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Ekans (Pokémon)

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Pokémon
#024: Arbok Arbok
This article is about the species. For a specific instance of this species, see Ekans (disambiguation).
Ekans
アーボ Arbo
#023
023Ekans.png
Art by Ken Sugimori from FireRed and LeafGreen
Type
Poison '
Category
Snake Pokémon
Abilities
Intimidate or Shed Skin Unnerve
Hidden Ability
Exp. at Lv. 100
1,000,000
Regional Pokédex numbers
Kanto
#023
Johto
#050
Hoenn
#225
Regional Browser numbers
Fiore
R-151
Height
6'07"
Imperial
2.0 m
Metric
Weight
15.2 lbs.
Imperial
6.9 kg
Metric
Dex color
Purple
Catch rate
255 (33.3%)
Body style
Body02.png
Footprint
 F023.png 
Gender ratio
50% male, 50% female
Breeding
Ground and
Dragon groups
21 cycles
(5355 minimum steps)
EV yield
HP
0
Atk
1
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
Base Exp.: 62 Battle Exp.: 621*

Ekans (Japanese: アーボ Arbo) is a Template:Type2 Pokémon.

It evolves into Arbok starting at level 22.

Biology

Physiology

This reptilian Pokémon resembles a snake (its English name even being the word "snake" spelled backward while other languages use an anagram of the word "boa"). It has a rattle at the tip of its tail, and is mostly purple while its underbelly, eyes, rattle, and the "bands" on it are yellow.

Gender differences

None.

Special abilities

Ekans are able to detach their jaws to swallow large prey whole, although this makes their bodies heavy. It can also use its tongue to sense danger, and can move quietly through the grass.

Behavior

Like actual snakes, Ekans will lash out with a bite when frightened by anything it sees as a threat. If one happens to be bitten by a young Ekans, they are lucky. As an Ekans, it doesn't possess the ability to add poison to its bite until after it evolves into an Arbok, though this last bit of information clashes with Ekans's dungeon phrase.

Habitat

Ekans live in grassy savannas and plains. It is normally found in Kanto and Johto, but has been encountered in Sinnoh on rare occasions.

Diet

Main article: Pokémon food

Ekans' favorite food is eggs from Pidgey and Spearow nests.

In the anime

Ekans in the anime

Major appearances

Ekans was part of "Team Meanies" in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Team Go-Getters out of the Gate! Special. Gengar commanded the Poisonous Snake Pokémon to eat all the berries Team Go-Getters collected. At one point, Ekans was incorrectly referred to as Arbok by Gengar. While this was an intentional error that Ekans rebuked in the original version (due to the similarities in the Japanese names), this came across as a general mistake in the dub and was corrected in reairings of the episode.

Jessie's Ekans

Jessie had an Ekans, which for most of the original series, was her only Pokémon. It was extremely loyal to her and eventually evolved into an Arbok just to make her happy.

Other

A poacher had captured a bunch of Ekans in A Poached Ego!.

Ekans made a cameo appearance in Different Strokes for Different Blokes.

In the manga

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

Jessie's Arbok appears as both an Ekans and as an Arbok in the manga The Electric Tale of Pikachu. It only appears as an Ekans in the seventh chapter of the manga, Pikachu's Excellent Adventure.

In the Magical Pokémon Journey manga

Main article: Ekans Brothers

A pair of Ekans, the Ekans Brothers, are part of the supporting cast in the manga Magical Pokémon Journey. Led by Arbok, they are originally antagonists, but later they befriend the main characters when Arbok gets a crush on Wigglytuff.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Koga has an Ekans in Pokémon Adventures.

In the TCG

Main article: Ekans (TCG)

In the TFG

One Ekans figure has been released.

Game data

NPC appearances

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Red Moves silently and stealthily. Eats the eggs of birds, such as Pidgey and Spearow, whole.
Blue
Yellow The older it gets, the longer it grows. At night, it wraps its long body around tree branches to rest.
Stadium Slithers silently through grass, searching for its favorite food--Pidgey and Spearow eggs.
Generation II
Gold It can freely detach its jaw to swallow large prey whole. It can become too heavy to move, however.
Silver It always hides in grass. When first born, it has no poison, so its bite is painful, but harmless.
Crystal It flutters the tip of its tongue to seek out the scent of prey, then swallows the prey whole.
Stadium 2 It can freely detach its jaw to swallow large prey whole. It can become too heavy to move, however.
Generation III
Ruby {{{rubydex}}}
Sapphire {{{sapphiredex}}}
Emerald An Ekans curls itself up in a spiral while it rests. This position allows it to quickly respond to an enemy from any direction with a threat from its upraised head.
FireRed A very common sight in grassland, etc. It flicks its tongue in and out to sense danger in its surroundings.
LeafGreen Moving silently and stealthily, it eats the eggs of birds, such as Pidgey and Spearow, whole.
Generation IV
Diamond It sneaks through grass without making a sound and strikes unsuspecting prey from behind.
Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold It can freely detach its jaw to swallow large prey whole. It can become too heavy to move, however.
SoulSilver It always hides in grass. When first born, it has no poison, so its bite is painful, but harmless.
Generation V
Black おとを まったく たてずに くさちの なかを すすむ。ゆだんしている えものに はいごから おそいかかる。
White
Black 2 {{{black2dex}}}
White 2 {{{white2dex}}}
Generation VI
X Unknown
Y Unknown

