Sophocles's Vikavolt

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Sophocles's Vikavolt
マーマネのクワガノン Mamane's Kuwagannon
Poké Ball
Sophocles Vikavolt.png
Sophocles's Vikavolt
Debuts in So Long, Sophocles!
Caught at Hau'oli City
Evolves in Evolving Research!
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Nature Mild[1]
Current location With Sophocles
Charjabug Vikavolt
This Pokémon spent 80 episodes as Charjabug.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Charjabug Unshō Ishizuka Rebecca Becker
As Vikavolt Yūji Ueda Unknown

Sophocles's Vikavolt (Japanese: マーマネのクワガノン Mamane's Kuwagannon) was the first Pokémon that Sophocles caught in the Alola region, and his second overall.

History

As a Charjabug

In So Long, Sophocles!, Ash was looking for a farewell present for Sophocles due to the latter supposedly soon moving away, and decided to go look for a Charjabug at Rotom's suggestion. With the help of Pikachu, Rockruff, and Litten, he was able to track one down. Litten and Rockruff dug it up from its place underground. Charjabug shocked Ash as he impetuously reached to grab it from its burrow. After recuperating from his zapping, Ash and his Pokémon managed to capture it in a cage. He brought it along with him to Sophocles's farewell party, where he let it out of the cage and showed it off to Sophocles.

Sophocles was surprised by Ash's kindness and sent out Togedemaru to battle Charjabug. Charjabug was able to deflect one Zing Zap and fight back with Discharge. Togedemaru managed to weaken Charjabug enough for Sophocles to feel comfortable enough throwing a Poké Ball at it. Sophocles expressed so much excitement at the prospect of catching Charjabug that he nearly fell over while throwing the Ball, and expressed even more excitement at its capture, soon admitting that he was just moving to another house down the street.

Charjabug taking part in the Charjabug race

In Mounting an Electrifying Charge!, Sophocles decided to enter the Charjabug race, a race where Charjabug are fit into electric-powered cars and made to drive through an obstacle-filled racecourse with the aid of a three-man team. Working together with Ash and Kiawe, Sophocles formed the Sophocles Lab team, with him working as the team director, Kiawe working as the team mechanic, and Ash working as Charjabug's "support runner", running alongside Charjabug during the race and helping it to get past obstacles. During the race, Sophocles struck a rivalry with Horacio's Red Comet team and his Shiny Charjabug. Thanks to their constant support to Charjabug and a little creativity in the face of obstacles, the Sophocles Lab team eventually won the race, winning a year's supply of Charjabug-themed merchandise as a prize.

In 10,000,000 Reasons to Fight!, Charjabug and Togedemaru used Discharge and Zing Zap, respectively, on Milotic. Although Milotic appeared to have been defeated by this move, Nihilego made it get back up and continue battling. The battle ended when Ash and Pikachu performed 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt to defeat Nihilego.

In Pushing the Fiery Envelope!, Sophocles used Charjabug during his Battle Royal match against the Masked Royal and his Incineroar, Ash and his Litten, and Kiawe and his Marowak, but was soon defeated by Incineroar's Darkest Lariat.

In Securing the Future!, Charjabug joined the rest of Alola in showering Necrozma with light so it could return to its normal form.

Vikavolt taking part in the Vikavolt race

In That's Some Spicy Island Research!, Sophocles revealed that he planned to evolve Charjabug and learnt from Nurse Joy that he can do so over at Vast Poni Canyon. During their stay on Poni Island, Sophocles and Charjabug trained to prepare for Charjabug's upcoming Evolution. Sophocles finally decided to visit Vast Poni Canyon in Evolving Research! and was accompanied by Ash, Kiawe, and Hapu. He attempted to let battle Charjabug some wild Pokémon, but was prevented from doing so by Ash, Kiawe, and Togedemaru, who battled the Pokémon themselves. The group then encountered Horacio, alongside his brothers, who was also planning to evolve his Charjabug and was looking for a legendary Bug Stone said to evolve all Bug-type Pokémon. Sophocles and Horacio took part in a race to see whose Charjabug would evolve first. After making their way through a cave, Charjabug and Sophocles witnessed Horacio and his Charjabug crossing a rope bridge, which soon collapsed beneath them. This triggered Sophocles's Charjabug to evolve into Vikavolt, giving it the ability to rescue Horacio and his Charjabug.

In SM119, Sophocles entered Vikavolt into the Vikavolt race, where it found itself up against Horacio and his own recently evolved Vikavolt. During the race, Team Rocket tried to steal all of the participating Vikavolt, but with Sophocles and Horacio's combined efforts, the villainous trio's plans were thwarted, and the race continued. In the end, Sophocles's Vikavolt barely crossed the finish line before Horacio's Vikavolt, winning the race for Sophocles and earning him a Buginium Z as a reward.

