Buck

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Buck
バク Baku
Diamond Pearl Buck.png
Art from Pokémon Diamond and Pearl
Gender Male
Hometown Survival Area
Region Sinnoh
Relatives Flint (older brother), unnamed grandfather
Trainer class Pokémon Trainer
Generation IV
Games Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver
Game animation debut The Magma Stone
English voice actor Bryce Papenbrook
Japanese voice actor Hiro Shimono
Anime debut Bucking the Treasure Trend!
English voice actor Bryan Tyler
Japanese voice actor Akeno Watanabe

Buck (Japanese: バク Baku) is a Pokémon Trainer from Sinnoh. He specializes in Pokémon with high Defense and Special Defense.

In the games

Buck is first seen in the Fight Area, where he overhears Barry talking to the player in Diamond and Pearl and watches the player battle with Barry against Volkner and Flint in Platinum.

Buck is one of the five Trainers who can join with the player during an event in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum. He is a strong Trainer from the Survival Area which is close to Stark Mountain, where he loves to train. He appears at Stark Mountain and is part of the event required to catch Heatran.

He can tag team with the player at Sinnoh and Johto's Battle Tower, and in Platinum, he can be battled at the Battleground.

His grandfather runs and cooks at the Battleground while his older brother is Flint of the Sinnoh Elite Four.

Pokémon

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl



Pokémon Platinum

Stark Mountain


Battleground


Battle Tower

As the player's Multi Battle Partner, Buck uses Pokémon that excel in the Defense stat.

Diamond and Pearl


Pokémon Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver


Quotes

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

Fight Area
"Hehehe! Sorry! I couldn't help overhearing that. But the greatest Trainer ever?! That's going to be really tough. Because you're talking about me! To prove that, I'm going to the volcano right now. You look puzzled. You really don't know anything, do you? All right, I'll tell you. This is the Battle Zone, OK? At the far end, there's a volcano. And deep inside the volcano, there's supposed to be a treasure."
"That guy... He can't stay still, can he? Anyways, howdy, I'm Buck. Sheesh, that punk can't beat me. So, do you know that zippity-doodah of a Trainer? You should chase after that guy and tell him not to underestimate the volcano. Oh, but you know what? You'd better shape up at the Battle Tower first, too. I don't like your chances of getting to the volcano, otherwise. Be seeing you!"
Route 227
"Yo! If it isn't <player>! Don't tell me you're going to Stark Mountain, too? You're pretty wimpy... You're sure you're going to be OK? Heh, why am I asking you that? It's not like I care. Anyways, if we see each other on Stark Mountain, the race is on to see who gets the Magma Stone first!"
Stark Mountain
  • Upon approach inside
"Hey! <player>, right? Your zippity little buddy challenged me to a battle earlier. Yeah, I owned the little dude. Made sure he was taught a lesson. But I don't know if I could beat him again the next time. Seriously, you're bound to run into tough trainers wherever you go! Anyway, I found out about this place, but the Pokémon here are tough... What do you say we team up and go together? You won't regret teaming up! I'll keep your Pokémon healthy!"
  • When walking
"Why do I like the volcano so much? I don't really have a good reason for it, but I don't really need one."
"There's no law that says I have to be tough or anything, but losing isn't fair to my Pokémon. After all, they try so hard for me. I think it's my responsibility as a Trainer to recognize their hard work."
"My big brother's one of the Elite Four. So of course it's only normal that I'd be better than ordinary folks. But that's not what I want. I want to be tough on my on terms. It wouldn't be fair to the Pokémon that chose to be with me."
"It might be cool being a Gym Leader or one of the Elite Four... But, then again, it sounds like it'd be a lot of hard work!"
  • If leaving before the quest is over
"Whoa, wait up! I can't go on by myself if you leave me now. Well, if you gotta go, you gotta go. I'll stick around here for you."
  • Upon return
"So, yeah, the Pokémon here are tough... What do you say we team up and go together? You won't regret teaming up! I'll keep your Pokémon healthy!"
  • After approaching the entrance to Heatran's room
"There we go! There's the exit! My instincts tell me the volcano's treasure is just ahead of us. See you around, <player>! You might be the toughest besides me!"
  • Inside Heatran's room
"Heheh! Check this out, <player>! This is the Magma Stone, the treasure of Stark Mountain! Since I found it, that makes me the greatest Trainer out of everyone! Thanks, you all helped it happen! Oof! Whoa! Wow! Hehehe! The volcano's in shock from that! It might be so shocked, it'll erupt! Nah, that can't happen! See ya, <player>! Say hi to that zippity Trainer buddy!"
Survival Area
"Gotcha, gramps! I'll put the Magma Stone back. The Magma Stone was keeping the volcano Pokémon under control. It's all right, though. I can go put it back myself."

