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     Gao Mikado 

Dragon World (primary), Dungeon World, Magic World, Hero World (Secondary during Hundred), Legend World, Thunder Emperor's Fangs (X)

Voiced by: Marie Mizuno (JP), Sabrina Pitre (EN, seasons 1 and 2, and commercials for season 3 note ), Melissa Dorsey (EN, season 4 and onward)

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He is someone who sheds light on the problems of the world, like the sun!

The spunky lead, Gao starts playing Buddyfight after opening a Buddy-Rare one day in class and meeting his Buddy, Drum. Gao has a strong sense of justice and wants to protect people who can't defend themselves. He dons the mantle of the Mighty Sun Fighter, a character from a manga written by his now-deceased brother. He and his friends form Team Balle du Soleil for the ABC Cup, which later goes on to compete in the Gaen Cup.

He first played a Dragon World deck with a focus on Armordragons. After Drum returns from his training, he begins to use a variety of decks to take advantage of Drum's new forms, including a Magic World Deck for Dragowizard Magician Drum, a Dungeon World Deck for Brave, Drum and a new Dragon World Deck centered around the Thunder Knight archetype for Thunder Knights, Drum Bunker Dragon.

His Core Deck case is a belt buckle and his Buddy Skill is a flying platform. As of Buddyfight Hundred, he is an officer of the Buddy Police and uses a Hero World deck as well as a Dragon World deck with the Crimson Battler archetype. When Drum becomes an Omni Lord, he starts using a Dragon World deck based around Drum and the Fifth Omni Cavalry Dragons.

In Buddyfight Triple D, he uses the then-new Sun Dragon archetype with his new buddy monster Bal, who can become an Impact Monster. The two compete in a global Buddyfight tournament known as the World Buddy Cup.

In Buddyfight X, Gao has been chosen as Dragon World's representative in yet another tournament known as the World Buddy Masters. He is brought to Dragon World to find a new Buddy and ends up choosing Batzz, whom he uses in a Thunder Empire deck. He eventually acquires a Mirage Card granting him the Thunder Emperor's Fangs flag and leading him to use a new deck centerd around the Overturn mechanic.

In Buddyfight X All-Star Fight, Guru announces the GGG cup in Gao's honor, a tournament consisting of Gao and his strongest rivals as well as all three of his buddy monsters. In reality, he asked Guru to hold this tournament as he is moving to America closing out Gao's role in the Buddyfight anime leading up to Buddyfight Ace starring his son.


