Beshte has been described as a happy-go-lucky hippopotamus. He is the most genial character in the group and is very friendly and encouraging. He speaks with a surprisingly soft demeanor despite his size and is also very compassionate. Beshte has an appropriately large heart and never fails to treat his friends with kindness. He is also the first of his friends to recognize that Kion needs some space, even pointing out to Bunga, Kion's best friend, what the cub needs.
Beshte has a stout body with thick legs, dark gray-purple toenails, and three dark spots on his back. His body color is that of a neutral gray, which becomes much paler across his chest and jawline. His inner ears are pale pink, and the area around his eyes is a lighter shade of his body color. He has a disproportionately large snout, with small ears and eyes, as well as thick eyebrows. His teeth are rather large, with two protruding over his upper jaw, and a patch of black hair sticks up from his otherwise bald head. His eyes are bright blue.
Skilled Combatant: With his size and strength, Beshte is shown to be a great fighter against many opponents.
Stealth: Beshte stated himself that he is not very good on land to have stealth, but he is shown to have great stealth in the water, as proven to be true against the hyenas.
Animal Strength: Beshte is the strongest member of the Lion Guard, as he shown to be able to push a large boulder with little struggle and the same with a heavy tree that was falling as he tries to hold it as much as he could with extra weight of the baboons that were living in it with Bunga. With his large size, he is able to show off his brute strength as he slams into the clan of the hyenas and the Outsiders to toss them into the air.
Aquatic: As hippopotamus, Beshte is able to swim and hold his breath under water for a certain period of time.
Singing: Beshte is an excellent singer, as seen throughout the series.
"Beshte" means "friend" in Swahili.
Beshte's catchphrase: "Twende kiboko!" translates to "Let's go, hippopotamus!" in Swahili.
"Kiboko" is also the subspecies name for the east African hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius kiboko).