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アーティ Arty
"Premier Insect Artist"
Black White Burgh.png
Artwork from Black and White
Gender Male
Eye color Green
Hair color Brown
Hometown Nacrene City
Region Unova
Trainer class Gym LeaderBWB2W2
Pokémon TrainerB2W2
Generation V
Games Black and White
Black 2 and White 2
Masters EX
Leader of Castelia Gym
Badge Insect Badge
Specializes in Bug types
Game animation debut The Uprising
English voice actor Christopher Niosi (Generations)
Unknown (Masters EX)
Japanese voice actor Shūhei Matsuda (Generations)
Nobunaga Shimazaki[1] (Masters EX)
Anime debut Sewaddle and Burgh in Pinwheel Forest!
English voice actor Billy Bob Thompson
Japanese voice actor Tōru Furuya

Burgh (Japanese: アーティ Arty) is an artist who is the Gym Leader of Castelia City's Gym, known officially as the Castelia Gym. He specializes in Bug-type Pokémon. He gives the Insect Badge to Trainers who defeat him.

In the core series games


Burgh appears in Pokémon Black and White as the Gym Leader of Castelia City's Gym, the third Gym to be challenged by the player. He is also an artist and apparently started his career in Nacrene City, which he often comes back to when he gets "artist's block." Trainers who defeat Burgh will receive the Insect Badge, along with TM76 (Struggle Bug). He is most known as a painter in the art world, displaying his paintings in his Gym. His gym trainers are mostly clowns.

He also reappears at N's Castle where he and the other Unova Gym Leaders hold off the Seven Sages.

In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, Burgh returns as a Gym Leader. The TM Burgh gives away remains the same. Before the Gym battle, he is seen in the Castelia Sewers after the player and Hugh defeat several Team Plasma Grunts. He comes out of the doorway leading to the Relic Passage, then returns to the Gym. He also appears in the Pokémon World Tournament.


Pokémon Black and White

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Gym battle
Easy Mode/Normal Mode

Challenge Mode

Pokémon World Tournament

Burgh uses three of these Pokémon in Single Battles, four in Double and Rotation Battles, and all six in Triple Battles. He will always lead with his signature Pokémon, Leavanny.

Driftveil/Mix Tournament

Unova Leaders Tournament

Type Expert/World Leaders/Mix Master Tournament

National Gymquirer

Pokémon Black and White

Jingle: "Woo hoo! All right! It's 'The National Gymquirer'!"
Page: "That's right! We collect the hottest gossip about Gym Leaders seen around town! Here is today's letter. From someone going by the name Compoundeyes Wrestler! Thank yooou! 'When I went to meet Burgh. It was like he had been licking the honeycomb walls! That guy likes to eat!' Now that is a surprise... But, I wonder if he was just admiring his own face reflected on those walls... That's also weird though... 'The National Gymquirer'! We eagerly await your letters!"

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Jingle: "Woo hoo! All right! It's 'The National Gymquirer'!"
Page: "That's right! We collect the hottest gossip about Gym Leaders seen around town! Here is today's letter. From someone going by the name Molt! Thank yooou! 'When I went to meet Burgh, he was shooting cocoon silk from his hands and decorating his walls with it! Could he actually be a Pokémon?!' Now that is a surprise... But, I wonder if he was just carrying that silk in his hands? We are talking about Burgh, though... 'The National Gymquirer'! We eagerly await your letters!"

In the spin-off games

Pokémon Masters EX

Main article: Burgh (Masters)

Burgh forms a sync pair with Leavanny and Togepi in Pokémon Masters EX. Burgh became a playable sync pair on June 18, 2020.

Burgh has also made notable appearances in one of the game's Main Stories, the Villain Arc.