  • The Ace: When he is introduced to the game of Buddyfight, and become a pro at one.
  • Action Duo: He and Tasuku.
  • Adorkable: Sometimes he's dorky, sometimes he's tough (meaning that he's both)
  • Adventure Duo: Gao and Tasuku.
  • AllLovingHero: Both Gao and Tasuku shared this role together.
  • Anime Hair
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: In the past. His nasty attitude, aggressiveness, and tendency to seriously hurt people with his martial arts kept him from getting along with people.
  • A Father to His Men: His reckless tactics turn out to not be a product of overconfidence, but instead caring for his monsters too much to let them get hurt for his sake. He doesn't budge on this until his monsters themselves insist that they actually are willing to fall in battle for him.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Rather than doing a set amount of damage, "Dragon Lord Initiation, Giga Howling Crusher!!" does damage equal to the added Critical of Drum and Gao.
    • The Thunder Emperor's Flag allows for Thunder Empire cards of all worlds to be used. In addition the monsters involved in his deck include Thunder Empire versions of his friends' Buddy Monsters complete with their own Overturns that Gao can use.
    • Protection of Batzz, Dragonificator Gao litterally gives Gao the power of Batzz by combining Batzz and Gao together, even empowers Gao with Batzz's Overthrow.
    • Buddyfight X All-Star Fight incorperates all three of his buddy monsters in his deck. To further this, he goes back to Dragon World.
  • Awesome by Analysis: Is often able to read into his opponents strategies and ploys.
  • The Atoner: After OTK'ing Rouga in their first match, Gao realizes how he was unnecessarily harsh and let his anger get ahead of him, pushing Rouga further away from the idea that Buddyfights should be fun. This is why he plays a gimmicky, fun Dungeon deck in their rematch.
  • Badass Adorable: Despite his spunky personality, he also have cute and sunny personality.
  • Best Friend: To his Aibo Academy pals, and his friendly rivals Tasuku and Gaito.
  • Best Out of Infinity: The finale of Hundred shows him and Bolt in one of these, with both at 99 wins.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Always cool to his little sister Hanako.
  • Big Brother Mentor: He's one to Bal in season 3 of Buddyfight since the latter is a newborn.
  • Born Lucky: New to Buddyfighting, everyone seems to thinks his wins are based on luck.
    • His luck finally ran out when he faced Ikazuchi.
  • Broken Win/Loss Streak: Finally loses for the first time to Ikazuchi.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He can be nice and friendly towards others, but when you mess with him and his friends, he means business.
  • Burning with Anger: His anger towards Doctor Gara for poisoning Bal is what triggered his Dragon Force of Anger.
  • But Now I Must Go: At the end of Buddyfight X, Gao will be moving to America leading to Buddyfight Ace in the future starring his son.
  • Catchphrase: Eclipsing the darkness with flames and brightening the hearts of the mistreated, The Mighty Sun Fighter is here!
  • Cheerful Child: On his good days, and during his childhood.
  • Cool vs. Awesome: He's cool to Tasuku's awesome.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Compared to Gaito's Death Count Requiem.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Ends up befriending those he's defeated in a Buddyfight.
  • Determinator
  • Elemental Punch: Gao's Dragon Force "Style of Impact" has a fire-based punch.
  • Fiery Redhead: When ever he is hot-tempered.
  • Fire Is Red: Gao's main element is fire.
  • Fist of Rage: When Gao gets angry, he loses his pluckiness, and aims his fists straight at them.
