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 Male*
Ability Unknown
Released in A Poached Ego!
Current location Hoenn
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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 (a Christmas gift in the dub).

In the anime

History

Original series

Kanto
As a Koffing

It was revealed in Island of the Giant Pokémon that James received Koffing as a gift last Christmas, oseibo in the original Japanese version. It is unknown who gave it to him.

Weezing first appeared in Pokémon Emergency! as a Koffing. James used it alongside 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 accompanied their Trainers in intimidating Ash, Misty, and Nurse Joy, which caused Misty to decide to battle Team Rocket. This was a failed effort, however, as both of them managed to catch up to Ash in no time at all. However, 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 use his own Thunder Shock. As the group were electrocuted, Koffing used Smog, and the electricity climbed up the toxic gas, causing the entire Pokémon Center to explode, and sending Team Rocket blasting off for the first time.

Weezing and James

It was used constantly by James as his main battling Pokémon throughout Kanto. It eventually evolved into a Weezing in Dig Those Diglett!, along with Ekans, after James and Jessie were desperate for them to evolve.

In Princess vs. Princess, Jessie used Weezing during the Queen of the Princess Festival contest. Weezing helped Jessie make it to the finals, but ultimately failed against Pikachu's Thunder Shock.

In The Evolution Solution, Weezing assisted James in catching his Weepinbell. James then used it to battle a Shellder he dug up. Weezing was easily able to defeat it with its Haze after dodging its Ice Beam. Just as James was about to catch it, Jessie jumped in and caught it herself.

Johto

Throughout the Johto region, James tended to use Victreebel more for combat than Weezing. During this time, Weezing was mainly used to create smoke to cover the trio's escapes and entrances.

Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire

In A Ruin With A View, James sent out Weezing alongside Arbok to battle the 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 took on Rico, a Pokémon poacher who had captured a herd of Ekans and Koffing in Petalburg Forest. Eventually, James and Jessie reluctantly ordered Weezing and Arbok to stay in the wild and guard the young Ekans and Koffing. The pair tearfully escaped into the wilderness as Jessie, James, and Meowth fought Rico and his Tyranitar by themselves.

Personality and characteristics

Weezing fighting alongside Arbok

Weezing was 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. In addition, both Koffing and Ekans were very sad about being separated from their Trainers, and they cried happily upon being reunited with them.

Despite its loyalty to James, Koffing showed a moral conscience of its own, revealing in Island of the Giant Pokémon that there is no such thing as an evil Pokémon; rather, that moral responsibility lies with the Trainer. The only time Weezing and Arbok refused to obey their Trainers was in A Chansey Operation, where they refused to attack a Chansey because it had treated the injuries they suffered from Team Rocket's schemes.

Weezing and Arbok, even prior to their evolutions, were a deadly duo. In The Flame Pokémon-athon!, Weezing defended Arbok after it was injured by a Ponyta's flames and retaliating with Smog, even though its Smog ignited the flames. Weezing often provided the Smokescreen for Team Rocket's grand entrances and escapes. Its Sludge was also commonly used to blind Pokémon like in Ash Catches a Pokémon.

Moves used

James Weezing Smog.png
Using Smog
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

In the core series

Weezing appears in Pokémon Yellow and Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! as part of Jessie and James's team each time they appear, alongside Meowth/Arbok 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
Type:
Poison Unknown
Koffing Lv.14/25
Tackle
Normal
Smog
Poison
  --  
   
  --  
   
Spr 1y 110.png
Type:
Poison Unknown
Weezing Lv.27/31
Tackle
Normal
Smog
Poison
Sludge
Poison
  --  
   
Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
First battle
(Mt. Moon)
Second battle
(Team Rocket Hideout)
Third battle
(Pokémon Tower)
Fourth and fifth battle
(Silph Co./Route 17)
109Koffing.png
Type:
Poison Unknown
Ability:
No ability
Held item:
None.png None None.png
Koffing Lv.12
Poison Gas
Poison Status
Tackle
Normal Physical
  --  
   
  --  
   
110Weezing.png
Type:
Poison Unknown
Ability:
No ability
Held item:
None.png None None.png
Weezing Lv.32
Toxic
Poison Status
Sludge
Poison Special
  --  
   
  --  
   
110Weezing.png
Type:
Poison Unknown
Ability:
No ability
Held item:
None.png None None.png
Weezing Lv.34
Dark Pulse
Dark Special
Sludge Bomb
Poison Special
  --  
   
  --  
   
110Weezing.png
Type:
Poison Unknown
Ability:
No ability
Held item:
None.png None None.png
Weezing Lv.36/52
Sludge Bomb
Poison Special
Dark Pulse
Dark Special
Flamethrower
Fire Special
Thunderbolt
Electric Special

In spin-off games

Pokémon Zany Cards back boxart

Pokémon: Catch the Numbers!

Weezing appears in Pokémon: Catch the Numbers!.

Pokémon Puzzle League

Weezing was one of Jessie and James's three Pokémon in Pokémon Puzzle League.

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 first appears as a Koffing in Pikachu's Excellent Adventure. All of its subsequent appearances, beginning in You Gotta Have Friends, are as a Weezing. Like in the anime, Weezing is James's primary battling Pokémon.

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 TCG

James's Weezing is featured in the TCG as of one James's Pokémon. The following is a list of cards featuring Weezing.

Weezing
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Weezing Psychic Hidden Fates Rare 29/68 Sky Legend U 028/054
 

Trivia

  • In The Misty Mermaid, 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 Pokémon: Indigo League, 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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