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Wobbuffet (Pokémon)

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Wobbuffet
Patient Pokémon
ソーナンス
Sonans
#202
Wobbuffet

Wobbuffet

Wobbuffet

Wobbuffet
Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Psychic Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Blue-Striped
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Shadow Tag Cacophony
Cacophony
Telepathy
Hidden Ability

Hidden Ability

Mega Wobbuffet

Mega Wobbuffet Y
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
45 (5.9%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Amorphous
Hatch time
5355 - 5609 steps
Height
4'03" 1.3 m
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Weight
62.8 lbs. 28.5 kg
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Mega Stone
{{{mega}}} {{{mega2}}}
Regional numbers
Pokédex
#202
Kanto
#108
Johto
#161
Hoenn
#000
Sinnoh

Unova
Coastal
#119
Kalos
Not in any regional Pokédex
Browser
R-170
Fiore
R-000
Almia
R-104/N-189
Oblivia
Not in any Browser
Base experience yield
177
Gen. II-IV
Unknown
IV
142
V+
Leveling rate
Medium Fast
EV yield
Total: 2
2
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Body style
Body05.png BodyUnknown.png
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Footprint
F202.png None.png
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Pokédex color
Blue
Base friendship
70
External Links

Wobbuffet (Japanese: ソーナンス Sonans) is a Psychic-type Pokémon.

It evolves from Wynaut starting at level 15.

Biology

Wobbuffet is a tall, cyan Pokémon with a soft body. Its eyes usually appear scrunched, and it has a jagged upper lip. The female Wobbuffet has a red marking on its mouth that resembles lipstick, while the male does not. It has flat arms that are wider towards the tip and four stubby legs at the base of its body. There are two eyespots on its black tail. Wobbuffet is very protective of its tail, to the point where it will suddenly turn uncharacteristically aggressive if the tail is attacked.

Wobbuffet is usually a docile Pokémon that will never attack first. However, when it is attacked, it will inflate its body and initiate a counterstrike. When two or more of this Pokémon meet, they will attempt to outlast each other in a battle of endurance. However, since neither is able to attack, they may compete to see which can last without food. Because of its overprotective nature regarding its tail and hatred of light, Wobbuffet lives in dark caves.

In the anime

Wobbuffet in the anime

Major appearances

Jessie's Wobbuffet

Jessie has a Wobbuffet that frequently emerges from its Poké Ball to shout its name or cause what Jessie considers to be trouble. It has appeared in almost every episode since she accidentally traded her Lickitung for it in Tricks of the Trade. She rarely uses Wobbuffet in battle, but when she does, the results are generally good. On the other hand, Jessie's few attempts at using Wobbuffet in Contests have all had negative results. It was left at Team Rocket's headquarters prior to Jessie, James and Meowth's departure to the Unova region. It was later reunited with Jessie when the trio returned to Kanto, and it was the only one of Jessie's Pokémon to accompany her to the Kalos region.

Other

Wobbu-Palooza! featured a town in which everyone owned a Wobbuffet, including the local Officer Jenny.

Minor appearances

A Wobbuffet appeared as a plush toy in A Jolting Switcheroo!.

A Mirror World Wobbuffet briefly appeared at the end in XY037, under the ownership of Mirror World Jessie.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
EP146 Wobbuffet Ash's Pokédex Wobbuffet, the Patient Pokémon. Wobbuffet like to live in dark areas so they can keep their pitch black tail concealed.
EP146 Wobbuffet James's Book Wobbuffet, the Patient Pokémon. Is unable to initiate attacks.
This concludes the entries from the original series.

In the manga

Wobbuffet in Pokémon Adventures

In the Ash and Pikachu manga

Main article: Jessie's Wobbuffet

Similar to the anime, Jessie owns a Wobbuffet.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Wobbuffet first appeared in Absolutely Azumarill under the ownership of Crystal's mother.

Another Wobbuffet appeared in The Last Battle XIII as one of the Pokémon sent to help the fight in Ilex Forest.

In the TCG

Main article: Wobbuffet (TCG)

In the TFG

One Wobbuffet figure has been released.


Other appearances

Super Smash Bros. Melee/Brawl

When released from a Poké Ball, Wobbuffet will stand on the stage in one place. Anyone attacking or running into it will be damaged by its Counter, apart from the player who threw the Poké Ball, who will only be knocked back.

Wobbuffet is also a Poké Float in Melee. It appears on its side and never fully reveals itself. When it first appears, it will quickly return off-screen but will then come back and remain to allow for fighting to take place on top of it.

