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James's Weezing
コジロウのマタドガス Kojirō's Matadogas
James Weezing.png
James's Weezing
Debuts in Pokémon Emergency!
Caught at Unknown
Evolves in Dig Those Diglett!
Gender Male*
Ability Unknown
Released in A Poached Ego!
Current location Hoenn
Koffing Weezing
This Pokémon spent 29 episodes as Koffing.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Koffing Unshō Ishizuka Michael Haigney
As Weezing Unshō Ishizuka Eric Stuart

James's Weezing (Japanese: コジロウのマタドガス Kojirō's Matadogas) was the first Pokémon James was known to have, and his third overall. He received it as a Christmas gift (a year-end gift in the original Japanese version).

Contents

In the anime

History

Original series

Kanto
As a Koffing

It was revealed in Island of the Giant Pokémon that James received Koffing as a gift last Christmas, oseibo in the original Japanese version. It is unknown who gave it to him.

Weezing first appeared in Pokémon Emergency! as a Koffing. James used it alongside Jessie's Ekans to quickly overtake the defenseless Viridian Pokémon Center. Koffing's job was to create a Smokescreen while Ekans destroyed the computers. Chasing everyone into the back room, Koffing and Ekans accompanied their Trainers in intimidating Ash, Misty and Nurse Joy, which caused Misty to decide to battle Team Rocket. This was a failed effort, however, as both of them managed to catch up to Ash in no time at all. However, Nurse Joy's Pikachu came out and healed Ash's Pikachu with a Thunder Shock attack, while at the same time attacking the Team Rocket trio. Giving Ash's Pikachu enough power to stand up, Ash charged up Pikachu using Misty's charred bike, and he let him use his own Thunder Shock. As the group were electrocuted, Koffing used Smog, and the electricity climbed up the toxic gas, causing the entire Pokémon Center to explode, and sending Team Rocket blasting off for the first time.

Weezing and James

It was used constantly by James as his main battling Pokémon throughout Kanto and eventually evolved into a Weezing in Dig Those Diglett!, along with Ekans, after James and Jessie were desperate for them to evolve.

In Princess vs. Princess, Jessie used Weezing during the Queen of the Princess Festival contest. Weezing helped Jessie make it to the finals, but ultimately failed against Pikachu's Thunder Shock.

Weezing assisted James in catching his Weepinbell. In The Evolution Solution, James also used Weezing to battle a Shellder he dug up. Weezing was easily able to defeat it with its Haze attack after dodging its Ice Beam. Just as James was about to catch it, Jessie jumped in and caught it herself.

Johto

Throughout the Johto region, James tended to use Victreebel more for combat than Weezing. During this time, Weezing was mainly used to create smoke to cover the trio's escapes and entrances.

Advanced Generation series

In A Ruin With A View, James sent out Weezing alongside Arbok to battle the Team Magma Grunts who approached them. Not long after being sent out, Team Magma's Houndoom used Roar to send Weezing and Arbok back into their Poké Balls.

In A Poached Ego!, Team Rocket took on Rico, a Pokémon poacher who had captured a herd of Ekans and Koffing in Petalburg Forest. After freeing them, James and Jessie reluctantly ordered Weezing and Arbok to stay in the wild and guard their fellow Pokémon. Arbok and Weezing followed orders, tearing up as they watched the trio take on Rico's Tyranitar. James said that "Weezing and I are like brothers," indicating a great bond between the two.

Personality and characteristics

Weezing fighting alongside Arbok

Weezing was extremely loyal to James, caring about him a great deal and only taking orders from him. In Island of the Giant Pokémon, as a Koffing, it refused to attack Ash's Pokémon on Meowth's orders, simply because he was not James. Both Koffing and Ekans were very sad about being separated from their Trainers, and were happily crying upon being reunited with them. Koffing also revealed in Island of the Giant Pokémon that there is no such thing as an evil Pokémon, rather that moral responsibility lies with the Trainer. In Dig Those Diglett!, Koffing's evolution into Weezing was triggered simply by James's emotional tears. The only time Weezing refused to obey its Trainer was in A Chansey Operation, because the Chansey aided its recovery following a failed Team Rocket scheme, demonstrating its gratitude can extend to anyone who helps it.

