Jessie's Arbok

Jessie's Arbok
ムサシのアーボック Musashi's Arbok
Jessie Arbok.png
Jessie's Arbok
Debuts in Pokémon Emergency!
Caught at Unknown
Evolves in Dig Those Diglett!
Gender Unknown*
Ability Unknown
Released in A Poached Ego!
Current location Hoenn
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This Pokémon spent 29 episodes as Ekans.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Ekans Kōichi Sakaguchi Michael Haigney
As Arbok Kōichi Sakaguchi

Jessie's Arbok (Japanese: ムサシのアーボック Musashi's Arbok) was the first Pokémon Jessie was known to have; she received it as a chūgen gift (a birthday gift in the dub).

In the anime

History

Original series

Kanto
 
As an Ekans

It was mentioned in Island of the Giant Pokémon that Jessie received Ekans as a birthday present (for chūgen in the original Japanese version). It is unknown who the gift was from.

Arbok first appeared in Pokémon Emergency! as an Ekans. Throwing their Poké Balls down from their Meowth balloon, Jessie and James used both it and James's Koffing to quickly overtake the defenseless Viridian Pokémon Center. Koffing's job was to create a Smokescreen while Ekans destroyed the computers. Chasing Ash, Misty, and Nurse Joy, Ekans scared all of Ash's Pokémon, and Misty attempt with Goldeen didn't succeed. However, Nurse Joy's Pikachu came out and replenished Ash's Pikachu with a Thunder Shock attack, while at the same time attacking the Rocket trio. Giving Ash's Pikachu enough power to stand up, Ash charged up Pikachu using Misty's charred bike, and he let him have his own Thunder Shock. As Team Rocket was being electrocuted, Koffing's Smog was ignited by the voltage, causing the entire Pokémon Center to explode, and sending Team Rocket blasting off.

 
Ekans and Koffing ignoring Meowth's orders

While the St. Anne had already sunk into the ocean in Pokémon Shipwreck, Ekans was responsible for the vessel flooding with seawater after Jessie ordered it to open a hole in the floor to escape. Team Rocket later escaped with Ash and his friends thanks to their Water Pokémon.

Ekans was separated from Jessie in Island of the Giant Pokémon along with Meowth and Koffing after a group of Gyarados sent them flying with Dragon Rage. When Team Rocket's Pokémon came across Ash's Pokémon, who were also separated from their Trainer, Meowth ordered Ekans and Koffing to attack them. However, they both refuse to listen, simply stating Meowth is not their Trainer. Meowth tried to convince the two Pokémon that, as bad guys, they don't need the company of their Trainers to do anything bad, but Ekans told him that "there are no bad Pokémon; only their Trainers are bad." Because of the situation, the two groups of Pokémon joined forces to look for their Trainers. The next day, Ekans and the rest of the Pokémon were seen being chased by a group of giant mechanical Pokémon. It would not be until they jumped into a mine cart their Trainers were riding that Ekans would be reunited with Jessie.

In Beauty and The Beach, Ekans and Koffing were entered into the Beach Beauty and Pokémon Costume Contest. The two dressed up as an Omastar before being kicked off the stage by Gary Oak.

 
Arbok and Weezing battling Pikachu in the Viridian Gym

It eventually evolved into an Arbok in Dig Those Diglett!, along with Koffing, after James and Jessie were desperate for them to evolve. Despite their new forms, however, they are easily overwhelmed by a horde of Diglett and Dugtrio.

In The Problem with Paras, Arbok, along with Weezing, faked losing a battle against Cassandra's Paras so it could gain the confidence to evolve.

In Princess vs. Princess, Jessie used Arbok during the Queen of the Princess Festival competition. Arbok helped Jessie reach the finals, but ultimately, it was defeated by Pikachu's Thunder Shock.

In The Misty Mermaid, Team Rocket attempted to steal the Water-type Pokémon belonging to the Cerulean Gym. The trio attacked during an underwater performance, with Arbok and Weezing coming out to battle, though Weezing immediately floated to the surface. Despite being alone and outnumbered, Arbok managed to round up its opponents and moved in to finish them off. However, a Seel intervened, evolved into Dewgong, and froze Arbok with Ice Beam.

In The Battle Of The Badge, Arbok was used by Jessie when she acted as the temporary Viridian City Gym Leader. It was swiftly defeated by a Thunderbolt from Ash's Pikachu.

In Go West Young Meowth, Arbok and Weezing defended Meowth from his old gang. Their distraction allowed Meowth to take on the leader, a Persian. and defeat it.

