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Ekans
Snake Pokémon
アーボ
Arbo
#023
Ekans



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Poison Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Intimidate or Shed Skin Cacophony
Cacophony
Unnerve
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
255 (43.9%)
Breeding
Egg Groups
Field and Dragon
Hatch time
5140 - 5396 steps
Height
6'07" 2.0 m
Ekans
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Weight
15.2 lbs. 6.9 kg
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Mega Stone
[[|]] [[|]]
Base experience yield
62
Gen. I-IV
Unknown
IV
58
V+
Leveling rate
Medium Fast
EV yield
Total: 1
Ekans
0
HP
1
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Shape
Body02.png BodyUnknown.png
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Footprint
F023.png None.png
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Pokédex color
Purple
Base friendship
70
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Ekans (Japanese: アーボ Arbo) is a Poison-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I.

It evolves into Arbok starting at level 22.

Contents

Biology

Ekans is a purple, serpentine Pokémon. Its eyes, underbelly, the thick stripe around its neck, and rattle are yellow. Ekans has three pairs of black lines encircling its body, as well as another line that connects to each slit-pupiled eye and curves toward its nose. Its large mouth has a round, pink tongue and no visible teeth. While painful, a newborn Ekans's bite is not venomous. This Pokémon grows longer with age.

Ekans lives in grassy savannas and plains, where it moves stealthily through grass. It can also be found in forests and desolate wastelands, where it preys on Eggs from Pidgey and Spearow nests, but will strike other prey from behind. By flicking its tongue out, it is able to detect danger and the scent of prey. Its jaw can detach to swallow large prey, but such a meal can make Ekans too heavy to move or become stuck and cause it to faint. It wraps itself around tree branches at night to rest. If not in a tree, it will coil itself up—a position in which it can defend itself from all directions. It was also shown in the second movie to possess some swimming abilities. Its former signature move is Glare.

In the anime

In the main series

Ekans in the anime

Major appearances

Jessie's Ekans

Jessie received an Ekans as a chūgen gift (a birthday gift in the dub) prior to the start of the anime. It debuted in Pokémon Emergency!, which also marked the species' debut. It was extremely loyal to her and eventually evolved into an Arbok in Dig Those Diglett! just to make her happy.

Team Meanies

Ekans was part of Team Meanies in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Team Go-Getters Out of the Gate!. Gengar commanded the Poisonous Snake Pokémon to eat all of the Berries Team Go-Getters had collected. At one point, Ekans was incorrectly referred to as Arbok by Gengar. While this was an intentional error that Ekans rebuked in the original version (due to the similarities between the Japanese names), this came across as a general mistake in the dub and was corrected in reruns of the episode.

Other

In A Poached Ego!, multiple Ekans were captured by Rico. Jessie released her Arbok along with James's Weezing so they could protect these Ekans and a group of captured Koffing.

In Turning Heads and Training Hard!, a Team Skull Grunt's Ekans was quickly defeated by Ilima and his Eevee. In Battle Royal 151!, it competed in the Manalo Conference, only to be defeated by Ilima's Eevee again.

Minor appearances

In Mewtwo Strikes Back, a Trainer's Ekans was defeated by Mewtwo while it was serving Giovanni.

In Pikachu's Vacation, an Ekans was at the Pokémon Theme Park.

In The Power of One, multiple Ekans sensed the disturbance caused by Lawrence III.

An Ekans appeared in the Japanese credits of Pikachu's Rescue Adventure.

In Carrying On!, a sick Ekans was in Way Away Island's Pokémon Center.

In Different Strokes for Different Blokes, an Ekans was a resident of Bewilder Forest.

An Ekans appeared in a fantasy in A Dancing Debut!.

In The Power of Us, Ash caught an Ekans in a special blue Poké Ball for the Pokémon Catch Race.

In Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution, a Trainer's Ekans was at Old Shore Wharf.

In a flashback in Enter Pikachu!, an Ekans attacked Pichu, only to be scared off when Pichu retaliated.

In Dreams Are Made of These!, Goh caught an Ekans during a Pokémon Orienteering competition. It has since made further appearances in Pokémon Journeys: The Series.

An Ekans appeared in JN033.

In Pokémon Origins

In File 1: Red, an Ekans was one of the Pokémon seen in Professor Oak's introduction.

An Ekans appeared in File 3: Giovanni.

In the manga

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

Main article: Jessie's Ekans

Jessie's Arbok first appeared as an Ekans in Pikachu's Excellent Adventure.

In the Magical Pokémon Journey manga

Main article: Ekans Brothers

A pair of Ekans known as the Ekans Brothers are part of the supporting cast in Magical Pokémon Journey. Led by Arbok, they are originally antagonists, but later befriend the main characters when Arbok gets a crush on Wigglytuff.