Personality and characteristics

Charjabug comforting Togedemaru
Vikavolt and Sophocles

When Ash tried to first catch Vikavolt as a Charjabug, it electrocuted Ash after he impulsively grabbed it, showing its defensive nature. However, it was also a weak battler: when it battled Sophocles's Togedemaru, it was quickly defeated after using only one Discharge attack. In addition to being weak in battle and relying on hiding as a defensive technique whilst living in the wild, it initially seemed to be a bit unsure about itself and its abilities, as evidenced by its reluctance to run on a running wheel, until further encouraged by its Trainer. However, due to the training done in preparation for the Charjabug race, it apparently gained more self-confidence and a deeper connection to its Trainer, happily hugging Sophocles after winning the race.

In Love at First Twirl!, it was shown physically comforting Togedemaru when she became sad over Pikachu's absence, and later celebrated by nuzzling against her after their victory against Lusamine's Milotic in 10,000,000 Reasons to Fight!. Much like Togedemaru, it shows compassion by using its electricity to calm down its Trainer whenever they are in a dark location, as shown in Evolving Research! and SM119. In Rise and Shine, Starship!, it was shown to have the ability to send sound waves in order to communicate to a group of nearby Grubbin. In That's Some Spicy Island Research!, it was shown to love the taste of Poni Island daikon. Since its evolution, it enjoys giving rides to smaller Pokémon like Togedemaru and Sandy. Vikavolt can also be easily distracted, as seen in SM119, where it went to drink some sap from a tree during its training with Sophocles.

Moves used

Sophocles Charjabug Discharge.png
Using Discharge as a Charjabug
Move First Used In
Discharge So Long, Sophocles!
String Shot Mounting an Electrifying Charge!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Moves improvised

Picture First Used In Moves Involved Partnered With
Super Pokémon Fireworks.png Twirling with a Bang! Electroweb, Zing Zap, Discharge, Bubble Beam, Magical Leaf, Flamethrower, Fire Blast, and Powder Snow The Ultra Guardians' Pokémon
Description: Super Pokémon Fireworks (Japanese: 超特大ポケモン花火 Super Special Pokémon Fireworks) A combination move used by the Ultra Guardians' partner Pokémon and their Ride Pokémon. Pikachu launches Electroweb into the air, followed by Togedemaru and Charjabug adding to it by creating a makeshift Electroweb with Zing Zap and Discharge, respectively. Popplio, Steenee, Turtonator, and Charizard add to the combination with Bubble Beam, Magical Leaf, and a double Flamethrower, respectively. Flygon, Garchomp, and Altaria then use a triple Fire Blast, followed by Snowy's Powder Snow and Poipole's poison. Together, the moves make a giant spinning ferris wheel-shaped construction.

In the games

Sophocles's nine Charjabug appear in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon and help around the Hokulani Observatory. Though each has its own nickname, only Onejabug (Japanese: デンイチ Den'ichi), Twojabug (Japanese: デンニ Den'ni), Threejabug (Japanese: デンサン Densan), Sevenjabug (Japanese: デンナナ Den'nana), and Ninejabug (Japanese: デンキュー Denkyū) are named out loud. During Sophocles's trial, the device used to summon the Totem Pokémon malfunctions and begins attacking the Charjabug used as a part of the trial. Although Sophocles's Togedemaru uses its Lightning Rod to absorb the electricity fired by the device, it isn't able to fully absorb the attack, forcing Totem Togedemaru to step in and rescue it as well.

Sophocles also uses Vikavolt in battle. It appears in the following games:

Pokémon Sun, Moon,
Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
Pokémon League
Title Defense
Battle Agency
738Vikavolt.png
Types:
Bug Electric
Ability:
Levitate
Held item:
None.png None None.png
Vikavolt Lv.61/67
Bug Buzz
Bug Special
Thunderbolt
Electric Special
Air Slash
Flying Special
Guillotine
Normal Physical
738Vikavolt.png
Types:
Bug Electric
Ability:
Levitate
Held item:
Bag Electrium Z Sprite.png Electrium Z
Vikavolt/ Lv.59-100
Thunderbolt
Electric Special
Mud Shot
Ground Special
Flash Cannon
Steel Special
Volt Switch
Electric Special
738Vikavolt.png
Types:
Bug Electric
Ability:
Levitate
Held item:
Bag Groundium Z Sprite.png Groundium Z
Vikavolt/ Lv.59-100
Mud Shot
Ground Special
Thunder
Electric Special
Bug Buzz
Bug Special
Guillotine
Normal Physical

Trivia

  • Vikavolt is the first Pokémon in the anime to have its Nature confirmed.
  • Vikavolt, as a Charjabug, is the last credited role for Unshō Ishizuka prior to his death in 2018.

Names

Due to the line revealing Ninejabug's nickname being re-written in the French version to simply list two examples of names, it is unclear which Charjabug have the names "Chry-Zeult" and "Chry-Zabeau".

