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XY122 : A Real Icebreaker!
XY series
XY124 : A Gaggle of Gadget Greatness!
A Diamond in the Rough!
XY123   EP922
Find Melecie! Numelgon and Dedenne!!
First broadcast
Japan June 9, 2016
United States September 10, 2016
English themes
Opening Stand Tall
Japanese themes
Opening XY&Z
Ending プニちゃんのうた
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 大橋志吉 Yukiyoshi Ōhashi
Storyboard 尼野浩正 Hiromasa Amano
Assistant director 高橋知也 Tomoya Takahashi
Animation directors 斉藤圭太 Keita Saitō
山田桃子 Momoko Yamada
清水健一 Ken'ichi Shimizu
篠原隆 Takashi Shinohara
Additional credits

A Diamond in the Rough! (Japanese: メレシーを探せ!ヌメルゴンとデデンネ!! Find Melecie! Numelgon and Dedenne!!) is the 123rd episode of the XY series, and the 922nd episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on June 9, 2016 and in the United States on September 10, 2016.

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A visit to a friend confronts our heroes with a most unusual group of challenges!

Our heroes are visiting the wetland where Ash’s friend Goodra now lives when they run into a group of Carbink with a problem—one of their Carbink friends is playing a trick on them, hiding and refusing to come out! Everyone joins the search, but the Carbink are lured into a trap and used as part of a Team Rocket robot! Feeling bad about the trouble it’s caused, the mischievous Carbink teams up with Goodra to free its friends and send the villains blasting off again.

Meanwhile, Alain has just defeated Gym Leader Korrina for his eighth badge, and he hopes to face a particular opponent at the Kalos League…


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A group of Carbink are looking for another Carbink but don't find it. Once they have left, the Carbink they are searching for jumps down from a tree and laughs at them not finding it before using dig to go underground before popping up near where Bonnie and Dedenne are playing. The ball they are playing with ends up hitting Carbink as Dedenne jumps through the bushes and hits Carbink as well. Bonnie joins them and spots Carbink. Bonnie introduces her, Dedenne and Squishy but Carbink dives underground once more as Clemont calls Bonnie back over as they prepare to leave.

Ash and his friends are heading to Lumiose City for the Lumiose Conference and are passing through Route 14. Dedenne is excited at the idea of meeting Goodra again as Clemont knows the two were very close. They come across Keanan who is getting some water from the swamp with Bellsprout when Ash and friends come over and say hello. Keanan says that Goodra is by the spring and asks Bellsprout to get Goodra but Ash says they'll go themselves. Keanan says Goodra will be glad to see them as they head on their way. At the spring, Goodra is watching the other Pokémon play alongside Florges and Floette when Ash and friends arrive. The Pokémon all say hello as Dedenne runs up to join Goodra followed by Ash and friends. Bonnie introduces Goodra to Squishy as Ash sends out his other Pokémon showing Goodra that Greninja and Talonflame have evolved and introduces Goodra to Noivern.

Elsewhere, a Lotad is walking when Carbink pops up right under Lotad. Lotad isn't happy and attacks with Psybeam which Carbink dodges. Carbink uses Sandstorm to engulf two other Lotad as the first Lotad races off to get help and finds Ash and the others. Lotad shows them Carbink which has also captured Wooper. Ash yells at Carbink to stop which it does. Bonnie recognizes Carbink from before as Ash scans Carbink with his Pokédex as the other Carbink joins it. Clemont notices that they usually live in underground caves so wonders what it is doing above ground. The Carbink go to leave but the troublesome Carbink whips up a powerful sandstorm before going back underground. The other Carbink confirm to Ash that they are friends with the other. Ash agrees to help find the Carbink and calls Talonflame and Noivern out to help find it as Clemont sends out Bunnelby to look underground.

The search begins with Talonflame and Noivern searching from the sky. Bunnelby pops up near Clemont and Serena but hasn't found Carbink. A Pinsir picks up a rock but doesn't find Carbink either. Pikachu checks with two Lotad but they haven't found Carbink either as Florges lays a berry on a rock to try and entice Carbink. When Florges isn't looking, Carbink takes the berry. When Florges notices the berry has gone, she spots Quagsire looking and believes Quagsire took the berry and attacks with Vine Whip. As the other Carbink keep looking, three Beedrill are also searching when the Carbink pops up from underground and chases them as Team Rocket spy on the Carbink. Meowth sees that it is a Carbink and James provides information. The idea of a Jewel Pokémon attracts Jessie but soon works out carrying Carbink as jewelry is no easy job. James says that Carbink's body is as hard as diamond which gives Jessie an idea and they decide to catch Carbink. As Carbink dives underground, Florges has another go at attracting Carbink with berries only for Carbink to attack her and making her drop the berries. Seeing Quagsire nearby, Florges assumes that Quagsire is responsible and attacks with Hidden Power as Carbink laughs nearby. Ash meets up with the others but none of them have found Carbink as Noivern and Talonflame come over. Clemont guesses that Carbink went further away so they spread out further.

Team Rocket are preparing their latest mecha when the other Carbink come other and Jessie spots them. Meowth translates their dialogue and learns that they are searching for a missing Carbink and James guesses it must be the Carbink they saw earlier. Jessie stops Meowth from revealing it went underground. When asked what the strategy will be, Jessie decides to make use of all six Carbink. Florges has another go with the berries which Carbink takes again but is spotted by Floette and prevents Florges from attacking Quagsire when she notices the berries have gone as the Beedrill come over..

Major events

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


Pokémon debuts

Main series debuts



Pokémon Quiz


Who's That Pokémon?

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


The title card segment focuses on Ash for this episode
  • Poké TV: "Burn! Pokémon Challenge!!" focusing on Goodra.
  • This episode has similarities with Lapras of Luxury. Both take place shortly after Ash has earned his eighth Gym Badge in the region he is traveling in, and feature Ash meeting up with a Pokémon he had previously released.
  • An instrumental version of Team Rocket's Team Song is used as an insert song when Team Rocket recite their motto.
  • Clemont and Bonnie narrate the preview for the next episode, and Ash and Bonnie say the catchphrase which Ash usually says by himself at the end of most previews.
  • This episode marks the first time that all of the Pokémon Ash has caught in Kalos are seen together.
  • The opening animation is updated, now replacing the scenes of Zygarde Complete Forme and Wulfric at the Pokémon Village with scenes of Bonnie watching Squishy and Z2 as a Zygarde Complete Forme attacking Team Flare's Megalith, which has taken on the appearance of a Zygarde 50% Forme.
  • The episode's English title is a reference to the phrase "diamond in the rough".
  • The beginning of Alain's battle with Korrina, which concludes in this episode, is shown during the introduction of Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel.


  • A Lotad uses Psybeam, a move that it cannot legally learn.
  • When a Lotad is running up towards the group, the upper part of Noivern's chest is white instead of purple.
  • When Talonflame flies down to tell Ash, Bonnie, and Goodra that it found the Carbink, Goodra's pupils are larger than usual.
  • In the second shot of the scene where Ash and his friends are resting in the pool of water in the cave near the end of the episode, the purple coloration on Noivern's chest is only on the top part of his chest, underneath the white fur around his neck.
    • His bottom jaw is also colored black instead of purple.
  • When Ash and his Pokémon cheer, Talonflame is missing the yellow cere on its beak.
    • Additionally, Greninja's mouth is shown to be completely closed and sealed while its tongue remains unattached around its neck.

Dub edits

In other languages

XY122 : A Real Icebreaker!
XY series
XY124 : A Gaggle of Gadget Greatness!
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