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| Faced with Steelix Determination!
Roaring Haganeil! Protect the Bippa Village!!
|| March 15, 2007
| United States
|| July 12, 2007
|| Team Iguchi
|| 十川誠志 Masashi Sogo
|| 日高政光 Masamitsu Hidaka
| Assistant director
|| 秦義人 Yoshito Hata
| Animation director
|| 志村泉 Izumi Shimura
| Additional credits
Faced with Steelix Determination! (Japanese: 爆走ハガネール！ビッパの村を守れ！！ Roaring Haganeil! Protect the Bippa Village!!) is the 23rd episode of the Diamond & Pearl series, and the 489th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on March 15, 2007 and in the United States on July 12, 2007.
Team Rocket's latest misguided Pokémon-snatching scheme digs them into a deep hole, deep enough that they accidentally bury their shovels in the head of a very irritated Steelix! Steelix goes on a rampage and Team Rocket runs away, bumping into Ash and his friends in the middle of their mission to help a lost Bidoof find its home. Steelix hits Team Rocket with an attack that blasts Meowth into the midst of Ash and the gang, while Jessie and James are off on their own.
Ash's group runs for a nearby waterfall, escaping into a rocky pass that Steelix can't fit into. On the other side is the lost Bidoof's home village, but all the Bidoof are trapped there because they're afraid of Steelix. Jessie and James join the stranded group but decide to hide while Meowth and our heroes try to calm Steelix and save the village.
Building stronger walls to keep Steelix out is only a temporary solution—they need to get the shovels out of Steelix's head! Meowth lures Steelix to another narrow pass where the others are waiting, and even though Team Rocket is sent flying by yet another Hyper Beam, everyone else works together to get two shovels out. The last shovel is still stuck, but once the Bidoof team up, they get it out and stop Steelix from charging into a waterfall. Reminded once again of the power of teamwork, Ash and his friends can leave their new Bidoof friends and head for their next destination.
The episode starts off with Jessie, James and Meowth digging some holes into the ground. Halfway, when they were digging a particular hole, they hit something hard. It turns out to be a Steelix, and the shovels which they were using were stuck on the Steelix's head. While they were running away from it, Ash, Brock and Dawn were heading in the direction Team Rocket was running.
Suddenly, they heard a cry from a Bidoof. Brock took out a Super Potion to heal the Bidoof, and put a plaster on its wound. Bidoof then reveals to the gang that it belongs to the Bidoof village, and when they were about to turn into a junction in the forest, Team Rocket appeared. While they were talking about catching Pikachu, the Steelix appeared. When it was charging a Hyper Beam, they started running. While they were running, they spotted a gap in the rocks.
Bidoof commands the gang to turn left and Team Rocket prepares to follow them, as Steelix fires another Hyper Beam that hits Jessie and James but misses Meowth. Meowth jumps toward the gang and continue to run along through the forest as they spot a waterfall. Bidoof points out that this is where it lives and that a shortcut entrance is a small gap in the rocks. As they pass through the gap, they see a small village that turned out to be Bidoof Village.
As all of Bidoof's friends come out and greet it, the head Bidoof explains to Meowth that the reason they did not come looking for the Bidoof that Brock healed was because they were scared of the rampaging Steelix. It also explains that although the rocky terrain around the village is strong, it will not keep Steelix out forever. As they hear Steelix continue to attack the wall, they climb up to the other side and see Jessie and James looking for Meowth. Steelix blasts the two inside the Bidoof Village with Hyper Beam and all the Bidoof get angry when they hear from Ash that Steelix's rampage is all Team Rocket's fault.
In a quick haste to hide from Steelix, Jessie and James go and hide in one a Bidoof's home and Steelix begins to sound angrier than ever. Upon this, they are finally provoked to save the village and calm Steelix down. Dawn sends out Piplup and has him use BubbleBeam on Steelix while everyone else set up a barricade against the gap in which the gang entered. However, after Piplup gets tired and returns to his Poké Ball, Steelix busts through the outside of the gap with the gang's only protection being the barricade they set up.
Next, Dawn suggests that Steelix will calm down if the shovels are removed from its head, and that it will be easy if they can lure it into the gorge in the village. As Meowth is thrown under the bus by Dawn to be the decoy, Steelix breaks through the barricade and proceeds to chase Meowth toward not only the gorge, but the Bidoof home in which Jessie and James are hiding in. Meowth makes it to the gorge and jumps as Ash sends out Staravia to go and save it, making Steelix fall into the gorge just as Dawn planned.
When Staravia sets Meowth down next to Jessie and James, Team Rocket is reunited and begin to taunt the out cold Steelix out of anger for chasing them all this way. The gang tries to shush them in an attempt to keep Steelix asleep so they can get the shovels out of its head, but the three continue to rant and Steelix wakes up in the process and making it use Hyper Beam and blast Team Rocket off.
Steelix continues to rampage Bidoof Village and Ash has Staravia use Aerial Ace on one of the shovels, knocking it off of Steelix's head. As Staravia turns around, Steelix knocks it away and charges toward it only to smash into a rock when Ash recalls Staravia. Ash then has Pikachu use Iron Tail on the second shovel, knocking it off and leaving one shovel left on Steelix's head.
As Pikachu prepares to knock the third shovel off, Steelix head butts into the wall and Pikachu falls to the ground. Steelix's anger is turned up to 11 and it relentlessly attacks the village, and as such, makes it too dangerous to get close to its head. The Bidoof that Brock healed explains to the head Bidoof that they must remove the last shovel themselves. Head Bidoof at first seems reluctant to perform the actions explained by the other Bidoof, but as it looks around and sees that its village cannot take much more of Steelix's attacks, it readies the entire Bidoof clan to attack.
All the Bidoof jump off the cliff and onto Steelix's head and try to pull the shovel out while the gang notices that Steelix is charging toward the fountain. Ash sends out Turtwig to use Razor Leaf on Steelix in an attempt to stop it. Razor Leaf appears to work for a short while, but Steelix pulls itself together and chases Turtwig away with Hyper Beam and continues to charge toward the fountain. The Bidoof clan continue their attempt to pull the shovel out when Steelix gets to the very edge of the waterfall. Head Bidoof tells the gang to give it more power and as such, they successfully pull the shovel out of Steelix's head. Steelix stops charging and calms down.
As day turns to evening, Steelix leaves Bidoof Village while the gang also leaves and continue on their way to Floaroma Town for Dawn's upcoming Pokémon Contest.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
* No official credit was given for this character.
- In the Portuguese dub, in the rock wall scene, Steelix was called Bidoof.
In other languages
| Mandarin Chinese
|| Kdo se bojí Steelixe?
|| Oog in oog met Steelix!
|| Kivenkova Steelix raivostuu
| European French
|| La pelle de Steelix !
|| Kein Mut, kein Preis!
|| Uno Steelix infuriato & Il coraggio di Bidoof
|| Stawić czoła Steelixowi!
|| Enfrentando o Cabeça-Dura do Steelix!
|| Confrontados com a Determinação do Steelix!
|| Fațp în Față cu Puterea lui Steelix
|| Latin America
|| ¡Un Steelix al ataque!
|| Un Steelix con determinación de acero
|| Att trotsa en Steelix vilja