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 6′07″ (2.0 m)
Weight 15.2 lbs (6.9 kg)
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)

Training

EV yield 1 Attack
Catch rate 255 (33.3% with PokéBall, full HP)
Base Friendship 70 (normal)
Base Exp. 58
Growth Rate Medium Fast

Breeding

Egg Groups Dragon, Field
Gender 50% male, 50% female
Egg cycles 20 (base 5,120 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.

Moves learned by Ekans

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.
1LeerNormal 100
1WrapNormal 15 90
4Poison StingPoison 15 100
9BiteDark 60 100
12GlareNormal 100
17ScreechNormal 85
20AcidPoison 40 100
25Spit UpNormal 100
25StockpileNormal
25SwallowNormal
28Acid SprayPoison 40 100
33Mud BombGround 65 85
36Gastro AcidPoison 100
38BelchPoison 120 90
41HazeIce
44CoilPoison
49Gunk ShotPoison 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 UpDark 100
DisableNormal 100
Iron TailSteel 100 75
Poison FangPoison 50 100
Poison TailPoison 50 100
PursuitDark 40 100
Scary FaceNormal 100
SlamNormal 80 75
SnatchDark
SpiteGhost 100
Sucker PunchDark 70 100
SwitcherooDark 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 TailWater 90 90
BindNormal 15 85
Gastro AcidPoison 100
Giga DrainGrass 75 100
Gunk ShotPoison 120 80
Iron TailSteel 100 75
Seed BombGrass 80 100
SnatchDark
SnoreNormal 50 100
SpiteGhost 100

Moves learnt by TM

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

TM
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
6ToxicPoison 90
9VenoshockPoison 65 100
10Hidden PowerNormal 60 100
11Sunny DayFire
17ProtectNormal
18Rain DanceWater
21FrustrationNormal 100
26EarthquakeGround 100 100
27ReturnNormal 100
32Double TeamNormal
34Sludge WavePoison 95 100
36Sludge BombPoison 90 100
39Rock TombRock 60 95
41TormentDark 100
42FacadeNormal 70 100
44RestPsychic
45AttractNormal 100
46ThiefDark 60 100
48RoundNormal 60 100
59Brutal SwingDark 60 100
66PaybackDark 50 100
78BulldozeGround 60 100
80Rock SlideRock 75 90
83InfestationBug 20 100
84Poison JabPoison 80 100
87SwaggerNormal 85
88Sleep TalkNormal
90SubstituteNormal
97Dark PulseDark 80 100
100ConfideNormal

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
BideNormal Generation 1 — TM
FissureGround Generation 1 — TM
Mega DrainGrass 40 100 Generation 1 — TM
RageNormal 20 100 Generation 1 — TM
Skull BashNormal 130 100 Generation 1 — TM
Take DownNormal 90 85 Generation 1 — TM
CurseGhost Generation 2 — TM
CrunchDark 80 100 Generation 2 — Breeding
Body SlamNormal 85 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
Double-EdgeNormal 120 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
MimicNormal Generation 3 — Move tutor
CaptivateNormal 100 Generation 4 — TM
EndureNormal Generation 4 — TM
Natural GiftNormal 100 Generation 4 — TM
HeadbuttNormal 70 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
DigGround 80 100 Generation 6 — TM
Secret PowerNormal 70 100 Generation 6 — TM
StrengthNormal 80 100 Generation 6 — HM

Moves learnt by level up

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

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1LeerNormal 100
1WrapNormal 15 90
4Poison StingPoison 15 100
9BiteDark 60 100
12GlareNormal 100
17ScreechNormal 85
20AcidPoison 40 100
25Spit UpNormal 100
25StockpileNormal
25SwallowNormal
28Acid SprayPoison 40 100
33Mud BombGround 65 85
36Gastro AcidPoison 100
38BelchPoison 120 90
41HazeIce
44CoilPoison
49Gunk ShotPoison 120 80

Egg moves

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

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Beat UpDark 100
DisableNormal 100
Iron TailSteel 100 75
Poison FangPoison 50 100
Poison TailPoison 50 100
PursuitDark 40 100
Scary FaceNormal 100
SlamNormal 80 75
SnatchDark
SpiteGhost 100
Sucker PunchDark 70 100
SwitcherooDark 100

Moves learnt by TM

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

TM
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
6ToxicPoison 90
9VenoshockPoison 65 100
10Hidden PowerNormal 60 100
11Sunny DayFire
17ProtectNormal
18Rain DanceWater
21FrustrationNormal 100
26EarthquakeGround 100 100
27ReturnNormal 100
32Double TeamNormal
34Sludge WavePoison 95 100
36Sludge BombPoison 90 100
39Rock TombRock 60 95
41TormentDark 100
42FacadeNormal 70 100
44RestPsychic
45AttractNormal 100
46ThiefDark 60 100
48RoundNormal 60 100
59Brutal SwingDark 60 100
66PaybackDark 50 100
78BulldozeGround 60 100
80Rock SlideRock 75 90
83InfestationBug 20 100
84Poison JabPoison 80 100
87SwaggerNormal 85
88Sleep TalkNormal
90SubstituteNormal
97Dark PulseDark 80 100
100ConfideNormal

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 Sun & Moon.
Note: Generation 1 and 2 refer to the 3DS Virtual Console titles, not the physical cartridges.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Method
BideNormal Generation 1 — TM
FissureGround Generation 1 — TM
Mega DrainGrass 40 100 Generation 1 — TM
RageNormal 20 100 Generation 1 — TM
Skull BashNormal 130 100 Generation 1 — TM
Take DownNormal 90 85 Generation 1 — TM
CurseGhost Generation 2 — TM
CrunchDark 80 100 Generation 2 — Breeding
Body SlamNormal 85 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
Double-EdgeNormal 120 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
MimicNormal Generation 3 — Move tutor
CaptivateNormal 100 Generation 4 — TM
EndureNormal Generation 4 — TM
Natural GiftNormal 100 Generation 4 — TM
HeadbuttNormal 70 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
DigGround 80 100 Generation 6 — TM
Secret PowerNormal 70 100 Generation 6 — TM
StrengthNormal 80 100 Generation 6 — HM

Ekans sprites

Type Generation 1 Generation 2 Generation 3 Generation 4 Generation 5 Generation 6 Generation 7
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

Other languages

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

Name origin

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