Probopass is a mostly blue, rock-like Pokémon. It has small round eyes, a red nose that is large in proportion to its body, and a bushy black mustache that appears to consist of iron filings. These iron filings appear to be attracted by its magnetic nose. It has three small objects on its sides and back, called Mini-Noses (Japanese: チビノーズ Mini-Nose), which it is able to control. It has a big red hat-like magnet on top of its head, and has strong magnetism from all over its body.
Being able to command these Mini-Noses, it is able to catch prey and attack opponents from all three directions. On occasion, its Mini-Noses can get lost and may never come back. It emits strong magnetic fields that can damage nearby appliances.
In the anime
In the main series
Probopass debuted in Nosing 'Round The Mountain!, under the ownership of Alan. It was first shown as a Nosepass, but it evolved while training near Mt. Coronet due to the mountain's special magnetic field. Soon after, Team Rocket brought Probopass under their control, but it was eventually freed by Alan with the help of Ash and his friends. It reappeared in a flashback in Playing The Leveling Field!, where it was revealed to have defeated Fantina's Gengar, earning Alan the Relic Badge.
In the original timeline of Arceus and the Jewel of Life, three Probopass were used by Damos, who was under Hypnosis, to attack Arceus with Shock Wave. When Ash and his friends traveled to the past to prevent this, Marcus, the one responsible for hypnotizing Damos, managed to use the Probopass again to attack Arceus.
In Trials and Determinations!, Olivia used a Probopass in the grand trial against Ash. It battled Rockruff and Rowlet, being defeated by the latter after it used Bloom Doom.
A Probopass appeared in JN056, under the ownership of Wikstrom.
Multiple Probopass appeared in Cheers on Castaways Isle!.
In Dawn of a Royal Day!, a Coordinator's Probopass competed in the Battle Stage of the Arrowroot Town Pokémon Contest.
In An Old Family Blend!, a Trainer's Probopass competed in the Lily of the Valley Conference.
|| Dawn's Pokédex
|| Probopass, the Compass Pokémon, and the evolved form of Nosepass. Its body acts as a powerful magnet. It controls three smaller units called Mini-Noses.
|| Rotom Pokédex
|| Probopass, the Compass Pokémon. A Rock and Steel type. Probopass uses magnetic force to control the three Mini-Noses at its sides.
In Pokémon Generations
In The Adventure, Red's Pikachu encountered and battled a wild Probopass near the Snowpoint Temple. Their battle awakened Regigigas, who proceeded to easily smack Probopass aside.
In the manga
In the TCG
Probopass is based on the pukao-wearing moai statues of Easter Island and a compass magnet with iron filings attached to it. All of Probopass's noses are like the needles in a compass rose, with the big nose pointing North (as in some compasses where the North needle is the biggest), and the Mini-Noses pointing to the East, South, and West.
Its nasal compass may be based on the expression "follow one's nose", meaning "to trust to one's instincts". It also could be based on the ethmoid bone that is located between the nasal cavity and the brain, and is known to give some species their sense of direction via magnetoreception.
Probopass may be a combination of proboscis and compass.
Dainose may be a combination of 大 dai (big) and nose, while Mini-Noses, which are called Chibinose (チビノーズ), is the opposite being a combination of chibi (small) and nose.
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