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シバ Shiba
Art from FireRed/LeafGreen
Gender Male
Eye color Black
Hair color Black
Hometown Unknown
Region Kanto
Trainer class Elite Trainer
Generation I, II, III
Games Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, Crystal, FireRed, LeafGreen, Stadium, Stadium 2
Elite Four of Indigo Plateau
Anime debut To Master the Onix-Pected
English voice actor Maddie Blaustein
Japanese voice actor Toshiyuki Morikawa

Bruno (Japanese: シバ Shiba) is a master Template:Type2 Trainer and member of the Elite Fours of Kanto and Johto.

In the anime

It is possible and very likely that Bruno was cameoed in the battle at the start of, Pokémon - I Choose You!. He had a Nidorino and an Onix which he contained in a green Poké Ball. The significance of the color is unknown, but later in the episode EP035, it is revealed that Safari Balls are plain green on top as well. This still makes no sense, as there are no Onix in the Safari Zone, so it is most likely just for identification.

Bruno first officially appeared in To Master the Onixpected!. His English voice actress is Maddie Blaustein and his Japanese voice actor is Toshiyuki Morikawa.

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 - amongst 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. Bruno calmed the giant Pokémon, and it decided to join Bruno's 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.


This listing is for Bruno's Pokémon in the Pokémon anime.

Onix (Giant)

In the games

File:FL Bruno.png
Sprite image from FR/LG

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.

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, and Crystal, Bruno continues to be a member of the Elite Four, though moving up in rank one level.


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

Generation I

Pokémon Red/Green/Blue

Pokémon Yellow

Generation II

Generation III: Kanto

First battle


Second battle


Pokémon Stadium

Round 1


Round 2


Pokémon Stadium 2

Round 1


Round 2


In the Pokémon Special manga

In the Pokémon Special manga, Bruno was primarily a villain. He challenged Red to a Pokémon battle in a remote area. He then offered a position on the Elite Four to Red, but Red refused so Lorelei froze him.

Later, the Elite Four tried to wipe out most of humanity from Cerise Island. Bill, Lt. Surge, and Red teamed up to defeat Bruno.

It was later revealed that Bruno was an unwilling member. Agatha used the mind controlling abilities of her Ghost-type Pokémon to force Bruno to join.

Without any place to go, Bruno formed a new version of the Elite Four in Johto, with three other ex-members of criminal organizations: Will, Karen, and Koga.

Bruno attaches his Poké Balls to the ends of a set of nunchuck. The force of him using the weapon causes his Pokémon to be released at high speeds, giving him the advantage in battles.


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


In the TCG

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

Name Type Level Rarity Set Set no.
Bruno's Machamp Fighting - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 81/141
Bruno's Hitmonlee Fighting - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 82/141
Bruno's Hitmonchan Fighting - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 83/141
Bruno's Steelix Fighting - Rare HolographicH Pokémon VS (no English release) 84/141
Bruno's Ursaring Fighting - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 85/141
Bruno's Hitmontop Fighting - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 86/141
Bruno's TM 01 - - Uncommon Pokémon VS (no English release) 123/141
Bruno's TM 02 - - Uncommon Pokémon VS (no English release) 124/141


Pokémon Red, Blue, FireRed, and LeafGreen

"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! <name>! We will grind you down with our superior power! Hoo hah!"

"Why? How could I lose?"

"My job is done. Go face your next challenge."

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

"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, <name>? You will bow down to our overwhelming power! Hoo hah!"

"Why? How could we lose?"

"Having lost, I have no right to say anything...Go face your next challenge!"


  • Bruno's hair has changed from Generation I to Generation II to a longer, darker style and his skin tone got lighter as well.
  • Bruno was the first member of the Elite Four who was met in the anime, not counting Koga, who was not a member when he was seen.
  • Bruno and Lance are the only members of the Elite Four that are still members in Generation II.
    • Although Lance has taken the title of Champion at this time.
  • After defeating Bruno in the Generation III games, he will turn to his left; he is the only character in the Elite Four that does that.


Language Name Reference to
Japanese シバ Shiba Similar to shibaku (to strike, to hit).
English, German, Italian, Spanish Bruno Means "brown haired". It's similar to brawn, bruiser and to brunt.
French Aldo Originates from the Italian short form of Germanic name elements ald, "old," and adal, "noble."
Korean 시바 (Siba) Phonetical translation of シバ Shiba.
Chinese 希巴 (Xi Ba) Phonetical translation of シバ Shiba.

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