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| Riding the Winds of Change!
Glion and Gliger! Escaping the Maze of Wind!
|| January 24, 2008
| United States
|| July 5, 2008
|| Team Iguchi
|| 藤田伸三 Shinzō Fujita
|| 小山賢 Masaru Koyama
| Assistant director
|| 小山賢 Masaru Koyama
| Animation director
|| 志村泉 Izumi Shimura
| Additional credits
Riding the Winds of Change! (Japanese: グライオンとグライガー！風の迷路をぬけて！ Glion and Gliger! Escaping the Maze of Wind!) is the 64th episode of Diamond & Pearl series, and the 530th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on January 24, 2008 and in the United States on July 5, 2008.
Still in route to Veilstone City, the gang have stopped in another city on the way. While his friends and their Pokémon enjoy a picnic, Ash and Turtwig are still trying to master Energy Ball. Turtwig has been able to master forming the Energy Ball, but is still having trouble directing it. However the training and picnic are put on hold when several shadows fly overhead. Looking up, the gang see several Gligar being led by a larger Pokémon, which suddenly start swooping down at them. The group quickly flees, and the attackers steal all the food from the picnic. Ash has Turtwig try an Energy Ball against the leader, but once again it is misdirected and misses its target. Ash therefore tries a Razor Leaf against the numerous Gligar, but they're all too quick. For safety, all of the Pokémon are recalled into their Poké Balls (apart from Turtwig, Piplup and of course Pikachu). Ash makes sure his friends are OK, and Brock identifies the Pokémon as Gligar and the larger one as Gliscor. Dawn looks up Gligar in her Pokédex, and then Ash looks up Gliscor in his, which identifies Gliscor as Gligar's evolved form.
Just then an Ice Beam shoots towards Gliscor, which sends it flying. Ash and the gang look across and see that it's come from Paul and his Weavile. Paul then sends out his Murkrow which sends all of the Gligar fleeing. A few attempt to attack Murkrow but it easily dodges. A strong wind starts, and Gliscor orders the group of Gligar to leave. However, while almost all leave, a single Gligar is too busy eating an apple to notice the others leaving. After quickly scoffing down the apple and making a face at the gang, it tries to take off but the attempt is misjudged and it falls onto Ash. After getting off, it finds itself surrounded by the angry stares of Pikachu, Piplup and Turtwig. It quickly leaves to rejoin its group.
Paul recalls his Pokémon, and mentions that the Gliscor lives up to its reputation. Ash asks Paul if he's there to capture the Gliscor, but Paul is apathetic as usual and tells the others to keep out of his way before he walks off. Just then Officer Jenny and Nurse Joy turn up (much to Brock's usual happiness). It turns out that this isn't the first time people's food has been stolen, but just then Brock begins his usual declaration of love. Luckily Croagunk is there with a Poison Jab to stop him making too much of an idiot of himself before dragging him away.
Meanwhile Team Rocket, having observed what's happened, decide to try to catch the Gligar and Gliscor and use them so they can keep their bellies full of food after seeing the successful raid.
At the local Pokémon Center, which has a garden on the roof filled with Bug-type and Flying-type Pokémon, Officer Jenny and Nurse Joy tell the gang that the Gliscor and Gligar have reduced the city into a ghost town. After stripping the city bare of all the natural fruit and vegetables that were growing there, they're all now stealing the food out of people's hands. Brock is confused, as Gliscor and Gligar are known for living in the forest, not in the city. It turns out that one night, a very powerful storm blew Gliscor into the city with its strong winds. The same winds, which are caused by the numerous skyscrapers in the city, prevented Gliscor leaving and as a result Gliscor started to attract the Gligar from neighboring areas with sound waves magnified by the buildings. Numerous attempts to capture the Pokémon have failed. However Officer Jenny has a new plan, which involves using Gligar's favorite fruit as bait. The gang all pledge their support.
Meanwhile Gliscor and the Gligar have taken refuge in an abandoned warehouse. Suddenly a tub of fruit shoots through the window. All the Gligar start to tuck in, but then they all grow suspicious and along with Gliscor look through the window to see a truck carrying fruit driving down the road. They all give chase... apart from the one that fell on Ash earlier which was too busy stuffing its face from the tub to notice it had been left behind. Finally spotting the others gone, it finishes the food and joins the chase.
The truck is being driven by Officer Jenny, and it turns out the plan is to lure the Pokémon into a strong wind current which should blow them out of the city and allow they to return to the forest. However the plan is ruined when Gliscor and the Gligar are captured by Team Rocket in their balloon. Jessie, James and Meowth perform the motto as usual and start their getaway. Unfortunately, the container that the Pokémon are being held in is so strong it is able to easily resist Pikachu's Thunderbolt, Piplup's BubbleBeam and Gliscor's X-Scissor. Team Rocket begin to boast about how the container is resistant to pretty much everything, when the straggler Gligar catches up and pulls its strange face, and Ash recognizes it from their earlier encounter. It turns out that while the container is almost indestructible, the rope holding it isn't as the Gligar cuts the rope which causes the container to fall onto the remains of the building. The container is destroyed, and Gligar is sent flying. Ash runs to save it, and Gligar ends up landing on him just like earlier. Meanwhile Gliscor and the other Gligar obviously aren't too happy about the attempted capture and all use X-Scissor on the balloon, which causes the balloon to crash and Team Rocket are sent blasting off again! The balloon also crashes onto the building remains, and the road is blocked by the debris. This causes the wind direction to change, and Gliscor and the Gligar help themselves to the fruit on the truck. All of this has been observed by Paul.
