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"Only a heartless soul would run and leave his friends behind. We're in this together."
— "Meet Me in the Ring"

Puar (プーアル Pūaru, lit. "Pu'er") is a shapeshifting animal that is Yamcha's lifelong best friend.

Concept and creation


Binyao from Dragon Boy

Puar's design was based on the character Binyao from Akira Toriyama's early depiction of Dragon Ball called Dragon Boy. The character is a shapeshifter like Puar, but he has Oolong's personality.

Puar's official design was established in Akira Toriyama's third draft of Dragon Ball. Though sharing an appearance to that of a cat or rabbit, Puar is neither species, but is drawn a little bit to look like a cat[9] (Puar is referred to as a cat by Emperor Pilaf, and Future Puar is referred to as a cat as well by Future Oolong).[10]


Being voiced by only female voice actors, the character is referred to as female numerous times in Saban's edited English version of Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z as well as several video games, although Toriyama has indicated in interviews that he had considered Puar male while writing the manga.[11] In the Japanese versions, Puar refers to himself/herself as boku and is sometimes referred to as Puar-kun, hinting male characteristics. Despite indications of masculinity, referring to Bat-Puar, Bulma tells Oolong to "Go help her!" in the English dub of "The Penalty is Pinball" and when Puar faints in the English dub of "The Power of Nappa", Roshi reassures Oolong by saying "She'll be okay." Puar is also referred to as female on Funimation's Dragon Ball website.


Puar is very close and is extremely loyal to Yamcha, often following his orders without question or hesitation. Whenever Yamcha gets hurt or dies, Puar is the first to show concern, thus proving that he cares deeply for best friend's well-being. Aside from loyalty, Puar holds unwavering faith in Yamcha; examples include during the Universe 6 vs Universe 7 baseball match, Puar told Android 18 that Yamcha was perfectly suitable as the team's captain; another was during the Universal Survival Saga, Puar was happy when it appears that Yamcha has finally got an invite to join Goku and the others in the Tournament of Power.

In the anime-only part of the Vegeta Saga when a baseball riot ensues between the players, Puar tells Yamcha not to get involved (knowing full well of the latter's strength), showing that he has concern for the well-being of others.

He used to be bullied by Oolong during their time in Southern Transformation Kindergarten, and sometimes get annoyed by his perverted personality. In Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!, Puar (along with Oolong, Chi Chi, Bulma, and Piccolo) would become annoyed at Gotenks' recklessness.



Puar attended the Southern Transformation Kindergarten, along with Oolong who used to bully him. Some time after that, Puar met Yamcha and became his companion in Diablo Desert.

Dragon Ball

Emperor Pilaf Saga

Main article: Emperor Pilaf Saga


Puar with a devious grin

When they first met Goku and Bulma, along with Oolong, Puar says that he and Yamcha have been together for exactly two years, one month, and three days.[12] The two were originally a pair of desert thieves, robbing capsules and money from travelers who would cross the area where they lived. On one such occasion, after a little more than two years together,[13] the pair meets Goku, Bulma, and Oolong. Puar recognizes the last of these characters as an old schoolmate at the Southern Transformation Kindergarten.[14]


Oolong and Puar transformed

Some time after the meeting, the five of them team up and go on a hunt for the Dragon Balls. They are attacked by a robot piloted by Shu. Shu manages to steal the Dragon Balls except for Goku's four star ball. They later find a castle that belongs to Emperor Pilaf. They are trapped and knocked out by sleeping gas, allowing the last Dragon Ball to be stolen. Goku tries to use a Kamehameha to bust open the wall but fails. Puar and Oolong shapeshift to stop Pilaf from making his wish. As Pilaf was about to make his wish, Oolong wishes for underwear to make Pilaf mad. The rest try to escape but are later captured again by Pilaf.


Puar cuts off the Great Ape Goku's tail while it was paralyzed by Yamcha

Puar looks at the moon, wanting to look at something beautiful before he dies, and Goku does too, which makes him transform into a Great Ape, completely terrifying Puar and the others, also destroying the castle. After some running away from Goku, Yamcha and Puar remember Goku's weakness is in his tail. Remembering this, Yamcha tells Puar to transform into scissors, so Puar transforms into scissors and cuts off the tail, which returns Goku to normal. Afterwards, Bulma, Puar, Yamcha and Oolong decide to go to West City, while Goku decides to go to Master Roshi's island to train. They then say their goodbyes to Goku. While they are flying, they crash in a forest and are forced to walk through a desert to West City.

