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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
This Pokémon has not evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Cacnea Katsuyuki Konishi Lindsey Warner
Michele Knotz

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.


Advanced Generation series

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 then James's fighting Pokémon throughout all of Hoenn.

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 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 it's master, instead of focusing on the task at hand. When it does battle, it is fairly formidable, but usually lost to Ash or one of his friends. Like most of James's Pokémon, Cacnea has a great relationship with him and strived to please him.

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.


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.

Related articles

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

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