Ekans

Ekans is a Poison type Pokémon introduced in Generation 1. It is known as the Snake Pokémon.

Pokédex data

National № 023
Type Poison
Species Snake Pokémon
Height 2.0 m (6′07″)
Weight 6.9 kg (15.2 lbs)
Abilities 1. Intimidate
2. Shed Skin
Unnerve (hidden ability)
Local № 023 (Red/Blue/Yellow)
050 (Gold/Silver/Crystal)
023 (FireRed/LeafGreen)
050 (HeartGold/SoulSilver)
037 (X/Y — Mountain Kalos)
061 (U.Sun/U.Moon — Alola dex)
023 (Let's Go Pikachu/Let's Go Eevee)

Training

EV yield 1 Attack
Catch rate 255 (33.3% with PokéBall, full HP)
Base Friendship 50 (normal)
Base Exp. 58
Growth Rate Medium Fast

Breeding

Egg Groups Dragon, Field
Gender 50% male, 50% female
Egg cycles 20 (4,884–5,140 steps)

Base stats

HP 35
180 274
Attack 60
112 240
Defense 44
83 205
Sp. Atk 40
76 196
Sp. Def 54
101 227
Speed 55
103 229
Total 288 Min Max

The ranges shown on the right are for a level 100 Pokémon. Maximum values are based on a beneficial nature, 252 EVs, 31 IVs; minimum values are based on a hindering nature, 0 EVs, 0 IVs.

Type defenses

The effectiveness of each type on Ekans.

Evolution chart

(Level 22)

Ekans changes

Pokédex entries

Red
Blue
Moves silently and stealthily. Eats the eggs of birds, such as PIDGEY and SPEAROW, whole.
Yellow The older it gets, the longer it grows. At night, it wraps its long body around tree branches to rest.
Gold It can freely detach its jaw to swallow large prey whole. It can become too heavy to move, however.
Silver It always hides in grass. When first born, it has no poison, so its bite is painful, but harmless.
Crystal It flutters the tip of its tongue to seek out the scent of prey, then swallows the prey whole.
Ruby
Sapphire
EKANS curls itself up in a spiral while it rests. Assuming this position allows it to quickly respond to a threat from any direction with a glare from its upraised head.
FireRed A very common sight in grassland, etc. It flicks its tongue in and out to sense danger in its surroundings.
LeafGreen Moving silently and stealthily, it eats the eggs of birds, such as PIDGEY and SPEAROW, whole.
Emerald An EKANS curls itself up in a spiral while it rests. This position allows it to quickly respond to an enemy from any direction with a threat from its upraised head.
Diamond
Pearl
Platinum
It sneaks through grass without making a sound and strikes unsuspecting prey from behind.
HeartGold It can freely detach its jaw to swallow large prey whole. It can become too heavy to move, however.
SoulSilver It always hides in grass. When first born, it has no poison, so its bite is painful, but harmless.
Black
White
Black 2
White 2
It sneaks through grass without making a sound and strikes unsuspecting prey from behind.
X The older it gets, the longer it grows. At night, it wraps its long body around tree branches to rest.
Y Moving silently and stealthily, it eats the eggs of birds, such as Pidgey and Spearow, whole.
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire
Ekans curls itself up in a spiral while it rests. Assuming this position allows it to quickly respond to a threat from any direction with a glare from its upraised head.
Ultra Sun By dislocating its jaw, it can swallow prey larger than itself. After a meal, it curls up and rests.
Ultra Moon The eggs of bird Pokémon are its favorite food. It swallows eggs whole, so sometimes an egg gets stuck, and Ekans faints.
Let's Go Pikachu
Let's Go Eevee
The older it gets, the longer it grows. At night, it wraps its long body around tree branches to rest.

Moves learned by Ekans

Moves learnt by level up

Ekans learns the following moves in Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu & Let's Go Eevee at the levels specified.

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1Poison StingPoisonPhysical 15 100
1WrapNormalPhysical 15 90
4LeerNormalStatus 100
8AcidPoisonSpecial 40 100
12BiteDarkPhysical 60 100
16HazeIceStatus
20GlareNormalStatus 100
24Poison JabPoisonPhysical 80 100
28SlamNormalPhysical 80 75
32ScreechNormalStatus 85
36ToxicPoisonStatus 90

Moves learnt by TM

Ekans is compatible with these Technical Machines in Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu & Let's Go Eevee:

Moves learnt by level up

Ekans learns the following moves in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon at the levels specified.

