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Rico (Japanese: リョウ Ryō) is a Pokémon poacher who appeared in A Poached Ego!.

When Ash and his friends found a piece of one of Rico's traps in the woods, they told Officer Jenny about it when they visited the Pokémon Center. Jenny knew Rico was up to his usual evil deeds, and Ash and his friends volunteered to help Jenny capture Rico. Ash and his friends didn't find Rico, but Jessie, James and Meowth found him, along with a group of caged Ekans and Koffing which Rico was going to give to his employers. Team Rocket fought Rico for the freedom of the Ekans and Koffing, but Rico defeated them, although Team Rocket managed to rescue the Ekans and Koffing. To be sure they were safe, they released their Arbok and Weezing to look after them.

After running into Ash and his friends and Officer Jenny he ended up being captured. As Rico confessed to Ash and his friends and Jenny that the Pokémon he captured escaped, they were unaware of the fact Jessie, James and Meowth freed them. He is currently in jail.


On hand

Rico's Fearow
Fearow was first seen showing Rico were Team Rocket was when they were trying to open up the caged Ekans and Koffing. Shortly after this it battled with James's Weezing and Jessie's Arbok to which it ultimately lost due to Arbok shutting its beak with Wrap. Fearow was seen again a bit later besides Rico on the side seat of his car when Team Rocket appears again to save the captured Pokémon. Jessie's Arbok attacked Fearow with Headbutt, sending it smashing against Rico's electrified cage, giving it a devastating electric shock. The Beak Pokémon was later defeated by Ash's Pikachu's Thunderbolt.

Fearow's known moves are Agility, Fury Attack and Drill Peck.

Debut A Poached Ego!
Rico's Pupitar

Rico's Tyranitar
Pupitar → Tyranitar
Rico's Tyranitar was originally seen as a Pupitar during his first meeting with Team Rocket, where he used it to send the trio blasting off. He also sent it against them when they were releasing the Ekans and Koffing he had stolen, when it immediately evolved into a Tyranitar, just like Rico had been guessing. Team Rocket found themselves helpless against this powerhouse, and told Arbok and Weezing to leave while they were staying there to give them time to go. After Jessie, James and Meowth are knocked down, Rico recalled Tyranitar. He attempted to use it against Ash and his friends, but is taken down by Officer Jenny's Growlithe before he is able to do that.

Tyranitar's known moves are Sandstorm and Hyper Beam.

Debut A Poached Ego!
Voice actors
English Eric Stuart (as Pupitar)


Rico's Ekans and Koffing
Ekans and Koffing
Rico was trying to steal these Poison-type Pokémon in order to sell them for money. However, Team Rocket managed to free and save them before he could do that, having them run off with Jessie's Arbok and James's Weezing for future protection.
Debut A Poached Ego!

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 中村大樹 Daiki Nakamura
English Marc Thompson
Brazilian Portuguese Sílvio Giraldi
Spanish Latin America Carlos Íñigo
Spain Luis Bajo

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