In the Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure manga

An Ekans appeared in JBA4, under the ownership of a Team Rocket Grunt.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Ekans debuted in Go for the Golbat, under the ownership of Koga. It appeared on his arm.

An Ekans appeared in a flashback in Growing Out of Gengar, where it was driven away from its home after the Power Plant had been abandoned.

Harry of the Team Rocket Elite Trio has an Ekans, which first appeared in The Coming of Slowpoke (Eventually).

A Team Rocket Grunt in Johto owns an Ekans, as seen in Sneasel Sneak Attack.

An Ekans was one of the Pokémon pitted against Gold when he offered to help out at the Day Care near Goldenrod City in Quilava Quandary.

An Ekans appeared in The Final Battle IV, where it was one of the Pokémon that helped Emerald with his disabilities.

Team Skull Grunts were seen with an Ekans in Flash and Cosmog's Secret.

In the Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys manga

An Ekans appeared in The New Pokémon Is Hatched!!.

In the Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All manga

An Ekans appeared in GDZ21.

An Ekans appeared in GDZ23.

An Ekans appeared in GDZ27.

An Ekans appeared in GDZ34.

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

An Ekans appeared in Catch That Pokémon Thief!!.

An Ekans appeared in Marill's Special Training to Surpass Pikachu!!.

An Ekans appeared in To the Dragon's Den!!.

In the Pokémon Ranger the Comic: Double Mission manga

An Ekans appeared in Pokémon Ranger the Comic: Double Mission Episode Two as one of the Pokémon that Solana captured with her Capture Styler. It reappeared in Pokémon Ranger the Comic: Double Mission Episode Four and was released in Pokémon Ranger the Comic: Double Mission Episode Five.

In the Pokémon Zensho manga

An Ekans appeared in a fantasy in PZ01.

In the TCG

Main article: Ekans (TCG)

In the TFG

One Ekans figure has been released.

Game data

NPC appearances

Pokédex entries

Generation I Kanto
#023
Red Moves silently and stealthily. Eats the eggs of birds, such as Pidgey and Spearow, whole.
Blue
Yellow The older it gets, the longer it grows. At night, it wraps its long body around tree branches to rest.
Stadium Slithers silently through grass, searching for its favorite food—Pidgey and Spearow eggs.
Generation II Johto
#050
Gold It can freely detach its jaw to swallow large prey whole. It can become too heavy to move, however.
Silver It always hides in grass. When first born, it has no poison, so its bite is painful, but harmless.
Crystal It flutters the tip of its tongue to seek out the scent of prey, then swallows the prey whole.
Stadium 2 It can freely detach its jaw to swallow large prey whole. It can become too heavy to move, however.
Generation III Hoenn
#—
Kanto
#023
Ruby Ekans curls itself up in a spiral while it rests. Assuming this position allows it to quickly respond to a threat from any direction with a glare from its upraised head.
Sapphire
Emerald An Ekans curls itself up in a spiral while it rests. This position allows it to quickly respond to an enemy from any direction with a threat from its upraised head.
FireRed A very common sight in grassland, etc. It flicks its tongue in and out to sense danger in its surroundings.
LeafGreen Moving silently and stealthily, it eats the eggs of birds, such as Pidgey and Spearow, whole.
Generation IV Sinnoh
#—
Johto
#050
Diamond It sneaks through grass without making a sound and strikes unsuspecting prey from behind.
Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold It can freely detach its jaw to swallow large prey whole. It can become too heavy to move, however.
SoulSilver It always hides in grass. When first born, it has no poison, so its bite is painful, but harmless.
Generation V Unova
#—
Black It sneaks through grass without making a sound and strikes unsuspecting prey from behind.
White
Black 2 It sneaks through grass without making a sound and strikes unsuspecting prey from behind.
White 2
Generation VI Kalos
Mountain #037
Hoenn
#—
X The older it gets, the longer it grows. At night, it wraps its long body around tree branches to rest.
Y Moving silently and stealthily, it eats the eggs of birds, such as Pidgey and Spearow, whole.
Omega Ruby Ekans curls itself up in a spiral while it rests. Assuming this position allows it to quickly respond to a threat from any direction with a glare from its upraised head.
Alpha Sapphire
Generation VII Alola
USUM: #061
Kanto
#023
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Sun and Moon.
Ultra Sun By dislocating its jaw, it can swallow prey larger than itself. After a meal, it curls up and rests.
Ultra Moon The eggs of bird Pokémon are its favorite food. It swallows eggs whole, so sometimes an egg gets stuck, and Ekans faints.
Let's Go Pikachu The older it gets, the longer it grows. At night, it wraps its long body around tree branches to rest.
Let's Go Eevee
Generation VIII Galar
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Generation VIII.