Orange Islands

In Pikachu Re-Volts, Arbok was used to try to nab the Pokémon Butch and Cassidy stole. It, along with the rest of Team Rocket's Pokémon, were hypnotized by Butch and Cassidy's Drowzee and forced to attack its Trainer. They were later freed by Ash and his Pikachu and joined together to battle Drowzee.

In Bound For Trouble, Arbok saved Meowth from a giant Pidgeot, using Wrap and Bite to scare it off.

Johto

Jessie used Arbok as her main battling Pokémon in Johto, preferring it over Lickitung and later Wobbuffet.

 
Arbok fighting alongside Weezing

In The Whistle Stop, when Team Rocket stole a whistle from Arielle, Meowth blew it in the right note to cause Arbok to dance around and cry out in reaction. This gave Meowth a chance to command it to help capture a group of Ledyba from Arielle by having it dig underground and jump out in front of them for Meowth to throw a net on them and tie them in ropes. When they tried to escape, Arbok uses its tail to grab the ropes, but the Ledyba eventually escaped and dragged Arbok into Jessie's Lickitung and James's Victreebel, who were attacking the twerps and Arielle.

In Beauty and the Breeder, Arbok, alongside the rest of Team Rocket's Pokémon, was entered in the Pokémon Beauty Contest. They were able to impress the crowd with their stylish looks before getting thrown out by Officer Jenny for breaking the rules.

In Wobbu-Palooza!, Arbok was used alongside Victreebel to try to stop the Wobbuffet Festival crashers, since everyone else refused to fight due to festival rules. Arbok battled their Hitmonlee and lost quickly to his Rolling Kick and High Jump Kick attacks. Wobbuffet was sent out afterwards and managed to defeat them with his Counter.

In Imitation Confrontation, Arbok battled Duplica's Ditto, Mini-Dit. Mini-Dit transformed into Wobbuffet and used his moveset to battle Arbok and Weezing before transforming into Pikachu and blasting Team Rocket off.

In A Ghost of a Chance, Arbok and Weezing battled against Morty's Gengar. Due to its ability to turn invisible and hide in the shadows, Gengar was able to disorient the two before defeating them with Shadow Ball.

In The Big Balloon Blow-Up, Jessie used Arbok's Poison Sting to pop some of her competitor's balloons during the Pokémon Balloon Race. This caused a number of them to drop out, though Team Rocket ended up not finishing due to Pikachu destroying their balloon.

In The Mystery is History, Jessie sent out Arbok against Cassidy's Houndour to see who would be the one to steal a Lugia nicknamed Silver. Arbok's Poison Sting was easily overwhelmed by Houndour's Flamethrower, after which Ash and his friends arrived to intervene. In A Promise is a Promise, the battle for the Lugia continues. The attacks from both sides of Team Rocket's Pokémon end up breaking the energy barrier holding Lugia captive and it blasts them all away.

Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire

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

In In the Knicker of Time!, Arbok and Weezing battled Ash and his friends for the final time, where they were blasted off by Pikachu's Thunder.

In A Poached Ego!, Team Rocket took on Rico, a Pokémon poacher who had captured a herd of Ekans and Koffing in Petalburg Woods. Arbok battled Rico's Fearow and managed to hold its beak shut, leading Rico to recall it. In the follow-up match, Arbok knocked Fearow out with Headbutt, allowing Meowth to free the captured Pokémon. James and Jessie reluctantly ordered Weezing and Arbok to stay in the wild and guard the young Ekans and Koffing. The pair tearfully escaped into the wilderness as Jessie, James, and Meowth fought Rico and his Tyranitar by themselves.

Personality and characteristics

 
Arbok and Weezing depressed
 
Arbok and Jessie

Jessie often relied on Arbok in battle because of its intimidating nature and its abilities to use Dig and swim in the water, like in The Misty Mermaid. Outside of battling, Arbok was deeply attached and loyal to Jessie, as revealed during its temporary separation from her in Island of the Giant Pokémon, and its later release in A Poached Ego!. Jessie offered Arbok support in times of difficulty, like during blastoffs or when it failed its movie audition in Lights, Camera, Quacktion.

Despite its loyalty to Jessie, Arbok showed a moral conscience of its own, revealing in Island of the Giant Pokémon when it was an Ekans that there is no such thing as an evil Pokémon; rather, that moral responsibility lies with the Trainer. There have also been rare occasions where Arbok and Weezing refused to obey their Trainers, such as in A Chansey Operation, where they refused to attack a Chansey because it had treated the injuries they suffered from Team Rocket's schemes and Got Milktank?, where Arbok, along with the rest of Team Rocket's Pokémon, refused to attack the Miltank or any of the Pokémon at an oasis where humans are not welcomed out of respect.

