Pokémon Hunter J
Gender Female
Eye color Blue
Hair color Silver
Hometown Unknown
Region Sinnoh
Anime debut Mutiny in the Bounty
English voice actor Sonny Dey
Japanese voice actor Takako Honda

J (Japanese: J), frequently referred to as Pokémon Hunter J, or Jay in some dubs, is a Pokémon hunter who, with the help from her henchmen, steals and captures Pokémon and sells them requested by her clients for a profit on the black market. She first appeared in Mutiny in the Bounty.


She is a person who is willing to do anything to capture Pokémon for her clients even if it means injuring people or Pokémon, easily revealing her to be ruthless, relentless, and cruel. In fact, in her debut episode, she sacrificed some of her henchmen to Officer Jenny without hesitation or remorse, emphasizing her intensely independent, sociopathic, greedy and callous nature. She has no honor, decency or regard for any form of life. The only thing that matters to her is money, nothing else. She is one of the very few characters (including the Iron-Masked Marauder from the movie Pokemon 4Ever) in the anime who is purely evil. However, she tends to underestimate her opponents when on the verge of victory, which often leads to her defeat and seemingly her final downfall.

In Mutiny in the Bounty!, she first stole Melodi's Gardevoir. Thinking Ash's Pikachu and Team Rocket's Meowth would be worth a sizable amount of money, she stole them, too, thus forcing Ash to join forces with Jessie and James to rescue them. Following a brief confrontation with J, they managed to sneak into J's airborne base and rescue their Pokémon and all the others she had stolen, before returning them to their rightful Trainers. Though several of her henchmen have been captured by Officer Jenny, J remained at large. Jessie, James and Meowth especially seem to harbor a grudge against her ever since she kidnapped Meowth.

J appeared again in Ill-Will Hunting!. This time, she was on a mission to steal a group of Shieldon, but was foiled by Ash and his friends, with help from Gary. Her client cut off the deal to obtain the Shieldon, since Officer Jenny was near. After telling Ash and co. not to get in her way next time, she told her second-in-command to establish radio contact with their employer, in order to tell him that they would not be doing service with him again.

She appeared again during the two-part episode Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! Parts One and Two where she tried to steal a special Riolu for her client.

She also appeared in Pillars of Friendship! where she traveled to the Snowpoint Temple and forcefully awakened Regigigas at the request of a client. Despite this, she was unable to capture it, due mostly to the efforts of Brandon and his Pokémon, and she immediately withdrew from the area when her client decided to cancel the deal.

J appeared again in Unlocking the Red Chain of Events!, where she was hired by Team Galactic to catch Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf at their respective lakes (Azelf-Lake Valor, Mesprit-Lake Verity and Uxie-Lake Acuity). She also appeared in The Needs of the Three!, attempting to carry out the task of capturing them. Although she did succeed in capturing the Lake guardians, her ship was hit by two Future Sight attacks used by Uxie and Mesprit directly before she captured them, which in her overconfidence she had forgotten. As a result, her ship crashed into Lake Valor and was sucked into a whirlpool while she and her crew members were on board. Once the ship was underwater, the protective glass broke and the ship was flooded with water, causing it to explode, J's glasses left floating to the surface. It is currently unknown if J or any of her crew survived.

She appeared briefly in Memories are Made of Bliss! in Team Rocket's fantasy riding her Salamence.


This listing is of J's known Pokémon:

J's Salamence
Main article: J's Salamence

Salamence is J's most used Pokémon. It made its debut in Mutiny in the Bounty!, along with its Trainer. It mostly serves as J's mode of transportation while she is not in her airship. It is also frequently used in battle.

Debut Mutiny in the Bounty!
Voice actors
Japanese Katsuyuki Konishi
English Katsuyuki Konishi
Ariados is used by J to trap enemies in its sticky String Shot and Spider Web, thus enabling J to steal her victims' Pokémon without any interference.
Debut Mutiny in the Bounty!
Voice actors
Japanese Takafumi Kawakami
English Takafumi Kawakami
When Ash first faced J's Drapion, J wanted to watch Pikachu's attacks in action so she could steal it. While Ash, Jessie and James were infiltrating J's fortress to rescue Pikachu and Meowth, they were immediately spotted. Ash fought J's Drapion with his Aipom and Turtwig, but both Pokémon never stood a chance. Drapion didn't take damage from either Aipom or Turtwig's attacks, and struck the Pokémon with its Cross Poison. In Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! (Part 2), J used her Drapion again in order to harm Ash. It wrapped its claws tightly around Ash's midsection and began to squeeze him. Ash responded to this by kicking it in the face, making it one of the only Pokémon Ash ever intentionally hurt.

Drapion's known moves are Poison Sting, Cross Poison, and Pin Missile.

Debut Mutiny in the Bounty!
Voice actors
Japanese Unshō Ishizuka
English Unshō Ishizuka


"Cannon" Stone Case Goggles Henchmen's vehicle
Airship Inside airship Invisibility Laser Liquid adhesive


  • J has what looks like some sort of cannon attached to her arm that is able to turn Pokémon and humans into stone. In Pillars of Friendship, it was destroyed when Regigigas reflected her Salamence's Dragon Pulse back at her. The effects are permanent unless Pokémon are placed in a special case or revived with Hidden Power. The device had been repaired or replaced by the time the events of The Needs of the Three! took place.
  • She also has cases for those Pokémon turned to stone which can adjust how much the body is covered with stone.
  • Her goggles also have many abilities, like detecting heat and camouflaged or transformed Pokémon.


  • She has six-wheeled vans driven by her henchmen that can shoot out nets and have retractable arms.
  • She travels throughout the Pokémon world in an airship which also serves as her hideout. This ship is equipped with a stealth cloaking device that can render the ship invisible which helps in deterring pursuers, mounting surprise attacks, and making her business dealings more private and less vulnerable to outside interference. It is also capable of firing lasers from its front and has a bottom-mounted cannon that shoots a gum-like substance for restraining and capturing Pokémon.

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 本田貴子 Takako Honda
English Sonny Dey
Dutch Lotte Horlings
Polish Joanna Węgrzynowska (DP019-DP045)
Julia Hertmanowska (DP071-present)
Brazilian Portuguese Letícia Quinto
Spanish Latin America Cristina Hernández (DP020-DP045)
Yolanda Vidal (DP071-DP072)
Maggie Vera (DP129-present)
Spain María José Castro


  • Unlike most villains in the anime, J actually seems as if she is trying to kill Ash, not merely get rid of him. This was shown in Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! Part Two when she commanded her Salamence to burn the forest around him, use Hyper Beam directly on him, having her Drapion squeeze him tight with its claws, and ejecting him from her ship at a great height.

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