Kappa is Emile's Ludicolo in his Let's Play of Pokémon Emerald. He was the second Pokémon to join Emile's team.

Kappa, along with the rest of the Emerald team, was later transferred to Pokémon Platinum through the Pal Park.

Pokémon Emerald

Episode 2

Kappa was captured by Emile on Route 102 as a Lotad at Level 3.

Due to only having the weak Astonish as his first damaging move, Emile was forced to do switch training to allow Kappa to gain levels. He did so against a wild Poochyena, and Lass Tiana's Zigzagoon, by switching him out for Moegami to take them out. This made Kappa grow to Level 4. However, Emile forgot to switch back over to Kappa for Tiana's Shroomish.

Kappa then grew to Level 5 after knocking out a wild Ralts on its own, because Astonish was super effective. This allowed him to beat it with four hits.

Episode 3

Emile continued to train Kappa on Route 104's southern end. Kappa grew to Level 6 off of Youngster Billy's Zigzagoon, despite being switched out for Moegami due to his Astonish being completely ineffective against it. However, Kappa single handedly defeated Fisherman Darian's Level 9 Magikarp. It took eight hits with Astonish to deplete its HP (the second and fourth being criticals), while the Fish Pokémon could only use the useless Splash. Kappa then grew to Level 7 and learned Absorb after Lady Cindy's Zigzagoon was taken down by Moegami, effectively mirroring the battle with Billy.

Kappa's first onscreen use of Absorb took place against a wild Marill. He used it three times to beat it, and restore the HP lost from Marill's attacks (one being a critical Tackle). He grew to Level 8 here. Kappa then grew to Level 9 from a wild Shroomish in Petalburg Woods, after Emile switched him out and Moegami defeated it. The Water Weed then took part in the battle against Bug Catcher Lyle and his four Wurmples. Kappa was able to deliver an Astonish to the third Wurmple, but Emile was forced to switch him out because he ran out of PP. Emile did switch train him again on the fourth Wurmple.

Kappa gained three more levels offscreen, making him Level 12 when Emile encountered a wild Slakoth he was looking for at Level 6. Despite being a critical and the level difference, Kappa's Absorb only did about half of Slakoth's HP. Though it responded with Yawn, Emile was able to capture Slakoth before Kappa fell asleep. Slakoth would become Emile's third team member, and receive the nickname Teddy. After knocking out two more wild Poochyenas, Emile switched Kappa out of the lead slot in the party for Teddy.

Kappa then participated in Emile's first battle against Team Aqua. He was switched in from Teddy to allow her to get experience. While the Aqua Grunt's Poochyena lowered his Accuracy with a Sand Attack, and raised its own Attack with Howl, Kappa successfully knocked it out with three Absorbs (with the third being a critical).

Episode 4

Emile taught Kappa Bullet Seed, using the TM that he received from an NPC just after exiting the Petalburg Woods to the north.

In a battle with Rich Boy Winston, Kappa was switched in from Teddy after it weakened Winston's Zigzagoon. Kappa's Defense was lowered by Zigzagoon's Tail Whip right away. He used Bullet Seed onscreen for the first time, only for it to hit just twice. After Zigzagoon lowered his Attack with a Growl, Kappa used Absorb, putting it down to red HP (with Zigzagoon again using Tail Whip). Winston then used a Full Restore on Zigzagoon to Emile's surprise (similar to the battle with Lady Cindy one episode earlier). Kappa then hit with Absorb again. He followed with Bullet Seed, which hit four times. Zigzagoon hit with a critical Tackle (amplified by the previous Tail Whips), which Kappa endured with more than half of his HP. Another single hit with Bullet Seed finally took it out. The experience grew Kappa to Level 13, when he learned Nature Power. Emile taught Nature Power in place of Growl.

