List of Pokémon: Black & White episodes

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Pokémon: Black & White
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Japanese title logo for the Pocket Monsters: Best Wishes! series (top)
English title logo from the Pokémon: Black & White season (bottom)
Country of origin Japan Japan
No. of episodes 48
2 (passed episodes)
Broadcast
Original channel TV Tokyo
Original run September 23, 2010 (2010-09-23) – August 2013 (2013-08)
Season chronology

This is a list of episodes of Pokémon: Black & White, the fourteenth season of the Pokémon animated series, covering the continuing adventures of series protagonist Ash Ketchum as he travels to the new region of Unova. In Japan, this is the first portion of the Pocket Monsters: Best Wishes! (ポケットモンスター ベストウイッシュ Poketto Monsutā Besuto Uisshu?, literally "Pocket Monsters: Best Wish") branding of the anime series. Brock and Dawn have left the series, and Ash is joined by a new female trainer named Iris and a new male trainer named Cilan. The evil syndicate Team Rocket has a part to play in this season and Jessie, James, and Meowth have been promoted.

Overview[edit]

The return of Who's that Pokémon?, an eyecatch that was used during the first six seasons.

The division between seasons of Pokémon is based on the English version openings of each episode, and may not reflect the actual production season. The English episode numbers are based on their first airing in the United States either in syndication on Cartoon Network, or in Canada on the YTV TV channel, currently owned by Shaw Media and Corus Entertainment after the acquisition of Canwest. Other English-speaking nations largely follow either this order or the Japanese order. Who's that Pokémon?, the mid-episode eyecatch, made its return in the English version for the first time since Pokémon: Advanced.

The anime series premiered in Japan on September 23, 2010.[1] The "Black & White" season debuted in the United States on February 12, 2011.[2] The first two episodes of the show had its UK premiere on CITV on February 27, 2011 and the following episodes will follow up on June 11, 2011.[3][4] The season also is broadcast on Disney XD UK, starting on September 10, 2011.[5] In Australia Black & White is broadcast on Network Ten on September 10, 2011 until 25 February 2012 later moved to Eleven on 27 February 2012 to 25 March 2012.

To promote the series and the episode where Ash obtains an egg, Pokémon Black and White players were able to obtain an egg containing either an Axew, a Pansage or a Pidove exclusively at US Toys R Us stores between April 27, 2011 and May 31, 2011. Each one contained their moves like anime counterparts (Ash's Pidove, Cilan's Pansage and Iris' Axew). Players were only able to get one egg and which of the Pokémon the egg hatched into was random.[6]

The first 12 episodes of the series was released on a 2-disc DVD set on November 20, 2012[7] with the next set of 12 episodes being released on January 22, 2013.[8] The third set of 12 episodes was released on March 19, 2013.[9] The fourth set of the last 12 episodes was released on May 14, 2013.[10]

Season 14 – Pokémon: Black & White (2010–2011)[edit]

EP# English title
Japanese title
Air date[11][12][13]
J# E# Japan United States
661 654 "In the Shadow of Zekrom!" (To the Isshu Region! Zekrom's Shadow!!)
"Isshu Chihō e! Zekuromu no Kage!!" (イッシュ地方へ!ゼクロムの影!!) 
September 23, 2010 February 12, 2011
Ash, Pikachu, Ash's mother, and Professor Oak head off for a trip to the Unova region. A strange black cloud forms overhead, and hits Ash's Pikachu with a lightning bolt. After meeting up with Professor Juniper, Unova's lead Pokémon researcher; Ash encounters Trip, who is beginning his Pokémon League challenge with the Grass-type Pokémon Snivy, rather than the Fire-type Tepig or the Water-type Oshawott. In a practice match against Trip, it is discovered that Pikachu can no longer use Electric-type moves, which Juniper attributes to the lightning bolt caused by the Legendary Pokémon, Zekrom
662 655 "Enter Iris and Axew!" (Iris and Kibago!)
"Airisu to Kibago!" (アイリスとキバゴ!) 
September 23, 2010 February 12, 2011
After the strange black cloud appears again, Pikachu's Electric moves are restored. Professor Juniper gives Ash a new Pokédex and Poké Balls so he can begin his journey in Unova. On his way, he comes across Iris and her Axew. When Team Rocket appears and tries to steal Pikachu and Axew, Ash tries to use his newly caught Pidove against Jessie and her new Woobat, though Pidove is overpowered; however, an Oshawott (the one from Juniper's lab) appears and saves Pikachu and Axew. Ash and Iris take Pokémon to a Pokémon Center, where Iris decides to travel with Ash and Pikachu through Unova, as she knows her way around the region. As the two head off, Oshawott watches from afar. 
663 656 "A Sandile Gusher of Change" (Mijumaru! Meguroco! Critical Moment!!)
"Mijumaru! Meguroko! Kikkiippatsu!!" (ミジュマル!メグロコ!危機一髪!!) 
September 30, 2010 February 19, 2011
While on their way to the first Gym, Ash and Iris realize that they are being followed by the Oshawott from Professor Juniper's lab. They find out it wants to be captured by Ash when he called it very cute. Juniper sends Ash Oshawott's Poké Ball, but Oshawott disappears before he can be recaptured. They soon come across a boy named Dan, whose father owns a resort with a sand spa that has been disrupted by a group of Sandile, led by one wearing sunglasses. After coming across Oshawott and Team Rocket again, Ash, Iris, and Dan discover that the Sandile were trying to get help for a group of Pidove, Deerling, and Patrat from a hot spring on the verge of flooding. When it floods and traps the other Pokémon on a small island, the Sandile form a bridge to save them, but Ash is trapped on the island when their grip fails. Oshawott manages to save them with a Water Gun, and Ash uses the opportunity to recapture Oshawott. With everyone saved and the sand spa turned into a hot spring, Ash and Iris relax as the sunglasses-wearing Sandile watches on. 
664 657 "The Battle Club and Tepig's Choice!" (Battle Club! A Mysterious Pokémon Appears!!)
"Batoru Kurabu! Nazo no Pokemon Arawaru!!" (バトルクラブ!謎のポケモン現る!!) 
October 7, 2010 February 26, 2011
On their way to Striaton City Gym, Ash and Iris stop by in Accumula Town and find the Battle Club owned by Don George. After watching a battle between a Servine and a Dewott, Ash challenges the Dewott's owner, shortly before an intruder alarm goes off. Ash sees a Pokémon's dark shape on the security tape, and identifies it as an Umbreon. Ash and Iris help Don George capture the intruder, which turns out to be a Tepig with a rope tied around its mouth. Ash unties the rope as Don George find Meowth painted like an Umbreon as Jessie and James raid the Battle Club's storage, finding Pikachu (who Oshawott had knocked out earlier). After Don George sees the Tepig, he explains to Ash that it was left behind by a trainer who tied it up after it lost a battle at the Club; it later escaped with the rope still tied. Right after that, Team Rocket appears, announcing that they have captured Pikachu. Tepig saves Pikachu from Team Rocket, and Ash captures it, having befriended the Fire Pig Pokémon by saving it earlier. 
665 658 "Triple Leaders, Team Threats" (San'yō Gym! Vs. Baoppu, Hiyappu and Yanappu!!)
"San'yō Jimu! Tai Baoppu, Hiyappu, Yanappu!!" (サンヨウジム!VSバオップ、ヒヤップ、ヤナップ!!) 
October 14, 2010 March 5, 2011
Ash and Iris finally reach Striaton City, where they meet Pokémon Connoisseur Cilan at the market. He sees that Pikachu and Ash are very compatible and he invites Ash and Iris to the Striaton Gym, only for Ash to be surprised that it is a restaurant instead. Chili and Cress introduce themselves, as well, and put on a show in the restaurant until Ash becomes angry that he was tricked. However, the three brothers reveal themselves as the Striaton Gym Leaders, showing him the Gym's battlefield. To their surprise, Ash decides to fight all three Gym Leaders for the Trio Badge. Tepig fights Chili's Pansear and wins. Pikachu goes up against Cress's Panpour, but loses. In the final match, Oshawott is sent in against Cilan's Pansage. Oshawott is able to hold his ground against the Grass Pokémon, until Cilan calls out for Pansage to use a Solarbeam. 
666 659 "Dreams by the Yard Full" (Former Building Site of Dreams! Munna and Musharna!!)
"Yume no Atochi! Munna to Mushāna!!" (夢の跡地!ムンナとムシャーナ!!) 
October 21, 2010 March 12, 2011
Continuing from Ash's battle at the Striaton Gym, Oshawott has managed to deflect Pansage's Solarbeam with his shell. Oshawott is able to use his Razor Shell move to defeat Pansage, earning Ash the Trio Badge (with Iris unimpressed.) Elsewhere, Team Rocket finds the Dreamyard and set up a device they are instructed to by Giovanni, which soon begins to disturb a sleeping Pokémon. After Cilan begins to ask about Ash's battle methods, and Ash sees a passing Audino at the Pokémon Center, Iris's Axew suddenly begins feeling ill and is glowing pink. A scientist named Fennel and her Munna arrive, Munna using its Dream Eater move to make Axew wake up and then its Dream Smoke to reveal its dreams. The group finds Striaton City is engulfed in Dream Smoke from a Musharna that Fennel used in her research. Ash, Iris, and Cilan accompany Officer Jenny and Fennel to the Dreamyard, finding that Team Rocket is causing trouble. Pikachu destroys the device they built, freeing Musharna. Back at the Striaton Gym, Cilan says his goodbyes to Chili and Cress, as he has decided to join Ash on his journey through Unova, as has Iris, as they head on out to the Nacrene City gym. 
667 660 "Snivy Plays Hard to Catch!" (Get the Tsutarja That Knows Attract!?)
"Tsutāja Getto de Meromero!?" (ツタージャ・ゲットでメロメロ!?) 
October 28, 2010 March 19, 2011
While having lunch on the way to the next city, Cilan discovers that all the food he prepared has been stolen. The group discovers that a Snivy has stolen the food. Ash attempts to capture it, attacking with Pikachu; though the Snivy (which is female) uses Attract, making Pikachu unable to fight her, and escapes. Ash sends out Pidove to track the Snivy down, just as Team Rocket. finds her instead. Jessie tries to capture her, but fails. Pidove finds the Snivy and signals Ash, who tries to use Oshawott and then later Tepig, but they are also hit by Attract. Ash eventually uses Pidove, who is unaffected by the Attract because it is also female, allowing Ash to finally capture Snivy and add her to his team. 
668 661 "Saving Darmanitan from the Bell!" (Darumakka and Hihidaruma! Secret of the Clocktower!!)
"Darumakka to Hihidaruma! Dokeitō no Himitsu!!" (ダルマッカとヒヒダルマ!時計塔の秘密!!) 
November 4, 2010 March 26, 2011
Ash and the gang are approached by a Darumaka, while another steals their lunch. Ash sends Oshawott to battle them, but it is defeated. Nurse Joy tells them that the Darumaka have been stealing food all over town. When the Darumaka steal from the Pokémon Center, Ash chases them. Meanwhile Team Rocket receives a briefcase from their contact. In a clocktower, Ash battles the Darumaka, and they point the group to Darmanitan in Zen Mode to prevent one of the bells from falling down. Ash and Cilan make a new hook to hang the bell, and Darmanitan helps them attach it with its psychic powers, before taking itself out of Zen Mode to finally fix the clocktower's bell. 
