— Boulder's solemn monologue, It's a Whole New World (FeralFront RP)
Credit to my good friend Sir Moneybags for the art! :)
Boulder the Lycanroc is a character appearing in The Legend of Fox the Brave. He is a male Dusk Forme Lycanroc serving as a main character and occasional POV of the series. He is a close friend of Austin Smith and Storm the Buizel, as well as a mentor figure to Lucky Smith and Tundra Smith(when Lucky is kidnapped) during Rise of Ruin. He is currently the second-in-command of Lucky's Resistance, helping to guide Lucky and Tundra whenever they feel stressed about the leadership. A new remake story, called The First Battle, shows a little more of his dynamic with Austin early into their friendship, given that it overhauls much of the series' old lore.
As Rockruff: Boulder resembles a short non-anthropomorphic puppy with tan fur, a brown muzzle, and paws, brown-tipped floppy ears, bright blue eyes, and a pink nose. He has a white mane with rocks in it, and an inward-curling, bushy white tail and a white belly.
As Lycanroc: As Dusk Lycanroc, Boulder greatly resembles a Midday Lycanroc, but with a few obvious key differences. These are that he has orange fur, green eyes(that turn red when angry), and a much longer and thicker, mane. Boulder is rather stocky, and noticeably large for a Dusk, possibly due to his age and experience. He also has a battle-scarred pelt, and a scar slicing across his nose.
As Rockruff: Boulder is a kind-hearted, friendly soul. He is eager and innocent with a deep love for his father Finnick, who greatly contrasts from the usual portrayal of Midnight Lycanroc in the series.
As Lycanroc: Boulder is stern, firm and calm, but has a surprisingly short temper. When angered, especially in battle or when his friends or family are threatened, Boulder's eyes will become red and he will become almost feral with rage. He is very hard to calm down like this.
Before the Series: Boulder was born to the Poni Island Moon Pack(a Pack of Midnight Lycanroc) as the son of Finnick and his former mate Luna. Finnick already wasn't very liked in his Pack because he had more of a Midday Lycanroc's personality rather than that of a Midnight Lycanroc. When Boulder was young, Luna left and Finnick was driven from the Pack because of his reluctance to be savage in any way. The Pack leader chose to raise Boulder as his own purely to spite Finnick and teach the young pup to be savage. However, Boulder had apparently inherited his father's personality, and chose to go with Lucas when the Midday Lycanroc chose to join The Storming Alliance. Later, when Finnick joined, Lucas let him be with his true father, but Boulder continued to allow Lucas to be his adopted father.
Search for the Lost Warriors: Boulder is first seen near the edge of Lamarkie Forest, playing with Cody. When Lucas hears Lycus growling, he hurries over to block the antagonistic Midnight Lycanroc's Stone Edge attack by crouching over him and Cody with them under his belly. Later, while thinking to himself, Lucas considers Boulder more his kin than Lycus.
The Dusk Wolf: See The Dusk Wolf.
Return of Evil: See Return of Evil.
Shadows of Vengeance: See Shadows of Vengeance.
The Heart of a Warrior: Boulder serves as one of the POVs.
Main Article: Boulder the Lycanroc/Powers
Boulder's currently known moves are Crunch (attack), Counter, Stone Edge, and Accelerock.
As of Return of Evil, Boulder can use the Z-Move Continental Crush, coming off of either Stone Edge or Accelrrock. As of Storm of Warriors, he can use the exclusive Z-Move Splintered Stormshards.
Boulder has the power of foresight, a rare power granted only to Dusk Lycanroc, but is rare even there. This power allows Boulder to have sporadic visions that show him the past, present, or future, but he cannot do it on command. Additionally, it grants him a limited ability to sense people's feelings, as well as walk in dreams. But for the latter, he cannot do it on command, and must be directly touching someone as well as asleep himself.
Boulder's Ability as Rockruff is unknown, but is possibly Own Tempo, as in the Pokémon video games, that is the required Ability for a Rockruff to evolve into Dusk Lycanroc.
As Lycanroc, Boulder's Ability is Tough Claws, giving him a boost to all his attacks that make contact.
Like Midday Lycanroc, Boulder is very swift, but also has a ferocious fighting style similar to a Midnight. He also has incredible endurance like all Rock-Types, and can deal back twice as much damage as he was dealt via Counter.
Being a Rock-Type, Boulder is weak to Water, Ground, Fighting, and Steel-Type Pokemon.