Kappa and Teddy battled alongside each other in the first in game double battle, with Twins Gina and Mia. Kappa used Nature Power for the first time onscreen in this battle, which turned into Swift. This did a small amount of damage to Mia's Seedot, and around half of the HP of Gina's own Lotad. Teddy's Scratch then took out Lotad. The next turn, Kappa used a Nature Power turned Swift again, putting Seedot to below half HP (while Teddy was forced to loaf around). Though another Nature Power turned Swift put Seedot down to low red HP, Teddy was able to deliver a Scratch to knock it out.

Episode 5

Kappa was Emile's main force in the Rustboro City Gym, since they specialize in Rock Type Pokémon. However, he took the liberty of switch training Teddy against Youngster Josh's Geodude. When Kappa came out, he took six HP of damage from a Tackle, only to restore it with an Absorb, which Geodude actually survived in red HP. After another Tackle put the six HP of damage back on him, Kappa took out the Rock Pokémon with an Astonish.

Emile then battled Youngster Tommy and Hiker Marc in tandem using Kappa and Teddy. Both trainers had two Level 8 Geodudes each. Kappa took out both of Marc's Pokémon with one Absorb apiece (the first went down to a critical hit, which proved unnecessary since the second fell without a critical). Kappa then finished off both of Tommy's Geodudes with Absorb after Teddy did negligible damage to each with Scratch. The experience from the battle grew Kappa to Level 14, after which he evolved into Lombre.

Kappa was once again the star player in the battle against Rustboro Gym Leader Roxanne. However, Emile still switch trained Teddy for all three of Roxanne's Pokémon. For her first Geodude, Kappa took it out unscathed with a two hit Bullet Seed due to the Rock Pokémon using Defense Curl. On the second Geodude, he took 11 HP of damage from a Rock Tomb and suffered a Speed drop. Despite that, he was still faster, and defeated the second Geodude in an identical manner to the first (growing to Level 15 as a result). Roxanne's Nosepass proved a bit more resilient. She used Harden when Kappa switched in. Kappa got three hits with Bullet Seed to put Nosepass to half its HP. It responded with a Rock Tomb, which in turn put Kappa around half its health. After Nosepass restored a bit of HP with its Oran Berry, it used Harden (now before Kappa after his Speed dropped from Rock Tomb). The Jolly Pokémon hit twice with Bullet Seed to knock Nosepass into yellow health. Roxanne used a Potion, but a three hit Bullet Seed undid the Potion's restoration. After Roxanne used a second Potion, a two hit Bullet Seed brought it back to half of its health. The next turn, Nosepass used Block to lock Kappa into battle. This proved useless, as another three hit Bullet Seed took out its remaining HP, winning Emile the Stone Badge.

Episode 6

Kappa grew to Level 16 offscreen.

In Emile's fight with May in Rustboro City, Kappa battled against May's Torkoal after switching in from Teddy. He was able to take an Ember well before Torkoal fell asleep from Teddy's Yawn. However, Kappa struggled immensely when it came to widdling down the Fire Turtle's HP. He used 14 attacks total, all of which did very little damage. They were a Nature Power turned Swift, a five hit Bullet Seed, and 12 Astonishes in a row (none of which made Torkoal flinch even after it woke up). Torkoal woke up after being asleep for three turns and used Curse (which it already used once earlier) to lower its Speed in exchange for a buff in Attack and Defense. The Coal Pokémon would ultimately use three subsequent Curses to make it even more tanky against Kappa's attacks. Additionally, it used Smog seven times (boosted from the Attack buffs from Curse). Surprisingly, it only connected on the third and seventh attempts. The first Smog that hit Kappa put him into yellow health. Kappa would ultimately be KOd when Smog struck him again.

Episode 7

While exploring an extra part of Petalburg Woods that was accessible with the HM Cut, Emile received a Miracle Seed from a girl. Emile then gave it to Kappa so his Grass Type moves would be boosted.

