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Team Meanies

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Team Meanies
チーム イジワルズ Team Ijiwarus
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Team Meanies in Team Go-Getters out of the Gate!
Debuts in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Team Go-Getters out of the Gate!
Gender Male (Gengar, Ekans)
Female (Medicham)
Ability Levitate (Gengar)
Intimidate and Shed Skin (Ekans)
Pure Power (Medicham)
Current location Unknown
Gengar Ekans Medicham
Voice actor Japanese English
Gengar Nobutoshi Canna Billy Beach
Ekans Masato Amada Bill Rogers
Medicham Tarako Sarah Natochenny

Team Meanies (Japanese: チーム イジワルズ Team Ijiwarus) is a rescue team in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon; however, unlike most rescue teams which rescue Pokémon out of the goodness of their hearts, Team Meanies use their rescue team status as a way of gaining wealth and power. Its members are Gengar, Medicham, and Ekans.

In the games

Team Meanies get their introduction in the games when they confront the hero's team and steal their mail, they explain that they only became a rescue team for the wealth and power it gives them and that they hope for world domination. Fortunately for the player, just after they leave, Pelipper delivers some new mail.

The next encounter with Team Meanies is just after the hero is given a mission to rescue Metapod. Team Meanies challenge the player to try to save Metapod first, if they succeed, they will force Caterpie to join them. The player must later confront them in the Sinister Woods where they are defeated in battle just before retrieving Metapod.

Further in the game, Gengar spreads untrue rumors about how the player is the cause of all the natural disasters and he or she must flee from society to get the proof from Ninetales that Gengar's rumors are untrue. After this Team Meanies flee from Pokémon Square.

Towards the end of the game Gengar unintentionally saves the player after defeating the main boss.

Moves used

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Ghost Poison
Held item:
Gengar Lv.15
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Poison Unknown
Intimidate and Shed Skin
Held item:
Ekans Lv.15
Poison Sting
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Fighting Psychic
Pure Power
Held item:
Medicham Lv.12

Gengar's past

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Many years ago, there was a foolish human who dared to try and grab one of Ninetales' tails. For this, there was a curse laid upon him. However, the human's Gardevoir took the curse upon herself to save her master and the human fled the scene, fearing for his life, and abandoned his brave Gardevoir. Ninetales then prophesied that this selfish human would one day be reborn as a Pokémon, as punishment for his deed. Gengar is this human, and later tries to save Gardevoir by going with the player and their partner through Murky Cave.

In the manga

Gengar in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Ginji's Rescue Team manga

In the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Ginji's Rescue Team

Only Gengar is shown in this manga series, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Ginji's Rescue Team.

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Gengar's role is similar to that of the games, except that Gengar releases Zapdos and Moltres to try to attack Ginji and Mudkip. When they succeed in defeating the two legendary birds, Gengar calls upon Team A.C.T., but they finally stop believing in the rumors when Ninetales appears and explains that Gengar is the actual cursed human. Gengar finally releases Groudon to attack the rescue team, but to no avail. When Groudon attacks, Mudkip tries to convince Gengar to change his heart. He finally does, and helps them save the place from being destroyed.

Moves used

Team Meanies Gengar Double-Edge GRT.png
Using Double-Edge
Move First Used In
Double-Edge Tears and Emotions - It's the Final Chapter!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Pokémon owned

As a human
Gengar's Gardevoir
Main article: Gardevoir (Red and Blue Rescue Team)

During the time that Gengar was a human, he was shown to have a Gardevoir. Way after his transformation, he had a flashback about the times he had with Gardevoir.

Debut Tears and Emotions - It's the Final Chapter!

In the anime

In the TV special Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Team Go-Getters out of the Gate!, Team Meanies are the main antagonists. They say that they'll be the ones to save Pichu's big brother Pikachu from Skarmory on Mt. Steel. Before leaving they have Ekans eat the majority of Team Go-Getters' Berries.

However, after arriving at Mt. Steel, Team Meanies trick Pichu into going the wrong way and trap it behind a rock slide, where it was found by Team Go-Getters. Team Go-Getters later find Team Meanies beaten up on the track where they tell Team Go-Getters that Skarmory is too strong; however, Team Go-Getters give their last Oran Berry to them and continue to the top.

Moves used


Team Meanies Gengar Confusion.png
Using Confusion
Move First Used In
Night Shade Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Team Go-Getters Out of the Gate!
Confusion × Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Team Go-Getters Out of the Gate!
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.

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese Gengar: 神奈延年 Nobutoshi Canna
Ekans: 天田真人 Masato Amada
Medicham: Tarako
English Gengar: Billy Beach
Ekans: Bill Rogers
Medicham: Sarah Natochenny
Finnish Gengar: Pauli Virta
Ekans: ?
Medicham: ?
Spanish Latin America Gengar: Gabriel Ortiz
Ekans: ¿?
Spain Gengar: Fernando Elegido
Ekans: Alfredo Martínez
Medicham: Carolina Tak


  • In the first English airing of Team Go-Getters out of the Gate!, Ekans was mistakenly called Arbok by Gengar. This has been fixed in subsequent airings.
  • In the manga series, despite Gengar being a human and turned into a Pokémon after 1000 years by Ninetales, he's still referred to as "Gengar," not his human name.
  • Gengar and Medicham both receive Mega Evolutions in Generation VI.
  • Ekans is the only unevolved member of Team Meanies.


Language Name Origin
Japanese チーム イジワルズ Team Ijiwarus From 意地悪 ijiwaru, meaning malicious or unkind.
Finnish Ilkimysryhmä Translation of the English name.
German Team Übel From "Übel", meaning evil.

Related articles

For more information on these Pokémon's species, see Gengar, Ekans, and Medicham.

Team A.C.T.Team Meanies

Rescue Teams: Team Go-GettersTeam MeaniesTeam A.C.T.
Exploration Teams: Team PoképalsTeam SkullTeam CharmTeam AWD

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