カブラギ Kaburagi
Gender Male
Eye color Blue
Hair color Light blue
Hometown Blackthorn City
Region Johto
Specializes in Dragon types
Anime debut Beauty is Skin Deep
English voice actor Carter Cathcart
Japanese voice actor Eiji Maruyama

Kaburagi (Japanese: カブラギ Kaburagi) is a recurring character who appeared in the Pokémon anime. His English name was said only in closed captioning. Kaburagi serves as the Gym assistant for the Blackthorn Gym. He also appeared in Ash & Pikachu.

In the anime


Original series

Kaburagi and Clair in the anime

Kaburagi debuted in Beauty is Skin Deep, where he accompanied Clair on her journey to perform a purification ritual on the Dragon Fang. However, much to his concern, Clair was concentrating on her Dratini's impending evolution instead of the ritual. Eventually, Kaburagi and Clair were able to perform the ritual without any major problems.

Kaburagi refereed the Gym battle between Clair and Ash in Fangs for Nothin'.However, the match was abandoned after Team Rocket stole the Dragon Fang and fled to the Dragon Holy Land. He accompanied Clair in pursuit of the villains, also providing Ash's group with some history of the area they found themselves in. He later witnessed the Holy Land's guardian, an old and powerful Dragonite, helping Team Rocket in their escape, and then saw the arrival of Liza, Charla, and Ash's Charizard.

In Great Bowls of Fire!, Kaburagi continued to accompany the others as they traveled further into the Dragon Holy Land, refuting the idea that Team Rocket had somehow managed to trick Dragonite into helping them by relating its history as the guardian of the land. Eventually, they approached the Dragon Shrine, only to find a raging fire and Team Rocket fleeing from a berserk Dragonite. While Ash's friends helped evacuate the wild Pokémon, Kaburagi retrieved the Dragon Fang from James and realized that Dragonite had somehow fallen into attack rage. After James revealed the cause of Dragonite's fury was a botched attempt to steal the Prayer Flame from the Dragon Shrine, Kaburagi was left in charge of restoring the shrine while Clair went to help Ash break Dragonite out of the attack rage.

When Dragonite was finally calmed down, Kaburagi ordered Team Rocket out of the Holy Land, only to realize that the crooks had swiped the Dragon Fang once again. After the villainous trio was stopped for good, he returned to Blackthorn Gym with the others and officiated Clair and Ash's second Gym battle in Better Eight Than Never. In the third round, where Ash's Charizard took on Clair's Dragonair, Kaburagi pulled a lever to open up the Gym's ceiling to set the stage for a spectacular aerial battle.

Pokémon the Series: Black & White

In BWS02, Kaburagi refereed the battle between Clair and Iris.


Although his main job is to officiate matches between Clair and her opponents, Kaburagi also helps her out in non-Gym affairs. He appears to be very knowledgeable about Blackthorn City and takes pride in its long history with Dragon Pokémon. Kaburagi is a cheery individual, who enjoys telling jokes and puns.

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 丸山詠二 Eiji Maruyama
English Jimmy Zoppi
European French Benoît Van Dorslaer
Hebrew עדי וייס Adi Weiss
Polish Sylwester Maciejewski
Portuguese Brazil Carlos Silveira
Portugal Pedro Carneiro
European Spanish Roberto Cuenca Martínez
Vietnamese Trần Vũ

In the manga

Kaburagi in Ash & Pikachu

Ash & Pikachu

Kaburagi appeared in The Dragonite's Imperial Wrath.

Ash & Pikachu characters
Main characters
Ash KetchumPikachuMistyTogepiBrockMayMaxJessieJamesMeowth
Gary OakDrewMorrison
Gym Leaders and Frontier Brains
AnnaAzusaProfessor BirchCalistaCarolineProfessor CozmoDrakeEriko
Eriko's grandmotherMrs. GrimmHirotoJack PollocksonKaburagiKiyoLilyProfessor Oak
OliverRobertShellySolanaSusieTabithaTeam Rocket ScientistTimmy
Whitney's grandmotherWinstrate family

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