Emile later went through the Granite Cave in Dewford Town. On the lowest floor, he encountered some wild Pokémon, including two Aron. For the second one, Kappa was switched in from Acoolslave. He immediately took one HP of damage from Aron's Mud Slap, which also lowered his Accuracy. Kappa used Bullet Seed, which took out almost half of Aron's health, while its retaliatory Tackle ironically missed. The Water/Grass Type got another three hits with Bullet Seed, knocking the Iron Armor Pokémon into red health. Another Mud Slap from Aron lowered Kappa's Accuracy another stage, causing him to miss on the following turn. Aron then used a third Mud Slap to lower his Accuracy even more. While Kappa missed again, Aron raised its Defense with Harden. The next turn, Kappa managed to connect with Bullet Seed to take out Aron with one more hit.

Episode 8

Kappa grew to Level 17 offscreen.

Kappa was Emile's last conscious main Pokémon when battling Dewford Town Gym Leader Brawly. He came out against Brawly's Makuhita after it knocked out Acooltent, Teddy, and Moegami. With the Fighting Type in low yellow health, and poisoned by Acooltent earlier, Kappa attempted to take it out with Bullet Seed. However, the attack only hit twice, putting Makuhita in red health. This allowed him to retaliate with a full powered Reversal, easily wiping out Kappa in a single shot. Luckily, Kappa's efforts would not be in vain. As Emile was forced to send out Slavinator, Makuhita hilariously fainted from the poison, winning Emile the battle and the Knuckle Badge.

Episode 9

Kappa grew to Level 18 after Emile did offscreen training. He also receives his nickname, after not having one for seven episodes.

Emile battled two Team Aqua Grunts in the Oceanic Museum in Slateport City. Kappa came out for the second Grunt's Carvanha. He was easily able to take it out with a two hit Bullet Seed. Despite the first hit doing just less than half, the second did enough to knock it out without a critical.

Episode 10

In the Trick House's first puzzle, Emile battled Lass Robin. Kappa was used for her Marill, which he nearly took out with a three hit Bullet Seed combo. Marill replied with a Water Gun, which Kappa took one HP of damage from due to its quad resistance to Water. He then drained the rest of the Aqua Mouse's health with one Absorb, restoring the hit point lost as well. Kappa was then switched out for Moegami when Robin went over to her Shroomish.

Further on Route 110, Emile had his third battle with May. Kappa came out for May's Marshtomp. With a four hit Bullet Seed combo, he reduced Marshtomp to a sliver of red HP. It then used Mud Shot, which only did 12 of Kappa's health but also lowered his Speed. This allowed Marshtomp to go first on the next turn. However, it only did three HP with a quad resisted Water Gun before Kappa used Absorb to take it out and restore a Hit Point of damage. He grew to Level 19 from the experience and learned Fake Out, with Emile deleting Astonish to make room for it.

Episode 11

After Emile obtained HM06 Rock Smash from the Rock Smash Dude, he watched the Name Rater Show on his TV. The Name Rater described Kappa's nickname as "an appealing nickname that should make the Pokémon very charming." Though the Rater (ironically) doubted Kappa would be the charmer in Pokémon Contests, he said that the nickname had a "sublime, flowing feel to it."

Episode 12

Kappa grew to Level 20 offscreen.

Kappa later grew to Level 21 when Emile trained for the battle against Mauville City Gym Leader Wattson offscreen.

During the battle with Wattson, Kappa was sent out against Wattson's Manectric after it defeated Moegami and Acooltent. The Discharge Pokémon was just above half of its health and burned by Moegami earlier. Kappa began with Fake Out to get a free hit and flinch Manectric so the burn would damage it again. This put its health in the yellow zone. On the next turn, Manectric used Shock Wave, which lowered Kappa to 26/59 of its HP. He used a Nature Power turned Swift to try to take it out, but it only reduced it to red health following the burn damage. This prompted Wattson to use his second Super Potion, healing most of Manectric's HP. Kappa's next Swift from Nature Power and the burn damage were able to drop it back to low green health before he was knocked out by another Shock Wave.

