Buzzwole Is An Alien That Communicates Exclusively In Bodybuilding Poses

By Zack Zwiezen on at

Every Pokemon is interesting and worth talking about. I don’t play a tonne of Pokemon, but I do enjoy the universe and I love learning more about the creatures in it. So, Here’s Another Pokemon! It’s Buzzwole! This Pokemon was suggested by Kotaku reader Aeternus. Thanks!

Buzzwole Details

Type: Bug/Fighting

Average Height: 7‘10“

Average Weight: 735.5 lbs.

First Added In Generation VII

The first time I saw Buzzwole I didn’t understand what I was looking at. I remember thinking to myself “This doesn’t look like a Pokemon. It seems alien and weird.” Turns out, Buzzwole is basically an alien and my initial reaction was accurate.

Buzzwole, according to multiple Pokedex entries, is from another world. One entry even says “’s alien to this world...” So I guess that explains why it looks like this. Buzzwole feels like it fell out of a totally different TV show or franchise. That head really throws me for a loop, it looks like someone took a plate and stuck a pole to it and then put that on to the body of bodybuilder who was cosplaying as an alien.

Just like a bodybuilder, Buzzwole is often seeing striking poses that show off the creature’s massive muscles. It is believed that this is its primary form of communication. How other Buzzwoles see these poses, considering they don’t seem to have eyes, is not explained.

According to Bulbapedia, the proboscis isn’t just for show. Buzzwole actually uses it to suck the energy from enemies to make itself stronger. Which feels like a shitty thing to do. Some poor kid throws out their cute Bulbasuar and suddenly Buzzwole is just stabbing it with its proboscis and sucking out its life force, which also means it probably is sucking out some blood.

Favourite Fan Art

Illustration: Nakazahart (Tumblr)

Nakazahart made this cute picture of Buzzwole and their trainer having a drink and sharing a nice moment together. It also made me think about having a mosquito-like proboscis and how that seems like it could be useful when trying to drink stuff. Well, maybe not for coffee? That might be painful unless you cover your nose straw with some kind of insulated sheath.

Random Facts

  • Buzzwole is both the heaviest bug type and tallest fighting type Pokemon in the franchise.
  • Apparently, Buzzwole was seen completely destroying a dump truck with one punch.
  • Buzzwole was created by British artist and designer James Turner, who in 2010 became the first Westerner to officially create Pokemon for Gamefreak.