James's Carnivine

James's Carnivine
コジロウのマスキッパ Kojirō's Muskippa
Poké Ball
James Carnivine.png
James's Carnivine
Debuts in Two Degrees of Separation!
Caught at Great Marsh
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location At Team Rocket HQ
This Pokémon is fully evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Carnivine Daisuke Sakaguchi Billy Beach

James's Carnivine (Japanese: コジロウのマスキッパ Kojirō's Muskippa) was the only Pokémon that James obtained in the Sinnoh region.


Carnivine and James when they first met
Carnivine showing affection

James originally caught Carnivine in the Great Marsh as a boy, as mentioned in a flashback in Cream of the Croagunk Crop!. It made its debut in Two Degrees of Separation!. In this episode, Team Rocket went to James's parents' vacation home in Sinnoh and James found Carnivine's Poké Ball among a collection of bottlecaps, but left quickly after being told Jessebelle was on her way. He decided to bring Carnivine with him. For the duration of time James had it with him, Carnivine took Cacnea's place as his main battling Pokémon.

In Jessilina's Sinnoh Contest debut, Carnivine was used in both the Performance Stage and the Battle Stage. In the first round, Carnivine used Bullet Seed on a lollipop that Jessie threw and amazed the crowd by biting Jessie's head. The performance impressed the judges and, as a result, Jessilina was one of the eight Coordinators moving on to the second round. There, it was seen defeating a Rhydon, showing that it is a skilled battler, and thanks to it, Jessie reached the final stage. However, it lost against Zoey's Glameow.

In Another One Gabites the Dust!, Jessie used Carnivine in the Battle Stage of the Chocovine Contest, where it got to the semi-finals, losing to Ursula's Gabite.

Carnivine was also used in Dressed for Jess Success! to compete in the Lilypad Contest Battle Rounds. Together with James, who was the one disguised as Jessilina at that time, they defeated Dawn and her Mamoswine in the semifinals and eventually won the Ribbon.

Carnivine was used by Jessilina multiple times in the Sinnoh Grand Festival, with the final one ending in Jessie's defeat to Dawn.

Following the Team Rocket trio's journey in Sinnoh, James was forced to leave Carnivine at Team Rocket's headquarters as it is not a Pokémon native to the Unova region and would seem suspicious.

Personality and characteristics

Carnivine continues the series' running gag of James's Grass-type Pokémon showing affection for him by hurting him whenever they are released from their Poké Balls. This affection is probably due to the fact that James and Carnivine shared a close bond when James was a child.

Carnivine shares a great relationship with James, like his other Pokémon. In Saving the World From Ruins!, Carnivine saw the fear in James's eyes at the face of death and heroically learned Vine Whip to rescue him and the others.

Moves used

James Carnivine Bullet Seed.png
Using Bullet Seed
Move First Used In
Bite Dawn of a New Era!
Bullet Seed Gettin' Twiggy With It!
Bind Arrival of a Rival!
Vine Whip Saving the World From Ruins!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.


  • For DP027, Professor Oak's Big Pokémon Encyclopedia is about James's Carnivine. He writes this Pokémon senryū about it: マスキッパ きょうもはらぺこ すきっぱら Muskippa is also starving today: empty stomach.
  • James's Carnivine is the only one of its species to have appeared in the anime.
  • In the Latin American Spanish dub, James nicknamed it (Carnavalín) for comical purposes, much like his Victreebel and Yamask. However, he also calls it Carnivine on occasions.
  • Not including temporary Pokémon, Carnivine is the only Pokémon owned by James that does not have any evolutionary relatives.

Related articles

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

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