669 662 "The Bloom Is on Axew!" (Out of Control Pendror! Rescue Kibago!)
"Pendorā Bōsō! Kibago o Sukue!" (ペンドラー暴走!キバゴを救え!) 
November 11, 2010 April 2, 2011
Cilan and Iris have a little match between Pansage and Axew; Pansage is told to hold back until Axew uses a powerful Dragon Rage, which keeps coming out as a "Dragon Hiccup". Elsewhere, Team Rocket is briefed on a meteor that had fallen in the Unova region, creating its current appearance. Iris tells the others how she was given Axew by an elder in her hometown. Unbeknownst to them, Axew has gotten stuck in the antennae of a Scolipede, causing the Scolipede to rampage. When Pikachu helps then track down the Scolipede, Iris sends out her Excadrill to fight the Scolipede, but Excadrill does not obey her at first, remaining in inactive mode. When they finally free Axew, Excadrill finally decides to fight the Scolipede, sending it away flying. It lets out a victory cry before clattering back into inactive mode. Elsewhere, Team Rocket meets up with their local Unova contact, Pierce (フリント Furinto?)
670 663 "A Rival Battle for Club Champ!" (Rival Battle! Tough Enemy Pururiru!!)
"Raibaru Batoru! Kyōteki Pururiru!!" (ライバルバトル!強敵プルリル!!) 
November 18, 2010 April 9, 2011
Ash, Iris, and Cilan meet up with Trip once again on the way to Nacrene City, after they stop by a Battle Club owned by another Don George. There, Ash challenges Trip to a 5-on-5 battle. Ash's Oshawott and Tepig are easily defeated by Trip's new Tranquill, and Pikachu manages to finish the job off. Trip's newly evolved Servine emerges, still able to beat Pikachu. Ash's female Snivy takes advantage of the gender differences, and manages to use a combo of Attract, Vine Whip, Leaf Storm, and Leaf Blade to finish off the Pokémon. Frillish is then sent out, beating Pidove quickly. Ash loses the battle due to the fact that Snivy keeps on attacking Frillish with the same moves over and over when its ability Cursed Body disables the moves and with a combination of Water Pulse's confusing effect and Hex, manages to take the win for Trip. Trip then tells Ash that Pikachu and Snivy are decent, but the others are "a joke". 
671 664 "A Home for Dwebble" (Ishizumai! Take Back Your Home!!)
"Ishizumai! Jibun no Ie o Torimodose!!" (イシズマイ!自分の家をとりもどせ!!) 
December 2, 2010 April 16, 2011
While on their way to Nacrene City, Axew notices a strange Pokémon that Cilan reveals is the Rock Hermit Pokémon Dwebble. The Dwebble is making a new shell out of a rock, when it is attacked by three other Dwebble which steal its new rocky shell. Cilan sends out Pansage to help it, but it attacks Pansage in fear. Elsewhere, Team Rocket receives intel on their next heist: stealing information from a laboratory. Back at the gang's camp, Cilan convinces the Dwebble to eat with them. When Pansage becomes sick, the Dwebble watches as Cilan takes care of his Pokémon. The next day, everyone helps Dwebble find the other Dwebble that stole its shell. With Cilan's help, the Dwebble is able to get its shell back, and decides to join Cilan's team. 
672 665 "Here Comes the Trubbish Squad" (The Yabukuron Squad and a Secret Base!?)
"Yabukuron Sentai to Himitsukichi!?" (ヤブクロン戦隊と秘密基地!?) 
December 9, 2010 April 23, 2011
On their way to Nacrene City, the gang is harassed by a group of schoolchildren with the Garbage Pokémon Trubbish. They head to a nearby Pokémon Daycare and kindergarten, where they learn from the kids' teacher Miss Daniella that the kids found the Trubbish at the garbage dump and decided to bring it back to the school. However, Miss Daniella told them that the Trubbish could not stay and brought it back to the dump, only for the kids to bring it back and form a gang called the "Trubbish Squad" and barricade themselves in a treehouse rounded with a wall of trash. Ash goes up to the treehouse to convince them that the Trubbish has to go, but is attacked by the group yet befriends them as well. Elsewhere, Team Rocket is given a fake meteorite from Flint and are told that they will get more information later. Back at the school, the Sandile with sunglasses arrives and the children have Trubbish fight it. Miss Daniella then decides that she should battle the Trubbish Squad to determine whether or not Trubbish should stay. Ash challenges her, as he has joined the squad, and she sends out her Deerling to fight Pikachu. The fight causes the trash wall to collapse, almost crushes one of the kids and Trubbish; however, Ash, Miss Daniella, and the others save them by holding the wall back. After the fight, she decides that Trubbish can stay and everyone cleans up the school. Before Ash and his group leave, the owner of the Daycare gives Ash a Pokémon Egg. 
673 666 "Minccino–Neat and Tidy" (Chillarmy is Clean!?)
"Chirāmii wa Kireizuki!?" (チラーミィはきれいずき!?) 
December 16, 2010 April 30, 2011
Ash meets up with Bianca, who has been sent by Professor Juniper to deliver a (very dirty) Badge Case to Ash. Just as Ash puts his Trio Badge in the case, it gets stolen by the Chinchilla Pokémon Minccino who is trying to clean it. Bianca, who wants to catch a Minccino, sends out her Pignite, the evolved form of Tepig, but it is able to dodge the Fire Pig's attacks and use a Hyper Voice to knock it out. Ash then sends out Oshawott to battle the Minccino, but Minccino easily defeats Oshawott with its DoubleSlap attack and escapes. They decide to set up a trap with a dirty spoon and Ash tries to use his Snivy to immobilize it with Attract, but the Minccino also knows Attract and Snivy is immobilized instead. Ash sends out Pikachu, who manages to weaken the Minccino with an Electric attack. Bianca decides to take out a dirty Poké Ball, enticing Minccino to clean it and accidentally get captured. With Minccino under control, Ash gets his Badge Case back. After getting to a Pokémon Center to check up on the Egg he received previously, Bianca challenges Ash to a battle. Pignite is defeated by Pikachu in the match, but Bianca says that she will get better for their next battle. 
674 667 "A Night in the Nacrene City Museum" (Shippō City! Museum Adventure!!)
"Shippō Shiti! Hakubutsukan de Daibōken!!" (シッポウシティ!博物館で大冒険!!) 
December 23, 2010 May 7, 2011
Ash, Iris, and Cilan arrive in Nacrene City and head to the museum where the Gym is located, but it is locked. Hawes, the museum's curator, runs out, explaining that the museum is locked down because it is believed to be haunted. Cilan, however, states that he does not believe in ghosts, but Iris states it is possible. After the gang is given a tour, they are lead to a sarcophagus and a death mask believed to be linked to the Mask Pokémon Yamask. As they prepare to camp out inside the museum to discover the truth, Team Rocket meets up with another contact in Unova, who tells them they have to steal a meteorite from the Nacrene Museum. In the night, Iris wakes up the group to reveal that a strange haze is around them just as a medieval suit of armor attacks them. The ghost possesses several other museum displays, including a Dragonite skeleton, until the Yamask mask attaches itself to Cilan, taking over his body to state that it wants to leave. Just then, the museum's director and Nacrene City Gym Leader Lenora arrives with her Watchog, using its Illuminate Ability to disorient the Yamask, reuniting it with its mask which it lost when it was sleeping in the new museum artifacts; Hawes did not realize it was not part of the new shipment and included it in the displays. Once the mask was behind glass, the Yamask could not retrieve the mask on its own. Now reunited with its mask, Yamask leaves the Nacrene City Museum, and Ash tells Lenora he wants to challenge her for his second badge. 
675 668 "The Battle According to Lenora" (Shippō Gym Battle! Vs. Gym Leader Aloe!!)
"Shippō Jimu Ikusa! Tai Jimu Rīdā Aroe!!" (シッポウジム戦!VSジムリーダー・アロエ!!) 
January 6, 2011 May 14, 2011
After being given a short tour of the Nacrene City Museum, Lenora accepts Ash's challenge, leading him, Cilan, Iris, and Hawes down into the gym's Arena. Lenora sends out her Lillipup, which Iris and Ash find cute, but Cilan reminds them that it is a Gym Battle. Ash sends out Tepig to fight Lillipup, but Lillipup uses Roar to send Tepig back and force Oshawott into the battle. Lenora then recalls Lillipup to send out Watchog, which uses its Mean Look to trap Oshawott in the fight. Oshawott holds his own in the fight for a while before Watchog separates Oshawott from his shell and uses Thunderbolt to defeat him. Ash sends Tepig out once more, and Lenora switches back to Lillipup, and her Lillipup uses Shadow Ball and Take Down to defeat Tepig. After the match, Ash is dejected until Don George tells him not to give up so easily, promising to teach Ash's Pokémon a new move. Meanwhile, Team Rocket infiltrates the museum and steals a meteorite, replacing it with the fake one they received earlier from Pierce. 
676 669 "Rematch at the Nacrene Gym" (Shippō Gym Rematch! The Explosive New Moves!!)
"Saisen Shippō Jimu! Shin Waza Sakuretsu!!" (再戦シッポウジム!新技炸裂!!) 
January 13, 2011 May 21, 2011
Ash trains with Tepig and Oshawott at the Nacrene City Battle Club, trying to teach them more powerful moves. After successfully teaching them Flame Charge and Aqua Jet, he challenges Lenora for the Basic Badge once more. However, Lenora's Lillipup has evolved into a Herdier since the last fight. Ash sends out Tepig against Herdier, once more, and he is able to hold his own against the powerful Pokémon until Herdier uses Roar to force Oshawott out again. Just like before, Lenora switches to Watchog and traps Oshawott with Mean Look. Oshawott uses Aqua Jet against Watchog, but misses, and is then struck by Confuse Ray. Confused, Oshawott is unable to attack and Watchog uses Thunderbolt, but Oshawott is now able to withstand the attack. He uses Aqua Jet, again, as Watchog uses Thunderbolt, once more, knocking out both of them. Lenora sends out Herdier again as Ash sends out Tepig. With the training from the Battle Club, Tepig is able to dodge Herdier's Shadow Ball attacks, until Lenora commands Herdier to use Giga Impact. Ash has Tepig use his Flame Charge, and after the two attacks collide, Tepig is the only one standing, winning the match. Lenora awards Ash the Basic Badge for defeating her, and after Ash heads to the Pokémon Center, he learns that the next Gym is in Castelia City. 
677 670 "Scraggy–Hatched to Be Wild" (The Wild Child That Hatched From the Egg!)
"Tamago kara Kaetta Abarenbō!" (タマゴからかえったあばれん坊!) 