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Red Blue
Common Routes 4, 11, and 23 (Red only)
Blue (Japan)
None Trade
Yellow
None Trade
Generation II
Gold Silver
Unlimited (Gold)
Uncommon (Silver)
Goldenrod Game Corner (Gold)
Routes 3, 4, 32, and 33 (Silver)
Crystal
Few Routes 3, 4, 32, 33, and 42, Headbutting trees
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
None Trade
Emerald
None Trade
FireRed LeafGreen
Common Routes 4, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 23 (FireRed only)
Colosseum
None Trade
XD
None Trade
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Dongle Route 212 (FireRed)
Platinum
Dongle Route 212 (FireRed)
HeartGold SoulSilver
Uncommon (Both)
Prize (HeartGold)
Goldenrod Game Corner (HeartGold)
Routes 3, 4, 32, 33, and 37 (SoulSilver)
Safari Zone (Both)
Pal Park
Forest
Pokéwalker
None
Generation V
Black White
None Trade
Black 2 White 2
None Trade
Dream World
None
Generation VI
X Y
None Trade


In side games

Game Location
Pokémon Pinball Pewter City
Mt. Moon
Vermilion City Seaside
Rock Mountain
Lavender Town
Saffron City
Indigo Plateau
Pokémon Trozei! Huge Storage 4
Endless Level 51
Pair Trozei
Mr. Who's Den
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red/Blue Rescue Team
Western Cave (3F-5F)
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time/Darkness
Shimmer Desert (1F-9F)
Pokémon Ranger Olive Jungle
Pokémon Rumble Rocky Cave

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Red* Blue* Berry (100%)
Yellow*

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 35
95 - 142 180 - 274
Attack: 60
58 - 123 112 - 240
Defense: 44
44 - 105 83 - 205
Sp.Atk: 40
40 - 101 76 - 196
Sp.Def: 54
53 - 116 101 - 227
Speed: 55
54 - 117 103 - 229
Total: 288   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and a hindering nature, if applicable.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and a helpful nature, if applicable.
  • This Pokémon's  Special  base stat in Generation I was 40.


Pokéathlon stats

Speed
3/5 ★★★☆☆
Power
3/4 ★★★
Skill
3/3 ★★★
Stamina
2/3 ★★
Jump
2/3 ★★
Total
13/18 ★★

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation V, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Notes:

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation V
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - VI
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
00Start Wrap Normal Physical 01515 09090% 20
00Start Leer Normal Status 0000 100100% 30
044 Poison Sting Poison Physical 01515 100100% 35
099 Bite Dark Physical 06060 100100% 25
1212 Glare Normal Status 0000 09090% 30
1717 Screech Normal Status 0000 08585% 40
2020 Acid Poison Special 04040 100100% 30
2525 Stockpile Normal Status 0000 —% 20
2525 Swallow Normal Status 0000 —% 10
2525 Spit Up Normal Special 0000 100100% 10
2828 Acid Bomb Poison Special 04040 100100% 20
3333 Mud Bomb Ground Special 06565 08585% 10
3636 Gastro Acid Poison Status 0000 100100% 10
4141 Haze Ice Status 0000 —% 30
4444 Coil Around Poison Status 0000 —% 20
4949 Gunk Shot Poison Physical 120120 07070% 5
  • A level of "Start" indicates a move that will be known by a Ekans obtained at level 1 in Generation V
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Ekans
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Ekans
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM/HM

