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These donuts are great! This article is about a special episode of the Pokémon anime that has not been dubbed into English. As such, its coverage may contain romanized Japanese names, rather than dub names.
Pokémon side stories
SS029 : Mega Evolution Special I
Iris VS Ibuki! The Road to Become a Dragon Master!!
First broadcast
Japan March 27, 2014
United States
English themes
Japanese themes
Opening None
Ending X海峡Y景色
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 米村正二 Shōji Yonemura
Storyboard 吉村文宏 Fumihiro Yoshimura
Assistant director 吉村文宏 Fumihiro Yoshimura
Animation director 片山みゆき Miyuki Katayama
No additional credits are available at this time.

(Japanese: アイリスVSイブキ!ドラゴンマスターへの道!! Iris VS Ibuki! The Road to Become a Dragon Master!!) is the second spin off of the Best Wishes series of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on March 27, 2014 as a one-hour special with XY021.

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Iris and Axew can be seen walking through the streets of Johto when all of a sudden some people begin to panic because a Gible is using Dig randomly and destroying everything including a fountain that can be found in the middle of the city, and the people are angry at Gible for what he is doing, and they assume he is bad, but Iris defends him saying there isn't such a thing as a "bad" Dragon type and she tells everyone she will try and reason with Gible.

Sometime later, Gible can be seen stuck on a clock tower, and Iris recalls the time from Team Rocket's Shocking Recruit when she was able to become one with Axew and connect with his heart, and she attempts to do the same with Gible now, although she's unable to. It isn't until Iris saves Gible from falling off the clock tower that she's able to fully connect to his heart and realize he only ended up in the city because he got lost from his home, and that he's not really attacking the city, he's just confused and wants to find his way back home. Just then Clair shows up and takes Iris to a field of flowers where she and her Dragonite are. Gible is happy to once again be back home. Clair then asks Iris to come to the Blackthorn Gym and have a match against her, which Iris excitedly excepts, so she and Clair bid farewell to Gible and head for the Gym.

At the Gym, Clair sends out her Druddigon, whom Iris is excited to see as she recalls her times traveling in the Unova Region. Iris knows to use a Dragon type Pokemon as well, and she chooses Dragonite. The battle begins and at first, Iris and Dragonite seem to have the upper hand. Just then, in the middle of the battle, Gible shows up and uses Bite on Axew and Iris pulls the two of them apart and then continues her battle. She knows Ice type moves are super effective so she has Dragonite use Ice Beam on Druddigon, who dodges and then uses Dragon Tail at Clair's command. Just then, Dragonite becomes annoyed and reverts back to the way he was back when Iris first caught him, not listening to any of her commands and just attacking willy nilly. Iris worries for Dragonite because she doesn't understand what's getting into him. She then is able to connect to his heart and realize he's feeling frustrated and overwhelmed, and she tells him she's able to understand, but he's not the only one battling and that the two of them need to work together as a team to win. Dragonite agrees and Iris orders him once more to use Ice Beam which Druddigon dodges and then Druddigon uses Dragon Tail and Dragonite is hit hard, and he ends up getting smacked against the wall. Clair then instructs Druddigon to use Dragon Rage at full power, and Iris instructs Dragonite to use his Ice Beam at full power. Druddigon's Dragon Rage overpowers Dragonite's Ice Beam knocking out Dragonite, thereby resulting in Clair winning the match.

Outside the Gym, Clair asks Iris where she's going next, and Iris responds she doesn't know yet, and that she'll go wherever the wind takes her. Just then Gible shows up again and Iris realizes he wants to go with her, so she catches him inside a Pokéball. She then lets Gible out and lets him walk on her shoulder with Axew. As Iris walks she remembers Ash, Pikachu, and Cilan as she wonders how they're doing on their journeys. Just then Iris sees the Legendary Pokémon Rayquaza which excites her and she decides to follow it to see where it ends up.

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?: Gible (Japan)


  • Iris reads the title card.
  • This episode was first previewed in a trailer at the end of BW138 along with the last episodes of the Best Wishes series and SS027.
  • The title of this episode was first revealed when it was briefly listed on the official Japanese Pokémon website as an episode that had already aired, placed after SS027.
  • This is the second side story episode where a main character obtains a new Pokémon, after Cerulean Blues.
  • The title is a reference to BW027's.


Dub edits

In other languages

Pokémon side stories
SS029 : Mega Evolution Special I
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