Gary's Umbreon (Japanese: シゲルのブラッキー Shigeru's Blacky) was a Pokémon obtained by Gary during his journey in the Kanto region.
Umbreon first appeared as an Eevee in The Rivalry Revival, where it was used in a battle against Ash and his Pikachu. Brock commented that, by the looks of its shiny coat and bright eyes, Gary trained it very well. In battle, it backed up this observation by dodging or blocking all of Pikachu's attacks without taking any notable damage, resulting in a clear victory for Gary.
Gary took Eevee with him when he left for the Johto region. It evolved sometime prior to Power Play!, where it was shown to be battling Alex Davis's Alakazam. During the battle, it was shown to be extremely agile, dodging all of Alakazam's attacks with ease while dealing strong hits back to it, eventually winning the match without having taken a single blow. Afterwards, Ash enthusiastically challenged Gary, but Gary declined as Umbreon had defeated Pikachu before, along with that his remaining team did not impress him. Later, Gary and Umbreon helped Ash foil one of Team Rocket's plans as Umbreon severed a cable to their mecha with Tackle. It later illuminated a room with Flash so that Ash could find the lever to the dam mechanism. It then added its own strength to the effort to turn the lever, which ultimately succeeded.
It was not used in Gary's battle with Ash at the Silver Conference, although it did appear on his profile. Gary left Umbreon at Professor Oak's lab when he left on adventures with just his Blastoise.
In Putting the Air Back in Aerodactyl!, it was revealed that Gary had recalled Umbreon to his team. Umbreon was used in a Tag Battle alongside Crystal's Ivysaur against Cassidy's Houndour and Butch's Hitmontop. Despite the type disadvantage, Umbreon and Ivysaur were able to easily win the battle. Soon after, it was seen with its Trainer when they were trying to convince Aerodactyl that they were its friends.
Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl
In Ill-Will Hunting!, Umbreon repelled a Golbat from one of J's henchmen with Sand Attack. Gary's knowledge of the area, combined with Umbreon's agility, resulted in the Golbat accidentally disturbing a hive of Beedrill, which distracted the henchmen long enough for Gary, Ash, Brock, and Dawn to escape with the Shieldon that J was hunting. It was called on again to sabotage J's ship, using Shadow Ball to cause explosions and then tackling J's henchmen with Electivire to allow Ash to retrieve Shieldon.
In Fighting Fear with Fear!, Gary used Umbreon to battle Ash's Gligar in a practice match. Gligar fled from Umbreon's Shadow Ball, showing that it was unable to battle because of its phobia. Gary called off the battle and gave Ash a Razor Fang to evolve it.
In The Needs of the Three!, Umbreon spotted J's ship before being used to battle Saturn's Toxicroak. It attempted to use Psychic, but was badly hurt early in combat by Toxicroak's X-Scissor before it could attack. Gary was helpless to do anything, as Toxicroak was too fast for his Pokémon, allowing J to capture the Lake trio.
Pokémon Journeys: The Series
In Battling in the Freezing Raid!, Gary used Umbreon as his second Pokémon in his Raid Battle against an Articuno. Despite managing to confuse Articuno, Umbreon was quickly defeated by Sheer Cold.
In JN147, Umbreon was seen alongside Gary when he reunited with Ash. After a brief conversation between the two, Umbreon left with Gary to continuing traveling.
Personality and characteristics
As an Eevee, it was pointed out by Brock that it was well trained due to its bright eyes and glossy coat, with Tracey adding that the Evolution Pokémon looked ready to evolve at any given moment. Like its Trainer, it was shown to be confident and smart.
Umbreon was also a very adept battler, being often used by Gary in several different strategies. Umbreon is also one of Gary's most important Pokémon, often seen outside of its Poké Ball.
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- In the English dub of Power Play!, Gary told Umbreon to use Agility, a move it is unable to legitimately learn. In the Japanese version, he just told it to use its footwork to dodge an attack.
- Despite debuting at the end of the Orange Archipelago saga, Umbreon was not shown to be damaged by an attack until the battle with Saturn's Toxicroak, 501 episodes later.
- It was also never defeated in battle onscreen until Battling in the Freezing Raid!, 1,071 episodes after Umbreon’s debut.
- Gary's Eevee and it being used to battle Pikachu during the first battle between Ash and Gary are references to Blue's Eevee and the first rival battle between it and the player's Pikachu in Pokémon Yellow.
For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Eevee and Umbreon.
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