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Jessie's Gourgeist
ムサシのパンプジン Musashi's Pumpjin
Poké Ball
Jessie Gourgeist.png
Jessie's Gourgeist
Debuts in The Bamboozling Forest!
Caught at Route 5
Evolves in A Festival Trade! A Festival Farewell?
Gender Female
Ability Unknown
Traded in A Festival Trade! A Festival Farewell?
Original Trainer Jessie
Traded for Count Pumpka's Mawile*
Current location With Jessie
Pumpkaboo Gourgeist
This Pokémon spent 70 episodes as Pumpkaboo.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Pumpkaboo Megumi Satō Haven Paschall
As Gourgeist Miyako Itō N/A

Jessie's Gourgeist (Japanese: ムサシのパンプジン Musashi's Pumpjin) is the first Pokémon that Jessie caught in the Kalos region.


As a Pumpkaboo, with Jessie
As a Pumpkaboo

As a Pumpkaboo, she made her first appearance in The Bamboozling Forest!. While walking through a forest, Jessie tripped over Pumpkaboo as she was emerging from underground. While she kept shining her light repeatedly, Jessie threw a Poké Ball at her, successfully catching Pumpkaboo, much to James's surprise. Later, she was used to battle Ash and his friends to prevent them from rescuing a Pangoro and Pancham that Team Rocket had captured. Using her Leech Seed, Pumpkaboo was able to prevent her opponents' Pokémon from moving. She was defeated after Ash gave Pangoro a leaf, allowing it to regain its confidence and easily send Team Rocket blasting off.

Since being caught Pumpkaboo has become Jessie's main battler in Kalos, replacing Wobbuffet. As is traditional for Pokémon owned by Team Rocket, Pumpkaboo has lost nearly every battle she has participated in.

Pumpkaboo appeared in The Clumsy Crier Quiets the Chaos!, using her flashlight ability to light up a cave for Jessie. They quickly ran into a wild Salamence, and Pumpkaboo and Jessie played dead in order to confuse it. While the Salamence tried to figure out what happened, Jessie put a device on its head. This caused Salamence to go into a rampage, sending Team Rocket blasting off. Pumpkaboo was later seen at the Pokémon Center, being healed of her injuries from Salamence.

In A Showcase Debut!, Pumpkaboo was used in the Coumarine City Rookie Class Pokémon Showcase. Jessie dressed Pumpkaboo up as a scarecrow for the Theme Performance, where she was matched against Shauna's Bulbasaur and Alouette's Furfrou. Her costume and accessories were not well-received by the audience members and she ended up receiving the least amount of votes, thus being eliminated from the competition.

In A Fork in the Road! A Parting of the Ways! she was separated from her Trainer as well as Wobbuffet after being blasted off by Pikachu. While looking for her with James and Meowth, she was captured by a Pokémon hunter along with Meowth and Inkay. After getting rescued by James and being reunited with her Trainer, she helped to defeat the Pokémon hunter along with Team Rocket's other Pokémon, Pikachu and Fennekin.

In A Relay in the Sky!, Pumpkaboo was used to compete in the Pokémon Sky Relay. She managed to finish her part of the race in first place by hiding inside an Altaria, but her team was disqualified when Meowth's Pelipper machine was exposed.

In A Festival Trade! A Festival Farewell?, Jessie met Count Pumpka who explained that her Pumpkaboo was rare in that it was a Super Size female and, as his own Pumpkaboo had fallen in love with her, asked her if she wanted to trade for his Mawile. Although Jessie initially refused, she was persuaded when she learned that Mawile had the potential to Mega Evolve. However, Pumpkaboo grew angry with her Trainer for agreeing to trade her away. Regardless, the exchange went ahead but when the Count sent out Pumpkaboo she promptly evolved into Gourgeist, the trade having triggered the evolution. Jessie soon regretted the trade and asked Count Pumpka if he was willing to trade back, and the Count promptly agreed, as his Pumpkaboo was no longer interested in Gourgeist. After the trade, Jessie and Gourgeist were happily reunited, and Gourgeist was sent into battle against Pikachu. Regardless of her new form, Gourgeist was still defeated but this didn't matter to her or Jessie as the two were just happy to be together again.

In A Performance Pop Quiz!, Gourgeist was used in the Free Performance round of the Anistar City Rookie Class Pokémon Showcase. Gourgeist used her flashlight ability as a spotlight while Jessie danced. Jessie finished her performance by having Gourgeist use Seed Bomb to create fireworks. In the end, however, Jessie did not receive enough votes and ended up in third place.

Personality and characteristics

Jessie and Gourgeist

While not as playful as James's Inkay, Gourgeist as a Pumpkaboo seems to be a very cheerful and energetic Pokémon; this can be seen when she often dances, spins around or sings during her battles, sometimes even childishly changing her tone of voice when attacking. She is shown to get excited and proud of herself when doing well in battle, such as in Forging Forest Friendships! when Ash's Hawlucha missed with Flying Press due to Pumpkaboo being a Ghost-type. She's also shown to have a tendency to flash her lights repeatedly as shown in The Bamboozling Forest!, when Pumpkaboo was startled by Jessie, though she used this ability to good effect in The Clumsy Crier Quiets the Chaos!.

In A Festival Trade! A Festival Farewell? she felt awkward when Count Pumpka's Pumpkaboo displayed affections for her, not feeling the same way, but got angry when Jessie considered trading her away and stubbornly entertained the Small Size Pumpkaboo's affections. Count Pumpka's Pumpkaboo rejected her after evolution and Jessie was angered, exclaiming that her Pokémon was caring and reliable. Gourgeist was overwhelmed with happiness to hear Jessie defend her and they reunited. The two of them continued acting affectionately in Over the Mountain of Snow!.

Moves used

Jessie Gourgeist Seed Bomb.png
Using Seed Bomb
Move First Used In
Leech Seed  The Bamboozling Forest!
Shadow Ball  The Bamboozling Forest!
Frustration A PokéVision of Things to Come!
Dark Pulse  Heroes - Friends and Faux Alike!
Seed Bomb  Over the Mountain of Snow!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Moves improvised

Picture First Used In Moves Involved Partnered With
Jessie Pumpkaboo flashlight.png
Jessie Gourgeist flashlight.png
The Bamboozling Forest! None None
Description: Pumpkaboo and Gourgeist can release light from the holes on her body, using it as a flashlight.


  • Gourgeist's evolution was first teased in the poster for PK27, which was released in Japanese theaters the Saturday before the episode in which she evolved aired.
  • Gourgeist is Jessie's first Grass-type Pokémon.
  • Gourgeist is the first Pokémon owned by a main character to have evolved after being traded.
  • Not including temporary Pokémon, Gourgeist is the first Pokémon owned by a main character to have a form difference.
    • Jessie's Gourgeist is Super Size. This was first implied in her debut by her size in relation to that of James's Inkay, and outright confirmed later on.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Pumpkaboo and Gourgeist.

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