Episode 13

Emile entered Rusturf Tunnel from Verdanturf Town where he battled Hiker Mike. Kappa was switched in from Acooltent for Mike's first Geodude. The Rock Pokémon only used Mud Sport, allowing Kappa to take it out unscathed with a two hit Bullet Seed. He then did the same to Mike's second Geodude (the second hit with Bullet Seed being a useless critical). This elevated Kappa to Level 22. Emile then withdrew Kappa and sent out Moegami for Mike's Machop.

After playing at the Mauville Game Corner and earning over 4000 coins, Emile exchanged them for TM13 containing Ice Beam. He then taught the move to Kappa in place of Absorb.

Episode 14

Kappa was Emile's lead Pokémon when he challenged the Winstrate family. The first trainer, Victor led with Taillow. Kappa opened with Fake Out for a free hit to flinch the Tiny Swallow Pokémon, also taking out nearly half of its HP. While Taillow proved faster on the next turn, it didn't use the super effective Wing Attack and only did a chip of damage with Quick Attack. This allowed Kappa to take it out with his newly learned Ice Beam. Emile then switched him out and sent out Moegami for Victor's Zigzagoon.

Kappa then battled Victoria and her Roselia. His Ice Beam wiped out most of the Rose Pokémon's HP, before it used Poison Sting. This poisoned Kappa, putting him just above half of his health after the poison damage. While Roselia's equipped Oran Berry replenished its HP to about half, this didn't prevent Kappa from defeating it with another Ice Beam.

For Vivi, Kappa was able to take out all of her Marill's HP with a Bullet Seed combo that hit four times. Emile then switched him out for Moegami when Vivi sent out her Shroomish.

Vicky was the final trainer in the gauntlet of battles, who used a Meditite. Kappa began with Fake Out, flinching the Fighting/Psychic Type and doing a small amount of damage (while the poison damage dropped him below half). He followed up with Ice Beam, which reduced it to yellow HP. However, Meditite's Hi Jump Kick overwhelmed Kappa and caused him to faint.

After Emile healed Kappa offscreen, he used Slavinator to smash a rock with Rock Smash to proceed north on Route 111. This caused a Level 5 Geodude to appear, which Kappa easily took out with one hit from Bullet Seed.

Kappa fought alongside Teddy during Emile's first battle with Gabby and Ty, who used Whismur and Magnemite. Teddy easily defeated Whismur with Strength, while Kappa did very little damage to Magnemite with a three hit Bullet Seed. He was then switched out for Moegami, but grew to Level 23 once Magnemite was beaten. Following the battle, Emile swapped Teddy into the front of the party in place of Kappa.

Episode 15

Upon coming out of Firey Path to the north side of Route 112, Emile used Kappa and Teddy to battle Kindler Bryant and Aroma Lady Shayla. They led off the battle with Numel and Shroomish respectively. Teddy one shotted Numel with Strength while Kappa did the same to Shroomish with Ice Beam. Bryant's second Pokémon was Slugma while Shayla's was Roselia. Teddy and Kappa used the same moves (Strength and Ice Beam). Though Teddy succeeded in knocking out Slugma, Roselia withstood Kappa's Ice Beam. Despite the attack freezing it, the Rose Pokémon immediately defrosted. Thankfully, it only used Growth to raise its Special Attack, allowing Teddy to knock it out with another Strength.

Episode 16

On Route 114, Emile challenged Picnicker Charlotte and Fisherman Kai, who used Nuzleaf and Barboach. Kappa took out Kai's Barboach with two strikes from Bullet Seed while Teddy used one Strength to deplete the HP of Charlotte's Nuzleaf.

