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James's Cacnea

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James's Cacnea
コジロウのサボネア Kojirō's Sabonea
Poké Ball
James Cacnea.png
James's Cacnea
Debuts in A Poached Ego!
Caught at Petalburg Woods
Gender Unknown*
Ability Unknown
Current location With Gardenia
Cacnea
This Pokémon has not evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Cacnea Katsuyuki Konishi Lindsey Warner
(AG006-AG144)
Michele Knotz
(AG146-present)

James's Cacnea (Japanese: コジロウのサボネア Kojirō's Sabonea), was the first Pokémon James caught during his travels through Hoenn, immediately after releasing his Weezing.

History

Advanced Generation series

Hoenn

Cacnea was caught by James in the episode A Poached Ego!. In the episode, Team Rocket found a group of Ekans and Koffing being hunted by a Pokémon poacher; Jessie and James permanently released their Arbok and Weezing to protect the Ekans and Koffing. Before releasing Arbok and Weezing, Team Rocket had been chased by some Beedrill because they had landed in the Beedrill's nesting place. Cacnea had been walking by. When it saw that they were in need of help, it used Pin Missile to drive the Beedrill away. In gratitude, James gave it a bag of cookies. However, the bag was closed. Later, after defeating the poacher, Team Rocket encountered Cacnea on a road. It gave James the bag, and James opened the bag and gave Cacnea a cookie. James then asked Cacnea if it would like to join him, and it agreed, jumping into his arms and hurting him with its spikes.

Cacnea was James's fighting Pokémon throughout all of Hoenn.

In Seeing is Believing!, Cacnea was used to battle Jessie's Cascoon in order to raise her experience so she would evolve. Even though Cascoon won she remained the same. Cacnea was later used in the fight against Ash and his friends, where Cascoon evolved into Dustox.

In The Bicker the Better, Cacnea was used in a Double Battle along with Seviper against Oscar and Andi and their Nidoking and Nidoqueen. Seviper ends up using Wrap on Cacnea, which causes Jessie and James to argue, allowing Oscar and Andi to take the win with dual Hyper Beam attacks, sending Team Rocket flying. Team Rocket later encounters Ash and May and agree to do a tag battle with them, with Ash using Corphish and May using Skitty. Cacnea and Corphish end up working well together and begin to get an advantage over the other two. Jessie soon sends out Dustox to help win and the battle quickly grows out of control when attacks start to fly undirected. Meowth then takes the opportunity to try to capture Pikachu and has Seviper and Cacnea use Haze and Sandstorm. Pikachu is rescued and Team Rocket is sent blasting off.

Kanto Battle Frontier

In The Saffron Con, Jessie wanted to enter the Saffron Contest and asked James if she could borrow Cacnea for it. James agrees and Jessie calls out Cacnea in an attempt to bond with it, but it is immediately frightened of her and jumps onto James. James desperately tries to break its embrace and Cacnea reluctantly jumps onto Jessie and becomes tangled up in her hair. Later that night Jessie and Cacnea agree to enter the contest together, even though they had to cut Jessie's hair to get Cacnea unstuck. In the following episode, Jessie used Cacnea in the appeal round of the contest. Cacnea and Jessie started by running toward each other and hugging. The painful embrace moves the crowd to tears in reaction to how close Jessie and Cacnea appear to be. Jessie tells Cacnea to use Pin Missile and the pins wind upward and collide, creating an explosion similar to that of fireworks. Both Meowth and James are amazed at Jessie's performance. Lilian then goes to congratulate Jessie but notices that Cacnea is still attached to her and she's not moving at all. Lilian taps her and Jessie falls to the floor, paralyzed with pain. Jessie is then rushed back into the operating room by Chansey, which knocks Jessie out of the contest.

Diamond & Pearl series

Cacnea using Drain Punch, under the command of Gardenia

In Sinnoh, it was replaced as James's main battler by Carnivine. However, it was used alongside Seviper, Dustox, and Carnivine in several all out battles against Ash and his friends and to guard the Flying-type Pokémon that Team Rocket stole in A Staravia is Born!. It was only seen battling without Carnivine a few times in Sinnoh. It and Carnivine hurt James a lot in Sinnoh because they both tended to be affectionate at the same time. Cacnea was used often in Sinnoh similarly to Jessie's Seviper as Team Rocket's escapist rogue via the use of Sandstorm.

In Dawn's Early Night!, Jessie used Cacnea and Mime Jr. in the appeal round of the Hearthome Contest. Cacnea used Needle Arm, which Mime Jr. Mimics before using Tickle on Jessie as both Cacnea and Mime Jr. hug and tickle Jessie, spinning her around the stage. Cacnea then fires Pin Missile, which Mime Jr. mimics, into the sky and creating fireworks. This performance gets Jessie a high score, advancing her to the next round.

In Once There Were Greenfields, Gardenia and James battled against Ash and Dawn. Gardenia told James to tell Cacnea to use Drain Punch, but James said the Pokémon didn't know that move. Through her explanation on how to do it, he did it anyway, and Cacnea pulled off the move. However, it was unable to duplicate the success. Through Meowth, Cacnea explained that the first Drain Punch was only a fluke. Gardenia suggested that James give Cacnea to her to train. He originally declined, but in the end he realized that his lack of skill would only hold Cacnea back from its full potential. Therefore, he left Cacnea with the Gym Leader to become stronger.

Cacnea appeared again in a flashback in Barry's Busting Out All Over! where it was shown battling Barry's Empoleon in a Gym battle. It was also revealed to have mastered Drain Punch, making James very pleased.

Personality and characteristics

To James's frustration, each time it was called out to battle, Cacnea would instead affectionately embrace its master, instead of focusing on the task at hand. When it did battle, it was fairly formidable, but usually lost to Ash or one of his friends. Like most of James's Pokémon, Cacnea had a great relationship with him and strived to please him. Cacnea is shown to be extremely loyal to James, demonstrated in Sweet Baby James, when James ordered Cacnea to attack Seviper and it did so without hesitation.

In Maxxed Out!, it was shown it cannot swim.

Moves used

James Cacnea Sandstorm.png
Using Sandstorm
Move First Used In
Pin Missile A Poached Ego!
Needle Arm A Mudkip Mission
Sandstorm ZigZag Zangoose!
Drain Punch Once There Were Greenfields
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Trivia

Cacnea showing affection
  • For DP025, Professor Oak's lecture is about James's Cacnea. He writes this Pokémon senryū about it: サボネアは ふれるとチクチク トゲトゲよ Cacnea, prickly spikes, when it touches.
  • Cacnea was the first Pokémon James caught on screen. His Weezing and Victreebel were both caught prior to his appearance on the series or captured off-screen.
  • Cacnea is the first of Jessie and James's Pokémon (including Meowth) to learn a new move while under their ownership.
  • Excluding his temporary Pokémon, Cacnea is James's only Grass type that is not fully evolved.
  • James's Cacnea is the only one of its species seen in the anime.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Cacnea.


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