Tournament Saga

Main article: Tournament Saga

Bulma and Puar take a peek

Puar and Bulma take a peek

Puar is reunited with Goku at the 21st World Martial Arts Tournament. Puar is a spectator in the matches. Goku is up against Jackie Chun (who is actually Master Roshi in disguise) Goku looks at the moon again and transforms in a Great Ape again. Jackie Chun destroys the moon, making Goku return to normal. Beforehand, the gang believed that Jackie killed Goku, and Puar sobbed in grief, crying out loud "he was our friend!" As a year has passed since Puar's meeting with Goku, Goku goes on a journey to look for his Grandpa's Four-Star Dragon Ball after the tournament.

Red Ribbon Army Saga

Main article: Red Ribbon Army Saga


Puar at the Red Ribbon Army Headquarters

During the Red Ribbon Army Saga, Puar is seen with Oolong and Yamcha training in West City. Later, Puar and everybody else want to help Goku fight the Red Ribbon Army, but Goku already defeated them.

Fortuneteller Baba Saga

Main article: Fortuneteller Baba Saga At Fortuneteller Baba's Palace where the last Dragon Ball had to be found, Puar teamed up with Upa to stop Fangs the Vampire, who had defeated Krillin. When Fangs was about to bite Puar, Puar turns into a porcupine, causing Fangs great pain when he bites Puar. Puar then turns into a hand, and swats Fangs into the water, defeating him with great ease.

Tien Shinhan Saga

Main article: Tien Shinhan Saga Puar attends the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament to cheer on his friends. At the Tournament, they see Master Shen, who is Master Roshi's rival, and his two students Tien Shinhan and Chiaotzu. When Tien strikes a blow to Yamcha's leg during the quarterfinals, breaking it, Puar in total panic and worry comes out to help Yamcha by changing into a magic carpet to transport him to the hospital.

Piccolo Jr. Saga

Main article: Piccolo Jr. Saga


Puar at Kame House after King Piccolo's defeat and Krillin's resurrection

Three years later, Puar attends the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament to cheer on his friends and watch the fight between Goku and the reincarnated Piccolo.

Dragon Ball Z

Saiyan Saga

Main article: Vegeta Saga


Puar in Dragon Ball Z

Puar is seen at Kame House observing the battles against the Saiyans with Bulma, Master Roshi, Oolong, Ox-King, and Chi-Chi. They watch as Yamcha, Tien, and Chiaotzu die at the hand of Nappa. This makes Puar and Bulma break down crying. He passes out and Oolong carries him on his arms to a pillow and covers him with a blanket and puts a wet towel on his head. He remains passed out for several episodes.

Frieza Saga

Main articles: Frieza Saga and Garlic Jr. Saga


Puar after Yamcha being resurrected

Puar, along with Oolong and Dr. Brief, watch Goku in the Capsule Corporation spaceship head to Namek to help his friends collect the Dragon Balls to revive their fallen friends. Puar becomes concerned for Goku when his ship malfunctions in a storm, but cheers when Goku is ok.

Later, Puar, Oolong, Master Roshi, Yajirobe and Chi-Chi try to go to Namek with Dr. Brief's ship, but their ship breaks down before takeoff.

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Puar and Yamcha watching TV at Kame House

In the anime, a few months later, everybody gathers on Master Roshi's island for a party where they are under the control of the Black Water Mist. They are later cured by the Sacred Water up in the Lookout.

Cell Saga

Main articles: Trunks Saga and Cell Games Saga A Year later, Puar is seen at Capsule Corporation where they see Vegeta's return. Once Frieza and King Cold arrives to Earth looking for revenge, Puar joins Bulma (who at the time dated Yamcha) to the Northern Wastelands where the two tyrants are landing with their henchmen. Yamcha is angry at both of them and tells them to take a hike and return home due to the threat.

Three years later, Puar is seen again in Capsule corp. waiting on Cell's announcement of the Cell Games.

