While seeking shelter when he was lost, Appa encountered a boar-q-pine in the Earth Kingdom. The boar-q-pine immediately attacked the flying bison when it landed in its territory. The two began to fight and, after rolling down a cliff, the boar-q-pine stood the victor. Appa, although severely injured, rose to continue the fight, eventually gaining the upper hand. The boar-q-pine was thrown through the trees to the ground, before it got up to flee.
Having escaped Ba Sing Se after Azula's coup, Sokka attempted to teach Bosco how to be a real bear and survive in the wild. In an effort to show the bear how important it was to find shelter, he entered a cave, though was immediately chased out of it again by a wild boar-q-pine.
During Team Avatar's stay at the Black Cliffs, Toph used her earthbending to launch a baby boar-q-pine toward her and land in her hand, unsuccessfully suggesting that Aang try acupuncture as a means to rid him of his worries and fears.
The boar-q-pine is an enormous animal, though not nearly as large as a sky bison. It has the body and general appearance of a boar, but its body is covered in quills resembling those of a porcupine. It has a large head compared to the rest of its body, and from it jut a pair of sharp, white tusks. These tusks appear to grow upon nearing adulthood. As they mature, the quills that cover their body during youth tilt backwards, granting them greater agility.
Boar-q-pines are known to be extremely bad tempered and vengeful, yet very shy and prone to adorable waddling. Boar-q-pines are carnivores and the main predators of koala sheep. They are one of the few animals that inhabit the Black Cliffs. These creatures are fairly docile and friendly when young, but eventually develop into large, vicious beasts.
The boar-q-pine extends its quills during battle, allowing it to inflict serious damage even if defeated. The quills latch on to its opponent upon physical contact. During the fight with Appa, a lone boar-q-pine severely injured the bison with a blitz of extremely fast charges. Eventually, Appa anticipated an attack and was able to grab the boar-q-pine and throw it against a tree, prompting it to flee. As a baby, a boar-q-pine relies on its quills as its main defense against predators.
The boar-q-pine is a combination of the boar and the porcupine. It is also somewhat similar to the extinct entelodont, a giant prehistoric pig-like mammal.
- In the final scene of the series' finale, Zuko stated that Sokka made his hair look like a boar-q-pine in his painting.
- As suggested by Toph, boar-q-pine quills may be utilized for acupuncture.
- The boar-q-pine resembles the demon boar from Hayao Miyazaki's film Princess Mononoke.
- After the Hundred Year War, a pro-bending team named itself the Black Quarry Boar-q-pines.
- ↑ Brian Ralph (w), Brian Ralph (a). "Fruit Stand Freestyle" (September 18, 2007), Nick Magazine Presents: Avatar: The Last Airbender
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 "Appa's Lost Days". Elizabeth Welch Ehasz (writer) & Giancarlo Volpe (director). Avatar: The Last Airbender. Nickelodeon. October 13, 2006. No. 16, Book Two: Earth
- ↑ Johane Matte, Joshua Hamilton (w), Johane Matte (a). "It's Only Natural" (September 18, 2007), Nick Magazine Presents: Avatar: The Last Airbender
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 "Nightmares and Daydreams". John O'Bryan (writer) & Ethan Spaulding (director). Avatar: The Last Airbender. Nickelodeon. November 16, 2007. No. 9, Book Three: Fire
- ↑ From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on Nick.com (link). No longer updated.
- ↑ Welcome to Republic City. Nickelodeon (May 11, 2012). Retrieved on May 11, 2012.