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Zangoose is a mongoose Pokémon that first appears in the Generation III games. Its name is likely derived from a combination of the Japanese word for cutting or beheading ( zan?) and mongoose. Zangoose and Seviper are famous for their rivalry and hatred for each other; this is mentioned in every Pokédex entry of Zangoose. In the real world, mongooses are a predator of snakes.


Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Versions / Pokémon Emerald Version

Zangoose is available in Route 114 in Pokémon Ruby Version. It has very high attack and good speed, but its defenses are below average. It learns many powerful normal attacks, so a simple offensive strategy could work best. Zangoose's signature move is Crush Claw. It also has the ability Immunity which prevents it from getting poisoned. It is the only Pokémon in the main Generation III games that can learn the move False Swipe without breeding. Despite its low Special Attack, it can also be taught Shockwave and Thunderbolt.

Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness

In Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, one can be snagged from Thug Zook late in the game. The first time Zook is encountered, someone else will deal with his Zangoose. The second time, the player won't have the Snag Machine. Zangoose can be snagged in the third and final time Zook is encountered. If Zangoose is accidentally defeated, Miror B. will eventually acquire it.

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Versions

In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Versions, Zangoose can be caught in Route 208 if a Pokémon Ruby Version cartridge is inserted in the Nintendo DS's Game Boy Advance slot.

Appearances in other media

Pokémon anime

Zangoose was most prominently featured in "ZigZag Zangoose", where it belonged to a trainer named Nicolai and has a fierce battle with Jessie's Seviper.

General information

Appearance and traits

Despite being a mongoose, Zangoose more closely resembles a bipedal cat; furthermore, Zangoose falls under the category of Cat Ferret Pokémon. Zangoose's fur is mostly white, with red zigzag markings across its torso, its forearms and face. It has a long, puffy tail. A shiny Zangoose has blue markings instead of red.

Although a quadruple, Zangoose can easily stand on two feet when angered in battle. Zangoose's main means of defense are its agility and its sharp claws. Many of the attacks a Zangoose learns involves the use of its claws.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ザングース
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