  • Friendly Rivalry: To Tasuku and Noboru.
  • Frilly Upgrade: When receiving his Dragon Force of Anger in Triple D.
  • Full Potential Upgrade: His evolved Dragon Force "Style of Impact" in episode 46.
  • Glass Cannon: For the most part his fighting style in all of his decks focuses on high number of attacks while attacking with his monsters using items and using various shield counter spells to negate attacks. Some of his later decks make him even more fragile due to ether needing to be damaged to trigger effects ( Fifth Omni-lord deck) or needing to be at critical health to use them (Thunder Empire).
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Seems to have a preference for these as his items, to the point where he starts using the Crimson Battler archetype, which specifically supports using Fist type items.
    • Even his Dragon Force "Style of Imapact" has these kinds of fisticuff.
  • Guttural Growler: His English voice actor gives Gao a deep alto voice.
  • The Hero: Of the first four seasons of Buddyfight.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Zigzagged in that while many of Gao's item cards are swords, he also uses plenty of gauntlets as well.
  • Heroic BSoD/Stepford Smiler: Tasuku notes that while Gao's life has been pretty much normal since he lost to Ikazuchi and Tenbu seemingly got killed, he hasn't been as cheerful and upbeat as usual. In particular, Gao's speech about heroes suggests that he's lost confidence in himself.
    • It's bad enough that he can't even use his Dragon World deck, lets Noboru get kidnapped by Gratos and is then reminded about his losing his brother Yota (to the point where despite having the proper setup he couldn't stop Shigamine from nearly winning against him during their fight). Right afterwards he eventually quits Buddyfighting when he misinterprets Tasuku telling him to solve his own problems.
    • He’s Back: He gets back into the game after being reminded of why he enjoyed it so much.
  • Heroic RRoD: His Impacts in season 4 carry a risk of causing this. At one point, it gets him separated from his body and Batzz has to get him back by doing good deeds.
  • Hot-Blooded: Downplayed. He's passionate about everything he does, but he'll often lapse into moments of calm reflection during fights. He starts playing it straight after Bal hatches, to the point that his Dragon Force is activated by anger.
  • Hot Wings: His Dragon Force of Anger are what makes his wings hot.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Unlike Tasuku, Gao doesn't know how to activate his Future Force on demand.
  • Instant Expert: At Buddyfighting. Despite being a beginner, he manages to win against more experienced opponents and even manages to keep his winning streak intact for the entirety of the first season.
  • Invincible Hero: So far won every single one of his Buddyfights as mentioned below. Though in episode 39, he states that he'd rather have lost the fight instead of losing Kiri as a friend.
    • Canonically, he won 999 matches in a row, albeit off-screen.
    • No longer is one after losing to Ikazuchi.
  • Just a Kid: He gets that most of the time.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: His face shows it all.
  • Kid Hero: He's only 12 years old.
  • Kung-Fu Kid: He apparently teaches Aiki-jujutsu to students at his school.
  • The Leader: Of Team Balle du Soleil.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Depending on the context, he will invert his coat and/or move his core deck case from his side to the front of his belt, and on top of all that, may activate Future Force. If all these things are done, Gao becomes the spitting image of the Mighty Sunfighter.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: As his preferred tactic leaves his center open, he relies heavily on Dragon Shield cards to protect him.