January 20, 2011 May 28, 2011
While on the way to Castelia City, Ash, Iris, and Cilan rest for a while when Axew notifies the others that the Pokémon Egg Ash got earlier is about to hatch. They remove it from the container. Iris tells Axew that he will "soon be a big brother". In his excitement, Axew accidentally knocks the egg down a hill, but Pikachu catches it before it hits a rock. It soon hatches into the Molting Pokémon Scraggy, and it Leers at Pikachu before trying a Headbutt and misses. Ash decides to help train Scraggy by having it fight his other Pokémon, but Scraggy keeps being rude and failing at various attacks against Pidove, Snivy, Tepig, and Oshawott, making Scraggy unsure of itself and not wanting to be kept in the Poké Ball. Elsewhere, Pierce directs Team Rocket to bring the meteorite they stole to a lab for study. During the night, Scraggy wanders off and is attacked by several Galvantula, leaving it Paralyzed. Iris and Axew gather herbs to heal it, and Axew finds the herb. The next morning, after Scraggy feels better once more, it wanders off into the forest to fight the Galvantula again, but with the others' help, Scraggy is saved. Later, after Scraggy gets in a fight with Iris's Axew, she and Ash decide that Scraggy should have a new fight, resulting in a draw after the two collide with each other and pass out. After Ash consoles Scraggy, Scraggy finally agrees to enter its Poké Ball. 
678 671 "Sewaddle and Burgh in Pinwheel Forest" (Yaguruma Forest! Kurumiru and Arti!!)
"Yaguruma no Mori! Kurumiru to Āti!!" (ヤグルマの森!クルミルとアーティ!!) 
January 27, 2011 June 4, 2011
While on the way to Castelia City, Ash, Iris, and Cilan enter the Pinwheel Forest. As they walk through, Pikachu is attacked by a wild Sewaddle, the Sewing Pokémon. Ash decides to capture it, but it surrounds him with a String Shot attack and escapes. Deeper in the forest, the group comes across a large tree where they believe the Sewaddle is hiding. They climb up it and find a giant cocoon, only for it to be revealed to be Burgh, Castelia City's Gym Leader, who is in the forest to sketch some of the wildlife. As he shows the group his drawings, the Sewaddle attacks Ash again, only to nuzzle up to Burgh. It is soon discovered that Sewaddle likes everyone in the group except Ash. However, after Ash saves Sewaddle from a group of Woobat, Sewaddle begins to warm up to him. The next day, Sewaddle is abducted by a Patrat to reveal to the group that another Patrat has fallen ill, before Sewaddle attaches itself to a Deerling and falls in a ravine towards a waterfall. Ash dives in after it to save it, and is then saved by Burgh's Leavanny, Sewaddle's final form. Happy for being saved, Sewaddle allows Ash to capture it, and later the group parts ways with Burgh who tells Ash he will be waiting for him in Castelia City. 
"Hikari – A New Journey!/Nibi Gym – The Greatest Danger!"
"Hikari – Aratanaru Tabidachi!/Nibi Jimu – Shijō Saidai no Kiki!" (ヒカリ・新たなる旅立ち!/ニビジム・史上最大の危機!) 
February 3, 2011

After training Pochama and Hinoarashi in her home in Futaba Town, Hikari decides she wants to go to Hoenn to participate in the Pokémon Contests there. She is not sure who to take with her so she stops by Professor Nanakamado's lab. However, Nanakamado needs help with a new trainer named Shinko who is not sure who she should pick as her starter Pokémon, similar to how Hikari felt when she began her journey. When the new Hikozaru and Pochama escape from the lab, Hikari agrees to help find them, with Shinko following her taking notes on the way. They eventually find that the Hikozaru and Pochama have been trapped by an Ariados. Hinoarashi saves them, but all of the other Ariados in the area attack them, including a powerful shiny Ariados that traps them with a Psychic attack. Hinoarashi suddenly evolves into Magmarashi, saving everyone from the Ariados with its powerful Eruption attack. With the new Pokémon saved, Hikari decides that she will take all of her Pokémon with her to Hoenn.


In Nibi City, Takeshi's little brother Jiro is working hard at attempting to take Takeshi's place as the city's official Gym Leader. During a match, Takeshi realizes that a Nurse Joy has been watching the entire time, introducing herself as a Pokémon League representative. Joy challenges Takeshi to a match, using his Usokkie against her Lucky, losing to Joy. With Joy unimpressed and thinking that Nibi Gym should be shut down, Jiro steps in just as Muno and Mizuho return from a vacation. That night, Takeshi goes to Joy and tells her that his brother will be taking his place as Gym Leader, and she agrees to take the challenge to see if he is worthy. In the battle, Jiro sends out his Dosidon, but Joy sends out a Latias to challenge him with, but Dosidon is still defeated. Even though Jiro has lost, Joy decides that he can now be the Nibi City Gym Leader, allowing Takeshi to pursue his career in Pokémon medicine. 
679 672 "A Connoisseur's Revenge!" (Sommelier Showdown! Ishizumai vs. Futachimaru!!)
"Somurie Taiketsu! Ishizumai Tai Futachimaru!!" (ソムリエ対決!イシズマイVSフタチマル!!) 
February 17, 2011 June 11, 2011
On the way to Castelia City, Ash, Iris, and Cilan visit a mall where Ash finds that another Pokémon Connoisseur is testing the bond between Trainers and their Pokémon. Ash goes to see the Connoisseur, a woman named Burgundy, who falsely states that none of the Pokémon Ash has caught in Unova are compatible with him. When Cilan goes to check on Ash, Burgundy becomes angry, saying that when she brought her Oshawott to Cilan years ago he claimed that she and the Pokémon were not compatible. She also shows that she won the Trio Badge from Cilan's brothers, and challenges Cilan to a battle to fulfill its requirements. She first sends out her Dewott against Cilan's Dwebble, and Dwebble wins. She sends out a Sawsbuck next and Cilan sends out Pansage. In a fierce match, Pansage wins against the Season Pokémon, but Burgundy proclaims that one day she will be better than Cilan and leaves, with the rest of the group heading towards Castelia City once more. 
680 673 "Dancing with the Ducklett Trio!" (Pikachu vs. Meguroco vs. Koaruhie!!)
"Pikachū Tai Meguroko Tai Koaruhī!!" (ピカチュウVSメグロコVSコアルヒー!!) 
February 24, 2011 June 18, 2011
After a short practice match between Scraggy and Axew, Cilan calls everyone for lunch, but Ash falls down a giant hole dug by the Sandile from the hot springs. Ash finds out that it wants to battle Pikachu. Iris decides to send Excadrill to get Ash back, but it still will not listen to her. However, Cilan realizes that their lunch has been stolen by a Ducklett. Another Ducklett soon interrupts a battle between Ash's Pikachu and the Sandile to steal the Sandile's sunglasses. Ash tries to help Sandile get them back only for a third Ducklett to steal his hat. Pikachu tries to attack them with a Thundershock, but they are somehow immune. Cilan, Iris, and the other Pokémon try to track down Ash as he watches the three Ducklett gather more stolen items. Sandile's Stone Edge and Pikachu's newly learned Electro Ball are able to send the Ducklett away, and everyone gets their belongings back. After going to a Pokémon Center, Sandile decides he wants to battle Pikachu. In the fight, Sandile evolves into a Krokorok, but Pikachu's Electro Ball sends it flying off. Ash says that they will soon battle again. 
681 674 "The Lost World of Gothitelle!" (Skyarrow Bridge and Gothiruselle!)
"Sukai Arō Burijji to Gochiruzeru!" (スカイアローブリッジとゴチルゼル!) 
March 3, 2011 June 25, 2011
Ash, Iris, and Cilan finally arrive at the Skyarrow Bridge, which is enshrouded in a thick fog. Before crossing it, they come across a woman looking at photos of a ferry crossing in the Pokémon Center. They prepare to cross the bridge when they are attacked by a Gothitelle. Ash sends out Snivy, but she cannot defeat the stronger Pokémon, and they are all sent back to the other side. There, they meet a young girl named Sally, who invites them to take her father's ferry to the other side. Cilan notices the Gothitelle on board and when the ferry docks again, the group realizes that they are back where they started and that the Gothitelle is creating illusions to make them think that the ferry and the little girl exist. When Iris spots the Gothitelle again, they chase it onto the Bridge, where it attacks them. Ash sends out Snivy until the woman from before arrives, revealing that she is Sally and that the Gothitelle that they have met helped out her father's ferry business until the bridge was opened. Sally apologizes for leaving Gothitelle behind, and as the fog disappates, Gothitelle disappears. Ash, Iris, and Cilan say their goodbyes to Sally as they head off towards Castellia City. 
682 675 "A Venipede Stampede" (Hiun City! Fushide Panic!!)
"Hiun Shiti! Fushide Panikku!" (ヒウンシティ!フシデパニック!!) 
March 10, 2011 July 2, 2011
Ash, Iris, and Cilan finally arrive in Castelia City and meet Burgh, but they all discover that the city has shut itself down. When they investigate the sewers, they discover and assisst a Venipede stuck in a pipe, which, out of fear, Poisons Ash. Later, they see a whole swarm of Venipede in the sewers, which flood the streets. Trainers with Fire Pokémon do their best to fight the swarm, including Trip and his newly captured Lampent. However, Ash tries to stop them from hurting the Venipede, as hurting them will not get rid of them. Professor Juniper studies the Venipede swarm back in Nuvema Town, realizing they must have been pushed out of their natural habitat by something. Burgh tries to figure out the problem in Castelia City when Trip continues to use Lampent to get rid of the Venipede, Ash getting hit by a Shadow Ball in the process. Nurse Joy arrives with her Audino calm down several of the Venipede, and the Venipede which they helped earlier came and helped to calm them. The rest of the group uses their Pokémon to gather the Venipede into Central Plaza to keep the townspeople and the Venipede safe. During this, Ash's Pidove evolves into a Tranquil, while Professor Juniper discovers that something is emitting energy in the Desert Resort just as Giovanni heads there to join up with Team Rocket. As the mayor thanks Burgh, Ash, Iris, Cilan, and Trip for helping, Professor Juniper flies in and tells everyone what is happening in the Desert Resort. Ash, Iris, and Cilan head out with her to the desert as Burgh promises he will let Ash challenge him for the Insect Badge when everything is cleared up. 
TBA TBA "Team Rocket vs. Team Plasma! (Part 1)"
"Roketto-dan Tai Purazuma-dan! (Zenpen)" (ロケット団VSプラズマ団!(前編)) 
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Satoshi and the gang travel into the Resort Desert to discover more about the energy flow that made the Fushide swarm migrate to Hiun City. 
TBA TBA "Team Rocket vs. Team Plasma! (Part 2)"
"Roketto-dan Tai Purazuma-dan! (Kōhen)" (ロケット団VSプラズマ団!(後編)) 
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Team Rocket and Team Plasma continue to fight over the Meteonite (メテオナイト Meteonaito?), as it releases unstable energies. 
683 676 "Battling for the Love of Bug-Types!" (Hiun Gym Battle! The Pure-of-Heart Bug Pokémon Battle!)
"Hiun Jimu Sen! Junjō Hāto no Mushi Pokemon Batoru!!" (ヒウンジム戦!純情ハートの虫ポケモンバトル!!) 
