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バクたろう Baktaro
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Gold's Typhlosion
Debuts in Murkrow Row
Caught in Sneasel Sneak Attack
Caught at New Bark Town
Evolves in Quilava Quandary
Lively Lugia (Part 3)
Gender Male
Ability Blaze
Nature Impish
Current location With Gold
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This Pokémon spent 15 chapters as Cyndaquil and 40 chapters as Quilava.

Exbo (Japanese: バクたろう Baktaro), known as Explotaro in Chuang Yi's translations, is a Typhlosion that Gold owns in Pokémon Adventures and his third Pokémon overall. Gold received him from Professor Elm. As of All About Arceus V, he is at level 84 and his Characteristic is that he is "a little quick tempered."


Gold, Silver & Crystal arc

Exbo battling Totodile

Exbo first appeared as a Cyndaquil in Murkrow Row in Professor Elm's lab, alongside Totodile and Chikorita. Later, when Gold and Silver snuck into Elm's Lab, Gold choose Cyndaquil to fight Silver due to how upset he was at seeing Totodile being stolen. Exbo surrounds Silver with a ring of fire while Gold demands his backpack and Totodile back. Before Silver can respond, however, a Team Rocket grunt interrupts and knocks Gold out of the way.

In Totodile Rock, Exbo fought Totodile in the Sprout Tower. The two start out with Tackle and Scratch and follow up with Ember and Water Gun, giving Totodile the lead. Due to this, Exbo counters with Smokescreen and gives Gold a chance to take Totodile back, but he refuses and bites him. The smoke soon sets off an alarm in the tower and activates its traps, forcing the two Pokémon to team up and stop them. In the confusion, Silver escapes and Totodile evolves into Croconaw.

In You Ain't Nothin' but a Houndour, Exbo battled alongside Gold's other Pokémon against the Masked Man. Exbo fought his Houndour and lost due to Gold not knowing how to handle battling with multiple Pokémon.

In Quilava Quandary, Exbo is trained at the Pokémon Day Care. Exbo starts by using Smokescreen and follows up with Ember, but a Donphan deflects it. Later in the day, he battles a Primeape and defeats it with Ember thanks to a Sunny Day from Sunbo. After the battle, he evolves into Quilava. In Piloswine Whine, Exbo is used alongside the rest of Gold's team to defeat Team Rocket's horde of Pokémon.

Exbo and Gold

In Tyranitar War, Exbo was Gold's first choice in his battle against Silver and fought Croconaw again. Croconaw starts by drenching Exbo with Water Gun and biting down on him with Bite. Exbo manages to dodge the attack with Double Team, breaking Croconaw's teeth. Croconaw recovers and throws Exbo away, and Gold sends out Sunbo to support him with Sunny Day. Silver counters this by having Sneasel use Blizzard, freezing her. Exbo attempts to help with Ember, but Gold decides Exbo cannot handle it and switches him out.

Battling Lugia

In Delibird Delivery - 1, Exbo fought the Masked Man again. He and Sneasel attack his Delibird and manage to put some distance between the Masked Man and their Trainers. The Masked Man then sends out Ariados and Houndour and Exbo and Sneasel attack with Flame Wheel and Icy Wind. The two Pokémon of the villain's suddenly disappear, and Gold, Exbo, and Sneasel are hit by a minor surprise attacks afterwards.

In Lively Lugia (Part 2), Exbo meets back up with Croconaw and Megaree and fought against a wild Lugia at the Whirl Islands. When Lugia attempts to crush them under its weight, Exbo, Croconaw, and Megaree work together to hold Lugia up. The strain of this causes Exbo, Croconaw, and Megaree to evolve into Typhlosion, Feraligatr, and Meganium, respectively. Though they succeed in saving their Trainers, Lugia eventually escapes.

In The Last Battle VI, Exbo fought in Gold's last battle against the Masked Man. Exbo used his powered up fire power from Sunny Day to melt the Masked Man's ice and prevent him from regenerating his ice body. In The Last Battle XIV, he fought alongside the other starters to try and stop Pryce from capturing Celebi.

