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EP190 : The Stolen Stones!
Original series
EP192 : The Wayward Wobbuffet
The Dunsparce Deception
There aren't any Nokocchi Here!?
First broadcast
Japan March 29, 2001
United States February 23, 2002
English themes
Opening Born to Be a Winner
Japanese themes
Opening OK!
Ending ぼくのベストフレンドへ
Animation Team Ota
Screenplay 大橋志吉 Yukiyoshi Ōhashi
Storyboard 横田和 Kazu Yokota
Assistant director 大町繁 Shigeru Ōmachi
Animation director たけだゆうさく Yūsaku Takeda
Additional credits

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The Dunsparce Deception (Japanese: ノコッチはのこっちない!? There aren't any Nokocchi Here!?) is the 191st episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on March 29, 2001 and in the United States on February 23, 2002.

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On the outskirts of a small town, our heroes run into a young boy named Bucky. He tells our friends of his woes in trying to capture a Dunsparce. It seems the Dunsparce are indeed sparse in this area, at least they are now. When Bucky was out of town visiting his grandpa, a swarm of them came through and every kid in town caught one. Although Bucky still tries to participate in the Dunsparce games by using his Caterpie, Caterpie just can't compete. While Ash and Co. make good on their promise to help Bucky find one of these snake-like Pokémon, Team Rocket pulls a scheme in town to rid the children of their Dunsparce. Will Team Rocket get away with the Poké-napping this time or will our heroes, joined by their new friend, Bucky, be able to triumph over Team Rocket and spare the Dunsparce?


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Ash, Misty, and Brock are still journeying toward Olivine City when they come across a boy who seems to be looking for something. He introduces himself as Bucky and explains that he’s looking for a Dunsparce. Recently, he and his family went away to visit his sick grandfather. When they came back, all the kids in town had a Dunsparce, so now he wants one too. Bucky was asked by his friends to come to the park for a Dunsparce race. He told them he didn't have a Dunsparce, so he raced with his Caterpie and lost. Ash, Misty, and Brock decide to help Bucky capture a Dunsparce. Later on, Bucky does eventually find a Dunsparce, but it escapes. Team Rocket overhears this, and searches for the Land Snake Pokémon. Soon, Bucky finds more Dunsparce, but clashes with Team Rocket who are planning take them. After defeating Team Rocket, Bucky engaged one of the Dunsparce in battle in order to capture it. The capture was successful, and Bucky had caught the Land Snake Pokémon.

Major events

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


Pokémon debuts



Dare da?


Who's That Pokémon?

Who's That Pokémon?: Mew (U.S. and international), Dunsparce (Japan)


  • This is the first episode to feature an event legendary Pokémon in Who's That Pokémon?.
  • This is the last episode with the original Dare Da? as an eyecatch in the Japanese version.
  • This is also the last episode to have the original title card in the Japanese version (in the dub, its last appearance is in The Fortune Hunters).
  • This is the second time James has worn a Moltres costume. The first was in the episode The Fortune Hunters. The two costumes in question are not the same.


  • Dunsparce was repeatedly called a Bug-type in this episode. It is actually a Normal-type.
  • The Poké Ball does not open when Bucky sends out his Caterpie at the beginning of the episode.
  • Jessie doesn't have her gloves on when she orders Wobbuffet to use Counter and when she orders Arbok to counterattack after the Dunsparce used Screech.
  • When Team Rocket gets blasted off by the kids' Dunsparce, Victreebel disappears.

Dub edits

  • The original airing of this episode on Hungama TV in India started the episode directly from the title card, skipping the part of the episode that comes before it.

In other languages

EP190 : The Stolen Stones!
Original series
EP192 : The Wayward Wobbuffet
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