March 17, 2011 July 9, 2011
Ash and the gang head back to Castelia City and meet up with Burgh in the Gym. For the first match, Burgh sends out Dwebble while Ash calls out Tepig. However, the Dwebble is too strong for Tepig and gets knocked out, so Ash replaces Tepig with Sewaddle. Despite Dwebble's strong defenses and speed, Sewaddle defeats Dwebble only to face Burgh's Whirlipede who at first appears too strong for Sewaddle until it evolves into Swadloon. The newly evolved Swadloon defeats Whirlipede, forcing Burgh to call out his last and strongest Pokémon, Leavanny. Elsewhere, Jessie, James, and Meowth receive orders that the mission is over and they change into their original white outfits, and James captures a nearby Yamask. Burgh's Leavanny soon proves to be much too strong for Swadloon who is soon defeated. Ash prepares to send out his next Pokémon until Oshawott pops out of its ball, but he decides that Pikachu would be better and calls Oshawott back. Pikachu battles against Leavanny, even getting trapped by its String Shot attack, but Pikachu manages to defeat Leavanny, winning Ash the Insect Badge. 
684 677 "Emolga the Irresistible!" (Beware Cute Faces! Paralyzing Emonga!!)
"Kawaii Kao ni Yōchūi! Emonga de Shibirebire!!" (かわいい顔に要注意!エモンガでシビレビレ!!) 
March 24, 2011 July 16, 2011
Traveling with Bianca to Nimbasa City, the group comes across a wild Emolga, who, unbeknownst to them, recently tricked a group of male Patrat into giving it apples. She quickly befriends Iris's Axew, as Iris is carrying several apples for the group. Bianca falls in love with the Emolga, but Emolga does not return the affection. She tries to capture Emolga by sending out her Minccino, but Emolga uses Discharge (which hits everyone) and Attract which misses Bianca's Minccino and instead hits Ash's Oshawott. Intent on catching Emolga, Bianca asks everyone to help find it once it escapes. Iris eventually finds Emolga, who does not want to be Bianca's Pokémon. But when Bianca sends out Minccino to fight it, again, it escapes with Axew hanging on as they nearly fall down a cliff into a group of sleeping Swoobat. Emolga manages to save Iris and Axew from the Swoobat as elsewhere Bianca, Ash, and Cilan come across a Scolipede and Galvantula that Bianca angers with her Pignite and Minccino. While cornered by the Swoobat, again, Emolga uses Attract to distract them as Bianca, Ash, and Cilan catch up to save them. Later, Emolga returns to the campsite to glide into Iris's arms, deciding that she wants to be one of Iris's Pokémon. 
685 678 "Emolga and the New Volt Switch!" (Emonga vs. Tsutarja! Volt Change Chaos!!)
"Emonga Tai Tsutāja! Boruto Chenji de Daikonran!!" (エモンガVSツタージャ!ボルトチェンジで大混乱!!) 
March 31, 2011 July 23, 2011
As Ash and friends continue on their journey accompanied by Bianca, Bianca asks Iris for a practice match against Emolga, and they begin the battle of Emolga vs Pignite. However, Emolga's Attract immobilizes Pignite quickly. Bianca recalls Pignite and sends out her Minccino next and uses Attract. Emolga counters with Attract as well canceling the effects. Mincinno uses Tickle while Emolga is supposed to use Hidden Power, but Emolga uses Volt Switch and switches places with Iris's Excadrill that does not fight back. Iris sends Emolga out once more. Mincinno uses Hyper Voice but Emolga uses Volt Switch to switch places with Pansage who knocks out Mincinno with its Solarbeam. In one final attempt to battle with Emolga, she uses Volt Switch once more to switch with Ash's Snivy. In the end, Bianca has a battle with Ash making Snivy vs Pignite. Meanwhile, Iris tries to reason with Emolga, only for her to hit everyone nearby with Discharge. As everyone takes a break, Emolga tricks all the male Pokémon to give her their apples, causing them to fight when the effects of the Attract wear off. Snivy, aware of it all, separates Emonga from the rest, sparking a rivalry between the two female Pokémon. While everyone is sleeping, Emolga wanders off, and Oshawott and Axew follow her. When they catch up to her, Emolga does her charade again and pretends she was attacked by the Watchog. This angers Oshawott and it uses Razor Shell to get some apples but the Watchog aren't happy about that. The retaliate only to crash into a tree and cause Simisear to fall out of a tree and anger it which put the Pokémon in danger. As Pikachu notifies the others of the other Pokémon's disappearance, they come upon Simisear attacking and Snivy manages to block a blow, and Emolga finally fights Simisear. When Simisear gets even angrier, it uses Flamethrower on Emolga. Snivy uses a Vine Whip to trip Simisear and causes it to fall and blow off a boulder from a mountain. Snivy and Emolga destroy the rock and Simisear walks away with disgust. After the fight, Emolga begrudgingly offers Snivy an apple for helping her. With the crisis averted and Emolga learning to share, Bianca leaves the group, heading off to catch up with Ash's badge count. 
686 679 "Scare at the Litwick Mansion!" (The Scaaaary Story of the Hitomoshi Mansion!)
"Hitomoshi Yashiki no Kowa~i Ohanashi!" (ヒトモシ屋敷のこわ~いお話!) 
April 7, 2011 July 30, 2011
While on the way to Nimbasa City, Iris notifies the others that it is going to rain. As Ash and Cilan insist to her it is bright and sunny, the sky darkens and it begins to pour. The gang rushes into the woods until they come across a large mansion. Ash knocks on the door, only for it to open by itself. Elsewhere in the mansion, Jessie, James, and Meowth watch them enter on a security system. Jame's Yamask talks with a group of Litwick until James tells it to lead the Litwick to scare Ash and his friends. A table flies at them and when they find the dining room and sit down, the chairs lift into the air and throw them at a group of clothes walking around with no one wearing them. Pikachu uses Thunder and then they see that that a Litwick is causing the commotion as it has lost its friends. They take the Litwick through the mansion to find its friends when they come across Yamask, the Litwick and Meowth. However, the Litwick they are helping soon turns on them. Team Rocket receives information just as Meowth is attacked by one of the other Litwick. The two groups meet up, with Team Rocket looking extremely exhausted and drained as a Lampent appears with all of the Litwick, leading them to attack the gang and Team Rocket and their Pokémon into a vast ghostly abyss. Team Rocket nearly falls in, but Ash and the others save them. Together, Ash's Pikachu and Oshawott, Cilan's Dwebble, Jessie's Woobat, and James' Yamask are able to defeat the ghost pokémon and leave the house with the weather clear outside, only for it to rain again. 
687 680 "The Dragon Master's Path!" (The Road to Becoming a Dragon Master! Kibago vs. Crimgan!!)
"Doragon Masutā e no Michi! Kibago Tai Kurimugan!!" (ドラゴンマスターへの道!キバゴVSクリムガン!!) 
April 14, 2011 August 6, 2011
After a practice match between Scraggy and Axew, Iris spots a Druddigan after it attacks them. Ash sends Pikachu to battle it, thinking it is wild, until its trainer, Emmy arrives. She is not sure why Druddigan is upset until Iris realizes it has a metal rope around its ankle. Iris frees Druddigan, making it happier, and Emmy asks Iris to help train her Druddigan. Iris agrees to help as she plans on becoming a Dragon Master, and Druddigan needs more experience. Emmy and Ash have a match with Druddigan up against Tepig, with Druddigan winning. Team Rocket, who has been watching and previously tried to capture Druddigan, sends Yamask and Woobat down to attack and distract the trainers before snatching Pikachu, Axew, and Druddigan up into their new airship. Druddigan manages to free Pikachu just before getting trapped in the airship. Iris nearly is able to free them on her own, but Team Rocket escapes. The group chases after the airship, with Iris remembering what the elder in her town told her, as Axew manages to performs a Dragon Rage, causing the airship to crash and allowing everyone to escape. Druddigan faces off against Yamask and Woobat, protecting everyone from the attacks, until it learns Draco Meteor to retaliate, giving enough time for Pikachu and Axew to use Electro Ball and Dragon Rage which Axew manages to pull off perfectly to send Team Rocket away. Iris is proud of Axew, and Emmy thanks Iris for helping train her Druddigan, before the group parts ways off to Nimbasa City. 
688 681 "Oshawott's Lost Scalchop!" (The Lost Hotachi! Mijumaru's Greatest Crisis!!)
"Kieta Hotachi! Mijumaru Saidai no Kiki!!" (消えたホタチ!ミジュマル最大の危機!!) 
April 21, 2011 August 13, 2011
On the road to Nimbasa City, Ash and company come across a trainer named Stephan who challenges Ash to a battle. Stephan sends out his Blitzle while Ash sends out Oshawott. Blitzle uses Shock Wave, but Oshawott is able to block it with his Scalchop shell. Blitzle uses Flame Charge next and Oshawott counters with Aqua Jet. Oshawott prepares a Razor Shell attack until Blitzle does a Double Kick, knocking the Scalchop out of his hand. Oshawott runs off to try to find it, ending the battle prematurely. Ash and Pikachu catch up with Oshawott who searches in a field for the Scalchop, finding something that he believes to be his Scalchop until it shocks him, with Ash discovering that it is a Joltick. Next, Iris gives Oshawott an Iapapa Berry to stand in for the Scalchop. Pikachu uses Thundershock to test it, but Oshawott is hit by the shock. Cilan then gives Oshawott one of his serving domes, but it also does not protect Oshawott from the shock. Cilan then sends out Dwebble and has him craft a stone Scalchop for Oshawott. Even though it blocks Pikachu's Thundershock, it is much too heavy for Oshawott to carry. Ash helps Oshawott train to no luck, until later that night when Oshawott decides to train on his own with the large Scalchop, until Ash finds him and helps. When they meet Stephan again for the rematch, he has been powering up Blitzle with a bike generator. When the match begins, Oshawott is able to withstand the more powerful Shock Wave with the stone Scalchop until it shatters. However, training with the large shell has made Oshawott faster, and he is able to dodge Blitzle's attacks. Oshawott and Blitzle use Aqua Jet and Flame Charge against each other, with Oshawott winning the battle. After the match, Axew comes running up to the group, having found the real Scalchop. Oshawott puts it back on, happy that he and the shell are reunited, before going to sleep after the exhausting battle. 
689 682 "Cottonee in Love!" (The Monmen in Love Rides the Wind!)
"Koisuru Monmen wa Kaze ni Notte!" (恋するモンメンは風に乗って!) 
