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Jessie's Arbok

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Jessie's Arbok
ムサシのアーボック Musashi's Arbok
Jessie Arbok.png
Jessie's Arbok
Debuts in Pokémon Emergency!
Caught at Unknown
Evolves in Dig Those Diglett!
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Released in A Poached Ego!
Current location Unknown
Ekans Arbok
This Pokémon spent 29 episodes as Ekans.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Ekans Kōichi Sakaguchi Eric Stuart
As Arbok Kōichi Sakaguchi

Jessie's Arbok (Japanese: ムサシのアーボック Musashi's Arbok) was the first Pokémon Jessie appeared with in Kanto; she received it as a chūgen gift (in the dub, it was a birthday gift).

History

Original series

Kanto

As an Ekans

Jessie received Ekans for chūgen (as a birthday present in the dub) before she met Ash. It is unknown who it was a gift from.

Arbok first appeared in Pokémon Emergency! as an Ekans. Throwing their Poké Balls down from their Meowth balloon, Jessie and James used both it and James's Koffing to quickly overtake the defenseless Viridian Pokémon Center. Koffing's job was to create a SmokeScreen while Ekans destroyed the computers. Chasing everyone into the back room, Ekans scared away the Pokémon that were sent out by Ash, which causes Misty to decide to battle Team Rocket. This is a failed effort, however, as both of them manage to catch up to Ash in no time at all. Just then, Nurse Joy's Pikachu come out and heal Ash's Pikachu with a Thunder Shock attack, while at the same time attacking the Team Rocket trio. Giving Ash's Pikachu enough power to stand up, Ash charged-up Pikachu using Misty's charred bike, and he let him have his own Thunder Shock. As the group are being electrocuted, Koffing releases a stream of Smog from one of the craters on its body, and the electricity climbs up the toxic gas, causing the entire Pokémon Center to explode, and sending Team Rocket blasting off.

Jessie and her Arbok

It was used constantly by Jessie and eventually evolved into an Arbok in the episode Dig Those Diglett! along with James's Koffing after Jessie and James desperately wanted their Pokémon to evolve.

In Princess vs. Princess, Jessie used Arbok during the Princess Festival. Arbok helps Jessie make it up to the finals, but ultimately fails against Pikachu's Thunder Shock.

Although Arbok lost nearly every battle, as is traditional for Pokémon owned by Team Rocket, it has occasionally been shown to have extraordinary power and endurance to match its massive size. For example, in The Misty Mermaid, Arbok was able to single handedly battle Horsea, Starmie, Squirtle and Seaking underwater (where water Pokémon have the advantage) without the help of Weezing, enduring a huge amount of offense and eventually cornering all its opponents for the victory before Seel evolved into Dewgong and defeated it with Ice Beam.

Johto

Jessie used Arbok as her main battling Pokémon in Johto, preferring it over Lickitung and later Wobbuffet.

In Wobbu-Palooza!, Arbok was used alongside Victreebel to try to stop the Wobbuffet Festival crashers, since everyone else refused to fight due to festival rules. Arbok battled against their Hitmonlee and lost quickly to his kicking attacks. Wobbuffet was sent out afterwards and managed to defeat them with its Counter attack.

Advanced Generation series

Arbok fighting alongside with Weezing

In A Ruin With A View, Jessie sent out Arbok alongside James's Weezing to battle Team Magma grunts who approached them. Not long after being sent out, Team Magma's Houndoom used Roar to send Arbok and Weezing back into their Poké Balls.

In A Poached Ego!, Team Rocket found a poacher holding a herd of Ekans and Koffing captive in Hoenn. After freeing them, James and Jessie reluctantly ordered Arbok and Weezing to stay in the wild and guard their fellow Pokémon. The two Pokémon have not been seen since.

Jessie and Arbok shared a close bond, as demonstrated when Arbok refused to leave her at first and cried when it finally did.

