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| The Grass Route
Popocco! Grass Pokémon Battle!!
|| December 21, 2000
| United States
|| November 3, 2001
|| Team Ota
|| 藤田伸三 Shinzō Fujita
|| 井上修 Osamu Inoue
| Assistant director
|| 鈴木敏明 Toshiaki Suzuki
| Animation director
|| 志村泉 Izumi Shimura
| Additional credits
The Grass Route (Japanese: ポポッコ！くさポケモンバトル！！ Popocco! Grass Pokémon Battle!!) is the 178th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on December 21, 2000 and in the United States on November 3, 2001.
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On the route to Ecruteak City, Ash and his friends are caught by the sight of a Skiploom racing by. After following it, they encounter its Trainer, Ephraim. He and his Skiploom are training for the upcoming annual Grass-type tournament, a tournament for Grass-type Pokémon only, with a large collection of Leaf Stones as the prize. Confident he can win any “local” tournament, Ash decides he and his Bulbasaur will enter as well. Ephraim and his Skiploom train very hard as the tournament quickly approaches. Soon it is revealed Team Rocket is entered in the tournament to win the Leaf Stones. But as they try to reach the Leaf Stones Ash blasts them off with Bulbasaur's Vine Whip Afterward Ash and Ephraim go through the tournament with relative ease. Until the final match. The final is Ephraim v.s. Ash. At first Ash and Bulbasaur dominate the match, but Skiploom holds its ground. Just as Ash says he doesn't want to harm the Skiploom any more, it unleashes a powerful SolarBeam attack! Everybody is shocked. This unexpected attack hits Bulbasaur straight on, making it fly into the air. Bulbasaur is soon finished with a Tackle attack. Later, as Ephraim is handed the trophy, Ash remembers pride and power aren't the only things a Trainer needs to win a battle. And the journey continues!
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Who's That Pokémon?: Girafarig (U.S. and international), Skiploom (Japan)
- When this episode's title is shown, the Pokémon logo is missing.
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