  • Magnetic Hero: It's even been noted in-universe.
  • Nice Hat: It was Genma's originally.
  • Official Couple: With Paruko.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When his friends are in trouble, he drops his sunny attitude; and changes into his headstrong attitude.
  • Only Sane Man: Some days he the sane one, but sometimes he acts like a hero and perform stunts.
  • Perpetual Smiler: On his good sunshiny days.
  • Plot Armor: A ridiculously thick one: of his onscreen duels, he won all but one of them, and the only one he didn't was because he interrupted it intentionally (and was about to win anyways). He even beats opponents that are blatantly cheating. He finally loses to Ikazuchi in the 14th episode of Hundred, getting Tenbu killed in the process.
    • This gets toned down in later seasons, especially in X.
  • Plucky Boy: He's always befriending his opponents after a Buddyfight; which he always believes in.
  • Powered Armor: Has an item card in his Hero World deck that lets him wear a set of it, though he usually only uses the boots and gauntlets outside of finishing moves.
  • Power Fist: In his newly evolved Dragon Force "Style of Impact"
  • Power Glows: His Dragon Force of Rage in episode 27 of Triple D.
  • The Power of the Sun: His sun-related items and spells in his Dragon World deck.
  • Primary-Color Champion: His red shirt (with yellow and orange) and his blue and yellow jacket are what makes him a Lucky champion of Buddyfight.
  • The Protagonist: Of the first four seasons of Buddyfight.
  • Rays from Heaven: His card "Blessings of the Sun" in Triple D.
  • Red-Headed Hero: Half of his hair is red, but he's a hero with a warm heart.
  • Red Is Heroic: His red shirt and half of his hair.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Tasuku's blue oni.
  • Red Shirt: Adverted. His red shirt with the sun: symbolizes his heroism and positive attitude.
  • Rocket Punch: His new Impact Cards in Hundred are city size rocket punches launched from space. This becomes a plot point when transport to the moon is needed; Tasuku uses Future Force to make "Dragon Lord Initiation, Giga Howling Crusher!!" real so that it can be used as a space ship.
  • Shock and Awe: Played a Thunder Knights deck during season 1. Then, in X, his new deck is based around the Thunder Empire attribute.
  • Signature Move: The Gao Formation, two monsters on the sides and him with a weapon. It's primary downside is that it leaves his center open, thus decks Baku makes for him will often have a lot of nullify cards and monsters with the move ability. Varitions of this formation involve center monsters that remove themselves from the field and different monsters attacking multiple times.
  • Smug Smiler: Whenever he's about to plan an attack during a Buddyfight.
  • Super Mode: Gains Future Force in Episode 41.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: His eyes look golden brown.
  • Symbol Motif Clothing: The sun on his shirt symbolizes he's the Sun Fighter and his passion to help people
  • Tears of Joy: When his Buddy Bal is found in episode 25 of Triple D.
  • Technician vs. Performer: He's a performer to Tasuku's technician
  • Voice of the Legion: His voice changes when using his Impact: Thunder Lance X Tempest Buster in the English dub.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Noboru. The two reconcile before Noboru moves.
  • The Worf Effect: He's getting hit hard with this in Triple D. He's already lost once each to Gaito, who has a Darkness Dragon World Impact Monster, and Kakeru, who has a Dual Monster that can No-Sell Impact Monsters.
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     Drum Bunker Dragon 