Sync Dex Trainer NDex Pokémon Type Weakness Role Base Potential Availability
#095 VSBurgh Masters.png Burgh #0542 MastersIcon542.png Leavanny
BugIC Masters.png
FireIC Masters.png
Masters Special Strike.png ★★★★★☆EX Sync Pair Scout
#095 VSBurgh Spring 2021 Masters.png Spring 2021
#0175 MastersIcon175.png Togepi
FairyIC Masters.png
PoisonIC Masters.png
Masters Support.png ★★★★★☆EX Seasonal Sync Pair Scout



Spr BW Burgh.png Spr B2W2 Burgh.png Burgh OD.png VSBurgh.png
Sprite from
Black and White
Sprite from
Black 2
and White 2
Overworld sprite from
Generation V
VS sprite from
Generation V


Main article: Burgh/Quotes

In the anime

Main series

Burgh in the anime

Burgh debuted in Sewaddle and Burgh in Pinwheel Forest!. He first appeared in Pinwheel Forest when Ash and Iris climbed the tallest tree in the forest, and they were surprised to find Burgh in a cocoon-like cloak, hanging from the tree. While introducing himself, a Sewaddle jumped onto his shoulder. He told the trio that the Sewaddle had been accompanying him throughout the forest, even though it is not his Pokémon.

The next day, Burgh and the group discovered an ill Patrat, and he was able to heal it with some medicine. Suddenly, Sewaddle was attached to a Deerling and fell into a raging river along with Ash. Burgh sent out his Leavanny, which used String Shot to save them. Sewaddle's leaf on its head was damaged in the process, but Leavanny fashioned a new one for Sewaddle. Later, Burgh said his goodbyes to the group.

In A Venipede Stampede!, Burgh and the group investigated mysterious sounds coming from the sewer system in Castelia City. They discovered an injured Venipede that Ash rescued from a pipe. Burgh quickly treated its wounds but wondered why it was in the sewer in the first place when Venipede traditionally live in the Desert Resort outside of the city. When the group returned to the surface, they found out that a swarm of Venipede has started wreaking havoc across the city.

Burgh became somewhat angry to find out that the Mayor of Castelia City planned to get rid of the Venipede by force, and protested the idea. The Mayor eventually decided to let him handle it. Burgh's idea was to find the leader of the Venipede and have Nurse Joy's Audino use Heal Pulse on it. He, Ash, and Iris eventually located the leader, only to see it being attacked by Trip and his Lampent. Burgh ordered him to stop and told him that he was only making things worse. Once Nurse Joy's Audino used Heal Pulse on the leader, Burgh played his Bug Flute and led the Venipede into Central Plaza for the time being. He saw Ash and his friends off, when they decided to go with Professor Juniper to investigate further at the Desert Resort.

Ash battled Burgh in a three-on-three match in Battling For The Love of Bug-Types!, and won the Insect Badge.

Burgh reappeared in flashbacks in Climbing the Tower of Success!, Battling the Leaf Thieves!, and Curtain Up, Unova League!. He also made a cameo appearance in the ending credits of Genesect and the Legend Awakened.


Burgh is a frustrated genius and often in deep thought. He relishes in experiencing nature, and regularly visits Pinwheel Forest for its purity and fresh air. Burgh has adored Bug Pokémon since he was a child, and is well aware of their behavioral characteristics which helped him befriend a Sewaddle in Sewaddle and Burgh in Pinwheel Forest! and later calm a horde of angry Venipede in A Venipede Stampede!. He has also attempted to recreate Pinwheel Forest in the Castelia Gym to best suit his Pokémon and also balance out the chaos of urban life in Castelia City. Nature inspires his many artistic outlets including fashion design and sketching. In battle, Burgh uses defense strategies like Protect to combat his opponent's advances before lashing an opponent's Pokémon with high-powered attacks.


This listing is of Burgh's known Pokémon in the anime:

On hand
Burgh's Leavanny
Leavanny debuted in Sewaddle and Burgh in Pinwheel Forest!, when Sewaddle is accidentally attached to a Deerling and then thrown into a raging river. When Ash jumps in after it, Burgh sends Leavanny out and tells it to use String Shot, which saves them from falling over a waterfall. It later fashioned leaves to place on the head of Sewaddle after its last head-cover had been ruined by the Deerling and the river.

