Dawn's Buneary (Japanese: ヒカリのミミロルHikari's Mimirol) was the first Pokémoncaptured by Dawn, and her second Pokémon overall.
Diamond & Pearl series
When Dawn first started on her journey, she ran into severalBuneary 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.
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.
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 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 Gymbattle 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.
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.
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.
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.
For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Buneary.