Boulder is close friends with Austin, often helping calm him down, as well as the other way around. The two are often seen battling together, and Boulder is Austin's Pokemon Partner of choice. They choose to use their Z-Moves together. However, Austin's stubbornness means their friendship sometimes ends up on the rocks.
Boulder knew Michael, but wasn't as close friends with him as he was with Austin. Still, he grieved Michael's death with Austin.
Like with Austin, Boulder is good friends with Storm. They often play or train together, and Storm is Boulder's choice for a stand-in deputy when Boulder himself is forced to lead.
Finnick is Boulder's biological father, and they care deeply for each other. Boulder's friendly, childish personality as a Rockruff somewhat mirrors his father's kind and soft-hearted personality.
Sometime before his debut in the series, Boulder was adopted by Lucas when the older Midday Lycanroc took him away from the Poni Moon Pack and became his adoptive father. When Finnick joined The Megastone Rogues to be with his son, Lucas let Boulder be with his biological father, but Boulder still considers him a father.
Boulder and Dawn are mates and love each other deeply. They have friendly arguments often, and are shown to support each other.
Sunny is the daughter and older child of Boulder and Dawn, and loves her parents and brother. It's possible her own fiery attitude is inherited from her father.
Pebble is the son and younger child of Boulder and Dawn. While Pebble is more timid than his fiery sister, he still loves his family, including his adopted children and his own mate. Pebble was given Crunch's old name.
Initially, Crunch and Boulder did not like each other and argued a lot, but a mistake on Crunch's part eventually put their relationship on the mend, and they became good friends. They are brothers-in-law, but refer to each other as "brother" sometimes.
Because of Finitevus' crimes, Boulder initially simply disliked him. This only worsened over the years, as Michael was killed and various other events happened that were caused by Finitevus
Lucky and Tundra Smith
Being a close friend of their adopted father Austin, Boulder loved to look after the two as pups, and still does, in a way. While Lucky and Tundra lead the Storm Fighters together, Boulder is their deputy and helps guide them and provide advice if either of them are troubled.
Boulder has a strong hatred for Starline, similar to his own of Finitevus. It is because of Starline that Phoenix and Murtagh were brainwashed, and Austin and Max were captured. Starline has expressed interest in Boulder's powers, but not to the point that he is obsessed with capturing him as well.
Finnick the Lycanroc-Father
Luna the Lycanroc-Mother
Lucas the Lycanroc-Adopted father
Sora the Lycanroc-Adopted mother
Finnick the Lycanroc-Adopted brother
Dawn the Lycanroc-Mate
Crunch the Lycanroc-Brother-in-law
Skye the Lycanroc-Sister-in-law(Skye is Crunch's mate)
Nick and Luca-Nephews
Sunny the Lycanroc-Daughter
Aria the Zoroark-Daughter-in-law
Flame the Litten-Adopted grandson
Hope the Rockruff-Adopted granddaughter
Shade the Zorua-Adopted grandson
- ""Get out. We're finished here.". He bent his head to grab Sunny's scruff in his jaws, and when he lifted his head again, he was startled to see Finitevus barely inches from his face. The big warrior took a step back and Finitevus sneered, "Don't count on it, Boulder. We're far from finished with each other." Boulder's mane bristled when he saw Finitevus' mocking yellow stare slide down to Sunny, who whimpered."
- —Finitevus and Boulder, Storm of Darkness
Boulder is the second character to serve as a POV who isn't from the Four Worlds, as he was born in Alola, which is considered separate. The first is Austin Smith, who is from what could be considered our World.
Boulder is the first pre-existing character that was confirmed to evolve into a Dusk Lycanroc, the second is Sunny, though she evolved off-screen. There are three other Dusk Lycanroc characters confirmed for the series, but never appeared as Rockruff.
- Crunch, a male, was originally designed as a Midday Lycanroc working alongside Havoc the Jolteon at Slash and Hearth's farm
- However, Crunch was later shown as a Rockruff in Hidden Motives
- Dawn, a female, is Boulder's mate, and was constantly bothered by her brother Crunch's overprotectiveness until the other Lycanroc ran off.
- However, Dawn was later shown as a Rockruff in Hidden Motives
- Dusk, a male, is the very first Dusk Lycanroc and was confirmed to be Boulder and subsequently Sunny's ancestor.
Boulder's powers are greatly inspired by those of the character Goosefeather from the Warriors book series, specifically the e-book novella Goosefeather's Curse, which explore his powers.
The scene from the Quote above(from Storm of Darkness) is a reference to a similar scene from the 1998 animated Disney movie The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, the direct-to-video sequel to its smash-hit predecessor, The Lion King.