Drapion first appeared in the episode Mutiny in the Bounty!. When Ash first faced J's Drapion, J wanted to watch Pikachu's attacks in action so she could steal it. While Ash, Jessie and James were infiltrating J's fortress to rescue Pikachu and Meowth, they were immediately spotted. Ash fought J's Drapion with his Aipom and Turtwig, but both Pokémon never stood a chance. Drapion didn't take damage from either Aipom or Turtwig's attacks, and struck the Pokémon with its Cross Poison. In Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! (Part 2), J used her Drapion again in order to harm Ash without warning. It wrapped its claws tightly around Ash's midsection and began to squeeze him. Ash responded to this by kicking it in the face, making it one of the only Pokémon Ash ever intentionally hurt.
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