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** The first to do so are ''[[EP063|The Battle of the Badge]]'' and ''[[EP065|Showdown at the Poké-Corral]]''.
** The first to do so are ''[[EP063|The Battle of the Badge]]'' and ''[[EP065|Showdown at the Poké-Corral]]''.
* Jessie and Cassidy [[Breaking the fourth wall|break the fourth wall]] in this episode.
* Jessie and Cassidy [[Breaking the fourth wall|break the fourth wall]] in this episode.
*This episode is featured on the ''Volume 8: Lugia'' copy of [[Pokémon All-Stars]].
* This episode is featured on the ''Volume 8: Lugia'' copy of [[Pokémon All-Stars]].
* Music from ''[[M02|The Power of One]]'' can be heard briefly in this episode.

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EP219 : Hi Ho Silver... Away!
Original series
EP221 : A Parent Trapped!
The Mystery is History
Mysterious Pokémon X!!
First broadcast
Japan October 18, 2001
United States November 23, 2002
English themes
Opening Believe in Me
Japanese themes
Opening めざせポケモンマスター (Whiteberry)
Ending 前向きロケット団!
Animation Team Ota
Screenplay 大橋志吉 Yukiyoshi Ōhashi
Storyboard 藤本義孝 Yoshitaka Fujimoto
Assistant director 鈴木敏明 Toshiaki Suzuki
Animation director 志村泉 Izumi Shimura
Additional credits

Screenshots on Filb.de

The Mystery is History (Japanese: なぞのポケモンX!! Mysterious Pokémon X!!) is the 220th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on October 18, 2001 and in the United States on November 23, 2002.

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The scene left off with the gang discovering that Sparky is right next to them. They assume Ritchie is here. Ritchie comes out and finds Ash. Ash asks what Ritchie is doing here. Ritchie explains that after the Indigo League, he heard about a mysterious Pokémon here and spent extensive time researching the location. According to his sources, Ritchie thinks that this Pokémon is on an island nearby, so they take a small boat over there.

Meanwhile on the island, a kid is swimming around with a Lanturn and a shadow seems to be under the water as well. The kid seems to be aware of it. When he sees the gang coming on the boat he quickly tells the shadow to hide. They ask about the island. He informs them of his name, Oliver. Ash asks if he knows anything about the mysterious Pokémon that's supposedly around here. Oliver seems nervous, almost as if he was faking his uncertainty. With no answer, the gang goes off to comb the island. When the coast is clear, something pulls Oliver under, a child Lugia! They are being spied upon by an underwater Team Rocket lab. In it resides a Team Rocket Grunt and Dr. Namba. Dr. Namba now knowing about the Lugia, dispatches a submarine for an attempt to capture it.

With the child Lugia no longer a secret, they ask Oliver why the child Lugia is friends with him. Oliver explains that a while ago Lanturn and he were caught in a storm while swimming. The waves were too rough and sent him under the water. Later, he finds that he is back on land with the child Lugia by his side. After that, the parent Lugia had soon shown itself to him. Ash says he saw the parent before, but not the child. Then they turn to Luka, and she explains that the Silver Wing responds with the presence of the parent Lugia. The parent Lugia swims out of the water next to them, with a angered look on its face. The Silver Wing starts to glow red. Everyone starts to convince the parent that they won't do anything to the child, which eventually calms it down. The child goes back to the parent and they go off swimming for a while. Ash, knowing that Luka has diving equipment, asks to see what they're doing. Underwater, the parent Lugia is feeding the child, who then goes towards Ash and gives him a playful headbutt. Above the water, Luka catches the parent jumping above the surface along with the child.

Back at Team Rocket's lab, Jessie and James look around a bit in their new uniforms. They find their way to where Dr. Namba is seeing that Butch and Cassidy are giving their report. Dr. Namba wants something so Cassidy orders Jessie and James (disguised) to go get it. Jessie starts to go into a tantrum but James politely goes out with her. Jessie is dying to get even with them.

Back on land, Oliver is swimming with the child Lugia once again and notices another child Lugia. The original child Lugia goes after it, thinking it's another Lugia, but Ritchie figures out that it's a decoy. By the time this is discovered, it's too late. With the child following it, the decoy turns into a cage. Soon, Butch and Cassidy's sub comes out and they laugh at them, except Jessie, James, and Meowth pop out in their Magikarp submarine to try to grab the catch. Jessie and Cassidy argue for a while and eventually fight each other. Cassidy wins and uses SmokeScreen to get away with the child Lugia. After the smoke clears out, everyone notices that the child Lugia is gone.

Major events

For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.


Pokémon debuts

TV episode debuts



Pocket Monster TV


Who's That Pokémon?

Who's That Pokémon?: Spearow (US and international), Pupitar (Japan)



  • Consistently in the beginning of this episode, Ash and Ritchie incorrectly refer to Blue Point Isle as Blue Rock Isle, the literal translation of the Japanese name.
  • Ash claims that the mysterious Pokémon had flown over them, however it had actually swum beneath them.
  • When Luka appeared on the scene to save Ash and his friends from Butch and Cassidy, she addresses Cassidy by name, though the two never met before.
  • When Ash and Ritchie are fighting Butch and Cassidy, Ritchie orders Cruise to use Take Down. However, he addresses it as Pupitar instead of using its nickname.

Dub edits

  • In the Latin American dub, during Team Rocket motto, Diana Pérez, Jessie's voice actress and José Antonio Macías, James' voice actor, switch dialogs, causing James saying Jessie's lines and vice versa. The reason of this is unknown.

In other languages

EP219 : Hi Ho Silver... Away!
Original series
EP221 : A Parent Trapped!
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