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| Enter The Dragonite
Final Battle! Enter Kairyu!!
|| September 9, 1999
| United States
|| September 23, 2000
|| Team Ota
|| 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
|| 鈴木敏明 Toshiaki Suzuki
| Assistant director
|| 大町繁 Shigeru Ōmachi
| Animation director
|| たけだゆうさく Yūsaku Takeda
| Additional credits
Enter The Dragonite (Japanese: ファイナルバトル！カイリューとうじょう！！ Final Battle! Enter Kairyu!!) is episode 112 of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on September 9, 1999 and in the United States on September 23, 2000.
Last time, Ash had begun his battle with Drake. Pikachu and Squirtle had already defeated Drake's Ditto and Onix respectively; Drake's third Pokémon, a Gengar, started things off by confusing Ash's Tauros, so Ash sent Lapras out in its place. In a collision with Lapras's Ice Beam and Gengar's Night Shade, it is unknown which Pokémon will remain standing.
After the explosion from the Ice Beam and Night Shade attacks, both Gengar and Lapras faint. Ash and Drake recall their Pokémon, and with three of Drake's defeated, a field change ensues. The commentator for the match remarks how Ash is the first trainer to knock out three of Drake's Pokémon in a row. In the stands, Team Rocket decide to capture Dragonite when Ash weakens it.
After the field change, Drake calls out his Venusaur and Ash uses Tauros again, who has had its mind cleared from Gengar's Confuse Ray. Ash tries to start things off with a Fissure attack, but the attack doesn't work because the sand on the field absorbed the attack. Drake tells Venusaur to use SolarBeam. Hoping to cause damage before the SolerBeam is charged, Ash tells Tauros to use Take Down, but Tauros is unable to damage Venusaur due to all the sand on the field. Ash tells Tauros to send Venusaur flying. Venusaur is sent soaring into the air. As this happens, Venusaur reverses itself in midair and releases its SolarBeam on Tauros, but Tauros isn't down since the SolarBeam got it unstuck from the sand. After dodging Venusaur's Vine Whip, Tauros hits Venusaur with Take Down, defeating it.
Drake recalls Venusaur and sends out his Electabuzz. Ash decides to let Tauros rest, and sends out Bulbasaur. Drake tells Electabuzz to use ThunderShock, but Bulbasaur is unfazed and counters it with a Razor Leaf; Electabuzz is hit by a few of the leaves but then deflects with Thunderbolt. Drake tells Electabuzz to use ThunderPunch, and Ash has Bulbasaur use Tackle. Bulbasaur gets its Tackle in; however, after being hit by Electabuzz's ThunderPunch, Bulbasaur is defeated. Ash sends out Charizard. Electabuzz fights with a ThunderPunch and Thunder, but Charizard stops its attacking with Fire Spin (incorrectly referred as Ember in the dub). Electabuzz attempts to use Thunderbolt, but Charizard grabs Electabuzz and uses Seismic Toss, defeating it. Drake has only one Pokémon left, and he removes the Poké Ball from his necklace and sends out his best Pokémon, Dragonite.
Charizard quickly uses a Flamethrower but Dragonite counters with Water Gun, not only negating the attack but also striking Charizard with the super-effective move. Charizard then attempts to Fly upward, and Dragonite quickly follows. Dragonite starts to use Ice Beam, and one hits Charizard's wing and it starts to go into freefall. Luckily, Charizard recovers and goes in for a Seismic Toss, but Dragonite escapes and turns the move around by grabbing Charizard by the neck. Dragonite then uses Slam and Charizard is sent crashing into the ground. Though weakened, Charizard refuses to go down and gets back on its feet. Ash commands Charizard to use Dragon Rage, and Drake commands Dragonite to do the same. Both attacks collide, and the two Pokémon are sent flying back. While Dragonite is left fazed, it's too much for Charizard and it faints. Ash recalls Charizard, thanking it for wearing Dragonite down. Indeed, Dragonite is already seen breathing heavily from the battle.
Knowing none of his Pokémon are on the same level as Dragonite, Ash decides they will have to work together to it take out. He sends out Squirtle, who is still tired from its earlier battle with Drake's Onix and commands a Hydro Pump, but it is countered by Dragonite's Water Gun. Squirtle is sent flying and then Dragonite uses Thunderbolt. Squirtle is luckily able to use Withdraw in time, but is still badly hurt. Drake commands a Body Slam, and Dragonite flies into the air and starts to descend. Ash tells Squirtle to use Bubble, and the attack hits dead on, causing the Body Slam to fail; upon landing Dragonite slams its tail on Squirtle hard, knocking it out. Though Dragonite has knocked out two of Ash's Pokémon in a row, its energy is slowly being taken down.
