Jessie's Frillish first appeared in New Places... Familiar Faces!, debuting along with James's Amoonguss when Team Rocket attacked Ash and his friends for the first time since their Operation Tempest and temporary retreat back to Kanto.
When Ash and friends were helping Nanette gain some experience, Team Rocket surprised them, sent out their new Pokémon, and used a combination of Mist and Stun Spore on them and their Pokémon, reducing the visibility to almost nothing and paralyzing Iris's Emolga and Cilan's Stunfisk at the same time, thus leaving Ash alone to face Team Rocket with Pikachu. After Amoonguss had successfully knocked Pikachu out, Jessie had Frillish use Psychic, lifting Pikachu into the air and towards Team Rocket's mecha. However, thanks to the distraction provided by Nanette and her Tepig, Pikachu was freed, although Tepig got caught in the process. For a getaway distraction, Team Rocket fired a combination of Bubble Beam and Hidden Power, which, much to their surprise, was endured by Ash's Unfezant, followed by an Air Cutter and an Aerial Ace to defeat Frillish and Amoonguss.
In The Name's N!, Jessie sent Frillish out after catching Pikachu. She distracted Ash from holding on to his Snivy when Snivy used Vine Whip to grab onto their balloon. Frillish once again battled Unfezant and used Bubble Beam on her, but Unfezant dodged and used Aerial Ace to free Pikachu. Pikachu joined in the battle and tried to finish off Team Rocket with Thunderbolt, but Amoonguss's Stun Spore paralyzed him before the attack completely blasted them off. Frillish was taken out along with Amoonguss by Unfezant's Air Cutter which slammed them into Team Rocket's balloon causing it to be blasted away.
After Team Plasma took control of Meowth with their machine in Meowth, Colress and Team Rivalry!, Jessie and James decided to attack their friend in order to get him out of the trance. After Amoonguss used Stun Spore to paralyze Meowth and Body Slam to incapacitate him, Frillish brought Meowth back to Jessie and James with Psychic. Having Meowth out of Team Plasma's control, Team Rocket managed to get out of their headquarters using Frillish's Mist.
In Best Wishes Until We Meet Again!, Frillish battled Ash and his friends for the final time in Unova. Working with Amoonguss, the two threw Ash, Iris, and Cilan into the cruise ship's cargo hold, giving Team Rocket the time to steal all of the Poké Balls on the ship. Right as they were about to make their escape, Ash's Charizard appeared and made quick work of them with Flamethrower.
In Rocket Revengers!, Frillish, alongside the rest of Team Rocket's Pokémon at Team Rocket HQ, were sent to Jessie and James so they could be added back to their team. Realizing the potential of such a large group, the team hatched a scheme to isolate Ash's Pikachu and capture him. Frillish and Yamask were the second to do so, distracting Misty and her Pokémon while Ash and Pikachu ran ahead. Upon getting a distress signal from Gourgeist, the two returned to their Trainers to take on Pikachu as a group. She joined all of Team Rocket to launch a combined attack at the Mouse Pokémon. However, it was dodged, and Wobbuffet ended up sending it back with Mirror Coat. A wild Latias that had been following Ash then intervened and sent the evil group blasting off.
Personality and characteristics
In contrast to James's Amoonguss, Frillish was considered to be more mischievous in the group. She had little trouble following Jessie's commands, as shown when she used Psychic to lift up anything. Similar to Jessie's previous Pokémon, Frillish's Mist was proven to be very effective as a way for Team Rocket to retreat.
|A † shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.|
|Picture||First Used In||Moves Involved||Partnered With|
|Rocket Revengers!||Air Slash, Shadow Ball, Energy Ball, Sludge Bomb, Psybeam, and Silver Wind||Seviper, Yanmega, Woobat, Gourgeist, Carnivine, Yamask, Amoonguss, and Inkay|
|Description: A combination move used by Jessie and James's Pokémon. Woobat launches Air Slash, Frillish, Gourgeist and Yamask launch Shadow Ball, Amoonguss and Carnivine launch Energy Ball, Yanmega launches Silver Wind, Inkay launches Psybeam, and Seviper launches Sludge Bomb. The attacks fuse together to create a single massive beam of energy. This was used against Ash, Pikachu, Infernape, and Hawlucha in Team Rocket's attempt to steal Pikachu, but once they dodged, the attack headed towards Team Rocket.|
- Not counting temporary Pokémon, Frillish was Jessie's first Water type, as well as her first Ghost type.
- Not counting temporary Pokémon or Growlie, who never appeared on James's team, Frillish holds the record for the least appearances out of Team Rocket's Pokémon, at 9 main series episodes.
- Frillish is the only non-temporary Pokémon owned by Team Rocket to possess gender differences in her debut, as gender differences did not exist when Wobbuffet and Dustox were obtained in the anime.
- Not counting temporary Pokémon, Frillish was the first of Team Rocket Pokémon to have had a unique type combination.
- Confirmed via gender differences.
For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Frillish.
|Team Rocket's Pokémon|
|For a list of other Pokémon Team Rocket has commanded, see here and here|
|For Pokémon owned by the version of Giovanni that appears in Pokémon Adventures, see here; for a full list of Pokémon owned by the version of Giovanni that appears in the Pokémon Pocket Monsters series, see here|
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