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This article is about the Pokémon. For other uses, see Arbok (Disambiguation).

[[File:Type Poison.gif|link=Poison type]]  
Species Cobra Pokémon
Abilities Intimidate
Shed Skin
Unnerve (Dream World)
None ← 024 → None
Kanto N/A Johto N/A
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Kalos N/A
Evolves from [[Ekans]]
Evolves into [[Seviper (Anime mistake only)]]
(アーボック Aabokku)
[[Generation I]]
Evolutionary line
No evolution line
Weight Height
Pokédex color Egg group
<font color=Purple>Purple</font>
Shape Footprint

Arbok (Japanese: アーボック Aabokku) is a Poison-type Pokémon.


Arbok bears a resemblance to a cobra, with the majority of its body being purple. Arbok have a "hood" much like a cobra, though it has never been shown to be able to retract it. There is a red, black and yellow pattern on this hood that looks somewhat like an angry face to intimidate other Pokémon. It is known that they are six different patterns on Arbok, each one appearing in a different generation.

Special abilities

Arbok has the abilities Intimidate and Shed Skin along with the hidden ability Unnerve. Intimidate lowers the opponent's attack stat when the player enters battle while Shed Skin cures Arbok from status aliments at the end of a turn with a 30% chance. Unnerve prevents the opponent from eating its berry.

In the anime

File:Jessie's Arbok.png

Arbok first appeared during the first season of Pokémon during the episode Dig Those Diglett!. It made its debut when Jessie's Ekans evolved into an Arbok late in the episode.

The Entrance Exam Teacher is seen using one in The Ultimate Test. In Ring Masters an Arbok was one of the Pokémon in the Sumo Conference.


Arbok is the evolved form of Ekans, as of level 22.

Game info

Game locations

Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Red/Blue Route 23, Cerulean Cave(Red)
Yellow Trade None
Gold/Silver Trade(Gold)
Routes 3, 4, 22, 28(Silver)
Crystal Routes 3, 4, 26, 27, 28, 42, Mt. Silver Rare
Ruby/Sapphire Trade None
Emerald Trade None
FireRed/LeafGreen Route 23, Victory Road(FireRed)
Diamond/Pearl Great Marsh Dongle (FireRed)
Platinum Great Marsh Dongle (FireRed)
HeartGold/SoulSilver Routes 3, 4, 22, 26, 27, 28 (SoulSilver Only) Rare
Black/White Poké Transfer, Dream World None

Side game locations

Game(s) Area(s)
Pokémon Pinball Ruby & Sapphire Evolve Ekans
Pokémon Trozei! Secret Storage 18, Mr. Who's Den
Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team Evolve Ekans
Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness Shimmer Desert (1-9F)
Pokémon Ranger Sekra Range
Pokémon Rumble Rocky Cave Normal Mode C & S

Pokédex entries



Generation I

Main article: Arbok/Learnset Generation I

Generation II

Main article: Arbok/Learnset Generation II

Generation III

Main article: Arbok/Learnset Generation III

Generation IV

Main article: Arbok/Learnset Generation IV

Generation V

Leveling Generation VI
Level Move Power Acc. PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
1 Ice Fang 65 95% 15 [[Ice type|Ice]] [[Move#Physical Physical


1 Thunder Fang 65 95% 15 [[Electric type|Electric]] [[Move#Physical Physical


1 Fire Fang 65 95% 15 [[Fire type|Fire]] [[Move#Physical Physical


1 Wrap 15 90% 20 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Physical Physical


1 Leer - 100% 30 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Status Status


1 Poison Sting 15 100% 35 [[Poison type|Poison]] [[Move#Physical Physical


1 Bite 60 100% 25 [[Dark type|Dark]] [[Move#Physical Physical


4 Poison Sting 15 100% 35 [[Poison type|Poison]] [[Move#Physical Physical


9 Bite 60 100% 25 [[Dark type|Dark]] [[Move#Physical Physical


12 Glare - 90% 30 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Status Status


17 Screech - 85% 40 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Status Status


20 Acid 40 100% 30 [[Poison type|Poison]] [[Move#Special Special


22 Crunch 80 100% 15 [[Dark type|Dark]] [[Move#Physical Physical


27 Stockpile - -% 20 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Status Status


27 Swallow - -% 10 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Status Status


27 Spit Up - 100% 10 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Special Special


32 Acid Spray 40 100% 20 [[Poison type|Poison]] [[Move#Special Special


39 Mud Bomb 65 85% 10 [[Ground type|Ground]] [[Move#Special Special


44 Gastro Acid - 100% 10 [[Poison type|Poison]] [[Move#Status Status


51 Haze - -% 30 [[Ice type|Ice]] [[Move#Status Status


56 Coil - -% 20 [[Poison type|Poison]] [[Move#Status Status


63 Gunk Shot 120 70% 5 [[Poison type|Poison]] [[Move#Physical 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.


Arbok appears to be based off a cobra.

Arbok's English name is taken from the word "cobra", except spelled with a "k" making it "kobra", and spelling it backwards.


  • In the Pokémon anime there is a misconception that Arbok evolves into Seviper.


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