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Jessie's Pumpkaboo

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Jessie's Pumpkaboo
ムサシのバケッチャ Musashi's Bakeccha
Poké Ball
Jessie Pumpkaboo.png
Jessie's Pumpkaboo
Debuts in The Bamboozling Forest!
Caught at Route 5
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location With Jessie
This Pokémon has not evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Pumpkaboo Megumi Satō Haven Paschall

Jessie's Pumpkaboo (Japanese: ムサシのバケッチャ Musashi's Bakeccha) is the first Pokémon that Jessie caught in the Kalos region.


Jessie and Pumpkaboo

Pumpkaboo made its first appearance in The Bamboozling Forest!. While walking through a forest, Jessie tripped over Pumpkaboo as it was emerging from underground. While it kept shining its light repeatedly, Jessie threw a Poké Ball at it, successfully catching Pumpkaboo, much to James's surprise. Later, it was used to battle Ash and his friends to prevent them from rescuing a Pangoro and Pancham that Team Rocket had captured. Using its Leech Seed, Pumpkaboo was able to prevent its opponents' Pokémon from moving. It 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 it has participated in.

Pumpkaboo appeared in The Clumsy Crier Quiets the Chaos!, using its 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 its 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 it was matched against Shauna's Bulbasaur and Alouette's Furfrou. Its costume and accessories were not well-received by the audience members and it 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! it was separated from its Trainer as well as Wobbuffet after being blasted off by Pikachu. While looking for her with James and Meowth, it was captured by a Pokémon hunter along with Meowth and Inkay. After getting rescued by James and being reunited with its Trainer, it helped to defeat the Pokémon hunter along with Team Rocket's other Pokémon, Pikachu and Fennekin.

In XY077, Pumpkaboo was used to compete in the Pokémon Sky Relay. It managed to finish its part of the race in first place by hiding inside an Altaria, but its team was disqualified when Meowth's Pelipper machine was exposed.

Personality and characteristics

While not as playful as James's Inkay, Pumpkaboo seems to be a very cheerful and energetic Pokémon; this can be seen when it often dances, spins around or sings during its battles, sometimes even childishly changing its tone of voice when attacking. It is shown to get excited and proud of itself 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. It is also shown to have a tendency to flash its lights repeatedly as shown in The Bamboozling Forest!, when Pumpkaboo was startled by Jessie, though it used this ability to good effect in The Clumsy Crier Quiets the Chaos!. Pumpkaboo has not shown any problem listening to its Trainer.

Moves used

Jessie Pumpkaboo Dark Pulse.png
Using Dark Pulse
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!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.
Pumpkaboo's flashlight ability

Moves improvised

  • Flashlight: Pumpkaboo can release light from the holes on its body, using it as a flashlight.


  • Pumpkaboo is Jessie's first Grass-type Pokémon.
  • Pumpkaboo was shown to be roughly twice James's Inkay's size. This would make Jessie's Pumpkaboo Super Size: Inkay are 1' 04", and Super Size Pumpkaboo are 2' 07".

Related articles

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

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