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Explosive Evolution! Goukazaru!!
|| February 11, 2010
| United States
|| OLM/OLM Digital
|| 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
|| まついひとゆき Hitoyuki Matsui
| Assistant director
|| 大庭秀昭 Hideaki Ōba
| Animation director
|| 志村泉 Izumi Shimura
| No additional credits are available at this time.
(Japanese: 爆進化！ゴウカザル！！ Explosive Evolution! Goukazaru!!) is the 163rd episode of the Diamond & Pearl series, and the 629th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on February 11, 2010.
TV episode debuts
- Professor Oak's Pokémon lecture: Donphan
- Team Rocket narrates the preview for the next episode.
- As of this episode, Ash, Paul, and Barry have all three final forms of the Sinnoh starter Pokémon between them.
- This episode's preview did not show Monferno evolving, as most previews give away Pokémon evolving in the next episode. This might be because the episode's title itself revealed the evolution.
- This marks the first time since the Original Series that a rival of Ash's shows off all his badges and shares a few of Ash's but also shows some unknown named Badges.
- In an initial announcement for this episode, TV Tokyo's website incorrectly stated that Barry had won the Coal Badge from the Sunyshore Gym. This was corrected a day later, stating instead that Barry won the Beacon Badge from the Sunyshore Gym.