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Dangoro! Let's Fire the Luster Cannon!!
|| June 2, 2011
| United States
|| Team Kato
|| 藤田伸三 Shinzō Fujita
|| 山田浩之 Hiroyuki Yamada
| Assistant director
|| 徳本善信 Yoshinobu Norimoto
| Animation director
|| 北崎正浩 Masahiro Kitasaki
| Additional credits
(Japanese: ダンゴロ！ラスターカノン発射せよ！！ Dangoro! Let's Fire the Luster Cannon!!) is the 34th episode of the Best Wishes series, and the 691st episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on June 2, 2011.
The episode starts with a wild Roggenrola running out of a cave, panicked, and escaping through a tunnel. Meanwhile, Ash, Iris, and Cilan are having pie which Ash compliments on. As Cilan began to explain how it was made, the Roggenrola jumped out of the tall grass and smashed into the table, destroying the pie, causing Cilan much distress. However the Roggenrola didn't seem to notice as it began rambling on. Ash scans it into his PokéDex and then decided to catch it.
First he sent out Oshawott who is ordered to use Water Gun. It's attack is deflected when Roggenrola kicks a bowl in front of itself. Oshawott then tried an Aqua Jet, which Roggenrola evaded causing Oshawott to crash into the table and knock himself out. As Roggenrola makes its landing from dodging Oshawott's attack, Cilan noticed a strange device on its back. Ash then sent out Tepig and ordered him to use Tackle. Roggenrola again dodged the attacks with ease and Ash ordered Tepig to use Flame Charge which landed a direct hit and ended up knocking the device off Roggenrola's back. However Roggenrola was still standing due to its ability. Tepig came back with another Tackle, but before it could reach Roggenrola, the Mantle Pokémon stopped Tepig in his tracks with Sandstorm immediately followed by Stone Edge which knocked out Tepig. Ash then picked up Tepig and hurried to the Pokémon Center, glancing back at the Roggenrola who is still acting strangely.
The trio are then seen waiting in the Pokémon Center lobby when Nurse Joy emerged from the examination room with Tepig and Oshawott's Poké Balls and stated that they made a full recovery. As Ash retrieved his Poké Balls, a man entered the room and explained that the equipment at the Pokémon Center is working efficiently. Nurse Joy introduced the man as Tuttle and explained that the Pokémon Center hadn't been receiving water and she hired Tuttle to look into the issue. Tuttle explained that the problem may be caused by the source of the Pokémon Center's water supply: a spring located deep within a cave which then travels through a man-made canal to the center. Intrigued, Ash asked to know more, and Nurse Joy explained that the cave is home to lots of wild Roggenrola. Iris remarked that they saw a Roggenrola earlier, which surprised Tuttle and Nurse Joy, claiming that Roggenrola rarely venture outside of the cave and began to worry about them. Cilan then pointed out that he saw a device strapped to the Roggenrola they saw earlier. Convinced, Tuttle decided to go and investigate the cave and agreed to let Ash and co. go along.
The Roggenrola from before is then seen talking to other wild Pokémon in the area before they hear a loud crash coming from the cave. Many Roggenrola are then seen running around maniacally in the cave before being captured by metallic suction cups and pulled into a large, rounded machine. It is revealed to be a vehicle created by Team Rocket after receiving a mission from Dr. Zager. The group then arrived at the cave and realized the canal had been dried up, supporting Tuttle's theory. Roggenrola then appeared before Ash and motioned for them to follow it into the cave. They are led to a massive rock pile at the mouth of the canal, when Team Rocket's vehicle appeared and attempted to capture Roggenrola. After reciting their motto, Team Rocket revealed that they were going to use the Roggenrola to power their latest weapon. Ash has Tepig use Ember to break the metal arm connected to the suction cup, freeing Roggenrola. Team Rocket then settle with one less Roggenrola and retreat behind a rock slide. As some of the rocks began to fall on top of them, Roggenrola used Flash Cannon to protect everyone from harm. Team Rocket, now outside the cave, tested out their weapon which amplified the power of the Roggenrola cores and then fired a combined Flash Cannon, causing the exit of the cave to collapse. Satisfied with the device, Team Rocket leave to report back to Dr. Zager.
Trapped, Tuttle begins to contemplate how they'll escape the cave. However, Iris confidently exclaimed they have nothing to worry about and sends out her Excadrill and orders it to dig a tunnel out of the cave. Cilan then has Pansage assist Excadrill. Now freed from the cave, Tuttle states that Roggenrola could find the others using its sensitivity to sound, so the four of them rush off to find the others with Roggenrola leading the way. They manage to catch Team Rocket just in time when Jessie sends out Woobat and has it use Gust, when it was then then hit by an Ember attack from Tepig. Team Rocket then resorted to using their Roggenrola cannon to attack the group. Roggenrola ran in front of the cannon and begged its friends to resist attacking. Its pleas failed and the cannon fired as planned, but it managed to deflect it with a Flash Cannon of its own. The Roggenrola then began charging another attack, but this time Ash ran in front of them as well, and the Roggenrola managed to resist the influence of the machine, which caused it to malfunction and freed all the Roggenrola. Angered, James sent out Yamask and had it use Night Shade combined with a Gust from Woobat. Tepig managed to disable the attacks with Ember, and Pikachu launched an Electro Ball as the wild Roggenrola fired a combined Flash Cannon, forcing Team Rocket to retreat.
With all the Roggenrola safe, the team headed back to the Pokémon Center where every one of them was tended to by Nurse Joy along with Pikachu and Tepig. Once they were cared for, Tuttle informed everyone that his company will take care of the issues in the cave immediately, as well as restore the Roggenrola's home to its prime condition. Overjoyed, the Roggenrola that spent the day with Ash then requested that he follow it outside where it then makes a stance in the field as it if wanted to battle. Cilan explained that Roggenrola wanted to accompany Ash on his journey, an offer that Ash happily accepted.
Ash sends out Tepig to battle Roggenrola once more, much to Iris's surprise who stated that Tepig had already lost against Roggenrola earlier, and the fact that he has a type-disadvantage. Ash however felt it was all the more reason to challenge Roggenrola again with Tepig. He started of having Tepig use Tackle which was immediately countered by Roggenrola's Sandstorm and Stone Edge combination. Roggenrola then began charging Flash Cannon when Tepig charged into it with Flame Charge, which caused a minor explosion. The two then clashed with Tackle attacks one right after the other until Tepig managed to land a critical hit on Roggenrola, sending them both toppling over. Ash then threw a Poké Ball that captures Roggenrola and locks it inside, officially adding the Roggenrola to his team.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
- When Ash first takes Oshawott and Tepig to the Pokémon Center, the door to Nurse Joy's examination room opens to the right. When they return later to have her care for the Roggenrola, the door opens to the left.