Moves used

 
Using Bite
 
Using Tackle
Move First Used In
Dig Ash Catches a Pokémon
Bite Clefairy and the Moon Stone
Wrap  The Path to the Pokémon League
Acid  Pokémon Shipwreck
Glare The Flame Pokémon-athon!
Poison Sting  The Flame Pokémon-athon!
Toxic Make Room For Gloom
Double-Edge Bad To The Bone
Tackle × A Shipful of Shivers
Headbutt  Trouble's Brewing
Take Down You're a Star, Larvitar!
An × shows that the move cannot be legitimately known by this Pokémon in the games.
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

In the core series

Arbok 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, alongside Meowth/Weezing and its pre-evolved form.

Pokémon Yellow
First battle
(Mt. Moon)
Second battle
(Rocket Hideout)
Third and fourth battle
(Pokémon Tower/Silph Co.)
 
Type:
Poison Unknown
Ekans Lv.14
Wrap
Normal
Leer
Normal
Poison Sting
Poison
  --  
   
 
Type:
Poison Unknown
Ekans Lv.25
Bite
Normal
Leer
Normal
Poison Sting
Poison
Glare
Normal
 
Type:
Poison Unknown
Arbok Lv.27/31
Bite
Normal
Leer
Normal
Poison Sting
Poison
Glare
Normal
Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
First battle
(Mt. Moon)
Second and third battle
(Team Rocket Hideout/Pokémon Tower)
Fourth and fifth battle
(Silph Co./Route 17)
 
Type:
Poison Unknown
Ability:
No Ability
Held item:
  None  
Ekans Lv.12
Wrap
Normal Physical
Acid
Poison Special
  --  
   
  --  
   
 
Type:
Poison Unknown
Ability:
No Ability
Held item:
  None  
Arbok Lv.32/34
Poison Jab
Poison Physical
Glare
Normal Status
Crunch
Dark Physical
  --  
   
 
Type:
Poison Unknown
Ability:
No Ability
Held item:
  None  
Arbok Lv.36/52
Poison Jab
Poison Physical
Glare
Normal Status
Crunch
Dark Physical
Rock Slide
Rock Physical

In spin-off games

 
Pokémon Zany Cards box art

Pokémon: Catch the Numbers!

Arbok appears in Pokémon: Catch the Numbers!.

Pokémon GO

Jessie always leads with a Shadow Ekans, impiled to have been borrowed from Giovanni. The player has a chance to catch it after defeating her. Unlike most Shadow Pokémon, the Shadow Ekans has a chance to be Shiny.

Pokémon Masters EX

Main article: Jessie (Masters) → Arbok

Jessie's Arbok appears alongside Jessie as a sync pair.

Pokémon Puzzle League

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

Pokémon Zany Cards

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

Artwork

 
Artwork from the
Game Freak website


In the manga

Ash & Pikachu

In Ash & Pikachu, which is based on the anime, Arbok appears with Jessie.

Moves used

 
Using Acid
Move First Used In
Acid Hoppip, the Wind Calls!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

The Electric Tale of Pikachu

 
Arbok in The Electric Tale of Pikachu
 
As an Ekans

Jessie's Arbok appears in The Electric Tale of Pikachu. It first appears as an Ekans in Pikachu's Excellent Adventure. All subsequent appearances, beginning in You Gotta Have Friends, are as an Arbok. Like in the anime, Arbok is Jessie's primary Pokémon used in battle.

Moves used

 
Using Poison Sting
Move First Used In
Poison Sting You Gotta Have Friends
Glare Clefairy in Space
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In the TCG

Jessie's Arbok is featured in the TCG as of one Jessie's Pokémon. The following is a list of cards featuring Arbok.

Arbok
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Arbok   Hidden Fates   27/68 Sky Legend   026/054
 


Trivia

 
Jessilina and her Arbok-shaped flute
  • Arbok's arrow-like pattern on its neck differs in some episodes. Sometimes, the ends of the arrow stretch until the ends of its eye-like patterns on its chest and is only a few inches wide. Similarly, there are two red dots on its arrow in some episodes, and in other episodes, there are none.
  • In The Misty Mermaid, Arbok was revealed to be able to swim without the need for air.
  • Its gender was hinted in the Japanese version of Island of the Giant Pokémon. In the subtitles, it refers to itself and Koffing as おれたち ore-tachi, which is a pronoun normally used by males meaning "we", also used by characters such as Ash, Brock, and James in the Japanese version.
  • Out of all the Pokémon owned by Jessie or James, Arbok has used the most moves, with eleven.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Ekans and Arbok.



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