmonchan, even though his job was to get rid of Clefairy. Hitmonlee reappeared in A Challenge to the Elite Four all the way on the top floor of the Pokémon League.

None of Hitmonlee's moves are known.

Debut Clefairy's Under Training!!
Bruno's Hitmonchan
Hitmonchan
Hitmonchan was first seen training with Hitmonlee. He was involved in training under the waterfall, breaking the bricks and meditating. When Clefairy started to become disruptive, he forced Hitmonchan to fight Hitmonlee, even though his job was to get rid of Clefairy. Hitmonchan reappeared in A Challenge to the Elite Four all the way on the top floor of the Pokémon League.

None of Hitmonchan's moves are known.

Debut Clefairy's Under Training!!
Bruno's Golem
Golem
Bruno called out Golem while Red and the gang were training under a waterfall. Golem jumped from the top of the ledge and landed on Clefairy very hard.

None of Golem's moves are known.

Debut Clefairy's Under Training!!
Bruno's Shellder
Shellder (×5)
Bruno has five Shellder on him. They were disguised as bricks while it was Clefairy's turn to break them. The Shellder responded by attacking Clefairy after he tried to break them.
Debut Clefairy's Under Training!!
Bruno's Machamp
Machamp
Machamp appears out of the waterfall after Clefairy decided to become disruptive. It was beaten after Clefairy forced the two Onix to wrap themselves around Machamp. Machamp reappeared in A Challenge to the Elite Four all the way on the top floor of the Pokémon League.

None of Machamp's moves are known.

Debut Clefairy's Under Training!!
Bruno's Onix
Onix (×2)
Main article: Bruno's Onix

Bruno's two Onix appeared out of the waterfall when Bruno called them over. They reappeared in A Challenge to the Elite Four.

Debut Clefairy's Under Training!!
Bruno's Hitmontop
Hitmontop
When Red challenged the Pokémon League in Indigo Plateau after he defeated all of the Gym Leaders in Johto, Bruno has added a Hitmontop to his team sometime before that. He appeared on the top floor of the Pokémon League when Red found Karen up there.

None of Hitmontop's moves are known.

Debut A Challenge to the Elite Four!

In the Pokémon Zensho manga

Bruno in Pokémon Zensho

Bruno appears in Indigo Plateau as the second member of the Elite Four whom Satoshi faces. He battles him with his Hitmonlee and is defeated, allowing Satoshi to move on to the next room to face Agatha.

Pokémon

Bruno's Hitmonlee
Hitmonlee
Hitmonlee was the Pokémon Bruno was seen using in his battle with Satoshi, but it was defeated by Satoshi's Lapras.
Debut Indigo Plateau

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Bruno or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Bruno's Pokémon
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Bruno's Machamp Fighting       Pokémon VS Common 081/141
Bruno's Hitmonlee Fighting       Pokémon VS Common 082/141
Bruno's Hitmonchan Fighting       Pokémon VS Common 083/141
Bruno's Steelix Metal       Pokémon VS Rare Holo 084/141
Bruno's Ursaring Colorless       Pokémon VS Common 085/141
Bruno's Hitmontop Fighting       Pokémon VS Common 086/141
Other related cards
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Bruno's TM 01 T [TM]       Pokémon VS Uncommon 123/141
Bruno's TM 02 T [TM]       Pokémon VS Uncommon 124/141
 

Trivia

  • Bruno's hair has changed from Generation II to Generation III to a longer, darker style; his skin tone became lighter as well.
  • In Generation III, Bruno's overworld sprite always looks to right after being defeated.
  • Bruno's original sprite in Generation I and overworld sprites in Generation II and III show him with remarkably closed eyes (somewhat similar to Brock's), similar to his Pokémon Adventures version, but starting in the next generation, he looks the same way he did in the anime.
  • Bruno was the first member of the Elite Four who was met in the anime, not counting Koga, who was not a member at the time of his appearance.
  • None of Bruno's sprites have ever shown him standing up.
  • Bruno, Lance, Koga and Caitlin are the only Elite Four members who have appeared in more than one generation (excluding remakes).
    • Bruno, Lance, and Koga are the only members of the Elite Four who have appeared in all the generations prior to Generation V. Of the three, Bruno is the only one to always keep his status as an Elite Four member.
  • Despite taking place three years later, Bruno's Pokémon are at a lower level in Generation II than they were in Generation I. The same thing happens to Lance and Blue.
  • Bruno, Will and Koga are the only Elite Four members to have the same type specialty as a Gym Leader of their specific regions.
  • Bruno has an illegal Exeggutor in Pokémon Stadium 2: Ancient Power is an Egg move, while Explosion is a Generation I TM.

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese シバ Siba From シバ shiba, Zoysia. Also from しばく shibaku, to strike.
English, German, Italian, Spanish Bruno Means "brown haired". It's similar to brawn, bruiser, and brunt.
French Aldo Originates from the Italian short form of Germanic name elements ald (old) and adal (noble).
Korean 시바 Siba Transliteration of シバ Siba.
Chinese (Taiwan) 希巴 Xībā* Transliteration of his Japanese name.
濕婆 Shīpó* Refers to Shiva, who is considered as the Destroyer in Hinduism.
Chái* From 柴 shiba, firewood.
Chinese (Mainland China) 志霸 Zhìbà* From the name 志覇 Shiba. Literally "dominating will".
希巴 Xībā* Transliteration of his Japanese name.
斯巴 Sībā* Transliteration of his Japanese name.



Indigo League
Generation I and Generation III
Spr FRLG Lorelei.png
Elite Four
Lorelei
Spr FRLG Bruno.png
Elite Four
Bruno
Spr FRLG Agatha.png
Elite Four
Agatha
Spr FRLG Lance.png
Elite Four
Lance
Blue
Champion
Blue
Generation II and Generation IV
VSWill.png
Elite Four
Will
VSKoga.png
Elite Four
Koga
VSBruno.png
Elite Four
Bruno
VSKaren.png
Elite Four
Karen
VSLance.png
Champion
Lance

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