James's Carnivine

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James's Carnivine
コジロウのマスキッパ Kojiro's Muskippa
Poké Ball
James Carnivine.png
James's Carnivine
Debuts in Two Degrees of Separation
Caught at Great Marsh
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location At Team Rocket headquarters
This Pokémon has not evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Carnivine Daisuke Sakaguchi Billy Beach

James's Carnivine (Japanese: コジロウのマスキッパ Kojiro's Muskippa) was the only Pokémon that James obtained in the Sinnoh region.


Carnivine showing affection

James originally caught Carnivine in the Great Marsh as a boy, as mentioned in a flashback in Cream of the Croagunk Crop!. It made its debut in Two Degrees of Separation. In this episode, Team Rocket went to James's parents' vacation home in Sinnoh and James found Carnivine's Poké Ball among a collection of bottlecaps, but left quickly after being told Jessiebelle was on her way. He decided to bring Carnivine with him. Carnivine continues the series' running gag of James's Template:Type2 Pokémon showing affection for him by hurting him whenever they are released from their balls. This affection is probably due to the fact that James and Carnivine shared a close bond when James was a child.

Since James found it, Carnivine has taken Cacnea's place as his main battling Pokémon.

In Jessilina's Sinnoh Contest debut, Carnivine was used in both Appeal and Battle rounds. In the Appeal Round, Carnivine used Bullet Seed on a lollipop that Jessie threw and amazed the crowd by biting Jessie's head. In the Battle round, it is seen defeating a Rhydon for Jessie, showing that it is a strong battler, and thanks to it, Jessie reached the final stage. However, it lost against Zoey's Glameow.

In Another One Gabites the Dust!, Jessie used Carnivine in the Chocovine Contest Battle Rounds, where it got to the semi-finals, losing to Ursula's Gabite.

Carnivine was also used in Dressed for Jess Success! to compete in the Lilypad Contest Battle Rounds. Together with James, who was the one disguised as Jessilina at that time, they defeated Dawn and her Mamoswine in the semifinals and eventually won the ribbon.

Carnivine was used by Jessilina multiple times in the Sinnoh Grand Festival, with the final one ending in her defeat to Dawn.

Following the Team Rocket trio's journey in Sinnoh, James was forced to leave Carnivine at Team Rocket's headquarters as it is not a Pokémon native to the Unova region and would seem suspicious.

Moves used

Using Vine Whip
Move First Used In
Bite Dawn of a New Era!
Bullet Seed  Gettin' Twiggy With It!
Bind Arrival of a Rival!
Vine Whip Saving the World From Ruins!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.


  • For Settling a Not-So-Old Score, Professor Oak's lecture is about James's Carnivine. He writes this Pokémon senryū about it: マスキッパ きょうもはらぺこ すきっぱら Muskippa is also starving today: empty stomach.
  • Carnivine is the third Pokémon that James has owned that shows its affection for him at the same time hurting him in the process. The first one was Victreebel, followed by Cacnea.
  • Carnivine is the first of Jessie and James's Pokémon (including Meowth) to learn a new move while under their ownership. James's Cacnea learned a new move, Drain Punch, while training under Gardenia.
  • In the Latin American Spanish dub it was given a nickname (Carnavalín) for comical purposes, like Victreebel. James usually uses the nickname, but he has also called it Carnivine on occasion.
  • This is the second Pokémon of James' ownership that is based off of a real world carnivorous plant. Coincidentally, both have shown their affection for James by biting his head.

Related articles

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

External links

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