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| An Elite Coverup!
Kikuno of the Four Heavenly Kings! Kabarudon VS Dodaitose!!
|| April 1, 2010
| United States
|| August 21, 2010
|| Team Kato
|| 大橋志吉 Yukiyoshi Ōhashi
|| 山田浩之 Hiroyuki Yamada
| Assistant director
|| 古賀一臣 Kazuomi Koga
| Animation director
|| 夏目久仁彦 Kunihiko Natsume
| No additional credits are available at this time.
An Elite Coverup! (Japanese: 四天王キクノ！カバルドンＶＳドダイトス！！ Kikuno of the Four Heavenly Kings! Kabarudon VS Dodaitose!!) is the 170th episode of the Diamond & Pearl series, and the 636th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on April 1, 2010 as part of a 1-hour special alongside Dawn of a Royal Day! and in the United States on August 21, 2010.
When Team Rocket make off with a young boy's Magby, Ash and his friends give chase along with a mysterious woman. While no-one else recognizes her Brock knows who the woman is... Bertha of the Elite Four!
- Professor Oak's Pokémon lecture: Wurmple
- When Wurmple evolves into Cascoon towards the end of the lecture, Cascoon is shown with the spikes protruding from its body which, despite being present in the Sugimori art, were absent during all of Cascoon's previous anime appearances (a picture of Silcoon shown at the end of the lecture also shows it with the standard spikes).
- This marks the first time in the anime where all members of the Elite Four of a region debuted during that region's saga.
- This episode also marks the second complete group of Elite Four members which have appeared in the anime. The first group, the Kanto group of Generation I and Generation III, debuted over the course of eight years, with Bruno's appearance just before Ash's first League competition and Agatha's debut shortly before the beginning of the Battle Frontier saga.
- This one-hour special marks the 13th anniversary of the anime series.
- Background music from Pikachu's Vacation, Mewtwo Strikes Back, Pokémon Heroes, Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea, The Rise of Darkrai and Giratina and the Sky Warrior is used.
- This is the first time Ash's Pikachu isn't used against an Elite Four member.
- While Team Rocket is saying their motto, James is holding a rose, like during the original series.