Kadabra (ユンゲラー, Yungerā, Yungerer in original Japanese language versions) is a strong psychic pokémon that owes much of its power to the alpha waves it emits from its body at all times. These alpha waves are affected by Kadabra's current mental state - if it has a headache, the waves change. The psychic power it gives off can also trigger off headaches to nearby humans. It is also said to grow more powerful when faced with a difficult opponent. The silver spoon that Kadabra holds amplifies the waves' power - if it does not hold a spoon, it is said to be limited to half the usual amount of its telekinetic powers. It has been claimed (in a Pokédex entry) that one morning, a boy with extrasensory powers woke up to find that he had become a Kadabra, and although this has not been verified (it could possibly be an urban legend in the Pokémon world due the way it is told in the Pokédex), it is possible it could have happened given the events in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon where a human is turned into a Pokémon, meaning that this might have been a Kadabra who evolved into the main Alakazam featured in the game.
Kadabra, along with its evolution, Alakazam, is always depicted holding a spoon. The video games state that this spoon is used to amplify the alpha waves naturally emitted by the Pokémon, effectively doubling its psychic powers. These alpha waves are described as being generated when all of a Kadabra's brain cells work together or when Kadabra suffer from headaches. Kadabra are noted for being able to double the amount of alpha particles at will. The alpha waves can cause headaches in others and even cause machines to malfunction.
Kadabra can be evolved from a level 16 Abra. In Cerulean Cave in FR/LG, wild Kadabra can be found ranging from L50-58 and on occasion, L67. It evolves into Alakazam by trading it. In FR/LG, wild Kadabra can sometimes be found holding the Twistedspoon item, which boosts the power of Psychic-type attacks. Kadabra's Synchronize ability allows it to pass on any status problem it receives in battle while its Inner Focus ability prevents flinching, though these are only implemented in the Advance generation games.
Kadabra has an impressively high Special Attack (SP. ATK) statistic, along with high Speed and average Special Defense. Its other stats are very low though. Kadabra is generally overlooked in competitive battling for its evolved form, Alakazam, which has higher statistics overall.
In the Nintendo 64 videogame Pokémon Stadium, the rental Kadabra is recommended as a frequently used Pokémon in the tournaments.
In episode #22, "Abra and the Psychic Showdown", Ash and his traveling party reach Saffron City and enter the mysterious Marsh gym. Ash immediately challenges Psychic gym leader Sabrina for a Marshbadge and choses his Pikachu to fight. In return, Sabrina sends an Abra, which seems to be sleeping. First Ash thinks Sabrina is making fun of him. But then, by an unknown power, the Abra evolves into a Kadabra, and mercilessly begins to beat Pikachu around with his Psychic forces. Ash is quickly defeated, after which Sabrina imprisons him and his friends. They eventually barely escape the gym with the help of a mysterious stranger, who eventually turns out to be Sabrina's father.
After befriending a Haunter in Lavender Town's Pokémon Tower in the next episode, "The Tower of Terror", Ash returns to Saffron City (in "Haunter versus Kadabra") and beats Sabrina, earning him the Marsh badge.
Like her anime counterpart, Sabrina in Pokémon Special also owns a Kadabra.
Trading Card game
In the Pokémon Trading Card Game, Abra has made multiple appearances. Abra tends to be a weak card, usually with 30 HP. It appears in the following sets:
- Base Set
- Team Rocket
- Gym Heroes (as Sabrina's Abra)
- Gym Challenge (as Sabrina's Abra) (2 cards)
- Expedition Edition
- Skyridge Edition
- ↑ Game Freak. Pokémon Sapphire. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (2003-03-17) "KADABRA holds a silver spoon in its hand. The spoon is used to amplify the alpha waves in its brain. Without the spoon the POKéMON is said to be limited to half the usual amount of its telekinetic powers."
- ↑ HAL Laboratory. Pokémon Stadium. (Nintendo). Nintendo 64. (2000-03-06) "When it uses psychic power, all its brain cells work in unison to generate powerful alpha waves."
- ↑ Game Freak. Pokémon Ruby. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (2003-03-17) "KADABRA emits a peculiar alpha waves if it develops a headache."
- ↑ Game Freak. Pokémon Crystal. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (2001-07-29) "When it closes its eyes, twice as many alpha particles come out of the surface of its body."
- ↑ Game Freak. Pokémon LeafGreen. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (2004-09-09) "It emits special alpha waves from its body that induce headaches just by being close by."
- ↑ Game Freak. Pokémon Silver. (Nintendo). Game Boy Color. (2000-10-01) "If it uses its abilities, it emits special alpha waves that cause machines to malfunction."
- The following games and their instruction manuals: Pokémon Red and Blue; Pokémon Yellow; Pokémon Stadium and Pokémon Stadium 2; Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal; Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald; Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen; Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness
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