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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
Gender Male
Ability Blaze
Current location With Black
Tepig Pignite Emboar
This Pokémon spent 19 rounds as Tepig and 18 rounds as Pignite.

Buoh (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

Buoh 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, Buoh 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, Buoh and Snivy get into a fight once more and is again stopped by an enraged Oshawott. Buoh runs off and Black follows him, leaving Snivy to suffer the wrath of Oshawott. Eventually Black finds Buoh 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 Buoh. Buoh 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 Buoh ran away, decides to give him the nickname "Tep" instead of a name based on his final form.

After some adventuring, Buoh 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 Buoh after the former runs up a huge bill that he now needs to pay off. Buoh and Gigi are then paired up in several shootings, such as movies or commercials.

Buoh 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, Buoh manages to get back up and defeats his Tympole, allowing N to decide that the battle is over and leave.

As a Pignite

Buoh, 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, Buoh 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, Buoh is left to watch over him. The boy quickly reveals himself to be a Zorua in disguise and causes havoc for Buoh all throughout the building. Eventually, Buoh manages to attack the Pokémon, but Zorua escapes and one of his attacks hits Black instead.

Later, Buoh begins his evolution process into his next stage. This causes White to freak out at the thought of losing her two Tepig duo between Buoh and Gigi; she grabs Buoh and shakes him violently to get him to stop evolving. In his Gym battle against Burgh, Black considers using Buoh 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 Buoh as his last resort against Burgh's final Pokémon Dwebble. After nearly getting defeated by Dwebble's Smack Down, Buoh 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, Buoh is sent out to fight her Zebstrika. Due to Elesa's strategy of using Volt Switch to repeatedly switch out her team and attack, Buoh 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, Buoh fights against Clay's Excadrill. After having trouble with Excadrill's hole-digging tactics, Buoh 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.

Buoh is used in Black's Gym battle against Skyla, where he faces against her Swoobat. Despite the type disadvantage, Buoh 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, Buoh is used to attack the Team Plasma Grunts inside to protect the stone. Later, when the Shadow Triad use the kami trio to attack the Gym Leaders and Black, Buoh 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.

Personality and characteristics

Buoh and Gigi

Buoh shares a love of Pokémon battles with Black and a love for food, as seen in Fussing and Fighting. Buoh 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. Buoh 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
Move First Used In
Ember Fussing and Fighting
Flame Charge Black's First Trainer Battle
Rock Smash VS Watchog
Bulldoze Battle on a Roller Coaster
Fire Pledge Fight in a Cold Climate
Heat Crash Up in the Air
Flamethrower ABW38
Hammer Arm ABW38
Head Smash ABW45
Brick Break Black and White chapter
Flare Blitz Black and White chapter
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.


Buoh, as an actor, has starred in several films and television series. Black mentioned one in VS Pansage & Pansear & Panpour.

Films and Television titles

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


  • Buoh 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.
  • Unless Natee's name change currently only present in Chuang Yi's translation isn't counted, then Buoh's evolution marks the first and currently only time where a Pokémon belonging to a Pokédex holder has its name changed.
  • The series Buoh acted in, Days of our Pokémon, is likely based on the soap opera, Days of our Lives.

Related articles

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

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