Emile then battled PokéManiac Steve, who used an Aron. As Kappa was switched in from Teddy, Aron sharply raised its Defense with Iron Defense. A two hit Bullet Seed did 1/4 of the Iron Armor Pokémon's HP, before it used Mud Slap in return. It only did two HP of damage to Kappa, who then connected with Bullet Seed in spite of the Accuracy drop. After a three hit combo nearly took out its remaining HP, Aron used a second Iron Defense. Emile intended to knock it out with Nature Power, thinking it would turn into Razor Leaf. However, it was Stun Spore (due to being in tall grass instead of long grass), which missed anyways. Following a Headbutt from Aron that he took with ease, Kappa finished it with Ice Beam.

After several wild encounters, Emile found a wild Swablu at Level 17. Kappa took out a quarter of its health with a Fake Out to flinch the Cotton Bird before using a Nature Power turned Stun Spore to paralyze it. He didn't have much trouble enduring a super effective Peck either. Emile proceeded to catch Swablu in a Poké Ball and add him as his fifth team member, nicknaming him Altair.

Emile then used Kappa and the newly captured Altair in battle against Hiker Lucas and Picnicker Angelina. The former trainer opened with Geodude while the latter opened with a Lombre of her own. Kappa easily took out Geodude with two hits from Bullet Seed, while Altair's Peck did about a third to Angelina's Lombre. It then used Nature Power, which turned into Rock Slide. The attack barely did damage to Kappa, while Altair withstood it with half of his health despite being weak to it. Lucas sent out his Numel that turn. Kappa and Altair then double targeted Angelina's Lombre, knocking it out with combined damage from Ice Beam and Peck respectively. He then grew to Level 24 from the experience.

Kappa handily took an Ember from Lucas's Numel even with him taking neutral damage from Fire Types. After Angelina sent out her Marill (which Altair would put to sleep with Sing), Kappa used Ice Beam on Numel, which did more than half. He would finish off the Numb Pokémon with another Ice Beam after taking a second Ember, while Altair only did a small amount to Marill with Peck. The Aqua Mouse woke up to use Rollout on Kappa, barely scratching him. He then finished it with a four hit Bullet Seed combo to prevent Marill from creating a combo with Rollout.

Episode 17

Kappa grew to Level 25 offscreen. He was not used in any onscreen battles.

Episode 18

Kappa partook in the battle with Team Magma Leader Maxie on Mt. Chimney's summit, facing his Camerupt. After getting a free hit and flinch from Fake Out, Kappa attempted to use a Rock Slide from Nature Power but missed. The Fire Camel responded with a Magnitude 9, reducing him to around half of his health despite resisting it. On his second attempt at Nature Power, Kappa connected with the Rock Slide, which put Camerupt in the yellow zone thanks to a critical hit. However, he fell into the yellow zone himself from an Ember. Kappa then used Ice Beam, which only lowered the Fire Camel to the low yellow zone. It then knocked him out with a critical hit from Ember.

Episode 19

In Jagged Pass, Kappa battled with Altair in a tandem battle with Picnicker Autumn and Triathlete Julio, who had Shroomish and Magnemite respectively. To avoid triggering the Mushroom Pokémon's Effect Spore Ability, Kappa Ice Beamed it to knock it out in one hit, while Altair used Sing to incapacitate Magnemite. But neither made much progress on the Magnet Pokémon's HP, only taking out a quarter following a combination of a Rock Slide through Nature Power and Steel Wing. On the turn when Emile swapped out Altair for Moegami, Kappa's next Nature Power turned Rock Slide reduced Magnemite to below half. Moegami ultimately took it out with Ember to end the battle.

Episode 20

In the Lavaridge Town Gym, Kappa participated in two double battles alongside Moegami. The first was against Kindler Jace and Hiker Eli (who used Slugma and Numel), while the second was against Kindler Cole and Cooltrainer Gerald (using Numel and Kecleon). In both battles, Kappa used Ice Beam on the Numel to reduce it to the low green zone. At that time, Moegami used Double Kick on the other Pokémon to lower it to red health. Following that, Kappa took only minor damage (from a Rock Throw by Jace's Slugma, and Ember by Cole's Numel). Once Moegami redirected his Double Kick at the Numels to take them out, Kappa used a Swift from Nature Power to take out the last bit of HP of Slugma, then Kecleon.