Weezing and Arbok, even prior to their evolutions, proved to be a deadly duo. In The Flame Pokémon-athon!, Weezing defended Arbok after it was injured by a Ponyta's flames and retaliating with Smog, even though this proved to be a bad idea when the flames ignited the Smog. Weezing often provided the Smokescreen for Team Rocket's grand entrances and escapes. Its Sludge attack was also used to blind the twerps Pokémon like in Ash Catches a Pokémon.

Moves used

James Koffing Smog.png
Using Smog as a Koffing
Move First Used In
Smog Pokémon Emergency!
Smokescreen  Pokémon Emergency!
Sludge  Ash Catches a Pokémon
Tackle Clefairy and the Moon Stone
Poison Gas The Ghost of Maiden's Peak*
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In the games

Weezing appears in Pokémon Yellow and Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! as part of Jessie and James's team each time they appear, alongside Meowth/Ekans and its pre-evolved form.

In the core series

Pokémon Yellow
First and second battle
(Mt. Moon/Rocket Hideout)
Third and fourth battle
(Pokémon Tower/Silph Co.)
Spr 1y 109.png
Type:
Poison Unknown
Koffing Lv.14/25
Tackle
Normal
Smog
Poison
  --  
   
  --  
   
Spr 1y 110.png
Type:
Poison Unknown
Weezing Lv.27/31
Tackle
Normal
Smog
Poison
Sludge
Poison
  --  
   
Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
First battle
(Mt. Moon)
Second battle
(Team Rocket Hideout)
Third battle
(Pokémon Tower)
Fourth and fifth battle
(Silph Co./Route 17)
109Koffing.png
Type:
Poison Unknown
Ability:
No ability
Held item:
None.png None None.png
Koffing Lv.12
Poison Gas
Poison Status
Tackle
Normal Physical
  --  
   
  --  
   
110Weezing.png
Type:
Poison Unknown
Ability:
No ability
Held item:
None.png None None.png
Weezing Lv.32
Toxic
Poison Status
Sludge
Poison Special
  --  
   
  --  
   
110Weezing.png
Type:
Poison Unknown
Ability:
No ability
Held item:
None.png None None.png
Weezing Lv.34
Dark Pulse
Dark Special
Sludge Bomb
Poison Special
  --  
   
  --  
   
110Weezing.png
Type:
Poison Unknown
Ability:
No ability
Held item:
None.png None None.png
Weezing Lv.36/52
Sludge Bomb
Poison Special
Dark Pulse
Dark Special
Flamethrower
Fire Special
Thunderbolt
Electric Special

In the side series

In Pokémon Puzzle League

Weezing was one of Jessie and James's three Pokémon in Pokémon Puzzle League.

Pokémon Zany Cards

Pokémon Zany Cards back boxart

Weezing is depicted on a photograph on the box art for Pokémon Zany Cards, along with Arbok and Wobbuffet. However, it does not make an appearance in the game.

In the manga

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

Weezing in The Electric Tale of Pikachu
As a Koffing

James's Weezing makes an appearance in the manga series The Electric Tale of Pikachu. He first appears as a Koffing in Pikachu's Excellent Adventure. All subsequent appearances, beginning in You Gotta Have Friends, are as a Weezing. Like in the anime, Weezing is James's primary Pokémon used in battle.

Moves used

James Weezing Smog EToP.png
Using Smog
Move First Used In
Smog You Gotta Have Friends
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Trivia

  • In The Misty Mermaid, James's Weezing was shown as less dense than water, causing it to float.
  • Though Team Rocket began chasing Pikachu mainly because it was powerful enough to blow up the Pokémon Center, it should be noted that James's Koffing was part of the cause — its gas reacted with the electricity to create the explosion.
  • Koffing and Weezing used Poison Gas in season 1, even though they couldn't learn the move in the games until Generation II.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Koffing and Weezing.


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