James's Victreebel

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This article is about the Victreebel that James owned for most of the original series. For his second Victreebel, see James's second Victreebel.

James's Victreebel
コジロウのウツボット Kojirō's Utsubot
James Victreebel.png
James's Victreebel
Debuts in The Breeding Center Secret
Caught at Kanto
Evolves in Prior to The Breeding Center Secret
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Traded in Here's Lookin' at You, Elekid
Original Trainer James
Traded for Magikarp salesman's Weepinbell
Released in Here's Lookin' at You, Elekid
Current location With James's second Victreebel
Weepinbell Victreebel
This Pokémon spent at most 8 episodes as Weepinbell.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Weepinbell Rikako Aikawa Eric Stuart
As Victreebel Yūji Ueda (EP057-EP094)
Rikako Aikawa (EP095-EP261)
Eric Stuart (EP057)
Yūji Ueda (EP074-EP094)
Rikako Aikawa (EP095-EP261)

James's Victreebel (Japanese: コジロウのウツボット Kojirō's Utsubot) was the third Pokémon acquired by James of Team Rocket during his journey through Kanto, and his fifth overall.

History

James's first encounter with Weepinbell

Original series

Kanto

James caught Victreebel as a Weepinbell sometime between So Near, Yet So Farfetch'd and The Breeding Center Secret. Prior to the latter episode, he left Weepinbell at a breeding center, unaware that it was actually a scheme by rival Team Rocket duo Cassidy and Butch. After some searching, James located his Pokémon and discovered that it had evolved into a Victreebel, and the two had a joyous reunion.

Victreebel was only used once by James during his time in Kanto. In All Fired Up!, it was called to help extinguish Meowth, who was on fire. However, instead of extinguishing the flames, Victreebel itself caught fire, and Ash needed to intervene with Squirtle to put out the fire.

Orange Islands

In the Orange Islands, James started to use Victreebel in battle in place of Weezing, alongside Jessie's Arbok or Lickitung. In addition to battling, Victreebel started to play a larger role in the team's plans. In A Way Off Day Off, James used Victreebel's Sleep Powder to put Ash, his friends, and all of their Pokémon to sleep in order to be able to steal their Pokémon and get away unopposed. This failed, however, due to Snorlax being too heavy for them to steal.

Johto

Victreebel in love

During Johto, Victreebel became James's primary combatant. In Wobbu-Palooza!, Victreebel was used alongside Arbok to try to stop the Wobbuffet Festival crashers, since everyone else refused to fight due to the festival rules. Victreebel tried its best, but was easily defeated when overwhelmed by the thugs' Machoke and Primeape. Wobbuffet was sent out afterwards and managed to defeat them with its Counter attack.

In The Grass Route, James entered Victreebel in the Grass Tournament, hoping to win the collection of Leaf Stones. Victreebel went up against Ephraim and his Skiploom nicknamed Skippy, in the first round. Despite hitting with its Vine Whip and Take Down, it was easily struck out of the tournament by Skippy's Leech Seed and being confused by a follow up Double Team.

In Here's Lookin' at You, Elekid, the Magikarp salesman encountered Team Rocket yet again, and upon an irate James demanding a refund for a prior purchase, offered to instead trade to them a Weepinbell for one of their Pokémon. He stated that Weepinbell's Sweet Scent move would help them to catch Pokémon, which convinced them it was a good deal, and got them thinking about which Pokémon to trade. Meowth refused to be traded, and Jessie and James each made it very clear they were unwilling to part with Arbok, Weezing, or Wobbuffet, which led to Jessie and Meowth volunteering Victreebel. James adamantly refused as he recalled all of their time spent together. Despite this, Jessie and Meowth forced him to make the trade anyway, though he was very unhappy about doing so.

Later, James's new Weepinbell unexpectedly evolved into another Victreebel while battling Ash and Casey. Immediately after evolving, the new Victreebel chomped down on Jessie, which caused her to order Arbok to send it flying, to James's dismay. At the same time, the Magikarp Salesman kicked James's first Victreebel away, coming to the realization that it won't obey him. The two Victreebel collided in midair, falling in love with each other at first sight. They were last seen skipping off together into the forest.

Diamond & Pearl series

James mentioned Victreebel in the dub of Two Degrees of Separation! while Carnivine was biting on his head, stating that it wasn't the only Pokémon that showed affection towards him in such a manner. This mention didn't exist in the original Japanese version.

Victreebel reappeared in a flashback after Gardenia mentioned that the species was one of her favorites in The Grass-Type is Always Greener. She even offered to trade her own Victreebel to James for his Carnivine, but he declined.

Personality and characteristics

Victreebel showing its affection

Victreebel was affectionate towards James, and it regularly chomped down on his head whenever it was called out of its Poké Ball. Occasionally, it would also latch onto Meowth, Jessie, or even Jessie's Arbok. The antic was unwelcome, leaving Jessie and her Pokémon to often make the first move against the twerps. James, however, appreciated the show of affection as its loyalty was never in question.

Moves used

James Victreebel Sleep Powder.png
Using Sleep Powder
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Using Take Down
Move First Used In
Tackle × Pikachu Re-Volts
Razor Leaf  A Shipful of Shivers
Sleep Powder A Way Off Day Off
Double-Edge A Tent Situation
Swords Dance Flower Power
Take Down Flower Power
Wrap Flower Power*
Vine Whip  Forest Grumps*
Stun Spore The Fortune Hunters
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

James using Weezing to catch Weepinbell
  • Victreebel is James's first Grass-type Pokémon.
  • Victreebel's decidedly unique means of showing affection marked the beginning of the running gag of James's Pokémon attacking him whenever sent out.
  • Although Victreebel debuted in Kanto, it did not use any actual attacks until the anime was focused on the Orange Islands. This was also the case with Jessie's Lickitung.
    • Interestingly both James's Victreebel and Jessie's Lickitung were traded away.
  • Victreebel is well known for emitting a high-pitched shriek as its cry, making it one of the few Pokémon that does not utter its own name in the anime.
    • However, in its debut episode, Victreebel instead would say "Bel" as its cry. This was the only time it was voiced by Eric Stuart.
  • Victreebel is James's only Pokémon that he has battled before catching it.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Weepinbell and Victreebel.



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