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.
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 withAn Ekans also appeared in " -type Pokémon. 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.
|Red/Blue|| Routes 4, 11, and 23(Red)|
|Gold/Silver|| Goldenrod Game Corner for 700 coins(Gold)|
Routes 3, 4, 32, 33(Silver)
|Crystal||Routes 3, 4, 32, 33, 42||Uncommon|
|FireRed/LeafGreen|| Routes 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 22, 23(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
|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|
- Main article: Ekans/Learnset Generation I
- Main article: Ekans/Learnset Generation II
- Main article: Ekans/Learnset Generation III
- Main article: Ekans/Learnset Generation IV
|Leveling Generation VI|
|4||Poison Sting||15||100%||35||[[Move#Physical||Physical ]]|
|25||Spit Up||-||100%||10||[[Move#Special||Special ]]|
|28||Acid Spray||40||100%||20||[[Move#Special||Special ]]|
|33||Mud Bomb||65||85%||10||[[Move#Special||Special ]]|
|36||Gastro Acid||-||100%||10||[[Move#Status||Status ]]|
|49||Gunk Shot||120||70%||5||[[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
- Jessie (formerly, evolved)
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.