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XY116 : The Synchronicity Test!
XY series
XY118 : Championing a Research Battle!
Making Friends and Influencing Villains!
XY117   EP916
The Forest's Curse and the White Bokurei!
First broadcast
Japan April 28, 2016
United States July 29, 2016*
July 30, 2016*
English themes
Opening Stand Tall
Japanese themes
Opening XY&Z
Ending プニちゃんのうた
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 藤田伸三 Shinzō Fujita
Storyboard 尼野浩正 Hiromasa Amano
Assistant director 阿部雅司 Masashi Abe
Animation directors 服部益実 Masumi Hattori
平良哲朗 Tetsurō Taira
金考恩 Kim Go-Eun
Additional credits

Making Friends and Influencing Villains! (Japanese: 森の呪いと白いボクレー! The Forest's Curse and the White Bokurei!) is the 117th episode of the XY series, and the 916th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on April 28, 2016 and in the United States on July 30, 2016.

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Team Rocket finds some delicious macarons in the forest and happily digs in, only to be attacked by a group of Phantump who think the treats are theirs—but one little Phantump with unusual coloring accidentally gets blasted off along with them! When the frightened Phantump lands among our heroes, they introduce it to some new friends and promise to take it back home, but Team Rocket has other ideas…

In disguise, the villains lure Phantump away with the promise of more new friends—but its real friends soon come to the rescue, as the group of Phantump from the forest shows up to send Team Rocket blasting off again!


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The episode starts with Team Rocket gobbling down a bunch of fruits stacked in a treehollow, without caring much for their owners. Suddenly they hear spine-chilling and ominous laughter that drives them crazy. The culprits are a group of Phantump, one of them Shiny, who are apparently infuriated because the fruits were intended to be offerings to them. Team Rocket pays no heed, and soon goes blasting off, with the Shiny Phantump tagging along.

This renegade Phantump is later discovered by Ash and his friends, and it quickly warms up to them after initially being sullen and rebuffing them. It is revealed that, because it only knew its own gang, Phantump has become cynical towards the rest of the world. After meeting a few amiable wild Pokémon and spending time with Ash and his friends, it begins to reconsider its world view.

Team Rocket seizes an opportunity and, in the guises of Ralts, Kirlia, Gardevoir, and Gallade, kidnap the Shiny Phantump. In attempting to rescue Phantump, Pikachu gets trapped, but with a joint effort from Ash and his friends and the Phantump gang, both the Shiny Phantump and Pikachu are rescued. Having boosted Phantump's confidence, Ash and the gang continue their journey towards Snowbelle City, leaving their new friend with a new, brighter outlook on the world.

As for Team Rocket, they feel hungry again, suddenly, they hear someone laughing, and thinks there's a group of Phantump again, and this time they turn around and run away, they don't notice, that they were only two Campers walking back to camp.

Major events

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


Pokémon debuts

TV episode debuts



Pokémon Quiz


Who's That Pokémon?

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


The title card segment focuses on Team Rocket for this episode


  • After Ash scans the Shiny Phantump with his Pokédex, the macaron it was eating got larger as if it hadn't eaten much of it though while the Pokedex entry was being read, it ate most of the macaron.
  • When Team Rocket disguises themselves as Phantump and take the Shiny Phantump away, when Clemont, Bonnie and Dedenne come around the corner, Dedenne is heard but his mouth doesn't move.
  • Before being blasted off, the group of Phantump trap Team Rocket in Forest's Curse. However, this should not have affected Gourgeist because she is part Grass-type.
  • In the dub, while Team Rocket disguise themselves as Phantump, Jessie and James are heard posing as Phantump, with Jessie's voice being heard when James speaks. Only James was present in that scene, joined by Meowth and Wobbuffet.

Dub edits

In other languages

XY116 : The Synchronicity Test!
XY series
XY118 : Championing a Research Battle!
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