Majin Buu Saga

Main articles: World Tournament Saga, Babidi Saga, Majin Buu Saga, Fusion Saga, and Kid Buu Saga

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Puar as he appears in the Majin Buu Story arcs

Seven years later, Puar attends the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament to cheer on his friends. Puar goes with the group to gather the Dragon Balls to wish back the people killed in the World Martial Arts Stadium by Vegeta under Babidi's control. Puar must take refuge from Majin Buu on Kami's Lookout. A day later, Super Buu finds the Lookout and allows them to live for a short time. When Super Buu escapes from the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, Puar and the rest are transformed into chocolate and eaten, instantly killing them. Puar is revived along with everybody else by Porunga. Everyone on Earth gives their energy to Goku to make the Spirit Bomb to destroy Kid Buu.

After the end of the Buu saga, Puar and Yamcha mainly work together as freelance bodyguards, and they occasionally goes to Tien Shinhan's to help with the farm as well.[8]

Dragon Ball Super

God of Destruction Beerus Saga

Main article: God of Destruction Beerus Saga

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Puar and Yamcha greets Krillin and his family

Puar and Yamcha were flying towards the cruise ship where Bulma is hosting her birthday party when they see Krillin, Android 18, and Marron flying and they also see Tien Shinhan and Chiaotzu moments later. Puar is seen enjoying the party until Beerus became outraged. He goes with Yamcha and the other Z-Fighters in Bulma's airship and watches Goku's fight with Beerus.

Golden Frieza Saga

Main article: Golden Frieza Saga Puar is killed with most of the Earth's population when Frieza blew up the planet. However, their deaths were undone when Whis rewinded time by three minutes.

Universe 6 Saga

Main article: Universe 6 Saga Puar accompanies Yamcha and the other Z-Fighters to the Nameless Planet to spectate the Tournament of Destroyers. After the tournament, Puar rides the Cube with the others as the wish with the Super Dragon Balls has been made, and then returns to Earth.

Copy-Vegeta Saga

Main article: Copy-Vegeta Saga

God Puar

Puar as Beerus

Puar attends the Universe 7 victory party thrown by Bulma, where everyone was tasked with protecting Monaka's secret from Goku. While Goku is fighting with "Monaka" (Beerus wearing a costume of Monaka), Whis interrupts their battle. Puar transforms into Beerus as Whis tells Goku that Beerus said to stop the fight, which he does.

"Future" Trunks Saga

Main article: "Future" Trunks Saga


Puar helps Yamcha

Puar appears as a spectator during the Universe 6 vs Universe 7 baseball game sitting next Android 18 Videl, Marron, Pan, Chi Chi, and Bulma. He personally cheers for Yamcha. Puar rushes over to Yamcha when the latter got hit by both Vegeta and Champa. Puar wakes him up (by transforming into a hammer and comically hitting him on the head).

When Beerus and Champa started fighting, everyone (except for Yamcha) tried to protect themselves in Bulma's force field. After the fighting was quelled by Whis and Vados, and learning that Universe 7 won (with Yamcha at home base), he and the others rushed over to Yamcha (due to the latter passing out from his injuries).

Universe Survival Saga

Main article: Universe Survival Saga

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Puar at Yamcha's house

Puar is seen at his house with Yamcha, watching the latter rehearse his answer should Goku appear and offer Yamcha to help join them for the upcoming Tournament of Power.

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Puar shapeshifts into an attractive girl for Roshi

Puar and Yamcha are seen watching television in bed, until Master Roshi and Oolong arrive. Roshi then asks for Puar to transform into a young girl, in order to help Roshi overcome his perverted antics in the Tournament of Power. Puar reluctantly agrees to it and is seen either running or fending him off, while Yamcha and Oolong watch from outside. Roshi's training with Puar was apparently successful as Roshi was able to overcome perverted nature as shown by his battles with Caway and ability to resist the Kamikaze Fireballs Light of Love.

Peaceful World Saga

Main article: Peaceful World Saga Ten years after Kid Buu's defeat, Puar attends the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament to cheer on his friends.

Dragon Ball GT

Baby Saga

Main article: Baby Saga Puar is seen on the Tuffle planet before the Earth explodes. Puar's last appearance is returning to his vagabond life roaming Diablo Desert with Yamcha

Shadow Dragon Saga

Main article: Shadow Dragon Saga


Puar and Yamcha's last appearance in Dragon Ball GT

By the end of Dragon Ball GT (in the final GT episode), Puar is seen in the middle of the desert with Yamcha fixing his car as they watch Shenron flying in the sky. He is seen in the final ending montage of the episode as well.

