Amoonguss first appeared in New Places... Familiar Faces!, debuting along with Jessie's Frillish when Team Rocket attacked Ash and his friends for the first time since their Operation Tempest and temporary retreat back to Kanto.
When Ash and friends were helping the rookie Trainer Nanette to gain some experience, Team Rocket surprised them, sent out their new Pokémon, and used a combination of Mist and Stun Spore on them and their Pokémon, reducing the visibility to almost nothing and paralyzing Iris's Emolga and Cilan's Stunfisk at the same time, thus leaving Ash alone to face Team Rocket with Pikachu. Using the Mist as his advantage, James had Amoonguss use Body Slam, which was strong enough to actually knock Pikachu out. As Ash sent out his Unfezant to blow the Mist away, Team Rocket was close to stealing Pikachu inside of their mecha. However, thanks to the distraction of Nanette and her Tepig, Pikachu was freed, although Tepig got caught in the process. For a getaway distraction, Team Rocket fired a combination attack of Bubble Beam and Hidden Power, which, much to their surprise, was endured by Unfezant, followed by an Air Cutter and an Aerial Ace to defeat Frillish and Amoonguss, respectively.
In The Name's N!, James sent Amoonguss out after catching Pikachu. It distracted Ash from holding on to his Snivy when she used Vine Whip to grab onto their balloon. It once again battled Unfezant after she freed Pikachu with Aerial Ace. Pikachu joined in the battle and tried to finish off Team Rocket with Thunderbolt but Amoonguss paralyzed him with Stun Spore before the attack can blast them off completely. Amoonguss was taken out along with Frillish by Unfezant's Air Cutter which slammed them into Team Rocket's balloon, sending them away in the process.
Amoonguss was used to battle Aldith's Liepard in Team Plasma's Pokémon Manipulation!, alongside Woobat as Jessie, James, and Meowth tried to steal Colress's Pokémon manipulation machine. Eventually Liepard's Shadow Ball veered and hit Colress's machine, releasing Iris's Dragonite and Rhoder's Haxorus which were under his control.
After Team Plasma took control of Meowth with their machine in Meowth, Colress and Team Rivalry!, Jessie and James decided to attack their friend in order to get him out of the trance. James commanded Amoonguss to use Stun Spore and paralyzed Meowth, then use Body Slam so they could completely weaken him, orders that it didn't hesitate to fulfill. Having Meowth out of Team Plasma's control, Team Rocket managed to get out of their headquarters using Frillish's Mist.
In Best Wishes Until We Meet Again!, Amoonguss battled Ash and his friends for the final time in Unova. Working with Frillish, the two threw Ash, Iris, and Cilan into the cruise ship's cargo hold, giving Team Rocket the time to steal all of the Poké Balls on the ship. Right as they were about to make their escape, Ash's Charizard appeared and made quick work of them with Flamethrower.
In Rocket Revengers!, Amoonguss, alongside the rest of Team Rocket's Pokémon at Team Rocket HQ, were sent to Jessie and James so they could be added back to their team. Realizing the potential of such a large group, the team hatched a scheme to isolate Ash's Pikachu and capture him. Amoonguss and Yanmega were the first to do so, distracting Brock and his Pokémon while the rest ran ahead. Upon getting a distress signal from Gourgeist, the two returned to their Trainers to take on Pikachu as a group. It joined all of Team Rocket to launch a combined attack at the Mouse Pokémon. However, it was dodged, and Wobbuffet ended up sending it back with Mirror Coat. A wild Latias that had been following Ash then intervened and sent the evil group blasting off.
Personality and characteristics
Amoonguss has been shown to be a very serious Pokémon in and out of battle. It has never smiled onscreen in Pokémon the Series: Black & White, in contrast to Jessie's mischievous-looking Frillish. It doesn't appear to have bonded with James like his previous Pokémon did, being his only Grass-type to never attack him when called out, but in terms of loyalty, it is not hesitant to follow James's orders. Despite this, Amoonguss was visibly shown to be quite happy to see James again in Rocket Revengers!. In battle it can be physically tough, being capable of knocking out Pikachu with just one Body Slam.
|A † shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.|
|Picture||First Used In||Moves Involved||Partnered With|
|Rocket Revengers!||Air Slash, Shadow Ball, Energy Ball, Sludge Bomb, Psybeam, and Silver Wind||Seviper, Woobat, Yanmega, Frillish, Gourgeist, Yamask, Carnivine, and Inkay|
|Description: A combination move used by Jessie and James's Pokémon. Woobat launches Air Slash, Frillish, Gourgeist, and Yamask launch Shadow Ball, Amoonguss and Carnivine launch Energy Ball, Yanmega launches Silver Wind, Inkay launches Psybeam, and Seviper launches Sludge Bomb. The attacks fuse together to create a single massive beam of energy. This was used against Ash, Pikachu, Infernape, and Hawlucha in Team Rocket's attempt to steal Pikachu, but once they dodged, the attack headed towards Team Rocket.|
- Amoonguss is James's second Pokémon to debut in its fully evolved form, the first one being his Victreebel. Like Victreebel, Amoonguss was acquired off-screen.
- While Victreebel was also shown as a Weepinbell, Amoonguss is the only one not to be seen in its pre-evolved form.
- Amoonguss is the only one of Team Rocket's Unova Pokémon to not have its gender confirmed.
- Amoonguss wasn't seen using any new moves until Rocket Revengers!, 464 episodes after its debut.
For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Amoonguss.
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