April 28, 2011 August 20, 2011
In a practice match between Scraggy and Axew, the match is interrupted by a gust of wind followed by the appearance of a Cottonee. Cilan realizes that it is the time of year that Cottonee pair up and that this male Cottonee must be looking for a mate. While they watch it find a female Cottonee that he has fallen in love with, they watch as she attacks him because he is too weak. Scraggy steps forward, wanting to help Cottonee to become stronger and braver, but Scraggy's Scary Face sends it cowering behind a tree stump. Ash then steps in, helping train Cottonee against Scraggy, as Team Rocket watches the Cottonee swarm from afar. Axew and Cottonee train next, with Axew teaching Cottonee accuracy for its Energy Ball, and then Dwebble goes up against Cottonee to test its Razor Leaf and Solar Beam. Ash then sends out Tranquill to search for the other Cottonee so Cottonee can get a mate as Team Rocket calls in for new supplies. As soon as Ash and the others reach the Cottonee swarm, a gust of wind blows up from Team Rocket's large fan, catching all the Cottonee in a bag. Ash sends out Tranquill to slice open the bag with Air Cutter, freeing the Cottonee and dispatching Team Rocket. Later, the Cottonee they have been training with finally defeats several other male Cottonee, impressing the same female Cottonee from before and getting a mate. The next day, as the perfect weather conditions are finally met, Ash, Iris, Cilan, Pikachu, Axew, and Scraggy watch all the paired Cottonee drift away on the wind to a new life together. 
690 683 "A UFO for Elgyem!" (Ligray and the Unidentified Flying Object!)
"Rigurē to Mikakunin Hikō Buttai!" (リグレーと未確認飛行物体!) 
May 5, 2011 August 27, 2011
While Ash, Iris, Cilan, Pikachu, and Axew are asleep, they are suddenly woken up by a bright light. Ash and Iris believe it is a UFO, while Cilan insists there must be a scientific explanation. He claims to be a Science Connoisseur. When they reach town the next day, Cilan asks if there are any rumors of UFO sightings in the area, and someone overhearing the conversation directs them to Professor Ikarus. As they cross a rope bridge to his lab, they all receive a strange vision of Ash falling through one of the planks. When they test the plank before stepping on it, they watch it break. As they reach the professor's lab, Cilan knocks on the door and asks him if the UFO rumors are true. As professor Ikarus tries to get them to leave, Cilan convinces him to let them stay after praising his work. As Ikarus tries to explain what he is doing, they get a vision of something exploding. He rushes off to check on his experiment as Cilan and the others follow to see the professor's flying saucer. He tells them to remove its energy source, and they do so, with the help of professor Ikarus' Elgyem which is revealed to have psychic powers. The professor tells them of how he always wanted to travel to outerspace and spent most of his life developing a flying saucer spacecraft. He explained that when he tested one of his mini prototypes, it accidentally hit Elgyem, and he brought it back to his lab to help it heal, beginning their friendship. When Elgyem began showing interest in his research, Ikarus began having Elgyem test its powers, but it began to scare off the other townsfolk from his property to seclude them, which began the UFO rumors. Soon, two people approach the lab and state that they want to have Professor Ikarus be the first to see the successful manipulation of Dark Matter. However, a device they have soon traps Ash and the other and captures Elgyem, before the two people reveal themselves to be Team Rocket who escape with Elgyem. Cilan manages to send out Dwebble to free them from the device. Ikarus tells everyone to get onto his flying saucer and they chase Team Rocket in their hovercraft. As Ash's Tranquil fights Jessie's Woobat, Elgyem is freed by the efforts of Axew and Pansage, before Pikachu's Electro Ball destroys Team Rocket's hovercraft. However, the fight has damaged the professor's flying saucer. With only one engine working, the flying saucer falls into a gorge. Elgyem using Telekinesis manages to lift and land the saucer safely back at the lab. Ikarus then tells them that he plans to repair the flying saucer, and send Elgyem back into space. As Ash and the others say their goodbyes to the professor, Elgyem's psychic powers show the group various visions, which Cilan realizes must explain the vision earlier. He also says these visions are telling Professor Ikarus that Elgyem wants to stay with him. After they leave, the gang sees a UFO zigzagging through the sky which cannot be explained. 
691 684 "Ash and Trip's Third Battle!" (Rival Battle! Vanipeti and Dokkorā in the Fight!!)
"Raibaru Batoru! Baniputchi, Dokkorā Sansen!!" (ライバルバトル!バニプッチ、ドッコラー参戦!!) 
May 12, 2011 September 3, 2011
Cilan prepares lunch for the gang until Iris and Ash accidentally ruin his cooking by getting a leaf inside. He knocks over the pot in his anger, and regrets it instantly. Furiously, he tells Ash and Iris that they will have no lunch, but Iris gives them all apples. Cilan sighs and says it can't be helped, and tells them to go play somewhere else while he cooks them a new meal. While they wait, Iris and Ash explore the surrounding forest where they accidentally come across Trip who is using his new Vanilite on a wild Palpitoad. Ash gets in the way of the Poké Ball, allowing Palpitoad to escape. When Iris arrives, Trip is fascinated by her, saying that he's always wanted to meet someone from the Dragon Village, and snaps a few photos with his trademark camera. When Iris sees the Vanilite, she acts very scared of its presence, knowing how Ice-type Pokémon are strong against Dragon-types. Trip tells her this logic does not make sense, because in her logic, she should be afraid of dragon types, too, as dragon types are weak against other dragon types, and yet, she keeps Axew so close to her. Trip challenges her to a battle (with Ash repeatedly challenging Trip in the background, and Trip ignoring him), but Iris, remembering how her Excadrill refuses to battle and Emolga refuses to listen to her, awkwardly refuses. Trip says to her that she'll never be a Dragon Master at this rate and starts to leave. Before Trip leaves, Ash challenges him to a battle once more. Initially, Trip refuses, taunting Ash by saying that his Pokémon will level down if he battles Ash. Iris taunts him back, and calls him a little kid. Trip accepts the battle request from Ash. Trip sends out his Servine while Ash sends out Snivy. Snivy is defeated quickly, and then Trip recalls how a meeting with Alder when he was younger inspired him to become a strong Pokémon trainer. The next match is Timburr against Oshawott. During the fight, Trip takes a photo of Oshawott in an Aqua Jet, revealing that Oshawott does not look where it is going during the move as he does not open his eyes underwater, while Timburr looks on Oshawott's failed Aqua Jet with pity. In the end, Oshawott defeats Timburr with a Razor Shell. The next match is between Vanilite and Tepig. Vanilite is eventually beat, but Tepig is also knocked out, resulting in a tie. As Ash and Iris say goodbye to Trip, they suddenly remember that Cilan is waiting for them at the campsite for lunch where he, his Pansage, and his Dwebble, are waiting impatiently for Ash and Iris's return. 
692 685 "Facing Fear with Eyes Wide Open!" (Gamagaru, Maggyo! Battle at the Waterside!!)
"Gamagaru, Maggyo! Mizube no Tatakai!!" (ガマガル、マッギョ!水辺の戦い!!) 
May 19, 2011 September 10, 2011
After the battle with Trip, Ash decides to do some special training with Oshawott to get him to open his eyes underwater. They go to a lake, but when Ash forces Oshawott's eyes open while they are swimming, he gets upset and uses Water gun on Ash and blows him out of the lake. At their campsite, Iris is watching over the other Pokémon while they are playing a game. As Emolga and Snivy get in a fight, Scraggy wanders off and finds a group of Foongus that he angers by using headbutt. The Foongus use Poison Powder that hits all of the Pokémon. Cilan, Ash, and Oshawott go out to find a herb that will cure the poison, but it only grows at the bottom of a lake. Ash takes Oshawott with him into the lake, where they are spotted by a wild Palpitoad, angered because of its encounter with Trip. The Palpitoad instructs a school of Tympole to attack them, and Oshawott cannot fight back because he cannot see them. He holds his own until he gains enough courage and opens up his eyes, scaring the Tympole off. However, Palpitoad calls upon a Stunfisk friend that uses Discharge to force Ash and Oshawott out of the lake. Cilan decides to use his fishing skills to get the Stunfisk out of the water, drawing Palpitoad out as well. Oshawott battles against Palpitoad while Cilan uses his fishing rod to get Stunfisk KO'd. Oshawott finally is able to defeat Palpitoad when he opens his eyes during Aqua Jet, allowing Ash to capture Palpitoad while Cilan captures Stunfisk. Oshawott dives into the lake once more and finds the herb, which they bring back to camp to heal the others. Oshawott manages to earn the full respect and gratitude of all the Pokémon. 
693 686 "Iris and Excadrill Against the Dragon Buster!" (The Dragon Buster Appears! Iris and Doryuzu!!)
"Doragon Basutā Tōjō! Airisu to Doryūzu!!" (ドラゴンバスター登場!アイリスとドリュウズ!!) 
May 26, 2011 September 17, 2011
While on the way to Nimbasa City, the group comes across a trainer named Georgia who claims that she is a Dragon Buster and can beat any Dragon-type Pokémon. Iris challenges her, saying that she is training to be a Dragon Master. Langley sends out her Beartic, with Iris afraid, but sending out Axew to fight it. Axew is easily beaten, and Iris sends out Excadrill next, but he will not obey her orders. Georgia taunts her before she leaves. As Iris tries to comfort Excadrill, he curls up into inactive mode once more. Iris tells Ash and Cilan that like long ago, this time, Excadrill was defeated by the move Rock Smash. She tells Ash and Cilan how she captured Excadrill when she first found him as a Drilbur bothering other Pokémon in the forest around her home town many years ago. After she saved him after he nearly fell off a cliff, Drilbur became Iris's partner and trained under her, eventually evolving into an Excadrill and winning a tournament in her home. Drayden, a Dragon Master, tells Iris that he is impressed. She challenges him to a battle, and says it will be their 100th victory, and she wants it to be against a Dragon Master. He accepts her challenge, but when Excadrill fights Shaga's Haxorus, none of its moves appear effective, and he loses the match. Upset, Excadrill shut itself off from Iris and has not listened to her. Cilan says that it is not disappointment that is causing Excadrill's behavior but anger at Iris for forcing it to fight a match that he knew that he would lose. That night, Iris apologizes to Excadrill, saying that she did not try to understand his feelings. Excadrill listens in surprise, remembering how Iris never gave up trying to beat him, and her words of encouragement. He moves out of its inactive mode, but Iris is already asleep. Excadrill goes into the woods to practice its Focus Blast move, until Iris wakes up and sees it, deciding to help him master the move. The next day, Georgia comes across the group again after she has eaten their breakfast, and Iris challenges her to a match, again. With Excadrill's trust once again formed with Iris, and his newly learned Focus Blast, he is now an even match for Georgia's Beartic, but both defeat each other at the same time, resulting in a tie. Georgia, although upset, still claims she is a Dragon Buster. she tells Iris to meet her again one day in battle, and Cilan to prepare a better meal for her. Iris comforts Excadrill in the draw, saying it was a great battle. Excadrill hugs her, and she hugs back, saying that she loves Excadrill. In the end, Excadrill and Iris are once again good friends. 
694 687 "Gotta Catch a Roggenrola!" (Dangoro! Fire the Luster Cannon!!)
"Dangoro! Rasutā Kanon Hassha seyo!" (ダンゴロ!ラスターカノン発射せよ!!) 
