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BW120 : Ash and N: A Clash of Ideals!
Best Wishes series
BW122 : What Lies Beyond Truth and Ideals!
Team Plasma and the Awakening Ceremony!
BW121   EP778
Plasma-dan Attacks! Ceremony of Revival!!
First broadcast
Japan April 11, 2013
United States July 13, 2013
English themes
Opening It's Always You and Me
Ending {{{en_ed}}}
Japanese themes
Opening やじるしになって!2013
Ending サクラ・ゴーラウンド
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 武上純希 Junki Takegami
Storyboard 尼野浩正 Hiromasa Amano
Assistant director 西田健一 Ken'ichi Nishida
Animation director 小山知洋 Tomohiro Koyama
No additional credits are available at this time.

Team Plasma and the Awakening Ceremony! (Japanese: プラスマ団襲撃!復活の儀式!! Plasma-dan Attacks! Ceremony of Revival!!) is the 121st episode of the Best Wishes series, and the 778th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on April 11, 2013, and in the United States on July 13, 2013.

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Team Plasma continues to implement its evil plan to steal the Light Stone and secure N. But Cilan and Iris are battling back hard, while Ash and N are trapped underground. N can sense the disturbance on the surface, as he hears the inner voices of his Pokémon friends screaming in distress. Ash decides they have to get out of there and help, and recalls one of Professor Cedric Juniper’s adventure rules: Never give up until the very end! And as N watches in astonishment, Ash brings out the rest of his Pokémon, and they all work together to dig a tunnel to the surface as N marvels at the bond between them.

Meanwhile, above ground, Colress has again activated his Pokémon control device, forcing Cilan and Iris to return Crustle and Dragonite to their Poké Balls so the machine can’t control them. This leaves our heroes vulnerable, and Team Plasma moves in to capture them! Aldith wants Colress to send the controlled Pokémon underground after their targets—and just at that moment, Krookodile bursts through the ground, followed quickly by Charizard, Ash, and N, holding the Light Stone!

Colress refocuses his device on Ash’s Pokémon, and Ash scrambles to return them all to safety...all except Pikachu, who has a well-known dislike of its own Poké Ball. Colress’s machine takes control, and a growling Pikachu turns to attack our heroes. Ash gently attempts to make his best buddy recognize him, but it’s not working, and Pikachu unleashes a full-power Thunderbolt on Ash at close range, knocking him unconscious.

Desperately, N offers to give himself up—along with the Light Stone—if Colress turns off the device and sets Pikachu free. Colress agrees, N is taken into Team Plasma’s custody, and Pikachu comes back to its senses and sadly cuddles up to the wounded Ash. Ghetsis soon arrives and reveals his ultimate goal: awakening the Legendary Pokémon Reshiram from the Light Stone and taking control of its mind! Can our heroes stop this villainous scheme before it’s too late?


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While Ash and N are still underground at the White Ruins, Team Plasma continues attacking Iris, Cilan, and Professor Cedric Juniper. Iris and Cilan fight back with Dragonite and Crustle, only to have Colress threaten to control them with his mind control machine. They call back their Pokémon as Team Plasma captures and restrains them. The leader orders the members to get the Light Stone and N, as Ghetsis is on the way. Team Rocket continues watching unnoticed.

Ash and Pikachu try digging their way out as N watches, not knowing what to do. Ash calls out Krookodile, Charizard, Oshawott, Pignite, and Snivy to help. The seven continue digging through the dirt while N, moved by everyone working together, goes to help. Krookodile breaks free out of the floor, takes one look at the angry Pokémon surrounding them, and ducks back in as Charizard takes the first step out. Everyone gets out of the hole safely. Team Plasma attacks, but Charizard blocks their attacks. Angered by the assault, Ash's Pokémon unleash a flurry of attacks, forcing Team Plasma back until Colress powers up his mind control machine.

Iris calls Ash, warning him about Colress's new device and telling him to put everyone back in their Poké Balls. Ash does so, but realizes that he missed one: Pikachu, who hates going into his ball. Ash rushes over to his oldest friend, but just a moment too late - Colress's machine hits Pikachu with its laser, bringing him under the scientist's control. As the brainwashed Mouse Pokémon unleashes a massive Thunderbolt, Ash approaches him, trying to calm him down. Despite being zapped by Pikachu's full power and the concerned cries of his friends, he continues trying to reach Pikachu, reminding him of their friendship. Unfortunately, not even this can overcome the power of Colress's perfected machine, and Pikachu viciously electocutes Ash until he passes out.

N, overcome with sadness, begs Colress to stop. He offers to give Team Plasma the Light Stone and himself if Colress frees Pikachu from his control - if they refuse, he'll destroy the Light Stone. The Plasma Grunts are conflicted, but Aldith decides to agree to N's terms, noting that their objective is to secure the former king of Team Plasma and the Light Stone. Accordingly, Colress turns off the machine, reverting Pikachu back to normal - upon realizing what he did, he lays atop Ash in shame. Meanwhile, N prepares to present himself and the Light Stone to Team Plasma, softly thanking Ash for teaching him so much.

Ghetsis arrives as Team Plasma finishes restraining N. Taking the Light Stone, Ghetsis begins a ceremony to resurrect Reshiram, revealing his plans to control Reshiram with Colress's mind control device. Our heroes can only watch in horror as the ritual proceeds - Ghetsis's road to world domination has begun.

Major events

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


Pokémon debuts



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Who's That Pokémon?

Who's That Pokémon?: Timburr (US and international) Charizard (Japan)



  • As Professor Juniper shouts that the Pokémon are heading their way, his eyebrows are colored the same as his hair.
  • After Iris warns Ash about Colress's machine, the Poké Ball symbol on Ash's hat changes size, being smaller than usual in the first shot.
  • As Ghetsis turns around after walking up to the altar for the Awakening Ceremony, his hand is briefly flesh-colored instead of covered by his black glove.

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In other languages

BW120 : Ash and N: A Clash of Ideals!
Best Wishes series
BW122 : What Lies Beyond Truth and Ideals!
Project Anime logo.png This episode article is part of Project Anime, a Bulbapedia project that covers all aspects of the Pokémon anime.