Personality and characteristics

Arbok and Weezing seem to be both very emotional. This was first shown in Island of the Giant Pokémon, where they got very sad for being separated from Jessie and James, crying desperately, with Pikachu trying to cheer them up. At the end of the episode, when every lost Pokémon got reunited with their partners, Ekans and Jessie, along with James and Koffing, were happily crying, while Ash was only smiling with Pikachu, which may mean that Jessie's bond with Arbok was stronger than Ash's bond with Pikachu. It was also in this episode that it explained to Meowth along with James's Koffing "Pokémon do bad things because master bad. Pokémon not bad." In Lights, Camera, Quacktion both Arbok and Weezing got depressed for being rejected as the main characters in the movie. It was only with Jessie's and James's help that they got over it. On their last appearance, in A Poached Ego!, they were reluctant in leaving Jessie and James, and when they did, they strongly cried.

Moves used

Jessie Arbok Headbutt.png
Using Headbutt
Jessie Arbok Tackle.png
Using Tackle
Move First Used In
Dig Ash Catches a Pokémon
Bite Clefairy and the Moon Stone
Wrap  The Path to the Pokémon League
Acid  Pokémon Shipwreck
Glare The Flame Pokémon-athon!
Poison Sting  The Flame Pokémon-athon!
Toxic Make Room For Gloom
Double-Edge Bad to the Bone
Tackle × A Shipful of Shivers
Headbutt  Trouble's Brewing
Take Down You're a Star, Larvitar!
An × shows that the move cannot be legitimately learned by this Pokémon in the games.
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In the games

Pokémon Yellow

Arbok appears as part of Jessie and James's team each time they appear, alongside Meowth/Weezing and its pre-evolved form.

First battle
(Mt. Moon)
Second battle
(Rocket Hideout)
Third and fourth battle
(Pokémon Tower/Silph Co.)
Spr 1y 023.png
Type:
Poison Unknown
Ekans Lv.14
Wrap
Normal
Leer
Normal
Poison Sting
Poison
  --  
   
Spr 1y 023.png
Type:
Poison Unknown
Ekans Lv.25
Bite
Normal
Leer
Normal
Poison Sting
Poison
Glare
Normal
Spr 1y 024.png
Type:
Poison Unknown
Arbok Lv.27/31
Bite
Normal
Leer
Normal
Poison Sting
Poison
Glare
Normal
Pokémon Zany Cards box art

Pokémon Zany Cards

Arbok is depicted on a photograph on the box art for Pokémon Zany Cards, along with Wobbuffet and Weezing. However, it does not make an appearance in the game.

In the manga

In the Ash and Pikachu manga

In the manga series Ash and Pikachu, based on the anime, Arbok appears with Jessie in her travels.

Moves used

Jessie Arbok Acid SP.png
Using Acid
Move First Used In
Acid Hoppip, the Wind Calls!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

Jessie's Arbok in The Electric Tale of Pikachu
As an Ekans

Jessie's Arbok makes an appearance in the manga series The Electric Tale of Pikachu. It first appears as an Ekans in Pikachu's Excellent Adventure. All subsequent appearances, beginning in You Gotta Have Friends, are as an Arbok. Like in the anime, Arbok is Jessie's primary Pokémon used in battle.

Moves used

Jessie Arbok Glare EToP.png
Using Glare
Move First Used In
Poison Sting You Gotta Have Friends
Glare Clefairy in Space
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Trivia

Jessilina and her Arbok-shaped flute
  • Arbok's arrow-like pattern on its neck differs in some episodes. Sometimes, the ends of the arrow stretch until the ends of its eye-like patterns on its chest and is only a few inches wide. Similarly, there are two red dots on its arrow in some episodes and in other episodes there are none.
  • In The Misty Mermaid, Jessie's Arbok was shown to be able to swim without the need for air.
  • In Jessie's room in Where No Togepi Has Gone Before!, an Arbok's head can be seen as part of her bed's design. During her Contest performance in Yes, in Dee Dee It's Dawn!, Jessie uses an Arbok-shaped flute. These two are possibly paying homage to her former Pokémon.
  • Its gender was hinted in the Japanese version of Island of the Giant Pokémon. In the subtitles, it refers to itself and Koffing as おれたち ore-tachi, which is a pronoun normally used by males meaning "we", also used by characters such as Ash, Brock and James in the Japanese version.
  • Out of all Pokémon ever owned by Jessie or James, Arbok has used the most moves, with eleven.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Ekans and Arbok.


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