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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), also known as Pu'er, is a shape-shifter and is Yamcha's lifelong best friend.

Concept and creation[]


Pingyao from Dragon Boy

Puar's design was based on the character Pingyao 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[15] (Puar is referred to as a cat by Emperor Pilaf, and Future Puar is referred to as a cat as well by Future Oolong).[16]


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.[17] In the Japanese versions, Puar refers to themself as boku and is sometimes referred to as Puar-kun, hinting male characteristics.

Despite indications of masculinity, Bat-Puar does not have visible male genitalia in "Just One Wish!!" or "The Penalty is Pinball" despite Bat-Oolong having one in both, though being as Puar is covered in fur, this would likely hide them. 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. Unlike Oolong, Puar is covered in fur, making it all the harder to tell.

In the English dub of Dragon Ball Super, Master Roshi asks Puar to transform "himself" into an attractive woman to test his ability to resist temptation before the Tournament of Power.[7]


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 Universe 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 The Return of Son Goku and Friends!, Puar (along with Oolong, Chi-Chi, Bulma, and Piccolo) would become annoyed at Gotenks' recklessness.



Southern Transformation Kindergarten

Puar attending Southern Transformation Kindergarten with Oolong in Adventure Special

Puar hatched from an egg.[5]

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

Dragon Ball[]

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.[18] 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,[19] the pair meets Goku, Bulma, and Oolong. Puar recognizes the last of these characters as an old schoolmate at the Southern Transformation Kindergarten.[20]


Oolong and Puar transformed as Bulma and Goku, respectively

Sometime 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 into bats 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 (when Bulma tells him it's right in front of him), which causes him to transform into a Great Ape, completely terrifying Puar and the others and 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 obeys 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[]

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 and looks at the moon, transforming 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!".

Red Ribbon Army Saga[]


Puar at the Red Ribbon Army Headquarters

Puar is seen with Oolong and Yamcha training in West City.

Commander Red Saga[]

Puar and everybody else want to help Goku fight the Red Ribbon Army, but Goku already defeated them.

Fortuneteller Baba Saga[]

At Fortuneteller Baba's Palace, 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[]

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[]


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[]


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 hands of the Saibamen and 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[]


Puar reunites with Yamcha

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.

Frieza-Androids Interlude[]

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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.

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.

Cell Saga[]

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

World Tournament Saga[]

Puar in Majin buu sagas

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.

Majin Buu Saga[]

Puar takes refuge from Majin Buu on the 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 Super 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 go to Tien Shinhan's to help with the farm as well.[14]

Dragon Ball Super[]

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[]

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

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[]

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[]


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[]

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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 ask 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.

Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga[]

Moments before Moro's invasion, Puar is seen on Kami's Lookout watching as the Z-Fighters and Galactic Patrol defend Earth from Moro and his Galactic Brigade. Puar personally watches Yamcha's progress on one of Bulma's surveillance video. Puar later expressed concern when Yamcha is at a disadvantage against Zauyogi.

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[]

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[]


Puar and Yamcha's last appearance in Dragon Ball GT

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.[21]

Super Dragon Ball Heroes[]

Demon Invader Saga[]

Film Appearances[]

Curse of the Blood Rubies[]


Puar in Curse of the Blood Rubies

Puar appears along with Yamcha after Goku chases Oolong into his territory. Puar recognises Oolong from shape-shifting school and taunts him. While Yamcha battles against Goku, he crosses paths with Bulma which causes him to freeze up, fall off a cliff and lose a tooth. Puar transforms into a mirror to show Yamcha the damage that has been done much to his despair. At night, Yamcha and Puar listen in on Pansy's story and their plan to head to Kame House. Heading there first, Yamcha tells Roshi that they will be coming to steal his shell but flee once the lie is up. Yamcha and Puar head to King Gurumes castle where they cross path with the others once more. Puar is later seen cheering for Yamcha after he finds love in Bulma.

Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle[]

Puar arrives at Kame House along with Bulma, Yamcha and Oolong for a visit while on summer vacation. After Master Roshi tells them that Goku and Krillin have gone to the Devil's Hand, the group head there by plane to look for them. While in the vicinity, the plane crash lands and they become separated from Bulma. They later find her captured and tied to a chair, surrounded by monsters. Puar and Oolong shape shift into monsters as a disguise but Oolong reverts to his normal appearance and the group get captured and encased in a stone wall along with Goku and Krillin. They are freed from the wall unexpectedly after Goku stares at the full moon and transforms into a Great Ape before chasing his friends through the castle. Goku eventually returns to normal thanks to Puar transforming into a pair of scissors and cutting off his tail. After Goku defeats Lucifer, Puar and the others return home and take a picture to celebrate their victory.

Mystical Adventure[]

Puar accompanies Bulma, Yamcha and Oolong in an airplane as they search for the Dragon Balls. However, they are attacked by the Mifan Army who are also in search of them. They survive the assault and later while playing cards, Bulma comes up with a plan to obtain the rest. While outside the Mifan castle, Puar transforms into Chiaotzu and Oolong into Master Shen and are able to make their way inside where they find the Dragon Balls but set off an alarm in the process. Goku and his friends eventually help stop the Mifan Army and return the Kingdom of Mifan to peace.

The Path to Power[]


Puar in The Path to Power

Puar appears with Yamcha when they attack Goku and Oolong. Puar recognises Oolong and the two begin arguing over their time at the shape-shifting school. After Yamcha collapses upon seeing Bulma, Puar carries him away. The bandits follow the gang north to icy weather by Muscle Tower, missing the desert heat Yamcha and Puar go into a cave to warm up with a family of bears. Still spying on them as they meet Roshi, they eventually get captured by the Red Ribbon Army and are imprisoned. They manage to escape and Goku prevails in defeating the army.

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[]

Four years after the battle against Majin Buu, Puar attends Bulma's birthday party while his friends soon face the God of Destruction Beerus. When Beerus picks out Oolong for a game of rock paper scissors, Puar gives Oolong some words of encouragement.

Super Hero[]

DBS SH Magenta's false depiction of the Z-Fighters as villains

The Z-Fighters in Magenta's false depiction of them.

Puar makes a cameo appearance in Magenta's false depiction of the Dragon Team as villains confronting Cell.

Other Dragon Ball Stories[]

The Return of Son Goku and 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 Kado, 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.[22]
  • Hikou – Puar sometimes changes form into a bat or a bird to fly without the use of ki.

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.

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Infected Puar in The Breakers

In Dragon Ball: The Breakers, Puar is taken over by a tuffle parasite from the evil machine mutant, Baby.

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

Appearances in other media[]

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"). In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, after the 1.15.00 Update DLC, CC Mascots based upon Puar wear added along with several recolors.

In The Breakers, Puar was added as a playable survivor for Season 5.

Voice Actors[]


  • Puar's name is a pun on Pu-erh tea.[23]
  • He has a blood-type of AB.[24]
  • 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.
  • The Korean LA movie is the only time Puar is seen smoking. He does not smoke anywhere else.
  • Puar is based on creatures from Japanese mythology, as well as a shapeshifting character from Journey to the West. These creatures have the natural ability to fly and swear allegiance to whoever saves their lives, similar to Puar's relationship with Yamcha.



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