Ash's Buizel

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Ash's Buizel
サトシのブイゼル Satoshi's Buoysel
Poké Ball
Ash Buizel.png
Ash's Buizel
Debuts in Buizel Your Way Out Of This!
Caught at Around Route 205
Gender Male
Ability Swift Swim
Traded in Throwing the Track Switch
Original Trainer Dawn
Traded for Ash's Aipom
Current location At Professor Oak's Laboratory
This Pokémon has not evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Buizel Kiyotaka Furushima

Ash's Buizel (Japanese: サトシのブイゼル Satoshi's Buoysel) is the third Pokémon captured by Dawn in Buizel Your Way Out Of This!, and was traded to Ash Ketchum for his Aipom after Buizel showed a love for battling and Aipom a love for contests in Throwing the Track Switch.



Buizel in its debut

With Dawn

Buizel has a vastly different type of personality than Dawn's other Pokémon. He purposely looks for battles with Trainers' Pokémon and loves to show off his amazing strength. He first took out Dawn's Piplup, then Zoey's Glameow, and finally Ash's Pikachu by using his incredible speed and moves like Aqua Jet. He showed bitterness towards humans, but gained respect for Dawn after she saved him from a nasty fall. Afterwards, Buizel found her worthy enough for a second battle, where she was able to capture him. Since then, though, he still gets along poorly with most other Pokémon. In particular, he seems to have a rivalry developing with one of the other strength-oriented Pokémon on the cast, Brock's Croagunk. However, they may have started to get along with each other as they are with each other in Sleight of Sand! while the others play.

With Ash

Buizel in the Wallace Cup

In Throwing the Track Switch, Dawn began the Contest training for the Solaceon Town Contest; however, Buizel seemed to be more interested in Ash's battle training and thus couldn't set his mind on Dawn's training. Meanwhile, Ash's Aipom appeared to have a similar problem in Ash's training because she tended to be more interested in Dawn's Contest training. Then Zoey proposed that Ash and Dawn trade them. After some soul-searching, the trainers agreed, and the trade took place.

In The Keystone Pops!, during a battle between Ash and Dawn, Buizel's SonicBoom was deflected by Aipom, hitting a stone tower and freeing a Spiritomb.

In A Triple Fighting Chance!, he fought Maylene's Lucario in a Gym Battle, resulting in a Double KO and a tied match. During the battle, Buizel learned Water Pulse. Buizel's version is unique, as Buizel's Water Pulse retains its spherical shape, which is presumably inspired by the Aura Sphere of Maylene's Lucario. Buizel also revealed his ability, Swift Swim for the first time, which became critcal to Ash's performance.

In a Staging a Heroes Welcome! and Pruning a Passel of Pals!, Buizel participated in his first contest-style competition as Ash's entry for the Wallace Cup. Buizel succeeded in the appeal rounds due to a dazzling combination of Aqua Jet, Water Gun, SonicBoom, and the utilization of his inflatable tube around its neck, but lost in the second round of battles to a Lanturn, after defeating a Kecleon in the first battle round. He perfected an Ice Beam and Aqua Jet combination that Dawn had tried to teach him in an earlier episode.

Ash and Buizel

In A Crasher Course in Power!, Buizel was training for Ash's Gym battle and was accidentally shocked by Pikachu. Buizel angrily jumped at Pikachu but was restrained by Turtwig. Buizel continued to hold a grudge against Pikachu during the battle. Buizel defeated Crasher Wake's Quagsire using his "Ice Aqua Jet" combination and stayed on to battle Floatzel. Floatzel managed to use most of Buizel's attacks against him and eventually confused him with his own Water Pulse. Buizel was recalled and Pikachu was sent out. Buizel eventually shook off the confusion to see Pikachu valiantly fighting a losing battle against Floatzel. Floatzel eventually partially froze Pikachu's back and Buizel wanted to get back in the fight. As Pikachu and Buizel tagged out, they exchanged a high five and Buizel broke the ice on Pikachu's back with a Water Gun. Buizel went on to defeat Floatzel by using a Water Pulse at close range, defeating Floatzel and earning Ash his Fen Badge.

