Jessie's Wobbuffet

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Jessie's Wobbuffet
ムサシのソーナンス Musashi's Sonans
Poké Ball
Jessie Wobbuffet.png
Jessie's Wobbuffet
Debuts in Tricks of the Trade
Caught at Unknown
Gender Unknown
Ability presumably Shadow Tag, but the animé has not capitalized on this fact
Traded in Tricks of the Trade
Original Trainer Benny
Traded for Jessie's Lickitung
Current location With Jessie
This Pokémon has not evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Wobbuffet Yūji Ueda Kayzie Rogers

Jessie's Wobbuffet (Japanese: ムサシのソーナンス Musashi's Sonans) was the only Pokémon caught by Jessie during her travels through Johto. Its voice actor in Japanese is 上田 祐司 Yūji Ueda, and its English voice actress is Kayzie Rogers.


Jessie and Wobbuffet

Jessie obtained Wobbuffet in the episode Tricks of the Trade after accidentally trading her Lickitung for it, with Wobbuffet's previous trainer, a boy named Benny who had trained Wobbuffet hard but wanted to try training a new Pokémon.

Wobbuffet is used occasionally for battles. Wobbuffet's knowledge of moves like Counter and Mirror Coat comes in handy, since Team Rocket often finds itself on the receiving end of powerful attacks.

Wobbuffet usually serves as a comic relief character. It emerges from its Poké Ball frequently and often at inappropriate times. Since the episode Tunnel Vision, Wobbuffet had his place in the Team Rocket motto, right after Meowth. It can often be heard crying out subsequent to the "Team Rocket is blasting off again!" line, even if it was not out of its Poké Ball when the team was sent blasting off. Wobbuffet is thus somewhat a fourth team member.

Even though Jessie often seems annoyed with Wobbuffet, she was shown to truly care for it. This is showcased in a handful of episodes, including Who What When Where Wynaut, in which Wobbuffet temporarily went missing. Jessie was very worried and desperately went searching for it on the island. Wobbuffet also seems to care for her deeply, although its loyalty has sometimes been in question.

Episodes primarily featuring Wobbuffet are Wobbu-Palooza, in which Ash, his friends, and Team Rocket came across a festival honoring Wobbuffet and Jessie's Wobbuffet saved the day, and The Wayward Wobbuffet, in which Wobbuffet became separated from Jessie and went on an action-packed adventure. Team Rocket have also had various vehicles and robots based on it.

Moves used

Using Mirror Coat Move First Used In
Counter Tricks of the Trade
Mirror Coat Imitation Confrontation
Bide x A Hot Water Battle
An x shows that the move cannot be legitimately learned by this Pokémon in the games.
  Moves used recently are in bold unless all moves all fit this case.


  • Wobbuffet was the first, and for a while, only (besides Buizel and Aipom) traded Pokémon to become an important part of the main cast. This excludes Ash's Raticate which he only had for one episode.
  • For DP024, Professor Oak's lecture is about Jessie's Wobbuffet. He writes this Pokémon senryū about it: きがつけば なのりもやってる ソーナンス
  • Since Wobbuffet doesn't have lipstick, many cite this as proof that it is indeed male. However, because all Wobbuffet prior to Generation IV lacked lipstick, this is not concrete proof.
  • Until Duplica pointed it out, Wobbuffet always used Counter to deflect attacks. Although this should only work against physical attacks, it actually worked against any. Even though Jessie gets confused as to whether to use Counter or Mirror Coat, whenever Jessie wants to counter an attack using Wobbuffet, she would just say "Wobbuffet, counter that attack" or similar since she told Wobbuffet to use its head when countering a physical or special attack.
  • Despite Wobbuffet being able to learn Safeguard and Destiny Bond, Jessie has yet to use either of the moves with Wobbuffet.
  • Despite Wobbuffet being in battles, Wobbuffet has yet to activate its Shadow Tag ability since its battles have been 1 vs 1.
  • Wobbuffet was the technical first of six Pokémon to have been introduced in Generation II and be on the team of the main cast during the Diamond & Pearl series. Many, however, do not count it as heavily as the other five (Aipom, Sudowoodo, Gligar, Yanma, and Swinub) because it joined Jessie's party long before the beginning of the series, while the others were, with the exception of Aipom, captured or evolved into their Generation II form within the series. Aipom, of course, was captured shortly before the beginning.
    • If one were to count Wobbuffet as one of the Generation II Pokémon to be on a main character's team during Diamond and Pearl, it would be the only one of the six to debut during the Generation II anime (Johto).

Related articles

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

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