Game locations

Generation I
Red
Routes 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 23
Blue
Trade
Blue (Japan)
Trade
Yellow
Trade
Generation II
Gold
Goldenrod Game Corner
Silver
Routes 3, 4, 32, and 33
Crystal
Routes 3, 4, 32, 33, and 42MorningDay
Routes 26, 27, 32, 33, and 42, Azalea Town (Headbutt trees)
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
Trade, Event
Emerald
Trade, Event
FireRed
Routes 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 23
LeafGreen
Trade, Event
Colosseum
Trade
XD
Trade
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Route 212 (FireRed)
Platinum
Route 212 (FireRed)
HeartGold
Goldenrod Game Corner
Safari ZoneMorningDay
SoulSilver
Routes 3, 4, 32, and 33
Safari ZoneMorningDay
Pal Park
Forest
Generation V
Black White
Poké Transfer
Black 2 White 2
Poké Transfer
Dream World
Dream Park
Generation VI
X Y
Route 14 (Horde Encounter)
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Trade
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Trade
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Route 2
Let's Go Pikachu
Trade
Let's Go Eevee
Routes 3 and 4
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
Unobtainable

In side games

Generation I
Pinball
Red Field: Pewter City, Vermilion City Seaside, Rock Mountain, Lavender Town, Indigo Plateau
Blue Field: Mt. Moon, Saffron City
Generation II
This Pokémon is unavailable in Generation II side games.
Generation III
Trozei!
Huge Storage 4, Endless Level 51, Pair Trozei, Mr. Who's Den
MD Red MD Blue
Western Cave (B3F-B5F)
Ranger
Olive Jungle
Generation IV
MD Time MD Darkness
Shimmer Desert (1F-9F)
MD Sky
Shimmer Desert (1F-9F)
Rumble
Rocky Cave (Normal Mode C)
Generation V
Rumble Blast
Cave: Rugged Flats
Conquest
Cragspur, Viperia, Valora, Dragnor
Rumble U
Chill Battle: The Forest of Memories
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Pitch-Black Cavern: Stage 1
Shuffle
Prasino Woods: Stage 556
Rumble World
Black Realm: Obsidian Shrine (All Areas)
Generation VII
Rumble Rush
Charizard Sea2019, Rowlet Sea, Bulbasaur Sea, Charizard SeaFinal, Rowlet SeaFinal

In events

Games Event Language Location Level Distribution period
FRLG Pokémon Trade and Battle Day Ekans English United States 14 September 25, 2004
RSEFRLG Gather More Pokémon! Third Campaign Ekans Japanese Japan 10 January 14 to 29, 2006

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Red* Blue* Berry (100%)
Yellow*

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
35
95 - 142 180 - 274
60
58 - 123 112 - 240
44
44 - 105 83 - 205
40
40 - 101 76 - 196
54
53 - 116 101 - 227
55
54 - 117 103 - 229
Total:
288
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.
  • This Pokémon's Special base stat in Generation I was 40.

Pokéathlon stats

Speed
3/5 ★★★☆☆
Power
3/4 ★★★
Skill
3/3 ★★★
Stamina
2/3 ★★
Jump
2/3 ★★
Total
13/18 ★★

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VIII, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Notes:

Learnset

Generation VIII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
This Pokémon is unavailable within Generation VIII.
Click on the generation numbers above to see Ekans's learnsets from other generations.


Side game data

Pokémon Pinball
Pin023.png Pinani023.png
Acquisition: Catch
Pokémon Trozei!
Trozeiani023.png
Rarity: Common
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 12.4%
Friend Area: Wild Plains
Phrases
51%-100% HP The poison in my fangs is wicked!
26%-50% HP My HP's gone down to half.
1%-25% HP Help... I'm running out of poison...
Level up Yesss! I leveled up! I'll do my best!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky
MDP RT 023.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 0.5%
IQ group: C
Pokémon Ranger
Group:
Poison
Poké Assist: Poison PA.png
Poison
Field move: None
Loops: 5 Min. exp.: 28 Max. exp.: 42
Browser entry R-151
If it spots a Capture Disc, Ekans will slither straight toward it.
Pokémon Rumble
Attack ●●
Defense ●●
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack ●●
Defense ●●
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Rush
Rush023Body.png Walking Speed: 2.33 seconds Base HP: 43
Base Attack: 67 Base Defense: 48 Base Speed: 60
Pokémon Conquest
PCP023.png HP: Move: Poison Sting
Attack: ★★ Ability 1: Intimidate
Ability 2: Shed Skin
Ability 3: Frighten
Defense: ★★
Speed: ★★
Evolves into Arbok when its Attack is 59 or higher
Range: 3 Perfect Links: Dōsan and Yazaemon
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Poison
Attack Power: ★★★★

BT023.png

Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Poison
None.png Attack Power: 40 - 90 Raise Max Level.png 5

#693
Shuffle023.png

Constrict
Delays your opponent's disruptions even more.


