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 Unknown
Weepinbell Victreebel
This Pokémon spent an unknown number of episodes as Weepinbell.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Weepinbell Rikako Aikawa Eric Stuart
As Victreebel Yuji Ueda (EP057-EP094)
Rikako Aikawa (EP095-EP261)
Eric Stuart (EP057)
Yuji Ueda (EP086-EP094)
Rikako Aikawa (EP095-EP261)

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


James's first encounter with Weepinbell

James captured it as a Weepinbell and took it to a breeding center sometime before The Breeding Center Secret, in which he goes to retrieve it. He finds it has evolved into a Victreebel and is very pleased. Victreebel was used as James's secondary battling Pokémon during the latter half of Kanto, and throughout the Orange Islands. During Johto it became his primary combatant.

In the episode Here's Lookin' at You, Elekid, James is pushed into trading his Victreebel for a Weepinbell by Jessie and Meowth after the Magikarp salesman cons them by saying they can use its Sweet Scent to catch Pokémon. James has a flashback showing, for the first time in the anime, his first encounter with Victreebel (as a Weepinbell). Also in the flashback, James is shown using his Weezing to battle and presumably catch the Pokémon.

Later the same episode, the Weepinbell evolves and bites down on Jessie, causing her to command Arbok to send the flycatcher Pokémon flying off into the distance. At the same time, the Magikarp salesman realizes that James's Victreebel will not obey him, and he kicks it away as well. The two Victreebel meet, fall in love, and skip off together into the forest.

Victreebel in love

James mentions Victreebel in Two Degrees of Separation! when his Carnivine bites down on his head.

James also briefly mentions his Victreebel in The Grass-Type is Always Greener when Gardenia mentions the species as one of her favorites.

Personality and characteristics

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Victreebel showing its affection

This Victreebel has an affinity for James which it expresses by biting down on him whenever it is released from its Poké Ball. On some occasions, it would instead attempt to bite Meowth, Jessie, or even Jessie's Arbok, presumably meaning it held affection for them, as well. This starts the running gag of James's Pokémon attacking him almost whenever sent out.

Moves used

James Victreebel Vine Whip.png
Using Vine Whip
Using Tackle
Move First Used In
Tackle × Pikachu Re-Volts
Razor Leaf  A Shipful of Shivers
Sleep Powder A Way Off Day Off
Double-Edge A Tents Situation
Wrap Roll On, Pokémon!
Swords Dance Flower Power
Take Down 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.
  • Double-Edge was used in the Japanese version only.


James using Weezing to catch Weepinbell
  • Victreebel's main characteristic is its habit to bite James's head every time he takes it from its Poké Ball, this habit is shared with James's Carnivine, and similar to Cacnea's, which also hurts him.
  • In the Latin American Spanish dub, Victreebel was given a nickname (Flor de Calabaza) as a comic relief. Carnivine was later given one too with the same purpose.
  • Although Victreebel debuted in Kanto, it did not use any actual attacks until the anime was focused on the Orange Islands.
  • Victreebel is well known for emitting a very high-pitched shriek when it is sent out, making it one of the few Pokémon that does not utter its own name (Though it did say "bel" a few times in its debut episode, which was the only time it was voiced by Eric Stuart).

Related articles

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

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