Out of nowhere, Team Rocket appears in their balloon and tosses a net at Drake's Dragonite, trapping the dragon. After Team Rocket says their motto, Drake grows furious with Team Rocket interrupting the match and commands Dragonite to send the bad guys blasting off again.
With Team Rocket out of the way, the battle continues. With only two Pokémon left, Ash decides to send out Tauros against Dragonite. Tauros is still tired from its fight with Venusaur, but is still battle-ready. Drake commands a Fly, followed by a Body Slam. Ash suddenly gets an idea and tells Tauros to take the hit, surprising Drake. The Body Slam hits, but doesn't have the intended effect. Using the sand on the battlefield to absorb the impact, Tauros has caught Dragonite in its horns. Tauros then throws Dragonite hard into the ground. Dragonite gets up and hits Tauros with a Thunder, knocking the exhausted Pokémon out.
Pikachu is Ash's last chance. The electric mouse hops into the arena ready to fight, despite its early fight with Drake's Ditto. Pikachu starts things off with an Agility, but is knocked into the air by Dragonite. Dragonite gets ready to use Hyper Beam, but Pikachu uses its tail as a spring board to dodge the attack. Dragonite is unable to move to due to the after effects of Hyper Beam. Pikachu lands on Dragonite's head and Dragonite tries to shake it off, but the battles with Ash's other Pokémon have left it quite exhausted. Ash tells Pikachu to use Thunder and Pikachu does so. Dragonite and Pikachu are exhausted after the battle and, after a staring contest, Dragonite falls to the ground, finally defeated.
Ash has won the match and is given the coveted Orange League Winner's Trophy by Drake. Drake congratulates him on a worthy victory, and tells Ash that he's a great Pokémon Trainer, to which Ash responds that it's because he has great Pokémon. As well as receiving the trophy, Ash, Pikachu, Squirtle, Tauros, Lapras, Bulbasaur, and Charizard are given the honor of being inducted into the Orange League Hall of Fame. The episode ends with Ash hoping to tell Brock about his win.
- Ash defeats Drake, winning the Orange League Trophy and earning a spot in the Orange League Hall of Fame.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Who’s That Pokémon?: Tentacruel (US and international); Fushigibana (Japan)
- Although Bulbasaur was only paralyzed, it was counted as unable to continue.
- This episode marks the only time Ash becomes the Champion of a Pokémon League.
- This episode's dub title is a reference to the movie, Enter the Dragon.
- Drake's Dragonite uses a total of ten different moves over the course of the battle; in the games, Pokémon may only know four at a time.
- While this could be an example of animé physics, this is disproven in many cases when Pokémon owned by Ash and other Trainers learn new moves while already having existing ones. One move is deleted, and still, only four remain after the new move is learned.
- Jessie breaks the fourth wall by acknowledging the existence of a split screen featuring Drake and pushing it away.
- The book Thundershock in Pummelo Stadium is based on this episode.
- This episode is featured on the Volume 8: Dragon copy of Pokémon Elements.
- When Ash returned his Lapras into its Poké Ball, Lapras's lower jaw is blue.
- When Ash was deciding what Pokémon he was going to battle Drake's Venusaur with, he considered using Lapras despite it having already fainted.
- When Ash tells Charizard to use Dragon Rage Drake tells Dragonite to "fight fire with fire" even though Dragon Rage is a Dragon-type move.
*This could, however, just be the expression meaning to do something similar of equal strength.
*Also, when fired Dragon Rage took on the same appearance as Flamethrower.
- Charizard's Fire Spin is referred as Ember in the dub.
- Squirtle's BubbleBeam is referred as Bubble in the dub.
- When Ash interrupts Team Rocket's motto, the music originally cuts out for a second. In the dub, the music isn't interrupted.
- In the original version, Drake tells Dragonite to use Skull Bash to send Team Rocket blasting off. In the dub, he just says, "You know what to do."
- In the original Japanese version, when Dragonite attacks Tauros, Drake tells it to use Agility and Body Slam. In the dub, Drake only tells Dragonite to use the latter move.
- The announcer mistakenly refers to Dragonite as a legendary Pokémon although it is in fact a pseudo-legendary Pokémon.
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