Melee trophy information

A Patient Pokémon, Wobbuffet lives in darkness to hide its mismatched black tail. Even for a stoic Pokémon, this creature is a testament to self-control; it will not actively attack an opponent. Its Counter and Mirror Coat moves are solely used for reflecting attacks directly back at its antagonist.

Brawl trophy information

"A Patient Pokémon. A nocturnal, cave-dwelling creature, Wobbuffet is calm and collected, but it will fight back viciously if its black tail is attacked--this hints at something secretive about its tail. If Wobbuffet is put into battle, the opponent cannot run away or switch. Females have lipsticklike markings around their mouths."

Game data

NPC appearances

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation I
Red {{{redbluedex}}}
Blue
Yellow {{{yellowdex}}}
Stadium {{{stadiumdex}}}
Generation II
Gold It hates light and shock. If attacked, it inflates its body to pump up its counterstrike.
Silver To keep its pitch-black tail hidden, it lives quietly in the darkness. It is never first to attack.
Crystal In order to conceal its black tail, it lives in a dark cave and only moves about at night.
Stadium 2 It hates light and shock. If attacked, it inflates its body to pump up its counterstrike.
Generation III
Ruby If two or more Wobbuffet meet, they will turn competitive and try to outdo the other's endurance. However, they may try to see which one can endure the longest without food. Trainers need to beware of this habit.
Sapphire Wobbuffet does nothing but endure attacks - it won't attack on its own. However, it won't endure an attack on its tail. When that happens, the Pokémon will try to take the foe with it using Destiny Bond.
Emerald Usually docile, a Wobbuffet strikes back ferociously if its black tail is attacked. It makes its lair in caves where it waits for nightfall.
FireRed To keep its pitch-black tail hidden, it lives quietly in the darkness. It is never first to attack.
LeafGreen It hates light and shock. If attacked, it inflates its body to pump up its counterstrike.
Generation IV
Diamond It desperately tries to keep its black tail hidden. It is said to be proof the tail hides a secret.
Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold It hates light and shock. If attacked, it inflates its body to pump up its counterstrike.
SoulSilver To keep its pitch-black tail hidden, it lives quietly in the darkness. It is never first to attack.
Generation V
Black It desperately tries to keep its black tail hidden. It is said to be proof the tail hides a secret.
White
Black 2 It desperately tries to keep its black tail hidden. It is said to be proof the tail hides a secret.
White 2
Generation VI
X It hates light and shock. If attacked, it inflates its body to build up its counterstrike.
Y To keep its pitch-black tail hidden, it lives quietly in the darkness. It is never first to attack.

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation II
Gold Silver
Dark Cave
Crystal
Dark Cave, Goldenrod Game Corner
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
Safari Zone
Emerald
Safari Zone
FireRed LeafGreen
Cerulean Cave, Ruin Valley
Colosseum
Trade
XD
Trade
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Lake Verity, Lake Acuity, Lake Valor (Poké Radar)
Platinum
Lake Verity, Lake Valor (Poké Radar)
HeartGold SoulSilver
Cerulean Cave, Dark Cave (Blackthorn side), Safari Zone
Pal Park
Field
Pokéwalker
Noisy Forest
Generation V
Black White
Evolve Wynaut
Black 2 White 2
Trade with Curtis or Yancy in Nimbasa City
Dream World
Spooky Manor
Generation VI
X Y
Reflection Cave, Friend Safari (Psychic)

In side games

Game Location
Pokémon Channel Upgrade binder;
Quiz Wobbuffet
Pokémon Pinball:
Ruby & Sapphire
Safari Zone (Ruby Field)
Pokémon Trozei! Endless Level 12
Endless Level 16
Forever Level 61
Mr. Who's Den
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red/Blue Rescue Team
Evolve from Wynaut
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time/Darkness
Marine Resort (B1-B19)
Pokémon Ranger Panula Cave
Pokémon Ranger:
Guardian Signs
Mt. Latolato
Dark Temple
Pokémon Rumble Blast Cave: Echo Valley (post ending)

In events

Games Event Language/Region Location Level Distribution period
GSC Gotta Catch 'Em All Station! Mimic Wobbuffet English United States 5 January 31 to February 6, 2003
RSEFRLG Pokémon Sunday Wobbuffet Japanese Japan 5 July 17 to August 21, 2005
RSEFRLG Gather More Pokémon! Sixth Campaign Wobbuffet Japanese Japan 10 April 22 to May 8, 2006
XY Nuketta Wobbuffet All Japan 10 December 15, 2013 to February 16, 2014
XY Jessie's Wobbuffet All Italy 15 June 21 to 22, 2014

