Dawn's Buneary

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Dawn's Buneary
ヒカリのミミロル Hikari's Mimirol
Poké Ball
Dawn Buneary.png
Dawn's Buneary
Debuts in Setting the World on its Buneary
Caught at Route 202
Gender Female
Ability Unknown
Current location With Dawn
This Pokémon has not evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Buneary Tomoko Kawakami
Satsuki Yukino
Sarah Natochenny

Dawn's Buneary (Japanese: ヒカリのミミロル Hikari's Mimirol) was the first Pokémon captured by Dawn, and her second Pokémon overall.


Diamond & Pearl series

When Dawn first started on her journey, she ran into several Buneary but failed to catch any of them. However, one morning, this Buneary spotted Ash's Pikachu catching a potato that Brock's Croagunk have thrown and developed a crush on him. After a sequence of events that nearly got Pikachu run over, Dawn chased after Buneary, who then swiped Pikachu. After a while, Dawn finally found and caught her.

Buneary is often used in Dawn's Contests. She was first used in the Battle Round of the Jubilife Contest in Arrival of a Rival!, where she faced Zoey's Glameow and lost after a tough battle.

In Smells Like Team Spirit!, Buneary was used alongside Conway's Slowking in the semifinal round of the Hearthome City Tag Battle Competition. They managed to defeat their opponents and advance their Trainers to the final round.

With Dawn at the Hearthome Collection

In Crossing the Battle Line!, she was sent out to battle Maylene's Meditite at the Veilstone Gym. Buneary battled well, even impressing Maylene with her Contest moves, but was ultimately defeated.

Buneary began wearing a vest with a heart on it in The Bells Are Singing!. She appears to be very proud of it and, for the most part, only takes it off for Contests and battles.

In Pruning a Passel of Pals!, Buneary was used in the Battle Round of the Wallace Cup. She battled against a Wailmer and won, allowing Dawn to advance in the competition.

In Arriving in Style!, Buneary took part in the Hearthome Collection, a fashion competition where Pokémon Stylists show off their Pokémon's best looks. Using a simple yet elegant white dress and a blue necklace, she was able to captivate the judges while performing her Ice Beam attack.

In Battling The Generation Gap!, she was used in the Appeals Round of the Celestic Contest. For her performance, she froze the stage and started ice skating. However, she lost control after she used Dizzy Punch to skate on her ears. Fortunately, Dawn managed to catch her and prevent her from falling, covering the mistake.

In Hold the Phione!, a wild Phione fell in love with Buneary. It became jealous of Pikachu and challenged him to a battle, but Buneary decided to fight instead. During the battle, Phione was able to take advantage of the proximity to the sea and confuse Buneary, but she eventually knocked it out with her Bounce attack. Upon seeing Phione leaving feeling down, Buneary said something to cheer it up, putting a smile on its face.

In Another One Gabites the Dust!, Buneary was used in the Appeals Round of the Chocovine Contest. Her performance, which consisted in creating an ice sculpture to slide on, impressed the judges enough for them to grant Dawn a place in the second round.

In Battling a Cute Drama!, Buneary's cuteness left an eccentric girl named Marilyn enchanted and she was hugged by her. Later, Buneary battled Marilyn's Cherubi and, despite having started the battle well, she ended up losing.

In Yes in Dee Dee, It's Dawn!, she teamed up with Piplup to perform at the Daybreak Town Pokémon Contest, which was being held under the Double Performance rule. They finished a stunning performance by exploding the frozen bubbles and sending a shower of sparkles down to the crowd, assuring Dawn's progression to the next round.

In Teaching the Student Teacher!, Buneary was called out to help Dawn perfect her newest Contest combination, the Ice Chandelier. She used her Ice Beam to trap Pachirisu in a ball of ice and Pachirisu used its Discharge to make the ice shine brightly. This combination was later used by Pachirisu and Mamoswine in the Grand Festival.

In Last Call — First Round!, Buneary was used in the Appeals Round of the Sinnoh Grand Festival. Together with Cyndaquil, she gave an impressive performance that secured Dawn a place in the Battle Round. Later, in Coming Full-Festival Circle!, she battled Jessilina's Seviper and Carnivine along with Cyndaquil and got Dawn to the final match.

It was revealed in Memories are Made of Bliss! that Buneary had been chosen by Hermione to be a model of the Poké Chic magazine. As a result, Dawn decided to remain in the Sinnoh region while Ash and Brock returned to Kanto.

