Bruff (Japanese: アニ鬼 Aniki) is a Rank A Earth-attribute Rare Yo-kai of the Tough tribe.



A large, purple ogre-like Yo-kai with similar features to Badude. He has a yellow pompadour, red-tinted glasses, a purple vest, green pants, and geta shoes. He has bandages around his wrists, waist, and hair. He carries a large club covered in nails and a sprig in his mouth.

He appears to be a tough and intimidating Yo-kai, but in actuality, he acts like a cool big brother figure to all who surround him. Upon giving his opponents gifts or encouragement, they instantaneously fall in adoration of him.

Bruff causes the Inspirited target to act as a reliable adult or big brother figure, as seen with Ken. This subsequently causes people around the Inspirited to revere them.

Prior to their debuts, Bruff has apparently been Inspiriting Ken through his countless relocations and school transfers, causing Ken to make friends wherever he goes. Although Ken remains unaware, Bruff considers the partnership between him and Ken to be something special.

After summoning 10 Yo-kai who fell to his big-bro charms, he compliments Nate and gives him his medal. Nate falls for Bruff's charms as well which leaves Whisper unimpressed.


Yo-kai Watch

In the "Oar-Powered Dates" Yo-kai Spot in Gourd Pond Park one of three Yo-kai will appear: a Frostina that will give you a Large Exporb, a Badude, and a Bruff that will fight you. If Bruff appears, he can be befriended with the regular method.

Bruff can also be freed from the Crank-a-kai with an Orange Coin.

Yo-kai Watch: Wibble Wobble

Bruff can be found on multiple main stage levels, starting from Yo-kai World. Alternatively he can be freed from the Crank-a-kai with 5-Star Coins, or 3000 Y-Money.

Yo-kai Watch 2

Bruff can appear as a Child Crossing Sign Yo-kai Spot in Uptown Springdale.

Bruff can also be freed from the past Crank-a-kai with an Orange Coin.

Lastly, Bruff can also be freed from the Oni-Crank-a-kai.

Yo-kai Watch 3

Bruff rarely appears in the Yo-kai Spot Magic Cycling in BBQ.

Bruff can also be befriended in a Blasters T Dungeon in the 2.0 Update.

Game data


Earth Attribute
Aniki YW2-012
Level 30
Fire Attribute



Earth Attribute
Aniki YW2-012
Fire Attribute


Fire Attribute



Aniki YW2-012
Stats Calculation
This shows Bruff's stat on level: 99.


Type Name Power Attribute Range
Attack Headbuster (Japanese: 脳天かちわり Nōten kachi wari) 130-195 Single enemy
No description.
Technique Meteor (Japanese: いん石の術 Inseki no Jutsu) 80-120 Earth Single enemy
No description.
Inspirit Enrage (Japanese: 頭に血を昇らせる Atama ni Chi o Nobora seru) Single enemy
Enrages an enemy and makes it attack anyone who may be nearby.
Soultimate Move Brutal Butt Bat (Japanese: 地獄のケツバット Jigoku no Ketsubatto) 180 All enemies
Crunches his foes with his nail bat. Likely to be either critical or a miss.
Skill Revenge (Japanese: しかえし Shikaeshi)
Reflects some damage back to foe.


  • Befriended (Yo-kai Watch): "Look at you, tough guy! Wanna be pals wit me?!"
  • Loafing: "*SNORE*"
  • Receiving food (favourite): "So much flavor!"
  • Receiving food (normal): "Fine by me."
  • Receiving food (disliked): "You wanna go?"
  • Freed from the Crank-a-kai: "Thanks, bro. Wanna be buds?"

In the anime

Yo-kai Watch anime series

Bruff debuts in Yo-kai Bruff, having already Inspirited a new transfer student Ken for some time. After Ken ends up charming all his classmates with his aloof, yet responsible "big bro" persona, a jealous Nate identifies him, then attempts to stop him by summoning Jibanyan, Roughraff, Blazion, and a slew of other Yo-kai, but they all fall to Bruff's charms and respect him instead. In the end, Bruff thanks Nate for summoning so many new friends for him and gives him his medal, causing Nate to revere Bruff and disappoint Whisper. Bruff ends up having to leave with Ken after Ken's mother is forced to relocate due to work, leaving Nate to give Bruff a tearful farewell as their train pulls away from the station.

He is first summoned in Yo-kai Mynimo to deal with Mynimo. Bruff shows his rough side by scolding and injuring Mynimo, but he tells him that he is still a little brother to him. Mynimo befriends Bruff and gives Nate his medal, for any friend of Bruff's is a friend of his.

In EP175, Bruff is one of the summoned Yo-kai to find out what makes Lord Shrillington shocked.


  • "Bruff" is a portmanteau of the colloquial bro and a corrupted form of rough, or a corruption of the short form bruv for brother.
  • "Aniki" derives from aniki (兄貴, colloquial term for "big brother" that is also used by yakuza and delinquent to address seniors and leaders), with the kanji for "oni" (鬼) replacing the last syllable.
  • "Grobro" combines groß (big), the English bro (brother) and contains the word grob (rough).
  • "Valentão" is the translation of the word bully into Portuguese (also having the synonym for tough).
  • "Hermanión" combines "Hermano" (Brother) and "Unión" (Link-up).
  • "Fratosto" is portmanteau of "Fratello" (Brother) and "Tosto" (Tough).


  • In EP069, when summoning Bruff, Nate says "Come on out, my best friend!" instead of "Come on out, my friend!"

Related Yo-kai

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese アニ鬼 Aniki
Flag of France French Frérosse
Flag of Spain Spanish Hermanión
Flag of Germany German Grobro
Flag of Italy Italian Fratosto
Flag of Russia Russian Крутобрат Krutobrat
More Languages
Flag of Portugal Portuguese (European) Valentão

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