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[[File:Type Poison.gif|link=Poison type]]  
Species Snake Pokémon
Abilities Intimidate
Shed Skin
Unnerve (Dream World)
None ← 023 → None
Kanto N/A Johto N/A
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Kalos N/A
Evolves From None
Evolves Into [[Arbok]]
(アーボ Aabo)
[[Generation I]]
Evolutionary Line
No evolution line
Weight Height
Pokédex Color Egg Group
<font color=Purple>Purple</font>
Shape Footprint

Ekans is a Poison-type Snake Pokémon introduced in Generation I.


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.

In the anime


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.

Team meanies

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.


Ekans evolves into Arbok at level 22.

Game info

Game locations

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

Side game locations

Ekans 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



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 Generation VI
Level Move Power Acc. PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
1 Wrap 15 90% 20 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Physical Physical


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


49 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.

Known trainers with an Ekans


Ekans appears to be based on a snake.

Ekans' English name is the word "snake" spelled backwards. Its Japanese name, "Arbok", is either the backwards spelling of "cobra" without the "c", or it is a mistake made on the word "boa" when spelled backwards.

  • French: Abo
  • German: Rettan


  • Ekans is the first pure Poison Pokémon in the National Pokédex.
  • Ekans's and Arbok were originally planned to be called their Japanese names "Arbo" and "Ekan" (which was planned to be a used word but never released), in the English versions, but their names have changed.
  • It was shown in "Pokemon The Power of One" that Ekans can swim .
  • Ekans is "Snake" spelled backwards, just like Arbok, Ekans evolved form, is "Kobra" spelled backwards, but with a k instead of c.

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