Drum Bunker Dragon/Super Armordragon Drum Breaker Dragon/Ultimate Neo Dragon, Drum the Future/Crimson Battler, Drum Bunker Dragon/Buddy Police, Decker Drum/(Super) Fifth Omni Dragon Lord, (Kaiser) Drum (Drum)/ Overturn Armordragon, Drum Bunker Dragon

Voiced by: Shintaro Ohata (JP), Brett Bauer (EN)

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Mini Form

Gao's first buddy, having come to Earth on the advice of his father, who suggested he find someone unconventional he could learn from. His full name and title is Drum Bunker Dragon Fang Slade Terrestrial XIV, but everyone calls him Drum for short. Obviously, he hails from Dragon World. After training in different worlds, he gains access to alternate forms such as Magician Drum.

After Tenbu is devoured, he becomes the next Fifth Omni Dragon Lord after protecting Gao from Ikazuchi's blast. He relinquishes the title back to Tenbu upon the defeat of Yamigedo.

After being gone for two seasons, he returns in X2.


  • Armored Dragon: Even in his Squishy Wizard form, which retains his chest-plate.
  • Badass Adorable: In his mini form, he has scaled-down versions of his normal abilities. It helps that his drill shrinks with him.
  • BFS: Wields a katana that's huge even for him while in his Omni Lord Form.
  • Blow You Away: His drill whips up a whirlwind as his attack in his Buddy Police form.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: In his little form.
  • Break the Haughty: Starts off bratty and disobedient, treating Gao like he isn't worthy of using him. After the ABC Cup, he feels that he wasn't good enough for Gao, instead of the other way around.
  • Breath Weapon: He can breath fire, but is only seen to do so during his time in Dungeon World.
  • The Bus Came Back: Drum returns during episode 53 of season 4 and remains through the end of the season.
  • But Now I Must Go: At the end of Hundred, where he returns to Dragon World and leaves Gao.
  • Cape Wings: His cape turns into a pair of wings to allow him and Gao to fly.
  • Completely Missing the Point: He gets sent to Dungeon World for training where he learns a valuable lesson of the value of using teamwork and strategy to overcome a powerful opponent and returns assuming that defeating the boss was the only important thing about the experience.
  • Conspicuous CG: Almost constantly when he's not in his Sleep-Mode Size or a Super Mode with the exception of the first episode and the second season's finale and a very few other instances.
  • Deus ex Machina: His Ultimate Neo Dragon form is his own future form pulled through time with the future force.
  • Die or Fly: How he finally learns how to use his Buddy Skill.
  • Draconic Humanoid
  • Dragon Knight: His Thunder Knights form. He even recites a Badass Creed when using it.
  • Fantastic Racism: Hates Dragon Knights with a passion and refuses to be in the same deck as them.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: His Crimson Battler form lets him use punching attacks, though he still has drills attached to his fists.
  • Hot Paint Job: His armor gets a fire pattern when his Omni Lord form is active.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Spends much of the early series refusing to give Gao his Buddy Skill for various reasons, until he finally admits he doesn't know how.
    • Has this reaction to the Omni Lord emblem until it is unlocked.
  • Ironic Name: His Crimson Battler form gives him blue armor.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: When in his Omni Lord form, he wields a huge katana.
  • Limit Break: Overturn Armordragon, Drum Bunker Dragon. As a callback to his fight with Genma, on a link attack with the player, his power goes to infinte, in addition he gains an extra 2 critical and the opponent cannot respond to the attack with a counter.
  • Massive Numbered Children: Somehow manages to get married and have ten children in the short amount of time since he left Gao.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Drum has a more humanoid appearance than other dragons.
  • Out of Focus: During the ABC Cup - Gao pretty much had things under control without him, Drum would either not be summoned or be defeated easily within the first turn of his summoning.
  • Overly Long Name: His full name is Drum Bunker Dragon Fang Slade Terrestial XIV.
  • Put on a Bus: He goes back to Dragon World to train after the ABC Cup.
    • The Bus Came Back: Come back to Gao once he's done.
    • He goes back on the bus for good at the end of Hundred.
    • Comes back for X All-Star Battle.
  • Red Is Heroic: A red dragon who is the buddy of the hero.
  • Shapeshifter Default Form: When not Buddyfighting he's usually in the chibi form.
  • Sleep-Mode Size: Like most Buddy monsters, he can turn chibi so as not to scare people.
  • Super Hero: His Buddy Police form is a Hero World monster and has this as its attribute.
    • He later gets another Hero World form called Rescue Dragon, Justice Drum simply by wanting to protect Gao so badly that he hallucinates it.
  • Super Mode: Gains one in episode 52, Super Armordragon, Drum Breaker Dragon.
    • Gains another, temporary one, in the first season's finale: Ultimate Neo Dragon, Drum the Future that apparently runs on the Future Force.
    • Kaiser Drum is this for his Omni Lord Form.
  • Swiss-Army Superpower: He has an ability called Decker Drum's Seven Secrets in his Buddy Police form. Of these, he's used handcuffs, a boomerang, a super nose and a scanner eyepiece.
  • This Is a Drill: His Weapon of Choice, the Salamander Engine.
    • His weapons in other forms also have drills incorporated into their designs and his Ultimate Neo Dragon form is covered in them.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He returns from training in various other worlds with a significantly improved understanding of strategy, and the ability to transform and take on the abilities of different worlds.
    • And again in the second season when his Omni Lord orb activates.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Pudding and takoyaki. Hell, a few of his many cards even centers around his love of both of these.
  • Tron Lines: He has green ones on his armor and his drill in his Rescue Dragon form. They carry over to his Omni Lord form's weapon.
  • 24-Hour Armor: Averted. He tends to sleep without it.