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1LeerNormalStatus 100
1WrapNormalPhysical 15 90
4Poison StingPoisonPhysical 15 100
9BiteDarkPhysical 60 100
12GlareNormalStatus 100
17ScreechNormalStatus 85
20AcidPoisonSpecial 40 100
25Spit UpNormalSpecial 100
25StockpileNormalStatus
25SwallowNormalStatus
28Acid SprayPoisonSpecial 40 100
33Mud BombGroundSpecial 65 85
36Gastro AcidPoisonStatus 100
38BelchPoisonSpecial 120 90
41HazeIceStatus
44CoilPoisonStatus
49Gunk ShotPoisonPhysical 120 80

Egg moves

Ekans learns the following moves via breeding in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon. Details and compatible parents can be found on the Ekans egg moves page.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Beat UpDarkPhysical 100
DisableNormalStatus 100
Iron TailSteelPhysical 100 75
Poison FangPoisonPhysical 50 100
Poison TailPoisonPhysical 50 100
PursuitDarkPhysical 40 100
Scary FaceNormalStatus 100
SlamNormalPhysical 80 75
SnatchDarkStatus
SpiteGhostStatus 100
Sucker PunchDarkPhysical 70 100
SwitcherooDarkStatus 100

Move Tutor moves

Ekans can be taught these attacks in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon from move tutors (details):

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Aqua TailWaterPhysical 90 90
BindNormalPhysical 15 85
Gastro AcidPoisonStatus 100
Giga DrainGrassSpecial 75 100
Gunk ShotPoisonPhysical 120 80
Iron TailSteelPhysical 100 75
Seed BombGrassPhysical 80 100
SnatchDarkStatus
SnoreNormalSpecial 50 100
SpiteGhostStatus 100

Moves learnt by TM

Ekans is compatible with these Technical Machines in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon:

Transfer-only moves

Ekans can only learn these moves in previous generations. It must be taught the moves in the appropriate game and then transferred to Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon.
Note: Generation 1 and 2 refer to the 3DS Virtual Console titles, not the physical cartridges.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Method
BideNormalPhysical Generation 1 — TM
FissureGroundPhysical 30 Generation 1 — TM
Mega DrainGrassSpecial 40 100 Generation 1 — TM
RageNormalPhysical 20 100 Generation 1 — TM
Skull BashNormalPhysical 130 100 Generation 1 — TM
Take DownNormalPhysical 90 85 Generation 1 — TM
CurseGhostStatus Generation 2 — TM
CrunchDarkPhysical 80 100 Generation 2 — Breeding
Body SlamNormalPhysical 85 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
Double-EdgeNormalPhysical 120 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
MimicNormalStatus Generation 3 — Move tutor
CaptivateNormalStatus 100 Generation 4 — TM
EndureNormalStatus Generation 4 — TM
Natural GiftNormalPhysical 100 Generation 4 — TM
HeadbuttNormalPhysical 70 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
DigGroundPhysical 80 100 Generation 6 — TM
Secret PowerNormalPhysical 70 100 Generation 6 — TM
StrengthNormalPhysical 80 100 Generation 6 — HM

Ekans sprites

Type Generation 1 Generation 2 Generation 3 Generation 4 Generation 5 Generation 6 Generation 7 Generation 8
Normal Ekans  sprite from Red & Blue Ekans  sprite from Silver Ekans  sprite from Ruby & Sapphire Ekans  sprite from Diamond & Pearl Ekans  sprite from Black & White Ekans  sprite from X & Y Ekans  sprite from Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon
Shiny Ekans Shiny sprite from Silver Ekans Shiny sprite from Ruby & Sapphire Ekans Shiny sprite from Diamond & Pearl Ekans Shiny sprite from Black & White Ekans Shiny sprite from X & Y Ekans Shiny sprite from Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon

Where to find Ekans

Red Route 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 23
Blue
Yellow
Trade/migrate from another game
Gold Goldenrod City
Silver Route 3, 4, 32, 33
Crystal Route 3, 4, 26, 27, 32, 33, 42, Azalea Town
Ruby
Sapphire
Trade/migrate from another game
FireRed Route 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 23
LeafGreen
Emerald
Trade/migrate from another game
Diamond
Pearl
Platinum
Route 212
HeartGold Goldenrod City
SoulSilver Route 3, 4, 32, 33
Black
White
Black 2
White 2
Trade/migrate from another game
X
Y
Route 14
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire
Trade/migrate from another game
Sun
Moon
Trade/migrate from another game
Ultra Sun
Ultra Moon
Route 2
Let's Go Pikachu Trade/migrate from another game
Let's Go Eevee Route 3, 4
Sword
Shield
Not available in this game

Other languages

English, Spanish, Italian Ekans
Japanese アーボ (Arbo)
German Rettan
French Abo

Name origin

snake
a species of reptile; ‘ekans’ spelled backwards is ‘snake’