Pokémon GO
GO023.png Base Stamina: 111 Base Attack: 110 Base Defense: 97
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 3 km Evolution Requirement: Ekans Candy 50
Fast Attacks: Poison Sting, Acid
Charged Attacks: Wrap, Poison Fang*, Sludge Bomb, Gunk Shot, Frustration, Return

Evolution

023Ekans.png
Unevolved
Ekans
 Poison 
Rare Candy
Level 22
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First evolution
Arbok
 Poison 

Sprites

Generation I
Red Blue Yellow Red Green
Spr 1b 023.png Spr b g1 023.png Spr 1y 023.png Spr b g1 023.png Spr 1g 023.png Spr b g1 023.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation II
Gold Silver Crystal
Spr 2g 023.png Spr b 2g 023.png Spr 2s 023.png Spr b 2g 023.png Spr 2c 023.png Spr b 2c 023.png
Spr 2g 023 s.png Spr b 2g 023 s.png Spr 2s 023 s.png Spr b 2g 023 s.png Spr 2c 023 s.png Spr b 2g 023 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen
Spr 3r 023.png Spr b 3r 023.png Spr 3e 023.png Spr b 3r 023.png Spr 3f 023.png Spr b 3r 023.png
Spr 3r 023 s.png Spr b 3r 023 s.png Spr 3e 023 s.png Spr b 3r 023 s.png Spr 3f 023 s.png Spr b 3r 023 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver
Spr 4d 023.png Spr b 4d 023.png Spr 4d 023.png Spr b 4d 023.png Spr 4h 023.png Spr b 4d 023.png
Spr 4d 023 s.png Spr b 4d 023 s.png Spr 4d 023 s.png Spr b 4d 023 s.png Spr 4h 023 s.png Spr b 4d 023 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
Spr 5b 023.png Spr b 5b 023.png Spr 5b 023.png Spr b 5b 023.png
Spr 5b 023 s.png Spr b 5b 023 s.png Spr 5b 023 s.png Spr b 5b 023 s.png
Front Back Front Back
Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Spr 6x 023.png Spr b 6x 023.png Spr 6x 023.png Spr b 6x 023.png
Spr 6x 023 s.png Spr b 6x 023 s.png Spr 6x 023 s.png Spr b 6x 023 s.png
Front Back Front Back
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Spr 7s 023.png Spr b 7s 023.png Spr 7s 023.png Spr b 7s 023.png
Spr 7s 023 s.png Spr b 7s 023 s.png Spr 7s 023 s.png Spr b 7s 023 s.png
Front Back Front Back
023MSPE.png For other sprites and images, please see Ekans images on the Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

Ken Sugimori artwork of Ekans from Pokémon Red and Blue
  • In the Pokémon Red and Blue beta, Ekans was originally known as "Arbo", its romanized Japanese name.
  • In early official art of Ekans, all of the bands on its body were colored yellow instead of just the one on its "neck". This was changed in later art.
  • An Ekans was originally going to be featured in Pokémon Snap, as shown in an early test shot of an environment that was never featured in the final product. This is also true of its evolution, Arbok.
  • Ekans is one of fourteen Pokémon that one can collect foreign Pokédex entries for in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.
  • Ekans has never been scanned with a Pokédex in the anime, despite debuting in the second episode of the original series. As such, this makes it the Pokémon with the most episodes aired after its debut without it getting a Pokédex entry.

Origin

Ekans appears to be based on a boa and rattlesnake, and its facial markings resemble an Indian cobra's hood. However, its lack of teeth, ability to swallow large prey, preying on Pokémon Eggs, and reaction to threats are more akin to an egg-eating snake. The yellow band around its neck may refer to the ring-necked snake. Ekans and Arbok may also be inspired by the legendary basilisk since they were originally the only Pokémon to learn Glare. The basilisk was said to be a poisonous, serpentine dragon that would kill people with its stare, which may explain Ekans's place in the Dragon Egg Group.

Name origin

Ekans is snake spelled backwards.

Arbo is an anagram of ボア boa.

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese アーボ Arbo Anagram of ボア boa
France Flag.png French Abo Anagram of boa
Spain Flag.png Spanish Ekans Same as English name
Germany Flag.png German Rettan Natter spelled backwards
Italy Flag.png Italian Ekans Same as English name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 아보 Abo Anagram of 보아 boa
Hong Kong Flag.png Cantonese Chinese 阿柏蛇 Ábaaksèh Transliteration of the Japanese name, with the character for "snake" added at the end
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin Chinese 阿柏蛇 Ābóshé Transliteration of the Japanese name, with the character for "snake" added at the end


Related articles

External links


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