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