Pangoro is a large bipedal Pokémon, resembling a humanoid panda bear. It has a stocky build with a round belly, short legs and long arms with large paws, which are often balled into fists. Its head and belly are covered in thick white fur, while its lower body, chest, arms, and back are covered in equally thick but dark grey fur. A long fringe of this dark grey fur hangs down behind its back that, in combination with the rest of the dark-furred pattern, gives the impression that Pangoro is wearing a longcoat and trousers. Pangoro's three-fingered paws have shorter fur a darker shade of grey than the overcoat and are tipped with vicious black claws. Its face tapers down to a snout and its white color contrasts with its black ears and nose as well as the two semi-circles of black fur under its brow that render Pangoro's eyes indistinguishable. Pangoro likes to carry a thin leaved shoot in its mouth, which has prominent lower fangs.
Despite its cantankerous demeanor, Pangoro is not one to tolerate those who pick on the weak. With arms powerful enough to snap a telephone pole, it charges into battle like a berserker, heedless of any damage it might suffer as it bashes its opponents. It can use the leaf in its mouth to sense the movements of those around it.
In the X & Y chapter, the Lumiose Press editor-in-chief used a Pangoro and two Spewpa to try and kill Alexa in order to prevent her from giving information about the destruction of Vaniville Town to the public. Alexa was saved by X, who battled the editor-in-chief and defeated him.
Although Pangoro normally evolves from Pancham at level 32, Pangoro with lower levels can be called by Pancham in SOS Battles on Ula'ula Island in Pokémon Sun and Moon.
Pangoro is based on a giant panda. Considering how its pre-evolution needs to be around Dark-type Pokémon as a prerequisite for its evolution, its hot-blooded, belligerent, yet virtuous attitude, and features such as a coat-like cape and chewing stick, Pangoro also appears to draw inspiration from banchō, Japanese juvenile-delinquent leaders. The method of evolution may imply that the pure Fighting-type Pancham acquired its Dark type after evolution due to being led astray by a "bad influence". Its Shiny coloration could be a reference to the Qinling panda, whose coloring tends to be more brown than black.
Pangoro and Goronda may be a combination of ごろつき gorotsuki (rogue), ごろごろ gorogoro (rumbling sound), and panda.
In other languages
Possibly from ごろつき gorotsuki, ごろごろ gorogoro, and panda