Pokémon Platinum

Fight Area
"Who are you guys? What makes an Elite Four and a Gym Leader want to take you on?"
  • After battling against Volkner and Flint
"Hey, hey. I just watched you two battle. You're something special, aren't you? Beating an Elite Four like that. Oh, right, howdy. The name's Buck. I'm usually training at the Survival Area or Stark Mountain. You should come up there. You'll get toughened up for sure!"
Route 227
  • Upon approach after riding over the plank
"Yo! If it isn't <player>! Out training right away, are you? So, uh, since you're training anyway, can you do me a favor? I'd like you to patrol Stark Mountain for me."
No: "I'll keep asking the same thing over and over until you say 'Yes!'"
Yes: "Up past here, there's this volcano. It's Stark Mountain. Deep inside is this special rock called the Magma Stone. I can't explain it well, but it's really important. It keeps a Pokémon asleep. But lately, I've been hearing rumors about vandals in Stark Mountain. They say goons in space suits are causing trouble there. Huh? What, me? I was on my way to the Pokémon Center because my Pokémon's low on HP. So, if you could get up to Stark Mountain now, that'd be great. Thanks!"
  • Subsequent times talking to
"OK! You're in charge! Patrol Stark Mountain for me! Don't worry about me. Not even a little bit, OK?"
Stark Mountain
  • After going into the main cavern
"Hey, <player>, wait up! So, what's going on? ...What?! Team Galactic's here? Gotcha! Let's team up and go together. You won't regret teaming up! I'll keep your Pokémon healthy!"
  • When walking
"This is where I raised my Pokémon. I can't stand the though of anyone making a mess of this place. Especially not those weird Team Galactic goons!
"There's no law that says I have to be tough or anything, but losing isn't fair to my Pokémon. After all, they try so hard for me. I think it's my responsibility as a Trainer to recognize their hard work."
"My big brother's one of the Elite Four. So, of course it's only normal that I'd be better than ordinary folks. But that's not what I want. I want to be tough on my own terms. It wouldn't be fair to Pokémon that chose to be with me."
"It might be cool being a Gym Leader or one of the Elite Four... But, then again, it sounds like it'd be a lot of hard work!"
  • If leaving before the quest is over
"Whoa! Hold up! If you go back, you'll leave me all by my lonesome self here! Well, if you gotta go, you gotta go. I'll stick around here for you."
  • Upon return
"Team Galactic's here, right? Let's go together! You won't regret teaming up! I'll keep your Pokémon healthy!"
  • After approaching the entrance to Heatran's room
"Here we are! Team Galactic's inside, right? This is it. No fooling around!"
  • Inside Heatran's room
"Hey, you! Team Galactic! What's going on here?!"
  • Outside with Looker
"Hey, don't sweat it, stranger. Give me that Magma Stone. I'll go put it back for you."
"Hey, stranger! I put the Magma Stone where it belongs. It'll be OK now. Heatran won't wake up. Probably. But, hey, <player>! You're an amazing Trainer! Swing by my place later. It's in the Survival Area. Be seeing you, stranger, <player>! Bye-bye!"
Survival Area
  • Outside
"Yo, if it isn't <player>! This! It's my place! Drop in, hey?"
The Battleground
  • First visit
"My place is open only to the toughest Trainers--I'm serious. You're supposed to be introduced by a Gym Leader, but you're special. Well, I'm off to Battle Frontier. I feel like seeing how far I can go up the Tower."
  • Before battle
"Ehehehe! You're here at last! Let's not waste time! Let's do this!"
No: "Huh, what? That takes the wind out of my sails. Well, since you're here, kick back, make yourself at home, and all that."
"What? What?! So we are going to battle?"
Yes: "...I'm telling you right now. I'm seriously tough. Act surprised!"
  • During battle
"Now this! This is a smoking-hot situation!"
  • When defeated
"Heeheehee! So hot, you!"
  • After being defeated
"Fweh! Too much! I guess I'll better my team at the Battle Tower."
The Battleground (variant)
  • Before battle
"One, there are no shortcuts in the way of Pokémon! Two... Nevermind that, let's do this!"
No: "Hey! This place! It's named the Battleground for a reason!"
"So? Do you feel like battling now?"
Yes: "I can feel my Pokémon shivering inside their Poké balls! It's out of anticipation, not fear!"
  • During battle
"Now this! This is a smoking-hot situation!"
  • When defeated
"Heeheehee! So hot, you!"
  • After being defeated
"Fweh! Too much! I guess I'll better my team on Stark Mountain!"

Sprites

Spr Pt Buck.png Buck OD.png DP Buck Back.png
Sprite from
Platinum
Overworld sprite from
Generation IV
Back sprite from
Generation IV

In the anime

In the main series

Buck in the anime

Buck made his anime appearance in Bucking the Treasure Trend! when Ash and his friends were on the ferry bound for Lily of the Valley Island. Unlike the other passengers who were headed for the Sinnoh League, Buck was actually traveling to a nearby island looking for treasures alongside his partner Baltoy.

