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| Sleepless in Pre-Battle!
Crecelia vs. Darkrai!
|| December 4, 2008
| United States
|| May 2, 2009
|| Team Iguchi
|| 武上純希 Junki Takegami
|| 古賀一臣 Kazuomi Koga
| Assistant director
|| 古賀一臣 Kazuomi Koga
| Animation director
|| 志村泉 Izumi Shimura
| Additional credits
Sleepless in Pre-Battle! (Japanese: クレセリアVSダークライ！ Crecelia vs. Darkrai!) is the 104th episode of the Diamond & Pearl series, and the 570th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on December 4, 2008 as part of a one hour special with DP105, in the UK on April 17, 2009 and in the United States on May 2, 2009.
The group go to Canalave Gym, only to hear the gym referee screaming. He comes out, telling the gang that everyone has been having nightmares, and that the Gym Leader is out training on Iron Island. Dawn decides that some shopping will cheer up the disappointed Ash, however, they find the most popular shopping area on the island is deserted. Brock sees a police station, and goes to make a move on Jenny.
At the police station, the group is told by Officer Jenny that all the people in the town are having nightmares, and that the cause of the nightmares seems to be the Pokémon Darkrai. She pulls out a Lunar Wing, telling them that even though she paid good money for it, it doesn't seem to be working. Brock examines it with a magnifying glass and finds out it's just a laquered Pidgey feather. Jenny runs out in a rage.
Meanwhile, Meowth and Jessie are selling their "Lunar Wings". They sell their last one, so they go inside their tent and their Nightmare Machine, which they have built to scam people into buying their Lunar Wings. However Jenny hears them speaking and moves to arrest them. Pikachu uses Thunderbolt and sends them blasting off, destroying the machine.
Later that night, the group awaken to the same nightmare, and find figure that the real Darkrai is nearby, and that they must summon Cresselia to stop it. They set off for Fullmoon Island, with Team Rocket following closely in their Magikarp Submarine. They plan to catch Cresselia and Pikachu as an added bonus.
On the island, the gang discovers a real Lunar Wing, and Piplup picks up a scent. However, this is only the scent of a Psyduck, so Dawn brings out Swinub. Swinub tracks down the shrine which Cresselia is supposed to appear at, and sure enough, Cresselia appears in a flash of light. Meanwhile, Team Rocket launches a missile from their sub and traps Cresselia in a net. They extend legs on the sub, then move up to the cliff where the shrine is and trap everyone but Swinub, who uses Take Down, but gets knocked back every time.
Pikachu attempts a Thunderbolt, but only succeeds in shocking Ash. Swinub continues to attack, failing, when it evolves into Piloswine. Using Take Down, it destroys the sub, sending Team Rocket blasting off. They free Cresselia, who proceeds to battle Darkrai, who was originally drawn to the electromagnetic pulses from the Nightmare Machine. After battling, Darkrai leaves and disappears once more. With Darkrai gone, everyone can get a good night's sleep before Ash starts training for his upcoming Gym battle.
TV episode debuts
- Mamoswine was added in the place of Swinub in the opening instead of Piloswine.
In other languages
- German: Ein legendäres Pokémon!