Jessie's Seviper

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Jessie's Seviper
ムサシのハブネーク Musashi's Habunake
Poké Ball
Jessie Seviper.png
Jessie's Seviper
Debuts in A Tail with a Twist
Caught at Petalburg Woods
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location At Team Rocket headquarters
This Pokémon is fully evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Seviper Chie Satō Michael Sinterniklaas and Chie Satō (4Kids)
Bill Rogers (TPCi)

Jessie's Seviper (Japanese: ムサシのハブネーク Musashi's Habunake) was the first Pokémon caught by Jessie of Team Rocket during her travels through Hoenn, presumably as a replacement for her recently released Arbok.


Advanced Generation series

Jessie and Seviper

Jessie caught Seviper in A Tail with a Twist after initially being impressed with its sneaky and aggressive demeanor. It had defeated Ash's Treecko earlier in the episode, which is why Jessie wanted it so much. Although Seviper was intelligent, and outsmarted Team Rocket's multiple attempts to ensure its capture, Jessie caught Seviper after it had bitten off a chunk of her hair, mangling poor Seviper with her "Fury Swipes" and "Mega Kick".

Seviper is, along with Yanmega, Jessie's primary battling Pokémon, often seen battling alongside James's Cacnea in Hoenn and later James's Carnivine in Sinnoh. While shown to be fairly powerful before being caught by Jessie, after it fell into her command, it suffered the inevitable fate that all Team Rocket Pokémon face- defeat by Ash or another good character. In the episode ZigZag Zangoose, Jessie and Seviper were determined to win a battle against Seviper's mortal enemy, a Zangoose belonging to the Trainer Nicholai.

Seviper has also entered a few Contests. In Mademoiselle Jessica's Contest debut, in All Things Bright and Beautifly!, Seviper was Jessie's chosen Pokémon to enter the Contest, but miserably failed to pass the Appeal Round, as Jessie didn't prepare herself to the Contest, and ordered Seviper to use attacks that Seviper can't learn, such as Blaze Kick. She is then seen apologizing to it, meaning she does care about Seviper.

Diamond and Pearl series

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Jessilina and Seviper

In Settling a Not-So-Old Score!, Jessilina used Seviper in the Appeal Round. Not much of the Appeal was seen, because while Seviper was performing it, Dawn was thinking about her Pachirisu's Appeal, focusing the attention on her, not on Jessie. However, Kenny stated that Seviper was being quite good. The appeal ends with Jessie ordering Seviper to perform Wrap and Bite on Jessie herself, and thus, amazing the crowd.

In the episode A Stand-Up Sit-Down!, Jessilina decided to face Dawn to "practice" for the Hearthome City Contest. However, it was Zoey who accepted the challenge. Jessie used the combination of Seviper and Dustox and her idea was to make Dustox use Poison Sting and then to make Seviper use Poison Tail on Dustox's Poison Sting, making it spin and added extra-power to it. Brock even said that that was a smart combination. However, that didn't work as Zoey's Glameow countered with Iron Tail, making the combination going to other side around and then Zoey's Shellos used Mud Bomb, breaking the combination of Poison Sting and Poison Tail. Seviper and Dustox both were then easily defeated by Zoey's Glameow. In Dawn's Early Night Seviper and Dustox were used in the Battle Round of the Hearthome City Contest and lost against Nando. Not much of the battle was seen. In Old Rivals, New Tricks it was also used in the battle round of a Contest and it was quite successful until it lost to Dawn.

Since Jessie has caught Yanmega, Seviper wasn't seen in as many battles as before. It was also used as Team Rocket's escapist rogue to blanket the area in Haze, replacing James's Weezing's duty to steal innocent Pokémon under the shrouded premises.

In Yes, in Dee Dee it's Dawn! and Playing the Performance Encore, Jessie used Seviper for the Daybreak Town Contest. In the appeals round, it made an entrance by coming out of its Poké Ball, which was placed inside James's Carnivine's mouth. In the next episode, it battled alongside Yanmega.

In Teaching the Student Teacher!, Jessie used it this time for the Neighborly Town Contest, where it was used for the appeals round, aiding her win her fourth Ribbon. In Dawn of a Royal Day!, Jessie used again for the Arrowroot Town Contest in the battle round, where it fought Princess Salvia (disguised as Dawn) and her Togekiss. After a fierce battle it lost, but Salvia gave her the Ribbon for the performance she gave during their battle, allowing her to enter in the Sinnoh Grand Festival.

In the Grand Festival, Jessie used Seviper multiple times, including the Appeals Round, a battle with Yanmega as well as a battle alongside Carnivine. However, Jessie lost her final battle to Dawn.

Following the Team Rocket trio's journey in Sinnoh, Jessie was forced to leave Seviper at Team Rocket's headquarters as it is not a Pokémon native in the Unova region and thus would attract unwanted attention to the trio.

Personality and Characteristics

From its debut Jessie's Seviper was shown to have a passion for battling. It quickly became Jessie's main battling Pokémon. It was also proven to be intelligent, outsmarting Team Rocket and not falling for their trap. It was also shown to be a mean and nasty Pokémon, which was why Jessie desired to catch it. Even though Seviper has been shown to care for Jessie, it did not hesitate from ignoring orders upon encountering wild Zangoose.

Moves used

Jessie Seviper Wrap.png
Using Wrap
Move First Used In
Haze A Tail with a Twist
Poison Tail A Tail with a Twist
Wrap A Poké-BLOCK Party!
Bite ZigZag Zangoose!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Moves Improvised

Seviper and Yanmega's Poison-Silver Wind


  • In DP023, Professor Oak's lecture is about Jessie's Seviper. He writes this Pokémon senryū about it: あかいキバ わわるとアブネー ハブネーク The red fangs, it's dangerous to touch them; Habunake.
  • In Jessie's first encounter with Seviper, she was taller than Seviper. However, in more recent episodes, Seviper is much taller than her. This could be an error on the animator's part, or could just simply mean it has grown during its time under Jessie's ownership.
  • In the 4Kids English dub, some of the noises made by Satō are retained along with Sinterniklaas's voice. When TPCi took over the dub, they stopped retaining Satō's voice.

Related articles

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

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