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Jessie's Lickitung

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Jessie's Lickitung
ムサシのベロリンガ Musashi's Beroringa
Poké Ball
Jessie Lickitung.png
Jessie's Lickitung
Debuts in Princess vs. Princess
Caught at O-Hina Town
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Traded in Tricks of the Trade
Original Trainer Jessie
Traded for Benny's Wobbuffet
Current location With Benny
Lickitung
This Pokémon has not evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Lickitung Chinami Nishimura Eric Stuart

Jessie's Lickitung (Japanese: ムサシのベロリンガ Musashi's Beroringa) was the second Pokémon Jessie appears with in Kanto. Lickitung was the first Pokémon Jessie was shown to catch, and is the first Pokémon to have been caught by Team Rocket in the anime.

History

Kanto

Lickitung in its debut appearance
Jessie upset at Lickitung ignoring her orders
Jessie is unaware that her Lickitung has been traded to Benny

Lickitung was first mentioned by Jessie in So Near, Yet So Farfetch'd; however, she did not use it for another three episodes where it first appeared and had its most central role in Princess vs. Princess, the only time she used it in Kanto (the episode in which Jessie caught it, it was originally scheduled to appear before So Near, Yet So Farfetch'd). Jessie captured Lickitung in a fit of rage after it ate all her food and temporarily paralyzed her Arbok. Lickitung was Jessie's forgotten weapon in the finals of the Queen of the Princesses contest against Misty. After stunningly paralyzing and defeating a borrowed Pikachu, Bulbasaur and Vulpix with its effective lick, Lickitung was defeated by Psyduck's Confusion after ignoring Jessie's command for Tackle, ending Jessie's run in the contest.

Orange Islands

Jessie used Lickitung rather sparingly for the rest of its time under her possession, making the pink Pokémon her second option, after Arbok. Thus, it was one of the least used Pokémon that was owned by a main character. It most often appeared alongside Arbok, Weezing and Victreebel when Jessie and James used all four of their Pokémon in battle.

In Pikachu Re-Volts, Lickitung was used for the first time since its capture, being used to try to steal the Pokémon Butch and Cassidy stole. Lickitung, along with the rest of Team Rockets Pokémon, were hypnotized by Butch and Cassidy's Drowzee.

Johto

In Tricks of the Trade, Lickitung was accidentally traded by Jessie to a Trainer named Benny for his Wobbuffet during a commotion at the Pokémon Swap Meet. As Team Rocket's scheme to steal Pokémon with a rigged trading device is discovered by the crowd, Lickitung's Poké Ball was dropped into the trading machine when Jessie was knocked backwards by Magikarp salesman who was escaping James, and is swapped with Benny's Poké Ball already in the machine; the person Benny had been planning to trade with had changed his mind at the last minute. Jessie soon realized the trade when she sent Lickitung out to battle Ash, and the passive Wobbuffet emerged instead.

Lickitung was seen living happily with Benny towards the end of this episode, and Benny tells Ash and friends to "thank the lady who traded him Lickitung". However, there is no indication that Ash and his friends ever identified the Lickitung as Jessie's old Pokémon, nor that Jessie's new Wobbuffet was originally Benny's. Lickitung and Benny have not been seen since in the anime.

Personality and characteristics

In its debut it was shown to be very gluttonous, eating all of the food Jessie bought for their boss. It was also shown to follow its own rules, ignoring Jessie's commands and stealing food without a second thought. Lickitung is a strong battler as seen in its debut when it took out Pikachu, Bulbasaur and Vulpix with just one lick each. Lickitung, much like James's Victreebel, showed its affection for its Trainer rather openly. Lickitung licked Jessie's face on several occasions, but not nearly as often as the running gag of Victreebel latching onto James's head occurred. It didn't appear to have much of a bond with Jessie despite this, due to its lack of appearances, and it didn't seem upset about being traded to Benny.

Moves used

Jessie Lickitung Slam.png
Using Slam
Move First Used In
Tackle × Pikachu Re-Volts
Wrap Snack Attack!
Supersonic The Whistle Stop
Stomp The Whistle Stop
Slam Ignorance is Blissey
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.

Trivia

  • Lickitung was the first Pokémon belonging to a main character to be permanently traded, and the only one who hasn't been seen since.
  • Lickitung is the only Pokémon obtained by Jessie and James in Kanto that was not released at some point in time.
  • Despite being in Jessie's possession for 94 episodes, it made only 17 appearances total.
  • Lickitung is the only Normal-type Pokémon owned by either Jessie or James.

Related articles

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


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