June 2, 2011 September 24, 2011
While the gang enjoys a lunch, they are interrupted by a Roggenrola landing on their lunch table. Ash decides he wants to capture it, for the energy and spunk it has, but it manages to defeat both Oshawott and Tepig. Cilan notices a strange suction cup on the back of Roggenrola, which is knocked off in the battle. At the Pokémon Center, Ash has Oshawott and Tepig taken care of when a man named Mr. Garrason talks to Nurse Joy and informs her that the water lines seems normal, and the cause is elsewhere. Nurse Joy informs Ash and friends that the water supply has been strange since morning, and tells them that the water supply comes from a cave where Roggenrola. They say they saw a Roggenrola earlier that day, but Nurse Joy tells them that they rarely come out of the caves. Cilan says that the Roggenrola was attempting to tell them something, and also remembers the strange object on its back. Mr. Garrason says he will go to the caves to look, and Ash and his friends volunteer to follow. Elsewhere, the same Roggenrola warns several wild Pokémon about something, and inside a cave, a strange device driven by Team Rocket chases after several Roggenrola. Ash, Iris, Cilan, and Mr. Garrason enter the cave which is supposed to deliver water to the Pokémon Center to see why the Roggenrola are acting strange when they come across Team Rocket who capture the Roggenrola the gang encountered earlier to fill up the device. Ash manages to save that Roggenrola from Team Rocket, who exit the cave, but smash the cave walls, causing a cave-in. A rock falls towards Ash, but Roggenrola saves him by using Flash Cannon. As Team Rocket exits the cave, they fire an energy blast from the Roggenrola Cannon to cause a cave in at the entrance. Pansage and Excadrill use Dig to get the gang outside, where they chase down Team Rocket who try to use the Roggenrola Cannon to escape once more. They fire the cannon and Roggenrola intercepts the blast with Flash Cannon. Team Rocket fires a second time, however, the device backfires, due to the Roggenrola forcing the energy into reverse causing the machine to break down. The Roggenrola are freed, and with combined attacks from all the Roggenrola, Pikachu, and Tepig, they defeat Team Rocket's Pokémon, and destroy the machine, forcing Team Rocket to flee on jetpacks. At the Pokémon Center, Nurse Joy checks on all of the Roggenrola and Tepig, revealing that they are healthy, and the one Roggenrola that Ash first saved reveals it wanted to travel with Ash from the moment they met. This time, Tepig manages to defeat Roggenrola, allowing Ash to capture his eighth Pokémon in the Unova Region. 
695 688 "Where Did You Go, Audino?" (Sommelier Detective Dent! The Case of the Missing Tabunne!!)
"Somurie Tantei Dento! Tabunne Shissō Jiken!!" (ソムリエ探偵デント!タブンネ失踪(しっそう)事件!!) 
June 9, 2011 October 1, 2011
On the way to Nimbasa City, Ash and the gang encounter an Audino walking through a thick fog. They realize that something is very wrong with it. They encounter Officer Jenny with two young detectives named Doyle and Christie, who place the gang under arrest, even though they insist that they have not done anything wrong. Finally, Cilan reveals that he is the Gym Leader of the Striaton Gym and explains that a simple phone call will clear things up. After Officer Jenny apologizes to the gang, she explains that something is seriously wrong with the Audino in town, as they are disappearing one after the other. After they have introduced each other, they receive a call that the Pokémon Center's Audino has disappeared shortly before the call. Cilan volunteers to help solve the case of the missing Audino. He explains that he is a Detective Connoisseur. They decide to split up to cover the three remaining Audino in town, and tag them with tracking devices. Ash and Doyle's assigned Audino starts moving first, followed by Iris and Christie's, then Cilan and Officer Jenny's. They follow them until they all converge to the same path. The gang follow the Audino until the tracking devices fail. Officer Jenny explains the tracking devices use sound waves to track positions. They start to walk away from them and the two Pokémon use Psychic and Telekinesis to pull them back but they lose one. The two Audino snap out of the hypnotic state while Cilan suggests that someone must be using sound waves to lure the Audino and tells Ash to call out Roggenrola because of its sensitive hearing. Roggenrola starts following the sound waves that were luring the Audino, while the Audino do everything they can, to prevent the people from following them. Roggenrola continues to follow the sound waves which leads them to an abandoned power plant. Inside, Team Rocket have the Audino inside a cage. Ash and the gang battle Team Rocket and eventually destroy the machine, causing the Audino to snap out of hypnosis. All the Audino attack Team Rocket, forcing them to escape on jetpacks. 
696 689 "Archeops in the Modern World!" (Fossil Revival! Ancient Mysterious Bird Archeos!!)
"Kaseki Fukkatsu! Kodai Kaichō Ākeosu!!" (化石復活!古代怪鳥アーケオス!!) 
June 16, 2011 October 8, 2011
Ash and the gang visit a research lab to witness Professor Juniper and Professor Fennel revive an ancient Pokémon called Archen. They begin the revival process using Fennel's Musharna which wakes up Archen. However, it is restless and begins to attack everyone. Meanwhile Team Rocket decide to steal the Archen, along with the data for constructing a restoration machine. As Archen is sleeping, the professors are pondering what having an Archen in this modern world is like. As it wakes up, it starts to destroy the lab and its crying causes an ancient plant to start growing in the lab. It starts to search for food only to discover that Cilan's Pokémon food and the food growing in trees don't taste good. Archen decides that it wants to fly, only to find out it cannot. Ash and Iris offer to help it, however Iris' Emolga starts off by using Attract, which fails and only makes Archen poke at her. She responds by using Volt Switch and switches out with Cilan's Stunfisk. After a long stare between Archen and Stunfisk, it bites Stunfisk out of curiosity and Stunfisk responds by using Discharge on it. Archen cries loudly, once again, causing the plants to grow again. Archen continues to try to fly, eventually starting to become successful, all the while releasing its cries. Eventually the plants consume the lab and begin to grow the fruit that Archen likes. It eats them and evolves into Archeops and begins to fly. After Team Rocket steals the design of the restoration device, they decide to go capture Archeops. They destroy the plants and capture Archeops in an electrically charged net. Archeops retaliates, forcing Team Rocket to retreat. At sunset, a group of Archeops arrive and the revived Archeops joins the group. The professors and the gang depart from Archeops and each other as they continue to Nimbasa City. 
697 690 "A Fishing Connoisseur in a Fishy Competition!" (Fishing Sommelier Dent Appears!!)
"Tsuri Somurie Dento Tōjō!!" (釣りソムリエ・デント登場!!) 
June 23, 2011[b] October 15, 2011
Continuing their journey to Nimbasa City, Ash and the gang decide to stop in town. They notice Bianca is running around and she crashes into Ash, throwing him into the water channel. While Ash is drying his clothes, Bianca shows a poster announcing a fishing contest for which the prize is a golden fishing rod. Cilan loses control of himself, and announces that he is a Fishing connoisseur and they all decide to enter the contest, unknowingly being staged by Team Rocket. They sign up in Castelia City and are issued their Fishing Balls and are told to choose their fishing rods, but Cilan has brought his own and he helped Bianca choose one for beginners level. They begin to fish, but Bianca does not know how to fish. She casts her rod around wildly, eventually hooking onto Ash's jacket. Cilan decides to give the gang a crash course in fishing, during which he catches a blue-striped Basculin. He sends Pansage out to battle it, and after some missed shots, Pansage weakens the Basculin and allows Cilan to catch it. Iris tries to fish for a Pokémon, but she gets bored when nothing has taken the bait. She decides to instead use her hands to catch a Pokémon, and lifts a blue Basculin out of the water only to receive a yellow card for her actions. Bianca pulls in a female Frillish which begins to constrict Ash. Bianca scans Frillish on her Pokédex. Cilan and Iris try to help only to get pulled into its grip. Ash orders Pikachu to use Thunderbolt on them to free them. Team Rocket leave only to find that their boat is pushed away. As everybody realizes that something suspicious is going on they reveal that they are actually Team Rocket. They begin to battle, and when the want to escape with captured Pokémon, they realize that the same Frillish has opened them up and freed all of the Pokémon. Emptyhanded, Team Rocket escapes in their jetpacks. Cilan tries to find the golden rod only to find it was made out of wood. They part with Bianca and continue to Nimbasa City. 
698 691 "Movie Time! Zorua in 'The Legend of the Pokémon Knight'!" (Zorua the Movie! The Legend of the Pokémon Knight!)
"Zoroa Za Mubi! Pokemon Naito no Densetsu!!" (ゾロア・ザ・ムービー!ポケモンナイトの伝説!!) 
June 30, 2011 October 22, 2011
Continuing to Nimbasa City, Ash and the gang encounter a Zorua. They are excited to see such a rare Pokémon, only to find that out it belongs to a Pokémon Trainer named Luke. He asks them to try to catch his Zorua since she is not listening to him. He introduces himself and says he likes to make movies. He explains what happened before Zorua ran off, that they were filming a scene until Zorua left. The gang decide to help Luke out with his dilemma while Team Rocket decides to steal Zorua. While the group is looking for Zorua, Luke explains how he met her. When they find her, Zorua is still angry at Luke and Cilan explains that Zorua only wants to play the role of Princess Uria in the movie. Cilan offers to help in making the movie and claims he is a Film Connoisseur. They plan out the movie and the next morning, Luke explains the plot. The begin to shoot the movie with Ash being a nervous wreck. Cilan and Luke manage to calm him down. They try again with Ash being much more relaxed. They shoot the next scene where Axew gets overwhelmed by Pikachu's Electro Ball. They shoot the next scene with no cuts and during that Team Rocket interrupts by capturing Zorua. Luke, still recording, records Ash and the gang battling Team Rocket. After defeating Team Rocket, they finish the movie and show it in theaters with everyone applauding to the movie. Luke is told that the battle scenes showed have showed more passion and they all decide to enter the Nimbasa Tournament. 
699 692 "Reunion Battles in Nimbasa!" (Everyone Gathers! Don Battle!!)
"Zen'in Shūgō! Don Batoru!!" (全員集合!ドンバトル!!) 
July 7, 2011 October 29, 2011
Having arrived in Nimbasa City, Ash is excited to have his Gym battle. However, his excitement quickly fades when he finds out that he is actually in Nimbasa Town. He decides to enter the battle tournaments held in Nimbasa Town. Shortly after, Bianca comes charging, crashes into Ash, and once again, throws him in water. Luke begins filming the tournament while Bianca disrupts him in the process. As Ash decides what Pokémon to use, Burgundy shows up as well as Stephan and Georgia. Later on Trip makes his appearance. Tension immediately fills the air between the rivals. The tournament has finally begun with Don George spectating the battles. The first round is Georgia vs. Sylvester. Georgia wins the first round and moves on to the next stage. The second round is Dino vs. Omega where Dino wins. The third round is Antonio vs. Emmanuel where Antonio wins. The fourth round is Burgundy vs. Ash. Burgundy sends out Stoutland while Ash sends out Palpitoad. Things start with Stoutland overpowering Palpitoad. however, when Stoutland uses Fire Fang, Palpitoad uses Mud Shot and fires it in Stoutland's mouth letting down its guard while trying to get the mud out of its mouth. Palpitoad uses Hydro Pump to defeat Stoutland. Ash wins the round and moves on. The next round is then announced: Trip vs. Cilan. 
700 693 "Cilan Versus Trip, Ash Versus Georgia!!" (Fierce Fighting Don Battle! Tsutarja vs. Komatana!!)
"Nettō Don Batoru! Tsutāja Tai Komatana!!" (熱闘ドンバトル!ツタージャVSコマタナ!!) 
