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XY023 : Coming Back into the Cold!
XY series
XY025 : Climbing the Walls!
An Undersea Place to Call Home!
XY024   EP823
Undersea Castle! Kuzumo and Dramidoro!!
First broadcast
Japan November 20, 2014
United States February 7, 2015
English themes
Opening Be a Hero
Japanese themes
Opening メガV(メガボルト)
Ending ドリドリ
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 藤田伸三 Shinzō Fujita
Storyboard 吉村文宏 Fumihiro Yoshimura
Assistant director 吉村文宏 Fumihiro Yoshimura
Animation directors 斉藤圭太 Keita Saitō
郷津春奈 Haruna Gōtsu
No additional credits are available at this time.

An Undersea Place to Call Home! (Japanese: 海底の城!クズモーとドラミドロ!! The Undersea Castle! Kuzumo and Dramidoro!!) is the 24th episode of the XY series, and the 823rd episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on November 20, 2014 and in the United States on February 7, 2015.

This episode was originally scheduled to air in Japan on April 24, 2014[1], but was postponed due to the sinking of the MV Sewol ferry in South Korea on April 16, 2014[2]; due to this, it was also subsequently skipped in the English-language broadcasts. It may have made its world debut in South Korea on August 8, 2014, but it has not been officially confirmed; it did air in Japan on November 20, 2014[3], between Pathways to Performance Partnering! and When Light and Dark Collide!. The English dub version, however, aired after When Light and Dark Collide!, during a four-hour marathon on February 7, 2015.

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Our heroes take an excursion to the Muraille Coast before Ash's Cyllage City Gym battle. They spend some time fishing until Ash pulls up a Skrelp, which attacks Pikachu with its poison! Fortunately, they meet a couple along the beach road who heal Pikachu with a handy Antidote. Eddy and Lindsey are underwater archeologists in search of the Cussler, a luxury liner that sank many years ago. Our heroes decide to help them with their quest!

While Clemont and Bonnie stay above with Eddy, Ash and Serena join Lindsey in her submarine, and they dive toward the ocean floor. Sure enough, the wreck of the Cussler is there, and thanks to some crafty Dragalge who have fused it together with Acid, it's become a home for many different kinds of Water-type Pokémon!

A mysterious light lures them deeper into the wreckage, where they spot Team Rocket's submarine. The villains have come to claim the Cussler's sunken treasure, and their meddling has endangered the structure of the ship. With a little help from our heroes, the wild Pokémon manage to fix up their underwater refuge. But at the same time, Team Rocket escapes with the Cussler's safe—only to get caught in a whirlpool! Skrelp is caught too, but Froakie comes to the rescue, showing off its spectacular jumping skills…and giving Ash some ideas he would put to use in his upcoming Gym battle against Grant!


Major events

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


Pokémon debuts



Pokémon Quiz


Who's That Pokémon?

Who's That Pokémon?: Skrelp (US and international)
Pokémon Quiz: Skrelp (Japan)


The title card segment focuses on Ash for this episode
  • Mairin's Mega Evolution Journal: Mega Gallade
  • This episode is unique among skipped and banned episodes as it had a known English dub title during the period in which it was banned. The title was posted on the Turner Broadcasting press site, but was then pulled off the next day and replaced with Climbing the Walls!.
  • If the Korean rumor is true, this episode is the first non-special episode to make its world debut airing outside of Japan, as well as the only episode overall to make its world debut outside Japan or the United States.
  • Coincidentally, the original 24th episode of the Best Wishes series was also skipped, but was not aired anywhere in the world.
  • Unlike A Fishing Connoisseur in a Fishy Competition!, another delayed episode, this episode was not re-edited to fit into continuity, with Ash's Fletchinder's appearance as a Fletchling and references to Ash's upcoming battle with Grant. The Narrator's dialogue acknowledged that the story took place in the past.
  • This was the last episode to air before the release of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
  • The story of the S.S. Cussler sinking after hitting an iceberg greatly resembles the story of RMS Titanic, a luxury liner that suffered the same fate in 1912. The outlook of the S.S. Cussler also greatly resembles Titanic's design.
    • In addition, Eddy and Lindsey's submarine greatly resembles Alvin, a famous real-life submarine that has explored the wreck of Titanic and also has room for a pilot and two passengers.


  • During the fishing scene, Bonnie's hair on her hairpin is missing.
  • When Serena is watching Qwilfish on the submarine, Qwilfish's bellies are completely dark blue. This error was fixed in the Japanese DVD version and Pokémon Get TV.
  • In one scene, Lindsey's lower body is missing.

Dub edits

  • Unlike other episodes, the narrator speaks entirely in a past tense in the dub, likely as a way to indicate this episode aired out of continuity.
  • As this episode was aired out of order, this episode was skipped temporarily in the Hindi dub.

In other languages


  1. TV Tokyo official website
  2. Sound director Masafumi Mima's Twitter account
  3. Pocket Monsters XY official website

XY023 : Coming Back into the Cold!
XY series
XY025 : Climbing the Walls!
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