     Sun Dragon, Bal Dragon/Super Sun Dragon 

Sun Dragon, Bal Dragon/Super Sun Dragon, Balle Soleil

Voiced by: Tomo Muranaka (JP), Joseph Girgis (EN)

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Baby and Adolescent Forms

Gao's second buddy. A young baby dragon who showed up as a Buddy Rare Gao opened from a booster, hatching from an egg along with the other Sun Dragon archtype cards.


  • All Your Powers Combined: Bal Dragon, Bal-Blaster Granbolt basically combines the best of his other impact monster's forms ablities. It can attack all monsters to clear the field like Lariat, attacks the Figter too like Burst Smasher, and can attack multiple times by paying gadge like Saucer Overrush (though at a cost of 2 guadge per attack instead of 1). It also resembles his evolved form's Bal-Blaster.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Azi Dahaka. The two have been fighting for eons, with both going into hibernation whenever one is defeated.
  • Armored Dragon: Though unlike other Armor Dragons, he uses his to make weapons out of.
  • Badass Adorable
  • But Now I Must Go: Now that he and Gao have defeated Azi Dahaka, he has to go back into hibernation until it is time for them to fight again.
    • The Bus Came Back: Comes back in X2 by Guru basically pulling him back from his pocket dimension.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Compared to Drum, who was sent to Earth to learn how to be a true fighter and was cocky yet self-doubting, Bal just hatched and has no understanding of even what Buddyfight was. Also whereas Drum gains more armor in his more powerful forms, Bal loses his armor to become whatever weapon he's using for his Impact. Mechanically, Drum started out as an average Buddy Monster with Soulguard that eventually had a large swath of different variations and levels of power, whereas Bal's base card is more of a Glass Cannon and as one of the first Impact Monsters, it comes with a large amount of Impact Monster forms.
  • Dual Age Modes: Notability Bal's fighting form is fully grown in spite of the fact he just hatched.
  • Fiery Redhead: A hyperactive young dragon with red hair.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: In his "Bal Burst Smash" form, his armor (which is only on his limbs) explodes from his energy, leaving him in only his goggles.
  • Gasshole: The definitive source of any fart-related humor in the show. Despite his size, Bal is able to fart with enough force to blanket an entire classroom with gas, a skill that he uses to make for quick getaways.
  • Hot-Blooded: The emotional and hyperactive of Gao's Buddies due to only being recently hatched. His full-size model is also the most expressive of any of them.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: A young dragon.
  • Limit Break: As an impact monster.
    • As Overturn Sun Dragon, Bal Dragon, his Overturn allows Bal to enable an Impact Call from the deck.
  • Me's a Crowd: Does this for Great Full Bal Lariat before absorbing them all for the finishing blow.
  • Mysterious Past: Despite being born from an egg that came from the sun, he is also Balle Soleil, a dragon that fought Azi Dahaka ages ago, only to be said to have entered a deep slumber after the fight, his soul manifesting in the form of the three dragon forces. As such, his true origin is a mystery.
  • Power of the Sun: Bal is a sun dragon.
  • Shoulder-Sized Dragon: He is able to land on Gao's shoulders.
  • Smoke Out: See Gasshole above.
  • Sore Loser: Oh, yes. He'll even deny that he lost at all. He is a baby afterall.
  • Super-Deformed: In his baby/mini form.
  • Super Empowering: He can apparently grant impact modes to other monsters just by giving them blank cards that he draws on. He has no idea how he does it, though.
  • Super Mode: Aside from his Impact Forms, he possesses one in the form of Super Sun Dragon, Balle Soleil. This form grants him Super Speed, Laser Blades, and is strong enough to match Azi Dahaka. Interestingly, he only turned into Balle Soleil when he was asleep, and possesses no memory of doing so.
  • The Bus Came Back: Comes back for X2
  • Third-Person Person: In addition to his Verbal Tic.
  • Time Abyss: He and Azi Dahaka have been fighting for eons.
  • Verbal Tic: Bal. Unusually, his Verbal Tic is what he was named for rather than the other way around.
  • Weapon of Choice:
    • Heroes Prefer Swords: He has one sheathed in the middle of his chest. He uses it as a hilt for his other weapons during Impact Monster attacks.
    • Drop the Hammer: Bal Dragon, "Bal Burst Smasher!!"
    • Deadly Disc: Bal Dragon, "Bal Saucer Over Rush!"
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Bal Dragon, "Great Full Bal Lariat!"

     Demon Lord Dragon, Batzz/Thunder Emperor Dragon, Batzz 

Demon Lord Dragon, Batzz/Thunder Emperor Dragon, Batzz

Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama (JP), Murray Farnell (EN)

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Mini Form

Gao's third Buddy. The most power Demon Lord Dragon who once managed to destroy mush of Dragon world before he was sealed. Gao unsealed him and made him his buddy. His full name is Barlbatzz Dragoroyale I. A long time ago before his rampage on Dragon World, he had lead a powerful Thunder Empire which spans across all of the worlds.