Gliscor and Gligar are soon wrecking havoc on the city, and with the road blocked the same plan can't be reattempted. Just then the gang have an idea; if they can't send Gliscor and the Gligar into a wind current then they'll produce one, using a Gust from the Pokémon at the Center. It's a good idea, and Ash decides to talk to Gliscor to let it know they just want to help.
In an alley, Team Rocket are consoling themselves with some food when they notice Gliscor and the Gligar have arrived. They are quickly on the run, when suddenly an Ice Beam hits, and Team Rocket are sent blasting off for the second time this episode. The Ice Beam came from Paul's Weavile, and Paul orders a Blizzard which freezes all the Gligar solid. Gliscor responds with a Sandstorm, melting the ice and the numerous Pokémon make a getaway. However, the Gligar Ash saved is once again left behind, and is greeted by Ash and his friends. It pulls its now trademark strange face, but then starts to follow its group, and is itself followed by the gang.
In a nearby alley, Paul confronts Gliscor and sends out Electabuzz to partner Weavile. He orders an Ice Beam/Thunder combo, but there are so many Gligar flying about neither can target. Paul yells at his Pokémon to focus, and orders a ThunderPunch from Electabuzz which hits several Gligar. Gliscor isn't happy about seeing its group attacked and uses X-Scissor on Electabuzz, which sends the Electric-type flying into Weavile and Paul. Ash and the others arrive along with the Gligar they've now befriended. Ash tells Gliscor they can help it return to the wild, but before it can answer it is hit by Paul's Ice Beam/Thunder combo, sending it crashing to the ground. Paul then throws a Poké Ball, and successfully captures the Gliscor. As usual, Paul scans Gliscor with his Pokédex and sees that it's quite strong and decides to keep it. Ash asks Paul what about all the Gligar it was leading but naturally Paul couldn't care less. The Gligar known to Ash and the group makes a run at Paul but Electabuzz hits it with a ThunderPunch sending it flying. Recalling his Pokémon to their Poké Balls, Paul talks some more trash to the gang and leaves.
All the Gligar are now flying around the alley aimlessly. With Gliscor gone, the others don't know what to do. Deciding to go with the plan anyway, Ash and Dawn start to lure the Gligar to the Pokémon Center. A few are hesitant about going, but the one Ash is now friends with lets the others know it's OK and soon all the Gligar are on their way. Once there, all the Pokémon at the Center use Gust to send the Gligar flying out of the city and the plan is working perfectly... at least until Team Rocket show up, making a second attempt to catch the Gligar. Ash tells Pikachu to use Thunderbolt, but Team Rocket are so far away the Thunderbolt doesn't reach, nor does Piplup's BubbleBeam. Ash decides to try Turtwig and Energy Ball again. Turtwig sends out the Energy Ball, but which it reaches the balloon's distance once again the direction isn't there and it misses. With Team Rocket closing in, Ash tells Turtwig to really concentrate. Turtwig responds, and fires the Energy Ball which hits Team Rocket dead on. The balloon explodes and it's third time unlucky for Team Rocket who are sent blasting off again.
Ash congratulates Turtwig on finally perfecting the attack, when they notice that the slow Gligar is once again too busy eating to notice where its group is. Turtwig fires another Energy Ball at it, sending it into the air. Then all the Center's Pokémon use Gust, finally sending the Gligar out of the city and back to their natural habitat. Just when the gang think the Gligar problem is gone, the slow Gligar is seen flying back to the Center, and once again its flying is not up to scratch and lands on Ash who asks why it didn't join its friends. Pulling its face, Brock tells Ash that Gligar must want to join him. Ash happily throws a Poké Ball and captures Gligar. With a new member on his team, Ash is once again ready to continue to Veilstone City...
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
- Professor Oak's lecture: Chatot
- Pokémon senryū: ペラペラと ラップでおしゃべり ペラップよ Perapera to, rappu de oshaberi, Perappu yo.
- Chatot has much more involvement than most Pokémon, appearing before the reveal and during the senryū.
- In Kanto, Ash filled his party with Squirtle two episodes before he first met Lt. Surge, Kanto's third Gym Leader. In this episode, he captures Gligar, while two episodes later he meets Maylene, Sinnoh's third Gym Leader. Another parallel is that both Squirtle and Gligar were part of a group of Pokémon of their same species that caused trouble in a town. Both of them also voluntarily followed Ash.
- The featured town is apparently located on Route 215, which is one of the routes where wild Gligar appear in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl via the dongle method.
- The episode features many Electric-type moves used against Ground-type Pokémon with visible effect (Pikachu's Thunderbolt and Electabuzz's ThunderPunch). In the games Ground-types like Gligar and Gliscor are immune to them.
- This episode's dub title is based on the title of the song Wind of Change by the Scorpions, possibly chosen because Gligar is the FlyScorpion Pokémon.
- In one scene where Nurse Joy is looking at her laptop, her hat is colored the same as her hair.
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