July 21, 2011 November 5, 2011
The Club Battle Tournament in Nimbasa Town continues. The fifth round is Trip vs. Cilan. Trip sends out Gurdurr while Cilan sends out Dwebble. They have a hard, long battle where Gurdurr nearly smashes Dwebble's rock, but, in the end Cilan wins. The sixth round is Stephan against Bianca where Stephan wins. The seventh round is Luke vs. Scooter where Luke wins. Finally, the eighth round is Jimmy Ray vs. Iris where Iris wins, finishing all eight matches of the first round. Trip prepares to leave as Ash confronts him. Trip decides to leave claiming he will not get stronger by watching Ash lose. Stephan, Ash, Iris, and Cilan have dinner together. Zorua, disguised as Iris, approaches and so does Bianca trying to get Zorua to be with her. Zorua turns into Axew and Bianca takes the real one and soon Iris and Bianca have a fight. Back in their rooms, Dwebble is fixing its rock and Burgundy shows up to insult Cilan. The next morning, Georgia and Iris have a fight when Zorua disguised as Georgia shows up. Iris makes fun of Georgia by moving Zorua's body. Round 2 has begun and the matches have been sorted. The first match is Georgia vs. Ash. Ash sends out Snivy while Langley sends out Pawniard. Ash starts off with Snivy's Leaf Storm and Georgia counters with Pawniard's Metal Claw. Snivy uses Leaf Storm once more but Pawniard uses Metal Claw before Snivy can attack. Next, Snivy uses Attract only to find out that Pawniard is female. Pawniard uses Iron head while Snivy counters with Vine Whip. Pawniard uses Guillotine, which Snivy successfully dodges in time to avoid knockout. The battle pursues with Pawniard about to use Guillotine on a fallen Snivy. 
701 694 "The Club Battle Hearts of Fury: Emolga Versus Sawk!" (White Hot Don Battle! Emonga vs. Dageki!!)
"Hakunetsu Don Batoru! Emonga Tai Dageki!!" (白熱ドンバトル!エモンガVSダゲキ!!) 
August 4, 2011 November 12, 2011
The second round of the Club Battles at Nimbasa Town continue with Georgia battling Ash. Georgia has ordered Pawniard to use Guillotine on a fallen Snivy. Snivy manages to gain consciousness at the last second and dodge the attack once again and attack using Leaf Blade. Pawniard is now stuck in the ground. She attacks using Leaf Storm, defeating Pawniard and giving Ash the win of the first match. Georgia and Iris have another verbal brawl. The second match is Antonio vs. Dino where Dino wins. Cilan offers Snivy Pokémon food specially made for her. Burgundy tries to put Cilan down, but Snivy uses Vine Whip to slap her away. The third match is Luke vs. Cilan. Cilan sends out Stunfisk while Luke sends out Larvesta. Stunfisk starts of with Scald but Larvesta does not seem affected. Larvesta uses String Shot to wrap up Stunfisk. Stunfisk strikes back with Thundershock, but Larvesta dodges and uses Bug Buzz. Then it uses Flame Thrower and Stunfisk jumps in, burning off the String Shot. Cilan has Stunfisk jump high in the air and then use Scald. Larvesta uses String Shot on itself for protection. Larvesta defeats Stunfisk with Flamethrower, giving Luke the win of the third match. The final match of the second round is Iris vs. Stephan. Stephan sends out his Sawk, which is male, while Iris sends out her Emolga. Emolga starts off with Attract while Sawk counters with Close Combat. Sawk then uses Bulk Up while Emolga uses Hidden Power which is countered by Double Kick. Emolga uses Hidden Power again which makes a direct hit. Sawk uses Close Combat but gets affected by Emolga's ability Static. Sawk then uses Double Kick which Emolga counters with Attract, only for Sawk to counter with Close Combat. Emolga keeps using Attract while Sawk keeps using Close Combat until it is finally paralyzed by Emolga's Static. Emolga finishes with Volt Switch taking out Sawk and giving Iris the win thus concluding the second round. The semi-finals will soon begin with Ash facing Dino and Iris facing Luke. The first match is Dino vs. Ash. Ash sends out Palpitoad while Dino sends out Darumakka. 
702 695 "The Club Battle Finale: A Heroes Outcome!" (Deciding Match of the Don Battle! Satoshi Against Iris!!)
"Kessen Don Batoru! Satoshi Tai Airisu!!" (決戦ドンバトル!サトシ対アイリス!!) 
August 11, 2011 November 19, 2011
The first match of the semi-finals ends with Ash winning. The last match of the semi-finals is Luke against Iris. Luke calls out Golett while Iris chooses Axew. Iris starts off with Scratch but it has no effect. Golett uses Mega Punch and lands a direct hit. Axew uses Dragon Rage but Golett counters with Double Team and uses Gyro Ball in the process. Golett lands another direct hit. Axew responds with Dragon Rage and Golett counters with Shadow Ball and the attacks cancel. Golett then uses Gyro Ball and starts to chase Axew. When Axew falls from exhaustion, he manages to learn Outrage. Axew continues to attack Golett knocking it out and securing the win for Iris but resulting in the confusing side effect for Axew. The finals begin tomorrow with Ash and Iris facing off against each other. Luke reviews the footage Bianca has recorded, only to reveal all of it is of Zorua. Bianca continues to try to get Zorua to come with her without luck. Iris, Ash, and Cilan have dinner together. Burgundy approaches the gang and challenges Cilan to a Connoisseur showdown. At first Cilan refuses until he realizes he is on camera and he accepts her challenge. It is time for the final battle in the Club Battle tournament. Ash is about to battle Iris while Burgundy and Cilan are about to have their showdown. Ash chooses Pikachu while Iris uses Excadrill. Pikachu starts off with a Thunderbolt, which is useless against Excadrill. Excadrill responds with Drill Run and Pikachu counters with Quick Attack. Excadrill dodges, quickly grabs Pikachu's tail, throws him, and uses Metal Claw, landing a direct hit. Pikachu uses Iron Tail and Excadrill uses Metal Claw but he misses while Pikachu lands the Iron Tail. Excadrill uses Focus Blast while Pikachu counters with Electro Ball and the attacks collide and cancel. Excadrill uses dig and throws Pikachu in the air while Pikachu uses the chance to launch an Iron Tail attack. Excadrill uses Drill Run while Pikachu counters with Iron Tail which gets overpowered. Excadrill uses Dig and Pikachu dodges immediately followed by Focus Blast which knocks Pikachu out and secures Iris the win of the Club Battles. Iris receives the seven feathers of Swanna as a prize and concludes the Club Battles with an interview of Iris. Luke and the gang part, and the rivals part and Ash, Iris, and Cilan continue on to Nimbasa City. Meanwhile, Team Rocket is planning their next scheme. 
703 696 "Meowth's Scrafty Tactics!" (Meowgotiator Nyarth! Zuruzukin Persuasion Tactics!!)
"Nyagoshiētā Nyāsu! Zuruzukin Setoku Sakusen!!" (ニャゴシエーター・ニャース!ズルズキン説得作戦!!) 
August 18, 2011 November 26, 2011
Stopping on their way to Nimbasa City for a lunch break, Axew and Tepig discover Team Rocket's Meowth unconscious in the bushes. The gang revives him back to health. When he wakes up, he discovers that the gang has revived him and he explains that Team Rocket has fired him for botching an operation. They decide to take Meowth along for a while. Continuing their journey, Meowth sweet talks Ash and Iris but Pikachu is still suspicious of him. Shortly after, a Scrafty snatches Axew and runs off. They give chase but Scrafty threatens that if they get closer, bad things will happen to Axew. Meowth offers to negotiate the problem. Scrafty wants a Pokémon to help battle him. They decide to distract Scrafty using Meowth and Scraggy while the gang secretly pull Axew out. Meanwhile, Team Rocket are planning their next plan in Nimbasa City. Meowth und Scraggy distract Scrafty while Ash and Snivy pull Axew out. After it realizes what is happening, Pikachu issues a quick Thunderbolt to knock it out. Scrafty quickly wakes up and reveals it wants to battle and Ash uses Tepig. They battle it out and Tepig knocks it out once again. It then cries explaining that its home was taken by another Pokémon and that it asked for help from other Pokémon but they all refused, which is why Scrafty snatched Axew. It turns out that a Mandibuzz has stolen its lair. Ash uses Scraggy and defeat Mandibuzz, but then it starts to cry because it was kicked out of its nest because it ate all of its friend's food. When they go to apologize, the other Mandibuzz attacks but the first Mandibuzz gives the other Mandibuzz some berries and all is forgiven and restored back to the way it was. The day ends with them continuing on their journey and Iris attempting to capture Meowth. Team Rocket has arrived at Anville Town's train dock where the trains are parked and prepare for their next phase of the plan. 
704 697 "Purrloin: Sweet or Sneaky?" (Beware of Choroneko! Nyarth and Mijumaru!!)
"Choroneko ni Goyōjin! Nyāsu to Mijumaru!!" (チョロネコに御用心!ニャースとミジュマル!!) 
August 25, 2011 December 3, 2011
A Purrloin decides to aggravate a Tranquill by eating its food but soon, a flock of them causes her to run away with them giving chase. As Ash and the gang continue their journey, they encounter that Purrloin, and Meowth immediately falls for her. Immediately following, is the flock of Tranquill which immediately start using Gust on the group. Ash calls out Oshawott and asks it to use Water Gun and Pikachu to use Thunderbolt. After the flock disappears, Oshawott falls for Purrloin as well and he and Meowth soon have a fight on who should date her. Iris wants to catch the Purrloin and throws a Poké Ball to catch her when Meowth jumps in the way and gets pulled in instead. He pops out of the ball, and Oshawott and Meowth have another fight over Purrloin. Meanwhile, Team Rocket is planning their scheme in Nimbasa City. Purrloin returns to the gang, asking for help because a friend is in trouble. The gang decides to help but Cilan refuses, due to a past experience regarding Purrloin. The gang climbs up a mountain to help the Purrloin while a girl named Misha asks Cilan if he has seen a Purrloin she has a photo of, and he is surprised that it is the same Purrloin. Back on the mountain, Purrloin convinces Ash to give Meowth the backpack full of fruits because the pathway ahead becomes even narrower. When they climb down to where it pointed to, Purrloin steals Ash's backpack and takes off. When the structure collapses, she turns around and looks at the gang trapped in a cave. Cilan and Misha enter the cave to find everyone but Purrloin is in trouble. Misha tries to convince Purrloin that she did not abandon her but Purrloin keeps refusing to believe her story. Meowth and everyone else begins sinking in gravel. As Cilan and Misha try to pull everyone out, they fall in and begin sinking as well. When Purrloin finally realizes that Misha is telling the truth, she goes out to help. Meanwhile, Ash and the gang call out their Pokémon to help pull them out but, the rope holding them snaps. Just in time, a flock of Tranquill help them out. After everyone is out safely, Purrloin apologizes to everyone. Meowth and Oshawott then ask her on a date, only to find out that Purrloin is actually a male. The gang continues on their journey while Team Rocket places something on subway tracks. 