In Battling For The Love of Bug-Types!, it battled Ash's Swadloon and won easily. It later disabled Pikachu with String Shot and dominated the battle until Pikachu used Leavanny's Leaf Storm to cut free from the threads and bombarded it with all of his attacks.

Leavanny was seen in a flashback in Battling the Leaf Thieves!, when Ash's Swadloon evolved into a Leavanny and started making similar head-covers as Burgh's Leavanny.

It also reappeared in a flashback in Certain Up, Unova League!.

Leavanny's known moves are String Shot, Protect, Leaf Storm, and Hyper Beam.

Debut Sewaddle and Burgh in Pinwheel Forest!
Voice actors
Japanese Chiaki Takahashi
English Erica Schroeder
Burgh's Dwebble
Dwebble was the first Pokémon that Burgh chose to battle Ash in Battling For The Love of Bug-Types!. It defeated Ash's Tepig easily, but was knocked out by Ash's Sewaddle after losing its protective shell. Burgh says that its shell is much lighter than a normal Dwebble's, making it more agile.

Dwebble's known moves are Dig, Protect, X-Scissor, and Rock Wrecker.

Debut Battling For The Love of Bug-Types!
Voice actors
Japanese Kiyomi Asai
English Tom Wayland
Burgh's Whirlipede
Whirlipede was the second Pokémon that Burgh chose to battle Ash in Battling For The Love of Bug-Types!. It put up a hard fight against Sewaddle, and its SolarBeam caused him to evolve. Despite the type advantage, Whirlipede was defeated by Ash's newly evolved Swadloon after it was knocked on its side.

Whirlipede's known moves are Poison Sting, Steamroller, Iron Defense, and Solar Beam.

Debut Battling For The Love of Bug-Types!
Voice actors
Japanese Kiyotaka Furushima
English Marc Thompson
At Castelia Gym

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Burgh's Sewaddle
Burgh has a Sewaddle that lives in the Castelia Gym; it is unknown if he uses it in Gym battles. It first appeared where Burgh was shown feeding it before greeting Ash, Iris, and Cilan.

None of Sewaddle's moves are known.

Debut Battling For The Love of Bug-Types!
Voice actors
English Erica Schroeder

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 古谷徹 Tōru Furuya
English Billy Bob Thompson
Mandarin Chinese 吳東原 Wú Dōngyuán
Croatian Alen Šalinović
Czech Vojtěch Hájek
Danish Peter Zhelder
Finnish Antti Lang
German Manou Lubowski
Polish Tomasz Steciuk
Brazilian Portuguese Ricardo Sawaya
Russian Алексей Костричкин Aleksey Kostrichkin
Spanish Latin America Daniel Lacy
Spain Pablo Tribaldos

Pokémon Generations

Burgh appeared in The Uprising, in which he was seen outside N's Castle trying to stop the Seven Sages. Together with several other Unova Gym Leaders, he battled the many Team Plasma Grunts to prevent them from achieving Team Plasma's goals.


Burgh's Leavanny
Burgh's Leavanny was seen battling against a Scolipede and a Seismitoad belonging to the Team Plasma Grunts.

Leavanny's only known move is Leaf Blade.

Debut The Uprising

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 松田修平 Shūhei Matsuda
English Christopher Niosi
Brazilian Portuguese Silvio Gonzalez
European Spanish Mario Fernández


Burgh briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Burgh first appears in Nacrene City where he bumps into Black while he was chasing after the stolen Dragon-type skeleton. Having come there looking for inspiration to cure his artist's block, Burgh joins Black in his search for the Fossil. Together, they find the culprits, Team Plasma, and defeat them in battle to retrieve the Dragon-type Skeleton back for the Nacrene City museum. Having gotten his inspiration back, the two say their goodbyes and Burgh hopes that they will meet again in Castelia City.

In Castelia City, Burgh is seen talking to Iris about his upcoming Gym Battle and becomes disheartened when she criticizes his most recent piece of art as not being as good as his previous ones. Later, he and Black have their Gym Battle at the Castelia Gym with Black emerging as the victor. Iris soon arrives with an unconscious girl named Bianca who had her Pokémon kidnapped. Together, with Black, White, and Iris, Burgh manages to find the kidnappers, Team Plasma, and force them to retreat.