Generation V
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - VI
 TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Bag TM Poison Sprite.png TM06 Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
Bag TM Poison Sprite.png TM09 Venom Shock Poison Special 06565 100}}100% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM10 Hidden Power Normal Special 0000 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Fire Sprite.png TM11 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 —}}—% 5
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM17 Protect Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Water Sprite.png TM18 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 —}}—% 5
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM21 Frustration Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Ground Sprite.png TM26 Earthquake Ground Physical 100100 100}}100% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM27 Return Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Ground Sprite.png TM28 Dig Ground Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM32 Double Team Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 15
Bag TM Poison Sprite.png TM34 Slime Wave Poison Special 09595 100}}100% 10
Bag TM Poison Sprite.png TM36 Sludge Bomb Poison Special 09090 100}}100% 10
Bag TM Rock Sprite.png TM39 Rock Tomb Rock Physical 05050 080}}80% 10
Bag TM Dark Sprite.png TM41 Torment Dark Status 0000 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM42 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Psychic Sprite.png TM44 Rest Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM45 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Dark Sprite.png TM46 Thief Dark Physical 04040 100}}100% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM48 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Dark Sprite.png TM66 Payback Dark Physical 05050 100}}100% 10
Bag TM Ground Sprite.png TM78 Smooth Over Ground Physical 06060 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Rock Sprite.png TM80 Rock Slide Rock Physical 07575 090}}90% 10
Bag TM Poison Sprite.png TM84 Poison Jab Poison Physical 08080 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM87 Swagger Normal Status 0000 090}}90% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM90 Substitute Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag HM Normal Sprite.png HM04 Strength Normal Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Ekans
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Ekans
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation V
Other generations:
II - III - IV - VI
 Father   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
SneaselWeavileHoundourHoundoom Beat Up Dark Physical 100% 10
PsyduckGolduck Disable Normal Status 100 80% 20
Nidoran♂NidorinoNidokingMeowthPersianGrowlithe
ArcanineSeelDewgongRhyhornRhydonRhyperior
SentretFurretMareepFlaaffyAmpharosZangoose
SeviperPachirisuStunkySkuntankSnivyJanovy
JalordaPatratWatchogMinccinoCinccinoEmolga
AxewFraxureHaxorusCrimgan
Iron Tail* Steel Physical 100 75% 15
Seviper Poison Fang Poison Physical 50 100% 15
Seviper Poison Tail Poison Physical 50 100% 25
RattataRaticateTaurosUmbreonDunsparceTreecko
GrovyleSceptileZangooseAbsolBuizelFloatzel
PurrloinLepardasBlitzleZeburaikaZoruaZoroark
EmolgaBuffalon
Pursuit Dark Physical 40 100% 20
CharmanderCharmeleonCharizardRaticateRhyhornRhydon
RhyperiorTaurosFlareonSnubbullGranbullUrsaring
DonphanPoochyenaMightyenaBagonShelgonSalamence
ShinxLuxioLuxrayMamoswineSandileWaruvile
WaruvialZurugguZuruzukinZoruaZoroarkAxew
FraxureHaxorusCrimganBuffalonMonozuJiheddo
Sazandora
Scary Face Normal Status 100% 10
PikachuRaichuDratiniDragonairDragoniteSentret
FurretWooperQuagsirePhanpyDonphanTreecko
GrovyleSceptileSnivyJanovyJalordaPatrat
WatchogMinccinoCinccinoMonozuJiheddoSazandora
Slam Normal Physical 80 75% 20
PurrloinLepardasKuitaran Snatch Dark Status —% 10
Dunsparce Spite Ghost Status 100% 10
RattataRaticateDiglettDugtrioSentretFurret
PoochyenaMightyenaMawileSpindaKecleonAbsol
GlameowPuruglyPurrloinLepardas
Sucker Punch Dark Physical 80 100% 5
PersianLinoone Switcheroo Dark Status 100% 10
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Ekans in Generation V
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Ekans in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Ekans
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Ekans
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

Generation V
Other generations:
II - III - IV - VI
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by tutoring.
  • A black abbreviation in a colored box indicates that Ekans can be tutored the move in that game
  • A colored abbreviation in a white box indicates that Ekans cannot be tutored the move in that game
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Ekans
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Ekans
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