705 698 "Beheeyem, Duosion, and the Dream Thief!" (Ōbemu, Daburan, and the Dream Thief!)
"Ōbemu to Daburan to Yume Dorobō!" (オーベムとダブランと夢泥棒!) 
September 1, 2011 December 10, 2011
Continuing their journey, Ash and the gang stop to have dinner. While Meowth goes to collect firewood, a very strange person proclaims that he is going to capture Meowth and Pikachu and sends a Beeheyem to help collect firewood and befriend the gang. It claims it can grant any wish. Cilan reveals that he wanted to cook something spicy for the night's meal, but he has the wrong berries. Meowth asks Beheeyem to get some Figy Berries and it grants the wish. That night, they eat the overly spicy meal. They discuss what to wish for next, but do not have any until Cilan decides to wish for an extravagant place to sleep. Beheeyem tells the gang to follow it and it makes a luxurious palace appear. They are led to their rooms where they immediately jump on the bed and fall asleep. During the night, Officer Jenny appears to them and introduces herself as a specialist in Psychic crimes. She asks the gang if they are missing anything and they realize that all of their Pokémon are missing. They immediately chase after a mysterious man until a bunch of jail bars appear in front of them. The man from earlier comes out and claims that he is the grand dream thief Leon. Officer Jenny explains that the gang are trapped inside Beheeyem's dream and that everything there is not real. Officer Jenny explains that all the mysterious events happening is a result of Beheeyem and that they cannot save the Pokémon unless they escape the dream. She explains that in order to leave the dream, everyone in it needs to realize that it is a dream and that they have to attack an emergency exit sign to get out. Iris spots it in a painting and Officer Jenny tells her Duosion to use Psywave on it, freeing themselves. They see Leon and they begin to battle but seem to be unable to hurt Beheeyem. When they realize that there are two moons in the sky, they realize that they are still in the dream. The gang wake up their Pokémon but Meowth will not wake up so Ash has Pikachu use Thunderbolt on him. They try to use the emergency escape to get out, once more, but a UFO appears and Leon appears to be an alien. They realize there are now three moons and realize Meowth was still asleep when they left. Pikachu uses Thunderbolt again to wake him up and they try to leave the dream again. This time Leon and Beheeyem are super-sized and start chasing the gang. They realize Meowth is asleep, again, and lying on top of one of the hundreds of moons in the sky. Pikachu, Axew, and Duosion try to wake him up again by using Thunderbolt, Dragon Rage, and Psywave respectively, but accidentally knock him out. They stuff a bunch of Figy Berries into his mouth and wake him and, once again, they try to use the emergency exit to get out. They then realize that there is only one moon and that they are out of the dream. Leon tries to put them to sleep, again, but Pikachu uses Electro Ball to knock Beheeyem out. He takes off but is stopped by Meowth. Leon is locked up and the Poké Balls are returned safely. Meowth realizes that they could have hitched a ride with Officer Jenny and realize that they still have to sleep outside. Meanwhile, Team Rocket is performing test runs on the subway when they accidentally catch the Subway Masters' attentions. 
706 699 "The Beartic Mountain Feud!" (Meowgotiator Nyarth! Breaking Through Tunbear's Forest!!)
"Nyagoshiētā Nyāsu! Tsunbeā no Mori o Toppa seyo!!" (ニャゴシエーター・ニャース!ツンベアーの森を突破せよ!!) 
September 8, 2011 December 17, 2011
On a thundery evening, some Beartic have taken cover in a cave, being too frightened to go to sleep. One of the Beartic loses its child Cubchoo when it falls off of a cliff into the forest below. Ash and the gang are continuing their journey when they come across a sick Cubchoo, realizing how badly damaged the forest is. They come across a Beartic that starts to attack them. Soon they find many of them that are angry. Meowth decides to play negotiator and the Beartic use Icy Wind on him. When they want to attack again, a Mienfoo appears and knocks them out. A Forest Ranger named Cliff introduces himself to the gang. He is quite amazed at Meowth for his abilities to talk. The Cubchoo explains to Meowth exactly what happened before they found it, and Cliff tells them that there are two tribes of Beartic living on the mountain. Cliff asks if Meowth belongs to anybody. When everyone says no, he throws a Poké Balls at him and nearly captures him, much to Meowth's chagrin. They set out to find the Beartic that the Cubchoo belongs to until they are attacked by the Beartic. They quickly distract the Beartic and run. Meowth decides to be a negotiator and dodges the first Icy Wind but gets hit by the second one. They run away but fall off of a cliff and get separated from their Pokémon. At the subway station, the Subway Masters are investigating what is going on in the Subway. The Pokémon set out to find food for Axew and Cubchoo. The gang, in the meantime, searches for the Pokémon. They walk through a completely destroyed forest where one of the Beartic groups lived. In the meantime, the Pokémon find food lying on a tree trunk and decide to take it. They walk back to feed Axew and Cubchoo, while a group of Beartic return to find that their food stolen. The gang walks through yet another destroyed forest until they come across a Beartic group. Meanwhile, Meowth is arguing with the Beartic about the stolen food and he returns them to the Beartic, before getting hit by Icy Wind. Suddenly, the two Beartic groups meet and they begin to fight each other, firing Sheer Cold attacks at each other, but their fighting causes four boulders to roll down the mountain at them. Three of the four are destroyed by the gang's Pokémon, while the Beartic all use Sheer Cold to freeze the remaining one in place. The two Beartic groups now get along with each other. After departing from Cliff, the gang continues their journey to Nimbasa City. Meanwhile, Team Rocket is preparing their final stage of their mission in Nimbasa City. 
707 700 "Crisis from the Underground Up!" (Wild Run! Battle Subway!! (Part 1))
"Gekisō! Batoru Sabuwei!! (Zenpen)" (激走!バトルサブウェイ!! (前編)) 
September 15, 2011 December 31, 2011
The gang has finally arrived in Nimbasa City after a long and hard journey. Everyone agrees to go to the Pokémon Center but Ash wants a Gym Battle right away, until his stomach growls. Cilan, being very excited, asks the gang to lead the way. They head to a subway station where Cilan claims he is a Metro Sommelier. When they go into the station, Cilan looks at one of the model cars on display and begins an overly long explanation of the car. After they cannot bear to hear anymore, Meowth drags him away and they walk to the subway tracks. Cilan, again, is losing himself with trains and begins to embarrass the gang as he explains how the trains work. Suddenly the emergency brakes kick in on the train as a ghost train passes the train they are in. Suddenly the Subway Masters, Emmet and Ingo appear on the train and get it going again. They resume the ride to Nimbasa Central. Cilan begins to get angry at the people driving the ghost train and once again, Meowth drags him away. The gang head to the Pokémon Center where Meowth, Pikachu, and Axew as well as Ash's other Pokémon go to get pampered. It occurs to Meowth that he has forgotten to do something. In a plot twist, Meowth is revealed to have been working with Team Rocket the entire time; he enters a phone booth to call Team Rocket to give them the go ahead. Meowth returns and they go to the treatment spas. Ash decides to call Professor Oak's. Suddenly the communication lines are cut by Team Rocket's Dr. Zager. Meowth begins operations in stealing the Pokémon from the Pokémon Center. Meanwhile, the drawbridge to Driftveil City is raised and the shorted out. Meowth begins to dump the Poké Balls down the air shaft, connected to Team Rocket's train, and begins loading them on. Suddenly, everyone in Nimbasa City is confused and Cilan suggests that someone is trying to steal the Pokémon. Nurse Joy, Cilan, Iris, and Ash head to the security vault to find that all the Poké Balls are missing, including Pikachu and Axew, as well as Meowth. Meantime, Meowth regroups with Team Rocket and Dr. Zager who has begun hacking the train system, causing all the subway trains to freeze in place and stop responding. When Cilan, Iris, and Ash find Meowth, they realize that Meowth has betrayed them and was never fired from Team Rocket in the first place. Team Rocket forces them out of the way and drive away with the train loaded with the Pokémon. Ash and his friends regroup with the Subway Masters and they head to the mail carriage train. They drive to the point where Team Rocket has to pass through and catch up with their train. When they close in on it, Ash jumps on it and it begins to deflate and explode, derailing the carriage train. They realize that it was a fake train meant to distract them. When the Subway Masters regain control of the sensors, they notice a train heading for the junction and realize it is Team Rocket as they drive right past them. They claim they can track their location at all times, but as soon as Team Rocket passes the point, the trains showing up in the system begin to multiply. 
708 701 "Battle for the Underground!" (Wild Run! Battle Subway!! (Part 2))
"Gekisō! Batoru Sabuwei!! (Kōhen)" (激走!バトルサブウェイ!! (後編)) 
September 15, 2011 January 7, 2012
With Team Rocket having hacked into the subway system's computers, the Subway Masters cannot help but to watch as Team Rocket keeps on releasing fake trains as distractions. Ash suggests inspecting them one by one until they find the right one. Meanwhile, Dr. Zager is planning on rendezvousing with Jessie and James at a designated location. Cilan suggests that Team Rocket is planning to meet outside of the subway and that they are on they are on their way to the Anville Town rail yard. Meanwhile, Pikachu begins to call out other Pokémon to break out of the train. The Subway Masters rendezvous with the gang and plan to drive out of the underground subway station to catch up to Team Rocket, just as the Pokémon have finally cut a hole through the door of the train. Meowth goes to check up on the Pokémon only to see that Pikachu has broken free. Pikachu realizes that Meowth has been lying all along and gets infuriated. The Pokémon work together to destroy the coupling of the train to separate themselves from Team Rocket, forcing them to chase after the train car. When Ash and the others arrive, they see that Dr. Zager is preparing to lift the train car holding the Pokémon with a helicopter and take it away. Ash decides to go over to the train car and help them out. Using a Chandelure's psycic powers, he is transported over to the train car. They outrace Team Rocket until they manage to destroy the clamps on the helicopter. Jessie and James take over the capturing process and begin to speed up. They, again, use the Pokémon to speed up the trailer when Ash's Tepig learns Flamethrower. They attack the train and the path starts to short circuit. Pikachu, still infuriated at Meowth for lying, watches Team Rocket fly away on jetpacks and is about to pursue them (mainly Meowth), but, not before thanking Meowth for traveling with them, Ash manages to calm Pikachu down telling him to let it go for now, while the train destroys itself, as they safely arrive in Anville Town's rail yard. The Subway Masters inform everyone that the Poké Balls will be safely returned to everyone. Ash becomes excited for his gym battle and cannot wait to return to Nimbasa City. 

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  1. ^ a b Due to the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the broadcasts of these episodes have been indefinitely postponed in Japan and the United States. The episodes were supposed to air on March 17 and 24, 2011, respectively, in Japan.
  2. ^ Due to the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the broadcast of this episode was postponed from its original April 7, 2011, airdate. The episode was originally titled "Hiun City Fishing Competition! Fishing Sommelier Dent Appears!!" (ヒウンシティのつり大会!釣りソムリエ・デント登場!! Hiun Shiti no Tsuri Taikai! Tsuri Somurie Dento Tōjō!!?), but to fit in with its new airdate, references to the setting of Hiun (Castelia) City were removed.

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