Emerald arc

Defeating the fake Kyogre

Prior to The Final Battle I, Exbo was revealed to have mastered Blast Burn from Ultima. Exbo is first seen alongside Aibo to fight Guile Hideout. Exbo lets up a powerful flame, which Aibo increases by spinning Gold's pool cue to fan the flames in Guile's direction. In The Final Battle VIII, Exbo teamed up with Blue's Charizard and Chic to attack with Blast Burn to help destroy Guile Hideout's fake Kyogre.

HeartGold & SoulSilver arc

Exbo in the Pokéathlon Power Course

In Out-Odding Oddish, Exbo participated in the Pokéathlon alongside Aibo and Polibo. They started with the Skill Course, which ended with the round Snow Throw. The team threw snowballs at their opponents, with Aibo creating a gigantic one to earn them enough points to win. The same three later entered into the Stamina Course and managed to win that one as well.

In the next chapter, the three entered the Power Course and went up against Koga, Bruno, and Will. They struggled against the Elite Four member's team in Circle Push and Goal Roll before entering the final match, Block Smash. In it, Gold faced Bruno and his Machamp as his final opponents. By having Aibo focus on critical hits against the blocks, the team was able to enter High Tension mode, allowing them to quickly catch up with Machamp's raw strength and win.

In One Tough Togepi, Gold sends out Exbo alongside his other Pokémon, save Togebo, to fight and distract Lance's Dragonite, who was going on a rampage. With Aibo and the others distracting the Dragon Pokémon, Togebo was able to finish the battle with a powerful Double-Edge.

In All About Arceus II, Exbo fought Arceus. He attacks with a powerful Blast Burn, but fails to do any real damage.

In All About Arceus V, Exbo, Silver's Feraligatr, and Megaree attacks the incomplete forms of Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina created by Arceus. Through a combination of the ultimate attacks, the three Legendary Pokémon are stopped, though this only delays their completion.

Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire arc

In a flashback in PS598, Ultima recalls how Gold and Exbo had trouble learning Blast Burn.

Personality and characteristics

Exbo is a very kind and caring Pokémon and cares deeply for his friends, first shown when he was angry at Totodile being stolen. Exbo has a high amount of courage and even when fighting at a disadvantage he tries his absolute best in battle, refusing to give up. In battle, Exbo is often paired with Sunbo so that she can use Sunny Day to power up Exbo's Fire attacks.


As a Cyndaquil As a Quilava
Exbo Cyndaquil.png Exbo Quilava.png

Moves used

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Using Tackle as a Cyndaquil
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Using Blast Burn
Move First Used In
Tackle Totodile Rock
Ember Totodile Rock
Smokescreen Totodile Rock
Double Team Tyranitar War
Flame Wheel Delibird Delivery - 2
Flamethrower The Last Battle VI
Blast Burn  The Final Battle VIII*
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.


  • At level 84, Exbo is the highest leveled Pokémon belonging to Gold.


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Reason: Missing German name origin
Language Name Origin
Japanese バクたろう Baktaro From バクフーン Bakphoon and ~たろう -tarō
English Exbo* From explosion and -bo
Explotaro* From explosion and -taro
French Pétatard From pétard
German Woffy
Italian Raudo From raudo, a type of explosive used for firework.
Spanish Explotaro From explosion and -taro
Korean 폭돌이 Pokdor-i From 폭 (爆) pok and ~돌이 -dor-i
Chinese (Mandarin) 爆太郎 Bàotàiláng* From bào or 火暴獸 Huŏbàoshòu and ~太郎 -tàiláng
爆炸太郎 Bàozhàtàiláng* From 爆炸 bàozhà and ~太郎 -tàiláng
Chinese (Cantonese) 爆太郎 Baautaailòhng From baau or 火暴獸 Fóbuhksau and ~太郎 -taailòhng
Czech Bušák From výbuch (explosion) and -ák
Brazilian Portuguese Explom From explosão (explosion) and -plom
Vietnamese Bakutarou Transliteration of his Japanese name

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Cyndaquil, Quilava, and Typhlosion.

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