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(ツクシ Tsukushi)
HGSS Bugsy
"The Walking Bug Encyclopedia"
Hometown Azalea Town
Region Johto
Badge Hive Badge
Preferred Type Bug
First Appearance

Pokémon Gold and Silver

Class: Gym Leader
"I'm Bugsy! I never lose when it comes to Bug-type Pokémon. My research is going to make me an authority on Bug-type Pokémon! Let me demonstrate what I've learned from my studies."
— Bugsy, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Bugsy (Japanese: ツクシ Tsukushi) is the Gym Leader of the Azalea Town Gym. Beating him earns the player the Hive Badge. He specializes in using Bug-type Pokémon. The player can challenge Bugsy only after Team Rocket is defeated in the Slowpoke Well.


Bugsy is an androgynous-looking boy with purple hair and eyes. In the original Gen II games and anime he wore a green camper's outfit (green collared shirt with green shorts suspended by a belt, brown dress shoes and white ankle socks). In Gen IV this is modified to look more like a boy scout outfit (his shirt now has different shades of green, he wears a neckerchief, and he wears yellow-striped knee socks instead).


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He claims to have discovered Fury Cutter move. After the player character defeats him, he will give the player character the Hive Badge TM49 (Fury Cutter) in Gold, Silver and Crystal. In HeartGold and SoulSilver, it is TM89 (U-Turn).


Main article: Bugsy (Adventures)


Main article: Bugsy (anime)

Bugsy is the Gym Leader of Azalea Town, who was first yelled at by Misty, due to her fear of bugs. After acknowledgeding Ash's challenge, he sent a Spinarak (who moved with a surprsing grace), a Metapod that could move and his ace, Scyther. Ash defeated him and won the Hive Badge.


Gen. II Gen. IV Challenge Sprite Gen. V



Gold, Silver and Crystal

C 011 front
 Type Bug 
C 014 front
 Type Bug Type Poison 
C 123 front
 Type Bug Type Flying 
Lv. 15 Lv. 14 Lv. 17 Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Tackle Harden Quick Attack - - -
String Shot Poison Sting Leer - - -
Harden String Shot Fury Cutter - - -
- - - - - -

HeartGold and SoulSilver

HGSS 014 front
 Type Bug Type Poison 
HGSS 011 front
 Type Bug 
HGSS 123f front
 Type Bug Type Flying 
Lv. 15 Lv. 16 Lv. 17 Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Shed Skin Ability: Shed Skin Ability: Technician Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Poison Sting Tackle Leer - - -
Harden String Shot Focus Energy - - -
- Bug Bite Quick Attack - - -
- - U-Turn - - -

Black 2 and White 2

Stadium 2

Voice Actors

  • English: Tara Sands
  • Japanese: Hiromi Ishikawa
  • Italian: Monica Bonetto
  • Polish: Grzegorz Pawlak
  • Spanish: Amelia Jara
  • Iberian Spanish: Maria Fernanda Morales


  • Bugsy's name is a play on the word BUG, since he is a Bug-type Pokémon Trainer.
  • Bugsy is the first Gym Leader that specializes in Bug-type Pokémon.
  • At first Bugsy appeared to be androgynous, until it was immediately revealed that he is a boy.
  • In his HeartGold/SoulSilver artwork, he has pale skin, but in the anime and game sprites, he appears to have normal colored skin. This trait is shared with Pike Queen Lucy.
  • In Gold/Silver all of Bugsy's Pokémon are male, but in HeartGold/SoulSilver, they are female.


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