TCG-only moves

Side game data

Pokémon Pinball
 Pin023.png Pin023.gif 
Acquisition: Catch
Pokémon Pinball RS
 N/A 
Not available
Pokémon Trozei!
 Trozeiani023.gif 
Rarity: Common
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
MDP023.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 12.4%
Friend Area: Wild Plains
Phrases
51%-100% HP The poison in my fangs is wicked!
26%-50% HP My HP's gone down to half.
1%-25% HP Help... I'm running out of poison...
Level up Yesss! I leveled up! I'll do my best!
Partner phrases
51%-100% HP <name>, my HP is between 51% and 100%.
26%-50% HP <name>, my HP is between 26% and 50%.
1%-25% HP <name>, my HP is between 1% and 25%.
Level up Yesss! I leveled up! I'll do my best!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness
,
and Explorers of Sky
MDP023.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 0.5%
IQ group: C
Pokémon Ranger
Group:  Poison  Poké Assist: Poison PA.png
( Poison )
Field move: None
Loops: 5 Min. exp.: 28 Max. exp.: 42
Browser entry  
If it spots a Capture Disc, Ekans will slither straight toward it.
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Group:  Normal  Poké Assist: None Field move: None
Browser entry  
This Pokémon does not have a browser entry.
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Group: Poké Assist: Field move:
 Normal  None Past
Electric Assist.png
( Normal )
None Past
Electrify 1 field move.png
(Electrify ×1)
Browser entry  
This Pokémon does not have a browser entry.
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure
None.png PokéPark Pad entry:
This Pokémon has no PokéPark Pad entry.
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond
None.png Strong: {{{Park2strong}}} Weak: {{{Park2weak}}}
PokéPark Pad entry:
This Pokémon has no PokéPark Pad entry.
None.png HP: Move: {{{ConquestMove}}}
Attack: Ability 1: {{{ConquestAbility1}}}
Defense: Ability 2: {{{ConquestAbility2}}}
Speed: Ability 3: {{{ConquestAbility3}}}
Does not evolve.
Range: 0 Perfect Links: {{{ConquestLink}}}

Evolution

Ekans
Unevolved
Ekans
 Poison 
Rare Candy
Level 22


Arbok
First evolution
Arbok
 Poison 

Sprites

Gen Game
I Red Blue Yellow Red (Ja) Green Back
Spr 1b 023.png Spr 1y 023.png Spr 1g 023.png Spr b g1 023.png
II Gold Silver Crystal   Back
Spr 2g 023.png Spr 2s 023.png Spr 2c 023.gif Spr b 2g 023.png
Spr 2g 023 s.png Spr 2s 023 s.png Spr 2c 023 s.gif Spr b 2g 023 s.png
III Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
Spr 3r 023.png Spr 3e 023.png Spr 3f 023.png Spr b 3r 023.png
Spr 3r 023 s.png Spr 3e 023 s.png Spr 3f 023 s.png Spr b 3r 023 s.png
IV Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
Spr 4d 023.png Spr 4d 023.png Spr 4h 023.png Spr b 4d 023.png
Spr 4d 023 s.png Spr 4d 023 s.png Spr 4h 023 s.png Spr b 4d 023 s.png
V Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Spr 5b 023.png Spr 5b 023.png Spr b 5b 023.png
Spr 5b 023 s.png Spr 5b 023 s.png Spr b 5b 023 s.png
Ekans For other sprites and images, please see Ekans images on Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

  • Ekans was originally going to use its Japanese name as its English name, "Arbo".
  • In The Power of One, it is shown that Ekans can swim, though to date it has never been able to learn Surf.
    • Strangely, even though Ekans was shown swimming, its evolution was seen with all the other Pokémon that were "stuck on land and unable to do a thing."
    • Stranger still, Arbok was shown to be able to swim without the need for air in The Misty Mermaid.
  • An Ekans was originally going to be featured in Pokémon Snap, shown in an early test shot of an environment that was never featured in the final product. This is also true of its evolution, Arbok.
  • Ekans is one of fourteen Pokémon that one could collect foreign Pokédex entries for in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.
  • The line in front of Ekans's eyes, which curve to meet the other eye, when seen from above, looks like the pattern of the Spectacled Cobra.
  • Ekans is the first pure Poison Pokémon in the National Pokédex order, though Bulbasaur's and Weedle's evolutionary lines, which are secondarily Poison, come before it.
  • Despite in-game text stating that young Ekans's bites are the least dangerous because they don't have any poison, in real-life, young snake's bites are the most dangerous, because not only can they secrete venom, but they inject all of their venom in a single bite, due to their inability to control their alveoli.

Origin

It appears to be based upon a boa and rattlesnake. However, its lack of teeth or venom, ability to swallow large prey, reference to it eating Pokémon eggs and its reaction to threats may mean it might have been based on an egg eating snake.

Name origin

Ekans is Snake spelled backwards. Arbo is an anagram of boa (ボア boa).

In other languages

Language Name Name Origin
French Abo An anagram of boa.
German Rettan Natter (colubrid) spelled backwards.
Korean 아보 Abo 보아 boa backwards and a transliteration of Ekans's Japanese name, Arbo.
Chinese (Mandarin) 阿柏蛇 Ā Bó Shé Transliteration of Ekans's Japanese name, Arbo. The last character, 蛇, means snake.


Related articles

External links

Notes



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