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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.
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 Rescuing the Unwilling!, Charjabug was among those used to fight Lusamine's Mismagius, Milotic, and Lilligant, which were under Nihilego's control, to allow Ash to save Lusamine. During the battle, Lilligant made Charjabug dance with Teeter Dance. Ash's Litten and Rowlet released it from the dance, and it joined the fight.
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.
In SM063, 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.
Personality and characteristics
When Ash tried to first capture Charjabug, it electrocuted Ash after he impulsively grabbed it, showing its defensive nature. However, it was also shown to be a weak battler. When it battled against Sophocles's Togedemaru, it was quickly defeated after only attacking Togedemaru with 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, thanks to the training done in preparation for the Charjabug race, it seems to have gained more self confidence and a deeper connection to its Trainer, happily hugging Sophocles after winning the race.
In SM067, Charjabug was shown physically comforting to Togedemaru when she was sad that Ash's Pikachu was missing. In SM069, Charjabug was shown to have the ability to send sound waves in order to communicate to a group of nearby Grubbin.
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In the games
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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 Denichi), 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 Pinger used to summon the Totem Pokémon malfunctioned and began attacking the Charjabug. Although Togedemaru used Lightning Rod to absorb the electricity fired by the Pinger, it couldn't fully take the attack, forcing Totem Togedemaru to appear and rescue it as well.
For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Charjabug.