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| All Torkoal, No Play
Breaking Through Steel Valley! Cotoise VS Haganeil!
|| January 8, 2004
| United States
|| November 27, 2004
|| Team Ota
|| 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
|| 秦義人 Yoshito Hata
| Assistant director
|| 秦義人 Yoshito Hata
| Animation director
|| 宍戸久美子 Kumiko Shishido
| Additional credits
All Torkoal, No Play (Japanese: ハガネの谷を突破せよ！コータスVSハガネール！！ Breaking Through Steel Valley! Cotoise VS Haganeil!) is the 58th episode of the Advanced Generation series, and the 332nd episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on January 8, 2004 and in the United States on November 27, 2004.
Eager to reach Mauville City, which is their next stop on the way to Petalburg City, Brock leads Ash, May, and Max into what he believes is a shortcut. Instead he manages to get them hopelessly lost in a bleak looking wilderness. As they look at the map Ash suddenly sees something strange in the sky, a Torkoal being attacked by a pair of Magnemite and a Skarmory! Ash rushes towards the fight with Pikachu together they are able to drive off the angry Pokémon. Happy to be rescued, the Torkoal thanks Ash and his friends by accidentally covering them with soot. Suddenly it hears a noise, and runs off into the distance leaving a very confused Ash behind.
Up in the sky Jessie, James, and Meowth float by in their balloon. Off in the distance Meowth notices the Skarmory, and translates its cries as "Get out of here, now!". Before they can turn around the angry Pokémon slices open their balloon with a Wing Attack and sends them flying off with the cry of "Team Rocket's blasting off already!".
Back on the ground, Ash and his friends begin to cross across a rocky valley, which Brock claims will get them back to the main road. Suddenly the two Magnemite from before appear, and begin attacking. Taking some of Max's advice, May calls out Torchic, who drives them off using Ember. Continuing along they stumble across Torkoal, who is once again being attacked by Skarmory and several Magnemite. Ash leaps to the rescue, and May backs him up by combining Skitty's Assist and Torchic's Ember to drive off the Magnemite. Their attacks cause the Skarmory to begin targeting them, but Torkoal uses its Flamethrower to send it flying away. The effort causes Torkoal to collapse from exhaustion.
While tending to Torkoal's injuries, Brock tells everybody that they stumbled into the Valley of Steel, a place filled with wild and very aggressive Steel Pokémon. Torkoal probably got lost and was attacked by the Pokémon, just like they were. Ash suggests that Torkoal team up with them, certain that its power, along with their other Pokémon will be enough to get them safely out of the valley. Torkoal agrees, but suddenly the sound from before rings out, and Torkoal goes running off towards it. Brock speculates that the noise might be coming from another Pokémon, one far stronger than the Skarmory and Magnemite. They head in the direction Torkoal ran.
In another part of the valley, Team Rocket runs away from an angry Magneton. Its electric attacks send them blasting off for a second time. They land directly in front of a very large and angry Steelix. Not wanting to be attacked, Team Rocket tries to be nice to it by cleaning its tail. However, Team Rocket is met with Steelix's Iron Tail attack, which sends them blasting off yet again. They land right next to Ash and his friends, who have reunited with Torkoal on the edge of a big crevasse. Bouncing away, they fall into the crevice, inadvertently knocking May and Torchic in as well.
Grabbing onto a branch, May is able to keep herself from falling to the bottom of the crevasse. But a wild Magneton soon arrives and tries to knock her off using electric attacks. Torchic, Pikachu, and Torkoal all use their attacks to keep it away, while Brock and Max lower Ash down on a rope to rescue May. After successfully dragging May back up, Torkoal manages to hit the Magneton with a Flamethrower, driving it away for good. Injured, the Magneton flies to Steelix's location and tells it where Ash and the others are. Angry, the Steelix uses Dig and begins heading towards them.
Ash and his friends finally reach the edge of the valley, which is marked by a river. Before they can cross the Steelix suddenly comes up out of the ground and begins to attack. Brock realizes that this Steelix is the reason Torkoal entered the valley, it wanted to challenge it to a fight to prove its strength! With Ash giving out commands, Torkoal and Steelix square off in single combat. Ash soon realizes that Torkoal's Flamethrower is doing little damage to Steelix, despite its weakness to fire attacks. Remembering his fight against Flannery he orders Torkoal to use Overheat, and is able to defeat Steelix. Impressed, the Steelix allows Torkoal, Ash, and his friends to leave the valley without further attacks. After crossing the river Ash asks Torkoal if it'd like to join his team. Torkoal tearfully accepts his offer and agrees to become one of Ash's Pokémon.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
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- When Ash's Torkoal uses Overheat May says, "Wow! So that's an Overheat attack!", even though they saw Flannery's Torkoal use Overheat only two episodes earlier.
- While fighting Steelix, Ash says "why did you hurt my Torkoal like that?", even though he still hasn't captured it yet.
- When confronted with Steelix, Jessie tells it to stop attacking even though at this point it hasn't done anything.
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