James's Weezing

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James's Weezing
コジロウのマタドガス Kojirō's Matadogas
James Weezing.png
James's Weezing
Debuts in Pokémon Emergency!
Caught at Unknown
Evolves in Dig Those Diglett!
Gender Unknown*
Ability Unknown
Released in A Poached Ego!
Current location Hoenn
Koffing Weezing
This Pokémon spent 29 episodes as Koffing.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Koffing Unshō Ishizuka Michael Haigney
As Weezing Unshō Ishizuka Eric Stuart

James's Weezing (Japanese: コジロウのマタドガス Kojirō's Matadogas) was the first Pokémon James was known to have, and his third overall. He received it as a year-end gift (in the dub, it was a Christmas gift).


Original series


As a Koffing

James received Koffing already captured for the last oseibo before he met Ash. It is unknown who gifted it to him.

Weezing first appeared in Pokémon Emergency! as a Koffing. Throwing their Poké Balls down from their Meowth balloon, Jessie and James used both it and Jessie's Ekans to quickly overtake the defenseless Viridian Pokémon Center. Koffing's job was to create a Smokescreen while Ekans destroyed the computers. Chasing everyone into the back room, Koffing and Ekans accompany their Trainers in intimidating the others, which causes Misty to decide to battle Team Rocket. This is a failed effort, however, as both of them manage to catch up to Ash in no time at all. Just then, Nurse Joy's Pikachu came out and healed Ash's Pikachu with a Thunder Shock attack, while at the same time attacking the Team Rocket trio. Giving Ash's Pikachu enough power to stand up, Ash charged-up Pikachu using Misty's charred bike, and he let him have his own Thunder Shock. As the group are being electrocuted, Koffing releases a stream of Smog from one of the craters on its body, and the electricity climbs up the toxic gas, causing the entire Pokémon Center to explode, and sending Team Rocket blasting off.

Weezing and James

It was used constantly by James and eventually evolved into a Weezing in the episode Dig Those Diglett! along with Ekans after James and Jessie were desperate for their Pokémon to evolve.

In Princess vs. Princess, Jessie used Weezing during the Queen of the Princess Festival contest. Weezing helps Jessie make it up to the finals, but ultimately fails against Pikachu's ThunderShock.

In The Evolution Solution, James used Weezing to capture a Shellder he dug up. Weezing was easily able to defeat it with its Haze attack after dodging its Ice Beam. Just as James was about to capture it Jessie jumped in and got it herself.

James used Weezing as his main battling Pokémon throughout much of the Kanto episodes.


During the Johto episodes, James tended to use Victreebel more for actual combat. During this time, Weezing was used to create smoke to cover escapes and entrances.

Advanced Generation series

Weezing fighting alongside Arbok

In A Ruin With A View, James sent out Weezing alongside Arbok to battle Team Magma Grunts who approached them. Not long after being sent out, Team Magma's Houndoom used Roar to send Weezing and Arbok back into their Poké Balls.

In A Poached Ego!, Team Rocket found a poacher holding a herd of Ekans and Koffing captive in Hoenn. After freeing them, James and Jessie reluctantly ordered Weezing and Arbok to stay in the wild and guard their fellow Pokémon. Arbok and Weezing had to when the poacher used his Tyranitar to attack Jessie, James, and Meowth, even though it was clear that they wanted to stay and defend them. The two Pokémon have not been seen since then. Also in this same episode, James said that "Weezing and I are like brothers," thus, again, indicating a great bond between the two.