In Shield with a Twist!, Buizel defeated Fantina's Gengar, marking the debut of his own Counter Shield strategy, but lost to her Drifblim.

In Dealing With Defensive Types!, he was used in battle against Byron's Steelix, but he could only use a Water Gun attack, which was easily countered by Steelix's Screech. The Iron Snake Pokémon, having Buizel unable to move due to the loud noise, trapped him with Bind, threw him into the air and finally defeated him with an Iron Tail straight on his head, slamming him to the ground. When the dust caused by the impact cleared, Buizel was still standing, but ultimately collapsed and was unable to battle. When Ash went to see if he was severely injured, he looked at him with a smile, then Ash thanked him and returned him to his Poké Ball.

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Buizel's ability activated

In Pedal to the Mettle! and Evolving Strategies!, Buizel was the first Pokémon used by Ash in his full battle against Paul (which was also the first time Buizel had battled Paul since being traded to Ash), however he was immediately recalled by Ash when Paul chose to start with his Torterra. Buizel was later sent out against Paul's Magmortar, but despite the type advantage he struggled against the Blast Pokémon and was poisoned by its Smog before Paul recalled it. Paul then sent out his Ursaring and Buizel again found himself up against a stronger opponent. Nevertheless, Buizel put up a good fight and was able to use the Counter Shield technique developed for the Gym battle against Fantina to hurt Ursaring. When Buizel started to lose strength Ash wished to recall him; however, the Sea Weasel Pokémon requested to stay in the battle and Ash agreed. This proved to be a mistake, as Buizel was instantly knocked out by Ursaring's following Focus Blast.

In Short and To the Punch!, Buizel battled a Mr. Mime belonging to Clayton and lost, which eventually led to Buizel learning Ice Punch. In battle, Buizel's ability Swift Swim activated once again.

In Flint Sparks the Fire!, Ash used Buizel in a battle against Flint's Infernape, but lost easily.

In Four Roads Diverged in a Pokémon Port!, he trained late at night with Ash and formed a rivalry with Kenny's Empoleon after having his own SonicBoom attack hit back at him. The next morning Buizel battled Empoleon and lost, despite putting up a good fight.

In Familiarity Breeds Strategy!, Buizel was brought out to battle Paul's Gastrodon. Buizel was able to use Ice Aqua Jet and managed to finish off Paul's second Pokémon with Ice Punch, leaving Paul with four Pokémon while Ash still had all six of his. Buizel stayed in to fight Paul's Drapion, and despite using his own Counter Shield, he was caught off guard by Drapion's power and flexibility, which led to him being Ash's first Pokémon to fall in his full battle with Paul.

It is assumed that Ash left Buizel at Professor Oak's Laboratory when he decided to go to Unova.


Earlier on, Buizel's personality was similar to Grovyle's; preferring to look cool than playing with the other Pokémon. Buizel also got into conflict quite easily, disputing with Brock's Croagunk. After being with Ash for a long while, Buizel seemed to mellow, yet it still show great determination in its battles and other hurdles, notably in Short and To the Punch! when he attempts to learn Ice Punch. Despite becoming generally mellow, Buizel still got into conflicts with Pokémon it didn't know very quickly, such as Kenny's Empoleon.

Moves used

Using Ice Punch
Move First Used In
Water Gun  Buizel Your Way Out Of This!
Aqua Jet  Buizel Your Way Out Of This!
SonicBoom  Buizel Your Way Out Of This!
Water Pulse A Triple Fighting Chance
Ice Punch  Short and To the Punch!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Moves improvised


  • Buizel is the seventh Pokémon to follow the pattern of premiering in a movie and then being captured by one of the main characters. In all cases, the premiered Pokémon is not the same character as the one caught, just the same species. In some cases, this may be a result of the writers deciding a Pokémon works well with the group after they are shown together. Ash's Buizel comes after Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea.
  • Buizel is Ash's third Pokémon received in a trade.
  • Buizel and Ambipom are the first two Pokémon to be traded between main characters.
  • A constant animation quirk that occurs with Buizel is that his eyes briefly turn the same color as his Water Gun. This is almost always seen when Buizel uses Water Gun up close.
  • In Enter Galactic!, Professor Oak's lecture is about Ash's Buizel.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Buizel.

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