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Wobbuffet (Japanese: ソーナンス Soonansu) is a Psychic-type Pokémon introduced in Generation II.

Biology

Gender differences

Female Wobbuffets have lipstick-like markings around their mouths or lips. In the Pokémon XY series, a female Wobbuffet owned by Dr. White appears to have a red marking, while in the games and Pokémon GO, female Wobbuffet's markings are pink.

Evolution

Wobbuffet is the evolved form of Wynaut. Wynaut evolves into Wobbuffet staring from Level 15.

Game information

Game locations

Locations
Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Gold and Silver Dark Cave Uncommon
Crystal Dark Cave Uncommon
Ruby and Sapphire Safari Zone Rare
Emerald Safari Zone Rare
FireRed and LeafGreen Cerulean Cave, Ruin Valley Rare
Diamond and Pearl Lake Verity, Lake Acuity, Lake Valor (Poké Radar) Rare
Platinum Lake Verity, Lake Valor (Poké Radar) Rare
HeartGold and SoulSilver Dark Cave, Cerulean Cave Rare
Black and White Evolve Wynaut None
X and Y Reflection Cave Rare


Side game locations

Locations
Game(s) Area(s)
Pokémon Channel Upgrade binder
Pokémon Pinball Ruby & Sapphire Safari Zone (Ruby Field)
Pokémon Trozei! Endless Level 12
Endless Level 16
Forever Level 61
Mr. Who's Den
Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team Evolve Wynaut
Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness Marine Resort (B1F-B18F)
Pokémon Ranger Panula Cave


Pokédex entries

  • Gold

    It hates light and shock. If attacked, it inflates its body to pump up its counterstrike.

  • Silver

    To keep its pitch-black tail hidden, it lives quietly in the darkness. It is never first to attack.

  • Crystal

    In order to conceal its black tail, it lives in a dark cave and only moves about at night.

  • Ruby

    If two or more Wobbuffet meet, they will turn competitive and try to outdo the others' endurance. However, they may try to see which one can endure the longest without food. Trainers need to beware of this habit.

  • Sapphire

    Wobbuffet does nothing but endure attacks - it won't attack on its own. However, it won't endure an attack on its tail. When that happens, the Pokémon will try to take the foe with it using Destiny Bond.

  • FireRed

    To keep its pitch-black tail hidden, it lives quietly in the darkness. It is never first to attack.

  • LeafGreen

    It hates light and shock. If attacked, it inflates its body to pump up its counterstrike.

  • Emerald

    Usually docile, a Wobbuffet strikes back ferociously if its black tail is attacked. It makes its lair in caves where it waits for nightfall.

  • Diamond

    It desperately tries to keep its black tail hidden. It is said to be proof the tail hides a secret.

  • Pearl

    It desperately tries to keep its black tail hidden. It is said to be proof the tail hides a secret.

  • Platinum

    It desperately tries to keep its black tail hidden. It is said to be proof the tail hides a secret.

  • HeartGold

    It hates light and shock. If attacked, it inflates its body to build up its counterstrike.

  • SoulSilver

    To keep its pitch-black tail hidden, it lives quietly in the darkness. It is never first to attack.

  • Black

    It desperately tries to keep its black tail hidden. It is said to be proof the tail hides a secret.

  • White

    It desperately tries to keep its black tail hidden. It is said to be proof the tail hides a secret.

  • Black 2

    It desperately tries to keep its black tail hidden. It is said to be proof the tail hides a secret.

  • White 2

    It desperately tries to keep its black tail hidden. It is said to be proof the tail hides a secret.

  • X

    It hates light and shock. If attacked, it inflates its body to build up its counterstrike.

  • Y

    To keep its pitch-black tail hidden, it lives quietly in the darkness. It is never first to attack.

  • Omega Ruby

    If two or more Wobbuffet meet, they will turn competitive and try to outdo each other's endurance. However, they may try and see which one can endure the longest without food. Trainers need to be aware of this habit.

  • Alpha Sapphire

    Wobbuffet does nothing but endure attacks--it won't attack on its own. However, it won't endure an attack on its tail. When that happens, the Pokémon will try to take the foe with it using Destiny Bond.

  • Sword

    It hates light and shock. If attacked, it inflates its body to pump up its counterstrike.

  • Shield

    To keep its pitch-black tail hidden, it lives quietly in the darkness. It is never first to attack.