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Events* Fab Mail Fab Mail (100%)

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 190
250 - 297 490 - 584
Attack: 33
34 - 93 63 - 181
Defense: 58
56 - 121 108 - 236
Sp.Atk: 33
34 - 93 63 - 181
Sp.Def: 58
56 - 121 108 - 236
Speed: 33
34 - 93 63 - 181
Total: 405   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and a hindering nature, if applicable.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and a helpful nature, if applicable.


Pokéathlon stats

Speed
1/2
Power
3/4 ★★★
Skill
3/5 ★★★☆☆
Stamina
5/5 ★★★★★
Jump
2/3 ★★
Total
14/19 ★★

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VI, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic ½×
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic ½×
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic ½×
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic ½×
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation VI
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
00Start Counter Fighting Physical 0000 100100% 20
00Start Mirror Coat Psychic Special 0000 100100% 20
00Start Safeguard Normal Status 0000 —% 25
00Start Destiny Bond Ghost Status 0000 —% 5
  • A level of "Start" indicates a move that will be known by a Wobbuffet obtained at level 1 in Generation VI
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Wobbuffet
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Wobbuffet
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM/HM

Generation VI
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V
 TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM20 Safeguard Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 25
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Wobbuffet
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Wobbuffet
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation VI
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by breeding.
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Wobbuffet in Generation VI
  • Moves marked with a dagger (†) can only be bred onto Wobbuffet if it hatches as a Wynaut, and cannot be obtained otherwise.
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Wobbuffet in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Wobbuffet
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Wobbuffet
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

Generation VI
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by tutoring.
  • A black or white abbreviation in a colored box indicates that Wobbuffet can be tutored the move in that game
  • A colored abbreviation in a white box indicates that Wobbuffet cannot be tutored the move in that game
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Wobbuffet
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Wobbuffet
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

By a prior evolution

Generation VI
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V
 Stage   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
360 Splash Normal Status —% 40
360 Charm Fairy Status 100% 20
360 Encore Normal Status 100% 5
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Wobbuffet
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Wobbuffet
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see moves from other generations

Side game data

Pokémon Pinball
 N/A 
Not available
Pokémon Pinball RS
 PinRS202.png PinRS202.gif 
Acquisition: Catch
Pokémon Trozei!
 Trozeiani202.gif 
Rarity: Rare
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
MDP202.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: Evolve
Friend Area: Echo Cave
Phrases
51%-100% HP I'm very shy. Please don't come up to me from behind.
26%-50% HP I think I'm in trouble. My health is down by half.
1%-25% HP I'm sorry...I can hardly wobble...
Level up My level went up!
Partner phrases
51%-100% HP <name>, my HP is between 51% and 100%.
26%-50% HP <name>, my HP is between 26% and 50%.
1%-25% HP <name>, my HP is between 1% and 25%.
Level up My level went up!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness
,
and Explorers of Sky
MDP202.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: -12%
IQ group: E
Pokémon Ranger
Group:  Psychic  Poké Assist: Psychic PA.png
( Psychic )
Field move: None
Loops: 8 Min. exp.: 55 Max. exp.: 69
Browser entry  
When a Capture Line is drawn, Wobbuffet tenses up and inflates itself instantly.
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Group:  Normal  Poké Assist: None Field move: None
Browser entry  
This Pokémon does not have a browser entry.
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Group: Poké Assist: Field move:
 Psychic  Psychic Assist.png
( Psychic )
Past
Electric Assist.png
( Normal )
Teleport - field move.png
(Teleport ×-)
Past
Electrify 1 field move.png
(Electrify ×1)
Browser entry  
It attacks by launching strange rings that make Pokémon Stopped.
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack
Defense ●●
Speed ●●●
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure
None.png PokéPark Pad entry:
This Pokémon has no PokéPark Pad entry.
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond
None.png Strong: {{{Park2strong}}} Weak: {{{Park2weak}}}
PokéPark Pad entry:
This Pokémon has no PokéPark Pad entry.
None.png HP: Move: {{{ConquestMove}}}
Attack: Ability 1: {{{ConquestAbility1}}}
Defense: Ability 2: {{{ConquestAbility2}}}
Speed: Ability 3: {{{ConquestAbility3}}}
Does not evolve.
Range: 0 Perfect Links: {{{ConquestLink}}}