Episode 22

Kappa was raised to Level 26 from offscreen battles.

Prior to battling the trainers in the Petalburg City Gym, Emile switched Kappa out of the lead slot in favor of Moegami. When Emile fought Cooltrainer Jody in the Strength Room, her Zangoose was a formidable foe. In spite of only having a chip of red HP, it was able to sweep through Teddy, Altair, and Acooltent with Slash boosted by two Swords Dances. Kappa was luckily able to end the threat with a Fake Out. The priority move was enough to take out the last bit of health that Zangoose had. He was then elevated to Level 27 from the experience.

Kappa was later used in the One Hit KO Room against Cooltrainer Berke and his Vigoroth, which was in low yellow HP, and already beat Teddy and Acooltent. Kappa began with Fake Out. The move reduced Vigoroth to just a sliver of red HP and flinched it. However, the Sloth used Slash on the next turn due to being faster. Fortunately, Kappa endured the attack in low green HP and took it out with Ice Beam.

For the battle against Gym Leader Norman, Emile sent out Kappa against his ace Pokémon: Slaking. Kappa immediately used Fake Out. The move was a critical, but still only doing a tiny bit of damage to Lazy Pokémon. This flinched it, and enabled Kappa to use Ice Beam on the turn Slaking loafed around. This also only did a small bit of HP and didn't freeze it like Emile hoped for. Slaking then used Facade on the next turn, which was too much for Kappa to handle and making him faint.

Following the battle, Emile received HM03 Surf from Wally's father. He then taught the move to both Acooltent and Kappa. Emile deleted Kappa's Nature Power to make room for Surf.

He evolved into a Ludicolo in "Episode 41" with a Water Stone that was obtained by trading a Blue Shard found at Route 124 for a Water Stone.

Pokémon Platinum

Episode 67: The Second Journey

Platinum sprite

Emile, in order to show off Pal Park, transferred and re-captured his team from Pokémon Emerald, including Kappa.

 Other Appearances

Yoshiller VS. Chuggaaconroy!

Kappa participated in the titular battle.

Moves

Current Moves

  • Ice Beam (Episode ? - Present)
  • Waterfall (Episode ? - Present)
  • Giga Drain (Episode 37 - Present)
  • Fake Out (Episode ? - Present)

Previous Moves

  • Growl (Episode 2 - Episode 4)
  • Astonish (Episode 2 - Episode 10)
  • Absorb (Episode 3 - Episode 13)
  • Nature Power (Episode 4 - Episode 22)
  • Bullet Seed (Episode 4 - Episode 37)
  • Surf (Episode 22 - Episode ?)

Nickname Origin

Kappa was named after the Kappa in Japanese mythology.

It may also come from Ludicolo's German name, Kappalores.

Trivia

  • Kappa is Emile's first Pokémon:
    • That he entered in a contest.
    • With a unique type combination.
  • Kappa is often joked as a Mexican stereotype in the Emerald playthrough due to his appearance.
  • Amusingly, Emile counted the times Rayquaza's Pokeball shook during its catch attempt in Spanish because Kappa was on the field. Even more amusing, the catch was successful.
  • According to Emile, Kappa looks like a Mexican dancing pineapple with an "Angry Bird" sitting on top of its hat.
  • Kappa was the first and last Pokémon on Emile's team to evolve.
    • Kappa was also the Pokémon that took the longest to fully evolve in the Pokemon Emerald, spanning 39 episodes.
  • In the final battle against Steven, when Kappa is fighting Claydol and Metagross, he scored a lot of critical hits from STAB Waterfall (4 out of 5 times to be exact).
    • Ironically, Waterfall is not a High Critical Hit Ratio move.
  • Kappa, along with Emile's other Pokemon from Emerald, has been migrated to his Platinum Let's Play file.
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