Buck was a treasure hunter who was searching for rarities with the help of Baltoy's senses. With the help of Ash and the others, Buck was able to find the island's treasure, ancient pottery, and also managed to capture a powerful Claydol. He also revealed that he wanted to become an archaeology professor.

Pokémon


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This listing is of Buck's known Pokémon in the anime.

Buck's Baltoy
Baltoy
Buck's main Pokémon and his partner in treasure hunting is a Baltoy, which has the ability to sense when treasure is near and would indicate this to Buck by spinning. Baltoy is also a very powerful battler, as it was able to defeat the Claydol that was guarding the treasure hidden near Lily of the Valley Island.

Baltoy's known moves are Shadow Ball, Gyro Ball, and Solar Beam.

Debut Bucking the Treasure Trend!
Buck's Claydol
Claydol
Claydol was originally the last guardian of the treasure located near Lily of the Valley Island and was extremely powerful as it was easily able to stand out the attacks of Dawn's Piplup and Ash's Torterra. However, it was unable to defeat Buck's Baltoy in battle and was captured by Buck.

Claydol's known moves are Rapid Spin, Light Screen, Ice Beam, and Psybeam.

Debut Bucking the Treasure Trend!
Status unknown
Buck's Mantine
Mantine
Mantine was seen in a flashback as Buck was explaining his Baltoy's power. In the flashback, Buck was shown swimming underwater holding onto Mantine. It is unknown if this Mantine belongs to Buck.

None of Mantine's moves are known.

Debut Bucking the Treasure Trend!

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 渡辺明乃 Akeno Watanabe
English Bryan Tyler
Finnish Petrus Kähkönen
Polish Grzegorz Drojewski
Brazilian Portuguese Alex Minei
Spanish Latin America Bruno Coronel
Spain Álvaro de Juan

In Pokémon Generations

Buck appeared in The Magma Stone, in which he was shown at Stark Mountain. He used his Claydol to battle the Legendary Heatran along with Looker and his Croagunk. He then returned the Magma Stone to its original resting place on a stone altar. Afterwards, he revealed to Looker that he was traveling around Sinnoh to become the greatest Pokémon Trainer ever.

Pokémon

Buck's Claydol
Claydol
Claydol is Buck's only known Pokémon. He used it to battle Heatran at Stark Mountain.

Claydol's known moves are Ice Beam and Psychic.

Debut The Magma Stone

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 下野紘 Hiro Shimono
English Bryce Papenbrook
European French Alexis Tomassian

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Buck in Pokémon Adventures

Buck first makes an appearance in the Battleground battling with Marley. The battle goes without a conclusion as Buck notices Looker spying on them and chases after him while the officer escapes. Later, after Platinum defeats Darach at the Battle Castle, Buck makes his appearace, where he introduces himself to Platinum and Looker and takes off with Looker's photo of the Galactic Grunts convening on Stark Mountain.

He states that he has always admired Heatran, and will not stand for them tarnishing its home. However, in the process of climbing the mountain, the Grunts had begun to follow him. Buck battles the Grunts, but finds them hard to defeat due to the fact that every time he knocks them down, they just rise up again as if nothing had happened. Eventually, he opts for running and manages to lose the Grunts while finding the room with the Magma Stone.

Buck takes the Magma Stone from its resting place and successfully awakens Heatran, only for Charon to take it for his own. Buck tries to escape Charon's wrath, but Heatran is too powerful for him to escape. Eventually, Looker comes to his rescue, but finds Charon too powerful to defeat as well. Despite their best efforts, Charon defeats them, but they manage to escape and are badly wounded. With Platinum's Pokémon's help, Buck is put into the hospital, where his friends distress over his current condition, leading them to decide to take revenge on Charon.

After Charon is defeated, a now-healed Buck arrives to greet his friends at Sunyshore City. With Heatran free from Charon's control, Buck and his friends decide to take it back to its home on Stark Mountain.

Pokémon

Buck's Claydol
Claydol
Claydol is Buck's main Pokémon, and likewise the only one he has been seen using as of yet.

Claydol's known moves are Calm Mind*, Sandstorm, and Teleport.

Debut Leaping Past Lopunny

In the TCG

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

Related cards
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
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Buck's Training Su Legends Awakened Uncommon 130/146 Cry from the Mysterious Uncommon  
      Heatran Half Deck    
      Unnumbered Promotional cards    
 

Trivia

  • Buck is the only Stat Trainer to specialize in more than one stat.

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese バク Baku From 麦 baku, wheat. Could be derived from the 爆破 bakuha (explosion) which possibly refers to his training place, a blazing volcano.
English Buck From buckwheat. Also similar to Baku.
French Cornil Possibly from corn
German Avenaro From avena, the scientific name of oat
Italian Chicco From chicco, grain
Spanish Bulgur From bulgur, a cereal food
Korean Maek maek means wheat
Chinese (Mandarin) 麥可 Màikě Similar to his Japanese name. Contains 麥 mài, wheat.
Vietnamese Baku Transliteration of his Japanese name

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