Onejabug

Language Name Origin
Japanese デンイチ Den'ichi From デンヂムシ Dendimushi (Charjabug) and 一 ichi (one)
English Onejabug From one and Charjabug
French Chry-Zack From Chrysapile (Charjabug) and the name Isaac
German Einakk From ein (one) and Akkup (Charjabug)
Italian, Spanish Charjauno From Charjabug and uno (one)
Korean 전지일 Jeonji-il From 전지충이 Jeonjichung-i (Charjabug) and 일 (一) il (one)
Chinese (Mandarin) 電寶一 Diànbǎoyī*
电一 Diànyī*
From 蟲電寶 / 虫电宝 Chóngdiànbǎo (Charjabug) and 一 (one)
Chinese (Cantonese) 電寶一 Dihnbóuyāt From 蟲電寶 Chùhngdihnbóu (Charjabug) and 一 yāt (one)

Twojabug

Language Name Origin
Japanese デンニ Den'ni From デンヂムシ Dendimushi (Charjabug) and 二 ni (two)
English Twojabug From two and Charjabug
French Chry-Zabelle From Chrysapile (Charjabug) and the name Isabelle
German Zweiakk From zwei (two) and Akkup (Charjabug)
Italian Charjadue From Charjabug and due (two)
Spanish Charjados From Charjabug and dos (two)
Korean 전지이 Jeonji-i From 전지충이 Jeonjichung-i (Charjabug) and 이 (二) i (two)
Chinese (Mandarin) 電寶二 Diànbǎo'èr*
电二 Diàn'èr*
From 蟲電寶 / 虫电宝 Chóngdiànbǎo (Charjabug) and 二 èr (two)
Chinese (Cantonese) 電寶二 Dihnbóuyih From 蟲電寶 Chùhngdihnbóu (Charjabug) and 二 yih (two)

Threejabug

Language Name Origin
Japanese デンサン Densan From デンヂムシ Dendimushi (Charjabug) and 三 san (three)
English Threejabug From three and Charjabug
French Chry-Zmène From Chrysapile (Charjabug) and the name Ismène
German Dreiakk From drei (three) and Akkup (Charjabug)
Italian Charjatre From Charjabug and tre (three)
Spanish Charjatres From Charjabug and tres (three)
Korean 전지삼 Jeonjisam From 전지충이 Jeonjichung-i (Charjabug) and 삼 (三) sam (three)
Chinese (Mandarin) 電寶三 Diànbǎosān*
电三 Diànsān*
From 蟲電寶 / 虫电宝 Chóngdiànbǎo (Charjabug) and 三 sān (three)
Chinese (Cantonese) 電寶三 Dihnbóusāam From 蟲電寶 Chùhngdihnbóu (Charjabug) and 三 sāam (three)

Sevenjabug

Language Name Origin
Japanese デンナナ Den'nana From デンヂムシ Dendimushi (Charjabug) and 七 nana (seven)
English Sevenjabug From seven and Charjabug
French Chry-Zidore From Chrysapile (Charjabug) and the name Isidore
German Siebakk From sieben (seven) and Akkup (Charjabug)
Italian Charjasette From Charjabug and sette (seven)
Spanish Charjasiete From Charjabug and siete (seven)
Korean 전지칠 Jeonjichil From 전지충이 Jeonjichung-i (Charjabug) and 칠 (七) chil (seven)
Chinese (Mandarin) 電寶七 Diànbǎoqī*
电七 Diànqī*
From 蟲電寶 / 虫电宝 Chóngdiànbǎo (Charjabug) and 七 (seven)
Chinese (Cantonese) 電寶七 Dihnbóuchāt From 蟲電寶 Chùhngdihnbóu (Charjabug) and 七 chāt (seven)

Ninejabug

Language Name Origin
Japanese デンキュー Denkyū From デンヂムシ Dendimushi (Charjabug) and 九 kyū (nine)
English Ninejabug From nine and Charjabug
German Neunakk From nuen (nine) and Akkup (Charjabug)
Italian Charjanove From Charjabug and nove (nine)
Spanish Charjanueve From Charjabug and nueve (nine)
Korean 전지구 Jeonjigu From 전지충이 Jeonjichung-i (Charjabug) and 구 (九) gu (nine)
Chinese (Mandarin) 電寶九 Diànbǎojiǔ*
电九 Diànjiǔ*
From 蟲電寶 / 虫电宝 Chóngdiànbǎo (Charjabug) and 九 jiǔ (nine)
Chinese (Cantonese) 電寶九 Dihnbóugáu From 蟲電寶 Chùhngdihnbóu (Charjabug) and 九 gáu (nine)

Chry-Zeult

Language Name Origin
French Chry-Zeult From Chrysapile (Charjabug) and the name Iseult

Chry-Zabeau

Language Name Origin
French Chry-Zabeau From Chrysapile (Charjabug) and the name Isabeau

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Charjabug and Vikavolt.

References



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