バク Baku
Diamond Pearl Buck.png
Art from Pokémon Diamond and Pearl by Ken Sugimori[1]
Gender Male
Hometown Survival Area
Region Sinnoh
Relatives Flint (older brother), unnamed grandfather
Trainer class Pokémon Trainer
Generation IV, VIII
Games Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Game animation debut The Magma Stone
English voice actor Bryce Papenbrook
Japanese voice actor Hiro Shimono
Anime debut Bucking the Treasure Trend!
English voice actor Bryan Tyler
Japanese voice actor Akeno Watanabe

Buck (Japanese: バク Baku) is a Pokémon Trainer from Sinnoh. He specializes in Pokémon with high Defense and Special Defense.

In the core series games

Buck is first seen in the Fight Area, where he overhears Barry talking to the player in Diamond and Pearl and Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl and watches the player battle with Barry against Volkner and Flint in Platinum.

Buck is one of the five Trainers who can join with the player during an event in the Sinnoh-based games. He is a strong Trainer from the Survival Area which is close to Stark Mountain, where he loves to train. He appears at Stark Mountain and is part of the event required to catch Heatran.

He can tag team with the player at Sinnoh and Johto's Battle Tower, and in Platinum, he can be battled at the Battleground.

His grandfather runs and cooks at the Battleground while his older brother is Flint of the Sinnoh Elite Four.


Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

Pokémon Platinum

Stark Mountain


Battle Tower

As the player's Multi Battle Partner, Buck uses mostly Pokémon that excel in the Defense stat. Some excel in Sp. Defense instead, or both.

Diamond and Pearl

Pokémon Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Stark Mountain

Battle Tower
Master Class Double Battles (Rank 7)

In each team, Buck uses the first and second Pokémon on the list, and Bertha uses the third and fourth.



Sticker Template background from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Sprites and models

Sprite from
Overworld sprite from
Generation IV
Back sprite from
Generation IV
Battle Tower VS model from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl


Main article: Buck/Quotes

In the anime

Main series

Buck in the anime

Buck is an amateur treasure hunter who was searching for rarities with the help of Baltoy's senses. He appeared in Bucking the Treasure Trend!, where he met up with Ash and his friends on the same ferry bound for Lily of the Valley Island. Unlike the other passengers who were headed for the Sinnoh League, Buck was actually getting off at the nearby Dandelion Island so he could look for treasures after uncovering a map during one of his other expeditions.

With the help of Ash's group, Buck was able to find the island's treasure, ancient pottery, at an ancient ruin site. He also managed to capture a powerful Claydol. Buck revealed that he wanted to become an archaeology professor. He said farewell to the group and planned to head to Stark Mountain to uncover more treasures.


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On hand

This listing is of Buck's known Pokémon in the anime.

Buck's main Pokémon and his partner in treasure hunting is a Baltoy, which has the ability to sense when treasure is near and would indicate this to Buck by spinning. Baltoy is also a very powerful battler, as it was able to defeat the Claydol that was guarding the treasure hidden near Lily of the Valley Island.

Baltoy's known moves are Shadow Ball, Gyro Ball, and Solar Beam.

Debut Bucking the Treasure Trend!
Claydol was originally the last guardian of the ruins located on Dandelion Island. It was extremely powerful, and was able to stand up to the attacks of Dawn's Piplup and Ash's Torterra. However, it was unable to defeat Buck's Baltoy in battle and was captured by Buck.

Claydol's known moves are Rapid Spin, Light Screen, Ice Beam, and Psybeam.

Debut Bucking the Treasure Trend!
Status unknown
Mantine was seen in a flashback as Buck was explaining his Baltoy's power. In the flashback, Buck was shown swimming underwater holding onto Mantine. It is unknown if this Mantine belongs to Buck.

None of Mantine's moves are known.

Debut Bucking the Treasure Trend!

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 渡辺明乃 Akeno Watanabe
English Bryan Tyler
Czech Filip Švarc
Finnish Petrus Kähkönen
Italian Massimo di Benedetto
Polish Grzegorz Drojewski
Brazilian Portuguese Alex Minei
Spanish Latin America Bruno Coronel
Spain Álvaro de Juan

Pokémon Generations

Buck appeared in The Magma Stone, where he was shown at Stark Mountain. He used his Claydol to battle the rampaging Legendary Heatran alongside Looker and his Croagunk. He then returned the Magma Stone to its original resting place on a stone altar, thus resealing Heatran. Afterwards, he revealed to Looker that he was traveling around Sinnoh to become the greatest Pokémon Trainer ever.


Claydol is Buck's only known Pokémon. He used it to battle Heatran at Stark Mountain.

Claydol's known moves are Ice Beam and Psychic.

Debut The Magma Stone

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 下野紘 Hiro Shimono
English Bryce Papenbrook
European French Alexis Tomassian
European Spanish Héctor García

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Buck in Pokémon Adventures

Buck first makes an appearance in the Battleground battling with Marley. The battle goes without a conclusion as Buck notices Looker spying on them and chases after him while the officer escapes. Later, after Platinum defeats Darach at the Battle Castle, Buck makes his appearace, where he introduces himself to Platinum and Looker and takes off with Looker's photo of the Team Galactic Grunts convening on Stark Mountain.

He states that he has always admired Heatran, and will not stand for them tarnishing its home. However, in the process of climbing the mountain, the Grunts had begun to follow him. Buck battles the Grunts, but finds them hard to defeat due to the fact that every time he knocks them down, they just rise up again as if nothing had happened. Eventually, he opts for running and manages to lose the Grunts while finding the room with the Magma Stone.

Buck takes the Magma Stone from its resting place and successfully awakens Heatran, only for Charon to take it for his own. Buck tries to escape Charon's wrath, but Heatran is too powerful for him to escape. Eventually, Looker comes to his rescue, but finds Charon too powerful to defeat as well. Despite their best efforts, Charon defeats them, but they manage to escape and are badly wounded. With Platinum's Pokémon's help, Buck is put into the hospital, where his friends distress over his current condition, leading them to decide to take revenge on Charon.

After Charon is defeated, a now-healed Buck arrives to greet his friends at Sunyshore City. With Heatran free from Charon's control, Buck and his friends decide to take it back to its home on Stark Mountain.


Claydol is Buck's main Pokémon, and likewise the only one he has been seen using as of yet.

Claydol's known moves are Calm Mind*, Teleport, and Sandstorm and its Ability is Levitate.

Debut Leaping Past Lopunny

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Buck or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Related cards
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.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Buck's Training Su Legends Awakened   130/146 Cry from the Mysterious    
      Heatran Half Deck    
      Unnumbered Promotional cards    


  • Buck is the only Stat Trainer to specialize in more than one stat.


Language Name Origin
Japanese バク Baku From 麦 baku (wheat) and 爆 baku (explosion)
English Buck From buckwheat. Similar to his Japanese name.
German Avenaro From Avena (oat genus)
Spanish Bulgur From bulgur (Turkish for groats)
French Cornil From corn
Italian Chicco From chicco (grain)
Korean Maek From 맥 (麦) maek (wheat)
Chinese (Mandarin) 麥可 / 麦可 Màikě From 麥 / 麦 mài / maahk (wheat)
Chinese (Cantonese) 麥可 Maahkhó
Vietnamese Baku Transcription of his Japanese name

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