Later, Burgh, along with his fellow Gym Leaders, appears at the Celestial Tower to discuss what to do about Team Plasma. Later, he and the other Gym Leaders battle the Shadow Triad in Nacrene City to protect the Dark Stone from being stolen. Despite their teamwork, Burgh and the other Gym Leaders are defeated by the Shadow Triad's trump card, the Forces of Nature. Burgh, along with the other Gym Leaders, are kidnapped and taken to a dark room, where they had their memories of the kidnapping erased. When Caitlin used her psychic abilities to communicate with the Gym Leaders, she had them relay a message to Black.

During Team Plasma's attack on the Pokémon League, Burgh is hoisted up on a crucifix along with the other Gym Leaders so that they and the League can be mocked. Soon after, he is freed by Shoko's Patrat and assists in the battle against Team Plasma.


Burgh's Venipede
Venipede is the first Pokémon that is Burgh is known to possess. It is commonly seen on sitting on Burgh's shoulder.

None of Venipede's moves are known.

Debut The Mystery of the Missing Fossil
Burgh's Whirlipede
Whirlipede was the second Pokémon that Burgh is seen to own. It was used to battle Gorm of Team Plasma to retrieve the stolen Dragon Skeleton. Later it was used in the Gym Battle against Black's Brav, but was easily defeated by an Air Slash. At Nacrene City, it was used to combat the Shadow Triad, but was defeated.

Whirlipede's only known move is Pursuit, and its Ability is Poison Point.

Debut The Mystery of the Missing Fossil
Burgh's Dwebble
Dwebble was the third Pokémon that Burgh is seen to own. It was used in the Gym battle against Black's Brav and easily defeated him. Later, it was switched out when Black sent out his Tula for Leavanny. After Leavanny was defeated, Dwebble faced Black's Tep in battle and was defeated once the Tepig evolved into a Pignite and redirected its attack back at it.

Dwebble's only known move is Smack Down, and its Ability is Sturdy.

Debut Big City Battles
Burgh's Leavanny
Leavanny was the fourth Pokémon that Burgh is seen to own. It was used in the Gym Battle against Black's where it was seen being switched in to battle Black's Tula and tied with it.

It was later seen in The Battle, where it participated in the battle against the Seven Sages.

Leavanny's known moves are String Shot, Leaf Blade, and Struggle Bug*, and its Ability is Chlorophyll.

Debut Big City Battles

Pocket Monsters BW

Burgh in the Pocket Monsters manga

Burgh makes an appearance in PMBW09 of the Pocket Monsters BW manga as the third Gym Leader Red encounters.


  • Burgh's Japanese Leader title is モスト インセクト アーティスト.
  • Burgh is the only returning Gym Leader in Black 2 and White 2 that does not use a pre-Generation V Pokémon in their initial Gym battle.
    • He is also the only Gym Leader to completely replace one of his initial three Pokémon in Challenge Mode, removing his Swadloon in favour of Shelmet and Karrablast.
  • Burgh uses an illegal Accelgor in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, during the Unova Leaders Tournament. This Accelgor knows both the moves Spikes and Guard Split, both of which it is able to learn by breeding. However, it should be unable to learn them simultaneously, as it can receive Guard Split only from Shuckle while it must get Spikes from the Pineco family.


Language Name Origin
Japanese アーティ Arty From artichoke, artist, and arthropod
English Burgh From Bug and possibly burg (city)
German, French Artie From his Japanese name
Spanish Camus From Camus de Bretagne (a cultivar of artichoke)
Italian Artemisio From Artemisia and arte (art)
Korean 아티 Arty From 아티초크 artichoke
Chinese (Mandarin) 亞堤 / 亚堤 Yǎtí / Yàdī Transcription of his Japanese name
Chinese (Cantonese) 亞堤 Atàih
Vietnamese Arti Transcription of his Japanese name

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