In SS024, she was used to help fight off the Ariados that were attacking Dawn. She was caught in String Shot and couldn't do anything until Cyndaquil evolved into Quilava and saved her.

Best Wishes series

In Piplup, Pansage, and a Meeting of the Times!, Buneary was introduced to Ash, Cilan and Iris's Pokémon. Upon seeing Pikachu, she quickly embraced him, much to Oshawott's disappointment.

Personality and characteristics

Buneary's affection towards Pikachu

Buneary often displays traditional feminine personality traits similar to her Trainer. She enjoys dressing up in beautiful outfits and likes to show off in them, particularly to Pikachu. She is shown to be sensitive at times whenever Pikachu gets frustrated with her acts of affection at times that don't call for it.

Buneary cheering

Buneary appears to be a helpful Pokémon, as seen when she took off her vest to give to Pachirisu when the Electric-type Pokémon was sick from storing too much electricity. When around Pikachu, she gets flustered and hides her face in her wool. However, she is always cheering for Pikachu when he participates in a Gym battle and, when not being used herself, for Dawn during a Contest.

Buneary has shown time after time that she was meant to compete in Contests, using her moves in unique ways that make her more noticeable such as making an ice slide from Ice Beam as an appeal. Commonly she combines Ice Beam with spinning and sliding actions when performing in a Contest.

Despite her size, Buneary is very powerful and was able to tire out Maylene's Meditite enough so that Ambipom could defeat it. Her Ice Beam, which appears to be her main attack, is powerful enough to freeze an entire lake.

Upon her return in Unova with Dawn and the others, after becoming embraced with Pikachu, she was shown to be quite shy, hiding behind Mamoswine when everybody was introducing each others' Pokémon.

Moves used

Dawn Buneary Dizzy Punch.png
Using Dizzy Punch
Move First Used In
Bounce Setting The World On Its Buneary!
Ice Beam Setting The World On Its Buneary!
Dizzy Punch Setting The World On Its Buneary!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Move improvised

Ice Chandelier
  • Spin was first used in Wild in the Streets! with Piplup. Together with it, they battled Aerodactyl. Buneary spun around and used Ice Beam.
  • Ice Chandelier is a combination move which was created by Buneary and Pachirisu when they were training with Dawn in Teaching The Student Teacher!. It involves Buneary using an Ice Beam around Pachirisu trapping it in a ball of ice. Pachirisu then runs around in the ball while using Discharge. The end result is a chandelier of ice that glows in a beautiful blue hue.

In the manga

In the Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl manga

Buneary appeared in the Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl manga, which is based on the Diamond & Pearl series of the anime. She appears for the first time in Friendship Power and has a small appearance in Covered in Sludge and Stin~ky as well. In Saving Sharpedo!, she was used in battle against a Sharpedo.

Moves used

Dawn Buneary Ice Beam PDP.png
Using Ice Beam
Move First Used In
Ice Beam Saving Sharpedo!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.
Dawn's Buneary in the manga

In the movie adaptations

Dawn's Buneary appears in the following manga adaptations of Pokémon movies: The Rise of Darkrai.

The Rise of Darkrai

She is shown when Dawn sends her Pokémon out to play with several other Pokémon.

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Dawn's Buneary in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Dawn's Buneary
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
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Buneary Pokémon M Colorless       Movie Commemoration Random Pack   019/022


Dawn and Buneary
  • For DP018, Professor Oak's lecture is about Dawn's Buneary. He writes this Pokémon senryū about it: ミミロルが みみをまるめて みみロール Mimiroru ga, mimi o marumete, mimi rōru "Mimirol, rolling up its ears, ear-roll."
  • Buneary is the first Pokémon belonging to a main character to be seen wearing clothing on a regular basis.
  • Buneary hasn't learned any new moves since Dawn captured her, similar to Brock's Croagunk.
  • Much like May's Munchlax, Buneary is Dawn's only Pokémon that didn't defeat another Coordinator's Pokémon in the final round of a Contest. This doesn't count Buizel, who didn't participate in any Contests under Dawn's care.
  • Buneary is Dawn's only Normal-type that did not previously belong to another character.
  • If Phione were to be considered a legendary Pokémon due to the dispute going on with it, then it would mean that Buneary is technically the third Pokemon in the series to beat a Legendary Pokemon and the first one that didn't belong to Ash.

Related articles

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

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