Evolution

360Wynaut.png
Baby form
Wynaut
 Psychic 
Lax Incense
Breed
holding Lax Incense



Rare Candy
Level 15
202Wobbuffet.png
First evolution
Wobbuffet
 Psychic 

Sprites

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation II
Gold Silver Crystal
Spr 2g 202.png Spr b 2g 202.png Spr 2s 202.png Spr b 2g 202.png Spr 2c 202.gif Spr b 2c 202.png
Spr 2g 202 s.png Spr b 2g 202 s.png Spr 2s 202 s.png Spr b 2g 202 s.png Spr 2c 202 s.gif Spr b 2g 202 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen
Spr 3r 202.png Spr b 3r 202.png Spr 3e 202.gif Spr b 3r 202.png Spr 3r 202.png Spr b 3r 202.png
Spr 3r 202 s.png Spr b 3r 202 s.png Spr 3e 202 s.gif Spr b 3r 202 s.png Spr 3r 202 s.png Spr b 3r 202 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver
Male Male Male Male Male Male
Female Female Female Female Female Female
Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male
Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
Male Male Male Male
Female Female Female Female
Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male
Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female
Front Back Front Back
202MS.png For other sprites and images, please see Wobbuffet images on the Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

  • Wobbuffet has the highest base HP of all Psychic-type Pokémon.
  • Wobbuffet is one of fourteen Pokémon that one can collect foreign Pokédex entries for in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.
  • If the opponent does not attack Wobbuffet, Wobbuffet cannot harm the opponent except with Struggle (itself unusable unless Wobbuffet has run out of moves).
  • Wobbuffet was banned from many unofficial tournaments until Generation V, due to its unique moveset and Ability, Shadow Tag, making it somewhat difficult to counter.
  • Before Generation IV, Wobbuffet could not damage a Ghost- or Dark-type Pokémon (without the use of Struggle) that uses an attack of its own type because all Ghost moves were physical (the Ghost type is immune to Counter) and all Dark moves were special (the Dark type is immune to Mirror Coat). It is still not possible for Wobbuffet to counter the Ghost/Dark typed Sableye or Spiritomb without the assistance of another Pokémon using moves such as Foresight and/or Miracle Eye first.
  • In Generation III, if two Wobbuffet with Leftovers are facing each other in a Single Battle, the battle will become endless as all of Wobbuffet's moves do not directly damage the opponent, and the player cannot switch to their other Pokémon due to Shadow Tag. Even if the Wobbuffet use Struggle, the damage will be healed quickly by Leftovers. Shadow Tag and Struggle were both changed in Generation IV, likely as a direct response to this scenario.
  • Wobbuffet was designed by Hironobu Yoshida.

Origin

Wobbuffet may be based on the late Japanese comedian 林家三平 Sanpei Hayashiya, who was famous for repeatedly touching his hand to his forehead while saying one of his trademark lines, そうなんす、奥さん sō nansu, okusan, "That's the way it is, ma'am." In addition, its form and available moves may be based on a punching bag; that is, when it is hit, it bounces back. Alternatively, it may be based on the concept of Karma as it can only cause damage if it is attacked first. Wobbuffet may also be based on an Okiagari-koboshi doll, a Japanese traditional doll with squinted eyes that stands back upright when pushed over.

Name origin

Wobbuffet is a combination of wobble and buffet (to strike repeatedly), referring to its punching-bag shape.

Sonans is homophonous with the interjection そうなんす sō na-n-su, which roughly means, "That's the way it is." It is played off by its pre-evolution, Wynaut, whose Japanese name, Sohnano, is nearly homophonous with the phrase そうなの sō na no, meaning, "Really?" Together, they make for a potential perpetual conversation of, "Really?" followed by, "That's the way it is," and so on, as seen in Camp Pikachu.

Other languages' names for the Pokémon in this family, due to the fact that they were introduced in different generations, do not feature this pun.

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese ソーナンス Sonans From そうなんす sō na-n-su
France Flag.png French Qulbutoké A play on Culbuto (the French trademarked name for Weebles) and the expression OK
Spain Flag.png Spanish Wobbuffet Same as English name
Germany Flag.png German Woingenau Corrupted version of Wohin genau?
Italy Flag.png Italian Wobbuffet Same as English name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 마자용 Majayong A play on 맞아요 majayo


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