Stats

Base Stats
HP
190
Attack
33
Defense
58
Sp. Atk
33
Sp. Def
58
Speed
33
Total
405

Learnset

Leveling

LevelingGeneration VII
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Counter 100% 20 Fighting Physical
1 Mirror Coat 100% 20 Psychic Special
1 Safeguard —% 25 Normal Status
1 Destiny Bond —% 5 Ghost Status
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration VI
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal Jam
1 Counter 100% 20 Fighting Physical Type Tough 2 0 ♥
1 Mirror Coat 100% 20 Psychic Special Type Beautiful 2 0 ♥
1 Safeguard —% 25 Normal Status Type Beautiful 2 0 ♥
1 Destiny Bond —% 5 Ghost Status Type Clever 8 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration V
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Counter 100% 20 Fighting Physical
1 Mirror Coat 100% 20 Psychic Special
1 Safeguard —% 25 Normal Status
1 Destiny Bond —% 5 Ghost Status
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration IV
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal
1 Counter 100% 20 Fighting Physical Type Tough 2
1 Mirror Coat 100% 20 Psychic Special Type Beauty 2
1 Safeguard —% 25 Normal Status Type Beauty 2
1 Destiny Bond —% 5 Ghost Status Type Smart 0
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration III
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Contest Category Appeal Jam
1 Counter 100% 20 Fighting Type Tough 2 0 ♥
1 Mirror Coat 100% 20 Psychic Type Beauty 2 0 ♥
1 Safeguard —% 25 Normal Type Beauty 1 0 ♥
1 Destiny Bond —% 5 Ghost Type Smart 8 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration II
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type
1 Counter 100% 20 Fighting
1 Mirror Coat 100% 20 Psychic
1 Safeguard —% 25 Normal
1 Destiny Bond —% 5 Ghost
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TM/HM

TMs and HMs Generation VII
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat.
TM20 Safeguard —% 25 Normal Status
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation VI
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
TM20 Safeguard —% 25 Normal Status Type Beautiful 2 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation V
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat.
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation IV
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation III
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation II
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Breeding

To see the Egg Moves that Wobbuffet can learn, refer to Wynaut.


Tutoring

This Pokémon learns no moves by Tutoring.
Tutoring Generation VII
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

This Pokémon learns no moves by Tutoring.
Tutoring Generation VI
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal Jam
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

This Pokémon learns no moves by Tutoring.
Tutoring Generation V
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

This Pokémon learns no moves by Tutoring.
Tutoring Generation IV
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

This Pokémon learns no moves by Tutoring.
Tutoring Generation III
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Contest Category Appeal Jam
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

This Pokémon learns no moves by Tutoring.
Tutoring Generation II
Move Power Accuracy PP Type
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Sprites

Appearances

Anime

Jessie Wobbuffet

Jessie's Wobbuffet.

Main article: Jessie's Wobbuffet

In the anime, Wobbuffet is a member of Team Rocket, owned by Jessie. It is always causing havoc, and sometimes ruins their plans. Despite this, it's also one of Team Rocket's most powerful Pokémon, being able to defend them from even the most powerful Pokémon's Hyper Beam with its Counter and deflecting Pikachu's Electro Ball using Mirror Coat. It also constantly pops out of its Poké Ball, similarly to Misty's Psyduck, Ash's Oshawott, and Clemont's Chespin.

Trivia

  • Wobbuffet is one of the 9 Pokemon that has a type of Incense (in this case, it has Lax Incense in order to produce Wynaut eggs).
  • In Super Smash Bros., Wobbuffet is one of the Pokémon that can be freed from Poké Balls. During this time, it uses the move Counter.
  • In Generation III, if two Wobbuffet holding Leftovers are sent out against each other, the battle will become endless due to both Wobbuffet being unable to switch out due to Shadow Tag, both Wobbuffet eventually exhausting all their PP and being forced to use Struggle due to the fact that they can't legitimately learn any moves that do direct damage, and both Wobbuffet being unable to faint due to the fact that Leftovers will restore any HP that Struggle does, essentially softlocking the game and forcing at least one player to reset their system. Starting in Generation IV, Shadow Tag was changed so that if two Pokémon with the Ability faced each other, the Abilities would cancel each other out and allow players to switch, done to avoid this type of scenario ever happening again. Struggle was also changed to knock out Pokémon with only one HP with recoil damage for the same reason.

Origin

Wobbuffet and its pre-evolution are based on the Okiagari-koboshi doll, a Japanese doll with squinted eyes that bobs back and forth when pushed. It may also be based on the Japanese comedian Sanpei Hayashiya, who was often known to pose in a way that involved him touching his forehead and repeating the phrase ""That's the way it is, ma'am", which is a rough translation of Wobbuffet's Japanese name. Wobbuffet's design may be based on a punching bag, as it will often swing or attack back when punched or attacked.

Etymology

Wobbuffet comes from the words wobble and buffet.

Names in other languages

  • Japanese: Its Japanese name, Sōnansu, is a corruption of the phrase sō na-n-su (そうなんす) which roughly translates into "That's the way it is, ma'am!". This fits in with Wynaut's Japanese name (Sōnano). Both of their names create an infinite conversation of "Really?" and "That's the way it is!" and so on.
  • French: Its French name, Qulbutoké, is a mix of Culbuto (The French name for a Weeble toy, a toy similar to a punching bag) and Toqué (crazy). It is also similar to the phrase "Cool, but okay." which is similar to Wynaut's French translation.

Gallery

See also

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