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ツクシ Tsukushi
""The Walking Bug Pokémon Encyclopedia""
Art from Gold and Silver
Gender Male
Hometown Azalea Town
Region Johto
Trainer class Gym Leader
Generation II
Games Gold, Silver, Crystal, Stadium 2
Leader of Azalea Gym
Badge Hive Badge
Anime debut Gettin' the Bugs Out
English voice actor Tara Jayne
Japanese voice actor Hiromi Ishikawa

Bugsy (Japanese: ツクシ Tsukushi) is the Gym Leader of Azalea Town's Gym, known officially as the Azalea Gym. He hands out the Hive Badge to Trainers who defeat him. He specializes in Template:Type2 Pokémon.

In the anime

Bugsy's only anime appearance was in the episode Gettin' the Bugs Out. His Japanese voice actress is 石川寛美 Hiromi Ishikawa and his English voice actress is Tara Jayne.

Bugsy trains in a large, greenhouse-like Gym filled with trees and bugs. He has a affinity for Bug-type Pokémon.

His Scyther can use Swords Dance to deflect Template:Type2 attacks. However, Ash figured out it was vulnerable from above, and Cyndaquil was able to knock it out, winning Ash the Hive Badge.


This listing is of Bugsy's Pokémon in the Pokémon anime.


At Azalea Gym


In the games

Bugsy's title is "The Walking Bug Pokémon Encyclopedia".

Because of his research on bug Pokémon, Bugsy's knowledge makes him an authority on them. He claims to never lose when it comes to bug Pokémon, but admits his research isn't finished upon a loss.

Although still young, Bugsy discovered the move Fury Cutter, which gets stronger as a battle goes on for longer.

In addition to the Hive Badge, Bugsy gives out TM49 (Fury Cutter).

Trainers in his Gym: Twins Amy & May, Bug Catcher Al, Bug Catcher Benny, Bug Catcher Josh.


This listing is of Bugsy's Pokémon in the video games he has appeared in.

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

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Pokémon Stadium 2

Round 1


Round 2



"I'm Bugsy! I never lose when it comes to bug Pokémon. My research is going to make me the authority on bug Pokémon! Let me demonstrate what I've learned from my studies."

"Whoa, amazing! You're an expert on Pokémon! My research isn't complete yet. Ok, you win. Take this Badge."

In the Pokémon Special manga

Bugsy in the manga

In Pokémon Special, Bugsy is a ruins explorer. He meets Gold at the Ruins of Alph, and is at first mistaken for a girl and asked out on a date by Gold.

Bugsy uses a special multi-Poké Ball capture net made for him by Kurt.


This listing is of Bugsy's Pokémon in the Pokémon Special manga.

Metapod (x2)
Kakuna (x2)
Heracross (x2)


Unown (Given to research colleagues)

In the TCG

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

Name Type Level Rarity Set Set no.
Bugsy's Butterfree Grass - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 8/141
Bugsy's Beedrill Grass - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 9/141
Bugsy's Pinsir Grass - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 10/141
Bugsy's Ledian Grass - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 11/141
Bugsy's Yanma Grass - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 12/141
Bugsy's Scizor Metal - Rare HolographicH Pokémon VS (no English release) 13/141
Bugsy's TM 01 - - Uncommon Pokémon VS (no English release) 105/141
Bugsy's TM 02 - - Uncommon Pokémon VS (no English release) 106/141


  • Bugsy is the only Gym Leader to use any Pokémon in battle that cannot learn any TMs or HMs.
  • Despite popular belief, Bugsy is, in fact, male. A female character of the day named Rosebay is similar in appearance to him, however.
  • In the anime, Bugsy's Metapod is the only Metapod to be shown using Tackle (or indeed, any move other than Harden).


Language Name Origin
Japanese ツクシ (Tsukushi) 土筆 tsukushi, a horsetail. つくつく法師 (tsukutsuku houshi) is a type of cicada.
English Bugsy Refers to the word bug.
French Hector It's similar to insecte, insect.
German Kai Refers to the word Käfer, coleopter.
Italian Raffaello Similar to farfalla, butterfly.
Spanish Antón Similar to antena, antenna.
Korean 호일 Ho-il
Chinese 阿筆/阿笔 Ā Bǐ 筆 is taken from 土筆 tsukushi.

External links

Gym Leaders of the Johto region
Violet Gym Zephyr Badge
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Azalea Gym Hive Badge
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Goldenrod Gym Plain Badge
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Ecruteak Gym Fog Badge
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Cianwood Gym Storm Badge
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Olivine Gym Mineral Badge
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Mahogany Gym Glacier Badge
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Blackthorn Gym Rising Badge
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