  • Aloof Ally: To both Gao and Chibi Panda, only being Gao's buddy so he can fight. At least, at first.
  • Big Eater: Gao's third buddy that eats a lot.
  • Blade on a Stick: Thunder Spear. It's his Impact Weapon.
  • Blood Knight: Relishes the chance to fight anyone he deems strong.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: His rampage on Dragon World was the result of Wisdom's ancestor putting him under mind control.
  • Comical Overreacting: He does NOT like his mini form.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Compared to Drum and Bal, he's far more experinced and arrogant, having once nearly destoryed Dragon World and leaving a cross fissure. Wheras Drum was rude at times but only fought in Buddyfights and Bal was an innocent kid, Batzz needs to have a sealing card to keep him in line a lot. He's also by far the largest of his Buddy Monsters.
    • Gameplay wise, Batzz requires the player to be a One-Hit-Point Wonder to make full use of his powers, as he becomes a 12,000 attack with Triple attack when the Fighter has four or lower life, compared to the more balanced with defense focus play of Drum and the aggressive play of Bal. His later forms which includes his various Overturn abilities allow for an explosive offense and he does not necessarily have to be a low life for it. But as Overturn is a once per Buddyfight ability, players need to determine when to use it.
  • Conspicuous CG: Continuing the tradition of doing this with Gao's Buddies, though his full-size form does make a brief fully-animated appearance in the first outro of the season.
  • Dramatic Thunder: He's able to do this for effect.
  • Fiery Redhead: Another Hot-Blooded red-haired dragon.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Batzz originally only teamed up with Gao so that he may fight again. But after Gao's near death experience, Batzz fully respects him as his buddy.
  • Heroic BSoD: Goes into one after losing three matches straight to Geargod, though he still maintains a grumpy façade. At his lowest point, he even asks Chibi Panda's father to re-seal him.
  • Instant Thunder
  • Large and in Charge: Batzz led a "Thunder Empire" before being sealed away and is the largest of Gao's Buddies.
    • He's so big that the side platforms of the fight stage must be lowered to fit him in smaller arenas.
    • The Thunder Empire itself is not limited to his native Dragon World, it actually spans throughout all of the worlds.
  • Large Ham: The most so of Gao's Buddies.
  • Limit Break: Overturn, an extremely powerful once-per-game ability given to him and various monsters throughout his Thunder Empire.
    • One step further with Overthrow, another once-per-game ability!
  • Might Makes Right: Only began to acknowledged Gao after he survived using his impact that could have killed Gao.
  • No-Sell: As long as it's his fighter's turn, He can't be destroyed.
  • Pride: His ego may well be bigger than his body. He's always off doing whatever he wants and sees his mini-form as an insult to his ego.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: He was sealed away centuries ago due to the destruction he caused, notably a massive X-shaped fissure covering most of a continent.
  • Shock and Awe: Controls Lighting.
  • Sleep-Mode Size: He has a mini-form, but refuses to stay in it such that Gao has to forcibly revert him to it, or even put him back in his card.
  • Super Strength: He can throw CHAOS Yamigedo, a monster several times his (already huge) size.

     Chibi Panda/Saint Holy Sword Dragon 

Chibi Panda/"Saint Holy Sword Dragon"

Voiced by: Ayaka Saitou (JP), Anna Cummer (EN)
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True Form/Adult Form

A dragon (despite his looks) from Dragon World who invited Gao to represent Dragon World in the Buddy Masters cup. He joins with Gao after being impressed with Batzz and becoming his underling.

  • Amusing Injuries: Suffers various minor (though still clearly painful) injuries while trying to emulate Batzz in the first outro for season 4.
  • Badass Adorable: After gaining his true form, he's become a key card in multiple strategies, but is no less adorable.
  • Conspicuous Trenchcoat: Uses a trenchcoat-and-fedora getup to sneak around. It never fools anyone and it turns out that his father uses the exact same outfit.
  • Draconic Humanoid: Only in his Saint Holy Sword Dragon form.
  • Joke Character: Pretty weak and only has Move if your equipped with a Thunder Empire item. His whole look embodies this, looking like a tiny Panda dispite being a Dragon and using a plastic popsicle stick as a sword. Turns out the looking like a Panda is hereditary, as his entire family looks like Pandas.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After training with Guru and learning to try and become stronger as himself rather than copying Batzz, he gains his respect and his popsicle turns into a sword, allowing him to assume his true form: Saint Holy Sword Dragon.
  • Undying Loyalty: Towards Batzz. In fact, once he evolves into Saint Holy Sword Dragon, he counts as a size 1 monster if Batzz is on the field.
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