Personality and characteristics

Weezing was shown to be extremely loyal to James, caring about him a great deal and only taking orders from him. In Island of the Giant Pokémon, as a Koffing, it refused to attack Ash's Pokémon on Meowth's orders, simply because he was not James. Both Koffing and Ekans were very sad about being separated from their Trainers, and were happily crying upon being reunited with them. Also, in that episode, when Meowth orders Koffing and Ekans to attack Ash's Pokémon, they refuse, and they revealed that "Pokémon not bad guys! Pokémon do bad things because masters bad!" This shows that while Weezing and Arbok have strong bonds with their trainers, they never see themselves or any other Pokémon as bad guys; they only carry out evil deeds out of obedience to their Trainers. In Dig Those Diglett!, Koffing's evolution into Weezing was triggered simply by James's emotional tears. The only time Weezing refused to obey its Trainer was in A Chansey Operation, where it refused to attack a Chansey because of how it cared for it during its operation from an injury that was caused from Team Rocket's scheme of stealing a group of Pokémon from a Pokémon Center going wrong. This also shows that Weezing will show a great deal of gratitude to anyone who helps it from any form of circumstance. As seen in The Flame Pokémon-athon!, even though Weezing will only obey James, its loyalty does extend to the team as a whole, and it will readily protect anyone it considers an ally. It demonstrated this by stepping in when Arbok was surprised by Ponyta's flames and retaliating with Smog, even though this proved to be a bad idea when the flames ignited the Smog.

Weezing is also shown to be very emotional, especially in situations when it was either seperated or forced to be seperated from James. In Island of the Giant Pokémon, when it was a Koffing and seperated from James, it became visibly upset (even changing its natural happy facial expression to worrisome) when Ash's Bulbasaur told them that their trainers abandoned them, and it and Ekans cried desperately with Ash's Pikachu trying to cheer them up. In Lights, Camera, Quacktion both Weezing and Arbok got depressed for being rejected as the main characters in the movie. It was only with James's and Jessie's help that they got over it. On their last appearance, in A Poached Ego!, they were reluctant in leaving Jessie and James, and when they did, they were in tears about it.

Weezing could be seen as extremely powerful in the first movie, as Nurse Joy and Miranda said more than once that only the stronger Pokémon with the most exceptional Trainers could face the storm. Yet, it was Weezing who brought Team Rocket to New Island.

Moves used

James Victreebel Weezing Jessie Lickitung Tackle.png
Using Tackle
Move First Used In
Smog Pokémon Emergency!
Smokescreen  Pokémon Emergency!
Sludge  Ash Catches a Pokémon
Tackle Clefairy and the Moon Stone
Poison Gas The Ghost of Maiden's Peak
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In the games

Weezing appears as part of Jessie and James's team each time they appear, alongside Meowth/Ekans and its pre-evolved form.

Pokémon Yellow
First and second battle
Mt. Moon/Rocket Hideout
Third and fourth battle
Pokémon Tower/Silph Co.
Spr 1y 109.png
Poison Unknown
Koffing Lv.14/25
Spr 1y 110.png
Poison Unknown
Weezing Lv.27/31
Pokémon Zany Cards back boxart

Pokémon Zany Cards

Weezing is depicted on a photograph on the box art for Pokémon Zany Cards, along with Arbok and Wobbuffet. However, it does not make an appearance in the game.

In the manga

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

Weezing in The Electric Tale of Pikachu
As a Koffing

James's Weezing makes an appearance in the manga series The Electric Tale of Pikachu. He first appears as a Koffing in Pikachu's Excellent Adventure. All subsequent appearances, beginning in You Gotta Have Friends, are as a Weezing. Like in the anime, Weezing is James's primary Pokémon used in battle.

Moves used

James Weezing Smog EToP.png
Using Smog
Move First Used In
Smog You Gotta Have Friends
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.


  • In The Misty Mermaid, James's Weezing was shown as less dense than water, causing it to float.
  • Though Team Rocket began chasing Pikachu mainly because it was powerful enough to blow up the Pokémon Center, it should be noted that James's Koffing was part of the cause — its gas reacted with the electricity to create the explosion.
  • Koffing and Weezing used Poison Gas in season 1, even though they couldn't learn the move in the games until Generation II.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Koffing and Weezing.

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