Ekans

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Poison
Ekans
アーボ Aabo
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Snake Pokémon
Pokédex
National
023
Johto
Hoenn
Sinnoh
Unova
Kalos
Alola
Ability Gender
Intimidate
Shed Skin
50% ♀
50% ♂
Pokédex color Egg groups
Purple Dragon
Field
Weight Height
15.2 lbs 6.9kg 6'07" 2.0 m
Body style Footprint
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Cry
Azurilland Pokédex
HP Attack Defense
35 60 44
Sp. Attack Sp. Defense Speed
40 54 55
Total
288

Ekans (pronunciation: EK-uhns) is a Poison-type Snake Pokémon introduced in Generation I.

Appearance

Ekans is a snake-like Pokémon with purple and yellow coloring. Its underside leading to its tail is yellow, and it has a yellow rattle at the tip of its tail. Ekans have large yellow eyes with slit reptilian pupils. Across its neck is a large yellow band.

Special abilities

Ekans, like real snakes, have the ability to unhinge their jaws, giving them the ability to swallow prey whole such as Pidgey, Spearow or their eggs. Ekans also share other characteristics with snakes, such as using its tongue to test the air for the presence of prey and shedding its skin. An ekans will lose its rattle once it evolves into Arbok.

Evolution

Ekans evolves into Arbok at level 22.

In the anime

Jessie's Ekans.

Ekans first appearance in the anime was in the episode Pokémon Emergency!, where it was revealed to be Jessie's Pokémon.

Ekans was widely known for being under the ownership of Jessie, a member of Team Rocket, who had received it on her birthday. It later evolved into an Arbok in the episode Dig Those Diglett!, and was released in the episode A Poached Ego. It was seen in 12 episodes as an Ekans! Those would be; Pokemon Emergency, Ash Catches a Pokémon, Challenge of the Samauri, Clefairy and the Moon Stone, The Path to the Pokémon League, Pokemon Shipwreck, The Island of Giant Pokémon, Beauty and the Beach, The Ghost of Maiden's Peak, Primeape Goes Bananas, Pokemon Fashion Flash, and Dig Those Diglett.

Ekans also made a cameo in "Pokemon The Power of One where it was seen swimming with Water-type Pokémon.

An Ekans with Team Meanies

An Ekans also appeared in "Team Go-Getters out of the Gate!" as a member of Team Meanies.

Ekans later evolved for Jessie just to make her happy.

Game info

Game locations

Version(s) Location Rarity
Red/Blue Route 4, 11, and 23(Red)
Trade(Blue)
Common(Red)
None(Blue)
Yellow Trade None
Gold/Silver Goldenrod Game Corner for 700 coins(Gold)
Route 3, 4, 32, 33(Silver)
Unlimited(Gold)
Uncommon(Silver)
Crystal Route 3, 4, 32, 33, 42 Uncommon
Ruby/ Sapphire Trade None
Emerald Trade None
FireRed/ LeafGreen Route 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 22, 23(FireRed)
Trade(LeafGreen)
Common(FireRed)
None(LeafGreen)
Diamond/ Pearl Route 212 Dongle (FireRed)
Platinum Route 212 Dongle (FireRed)
HeartGold/SoulSilver Game Corner for 700 Coins(HeartGold)
Route 3, 4, 32, 33, 37(SoulSilver]])
Unlimited(HeartGold)
Uncommon(SoulSilver]])
Black/White Poké Transfer, Dream World None
Black 2/White 2 Poké Transfer, Dream World None
X/Y Route 14 (Horde Encounter) Rare

Side game locations

Game(s) Location
Pokémon Trozei! Huge Storage 4, Endless Level 51, Pair Trozei, Mr. Who's Den
Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team Western Cave (3-5F)
Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness Shimmer Desert (1-9F)
Pokémon Ranger Olive Jungle
Pokémon Rumble Rocky Cave


Pokédex entries

Red Blue
Moves silently and stealthily. Eats the eggs of birds, such as Pidgey and Spearow, whole.
Yellow
The older it gets, the longer it grows. At night, it wraps its long body around tree branches to rest.
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.
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
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.
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.
Diamond
It sneaks through grass without making a sound and strikes unsuspecting prey from behind.
Pearl
It sneaks through grass without making a sound and strikes unsuspecting prey from behind.
Platinum
It sneaks through grass without making a sound and strikes unsuspecting prey from behind.
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.
Black
It sneaks through grass without making a sound and strikes unsuspecting prey from behind.
White
It sneaks through grass without making a sound and strikes unsuspecting prey from behind.
Black 2
It sneaks through grass without making a sound and strikes unsuspecting prey from behind.
White 2
It sneaks through grass without making a sound and strikes unsuspecting prey from behind.
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
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Learnset

Generation I

Main article: Ekans/Learnset Generation I

Generation II

Main article: Ekans/Learnset Generation II

Generation III

Main article: Ekans/Learnset Generation III

Generation IV

Main article: Ekans/Learnset Generation IV

Generation V

Leveling
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Damage Type Contest Type Appeal Jam
1 Wrap 15 90% 20 Normal Physical


1 Leer - 100% 30 Normal Status


4 Poison Sting 15 100% 35 Poison Physical


9 Bite 60 100% 25 Dark Physical


12 Glare - 90% 30 Normal Status


17 Screech - 85% 40 Normal Status


20 Acid 40 100% 30 Poison Special


25 Stockpile - -% 20 Normal Status


25 Swallow - -% 10 Normal Status


25 Spit Up - 100% 10 Normal Special


28 Acid Spray 40 100% 20 Poison Special


33 Mud Bomb 65 85% 10 Ground Special


36 Gastro Acid - 100% 10 Poison Status


41 Haze - -% 30 Ice Status


44 Coil - -% 20 Poison Status


49 Gunk Shot 120 70% 5 Poison Physical


Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


Known trainers with an Ekans

Origins

Ekans appears to be based on a snake.

Ekans' English name is the word "snake" spelled backwards. Its Japanese name, "Arbo," is the backwards spelling of "cobra" without the "c".

  • French: Abo
  • German: Rettan

Trivia