Film Appearances

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Curse of the Blood Rubies

Main article: Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies

Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle

Main article: Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle

Mystical Adventure

Main article: Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure

The Path to Power

Main article: Dragon Ball: The Path to Power

The Tree of Might

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might Puar takes a ride in Yamcha's new car and when Yamcha says that Bulma would love to take a ride in it, Puar reminds him that she is still mad at Yamcha for having stood her up. After the car crashes because of the Tree of Might, Yamcha and Puar head to Goku's House. After the Tree of Might is destroyed, Puar joins everyone on a camping trip.

Battle of Gods

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Four years after the battle against Majin Buu, Puar attends Bulma's birthday party while his friends soon face the God of Destruction Beerus.

Other Dragon Ball Stories

Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!

Main article: Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!


Oolong and Puar

Two years after Kid Buu's defeat, Puar attends Mr. Satan's banquet with Yamcha at his newly created hotel in honor of defeating Buu. The celebration is then crashed by a brother duo, Abo and Cado, whom are after Vegeta's brother, Tarble. The brothers are challenged by Goten and Trunks but they fail in defeating them. The brothers, merged as Aka, unleash a technique that destroyed the hotel. Aka is then defeated by Goku with a Kamehameha. After this encounter, they continue their feast.


Manga and anime

Puar is not a fighter, relying more on shapeshifting. But, Puar did defeat Fangs the Vampire by turning into a hand that swatted him. Fangs had previously defeated Krillin, but this was due to speed and weakening Krillin by sucking his blood, rather than Fang's actual power.

In Dragon Ball Super, Puar, in comical moments, displays strength as he is able to wake up Yamcha, who was knocked out by Vegeta and Champa, by hitting him on the head as a hammer. When helping Master Roshi overcome his perverted nature, Puar, as a young girl, was strong enough to send him flying at a window, causing it to crack.

Statements according to authors and guidebooks

The movie pamphlet for Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might states that Puar has a power level of 10.


  • Flight – Puar has the innate ability of self-levitation, as seen throughout the series.
  • Shapeshifting – Having learned shapeshifting in the Shapeshifting Academy, Puar can transform into anything, even inanimate objects. Unlike Oolong, Puar mastered shapeshifting by actually graduating from the Shapeshifting Academy, and can hold a form as long as necessary as such.[15]


Demon Clan

Main articles: Black Water Mist and Demon Clan


During the Garlic Jr. Saga, Puar is infected by the Black Water Mist becoming a vampire-like Demon Clansman. In this state the evil desires, he would normally suppress take control driving him mad to the point of being willing to kill his own friends for it. He also becomes a devoted follower of Garlic Jr. and the Spice Boys whom he worships.


  • Bombs – In the video games where Puar is an opponent, he attacks the playable character by dropping bombs on them.

Appearances in other media

Live-action movies


Puar in the 1990 Dragon Ball film

In the 1990 Korean live action adaption of Dragon Ball, Puar is portrayed by a stuffed toy that looks identical to the version in the manga/anime. In the second adaption, Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins, Puar is replaced by a talking parrot named Miss Knowwhat which, like Puar, is the lifelong companion of Yamcha (named Westwood in the film) but with a different personality.

Video Game Appearances

In Origins, finding and catching Puar is the basis of one of the missions in the Diablo Desert.


Puar-based pets in Dragon Ball Online

While Puar does not appear in Dragon Ball Online, Puar-based pets are mascots that could be obtained at one point in the game. However, these pets were eventually removed with a patch.

In Zenkai Battle, Puar accompanies Yamcha for poses before and after battles.

In Battle of Z, Puar's Scissors form is an equipable item which increase the power of Super Attacks slightly.

While Puar doesn't appear in the Xenoverse series, he is mentioned by Yamcha several times, while he is their instructor (If Yamcha and Nappa fight each other in the Parallel Quests, the latter will state that Yamcha's no match for him and Yamcha responds by saying "Bulma, Puar, give me strength").

Voice Actors


  • Puar's name is a pun on Pu-erh tea.[16]
  • He has a blood-type of AB.[17]
  • The Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game lists Puar as Changeling race.
  • In the Blue Water dub of "Yamcha the Desert Bandit", Yamcha (after getting beat up by Goku) tells Puar to make "fetch him" his dinner.
  • While his voice sounds feminine in most dubs, there are some dubs where his voice is low in tone.
  • There was an instance in Dragon Ball where Puar ran on all fours, as he and Yamcha attempt to steal the Dragon Balls in Oolong's house wagon.


Main article: Puar/Gallery

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